The posts in this weblog are mainly about history, heritage, language, art, and culture of Persia (that is named Iran since 1934). Persia is, therefore, equal to Iran, and Persian is equal to Iranian. Note that Persian is a nationality not an ethnicity. Pars (or Fars) is the major ethnicity in Persia but there are also Persian Kurds or Arabs. Similarly, the official language in Persia is Persian (Farsi is the local name and may not be used internationally). For more details please read my posts.
This time it is even more striking! If Shohreh Aghdashloo is a Persian actress who is living in Los Angeles for many years now, and has quite some possibilities for interacting with American artists, Golshifteh is currently living inside Iran (Persia)! This is so wonderful to see her playing beside Leonardo and Russell!
Sadly, I read today in the news that the government in Iran, after realizing that she has played a Hollywood film, has forbidden her to exit the country! I hope that this is not true, and if it is, it will be solved soon. The link of the news is here
World Heritage Tour: Persia
Pangea Software Inc. has developed a nice program for watching panorama photos on iPhone. There is also a fantastic website belongs to UNESCO with panoramic photos of the world heritage sites, called "World Heritage Tour." What was missing was a link between these two.
I made a portfolio for the locations in Persia, and named it "World heritage tour: Persia." if you have an iPhone, you can simply download the PangeaVR program from Apple Store and watch the portfolio I made, besides many others. Alternatively, visit WHTour.org and enjoy the high quality panorama's.
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I read the most interesting news about Blogger today, and it made me very very happy to see that Persian language is added to the list of Blogger languages.
It's a long time since the last time I wrote a post here. I follow the news almost everyday via the BBC Persian website, and send the interesting news that I find to the email address of this weblog: firstname.lastname@example.org . I hope I will have a time to write about those topics here, instead of just keeping them in an archive.
Anyway, I read today in BBC-Persian that "Blogger has added Persian Language to its services." I logged-in into Blogger immediately to see it by my own eyes! It is wonderful! It is so professional that they named the language "Persian," and even nicer that they call the local name of the language "پارسی [pronounce: parsi]" and not "فارسی [pronounce: farsi]". This is great! I'm not kidding! Everybody understand the connection between "Persian" and "[parsi]" very easily, but not the connection between "Persian" and "[farsi]." That's why many people use the name "Farsi" in English language instead. If we use the local name of the language as "[parsi]" a big deal of the problem is automatically solved.
This is also true about the name of Persian Gulf. If we call the country "Persia," nobody would doubt that the name of the gulf in the south of the country is Persian Gulf. However, if we use the name "Iran" (which is the name of the country in Persian language), there are of course people who like to give Persian Gulf another name. By the way, I should not forget to write a post later that it would be very naive to think that the conflict about the name of Persian Gulf is happily ended. This is not the case at all! The effort of the Arabic countries in this regard is not reduced, but is very well increased. We will loos this game very soon if we do not confront it systematically.
I should add this about Persian language in Blogger that BBC-Persian said according to the Time Magazine that "Persian language is the 28th most common spoken language in the world, but in weblogs stands very closely to French, which is the second most used language."
You may have noticed that I recently added a section to the right column of the page titled "Snap Shots, quick preview of the links." If this option is on, it will show a small white icon beside each link, and if you move your mouse over it, it will show you a preview of that page.
I think it is a very useful programme, but I noticed that in some computers (or in some particular browsers) it may slow down the speed or freeze the programme for a while. Therefore, I added this option in the page for the readers to turn it on and off as they wish. If your computer does not slow down by this programme, give it a try.
In fact the website itself will be just one member of "www.fakhredin.com" web-family! I will introduce the other members of the web-family as soon as they arrive to their home. For now, let me introduce you to Fakhredin Photo Gallery. You can find him at www.photo.fakhredin.com. At the moment, the gallery contains some photo's from Persia (mainly from Esfahan and Shiraz). Shortly, you will be able to visit more places in Persia, and, who knows, hopefully all around the world.
You know about Google Earth, don't you? It is an wonderful work from Google by which you can observe satellite images from every corner of the earth. Yesterday a new version of Google Earth is released; version 4.2. Amazing thing about this version is that you can observe not only the "Earth" but also the "Sky!" With this new option you sit behind your computer and look at the hundred millions of stars. I installed the program on my MacBookPro just a few minutes ago, and took this photo of Andromeda Galaxy (Messier 31, NGC 224). I also took a look at the planets, but suddenly the computer hanged! This is very unusual for a Mac computer. Anyhow, happily it works fine now.