Thursday, June 29, 2006

Poor ass - donkey arrested in India

"Officers were heard to complain that their four-legged prisoner was not the easiest of detainees, and was upset about everything from food and drink to the standard of accommodation." - BBC

Floods in the NE
Any reports from The City??

US and Europa gap in dealing with Islam

"But it is not just luck. The difference between America and Europe in dealing with Islam reaches down to some basic questions of principle, such as the limits of free speech and free behaviour. America's political culture places huge importance on the right to religious difference, including the right to displays of faith which others might consider eccentric. In the words of Reza Aslan, a popular Iranian-American writer on Islam, ?Americans are used to exuberant displays of religiosity.? So the daily prostrations of a devout Muslim are less shocking to an American than to a lukewarm European Christian. American society is open to religious arguments?and to new approaches to old theological questions?in a way that Europe is not.

In general, Americans are more optimistic?or less gloomy?about Islam than Europeans. A poll published this week by the Pew Research Centre says that Americans who see Muslim-Western relations as ?generally bad? outnumber those who take the opposite view by 55% to 32%. Not exactly cheery. But in Germany the pessimists are ahead by 70% to 23%, in France by 66% to 33%, and in Britain by 61% to 28%.

Some things are off-limits even in America. In Britain, for example, members of the radical (but non-violent) Hizb ut-Tahrir movement have appeared on television to express their rejection of the principles of liberal democracy and secular justice. That is unlikely to happen in America. Nor would it be possible, in any American context, to argue for the superiority of sharia?Islamic law?over laws passed by elected law-makers.

But the right to say almost anything on most other subjects is deeply entrenched in America. This means that, whatever weapons the parties in America's religious arguments try to use, they do not usually include attempts to deny the other side's right to speak.

The result is that there is more space for hard religious argument. No law restrains that quite large body of American thought which is critical not just of extreme readings of Islam but of Islam itself?arguing that the warrior ethos of the faith's earlier centuries was one of its essential features, not just a regrettable excess. But the American system also guarantees the rights of those who argue for the opposite view: that Islam is basically a peaceful, universalist faith which restricts rather than enjoins the use of violence." (Economist)

It is the first amendment baby - the right to free speech that actually underline this split between Europe and USA. And so far the US is doing much better in integrating its Muslim population than Europe.

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Tuesday, June 27, 2006

"We are determined." -- Unfortunately.

Der Spiegel, Germany's largest news magazine, has interviewed Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President of Iran.
(It's in English and already a month old, but definitely worth a read.)

I think it is pretty scary stuff, no matter what's your opinion on the issue whether Iran has a right to build nuclear weapons or not. I find it hard to understand (let alone accept) his view on the Holocaust and the existence of Israel.

What's your reaction to it?

United Nations desperately lacking a clue

What the hell were they smoking at UN headquarters when they were working on this report?
"NEW strains of highly potent cannabis are as dangerous as heroin and cocaine and the drug can no longer be dismissed as soft and relatively harmless, the United Nations has warned."
Any nomads out there know much about the UN Office on Drugs and Crime? My instinct is that some bat shit insane evangelical in the US government managed to make saying something like this a pre-condition for recieving US funding - but could it be that they are actually believing this shite?

Monday, June 26, 2006

Worst refereeing decisions of the World Cup so far..

120+ goals have been scored in the tournament so far, no thanks to some really, really bad refereeing. Where is Pierluigi Colina when you need him most?! :(

My vote goes to the decision that gave Italy the penalty kick that put Australia out in the final minute of the game.

Italy bow before Australia's all encompassing dominance

0-0 at half time - but those Italian cross dressers are looking scared going into the second half. Take no prisoners, Australia....

Moscow replaces Tokyo

as the world's most expensive city with Seoul knocking Japan's leading city to third place. Joining them in the top five are Hong Kong and London.

More info here

Nomads in Moscow?

