Thursday, June 30, 2005

Lunch hour (and a half)

Five minute walk to H&M to pick up a cute top for May's graduation present. (Got a whole outfit and more for her to "pick and choose" Will return what she doesn't want - that's a lie, because I'll probably keep it if she doesn't. Ah the gift of giving - and spending.)

Stop at the chiropracter (who's pretty hot).

On the way back, passed by the square with Thursday live music. Usually swing, but salsa today. I ran, put my bags down for a minute, and grabbed the last dance with an old man with a pot belly and a cap with "Cape Cod" on it.

There are days when I like it here.

NGO's considered harmful

An Australian economist asserted that

"The countries with the highest aid per capita (including Pacific countries) have had the slowest growth. But, in political terms, forgiving debt that they are not servicing from African countries is much easier than reducing the subsidies that western Europe, the US and Japan give their farmers at a cost of $300 billion annually to developing countries. So is increasing the volume of aid to $100 billion a year by Western taxpayers.

The international NGOs, led by Geldof and his singers, are facilitating yet another betrayal of Africa." (The Australian)

Tiklod would approve.



Lingua Studio

Learn latin for free.

social revolution

First it was the Netherlands, followed by Belgium in 2003. Canada followed suit yesterday and today we have Spain.

BBC reports on the state of gay marriage around the world.

It will be interesting to see the rate of progress in this movement of prodding countries in granting and recognizing the rights of gay couples globally. There is so much cultural history and identification in marriage as between a man and a woman only. However, we don't have a uniform definition of a form of marriage globally. In some place it is between one man and one woman only, and in some it involves more than a pair and these differences reflects the diversity in socio religious aspect of the community they reside.

I predict that gay marriage will be granted in most of Western world quite rapidly (except in United States) and extend to only a handful of South East Asia and Latin America countries.

Homoesexuality still doesn't receive acceptance in a lot countries. Heck, you can even be persecuted for being gay, which I think is a gross injustice.

Google Earth ? Explore, Search and Discover

Originally uploaded by ying22.
It may take some time to download and install but this is just so cool. It gives you satellite imagery and flies you across the world to see monuments and buildings etc.

Want to know more about a specific location?

Dive right in -- Google Earth combines satellite imagery, maps and the power of Google Search to put the world?s geographic information at your fingertips.


Aid will not lift growth in Africa, warns IMF

"The International Monetary Fund has warned that governments, donors, campaigners and pop stars need to be far more modest in their claims that increased aid will solve Africa's problems. Days before the Live-8 concerts around the world, and next week's Group of Eight countries summit in Scotland, the IMF has released two extensive research papers that suggest aid flows to poor countries have not led to higher growth rates, the main driver of poverty reduction..."

Read the full story here. We discussed this only recently. This is a dispassionate perspective from another angle.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005


June 1 2005 Press Release - U.N. News Center Launched by the United Nations only six weeks ago, the first video game designed to teach children about global hunger has surpassed all expectations in the gaming world by reaching more than one million players in 40 countries. What makes this achievement highly unusual is that no android attackers are blown away in the game, "Food Force," released by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) in April. Instead, kids race against time to feed thousands of people on the fictitious island of Sheylan, alongside a crack team of emergency aid workers. They pilot helicopters while looking out for hungry people, negotiate with armed rebels blocking a food convoy, and use food aid to help rebuild communities. Along the way, they learn about the real world where over 800 million people are plagued by hunger each day.

Whoops A Daisy...

Perhaps Mr. Robert Kraft forgot to attend some of his cultural sessions before going abroad;)

Way to go Putin! Scoreeee!!

Voice of the Customer

This nomadlife thing is awesome, if only I had joined it earlier of course... (Mike G)

Nomadlife connecting people

Nomad gathering

Nomad gathering: Matt (Canada/Croatia), Renee (Australia/Croatia) and Karola (Ireland/Slovakia) hanging out in Zagreb!

Guinness Goodness

Here's something you probably didn't know: Ireland today is the richest country in the European Union after Luxembourg. (Tom Friedman)

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

This post is quite unexpected considering it is usually considered cool to bash the male species for its various flaws.
flash mind reader. spooky.


Steve Jobs' commencement address speech at Stanford. I find it very inspiring.

"Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything ? all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart. "

From a balcony in Cairo....

