Saturday, April 30, 2005

funky characters

If you see your blog postings come up with funky characters, change your blog encoding ISO-8859-1; this instruction has pictures on how to do it.

1. Login to blogger.
2. Choose Settings
3. Choose Formatting
4. Change Encoding to (Western) ISO-8859-1
5. Publish.

Blogger templates

http://wiki.nomadlife.org/default.aspx/NomadLife.BloggerTemplates

shameless plug

I just wanted to make another plug for skype. I have been using it quite often these past few days and it is awesome. I think this will be the next medium for @ around the world. Where you will be able to match your SNs and TNs in this way just by skypeing someone. Try it out and add your name to the list on the right side of the page...

Skype is free Internet telephony that just works.

Friday, April 29, 2005

How Many Have You Been To?

Check out the Master List of the 572 countries, territories, autonomous regions, enclaves, geographically separated island groups, and major states and provinces of the world. One man has claimed first place with a total of 498. See what constitutes a visit, and add up how many you've been to. I came in with a grand total of 53, so far.

It's Official: Rowdy Reunion 2005

June 10-12

Brown Deer, WI (North Milwaukee suburb)

Home of Cat & Craig Dawson

RSVP to the post on my site.

Need some perspective

... from people with experience in England, Ireland, Austria and Brazil.

Thursday, April 28, 2005

One More Thing...

Just saw this video in class today. It might be of interest for all those interested in where journalism and the media is heading towards. Granted, it's a fictitious take on things, but still... It's pretty funny and scary at the same time. Definitely worth 8 minutes of your life to watch it:

http://www.broom.org/epic/

The Beauty of Life

Just to go along with Sheila's last post, more inspiring links: I made a shortcut, because I think Oriana was right


Exploding Toads


Beautiful Pictures

For anyone who likes to look at beautiful picture of people and places from around the world, or just have some time to kill, below is a link to a website that provides just that. I've been addicted to it for weeks now...

http://www.trekearth.com

Enjoy.

International Kiss Day



April 28 is the International Kiss Day. So go out there and kiss some strangers.

What blogs are vs what they are not

"if we say blogging is "content" for "consumers" in an "audience", we lose."
read

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

You are cordially invited to Think Globally...

That's right folks: On Thursday, April 28th, 2005 AIESEC Madison is throwing its first annual business networking event titled: "Thinking Globally." I'm not sure if anyone else in AIESEC US has done something like this before, but we have had some great success with our first attempt. On the guest list we have:
  • 12 Business Represensatives, including Madison Magazine, Prudential and the Wisconsin Commerce Department
  • 6 University officials, including the keynote speaker Dean of International Relations Giles Bousquet
  • 5 Board of Advisors
  • 7 Alumni, such as Laima Rozkalns (who we have never met before) and bloggers Cat and Craig Dawson
  • 3 Former Trainees
  • And, last but not least, 21 eager AIESEC Madison members!

We rented out a swanky dining hall, including drinks and delicious international morsals, we got the nametags printed, marketing materials in hand, and we are ready to rock!

We've been to a lot of networking events this year, and created a lot of relationship that we hope to build with this event. Hey, why just go to networking events when you can throw your own? Wish us luck!

airbus A380 maiden flight



Congratulation Europe.

"Aviation history was made this morning when the first A380, the world’s largest commercial aircraft, successfully took off on its maiden flight, leaving Blagnac International Airport in Toulouse, France at 10.29 hours local time (08.29 UTC) from runway 32L. The A380 first flight is taking place above the region west of Toulouse and South West France." (DanceWithShadows)

Tiklod provides insight on this event.

California Dreamin'

The Sun trainees of the San Francisco Bay Area, in collaboration with AIESEC Bay Area, invite you to join us for a fun-packed weekend in the wilderness of California. We will be camping for three nights in the 1,300,000 acre Sierra National Forest (yes, that's 1.3 million acres of nature's best!), just south of Yosemite National Park.



When: Friday May 27th - Monday May 30th (Memorial Day weekend)
Where: Crane Valley near Bass Lake, Sierra National Forest, California.
How much: About $50. This includes camp site, tents, food andtransport, subsidized by AIESEC Bay Area.
RSVP: By May 1st. Please reply to getgolden@gmail.com as soon aspossible.

Camp site activities will of course be going on - boozing, ritualistic dancing around huge camp fires, fighting off mosquitoes, frisbee, volleyball, relaxing in the sun, etc.

