It’s grunt work which brings people together…

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Good times with Pit Fee, Sireesha, Gautham, Sandeep. Chris and Arun joined in later too.

It was a typical Friday afternoon at the Teaching and Learning Center (yes, it’s TLC!). I had finished giving my blog workshop and realized how life was made so much easier thanks to the slew of useful online videos this year.

I started with the broad idea of what Web 2.0 through “The Machine is Us/ing Us“, used CommonCraft’s “RSS in Plain English” before walking participants through Google Reader, and finally finished off the workshop with a little video on Creative Commons (via Ivan’s Blogging talk). Interestingly, student journalists from the Spectrum (our campus newspaper) seemed interested in a story of how instructors plan to use blogs for their classes / research, so don’t be surprised if you see something from this in the papers.

But what could beat this highlight of my Friday? The kind-hearted darlings known as my fellow student assistants at the TLC. While we’re all busy working on our individual projects, a priority one was given to three of us to start labeling workshop mailers to be sent out next week. While we busied ourselves to it, one by one colleagues who walked by decided to chip in to get the job done sooner. Before you know it, everyone got into the labeling fever.

Along the way, we traded stories, talked about music and that’s where I was reminded of some funny bhangra music I’ve heard somewhere before. On Youtube, we found that “Tunak Tunak Tun” tune by Daler Mehndi, and later realized how the World of Warcraft Burning Crusade Draenei race would dance perfectly to it. Like most catchy yet strangely unique tunes out there, Tunak Tunak Tun’s appeared in plenty of other places. It’s screams of meme-quality.