Monday, February 28, 2005
(From top to bottom, left to right)
Mike (Poland, Director for Central and Eastern Europe)
Shantanu (India/Czech Republic, Director of Strategy)
Brodie (Canada, President)
Peter (Czech Republic, Vice President External Relations)
Marty (Australia, Director for Western Europe and North America)
Edyson (Venezuele/Macedonia, Director for Africa)
Chris (China, Director for Asia Pacific)
Kamil (Poland, Vice President Information Systems)
Orianna (Colombia/Austria, Director for Latin America)
Manish (India, Vice President Exchange)
Although they are naturally deep thinking, strategic people, I did ask them to put on their "strategy faces" for this photo.
I love the fact that our organisation can produce someone who is described as "Veneyuela/Macedonia, Director for Africa"
Sunday, February 27, 2005
Saturday, February 26, 2005
Vice President (People Development) - Manish (India)
Vice President (External Relations) - Petr (Czech Republic)
Vice President (Information Systems) - Kamil (Poland, AI)
Vice Presidnet (Finance) - The position has been re-opened
Congratulations to all of them and to all the people that applied!
Friday, February 25, 2005
A Sudanese former Childs soldier who has become a chart-topping rap star in Kenya is set to launch his first album, calling it a "prayer for peace."
Emmanuel Jal, who fought in the south of Sudan 12 years ago - having been trained to use a gun at the age of eight - hit number one in the Kenyan charts earlier this month.
Now he is following up that success with a new album - launched this weekend in the capital Nairobi - entitled Gua.
"It's a sort of prayer for peace in my motherland," Jal told BBC World Service's Outlook programme.
"There has been war, so it's talking about if there was peace in my land, it would be so good everyone would come back home, there would be no tribalism, no racism, no girls being forced to marry, no child soldiers." -- BBC
Thursday, February 24, 2005
Big nomadlife welcomes to the newest nomads on the block:
Paddy, my VPICX successor in @ DIT & current LCP, blogging it up from Dublin, and from Moscow in a few months time when he starts his Summer traineeship.
Aine, from @ UCC in Cork...up the Rebels!!
Hunter S. Thompson was and is my hero - an embodiment of the full possibility of human expression, crazy as they come and as good a writer as anyone in the English language. If you haven't read "Hells Angels", go pick it up right now, it is one of the best books you will ever read. Obituaries for Hunter from Tom Wolfe and Christopher Hitchens are also well worth a read.
In my opinion, weblogs are the logical, online evolution of the personal, instantaneous, subjective journalism that Thompson trademarked. We all owe a lot to him, and he would have been a damn fine blogger.
His work recently was nothing notable - like many, his career should be defined by his sweet spot, the period between about 1967 and 1974 where he released "Hells Angels", "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas", "Fear and Loathing on the campaing trail", and a whole bunch of brilliant magazine articles that were compiled together in "The Great Shark Hunt".
For me, his most memorable recent work was his obituary of Richard Nixon - probably the best written demolition of an individual you will ever read. Go read the whole thing right now, it is devastating:
" If the right people had been in charge of Nixon's funeral, his casket would have been launched into one of those open-sewage canals that empty into the ocean just south of Los Angeles. He was a swine of a man and a jabbering dupe of a president. Nixon was so crooked that he needed servants to help him screw his pants on every morning. Even his funeral was illegal. He was queer in the deepest way. His body should have been burned in a trash bin. "
If you want to get into some real Hunter action, check out this article, "The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved". God damn it he writes so well, it exposes me as the cliched amateur hack that I am.
Here's to you, Doctor. You have probably directly or indirectly inspired more young writers than anyone else of your generation. I'll be doing something awful in your memory as soon as possible.
Wednesday, February 23, 2005
This means that all friends are welcome to join; if you feel that you identify with what the nomadlife community is striving to create and are an observer, let me point out that this is no spectator sport. We are happy to welcome you to our tribe. Come in she said I'll give you shelter from the storm.
Monday, February 21, 2005
It's tomorrow and it's up to you.
Find out more check out their weblog at http://committeetoprotectbloggers.blogspot.com/
Greetings from Austria, I hope everything is fine and that you enjoined your tripto Egypt.Just wanted to mention something very funny. I was at the Preparation Seminarfor our SNs 2 weeks ago and I talked there with one of the girls of theOC. She asked me about my name, if I have any Arabic roots and so on. FinallyI found out, that her name is Kasia (Salaam trainee 2003).
