Thursday, June 25, 2015

Bait and Switch in a Theater

I forgot to blog about it, because it was promptly resolved.

One of the evening, we went to watch a 3D movie in local theater. They had special wednesdays where the movie was very cheap. I think it was the Lorax by Dr. Seuss.

The movie started to play. The trailers first. I noted that all of the trailers were in 2D. Well, not a big deal the movie is still going to be in 3D right? Wrong!
The movie started and everything was flat. It did not take long to realize that and the people in the theater started to look into each other thinking what was going on!!

So, I stepped outside and told the ticketchecker that we have the 2D rolling, and showed him the ticket saying that it should be 3D. He looked and almost did not believe me. Then called into his walkie-talkie. After a minute or so, after they realized what was going on, the screen went dark, and the 3D movie started rolling from the beginning.

Yay for Dr. Seuss! However, I am not sure what their intentions were. I would like to assume that it is a simple clerical mistake. Just like putting mails into wrong envelop.


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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Force Google Map to lite mode


Just append
?force=lite
at the end of the url.

Forcing it to "lite mode" will disable new features of Google Maps. However, sometimes you do not need 'em.
https://support.google.com/maps/answer/3031966
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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

#NepalQuake How can I help for #Earthquake relief?

A M7.9 earthquake stuck Nepal on April 25th, resulting into the death of 4000 and counting.
Thanks to humanity, a lot of support is coming together.

There are few ways you can help:
1. Money
2. Mind, and time

Let me first go to the second point:
You can donate your time to help identify the collapsed houses so that these efforts could be used by the rescue and damage assessment teams.
Few examples:
1. the website tomnod :
http://www.tomnod.com/campaign/nepal_earthquake_2015/map/3f6x2y34


2. Mapbox made available a recent data for Kathmandu valley. It has been updated to trace the damages through the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap team. To learn how you can help map Nepal after the earthquake, head over to the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team wiki.

Now to the first point:
There are a lot of helping hands. Just be careful to which place your money is going. This is a hard fact.
If you would like to donate, here is a good list of agencies (go through the tabs):
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/18mYPr4zIl4zzUrKdrfe0hECRrWFumnke-dUWsxucZQw/htmlview?sle=true#
Facebook for example is matching donations to 2 millions.

Communication with family members: This is the biggest first wave that came in after the quake and aftershocks. Thankfully, the phone lines are working.
Skype, Viber T-mobile, ATT Verizon, etc have made it free to call from/to Nepal.
Google Voice has reduced it to 1 cent.

Good Luck!





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