Anyone know anyone in Moscow? Need a bit of advice, asap. melt (at) nomadlife

Sunday, June 25, 2006

If I had a billion dollars

We were sitting in a Manhattan living room on a spring afternoon, and Warren Buffett had a Cherry Coke in his hand as usual. But this unremarkable scene was about to take a surprising turn.

"Brace yourself," Buffett warned with a grin. He then described a momentous change in his thinking. Within months, he said, he would begin to give away his Berkshire Hathaway fortune, then and now worth well over $40 billion. (Fortune)

Bravo Mr Buffett ! Bravo !

We are just a bunch of kids - it's true

"The adage "like a kid at heart" may be truer than we think, since new research is showing that grown-ups are more immature than ever.

Specifically, it seems a growing number of people are retaining the behaviors and attitudes associated with youth.

As a consequence, many older people simply never achieve mental adulthood, according to a leading expert on evolutionary psychiatry." (Discovery Channel)

Saturday, June 24, 2006

quote of the day

It doesnt matter if its a carrott or a stick, just shove it up their ass

Thursday, June 22, 2006



Unexpected ... unbelievable ... but true ! Read it all here.

The screams from the bar in NYC were surreal, just wish I was in Oz to hear it. A message from my brother who was at the match "In stadium in Stuttgart. This is fucking magic. Here we go. Call now to hear the Aussie anthem. We are going to South Africa together... deal !"

What a game people, what a game. Only four more and we are the champions :) Italy up next.

Oh ... the Brazil game was impressive too :) But we all knew they were going to win right ?

That is a lot of best friends.

Simran is #1000.

"Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not." (Ralph Waldo Emerson)


Hate to say it (since I live in the US of A) but Ghana deserved it more. Not only did they play better, the represent an entire continent being the only African team to make it through to the next round. I don't think I can ever fully understand the impact this sport has on the rest of the world, but I can both respect and admire it. And always, always cheer for the under dog. Go Ghana.,2144,2063474,00.html

Australia in T minus three hours and counting. Come on Aussie, come on !

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Jobs in Cambridge, MA

We're growing our team right now and look to fill several positions in our office here in Cambridge.

We're looking for an accounting summer intern

We're also hiring for Customer Service, the domain parking, domain transfer and IT teams. You can check out our website here:

Descriptions for most of the open positions (except the accounting intern) are on our website under the Careers link:

If you're interested, please feel free to get in touch with me! You don't need specific industry knowledge, almost nobody we hire does. But being computer savvy and speaking more than one language is a big plus!

It's about time

Dating...and globalisation

I just thought that this will be a very interesting topic to discuss, especially because Nomaders come from different backgrounds. So we probably agree that the country cultures affect the business in which it takes place. What about dating? I'm pretty sure it's the same?

I've been talking to my guy friends online on "dating etiquettes" but the more I talk to them the more I think that their opinion is a bit (an American guy told me that American guys usually wait for a week after first date to call the girl?? WTF??)

So what's the dating scene is like in your culture/country? Who usually should take the initiative for the first date and for the follow up? How long should you wait until you have to call after the date? What are the indicators that it was a date or not a date? Etc.

I'm pretty sure there's something more than just "men are from mars; women are from venus"? :D


Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Proof of Global Warming

For people who have/ are living in Brussels


Can someone who has lived/ or is living in Brussels, tell me what would be the minimum cost of living per month. A fair idea on accomodation, transportation and food stuff is what i am looking for.

If you can give me a link which has specific details of things, that would be cool as well.


Much Music Video Awards 2006

Yes, that's right - Carolyn and I were RIGHT on the red carpet of the MMVA's. Going clock-wise from top-left: Hedley practicing before the show, Nelly Furtado, host of Canada's Next Top Model, Tori Spelling, Nick Lachey, Paris Hilton, Jay from America's Next Top Model, Rihanna and Carolyn and I. Talk about getting up close and personal with the celebrities! I also think I have enough photos to start my own tabloid :p

The Geo-politics of Football

Project Syndicate carries a light, interesting read on how football influences politics and vice-versa.

