Sunday, December 31, 2006
Saturday, December 30, 2006
'Wag the Dog': A White House Holiday Priority
|The White House spends time and money on producing a film featuring Barney the Scotty.|
Barney Bush the Scotty is soft-spoken, well-behaved and cute. He is the star in a professional short film shot by the White House. President Bush also makes a cameo appearance. Is it worth the time and energy of the leader of the free world and the White House staffers?
In the film (Windows Media,
Real Player, Quicktime), the White House is a warm, fuzzy, inviting holiday fantasy and not the cold ice castle of ruthless realpolitik that has led to wars and deaths. The film, a P.R. product, speaks nothing of war, poverty, unemployment or climate change.
|Russian President Vladimir Putin and his black lab Koni.|
Friday, December 29, 2006
Thursday, December 28, 2006
It's funny that the press in the US is so amazed about a Senator that have been living in more than one countries :)
And here in this community of nomads, people will yawn on his 2 countries record.
Aiugavirnirq - very hard, compressed and frozen snow
Apijaq - snow covered by bad weather
Apigiannagaut - the first snowfall of Autumn
Apimajuq - snow-covered
Apisimajuq - snow-covered but not snowed-in
Apujjaq - snowed-in
Aput - snow
Aputiqarniq - snowfall on the ground
Aqillutaq - new snow
Auviq - snow block
Katakaqtanaq - hardcrust snow that gives way underfoot
Kavisilaq - snow roughened by snow or frost
Kiniqtaq - compact, damp snow
Mannguq - melting snow
Masak - wet, falling snow
Matsaaq - half-melted snow
Mauja - soft, deep snow footsteps sink into
Natiruvaaq - drifting snow
Pirsirlug - blowing snow
Pukajaak - sugary snow
Putak - crystalline snow that breaks into grains
Qaggitaq - snow ditch to trap caribou
Qaliriiktaq - snow layer of poor quality for an igloo
Qaniktaq - new snow on ground
Qannialaaq - light, falling snow
Qiasuqqaq - thawed snow that re-froze with an icy surface
Qimugjuk - snow drift
Qiqumaaq - snow with a frozen surface after a spring thaw
Qirsuqaktuq - crusted snow
Qukaarnartuq - light snow
Sitilluqaq - hard snow
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
The explosion of a fuel pipeline in Nigeria's largest city, Lagos, burned to death more than 500 people on Tuesday, radio station reports revealed in this capital. Eyewitnesses said that a ruptured gasoline pipeline burst into flames in the district of Abule Agba on Tuesday after thieves punctured the pipeline overnight. More
Monday, December 25, 2006
Sunday, December 24, 2006
Friday, December 22, 2006
A store that sells new husbands has just opened in New York City, where a woman may go to choose a husband. Among the instructions at the entrance is a description of how the store operates: "You may visit this store ONLY ONCE! There are six floors and the value of the products increases as the shopper ascends the flights. The shopper may choose any item from a particular floor, or may choose to go up to the next floor, but you cannot go back down except to exit the building!"
So, a woman goes to the store to find a husband. On the first floor the sign reads: "These men Have Jobs". The second floor sign reads: "These men Have Jobs and Love Kids". The third floor sign reads: "These men Have Jobs, Love Kids, and are Extremely Good Looking."
"Wow," she thinks, but feels compelled to keep going.
At the fourth floor the sign reads: "These men Have Jobs, Love Kids, are Drop-dead Good Looking and Help With Housework."
"Oh, mercy me!" she exclaims, "I can hardly stand it!"
Still, she goes to the fifth floor and the sign reads: "These men Have Jobs, Love Kids, are Drop-dead Gorgeous, Help with Housework, and Have a Strong Romantic Streak." She is so tempted to stay, but she goes to the sixth floor and the sign reads: "You are visitor 31,456,012 to this floor. There are no men on this floor. This floor exists solely as proof that women are impossible to please. Thank you for shopping at the Husband Store."
To avoid gender bias charges, the store's owner opens a New Wives store just across the street. It too has six floors. The first floor has wives that love sex. The second floor has wives that love sex and have money. The third through sixth floors have never been visited." (The Daily Dish)
Thursday, December 21, 2006
The greatest entertainer cricket's ever seen and easily 1 among the 2 greatest cricket players of all time. You can watch this clip on Youtube - wickets number 1, 100, 200, 300, 400, 500 and 600. And of course, tune your TV sets on Boxing Day for number 700. Cricinfo has a fitting story here.
You Legend. You Beauty. Cricket will never be the same again. Ever.
Shane Warne - take a bow.
