Saturday, March 26, 2011

Independence of Bangladesh and two perspectives

Today on the auspicious occasion of Independence day of Bangladesh heard two pro grammes - one from NHK RJ another from Radio Teheran - and amazed to see that how a same thing can be seen from two different perspectives? When Radio Japan highlighted about the hardship of Independence war - the torture on Bangladeshis by Pakistanis and a success story of a war for good reason then Teheran was busy to find why Bangladesh failing to be a Islamic Country - the faults of current leadership in Bangladesh - they even talked many things supporting Jamat-e-Islami (a supposed rebel group) in Bangladesh - what people can say when there wearing colored glases...!!!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Google to compete Facebook’s dominance with Google ME

googleFacebook has developed into the world's largest social networking website, with over 500-million registered users worldwide, and that number is quickly growing as the site adds more than 500,000 new users each and every day.

Facebook's exponential growth in popularity can be attributable to the site being the first social network to offer a more seamless user experience with an emphasis on sharing what friends really wanted to see and read, instead of a steady stream of spam-like content found on then the largest social network, MySpace, which is owned by News Corporation.

Competitor's underestimated Facebook's growth potential, forecasting it's strong momentum at the time would not sustain in the longer run.

Fast-forward only a few years, and Facebook today is challenging Google's top spot as the world's largest web property.

Over the last couple of years, Google has tried to better establish itself in online social networking due to the intensifying threat from rivals like Facebook, but its offerings haven't really been as widely embraced by consumers as the company has hoped.

Most recently, about a year ago, Google released Google Wave, a real-time asynchronous communication, collaboration, and social networking platform that brought email, real-time chat with voice and video, and social networking all in one place – the first of its kind – yet the service has too not become as popular.

Only less than a year after general availability, Google announced early last August that it would stop Wave development, and said it intended to keep the service available at least until the end of this year.

Despite Google's marginal results in social networking, the company remains very well positioned strategically to develop a complete social network if it can correctly integrate some of its popular products that millions of people already use and rely on daily.

And right now, it appears Google will finally utilize already popular products to leverage itself into social networking by adding layers of social networking elements into some of its properties, like YouTube, starting as early as this November.

Google will subsequently launch a new social network called Google ME, which will be the most comprehensive social network built by the company, and could actually become a real substitute to Facebook.

Our source, which spoke on condition of anonymity because the plans were not made public, knowing people familiar with the project, told us that users could centrally upload and share content, as well as access information from other social networks like Twitter, play multiplayer games with social elements, and create groups of friends with different privacy settings.

Furthermore, if enabled, friends would be able to see search queries, and search results could be optimized based on friend contributions.

Additionally, Google ME will be integrated with key Google products, including Gmail, Voice, and Docs, among other products.

Google will also initially offer popular games from the publisher Zynga (Google is an investor in the company, its share has not been disclosed), including "FarmVille", "Texas Poker", and "Mafia Wars", some of which are already available on Facebook and mobile devices like Apple's iPhone.

As Facebook continues to grow, it could outpace Google's growth and push the search giant out of the number one spot as the biggest web destination on the Internet.

Given that Facebook has amassed a significant amount of data about users on the site, the social network every day becomes more and more of a threat to Google's search and advertising business.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Is the Sun Missing Its Spots?

July 21, 2009
NASA SUN GAZING These photos show sunspots near solar maximum on July 19, 2000, and near solar minimum on March 18, 2009. Some global warming skeptics speculate that the Sun may be on the verge of an extended slumber.

The Sun is still blank (mostly).

Ever since Samuel Heinrich Schwabe, a German astronomer, first noted in 1843 that sunspots burgeon and wane over a roughly 11-year cycle, scientists have carefully watched the Sun's activity. In the latest lull, the Sun should have reached its calmest, least pockmarked state last fall.

Indeed, last year marked the blankest year of the Sun in the last half-century — 266 days with not a single sunspot visible from Earth. Then, in the first four months of 2009, the Sun became even more blank, the pace of sunspots slowing more.

"It's been as dead as a doornail," David Hathaway, a solar physicist at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., said a couple of months ago.

The Sun perked up in June and July, with a sizeable clump of 20 sunspots earlier this month.

Now it is blank again, consistent with expectations that this solar cycle will be smaller and calmer, and the maximum of activity, expected to arrive in May 2013 will not be all that maximum.

For operators of satellites and power grids, that is good news. The same roiling magnetic fields that generate sunspot blotches also accelerate a devastating rain of particles that can overload and wreck electronic equipment in orbit or on Earth.

