Monday, December 23, 2013

Of Groups & Sorts

Amazon .. Google .. Yahoo ... are you listening?

All these years, I resisted what I called was the trap of “online shopping”.
But 2013 saw me progressively become an online shopper.

The first time it was out of necessity - or so I thought.
I wear wide width shoes. These aren’t as readily available in stores. In the past, only Nordstrom could come to my rescue.

Next time round, it was because of the t-shirt style that I prefer. I like scoop necks; alas, stores tend to carry more of round necks and v-necks.

The other day, I went online shopping because I like pure cotton pants; & of course I don’t like it mixed with lycra!

My online shopping sprees increased; so did the rigidity of my choices.
I had reasons to not adapt; I had discovered a way out.

With time, my search prowess increased. I happily went pounding the searches on my keyboard:

Women t-shirt cotton black …
Women t-shirt cotton black scoop neck …

Heck, men don’t wear scoop necks & I certainly don’t like redundancies.
I am willing to sacrifice performance over elegance. So I drop “Women” from the search string

Black cotton scoop neck t-shirt …

If only I could sort the result by fitting style; wouldn’t I love to first see slim fits followed by relaxed fit.
Can't believe it; they have not given me a mechanism to optimize my query. How limiting!

It dawns on me – I am almost playing mind games; and having too much fun at that.
Wonder what would happen when keyword searches are widely replaced with natural language searches?

Black scoop neck t-shirts… exclude … include … 
rule based ... not cost based please!
Evidently, I love elegance in my attire & in my queries – no semantics here.

Amazon..Google ... Yahoo .. are you up for it?

Sunday, December 8, 2013

More on DeZaView


One in five students in the US are enrolled in an online course. We are seeing an explosive growth in online courses and, expansion of a bewildering array of online learning material. This is raising a question about what exactly the students, teacher and parents expect from courses delivered over internet- whether purely online, blended or flipped.

Should K-12 students use Wikipedia as a major source, while researching for their assignment or, supplementing their learning?   This debate has been raging on for some time in the teachers and educators community.

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