I guess this topic will be in the news more and more because of Iran's local elections.
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
"The more we look the more we find," said Stuart Chapman, WWF International coordinator for the study of the "Heart of Borneo," a 85,000-square-mile rain forest in the center of the island where several of the new species were found. "These discoveries reaffirm Borneo's position as one of the most important centers of biodiversity in the world." (AP)
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Monday, December 18, 2006
This burger is offered in Jakarta, of all places, and is almost triple the average monthly salary in the country.
I wish my bank account could support my culinary desires....
Sunday, December 17, 2006
You were named Time magazine "Person of the Year" today for the explosive growth and influence of user-generated internet content such as blogs, video-file sharing site YouTube and social network MySpace.
"For seizing the reins of the global media, for founding and framing the new digital democracy, for working for nothing and beating the pros at their own game, Time's Person of the Year for 2006 is you," the magazine's Lev Grossman wrote.
The magazine has put a mirror on the cover of its "Person of the Year" issue, released on Monday, "because it literally reflects the idea that you, not us, are transforming the information age", Editor Richard Stengel said in a statement.
[click here for more]
Most of the families bake several types of xmas cookies before xmas day and then children (and me) go sneak to the balcony where cookies are kept and steal few here and there as they are so yummy and waiting for xmas is simply too hard.
Furthermore, the most important day is the 24th, Christmas Eve, when all things happen. Families get together, have Christmas dinner which consists of fried carp in bread crumbs and potatoe salad. Later when the bell rings all gather around Christmas tree, they might sing some carols and unpack the xmas gifts.
25th and 26th are holidays but those days are pretty much regular days for Czechs. Through out the xmas season there are lots of fairy tales and xmas movies on TV to boost the mood and all are awaiting the night of New Years.
Saturday, December 16, 2006
Happy Birthday (Grunt)
Death, destruction and despair,
People dying everywhere
Happy Birthday (Grunt)
Happy Birthday (Grunt)
May the candles on your cake,
Burn like cities in your wake
Happy Birthday (Grunt)
Happy Birthday (Grunt)
Now that you're the age you are,
Your demise cannot be far
Happy Birthday (Grunt)
Happy Birthday (Grunt)
Make the women wail and weep,
Slay them all but spare the sheep
Happy Birthday (Grunt)
Happy Birthday (Grunt)
(Mongolian Birthday Dirge)
Being 26 is not a happy occasion. Evertything sags.
I bet this will be useful for southern hemisphere countries right now.
Diabetic mice became healthy virtually overnight after researchers injected a substance to counteract the effect of malfunctioning pain neurons in the pancreas." (Canada)
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Their experience illustrates that pain is an important warning of injury, disease or danger that signals people to save themselves from further injury. Life without that signal, the report shows, is dangerous.
Because the children felt no pain from biting themselves, for example, all six had injuries to their lips, some requiring later plastic surgery. Two had lost one-third of their tongues." (AP)
Their inability to feel pain generates some horrific injuries. So sometimes, pain does mean gain.
They have adapted to this challenge by hunting during the day under the baking African sun, swimming through deep rivers in the hunt for buffalo. This water-based training programme combined with a diet of protein-rich buffalo meat has led to the development of huge muscles, and these super-cats now dwarf other lions.
The island lions also use highly advanced psychology in their quest for food, predicting the course of the buffaloes' daily trek by anticipating their need for water ? then lying in wait at the precise spot along the river where the herd will eventually stop for refreshment." (Daily Mail)
Carey had few attempts to distance himself from comedy, such as "Man on the Moon" or "Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind" . This time though, it looks like he finally decided to take the extra step...
Anyway, better later then never...I think he's a brilliant dude who'll be doing some fabulous acting in the next years.
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
This is fuckin' hillarious.
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Few ppl along with me are in Madrid (Spain) over New Years - some wild partying lined up.
Dates: 29 Dec - 2nd Jan
Anyone who will be around in that part of the world during that time? Do let me know - will be good to meet up new / old faces :).
On another note - Any must do's / interesting places to see in Madrid - pl let me know, will be helpful!
He was also behind two of the best movies I have ever seen, the amazing Being John Malkovich and its kind-of-meta-sequel, Adaptation. Both are works of indisputable genius.
Recently, GAP in the US asked him to produce a commercial for them. He came back with something they probably didn't expect, and after some unimpressed focus groups, the ad never made it to the screens. But thanks to the miracle of the internet, we can watch it in all its glory. Check it out, and try to imagine the look on the GAP Marketing execs faces when they saw their hugely expensive advert from the creative wonderboy for the first time.....
