Updates & Asian Games

Finally got time to change the look of the blog.  Its been some time since i have been wanting to change the theme.  While going through Matt Mullenweg’s website, found this colourful theme on his blog.  Btw, who is Matt Mullenweg?  He is the founder / developer of WordPress; the open source blog publishing software that powers this and millions of blogs & websites the world over.

Matt, whose blog is  http://ma.tt (can you have a web address cooler than that?) founded the company Automattic which came out with products like Gravatar, Akismet (the spam catching software), WordPress etc.  Visit Matt’s website for more information about technology and to read about himself and his interests in photography.

Managed to find all the previous codes of the Marriage ticker, World Community Grid etc. Also feel that the Equity portfolio and Books Read widgets look much better on this theme than the previous ones.  Not only that, the comments section on all the other pages of this blog which mysteriously went missing in the previous themes have re-appeared with this theme 😀

The 16th Asian Games are to begin today at Guangzhou in China.  Unlike all the mess associated with the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi in October, the Chinese got all the infrastructure ready (along with the stadiums) months in advance.  Now, that is what is called an awesome planning and execution.  Am sure the Chinese would put up an even better display than the mind blowing performance they put up during the Olympics in Beijing in 2008. The opening and closing ceremony would be something to watch out for.

The opening ceremony would be at 2000 hrs Singapore time (+8 hrs GMT).  Expecting the Indian team to repeat the performance of the Commonwealth Games would be simply too much.  Even though the Aussies, English and Canadian teams were around in the Commonwealth Games, the Chinese, Japanese and Koreans are different cup of tea.

China ended with 166 golds in the previous Asian Games at Doha.  They would be certainly gunning for 200 in front of their home crowd.  Also the Chinese are fielding the biggest contingent ever, a younger team which will be put to test before the 2012 London Olympics where they are poised to top the medals tally again.

Also India take on New Zealand at Hyderabad, India for the 2nd test match.  Wish i was back home, and i would have gone to the stadium to see Sachin, Laxman, Dravid etc play for probably the last time in Hyderabad.  The Uppal stadium is just a few kilometers from my home and would have been fun with friends and family.

Anyways, here is wishing the best to both the Indian cricket team and the Indian contingent at the Asian Games.  India won 10 golds, 17 silver and 26 bronze at the Doha games.  Here’s wishing they improve the performance by at least 50% this time.

Asian Games Official Website – http://www.gz2010.cn/en

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