Jessica says:
"There are three people sitting on a balcony talking about religion. Each from a different religion and openly discussing their views on the world and asking and answering questions about theirs and others' religions. The situation is enough to blow one's mind, let alone the fact that all three were getting along perfectly well, learning and growing without fighting or disagreeing. For last night's conversation alone I am ever-thankful to AIESEC."
Sounds like this whole "Salaam" concept is working out pretty well :)

Monday, June 27, 2005

flag burning

Is flag burning legal or illegal in your country?


This is for the new nomads. We have an no-gatekeeper policy for this main blog, so if you want a post access and join the fun, just ask.

Aid for responsible governments.

On a previous posting to nomadlife about "Aid or better governments" we commented on the resolution of the G-* to condone debt to really poor governments.

At first I thought in what could that help... on relieving debt so economically, countries could stabilize, although good governments were needed to make that debt condonation really worth it and helpful instead of making it a window for corrupt people in poor countries take that money to their own expense.

My government (El Salvador) had a better idea. As we have been taken out of the list of poor countries 5 years ago, and we are an A- B+ client in terms of debt payment to other countries... and given the fact that external debt is raising as fast as becoming 29% of our GDP... they went out lobbying to those countries they owe the most (Spain, France, USA and Japan) with the following proposal:

"Trade interests gerated through international debt with projects to finance education programmes, training for the police bodies, projects to ensure massive assistance to elections and more"

Why should poor countries be exonerated from debts and responsible countries that are still not developed be kept accountable. Let's reward those small countries responsibility. Its not debt condonation, its a prize for responsibility...

Spain and France have already approved this initiative, Spain will support the education programmes for about $68MM of interests generated through our debt to them and France will cooperate in training the police and financing projects to restructure the local transportation systems.

Interesting suggestions...

to nomads in Malaysia and Singapore

This is an invitation to Malaysian and Singaporean nomads to check out this photo-album. I've put up some pictures from as long ago as Halloween parties in 2004. It also has pics from our trip to Rawa in May and some parties in KL.
I know it comes so late. No need to say that I had no time to put my Malaysian pics up on the internet until I realised that I was about to leave the country. Oh, I'm afraid I'm going to miss you sooooo much... Enjoy the pics!

More Maltese discovered in Ethiopia

My dreams of Thea being the only Maltese person in Ethiopia have been shattered:
"....then the other usual question came "Where are you from", and I once again mumble Malta expecting to have to answer the usual question ? "I have never heard of it, where is it?" but the next statement was different - "Ahhh I have many maltish friends" I didn?t really believe him, but I thought, ah this guy is smart ? I never got that before!!!! Then his guy went on still following on my fast pace and shouted out "Mhux Problema" Which means "no problem" in Maltese ? it was definitely Maltese as you could never confuse the mix of Arabic (mhux) and Italian (problema) for any other language but Maltese. And from then on he got my full attention!"
May the Maltese continue to populate Ethiopia....

How to post pictures? Blogger possibly rises to the occassion?

"We've just launched Blogger Images. So now you can include photos and images in your posts. Just click the new picture icon and you can upload an image from your computer or from the web. Try it out! ? Biz [6/24/2005 12:07:00 PM]"

Friday, June 24, 2005


I've recently been getting into philosophy as a hobby. I'm pretty green to the different theories and schools of thought, so I was wondering if any nomads out there can recommend some good reads?

nomadlife cry for help

I really need the help of anyone who will be travelling between Egypt and Europe, sometime in the next month. I left some incredibly important stuff in Cairo when I left, and I am days away from booking a return ticket Netherlands - Egypt for a weekend just to go and collect this frigging stuff.

If anyone is travelling between Egypt and Europe, and is willing to bring over some of my stuff with them, I will reward you handsomely. Money, drugs, sexual favours, whatever you ask, I will happily provide. I really, really need this stuff, and am about to blow over 300 euro just to get it.


Live 8 2005

Some of us haven't even born yet when the legendary Live Aid concert staged in July 13, 1985 to raise the issue of dire famine in Ethiopia.

Well, they are back baby. Live 8 for 2005 is planned for July 6 with "Make Poverty History" theme just in time for the leaders of the G8 countries summit in Scotland. They are having 7 concerts in 7 different countries on that day. Tickets are off course long sold out and can only be bought by way of selling one of your kidney.

You can track the commentaries in the blogosphere using this site

Thursday, June 23, 2005


"The Supreme Court ruled today, in a deeply emotional case weighing the rights of property owners and the good of the community, that local governments can sometimes seize homes and businesses and turn them over to private developers." (NYTimes)

This decision has enraged many US bloggers in the blogosphere today and can be summarized in this dissenting opinion

"Any property may now be taken for the benefit of another private property, but the fallout from this decision will not be random," she wrote. "The beneficiaries are likely to be those citizens with disproportionate influence and power in the political process, including large corporations and development firms.

