Oct 31, 2005

Peace Corps in Bangladesh

From 1999 Peace Corps Volunteers began working in bangladesh as English teachers at the youth centers. In addition to this they work with communities to develop other programs at the youth centers to meet their needs. I found some of them writing about their stays in Bangladesh. Almost all of them are disgusted with the poverty they've seen in every part of our country. But on the positive side the people fascinated them. I've already gave you the links to Miss Maya's Blog in my post 'What's around'. Here's links to some of the other's experiences. Read them for yourselves.


Kristen Nicole Peace Corps Service

Joe Coyle's On Bangladesh.

Kathryn Burden's PC Wanderlust

Update from lwaller.

Travis Schultz's An Adventure like no other.

The monsoon chronicles by Seth and Sarah.

Anne Dunlop is now back in her country from bangladesh.

Becky potrays the beauty of bangladesh in Becky's Bangladesh.

Jackson's Around the world who calls himself 'Shada Shoitan'.

David who has also returned, writes in Root: Adventure in Bangladesh

Oct 30, 2005

The 50th Post


Like you I myself can’t even believe at first that so far I’ve posted 49 blog entries and this one’s going to be the 50th. So I think I will just recollect some memories about my blog this time.


It all started back in 18th June , 2004 when I registered to blogger.com to become a blogger and my first post was made on that very first day.

The very first comment that I received was from Khaled , it was actually about the site template but since there was no place to comment so he commented on the first post.

The very first person to visit my blog was Shaon, I know it because It was I who asked him to visit it after I created my blog.

On 5th July, 2005 I published my first post in Bengali, but unfortunately so far it remained as the only bangla post.

On 25th July,2005 I made my first Photo blog entry, Ontohin Poth.

On the very first day of september,2005 I published a poem, 'Ondhokar Theke Alor Pothe' in this site, It's also the first poem written by me.

On 27th October,2005 I decided to do something to promote Bangladesh and Bangladeshi bloggers around the blogosphere , so I started to post regularly about them under the heading ‘What’s Around’ every 2 or 3 days apart.


On October 30,2005 8 persons were online at a time on my site which is the most as far as my concern, thanks to geoloc for the stats.

So far this site has 2435 visitors.

The very fist site that linked mine is also Shaon's.

Here’s 5 of my favorite posts among these 50s:


1.The Jail Series ( Part-I )

2.'Ondhokar Theke Alor Pothe'

3.Perplexed

4.Tritio Netro

5.Comments huh!



Thanks to Shaon, Khaled, Rikhi,Himu Bhai, Sheetal for their constant support, inspiration and encouragement and also the readers for their valuable feedbacks ‘cause without them it wouldn’t be possible for me to write this 50th blog entry.


Oct 29, 2005

What's around : October 30 , 2005





Suzin Creviston from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States wishes to mail poor little bangladeshi girl Mitali Das .

Miss Maya from USA doesn't really have a good time in Bangladesh though she's surprised by the emotional bangladeshis.

Bangladeshi blogger Sami starts his journey around the blogosphere.

Bangladeshi blogger Anika writes about different Phobias.

Here is an 'out of context' but funny post kinda romantic too.



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Oct 28, 2005

Comments huh!

Why do people comment?

So that I could know that they visited me and owed my visit.

They liked the content.

They have a different view other than mine.

Some comment just for advertising (you spammers!!#!@#!$%).

Some have a different view other than the previous comments.

Some comments because they are told to do so.

And why they don’t?

There’s nothing to comment here.

The topic is too wacky to comment.

They are too lazy to comment.

They didn’t find the correct words to comment.

They didn’t like it and they don’t want to hurt the author either.


And about anonymous comments?

They don’t have any blogger id.

They don’t like to disclose their identities.

They want to remain behind curtains, the mysterious ones.

They are afraid to disclose their names.

Spammers are sometimes anonymous too.

Since they’re not in speaking terms with the author and also the topic compelled them to comment , they remain anonymous.

They want to make an impression of being unbiased by making an anonymous comment.

So what about you?

Oct 27, 2005

A joke!