Event website: http://www.getgolden.info/index.php

Why nomadlife is a safe choice?

I got an email earlier today essentially expressing concern about the long term viability of nomadlife.org as a blogging community.

Here's the answer:

nomadlife is designed with longetivity of content and scalability in mind (a.k.a last virtually forever), after 3 years experience in seeing how the community developed in aiesec.ws.

1. Content Preservation. We rely on blogger.com as the main blogging, so your weblog post exists in two place, one with google (which owns blogger.com) and another in nomadlife.org. This redundancy is important so if nomadlife goes kaput tomorrow, you will lose none of your content and you can simply revert back to using blogspot or other public server. If google goes kaput, we are all fucked; but I would think they will give some ways of their 8 millions blogger user a way to get their data.

2. Picture Preservation. We rely on flickr.com (owned by Yahoo) to host and manage your picture. If Yahoo goes kaput, we'll be in trouble; but the solution is similar to no 1.

3. Dumb Cheap. Dumb system doesn't take too much processing power, which means we don't need a powerful computer to be able to host a lot of nomads. The funky future nomadlife systems are designed for minimal impact on computer resources as well. SilverKey right now is spending only about 100 bucks a month in hosting and this cost will not increase until we reach 5000 nomads. After that the cost will double every 5000 nomads. If SilverKey goes kaput, we can do "girls of nomadlife calendar" to cover the cost (sorry, guys of nomadlife calendar won't sell) . And the cost of bandwith and hosting is going down every year.

4. Collective Responsibility. nomadlife domain name is owned by Devrim, the nomadlife main blog is a no-question-asked shared weblog, your weblog is your own;

5. Lazy and Neutral. No one is relying on nomadlife as a source of income or living, making it one of the laziest and looses online community management on the web; there is no official brand to protect; no ego to save; no hierarchy to kiss up to. This is how an online community looks like when its managed by lazy fat asses slackers.

6. Diffused Identity. nomadlife has a cool, edgy and clean conotation attached to the name that you can use for a long time; and the nature of our gathering allow you to define what the name means to yourself; there is no organizational agenda behind this, just a free flow congregation of cool, passionate, interesting people.

Google and Yahoo are the gold standard on the Internet right now so we are on a very solid ground; Devrim will most likely not become a pornographer anytime soon so nomadlife.org domain will stay; the cost of operation is bloody cheap and an untrained monkey can administer it;

All these factors makes nomadlife one of the safest way to blog. This is a company to keep.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

change does happen

"The last of Syria's troops formally left Lebanon today, ending Syria's 29-year domination of Lebanon's political and economic life with a bittersweet farewell ceremony just miles from the Syrian border." (NYTimes)

More Dody Watch

Dody Dody and Adam

Nomadlife extends grip over AI....

Two more nomads have been selected for the 2005-06 AIESEC International team, including...me!

The whole list of new AI team members announced today is:

Corporate Relations Managers

Frances Donegan-Ryan (United States, Australia)
Tom Gara (Australia, Ireland, Egypt)

Global Partnerships Manager

Veronica Luna (Peru, SSGN)

Global Information Systems Manager

Romas Mazeika (Lithuania, Egypt, AI)

Alumni Coordinator

Svetlana Zhukova (RuBeK)

Communications Manager

Abhinav Gupta (India, Poland)

Any nomads passing through Amsterdam, know that you have a friendly place nearby......

he likes them young and firm



Crown Prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, just after a visit to his good friend George Bush's ranch house in Crawford, Texas, dropping by a local coffe house and ogling at some fine Texan bootie.

moral values

religious and cultural issues loom large in the american public's estimation right now. here are a series of articles about religion and sex on Nerve.com


Following natural law, where there are miniseries and celebrity wristwear, there is widespread sexual fallout. How does organized religion affect our sex lives - if at all? To what extent do we reconcile religious faith with sex that doesn't fit inside the Judeo-Christian model of marriage? Or is it the traditional idea of sin that makes sex hot? Do Scientologists have the answers? Is God dead? Is he Frank Rich? Are ethical sluts the new moral majority?

A Dody Spotting!

Dody has been spotted!

Monday, April 25, 2005

The Dody Watch

Weekend in Austin was amazing for many reasons, but one struck us in particular: The power of nomadlife. For some, people were unrecognizable until their blogger names were introduced.

nomadlife is definitely connecting people together in both minds and the flesh. I'm sending a special thanks to Dody and Devrim for that one.