Monday, December 11, 2006
I need a really big favor, I need some sort of software (or technique or something) that allows some sort of text prediction (spanish) on a really easy and comprehensive way, that needs as little control as possible.
My uncle had an accident last week, he hurt his column and injured his medula. right now he is on an intentensive care unit in the hospital. He can't feel anything from his neck down. He is completely conscious, he wants to communicate, but he can't just talk because he has a tube down his throat (breather) that doesn't allow him. And he can't move his head cause he is restrained for he might increase his injury if he does. He can move his lips a little but because of the tube on his mouth you cant really read his lips, we've tried that. He can listen and see.
So if any of you can help my family and me figure a way so we can communicate with him we would really appreciate it.
Right now we are trying with charts with the most common words he 'might' use, so we can work with him on a YES or NO fashion, i'm experimenting a software called DASHER, which does some kind of prediction based on common words and common combinations of those words, which it picks up from training texts.
He has been really depressed because he can communicate (so says the phsicologyst), and he really tries to tell us something. his condition is really critical, so whatever we can understand now is really important for him, his wife, his two daughters, all his family and friends... we just dont know how long he could be with us ...
THANK YOU VERY MUCH!
Juan Enrique Osorio Gutiérrez (koki)
AIESEC Manizales, Colombia
Sunday, December 10, 2006
With our privacy being attacked daily due to the internet or air travel requirements, here's yet another 'cool invention'. Cell phone localization. It's been around for quite a while - restricted only for use by police or secret services, but never as a freely available service to general public.
Yes, that means - if you want to find out where e.g. your friends are at this very moment, the answer is just two clicks away:
SAT-PHONE Localization system
All you need to do is to enter a cell phone number in the international format: +XXX YYY ZZZZZZ.
I don't know about you, but I think this is quite scary. What do you think about it ?
Saturday, December 09, 2006
Friday, December 08, 2006
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Email : dody at nomadlife dot org / email@example.com
MSN : firstname.lastname@example.org
Skype : dodygunawinata
If you have an ftp cannot login error, don't panic. Just contact me. nomadlife.org ftp account expires every 2 years so all you need to do is simply contact me and I'll enable your ftp account for another 2 years. Sometimes I reply in 24 hours - but if you don't hear me after 3 days, please remind me again. Sometimes I lost your email or got too busy at work.
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
"On Aug. 27, 1979, two parallel lines of 11 men formed on a field of dry dirt in Sanandaj, Iran. One group wore blindfolds. The other held rifles. The command came in Farsi to fire: "Atesh!" Behind the soldier farthest to the right, a 12th man also shot, his Nikon camera and Kodak film preserving in black and white a mass execution.
Within hours, the photo ran across six columns in Ettela'at, the oldest newspaper in Iran. Within days, it appeared on front pages around the world. Within weeks, the new Iranian government annexed the offending paper. Within months, the photo won the Pulitzer Prize." (WSJ)
Trailing England's first innings total of 551 for 6 wickets (declared) , and at the end of day 4 - England being 59 - 1, everyone thought (and I mean everyone) this game is heading towards a lame draw. But Ricky Ponting, the captain of the Australian cricket team and his men had something else planned for the English team.
Day 5 morning dawns - and with a little over 3 overs to spare - you check the score card and it says Aussies pull off a dramatic victory!
I was shocked to see this - and read the scorelines, and I was completely blown away. England bowled out for 129 and then Michael Hussey (this guy frikkin never gets out) and Ricky Ponting - who has been electrifying with the bat this series, breeze away for an unbelievable victory!
Congratulations to the best cricketing team I have seen for a long time. The Indian cricket team needs to learn a lot on how to nail it when it comes to such situations - if they want to have a fair chance in the upcoming world cup!
Monday, December 04, 2006
Sunday, December 03, 2006
In what may be a nomadlife first (??), I wanted to call attention to one of the community's newest bloggers: my mother.
By way of background, she was a strong supporter of Aiesec while I was in the LC and MC levels. She spoke at several of our meetings, cooked holiday meals for trainees and even helped with one of the MC marketing campaigns. Although she was never an official member of Aiesec, she has taken many of the principles to heart.
And now she's putting those principles in action.
In the last year, she has quit her job (of more than 30 years), sold her house and most of her possessions and is preparing to travel Europe for the next four months with one of her childhood friends. They have no real plans, other than starting and ending the trip in Milan (where her friend lives). And this is only her third trip outside of the U.S!
I could go on and on about how proud of her I am for taking such a bold, exciting step in her life...but I'll let her do the talking. You can follow along here.