"As for the victims," Justice O'Connor went on, "the government now has license to transfer property from those with fewer resources to those with more. The Founders cannot have intended this perverse result.""

bottom line: If big businesses want your property, they can force you out.

which one is a better name?

nomadtracker or nomadnavigator ?

the next nomad gathering

Wonderwoman asks for input on the next location of next year's nomadlife gathering. Let's decide on her blog.

Think where you go next...

If you are serious about traveling, or at least about Javascript programming, you should check out my new travel tracker (click here to see). It?s a must-have tool for any serious nomad - well, if you want to take the right decisions about your next travel destination.

There is also a link to the site that explains how you can create your own travel tracker. Check it out here.

Email Design

I'm trying to create a new email design format andI'm using Outlook. Is their a way where I can create my own design and import it into outlook?


Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Jordan and Lebanon ?

Does anyone know what is the easiest way to travel between Jordan and Lebanon ? Can you catch a bus ? Is it easy to cross borders (with the right visa) ? What is the time frame from the two capital cities ? Would you even think about flying ?

AO/Technorati Open Media 100

Check out this list of 100 who's who in the blogging ecosystem.

another takedown

"Asiapundit first sounded the alarm. Now it's confirmed. All Typepad blogs, including this one, cannot be seen in China. (Note that Blogger has been blocked in China for some time.)" (Rebecca Mackinnno)

Is Flickr being blocked in UAE?

Can anyone confirm this?

Summer Moon Illusion

For all y'all Northern Hemispherists (is that what we are called?): The lowest-hanging Full Moon in 18 years is going to play tricks on you tonight!!!!

Check out this cool article from the beloved NASA on tonight's full moon
Summer Moon Illusion
*Geek Alert*

Rhett tops list

The American Film Institute, a top US film education group, annually conducts a poll of favorite movie moments, genres and characters. This year, AFI asked some 1500 creative industry professionals for their favorite quote. "They get into our (everyday language)," said AFI director Jean Picker Firstenberg. "They become a common language that we all can relate to and empathize with." (full story)

Here are the AFI top 25 most memorable movie quotes:

1. "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn." Gone with the Wind, 1939
2. "I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse." The Godfather, 1972
3. "You don't understand! I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I could've been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am." On the Waterfront, 1954
4. "Toto, I've got a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore." The Wizard of Oz, 1939
5. "Here's looking at you, kid." Casablanca, 1942
6. "Go ahead, make my day." Sudden Impact, 1983
7. "All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up." Sunset Boulevard., 1950
8. "May the Force be with you." Star Wars, 1977
9. "Fasten your seatbelts. It's going to be a bumpy night." All About Eve, 1950
10. "You talking to me?" Taxi Driver, 1976
11. "What we've got here is failure to communicate." Cool Hand Luke, 1967
12. "I love the smell of napalm in the morning." Apocalypse Now, 1979
13. "Love means never having to say you're sorry." Love Story, 1970
14. "The stuff that dreams are made of." The Maltese Falcon, 1941
15. "E.T. phone home." E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, 1982
16. "They call me Mister Tibbs!" In the Heat of the Night, 1967
17. "Rosebud." Citizen Kane, 1941
18. "Made it, Ma! Top of the world!" White Heat, 1949
19. "I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!" Network, 1976
20. "Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship." Casablanca, 1942
21. "A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti." The Silence of the Lambs, 1991
22. "Bond. James Bond." Dr. No, 1962
23. "There's no place like home." The Wizard of Oz, 1939
24. "I am big! It's the pictures that got small." Sunset Boulevard, 1950
25. "Show me the money!" Jerry Maguire, 1996

Old age question

Is it possible to be poor and happy and have responsibilities (like raising a family) ?

what's in a name

Bill Clinton wrote an op-ed in NY Times reflecting on the 6 months mark of the 2004 Tsunami and ended it with this paragraph

"On my most recent trip to the region, I visited the Jantho camp for displaced people in Aceh, where I met a woman who had lost nine of her 10 children. As one of the camp leaders, she introduced me to the youngest camp member: a 2-day-old boy. She said the child's mother wanted me to give him a name. I asked if there was an appropriate Indonesian word for "new beginning" and was told that there was: "dawn," which in their language is a boy's name. I think a lot about that little boy, and our obligation to give him a new dawn. We can do it together."

