Thursday, March 31, 2005
Thumbs up, down? And why?
Rowdy Reunion 2003
Originally uploaded by CatrinaD.
So, inquiring minds want to know: "When is the next Rowdy Reunion?"
My friends, the answer is here...almost. JUNE!
We (the locals) have identified the weekends of June 3-5 and June 10-12 as good dates. The first weekend is Riversplash!, a local festival. Which might be good if we need the diversion, but a pain in the ass if we want to get out and do anything downtown (getting around will suck).
We need to know from you, which of the two is best for your schedules?
Speak now, or forever hold your liquor.
This is my first post on nomadlife, so I just want to say hello and introduce myself. I'm Adelle, an AIESEC Alum from Georgia Tech currently on an 8 month traineeship with MindValley. I wanted to tap into my network of AIESECers to let you know about an amazing opportunity to work in Malaysia's capital, Kuala Lumpur. Please read below.
MindValley Labs, a Internet Company based in Silicon Valley and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is looking for up to 3 trainees to fill various positions immediately and over the summer/fall semesters. We've been interviewing locals here in Malaysia, but we prefer to bring more AIESECers on board.
I've been on my traineeship for 2 months now, you can read about my experiences living and working abroad in KL at http://adelle.nomadlife.org/
PS - Our company is founded by former AIESEC members who have worked for large Silicon Valley firms like eBay and Microsoft. We're small business, but growing very rapidly and really need to fill available positions, preferably with AIESEC trainees. TN's start as soon as possible, and we match fairly quickly. But if you're really interested for a later date, just apply and we'll save your resume for a later review.
If you have any questions, you can email me at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, March 28, 2005
"A "widely destructive tsunami" could be unleashed by the huge earthquake that has struck off the coast of Indonesia, authorities said today.
The US Geological Survey (USGS) said that the earthquake, measuring 8.5 on the Richter scale, struck at 1609 GMT off the coast of Sumatra and was an aftershock of the December 26 quake." (Times Online)
Here is the USGS report of the earthquake.
The trick is to go early have 2 and then head up to the Trudy's up north to have 2 more. This tradition will be practiced at Austin reception weekend... (April 22-24 what more can i say?)
p.s. current Austin Temp: 22 deg C. I never learned F sorry...
Friday, March 25, 2005
WaterAid is dedicated exclusively to the provision of safe domestic water, sanitation and hygiene education to the world's poorest people. It was established in 1981 and, to date, has helped over eight million people. It currently works in 15 countries in Africa and Asia.
WaterAid projects giving safe water, sanitation and hygiene education cost around Â£15 or 23 euro per head. Can you think of a better way to make a difference?
Through the aquaplastics website, WaterAid and the European plastics industry are working together to help tackle this huge problem. Every day you click on this site, the European plastics industry will donate 10 cents to help WaterAid deliver clean, safe water and sanitation to people in Ethiopia. If we reach 1.5 million clicks by 22 June 2005 then a total of 150,000 euro will be donated to WaterAid.
Ethiopia is one of the poorest and driest countries in the world. A staggering 76% of the population does not have access to safe water supplies and 88% are without access to adequate sanitation. This, compounded by a limited health service means water, sanitation and hygiene-related diseases are rife and infant mortality is extremely high.
So what are you waiting for? GO CLICK
Thursday, March 24, 2005
It is time for AIESEC Indiana's semi-annual International Dinner.
AIESEC Indiana members prepare food from their representative countries and then we have a feast of international cuisine. It is a gathering of AIESECers, friends, and new faces and will be a blast. Of course, there will be an AIESEC party afterwards to celebrate and host our fellow AIESECers! Tell your friends!!!
International Dinner will be:
***April 9th, 6PM-8PM, at the Indiana University International Center***
Perks: Come celebrate with Sheila as she becomes a member of the old maid club and turns 22.
We will be hosting any out-of-towners, and hope to see you there. Come earlier to party over the weekend. RSVP to Rich at email@example.com.
