Tuesday, February 28, 2006
"We assess that they probably have nuclear weapons, as they claim that they do. But we don't know for a fact that they've got such weapons ... So to then say with precision the number they've got, I think, would be difficult to do with our level of knowledge..." read more.
I wonder what will happen when USA decides that North Korea has the weapons...
(GN = Growth Network)
Habib (Cameroon) - Director for Africa GN
Pinar (Turkey) - Director for Strategy
Jarda (Czech Republic) - Director for Central and Eastern Europe GN
Ryan (New Zealand) - Director for Asia Pacific GN
Mairi (Estonia) - Director for Western Europe and North America GN
Araz (Canada) - Director for Spainish Speaking GN
VP's for Information Systems, Communications, Exchange, Finance and People Development announced on Thursday, March 7.
It seems to me that the world is rediscovering Indonesia with a flurry of announcement about the 'Hobbit people' and the discovery of pristine bird sanctuary in a span of a year.
Monday, February 27, 2006
As cases of birds with the virus H5N1 were reported accross Europe, Africa and more countries in Asia you start wondering... are our countries prepared and acting properly towards this challenge? Are people over reacting or not? How could it impact different aspects of our lives (health systems, economies, etc.)?
Looking forward to hear your opinions.
I found a pretty good gathering of info regarding the virus itself, its prevention and progress if you are interested: New Scientist Special Report.
The population on the Earth will hit 6.5 billion at 19:16 Eastern Standard Time, Feb. 25, 2006, which is a milestone growth, American science magazine LifeScience said on Feb. 24 on its website, citing a forecast by U.S. Census Bureau.
The Bureau also predicts that the planet's population will exceed seven billion on Oct. 18, 2012.
A report by the administration says that the global population had hit six billion in June 1999, 2.5 times more than that in early 20th century or approximately double that in 1960.
It took only 12 years for the world population to grow from five billion to six billion. Currently, 4.4 babies are born per second on average at an ever startling rate.
From 1830 to 1999, the years taken for every one-billion growth are: 100, 30, 15, 12 and 12 respectively (here)
With such huge population growth are we ever going to be able to reduce the number of poor in the World? Are we ever going to be able to survive on the Earth's limited resources? Somehow there is a feeling that even if nuclear war/terrorism/politics or HIV/AIDs/Bird Flu/SARS etc. does not take out humankind, then more and more things will start turning up to take us out... its inevitable, and maybe its just nature balancing things out?
They also developed a very nice book " Change the world for a fiver"
And by the way, AIESECers work for this NGO...
Sunday, February 26, 2006
This one is relatively original and seems innocent enough for her to take notice, without feeling threatened by you. You'll also effectively send the message that you're interested in her, but are more interested in making her smile."
Critics, starts your poison pen.
Saturday, February 25, 2006
|01||Acropolis, Athens, Greece|
|02||Alhambra, Granada, Spain|
|04||Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico|
|05||Christ Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|06||Colosseum, Rome, Italy|
|07||Easter Island Statues, Chile|
|08||Eiffel Tower, Paris, France|
|09||Great Wall, China|
|10||Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey|
|11||Kyomizu Temple, Kyoto, Japan|
|12||Kremlin/St.Basil, Moscow, Russia|
|13||Machu Picchu, Peru|
|14||Neuschwanstein Castle, Füssen, Germany|
|16||Pyramids of Giza, Egypt|
|17||Statue of Liberty, New York, USA|
|18||Stonehenge, Amesbury, United Kingdom|
|19||Sydney Opera House, Australia|
|20||Taj Mahal, Agra, India|
Which seven of the 21 finalist would you chose to be the New 7 Wonders of the World? To make your vote in the Global Poll and find out more about the project go to New Seven Wonders.
As I remember it, a contract for illegal activity isn't a valid contract; so I wonder how tight a business relationship these two parties can really establish. With out a legal foundation of business, how would these parties operate in relative safety?
It's a really interesting concept that this isn't a mafioso crime syndicate kind of opportunity. Did it fall off the darknet, or was it meant to be found in the general public? I can't imagine a use for people like my mom and dad, but maybe a rich boy who wants to get information on how to get into his college grade system, or an unscrupulous company looking for corporate secrets?
It's also really interesting that the price is pretty bottom dollar. I'm not sure of the costs involved with writing and supporting software of this sort. Do any of our software geeks have any comments about the in house economics of malware? We know that email scams are lucrative, and that zombie networks have been for sale for a long time.
Anyway, here's the main info from ArsTechnica:
Engineers at Panda Software, while in the process of researching a new trojan, uncovered evidence this week that led them to a web site touting custom-built viruses for sale. For the low, low price of only S$990, a user gets his or her own pet trojan horse, complete with tech support. If the file is discovered?as this current model was?the designer provides a guarantee to alter it so that it may continue to avoid detection in the face of updated antivirus software.
