Sunday, April 30, 2006

Get tested

I was watching an interesting CNN special this evenning "The End of AIDS". It made me think again of the HIV/AIDS epidemic across the world... I started surfing the net and I found the following facts:

  • As of the end of this year, there are an estimated 36.1 million men, women and children living with HIV or Aids worldwide, and 21.8 million have already died from the disease.
  • This year alone, there have been 5.3 million new infections worldwide, of which 3.8 million were in sub-Saharan Africa, and 780,000 in South and Southeast Asia. Children constitute over 10 percent of the global figure.

  • By some estimates, 90 percent of HIV-positive individuals worldwide do not know they are infected.

  • The disease is found mainly in two specific age groups: children under five, and adults aged between 20-40 years.


There are thousands of reports of different kinds and with focus on different regions. But I thought I'd share this resource. It is a country reportfrom the WHO: Epidemiological Fact Sheets on HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections.

So where to start? After reading these facts I'd say: Get tested!

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Guess where my next vacation's going to be.

"Mexico's Congress on Friday approved a bill decriminalizing possession of small quantities of marijuana, ecstasy, cocaine and even heroin for personal use, prompting U.S. criticism that the measure could harm anti-drug efforts.

The only step remaining was the signature of President Vicente Fox, whose office indicated he would sign the bill, which Mexican officials hope will allow police to focus on large-scale trafficking operations rather than minor drug busts." (cnn)

Salam Pax? the clandestine diary of an ordinary Iraqi

I found this book by accident in a little book store? The cover wasn?t really attractive, but this quote captivated me: ?The most famous and most mysterious blogger in the world? Salam Pax was the Anne Frank of the war? and its Elvis?

Salam is an Iraqi young man who started blogging, a few months before the second Golf war, in order to keep in touch with his friend Raed who went to study in Jordan. That?s where the blog title comes from: Dear Raed

Eventually, Salam started talking about his everyday life, about his evil greedy boss, about his frustrations living in a country devastated by decades of Tyranny, wars and a ravaging embargo combined with a useless ?oil for food? program.

As you get to explore Salam?s universe, you get a better picture of how is the real life in Iraq. You get to understand how the Iraqis got used to the tough times, understand their confusion between the fear of war and the excitement of getting rid of the bloody Saddam.

?Let me tell you one thing first. War sucks big time, don?t let yourself ever be talked into having one waged in the name of freedom. Somehow, when the bombs start dropping or you hear the sound of machine-guns at the end of the street, you don?t think about your ?imminent liberation anymore?

?No one inside Iraq is for war (note I said war not a change of regime), no human being in his right mind will ask you to give him the beating of his life, unless you are a member of fight club that is, and if you do hear Iraqi (in Iraq, not expat) saying ?come on bomb us? it is the exasperation and 10 years of sanctions and hardship talking. There is no person inside Iraq (and this is a bold, blinking and underlined inside) who will be jumping up and down asking for the bombs to drop. We are not suicidal you know, not all of us in any case.?

?[?]Do you know what I read in the NY Times also? the American troops they are studying how the Israeli Army fought in Jenin. Jenin. remember how jenin looked like after the siege? how comforting is that.?

?Do you know when the sight of women veiled from top to bottom became common in cities in Iraq? Do you know when the question of segregation between boys and girls became red hot? When tribal law replaced THE LAW? When Wahabi became part of our vocabulary? it only happened after the Gulf War. I think it was Cheney or Albright who said they will bomb Iraq back to the Stone Age, well you did.?

Although, despite the regretful situation and the sad events he talks about, Salam remained very funny. His sarcasm and humour are extremely hilarious? Salam even offers some didactic courses on Iraq?s history and the accession of Saddam to power, on the Shiite religious holiday Achoura and its origins? Some gossip too about Saddam & sons ?achievements?, the Baath party members etc. etc...

?In the early eighties the Iraqi Hunting Club had a new indoor swimming pool built. Quite big and state of the art. They decided to have some sort of a party to announce its opening. A nice classy affair. at around eleven Uday comes in with his entourage wearing a white tuxedo and top hat, there is still a photo of him in that tux being printed on calendars but without the top hat, has a couple of drinks, decides that the party is boring and to liven things up a bit commands everyone to jump into the swimming pool, and unleashes his dogs = bodyguards to push people into the pool. Has a good laugh and leaves, A fun guy eh??

Then, as the drums of war get louder, you get to share the Iraqis fate and their preparation for war? it is so disconcerting to realize that it becomes an everyday life thing? you get to share their uncertainty about the future, their time waiting for the bombs to fall, concern and fear? it feels like living the war in Baghdad?

?Other normal stuff we did this week:

· Finished taping all the windows in the house, actually a very relaxing exercise if you forget why you are doing it in the first place.

· installed a manual pump on the well we have dug because up till now we had an electrical pump on it.

· bought 60 liters of gasoline to run the small electricity generator we have, bought two nifty kerosene cookers and stocked loads of kerosene and dug holes in the garden to bury the stuff

· so that the house doesn?t turn into a bomb.

· prepared one room for emergency nasty attacks and bought ?particle masks? - that?s what it says on the box ? for use if they light those oil trenches [?]

· got two rooms in our house ready to welcome our first IDPs - internally displaced persons?

?A couple of hours earlier we were at a shop and a woman said as she was leaving, and this is a very common sentence, ?we?ll see you tomorrow if good keeps us alive? ? itha allah khalana taibeen ? and the whole place just freezes. She laughed nervously and said she didn?t mean that, and we all laughed but these things start having a meaning beyond being figures of speech.?

Poll Results

first week of february..haj or no haj, it's going down


second half of february. it's warmer.


It's not happening till march/april


nah....not until next autumn, it's closer to the elections that way


what? are you blood thirsty? there will be no war.


Salam?s courage is amazing, he was the voice of Baghdad before and during the war despite the heavy censorship in Irak and the risk of being executed at every entry he writes in his blog : ?I spent a couple of days thinking this is the end. And then you wait for a couple of days and nothing happens and you say, ?OK let?s do it again.? Stupid risks, one after another.?

Only one word remains to say Salam: MASSIVE RESPEK


Friday, April 28, 2006

Graffiti: What do you think of it?

So what do you think? I must say when I was young I hated that no matter how much it was cleaned the side of the house across mine was always painted with simple grafitti, just the nick of the person that held the can. Now where I live (Germany) I don't remember having seen it really often. What do you think? Ever painted grafitti or got your walls full of it?

