SuperSundayVideo-Week 13-Niladri Kumar on an Electric Sitar!

This week’s edition of the SuperSundayVideo was suggested to me by my friend Satish from SatishSays.com

I was fascinated when I first heard the term ‘electric sitar’. If you don’t know what a sitar is, jump over to youtube and search for ‘sitar’. Niladri Kumar has tweaked this traditional Indian string instrument. Check out both videos.

For the second video, you’ll have to head over to YouTube because embedding of that video has been disabled upon request. The music video is called Priority and can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQU5eGg8wcM. It has a Hindi intro to it, so just skip ahead if you don’t get a clue.

Dubai in Pictures – Past, Present and the very promising Future – Part 2

This is part 2 of the series on the developments in Dubai. Do check out part 1 here. Simply breathtaking.

The Burj Dubai. Construction began in 2005 and is expected to be complete by 2008. At an estimated height of over 800 meters, it will easily be world's tallest building when finished. It will be almost 40% taller than the the current tallest building, the Yaipei 101.
The Burj Dubai. Construction began in 2005 and is expected to be complete by 2008. At an estimated height of over 800 meters, it will easily be world's tallest building when finished. It will be almost 40% taller than the the current tallest building, the Yaipei 101.
This is what downtown Dubai will look like around 2008-2009. More than 140 stories of the Burj Dubai have already been completed. It is already the worlds tallest man made structure and it is still not scheduled to be completed for at least another year.
This is what downtown Dubai will look like around 2008-2009. More than 140 stories of the Burj Dubai have already been completed. It is already the worlds tallest man made structure and it is still not scheduled to be completed for at least another year.
This is what downtown Dubai will look like around 2008-2009. More than 140 stories of the Burj Dubai have already been completed. It is already the worlds tallest man made structure and it is still not scheduled to be completed for at least another year.
This is what downtown Dubai will look like around 2008-2009. More than 140 stories of the Burj Dubai have already been completed. It is already the worlds tallest man made structure and it is still not scheduled to be completed for at least another year.

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Dubai in Pictures – Past, Present and the very promising Future – Part 1

With a possibility of their oil reserves running dry in the near future, Dubai is looking at alternative sources of income. Who would’ve thought that a country that is mostly desert could take to tourism as it’s chief source of revenue. But then, this is UAE we are talking of. It’s current ruler, Sheikh Mohammed, had a vision that is now almost a reality. The vision was so huge it takes me two posts to put it all together!

This is part one of the 2-part series. Be sure to check out the other part too.

Dubai in 1990 prior to the craziness
Dubai in 1990 prior to the craziness
The same street in 2003
The same street in 2003
The very street last year!
The very street last year!

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SuperSundayVideo-Week 11-Beijing’s Bird’s nest stadium

The Beijing olympics 2008 kicked off in grand style at 8 minutes past 8 on 08/08/08 at China’s National stadium popularly referred to as the ‘Bird’s nest’. This is week 11 of SuperSundayVideo and here is the entire episode of Discovery Channel’s Man Made Marvels program which shows the construction of the marvelous structure.

The entire episode has been divided into 5 parts. This has to be the longest SuperSundayVideo yet, but then the stadium deserves it! The stadium has a seating capacity of 91,000. It was built with 36 km (22.4 miles) of unwrapped steel, with a combined weight of 45,000 tonnes. Estimated cost of construction: $423 million!! Highly recommend everyone to watch all 5 videos but you could always jump directly to the last video.

part 1 of 5
part 2 of 5

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Sidebar revamped. Book your ad-spots now!

Recently, I was reviewed by Syed Balkhi of balkhis.com over at his site. Read the full review here. Keeping all the suggestions I received there in mind, I’ve redone the sidebar. Tell me if you like it. As you can see, the site is no longer cluttered with ads.

I’d like to mention that there are ad spots up for grabs. If you would like to advertise on angadsodhi.com, please have a look at the ‘Advertise‘ page.

Looking forward to your comments. A couple of comments could get you into the top commentators list. Getting a quality backlink from a PR3 blog should now be easy pickings!!

Oh my! Nice shoelaces!!

People flaunt all sorts of things. Be it their new tattoo, their piercings, clothes, accessories, bling… I even flaunt my blog! But ever heard of anyone flaunting their shoelaces? Now you will. Ian Fieggen has this entire site dedicated to shoelaces! Check out Ian’s Shoelace site.

Here is just some of the exciting stuff that he’s got over at his site.


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SuperSundayVideo-Week 10-Learn to solve a rubik’s cube

I’ve had a Rubik’s cube for almost 5 years now. I was excited when my mum first give it to me. But all the excitement fizzled out a while later. It was just recently that, out of the blue, I decided to check out YouTube if it had any tutorials on solving the Rubik’s cube and sure enough it had! Here is the best of em all, a 7-part series that will get you trained in minutes!

part 1
part 2

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UZOOM review – Chat and LiveSupport softwares for your site

I was asked by UZOOM to to review their site and the chat softwares they provide. I thought the softs were pretty neat and worth a mention. So here it goes…

Uzoom.comIf you are on a self-hosted blog, chances are that you have already used the ‘Live Support’ features most webhosting companies provide. I think it’s a really cool feature. Much better that having to open a ticket and wait for someone to reply to the ticket. Using a liveSupport function instead of the ticket system shows that your company actually wants to be accessible at all times. It simply shows that you care.

UZOOM is one company that provides all kinds of chat related softwares for your site/blog. First, we look at the ‘Live Chat’ feature. This service was very easy to setup and run. You just need to add the ‘LiveSupport’ button to your page that will show the ‘NOW ONLINE/OFFLINE’ status. The rest can be controlled from your account on their site itself. You can add additional operators so that your team can attend to different clients at the same time!

Just an example of how the button can look like
Just an example of how the button can look like

Then there is the Free Chat Client that allows you to add a neat looking chat window to any page (you don’t need an account with them for that). Just pick a nickname and chat away. As seen in the screenshot below, it has all the standard messaging features like text formatting and emoticons.

A screenshot of the embeddable free chat soft
A screenshot of the embeddable free chat soft

But now the big question – Do you really need a chat software as a blogger? A support system could come real handy if you are a designer who’s just released a theme or a new plugin. If you are a full-time blogger, why give away your private messenger IDs when you could chat off your own blog! Sounds like a great way to give back some of that reader love. Then you can always add it to your facebook/myspace page.

+ves:

  • Very easy to setup.
  • Nice clean layout
  • Gives you a professional touch

-ves:

  • LiveChat sometimes took ages in the ‘connecting servers’ phase.
  • LiveChat is a tad expensive if you don’t make much money from your product
  • Anyone could pose as you while you are away on the free chat client! There should have been an authenticated login for the admin

Note: I have implemented the chat client on my blog. Give it a shot. It can be found here.