The little boy's name is given name Fajar, which means dawn in Indonesian. It's rooted from the Arabic word Fajr, which is also the term for the first prayer (pre-dawn prayer) in the five daily prayers in Islam.

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Aloke explains India and all things Indian . It's a must read.

Salaam Blogging

The Salaam blogs are GOING OFF ! Check out the Salaam Online Community and find links to all Salaam trainees. If you would like to be added (Arab and US Salaam trainees) post your address here.

Questions will be posted weekly and trainees will answer these on their blogs. Check out awesome photo's, someone's first experience outside the US, what to do in the event of an entire city black-out and our newest Arab blogger.

The community is open to anyone to comment, ask questions and learn more about US and Arab culture !!

Ma' Salaama.
"Cardinal Jaime L. Sin, 76, the curiously named archbishop of Manila whose crucial support for his country's "people power" revolution of the 1980s made him one of the most politically influential members of the Roman Catholic hierarchy, died June 21 in the Philippines." (Washington Post)

Monday, June 20, 2005

US Secretary Rice in Cairo

""This is a great region of the world, the cradle of civilization," she implored her audience. Noting that the entire region of 22 countries had a collective economy the size of Spain's, she added:

"How can that be the case? It certainly isn't anything about the intelligence of the Arab people. It certainly isn't anything about their aspirations. It's about the absence of freedom and the absence of liberty."" (NYTimes)

free trade or fair trade?

Adam (Brit in China) here....just wanting to add my 2 cents in occasionally....

wanting to raise awareness of my favourite 'academic' blog run by the globalisation institute, pushing free trade NOT fair trade. I couldn't agree more. In fact those of you on the csrblokes yahoogroup may have seen some discussion on this too (related to G8 meeting in Edinburgh).

doesn't Fair trade sound, well, fairer, than free trade? If only it was....

Look at the bright side.... least gave the portuguese dude (Tiago Monteiro) a shot at the podium and he didn't missed. We call it in Portugal the "Não chora, aguenta" approach

Look at that sexy portuguese flag....


Congrats Tiago. Tomorrow I'll post something about it in my blog. Wishes of a great week to everyone.

Sunday, June 19, 2005

crying shame

"One by one, 14 Formula One cars ducked off the race track and parked in a unified protest over safety concerns at the United States Grand Prix." (msnbc)

Stop violence against women

stop violence against women

Details under: Amnesty International - Women

Related: Coalition against trafficking in women, Human Rights Watch - Women

Saturday, June 18, 2005

Themes - Metropolist

As you can see, we are switching to theme based look for nomadone, this one is Metropolist, thanks to our own prodigal Johnny Dimas.

Now everybody can play this game. You can also create your own theme and have it 'played' on nomadone.

This is what you need to do.

0. Name your theme (and add some funky description if you want to)
1. Create the header and footer image (if you can, use your own nice photographs or others in the community; let's promote original works) in similar size or smaller to the one you see right now.
2. Create a mock up image of your theme with color information for the text and links.
3. Send it to me (

Rules? we don't need no stinkin' rules. Go wild but readable.

Your masterpiece will be shown the following week (Saturday or Sunday;depending on my level of sobreity) and you will be credited at the bottom this blog.

Friday, June 17, 2005

Some High Quality Bloggin'

So, I've been riveted to Nomadlife recently for the awesome blogging by trainees going on over in North Africa. Check these guys out:
Ryan Burbach (Rabat)
Gabe (Rabat)
Mike G (Cairo)
Kaitlin J (Cairo)
Jessica Rae (Cairo, Quoted below on nl)
Piotr (Cairo)
Rachel (Alex)
Jenny (Cairo)
Nisrin (Cairo)
Mix (Cairo)

Not on Salaam but a couple other blogs that have some great/hilarious entries:
Phil (Kenya)
Andy (Wisconite who is traveling all over Europe; Hilarity Ensues)

Did I miss any? What blogs is everyone else reading?

Show me the money!

Yesterday was a big day on the AI TeamBlog

50,000 euro partnership signed with UBS to support a global learning network

The first ever blog posting by a PAI?

Who's coming to transition party?

UPDATE: Another $80,000 just rolled in. You heard it first on the AI weblog

What if Darth Vader came to you in the night...

Great video... you got to see this video!