We talked a lot about Egypt, some of the AIESECers there and so on and it was so cool. Next day Ihad to make a session/country presentation about Egypt for the SNs and we(me and Kasia) talked about Egypt. I explained and answered questions aboutreligion, she about life there, living as a woman, security etc etc. TheSNs gave our chair later very good feedback about the session and some arenow thinking about going to an Arabic country (when I was in DecemberConference, I was really shocked, when all female SNs answered to the question:"Is there a place you wont take a traineeship"?, Everyone! answered with "I won't travel to an Islamic country"!)
Bottom line: Isn't it cool, that a project between the US and Egypt changes the views of SNs in Austria?
Sunday, February 20, 2005
Thursday, February 17, 2005
If you are a Salaam program alumni or currently in Salaam, please make sure you tag your uploaded picture in flickr to 'salaam' (one picture can have multiple tags, so you can have 'nomadlife' and 'salaam' tags together). I'm going to put up a Salaam rotating picture feed on Salaam programs weblog at http://salaam.nomadlife.org.
"The fact that makes Bombay's dabbawalla system unique and incredible is the complexity of the task and the simplicity of its operation. It is not a set-up where an individual man delivers one or even five lunches. It is a gargantuan service in which some 2,000 men carry over a hundred thousand dabbas every day across the city's 60-kilometre sprawl in an inter-woven relay with each dabba changing hands at least four times." - UppercrustIndia.com
"This is the saga of "dabawalla'-the tiffin-carrier guy who picks up the lunch-box in the morning and unfailingly delivers it on time to your place of work, wherever it maybe in Mumbai, at a highly economic price. Daily about 200,000 meals are delivered by this system at an average cost of Rs. 325 (US $ 7) per month. Some may find his task trivial in the overall scheme of things but his clients will willingly testify on his importance of daily receiving home-cooked food so lovingly cooked by the mother, wife or sister at their place of work.
You can't fail to marvel at their system, with an annual turnover of Rs. 50,000,000 (US $ 10 million) and 4,500 carriers who meet and exchange tiffin-boxes at public places like railway station, etc. without ever causing a jam or any confusion. Just like a well-oiled Olympic relay team. Lunch-boxes are sorted and exchanged in a jiffy, with absolutely zero documentation involved. Yet rarely it has happened that a lunch has missed its destined belly." - Dinodia.com
And ofcourse, Prince Charles' recent visit to India and his meeting with the dabbahwallahs. - BBC
Even wikipedia has covered it. I know a lot of out there have stories to tell about our tiffin carrier heros. Let's hear em!
Wednesday, February 16, 2005
"King Gyanendra of Nepal has issued a ban on independent news broadcasts and has threatened to punish newspapers for reports that run counter to the official monarchist line. Given that any person in Nepal publishing reports critical of "the spirit of the royal proclamation" is subject to punishment and/or imprisonment, contributors to this blog will publish their reports from Nepal anonymously."
It's happening, as in so many other places in the world. We should know about it, at the least. Read this blog.
So on Sunday, when the screener said to take off my shoes, I said as I ususally do, "ah, it's ok, I won't set anything off." Here's where I start to get pissed off...she tells me, "no, take them off anyway, we aren't looking for metal."As a community of travellers, whose experiences have been largely post-911, I'm sure there are plenty of interesting stories of airport security, and non-security, out there.
So, lets here it. I want to hear tales of:
- most over-cautious, hyper extreme security you have encountered
- surprising tales of airport non-security
- "frequest offender" airports
And anything else you want to pitch in. I'll get the ball rolling.
Monday, February 14, 2005
Download it now and then send me money in an envelope for introducing it to your life.
(The app is called Image Resizer, and is on the Microsoft "Power Toys" page, full of cool little windows enhancements).
nomadlife legal department"
Saturday, February 12, 2005
Mappr is an interactive environment for exploring place, based on the photos people take.
-> It puts the photos of a Flickr members on a map ... currently only for the US but it seems this is a customisable software so might be adaptable to the global nomad's community?