Saturday, December 02, 2006
Friday, December 01, 2006
Thursday, November 30, 2006
This competition is open for young people, between 15 and 25 years of age, who are nationals of a European Union Member State. DDL to submit your scenario is on 31st December.
More info available on http://www.aids-remember-me.eu/
Also do not forget that 1st December is the World AIDS Day
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
The GSVC is a partnership among the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, Columbia Business School, London Business School and the Indian School of Business.
The partnership aims to foster a new generation of business leaders that values the social as well as the profit potential of business. It achieves this by catalysing and promoting ventures that create both social and financial returns.
Successful business plans demonstrate:
- Quantifiable social returns on investment
- Superior social and economic returns compared to other firms in their industry
- Sustainable social and economic benefits over time
Innovate and win funding
Have an idea? Build a team. Let us help you reach out to the resources to bring those ideas to fruition. There is no limit to the number of teams that can enter from a school. As part of the process you will network with venture capitalists and others who can help shape your ideas ? and your future. You will be exposed to potential sources of funding through judges and people affiliated with the competition.
Learn about social return on investment
Education and mentoring are key components of the success of the GSVC. Entrant teams build relationships with members of the business community ? seasoned, high-profile professionals who provide indispensable advice, guidance and networks that endure beyond the competition. These mentors and their networks can be prospective advisers, board members, additional management team members or potential investors. In addition we hold the GSVC Symposium, a day long session of education, inspiration and information on social enterprise. Confirmed speakers include Jeremy Nicholls of the new economics foundation and John Bates of the Foundation for Entrepreneurial Management, London Business School
For more information, visit http://socialvc.net/
If you are interested in entering, attending the Symposium, mentoring or judging, or want to talk about joining another team, contact the London Business School team:
Subho Moulik: email@example.com
Gaurav Rekhi: firstname.lastname@example.org
Johanna Walker: email@example.com
The winner will receive $25,000 prize money. All entrants will receive feedback, and if requested, mentoring at every stage of the competition, plus the chance to meet advisors and investors.
Key steps and dates
2 December 2006
Global Social Venture
A day of learning and inspiration, with lectures on calculating Social Return on Investment and creating good business plans
16 December 2006
17 January 2007
GSVC Business Plan
9 February 2007
First judging round
(London Business School students)
9 March 2007
Grand Final at Haas
Monday, November 27, 2006
I found this cool thing - John/Jane Doe's in each language
In Arabic it's Fulan - or Fulan al Fulani as a full name.
The cool thing is that in all spanish languages it's also Fulan(o) - Victory for the Arabic Language!
Other favorites are Joe Bloggs, John Citizen (Australia, NZ) , Marko Markovic, Petar Petrovic (Bosnia) Pierre-Paul-Jacques (France) Hans/Max/Otto (Germany) Mario Rossi (Italy)
I found them funny coz when you think of a person from that country that's the name that pops up in your mind.
At Ericsson we refer to employees in case studies as "Eric Ericsson" or "Erica Ericsson"
I don't know why i am finding this really interesting
Why people think that rivals are better looking than they really are
IF YOU have ever sat alone in a bar, depressed by how good-looking everybody else seems to be, take comfort?it may be evolution playing a trick on you. A study just published in Evolution and Human Behavior by Sarah Hill, a psychologist at the University of Texas, Austin, shows that people of both sexes reckon the sexual competition they face is stronger than it really is. She thinks that is useful: it makes people try harder to attract or keep a mate.
Dr Hill showed heterosexual men and women photographs of people. She asked them to rate both how attractive those of their own sex would be to the opposite sex, and how attractive the members of the opposite sex were. She then compared the scores for the former with the scores for the latter, seen from the other side. Men thought that the men they were shown were more attractive to women than they really were, and women thought the same of the women.
Dr Hill had predicted this outcome, thanks to error-management theory?the idea that when people (or, indeed, other animals) make errors of judgment, they tend to make the error that is least costly. The notion was first proposed by Martie Haselton and David Buss, two of Dr Hill's colleagues, to explain a puzzling quirk in male psychology.
As studies show, and many women will attest, men tend to misinterpret innocent friendliness as a sign that women are sexually interested in them. Dr Haselton and Dr Buss reasoned that men who are trying to decide if a woman is interested sexually can err in one of two ways. They can mistakenly believe that she is not interested, in which case they will not bother trying to have sex with her; or they can mistakenly believe she is interested, try, and be rejected. From an evolutionary standpoint, trying and being rejected comes at little cost, except for hurt feelings. Not trying at all, by contrast, may mean the loss of an opportunity to, among other things, spread one's DNA.