Monday, June 19, 2006

PC vs. Mac

I need a new laptop and I have been really tempted by the pretty new Macbooks to make the switch from PC to Mac. I was wondering if there are any nomads out there who have made the switch recently. How was it? Do you regret it? Have you had compatability issues?

Also, does anyone have experience with having repairs done on international warranties with Toshiba, Fujitsu, IBM, or Apple? They all SAY they have international warranties but I am wondering how much hassle they will give me when I walk into the service center in Casablanca with an American laptop.

Catalonia Referendum

So I just read that a referendum to give the region of Catalonia, Spain, more autonomy and independence was overwhelmingly passed.
I'm curious about what this might mean in the longer term, both for Catalonia and the rest of Spain, particularly this claim that Catalonia may want to become an independent nation.

However, as I know S.F.A. about this topic (S.F.A. = not much), I was wondering if people who do know a bit about this could share the thoughts / ideas / opinions.

Sunday, June 18, 2006


Oh, who's gonna it be?

I have to pledge allegiance for my former home country and support Australia today.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Friday, June 16, 2006

Thank you Argentina

Argentina 6 - Serbia and Montenegro 0

Thank you for the magic

Thank God it's Friday...

What they'd never teach you in 'nursery' school... many thanks to my pal Karan, who sent them in this morning...

Her father shot it dead.
Now it goes to school with her,
Between two hunks of bread.

Mary had a little pig,
She kept it fat and plastered;
And when the price of pork went up,
She shot the little bastard.

JACK AND JILL Went up the hill
To have a little fun.
Stupid Jill forgot the pill
And now they have a son.

SIMPLE SIMON met a Pie man going to the fair.
Said Simple Simon to the Pie man,
"What have you got there?"
Said the Pie man unto Simon,
"Pies, you dumb #$%!"

HUMPTY DUMPTY sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the kings' horses,
And all the kings' men.
Had scrambled eggs,
For breakfast again.

HEY DIDDLE, DIDDLE the cat took a piddle,
All over the bedside clock.
The little dog laughed to see such fun.
Then died of electric shock.

There was a little girl who had a little curl
Right in the middle of her forehead.
When she was good, she was very, ver! y good.
But when she was bad........
She got a fur coat, jewels, a waterfront condo, and a sports car.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Through Through....

England's through...Terry saved the day...he saved England. 2:0 doesn't reflect what could easily have been 1:0 in favour of T and T but Terry saved the day.

England 2: 0 Trinidad and Tobago

Bring on Sweden. And lets hope Rooney starts this time.

Damn Hippies

Quite a sight - The AIESEC International 2006-07 team are in a circle in the middle of the office, practicing Yoga together. Right now they are going through "The 5 Tibetans" - lots of curved backs and stretched necks.

AIESEC'ers, expect much breathing in through the nose and out through the mouth in the coming year.

Who do you predict?

It's kinda late, but I just found this tool that allows you to predict the World Cup winner...

According to mine, Germany will win. France will come second, and Argentina will come third.

Enough about football...

Time for a post about a sport that matters!

The Oilers are coming back. The Stanley Cup will be theirs!

(I know most of you probably have no clue what I'm talking about :)

For the ladies who aren't watching the World Cup ;-)

Hahahahaha, check out this video to promote tourism in my country (the last guy is last year's Mr. Switzerland)

The Orient & The Occident...

I've been reading a really interesting book called "The Tao of Physics" by Fritjof Capra, which deals with the parallels between modern Western science and ancient Oriental philosophy. In one of his chapters, he talks about Chinese philosophy and how it is different from that of the West. One places a huge importance to the deep personal experience, the other giving importance to reason and logic. While reading it, I began to make a few connections with another manuscript I read some time ago on the 'Ontology of Language' by Dr. Rafael Eccheveria.

To understand the 'utility' or usefulness of Chinese thought, Let's look at a completely different kind of script: Ancient Greek. Script basically allowed the Greeks to 'draw' out sounds (words). They invented new sounds (words) to describe new experiences and then put together predetermined patterns of letters to draw these new sounds out.To the Greek mind that was given to reason and logic, script was merely a tool that allowed them to record their experiences without ambiguity.