More about it here: http://www.mappr.com/
Tech stuff here: http://www.mappr.com/about/#how_it_works
Cool geek stuff for nomads' nomadlife (Part II)
Flickr Graph is an application that explores the social relationships inside flickr.com.
-> It would be great to see how the members of the constantly growing nomadlife community are linked to each other ... and how cool would it be if we could even manifest social connections with pictures (like "Wah, you know that freak as well?"; "Uh eh, so you've been at the same conference?"; "Hey, I've been to the same bar in the Congolese jungle!")
More about it here: http://www.marumushi.com/apps/flickrgraph/
Now, I am not a tech guy ... not at all. I am happy if my computer loves me and doesn't fool me. But I know that there are people reading this site who love to play with code ... so, would that be a nice spring project for you? Eternal nomad-love is waiting for you! ;)
All the above-mentioned toys seem to be based on Flickr's public software/code ... have a look here: http://www.flickr.com/services/api/
(all this via owrede_log)
Friday, February 11, 2005
"Egyptians are NOT Arabs! " (superluli)
"Majority of Egyptians are Arab! "(Nisrin)
"Now honestly all arab countries share ONLY two things, Language, and Religion." (superluli)
Assem pitched in.
Fascinating. Go read it and get educated.
Indian photographer Arko Datta of Reuters is the winner of this yearâ€™s World Press Photo of the Year award.
His picture of an Indian woman mourning a relative killed in the Asian tsunami was taken in Tamil Nadu on 28 December.
Kathy Ryan, photo editor for the New York Times Magazine and one of the competition's judges, described Datta's image as "graphic, historical and starkly emotional".
Here we present a selection of the winning entries.
Thursday, February 10, 2005
"North Korea (news - web sites) declared Thursday for the first time it possessed nuclear weapons and pulled out indefinitely from six-party talks on its atomic ambitions, saying it needed a defense against a hostile United States. " (Reuters)
Great, now we have two most irrational regimes playing the nuclear sabers.
How do you think the world should react? Do you see a possibility that diplomacy will work? Is it that bad to let Iran posses nuclear weapon capabilities? Do you really care about this issue if you live in South America or Africa or any Third World Country?
I hope this time we got more international response than the usual American/Australian responses we get from this type of posting.
Happy Islamic New Year.
Happy Lent. Happy Shrove Tuesday, Happy Ash Wednesday.
Happy Mardi Gras. Happy Carnival.
Happy St Pauls Day for all the Maltese in the House.
Lots of celebration in the nomadic community this week.
Wednesday, February 09, 2005
New York, Feb 7 2005 6:00PM
The United Nations children's and public health agencies may be able to develop and market anti-HIV/AIDS formulations for children within 18 months, the UN Special Envoy helping to coordinate the battle against HIV/AIDS in Africa said today in Barcelona, Spain.
Addressing a conference on AIDS orphans in Africa, Special Envoy Stephen Lewis said the lack of treatment suitable for children was a long-time problem, but the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) were now trying to find solutions.
"The most important touch of solace on the horizon is that UNICEF and WHO have come together in an effort to address the most complex aspects of this predicament," he said. "It's estimated that if we started immediately, we could get certain paediatric formulations onto the market within 18 months."
Nonetheless, the 2.2 million children already living with AIDS were likely to lose the race against time, he said.
The most effective way to stop the infection of children was to stop transmission from the pregnant mother to the developing child, but only 10 per cent of HIV-infected expectant mothers in Africa could access clinics providing prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT), he said.
Those clinics were distributing single-dose nevirapine, which if 80 per cent of infected African women got it, would reduce child infection by half, or 300,000 cases, Mr. Lewis said.
"On the other hand, in the West, using full-anti-retroviral (ATV) intervention, what we call triple dose therapy, the numbers of infected children have been cut virtually to zero," he said, asking, "How long will this double standard be tolerated? How long will the lives of African children be considered of lesser worth?"
The date for the beginning of the new year falls on the 24th day of the 12th month of the lunar year. This date is auspicious because it's believed to be the date that various gods ascend to heaven to pay their respects to the Jade Emperor, the supreme Taoist deity. In 2004 New Year's Day falls on 22 January in the Western calendar and it is the year of the monkey.
The travelling gods are honoured on earth by the ritualistic burning of money which is believed to fund their travel expenses. Families smear the lips of Tsao Chun (kitchen god) with malt sugar so that he may present a 'sweetened' report of their deeds or misdeeds to the Jade Emperor.