A panel of 12 scientists assembled by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration now predicts that the May 2013 peak will average 90 sunspots during that month. That would make it the weakest solar maximum since 1928, which peaked at 78 sunspots. During an average solar maximum, the Sun is covered with an average of 120 sunspots.

But the panel's consensus "was not a unanimous decision," said Douglas A. Biesecker, chairman of the panel. One member still believed the cycle would roar to life while others thought the maximum would peter out at only 70.

Among some global warming skeptics, there is speculation that the Sun may be on the verge of falling into an extended slumber similar to the so-called Maunder Minimum, several sunspot-scarce decades during the 17th and 18th centuries that coincided with an extended chilly period.

Most solar physicists do not think anything that odd is going on with the Sun. With the recent burst of sunspots, "I don't see we're going into that," Dr. Hathaway said last week.

Still, something like the Dalton Minimum — two solar cycles in the early 1800s that peaked at about an average of 50 sunspots — lies in the realm of the possible, Dr. Hathaway said. (The minimums are named after scientists who helped identify them: Edward W. Maunder and John Dalton.)

With better telescopes on the ground and a fleet of Sun-watching spacecraft, solar scientists know a lot more about the Sun than ever before. But they do not understand everything. Solar dynamo models, which seek to capture the dynamics of the magnetic field, cannot yet explain many basic questions, not even why the solar cycles average 11 years in length.

Predicting the solar cycle is, in many ways, much like predicting the stock market. A full understanding of the forces driving solar dynamics is far out of reach, so scientists look to key indicators that correlate with future events and create models based on those.

For example, in 2006, Dr. Hathaway looked at disturbances in the Earth's magnetic field that are caused by the Sun, and they were strong. During past cycles, strong disturbances at minimum indicated strong fields all over the Sun at maximum and a bounty of sunspots. Because the previous cycles had been shorter than average, Dr. Hathaway thought the next one would be shorter and thus solar minimum was imminent. He predicted the new solar cycle would be a ferocious one, consistent with a short cycle.

Instead, the new cycle did not arrive as quickly as Dr. Hathaway anticipated, and the disturbances weakened. His revised prediction is for a smaller-than-average maximum. Last November, it looked like the new cycle was finally getting started, with the new cycle sunspots in the middle latitudes outnumbering the old sunspots of the dying cycle that are closer to the equator.

After a minimum, solar activity usually takes off quickly, but instead the Sun returned to slumber. "There was a long lull of several months of virtually no activity, which had me worried," Dr. Hathaway said.

The idea that solar cycles are related to climate is hard to fit with the actual change in energy output from the sun. From solar maximum to solar minimum, the Sun's energy output drops a minuscule 0.1 percent.

But the overlap of the Maunder Minimum with the Little Ice Age, when Europe experienced unusually cold weather, suggests that the solar cycle could have more subtle influences on climate.

One possibility proposed a decade ago by Henrik Svensmark and other scientists at the Danish National Space Center in Copenhagen looks to high-energy interstellar particles known as cosmic rays. When cosmic rays slam into the atmosphere, they break apart air molecules into ions and electrons, which causes water and sulfuric acid in the air to stick together in tiny droplets. These droplets are seeds that can grow into clouds, and clouds reflect sunlight, potentially lowering temperatures.

The Sun, the Danish scientists say, influences how many cosmic rays impinge on the atmosphere and thus the number of clouds. When the Sun is frenetic, the solar wind of charged particles it spews out increases. That expands the cocoon of magnetic fields around the solar system, deflecting some of the cosmic rays.

But, according to the hypothesis, when the sunspots and solar winds die down, the magnetic cocoon contracts, more cosmic rays reach Earth, more clouds form, less sunlight reaches the ground, and temperatures cool.

"I think it's an important effect," Dr. Svensmark said, although he agrees that carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas that has certainly contributed to recent warming.

Dr. Svensmark and his colleagues found a correlation between the rate of incoming cosmic rays and the coverage of low-level clouds between 1984 and 2002. They have also found that cosmic ray levels, reflected in concentrations of various isotopes, correlate well with climate extending back thousands of years.

But other scientists found no such pattern with higher clouds, and some other observations seem inconsistent with the hypothesis.

Terry Sloan, a cosmic ray expert at the University of Lancaster in England, said if the idea were true, one would expect the cloud-generation effect to be greatest in the polar regions where the Earth's magnetic field tends to funnel cosmic rays.

"You'd expect clouds to be modulated in the same way," Dr. Sloan said. "We can't find any such behavior."

Still, "I would think there could well be some effect," he said, but he thought the effect was probably small. Dr. Sloan's findings indicate that the cosmic rays could at most account for 20 percent of the warming of recent years.

