Spanish, Konkani… and music videos


Colin <jazzgoa@yahoo.com> sent this note (together with copies of the two music videos):   Obligato-Goa’s sensational latino band has launched two music videos in Goa. A sizzling Spanish song called ‘La Paranda’ and a kicking Konkani kantaar called ‘Goa Amchem’. The band has decided to get together again after a two year break. The video DVD has been released for promotional purposes and is available free of cost. Call Carlos in Goa for your copy on cellphone 9822382824.View a low resolution clip of ‘Goa Amchem’ here: http://youtube.com/watch?v=_aq6uSElyc4 goamusician : Message: Obligato launches music video technorati tags:music, Spanish, Konkani, Obligato Blogged … Continue reading Spanish, Konkani… and music videos

Check this mailing list: development communications….


We are a network of activists,academics and development practitioners working toward stronger alternative,participatory and people centered communications.(This) group will focus on demonstrating that development communication is an indispensable ingredient for meeting contemporary development challenges…. DevelopmentCommunicationInSouthAsia : DevelopmentCommunicationInSouthAsia technorati tags:media, communications, india Blogged with Flock Continue reading Check this mailing list: development communications….

Check this mailing list: development communications….


We are a network of activists,academics and development practitioners working toward stronger alternative,participatory and people centered communications.(This) group will focus on demonstrating that development communication is an indispensable ingredient for meeting contemporary development challenges…. DevelopmentCommunicationInSouthAsia : DevelopmentCommunicationInSouthAsia technorati tags:media, communications, india Blogged with Flock Continue reading Check this mailing list: development communications….

India joins Creative Commons camp of building sharable knowledge


Jan 27, 2007 – 10:45:52 AM Several million pages of web content use Creative Commons licenses. This makes tonnes of text, video, music, photos and educational content sharable to those with Net access. By Frederick Noronha, IANS, [RxPG] Mumbai, Jan 27 – India’s entry into the global Creative Commons network that works to expand the range of creative work available for others to build upon and share has been welcomed by Joichi Ito, chair of the non-profit organisation. Ito, chair of Creative Commons -, a 2001-founded non-profit organisation, told IANS:’India was probably the most significant country we had left out … Continue reading India joins Creative Commons camp of building sharable knowledge

Toys for tomorrow… a new mailing list


A cyber-network being built to promote discussion on toys in India — traditional and modern — and network people working on this issue. This list was inspired by a chance meeting with Sudarshan Khanna, a man committed to this idea, after many years, at the IIT Bombay’s TechFest, Jan 2007. –Frederick Noronha toys-for-tomorrow-india : ToysForTomorrow(India) technorati tags:toys, mailinglist, india, nid, nationalinstitutefordesign Blogged with Flock Continue reading Toys for tomorrow… a new mailing list

Simputer …. dead or fighting back?


Simputer project struggling to keep afloat IANS,January 30, 2007 The Simputer is dead. Long live the Simputer. India’s most high profile IT hardware project has been fighting to keep afloat, but some pleasant surprises could still come the way of this handheld computing device. ‘ The Simputer was greeted with much optimism globally when plans for it were announced and prototypes put out to show its workability. But this didn’t work as smoothly as expected. Now the production of the Simputer has ceased. People are still buying the “couple of thousand” computers available in his company’s stock, said Atul Chitnis, … Continue reading Simputer …. dead or fighting back?

Robotics, dinosaurs… and IITians’ "social responsibilities”


Fun, robotics, videoconference talks from someof the planet’s big names in science and tech, and a drastic re-lookat alternatives to the copyright model are on the menu for this year’sTechfest2007, the student festival of one of India’s premiertechnology training centres, IIT-Bombay. “In a little while, there will be something like 20,000 people takingpart here,” said Asst Prof Shishir K Jha, of the Shailesh J. MehtaSchool of Management. Draped in a sea of banners that indicate the support from affluentindustrial and other sponsors to this event in a prestigioustechnology training-grounds, the IIT-Bombay was busy with students andothers thronging the three-day evening … Continue reading Robotics, dinosaurs… and IITians’ "social responsibilities”