Temples become crowded with worshippers burning incense, making offerings and praying for fortune and happiness in the coming year.
Rituals and traditionsPreparations for the new year festival begin about a month beforehand when people start buying presents, decorations, food and clothes. Houses are cleaned from top to bottom to sweep away any traces of bad luck. Cleaning a house on New Year's Day runs the risk of washing or sweeping away good luck or even sweeping away a family member. Doors and windows are often painted, usually red, and decorated with paper scrolls and squares inscribed with blessings and auspicious words such as happiness, wealth and longevity.
On New Year's Eve houses are brightly lit and a family meal is prepared. Doors and windows are sealed to keep in good luck. A long bath is taken as washing on New Year's Day will wash away good fortune. Fireworks and firecrackers are set off to scare away evil spirits and to welcome back the travelling kitchen god. Money is given in red envelopes to children and unmarried people.
On New Year's Day many families break the seals around doors and windows, wear new clothes and visit family and friends. Certain foods are eaten and have special meanings such as candied lotus seeds for good luck, candied coconut for togetherness and candied melon for good growth and health.
Tuesday, February 08, 2005
Go the old school calendar world....
Monday, February 07, 2005
Sunday, February 06, 2005
people bring the argument that desire oft implies dearth, and for that matter can i really presuppose desire for all?
how does it sound if i depersonalize the prompt?
"What does it mean to be a nomad today? Why would one wish to be a nomad?"
Friday, February 04, 2005
"Join all those who experiment, take risks, fall, get hurt and then take risks again. Stay away from those who affirm truths, who criticize those that do not think like they do, who have never taken a step without being sure that they would be respected for that, and who prefer the comfort of certainty to the tension of doubt."
The newsletter reminded me of Jesse's post on why do we desire to call ourselves nomads? And what is a nomad? And decided to share the article with you all as it made me wonder on why do we nomads stick together and share our stories? And if it has always been like that for nomads throughout history?. I would like to read your thoughts on the whole article.
Pronunciation: 'nO-"mad, British also 'na-
Etymology: Latin nomad-, nomas member of a wandering pastoral people, from Greek, from nemein
1 : a member of a people who have no fixed residence but move from place to place usually seasonally and within a well-defined territory
2 : an individual who roams about aimlessly
I have an idea. I want to compile and edit a group of essays written by nomadlife members. The essay will answer the question: Why do we desire to be called nomads?
I want to create a serious work that endeavors to explain the psychology of people like us. I will make a formal invitation for submissions once i get a bit of help on how exactly to word the prompt. Comment here or on my weblog if the idea interests you.
Thursday, February 03, 2005
From the BBC:
Nepal's media has been subjected to total censorship, as part of emergency measures announced by King Gyanendra.
Reports critical of the state of emergency declared on Tuesday have been banned for six months, according to a notice in the main daily newspaper. Phone lines and internet links have been cut, so news of a three-day general strike called by Maoist rebels has not reached the general public.
The rebels have also rejected a request to return to the negotiating table. The Maoists previously refused talks with the previous government, saying they needed a direct dialogue with the king, but have now condemned the crackdown.
The king's moves have been criticised by the UN, the US, the UK and rights groups, but he said he had to act as the government failed to protect Nepal from the Maoists.
Meanwhile, the US State Department has advised American citizens against travelling to Nepal, while not banning them outright. A planned summit of South Asian leaders has been postponed, mainly because of Indian concerns at the developments.
Army on streets
King Gyanendra has sworn in a new cabinet which he will head himself.
The BBC's Charles Haviland in Kathmandu says the new measures are the most draconian taken by a Nepalese king since absolute monarchy ended in 1990. Many basic rights have been suspended, including freedom of assembly, the right to privacy and the right against preventative detention.
Our correspondent says soldiers and police in riot gear are everywhere in Kathmandu, particularly near student campuses where protests tend to take place. However, he says people have been saying they are too afraid to protest because so many fundamental rights have been suspended. King Gyanendra on Tuesday placed Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and members of his cabinet under house arrest. There are reports that some opposition politicians have been arrested.
"The king is taking the country back to the Dark Ages," Shovakar Parajuli, leader of the opposition Congress Party, told the Associated Press news agency. The country's new ministers, some of whom have served in previous governments, are mostly the king's close associates, our correspondent says.
