Apr 1, 2014

Create your own basic lightbox with CSS and jQuery

If you Google "lightbox", you would be greeted by hundreds of plugins, each with its own speciality. Quite often, these plugins are very heavy and contain a lot of functionality that you would probably not require. In most cases, your requirements are very basic and you wonder if it's practical to use a heavy plugin to get the job done. In this tutorial, we will talk about creating your own basic lightbox plugin. Why carry the whole Swiss knife when you just need a pair of scissors?
The lightbox that we are about to create is inspired by the look of the lightbox in this tutorial by Script Tutorials. However, we will discuss it in such a way that enables you to re-use the code in further projects.

Mar 2, 2014

The Call of Paradise

As travel enthusiasts, we were looking for a break in 2014, a sabbatical, albeit with a purpose - probably the smartest and exciting move for urbanites like us. During one such orientation programme for college teachers, ‘voluntarism’ was part of the itinerary which offers one the unique opportunity to combine a tour with a social cause. Needless to say one also discovers in the process about the varied tapestry of cultural and natural diversity while travelling. For all the teachers it was a shift in the paradigm – to gain new perspectives, to interact with people and expand our horizon.

Mar 1, 2014

And they lived happily ever after... Really?

“And they lived happily ever after...”- takes me straight back to my childhood. Mamma by the side of your bed telling you how, against all odds, the princess was rescued; the good ol’ days. There was nothing to worry about, because deep down, I knew that everything would turn out to be all right! However, as the years passed by, I realized that the world was cruel- the thought of a happy “ending” is just a fluke. In fact, there’s no ending, and “ever after” is just a cliche used in fictional works!

Jan 31, 2014

10 Common Mistakes by WordPress Beginners

To err is human and to forgive divine.’ Committing mistakes is not a crime, however, not learning from your mistakes definitely is. If you are new to the world of WordPress, it might be intriguing for you to set everything up and your primary focus would be to get things running. In that process, there are quite a few things that you might ignore which would come back to haunt you in the long run. Here is a list of such common mistakes that beginners commit, which you must avoid at all costs.

Jan 18, 2014

The Dream

Five minutes left for the final whistle. Trailing by a goal in the Champions League Final in Munich, Torres is brought on for Kalou. The commentator promptly reminds us for the 645th time that for all the minutes Drogba and Torres have played together in the pitch for Chelsea, neither of them have scored. Torres manages to win a corner though, Mata approaches the corner flag to take it. As the ball curls in, Drogba gets free from his marker and heads the ball. Neuer gets to the ball, but it still goes in...

... and then the goddamn alarm goes off!

Dec 17, 2013

Of Elections in the Largest Democracy

A certain boy in a certain corner of the country once told his father, "I want to be a politician."
"Stop this nonsense and go back to study," came the reply.

Do you know what was the mistake of that kid? He was unfortunate enough to be born in India, ironically the world's largest democracy.

Dec 16, 2013

Math the #1 reason why we waste study time

We have all been in that situation. You fixed 6 PM as the time you would sit down to study, after watching that all important TV show. You feel lazy and switch off the TV five minutes late. You stretch your limbs, have a soft drink, check your texts and before you realize, it’s 6.15 already. You decide to start off at 6.30 with a fresh mind. Although you wasted half an hour, you would still get off at 8 for the birthday party of your friend.

Dec 15, 2013

5 Must-Have Android Apps


I wouldn't bore you with my story of the ChaCha, how it (or rather HTC) betrayed me (Yes, HTC has pathetic after-sales service), or how I got my hands on a shiny new Galaxy S4 (or perhaps, I already have!) Let's just cut on to what I am about to tell you. Back to using the Android for over a month now, here are my favorite apps!

The misadventures of the D-Men

It's been over three years since I joined a certain technical institute in Northern India located very close to the foothills of the Himalayas. Nicknamed Dada, I have been known to be a quiet person, but when I get in contact with a certain Dork, who co-incidentally got allotted a room right next to me back then, people are known to avoid us. Add to it a certain Derp (don't be fooled by the name- he can be the Troll Dad too!), who wasn't that near, but near enough to extend his influence over us. Together, they form the D-Men.

The Tablet Times

With the microprocessor chips getting more powerful, yet smaller, smaller devices are getting smarter and more capable of doing things that couldn't be imagined even a few years ago. Could you imagine coming home late from work, sending a signal to your television to automatically start recording your favorite program? Well, the things that we can do are going beyond our imagination!

As of late, I have been doing some things with my Android device which has succeeded to make life difficult for others. Did I tell you about the time that I switched off the canteen TV with my Android device? (Yes, it has an infrared sensor which does the trick!) The bewildered look on the canteen owner’s face with bulging white eyeballs was priceless! There was this other time when I used a Bluetooth mouse to control my Android device because I was too damn bored of the touch-screen. Those may be interesting times, but what I am about to tell you is far more exciting…
 
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