Wednesday, January 31, 2007

World's Lights To Go Out February 1, 2007

People all over the world should turn off their lights and electrical appliances on the first of February 2007, between 1.55 pm and 2.00 pm in New York, 18.55 for London, and 19.55 for Paris, Bruxelles, and Italy. 1.55pm in Ottawa, 10.55am on the Pacific Coast of North America.

This is not just about saving 5 minutes worth of electricity; this is about getting the attention of the media, politicians, and ourselves. Five minutes of electrical down time for the planet: this does not take long, and costs nothing, and will show all political leaders that global warming is an issue that needs to come first and foremost in political debate.

Why February 1? This is the day when the new UN report on global climate change will come out in Paris. This event affects us all, involves us all, and provides an occasion to show how important an issue global warming is to us. If we all participate, this action can have real media and political weight.

The real mile high club

 

A plane in every garage. Check out this airport + residential community. It's mind blowing.

Archive Fix

Have you switched to the new version of blogger only to realize that your archives aren't accessible?

Here is the solution:

1. Go to your Archiving settings.
2. In the previously blank Archive URL field, put "http://(yourblogname).nomadlife.org/past"
3. Keep the other 2 fields the same (make sure the archive path is "/past/").
4. Republish and check to see that this worked.

Obama

Ok, I own obama2008.ws and obama2008.tv domain names. What should I do with it?

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

carbon gloating and number crunching

(from the independent)
A study by the government-funded Carbon Trust puts the annual carbon footprint of the average Briton at 10.92 tons of CO2 - roughly half of the 19 tons of CO2 produced each year by the average American. The research also demonstrates that our leisure and recreation pursuits - activities as diverse as watching a football match or taking a trip to the seaside - account for most of our emissions, rather than a lack of insulation or a predilection for 4x4 cars.

Carbon scores
Recreation 1.95 tons
The single largest source of emissions. Researchers analysed CO2 caused by leisure activities plus the production of goods and services. Examples include seaside trips, which create 200kg per person each year, and TV, videos and stereos - another 35kg

Heating 1.49 tons
Second biggest source of CO2 resulting from burning of gas, electricity and oil. It is one of the easiest sectors to reduce, say campaigners. The easiest way is to turn down heating: every extra
degree on thermostat accounts for 25kg of CO2 each year

Food 1.39 tons
Generated by cooking, eating and drinking, including food miles and production of raw materials. Includes food transport in UK - equivalent to 300kg per person a year - and driving to supermarkets - another 40kg. A restaurant meal generates 8kg per diner
Household 1.37 tons
This covers non-heating emissions generated in the home from appliances, furnishings and from the construction of the building itself. A fridge is responsible for 140kg of carbon annually, while
lighting in a house contributes a further 100kg

Hygiene 1.34 tons
Includes emissions from the NHS and from individuals bathing and washing. Typical examples include taking a bath instead of a shower, which adds 50kg of carbon in energy production, or heating up a house's water, which adds 150kg

Clothing 1.00 tons
Energy and emissions generated in producing, transporting and cleaning clothes and shoes. In a year, the average person will expend 70kg of energy on new clothes, 100kg by using washing machines and 36kg by using tumble dryers, for example.
Commuting 0.81 tons
Travelling to and from the workplace on both public and private transport including aviation. Assuming a journey of three miles undertaken five times a week, the use of a car represents 500kg of energy for the average commuter in a year

Aviation 0.68 tons
The fastest growing source of CO2 emissions, thanks in part to the boom in low-cost air travel. A return flight to Malaga, for example, would represent 400kg of energy per passenger. A short break to Prague would expend 220kg of energy
Education 0.49 tons
These are emissions relating to schools, educational travel, books and newspapers. School buildings, for example, made up 172kg of energy; books accounted for 13.6kg; and the 4x4 school run (1.2 miles five times a week during terms) was 200kg

Phones 0.1 tons
All sources of CO2 emanating from communications including computing. Mobile phone chargers, for example, accounted for between 35 and 70kg per person per year. Sending letters, by contrast, represented only 0.01kg

I find it rather...interesting...

Update (since the aljazeera's link didn't work): Israel gets first Muslim minister (from reuters.com)

Siska

PS: nomadlife.org starts to smell. It needs new postings...

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Ahh...the Professionalism

"This website is offline for delayed payment
please make your payment in full to get it online again
??? ?????? ????? ??????? ?? ???? ????????? ???????
????? ???? ???? ????????? ????? ??? ?????"