Graffiti: Free speech or vandalism?
Fashion designer Marc Ecko
Designer Marc Ecko is backing a graffiti case against New York City

In New York this week, seven young artists - backed by fashion designer Marc Ecko - filed a law suit against New York City over its strict anti-graffiti law.

The law, which took effect this year, bans people under 21 from possessing spray paint or broad-tipped markers.

The artists say the law violates their constitutional right to free speech.


Yay. Read Donald Ducks for free. Joy to the world.

Test du sida: combien de fois faut-il le faire?

informal opinions from cameroonian university students, published in 100% jeune, no. 047, octobre 2004

VOX POP: Les jeunes livrent leur opinion.
Es-tu pret(e) à faire ton test?

Je ne ferai jamais ce truc. Je ne suis jamais tombée malade et je n'ai pas la mine d'une "séropo". Sandrine, 20 ans.

Je veux bien le faire afin d'avoir le afin d'avoir le coeur net. Mais je ne sais comment procéder. Japhet, 23 ans.

Je ne veux pas mourir avant le temps. Aller me faire dépister est un mauvais risque. Si je suis malade par hasard. Que la maladie-là évolue seule sans que je ne la provoque moi-meme. Séraphin, 21 ans.

J'ai très peur de me faire dépister. Les laborantins peuvent confondre les résultats. Solange, 21 ans.

Je ferai le test si et seulement si les "doctas" trouvent un remède au Vih/Sida. Francis, 19 ans.

Il n'y a pas de honte à ça. Je le fais souvent et je suis prete à recommencer dès que l'occasion me sera offerte. Samantha, 19 ans.

Est-ce que le Sida existe d'abord? Je n'ai jamais vu quelqu'un mourir de Sida. Inutile donc de me faire dépister. Florent, 20 ans.

Je veux avoir l'esprit libre et etre sur que je ne suis pas distributeur de Vih. Je ferai un test lorsqu'il sera gratuit. Jean Jules, 23 ans.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

On Dahab..

Thanks, Doder. Don't mind if I do.

It was interesting to see the range of reactions here on nomadlife in response to the bombings that occurred earlier this week in Dahab, Egypt. From helplessness, to fear, anger, anxiety, sadness, confusion, etc. What I didn't read was any sort of posting trying to explain why the persons did what they did. Obviously you can say, "there can be no excuse for such horrible actions", however as anyone knows, things don't just happen in a vaccum (there were reasons/causes behind 9-11, there are reasons/causes behind Palestinian suicide bombers, etc).

I've never been to Dahab, but from what I've been told it's a magical place, a paradise on the Red Sea. So why would someone want to destroy such a thing? Perhaps for that very reason. I think part of our responsibility as "globally mindful citizens" is to do more than just give a mere reaction--focusing on emotions that can be found in any major press in the world seems almost like paying lip-service, see: "Mid-East Outraged over Bombings", a tired statement if I've ever heard one. Instead, we should search for a deeper, more analytical approach to the root of the problem.

I was watching "Paradise Now" last night, and it really got to the crucial point in all this. At what point does your life suck so bad that you are willing to blow yourself up? Injustice. Abject Poverty. Ridicule. No job. No money. And, if you were put in that position, would you do the same thing? Of course it's easy to say no, sitting in the comforts of our bloated Western lifestyles, but the question becomes much more grey when you actually put yourself in their shoes. Day in and day out.

It's true the killing of innocents should never be justified, but to stop this behavior it's important to look beyond questions like "when will this stop?", and perhaps start asking, "Well, how did this begin?". Does anyone know what was running through the minds of the people before they strapped explosives to themselves (or planted bombs if they weren't suicide bombers)? Can we really know?

As with all tragedies of this nature, it is my hope that this generation will be the one that comes up with the solutions to these complex problems. The first step, however, is acknowleding the complexities.

Sustainability Dilemma for ABN AMRO

Whale protest highlights a sustainability dilemma in front of ABN AMRO global HQ; a World Environment Centre award winning bank and global partner of AIESEC International. Will they stay sustainable or lead the financing for the construction of a $12 billion gas facility off Russia'’s Far East coast- and home the world's last 120 Western Pacific Grey Whales. Blogged from the inside by AI alumni Brenda and myself.
If you want to post on this main blog, we still have no gatekeeper.

MENA Coordinator 2006-07

In addition to the @ Libnan expansion team with none other than our "Egyptianized" nomads Nisrin & Bowman, and also Stella from Turkish MC, comes an announcement that makes me personally really glad :D

MENA Coordinator 2006-07

Tamer Zikry (Egypt)

Tamer was my LCP when i was a new member, my MCVP when i was a team leader & my MCP when im VP :D A friend and a supporter all the way!

Tamer I'm sure you'll do a great job and for all its worth we are so damn proud of you!!!!

Gooooooooooooooooooooo MENA!!!

Chinese Pop Culture & the Internet

Meet the Back Dorm Boys. Their spoof on Western music became a big internet sensation in China about half a year back. Since then, they've become a famous pair, on and off the internet. Apparently, they scored great jobs post college and there was even several Western Newspaper articles talking about them.

The reason for their success: they're absolutely hilarious!!! Check them out for yourself:

Song 1: I Want It That Way

Song 2: As Long As You Love Me

Song 3: Mix of Western & Chinese songs (the 2nd is my favorite)

the new role of China

Excerpts from a speech by the Jack Straw, British Foreign Secretary:
As China's weight builds and its impact around the globe gets deeper, we have a greater and greater interest in the kind of international actor that China is becoming. And we have a greater and greater interest in its continuing economic success.......

we want China to work together with its key Western partners as a responsible and leading member of the international community, strengthening the international norms and systems which protect our vital interests, and dealing with the common challenges of this century; and internally, we want China to pursue progressive political and economic reforms which should enable it successfully to manage the risks of its extremely rapid development.....

First, what do I mean by a responsible and leading member of the international community? In basic terms, it is a leading country which defines its interests broadly, as being served through sustaining the integrity of the overall international system, rather than narrowly, as being served by securing short-term bilateral advantage. It is a partner which plays by the rules of global business; contributes to international security and stability; looks for co-operative and market-oriented ways to secure energy supplies; and works with others to promote sustainable development and good governance around the globe....

The second of my points concerns the way in which China will manage the risks of its own rapid development. The stark truth is that China has become such an integral part of the global economic landscape that were it to fail in this area, the consequences for all of us would be severe.........

In other words, I suggest that, wider political participation, freedom of expression, and rule of law are a force for stability rather than fragmentation.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Follow the leader?

I'm in the middle of doing an online training for work about teamwork. Yes, I've been doing all my training online (not by choice) about how to work with people.