Ancient Chinese philosophers on the other hand, didn't emphasize on communicating their experiences. To them,
an experience once placed within the confines of an individual's description of it, limited the possibilities of the experience to evolve for other people. To them, the deeply personal aspect of going through an emotional, spiritual and mental meditative experience itself was more important that describing it. This is why analogies and metaphors from nature were often used to describe these experiences.
An example: The word 'Tian' can be used to describe both Heaven & sky - fairly close concepts, yet with completely different connotations in English. For the Chinese, it is up to the reader to interpret the meaning of the character through the filters of their own experiences each time they see it. Thus, the reader 'sees' the words from their own perspective.
Visual scripts such as the ones developed in China and Japan allowed philosophers to communicated analogies and metaphors without limiting the possibilities of evolving the experience. Visual scripts thus allowed ordinary people to 'see' the experience for themselves... LITERALLY!

Beautiful concept isn't it. :)

The Freshmaker

This would make an interesting table at a global village. To think we only did Cheese Wiz and Jack Daniels.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Drunken Monkey

A 34-year-old Desi monkey has an addiction. Humans, monkeys - only a DNA & a bottle of beer away...

Germany - Poland 1:0

So very, very excited about this commitment and the fight of two great football teams!! I honestly think that Germany was a bit better, but Poland fought hard ... until the very last minute I expected it to become a 0:0.

Football...the real one that is

"FOR the next month the world will be engaged in the closest thing yet found to a universal religion?watching football (or soccer, as Americans call it). From the mansions of Pimlico to the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, everyone but a few eccentrics will stop what they are doing in order to watch teams of young men trying?usually without success?to get a ball into a net. The World Cup will be broadcast to 5 billion people in 189 countries.

Amid this global fervour the United States will stand out like a temperance preacher at a Bierfest. Football is not quite the non-sport that it once was. The American team is not bad. There are a few pockets of football enthusiasts, mostly in posh suburbs and Latino-crowded inner cities. Fans will be able to follow the game without resorting to Spanish-language channels. But football still remains a distant also-ran behind American sports such as baseball, basketball, hockey and American football (in 2002 only 3.9m Americans watched the World Cup final, compared with 95m who watched this year's Super Bowl). The country that dominates the world's popular culture is hopelessly marginal when it comes to the world's most popular sport..."

Pick up this week's Economist for the full story. You'll find it in the Lexington column. Read it online too although its subscriber only. The guys at the Economist as usual draw parallel between prevailing political atmosphere in the States and the sports played. My only request is...please at least call it football :-) at least at this most sacred of times!
this hurts...

...not only the act itself, but the crowd cheering... :(

this happened 2 years ago during March 17th pogrom in Kosovo...
Countless number of churches has been and is still being destroyed... there were 2400 before the war... now... well... noone really knows...

calling any nomdas in Italy!

Hey Nomads
I am in Rome till monday, and in Milan from wednesday to saturday. Any nomad want to meet up and hang out with a stupid tourist?


Beer World Cup

Originally uploaded by PeckoPivo.
If we cannot get to finals in football, at least we can do it on Beer World Cup :)

Czech Republic won in the finals with 4:3... I think they bribed the judges :P

Anyways, an interesting event... I wish I was one of the degustators...

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Hopp Schwiiz - Allez la Suisse

Switzerland - France

0 - 0

Darnit, we should have scored !! Such great chances...But still, I think all in all, we did well :-) Many people think this match was boring. I disagree to 90% (towards the end, just not offensive enough from the Swiss. But then again, I'm not really your reference :-)) Keep going, Switzerland!

Iran police beat women activists

Iranian women hold banners calling for equal rights
Women held up banners calling for equal rights
Police in Iran have beaten a small group of women activists trying to hold a protest for greater legal rights in the biggest square of the capital.

Several people were arrested by the security forces who moved in almost as soon as activists started gathering.

About 20 women sat on the grass in Haft-e Tir Square in central Teheran and began to sing a feminist song.

