Jul 26, 2006

Pearl Jam

Talking about their new album, and the inspiration behind it.

Posted on Wednesday, July 26, 2006

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Jul 23, 2006






Finally! Arbovirus has released their first album. They have been playing their hearts out at underground concerts and have shown a lot of promise in the recordings for the compilations Agontuk (2 and 3 i think) and Lokayot. so this has been quite a wait, and i unfortunately have to wait some more, till someone is coming from BDesh to sweden to get the CD.

PS! The album is actually being sold online... @Amadergaan Shop

Posted on Sunday, July 23, 2006

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Jul 21, 2006

This made me laugh so hard!!!! hehehe... i still can't stop....

http://rezwanul.blogspot.com/2006/07/love-attack-on-merkel-bild-reports.html


PS. I opened an account with youtube, so i have a couple of videos there now, you are all invited to go see them.

Posted on Friday, July 21, 2006

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Jul 19, 2006

I made a post earlier under a gray sky with missiles flying to and fro, called "People". Then I realized, it was nothing but the paraphrase of "People are People" by A Perfect Circle (originally by Depeche Mode) which I listened to a lot some time ago.

It goes like this:

We're different colors,
And different creeds,
And different people,
Have different needs,
It's obvious you hate me,
Though I've done nothing wrong,
I've never even met you,
What could I have done?

You're punching and kicking,
And you're shouting at me,
I'm relying on your common decency,
So far it hasn't surfaced,
But I'm sure it exists,
It just takes a while to travel
From your head to your fist.

I can't understand,
What makes a man,
Hate another man,
Help me understand,

People are people,
So why should it be?,
You and I shouldn't get along,
People are people,
So why should it be,
You Should Hate me

I can't understand,
What makes a man,
Hate another man?,
Help me understand

Posted on Wednesday, July 19, 2006

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I heard this band once in BUET, it was quite a heady experience. Their music is a mish mash thing, with psychadelics being at the forefront.

Posted on Wednesday, July 19, 2006

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Jul 16, 2006

I saw a long time ago, that Black had taken an initiative to make a website, which they put under www.enterblack.com. Well, to my surprise however, I also found out they finally did put up a website, and now its re-enterblack.com

Well, unlike the first time, they did pretty much put up a lot of content, and I especially appreciated the music videos! Pretty good.

I found them on myspace too! Its actually better to check the videos online there. Plus you can stream four of their tracks from it too. And if you use myspace too... you can try and be their friend! hahaha... I did!

The video for Ondho is here. Its pretty good. It would have been super if they could somehow put the background to Jon's outdoor scenes in black and white.

Posted on Sunday, July 16, 2006

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Jul 15, 2006

Posted on Saturday, July 15, 2006

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Jul 14, 2006

Solar System - Planets - Earth - Life

People. We live on one planet. We might as well live on different planets.
We have made borders to call our own. Our levels of tolerance is low.

Add on top of that we do have similar physical features according to where our borders stand. Then we have different creeds, different ideologies, different pasts. Differend ideas of a future.

In light of the latest skirmishes on the planet we should all realize this.
As long as our borders are not treaded on by aliens, we are fine.
The lives within a border are valuable to those within it. Anything outside is tragic, boo hoo, and lets move on. Look closer through a microscope, this could be the same for a family. If someone from the family is in a fire, boo hoo and change the channel. If its someone from the family, then it matters more. On a national level, it plays out in a larger scope.

I guess as we go through life and time, extending borders, doing business,
making our money, these are our Rules of Engagement, or for Collateral Damage.

Posted on Friday, July 14, 2006

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Jul 12, 2006

No. I am not writing about poetry. I am here to share a photograph. In fact, I first looked up William Blake after I saw this photo. Some of the lines conjured deja vu.



And this little excerpt from the exceptionally long poem appears at the bottom of the picture:

Every night and every morn
Some to misery are born.

Every morn and every night
Some are born to sweet delight.

Some are born to sweet delight,
Some are born to endless night.

--William Blake, "Auguries of Innocence"

Tho I, we, my countrymen are not at any war by its traditional sense, we are constantly digging a bigger chasm between the rich and the poor. I have seen the same scene as the picture here in Mirpur 10, near the 'volvo bus stand' on the opposite side of the street outside a restaurant one morning. There was an older woman in place of the young child. The woman was scraping a large amount of what appeared to be donated or thrown away (rather) rice into a little hill on the pavement. I didnt see any plates or any other kind of container. There could have been some newspapers under the rice at best. The scene was terrible, so much so that it is still fresh in my ever failing memory. And this picture just brought it all back.

Again, my belief is that the one thing we are doing wrong has to do with education. Those smart enough has made their place in the city, found some way to sustain their livelihood, by hook or by crook. Others just move into the city in search of fortune but not a solid bit of information about it. Just reading and writing is not enough, i think the time has come for practical customized education depending on place and resources, about different crafts that can form a livelihood and about morals (so that 'by crook' does not become a popular option) and the environment. Education that people can use, and that helps develop a knowledgeable man. Don't ask me any further cause I haven't thought of it all too well at the moment. But centres that keep a log of skills required by the local industries and coprorations and teaches those skills to unskilled people could be a step. Industries should define the knowledge that a countries workforce requires, and vice versa, the educational institutes should cater to local industries and be funded to do research that further improves those industries and practices. I am desparately trying to make sense, but I guess I just need to stop and take a deep breath now. tata.