Welcome to the Old Farts Club

Happy Birthday Jen! :)

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Cricket Invasion

"Australia's Northern Territory Cricket (NTC) and the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday announced a cricket development partnership with the Indonesian Cricket Foundation (ICF)." (The Jakarta Post)

Do you wanna move the world???

But I mean literaly move....

More than 176 million people world wide have already registered for World Jump Day. Check it out....


RSF Freedom Blog Winners

Reporters Sans Frontieres has announced the winners of the 2-month Freedom Blog Contest. Chosen by popular online vote from around 60 nominated blogs who ?each in their own way, defend freedom of expression,? the winners are:

ASIA:Screenshots by Jeff Ooi of Malaysia. (English)
AFRICA AND THE MIDDLE EAST:Shared Pains of Afghanistan (in Farsi)Al Jinane of Morocco (in French)
EUROPE: ICT lex of Italy (in Italian)
AMERICAS:Pressthink by Jay Rosen of the U.S.A. (in English, obviously)
IRAN: Mojtaba Saminejad, who has been given a two year prison sentence. (in Farsi)
INTERNATIONAL: Netzpolitik, focusing on global open-source technology and freedom of expression (in German).

(From: Global Voices Online)

Wednesday, June 15, 2005


"In your head, think of all they ways you would expect to be harassed in (female or not). Most of those forms of harassment happened to me yesterday in Attaba. I am feeling very violated, ashamed, and sad. " (Jessica)

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Anti-Arroyo protests fizzle on the Philippines' independence day

June 12, MANILA (Reuters) - Filipinos marked their independence day on Sunday under a cloud of political tension as the opposition called on President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to quit over allegations of election cheating and corruption.
Philippine security forces were on maximum alert in Manila and the presidential palace had been fortified with barbed wire and container trucks. But by late Sunday afternoon, there had been no sign of any significant opposition protests.
On Saturday, about 5,000 marchers, under the gaze of anti-riot police, sang songs and chanted slogans calling for Arroyo to step down to avoid dividing the country.
"She should face the people to tell us whether she cheated in the election," Father Joe Dizon, a Roman Catholic priest linked to the opposition, said during mass for a few dozen supporters on Sunday.
He called on Filipinos to stage anti-Arroyo protests "in their factories, in schools and in their communities".
Nothing has been proven against the president or her family, who have denied any wrong-doing. But the opposition has been trying to whip up the kind of anger behind "people power" uprisings that toppled leaders in 1986 and 2001.
With inflation high and corruption pervasive, Arroyo?s ratings show she is the most unpopular president since dictator Ferdinand Marcos was overthrown 19 years ago.
Analysts have said the allegations are unlikely to be enough to unseat Arroyo but could distract her government from its economic reform agenda.
More reading

Microsoft censors Chinese blogs

Chinese bloggers posting their thoughts via Microsoft's net service face restrictions on what they can write. (full article)

Global Voices

Check out Global Voices Online . Global Voices is an international effort to diversify the conversation taking place online by involving speakers from around the world, and developing tools, institutions and relationships to help make these voices heard.

Photoshop Help

Hi fellow nomads,

I know this is a bit random, but I need help asap...

I just downloaded a German version of Adobe Photoshop CS. But because I don't speak German and can't read it, I can't figure out how to change the language setting to English.

If anyone knows how to change the language of Adobe Photoshop CS, please reply back to this post.


Monday, June 13, 2005

Meth Teeth

"Quite distinct from the oral damage done by other drugs, sugar and smoking, methamphetamine seems to be taking a unique, and horrific, toll inside its users' mouths. In short stretches of time, sometimes just months, a perfectly healthy set of teeth can turn a grayish-brown, twist and begin to fall out, and take on a peculiar texture less like that of hard enamel and more like that of a piece of ripened fruit." (NY Times)

Not guilty.

Michael Jackson was found not guilty on all counts.

Guilty or not guilty?

Michael Jackson verdict is to be read at 4.30 pm EST.

(this case has been the obsession of US media for the past three months)

You think you are a player

"Swaziland's King Mswati III took an 18-year-old former Miss Teen Swaziland finalist as his 12th wife during the weekend, barely two weeks after marrying his 11th, media in the tiny African kingdom said." (

Small in the new big

"Big used to matter. Big meant economies of scale. (You never hear about ?economies of tiny? do you?) People, usually guys, often ex-Marines, wanted to be CEO of a big company. The Fortune 500 is where people went to make? a fortune." (Seth Godin)

Saturday, June 11, 2005

Community Manager job/traineeship

Hi Everyone,

I have an opportunity for someone that is interested in being a community manager (150k members) and also be involved in viral/guerrilla/grassroots marketing activities. This can be a job placement or AIESEC traineeship. Email me at sitima(at) if you are interested.