Hope to see you soon,
And yes, come celebrate with me as I become a maid of the old maid club. It might be one of the last I celebrate in the states!!! :-) :-) :-)
Its pretty awesome stuff - thoughts from 3 coutries, 5+ nationalities (depending on how many you count for Nisrin) and 23 comments. The Middle Eastern bloggers are definitely getting it going on here on nomadlife. And we are two down at the moment, with Bowman representing big time in Kenya, and Soad in Macedonia.
Wednesday, March 23, 2005
Q: Is it as hard as everyone thinks for international students to obtain a student visa?
A: Yes and no. The perception that it is extremely hard is perhaps a little bit skeptical, but the perception that it is a crapshoot is completely justified. There's one factor -- assuming the person has adequate financing to study in the U.S. -- that the consul looks at to determine whether to grant the student visa: the ties to the home country and the likelihood that the person will return after finishing studies in the U.S.
This is codified into law in section 214B of the Immigration Nationality Act. This section states that applicants are presumed to be attempting to immigrate permanently to the U.S., unless they prove otherwise to the consul. Students must prove that they have a residence abroad that they have no intention of abandoning.
Q: How does the consul make that judgment?
A: Consuls have about three minutes to make a decision on each case. Usually, the consul doesn't go by specific evidence provided by the applicant, but rather the reading of the visa application and their gut feeling. They take into account the applicant's socioeconomic background; the conditions in the home country with regard to economy, social strife, and economic and social development; and the person's demographic profile.
Are they single or married? Are they leaving their family behind when they come to study in the U.S.? Does the degree they're getting make sense? These are a few of the different factors that they look at, and in three minutes or less, they coalesce all of these factors into a judgment: denial or grant.
For the full version
There are some things that must be done once in a lifetime... I'll have to say that this could be one of them. Word to the wise: don't pass on a good thing!
Tuesday, March 22, 2005
Monday, March 21, 2005
1 GENEVA Switzerland 106.5
1 ZURICH Switzerland 106.5
3 VANCOUVER Canada 106
3 VIENNA Austria 106
5 FRANKFURT Germany 105.5
5 MUNICH Germany 105.5
5 DUSSELDORF Germany 105.5
8 AUCKLAND New Zealand 105
8 BERN Switzerland 105
8 COPENHAGEN Denmark 105
8 SYDNEY Australia 105
12 AMSTERDAM Netherlands 104.5
13 BRUSSELS Belgium 104
14 MELBOURNE Australia 103.5
14 BERLIN Germany 103.5
14 LUXEMBOURG Luxembourg 103.5
14 STOCKHOLM Sweden 103.5
14 TORONTO Canada 103.5
14 WELLINGTON New Zealand 103.5
20 OTTAWA Canada 103
20 PERTH Australia 103
22 NURNBERG Germany 102.5
22 DUBLIN Ireland 102.5
22 MONTREAL Canada 102.5
25 ADELAIDE Australia 102
25 CALGARY Canada 102
25 HAMBURG Germany 102
25 HELSINKI Finland 102
25 HONOLULU, HI United States 102
25 SAN FRANCISCO, CA United States 102
31 BRISBANE Australia 101.5
31 OSLO Norway 101.5
31 PARIS France 101.5
34 SINGAPORE Singapore 101
34 TOKYO Japan 101
36 LYON France 100.5
36 YOKOHAMA Japan 100.5
36 BOSTON, MA United States 100.5
39 LONDON United Kingdom 100
39 KOBE Japan 100
39 NEW YORK CITY, NY United States 100
These results just came out and got me thinking about how we can take things for granted. Me, I'm from Wellington, NZ. Everything there is just "home" - the schools I went to, the parks on the streets, the people, the funky cafes, the museums, the sparkling harbour, the rolling hills. To see it ranked up there with the traditionally major cities of the world seems surreal, and makes me proud to be a Kiwi.
[Image thanks to Google Image Search :) ]
The things that were important to us were: being open, building innovative stuff and kicking ass. Were these people OUR people? Yes. See the stuff Yahoo's announced recently (including, of course, this)? They're evolving in really interesting ways -- and from our look inside, we know know that there's a lot more coming.I think this is a great buy for Yahoo, and a real pity that google didnt snap it up - for purely selfish reasons, I would have loved to have seen five of my favourite web services - Google, Google News, Blogger, Gmail and Flickr all intergrated under the same platform. The first four are all already Google owned - pity about the fifth (which is possibly the best of the five).