Even without cosmic rays, however, a 0.1 percent change in the Sun's energy output is enough to set off El Niño- and La Niña-like events that can influence weather around the world, according to new research led by the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo.

Climate modeling showed that over the largely cloud-free areas of the Pacific Ocean, the extra heating over several years warms the water, increasing evaporation. That intensifies the tropical storms and trade winds in the eastern Pacific, and the result is cooler-than-normal waters, as in a La Niña event, the scientists reported this month in the Journal of Climate.

In a year or two, the cool water pattern evolves into a pool of El Niño-like warm water, the scientists said.

New instruments should provide more information for scientists to work with. A 1.7-meter telescope at the Big Bear Solar Observatory in Southern California is up and running, and one of its first photographs shows "a string of pearls," each about 50 miles across.

"At that scale, they can only be the fundamental fibril structure of the Sun's magnetic field," said Philip R. Goode, director of the solar observatory. Other telescopes may have caught hints of these tiny structures, he said, but "never so many in a row and not so clearly resolved."

Sun-watching spacecraft cannot match the acuity of ground-based telescopes, but they can see wavelengths that are blocked by the atmosphere — and there are never any clouds in the way. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration's newest sun-watching spacecraft, the Solar Dynamics Observatory, which is scheduled for launching this fall, will carry an instrument that will essentially be able to take sonograms that deduce the convection flows generating the magnetic fields.

That could help explain why strong magnetic fields sometimes coalesce into sunspots and why sometimes the strong fields remain disorganized without forming spots. The mechanics of how solar storms erupt out of a sunspot are also not fully understood.

A quiet cycle is no guarantee no cataclysmic solar storms will occur. The largest storm ever observed occurred in 1859, during a solar cycle similar to what is predicted.

Back then, it scrambled telegraph wires. Today, it could knock out an expanse of the power grid from Maine south to Georgia and west to Illinois. Ten percent of the orbiting satellites would be disabled. A study by the National Academy of Sciences calculated the damage would exceed a trillion dollars.

But no one can quite explain the current behavior or reliably predict the future.

"We still don't quite understand this beast," Dr. Hathaway said. "The theories we had for how the sunspot cycle works have major problems."

This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:

Correction: July 22, 2009
An article on Tuesday about the recent decline in the frequency of sunspots incorrectly described the research of David Hathaway, a scientist at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center. His forecasts for the strength of the solar cycle are based on the magnitude of sunspot-caused disturbances in the Earth's magnetic field, not in the Sun's polar magnetic fields.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Green Power :: Cheap political points and misleading scare tactics

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defenders of the status quo would do to derail progress toward a clean
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One member of Congress went so low as to say that closing the carbon
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I've ever seen in Congress." He said he feared it more than wars. More than
terrorist attacks.

We can't let these desperate scare tactics stop the creation of millions of
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Vice President Al Gore testified with Senator John Warner (R-VA), co-author
of the Lieberman-Warner bill considered by the Senate in 2008, on the
Bipartisan Leaders' Panel for the American Clean Energy and Security Act.

Gore spoke of the economic and environmental damage that would be caused by
delaying action, saying "Each day that we continue with the status quo sees
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day we continue on our current path, America loses more of its competitive
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Monday, April 6, 2009

Five Elements Mountain or Kunlun Mountains :: Reffered in The Forbidden Kingdom

Firstly it is one of the Places where I would like to go...

The Kunlun Mountains (simplified Chinese: 昆仑山; traditional Chinese: 崑崙山; pinyin: Kūnlún Shān; Mongolian: Хөндлөн Уулс) is one of the longest mountain chains in Asia, extending more than 3,000 km.

The Kunlun runs westwards along the northern part of the Tibetan plateau to form the border range of northern Tibet. It stretches along the southern edge of what is now called the Tarim Basin, the infamous Takla Makan or "sand-buried houses" desert, and the Gobi desert. A number of important rivers flow from it including theKarakash River ('Black Jade River') and the Yurungkash River ('White Jade River'), which flow through the Khotan Oasis into the Taklamakan Desert.

The highest mountain of the Kunlun Shan is the Kunlun Goddess (7,167 m) in the Keriya area. The Arka Tagh is in the center of the Kunlun Shan; its highest point is Ulugh Muztagh. Some authorities claim that the Kunlun extends north westwards as far as Kongur Tagh (7,649 m) and the famous Muztagh Ata (7,546 m). But these mountains are physically much more closely linked to the Pamir group (ancient Mount Imeon).

Bayan Har Mountains, a southern branch of the Kunlun Mountains, forms the watershed between the catchment basins of China's two longest rivers, the Yangtze River and the Huang He.