Lack of awareness, prejudices and ignorance… (and) warm wishes always


Someone calling herself Kylie Suarzes sent me this note, published here in full (excepting the deletion of two names of journalists, mentioned a bit disparagingly), without comments: Dear Frederick, Hi! I trust this mail finds you in good health. First of all it was good to read your work in the Goan Womans ebook. I enjoyed reading it thoroughly and felt so proud to be a Goan. But I want to mention that chapter nine ‘Goan women in fine print’ was absolutely Incomplete. First of all you forgot to mention a leading young goan journalist — Cheryl Rodrigues, who started … Continue reading Lack of awareness, prejudices and ignorance… (and) warm wishes always

Boss, Baga?


“ “Boss, Baga?” As I cycled back to Saligao on a leisurly Sunday evening, with Aren chattering in the front of my exer-cycle, I realised someone was asking me for directions. The guy was on a motorcycle. Two decades after grumbling that Goa doesn’t have adequate road-signs, we are just there… with still no adequate sign-boards. Somewhere along the way, a beginning was made. But if you’re cycnical (like I am sometimes), you would say it was only an attempt at giving some crumbs to political supporters of the government of the day. Meanwhile, the 2.5 million claimed (claimed, because … Continue reading Boss, Baga?

Boss, Baga?


“ “Boss, Baga?” As I cycled back to Saligao on a leisurly Sunday evening, with Aren chattering in the front of my exer-cycle, I realised someone was asking me for directions. The guy was on a motorcycle. Two decades after grumbling that Goa doesn’t have adequate road-signs, we are just there… with still no adequate sign-boards. Somewhere along the way, a beginning was made. But if you’re cycnical (like I am sometimes), you would say it was only an attempt at giving some crumbs to political supporters of the government of the day. Meanwhile, the 2.5 million claimed (claimed, because … Continue reading Boss, Baga?

Reena Martins’ stories…


Colleague Reena Martins, based in Mumbai, has these two stories in The Telegraph titled The ills of the pills (“An abortion with no surgery involved is a dangerous trend and it’s picking up among the young in the country”) and Sappho comes out of the closet (“In a radical change from previous behaviour, lesbians are coming out into the open with their sexuality”). She’s from Salcete… a part of the Goajourno and even surviving Goanet (it can be tough for women posters out there!). technorati tags:media, relationships, reenamartins, thetelegraphkolkata Blogged with Flock Continue reading Reena Martins’ stories…

Missed opportunities, journalistic regrets, and Capn Crunch


Journalistic regrets? One thing I could always kick myself for is having run into Cap’n Crunch aka John Draper (many years back) both at a payphone booth in Goa at Calangute and at Porvorim (where Ricky’s office was then located)…. and not realising the role this man had played in the history of technology. The Wall Street Journal has a nice story titled. The Twlight Years of Cap’n Crunch: Silicon Valley legend John Draper made his name with brains and branks, before slipping to the margins: In the decades since Mr. Draper gained fame for his hacking skills as a … Continue reading Missed opportunities, journalistic regrets, and Capn Crunch

WilliamDrums… and three MP3s


WilliamDrums aka William D’Souza <williamdrums at yahoo.com> is a well-rated drummer, going by what prominent fellow musicians say. He recently sent me three MP3 files. Interesting stuff! The first is called Blue Fuse and was performed on Guitar Jaggi that is broadcast from BPLRadio Indigo. It involved the work of Chennai based bassist Prakash David and Mapusa-based Williams on the drums. It’s a live recording done at the M.F. Hussein’s Art Gallery in Bangalore during 2004 Next was Demo Five, another version of Dave Brubeck’s Take Five. Says William: “What I’ve done is I’ve sung a different tune on the … Continue reading WilliamDrums… and three MP3s