I'm also dedicating an entry to a Dody Watch. Some of you may or may not know Dody. Now you have no excuse when you meet him one day.

nomadbaby

If you haven't heard the news yet, Rafa in Florida is celebrating the birth of Daniela Sofia Gonzalez Garcia on April 21st 2005.

Writeups on Austin Reception Weekend



Wish you were here. (originally posted on April 23, 2005)
(two of our wonderful nomads passed out on Jesse's couch; what you don' t see is the noisy party around them that was still raging 30 people strong. The only problem with this picture is we didn't think about being creative with color markers when we had the opportunity.)

Writeups:

"- That damned picture with Drake posted on the homepage of Nomadlife for all to see...and not finding out about it until the next morning! All these years of maintaining my good reputation, all in vain!" (Sheila)

"-New Austin @er without a tshirt, you remind us of Devrim. You've got a bright future ahead of you, slime away." (Drake) (ed: he refers to JeffFromAustin)

"All encompassing. Mom came along for the ride." (MelT)

"One person held down the body, while another held its neck out and up in order to provide a nice target for the knife." (MixMaster)

"
too bad jen and jill decided to waste money on movies and popcorn rather than come to reception weekend in austin."(dturk)

"
the drinking chairs around me are empty now. we offered the dode our austin, texas and he graced us with the last supper.<"(johnyd)

"
I could have stayed another week, especially if Mike wouldn't have pulled me out of the car with the girls in it." (T-rent)

"
Some returned to the water hole to watch drunken swimming squirrels and the sunset from the landbridge."(Saki)

"The only thing that I didn't like about the weekend was how fast it went by."(Amber)

"Surreal is not the word. I always find myself part nostalgic, part dreamy and very often removed from my immediate reality when reconnecting with old friends." (Surya)

"trent and mike did not shower for two days. it was no use to drag trent out of the car full of girls into the car going to the airport,"(Jesse)

" a weekend of drunken revelry, great laughs, beautiful weather, gorgeous people (AIESECers are so hot)." (Tranish)

"Saturday was fun even though I got off to a late start. I had learned from previous day-long hangovers that I can drink large amounts of booze but only with strict guidelines, guidelines I forgot on Friday."(plovegren)

"The much waited shisha arrived later without tobacco and the ceramic bowl; it was DOA (dead on arrival). We tried to McGyvered it but failed; Esprit de Corp hit bottom."(the dode)

Pending writeups:

La Contessa, fnord, cragnes, angie, celestaimee, the dode, wontong

Big kudos to jlovegren for an awesome after party and aga + fnord for hosting the one and only High Society.

This weekend by far is the largest congegration of nomadlifers in flesh which probaby earn an honour as the first nomadfest. The rumour indicates that the next gathering will be in Instanbul, Turkey.

Wanted: Pictures from the weekend.

Blogs will Change Your Business

Interesting article from Business Week Online: Blogs will Change Your Business

Sunday, April 24, 2005

Great Penguin Threat eliminated

Rest assured, America is safe. These two travelling penguins from Seaworld were recently put through the metal scanners in Denver airport.




I feel safer just looking at the pictures.

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Little Revolution in Little Country?

As some may know, the small country of Belize has been experiencing political instability and turmoil for the last week. She has just recently gotten her telephone (internet) back... and I just got off MSN with a friend, apparently there are about 5,000 people rioting outside the PM's house demanding for his resignation. So far there has been no violence, but friends inside said the possibility is great that bloodshed will be inevitable.

I feel sad at the thought of violence in the little peaceful country just south of Mexico. When Digs and I went there in 2003, it marked my third trip to the Creole speaking country since age 16, so I've kind of come to know the place as the genesis of my travels. I love it there, beautiful tropical paradise..well for the tourists at least..maybe not for those that suffer on a day to day basis.

On the other hand, It's exciting to see change..I've known there has been a lot of corruption within the Government for a long time (probably since it's independence from Britain in 1981), and it seems like reform needs to happen quickly.

Surprised George Dubya didn't want to meddle into Belize's affairs. Oh yeah, that's right, they have a coral reef, not a oil field:)

Godspeed and Salaam. Stay safe kruffy ras, madarasses!

www.belizeweb.com

Happy 420 day

Claim: '420' entered drug parlance as a term signifying the time to light up a joint.

