My cell phone number here in Mumbai is 9821225300. You could call me from the USA by dialing 011-91-9821225300.
An excuse to take the camera out and shoot some random city scenes around the Dadar neighborhood in Mumbai! I didn't think Hindi background music was appropriate just yet. I'm going to wait a few days/weeks before sharing any observations or generalizations about this city. E-mail me if you are unable to play this video clip - maybe I'll switch to DivX?
I am starting full-time work on
I am going to India.
These two events are not mutually inclusive, nor are they strictly independent plans. It is my goal to find some overlap that makes sense and to become a better internet project manager in the process. My flight for Mumbai leaves tomorrow night and returns February 2, 2005.
I've never been to Mumbai, nor anywhere in India; this will second only Bangkok in my Asian travels. I will owe a huge debt to the kindness of Kaushal Kharkhanis, who has (with a little prodding) agreed to take me under his wing as I adjust to a new urban environment.
Above graph of the Chinese market for IM clients, QQ is the most famous but this guy Ace told me that most of its 330 million users use it for ONS = "one night stands". It's sort of a slutty IM client, then? Dunno.
Mumbai News from Kaushal
As I told you this is mega-festival season in India.
Dandiya just wrapped (9 nights of dancing)
Next up is Dussehra (today). People worship Goddess Durga, the demon-killer.
Next up is Diwali. You're gonna get to experience that. Well, partially. We're going Goa, right!
- A huge effigy of the Goddess where people go and offer prayers
- A 'mela' - meaning 'fair' including exhibitions of Bengali items, AWESOME Bengali food (I'm not missing it - going there tonite), book sales, handicraft fair and a 'Ram Leela' - a stage skit played over 9 nights which concludes today with Rama killing the demon Ravana. And how! The actor who plays Rama will actually shoot an arrow of fire onto this huge effigy of the demon made of scrap and jute and stuff. IT burns. muahahahahaha.
I think that Eclipse might have some difficulty reaching their $1.2 million price point because of global aluminum shortages. When they initially designed the airframe, aluminum was rather inexpensive. Blame it on China if you want, but today their costs have significantly increased.From the same table...
In Japan, I can use my FOMA DoCoMo phone and make video conferencing calls for approx 60 yen (US$.50) per minute. Video is expensive for me, so I only use it once a week to call my family. Soon there will be four-way video conferencing available.
I am still in Las Vegas at the annual NBAA meeting and trade show. NBAA stands for National Business Aviation Association. The coolest announcement I have heard thus far is that
a company two companies are working on a supersonic business jet (planned flight speed is 1.8 mach) to debut in 2012 for $80 million. That's a lot faster than the Concorde, which did about 1.2 mach max I believe. Update- JLuc from Switzerland says, "Concorde's maximum speed was Mach 2.5 and cruise speed was 2.0"
Alert: If you come to Las Vegas, you should go to the top of the Stratosphere. Really great views.
I saw the production airframe and mock-up interior from Eclipse Aviation. They are really focused on building a four or six passenger jet airplane at around the $1,200,000 price point. It is scheduled for production in 2005 - finally! I've been waiting since 2000.
Eclipse is a neat company in that they are focused on building a scalable production system. Their literature says as much. Two or three hundred planes planned for delivery in 2005, six hundred the second year, and infinity the tenth. Pre-orders -- with paid down payments, some of them in full -- exceed
one thousand two thousand. That's a lot of money to build your company - imagine customer instead of venture capital!
I'm at Kinko's now.... Another late-night print order to make supporting brochures for a few of our in-flight entertainment products. Thanks for reading and keeping up. I'll do pictures soon - there's an amazing trio of skyscraper condos just finished here, looks like Asian development!!!!1
Blake writes in with cool QR code advertising:
“The ad doesn't say much. In fact, it doesn't feature any pictures or even a description of the portable machine. Instead, nearly the entire page is taken up with a giant Quick Response code, which looks something like a rectangular UPC symbol. The QR code is generally used in Japan for mobile phones. When a camera phone user takes a snapshot of the code, the phone can read the information and convert it into data such as a URL for a product Web site. If this is the case, people can click directly over to the Web site using the browser function on their mobile phones.”
Today I got a NewLaptop. It's amazingly appropriate - my ThinkPad only died yesterday.
ChadsNuts: Look at the video my mom made. I made a web site for her to show it off from. http://www.thisguykerry.com
"And even as the mainstream kids are picking up on them, only a few adults are. Adults don't get the importance of text, particularly AIM text. And the Sidekick understands that American kids are mostly on AIM and it's a central feature, not a pain in the ass add-on. This is what texting looks like in the States. Turning AIM texting into a gameboy and voila!"via evan williams blog