Still Here

I wonder … yes, I wonder if someone ever noticed my silence here. Not likely! I’ve been going through hard times recently. Lot’s of work to do and no time to do. Yes, yes I need to prioritise my work and get things done on time. Well, at least the very important part of it.

Meanwhile I’ve been trying to finish one article on GM 2-4 and my Braid Nebula survey paper. Both things are going well. GM 2-4 paper is almost ready to be circulated to the wider audience.

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Earthquake in Chile

The news that the northern Chile was hit by an earthquake (14th of November 2007) was quite worrisome to me since we as a nation (Armenians) suffered from a devastating quake in 1988 and I could only hope that the damages are not so extensive. But it was quite a relief to learn that things were not that dramatic at all, in fact they made a good recovery.The second reason that I was quite worried was the simple fact that the town of Antofagasta where the quake felt quite strong is near to the one of the most modern astronomical facilities in the world – European Southern Observatory’sVLT(i) facility. This site holds one of the most important instruments build recently – ESO Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI). Continue reading Earthquake in Chile

My Name (republished)

If you are interested to know what does my name mean then here we go:

TIGRAN: ‘Shooting an arrow’; name of two Ashkenian kings of Armenia
Source: Zoroastrian Names

Historically it was the name of two Armenian kings from which the one was “Tigran the Great”:

TIGRAN THE GREAT. In 95 BC, Tigran II (140-55 BC), also known as Tigran(es) the Great, ascended to the throne of Armenia and ruled till 55BC.

Tigranes also spelled TIGRAN, OR DIKRAN, king of Armenia from 95 to 55 BC, under whom the country became for a short time the strongest state in the Roman East.

Tigranes was the son or brother of Artavasdes I and a member of the dynasty founded in the early 2nd century by Artaxias. He was given as a hostage to the Parthian king Mithradates II, but later he purchased his freedom by ceding 70 valleys bordering on Media, in northwestern Iran. Continue reading My Name (republished)

Hello world post!

As usual, there should be a “HELLO WORLD” on each blog … here is mine. Like it or not I’m here to stay and for long. This is a nice way to introduce myself to the world, but I wonder who really reads this posts since there are so many blogs in the net. Furthermore why would some people read posts by other people besides the people who are “forced” to read, like friends, relatives, etc.? So, here is unanswered question:

Why would some stranger care to visit my blog or site? Why would some people bother to read my rumblings? Should I try to “buy” one’s attention with some “relevant” information?