Photographer Nacho Rojo and his girlfriend are the subjects of his series Couples, where the two present themselves as strikingly different characters within various social groups. The results of their creativity and extreme styling really entice the viewer to think about the concepts of identity and social behavior. General style, gestures, posture, facial expressions, hair, […]Continue Reading
Over some weeks ago, a friend of mine had a weird long status in facebook, in all caps. What it said was, if you google “Birthplace of Buddha” a map is displayed in which it shows birth place of Buddha is Uttarpradesh, India. Well now, we all know Gautam Buddha was born in Lumbini, Nepal. There is no doubt about it. And, my friend urged all of us to put the same status as a protest to Google to fix the error in Google Maps.
The funny thing about Google maps is anybody can put a marker in the maps and name it a place. As a matter of fact, the marker with name “Birthplace of Buddha” that shows up in google/Google Maps is a user generated marker. So I, and several other unsatisfied, angered people tried to change the address to Lumbini, Nepal from Uttarpradesh, India. But Google doesn’t seem to approve it.
Get this, anybody in the Internet can place a marker in Google Maps and write a description about that place, either it is a business or a landmark. What I don’t understand is, regardless of the description in it, how can a marker which is clearly seen in the maps that lies in the territory of Nepal be marked as India? That boggles my mind.
In the image above the gray line separates Nepal and India. The northern part is Nepal and the southern part for the line is India. The marker “A” clearly lies in the territory of Nepal shows up as Uttarpradesh, India. How is that even possible? Why are the edits that we are making, correcting it is not being honored by Google/Google Maps?
Over a week there has been several protest over the Internet. Facebook groups were made. This group GOOGLE! Correct your mistake. Gautam Buddha was born in Nepal, not India has 7300+ members. This one has 1100+ members, last time I checked. Google has also closed comments in its support forum for this matter. Here is thread one in which the “top contributor”, ehg from Germany, says it has been addressed in thread two. In thread two s/he says it has been reported to Google, and then again it says the topic has been addressed in the third thread but actually it points to itself. So there is no solution for that and the comments in those threads are disabled.
[update: it seems that thread two has been opened again for comments. There is now no link to thread three.]
I and several others have tried to report the problem to Google in several other ways. I contacted the Google Maps Support Team through http://maps.google.com/support/bin/request.py?contact_type=open_bug. Several other contacted @googlemaps. This guy even contacted @mattcutts from the spam team from Google. But everyone in Google seems to put a dumb ear towards our plea.
There was no need of plea. Can I put a marker in Google Maps in the USA and say it is Germany. I bet Google will not validate that entry. Why has Google validated a part of Nepal, a holy place where Siddartha Gautam was born, Lumbini, as a part of India and hasn’t changed with our several attempts to change it is, Google is Evil. For us Nepalese they are.Continue Reading
On one of the sites I manage, a lot of images get loaded when anybody visits it. Hence the load time. I was looking at the site performance section in Google Webmaster Tools and it says the site took 28 seconds to load and is slower than 100% of sites. So, thanks Google for letting […]Continue Reading
This sort of slide show. Actually, I believe this is a magazine and the Nepali Times publishers put the pdf file on their website, which I downloaded several months ago, before I reinstalled Windows Vista on this machine. That was a long time ago. I was going through my old files in my old hard […]Continue Reading
I was shocked (sorta) to see this in the Report. Colbert is crying out loud “Matina Shakya” and being mad at Nepal for whatever no reason he always has. But it is funny. And he is talking about this article in AFP (UPDATE: this clip from hulu has expired, so it no longer works.) I […]Continue Reading
The Himalayan Times, editors just started learning how to use a Dodge tool in Adobe Photoshop. This is pathetic. They are editors and photo editors. How can they let this be? Are they so ignorant and don’t care about? These are the pictures Girija and Prachanda published in the front page of The Himalayan Times, […]Continue Reading