This is the message on the Cairo International Bookfair's website. This is supposed to be one of the largest fairs of its kind in the world. I was there on the weekend and can definitely verify that claim. And then you see something like this. Perhaps the organizers need to charge more than 1 LE (16 cents US) for entry or at least have their sponsors buck up so they can afford a website.

Website or no website, if you're in Cairo, go to the bookfair. There are a ton of used books for bargain basement prices.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

SEA Integration (Micro EU)

 "Leaders of Association of Southeast Asian Natiobns, known as ASEAN, have quietly endorsed a proposal to replace unanimity with majority voting to streamline decision-making and introduce sanctions for countries that move too slowly to implement joint decisions.

The new framework could be ratified as early as this year, Haruhiko Kuroda, president of the Asian Development Bank, said Friday at the conference in Davos. " (NY Times Blog)

 

Great, now I can travel to Myanmar without visa (smirk)

Friday, January 26, 2007

Waking up & catching up

WHEN Jim Webb, the new Democratic senator from Virginia, replied to George Bush's state-of-the-union message, he could bear to endorse only one of the president's proposals. This was the idea of cutting America's petrol (gasoline) consumption by 20% in ten years, by increasing ethanol production to 35 billion gallons a year and raising fuel-efficiency standards for cars.

Such a plan would reduce America's dependence on imported oil from dangerous places (as would Mr Bush's plan to double the country's petroleum reserves). But it would address global warming only tangentially. The Democrats in Congress are weighing much more dramatic measures, including across-the-board cuts to the greenhouse gases that are heating up the planet. At the state level, politicians of all stripes are already taking more radical steps. Even big business is coming round. Mr Bush may be dragging his feet, but America is greening fast.

A great article from The Economist on the greening of America.

Happy Australia Day!!

...to all Aussie Nomads out there, wherever you are!

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Aussie Govt website; wikipedia.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Wired Magazine's 42 BIG scientific questions (and answers)...

How did life begin? What's the universe made of? How did human language evolve? (WIRED.com)

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Get your Terror Free Oil!

A sign on the pump of the Terror-Free Oil gas station in Omaha, Neb.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Most ass-kicking festival lineup ever

Rage Against the Machine are reuniting to play a show for the first time since 2000.

Crowded House are getting back together to play after 11 years apart.

At the same festival, joined by the likes of DJ Shadow, Bjork, Manu Chao, Damien Rice, The Roots, Jose Gonzalez and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. Oh. And the Happy Mondays. Un-friggin-believable lineup.

nomads within 1000 kilometres of Southern California, get your ass to Coachella......

Monday, January 22, 2007

Want the best CSR traineeship ever?

Many of you know that I`m doing a traineeship with Microsoft Middle East & Africa, serving as regional Community Affairs Coordinator...

Well, I`m leaving soon and looking for an urgent replacement... For more info visit my blog.

Cheers,
Nino

http://www.google.de hijacked

This is what you get when you go to http://www.google.de right now.

google

And the official owner (at http://www.denic.de) is a private individual from Frankfurt.
Quite a scoop, I'd say.

Great business opportunity in Egypt

"

ASSALAMU ALEYKON WARAMOTON LAHI WABARAKATON.

DEAR FRIEND.

YOU DONT KNOW ME AND I DONT KNOW YOU BUT I BELEIVE YOU ARE A MUSLIM AND WITH THAT WE ARE FAMILY.

I BELEIVE YOU WILL FEAR ALLAH AND FEAR THE PUNISHMENT OF THE GRAVE.

YOU KNOW ONES WHO PROMISE AND FAIL HAVE A GREAT PUNISHMENT FROM ALLAH AND HE WILL BE PUNISH IN THIS LIFE AND IN HEAVEN.

I WANT TO EXPOSE ONE SECRET TO YOU AND THIS SECRET I WANT YOU AND ME WITH THE POORS ONE TO BENEFIT FROM THIS SECRET BUT I WILL NOT TELL YOU ALL THE DETAILS BY NOW UNTILL YOU HAVE A PROMISE WITH ME THAT YOU WILL NOT BETRAY ME.

LET ME JUST BRIEF YOU

I WORK WITH THE UNICEF AND AM ONE OF THE DIRECTOR IN HIGHER POST THERE.

THIS 2006 THERE IS A BROTHER  CONTRACTOR FROM EYGPT.HE WAS APPROVE A CONTRACT OF 31MILLION US DOLLAR UNDER A PROGRAMM SPONSORED BY PTF AND WFP UNDER OUR OFFICE UNICEF.