There is an opposite bias in women's errors. They tend to undervalue signs that a man is interested in a committed relationship. That, the idea goes, is because a woman who guesses wrongly that a man intends to stick around could end up raising a child alone.
On looks, however, men and women make the same error. So go on, pluck up your courage: you may think the competition is frighteningly hot, but then so does she.
From The Economist print edition
Sunday, November 26, 2006
This is an initiative to remind drivers of speed limits. The video might not be safe for work because it shows topless women holding 50km speed limit sign on the road side.
"Traditionally, Southeast Asian Muslims have been known for their tolerance and their incorporation of traditional beliefs into an Islamic framework. Indonesia and Malaysia are thought to be models of multicultural democracy. And yet, say mainstream Islamic scholars, political analysts and even former Indonesian president Abdurrahman Wahid, Southeast Asia's two most important countries are both drifting toward fundamentalism?a trend made scarier by the inability or unwillingness of some senior political leaders to condemn those promoting the shift. Some analysts are already calling this the "Arabization" of the region." (Newsweek)
I haven't been home for 5 years although I'll be back soon temporarily. But these trends spotted by foreign media are definitely worrying. I think we will know before the end of this decade which path Indonesia is choosing, whether it is the never ending conflict of the Middle East totally trapped with the issue of Palestine and Israel or the increasing prosperity of the South East Asia following the lead of the Tigers (China, Japan, Taiwan, Korea)
The former would be ironic as we are seeing Middle Eastern countries like UAE and Qatar are opening up and looking toward the East as a model for development, opening market, moving towards human resource oriented economy instead of commodity.
The more fundamentalist your society is, the harder it is for you to embrace new ideas that are crucials in capitalising human potentials.
Friday, November 24, 2006
Read the complete article here
|2||Condoleezza Rice||Secretary of State||US|
|3||Wu Yi||Vice Premier||China|
|4||Indra Nooyi||Chief Executive-Designate, PepsiCo||US|
|5||Anne Mulcahy||Chairman and Chief Executive, Xerox||US|
|6||Sallie Krawcheck||Chief Financial Officer, Citigroup||US|
|7||Patricia Woertz||Chief Executive, Archer Daniels Midland||US|
|8||Anne Lauvergeon||Chairman, Areva||France|
|9||Brenda Barnes||Chairman and Chief Executive, Sara Lee||US|
|10||Zoe Cruz||Co-President, Morgan Stanley||US|
|11||Irene Rosenfeld||Chief Executive, Kraft Foods||US|
|12||Melinda Gates||Co-Founder, Director, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation||US|
|13||Sonia Gandhi||President, National Congress Party||India|
|14||Oprah Winfrey||Chairman, Harpo||US|
|15||Anne Sweeney||Co-Chairman, Disney Media Networks||US|
|16||Mary Sammons||Chief Executive, President, Rite Aid||US|
|18||Hillary Rodham Clinton||Senator, New York||US|
|19||Ann Livermore||Executive Vice President, Hewlett-Packard||US|
|20||Helen Clark||Prime Minister||New Zealand|
|21||Safra Catz||President and Chief Financial Officer, Oracle||US|
|22||Margaret Whitman||Chief Executive, President, eBay||US|
|23||Julie Gerberding||Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention||US|
|24||Susan Arnold||Vice Chairman, Beauty & Health, Procter & Gamble||US|
|25||Patricia Russo||Chairman and Chief Executive, Lucent Technologies||US|
Thursday, November 23, 2006
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Ayatollah Morteza Bani Fazl, who is willing to give his house to anybody who kills a blasphemous Azeri writer....
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
His death comes amid a political crisis in Lebanon, following the resignation of six pro-Syrian cabinet members. Mr Gemayel was a member of the Phalange Party and the son of former President Gemayel Amin.
Gunmen opened fire on Mr Gemayel's convoy as it travelled through the Jdaideh neighbourhood. Television pictures from the scene showed two cars peppered with bullet holes, the bonnet of one of the vehicles crumpled." (developing story - here's the BBC main coverage)
Related article - Profile: Pierre Gemayel
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Rude immigration officials and visa delays keep millions of foreign visitors away from the United States, hurt the country's already battered image, and cost the U.S. billions of dollars in lost revenue, according to an advocacy group formed to push for a better system.
To drive home the point, the Discover America Partnership released the result of a global survey on Monday which showed that international travelers see the United States as the world's worst country in terms of getting a visa and, once you have it, making your way past rude immigration officials.