Friday, June 10, 2005

Hot steamy AI blog action

Lots of blog action on the AI blog this week (now found at

A lot of the AI bloggers are newbies, so be patient. But some old timey bloggers like me, Orianna and Chris are holding things down. Like anything new and high potential, expect it to grow with age. But why wait? Jump on board now and join the fun.

Why ARE men happier than women?

Some examples:

* Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat.
* You get extra credit for the slightest act of thoughtfulness.
* Your underwear is $8.95 for a three-pack.
* You can "do" your nails with a pocket knife.
* You can be President.

See the rest of the list on my blog.

Celebrating Dia de Portugal

for the country that bring us the joy of port wine and fado. More from Sitima and Goncalo.


The United States and Britain have reached an agreement on how the billions of dollars that the world's poorest nations owe to international lenders can be erased, removing the last impediment to an accord long sought by the richest nations, a senior official involved in the negotiations said Thursday.
The plan would free 18 countries, most of which are in Africa, from any obligation to repay the estimated $16.7 billion they owe the international lenders
The 18 countries eligible for debt relief are: Benin, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guyana, Honduras, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. "

Globalization Index

" The fifth annual A.T. Kearney/FOREIGN POLICY Globalization Index shows that global integration survived the turbulence of the Iraq war, a sharp economic downturn, and the failure of trade talks. Our ranking of political, economic, personal, and technological globalization in 62 countries reveals that the world is still coming together. Find out who?s up, who?s down, and how they got there." (AT-Kearney + FP Magazine)

Top 10 list:
1. Singapore
2. Ireland
3. Switzerland
4. US
5. Netherlands
6. Canada.
7. Denmark
8. Sweden
9. Austria
10. Finland

Download the report (pdf)

Arab in America

"People of Arab descent living in the United States are doing far better than the average American. That is the surprising conclusion drawn from data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau in 2000 and released last March. The census found that U.S. residents who report having Arab ancestors are better educated and wealthier than average Americans." (Foreign Policy Magazine)

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Global Call to Action Against Poverty ( exists in 5 continents and they are starting a white band campaign.

"What should the white band look like?

This is entirely up to you. Some suggestions are wrist bands, arm bands, head bands, lapel bands, etc. This action was chosen because it is simple for anyone to get involved - you can just make your own white band with a piece of fabric."

If you live in America, check out

Security Flag

Nomads are all over the place and sometime they find themselves in particulary worrying if not downright dangerous situations. Tom's notification on Thea's current situation in Ethiopia is one most recent situation (we had bombings and tsunami before).

When this thing happen, nomadlife will put up one or more clickable red flags near the top of this main page for your attention. The flag will be removed when the situation improves and our nomads are safe.

Africa Solution : More Aid or Better Governments?

"Mr Blair?s bold new vision for Africa. Critics of such grand plans argue that the continent does not need, in the words of Gordon Brown, Britain's finance minister, ?a new Marshall Plan?. The rich world has already poured the equivalent of six Marshall Plans into Africa, with very little to show for the money. What Africa needs most, the Americans argue, is decent governments?not perfect ones, just ones that are less corrupt, incompetent or violent. Without such governments, aid will do nothing but build roads to nowhere and line the Swiss bank accounts of the ruling kleptocrats."

The newspaper suggest this route instead
Yet there is one step that rich countries could take that would help Africans in both well-governed and poorly-governed states: curbing the agricultural subsidies and health-and-safety regulations that keep African products out of rich-country markets."

Learning Arabic

"I am not one of those people who dreads the thought of learning a foreign language. While everyone else was partying in high school, I was learning the Spanish past subjunctive and loving it. I studied German, French, and Portuguese in college. I speak decent Russian and have taught myself some half-decent rudimentary Japanese. Languages are usually fun. But Arabic is really killing me." (slate)

Thea in Ethiopia

Following a few days of unrest in Ethiopia, Thea's job has taken an interesting turn:

"Nothing really happened in the area where I am living, or the office area? though loads of troubles happened around our Base Stations in Addis, some of the Employees told me that they heard shooting, not further than 50mtrs from where they were, and somewhere else they were burning busses, I got all these first hand accounts from all the employees I was trying to contact to make sure they are safe!!!!