HE EXECUTE THIS CONTRACT SUCCESFULLY BUT ALONG THE EXECUTION OF THIS CONTRACT HE WAS ATTACK OF HEART DIEASES AND HE DIED BUT NO ONE KNOW EXPECT ME BECAUSE WHEN HE WAS IN HOSPITAL HE CALL ME AND WHEN HE DIE THE DOCTOR CALL ME BECAUSE WE ARE GOOD FRIENDS.

HE DID NOT GIVE ME HIS FAMILY ADDRESS AND ALL MY EFFORT TO FIND HIS FAMILY WAS IN FUTILE.

NOW IF HE DID NOT APPEAR TO HAVE HIS MONEY WITH US BEFORE 15TH OF JANUARY HIS CHEQUE WILL BE EXPIRED BECAUSE HE SUPPOSE TO HAVE COLLECT HIS CHEQUE SINCE 6MONTHS AGO BUT SINCE HE WAS SICK HE CAN MAKE IT UP.INALILAHI WAINA ROJUNA.

MAY ALLAH PUT IN IN RIGHT PATH.

 NOW ONE KNOW THAT HE HAVE DIED AND HIS CONTRACT PROFILE IS WITH ME AND IN HIS CONTRACT PROFILE HE WAS A PATNERSHIP BUSSINESS ALTHOUGH HE WAS ONLY HIM.

I CAN DO ALL THE POSSIBLE BEST TO SEE YOU CLAIM THIS MONEY AS YOUR.AND IT WILL BE EASY BECAUSE YOU WILL CLAIM TO BE THE PATNER OF THIS LATE BROTHER.

IF YOU CAN GIVE ME A GUNRATEE THAT YOU MAKE A PROMISE TO ME THAT YOU WILL NOT BETRAY ME THEN I CAN GIVE YOU ALL THE DETAILS.

IF YOU HAVE INTEREST YOU CAN ALSO CONTACT ME AT THIS EMAIL BELOW

h_hs478@yahoo.es

THEN I WILL GIVE YOU ALL THE FULL DETAILS.

HADJI HAMID"

 

The fruit of innovation from Nigeria spreads.

Singapore Bound

I will be in Singapore for two or three days starting on February 11th. Anybody still in that town?

Amsterdam to get statue to honour Prostitutes


The statue, designed by artist Els Rijerse, will likely be unveiled at the end of March, Dutch news agency ANP reported.

"In many countries, prostitutes struggle and people have no respect for them whatsoever. The statue is meant to give all those men and women strength," Mariska Majoor, a former prostitute who commissioned the statue, told ANP.

ANP said the statue, made of bronze, shows a woman who confidently looks out into the world.

scholarships for english courses?

from Gabriela, a member of AIESEC-Costa Rica....

I just have finished my period as VP OGX and I found your contact in my documents. At this time I am writing you as AEISEC?s friend to asking for your help? I just have finished my course in Business Administration, but here in Costa Rica it?s necessary to speak perfect English to find a competitive job. That?s why I would like to ask you if you know a Program in your University or other Program where I can get a scholarship to study English or just to practice English. Also if you know an aiesecer who is interested to come to Costa Rica to learn Spanish or just like a tourist, I can give her/him hospitality (not food) for one or two months and he/she can do the same with me?
Thank you for help,
Gabriela UmaƱa mgbarboza2 at yahoo dot com

Welcome to Blue Monday

Blue Monday: the most depressing day of the year
Bad weather, credit card bills and the failure to keep up those good resolutions make today the bleakest of the year. So if you feel down, you are not alone - but help is at hand, reports Richard Garner

The weather is bad, the nights are still long and your Christmas overspending has finally caught up with you. On top of that your New Year resolution to give up smoking has just gone out of the window as you strive to cope with the pressures of having gone back to work after the holiday break.


~ The Independent on January 22.

Oh I'm totally feeling it. Supposedly winter's supposed to be finally coming, but it's still just rainy and foggy, hovering just above zero celsius.

What do you get when you cross...

Biometric scans with ATM machines?

More security?
No more plastic cards in your pocket?
Both of the above and more...?

How about a new way of getting illiterate people easier access to a bank account... (Wired.com)

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Chicago Bears goes to the Superbowl

Happy Days

Happy Islamic New Year - and happy Tet!

Any other Lunar based peoples/calendars celebrating something today?

Rock it!