So one night, sitting around a table drinking wine a New Zealander (Chris), Canadian (Anuj) and Australian (Me) decide that what Montreal needs is a good dose of Magic :-) An excuse to bring people together in one place, to see Montreal, to get to know different cultures...
And thus the idea of Magic was born.
Sounds awesome huh!!!
What it really is, is an excuse for people to get together, to learn about different cultures, to see Montreal on one of the BEST weekends in Montreal (Festival!!!) Actually one of the nights is the night when Montreal as a city officially DOES NOT SLEEP!
It is definately still in the planning stages, but people will be staying all around Montreal at different houses... and it is going to be an AWESOME weekend.
So who is interested? CANADIANS you have NO excuse, you guys have to make road trips to get here! US gang, this is a perfect excuse for you to all come and visit Montreal :-)
DATES: Last weekend of February
Friday Night till Sunday Morning.
More specific details will be sent out soon, but is anyone out there interested in a Magical Montreal weekend???!!!
Wednesday, February 02, 2005
Tuesday, February 01, 2005
We believe all AIESEC'ers are!
- and would like to show that to our members at the upcoming conference -
Help us demonstrate leadership and answer ONE of these 4 questions below in 50 words.
- What is leadership in a developed / developing country
- What is leadership in a global society
- What does leadership mean to you
- Describe a living example of leadership from people you know
Then record it down so that we can hear your voice and attach one of your nicest picture as well (with your name, country coming from). It will be very powerful if we can collect as many as possible from AIESECers all over the world and there will be a hopefully inspiring reflection time presentation at the end of the conference to wrap it all up!
To show our gratitude to your contribution, we will send out the whole collection to you for your inspiration after the conference!! just if you if you can kindly help us by sending all these (record,text,picture) by Thursday 12am (GMT+1) this week (Feb 3rd) to Wing at firstname.lastname@example.org. I know it is tight but it will only takes u a few mins to record it down either wiht your MP3 player, your record function in windows system-->start--> accessory --> recorder (if it is shorter then 1 min) or any other kind of device and software!
Thank you very much on behalf of MC 0405 in Denmark!
"One in three U.S. high school students say the press ought to be more restricted, and even more say the government should approve newspaper stories before readers see them...
The survey of 112,003 students finds that 36% believe newspapers should get "government approval" of stories before publishing...
Asked whether the press enjoys "too much freedom," not enough or about the right amount, 32% say "too much,"
Go to http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/2005-01-30-students-press_x.htm for the complete article.
I'm finishing up item no 3 on this post, a system that allow people to discover nomad blogs, whether they are inside (preferably) or outside nomadlife weblog community. Yes, you will finally be able to keep track of your friends who use non-blogger blogs or categorize your blog under multiple information facet (location, interest, sluttibility, etc)
I need a name for it, something in the spirit of tracker or scout, etc. It's going to be called nomad something.
I was doing some research on the internet on "nomads" and came to cross these websites that could be interesting for all of you nomads out there:
Nomads World - Website with information on backpacking, hostels, tours, packages, travel guides and a lot more
The Practical Nomad and The Practical Nomad Blog - Edward Hasbrouck's webpage and blog. He is The Practical Nomad, the go-to authority on international travel, and an expert on airfares and how to get the best deals on the Internet", says Business Week.
GoNomad.com - The alternative way to travel - Travel guides, lodging, transport, etc.
Nomad.nl - If one of you speaks Dutch just let me know if it is good or not, OK?
Nomad Travels - The discerning traveller's choice for hassle free holidays to India
"Nepal's King Gyanendra has sacked the country's government and announced he is taking over direct power. He says this is because the cabinet had failed to fulfil its mandate including the restoration of peace.Any insights into this situation by Nomads in the region or people more clued in on the situation would be most welcome - but right now, this does not look good....
A state of emergency has been declared and there are armed vehicles on the street and phone lines have been cut. There are unconfirmed reports that soldiers have surrounded the prime minister's residence and the homes of other government leaders.
International flights to Kathmandu have been turned back after the airport was shut down.
"The king has staged a coup and taken over the country's administration and other powers into his own hands," Sujata Koirala, of the Nepali Congress party told AFP."