Anyhow, I began to think about different teams I've worked with, either as a member, or as the "leader". I wondered if the leader really had a large effect (well, proportionately larger.) Does the leader really affect the team?

What I'm really asking is: When you see a really good team, how much of that is the leader's doing?

If you took a leader from a great team and gave him to a different team, what would the result be? What if a leader with previously poor results starting leading a good team; would he/she look like a great leader?

I ask this because I think the person at the head gets a disproportionate amount of the credit. Every team I've been on that's good I think is good because of the people on it, not because I'm leading it.

Cruel Game

I saw in the news this morning that some crazy person invented a video game that shows people crossing the mexican/us border... and the player has to shoot this people!!
You even get more points if you shoot a pregnant lady or a child!!!!!!!!!
....... - ........
How far can a video game go?
Why aren't we powerful enough to influence this people?
Where is the change when the only people that change are the ones that were not racist in the first place.
I would say that there are not racist in AIESEC (maybe I'm wrong) butseriously what can we do to change people who IS??????

More Attacks in Egypt :(

Two suicide bombers [hopefully enjoying their stay in hell by now] have attacked the independent peacekeeping Multinational Force and Observers [MFO] group in Sinai. The MFO has been eastablished in 1982 to observe/enforce the peace agreement between Israel and Egypt. There are no confirmed reports in regards to the number of injured, yet some reports claim a New Zealander and Norwegian attached to the multinational force were wounded in the explosion as well as two Egyptian police.

There are also unconfirmed reports of a incident at a police checkpoint on the mainland in the Nile Delta region. Unidentified gunmen reportedly opened fire on the police post north-east of Cairo, a security official said in quotes reported by AFP news agency.

More about it here

World IP Day

Message from Director General Kamil Idris
World Intellectual Property Day is an opportunity to encourage people to think about the role played by intellectual property in everyday life, and about its importance in stimulating and safeguarding innovation and creativity. This year we celebrate the starting point of all intellectual property, the seeds from which all innovations and creative works grow ? ideas.

Mankind?s inexhaustible capacity for producing ideas makes us unique. Yet this extraordinary ability is often taken for granted. We hardly notice the countless ideas we generate every day, or how much of what we value is the fruit of others? ideas: labor-saving inventions, pleasing designs, life-saving technologies.

Ideas shape our world. They are the raw materials on which our future prosperity and heritage depend. This is why it is important to provide environments in which innovative ideas are encouraged and rewarded. This is why intellectual property exists.

From the words, music and images which move us, to the brands which attract us; from the bicycle to bio-fuel; from the microchip to mobile phone ? it all starts with an idea.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006


Now, stumbling upon random websites is not a past time i partake in constantly...
but this has got to take the cake.
and eat it too.

i stumbled upon googlism today.

Googlism finds the sentences where your name appears accross the Web. Within the Google results are thousands of thoughts and opinions about thousands of different topics, people, names, things and places, it simply searches Google and lets you know what website owners think about the name or topic you suggested.....

so here are some of the hilarious ones that i found when i typed in my name:) enjoy!

dhruv is 2
dhruv is phonetically an aspirated dental d sound
dhruv is my guru
dhruv is shattered when rewa miscarries the child in her womb
dhruv is set to be a market leader in metallised dielectric films
dhruv is obsessed with food
dhruv is the deputy director of a 160 member school nature club
dhruv is woven keeping in mind a students career
dhruv is not smitten by the idea immediately
dhruv is a scientist
dhruv is in mumbai and is one of the top music directors in the country
dhruv is using his gapyear to get some work experience with pricewaterhousecoopers
dhruv is very famous
dhruv is actually the "monkeyman"
dhruv is clubbed in group `a' alongwith other indians geet sethi and devendra joshi
dhruv is a fast paced racy number bound to get your pulse racing
dhruv is agile
dhruv is an eduction staff member of the arizona
dhruv is based in london building the company's presence in europe
dhruv is a professional dancer working in new york city who has been trained in classical indian dance as well as ballet
dhruv is an interesting person
dhruv is looking for id polaroid m403 camera
dhruv is a strong believer in the individual's ability to invoke social change and
dhruv is 24 years old
dhruv is very happy with the fact that he met his roommate through the saint joseph?s international students website
dhruv is often mistaken to be called doshi
dhruv is so stupid
dhruv is appointed director of food technology at the stearns catalytic div

Introducing the pioneering AIESEC Lebanon MC

Chris Bowman and Nisrin Djarra, MCVP ER/ICX and MCP respectively.

(picture taken in the Great sea of sands, Siwa, Egypt - two days ago; that funny looking drawing on the sand is Lebanon in Arabic)

Monday, April 24, 2006

Lest We Forget

On 25 April 1915, eight months into the First World War, Allied soldiers landed on the shores of the Gallipoli peninsula. This was Turkish territory that formed part of Germany's ally, the Ottoman Empire. The troops were there as part of a plan to open the Dardanelles Strait to the Allied fleets, allowing them to threaten the Ottoman capital Constantinople (now Istanbul) and, it was hoped, force a Turkish surrender. The Allied forces encountered unexpectedly strong resistance from the Turks, and both sides suffered enormous loss of life.

The forces from New Zealand and Australia, fighting as part of the ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps), played an important part in the Gallipoli campaign. New Zealand soldiers distinguished themselves with their courage and skill, establishing an enduring bond with the Australians they fought alongside.

The Gallipoli campaign was, however, a costly failure for the Allies, who after nine months abandoned it and evacuated their surviving troops. Almost a third of the New Zealanders taking part had been killed; the communities they came from had counted the cost in the lengthy casualty lists that appeared in their newspapers. And the sacrifice seemed to have been in vain, for the under-resourced and poorly-conducted campaign did not have any significant influence on the outcome of the war. The only success of the campaign occurred when the Wellington Battalion took the summit Chunuk Bair. But it came at a cost. Of the 760 men in the battalion, 711 had become casualties. The New Zealanders were relieved two days later by two British battalions, who were then swept away in a counter attack. A full 10% of the New Zealand population (then just under 1 million) served overseas during World War I, and New Zealand had the highest casualty and death rate per capita of any country involved in the war.

Although Anzac Day, the anniversary of the first day of conflict, does not mark a military triumph, it does remind us of a very important episode in New Zealand's history. Great suffering was caused to a small country by the loss of so many of its young men. But the Gallipoli campaign showcased attitudes and attributes - bravery, tenacity, practicality, ingenuity, loyalty to King and comrades - that helped New Zealand define itself as a nation, even as it fought unquestioningly on the other side of the world in the name of the British Empire.

