21/12: Harry Potter book 7 title revealed: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

The title of book number 7 in the Harry Potter series has been revealed. It is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Rowling is reportedly, still working on the book.

You can read about it on BBC and CNN.

The title can be seen on J.K. Rowling's site by following the steps below:

1 - Go to Rowling's site.
2 - Click on the eraser and you will be taken to a room -- you'll see a window, a door and a mirror.
3 - In the mirror, you'll see a hallway. Click on the farthest doorknob and look for the Christmas tree.
4 - Then click on the center of the door next to the mirror and a wreath appears.
5 - Click on the top of the mirror and you'll see a garland.
6 - Look for a cobweb next to the door. Click on it, and it will disappear.
7 - Now, look at the chimes in the window. Click on the second chime to the right, and hold it down. The chime will turn into the key, which opens the door.
8 - Click on the wrapped gift behind the door, then click on it again and figure out the title yourself by playing a game of hangman.

It seems to be a very cryptic title. What do you think of it? Share your comments and ideas about the title below.

03/12: 60 years of Asian heroes

Yet again we see an acknowledgment of some prominent Pakistani leaders and heroes. Time Magazine has come out with 60 years of Asian heroes. It gives me great pride to see such a thing.

The Pakistanis mentioned in the magazine are:

Nation Builders - Mohammad Ali Jinnah
Artists & Thinkers - Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
Athletes & Explorers - Jahangir Khan

Read up on them and get inspiration from these heroes for their efforts and hard work for giving us what we have today. I salute them for their work and the pride they have brought to their country.

02/12: Welcome a new blogger!

This site is now going to have another blogger apart from me posting about topics of interest. I would like to welocome Usman to this site. Here is a brief bio of him:

Name: Usman Saeed
Qualification: M.Sc Physics (Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad)
Current Programme: Enrolled in M.Phil Physics
Subject of Research: High Energy Physics
Topic of Research: Phenomenology of noncommutative space-time
-> Theoretical Physics (Quantum Gravity, Superstrings, etc)
-> Astroparticle physics , Astrophysics and Cosmology (various problems especially the galaxy rotation problem, extremely high energy cosmic rays, magnetars, etc)
-> Foundations of computer science, particularly interested in quantum computing
-> Emerging technologies especially electronic and aerospace
Note 1: The first two entries of my interests are those which I am pursuing and will pursue in the future and any one of them might become the subject of my PhD which I intend to do after my M.Phil. As such I am still reading introductory material on them as they are extremely complex.
Note 2: M.Phil in Pakistan is like MS abroad. It however takes two years after M.Sc and at the end a dissertation is required (Both M.Sc and M.Phil are composed of four semesters). The first year is a year of course work followed by a year of research. It is the second year at the end of which dissertation is presented. Right now, I am in the last semester so my M.Phil is near completion.

An article by Usman on Virtualization will be posted soon. Keep an eye out for it!

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