Status: True.


Origins: Odd
terms sneak into our language every now and then, and this is one of the oddest. Everyone who considers himself in the know about the drug subculture has heard that '420' has something to do with illegal drug use, but when you press them, they never seem to know why, or even what the term supposedly signifies.


It's both more and less than people make it out to be. '420' began its sub-rosa linguistic career in 1971 as a bit of slang casually used by a group of high school kids at San Rafael High School in California. '420' (always pronounced "four-twenty," never "four hundred and twenty") came Is it 4:20 already? to be an accepted part of the argot within that group of about a dozen pot smokers, beginning as a reminder of the time they planned to meet to light up, 4:20 p.m. Keep in mind this wasn't a general call to all dope smokers everywhere to toke up at twenty past four every day; it was twelve kids who'd made a date to meet near a certain statue. It's thus incorrect to deem that '420' originated as a national or international dope-smoking time, even though the term began as a reference to a particular time of day. (snopes)

In remembrance of times well spent in Austin

(and other college towns...)
Happy Four-Twenty

Nightmare scenario

"Richard Feachem warned that India has overtaken South Africa as the country with the most HIV positive patients." (bbc)

Celebrations

As per this day in history lots has happened today. Strangely they failed to mention the birth of the Island Boy, lover of all things beautiful and breaker of many hearts around the world. Happy Birthday Dody; congrats on succumbing to yet another year. You are getting old but please don't start acting your age. :)

On another note nomadlife is now six months old. What started as a small project with one blog has steadily increased momentum and is now something of a movement with 325 people in 50 countries.



(Disclaimer: it's hard to keep track of this particularly mobile group... if something is inaccurate let us know to update it)

This just shows that if two tools can apply themselves and create something as powerful at no cost, you should never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups. :)

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

'HABEMUS PAPAM': 265TH POPE NAMED

more on cnn.com

Joseph Ratzinger of Germany was elected the 265th pontiff today by the College of Cardinals. He was announced as tens of thousands of people cheered in St. Peter's Square. Cardinal Ratzinger has chosen the name Benedict XVI, the Vatican announced. The announcement came shortly after white smoke rose from the Vatican chimney and bells rang to announce that a new pope had been selected.

New AIESEC Branding Guidelines



AIESEC in Switzerland is developing new strategies to increase the number of delegates in their conferences through their web page.

If you are interested in more information about these new guidelines please go to Kick Off Conference parties! ;)

The new guidelines apparently include porn toons (but just in orange).

Marla Ruzicka, RIP (1977 - 2005)

"Marla Ruzicka is an advocate who began a door-to-door survey of civilian casualties in Iraq the day after Saddam's statue fell. She founded the non-profit organization, CIVIC, Campaign for Innocent Victims In Conflict, and formed survey teams to fan-out across the country and gather first-hand accounts of civilian casualties. " (CIVIC)




"This is a eulogy of a thousand words that should really be a poem. It's one I never thought I would write. In Iraq on Saturday afternoon, around 3 p.m., a suicide bomber entered Baghdad Airport road, heading east. On the same stretch was a U.S. military convoy, an Australian security detachment, and a car that carried U.S. aid worker Marla Ruzicka and her colleague Faiz Ali Salim. When the bomber detonated his explosives, Marla and Faiz were among those killed, and with that terrible act, the bomber cut short the life of a tireless champion of the victims of the war. " (Salon)

She was 28; a nomad based in Iraq and previously Afghanistan; originally from California.

Monday, April 18, 2005

A Changing Arab world

"In his second inaugural address, President Bush said that "it is the policy of the United States to seek and support the growth of democratic movements and institutions in every nation and culture." But many democracy advocates in the region are skeptical of U.S. intentions here, and truly free elections in such countries as Egypt and Saudi Arabia could usher in parties sharply at odds with the United States. At the same time, Bush's message has offered a measure of comfort to street activists, who believe that crackdowns will be harder to carry out now that the United States is watching.

A powerful influence on the region has been televised imagery of Georgia's street uprising, called the Rose Revolution, which resulted in the ousting of a president after a flawed election. Then came Ukraine's potent Orange Revolution, which also followed elections seen as rigged. These mass movements have helped inspire political strategies playing out today on the streets in Beirut and Bahrain." (Washington Post)

Is the Washington Post article accurately potray what's happening in the region right now? You people on the ground, educate us.