Posted on Wednesday, July 12, 2006

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When I realized i didn't want to be John Rambo,


(I had stickers and postcards with this image)
(PS. I don't anymore)

I quickly shifted my dreams to becoming a rockstar.
But being a bangladeshi you always have your parents drum in dreams of becoming a doctor, an engineer or a successful businessman all the time into you. Being a rockstar wasn't an option. Once you accepted that, you feel like you have grown up and accepted the r-e-a-l world. While i went about following the more pragmatic scenarios for a future, I did have the feeling that it would be nice to be in photography, or at least have that as a hobby while I keep a secure profession of ...whatever.

Well, I still have that feeling, and though I could not afford the camera of my dreams, I ended up with something I could use to take decent photographs, and store them on Flickr. Once you get a hold of this website, browsing through it and using its search facility, you get into a really amazing world. It just inspires you further. There are lots of good photographers, and there are lots of cliques of photographers, lots of 'pools' of photographs etc.
Also there are so many who are experts on Photoshop and I suppose other photo manipulation softwares who are doing amazing stuff.

My favorite thing to do at the moment is to look for people working on a concept. E.g. -

As is told by the author, its conceptualized from Through the Looking Glass. It is a very direct interpretation but the use of tachnology to realize the concept is marvelous.

Then there is this:


I relate to this picture well. The caption of the photo read "more davids than needed".

Lastly, I would like to point out this one:






Click on the individual image (better to right click and open in a new tab or window) to see the photographers' comments and the comments of the other members.

Posted on Wednesday, July 12, 2006

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Jul 11, 2006

Headline: Gazipur garment workers go berserk after accident

Incident:

A Chandana-bound bus from Sadarghat in Dhaka ran over three garment employees
at Signboard Bus Stand area around 8:00am

Summary:
* 30 people including six policemen were injured
* torched three buses
* vandalised 12 vehicles
* attacked policemen and fire engines
* compelled eight factories to shutdown for the day

Surely, the world will be a better place tomorrow. Road safety will be assured, and people will not be vindictive.

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Then again, i am sorry for the cynicism above. Its just that reading newspapers can be an overwhelming experience for me, and lately, these vandalism and hartals just serve to prove to me that people are mindless. Are we? Isn't it a shameful reaction to ...whatever?

Anway, Daily Star had another article titled By The Numbers
No more hartals, no more sieges
, where there is a paragraph that ends like this -

AL and BNP leadership ought to have no reason to disagree with such propositions,* given that the interest of the country remains uppermost in their minds.
That just made me laugh for the joke it is. I shall maintain this stance till I see some proof.

Having just watched a PBS documentary titled Communism - The Promise and the Reality, I have come to the conclusion that all people pursuing leadership of a mass of people are narcissistic, fascistic and sadistic to different levels, and who sees clearly at the end of their struggle for position, that they are driven by their thirst for power and a godline stature. To be supreme. All else are just means to an end.



* Propositions for a ban of student politics and siege programs.

Posted on Tuesday, July 11, 2006

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Jul 10, 2006

MTV is a blast. They keep playing music i dont want to watch (or videos i dont want to listen to). One of them is Mry J Blige's cover of U2's One, featuring U2. One thing is for sure, that this has made me see the contribution that Bono makes to this song.

Speaking of U2, I just watched a documentary on the making of Joshua Tree. That was one good album. They don't do it so well anymore. They had the most amount of trouble, apparently, recording 'Where the streets have no name', which happens to be the first music video I saw on MTV ever!

PS. The Gnarls Barkley video is sweet!

Posted on Monday, July 10, 2006

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Jul 6, 2006

I was emailed a long time ago by these people to enter this, I just didn't ... tho i mentioned them once on my blog before. hence their invitation. Tho i am also not from the USA, its kinda pointless maybe. I don think many people form USA read my blog. I also put in a phony postal address to get into the challenge. anyway, if a reader is from USA, he/she should take a look into this initiative, which i feel is great....


Check Progress


Posted on Thursday, July 06, 2006

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Jul 5, 2006

We started jamming on this and we all felt like it sounds like someone else's song, and then Razik who was singing at the time thought up some lyrics and he spun it around the words i used to describe the tune - Cheap Thrill. I was thinking that we should call ourselves The Cheap Thrill.

Posted on Wednesday, July 05, 2006

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Jul 4, 2006

I guess hartals to our politicians is what ice-cream is to little children.

Posted on Tuesday, July 04, 2006

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Jul 2, 2006

"The guitar has 6 strings and 24 frets." he said looking back and forth between his beautiful Ibanez SV and this new student. "The possibilites are many, dont limit yourself"

Limit myself? Bastard I have been chasing you around all week, be home when you give your students time for lessons! "Thank You".

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"Hey man, can you give me a hug?"
"I'm sorry!?"
"Can I hug you"
"What do you mean?"
"See, my girlfriend is over there, and she is hugging this other girl. She is making me jealous"
An eyebrow is raised, and a puzzled look is put on the face.
"Just give me a hug and pretend we are mates and then she will be jealous too"
"I am not sure that will work... why don't you just go and try to talk to her?"
"Hey"
"There, she is back! There you go". An exit is made.

Posted on Sunday, July 02, 2006

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