I finally sat down and recorded one of my arrangements for the piano. This is the piano version I did for the song “Jeena Yahan Marna yahan” from the movie Mera Naam Joker… The song was sung by Mukesk, music by Shankar Jaikishan. one of my all time favourate songs!
This is an AstroAlert from Sky & Telescope.
Every 5.6 years, an unseen companion crosses in front of a 10.8-magnitude star in the constellation Cepheus, making it dim for a few weeks. The next eclipse of this star, known as EE Cephei, is expected in mid-January 2009. But because these dimmings are leisurely affairs, the American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO) urges experienced amateurs to start monitoring the star right now, and to continue through the end of February.
An interval of years between minima is unusually long for a star system of this type. But more intriguing is the fact that successive fadings of EE Cephei over the past half century have not been carbon copies of one another. Sometimes the star becomes just half as bright as normal, and other times it fades by a factor of five! And the light curve sometimes has kinks in it, hinting the companion may not even be round.
What could the mystery companion be? “It’s probably a small, cool star or close binary surrounded by a dust torus, kind of a cosmic doughnut,” says the AAVSO’s Mike Simonsen. In his blog athttp://simostronomy.blogspot.com/2008/12/mystery-star.html, he tells the history of this star and suggests models that could explain the light-curve changes. But there’s a chance the light curve in early 2009 will deviate in some new way, upsetting the apple cart again.
EE Cephei lies 1.5° southwest of 4.2-magnitude Epsilon (ε) Cephei, where it marks the easternmost corner of a distinctive trapezoid of 11th-magnitude stars spanning less than 4 arcminutes. The variable lies at right ascension 22h09m 22.8s, declination +55° 45′ 24″ (equinox 2000.0).
Simonsen’s blog includes a link to AAVSO finder charts for EE Cephei. Once there, enter “EE CEP” (without quotes) in the box for the name of the star.
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I was just browsing YouTube and came across this…I wish I could play like this man…crazy stuff…shit
I think I should have no other mortal wants, if I could always have plenty of music. It seems to infuse strength into my limbs and ideas into my brain. Life seems to go on without effort, when I am filled with music.”
How often, on ordinary days, those dull black and white keys become extraordinarily vibrant and magnetizing. How frequently do those strings on your friend’s guitar long to produce sweet music right out of the mind of the player. The melody is always there, you just need to find it. Be it a lush green meadow in spring or a lonely tree on a mountain, everything has a certain explicit music to it. It is a pity that only some develop that ability to find that melody, that never-ending soundtrack tailor made for a movie, a movie called life, and a greater pity that only a minute fraction of them actually understand it. Agreed, it is pretty difficult to understand how music, rather trivial in most of our lives, could influence and inspire the events that take place in your life, and the lives of all the people around you.
When music becomes a part of your life, beautiful things happen. You start supplementing your vision with the pleasant notes of nature, adding that favorite symphony to the tranquility of the Kashmir valley, or maybe overlay the latest simple plan punk rock single on being scolded upon by parents. Now, that makes life a bit more interesting…eh!
Hoping for a musical life henceforth.
What if I told you that every human, every single one of us were adopted! Brace yourself ‘cause I am going to do just that. To put forward my idea, I ask you one commonsensical question, the answer to which you ought to know. What is the name of our parent Galaxy?
The Milky Way, you say…
I guess when u start off with a score of 6/20, it shows…well I thought Physics was tough, but BET…with BET tough has reached a whole new high…it never stops suprising me. Just when…Just when you start getting the hang of it…u actually start getting correct answers…it’ll come up with this wierd question from hell, which no matter what happens will not get solved. BET is like this first person shooter game which in order to par you need to perish and respawn infinite number of times…
I have an aim this sessional…to Bite BET in the ass and pass…but will I succeed in my aim…will BET kneal to my actions…Only time will tell… For the time being…