Half of what 2009 was….

  1. June 22nd 2009 revived the journal/blog.
  2. June 30th 2009 Contributed to two small Open source projects – JQuery Autocorrect and WordPress DateTitle.
  3. July 2nd 2009 Sangita was here. Met her after a gap of 10 years.
  4. July 7th 2009 Saw more FOSS contribution from SANIsoft – this time 3 more jQuery plugins.
  5. July 19th 2009 Wrote a post on Single Light portraits – this post is currently the most read post on this blog.
  6. July 21st 2009 On the eve of a total solar eclipse in India I recalled my experience of 1980 of seen a total solar eclipse.
  7. August 9th 2009 We initiated Nagpur PHP Meetups with a aim of getting Nagpur on the PHP map of the world, no where there yet!.
  8. September 19th 2009 I turned 43 and was wished by more people than ever before.
  9. October 7th 2009 One of my pictures made it to #1 on Flickr explore and I wrote some tips on how I got there.
  10. November 17th 2009 Rescued a Russell’s Viper on the even of Aasim’s Birthday
  11. December 1st 2009 Attended foss.in/2009 did not write about it but tweeted a lot during the event
  12. December 18th 2009 Released a WordPress plugin to import Flickr comments into posts

Well the year had a lot more than the above 12 points but that is mostly too personal to write right now – someday if all the characters permit it will make one hell of a story!!

The woodpecker and the squirrel

The woodpecker and the squirrel
The woodpecker and the squirrel

It happened on a cloudy September day, an amusing encounter Continue reading, there are 13 more photos

Live Flickr Comments Importer

A quick note for those who follow my blog but not the SANIsoft blog. The WordPress Plugin to import comments from your Flickr Photos into your WordPress posts is now listed at http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/live-flickr-comment-importer/ and the plugin home page is at http://www.sanisoft.com/blog/2009/12/15/wordpress-plugin-live-flickr-comment-importer/

Bug reports, feature request and patches most welcome

Testing Flickr Comment Import plugin


Yesterday I hacked a plugin which allows importing of comments from Flickr into a WordPress post, however I am not releasing this iteration of the plugin because

  1. It does not really use the Flickr API but the recent activity RSS feed
  2. It involves the WordPress user entering a custom field called flickr_ID which should have the value of the picture ID on Flickr
  3. It is hooked to the admin_head – which means that comments are imported only when I do something in the WordPress Admin

Thus I am not releasing this version – the next version will try to solve the above three issues and I will release that. Meanwhile if you go to this photo on Flickr and comment, the comment will show up on this post in a while

Black-tailed Godwit at Nagpur in November

Black-talied Godwit
Black-talied Godwit

This is a picture I took on 27th Nov 2009 at Ambhazari Lake, Nagpur. The bird with the long beak is a ‘Western’ Black-tailed Godwit, Limosa limosa in it’s winter, non breeding plumage of this bird. These birds migrate from Central Asia (Far East Russia) to India for wintering.

In Nagpur we see them only in April when they are returning and are beginning to assume breeding plumage. However this year for the first time in nearly 8 years of my serious I have spotted them in November…. I hope they stay here throughout winter as it would present a great photo opportunity.

Incidentally the bird is classified as Near Threatened by IUCN

Additional information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black-tailed_Godwit