Flickr is just amazingly good, and keeps getting better. If you have been using Flickr just to post pictures to your blog, check out all the other features some day - really impressive stuff. Some people in google should really be kicking themselves right now - they just lost a big, big opportunity.
Here is the really amazing part. In just over 1 year Flickr has signed up 150,000 user accounts, become a central part of online life, and been bought out by one of the biggest online players. You know what their advertising budget has been this entire time? $0.00. They havent spent a single cent on advertising since they launched. Flickr "gets it" in a way few other companies do - the best path to success these days is to create a totally amazing product that adds value to peoples lives - and if you can do that, people will do your marketing in a way that no amount of celebrity endorsements or 30 second TV ads can ever do.
I await news of the AOL-nomadlife buyout with apprehension. When Dody and Digs get rich of this thing I want my share of the bounty.
Saturday, March 19, 2005
Thursday, March 17, 2005
It's ST. PATRICK'S DAY, national day of celebrating Ireland, everything Irish and everything green...so go put on something green, try locate an Irish buddy and find your nearest Irish pub for a pint of green beer!!
What's going on...or not going on, in your neck of the woods for St. Patrick's Day? Where's the best place to be if you're not in Ireland?
All's fairly quiet in Bratislava, the Irish population of approximately 22 isn't quite enough for singing and dancing in the streets...but we'll be trying that out later!
Paddy's Day Dublin style...
I'd love to see photos from Paddy's Day across the globe, so get snapping if there's stuff going on near you!
Monday, March 14, 2005
Tim Bray has written a post about blogging and work.
Assumptions: Let's assume that you're reasonably competent, reasonably coherent, and reasonably mature. Cynicism aside, a substantial majority of the people in the workplace qualify.
Blogging clearly isn't going to help that proportion of people who aren't really up to their job, or who are prone to inarticulate flaming, or both. But then, those people tend to have career problems anyhow. Put it another way: not blogging won't protect you from career-limiting moves, and if blogging provokes one, well, you were probably going to do it anyhow.
Ten Reasons Why Blogging is Good For Your Career
- You have to get noticed to get promoted.
- You have to get noticed to get hired.
- It really impresses people when you say "Oh, I've written about that, just google for XXX and I'm on the top page" or "Oh, just google my name."
- No matter how great you are, your career depends on communicating. The way to get better at anything, including communication, is by practicing. Blogging is good practice.
- Bloggers are better-informed than non-bloggers. Knowing more is a career advantage.
- Knowing more also means you're more likely to hear about interesting jobs coming open.
- Networking is good for your career. Blogging is a good way to meet people.
- If you're an engineer, blogging puts you in intimate contact with a worse-is-better 80/20 success story. Understanding this mode of technology adoption can only help you.
- If you're in marketing, you'll need to understand how its rules are changing as a result of the current whirlwind, which nobody does, but bloggers are at least somewhat less baffled.
- It's a lot harder to fire someone who has a public voice, because it will be noticed.
Sunday, March 13, 2005
The coming Team is Fully Egyptian.
So no - we will not be moving to sydney anytime soon :P
ha ha ha
We will be, however, keeping the aussie feel by using "mate" "babe" "injustice" and put a "ssie" at the end of words, whenever applicable.
(tom and jen, we love you xxx)
Anybody want to come to Egypt?
I guess if you are a regular reader of my blog, you would know my opinion that Egypt is one of the most amazing countries in the world to spend some time in. An intense cultural experience, with lots of really amazing places to travel to, wonderful food, cheapness galore, brilliant people and an opportunity to learn more than you would ever imagine.
Well, right now here in Egypt we have a whole bucketload of management and technical traineeships available - and we're struggling to match them! We're having all the usual problems, slow response times, IS breakdowns, disinterested people etc. Anyhow, I've decided to use the nomadlife target audience - clued in, well connected, interesting AIESEC'ers to see if we can find some people wanting to come here.
