It’s a stuffed toy, it’s a dog… No it’s a Polar Bear!!

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Did I just hear you go, “Oohhh cho chweet. What a cute puppy!!”. Well.. You’re partly right. She is adorable. But she’s not a puppy at all. Infact, not even close! She’s actually a polar bear. Probably the world’s cutest polar bear.

She was named Flocke by her caretakers at the Nuremberg zoo where she was born. ‘Flocke’ means ‘flake’ as in snowflake in German (cute eh!). The pics you see above were taken when Flocke was just a few weeks old. She’s almost 6-months now and looks more like a polar bear now. See the pics below.

And if you are a geek who isn’t amazed by four-legged creatures, you still have a lot to be envious of. She’s got her own blog, even her own wikipedia page! Now beat that!!

I’ve always wanted a cute pet. Wait till my dad sees this post. All my life(19 yrs to be precise), we’ve been nagging my mom to get a dog. Now if we tell her we want a polar bear, she’ll probably throw us out!! 😉

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How to manage that email spam better

Services like Orkut, Facebook, MySpace even Ebay, Feedburner Feeds and other newsletters are known to literally flood inboxes every single day. This shit however cannot be termed as spam as more often than not, these are actually important. However, you still end up unsubscribing these notifications choking the very cause they were created for. The only solution to it is to manage these mails better. How do you do that? Here’s a tip.

I’ve always believed that Google Mail (gmail) is much better than Yahoo Mail. I’ve been using gmail ever since they had given out a few thousand accounts. One great feature of Gmail is ‘filters’. Though few people use filters, filters happen to be my backbone in managing all the shit those social networking sites drop in your inbox. Even fewer people know that a mail sent to <usename>+<something>@gmaiil.com will still be delivered to <username>@gmaiil.com For eg: angad619+orkut@gmaiil.com is the same as angad619@gmaiil.com! Try it out if you wish. (but send yourself an email not me. DUH!) So I suggest when you sign up at any site say Orkut, provide the email address <username>+orkut@gmaiil.com

How will that help? Here’s where Gmail’s filters come to the rescue. In my case, Orkut is gonna send all mails to angad619+orkut@gmaiil.com. So I know that the ‘To’ field of their mails has to be angad619+orkut… instead of plain simple angad619. Therefore I create a filter that has ‘angad619+orkut@gmaiil.com’ as it’s ‘To’ field. Further, I can add a label, say ‘orkut’, to it. Also tick the ‘Skip the inbox’ option.

screenshot of how a filter is created - click to view larger image

Your inbox will never show mails from orkut again! However, they can be found under the label ‘orkut’. Tinker around a bit more and put mails from all other services under the filters. There you go. Breathe easy in a clutter free inbox!

However, some sites won’t allow you to have a ‘+’ symbol in your email address. Too bad the trick won’t work in that case. Also, social networking sites like MySpace and Orkut allow you to alter the email address of your existing profile, but Facebook doesn’t allow that. This trick can be used wherever you are asked to submit your email address.

Note: 1.In this post I’ve used gmaiil.com instead of gmail.com just for the heck of it. Just an attempt to get whatever security it can provide!
2.This trick can also be used to find out which service is giving out your email address to the baddies. Suppose xyz.com is a site that gives out free horoscoped and you decide to signup with the email <user>+xyz@gmail.com. The next day you receive span sent to ‘<user>+xyz’, you know who to catch hold of!

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UrbanFonts Dot Com Fonts – Simply Love em!!

Urban Fonts - great place for free fontsCreating slick looking banners is one of the tasks most novice site developers are forever bogged down with. I remember having created, modified, trashed and once again created new banners every few days. But if change is what beguiles you the most, creating every other banner from scratch every time may not be a good idea. Instead you might want to make use of plain text in really wacky fonts. UrbanFonts.com is one site I happened to come across and is definitely worth a mention. The site has thousands of mesmerizing fonts. You can download fonts and use em with your text editor but you don’t necessarily have to. For the purpose of creating banners, you could just punch in text and have images rendered for you in a flash! No downloads needed, no irritating download limits, no wait times at all. And the best part is – these fonts are absolutely free!!! The site has selflessness stamped all over it!!

These are some of my favorites:

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Spock- the best for people search

Spock Dot ComWhile the big daddies like Yahoo, Windows Live and our favorite Google fight it out for the ultimate Search Engine supremacy, here’s a search engine that actually stands out. Why? Coz it doesn’t search web pages at all! It searches people!

Spock- the best for people search

Whether it’s celebs, friends, fellow bloggers or any other interesting people you’ve met, spock.com finds them for you. What’s more interesting is that the profiles you find on Spock are editable. Infact, they are supposed to be edited! You can add yourself to their database, edit your profile, edit others’, add photos/videos and even vote on other people’s photos.

Profiles are characterised by their tags. Select from a whole range of tags or add your own. These tags eventually decide search results. My profile for eg, has tags like Blogger, Black eyes, enjoys cricket, graduate of mumbai, enjoys Chinese, From india, black hair, lives in Mumbai etc. So when you search for anything among those, you should find me.

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Another interesting feature is the ability to build widgets. Apart from a particular profile, you can even create widgets from search results. The second widget below shows profiles that were tagged ‘bollywood'(http://www.spock.com/q/bollywood). The first is my own widget.

Spock.Com was started by Jay Bhatti and Jaideep Singh (people of Indian origin. YAY!) in 2006 and has been growing ever since. Clearly Spock is not just another search engine. It could well turn out to be a revolution in the making!!