Friday, January 19, 2007

Problem with archive files on nomadlife blogs

I thought the problem was only with my blog, but I start searching and most of the blogs publish in nomadlife have the same problem, even nomadlife it self has the problem when you try to see the archive posts

Server Error in '/' Application.
The resource cannot be found. Description: HTTP 404. The resource you are looking for (or one of its dependencies) could have been removed, had its name changed, or is temporarily unavailable. Please review the following URL and make sure that it is spelled correctly. Requested Url: /ast/2005_08_01_archive.aspx

Does any body know how to fix this?

Russia sees Muslim population boom

Low domestic birth rates and rising immigration from the former Soviet republics have produced an explosive growth in Russia's Muslim community.

At the same time Russia's overall population is in crisis. Short life spans and low birth rates among ethnic Russians mean the population is declining by 700,000 people a year.

The return of long-denied religious freedoms in Russia has seen Islam flourish. As a result, many ethnic Russians fear their country is losing its national identity.

There are around 25 million Muslims in Russia today, a rise of 40 per cent since 1989.

More

If the trend continues, the Muslim population could outnumber ethnic Russians within 30 years.

5 minutes to Doomsday...

Find out why Sir Martin Rees (Britain's Astronomer Royal) and Stephen Hawking got together to push the "Doomsday Clock" two minutes ahead.. (BBC)

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Research shows AIESEC members are unique leaders

A research paper recently presented at the International Positive Psychology Summit in Washington DC, United States, shows that AIESEC members possess distinctive leadership strengths

No Shit.

Article here - http://www.aiesec.org/leaderresearch

To scrooge or not to scrooge

Here's a question for you Nomadlifers... What's your policy on begging? No... not for sex, but for the people who ask you for money, especially when traveling...

Here's an article from the washington post about the dilemma.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Wowawewa!

Congratulations, Borat! Who knew Sasha Baron Cohen was also a real hottie? ;-)

49% American Women are gay

Ok, the headline is not true but I am sure it gets your attention.

"For what experts say is probably the first time, more American women are living without a husband than with one, according to a New York Times analysis of census results.

In 2005, 51 percent of women said they were living without a spouse, up from 35 percent in 1950 and 49 percent in 2000." (NY Times)

Marriage has been confirmed to be optional.

Drinking water can kill you

A woman died a couple of days ago after participating in a contest of drinking water and hold peeing to win a Wii video game.

This problem is called Water Intoxication (hyperhydration) where your body is flooded from the inside. Our body contains a certain amount of electrolytes necessary for our biological electric transmission for cells to communicate. If you flood your system with water, this transmission mechanism gets disturbed and can cause you bad headache to death.

Some case of estacy related death were actually determined to be water intoxication cases.

This is the reason why when you get diarrhea doctors recommend you to drink sodium solution to replenish your water. Using sodium will ensure that you don't fuck up your electrolytes imbalance by going through a huge amount of water intake in a short period of time.

So drink water responsibly. If you want to drink a lot, drink beer. It's safer :)

Monday, January 15, 2007

psycho..

nomads..this one's a bit specific but would be super appreciative of any inroads in the matter...

I'm looking for current or past students that are pursuing or have finished their masters and phd in clinical psychology in the states. There are some nuances which include preferences for schools that offer practice opportunities along with the course.

If you guys know anyone that fits this profile and wouldn't mind being contacted by me for advice and details please drop me a line at dhruv(dot)chitgo(at)gmail(dot)com

