blog, since ’99

General

WordPress to Blogger

After some Googling, I figured that one cannot import from WordPress to Blogger. WP allows import from Blogger though. Looks like Blogger may loose some users due to this limitation. Dont they care at all?

I am keen to come back to Blogger because I like the easiness of post by email feature. WP also allows the user to do so, but it’s not so easy. And my WP is getting HTML insertion attacks lately.

Anyways, Blogger doesnt have categories and that is probably the reason why WP posts cannot be imported. From a user centered design pov, well, I see two solutions:

(1) Just ignore the category markups in the XML and file all under a default category. How difficult is that? At least I get to save my posts. I am happy.

(2) Happier solution: since Blogger allows tags to posts, file the category of a post while importing as a tag. After all, category and tag are the same thing.

I am trying an experiment by removing all the categories from my posts in WP and try import it into Blogger. Not sure if that would work. But not addressing interoperability sounds like a monopoly situation especially in a social networking model. Where are the Blogger researchers? Solve this problem for me, please.

Entertainment

Watch Timecrimes

Imagine sci-fi in the 80’s. Simple concept, no CGI, buildup of mystery, maze of possibilities, a feeling of never ending spiral, trying to put the pieces of the puzzle in your mind while watching a new scene and frowning at the crude ways of closures?

Timecrimes is for sci-fi old timers. Simple (often repeated) premise — what if you can go back in time? what will you change? Can you change? what if there is another you from another time when you go back in time?

Entertainment

RocknRolla

Now that your ex-wife has given you a few big ones, we see that your creative juices have started flowing again, Mr Ritchie. A kick in the back has certainly reminded you of what you actually are. Welcome back, this certainly is in the right alley. Well, almost.

Perhaps the millions that you got were too cushy for you — Rocknrolla isnt as tight and rocking as your older ones. Similar wine is similar bottle? But def worth a watch (or two, to catch the very “English” monologues) for those where-have-you-gone-Guy-Ritchie fans.

Entertainment

Transthriller

Transsiberian is a thriller that works on dialogues, mysterious circumstances against a dull backdrop. A couple taking a train from Beijing to Moscow, gets involved in a whodunit plot with Russian police, drug mules, and themselves.

These days I feel that most climaxes are ‘oh-we-gotta-stop’ build ups, this one is close. But the thrill component stays on till the closing credits. Also watch out for some interesting quotes, political or otherwise. Though storyline isnt extraordinary, movie *is* different, and a must watch.

Entertainment

In Bruges

Two assassins are asked to lay low after an assignment, and they are sent to Bruges – a cold, dull medieval place in Belgium(?). Each has his own reasons to like or dislike the place, but they just have to wait for their boss to call them to know what next.

We get to know them as they push their life through, as they reflect on their past deeds and the movie heads to a violent climax. Introduction of morality towards the end and setting up for climax felt a little odd, but overall, brilliantly written script. In Bruges, though, is not for the faint-hearted ones.

Entertainment

District B13

You thought the opening, super fast free running action sequence of Casino Royale was cool? You thought Jackie Chan does it with more finesse? Apparently you haven’t watched B13. It is a French movie with almost non-stop action (not thoughtless – it is no Shoot ’em Up, I mean). The stunts are not free running, but Parkour. Wikipedia says that free running was derived out of Parkour.

Plot : In near future Paris, bad elements become so difficult to manage that govt makes a separate walled district for affected areas called B13. B13 has no schools, cops, no control. When someone in B13 steals a nuclear bomb, a cop has to be sent in to diffuse the bomb. You need a guide (David Belle, founder of Parkour! as Leito) to know B13. So these odd guys team up reluctantly. Sounds like a typical Bollywood pot boiler setup, but the fun is in the execution. Most pulse racing 90 minutes of your life, guaranteed. Watch it if you liked Transporter, Taxi (French), Smoking Aces, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang or Lucky Number Slevin.

BTW, Akshay’s Thumbs Up ad and Saif’s Royal Stag ad uses free running sequences, so does Madonna’s music video Hung Up.

Entertainment

The Savages

I am now a complete fan of Philip Hoffman. The smirk is still there, but Capote has done to him what Leaving Las Vegas did to Nicolas Cage. Only, the real good thing is that he is sticking to the new ground and not going aimless like Cage.

The Savages is his latest 5 star performance. Uncommon topic for a US mainstream movie. Very relevant — Grown up kids living far in cities going through mid life crisis of their own. And not knowing what to do with lonely aged sick parent. The movie is about a brother and a sister trying to find a new home for their aging father who has no place to go. Excellent cast, brilliant screenplay, an outstanding movie.

Writings

Pakistan and Freedom

Times carried another article on how new-age, modern, successful women of Pakistan interpret freedom:

  • Being free is about making bold choice – personal and professional (Nabila, celebrity image maker)
  • Freedom is about making the right decision (Umera Ahmed, writer)
  • True independence is not brought about by diminishing each other, it is found by celebrating each other (Sonya Battla, fashion designer)
  • The challenge is to translate reality – that’s freedom (Mehreen Jabbar, film director)
Writings

God, Religion, Faith or Whatever

This is perhaps the first time I found something interesting to read in the Sunday Times Life edition. As usual the story pinned on celebrities to sell the idea, but the idea itself was nice. It was about finding one’s faith in life. Some good lines/ quotes: “The focus of praying has now shifted from being religious to coping with life situations successfully.” Or, “Seekers are no longer happy with blind faith; They need practices that help them understand life”. And ending with one of my favorite adverb: “What you give is what you get”. Some points to ponder.