New Skype services

Skype has enhanced its popular Net phone application with two new premium features: SkypeIn and Skype Voicemail. (read more)

The Rise of Disaster Capitalism

"But if the reconstruction industry is stunningly inept at rebuilding, that may be because rebuilding is not its primary purpose. According to Guttal, "It's not reconstruction at all--it's about reshaping everything." If anything, the stories of corruption and incompetence serve to mask this deeper scandal: the rise of a predatory form of disaster capitalism that uses the desperation and fear created by catastrophe to engage in radical social and economic engineering. And on this front, the reconstruction industry works so quickly and efficiently that the privatizations and land grabs are usually locked in before the local population knows what hit them. Kumara, in another e-mail, warns that Sri Lanka is now facing "a second tsunami of corporate globalization and militarization," potentially even more devastating than the first. "We see this as a plan of action amidst the tsunami crisis to hand over the sea and the coast to foreign corporations and tourism, with military assistance from the US Marines." (Naomi Klein)

Starting Over

"Concluding two days of talks, finance officials from the leading economic powers pressed ahead Sunday on efforts to wipe out poor nations’ debts and hoped to complete a deal later this year.

Officials insisted they were making progress. But international aid groups, disappointed by the failure to finalize an agreement this weekend, accused the major industrialized countries of dragging their feet and said further delay could worsen the plight of the world’s poorest people." (msnbc)

When it matters

http://genesis.nomadlife.org is a blog covering the works of AIESEC Genesis Program. The blog is Trent's baby.

Sunday, April 17, 2005

provocatif

someone suggested to me that this would provoke a good discussion: ps. this does not reflect my views

An open letter to Europe
November 11th, 2004



link

more animal weirdness

Drunk monkeys attack humans

"A group of monkeys descended on an Orissa village, quaffed down pots of an intoxicating brew lying in the open and then set upon the villagers, injuring three of them." Times of India

Horrible Monster born in captivity



The Aye-Aye, an incredibly rare species of Lemur only found on the island of Madagascar. This is the first ever horrible monster Aye-Aye to be born in captivity. When it reaches its full adult size - 26 metres high, weighing 30,000 kilograms, giant teeth like industrial drills - it will be unleashed on a small city in Japan.

nomad connections: historic moments

last night, drake karan and wonderwoman went for drinks in london.
this was the first time drake met ww and karan, although we all came highly reccomended to one another via countless other nomads.

how many other nomads have met unknowns in foreign lands because of nomadlife? props to the nomad who's travelled furthest to meet someone they've only known via blogs.

World Expo 2005 in Nagoya, Japan

The World Expo is currently going on in Nagoya, Japan until September 25, 2005.

The World Expo began in 1851 in London during the Industrial Revolution to exhibit the latest technology and has evolved into a large-scale global village and technology fair over the years.

I was there a couple weeks ago and made an entry about what I saw there. It's an amazing opportunity for companies like Toyota, Mitsubishi, and Hitachi to show off their latest technology. I was also really impressed with the linear motor car (probably the fastest transportation device on land that can run at 581 km/hr without harm to the human body). Those crazy Japanese technologies... gotta love them!

If anybody is interested in going, let me know so that I can advise you on the crazy logistics.

Thursday, April 14, 2005

On US Ambassador to the UN

"The Bolton controversy isn't about whether we believe in the U.N. mission. It's about which U.N. mission we believe in.

From the start, the U.N. has had two rival missions. Some people saw it as a place where sovereign nations could work together to solve problems. But other people saw it as the beginnings of a world government." (David Brooks)

In similar spirit, the people of France seems to be rejecting the EU Constitution.

Remembering Armenian Genocide

"On Sunday, April 24th, 2005, the Joint Committee to Commemorate the 90th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide is planning a major commemoration in New York City. Anticipating thousands of attendees and with a program that incorporates multiple venues, the Joint Committee is providing logistical information in advance so attendees can plan accordingly." (Remember Genocide)

Lord Murdoq hath spoken

The Sun King loves blogging!

Rupert Murdoch, worlds most powerful man and my personal hero, recently gave an speech to the American Society of Newspaper Editors, where he clearly shows that he wants the media industry, newspapers in particular, to jump on the cluetrain, fast.
"The digital native doesn’t send a letter to the editor anymore. She goes online, and starts a blog. We need to be the destination for those bloggers. We need to encourage readers to think of the web as the place to go to engage our reporters and editors in more extended discussions about the way a particular story was reported or researched or presented."
Woot. I'd love to see Murdoch's vast network of media companies across the world start moving in this direction.