They were calling for equal divorce and custody rights and a ban on polygamy.

The BBC's Frances Harrison in Tehran says the police who massively outnumbered the protestors, almost immediately started beating the women to disperse them.

The viciousness of the police attack caused men who were passing by in the street to protest, our correspondent says.

"These are our sisters, how can you do this?" passers-by shouted at police.

The women then gathered again on the other side of the square, but the police used pepper spray against them and onlookers.

As the police started making arrests members of the public who had nothing to do with the protest repeatedly shouted: "Leave them alone."


Fratelli d'Italia!


Italia 2 - Ghana 0

I am thrilled, flabbergasted by a magnificent game!

This World Cup rocks!!!!!

Cheers to all the teams that have played so far!!!

Monday, June 12, 2006

now we all can live forever

"Coffee may counteract alcohol?s poisonous effects on the liver and help prevent cirrhosis, researchers say.

In a study of more than 125,000 people, one cup of coffee per day cut the risk of alcoholic cirrhosis by 20 percent. Four cups per day reduced the risk by 80 percent. The coffee effect held true for women and men of various ethnic backgrounds." (msnbc)

Alcohol is good for the heart and now coffee is good for the liver. I'm waiting for new findings that sheesha is good for the lung.

Stuck at work but craving football action?

A couple of options to watch the World Cup online for free from wired. If you use the p2p clients option (assuming you can at your workplace) you can watch recorded games (not live) but which were recorded in high definition.

- Mask your IP and watch it on BBC online. Instructions to do that here.

- Download the latest Tuvplayer version from Rapidshare and select the channel ESPN2, they show the games live and it's working. I am using this option.

If there is a will, there is a way :)

Here we go !!!


Czech Republic 3 - United States 0

Kick-ass game !

Go Ghana! It's your birthday!

Ghana is the worthiest team to support at the World Cup according to a website ranking nations on national ethics and "global citizenship" criteria.

For the full article:


Australia 3 - Japan 1
2 goals in the last 5 minutes - be afraid Brazil.....
"Startups are marginal. They're started by the poor and the timid; they begin in marginal space and spare time; they're started by people who are supposed to be doing something else; and though businesses, their founders often know nothing about business. Young startups are fragile. A society that trims its margins sharply will kill them all." (paul graham)

Startups are fragile things, like frozen roses in winter snow.

Amine & Zuzana Wedding Pics

You can check a small selection from thousands of pictures taken from my wedding day that took place in Tunis, May 28, 2006.
Click Here to view the pictures.

Thanks for all the wishes and congratulations I received.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Go Mexico!

Mexico 3 - Iran 1
Great game!

The Gold Behind The Green

CNN-IBN, a leading TV channel in India recently carried this story about young children being recruited into the communist guerilla army in Colombia.

Read story and watch video here

As an Indian living in Bogota, I feel compelled to respond to this story.

This video definitely has the dirtiest shade of grey to it, reality usually has that shade. More importantly, this is not an isolated story. Dozens of guerilla groups operate from within the dense jungles of the North and till date, continue to extort, kidnap, pillage, rape and harvest (yes, cocaine). That they are protecting the country from the right-wing, is a fallacy. What started as a genuine ideological rebellion decades ago by the guerillas turned into a seperatist movement and then to a time today .. where their only motive is to instill a fear in the people of Colombia and thus send out a signal to the forces - that they exist. And of course, to flourish their illicit but extremely lucrative harvest. Drug money can fund global wars, maintaining an army uses up their small change.

Coutries around Latin America in general (and El Salvador in specific) have lost their children to similar guerilla movements. Young children are to them what young children are to the world - fearless, idealistic. Not to mention .. physically fit enough to assemble and fire an AK-47 and naive enough to look beyond the mortal view of death.

The 'third wave' guerillas are a menace to Colombia and a menace to mankind. I say mankind because it is said that more than 50% of narco movement across the world can be routed back to guerilla owned plantations in Colombia. They grow the damn Coke, they therefore perpetuate absolutely every crime associated with it.

