How long?

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How long does it take you to pen one of your blog posts or articles?

If I’m starting from scratch i.e. with just an idea, it takes me a long time indeed!

The first cut or draft can easily take me three to four hours. And mind you, it’s just such a mess! I can barely bear to look at my handiwork.

Then begins the process of adding and subtracting, cutting out the extraneous words, adding the right (or the wrong ) adjectives, reducing duplications and correcting grammatical errors.

Quote of the day:
What’s on your mind, if you will allow the overstatement? – Fred Allen

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Weekly Stats Report: Aug 23 – Aug 29 2010

Weekly Stats Report: Aug 23 – Aug 29 2010
Project: Rubber Tyres
URL: http://linusfernandes.com

  Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri Sat Sun Total Avg
Pageloads 26 54 45 39 63 19 41 287 41
Unique Visitors 22 37 35 30 35 15 27 201 29
First Time Visitors 21 36 33 29 35 13 26 193 28
Returning Visitors 1 1 2 1 0 2 1 8 1

Random Poetry

A American Sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua),...

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Trampled grass

Squishy soil

Red earth on shoes.

The carpet absorbs it all.

I walk in, barefoot.

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Free fall
Winter nears
Fading leaves
Colors of dawn
The inviting dusk
beckoning into the dark night.

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Cherry blossoms
Japanese spring
A click and a ring;
The chimes of tones
City life , gardens fusion!

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Seasonal changes,
falling leaves.
autumn dawns, the chill bites.
Do you have winter clothes yet, dear?

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Crumbling walls,
sheer grit,
love, the binding force.

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– Linus Fernandes

Meter Jam After Effects

Waiting for a taxi

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The latest news in the media is that Meter Jam made the state transport department sit up and take notice.

A drive has been launched in certain pockets of the city to ensure that auto and taxi drivers will face punitive charges if they are discovered refusing to ferry passengers for short distances.

This is despite the helpline – set up by the department earlier – meeting with limited or  no success although there were quite a few disgruntled complaints (more than 3000 in 2 months) by members from the traveling public.

Drivers will be educated on how to treat their paying customers.

What can I say except that I hope that progress is continual and drives are not followed by periods of hibernation , and then more drives. Kicks in the butt should not just have you saying ouch but also  propel you forward. Else it’s just an ouch , a band-aid and back to business as usual!

Have a great Independence Day!

Quote of the day:
I have often depended on the blindness of strangers. – Adrienne E. Gusoff

Meter Jam

An auto rickshaw in Bangalore, India

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The Meter Jam – a boycott of rude, unruly autorickshaw and taxi drivers – organized largely online via a Facebook Fan Page and a website, was  a  tiny, minuscule success.  In  just a few pockets in the city were rickshaw and taxi drivers were seen seeking passengers,in vain. For the rest, it was business as usual.

One of the reasons was that the folks who use these modes of transport do not have any alternate means of transport other than BEST buses and local trains. Expecting them to take part in the protest was perhaps wishful thinking; it was more like punishing the would be punishers. As for the rest, who enthusiastically were a part of Meter Jam but used their own transport to get to work or anywhere else and also forgot to car pool, lest  you think you struck a blow against the tyranny of rickshaw and taxi pliers, lest you pump yourself up with bloated self-righteousness, lest you feel that mere tokenism is going to win you brownie points,  I am sorry to disappoint you and tell you vehemently, YOU DIDN’T!

Quote of the day:
We have really everything in common with America nowadays except, of course, language. – Oscar Wilde

Two questions

If you’re thinking of building an internet business, you should take a hard look at the following two questions:

If you build it, will they come and keep coming back?

If you don’t, will someone else?

The rest will follow from that.

Have a great day!

Butterflies and bees

A little bit of this,

a little bit of that,

a little more of this, a little more of that,

you float like a butterfly

and steal like a bee!

A little bit of this,

a little bit of that,

a little more of this, a little more of that,

you bloat like a balloon,

and puncture like one too!

A little bit of this,

a little bit of that,

a little more of this, a little more of that,

you have no lines or lies to add,

And I have none too!

– Linus Fernandes


Have a great day!