Muhurat Post: Hello World!

Miscellaneous

This is the blog equivalent of a widely prevalent phenomenon in Indian cinema, the muhurat shot. Nothing much to say right now, but as I write this post I wonder — right kya mera caption? (Which, a seasoned punner would easily recognize, is a pun on 'lights, camera, action!') On the other hand 'Hello world', are the magic words that every programmer (or wannabe) delights in seeing in the display of the code s/he has worked on. And that in essence is the problem with programmers. For a lot of other people who made it big in life — scientists, astronauts, actors — their first words post-accomplishment became history! (And therefore found their place in school quizzes and books of quotations) But imagine, for hundreds and thousands of programmers, the first words they say are the same — 'Hello world!'

While making my first homepage in 1997, I thought I was being profound when I wondered if it weren't "…just another hyperlink…?" In hindsight, this was not profundity but an inevitable honesty in putting my effort in perspective.

And today, when I started my first real serious blog (serious in effort, not the content, as will emerge over time), I received this e-mail link from my friend Jammy, which again put this effort in perspective.

http://www.sifry.com/alerts/archives/000432.html

In case you are averse to following links, the main points are summarised here:

  • Technorati now tracks over 35.3 Million blogs
  • The blogosphere is doubling in size every 6 months
  • It is now over 60 times bigger than it was 3 years ago
  • On average, a new weblog is created every second of every day
  • 19.4 million bloggers (55%) are still posting 3 months after their blogs are created
  • Technorati tracks about 1.2 Million new blog posts each day, about 50,000 per hour

And I wonder yet again …is this not …just another blog…?

Deja vu?

Hello world!

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