Nov 21, 2007

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Nov 20, 2007

Help Sidr victims, spread this word....

Somewhere in ltd and Save the children have taken this initiative to collect fundings for the cyclone victims. You can also contribute in this campaign.
Write "save" and send to 5455.
you will be charged 2 taka for each sms but 15 taka will be given to the help fund against each sms. The extra amount will be given by Escenic Bangladesh, somewherein , save the children, orient bread and other institutions.

you can also visit this link for more information (but it's in bangla...)
http://www.somewhereinblog.net/blog/noticeblog/28746644

Oct 8, 2007

Dhaka amar dhaka

Thanks to Mr. Rajesh borua for this wonderful photo, otherwise I wouldn't know that such a beautiful thing exists in my lovely city



Oct 5, 2007

What is 10 taka worth?

I was coming back from office after another busy day and as usual got stuck into the famous dhaka traffic. Suddenly a child came to my car and was trying to sell me a balloon -

Me : How much?
He : 10 taka.
Me : Why so much?
He : I get only 2taka sir, please buy one.
Me : Who gets the rest?
He : Mahajon , probably the balloon owner.

Suddenly the traffic seems to be freed for a moment, so I bought one from him. After coming back to home, gave it to my nephew Zehn and saw one of THE nicest smile, which made me forget about everything.

Thanks to my 10taka note.

Jun 3, 2007

Monster

Today while I was browsing flickr, I found an amazing photo, which I'd like to share with you people. Although the photographer keith erickson didn't put any name of that photo, I'd love to call it a monster. Since it kills many people everywhere in our country. And amazingly the photo portrays the monster theme very nicely. Check it out...


The Monster

Jun 2, 2007

Westecs and me

For those who don't know what Westecs is, It's kind of a fashion house now in Dhaka and they are my favorite. They has to be because not many shops in dhaka has clothes/outfits that fits my gigantic size. But Westecs does have. But at the beginning they were not where they currently are. They started in a small house where every room was for different sections for boys/girls/kids and now it's 4 storied building there and they have outlets all over the city. At the beginning they only sold clothes that were rejected from export oriented Garments for reasons like loose button or wrong tag etc. Kind of a sophisticated Bongobazar. But now they have their own products too. But thats not the story I'm intended to tell you now. Lets come to the point...

Yesterday I went to Westecs again, this time with my friend Shaon. Last time when I went, Khaled was with me. But in both the cases Khaled and Shaon bought the same pant for themselves! It was very surprising to see that. Now shahan wants to go with me and I'm pretty much sure he'll buy the same thing too. Because he liked Khaled and Shaon's one. So just a co-incidence? Or I become a pimp for that specific pant? I don't know!

P.S. : The way I write blog is first a specific event/idea come to my mind, then I think a storyline for that and finally write and publish it. Believe me when the content of this specific post came to my mind, it sounds way too interesting. But after writing, I think it became a bit boring. Sorry for that.
-Shafi

May 30, 2007

Microsoft Surface

Microsoft took the world by surprise, introducing the first commercially available surface computer which turns an ordinary tabletop into a vibrant, interactive surface. The product provides effortless interaction with digital content through natural gestures, touch and physical objects. Surface is a 30-inch display in a table-like form factor that's easy for individuals or small groups to interact with in a way that feels familiar, just like in the real world. In essence, it's a surface that comes to life for exploring, learning, sharing, creating, buying and much more. Soon to be available in restaurants, hotels, retail establishments and public entertainment venues, this experience will transform the way people shop, dine, entertain and live. Here's a Microsoft surface commercial...



Look how simply the mobile phones describe their features after simply placing them on the surface. At a high level, Surface uses cameras to sense objects, hand gestures and touch. This user input is then processed and the result is displayed on the surface using rear projection. The idea of Surface computing is a new way of working with computers that moves beyond the traditional mouse-and-keyboard experience. It is a natural user interface that allows people to interact with digital content the same way they have interacted with everyday items such as photos, paintbrushes and music their entire life: with their hands, with gestures and by putting real-world objects on the surface. Surface computing opens up a whole new category of products for users to interact with. In the following video Bill gates himself introduces Microsoft surface...