Read the whole article - amazing figures showing overseas visitors to the US dropping by 17% since 2000, and business travellers dropping by 10%Just for the record, pretty much anybody gets an Egyptian visa for 15 bucks as the airport, and once you are in, feel free to stay for a year or two.....
Monday, November 20, 2006
Like this map of the world based on HIV prevelance:
Or this one based on immigrants:
Saturday, November 18, 2006
Friday, November 17, 2006
In one hours time (6pm GMT) they will be showing a long interview with Tony Blair, and from the clips they have been previewing, it looks amazing, and will certainly make the news tomorrow - Blair basically acknowledges the positive role he wants Iran to play in the stability and future of the Middle East - and the headline you will see around the world tomorrow morning is "Blair open to talks with Iran".
If Jazeera keeps scoring big time scoops and interviews like this, it will become much more likely that the channel will be picked up by a US operator - right now they are all too scared of the "broadcasting enemy propaganda" reaction they will get. That (bullshit) argument will become less tenable as the quality of the network and the news they present becomes globally recognised.
I`d vote for her regardless of the political agenda :)
PARIS, Friday, Nov. 17 ? Ségolène Royal moved a step closer to becoming the first female president of France early Friday, apparently crushing her two male rivals for the Socialist Party nomination in next April?s election.
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Looks like it's gona be big - Reese Witherspoon - an Oscar Winner and Jake Gyllenhaal - an Oscar nominee!
Plot goes as follows:"Witherspoon will star with Jake Gyllenhaal in Hood?s next film, Rendition, written by Kelly Sane. The plot finds a CIA analyst (Gyllenhaal) whose world starts spinning out of control when he witnesses the brutal interrogation of an Egyptian-American by the Egyptian secret police. Soon, he?s on the run for his life, and must in turn help the tortured man?s pregnant American wife Isabella El-Ibrahim (Witherspoon)."
Funny thing - the movie, which takes place in Egypt is shot in Morocco and South Africa.It's quite a trend to have movies whose plots take place in Egypt being shot in Morocco. (English Patient, Mummy Returns)
Want to see what police bruitality we are talking about? Check this post by sandmonkey - but beware - it's horrific and it will haunt you!!
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
(this was, by the way, the first news item in the very first minutes of broadcasting for Al Jazeera International, the English language 24 hour global news channel that launched today. Check out their first 5 minutes of broadcast - looks pretty sweet!)
UPDATE - Looks like its not as bad as feared - phew.
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
They attacked local authorities which used titles like "Winterval" for their Christmas celebrations and avoided using Christian symbols in case they offended minority groups, especially Muslims and Hindus." (Yahoo News)Let Christmas be Christmas, diwali be diwali, eid be eid, etc.
Monday, November 13, 2006
Saturday, November 11, 2006
All Men and Women, you and everyone you know.
Everywhere in the world, but especially in countries with weapons of mass destruction.
Winter Solstice Day - Friday, December 22nd, at the time of your choosing, in the place of your choosing and with as much privacy as you choose.
To effect positive change in the energy field of the Earth through input of the largest possible surge of human energy.
Our minds influence Matter and Energy fields, so by concentrating any thoughts during and after orgasm on peace and partnership, the combination of high orgasmic energy combined with mindful intention will reduce global levels of violence, hatred and fear.
Orgasm is something just about everyone can do and enjoy. And you can orgasm by yourself or with someone else. You don't even have to tell anyone you're going to do it!
PS I am just spreading the word, as aiesecers can make the difference, right?! :o))
Friday, November 10, 2006
It is bit sad to see the glory of the wedding knowing Mayanmar to be the poorest Asian country with millions people starved and malnutrished, not mentioning the living conditions in such military regime.
The wedding cost accounts for more than a 3 year budget on healthcare expenditures for the entire country of Myanmar. Chains of diamonds, gifts for tens of million of dollars - according to some south asian press agency, the attempts to purchase diamonds as a gift or decoration for the wedding raised the price of the precious metals in the region.
I've been wanting to start a hip hop blog for a while, where I can talk about my thoughts on various happenings in the hip hop world. I was wondering if anyone out there in the nomadlife universe would be interested in contributing to some such... The blog could include elements of both mainstream and underground hip hop and, of course, being "nomadlife"... a heavy focus should be on breaking new and interesting hip hop artists from around the world.
Yep, good old Windows sounds. You know, that really annoying sound when you start up. Or the really annoying sound when you login, or the really, really annoying sound when you do something you're not supposed to do? These are actually some of the most-heard sounds on earth, with estimates that they have been played hundreds of billions of times worldwide.