BUT, this is not the point of my response really. It pains many many Colombians (like it pains some foreigners who live here) that this is the ONLY story the world knows of Colombia.

I've only spent three months here, but I've felt as safe in Colombia as I have in my own country. Come to think of it, any city in India could very easily feel as safe or as dangerous as any other city in the world that you could dream of, or dread!

I know people here whose parents, relatives and friends have been kidnapped and .. killed. Recently, a friend's younger brother was kidnapped .. exactly 6 years after his father was. It has been confirmed that both of them are alive and are being well taken care of, but the family might never seen them again.


Now .. There is a little town in Andhra Pradesh (a state in Southern India) called Nalgonda, where an elaborate seperatist rebellion has been in motion for years. The Naxalites in this town can boast of crimes far more attrocious. I was in Nalgonda when I was 12 years old, and I saw with my very own eyes a man running a constable down and murdering him. A friend of my brother saw his father being shot at and killed in the same town. Women (especially foreigners) feel no safer in Delhi and Mumbai than I do, walking alone through an unguarded Colombian forest. Same danger, different demons.

This is a TINY sample of the India we don't like to talk about.

But it would pain, frustrate and throw us into denial mode if this was the only India that the world knew. Thankfully we have the IT companies, the BSE and Bollywood to account for stories more newsworthy in the international domain.

So, consider this of Colombia ..

1. The President of Colombia, Sr. Alvaro Uribe has single handedly scripted what can possibly be viewed as the most dramatic socio-political turnaround in the history of the world and it's great democracies. This democracy is over 150 years old and has been ridden with corruption and guerilla effected terror. In the last 4 years, he has re-integrated tens of thousands of terrorists into mainstream society, reduced the number of coca hectares by half and given 44 million people a freedom they never knew existed .. the freedom to drive a car 10 hours any direction in the country. He has had his fair share of critics, but I am not aware of an elected head of state who enjoys the support of his country a) from across it's social strata and b) FOR THE RIGHT REASONS. The World could learn from this democracy.

2. The country of Colombia is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. The fact that is has the highest per-capita bio-diversity in the world is more than just a fact. Snow-capped mountain ranges, deserts, beaches, rainforests, volcanoes .. really, its a sight to see! It is a magnificent country and happiness is a way of life here.

Do watch this video before reading further ..

The world could cut this country some slack. Colombians find it really hard to get visas to travel (Indians have it easier in comparison!) and the country is generally perceived as being full of drug addicts and sand & thorn landscapes (think Blow and Mr.&Mrs. Smith, 2 decent movies no doubt.)

It is a beautiful country with a fabulous heritage and history. It's people are amongst the happiest and the most hospitable you will find. In Colombia live some of the hottest women on the planet :) and no, Colombians can't buy cocaine at the local department store (people wonder if Indians were taught the Kamasutra at school)

I come to my point, finally! ...

I don't really intend for this story to highlight what I dislike about my own country or why I think Colombia is so cool. I am proud to be an Indian and want to spend the most part of my productive life there and really, I am in Colombia for only a year.

This story is really an attempt to highlight how people's perceptions of a country, of a culture, of a religion or of an individual are fashioned not by what they know, but by what they don't.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

World naked bike ride

On Saturday 10 June 2006, in cities around the world, people will be riding naked to celebrate cycling and the human body.The ride demonstrates the vulnerability of cyclists on the road and is a protest against oil dependency.
The official site and pictures are here.

Soccer is not the only sport of the day :P

Friday, June 09, 2006

World Cup updates!!!

weel done guys!!!

Opening match...Costa Rica done... Who is next???

Germany - Costa Rica
Bring it on England, Brasil, Argentina...

Greetings and convincing evidence

Folks, greetings from Peter!

Who is Peter?
Peter is a UK policeman from Manchester who has been "imported" to Frankfurt, Germany, to serve as a member of the security team for the 2006 Football World Cup. He is patrolling the main train station in Frankfurt in his UK police uniform in order "to keep the English fans under control". I had a chat with Peter yesterday while waiting for the train and he asked me to greet (and warn ;)) all my English friends and anybody else who is coming to see the Championship.