I also spent a whole day trying to figure out an evacuation plan for the expats!! (who can imagine I would be doing this! I was terrified!!) as well as trying to figure out which embassy is going to take care of me!!! As obviously there are no Maltese Embassies in Ethiopia!!! Nevertheless I have a good contact with the Swedish Embassy, who is meant to take care of me!!!"

Check out the whole thing for a fairly intense bit of reading....Stay safe Thea.

Environmentally Friendly Blogging

Check out this article about some data centers that are using solar power to generate energy.

Summer Internship in Chicago

Contact me if you are interested in a paid summer internship in the Chicago financial market industry starting in late June.

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

What to do this weekend?

Come do Brown Deer, WI (aka: Drown Beer, Millwaukee or Brew City) and hang out at the Rowdy Reunion!

I've heard lots of chatter about opportunities to meet other nomadlifers in's your chance.

Party starts Friday afternoon as people roll into town and continues through til Sunday. There is no formal 'schedule' or 'agenda'.

And everyone is welcome, despite the seemingly clubbish title.

Are you in?

US Climate Change Report

New York Times

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

AI's group blog

africa blogs

in addition to the many current egypt blogs, at least four bloggers are relocating to africa this summer:
williams: egypt
phil: kenya
duylinh: niger
jesse: cameroon

bring Darfur to the spotlight

If you want to see video images from Sudan (and a compilation of recent NY Times Op-Ed stories), click here:

NY Times Video: The First Genocide of the 21st Century by Nicholas Kristof

Spread the word - Educate yourself. Educate others.

The Great Wall

"Reporters Without Borders voiced alarm today at the Chinese government's announced intention to close down all China-based websites and blogs that are not officially registered. The plan is all the more worrying as the government has also revealed that it has a new system for monitoring sites in real time and spotting those that fail to comply." (Reporters Without Borders) via (Global Voices Online)

I'm tracking this issue to see what effect this has on our China based nomads.

the old age question

From the sample, I can only presume the following:

1) Men are driven purely by sexual libido (very sadly, rather low on the spiritual totem and Maslow's hierarchy)

2) If not #1 then men are extremely insecure as witnessed by their inability to express their 'genuine' desires and dreams

3) If not #1 or #2 then men are incapable of viewing women as significant others deserving of the position of equal interlocuter in a dialogue" (la contessa)

check out the sample data.

Monday, June 06, 2005

store wars (organic spoofs!)

look, i'm not going to say much, just click!... click here (fast internet advised)

Britain says "don't bother"

"Britain today suspended legislation to hold a referendum on a new European constitution, reinforcing the sense of a continent in crisis." (NYTimes)

Hidden history of the United Nations?

"We are taught that the UN began with the signing of the Charter in 1945. In fact, that agreement was the culmination of a complex military and political effort that began in 1941. Understanding the UN?s wartime origins provides a powerful and much-needed reminder that the UN is not some liberal accessory but was created out of hard, realistic political necessity." (OpenDemocracy.Net)

Mac heads

Tom will be happy to hear this.

MacOS X will be available for Intel platform. Yup, you heard it right. Follow the near real-time update from the Apple conference happening right now here.

Opportunity in Puerto Rico

The former chair of my company is also a philanthropist. He's highly involved with an NGO in Puerto Rico, specifically on the island of Vieques, a former American military base. Like most NGOs, they are short on funds, but high on ambitions.

They are looking for a Spanish-speaking young person to help them on some major business oriented projects for a year. Specifically, building a movie theater and teaching the youths of the island to manage that theater.

Please comment if you know someone that might be interested, or have relevant contacts in Puerto Rico.

in the midst of our existance

"I'm still chilled by the matter-of-fact explanation I received as to why it is women who collect firewood, even though they're the ones who are raped. The reason is an indication of how utterly we are failing the people of Darfur, two years into the first genocide of the 21st century.

"It's simple," one woman here explained. "When the men go out, they're killed. The women are only raped."" (Kristof)

We were too young to understand and to care what happened in the genocide of Rwanda back in 1994 years ago and we anguished and be shocked after the fact about it and many of us cry on the movie of "Hotel Rwanda" depicting the horror 11 years ago.

So 11 years from now, will we have any excuse on this sickening repeat of genocide in Darfur, Sudan?

Can we blame the world back in 1994 for not doing enough in time to prevent the genocide and yet stand silently right now witnessing river of bloods flow in the dry dusty land of Darfur?