In heaven all the dead scientists decides to play hide-n-seek. Unfortunately Einstein is the one who has the den.He is supposed to count upto 100 and then start searching. Everyone starts hiding except Newton who just draws a square of 1 meter and stands in it right in front of Einstein. Einstein's counting 1,2,3 ... 99,100 and opens his eyes and finds Newton standing in front. Einstein then cries out "Newton's out, Newton's out". But Newton denies and says that he is not out because he is not Newton. All the scientists come out to see how he proves that he is not Newton. Newton then explains "I am standing in a square of area 1m square. That makes me 1 Newton per meter square. Since one Newton per meter square is one Pascal, So I'm Pascal, therefore It's not I who is out rather Pascal is OUT !!!"



Thanks to Tehjib for the joke

What's around : October 27 , 2005


From now on I’ve decided to post about what’s going on around the web mostly about Bangladesh and also what’s Bangladeshi bloggers are thinking under the post “What’s Around”. It won’t be in details just a little highlight towards them. Hope you’ll like it. So check’em out.

Florent Meyer, a 21 year old French guy is horrified after researching about Bangladesh's hurricane sufferrings.

KosovaReport writes about bangladeshis seeking asylum in Kosovo.

Marshall and Katie are surprised to see so many rickshaws in Dhaka while they were in transit.hotograph.

Carol, a spannish speaking american girl from New Jercy practised some bangla.

Shaon, a bangladeshi blogger is mesmerized with Nickelback's Photograph.

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Oct 26, 2005

Beached whales die off Tasmania


More than a hundred whale carcasses have littered a southern Tasmanian beach after two stranding in as many days. Up to 130 pilot whales died within about 24 hours at Marion Bay, east of Hobart, despite frantic rescue efforts by more than 100 volunteers. Tasmania's Parks and Wildlife Service began the grisly task of burying the carcasses while rescuers monitored another 100 whales seen earlier off the coast. A watching brief would be kept over the next 48 hours to try to avoid a third stranding in the area.

The first stranding, discovered early Tuesday, claimed the lives of up to 60 long-finned pilot whales, although volunteers saved a further 10 from the beach. But on Tuesday night the whales, believed to be from the same pod, were again seen stranding themselves along Marion Bay. The new stranding began minutes after rescue boats towed the last survivor of the initial, nearby stranding out to sea. By first light on Wednesday the beach was strewn with more bodies of pilot whales, which are actually a species of dolphin.

Seventy more whales died, despite valiant efforts from rescuers who battled onshore winds and dangerous surf to return eight of the mammals alive to the ocean.

The reasons might be whales may have been feeding close to shore before becoming trapped on sandbars. In the past, scientists have speculated that predators such as killer whales may have forced them onto land. Other researchers have suggested that they are attracted by high levels of nutrients in the water, or that they become disorientated by the noise of oil and gas installations.

According to DPIWE, about 80 per cent of Australia's whale strandings occur in Tasmania. Pilot whales are one of the most commonly stranded species in Tasmanian waters and were involved in 68 recorded strandings involving 2,768 whales up to October 2003. Two of these strandings occurred at Marion Bay, with 150 whales beaching themselves in 1998 and 100 in 1990.

Read more from BBC

BLOG QUAKE DAY - OCTOBER 26, 2005


Today's been announced as the Blog Quake day by Desipundit to collect donations for the 8th October's earth-quake victims in Kashmir of both India and Pakistan. I came to know about this day from Rezwan Bhai's blog.
For more information about the earthquake, and the subsequent ongoing relief efforts, you can visit the following sites, that are doing an excellent job of aggregating related information.

South Asia Quake Help
South Asian Earthquake Relief
Pakistan Wiki on Earthquake 10-05

Some organizations that are extensively involved in relief and rehabilitation efforts, and could use your monetary contributions, are listed below :

CARE
Oxfam
UNICEF
World Vision
Humanity First
Hidaya Foundation
SEWA International
International Rescue Committee
Pakistan President’s Relief Fund
The Human Development Foundation
The Association for the Development of Pakistan ’s Earthquake Redevelopment Fund

So please pass this msg through your blog too so that people can help. To learn about this activity more please visit Desipundit.

How Gullible Are You?