Despite being a committed fan of the English team, even Peter could not argue against this convincing evidence that Germany will win the Cup this year:

In 1986, Germany loses against Argentina in the World Cup's final match. Four years later, Germany wins the 1990 World Cup, again playing against Argentina in the final.
In 2002, Germany loses against Brazil in the Final. Thus, four years later, Germany will win against Brazil in the final match.

In 1974, Franz Beckenbauer, being a player in the German team, wins the World Cup. In 1990, sixteen years later, Franz Beckenbauer, now the national trainer, wins the World Cup.
In 1990, Juergen Klinsmann is a player in the national team and wins the Cup. In 2006, sixteen years later, Juergen Klinsmann is the national trainer and will win the Cup, of course.

In 1980, Germany wins the European Championship. Ten years later, in 1990, it  becomes the World Champion.
In 1996, Germany wins the European Championship again. So, ten years later, in 2006, they will win the World Cup.

I am off to Frankfurt now to watch Germany score the first of many victories in the nex four weeks ...

Let the games begin

Costa Rica v. Germany: 6:00pm CEST Jun 9
Ecuador v. Poland: 9:00pm CEST Jun 9

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Promising Advance in Eliminating AIDS

"A small human trial of the drug, reported last August, showed that when given on its own it rapidly clears most HIV from the blood, driving down the levels tenfold in a matter of hours."

Read More at New Scientist.


Today's super heroes do not wear masks, have super powers or are called Superman, Spiderman, V for Vendetta or the incredibles... Today's super heroes are regular people who are not committed to help respect the law in their cities but instead have received divine killing permits and have been assigned a mission directly by God: Force the respect of their religion by... making bombs.

During the week end, 17 young men have been arrested in the suburbs of Toronto and have been charged in an alleged terror plot. 5 underage people are among the arrested.Apparently, the suspects were frustrated by the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan and by the mistreatment of Muslims around the world...

they thought they have to do something to change things and defend the humiliated brothers and sisters... so they came up with the brilliant idea of terrorist attacks.

These kids, warmed up by images of war and heated radical preaches by a fundamental imam (arrested with the gang) lost their marbles and believed they were the missionaries of God to spread its "love" among the people...

Once again, the name of Islam has been stained by fools who play war games and think they are being sent to heaven in the first express train to leave planet earth.It's so painful to read the news and realize how radical and stupid people can be. Realize that these people belong to the same religious community as you... Once again...

I was in Valladolid, Spain (200 km north of Madrid) when the train attacks happened in the Spanish capital in March 11, 2004... I remember how everybody was astonished by what happened and the mixed feelings of disbelief, confusion and anger.

As Aznar's government started pointing fingers at the Basque terrorist group (ETA), spontaneous demonstrations took place in all Spanish cities with the biggest in Madrid where 2 million people took the streets, chanting the main slogan against ETA terrorism: "BASTA YA"... I was part of the Valladolid one.

The following days, the two main national newspapers were giving completely different info (due to the upcoming election): El Mundo (close to Aznar's El partido Popular) was accusing ETA, El Pais (close to the Socialist Party) started mentioning Radical Islamic terrorism...

I was secretly hoping it wasn't the latter.Unfortunately, it was...When the information became official, I wished I could disappear from the face of the earth. I couldn't look in my friend's eyes anymore. But, I was blessed to have great friends who helped me to get over it; they were tolerant and intelligent enough to make the difference between the self declared warriors of God and the rest of the Muslim world. But this isn't the case of everybody...

It needs a massive reaction from the Muslim world to fight this extremist and erroneous ideology that made its way among the God freaks. EVERY terrorist act has to be strongly condemned and those who spread radical ideology in the name of God or nationalism should be sued... Starting by Haniya and his Hamas.

Thanks to you, Superheroes, Islam became the public enemy #1 in the world... Mission accomplished... thank you very much.


