With only 49 days remaining for FIFA world Cup 2010, the world cup fever has started to spread among people. Many web sites and blogs now have some coverage of the world’s biggest sports event; being held in South Africa this year from 11 June to 11 July. A lot has changed since the last world-cup when it comes to peoples life-style, Facebook was in its infancy and Twitter wasn’t even born!
Football being one of the most popular sports in Nepal, we decided to do something to engage our members this year. We have built a Facebook app using which you can see the teams that are likely to play with each other and based on that choose your World Cup 2010 winner. This kind of application is commonly called a Bracket App or a Tie-Sheet App.
FIFA World Cup 2010 Bracket Facebook App
You begin by choosing the winners and runners-up for the group matches and then proceed to bracket games all the way to the Finals. The application shares your selection for the World-Cup winner via your Facebook Wall. You can also invite your friends to try the application after you share your selection. Click here to try the app!
Being away from Nepal is the price many of us have chosen to pay for the sake of better education and career. We miss Nepal; it is plain old nostalgia. The good news is that the world is shrinking and it is getting easier to be in touch with Nepal. We do that by watching ‘तितो सत्य’ at nepal123.com, watching Nepali Music videos in YouTube or by following latest development in blogs and web-sites.
I recently found that Netflix, a US based movie renting service, had Caravan (the movie Himalaya by Eric Valli was known by the name Caravan in Nepal) available for renting. I had watched that movie in the old Jai Nepal theater the year it was nominated for Oscar in the ‘Foreign Language’ category. I was impressed by the breath-taking visuals from Dolpa and by the work the team had put together. When I found that I could watch it again, I did that without second thoughts.
Thinle in Caravan
A glimpse of the mountain
It was like a short visit to Nepal that filled me with joy. The movie impressed me equally this time. I recommend that you view it if you have not viewed it already. If you are not a Netflix subscriber, you can subscribe to their 15 day free-trial and watch the movie (and several others like Slumdog Millionaire) at no cost. Click on the image below to rent the DVD from Netflix. If you are not an existing customer, you will be asked to join the free trial in the following page. I am sure you will enjoy the movie!
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