So like everything else, the Windows sounds have been polished up, altered and sometimes completely changed, for the newer, slicker Windows XP. Click here to listen to a side by side comparison of all the new sounds versus the old ones. The new startup sounds is a thousand times less obnoxious than the old one, and the new "ding" is charmingly discrete......
Background to the new sounds here, and here....Get used to these sounds, they will be haunting your life for at least the rest of the decade.....
The evidence of failure is incontrovertible. The precise numbers will never be known, but perhaps 200,000 died in Bosnia, 800,000 in Rwanda and now 300,000 have died - are dying - in Darfur. The question is how this can happen when the "international community", as embodied in the UN, has promised to stop it. The genocide convention of 1951 commits signatories to intervention. More recently, almost all states have signed up to the "responsibility to protect" civilians, even to the extent of intervening in other countries. And yet the killing goes on.
Adam LeBor's new book Complicity with Evil - The UN in the Age of Modern Genocide cuts through the usual waffle and shirking of responsibility officials offer to excuse their gross inadequacy. In a driving and angry tale, he tells the story of each of these three mass murders: who did what to whom, and who failed in their duty to stop them. Some of his material is familiar from other sources, but his retelling is still shocking. Much is fresher, with first-person accounts of these very contemporary horrors. And with mass murder happening right now - today - citizens, and our governments, still need to be reminded of our obligations.
It's incredible how I missed this during World Cup 2006, but it's definitely worth keeping an eye on for the future. The clip above highlights the power of the global street football concept, probably more so on the global and regional level (the actual org itself is more concrete about getting kids off the streets, playing fair, and having a goal). Pretty sweet stuff.
The guy who filmed this is a travel vlogger and has a pretty neat site - think: a hybrid between a travel blogger & a youtube guy.
Thursday, November 09, 2006
Two former AIESEC members (me & Scott Tworek) have formed a band and have been playing around NYC recently. We're currently recording an album of original music. I wanted to let you all know that we're live-blogging the experience on our myspace page (please forgive us the blogging-transgression of blogging elsewhere!)
Follow along at www.myspace.com/thesurefireway
The shift dramatically alters the government's balance of power, leaving President Bush without GOP congressional control to drive his legislative agenda. Democrats hailed the results and issued calls for bipartisanship even as they vowed to investigate administration policies and decicions.
"In Iraq and here at home, Americans have made clear they are tired of the failures of the last six years," said Sen. Harry Reid (news, bio, voting record) of Nevada, in line to become Senate Majority leader when Congress reconvenes in January. (...)"
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
"All religions, human codes and ethics, and even our most primitive intuition regard terrorism to be villainous. True Islam also rejects and condemns terrorism.
?Terrorism has no religion? is our on-going communication campaign against extremist ideology that breeds terrorism, and we use Quranic Verses in their true Islamic meaning; free of the distortion committed by the misguided malicious terrorists." (noterror.info)
Their TV Ads have been playing around in the Middle East for the past couple of days.
Congo, Democratic Republic
and we have a winner Haiti !!
Haiti is ranked as the most corrupt country in 2006.
The cleanest government in the world are dominated by those Vikings countries.
Sunday, November 05, 2006
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- The Iraqi High Tribunal on Sunday sentenced a combative Saddam Hussein and two other defendants to death by hanging for a brutal crackdown in 1982 in the Shiite town of Dujail.....(link)There is an automatic appeal process for the death sentence, and he still has other trials to face, so it will be a while before the sentence is carried out.....perhaps sometime in October 2008?
Friday, November 03, 2006
When men spend the night with a bed mate their sleep is disturbed, whether they make love or not, and this impairs their mental ability the next day.
The lack of sleep also increases a man's stress hormone levels.
According to the New Scientist study, women who share a bed fare better because they sleep more deeply. -- BBC News
Austrian scientists, proving to the world that it's women that's disrupting their worklives.
Thursday, November 02, 2006
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
This story would have remained one of those word of mouth Cairo legends, like so many other things you hear in Egypt - it was not reported by any local or international media. The difference was that this time, a whole bunch of Egyptian bloggers were on the story, many with vivid first hand recollections and photos." (Tom Gara)
This reminds of the Central Park mob sexual assaults back in 2000.
UPDATE (Tom G) - 9 full days late, but the BBC is finally reporting this story, and Mai tells me that it has been covered in a feature article in todays Al-Ahram (the biggest Arabic language newspaper in the world)
"....with planning, intelligence, execution and luck, it is possible that the American intervention in Iraq could have a gray ending?one that is unsatisfying to all, but that prevents the worst scenarios from unfolding, secures some real achievements and allows the United States to regain its energies and strategic compass for its broader leadership role in the world."The whole piece is grim but refreshing, and it's nice to read some actual realistic analysis of Iraq that doesnt descend into a political argument about how clueless Democrats and/or Republicans are. I highly recommend it.
