Coup de Grace : 2010 in review

Hi imaginary reader,

First off, HAPPY NEW YEAR!

This was not really the first 2011 post I had in mind. But then, who gives a damn? 😛

I really liked this WordPress Blog report & wanted to share it here because only WPStat would remark that my blog’s health-meter is a WOW . Wow! indeed! .. considering I had put up only 6 posts in 2010. I am truly ashamed to call myself  “blogger”. Hopefully 2011 will be worse. ( I say year+1 would be better every year & it turns out otherwise. So that’s a wise move, no? )

Fun fact #38949 : This is the quickest blogpost I’ve put up, since the time I kept my newyear resolutions the WHOLE freaking year. (for those who dont have a sarcasm detector, that is a NEVER)

May you all have awesome times in 2011

Wishes,

Me.

PS: Fun fact #38950 As you’ll read later, or not, this blog had viewer thats 4 Boeing 747-400 passenger jets can hold to full capacity.

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The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 3,500 times in 2010. That’s about 8 full 747s.

 

In 2010, there were 6 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 80 posts. There were 30 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 960kb. That’s about 3 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was November 19th with 120 views. The most popular post that day was A Rebranding mistake?*.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were twitter.com, facebook.com, gracelyne.com, joshimukard.wordpress.com, and balamurugesan.blogspot.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for seven habits, 7 habits, coup de grace, bunking class, and the 8th habit.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

A Rebranding mistake?* November 2010
15 comments and 1 Like on WordPress.com,

2

Memoirs of Those lovely days September 2009
20 comments

3

About October 2008
14 comments

4

Oh,Snap-3 : BLUE October 2009
10 comments

5

The Entrepreneurial Bug – Guess who’s got bitten by it? July 2010
17 comments

How I met with Father Time.

First off, Great to see you here again! Spank me (hypothetically wonly) for being such a hypothetical blogger. You have no idea how good it feels to open this hypothetically cobwebbed Windows-Livewriter to *airjerk* BLOG again! Hopefully I shall be more regular.

“Well, what kept me *rolls eyes* busy?” you ask? Ummm…Loads of things. Hours of churning out Yem-Bee-Yay assignments.Preparations for classes / the never ending plethora (there’s no better word.Trust me on this one) of exams. Oh, I forgot about the “fortress of Barnitude” that led to solitude. While the former reasons may not be true, the last one IS! I can’t seem to forgive myself enough for not getting a load of the awesomeness of the gorgeousness of the legend….. (wait for it) …..dary Barney Stintson, any earlier. Like him,In my body, where the shame gland should be, there is a second awesome gland. True story.(Why else would I admit the shamefulness of not watching ‘How I Met Your Mother’ for soooo long. But seriously, its a great sitcom guys. Incase you havent seen it yet, think about it – ‘why was Neil Patricson born into this world?’, ‘why were torrents created?’ , ‘Whats the reason for the existence of my creepy next door neighbour / room mate?’, ‘Why is the writer an incredible bundle of #awesomeness?’ While the answer to the last question maybe beyond your comprehension, awwwhh forget it!

Over the last couple of months, when something that makes me go 😀 happens I soo wanted to publish that to the whole world but somehow hadn’t had the time to do it (Come to think of it, Garfield had a better time management system in place). So this is a salmagundi 😛 of the \m/ happenings of my yestermonths, chronologically arranged to the best of my memory (or after a cross check with my FB wall).

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TedXChennai : Mega awesome experience listening to various speakers speaking, guitar riff~ing, hiphop~ing, dancing and most of all awe-inspiring. I was the “official tweeter” and it was an amazing day – 10/10/10, with a 10/10 score.

facebook-is-watching EffBee : Yes, Mark Zuckerberg is to blame for many of the stuff that has happened to my life… and credits to him,also. (Just a thought thats crossed my mind now, Why haven’t I tried to reach out to him [add] and perhaps I shud send across some virtual gifts n buttons n fish n poultry] for being such a darlin creating what’s chellamly called by yours faithfully as EffBee.) Yes kids, EffBee has invariably replaced the @g33f on twitter & my lovely Coupe de grace. Its much more convenient and in any case, gets me more feedback 😛 & it has awakened me to loads of awesome stuff happening in and around Chennai, that I euphorically take part in! But, yeah.. I will never forget / forsake the very first social media date I had.. (My journey with “social media” afai can remember, began with Yahoo! geocities : a type of blog wonly! So this shall always be IT ) Incase you’d like to read some of my past updates, here are a few :

Term I grades are out!! :S ;[Mine’s the same as my blood group. How I wish I were that universal donor group. ;( (#SadStory)


Have always wanted to watch Don Moen perform live and experience bliss. Really happy that I was able to do that on his first trip/show in India.Still encompassed in the glorious presence! Thanks Don Moen at Chennai Team. (#AwesomeStory)


Counting Crows is addictive!*Super addicted* (#TrueStory)


Guess what??? We had a heavy metal band in church today – “Nailed” .And they are one of the 5 finalists of the Chennai Live 104.8FM BAND HUNT ! The little monster of a singer (11 years) rocked the stage & left us :OHope they win!! \m/ \m/ (#RockstarStory)

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Here’s the mini-cherry on top of the regular cherry on top of the sundae of awesomeness that is my life.

