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Monday, March 31, 2008

SEO Rapping

This video of a guy rapping about front end web design is awesome. Check it out. For better results, visit the videos page and listen to it with the lyrics. For those who are lazy, here is the video and the lyrics are copied below.


Copyright http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0qMe7Z3EYg

our site design is the first thing people see
it should be reflective of you and the industry
easy to look at with a nice navigation
when you can't find what you want it causes frustration
a clear Call to action to increase the temptation
use appealing graphics they create motivation
if you have animation
use with moderation
cause search engines can't index the information
display the logos of all your associations
highlight your contact info that's an obligation
create a clean design you can use some decoration
but to try to prevent any client hesitation
every page that they click should provide and explanation
should be easy to understand like having a conversation
when you design the style go ahead and use your imagination
but make sure you use correct color combinations
do some investigation, look at other organizations
but don't duplicate or you might face a litigation
design done, congratulations but it's time to start construction
follow these instructions when you move into production
your photoshop functions then slice that design
do your layout with divs make sure that it's aligned
please don't use tables even though they work fine
when it come to indexing they give searches a hard time
make it easy for the spiders to crawl what you provide
remove font type, font color and font size
no background colors, keep your coding real neat,
tag your look and feel on a separate style sheet
better results with xml and css
now you making progress, a lil closer to success
describe your doctype so the browser can relate
make sure you do it great or it won't validate
check in all browsers, I do it directly
gotta make sure that it renders correctly
some use IE, some others use Flock
some use AOL, I use Firefox
title everything including links and images
don't use italics, use emphasis
don't use bold, please use strong
if you use bold that's old and wrong
when you use CSS, you page will load quicker
client satisfied like they eating on a snicker
they stuck on your page like you made it with a sticker
and then they convert now that's the real kicker
make you a lil richer, your site a lil slicker
design and code right man I hope you get the picture
what I'm telling you is true man it should be a scripture
if it's built right you'll be the pick of the litter
everyone will want to follow you like twitter
competition will get bitter and you'll shine like glitter
if you trying to grow your company will get bigger
design and code right man can you get with it

Thursday, March 27, 2008

I am Married (again)!!

I got married today. Okay, its fair to ask what I was doing on a morning 3 years back when I invited all my friends and family and spent time in a smoky environment chanting shlokas and acting really busy while all around were celebrating. I told you I was getting married and I thought I got married that morning. But then it seems that Gormint doesn't accept that. (Yes Yes, Gormint is the same lame guys who take a fat cash out of your salary every month in exchange for sour dreams of building roads and schools and parks and the like)

Anyhow, back to my marriage story. I was informed a couple hours after that smoky morning that I need to get a marriage certificate for the Gormint to recognize that I am married. So, upon enquiry and more enquiry and a little more enquiry, I found the sub-regsitrars office close to my marriage location and went there to get the certificate. It worked out that our dear friend from the Gormint was absent that day and hence the Gormint can't issue the certificate. What now?

I decided to take the plunge into marital bliss without the gormint's approval and went off for my honeymoon. And after my shifting from Poona to Bengalooru with my wife also moving from Dilli to Bengalooru, we decided to pursue our quest for the certificate. It turned out that I need a proof of residence of at least one of us in Bengalooru to get the Gormint's approval of our marriage. And we poor souls who did not even have a residence, had no chance at generating a proof.

And me and wifey decided to get the certificate the moment we had our proof. In the meanwhile as we heard of horror stories of the RSS and BajrangDal guys smashing restaurants on Valentine's and other love-celebraying days on the basis of moral hazards, we started to worry. What if one of the those guys caught us holding hands in public without the Gormint's approval?

Afraid of the consequences, me and wifey stopped holding hands in public (while doing you know what in the bedrooms) still waiting for our proof of residence and the following Gormint's approval. And slowly we started to worry about what would happen if we had a child. Would the Gormint announce it as B*****d since we were not married according to them?

Then all of sudden got our proof of residence and we decided to pursue the Gormint's approval. And finally, today, after visiting the damn office a bunch of times, giving numerous documents, photographs, invite letters and a big wad of cash as commissions, we finally got the Gormint's approval of our marriage. We are free to hold our hands and we are no more worried about conceivings B*****ds. And if you are planning to stop by my work desk to congratulate, you can enjoy some delicious Ghujiyas in celebration of my getting married (again!)

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Sharekhan down

Of all the sites that go down, then ones that you can least tolerate are the ones with which you conduct business - banks, stock brokers etc. Sharekhan, one of the better stock brokers in India is down as of now.

I was hardly in mood to see Runtime errors on the homepage when I wanted to get some work done on Sharekhan, but alas I don't think will happen tonight. :-(

Thursday, March 13, 2008

when I wrote last about me having a fantastic week, one should've expected a not so good next week and thats exactly what happened. I got a bit of indigestion followed by a bad throat and cold and I was in this mode for the last couple of days.

ps: I was being haunted by the Barclays bank people about a credit card and I realized that a novel excuse for not talking to them would be "I am sick, do not disturb me". Believe me, they have the courtesy to put the phone down after you make the statement. Hooray!!!

Monday, March 10, 2008

From Budget to Ebony to Healthy me

I always try my best to blog about events in my life that I feel fit sharing. The fact is that so many have happened in the past 7-10 days and I being the lazy boy, haven't just kept the blog up to date with all this. So i am going to do it right away with what might turn out to be a lllooooooooooonnnnnnnggggggg blog. :-)

Firstly, I love the damn budget. Cheers to Chidambaram. I know that a lot of you despise the loan-waiver because its going to be useless for all practical purposes of eliminating rural distress. But I think the IT cuts through increased slabs make a lot of sense. I have always advocated taxing at exit (when you spend) than at entry (when you earn) to try and make the damn black-money-rich to pay taxes. Though this budget itself didn't increases taxes at exit, but previous budgets have done some work in this regard with an effective 12.5% service tax and the VAT. Well, so all in all, I am happy.

Secondly, my wife was paid some bonus in feb salary and she decided to take me out for dinner at Ebony which is at 13th floor of Barton center MG Road. Its a great place to visit. The food was good, the service better and the ambience excellent. The pricing is good for such good ambience. We enjoyed the place. I also enjoyed some Sula Chenin which went in great with the ambience and climate. Was fantastic. The only downside is that there is no exclusive parking for the restaurant, though they are willing to reimburse the parking charges you pay at Barton's parking itself. Of course, if you are coming from south Bangalore using Hosur Road, there is no reasonable way to reach Barton Center except going through Residency cross, which is a huge bottleneck. Me and wifey decided to use the Museum road entrance and walked down to Barton center.

Thirdly, I had the good opportunity to listen to two talks by Dr. Preston McAfee on pricing, one in the Big Thinker series attended by members of the public also, and the second reserved for Yahoo employees. Needless to say Dr. McAfee is a really great expert in that field and his talks were very invigorating, while being laced with a good sense of humour. All in all, another great experience.

The last being a visit to Wockhardt hospital this saturday for the annual medical checkup. Though I was diagnosed for MVP 3 years back and had a positive report on its improvement last year, I had recently stopped medication and was hoping to get all the tests to go good. I am on the borderline of high BP and cholestrol, but am still within limits. So basically I am fit and the MVP doesn't affect me anymore.

Now, if you happen to see me, you can guess why I am happy and healthy these days. :-)

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