Google drops another big one....

Wow. Google are so ahead of the game, I think they are defining what the game will be in the future.

The Newest released Google service is Google Video Upload - basically an unlimited storage online theatre for anyone who wants to upload their own video content. Google even have a payments system so you can charge per view for your video (with Google keeping a cut, of course)

I could rant about how amazingly clever this move is and how Google are the bomb that other bombs aspire to be like....but I'll leave it for comments and maybe my own blog. Google a frigging geniuses though, let it be known.

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

austin guest list

-dody
-drake
-sheila
-saki: Thursday UA 656 4:20pm
-angie: AA 2041 Thursday 320pm
-melanie
-estuardo
-mixmaster: Friday UA7203 554pm note: has lots of luggage

is anyone else coming? make sure you send your itineraries to one of the austin people

just put all of the pickup times here. we will then assign people next to them with phone numbers. if your flight gets delayed call SOMEONE!!!!(we will probably find out from the net but still calling is better). if your arrival is not listed help us and list here or start an Excel sheet because we are lazy:)....

Lazy Ass Branding

"Second, maybe we should just not brand ourselves, and have that be our brand. Let people make designs, clothing, whatever. "(Trent on Dig's weblog)

It sounds like a good idea, but I'm no business person; comment on that blog;

no break

"TANJUNG AUA, Indonesia (Reuters) - More than 25,000 panicked residents have been evacuated from the slopes of a volcano on Indonesia's Sumatra island and officials raised the alert level Wednesday as the mountain's activity intensified.

The heightened rumbling of Mount Talang has coincided with a string of moderate earthquakes on Sumatra, which is still recovering from a massive Dec. 26 quake and tsunami that killed nearly 130,000 people in Aceh province to the north.

``The status of Mount Talang is now at top alert,'' Surono, a vulcanologist from the Directorate of Vulcanology and Geophysics in the Java city of Bandung, told Reuters." (Reuters)

The mother nature is relentlessy punishing Indonesia.

Blogging from the top down

3 of the 5 directors of AIESEC International are now blogging:

Femi Longe
- Africas
Arthur Josephson - Western Europe and North America
Liv Flores - Asia Pacific

Of the two remaining - Brodie Boland (Central and Eastern Europe) is an open minded luddite who could be turned, given the proper convincing. Helena (Latin America) would get right on board too, I think.

Of course, a significant amount of current former and future, AI members are also on the nomadtrain.

I think that the AIESEC International office and team is the kind of thing that is screaming for a group blog. 18 of the smartest young people from all over the world, thrown together in a building in Europe with extensive travel, too many photo opportunities and a thousand and one interesting discussions and thoughts being had each day.

ai.nomadlife.org, anybody?

Scientist calls for world DNA database

"Everyone in the world should have their genetic profile stored on a database, but the information should be held independently of the authorities, according to the pioneer of DNA fingerprinting. Current practice........" Read More Here
I wonder how realistic is this and is there a need besides identification

Be carefull people are using the Pope's dead to make quick money!

The world never ceases to amaze me. This time it turns out there are people sending spams saying they will give you a book with the story of the life of Pope Jean Paul II but in return they need your contribution to their cause.
Of course you will never receive the book and they will get tons of money that way. It seems they did that too with what was supposed to be the latest copy of the Harry Potter book series, is it just me or common sense is all but common and ethics is kind of forgotten completely.
Read the news here

All's in flux in Asia

The last days have seen significant developments in the relationships between the peoples and governments of some of Asia's largest states:

Japan and China are in dispute over Japan's negligence towards war crimes committed at Nanking after the Japanese occupation of the Chinese city in 1937. Young Chinese are staging demonstrations against Japan on the streets of Beijing, with some of these demonstrations turning violent.

At the same time, India and China are forming a strategic partnership and take big steps to leave behind their past of border disputes and mutual suspicion over the other's political and economic ambitions. The Chinese Prime Minister calls upon the Chinese and Indian youth to improve the long-term relationships between the two peoples.

I am interested to hear the views of nomadlife bloggers from Japan, China and India (and beyond) about these developments. Do we have to worry that the conflict between China and Japan is escalating? How do young Indians and Chinese view each other's country?

George W. Bush is listening to ...