I witnessed Don Moen on his first ever trip to India. It happened at YMCA grounds, here @ Chennai. One word – Overwhelming! That’s one item less on my bucket  list! Yay! One thing to add about THE guy, he has a mouth for one-liners (like an eye for details idiom 😛 ) and he cracked a few jokes on stage as we sang, “We’re gathered here, FINALLY”, the final country music dance for “God is good” & the encore, and all through the concert I had \m/ company & great fun singing along and glorifying God.

And again, it was only day before yesterday that I had the opportunity to meet with the ex-President of India, Dr.A.P.J.Abdul Kalam who had come for a college event. Thats 2 off my B list.

It would be totally unfair if I fail to mention the glutton that’s eating up most of my 24 hours for the day, 7 days of the week – College. Business Studies is , ermm… (what’s the word I’m looking for? ) a slap-up affair. (Maybe it has slapped me in the face once or maybe more, but yes, I’m hanging in there and having a good time)

And… I’ve had several serious realizations, one of which is : “ Shut up! Announcing your plans makes you less motivated to accomplish them. –  Derek Sivers” . Just letting you know that I am shutting up about a few other mini-cherries under creation. 😉

So that’s all the time I got for you..see ya again another day.

Good Night! Sleep tight, while I go sleep with a ‘nothing done & everything undone’ *for want of a better word* trauma. If Holden Caulfield was here, he’d have joined me in exclaiming – “ Its killing me!” but, literally ofcourse. Darn I miss re-reading that book. I miss the sleep of my life. I miss the lovely weekend carnivals. I miss Father Time.

And How did I meet Father Time,today??  By cheating on Mother Absolutely Necessary,of course. TrueStory.Shamelessly told, without proof-reading.Dot.

The Entrepreneurial Bug – Guess who’s got bitten by it?

Moi!!! Yes, lil ol’ me! How? Why? What?! When? I haz no answer.I dont really know when I got bitten by it.. Anything could have done it.Maybe those books by IIM peeps I’ve read or that humble “Eat Cake” book by jeanne ray I loved to read long long ago or ‘me finally making it to a B-School’ (I know b-grad != successful entrepreneur) or maybe the \m/ people I met in my recent social media meetups & the stories they told me or that totally naive B-plan thingie that won me a title in DARE(*shameless hoot* 😐 ).. Point is.. I’m a wannabe-entrepreneur.As simple as that. Or, err..otherwise!

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Flipping through the pages of one of my favorite magazines, “Entrepreneur” I found this interesting piece, which I wanna share with y’all. Here ya go :

10 Reasons to Run a Business from Home

1.Getting up at 9 am or 11 am.Or not at all .You could work from your bed.

2.Going green by default.You wouldn’t be driving to work,would you, genius?

3.Never having to miss another cricket match again. Bliss!

4.No manipulative co-workers to deal with.Just manipulative kids.

5.Having full discount meals.Yesterday’s leftovers make for the cheapest lunches.

6.Being able to listen to Iron Maiden at full blast.Or Himesh Reshammiya.Whatever rocks your boat.

7.Being able to make your own coffee.Just the way you like it.Bootstrappers know how important that is.

8.Eating your meals at your desk.Or make your dining table your desk.Whatever is lazier for you

9.Never having to dress up for work.Never.Two words for you- boxer shorts

10.Never being nagged again for not coming back home in time.

That is real freedom!!

If you’re looking for inspiration, I think you should take a look at this.. 🙂

And my entrepreneurial area of interest?? My baby’s gonna be a social enterprise &/ an ad firm. Only so much info for now. Kinda started with the planning process..but as I can see, I’m going nowhere. If anybody’s interested in collaborating, ping back. And guess who I gotta meet last week?! 😉 Rashmi Bansal along with 3 other people who are featured in her best selling books ‘Stay Hungry Stay Foolish’ & ‘Connect the Dots’,the latter’s book release for which she was here @ Landmark last sunday. We had an awesome time there & I even gotta meet a likeminded entrepreneur called Sudharshan from MICA, one of the founders of TING. (Pity I cant find any linkbacks to them) Anyway, I got a few minutes with her and asked a few questions (when she was busy signing my copy of her latest book 😀 yay!)…you know how these authors are.. They get ideas when people tell em ridiculous stuff,and they base their next book on that & even dedicate it to you.So, Yeah. that’s what I did. 😀 And I’m not embarrassed one bit 😛

240720101219 That was one eventful day. Infact, most of my days here @ Business School are like that..and I have a feeling, the best is yet to come 🙂 .Week before last, one of my seniors told me about this NEN (National Entrepreneurs Network) meet that was happening in Chennai & I gotta go there & meet people of my age or younger.. and my oh my! Are they amazing or what?! One would turn a wannabe, just by looking at their enthusiasm and near-religious zeal for entrepreneurial activities!