Speed-Meeting

Has anyone tried speed-dating before? I'd like to start a variation on that theme in Graz and wanted to get some input/feedback on people's experience with this. Leave a comment, I'll get in touch with you!
~~~
Okay, no one wants to admit that they've tried speed-dating. Fair enough.
Well then, would you be willing to try something like speed-meeting? For meeting new activity partners and friends? If not, why not?

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Check out www.bloglines.com

This tool constitutes a little revolution in my life: www.bloglines.com. It's service:
"We track your favorite news, blogs, weather, and classifieds so that you don't have to."
Well, thanks a lot.. ;) It's most definitely helpful! Check it out (if you do not already know and use it). Thanks for sharing roomie!

Honeymooning in Iceland and Sweeden

"hello nomads --a friend of mine wants to honeymoon in iceland and sweden this may,but needs help planning out exact destinations, places to stay, thingsto do, etc etc. if you live or have lived, in one of those twocountries, and wouldn't mind corresponding with her about her upcomingtrip over email, please do let me know. simphonatic [at] gmail [dot]com.thanks!

sim

http://simran.nomadlife.org"

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Tanker breaks apart in the Norwegian sea

Cyprus tanker Server has broke apart and several tons of oil is now threatenning Norwegian coast. So far it has been estimated that around 300 tons has escaped into the sea to the north of Bergen port.

Tanker Server has gotten into a trouble after it drove onto a shallow place during a windstorm. Except for 585 tons of oil, the tanker was transfering 72 tons of fuel-oil. The tanker was on its way to Russian Murmansk.

Lots of parts of the tanker now are floating on the sea and are threat to ships that sail around. The Server was 180m long and had 25 men on board, none of them was injured.

More info or simply at Norwaypost

Thursday, January 11, 2007

mauritania

anyone ever been? know if the surfings good? want to go march 30- april 20 something??

(caveat..must want to learn arabic, camp on beach, and no tourist 'stuff')
: )

mauritania

anyone ever been? know if the surfings good? want to go march 30- april 20 something??
: )

problems?

any of you guys facing issues publishing to their personal nomadlife blogs? I certainly have...

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solutions?
merci!

Thanks and keep voting...

Hey Nomads,
Remember the post about helping the emerging Italian-AIESECer to reach the stars? (Read post: http://nomadlife.org/2007/01/emerging-italian-aiesecer-singer-we.aspx)
You guys have been great, thanks a lot on behalf of Eugenio M.
Please keep passing the voice and for those who still have not done it, listen to the song and vote..
http://www.acacciadistelle.it/concorso/concorso.php

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

For all you 'Chicken Littles' out there

The 2006 Annual Climate Review (U.S. Summary) was released yesterday.
ArsTechnica has some analysis. But the short version is: This year it was warmer than average (over the last 112 years) and may have been the warmest during that time.

Let the crys of "Global Warming" commence!

Brownshirts make a comeback in Europe

"Far-right MEPs have managed to club together in the European Parliament, getting enough members to form a political group entitling them to EU funds....The diverse group which houses politicians from Romania's anti-Roma xenophobic Greater Romania Party, through to France's and Belgium's anti-immigrant National Front and Vlaams Belang...." (EUobserver)
The block also includes Mussolini's daughter - not in a figurative or metaphorical sense - the daughter of Benito Mussolini is actually a Member of the European Parliament and prominent fascist. Alessandra Mussolini responded to criticism of her political position last year by saying "It's better to be a fascist than a faggot". Delightful.

The far-right caucus, to be named "Identity, Tradition and Sovereignty" was largely enabled by Romania's joining of the EU - 5 of its 35 MEP's have joined the block and seem to be freakishly nasty people. Romanians, whats the deal with this?

FAA Bans People From Flights

FAA Bans People From Flights
'Zero Tolerance for People,' Chertoff Says

In a move aimed at further tightening airport security, the Federal Aviation Administration announced today that it would ban all people from flights leaving or entering the United States, effective immediately. The FAA, which has in the past banned such objects as toenail clippers and hair gel, took the extraordinary step of banning people after the Department of Homeland Security conducted a thorough investigation of previous terror plots.

"We looked at terror plots of the past, and in each and every case, people were involved," said Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff at a Washington press briefing. "These new rules send the strong message that the FAA has zero tolerance for people."

Mr. Chertoff said that while banning liquids from flights was a constructive step, the only true solution was to ban people altogether. "Let's face it, hair gel doesn't kill people," he said. "People kill people." The Homeland Security Secretary acknowledged that the new rules would curtail Americans' ability to travel, but added, "On the plus side, that will make them easier for us to spy on."

The FAA's ban on people onboard flights raised questions for the nation's airlines, which must now ponder what, if anything, their airplanes will be carrying. But Davis Logsdon, who studies the airline industry at the University of Minnesota, said that the FAA's crackdown on people could be a "win-win" for the airlines: "Maybe if the airlines don't have people to worry about, they can finally concentrate on getting our luggage to the right destination."