The world is not doing enough right now and the next decade will curse us for our indifference just like we did to the last.

Sunday, June 05, 2005


" GENEVA - A narrow majority of Swiss voters approved joining a
European Union passport-free zone, abolishing checks on the country's border by 2007, according to final results from a two-issue national referendum Sunday." (Carissa)

hotdog got pictures of the opposition ads.

100 things

7) I've only met 2 people in my life that were smarter then me, and one of them is dead now.
61) My ideal way to die is to die when i am 82 years old on the hands of a jealous husband.
98) I think babies should come with mute buttons

Race, Ethnicity and Heritage

"Yesterday, was the official opening of the Malay Heritage Centre in Singapore. Never before prior to this, have I actually given much thought to my identity as a ?Malay?, until I saw a myriad of performances that reflects the diversity of this ethnic group."

"However, there is One point about the multi-cultural flag of singapore that I would like to emphasize: Dividing a country based on race is the most ridiculous thing that reeks of colonial/imperial times. A very odd thing that Singapore still use it. A first world country with a third world citizen classification.

Friday, June 03, 2005

What the cartoonist think

of the "non" in France
(more in Slate)

Why social networking site doesn't work

Five reasons social networking doesn't work (by cnet)

I have similar opinion on the issue but I will limit that statement in a narrower manner to "five reasons the business of private social networking doesn't work (like Friendster, linked-in, etc)".

I will add one more reason why they don't work; tyranny of login/password.

Why would you force people to login to a website which purpose is to reveal your identity to as many people as possible. It doesn't make a damn sense. Open your network up.

In the land of social networking ecosystem, bloggers are king.

One way to reach Everest's peak

"On May 14th, 2005 at 7h08 (local time), a serial Ecureuil/AStar AS 350 B3 piloted by the EUROCOPTER X-test pilot Didier Delsalle, landed at 8,850 meters (29,035ft) on the top of the Mount Everest." (EverestNews)

Modern Slavery

"Slavery may seem like a historical relic, but in many parts of the world servitude remains prevalent. The United Nations estimates that there are 27 million slaves in the world, including victims of human trafficking, debt bondage, prostitution, child labor and serfdom.

And little seems to be reversing that trend

In the Western African nation of Niger, one of the poorest countries on earth, despite being prohibited, slavery is rooted in the traditional customs and the culture of the country. There are more than 800,000 slaves in Niger ? more than seven percent of the population ? and although some of their conditions have improved over the years, slavery remains a fact of life in this Saharan country. " (abcnews)

It is estimated that there are more slaves right now than 200 years ago.

Go visit and get educated.

Words of Wisdom from "The Simpsons"

Proof that Mainstream Television can still make a Political Statement...

Scene from tonight's episode of The SIMPSONS:

Maggie, Bart, & Homer go to the Simthsonian Exhibit on American Culture and History. Outside is a sponsorship banner from "Omnitouch" a mobile phone company. Maggie asks:

"Why does the US government need to have Omnitouch sponsor this exhibit? Shouldn't the US government fund the preservation of our history and culture?"

Out pops a Omnitouch representative who says:

"The US government needs to spend our money on the essentials: anti-tobacco programs, pro-tobacco programs, the donkey preservation act, and Israel"

Thursday, June 02, 2005

Dedication post

Happy Birthday to Cheryl Wong from Singapore :)

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

It's official now

"Dutch voters today overwhelmingly rejected a constitution for Europe, following France in undermining the region's goal of playing a stronger role in the world and deepening a crisis for the 25-member European Union." (NYTimes)

Collapse: How Capitalism Chooses to Fail or Survive

Socialism collapsed because it did not allow prices to tell the economic truth.
Capitalism may collapse because it does not allow prices to tell the ecological truth.
-Oystein Dahle, former Vice President, Exxon, Norway -

let Darth Vader reads your mind

Why yes?

EU Constitution: Where the membership states stand

9 European countries already ratified the EU constitution before the French went to poll a couple of days ago (and today for the Dutch)

Germany, Spain, Slovenia, Austria, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, and Slovakia.

Why do people in these countries agree to constitution and not France (nor most possibly the Netherland)?

How much economic factor actually influence the result in comparison to cultural and nationalistic fear ?

europe and the sheep

As more and more political news is read more and more people say Turkey is a huge factor in the French "Non". as can be seen by the latest economist cover "non, non, non". I hear "Nee" sounds in Holland and Nee they are not sheep....