The mountain range formed at the northern edges of the Cimmerian Plate during its collision, in the Late Triassic, with Siberia, which resulted in the closing of thePaleo-Tethys Ocean.


The Kunlun mountains are believed to be Taoist paradise. The first to visit this paradise was, according to the legends, King Mu (976-922 BCE) of the Zhou Dynasty. He supposedly discovered there the Jade Palace of Huang-Di, the mythical Yellow Emperor and originator of Chinese culture, and met Hsi Wang Mu (Xi Wang Mu) , the 'Spirit Mother of the West' usually called the 'Queen Mother of the West', who was the object of an ancient religious cult which reached its peak in the Han Dynasty, also had her mythical abode in these mountains. Jesuit missionaries, the noted American Sinologist Charles Hucker, and London University’s Dr Bernard Leeman (2005) have suggested that Xiwangmu and the Queen of Sheba were one and the same person. The Transcendency of Sheba, a religious group, believes that the Queen of Sheba's pre-Deuteronomic Torah recorded in the Kebra Nagast was influential in the development of Daoism. They insist that after vacating the throne for her son Solomon the queen journeyed to the Kunlun Mountains where, known as the Queen from the West, she attained spiritual enlightenment.

The Kunlun Pass


Coordinates36°00′N 84°00′E / 36°N 84°E / 36; 84

The Forbidden Kingdom (2008)

One of the best films I ever saw...
Jackie Chan and Jet Li together - Crouching Tiger & Sprinting Monkey

Leopard style, dragon style. Fight to the air, fight on water, Prying Mantis,  Bouncing Sparrow 
IMDB : 5556/  


Pass: kosovadc

It is the first film to star together two of the best-known names in the martial arts film genre, Jackie Chan and Jet Li. The action sequences were choreographed by Yuen Woo-ping.
the inebriated traveling scholar Lu Yan (Jackie Chan), a supposed 'immortal', who is surprisingly alert and agile even when drunk. Later that night, seated in a teahouse, Lu Yan tells Jason of a legend of the Monkey King, who caused havoc at the banquet held by the Immortals on Five Elements Mountain celebrating the Jade Emperor's forthcoming 500-year period of meditation. The Jade Emperor took a liking to the Monkey King and awarded him a heavenly title, much to the chagrin of the Jade Warlord (Collin Chou), who was the Emperor's general. The Emperor then left the Jade Warlord to rule Heaven before retreating to his period of seclusion. The Warlord then challenged the Monkey King to a duel to display their fighting and magical abilities. After tricking the Monkey King into setting aside his magic staff Ruyi Jingu Bang, the Warlord changed him into a statue of himself, whereupon the Monkey King threw the staff beyond the Warlord's grasp. Lu Yan ends the tale by stating a prophecy in which a person known as the "Seeker" will find the staff and free the Monkey King. Lu Yan and Jason are then attacked by the Jade Warlord's soldiers, from whom they are rescued by Golden Sparrow (Liu Yifei), a young girl who refers to herself in the third person, who reveals that her family was murdered by the Jade Warlord, against whom she has therefore sworn revenge.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Goddess Durga, Scroll of the Dragon Warrior and CSS 2.1

While I am writing the story its 6:37 am in the morning and I just woke up after a unique dream of mine, all dreams are unique & priceless to me, as usual.
The summery of the dream was – I found after a long journey to a village like place, I found Goddess Durga was giving me the Scroll of the Dragon Warriors, after seeing it I just find all the knowledge on CSS, ever gathered by human being, everything just became aligned properly, now I can interact with the environment, colorize them and align them, even control there shadows, wow.
Soon after while I woke up, it was the bird chirpings that I heard, cuckoo, crow, pigeon, florican, finch and many others, it’s the set of sounds I always like to hear in the morning, from my childhood. Now it is only available in some places like my home, not in my urban residence. Often Barsha, my wife starts talking in the morning but soon discovers I am not giving any reply – why she asks, it is the sounds I reply, in the morning I don’t like to talk until I became saturated with natural sounds, inner peace…
Then soon after I have decided to write this story, hence opened the window, Right then the sounds of police parade from nearest headquarters entered my ears, LEFT-RIGHT-LEFT, LEFT-RIGHT-LEFT – the entire experience was turning bitter as some one is poisoning my ears, soon I turned my mind, started writing, and turned on my love – my shortwave radio.
For the logical weird: Last night my mother was watching some TV Serials regarding Goddesses, I have recapped yesterday Kungfu Panda, and obviously I was working on my web development projects.
But yesterday’s best experience was having a dozens of hot white rice pie (sada pitha) with red sweet syrup made from dates (khejuri goorer rash) in the evening.