After Gallipoli, New Zealand had a greater confidence in its distinct identity, and a greater pride in the international contribution it could make. And the mutual respect earned during the fighting formed the basis of the close ties with Australia that continue today.

Poppies have an enduring association with Anzac Day, dating back to the 1920s. Throughout New Zealand, people of all ages wear a red poppy as a mark of remembrance for the men and women who have died in the course of service for their country. The poppies are a vivid reminder of the sacrifice - the blood lost - in war.

Lest we forget.

Explosions in Egypt again...

Update (dody):

I just arrived from Siwa with Nisrin, Ziyad and Chris Bowman (he was in Dahab 5 days ago). We are all OK. Alia is in Dahab right now. She's OK although considering the size of Dahab, she must have been in the thick of it (it's a fucking close call). Superluli was in Dahab last Friday with her family. Kaitlin was also in Dahab last week (confirmed OK).

One explosion happened at Ghazala supermarket. If you have been to Dahab, you would know that it's located in the center of the boulevard (with the statue and police office nearby) and near the Tuut boat bar.

One explosion in front of the flaming red Chinese restaurant next to the bridge. Another in Al Capone restaurant.

ALL AIESECERS are all accounted for.

Trainees are all OK. Names : Angela, Sarah Frazier, Sarah Munshi,
halima adams, nadia salloum, simona, ame,
aatif iqbal,
mike kucharski,
razziel (aka miguel),

AIESEC Egypt MC members are confirmed.

and irene (aka dalia) (she is not a trainee but an aiesecer from thailand studying at CU)

Nisrin - ONE Desination says:
and then two aiesec members
Nisrin - ONE Desination says:
abdou and malky were in taba and supposed to go to dahab but canceled last minute

3 explosions in Dahab again... 17 died and over 500 injured...

For more info

Hope numbers will not increase and nomads in Egypt are safe!

Please update us with situation...

UPDATE (Tom G) - just an observation, but these motherfuckers are targeting Egyptians, just as much as they are foreigners. The last three bombings in Sinai have all happened on Egyptian public holiday weekends - 6 October 2004 (1973 War/Armed Forces Day) , 23 July 2005 (Revolution Day), and now April 24 (Sharm El-Nessim, Spring Day/Coptic Easter).

This seems to me to be targeting Egyptians, after all foreign tourists dont travel based on Egyptian public holidays. Or maybe the terrorists ave day jobs and cant get the time off work?

3 Explosions in Dahab, 100 dead, wounded...

3 Major explosions hit several areas of Dahab about an hour ago (17:15GMT).

So far we have gotten a hold of:
Luli (fine in Sharm)
All Egyptian Trainees (From Luli)

We have reports that these people should be fine, but not confirmed:
Kaitlin (on the north (?) coast)
Nisrin (Siwa)
Dody (Siwa)

People in Sinai:
Alia was purportedly in Dahab. Please check in!

If you hear from anyone else, please make a post. Our hearts are with Egypt right now.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

A move in the right direction?

"A new report submitted to the Dutch government has sparked controversy by arguing that Islam does not conflict with either human rights or Dutch values. "

"Call for new stance
Rather than isolating these groups, it argues, the Netherlands and the European Union should reach out to them to encourage progress towards democracy.
By cutting aid to Hamas, says Mr Schoonenboom, the United States and EU have created a gap which countries like Iran and Qatar are rushing to fill. "

Full article here:

Finally some western discourse that makes sense, a real step in the right direction!

Friday, April 21, 2006

AIESEC International Team, 2006-2007 - Completed

The rest of the team is:

Amit Desai - Sweden/India
Corporate Relations Manager

Ondrej Gandel - Czech Republic/Slovakia
Corporate Relations Manager

Maria Ocampo - Mexico
Global Partnerships Manager

Jeanne du Plessis - South Africa
Global Networks Manager

Ildiko Kostyak - South Africa/Hungary
Non-Corporate Partnerships Manager

Abhishek Singh - Poland/India
Information Systems Project Manager

Gergely Doszpod - Hungary
Information Systems Project Manager

Martha Alzate - Colombia
User Support & Education Manager

Where is Chuck Norris?

A magazine in a Boston, Mass., has released its list of the ugliest male celebrities. The Phoenix arts and entertainment alternative newsweekly ranked the "100 unsexiest men in the world."

All I wanna know is 1) Where is Chuck Norris on this list? 2) And for that matter, what about the Hof? 3) #44?? Gary Busey - shouldn't he be closer to number 1??

Order your own PHOTO BOOK!

I just ordered a photo book from with the 40% discount that is running from now until May 1st. I printed all of my photos from Suriname, which took up about 80 pages with 1-4 pictures per page. You can include 25 characters for each caption except on full-bleed pages where there is no space to caption. Most of the other companies were charging almost, if not more than, $100 excluding shipping. With the discount and including shipping, I only paid $35 for my book, and it's AMAZING!! Much cheaper than buying a photo album and prints! CHECK IT OUT!!!

Use this coupon code: PB23GH89

Rejoice! No More Warm Beer

Nothing harshes your buzz at a party like warm beer... and personally, the task keeping brew cold at campouts and bonfires has added a level of compexity to my experiences with nature.

Engadget is reporting that Miller will start distributing self cooling beers in the domestic US market sometime next year.

A simple GIS for self cooling beer turns up a similar gizmodo entry and another entry from Realbeer back in 2004 saying self cooling beer was coming to the UK.

I'm not holding my breath or anything, but this would make lubricating some of my nomadic moments easier.

Danube Floods

Rain deepens Danube flood misery

Some streets in Nikopol, Bulgaria, are navigable only by boatTorrential rain has worsened flooding along the River Danube in parts of Romania and Bulgaria, where thousands of people have fled their homes.

Both countries are battling to bolster dykes weakened by the swollen river, with the Bulgarian ports of Vidin and Nikopol among the towns most at risk.

Thousands of homes and a vast area of farmland have been damaged.

Heavy rainfall and melting snow have pushed the Danube to its highest level for more than a century.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

a beautiful heart crying out for love

dody g. smokin
The very healthy, very good looking, very successful and very disease free, self proclaimed empire builder in the photo is nomadlife's most eligible and emotionally available bachelor, living it large. Ladies, he's a good catch, don't let the big fish get away.

Happy birthday, Dody G. Cheers to getting some... presents. :)

Wednesday, April 19, 2006


Cat: I guess I'm not done with the nomadic ways afterall!

Why you ask? Go find out.