The two main links the article at ars is based on... Panda Software Press Release, TGDaily Article
Beyond the common forms of advice like keep your computer up to date, don't run windows or don't surf porn, what solutions are out there to combat virus and other malware?.. I know networks with high volumes of spam get blacklisted...
Friday, February 24, 2006
Taco Bosman (Netherlands/New Zealand/Indonesia/Australia)
Peter Heinzl (Austria)
Edyson Dos Santos (Venezuela/Peru/Macedonia/Africa)
We just finished the closing speeches from the three candidates - the atmosphere here is just incredible. Expect results in about an hour.....
UPDATE - 21:10GMT - Only just finished explaining the voting procedures, which means we are still an hour away....Ballots are now being handed out.....
UPDATE 21:20GMT - voting begins, half an hour. votes to be handed in by 21:50GMT
UPDATE 21:52GMT - voting closed, final roll call where each country is submitting its ballot paper.....
UPDATE 22:03GMT: Standing ovation as the voting closes, for the five countries who have just regained full member status, and are now voting again- Colombia, Italy, Cameroon, Nigeria and Uganda. The ballot box, along with the selection committee who will do the counting, have left the room. Result should be out in the next 30-45 mins....
UPDATE 22:50GMT: Vote counting has finished. We'll have a result within 10 minutes....
As for the lucky guy who downloaded song 1,000,000,000, he gets an iMac, 10 60G video iPods and a $10,000 gift card for the music store. Now that's a butt-load of music.
Full story here.
1. Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know when Chuck Norris is going to kill you.
2. Chuck Norris once roundhouse kicked Bruce Lee, breaking him in half. The result was Jet Li and Jackie Chan.
3. Contrary to popular belief, Chuck Norris was dropped at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
4. If you ask Chuck Norris what time it is, he always says, "Two seconds 'til." After you ask, "Two seconds 'til what?" he roundhouse kicks you in the face.
5. Chuck Norris can touch MC Hammer.
6 . Chuck Norris can sneeze with his eyes open.
7 . Chuck Norris only uses a stunt double when he does crying scenes.
8 . Chuck Norris let the dogs out.
9. Chuck Norris destroyed the periodic table, because Chuck Norris only recognizes the element of surprise.
10. It is said that looking into Chuck Norris' eyes will reveal your future. Unfortunately, everybody's future is always the same: death by a roundhouse-kick to the face.
Thursday, February 23, 2006
Declaration of Revocation by John Cleese
It's important to learn how to laugh at ourselves. We can always learn something out of it.
I hope nobody gets offended. I would love to see some smart comments. I'll make your research easy, I'm half German, half Chilean but I grew up in Argentina (plenty of material there).
At 11:11am this morning the women took the rule over the city and the street Karneval has begun at the old market place (Alter Markt) in Cologne. Traditionally this is the day where women venture out to cut men's ties. You keep the part you cut off as a trophy and usually pin it somewhere on your costume. (Very funny when foreign businessmen come to town who don't know about this and wear fancy expensive ties on their way to a business meeting, Cologne airport is one of the best spots for that!) ;-) But hey, who schedules meetings for Weiberfastnacht anyways???
It's a total bummer that I'm not there this year; I have been for the last 4 years straight. One of the best parties in Germany is about to begin. For the next 5 days there is no closing hour in the bars and the city is celebrating 24/7. Everyone is dressing up in goofy, funny, weird, or simply beautiful costumes. The aim is to go out, dance, sing Karneval songs, drink Koelsch (the local beer served in the traditional Koelsch glasses), party all night and have a great time! Traditionally it was a custom to scare the winter away and hopefully have spring start soon. So depending on the year it can still be freezing cold, or already feel a little bit like spring. The custom isn't Christian, it's pagan, but people all over Germany still celebrate it and the church is accepting that, to most people it doesn't have a religious meaning anyways, they just go for the party.
She is a real star and definitely one of my role models.....
Happy Birthday Dearest Nicole!
I will be living in Cairo for the next 6-8 months and just managed to secure an apartment here after 12 days. You are all welcome to stay with me when you visit Cairo. I live in a very accessible area of Cairo called Dokki (any Egyptian here can attest to that fact :)
I have a spare guest bedroom so you don't have to bunk up on the floor or couch. WiFi on a 256 K DSL is also available so Internet access is not a problem.
Boys or girls are welcome (not all landlord in Cairo allows male and female that is not related to stay together)
I need to get my head examined because my first reaction after reading this news is "cool". No, no one was hurt in this heist. It's a clean bank robbery.
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Tuesday, February 21, 2006
-> In July, " (...) twelve German cities will host the World Cup Games. Approximately 3 million football fans - mostly men - will attend. It is estimated that 40,000 women will be "imported" from Central and Eastern Europe to "sexually service" the men (...) "Football and sex belong together", claimed the lawyer of the newly opened 3,000 meter mega brothel in Berlin, built next to the main World Cup venue to accomodate 65o male clients (...) "
Read their petition here
Or this article : European Parliament Warns of Human Trafficking at World Cup and their January 17 statement
Scotty will be blasted into space - not beamed up - and Gordo is returning for his third flight.
"The planned launch sometime in March of a rocket carrying the ashes of actor James Doohan, who played chief engineer Montgomery Scott on "Star Trek," and Mercury program astronaut Gordon Cooper will give a fitting send-off to two men who helped popularise human space exploration."
Read more here.
Monday, February 20, 2006
Many have condemned the recent incidents in Muslim countries where disapproval of the published cartoons has been shown with actions.
Now take a look at these two articles and take into account the different set of values of two different societies. Something that could seem to be irrelevant in one place could be a very delicate topic in the next one.
Austria sentences Irving to 3 years
Nation-States Gone Wild: The Persecution of David Irving
One phrase I have heard many times: ?When you read something, always make sure you know what the source is?. It could be a simple cartoonist or an ignorant historian.
This really let me thinking, please leave your opinions
...?Once people begin ?voluntarily? getting chipped to perform their job duties, it won?t be long before pressure gets applied to those who refuse.?...
What is next?
A group of blogging enthusiasts from the Harvard Law School have launched an initiative to track and index blogs coined as "bridge blogs" with the intent of making the voice of bloggers heard from across the world. Call it blogging with a purpose, if you will.
Ethan Zuckerman is not just the co-editor of Global Voices, he is also a passionate and prolific blogger himself.
"What blogs are doing for the first time is letting people talk about what's going in their own universe, in their own local news, and get it out to a global audience," he says.
Inspired by these bloggers and their stories, Dr Zuckerman, set up the Global Voices website. - BBC
Global Voices is worth checking out.
"Global Voices aims to redress some of the inequities in media attention by leveraging the power of citizens? media. We?re using a wide variety of technologies - weblogs, wikis, podcasts, tags, aggregators and online chats - to call attention to conversations and points of view that we hope will help shed new light on the nature of our inter-connected world."
Sunday, February 19, 2006
Candidates for PAI this year:
Taco (formerly known as Marty) - from Netherlands / New Zealand / Indonesia / Australia
Dey - from pretty much everywhere in Latin America, plus Macedonia
Peter - MCP of Austria
May the best candidate win - and any interested nomads, tune into nomadlife around 10PM GMT on Feb 24 (this Friday) to be the first to know the results.
Saturday, February 18, 2006
The search was focusing on an elementary school amid unconfirmed reports that relatives of the 250 children and teachers had received mobile phone text messages from survivors. Only one girl and a woman had been rescued alive nearby. Many blamed persistent rains and illegal logging for Friday's disaster.
The logging "stopped around 10 years ago," Roger Mercado, a member of Congress who represents the area, told Manila radio station DZBB. "But this is the effect of the logging in the past." Soldiers were being shuttled to the disaster zone in the shovels of bulldozers that carried them across a shallow stream. With the mud estimated at 30 feet deep at some points, they were given sketches of the village so they could figure out approximately where the houses once stood.
Lt. Col. Raul Farnacio, the highest-ranking military officer at the scene, estimated the death toll at about 1,800 ? nearly every man, woman and child who lived in Guinsaugon, about 400 miles east of the capital, Manila. "We presume that more or less that 1,800 are feared dead," a grim Farnacio said as search efforts resumed Saturday in a drenching rain and high winds."
Friday, February 17, 2006
Just watch it and you can thank me later. There is also one about the private army in Iraq but I couldnt find it in the last 10 seconds. will post later.
What is protein folding and how is folding linked to disease? Proteins are biology's workhorses -- its "nanomachines." Before proteins can carry out these important functions, they assemble themselves, or "fold." The process of protein folding, while critical and fundamental to virtually all of biology, in many ways remains a mystery.
Moreover, when proteins do not fold correctly (i.e. "misfold"), there can be serious consequences, including many well known diseases, such as Alzheimer's, Mad Cow (BSE), CJD, ALS, Huntington's, Parkinson's disease, and many Cancers and cancer-related syndromes.
You can help by simply running a piece of software. Folding@Home is a distributed computing project -- people from through out the world download and run software to band together to make one of the largest supercomputers in the world. Every computer makes the project closer to our goals."
Check our the Stanford site to see how you can be a part of the supercomputer.
Even if your intel is performing dull little tasks inside a pc, now you too can put it to good use.
Thursday, February 16, 2006
AIESEC alumnus, elected as new President of Portugal
Portugal's former centre-right prime minister Anibal Cavaco Silva, who has vowed to help revive a stagnant economy, narrowly won a presidential election on Sunday in the first round, official results showed.
Mr. Silva joined AIESEC in 1959 and through participating in various activities developed his network and his leadership skills. Mr. Silva was also involved in the expansion of AIESEC in Brazil and Africa.
?Placebo Effects of Marketing Actions: Consumers May Get What They Pay For?
Marketing can shape consumers? reactions to goods and services: for instance, a product with a known brand name is judged to taste better than the same product with a generic brand. Three professors (from Stanford, INSEAD and MIT, respectively) have come up with a variation on this theme: that the price paid can also influence behaviour. In one experiment, college students drank an energy drink and then solved puzzles. The students who received the energy drink at a discount performed worse than both the students who received the drink at the full price and the control group.
The professors then assembled a different group of students who, after having caught colds, believed that discounted drugs treated their symptoms less well than did the same drugs bought at their full cost (a study that should be of interest to pharmacies advertising over the internet). Noting that there is little evidence that discounted products are actually of lower quality, the authors wonder if consumers? expectations?that discounted products will not get the job done?turn out to be self-fulfilling.
The sayings of Italy's premier (who controls almost the entire media, is one of the richest men in the country and was 'immune from prosecution for previous crimes' whilst in power!)
"I am the Jesus Christ of politics. I am a patient victim, I put up with everyone, I sacrifice myself for everyone."
At dinner with supporters on Saturday
"We have worked a lot. Only Napoleon did more than me - but I am certainly taller than him."
On a TV talk show. Mr Berlusconi is 5ft 6in tall
"Churchill liberated us from the Nazis. Silvio Berlusconi is liberating us from the Communists [in the city of Ancona]."
"Thank you, dear Father Massimiliano. I promise you two-and-a-half months of complete sexual abstinence until 9 April [the election date]."
To a priest who supported his party
Read about the contenders for the job here
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
Sections memorised Term deducted:
Entire Quran 20 years
20 sections 15 years
15 sections 10 years
10 sections 5 years
5 sections One year
3 sections Six months
The massive crowd went on a rampage in the northwestern city of Peshawar, torching businesses and fighting police, who struck back with tear gas and batons. It was the third straight day of violent demonstrations in the Islamic nation...
Universities like LUMS, where AIESEC in Lahore is based, have requested students to not leave the premises. I've heard the riots spread to the general vicinity where the university is located, but it might just have been rumors...
An Australian TV channel has broadcast previously unpublished images showing apparent US abuse of prisoners in Iraq's Abu Ghraib jail in 2003.
The images on SBS TV are thought to be from the same source as those that caused an outcry around the world and led to several US troops being jailed.
The new images show "homicide, torture and sexual humiliation", SBS said.
I am still in the process of settling down in Cairo, Egypt so my Internet connection is irregular. Hence I cannot contribute to the updates very often.
I need you to step up and fill the updates gap nomadlife has been experiencing in the past few days. We have a lot of people with update rights to the main blog, so please exercise it (email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want posting rights). If each of you post at least once a week, we will be blessed with a huge diversity of opinions, news and fun here on the main page.
In other news, uncomfirmed reports of a Blogger shutdown, from our very own Sara Sadek, in Hong Kong seems to be a big step in the wrong direction.
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Police in Islamabad fired tear gas and used batons to beat back hundreds of students who entered a diplomatic area." More Here
According to first reports, all AIESEC Lahore members and their families are safe.
Monday, February 13, 2006
Nam Choke, an 8-year-old bull elephant (left), and Boonrawd, a 7-year-old cow elephant, form a heart shape with their trunks while the sun sets in the background at an elephant camp in the former Thai kingdom of Ayutthaya, 70km north of Bangkok. Photo: Reuters
"Should Google successfully launch an alternative network, it is is theoretically possible for them to block out competitor websites and only allow users to access websites that have paid Google to be shown to their users.."
and more on the google laptop:
"Google has long been rumoured to be planning to launch a PC to retail for less than $100. The Google computers are likely to be low-grade machines that require a connection to Google to be able to perform functions such as word processing and spreadsheet manipulations. While using the computers, it is understood that consumers will be shown personalised advertising from the company's AdWords network."
Six European newspapers have reprinted controversial cartoons of the prophet Muhammad which have provoked outrage, trade boycotts and threats of violence towards Danes after they were first published in a Danish paper.
The coverage ran across pages four and five of this morning's edition with an editorial that defended the freedom of the press.
"The publication of 12 cartoons in the Danish press has shocked the Muslim world for whom the representation of Allah and his prophet is banned," the newspaper said. "But because no religious dogma can impose its view on a democratic and secular society, France Soir publishes the incriminated cartoons."
For its front page, the newspaper even commissioned its own image, showing a peeved Muhammad sitting on a cloud with Buddha, a Jewish God and a Christian God, who says: "Don?t complain Muhammad, we?ve all been caricatured here."
Can the IT industry come up with a similar set of principles to fight what this journalist calls China's Great 'fire'Wall against it's citizens?
Sunday, February 12, 2006
"On this day in 1809, two of the most famous men of the 19th century were born under very different circumstances -- one in a Kentucky log cabin, the other in an English country house complete with stable and servants' quarters.
The first is, of course, Abraham Lincoln.
And the second? None other than Charles Darwin.That two such influential men should be born on the same day of the same year surely is one of history's most amazing coincidences............."
Saturday, February 11, 2006
EGYPT did it... AGAINST ALL ODDS...We celebrated all night on the streets of dubai. For pictures of those celebrations, visit my blog. We also saw as cairo, alexandria and other cities in egypt stayed up all night with the corniche in Alexandria jam packed at 3:00am from one end of the city to the other!!!! "Mabrook le Masr" (translated - Congratulations to Egypt).
Friday, February 10, 2006
3-2 Emmanuel Eboue scores for the Ivory Coast.
3-1 Amr Zaki converts his penalty for Egypt.
2-1 Bakary Kone has his penalty saved for the Ivory Coasts
2-1 Abdelhalim Ali puts the ball wide for Egypt.
2-1 Kolo Toure scores for the Ivory Coast.
2-0 Mohamed Abdelwahab scores to give Egypt the advantage.
1-0 Didier Drogba's penalty for the Ivory Coast is saved by Essam Al Hadary.
1-0 Ahmed Hassan puts Egypt ahead.
It is a pandemonium here in Zamalek, Cairo.
Do you really still care about AIESEC and ensuring that your legacy lives on?
Then help us out by donating to the scholarship fund.
Thursday, February 09, 2006
Tomorrow night, one of the most intense and fast-paced international sporting competitions in the world will kick off: the Super 14. 13 consecutive weekends of 7 rugby games each, played by provincial teams in New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. The season will start with the Wellington Hurricanes taking on the Auckland Blues - two teams full of exciting, running, attacking players. And of the two starting XV's, there will be an unbelievable 22 All Blacks playing. You can "play" too, by entering into the Virtual Super 14 competition - you pick the margins of each of the 7 games every week, and the leaders at the end will be winning cars or mobile phone packs. So what are you waiting for? :)
Wednesday, February 08, 2006
Come 10pm our time, our drinking will be raising funds for invisible children.
De Grey's claim is that radical increases in human life expectancy will be possible within the next twenty to thirty years. The basis for such a confident prediction is a project that he calls Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence (Sens). It makes Sens to put it into practice, he jokes. The Sens project, which he directs, has identified seven causes of ageing ? seven types of molecular or cellular damage ? each of which "is potentially fixable by technology that already exists or is in active development."
His forthright views, and the endearing zeal with which he expresses them, have attracted increasing amounts of attention, not only in scientific journals but also in the mainstream media. In the past year, he has been interviewed by several British broadsheet newspapers, and he recently featured in a 60 Minutes special on longevity on the US network CBS. In a profile of de Grey for the magazine Technology Review, Sherwin Nuland, clinical professor of surgery at the Yale School of Medicine, concluded that "his stature has become such that he is a factor to be dealt with in any serious discussion of the topic."
hmm, a serious scientist or crazy lunatic? read more here
The $415 million federal study involved nearly 49,000 women ages 50 to 79 who were followed for eight years. In the end, those assigned to a low-fat diet had the same rates of breast cancer, colon cancer, heart attacks and strokes as those who ate whatever they pleased, researchers are reporting today." (NY Times)
good thing it always keeps you on your toes - how bad will the next one be!!!
Being in Dubai makes it difficult to sometimes catch the atmosphere of the game when your home country is playing. Not only because it's so far from home, but because it's also so cosmopolitan that it's not easy to gather so many Egyptians in the same place to watch the game.
Yesterday was different.
We went to the cafe where we have watched all the games so far. The game was schedueled for 9:00pm, so I was there at 5:00pm to watch the first semi-final between Nigeria and Ivory Coast. Ivory Coast won a deserved 1-0 victory to reach the final and wait for the winner of the next anticipate game between hosts Egypt and Senegal. Between 5 and 9 I saw what was an empty cafe transform into a mini-stadium. People started flooding in, friends and random people that no one knew, all united by the same passion, the love for EGYPT.
The match started and with it the cheers, screams and chants from the "Stadium" in which we were sitting. Egypt scored first only for Senegal to later equalize and raise the tension until ten minutes before the end, when the winner was scored and crowd erupted. It was so loud and cheers were heard everywhere, i would imagin within a one mile radius. The last ten minutes of the game went by like 10 hours and with the referees whistles we took to the street outside the cafe where we were joined by passers by, people from other cafes around us and even the police. It was a scene last night with the flags waving, the people chanting "Masr, Masr, Masr" (Egypt, Egypt, Egypt).
Hugs all around, we parted, vowing to re-create this atmosphere to cheer for our country in the final on Friday.
Lost Bird of Paradise Found in Isolated Foja Mountains of Papua, Along With New Honeyeater Bird, New Frogs and a Rare Tree Kangaroo.
The team captured the first photos ever seen of exotic birds such as a male Berlepsch?s Six-Wired Bird of Paradise (Parotia berlepschi). It also found a new large mammal for Indonesia ? the Golden-mantled Tree Kangaroo (Dendrolagus pulcherrimus), formerly known from only a single mountain in neighboring Papua New Guinea.
?It?s as close to the Garden of Eden as you?re going to find on Earth,? marveled Bruce Beehler, vice president of CI?s Melanesia Center for Biodiversity Conservation and a co-leader of the expedition. ?The first bird we saw at our camp was a new species. Large mammals that have been hunted to near extinction elsewhere were here in abundance. We were able to simply pick up two Long-Beaked Echidnas, a primitive egg-laying mammal that is little known.?
More here : http://www.conservation.org/xp/news/press_releases/2006/020706.xml
Tuesday, February 07, 2006
This is who's coming so far, and who's staying where:
- Maria Medrano (Mexico)
- Emmanuel Sciara (France)
- Amelia Tandy (Australia)
Irish MC Flat:
- Luiz Felix (Brazil)
- Sarah Bradley (UK)
- Jefferson Souza (Brazil)
- Tatiane Souza (Brazil)
- Diogo Cobbo (Brazil)
- Zoe Fitzgerald (Australia)
- Fernanda Martins (Brazil)
- Guilherme Macedo (Brazil)
- Luiz Ramos (Brazil)
- Henrique Verdana (Brazil)
- Carol Floripa (Brazil)
- Duarte Sa (Portugal)
- Frederico Dupim (Brazil)
- Sigitass Kuodas (Lithuania)
- Russell Cook (UK)
- Georgina Guillen (Mexico)
- Randy Mistica (Canada)
- Arnaub Chatterjee (USA)
- Eric Hsu (USA)
- Kee Won Hong (USA
- Colleen McNulty (USA)
- Jure Decman (Slovenia)
Hetal Damani (Canada)
- Luciana Ciubotariu (Brazil)
- Eddie Chow Cheuk-hang (Hong Kong)
- Saki Takasu (Japan/USA) (TBC)
Unconfirmed (ie Thinking about it!)
- Reuben Muarge (
- Mazzy Cameron (
- Thomas Wiechers (Germany)
- Kristina Mand Lakhiani (Estonia)
- Vishen Lakhiani (Malaysia)
It's gonna be one hell of a party!!
This picture is from a French Pig-Squealing Champions contest back in August 2005.
The AP reported it as such and their reporter took this picture
"Yohann and Olivier Roussel's performance climaxed in a cacophony of oinks and grunts, unleashing an explosion of applause.
But it was only after lengthy jury deliberations that their hopes were confirmed ? the father-and-son team were France's official Pig-Squealing Champions for 2005." (read more)
This source is discovered by Neandernews.
This innocent picture is transformed into a supposedly 'drawing' that is part of the three extra cartoons by darkening the image. You can view that transformation here and it contains both an Arabic script at the bottom and probably a Danish language at the top as a title.
I need someone that read Arabic to translate what the inscription reads and also one Danish speaker. Prepare to get offended but this is a really ugly situation without any clean solutions.
To put things on perspective, the 12 cartoons alone is enough to offend. What we need to figure out is why the group feel the need to include three extras.
UPDATE (Tom G) - A timeline of this whole sorry circus, showing the different reactions/comments etc from different players involved, beginning in October '05, just a few days after the cartoons were published.
These 3 "extra" cartoons sure are stupid and nasty, but this idea of a "delayed reaction" caused by them doesnt seem to pan out. If anything, a lot of these problems were caused by Egypt's idiot Foreign Minister, who has been hammering on about them for months and months.............
Ask the program questions of absolutely any sort... (it even takes some personal ones!), get your answers and tell me if you are not atleast a little frightened by the possibilities... Right now it only links to Encarta's online encyclopaedia...
I already tried asking it what algorithms or languages it uses... it told me that it prefers to keep them a secret... :P
Monday, February 06, 2006
Here's an interesting nuggets of information being examined by the bloghosphere.
A group called "Islamic Society of Denmark" apparently toured the Middle East to raise the awareness of the publication and added three additional 'cartoons' to the 12 as if they were part of the original 12 published cartoons. You can view these three additional 'cartoons' here (warning: offensive content).
"Akhmad Akkari, spokesman of the Danish Muslim organisations which organised the tour, explained that the three drawings had been added to "give an insight in how hateful the atmosphere in Denmark is towards Muslims." "
The tour may give an insightful information why it takes a while (4 months) for the reactions to happen. This is fucked up.
"The American reaction was instantaneous. Radio stations across the country, but especially in the South and in the Midwest, stopped playing Beatles records. Death threats began pouring in, directed against not only John, but the other Beatles as well. Bonfires appeared, with Beatles pictures and albums providing the fuel. Maureen Cleave tried to explain that "John was certainly not comparing the Beatles with Christ. He was simply observing that so weak was the state of Christianity that the Beatles were, to many people, better known. He was deploring, rather than approving, this," but to no avail. In Cleveland, the Reverend Thurman H. Babbs threatened to excommunicate any member of his congregation who listened to the Beatles. In the South, the Ku Klux Klan burned the Beatles in effigy and nailed Beatles albums to burning crosses. Finally, on August 11, with a scheduled American tour fast approaching, Lennon held a press conference in Chicago, at which he attempted to make amends. "I'm not saying that we're better or greater," he said, "or comparing us with Jesus Christ as a person or God as a thing or whatever it is. ... I wasn't saying whatever they're saying I was saying. I'm sorry I said it really. I never meant it to be a lousy anti-religious thing. I apologize if that will make you happy. I still don't know quite what I've done. I've tried to tell you what I did do but if you want me to apologize, if that will make you happy, then OK, I'm sorry.""(about.com)
That was more than forty years ago and now it seems that we are watching a new sequel, with a different religion, a different language and new special effects.
Again, this latest episode is less about religion but more about society.
Kanye West would have been tarred and feathered 40 years ago for posing as Jesus on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine just this last month.
It is normal to be angry when offended, but it is dangerous and childish to be intoxicated in anger as we are witnessing in recent days.
Drugs specifically produced by Denmark, Norway, Switzerland, Germany, and France will be boycotted according to the announcement.
This is a unanimous decision said Secretary-General Shahid Rao of the Penjub regional Doctors Association. All doctors in Pakistan reacted against the caricatures and until the countries listed apologize, Pakistan will use alternative medicines. " (Zaman)
It's still escalating and getting more bizarre by the day. Where are the adults?
I found one.
"Anyone offended by the content of a publication has a vast choice of democratic and respectful methods of seeking redress. The most obvious are not buying the publication, writing letters to the editor or expressing their opinions in other venues. It is also possible to use one?s free choice in a democracy to conduct a boycott of the publication, and even a boycott of firms dealing with it. Yet an indiscriminate boycott of all the country?s firms is simply uncalled for and counter-productive. We would be allowing the extremists on both sides to prevail, while punishing the government and the whole population for the actions of an unrepresentative irresponsible few."
'Hotspots of the world unite' says Fon (English)
Un empresario argentino atrae fondos para una red compartida de hotspots (Spanish)
Currently, I'm on my fourth assignment, implementing an estimating software across three plants in AT, CZ, and PO. I'm living in Graz and learning German. Traveling, and still meeting Aiesecers, nomadlifers, and the like. Sometimes, I wonder to myself, I get paid for this?
Send me your CV/Resume if you're seriously interested. I'll coach you through it.
For those who can't read the whole thread, Aatif, a US trainee in Egypt, posted what I think is the best reaction so far:
Read the whole thread if you can, lots of great stuff and growing by about 5 posts per minute right now......
"Prophet Muhammad (S) himself, as did all prophets, encountered enormous resistance, ridicule, harrassment, and insult during their lives as they sought to spread religion. In one story commonly told to children, and which I heard many times growing up, a woman would throw sheep intestines at him every morning on the way to the mosque. He never said anything, he never changed his route, he simply kept walking every day, and she would simply throw sheep intestines at him every day. One day he was walking and she wasn't there. Instead of burning her house, or attacking her, throwing things, he asked around to see what happened to her. He found out that she was sick, and he visited her with food and water.
She converted on the spot.
This is how Islam spread so fast in its early years. The Prophet showered his enemies with kindness, and you can imagine how the recipient of that kindness must have been amazed. What could inspire someone to endure so much and still return with kindness and concern for her well-being? Muslims see the Prophet as a role model for everything, and it's sad to see almost everyone abandoning this lesson of the Prophet in this controversy.
The violent responses, the flagburning, and even the boycotts are not shows of strength. Anyone can burn a flag or march in the streets. They show weakness and insecurity, not strength. This insecurity is understandable, but it's an abandonment of the Prophet's teachings. As even Nietzsche has said, mercy is the ultimate show of strength: it shows security, that you don't need to respond, that the offense doesn't even matter. Muslims should be bigger than this. Stereotypes are not going to go away on their own, and by responding crazily to a stupid cartoon, Muslims can only appear weak, unreasonable, and just silly."
Sunday, February 05, 2006
By 2050 no synthetic computer nor machine intelligence will have become truly self-aware (ie. will become conscious)
That by 2020 a wearable device will be available that will use voice recognition capability and high-volume storage to monitor and index conversations you have or conversations which occur in your vicinity for later searching as supplemental memory.
By 2010 more than 50 percent of books sold worldwide will be printed on demand at the point of sale in the form of library-quality paperbacks.
Within 5 years all power plants will be converted to full-spectrum laser-fired---all oil/gas/coal/nuclear power plants will be obsolete and retired.
Saturday, February 04, 2006
I wrote before that this cartoon case has the potential to be the modern case study for cultural understanding. Although the media usually use the moniker "Muslim world" as if it is a singular entity, the reality couldn't be further than the truth. Muslim communities are as diverse and multifaceted as it can be and each of these communities speak for itself.
It is probably useful to examine the level of reactions to the controversy in various Muslim communities around the world. The reactions in Malaysia and my country, Indonesia, are mild to the point of non-existant. It is quiet here in the US. I don't know if the level of anger is higher in the Middle East or in Europe. I haven't seen much from Turkey or India or Pakistan.
A thorough research on these various level of reactions will make a good university thesis and contribute to the the much needed collective knowledge of cultural understanding in this world in transition.
Friday, February 03, 2006
A Picture of the lost ferry!
Thoughts, wishes and prayers to a successful search and rescue effort!
UPDATE (Tom G) - Man, me and Assem, great minds thinking alike - I posted the same story, one minute earlier (see below). All the breaking news, here on nomadlife!
Update 2: (Assem) 01:20 PM EST- Forbes reports that Between 300 and 400 passengers of an Egyptian ferry that sank today in the Red Sea have been found alive, a spokesman for the ship's owner said.
Update 3 (Assem) 5.17 PM EST: Reports coming from Egypt say that he area the shipped drown is full of sharks and Barracuda. fuck!
"CAIRO (Reuters) - A ferry carrying 1,300 passengers sank in the Red Sea overnight on a trip from Saudi Arabia to Egypt and search and rescue teams picked up dozens of dead bodies from the water, official sources said on Friday"
These ferry accidents have often ended badly in the past.....
nomads, say a prayer, think happy thoughts, do whatever you do best, but heres to hoping this this story doesnt get much worse.....
"........Yes, I am sure that our Mercedes and BMW-driving, Cartier and Gucci-wearing Political and religious leaders are going to call for all of that any moment now. I am sure they will set an example for all of us in their love for the Prophet by torching their own cars and their own expensive cloths. It will happen any minute now. Any minute now. Now. And...Now.Wise words! Hope this mob, driving the "boycot" listens and thinks about whats happening around them! In a world of many cultures, thoughts and believes we NEED to be tolerant!
A boycott isn't so easy to advocate when you are dealing with countries whose main exports are not butter, cheese and Lego NOW IS IT? Especially when it comes to your precious Mercedeses and Beemers huh?........."
Read more about the boycot and the cartoons from a variety of Egyptian and middle eastern bloggers. Here are some links: SandMonkey, Big Pharaoh, Roba, Jameed , Farooha, Freedom For Egyptians, Nadim Shamoussa, Tomanbay, Leilouta, Senefru and Loulou
Thursday, February 02, 2006
"Palestinian gunmen have surrounded European Union offices in the Gaza Strip in protest at caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed that have been published in European newspapers.(Telegraph)
Another armed Fatah group, called the Abu el-Reesh Brigades, said citizens of Norway, Denmark, France and Germany in Gaza "will be in danger" if their governments do not apologise within 10 hours.
Norway closed its representative office in the West Bank today after receiving threats from armed groups in the region.
Didn't I say we live in interesting time? This whole thing looks like a trainwreck in the making.
This case also has the potential to be the paramount case study for cultural understanding.
How do you think this will end up? Will these four European countries crack down on their free press? Will some of the Muslim countries and groups back down on their demand? O wise nomads, share us your wisdom.
I am definitely worried.
The cartoons no doubt offend a lot of Muslims and considered blasphemous in many quarters. They have the right to be angry and condemn those cartoons but I think it is stupid for governments to get involved in this.
Blasphemy is always offensive to a particular follower of religions, but freedom of expression is a cornerstone of a free society. Europe learnt it the hard way hundreds years ago that being punished for blasphemy sucks big time (you'd wish they had shot you in the head instead).
The Internet has changed the reality of what it means to the word "cultural understanding" because of its far reach and direct connection between multiple and sometimes incompatible values. The important values in this case are not overreacting and de-escalation.
Wanted: Cooler heads.
Of 17 U.S. cities featured in the survey, the most expensive were New York (27th), Chicago and Los Angeles (tied for 35th), and San Francisco (40th)." (AP)
How could Chicago be more expensive than San Francisco? That's crazy talk.
Buy Dell Laptop.
Always buy Dell Business Laptop. In every computer manufacturers products, home edition always means 'treat me like shit'.
Have at least 512 MB of memory.
Have your HD at least 7200 RPM (this is the speed of the your HD)
If you are active (read: college students), get the smaller 12 inch screen laptop. Don't buy the big one . The heavier laptop tends to get dropped or bumped a lot.
Always get a 3 years no fault replacement warranty. This will cover accidental damage (aka dropping coffee on your keyboard). They will also send engineer to come to your place and fix/replace your ailing machine.
If you don't have a good warranty coverage on your laptop, you are essentially f*cked when something goes wrong. So always budget for a good warranty.
The program only allows maximum 10 clicks before it shuts down and you need to restart it again. This way, this program simulates normal human clicking pattern instead of abusing the system.
Wednesday, February 01, 2006
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