A few weeks ago, Tom wondered about the playlists on George W. Bush's iPod.
Well, the answer is here.

Monday, April 11, 2005

The Great Oil Debate

"The term "global oil-production peak" means that a turning point will come when the world produces the most oil it will ever produce in a given year and, after that, yearly production will inexorably decline. It is usually represented graphically in a bell curve. The peak is the top of the curve, the halfway point of the world's all-time total endowment, meaning half the world's oil will be left. That seems like a lot of oil, and it is, but there's a big catch: It's the half that is much more difficult to extract, far more costly to get, of much poorer quality and located mostly in places where the people hate us. A substantial amount of it will never be extracted." (RollingStones)

The end of the world as we know it; and it's coming soon.

And this is a good reference point for this issue: Hubbert Peak.

Peace in our lifetime

"President Bush and Prime Minister Ariel Sharon of Israel pledged today to work together for peace in the Middle East, with Mr. Sharon reiterating his promise to remove unauthorized Jewish settlements and Mr. Bush prodding Palestinians to reward Mr. Sharon's show of good faith." (NYTimes)

We have seen this movie before ("been there, done that, watched the porn") and Palestine-Israel issue never fails to crush any remotely optimistic chances they have.

But I think this time feels different; Arafat is gone, Abbas actually manage to come up with a respected cabinet; Sharon actually fought against some element of his society for withdrawal from Gaza; Bush's loyalty to Sharon;

The stars are aligned; and maybe this conflict has run out of its tricks to stay alive;

pranks

CalTech students did some clever pranks on MIT.

Sunday, April 10, 2005

Sumatra shaken by new earthquake

The epicentre of the quake, which had an estimated magnitude of 6.7, was about 120km (75 miles) south-west of the city of Padang, officials said. (read more)

Tee and I were at home when we felt the entire apartment building sway like a leaf in the wind; two distinctly different shakes. Thankfully there is no damage done in Singapore.

Kill the terrorists

A while ago Kenny and I were discussing what we will do when we become Presidents of Egypt.

FYI we have agreed for him to be president first and I will be his Prime Minister and then after that I will follow his lead and become president afterwards to guarantee a good transition and continuation or policies and plans :)

So we opened the subject of how we would deal with Terrorists and the Muslim Brotherhood. The Muslim Brotherhood is a religious group in Egypt who have gained a lot of power in the 70ies and were founded 1928 by Hassan El Banna - google it for more info.
They are the source of many Terrorists.

Now back to the discussion with Kenny, he suggested we get big busses and load them all in there, and pretend to be setting a meeting with them to discuss their status then take them to the desert and shoot them all.
I refined his strategy by saying that we should take them on small bulks so they will not notice and people would just see fewer and fewer people like that.
At the same time you modify Education to try to eliminate getting new terrorists.

This of course is a huge violation in basic Human Rights; most of them are not terrorists, yet!

And at the end of the discussion we decided we cannot be that inhumane and just realized that we were not talking very seriously.

It's incidents like that last one in Khan El Khalili that makes one wonder, is it more inhumane then letting them live and kill more innocent people?!

Saturday, April 09, 2005

Reminder: Austin Recetion Weekend April 22-24

I just wanted to remind people because you need to send us your flight information or whatever you need to send us. Again there is no cost to this unless we decide to rent a boat all together or eat sometime. We might even think about drinking AIESEC water. No need to rent a hotel or anything we have plenty of couches or beds to sleep on. Cant wait...

Friday, April 08, 2005

World School Photographs

World School Photographs. See if your school is listed.

Everyone OK in Cairo

All the Cairo based nomadlife crew, friends and family are OK after the bomb attack in Khan El Khalili yesterday. If you haven't heard of this, then Thea has the details.

In short, big bomb in crowded tourist place, 3 dead (1 American, 1 French, 1 Egyptian who was the bomber, lots more in hospital including a few who may not survive).

Thursday, April 07, 2005

Royal Partay !!

Just in case you have been hiding under a rock, there's a royal wedding coming this weekend.

Pope Last Will and Testament

Originally written in Polish, translated to Italian..

