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O my spirit, transcend all boundaries!

Today we are celebrating 104th birthday of Rashtra Kavi Kuvempu. Legendary, Eternal and one of the greatest poet of modern Kannada. Words are not enough to describe his gift to kannada literary world. We grown up singing the naada geethe “Jai bharata Jananiya tanu jaathe” during our school days beautifully penned by him. Even today his words and work is inspirational to every one.

Listen to few of his famous poems:

How can we forget the one who feeded us all these years and still continues to do so :

Jai Bharata Jananiya Tanujaathe :

Elladaru iru eMthaadaru iru : ever green hit:

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:


Venus/Jupiter Daystar theory

Plantetary Conjunction – 1 Dec 2008

Sky Chart – November : 2008

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:
Read :Ogg on the Rise


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.

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:
Elephants Dream:
Blender Institute:
Creative Commons: