Saturday, October 24, 2009

Cisco to acquire Starent for $2.9 billion

15 Oct 09:
Cisco Systems announced that it will acquire Starent Networks to expand its mobile internet offerings.

Read the story at:

Dell Acquires Perot Systems in $3.9 Billion Deal

22 Sep 09:
One of the largest acquisition's by Dell to foray into services to compete with other players in the increasingly competitive environment.

Read the story here:

Dell Acquires Perot Systems in $3.9 Billion Deal

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Amazing Pics of Scotland

Scotland is no doubt a wonderful place to visit and explore. However, here's some amazing pictures by Roelof, that only help to drive home the point even more.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

8 Top Presentations From World's Best Presentations (2009) Contest's 'World's Best Presentation 2009' contest recently concluded and here are the top presentations in the winners as well as individual categories.

#1. 1st Prize: Healthcare Napkins All, Dan Roam
#2. 2nd Prize: Sheltering Wings, Sarah Cullem

#3. 3rd Prize: Feels Bad on the Back, Mohamad Faried

#4. Technology: 24 Reasons Why Twitter Sucks!, Henrico Dolfing

#5. Business: Economics, The hidden costs of consumption, Joshua Beatty

#6. Creative/Offbeat: Simplicity,
Joao Paulo Reis Alves

#7. Education: A Crime So Monstrous, Missing Link

#8. About Me: Who is this Guy, Jackie Goldstein

Monday, September 28, 2009

Amazing Finger Art & Painting

It was more than a decade ago - when the Internet was not as ubiquitous as it is today - and the only way to share some interesting, useful (and also, not all meaningful) stuff - was via email.

It was during one of such exchanges, that I was first introduced to some amazing finger art/paintings. I'm not sure if i'll be able to locate those old emails - but recently, I found some more of these amazing pieces of art work.


Sunday, September 13, 2009

Amazing Icebergs

Amazing striped icebergs:

Icebergs with colored stripes. God's wonderful creation AGAIN !
(Click on an image to view pics in full size)

Icebergs in the Antarctic area sometimes have stripes, formed by layers of snow that react to different conditions.

Blue stripes are often created when a crevice in the ice sheet fills up with meltwater and freezes so quickly that no bubbles form.

When an iceberg falls into the sea, a layer of salty seawater can freeze to the underside. If this is rich in algae, it can form a green stripe.

Brown, black and yellow lines are caused by sediment, picked up when the ice sheet grinds downhill towards the sea.

[Received via email: Sorry, it's hard to determine the source of these wonderful pics - but if you like them, pass it on to others to enjoy too]

Butterfly Nebula - Pics from Hubble Telescope

Hubble does it again - yet another stunning picture from the depths of our universe!

Read the details here.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Google launches Monopoly City Streets:

Google has teamed up with Hasbro, the maker of the board version of the famous Monopoly game, and has launched (on Sept 9, 2009) an online version of this game: Monopoly City Streets.

Powered by Google Maps, this is pretty cool, because players can buy property anywhere across the world - any continent, state or city. Players start with 3 Million Monopoly dollars and can buy any street in the world, in a live, worldwide version.

Players can build hotels, houses, football stadia, castles and skyscrapers - or if you are the one who wants to win at any cost, you can sabotage someone else's property by constructing things like a hazardous factory or a sewage plant.

It's only the third day when I checked this today - and what's amazing is that so many of the prime localities are already grabbed! This sure seems to have sparked of a race (or is it rage!) in this (increasingly) virtualized world to become the top ranking property magnate.

If you try this, it is likely to be pretty addictive! Enjoy, yet another Google creative!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Cars for the Metro: Future

Peugeot's Metromorph Concept is a stunning concept by designer Roman Mistuik, and apart from the ultracool, sci-fi and futuristic design, is unique in that, it can climb up buildings.

That's the concept - in future, when our already over crowded metros are grapplng to find a solution to the parking problems, this could be an answer: cars that climb up the building walls and park themselves in bays outside your apartment. And, what's more amazing, once parked, this glassy contraption becomes your balcony! How cool is that!

Here's a sneak peek of these futuristic machines (source:

Hmm, now that does look pretty cool - but only time will tell, whether our metros of the future will have this in real! And, wonder which would be the first city that will get this.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Awesome Art - You'll wonder if these are paintings!

If you're somewhat like me, it's a known thing, that there a zillion amazing pictures - photos - out there, when you start looking at sites like Flickr.

The amazing stuff of graphics artists - the Photoshop specialists - is also known.

So, how about something in the non-digital world for a change. Some of us may find it hard to digest, but yeah, art and painting is still done using the same tools as yore.

However, if you want to see some really amazing stuff, check this out! This post shows some absolutely amazing and mid blowing paintings - yes, they're not photos!!

The article has a series of opinions and conflicting views - but as someone on the post already noted, enjoy it and appreciate effort, even if it's going to be hard to fathom that this may not be not fall into a purist's classification of painting, and all that...

I may not understand art - but I sure think these are works of art! Kudos to all the artists.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Hot air balloon festival, Bristol

Hot air balloons are fun to watch. They sure are on my list of things to do, and of course, photograph.

Meanwhile, enjoy some pics from the 2009, Hot Air Balloon Festival, in Bristol, UK.

The festival - Europe's largest balloon festivals - ended on 7th August.

Hot air balloons come in amazing shapes and colours:

(Read the published story here)

Cloud ships: Countering global warming

Global warming and green initiatives are important, as scientists and the human population is getting increasingly conscious about adopting measures to control emissions, etc. As is true with any other project of such a magnitude, finding an effective solution to control green house gas emissions may take at least a few years.

