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Star Of Christmas – Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter

Here is an update on the planetary conjunction of Venus and Jupiter. Hopefully we could have a glimpse of this event easily for few more days. I missed my chance today as I could not keep track of this astronomical event and I could also see clouds in the sky blocking the view.

Never mind. I tried to capture this moment on my GNU astronomy tool called  “Stellarium” and here you could see how it looks like.

They also believe that, there might have been a similar astronomical planetary movement  during the birth of Christ (Star of Christmas).

More readings:

STAR OF BETHLEHEM MAY HAVE BEEN PLANETS JUPITER, VENUS

Venus/Jupiter Daystar theory

Plantetary Conjunction – 1 Dec 2008

Sky Chart – November : 2008

Bond… James Bond 007

Bond… James Bond” my favorite spy character… There have been 22 movies including the current release “Quantum of Solace“. Once of the longest running english character. I was amused to see lots of information about this movie character on wikipedia. Earlier when I never had access to internet, books etc.. I used to think lots about spies which used to be mentioned in news paper articles and science thrillers. Once I got a chance to watch TV, then movies and internet few characters really captured my attention and this is one of them. It has been quite some time since I have seen any movie in the theater. Next week or may be before that I want to hop into a theater and watch Quantum of solace.

Rock on…

Not able to sleep… Have been awake all the night to watch couple of movies which were paused some time back.

First one, Antitrust is a story based on free and open source philosophy and quotes the line “Human knowledge belongs to the world“. I would like to write more about it later. My exams are round the corner and want to clear my mind before preparing for my upcoming exams.

Rock on… a story based on a Mumbai rock band with an amazing rock music and more than that in its story. Wait! I’m not writing a review on the movie. I want to watch it once again with friends.

It reminded me of my good old days where in time was spent out side work place. In theaters, hotels, on cool joints, college.  Oh looks like the list is very limited though memories are huge. Funny faces, jokes, at times fights (Yes I did fight “at” times ;) ) party’s, plan’s, dream’s and lot more that was shared with each other.

Really, enjoying the movie and another 30 mins to go and I shall hit the road back again to reach office to complete some pending tasks to make my self free for the weekend. I guess its time to get out and breath some fresh, think fresh.

There is a big list of movies to watch, looks like I can’t get to watch any other movie for a month atleast.

Rock on is still rocking. Watch it. No idea if its possilbe to “Reunion” with all those friends who are spread across the world together. But meeting few old friends really thrills. Hmm.. atleast the close group of friends which might do some “Magic”.

Happy weekend for all those who have their week of already on their schedules.

Play Ogg

Are you tired of constantly being prompted to download proprietary software and plugins to play the videos and listen to the music you want? Are you fed up with seeing new gadgets that only use incompatible and restrictive audio and video formats? Did you know that it’s not a lack of technological know-how that causes this, but software patents and other legal restrictions?

Increasingly proprietary software companies like Microsoft, Apple and Adobe are pushing video and audio formats that restrict access and restrict software developers, but there is an alternative that can be played on all computers without restriction—Ogg.

Ogg provides professional grade multimedia formats. Ogg is used extensively by free software projects, artists and a growing number of music and video distributors.

Soon over a million children and their families will be receiving the One Laptop per Child XO computer designed to play and create Ogg files. By advocating now for Ogg we can help ensure that those children will gain access to, and not be unnecessarily restricted from thousands of educational resources and materials on the web.

Join us in advocating for Ogg right now by taking 4 Easy Steps: Install VLC multimedia player, sign-up for the PlayOgg advocate mailing list, find and share Ogg friendly sites, and put PlayOgg Buttons on your web site or blog. After all that, if you are still looking for more to do, consider encouraging others to do the same.

Start here: https://playogg.org/
Read :Ogg on the Rise

CERN Rap

Is it possible to give out information about a scientific experiment via Music? Check out this youtube video.
There are lots of videos like this today on Youtube talking about technical factors.

Harry Potter suffers from brain disorder – dyspraxia

A DailyMail post reports that Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe suffers from dyspraxia. It was revealed by the star him self. It means he can’t tie  his shoelaces. He is just 19 years old and he also added in his interview that he became an actor as he was not successful at school. You can read the complete report here.