Goan women… and the written world


Aloke Fernandes <alokefer at gmail.com> sent me these inputs: Am a regular reader of your blogs and posts on various goa-linked forums.In response to an old query posted by you on Goacom [I guess he means Goanet.org –FN] — on notification of new goan authors, below are two recent releases, both by Goans, and both based in part on fictional villages in Goa Nandita da Cunha.Novel: The Magic of Maya. Info at http://nanditadacunha.blogspot.com Sonia Faleiro,Novel: The Girl,Info at http://soniafaleiro.blogspot.com There are also short stories (again based on Goa) by Nisha da Cunha, and a non fictional account by Maria Aurora … Continue reading Goan women… and the written world

Newsrack… a great tool


Newsrack is a great tool. You can use it to keep track of news on issues related to keywords of your interest. Written by a friend, Subramanya “Subbu” Sastry <sastry at cs.wisc.edu> In Subbu’s words: I am Subbu and I have been working on the news monitoring tool NewsRack, one of which is accessible at http://floss.sarai.net/newsrack Currently, over 250 users have registered with NewsRack…. At this time, NewsRack is able to track news from 5 different Hindi sources: Dainik Jagran BBC-Hindi Navbharat Times Dainik Bhaskar Hindustan Dainik and one Kannada source Kannada Prabha This list is expected to grow in … Continue reading Newsrack… a great tool

Blog of the "Vicious Beast”


Derek Cordeiro very modestly showed me the template and blog he had created for himself. Derek, 22, is a Goa Engineering College student and the guy who keeps my comp(s) working… in fine shape. He has done it for years, and I’ve had no complaint whatsoever. One can always rely on his ingenuity to find some solution to any (or so it seems) problem one things of in the IT world. His blog says: This blog isn’t about anything specific. I usually focus on alternate technology, better technology, Free/ Open Source Software, Books(Technical) and various events in my life… Viciously … Continue reading Blog of the "Vicious Beast”

Oh, rats!


Tom and Jerry (MGM) – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Riza (8) was narrating this little funny to us all, about her brother Aren (3). I suspect she’s feeling shy to write about it in her blog … and she does think twice about the impact of any potentially-embarassing information “leaked out”. She does let things slip sometimes, though 🙂 The kids have been watching a lot of TV these days… which is obviously, not a good thing. Tom and Jerry (MGM), has turned into one of Aren’s favourite. Who doesn’t know of the series of theatrical animated cartoons produced by … Continue reading Oh, rats!

Looking at Goa’s heritage… in its various shapes


One of my favourite Goa-related journals was released the other day. Parmal. It’s latest issue has on its cover this photo showing traditionally-attired Goan Hindu young women at a festive celebration. Parmal is published by the Goa Heritage Action Group, and calls itself “an annual publication brought to you by the GHAG, an NGO (non-governmental organisation) based in Goa dedicated to the preservation, protection and conservation of Goa’s natural, cultural and man-made heritage”. Prava Rai is Parmal‘s editor. She does a great job of it. It fits in with my view that some of the so-called “non-Goans” (and returned expats) … Continue reading Looking at Goa’s heritage… in its various shapes

F[L]OSS … in the neighbourhood


It was nice to see my essay on Free and Open Source Software in Pakistan (unexpectedly) make it to the cover of the Linux For You magazine. Thanks to the International Open Source Network for giving me the opportunity to compile this in the first place, and making it sharable! I need to work on some of the corrections and additions that I received feedback on. It was very interesting working on this report… and spreading the word about how much is actually happening in a way that sometimes doesn’t get the attention it deserves. technorati tags:floss, foss, pakistan, freesoftware, … Continue reading F[L]OSS … in the neighbourhood

BytesForAll.net … getting a new (cyber) home


Warren Noronha (no relative!) is telling me right now on Gmail chat about his updates on the BytesForAll site (actually, a major overhaul and shift-over). Take a look, and get a sneak preview: Bytes For All | Computing and the Internet for the Majority of the World Of course, it’s not yet formal. Or even offically ribbon-cut 🙂 Here’s a quote I quite liked: “The root of wealth or poverty lies in the ends we have inmind, not in the means to those ends. If the hand is ready then findingthe instrument of action should not be difficult” — Rabindranath … Continue reading BytesForAll.net … getting a new (cyber) home