While each of us is required to - and should - do our part in contributing to reducing our carbon footprint, a new research by the Copenhagen Consensus Center discusses a new approach to accelerate the control measures.

Professor Eric Bickel and Lee Lane, in their paper on the subject, discuss a technique called as 'marine cloud whitening' which -
would create clouds above the Pacific Ocean that would have a cooling effect by reflecting sunlight away from Earth.

A wind-powered fleet of nearly 2,000 ships would criss-cross the sea, sucking up sea water and spraying it upwards through tall tunnels.

Special ships that create clouds by spraying seawater into the air could be the most cost effective way of tackling climate change, new research has found.
This is not an alternative to going green anyways, but is more likely to be an approach to mask the effects of global warming, says the author.

For the interested, here's the full story.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Solar Eclipse Views From Space

We all, well most of us, are excited at viewing solar eclipse(s) from terrestrial places. Sure, the longest solar eclipse of this century (which occurred on July 22, 2009) was a sight that many experienced.

While some were trying to catch images of the eclipse from high up in the air, it's unlikely to beat what a solar eclipse would appear like from space!

Solar Eclipse over China, from space:

Here's the blogpost that captures this.

Enjoy the views!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Gigapan - Amazing Gigapixel Pictures

With the evolution of digital technology, it's normal to expect pictures that are in mega-pixels of resolution. In fact, today's handheld devices have megapixel (MP) cameras, and probably even the low-end devices come with upwards of 1MP.

Technology, though is taking another stride - and we have pictures now in the Giga - yes, that's GIGA - pixel range! To experience what kind of resolution this can result in, take a look at

Here, you can find truly high-definition panoramic pictures that take photography to a new level.

PS: There's some interesting stuff in some of the pics there - and you'll have to observe closely to figure out if it's believable or indeed incredible!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Graduation Ceremony in Second Life

Second Life, a project by Linden Labs, is a virtual world where people can create 'virtual' avatars, and it's becoming a popular platform using which folks create virtual identities and shop, play and even work!

On June 10, 2009, The Byrant & Stratton School hosted the first online graduation ceremony.
Here's the CNN/iReport story.

Fortune 500 Companies

Here's a useful listing of the Fortune Global 500 (2008) Companies.

The top 10 in the 2008 list are:
1. Walmart
2. Exxon Mobil
3. Royal Dutch Shell
4. BP
5. Toyota Motors.
6. Chevron
7. ING Group
8. Total
9. General Motors
10. Conoco Philips

Hmm - it would be interesting to see who comes in at #9 in place of GM, in 2009, and possibly a few others in the entire list.

For the complete list, please visit: Global 500 - Full List

Aerial Ads - A New Approach to Branding

The Flag Corporation is offering Aerial Advertising in India for the first time.

Here's a nice video of what aerial advertising is about, and it's advantages.

(Great background score!)

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Paper Art

Here's a nice blog that showcases some very neat paper art creations:

Wrist Watch Concept Phone - Motorola

Check out this interesting concept phone from Motorola.

Stuttgart - Porsche Musuem Opens

If you happen to be planning a trip to Stuttgart anytime in the future, here's one more item that you may consider adding to your itenerary. Especially, if you are a fan of the Porsche range of cars and the German engineering behind it.

Porsche officially opened the doors since January 31, 2009.
As reported in this news:
The museum is a sprawling monument to 60 years of German engineering. Engines, interactive displays, Porsche memorabilia and 80 cars — including prototypes and icons like the 911, all polished to a mirror-sheen — are parked on two floors of pristine, white galleries...

Check out the official site for more information: Porsche Museum


There are the 1000-Best-Places-To-See-Before-You-Die and there are your typical major attractions around the world. Wherever you go, you will be looking for something new and interesting.

Well, that's what this space is for...

Friday, May 8, 2009


Umm, well, if there's something else that I really don't know how or where to categorize, i'm going to put it in here. It would be watchable, no doubts!

Photo Favorites

Well, I just love beautiful pictures (and I do manage to take some myself, when I have the chance). But, clearly, there's an awesome wealth of beautiful and stunning photographs that one comes across every now and then.

Here, are where i'd like to keep these 'vaulted' for enjoying them, whenever I need to.
Hope you enjoy these too.

Software, IT and Hi-Tech

Now, this is one happening area - and there's something new, unique, creative and innovative happening every moment in this space.

Let's see if we can at least get a pulse on some of the latest...


Well, anything about it! That's what this space is for.

Could be cool sites, useful services, anything that one may come across. Of course, there's just too much stuff out there! So, let's hope we can spot the really neat stuff that's out there.

News - General

Hmm, surely there's a lot more happening in the news - it could be in politics, entertainment, sports...

News - Science & Technology

There's a whole lot happening in the world of science and technology - and I'll put it in here.

News - Business

This category is for news about stuff happening in today's dynamic business world.


Books that I find out to be interesting or come across will be posted in this category.


This category of posts is related to articles relating to anything that is interesting, informational or plain simple amusing.

As I come across such articles, i'll share these here.

Monday, March 9, 2009

About The Watchable Web

About: The Watchable Web

Well, it all started, as I was beginning to feel kind of tiresome of finding some of the really useful and interesting stuff that's out there on the web. With "Web 2.0", all those young and creative folks across the globe are creating absolutely funky stuff - every second, and it sure is hard to keep up.

With the advent of social networks and social computing, in general, there are now myriad 'networks' that the more 'social' amongst us are increasingly becoming part of. I can't say, I'm exactly in this league, but thought, that why not try to find out and share whatever I come across, using the same techniques.

Well, so, that's how this blog is being born.

Happy watching!

Sample Post

This is a sample post...

to see how it's going to appear on the blog...