It was a bit of an LDR, but I will admit, I will be sad to see them go.


AdamB, circa 1997. Go retro and tag your AIESEC US old pictures on flickr with aiesecus50.

Hey malaria - say hi to your mum for me.....

So I spent the last week of my life in hospital, slowly kicking the asses of a few million malaria parasites that had decided to make my liver and bloodstream home for a while.

Malaria aint fun people. I've never had my body thrown around so severely for such a period of time, and I hope that none of you have to go through anything similar. I was taking malaria pills while I was in the country where I caught it, but apparently you can still be unlucky.

Anyhow, I guess I just wanted to say again, if any nomads are travelling to tropical Asia, Africa or Latin America, keep your eyes on this one. Our friends at wikipedia have all the info. Although its an effective way to get a week off work, I can still cold, hard, sucks to have malaria.

And when the fun and games are over, at least 10 people died of malaria while you were reading this posting.

Beer Industry Contacts

Hi Nomads,

Anxiously approaching the completion of my college career, I have one last hurdle to jump--the Capstone Project.

For my German for Business Major, I'm writing a research paper about the decline of the German Beer Industry: how foreign corporations are taking over German breweries, the threat that foreign ownership puts on the integrity of "german" beer, and the overall decline in beer consumption.

I'm wondering if anyone has any contacts at any German breweries, or the foreign corporations (InBev, Heineken, etc.), who I could contact for a short email interview?

Leave a comment or contact me at bartliea at if you can help out.

Thank You!

Peace and food

Have you ever wondered where Baklava comes from!? If you want to know, try to throw your question during a dinner bringing together a Tunisian, a Middle Eastern, a Turkish, a Greek and an Armenian?

Each of them will keep on going on the origins of baklava and how the best baklava undeniably comes from his/her mother land. Needless to say that any other baklava you may try is just a mere replica? The same goes with Chawarma, aka Gyros aka Doner kebab? different names for the same yummy greasy meat sandwich? funny!!!!!

It is wonderful how the food we eat everyday carries so much history. If Baklava is so spread around the Mediterranean it is because of the Ottoman Empire that ruled the region for centuries. The cultures within the empire got mixed and go look now for the origins of Baklava, good luck.

We are not that different after all and our food is here to confirm it, actually it proves that we are very similar and have so much to share? and as my friend John would say: ?Even tho many countries make their own baklava, they are practically all the same - just like human beings. No matter where we are from - we have mostly the same basic needs/desires. WE ARE ALL ONE BAKLAVA?

That reminds me of when I went to Turkey and figured out that the words I was used to hear in the Egyptian movies were actually Turkish, words like Gazma, chanta, abla, abi? the Egyptian language and pronunciation completely changed after the 5 centuries ruling of The Mamalik. And on the other hand the Turkish language carries lots of Arabic words as well as Hungarian influences, eastern Europeans, Balkans?

In Tunisia, the food reveals the mix of cultures that lived in Tunisia through the ages: Berbers Mediterraneans, Arabs, Andalusians, Séfarade Jewish? Ah I really miss the food de mi tierra,, mloukhiya, madfouna bil hargma, chminka, roasted lamb head, brik, slata mechouia, and the delicious Mediterranean fish.

Don?t go say this to my mom though, she would feel sad for me, and for no reason cause I am enjoying my food here? One of the things I love so much about Toronto is the diversity of food you can have, AMAZING. You pretty much can find whatever food you may have in any other part of the planet, all but Tunisian (for that you gotta go to Montreal), there is only one Tunisian restaurant here but (to my deep regret) not that good and they have a limited menu.

But there is no reason to whine, when you can have a tasty tiger shrimp Pad Thai, an ?all you can eat sushi?, a Caribbean curried goat or jerk chicken, Chinese food (so tasty), Indian food etc etc. and I am still discovering, soon I?ll try Persian food, east African, Vietnamese? Any suggestions?

I should stop, it is lunch time and I think it is my hunger talking not me?

Bon appétit

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Ladies and Gentleman, the Pulitzer prize winners

Spirit of Belgrade, Part II

Originally uploaded by PeckoPivo.
Another photo of total craziness of Belgrade people...
Water-skiing on flooded street of downtown Belgrade is a new sport these days in Serbia... :)

Some people disapproved this act of pure fun, but these guys actually changed their clothes afterwards and helped in stopping the floods. Thumbs up!

Khamotkha Brekher

Listen to the phone conversation between customer service reps and someone who's trying to find Khamotkha Brekher.

Another Nomadlife Wedding!

Hanna & Denis on the Beach
Originally uploaded by suzannemo.
This past week Hanna and Denis "tied the knot" in beautiful Cancun, Mexico. The wedding was a true fairytale...on the beach at sunset.

Nomads came from around the world to celebrate this amazing wedding. Digs wins the award for the longest trip, travelling all the way from China to Cancun.

Mazel Tov Hanna and Denis! May your life together as "Mr. and Mrs. Roy" be as warm and wonderful as your wedding day on the beach!!

Monday, April 17, 2006

Almost, but not quite there.....

A few months ago, I set out to raise $3100 to help find a cure and/or treatment for leukemia and other cancers. I have thus far raise about $2500. I am $600 and 12 days away from my Marathon event, where I will run in honor of a boy who passed away from leukemia. I have trained long and hard, and also worked hard at fundraising.

Now it's your turn. Please find it in your hearts to spare a few dollars so I can reach my final goal. Click here to join a fellow nomad on his journey to help young kids with cancer grow up so they can have the opportunity to become nomads too!

Feel free to email me at with any questions.

Thanks in advance for joining me!

Kevin Cooper

The top five lyrics in the VH1 poll were:

    1. U2 - One. "One life, with each other, sisters, brothers."

    2. The Smiths - How Soon is Now? "So you go, and you stand on your own, and you leave on your own, and you go home, and you cry, and you want to die."

    3. Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit. "I feel stupid and contagious, here we are now, entertain us."

    4. Bob Marley - Redemption Song. "Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds, have no fear for atomic energy, 'cause none of them can stop the time."

    5. Coldplay - Yellow. "Look at the stars, look how they shine for you.""


One Red Paperclip

"Kyle MacDonald had a red paper clip and a dream: Could he use the community power of the Internet to barter that paper clip for something better, and trade that thing for something else -- and so on and so on until he had a house?

After a cross-continental trading trek involving a fish-shaped pen, a town named Yahk and the Web's astonishing ability to bestow celebrity, MacDonald is getting close. He's up to one year's free rent on a house in Phoenix." (

A nice random story to get the week started; read more here.