We have lots of really cool jobs in marketing, IT and web development, customer service and market research. They all pay solid salaries which will let you have a good lifestyle in Egypt. They all offer cool working experience. And most importantly, they all give you a chance to come to what I believe is one of the worlds "must-see" countries. And if you speak Dutch, Portugese, Italian or Greek, we even have one company here who will cover 50% of your travel costs, give you free Arabic classes at work and drive you to and from work for free.
Don't just take my word for it - look at the blogs of any number of current or former trainees or visitors to Egypt. They all, uniformly, had or are having an absolute blast. It is impossible not to.
So, if you would like to have an unforgettable Egyptian experience, or think you have friends, contacts, LC members etc who would like one, get in touch with me, firstname.lastname@example.org, or drop a note in comments. I can't talk up these opportunities enough, this is just a country you really have to experience at one point in your life. Spread the word!
Saturday, March 12, 2005
Well, I take your meta-meta and up it by another two meta's. Wonkette just put up a hilarious post, where she blogged in real time while watching a CNN news show, "The Blog Report", where two news anchors read from different blogs live on television. To make this even more of a surreal bloggy clusterfuck, Wonkette didn't actually blog about it - she posted a copy of her MSN messenger conversation she was having while watching the show.
And now I am blogging about all of this, which puts me in the position of....well, its enough to say that civilisation as we know it is over.
Thursday, March 10, 2005
Wednesday, March 09, 2005
"You need three things to create a successful startup: to start with good people, to make something customers actually want, and to spend as little money as possible. Most startups that fail do it because they fail at one of these. A startup that does all three will probably succeed."
"So who should start a startup? Someone who is a good hacker, between about 23 and 38, and who wants to solve the money problem in one shot instead of getting paid gradually over a conventional working life."
on Startups vs Graduate Degrees
"I don't think the amount of bullshit you have to deal with in a startup is more than you'd endure in an ordinary working life. It's probably less, in fact; it just seems like a lot because it's compressed into a short period. So mainly what a startup buys you is time. That's the way to think about it if you're trying to decide whether to start one. If you're the sort of person who would like to solve the money problem once and for all instead of working for a salary for 40 years, then a startup makes sense.
For a lot of people the conflict is between startups and graduate school. Grad students are just the age, and just the sort of people, to start software startups. You may worry that if you do you'll blow your chances of an academic career. But it's possible to be part of a startup and stay in grad school, especially at first. Two of our three original hackers were in grad school the whole time, and both got their degrees. There are few sources of energy so powerful as a procrastinating grad student."
and off course it won't be complete without the birthday song
"Death and gloom and black despair People dying everywhere.
We brought linen, white as cloud Now we'll sit and sew your shroud.
Now that you're the age you are Your demise cannot be far.
So far death you have bypassed Don't look back it's gaining fast.
May the candles on your cake Burn like cities in your wake.
I'm a leper, can't you see Get your birthday kiss from me"
WHO: Travel partner(s). Male or female, no preference.
WHERE: Tibet and/or the greater Tibetan plateau area, including Lhasa and maybe even Mt.Everest or Mt.Kailash.
WHEN: Sometime during the month of August, 2005. Hopefully up to 2 weeks in Tibet.
WITH WHOM: Myself and possibly an American Tamil Brahman friend. We're very entertaining and full of sarcastic wit. Will make very good traveling partners.
EXTRA NOTES: There's a reason why so many people have been enchanted and forever touched by their time at the Rooftop of the World. Find out why for yourself. Free accomodation and tour in Beijing, courtesy of myself (and I'll do a damn good job at it).
