9.9 School of Convergence

Recently 9.9 Mediaworx took over the School of Convergence from Kaleidoscope Entertainment and now have rebranded it as the 9.9 School of Convergence. The prime of objective of the institution is to provide real-world education in Journalism. They offer a Diploma in Applied Journalism that aims to impart street-smartness in the students and prepare them for the industry which is evolving at a rapid rate.

Admissions are currently open for the Diploma in Applied Journalism in the 9.9 School Of Convergence. The session is due to start on 20th September. The classes will just be a weekend affair with classes held on Sundays. So the timings won’t clash with your work/college timings. The course is open to people from all streams pursuing Graduation or Post-Graduation or even working professionals who wish to switch to a career in Journalism.

In India, there are very few good colleges that offer a proper degree in Journalism. The industry is changing and the change is big. It has grown a lot in the last few years. There are lots of new job openings in the Journalism industry. But very few institutes offer courses in Journalism. People go for courses like B.A. English (Hons) just because of the shear lack of institute offering a degree in Journalism. The Diploma in Applied Journalism is perfect for such people. They can go to college on weekdays and attend 9.9 School Of Convergence on Sundays. This way people are able to gain extra skills in the field they are interested in. The Diploma in Journalism gives the you an edge above other people who want to get into the industry.

For any queries regarding the course- admission process, fee etc. you can contact 9.9 Media School of Convergence to get the required details. There are just 50 seats for the course and admissions will be partly on first come first serve basis, so hurry up if you are interested.

The World Through My Lens

People who know me well or have known me from my childhood, know that I wear contact lenses. Many more people know this fact now that I’ve mentioned about it on my blog. Well my contact lenses are not the only lenses I use. I often take pictures from my camera (Canon Power Shot A430) and my mobile phone (Motorola L9). I haven’t really shared any pictures online yet. I have a Picasa Web Album and a Flickr account but I just didn’t feel like uploading picutres.

This was my story until recently I realized that I have all the time in the world to start sharing photos. So I’ve decided to maintain a photo gallery. I bought hosting a few months ago and have lots of unused space and bandwidth. Thus I decided to host my own photo gallery. I considered Gallery2 and even installed it using GoDaddy’s Hosting Connection one click installer. I found it good but something about it just didn’t feel right. So I gave ZenPhoto a try through my Dreamhost Apps account as GoDaddy doesn’t have a 1 click installer for ZenPhoto. It turned out to be nice. In fact I found it better than Gallery2. It had all the essential features I needed and was easier to use. So I decided to go for ZenPhoto.

Installing ZenPhoto was the next step. Installation was not as simple as I expected it to be. I think needed to make some changes to the .htaccess file and also needed to create a php.ini in the gallery folder to satisfy a few installation requirements. Overall the installation was easy and the setup guide was useful in troubleshooting installation problems.

So that’s pretty much all it took to set up my own hosted photo gallery at http://gallery.namanb.com. I haven’t put up many pictures yet but I’ll be putting quite a few pictures soon. I made a short visit to Udaipur this June and I’ve uploaded the pictures of the visit on my photo gallery.

So now you can see The world through my lens, which happens to be the present name of my photo gallery at http://gallery.namanb.com.

Schumi Returns

While writing this paragraph of this post, I was thinking about how I used to spend my weekends in 2006 and before that, long before I started this blog. Every alternate weekend, I used to be glued to the Television at 4:30pm to watch live Formula 1 action. But at the end of the 2006 F1 season, something happened that changed the way things were. I am a BIG fan of Michael Schumacher. I don’t use caps to highlight things too often but on this occasion it was absolutely necessary. Michael Schumacher retired at the end of the 2006 F1 season. Here’s a short tribute to him, with clips of his last race-

I was not sure what would happen to my interest in F1 after Schumi’s retirement. Initially my interest faded a bit in the absence of Schumi but I enjoyed watching a Ferrari win. The Brawn GP domination this season spoiled the show completely. I also started living in a hostel so couldn’t catch up with the latest F1 action regularly. But 25th July 2009 turned out to be an eventful day with Felipe Massa crashing at the end of the 2nd qualifying session after a spring hit him at the top of his left eye. He got multiple skull fractures and questions started to raise on the safety of F1 drivers and the HANS device. Here’s a video which shows how the crash happened. Note that Massa was knocked out as soon as the screw hit him. This can be seen from the fact that he crashed at full throttle.

Massa is alright now but won’t be able to race for the rest of the season. Ferrari has asked Michael Schumacher to replace Massa for the rest of the season and he will be doing so. Yes, its true, Michael Schumacher is coming out of retirement. He announced his retirement at Monza in 2006 and in 2009 he will be racing in Italy again. I’m just waiting for the European Grand Prix qualifying at 4:30 pm on 22nd August. So are millions of Schumacher fans. All of a sudden my hunger for watching F1 has increased manifold. Everyone is waiting for Michael Schumacher’s comeback and are expecting him to set the track on fire. So what should a die-hard Schumi fan do while he waits for the next 21 days. Just sit back, relax, get nostalgic and watch videos like this one-

I just hope Michael Schumacher races for Ferrari atleast till the end of this season.