So far touch screens can detect only one touch at a time. But this one can detect multi-touch contact. Surface computing recognizes many points of contact simultaneously, not just from one finger, as with a typical touch screen, but up to dozens and dozens of items at once. Object recognition allows users to place physical objects on the surface to trigger different types of digital responses, including the transfer of digital content from camera automatically. Here's an exclusive review of Microsoft Surface



It'll cost between $5,000 and $10,000, so Microsoft will debut Surface in hotels, telephone shops and casinos to start. Care to have one? Start saving money from now on. For more you visit the Microsoft Surface Official site.

May 29, 2007

Cure bird flu : Antibody found


Antibodies that could protect against bird flu in humans have been isolated by an international team of scientists.


The discovery could lead to treatments that complement flu vaccines in the event of a human epidemic of the virus.

The H5N1 bird flu virus is estimated to have killed more than 180 people around the world since 2003.

Some countries are already stockpiling vaccines for a possible bird flu outbreak in humans, but no one knows how effective they might be.

'Emergency antidote'

This is because the particular strain of bird flu that might eventually spark a human pandemic is unknown.

But scientists working in Switzerland, Vietnam and the United States say they have isolated antibodies that they hope could offer protection against several different strains of the virus simultaneously.

Antibodies are used by our immune system to neutralise bacteria and viruses - in this case, the scientists have isolated antibodies that bird flu survivors in Vietnam produced to fight off the disease.



Professor Antonio Lanzavecchia, at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine in Switzerland, says the antibodies have already proven effective in the lab and in mice and he is confident that they could be used in humans.

"We in a way exploit the immune response of an individual who has been infected and has survived the infection and of course has made antibodies that neutralise these viruses," he said.

"And using this technique, we can isolate the cells that make these antibodies so that this antibody can now be reproduced in vitro and eventually massively produced to treat other individuals."

The antibodies could be used to protect key workers, such as nurses and doctors, in countries where a bird flu epidemic strikes.

The researchers say it could also be used as an emergency antidote in people who have already been infected with bird flu - if administered within a few days.

For highly populated country like Bangladesh bird flu can be very fatal. The problem that it can evolve inside humans body, makes it more dangerous. So it indeed a good news for us.
[via BBC]

May 1, 2007

And they are here, once again..



They are back. Back together. This time their entry point was three important rail stations of the country, Komlapur rail station of dhaka, new rail station at Chittagong and Kodomtoli rail station in Sylhet. Guess who?

Yes the bombers. Today morning three bombs were blasted in three rail stations around the ticket corner area. Hopefully no one died and one rickshaw puller was found injured in Chittagong.

Aluminum plates inscribed with militant slogans purported to be from an al-Qaeda network, Zadid Al Qaeda, Bangladesh, were found at the bomb sites. The aluminum plate found near the scene bore a message inscribed on it: all must quit NGO jobs by May 10, all 'Kadianis' must recognise Prophet Muhammad (SM) or face death.


The aluminum plate found in the blast area.

Many Bangladeshis were travelling out of Dhaka taking advantage of a two-day public holiday for May Day and a Buddhist religious festival on Wednesday. Since friday and saturday are weekly holidays, if you take leave on thursday you'll make it a five day holiday. But now people are afraid of making a move.

Intelligence groups last month alerted the government that Islamist militants were regrouping after the execution of the militant leaders of the outlawed Islamist group, Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen, who carried out a series of bomb blasts across Bangladesh (in 61 districts out of 64) on August 17, 2005, killing three people and injuring more than 100. In more attacks through the rest of 2005, the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen and another outlawed group, Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh, killed nearly 30 more people and wounded 150, including judges, lawyers, police and officials. Six leaders from the two groups were executed on March 30 for their role in the blasts.

