Showing posts from November, 2012

Tech - Evolution of Google Search

In my previous article, I compared the evolution of google and bing. Now, google seems to be going deeper into it's knowledge graph. 
The changes are becoming apparent for multi-word searches where a context can be derived. Try searching for  'daniel day lewis movies', 'tolkien books', 'murugan idli shop in chennai', 'london theatres'. The search results are completely transformed. I have to admit, I personally like the results. The results have a bit more coherence and context, not just a list of links to sites. 
As with everything, there are both pros and cons to the knowledge graph.
Use curated content in the knowledge graph to offset the current lack of integration with popular social networking sites like twitter and facebook.Mitigate the risk of content moving behind paywalls (example - news) or state intervention (as being proposed in France, Germany).Cons:
Building and maintaining the knowledge graph will be a more complicated task than …

Savour the time

Savour the time Turin is one of Italy's foremost industrial and cultural centres. Befitting that status, the slow food movement started from this city. Turin recently hosted the international slow food festival.
Today's recipe is a tribute to the slow food movement. As much as the food, it matters that you also savour the time you spend making it. Sambar is a pretty common dish in south India. Here is a variation with some mango in it.
Contributed by Rajan Manickavasagam.
Published 25. November 2012
Ingredients1 green chilli2 tablespoon vegetable oil1 chopped red onion1 tablespoon ginger garlic paste1 sliced drumstick2 diced small aubergines1 diced raw mango1 diced tomato 1 teaspoon of salt (or to taste)1 teaspoon of turmeric1 tablespoon of sambar powder1 teaspoon of red chilli powder1 cup of moong daal (split yellow lentil)1 teaspoon of asafoetida1 tablespoon of crushed black pepper  InstructionsSoak the moong daal in two cups of water for 10-15 minutes.Throughout the cookin…