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SahajaYoga Meditation – A knowledge of the roots

Shree Mataji Nirmala Devi

Sahaja Kundalini Awakinging ChartYoga is a unique method of meditation based on an experience called Self Realization (Kundalini awakening) that can occur within each human being.

Through this process an inner transformation takes place by which one becomes moral, united, integrated and balanced.

One can actually feel the all pervading divine power as a cool breeze, as described in all religions and spiritual traditions of the world.

This is the actualization of such transformation, which is taking place now, worldwide, and has been proved and experienced by hundreds of thousands in over 90 countries.

It is entirely free of charge, as one cannot pay for the experience of Divine Love.

Experience it Now!   >>   http://www.sahajayoga.org/default.asp

Traditional Gold Jewellery design in Assam India

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Jewellery has been a tradition in Assam. Gold was available in many of the rivers flowing down from the Himalayas. In fact, a particular tribe of people, the Sonowal Kacharis, were engaged only in gold washing in these rivers.

The Assamese jeweller (sonari) make exquisite lockets (doog-doogi, bana, jon-biri, dhol-biri)   earrings (thuriya, loka-paro, keru), bracelets (gaam-kharu), necklaces(gal-pata), etc.

http://www.assamtourism.org/arts.htm

Designing Social Software – A New Field

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“The goal of user interface design is to help the user succeed, the goal of social interface design is to help the society succeed, even if it means one user has to fail.”

Social interface design is still a field in its infancy. I’m not aware of any books on the subject; there are only a few people working in the research side of the field, and there’s no organized science of social interface design. In the early days of usability design, software companies recruited ergonomics experts and human factors experts to help design usable products. Ergonomics experts knew a lot about the right height for a desk, but they didn’t know how to design GUIs for file systems, so a new field arose. Eventually the new discipline of user interface design came into its own, and figured out the concepts like consistency, affordability, feedback, etc., which became the cornerstone of the science of UI design.

Over the next decade, I expect that software companies will hire people trained as anthropologists and ethnographers to work on social interface design. Instead of building usability labs, they’ll go out into the field and write ethnographies. And hopefully, we’ll figure out the new principles of social interface design. It’s going to be fascinating… as fun as user interface design was in the 1980s… so stay tuned.

http://www.joelonsoftware.com/articles/NotJustUsability.html

http://www.danah.org/papers/Supernova2004.html

Clay Shirky’s Writings About the Internet
Economics & Culture, Media & Community, Open Source…

http://www.shirky.com/


 

What is Web 2.0?

Seamoz.com

“Web 2.0” refers to a recent rebirth of sites that focus on user empowerment and open-source applications online. There is a loose set of criteria that bind these sites together and creates the synonymous language that web mavens like Michael Arrington (TechCrunch), John Battelle (BattelleMedia) and Tim O’Reilly (O’Reilly Network) have adopted. In many ways, these elements can be thought of as the formative definition of Web 2.0:

– User generated and/or user influenced content
– Applications that use the Web (versus the desktop) as a platform, in innovative ways
Similar visual design and shared functional languages
– Leveraging of popular trends, including blogging, social tagging, wikis, and peer-to- peer sharing
– Inclusion of emerging web technologies like RSS, AJAX, APIs (and accompanying mashups), Ruby on Rails and others
– Open source or sharable/editable frameworks in the form of user-oriented “create your own” APIs

Check the web 2.0 awards announced in March 28, 2006 by seomoz team, where over 300 web 2.0 sites in 38 catagories rated, ranked & awarded. Read 21 interviews done with founders of winning sites.

http://www.seomoz.org/web2.0/

 

 

Joy of Making Indian Toys

Joy of Making Indian ToysToday, children are inundated with expensive toys. Parents seem to be in a hurry to buy the latest toys with flashing lights and sounds.

Pedagogic learning is now associated with gloss and gleam. Children play with such toys for a while and then they throw them away. Instant gratification, instant forgetfulness seems to be the norm.

Children need large chunks of time to play and mess around with things they like. This is how they construct their own knowledge patterns.

According to Rabindranath Tagore, the best toys are those which are innately incomplete and which a child completes with her participation.

As a child, my daughter was gifted many expensive toys. But she was happiest playing with spoons and pots in the kitchen.

Whenever we broke a coconut to make chutney we would preserve all the pieces of the hardwood in the washed plastic milk bag.

This article recently published in The Times of India about the Joy of Making Indian Toys and the book of the same name – especially those of you who have small children:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/903292.cms

This is the website of the author:

www.sudarshankhanna.com/