Securities have increased in all important areas of the country. Law and order advisory chairman Mainul Hosein said the bomb blasts were "nothing serious" which sounded like what political parties used to say during their reign. He also added that someone might do this to show this government a failure. Sounds familiar, huh? Funny enough, today was the first day of "Bangladesh Railway Service week". Nice service I should say.

Apr 13, 2007

Not just another new year

"Shubho noboborsho" to everyone. To me also. As the title says this new year is literally going to be a new one for me, probably for the first time in my life.

It's been all the same before, from one class to another, from one semester to the other, but this time, from one life to other. Yes, my student life is probably going to be over or going to have a big pause for the moment and professional life will take over soon.

I'm not going to say that this change is all of a sudden. Yes it was evident, inevitable. Of all the years I've passed, I've always wanted to grow up, like everybody I guess. And now is the time when I say I don't want. I really don't.

It was the story of every class. I knew there's no turning back of time. Accepting the fact, I always wanted to get over with it quickly. But the story never changed. It was always easier in the last class or the class before that. But this time when I know for sure that there will be no attending of classes, studying for pass, no threat from exams, I am afraid to step in. I want to go back. Go back to the the life of being a student, enjoying the times with my friends and family. I am afraid of bearing the responsibility that's going to be vested upon me pretty soon.

I was never afraid of anything. Believe me anything in my life (Omit the case before DEPT exam, when I was pretty much sure that i was going to fail for the first time in my life, second time if you consider 'drawing' as a subject in class 6. Fortunately that didn't happen, god bless sarwar sir.). But "the funniest dude" of my friends, "the coolest boro bhai" of my juniors, "most carefree person" in my family is now a little bit concerned. How will be the next life?

The change I first noticed on 12th April '07. After I made my CV (If you are looking for a software engineer, mail me [shafi@csebuet.org] for my CV.) . So I can split life into "before making the CV" and "life after it". Relisource, a renowned software company, is coming to BUET for campus recruitment. So, finally, I made my resume with a wish of fulfilling my long cherished dream of a career as a software engineer. It'll be very tough, as almost all of my classmates are going to fight for a position for there. But that's not a problem, competition is everywhere nowadays. But after I made my CV, certain things that weren't with me ever, have captured my thoughts. Evil thoughts like worry, anxiety! I wish I could remain the same as I was before...

So many things have left to do, can I restart my life?

Apr 12, 2007

Never feed a croc!

A crocodile at a zoo in the southern Taiwan city of Kaohsiung holds the forearm of a zoo veterinarian in between its teeth, April 11, 2007. The crocodile bit off the arm of the zoo veterinarian treating it, an official reported. Picture taken April 11, 2007.



Source : REUTERS/Frank Lin (TAIWAN)

Jan 14, 2007

Pirates of the Caribbean : At World's End

Pirates of the Caribbean : At World's End poster
Disney has released it's first batch of publicity photos for Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End. They are amazing posters. Check out the photos...

pirates of the carribean at worlds end jack sparow poster Johnny DeppJohnny depp

pirates of the carribean at worlds end Elizabeth Swann poster Keira KnightleyKeira Knightley (I love her)

pirates of the carribean at worlds end Will Turner poster Orlando BloomOrlando Bloom

pirates of the carribean at worlds end captain barbosa posterCaptain Barbosa

pirates of the carribean at worlds end poster

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I recieved my first Adsense paycheck.


Yesterday I recieved my first adsense pay check. :D . Obviously you've noticed the ad units in my blog. Those ad units were displayed when you visit this page and I generate revenue. So thanks to all my readers. Because it's your clicks on the ads that counts the dough. I am hoping to write a short preview about using adsense in your blogs shortly for beginners. But if you're interested there's tons of resources all over the web. Just google it and start playing with it.

I'm not the only one from Bangladesh. Blogger shaon and atunu has also their checks on the way. So more good news to come from other bangladeshi bloggers. Anyways I've bragged enough. Here's the check..



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