Zakaria was a cautious supporter of the war in the beginning, and like many of his class of responsible, well intentioned war supporters, it is interesting to see how they are thinking and feeling about the absolute disaster that their intellectual support at least partially enabled.
Their hook is... "If a picture is a thousand words, then a video is worth a thousand pictures."
And to get things rolling, they're having a contest.
- 1st Place - $300
- 2nd Place - $200
- 3rd Place - $100
What are we looking for?
- It must serve as a travel guide for any location on the planet.
- It must be between 1 minute and 5 minutes in length.
- It must be submitted between October 1st, 2006 and December 31st, 2006.
Usefulness, Factual Content, Quality
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
But this weekend something really interesting happened. The photo below was taken this past Saturday at around 10.30 pm at a small mining village in Northeastern Pennsylvania, USA called Eckley. The site is no longer a working mine, but visitors can go there to see the town and participate in a Halloween walking tour. Although it wasnt featured on the tour, when we walked by this building we thought it was really spooky so we stayed back while the other people on the tour walked on ahead. We took a picture mostly as a joke because the tour itself was not very scary but something about this was. No one was around (it was in the middle of the woods) and we did not see anything until we got home and looked at the picture on my computer.
There are 2 figures visible, one in the window and one in the middle of the building's opening. The one in the window is very clear, but you might have to download the picture to see the figure in the middle. If you look closely you can see she is transparent; you can see the seams in the boards at the back of the buidling through her dress.
There has been no digital enhancement of any kind and there were no other people or staff members anywhere around this building or in the surrounding area. We are going back this week to talk to the site historian to find out what the building was used for and if anything happened there.
It won't change what's happened but world football boss Sepp Blatter has at last offered Australia's fans an apology that might help ease the pain of the Socceroos' World Cup finals exit. Millions of Australians were left stunned on June 26 when Spanish referee Luis Medina Cantalejo awarded Italy a dubious and decisive penalty against defender Lucas Neill in the dying seconds of their final 16 encounter with Australia.
Fans were disgusted at what appeared to be a blatant dive by Italy's Fabio Grosso to claim the penalty that took his team to the quarter-finals with a 1-0 victory and eventually to claim the World Cup trophy. But governing body FIFA had turned a blind eye to the growing problem of diving and faking of injuries, or simulation, refusing to acknowledge it effectively ended the Socceroos' campaign.
In an exclusive interview to be aired on SBS's The World Game at 2pm today, Blatter concedes referees at this year's World Cup finals in Germany "were not at their best" but said the antics of the players was the real problem. "I think there was too much cheating on the players' side," Blatter said.Interviewer Les Murray then told Blatter millions of Australians had been "shocked by the amount of simulation" at the World Cup."
I agree with them and I would like to apologise [to] our fans in Australia," Blatter said. Neill welcomed Blatter's apology but warned the situation appeared to be getting worse."It's pleasing to see FIFA is at last acknowledging and paying more attention to the issue."Blatter praised the Socceroos." The Socceroos were great. The Socceroos . . . should have gone into the quarter-finals in place of Italy because they were up to beating Italy," he said.
The above article is from the Sydney Morning Herald. So they should be sorry.
Monday, October 30, 2006
"The US government has dismissed media reports it had banned Vegemite......"There is no ban on Vegemite," US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) spokesman Mike Herndon said."
Terrorists, take note. If you want to smuggle some dangerous poison onto a plane, conceal it in a salty black paste, and put it in a Vegemite jar. Or just use the Vegemite as a poison - most non-Aussies are such big girl's blouses that they can't handle the stuff anyhow.
Sunday, October 29, 2006
Over the past two decades, levels of the sex hormone in U.S. men have been falling steadily, a new study finds.
For example, average total testosterone levels in men aged 65 to 69 fell from 503 nanograms/decileter (ng/dL) in 1988 to 423 ng/dL in 2003.
The reasons for this trend are unclear, said researchers at the New England Research Institutes in Waterdown, Mass. They noted that neither aging nor certain other health factors, such as smoking or obesity, can fully explain the decline.
"Male serum testosterone levels appear to vary by generation, even after age is taken into account," study lead author Thomas G. Travison said in a prepared statement." (Yahoo)
I blame sensitivity trainings and vegetarianism.
Eat meat, drink beer !
Saturday, October 28, 2006
Turn off the lights and find somebody to franticly grab/claw/clutch...
link from boingboing