Happy Tax Day

MSN Money celebrates the U.S. tax day with a reflection of tax around the world and through history.

Tax burdens around the world
CountrySingle, no kidsMarried, 2 kidsCountrySingle, no kidsMarried, 2 kids
Czech Republic43.8%27.1%New Zealand20.5%14.5%
Germany51.8%35.7%Slovak Republic38.3%23.2%
Italy45.4%35.2%United Kingdom33.5%27.1%
Japan27.7%24.9%United States29.1%11.9%
Source: OECD, 2005 data

It's a kind of magic
""In the 70's, when I was very poor, I was offered a permanent teaching post at Edmonton. I realized I would rather starve in Marrakesh than be a millionaire in Alberta."

- Juan Goytisolo (Considered Spain's greatest living writer)

Read the NY Times story on him.

(thanks Omar for the tip)

Nuclear is hot right now

"In the early 1970s when I helped found Greenpeace, I believed that nuclear energy was synonymous with nuclear holocaust, as did most of my compatriots. That's the conviction that inspired Greenpeace's first voyage up the spectacular rocky northwest coast to protest the testing of U.S. hydrogen bombs in Alaska's Aleutian Islands. Thirty years on, my views have changed, and the rest of the environmental movement needs to update its views, too, because nuclear energy may just be the energy source that can save our planet from another possible disaster: catastrophic climate change." (Washington Post)

I say, Mrs. Chan, would you like a spot of milk with your Cha?

An interesting article in the Economist about how English Language teaching and learning is affecting modern China.. (thank Adam).

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Smiling children, devastated elderly people...

Here are few small collections of photos from the IDP (Internaly Displaced People) camps in Fisuli region of Azerbaijan. It is 12 years since the cease-fire accord has been signed between Armenia and Azerbaijan but some Azeris that lost their homes due to Armenian soldiers present at several of Azeri regions are still homeless and live in very poor conditions.

I saw the people and their hope in their eyes when I appeared there with a camera, as a foreigner, as of course they so believe I can change so much. Well, the only thing I can do so far is to put the photos up and make people aware yet of another problem that this world faces.

Friday, April 14, 2006

Via Crucis (The Way of the Cross)

Today is the day when the Catholics of the world commemorate the death of Jesus Christ. For me, this year, the Via Crucis (The Way of the Cross) had a different meaning, maybe because it's the first time (in my 23 years of being Catholic) that I fully pay attention to the reflections made after every one of the 14 stations and actually tried to apply them to my own life.

But two things, at the end of the Via Crucis (the one celebrated in Rome), specially called my attention:
First, when they said that today (Friday) is the day of suffering and pain and anguish. Tomorrow is the day of the silence, when we wait and wait but still our faith tell us, from the bottom of our hearts that those feelings soon will be over. Then, on Sunday, the day of the Resurrection, is when happiness and hope come back. Then they said that sometimes our life looks like this. There are moments when we have so many trouble, and our cross feels heavier. Then is the time of silence, of reflection and meditation. And then, everything is better than before.
The second thing is one that Pope Benedict XIV said: That the Cross is not just something from the past but something that extends time and continents, we should look at it like if it was a mirror to our lives (Which is kind of the same with the previous reflection) and also said that Via Crucis can be compared to all the suffering in the World of today and that we cannot allow ourselves to be only looking, each one has to find his/her place in the way (camino), in life.

I would like to know what other Catholics and/or Christians (or anyone who has an oppinion) of the world think and feel :D

International Relations Week at Harvard

There's a free conference coming up here in Boston April 27th - April 30th. More about it here.

International Relations Week (IR Week) is the newest initiative of Harvard?s International Relations Council, which is the largest secular student-run organization in Harvard College. IR Week was created as a means to bring international relations education to the broader community and to stimulate informed debate on contemporary international issues. The annual conference is a university-wide event, with collaboration between Harvard College and several Harvard graduate schools, featuring a week-long and varied program of workshops, panel discussions, informal receptions, art exhibits and events fairs--all organized around a cohesive theme.

We are proud to present this year's theme: Exploring the United Nations Millennium Development Goals at the 2006 International Relations Week scheduled for April 27-30, 2006.

IR Week 2006 will focus on the issues and challenges facing the developing world as they strive to reach the targets outlined by the UN Millennium Development Goals. The target date for achieving the goals has been set at 2015 and with a mere decade to go, we have reached an appropriate juncture at which to assess the progress made thus far and seek ways in which to achieve further movement towards those goals.

International Relations Week 2006 will be a week-long tribute to action and initiative in the developing world. Hoping to inspire future leaders within our community and around the world, IR Week 2006 will bring together internationally renowned scholars and practitioners of international development to Harvard to lead workshops, facilitate discussions, and provide insight from their real world international relations experiences.

I'll definitely go to check out some of the sessions...


I dont know how else to describe except: Eric conveys an emotion (or two, or three or 300...).

Failte go hEireann!

We lost her a few times during her 4 day trip to Dublin last month, but evidently Dublin made quite an impression on our Ms. Mc Nulty ... I think it may have been the run in with the Gardaí that was the ultimate swing factor.

AIESEC Mighigan

Please welcome the second nomad to join the Irish MC 2006-2007
Huge huge congratulations Colleen, see you in Dublin in a couple of weeks for some Porterhouse brews!

Meeting goals to prevent climate change. Is it really your problem?

Again news that made me think while spending some amazing time in the world's largest city (Mexico City) with high levels of pollution and my eye infected because of it some days ago.

What can we (civilians) do to prevent climate change?
Politic vs. Environment
Comfort vs. Environment
Economics vs. Environment

Always take the car even driving short distances? What doyou and your local government do to reduce Co2 emmisions?

Look forward to hear from you.

Climate limit below 3C 'unlikely'
World leaders are unlikely to agree a climate change deal limiting the global temperature rise to less than 3C, says the UK government's chief scientist.

Professor David King said that increase would cause drought and famine and threaten millions of lives.
Tony Blair wants a global consensus on stabilising greenhouse gas emissions blamed for climate change. The government shares the EU's 2C limit.
The US refuses to cut emissions and those of India and China are rising. A government report based on computer modelling projects a 3C rise would cause:

*a drop worldwide of between 20 and 400 million tonnes in cereal crops
*about 400 million more people at risk of hunger
*between 1,200 and 3,000 million more people at risk of water stress
Prof King says few ecosystems, such as natural forests, could adapt; half of nature reserves would cease to be worthwhile and a fifth of coastal wetlands would be lost.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Foreign Policy Magazine blogs

All foreign policy wonks, rejoice !! The high brow international policy magazine, FPM, now blogs.

