Thursday, August 31, 2006

Happy Blog Day...

Happy Blog DayHave you ever noticed that the date 31/08 => 3108 (August 31st) looks like the word 'Blog' ?? I have never noticed it before…But yesterday while surfing in the net, I came to know this interesting thing and finally found out that August 31 is known as the official Blog Day. Mr. Nir Ofir, the Editor in Chief of an Israeli Portal: Tapuz.co.il, first ever noticed this similarity when he was in the first Blog conference held in Israel and on that day, he started the ‘Blog Day’ idea. And within a very short time, this idea became a biggest hit among the bloggers around the world and they started to celebrate 31st August as International Blog Day.

Blog Day was initiated with the belief that bloggers should have one day which will be dedicated to know about other bloggers, preferably from other countries or areas of interests. In that day, a blogger will recommend about five weblogs to his blog visitors to help in spreading new ideas, cultures and opinions. So without further ado, here goes my five recommendations…

  • Darren Straight’s Blog : This is a technology weblog by Darren Straight who is an avid blogger and technology enthusiast. He loves the passion of beta testing new products and services from Microsoft.

  • Post Secret : The Post Secret project asks people to write down a secret on a postcard and send it to them, usually anonymously. These postcards are then scanned in and posted on the blog every Sunday. Many secret-posters have found this to be a huge source of catharsis, and I find it always an insightful read. It’s sometimes uplifting, and often sad to read what secrets others are hiding away.

  • 3rd World View : This weblog is posted by Mr. Rezwan, a Bangladeshi, living in Berlin, Germany. He was the winner of ‘Weblog 2004 Awards’ in the best Bangladesh weblog category. His blog mainly deals with Bangladesh related matters.

  • Hasan’s Weblog : This is a programming and technology related blog posted by a computer geek named Mr. Tanveer Hussain Khan Hasan. So if you have a good interest in web development, then I personally recommend this weblog.

  • Hack MSN Spaces : This is the most popular weblog among the windows live spacers! Since, I had been a windows live space user in the initial period of my blogging, I became a great fan of this space. This weblog is all about the customization of your windows live space and it is posted by a computer geek named Dev living in UK. So if you are a windows live spacer and if you want to customize your weblog, don’t forget to check out this space regularly.

Blog Day Posting Instructions :
  1. Find five blogs that you find interesting.

  2. Notify the 5 bloggers that you are recommending on them on the occasion of ‘Blog Day’.

  3. Write a short description of the Blogs and place a link to the recommended weblogs.

  4. Post the ‘Blog Day Post’ (on August 31st) and

  5. Add the ‘Blog Day’ tag using this following link :

  6. http://technorati.com/tag/BlogDay2006

    And a link to Blog Day official web site at http://www.blogday.org.

How to add 'Blog Day' logo in your post :

Just copy the following html code and paste it at the top of your post editor (remember: you have to be in the 'Edit Html' mode) :



So, why are you waiting for?? Just celebrate this Blog Day via posting an entry in your weblog and the important issue is you should follow the above instructions to take part in it! Ciao!

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Music Section Update : Recently, I have uploaded five hit tracks sung by American Idol super star Kelly Clarkson in the music gallery. You can directly get those tracks from here. Moreover, two hindi tracks composed
by A.R.Rahman from the indian movie 'Thakshak' has been added on request. Download those two tracks from here.

About Author Section Update : Another testimonial was added on the 29th August and it was given by Samiha Esha.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Close Up1 is Back Again...

Close Up 1 is back as the sequel to its musical talent hunt show with the new slogan ‘Gao Bangladesh Gao’. ‘Close Up 1 - Tomakei Khujchhe Bangladesh’ was one of the biggest and the first ever musical talent hunt competitions in Bangladesh. The seven-month long Close Up 1 '05 search gave the nation a group of young promising singers who could strike a chord in the hearts of millions. With the same promise of finding yet a fresh set of promising musicians, Close Up 1, 2006 was launched on the 24th of June!

Like last year, the preliminary selection is being carried out at 11 different locations across the nation. The audition locations are: Chittagong, Comilla, Faridpur, Barisal, Khulna, Rajshahi, Rangpur, Bogra, Mymensingh, Sylhet and Dhaka. Two more audition panels have also been set up at New York and London so that non-resident Bangladeshis living in UK and USA can take part in this program. This is the first time in the history of our country, Bangladeshis staying abroad are directly participating in a Bangladeshi talent hunt competetion. Isn’t it great ??

July 10 was the last date for registration. The primary audiotion & selection process has completed on August 22. Among all thousands of contestants, only 120 of them have received the ‘Yes-card’ from the audition judges and are now eligible to come to Dhaka to take part in the second round. After the second round, only the best 40 talents will be left in the competetion and this talent hunting show will become more exciting for sure!

I think, most of you should have already known that NTV has started telecasting important parts of the audition round at 9.10pm on every Friday and Sunday. Like the last year Close Up 1 competetion, the viewers all over the country can vote for their favorite contestants through SMS and viewers staying abroad can take part in the online voting process when the second round will start. But this year, the competetion authorities are trying hard so that we can watch the vote count of each contestant live in television… It sounds really exciting… Isn’t it ??

Dreams & Talents, Confidence & Aspiration, Voice & the Microphone, a Nation along with Its Youth - together we will surely create history again with Close Up1 as we did in 2005.

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Music Section Update: Habib has composed a theme song for Citycell Mobile Company and this song has been performed by Habib, his dad Ferdous Wahid and his group. Recently, I have got this song and uploaded it in the music gallery. You can directly get it from here (the last song from the list).

About Author Section Update: A testimonial has been added and it has been given by one of my friends named Rikhi.

Friday, August 25, 2006

Pluto is no longer a 'planet' in our Solar System…

There will no longer be the existence of planet ‘Pluto’ in the Solar System! For more than seven decades, school children have been taught that tiny, lonely Pluto is the outermost of the nine planets that orbit the Sun. A big hole has now been bashed into that cherished piece of learning, for most Astronomers have voted to strip Pluto of its status as a planet on yesterday (August 24, 2006).This decision has been taken in the general meeting of the world’s topmost astronomers in Prague, the capital of Czech Republic. More than 2,500 scientists have been present in that meeting, which was arranged by International Astronomical Union (IAU) .

Pluto was discovered by the American astronomer Clyde Tombaugh in 1930. Since then, Pluto was known to be ninth planet of our Solar System. But from the very beginning, there was always a debate on Pluto’s planetary status among the astronomers! Many astronomers feel Pluto's small size (only 2,360 km across, smaller even than some moons in the Solar System) and its highly elliptical and tilted orbit set it apart from the other eight ‘traditional’ planets. Moreover in the early 90’s, astronomers found several objects of comparable size to Pluto in an outer region of the Solar System called the Kuiper Belt. Since then, the campaign against Pluto’s planetary status became strong to stronger and finally yesterday this debate came to an end. In the meeting, the scientists agreed that for a celestial body to qualify as a planet:
  • It must be in orbit around the Sun.
  • It must be large enough that it takes on a nearly round shape.
  • It has cleared its orbit of other objects.
- Pluto was automatically disqualified because its highly elliptical orbit overlaps with that of Neptune.

This decision of stripping Pluto’s planetary status by International Astronomical Union (IAU) means textbooks will now have to describe a ‘New’ Solar System with just eight major planetary bodies and Pluto will no longer be considered as a ‘traditional’ planet, rather it will be referred to as ‘Dwarf Planet’. There is recognition that the demotion is likely to upset some public, who have become accustomed to a particular view of the Solar System.