"
Non lascio dietro di me alcuna proprietà di cui sia necessario disporre. Quanto alle cose di uso quotidiano che mi servivano, chiedo di distribuirle come apparirà opportuno. Gli appunti personali siano bruciati. Chiedo che su questo vigili don Stanislao, che ringrazio per la collaborazione e l'aiuto così prolungato negli anni e così comprensivo. Tutti gli altri ringraziamenti invece, li lascio nel cuore davanti a Dio stesso, perchè è difficile esprimerli. Per quanto riguarda il funerale, ripeto le stesse disposizioni, che ha dato il Santo Padre Paolo VI. (qui nota al margine: il sepolcro nella terra, non in un sarcofago, 13.3.92). <>."(Read More...)

then translated to English...
"I do not leave behind me any property which necessitates disposal. Regarding those items of daily use of which I made use, I ask that they be distributed as may appear opportune. My personal notes are to be burned. I ask that Don Stanislaw oversees this and thank him for the collaboration and help so prolonged over the years and so comprehensive. All other thanks, instead, I leave in my heart before God Himself, because it is difficult to express them.

Regarding the funeral, I repeat the same disposition given by the Holy Father Paul VI: Burial in the bare earth, not in a tomb, 13.3.92." (Read more...)


What will your Last Will be written? Do you have a Last Will? I know most of us are young but it is not uncommon for young people to keep a Last Will and update it in successive years because, well, you never know.

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

More protests over Japan textbook

To learn one's own history from another's mouth could be "shocking"
Rememebered reading news articles of crying japanese students , on visiting Singapore's WW2 memmorial, The Cenotaph where names of war heros are engraved on the monument, upon learning its meaning of exisitence, on the anniversary of the occupation.

Click for full story: More protests over Japan textbook

who wants it?

delaying the real world

$2500 fellowship if you can give them a good adventure

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The End of Another Generation

On the eve of a big graduation for so many involved with AIESEC USA, it should also be remembered that it is also the end of an era for another group of people - US journalists and anchors.

Already, Tom Brokaw and Dan Rathers have retired and resigned. Ted Koppel also announced he will be leaving Nightline at the end of the year (the fate of the show remains unknown). And just today, it was announced that Peter Jenning has lung cancer.

It's up to the imagination what will become of the future of American journalism and the impact of the legacy of the classics.

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Spring Cleaning

Ching Ming or Grave-Sweeping Day

April 5 is celebrated in the Chinese calendar as a day of ritual cleaning—Ching ('clean' or 'pure�) and Ming ('brightness'). People honor their ancestors by weeding the familial graves, cleaning headstones, burning incense, and laying fresh flowers on the graves. As in many Chinese traditions, there’s a meal involved (often dim sum pastries, steamed whole chicken, hard boiled eggs, or sliced barbecued pork). Some people set off firecrackers in cemeteries on this day, to ward off evil spirits.

The Japanese have an equivalent ancestor worship on this same date. And in Korean culture, the day is called Hansik.

Magic

Jeff reports from Tunisia.

Monday, April 04, 2005

change direction from argentina and brooklyn

interrupcion* is a community of people working to offer tools, processes and products that contribute to the dailty construction of a better world for all. There is a better way of doing business, of improving and interacting with out communities, and a better way of consuming our resources. We are in permanent evolution and we believe there is something better.

Kawaii !!!

The Singapore based ladies ogling over their favourite Asian male stars. ooh, ahh, waw !!


(Dictionary: "kawaii")

new Prague?



The Grey Lady wonders if Kiev is the new Prague

"The upheaval has ended, but the backdrop is still there, as is a sense of optimism that Ukraine may yet shake off the post-Soviet funk that left the country mired in economic chaos and political intrigue even as other former Soviet republics and satellites - the Baltics, Poland, the Czech Republic - opened up to the West. In Kiev, especially, the ramifications of political change are enticing, not just for residents but for foreign visitors intent on exploring a city that has all the makings of a new Prague." (NYTimes)

What do you think?

Friday, April 01, 2005

closing down nomadlife

Devrim and I have been at odds for the past few days and earlier today we agree to part ways from running nomadlife.

I'll be shutting down this server later on today because it is no longer fun to do nomadlife (and I don't care because my blog is somewhere else)

As far as your content concerned, just wait for further announcement from Devrim about his new hosting arrangement through email. I wish you all well and I apologize for this debacle.

You can contact him at devrim at nomadlife dot org if you are interested to find out what happened. This would be my last statement regarding this issue.

We are no longer friends. What a fucking big mistake.

Goodbye.

In larger freedom

towards Development, Security and Human Rights for All

http://www.un.org/largerfreedom/, a plan for reform in United Nations.

A must read.