A student at Eagle Rock Junior High won first prize at the Greater Idaho Falls Science Fair, April 26,1997. He was attempting to show how conditioned we have become to alarmists practicing junk science and spreading fear of everything in our environment.
In his project, he urged people to sign a petition demanding strict control or total elimination of the chemical "dihydrogen monoxide." And for plenty of good reasons, since:

1) it can cause excessive sweating and vomiting

2) it is a major component in acid rain

3) it can cause severe burns in its gaseous state

4) accidental inhalation can kill you

5) it contributes to erosion

6) it decreases effectiveness of automobile breaks

7) it has been found in tumors of terminal cancer patients.

He asked fifty people if they supported the ban of the chemical. Forty-three said yes. Six were undecided.

Now while reading this if you thought that this chemical should be banned then we fell in the same category.


The only one to vote for NO was the boy himselfe because he was the only one knew that the chemical was water.

The title of the prize-winning project was, "How Gullible Are We." He feels the conclusion is obvious.

Source: Urban Legends Reference Pages

Oct 24, 2005

Photo Blog : Logon ( Gaye Holud )

I took this photo on my most favourite cousin Upal's 'Gaye Holud' ceremony.On 26th September,05. We wrapped the Saree for the bride around two piece of stick (tied as a cross) and used a traditional doll as face.Check it out.
Please wait if you have a slow connection because of the high resolution of the image(Click to enlarge).


Update : This photo has featured in Wikipedia Bangladesh homepage.

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Oct 23, 2005

The Jail Series ( Part-I )


While we all were busy with our term assignments we found some time to pose infront of our friend Khaled's new K-700i in a different way.We name it 'The Jail Series'. Here are five of them. More to come. So check`em out.


Russel





.........Russel
Shajib




Shajib.........




Enamul




.........Enamul

Chayan





Chayan.........


Me





.........And Finally Me.

Oct 9, 2005

Google Pranks

From the beginning of my internet use the only search engine I was very fond of is google. At the very beginning I didn’t know the use of organizing favorites or keeping bookmarks, so whenever I wanted to visit a site I always googled it first an then visit that site. The first thing that attracted me about google was that it’s simplicity and ofcourse user friendliness. Also the speed because the page was not too heavy either.
Now I think I’ve already lost my tracks about what I thought to write about google first (like the fitting nature of my friend sheetal). So no more delay and let’s come to the points.
Google has been playing pranks with it’s user from time to time and it’s quite funny when you discover some of those. The first one of google pranks I heard was from Himu bhai. He told me to google for “Weapons of Mass Destruction”. I did and the result was:

But google now removed that one.

Another famous prank was about French military victories. If you search for "French military victories" using Google's "I'm Feeling Lucky" button ( which directly jumps to the first result) you’ll find google asks you “Did you mean: french military defeats ” And it also states that “No standard web pages containing all your search terms were found.”. By clicking the French military defeats link will actually show the list of all wars French military has faught. This prank is not actually done by google but by a Canadian student who uses google as a smart tool. Funny isn’t it?

The latest of all pranks you’ll found when you search for ‘miserable failure’ and see the first result. Well I am not gonna reveal it. So better see for yourself.

P.S. I almost forgot to add google’s 2005 April fool’ day prank, Google Gulp. Well check it too.

Oct 6, 2005

Geoloc

I’ve just installed geoloc in my site. It’s awesome(you can see it on the left side of this page). It shows the geographical position of the people currently browsing your website which is based on the ISP you are using. As my internet connection is directly from hongkong based satellite so it shows me from Hongkong instead of Bangladesh. But this little discrepancy can be overlooked considering it’s features. Besides it’s free too. The only problem I faced installing geoloc is the language problem. The site is in French and there’s no international or English page. So I tried google translator first and then Online dictionary to translate the page.Now I’ll share my experience which might help you to install geoloc in english :

1.Go to geoloc which is in english.

2.Then you need to be a member which is free. To be a member click on the inscription link and provide your email address and also the color you want the geoloc to be.

3. Next you’ll wait for their email (which is in French too ) and after you’ve got it click on the confirmation link on the email. The email also contains your password.

4. Clicking on the link in step 3 will activate your account. Then again go to geoloc home page and click on the member icon. Provide your email address and password (they provided via email) and you’ll get the desired code. There will be two code segment. Both will work. The former one is the code with the map and the second one is the geoloc probe which you need to put on the pages where you don’t want the map to be shown.

That’s it.. Show your visitors their locations..

Update : I’ve just check the geoloc site after posting and found that they suspended new user inscription for a short time. Sorry for that!