Be Afraid

Great, one more thing that can kill you. Check all the details here. ...Join!

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Cool New Amnesty Ads.

Amnesty is putting up ads at bus stops, etc., in Switzerland that are "transparent". So it looks like the issue shown is actually happening there on the street.

Must be pretty powerful to see in person. Has anyone seen one?

High up in the mountains...

"New Delhi and Beijing plan to reopen the Nathu-la pass in June after more than 40 years, a potent symbol of rapprochement between Asian giants who fought a Himalayan war in 1962.

For an initial five-year period the pass, at an altitude of 4,310 meters (14,200 feet), will handle limited border trade between the tiny northeast Indian state of Sikkim and southern Tibet. It will be a modest start, but it promises much more." (CNN has more)

The ice-age is coming to an end. Will this form of global warming will be as dangerous as the kind the scientists are predicting? Time and meetings over endless cups of chai or cha will tell...

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

When you read this...

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open it to page 165.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the sentence along with these instructions.
5. Don't search around and look for the coolest book you can find. Do what's actually next to you.

I had William Dalrymple's In Xanadu: " We left the Afghans there, barely half a kilometre from the border, kneeling down to pray in a barbed-wire pen, while the teenagers looked on, tittering like schoolchildren."

What's on your bedstand/backpack/coffee table/desk?

What is your last wish?

("The Number of the beast is 666" by William Blake)

End of days is near.

6:06 06:06:06

The grand daddy of bling bling....

In response to Dody's last posting, this is my last wish: Mercedes SL covered in diamonds... Ooh yeah!!

Monday, June 05, 2006

Adam Lane highly recommends this World Cup 2006 tool (it's an Excel file) to make your life easier in tracking the location of the match.'

"its ridiculously good. can you upload onto nomadlife or something or link to a post?"

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Not Settled (YouTube Video)


I will go on a limb here and predict that England will win World Cup 2006

No happy ending for East Timor

After a dramatic breakdown in law and order in the tiny Pacific state, the government of East Timor asked for assistance from foreign troops.

Australian soldiers pull a man away as they attempt to check a rival gang member for weapons in Dili
An international military force arrived in East Timor last week

But will the world's youngest country ever conquer its internal unrest and build upon the independence it gained just four years ago?

"If this nation is to survive, it needs to find new leaders"


Map of East Timor
Feb: More than 400 troops strike over pay and conditions
March: Government sacks nearly 600 of 1,400-man army
April: Rioting by sacked troops leaves five people dead
May: Violence intensifies; government appeals for foreign assistance

Czech election ends in deadlock

PRAGUE, Czech Republic (Reuters) -- Czech voters face weeks of political uncertainty or even fresh elections after delivering a deadlock between center-right and leftist parties in weekend general elections.

Full preliminary results showed the opposition Civic Democrats won the biggest share of the popular vote but not a majority in the first elections since the ex-communist nation joined the European Union two years ago.

The conservative party and its two smaller centrist allies, the Greens and Christian Democrats, would hold 100 seats in the 200-member lower house -- the same as the ruling Social Democrats and far-left Communists.

Full article is here

(Uh-oh, we're in trouble)

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Something for the weekend

I wish all my economics professors were like him ... Prof. Xavier Sala-i-Martin, professor for development economics at Columbia University, provides some evidence on the inefficiency of governments in building road infrastructure.

Generally, his website is intriguing and shows that even economists can have quite some interesting side interests.

Enjoy the weekend!

Friday, June 02, 2006

Endurance races..

There's the Paris-Dakar rally, The Ironman Triathlon, Ultra-Marathons, The Eco-Challenge and now this...

All I can say is that it's come a long way from the factory floor at Bajaj... :)

Thursday, June 01, 2006

here's my poll..

how many of you have been told time and time again (outsid/before aiesec) to find 'in your elders' a 'good mentor'? and how many of you have looked around and said 'i don't want to emulate (be like) these people'? i'd like to hear the stories of people who've had to navigate the globe to find their real mentors, and i'd like to hear about how this has changed your day to day life.