Great Job Op in Washington State

Hey, fellow nomads!! I have just been informed that my company is looking for a few capable workers this summer in Washington state. That's right, the fireworks company is expanding west. We're looking for at least two people to work in 2 different locations: 30 minutes north and 30 minutes south of Seattle. The job will most likely start Memorial Day weekend, and it should finish around the 4th of July. No knowledge of fireworks is necessary! Pay is excellent, and there are some amazing perks. And you can make enough money in 6 weeks to travel the rest of the summer!! If you or anyone you know is interested, post a comment on MY BLOG or email me at for more details!!!!!!

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

a nomad needs tech advice

A nomad here in Madison needs some technological advice in order to maximize the time he'll be spending doing research on the ground in Uganda. Read his (short) entry and lend him advice if you've got any. God knows he needs a lot.

Bangalore Violence

Bangalore, that serves as the offshoring capital and the hub of the knowledge industry in India is also the capital of the Indian state of Karnataka. The leading Kannada figure, Rajkumar, who was an actor and later became a symbol of Karnataka culture, died today at the age of 76. Quite an unremarkable story except, his fans belong to the lower economic strata and are quite passionate about his attitude that reflects pride in Karnataka. He made over 200 movies over 5 decades of his career - thats 4 movies an year on an average(!).

Anyway, so these fanatics, who seem to be quite distressed that he's passed away, are blaming the government and everybody else. There are mini riots on the streets, roads are blocked with burning tires and mobs are attacking people at random. Not full fledged chaos yet, but IT companies (what else?) have been attacked and closed shop early with the backup plans in place. I left early today as well, as the police advised all people to reach home before 'dark'. Owing to this most companies will be closed tomorrow.

Interesting life. Check out the news here and here

Whats more, this is not the first time. It happened earlier as well.

Stupid things that we Indonesians do

"About 300 hard-line Indonesian Muslims vandalized a building housing the office of Playboy magazine on Wednesday in a protest against its publication in the world?s most populous Muslim country.

Clad in white shirts and skull caps the protesters threw rocks at the front lobby, breaking the windows of the building in the south of Jakarta several days after the magazine hit news-stands for the first time." (MSNBC)

On the good side, I heard Playboy Indonesia has good articles.

Facing Down Iran

The rhetoric continues and the world community needs to take a stand on a way to end this stand off. Mark Steyn , a right wing author argues that it is time for the world community to take a stand beyond mere diplomatic pressure. Some of his arguments are compelling while some tend to be very Michael Moor-esque.

"At hinge moments of history, there are never good and bad options, only bad and much much worse. Our options today are significantly worse because we didn?t take the bad one back then"

You can read the entire article here

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Centre-left claims Italy victory

Italy's centre-left opposition has won a narrow victory in the lower house of parliament, official results say.

It won 49.8% of the vote against 49.7% for the centre-right, according to interior ministry figures. The head of the centre-left coalition, former Prime Minister Romano Prodi, told cheering supporters in Rome: "Victory has arrived." But the claim has been contested by the ruling centre-right coalition of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. His spokesman Paolo Bonaiuti said his bloc would demand a "scrupulous" check of election ballots.

Today, we have turned a page... We will govern for five years Romano Prodi

The winning coalition will automatically be awarded 55% of the lower house seats - 340 in total - under a new electoral law. Mr Berlusconi's coalition currently has a lead of one seat in the Senate, with six seats voted for by expatriates still to be declared. The centre-left Union says it believes it will win four of those seats, giving it an overall majority.

And apparently, it's a risk as Berlusconi's party deliberately changed the law allowing all people of Italian descent (including Argentines and Soprano-types) to vote from abroad since they typically vote Fascist. As he's a good pal of Bush's, this election style just seems all too familiar. All Western papers are stating a centre-left victory, but his private and state owned media is reporting differently (he basically owns a monopoly on Italian media and has created legislation against more than six channels in the country). Oh yes, he's also managed to protect himself from Enron-like scandels by lowering the punishment against accounting-fraud to a 5000 Euro fine. Brilliant? Perhaps, but he's actually an even worse public speaker than Dubya.

Monday, April 10, 2006


Is race important? Is there such a thing as race, if you really think about it? I just remembered that in some countries, when you fill in official documents, they ask you about your race. Caucasian, African-American, Asian, Latin American, Native American etc. In the U.S. for example, right? (Is it still like that?) WHY? (Maybe I don't understand this because I'm Swiss ? But we are such a diverse country too now...) Who defines those categories? And what do you mark if you're "mixed" (sorry, I can't think of a better expression) ? I remember a few years ago that I marked Caucasian on one of those documents just because I'm European, when actually, according to the categories, I'm half Caucasian, half (South East) Asian. And technically my South East Asian part is mixed already because the Philippines has been greatly influenced and "mixed" by other countries. What race does somebody who's even more mixed mark on an official document? And when are you considered black? When you're at least fifty percent black? More, less? When I did my High Shool exchange in the USA (Maryland) nine years ago, I lived with a black family (they didn't refer to themselves as African-American because they were mixed with Native American as well, so the category African-American would have been inappropriate from their point of view) and my High School was about seventy percent black. There, I noticed that students referred to themselves as African-American or black even when they were maybe only 10% black (they had blue eyes and very light hair). They nuanced it by saying "I'm very light-skinned. Others are more dark-skinned". Very interesting indeed. But I somehow still don't get it. What is your view on this?

Those Swiss, they know how to live

"Zurich is the city with the highest quality of life in 2006, while Baghdad, for the third year running, has the lowest, a survey published Monday shows.

Geneva and Vancouver made the top three in the list compiled by human resource company Mercer while Bangui in the Central African Republic and Brazzaville, the capital of Congo Republic, joined Baghdad in the bottom three." (Reuters)

Australia getting their asses handed to them by Bangladesh...

Cricket is a wonderful sport - in which other arena would you see Australia being flogged mercilessly at the hands of Bangladesh?.......

The Spirit of Belgrade

Belgrade Floods
Originally uploaded by PeckoPivo.
This picture is taken yesterday in Belgrade, near the city center...
I simply love the spirit of Belgrade people - they never miss an opportunity to have fun. :)

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Bush better be bluffing

"WASHINGTON: The administration of United States President Bush is planning a massive bombing campaign against Iran, including the use of bunker-buster nuclear bombs to destroy a key Iranian suspected nuclear weapons facility, The New Yorker magazine reported in its April 17 issue."
"This White House believes that the only way to solve the problem is to change the power structure in Iran, and that means war.?