Anyway, I could go on and on about this..but I think I’ll stop here & get back to that Organisational Dynamics Case Study (open on the background), I so dont feel like reading & that issue of Economic Times lying on my bed ( my bedtime story book,these days)

Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people wont so you can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t – A student in Warren G. Tracy’s class

And Remember, Forrest Gump’s Mama always said, ‘Life was like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re gonna get.’

To our success in life,

Cheers,

Gracy

P.S:  There are loads of resources like this on the WWW that should maybe read someday.

Bar Camp Chennai 4 #BCC4

My very "first” *airjerk* social media meetup 😉 happened on the last sunday of June. And as usual, yours lazily has come up with a very late post of what happened in BCC4 (Part o my contribution). This time ‘round, the venue was Cognizant 😉 @ the OMR stretch.

For those of you who’re wondering whatever a “Bar”Camp is… Stop thinking 😛 Here’s what that is : user-generated conferences (or unconferences) that are open, participatory workshop-events, whose content is provided by participants themselves. (How cool is that?)  Barcamp participants are diverse, though there are specific interests that bind them together. Using the internet and new technologies is always a huge theme, but what brings BarCampers together is where that theme crosses into other areas.

Since this is a BarCamp, to participate, you will have to contribute. This can be done by:

  • Presenting on a topic of your choice
  • Demoing something (preferably something you created)
  • Volunteering and helping out
  • Suggesting a talk idea
  • Blogging/tweeting about the event (basically publicity in whatever way you can)

BarCamp Chennai 4th Edition

The knowledge Foundation were the event managers for the day. BCC4 had a whole lot of interesting speakers who led interactions on topics ranging from ‘Market Research for startups’ to ‘How to calculate taxes for startups’ that most entrepreneurs would have found useful.. to other more techie topics like the Ganesh Rajmohan’s “Synchronization And Java Memory Model,Senthil Nayagam (Founder of RailsFactory.com)’s “Hackerspace”,

Swroop Singh( PayPal X Developer Network)’s “Monetization made easy with PayPal X”, Balaji Lakshman (Geeky Inc.)’s “Robotics – The Future Life making Robots”,Karthick (pre-final year student from SSN)’s “Running OSX on Virtual Box”, UID stuff & the more societal ones like on Traffic Management where Sonal Mishra,IPS, Deputy commissioner of Police Traffic Central Chennai, got great inputs on how to technologically improve the traffic management system in Chennai.

The collaborative, easy-going atmosphere is often supported by a keg of beer or several bottles of wine (or several crates of PepsiCo & CocaCola products, as would happen in Chennai 😉 ), and participants find that attending BarCamp holds as many professional advantages, in networking and learning new technology, as social ones.I had great fun meeting with several entrepreneur speakers and participants and indulging in fun conversations. 🙂

 

 

 

Yoo-Hoo

Im_Back Okay! So clearly, I’m not the best blogger in the world. It has only been, umm… 6 months since I last posted ._O  & It took me a little more than the indiblogger rank going down, receiving spam blog comments, to drill down the negligence quotient to my lazed dazed brain.

If you were wondering what I was up to all this while, the answer pretty much amounts to this : Living a phase of my life that I’d like to title ‘WORK-part 1’. Life was pretty darn cool.And that,requires a post of its own to do it justice,especially since a lotta people (4 is a big number too 😐 ) have been asking me how my work experience was. 😛

I’ve been queuing up a dozen posts on the back of my head,but its taking me forever to put it down.But it will all happen,i promise.Just incase you thought I was off the social media all this while, you ARE sooo wrong! I’ve been tweeting like crazy 😀 & that I figure is the rationale behind this blogger’s block that I had. Anyway,good news is: Gracy is back for good! 😀 & Maybe there’s gonna be a shift in my writing ..hopefully,for the good (I just reread some of my older posts & i was like.. *covers eyes & turns away.No puke*) . So come back again and check out Coupe de grace (God! I should get my blog a better name.) I’ll just cut the crap here & sign out before i get hit by those pelts! 😛

Cheers,

Me

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