This report reminds me of “Taare Jameen Par” movie directed and acted by out Bollywood hero Aamir Khan. I got to purchase a set of VCD;s of this movie from Music World yesterday which add a special discussion with the star and other experts who spoke about an another decease called dyslexia. Aamir khan stressed the point that all kids can show off their own potential in many different fields. Daniel Radcliffe is also one example for that. Its necessary to share these type of information in local languages in India as many parents who scold their children for not being good at studies without understanding the root cause don’t have the adequate knowledge. Aamir khan has done a great job by making such a wonderful movie to explain dyslexia. Lets spread this word to others and try creating a great place for such children who can prove themselves to be “Creative!”

I shall checkout of Aamir khan have got anything posted in his blog about the panel discussions which have added into the VCD and share it with you all.

Image source :China Daily

Big Buck Bunny – Open movie

Blender Foundation has released its 2nd Open movie “Big Buck Bunny“. Its a short animated film created by “The Peach Project” which follows the “Orange” project’s world’s first open movie “Elephent’s Dream” released in year 2006.

(World’s First Open Movie)

Guess what, these open source movie  projects used open source tools like 3D modeling suite called Blender, GIMP, Audacity as tools.  Blender provided them all assets required for animation studio used for production.

The movie “Big Buck Bunny” has been released under Creative Commons’ Attribution  license which has been promoting Open Content creation and distribution. As long as attribution is given to the project you can share this movie with any one as per the  about page of official web page.

This includes all the data we’ll publish online and on the DVDs, and all of the contents on this website. If any content on this site is not licensed as such, it will be clearly indicated.

In short, this means you can freely reuse and distribute this content, also commercially, for as long you provide a proper attribution.

In this movie you can find out what we could do with the community efforts. These open movies can also challenge animation movie giants such as “Pixar“.

Enjoy the comedy with “Big-Buck” Rabbit today. Download it and share it. If you believe the philosophy of Blender and Creative commons’ support their cause by purchasing the DVD (No Compulsion on buying the DVD) which helps them build much more Open Content. You can also be a part of this community. Join the Blender project and start contributing.

Watch the movie right here, right now:

Big Buck Bunny: www.bigbuckbunny.org
Elephants Dream: www.elephantsdream.org
Blender Institute: www.blenderinstitute.nl
Blender: www.blender.org
Creative Commons: www.creativecommons.org

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, how many of you still remember this sweet little rhyme. Do you know there are many children who can’t even read it? We are all so privileged to be able to read, write, walk, talk and do many other things. I remember one of my teacher telling a story about an “Early bird”. When many of us didn’t show up that early bird attitude for the questions asked in the class, he didn’t scold us. Instead he educated us about the abilities of human beings and “Creativity”. Every child is born with “Creativity”. But many of the children cannot use it or struggle to cope up with the challenges they face.

Every one does make fun of those kids who can’t perform. They find it funny because, no one knows what it takes for that child to come up to our level. There used to be days in my college when I never understood what my lecturers used to say. The way they used to pronounce the words were all found to be French or German or Latin to me. When one of my English lecturer looked into my notes and found that I had written something like “Don’t Chew” and I had no idea why I wrote something like that. Entire class started laughing at it. Its just because I didn’t get to understand things at that time. I could come out of this mess and pass my term with 1st class marks. I had little start-up trouble which was cured by the attitude which I had toward the learning, studies and the challenge to make it to the first place again after my 10th. It was a new place for me to do something different. A new college. There are few other children who cannot understand what they should be doing next to avoid the punishment. They always suffer and find no one for their support.

Ishaan is one of those kids, who has got brilliant ideas in mind and he is gifted with a great talent of painting. He does amazing things every day in his life. But he is found to be totally dull at his studies as he couldn’t understand the meaning of alphabets. He always says that the alphabets dance when is tries to read them. There is no to support him, no one to understand what’s going on with him. He is being sent to a boarding school. He is just 8 or 9 years old and they are just trying to get rid of his stubborn attitude or get rid of him self instead of supporting him. Why no one tries to understand this small kids problem.

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

What will happens now? Will he ever find the right teacher to guide him or will he be thrown out of the school again?

Yes, Miracle did happen in life of Ishaan. Just like Einstein, Thomas Alva Edison and many others who used to face the similar issues when they were kids.

Its a cute little movie directed by Mr. Aamir Khan for the first time. Songs are sweet. And the characters just flow through all our lives. There is a life in the movie itself. You feel yourself as a part of it. You might start weeping at some time. So don’t forget to take some napkins. Yes, you got it right. I’m talking about

Taare Zameen Par

Lets bring joy in those kids who require your help, a small support and little of your love. No one is born Intelligent, give every body a equal chance to prove themselves. Will you?