Visitors… with a Saligao link


Vivian Pinto and family Vivian Pinto, a friend from the Net (SaligaoNet actually), dropped in with his family of Valerie, Marcus and Dominic. One of his sons has a PhD in Maths (and his twin-sister, whom we didn’t meet, is also in the field.) Some subject to choose to specialise in! Marcus and Vivian have been in education for their working lives. On reaching back to “cold England”, he wrote: Our visit to Goa was quite enchanting; the scenery, the beaches, the food, and most of all the friendly people. We have hundreds of photographs; would have had more if … Continue reading Visitors… with a Saligao link

A beach, midnight… and radio


Flickr: Photos from fredericknoronha Know what? I wouldn’t waste my time sitting on a Goan beach called Calangute at midnight. After all, I’ve grown up in the place, and have known the beach areas as far less consumerist and less-hyped. Above is Calangute (incidentally, it deserves a better entry on the Wikipedia) as seen on a post-New Year night currently. It’s the same place (almost) where in the early ‘seventies the Barneto kids and us (Ricky and myself) collected dead mackeral by the sackful. It was only later that we realised this was caused by pollution from the Zuari Agro … Continue reading A beach, midnight… and radio

Challenging the Chip: The Underbelly of IT


Interesting! Despite all the optimism about ICTs, this cannot be ignored! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Challenging_The_Chip Challenging The Chip From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Main Category: Non-fiction book stubs Challenging The Chip is a 2006-published book on “labour rights andenvironmental justice in the global electronics industry”. It ispublished by Temple University Press, Philadelphia. In three parts,the book looks at global electronics, environmental justice and labourrighs, and electronic waste and extended producer responsibility.Infour apendices, the book also deals with the principles ofenvironmental justice, the computer take-back campaign, sampleshareholder resolutions, and the electronics recycler’s pledge of truestewardship. This 357-page book (ISBN 1059213-330-4) was put together by … Continue reading Challenging the Chip: The Underbelly of IT

Food, photography… an expat, and bebinca


“ PHOTO: Edgar de Montreal Edgar de Montreal”, obviously a Goan expat based there, sent me this link to Art Gourmand Nice. I particularly liked his photo of the bebinca, the sweet, sweet Goan sweet (currently on top of his blog). His blog is described thus: Am a Montreal-based food photographer….passionate about allthings gourmandaise, an eye for design, a touch color..all flavoredfrom where I come from, a land once know for its spice and religion andbeautiful beaches, green hills and a laid-back and friendly peoples:Goa.Sadly, today its a tourist hot-spot open land-grab artists and mindlesspoliticians ….This photo blog is devoted … Continue reading Food, photography… an expat, and bebinca

Lusostalgia… and the ‘golden’ pre-1961 days


On Goanet one of the recurring themes is a dispute over how we understand Portugese rule in Goa. If it was so good (for us!) how could it be so bad? Maybe it’s all a question of how we view things. Gabriel de Figueiredo in Australia and Paulo Colaco Dias in the UK were arguing this issue recently. Gabriel cited the post below: Province to Colony Friday, Feb. 01, 1963 A year after Indian troops ended Portugal’s 451-year rule over its tiny colony of Goa on India’s west coast, native Goans were longing last week for the bad old days … Continue reading Lusostalgia… and the ‘golden’ pre-1961 days

A book … paying tribute to an educationist from Goa


My cyber-critic (with whom I have a strange equation of jousting on mailnig-lists but also sharing some common interests … and having very different perspectives though which we understand Goa) Cecil Pinto thrust two copies of Principal Edward J Soares 1898-1955 (2006, limited copies, not for sale) when we met up last at his office, with Domnic. This book is devoted to an educationist from a village in Bardez, “a visionary educationist who believed in the refining power of discipline”. Soares was the founder-principal of St Thomas High School at Aldona, which has been going strong since 1923. Those who … Continue reading A book … paying tribute to an educationist from Goa

People’s agenda… can we take it ahead?