CONTACT: If interested, please either respond to this blog entry and leave your email, or email me at email@example.com
I hope to hear from someone! Anyone! :-)
Tuesday, March 08, 2005
Heâ€™s got a road map of jupiter
A radar fix on the stars
All along the highway
Sheâ€™s got a liquid-crystal compass
A picture book of the rivers
Under the sahara
They travel in the time of the prophets
On a desert highway straight to the heart of the sun
Like lovers and hereos, and the restless part of everyone
Weâ€™re only at home when weâ€™re on the run
On the run
Heâ€™s got a star map of hollywood
A list of cheap motels
All along the freeway
Sheâ€™s got a sister out in vegas
The promise of a decent job
Far away from her hometown
They travel on the road to redemption
A highway out of yesterday -- that tomorrow will bring
Like lovers and heroes, birds in the last days of spring
Weâ€™re only at home when weâ€™re on the wing
On the wing
When we are young
Wandering the face of the earth
Wondering what our dreams might be worth
Learning that weâ€™re only immortal --
For a limited time
Time is a gypsy caravan
Steals away in the night
To leave you stranded in dreamland
Distance is a long-range filter
Memory a flickering light
Left behind in the heartland
We travel in the dark of the new moon
A starry highway traced on the map of the sky
Like lovers and heroes, lonely as the eagleâ€™s cry
Weâ€™re only at home when weâ€™re on the fly
On the fly
We travel on the road to adventure
On a desert highway straight to the heart of the sun
Like lovers and hereos, and the restless part of everyone
Weâ€™re only at home when weâ€™re on the run
On the run...
And they have a website http://www.internationalwomensday.com/
Monday, March 07, 2005
"IF WE WANT WORLD PEACE, WE MUST LET GO OF OUR ATTACHMENTS AND TRULY LIVE LIKE NOMADS.. I NO MAD AT YOU..YOU NO MAD AT ME. THAT WAY THERE'LL BE NO MAD-NESS ON THE PLANET. AND PEACE BEGINS WITH EACH OF US. A LITTLE PEACE HERE, A LITTLE PEACE THERE, PRETTY SOON ALL THE PEACES WILL FIT TOGETHER TO MAKE ONE BIG PEACE EVERYWHERE."
"Its all about thriving in markets that are smarter and faster than you are. Its all about being totally fucked if you don't know what I'm talking about"
Sunday, March 06, 2005
In the comments thread I want to see links to images of what the nomadlife massive consider to be the worlds most impressive skylines. I think we should nominate the skylines in two categories - modern, for the shiny, steel and glass high rise skylines, and old-school, for your castles, bridges and cathedrals/churches/mosques kind of vibe.
This will be a contest with no winners, except for our own enlarged perceptions of how beautiful our urban geographies really are. Let the battle begin......
UPDATE: Flickr has a way cool collection of various urban skylines photos, all aggregated together in the Urban Skylines pool. Check it out for much inspiration.
Saturday, March 05, 2005
Devrim - who's contribution to the AI office would be more than just the word "donkey-punch" and mysterious weekends away climbing little known Dutch mountains...
Trent - Lets face it, who wouldn't want to hear the Travel Cost Sharing system and its illogical reliance on PPP figures explained in that accent...
Mazzy - As Connie explained in possibly the most hilarious sentence I have read all year, she is certainly more than a "spastic, leg-rubbing-as-you-go-through-the-buffet line kinda girl". So much more....
At conference in Romania when it was announced that no candidate had been selected and the positions would be re-opened, a quiet murmur went around the room, that soon turned into a chant - Rickesh for VPF! Not content with a two year term in the US, I'd love to see the big guy take on another two years in the Netherlands. And as far as two year goodness goes, how about Arthur, or Jen - both from my own 1999 vintage of joining AIESEC, meaning they would finish in 2007.....I know they're both looking for a new challenge.....
Anyhow, the nomadlife massive are now a power-bloc. A constituency to be reckoned with. May our candidates go forward and dominate.
Thursday, March 03, 2005
"There is a story being told in the world around us. It tells us to fear the foreign and the unknown. It says that only few can survive, and to survive we must fight. It says that some are better than the whole and that we must divide and isolate. It threatens that we are endangered an alone."Arthur is blogging...
Wednesday, March 02, 2005
Tuesday, March 01, 2005
If you think you have a good phone voice, please submit a WAV file sample of the following to adam -at techangels dot- com:
"Thank you for calling. Unfortunately no one is available to take your call right now. We are open seven days per week, from 9am to 6pm Central Time. Please leave a message and someone will return your call shortly." If you would like to make modifications to the text to better suit your vocal style, please do so.
You can use the Windows Sound recorder along with a headset to make the recording.
He is looking for a voice that is clear (articulate), professional-sounding, and appealing.
For your trouble, we will send you the sexy iPod Shuffle wherever you are.