Article here

This article outraged me, I hope this is a sick bluff that the administration is using to put pressure on Iran. Regardless the content of its threat, if this article is factual, has gone too far. To even speak of, or threaten the use of Nukes is not even funny.

Even if this this is a bluff, I am willing to bet that not only Iran, but many other countries are going to step up their nuclear weapon capabilities just in defense. And even if what Iran claims to be true about the use of uranium for peaceful means, a threat of this nature will only secure the fact that they will eventually get to that, they have to if they want a hope of their own survival.

Im no more a fan of the Iranian President than anyone else for his policies. But this does not justify another pre-emptive war, OR the use of nukes.

This also proves that yet again the US is making plans regardless and without respect to UN resolutions.

I just don't understand the motives behind this, anyone care to comment?

Saturday, April 08, 2006

ZIMBABWE: Adult population to die before age 40, says UN report

JOHANNESBURG, 7 April (IRIN) - Zimbabwean women have the shortest lifespan in the world, according to a new report released by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Friday.
Neither men nor women in one of the world's fastest shrinking economies are expected to reach the age of 40, according to the 'World Health Report 2006', based on the statistics for 2004.

Since the 2005 report, based on the figures for 2003, life expectancy for both sexes has plunged by two years: Zimbabwe's women now have an average lifespan of 34 years, the lowest in the world; that of men is 37 years.

Among the 192 countries included in the WHO indicators, Swaziland recorded the lowest life expectancy for men - 36 years - with 39 years for women. More

American Dumpster

I noticed an interesting phenomenon around my house lately and it got me thinking about the different treatment of flags around the world.

There is a company (or companies) that apparently are quite patriotic. They have taken to painting the American flag on the side of dumpsters. I thought it was kinda odd, to see someone displaying the flag on a place where we put trash. I was wondering what people from different countries would think if they saw their flag painted on the side of a dumpster.

So, what would you think?

Friday, April 07, 2006

Keep your kisses short in Tangerang

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Unrelated people who kiss each other on the lips for more than five minutes at public places in the Indonesian city of Tangerang will face arrest, local media said Friday.

The government in Tangerang, a suburb west of Jakarta, defended the regulation as a practical guideline for its officers to follow up on tough and heavily criticized anti-prostitution laws passed by the city council last year.

"Please do not dramatize this. We will not arrest people at will as we are not oppressors," Ahmad Lutfi, head of the city's public order department, told the Koran Tempo newspaper. More

what matters in 2007??

I'm interested in your opinion,

what will the world talk about in 2007?

What kind of problems, challenges, phenomena, will the movers and shakers of the global society discuss at the WEF, in The Economist and on CNN? Who will be the people that write the books that everyone reads, who lead the organisations that make it to the news?

think Sustainability, the Knowledge Economy, Bono, the World is Flat, but new, never-heard-of, avantgarde...

Is an attack against Iran inevitable?

The Guardian reports that the British government held a high level meeting to discuss potential implications of a US-led air strike against Iran (targeting their nuclear operations). There is a diagram here of how it might be done, what the targets might be etc. open Democracy reports on what the signals might be that an attack is imminent ("The timing and nature of a United States attack on Iran can be gauged by a close look at air traffic and base security in western England").

A senior Foreign Office source said: "Monday's meeting will set out to address the consequences for Britain in the event of an attack against Iran. The CDS [chiefs of defence staff] will want to know what the impact will be on British interests in Iraq and Afghanistan which both border Iran. The CDS will then brief the Prime Minister and the Cabinet on their conclusions in the next few days.

"If Iran makes another strategic mistake, such as ignoring demands by the UN or future resolutions, then the thinking among the chiefs is that military action could be taken to bring an end to the crisis. The belief in some areas of Whitehall is that an attack is now all but inevitable."

Quiz of the day

What do a donut and the original Snake game from a Nokia phone have in common?

Post your answers in the comments.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

oh Judas

"An early Christian manuscript, including the only known text of what is known as the Gospel of Judas, has surfaced after 1,700 years. The text gives new insights into the relationship of Jesus and the disciple who betrayed him, scholars reported today. In this version, Jesus asked Judas, as a close friend, to sell him out to the authorities, telling Judas he will "exceed" the other disciples by doing so. " (NYTimes)

Oh Michigan... bruni loves you.

This is what you look like when YOU don't remember...

Indian offloaded for songs

A crazy story about paranoia and prejudice...

Serious version

Sarcastic version

Does the end justify the means in this case?

Remember the innocent Brazilian shot a couple of months ago in London (link)

The 'other' missing link...

U.S. scientists claim to have found what might be the first animal to have crawled out of the sea and onto land - beginning the whole creepy-crawly creatures evolutionary cycle that eventually ended up as us. The Seattle Times has more...

79 days to go...

"When I was a boy, the only thing I was afraid of in the bush was that a lion might attack and kill me. Now a man might attack and steal all my cattle. That would kill not only me but all my family. This is what guns do."

The Mandari cattle herders of Souther Sudan don't need to read or write. All they had to do was tend to their cows. Occasionally rival tribes would fight leading to a few injuries a year. Now every herder has guns; over 25 die a year from skirmishes. Cows are the livelihood of the tribe: It is therefore difficult to understate the love the Mandari lavish on their cows and their produce. Each man carries a "cow name" based on the colour of his favourite.

But the boy's fmaily had to trade in 6 cows for an AK-47. There are 79 days to go to the UN Arms Conference. Read more about how guns from the west continue to kill over 1,000 civilians a day..


i know we hace the buy a cow option. but here is a company that also does it.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006


"It's a story about India,Trains, British soldiers, the Sikh's and a Northern Irish man in the middle of it all. Oh yes I was in an extra in a film with Nieve Campell even got to sit beside her in the dressing room between her and jimmy mistery-(guy with turben) getting to here all the gossip in hollywood, what's happen behind close doors and all that. Bright light, fame, money all the trapping's of Celebrity but i ignored all this and did a oscar worthy role as an extra playing the part of a british soldier taking photo's from a train about to move off, not so hard the acting malarky." (magnut)

My only surprise is only that Neive Campbell is actually acting in a bollywood movie. How's her dance move?

And it begins...

Boot camp - allowing users to install and run inferior windows OS on superior mac hardware...

Not how they said it, but close enough...

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Ashes and Snow

Amazing photography by Gregory Colbert. Exposition at the NOMADIC MUSEUM (!), Santa Monica Pier (California, USA) until May 14, 2006

Ashes and Snow website
Flying Elephants Foundation