Goapeoplesagenda – Scratchpad Wiki Labs – Free wikis from Wikia – A Wikia wiki Can we sustain this? Nandkumar Kamat’s suggestion for a people’s agenda for Goa…. Check it as it stands now. Some inputs from Saligao, Aldona… obviously many more people (and sections) need to be involved, if we are to claim that it is representative. Have written to educationists and others to offer their inputs. Feel free to add yours … or simply email me. technorati tags:peoplesagenda, goa, politics, goapolitics, india, agendasetting Blogged with Flock Continue reading People’s agenda… can we take it ahead?

Portugal, India… the changing equation


Telugu Portal – Business on mind, Portugal president in India tomorrow – Business/Economy – Latest News Obviously, Portugual is interested more in trade (maybe technology)… and markets. Not history or nostalgia, now….  End of the road for Lusostalgia? technorati tags:goa, portugal, indo-portuguese-relations, colonialism, foreigntrade, india Blogged with Flock Continue reading Portugal, India… the changing equation

Building a pre-election, citizen-crafted agenda


Dr Basilio Monteiro (above) and the New York-based St John’s University’s last weekend’s ICT-for-development conference  at the Hotel Mandovi saw the raising of many issues — besides just traditional ICTforD themes. As a non-purist, who believes that technology is intricatly connected with real-life, and that we should not pretend otherwise, this was a welcome change. Dr Nandkumar “The Guy In The Red Shirt” Kamat had many points to make, given his vast and encyclopaedic knowledge. Nandu has a lot to say. Usually. This blogger often appreciates his points (even if we sometimes disagree… and he sometimes takes him time in … Continue reading Building a pre-election, citizen-crafted agenda

Sitars, scanners … and sounds


My comp’s desktop is a mess currently. So many tools open, trying to do so many jobs… at the same time… but there’s a reason for it…. There’s the Xsane scanning software opened. Two browsers (Firefox and Flock aka The Social Browser. The latter is something that makes blogging a very easy task). There’s Sound Juicer, the music-playing software of my GNU/Linux Ubuntu distro. And the usual other things… Evolution for email, a Nautilus file-browser, another Wikipedia page, a dozen or so bookmarked to read via Whizz RSS the intersting Inter-Press Service stories coming in from the region I still … Continue reading Sitars, scanners … and sounds

Yesterday’s politicised students, fighting for change… and relevant tech today


Photo Karina Vasquez An ICT-for-development workshop got underway in Goa today.It is being organised by the St John’s University of New York and the Diocesan Centre for Social Communications Media. Expectedly, and in keeping with Goa’s size, it is a small event. Dr Ashok Jhunjhunwala (green shirt, front row, fourth from left), known for his CorDECT wireless in local loop telephony solutions, and also for inspiring so many students to do innovative work at IIT-Chennai, was among those present. We spoke about how politicised students of the yesteryears had turned into the key movers and shakers in a movement to … Continue reading Yesterday’s politicised students, fighting for change… and relevant tech today

Book on Goan music, a tribute from a grandson


Joao Paulo Cota <joao_cota at hotmail.com> emailed to say: “Following my recent trip to Goa, mostly for the centenary celebrations of my late grandfather, Maestro Jose Santana Cota, please find attached three tracks which are at the back of the book the Cota family has produced in his memory. Sobit Sundori is a folk piece and it is about a village milkmaid who sells milk door-to-door. Marcha de Santa Cruz and Serenade are two pieces for the brass band that he specifically composed for his “Banda de Santa Cruz”, the brass band he formed in 1929 and that is still … Continue reading Book on Goan music, a tribute from a grandson

E-cheat… Goa… and Batavia


Echeat? eCheat – Free essays, free term papers, custom essays Yes! Did I hear you ask, what’s that? Their description: “It’s not cheating. It’s collaborating.” Whatever! The only thing I could find related to Goa was this: The Colonial Capitals Of Goa & Batavia. [ Click here to purchase this essay ] A 7 page paper comparing the Dutch and Portuguese colonial capitals of Goa and Batavia. Issues concerning trade and imperialism are explored in considerable detail. Bibliography lists 6 sources. Filename: Goaand.wps Continue reading E-cheat… Goa… and Batavia