** THIS IS PARODY **
Jim Louis posted it on the MeCo google forum a while back...

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

I am such an Apple Fanboy

Yet another revolution.

"An iPod, a phone, an internet mobile communicator. An iPod, a phone, an internet mobile communicator.... these are NOT three separate devices!"

Check out here for the play-by-play keynote speech from none other than Almighty Jobs himself: Apple Keynote Live blogged by Engagdet

Visit apple.com for the specs...

Asia 2008, I can hardly wait that long....

Goodbye Mr. Ramen

"The news last Friday of the death of the ramen noodle guy surprised those of us who had never suspected that there was such an individual. It was easy to assume that instant noodle soup was a team invention, one of those depersonalized corporate miracles, like the Honda Civic, the Sony Walkman and Hello Kitty, that sprang from that ingenious consumer-product collective known as postwar Japan.

But no. Momofuku Ando, who died in Ikeda, near Osaka, at 96, was looking for cheap, decent food for the working class when he invented ramen noodles all by himself in 1958. His product ? fried, dried and sold in little plastic-wrapped bricks or foam cups ? turned the company he founded, Nissin Foods, into a global giant. According to the company?s Web site, instant ramen satisfies more than 100 million people a day. Aggregate servings of the company?s signature brand, Cup Noodles, reached 25 billion worldwide in 2006." (NY Times)

Monday, January 08, 2007

Attention: Nomaders in Cairo

Hey y'all,
An @er from Madison, WI, U.S.A. and fellow nomader is looking for some comrades who will be in or around Cairo from Jan. 18th-June. I'll be studying in Egypt at American University in Cairo for the semester and would love to get together with other people on this page during my stay. If you could comment with your e-mail, etc, so I can contact you personally, that would be swell.

Thanks,
Adam Lichtenheld
Madison, WI, U.S.A.

Emerging Italian AIESECer singer: we need your vote!!!

Hello Nomads:
A current member of AIESEC in Italy is participating in an Italian song contest, so we are passing the voice in order to help him to reach the needed votes for a final round-up.
If you feel to support Eugenio Migliorisi, please go to:
http://www.acacciadistelle.it/concorso/concorso.php

Sign up at: PARTECIPA
(sorry, the site is in Italian, but the registration takes less than 1 minute and here is the translation)
NOME = NAME
COGNOME = LAST NAME
ANNO DI NASCITA = BIRTHDATE
SESSO = SEX
EMAIL
USERNAME
PASSWORD
PRIVACY = CHECK YES
Then, click continue..

After that, you are ready to vote. If you want, listen to the song first, and then vote for EUGENIO M. The name of the song is: ANCORA DI PIU

Thanks so much in advance to the people that will vote for this talented AIESECer.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

WARNING: This video is extremely addictive

New Years' Eve


On New Years Eve, I made a different kind of "resolution" well, it was more of a proposal. That's right, I proposed to my beautiful and wonderful girlfriend Jenny! The fancy French Dinner and hotel room tricked her into it. Wedding sometime in September and more details to follow on my blog.

Note that this picture is from our good friend Saki's birthday, this is not the bottle of wine Jenny had to drink before she said yes ;-)

Growing Up

Is being in your 20's, a.k.a 'grown up' fit your childhoood imagination ?

The rise of Asian Campus in America

"CROSS the United States, at elite private and public universities, Asian enrollment is near an all-time high. Asian-Americans make up less than 5 percent of the population but typically make up 10 to 30 percent of students at the nation?s best colleges:in 2005, the last year with across-the-board numbers, Asians made up 24 percent of the undergraduate population at Carnegie Mellon and at Stanford, 27 percent at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 14 percent at Yale and 13 percent at Princeton." (NY Times)

Veiled girls as soccer players...

In Amsterdan, the first soccer team with veiled girls was created, VVA/Spartaan Amsterdam. Part of the team are Morroccan girls that craved to play soccer. The idea was liked so much, the team does not have to pay any soccer fees and received a Nike sponsorship for several years...

First prize for a "wackiest warning"



The second prize was for an engine manufacturer which warned "Never use a lit match or open flame to check fuel level"

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Don't fly Adam Air

One Adam Air is missing in a flight over Sulawesi Island in Indonesia last week. So far it has yet to be discovered.

Now, usually this type of accident is 'tragic'  accident and probably won't happen again. Well, I did some digging about the incident log of the airline and I discovered this post from back in August 2006 about the numerous incidents with the airline.

This blogger came up with the average age of Adam Air's aeroplanes which is 18.1 years. Now old planes can still be safe to fly with if they have good maintenance. But considering the amount of incidents related to this airline, I would warn against boarding this flying coffin.

How 'a person of the year' turn Saddam into a marty

Most of you have seen the official silent broadcast of Saddam's execution (here), but there's another version captured in a cell phone camera that include sound that you can view here on youtube (graphic, it showed the full execution including 'the drop').

This USG (user generated content) generates so much heat in the Middle East because it shows the circus like execution of Saddam that turn an official death penalty execution to a Shiite lynching.

Now there is growing phenomenon that turn Saddam into a martyr. Yup, the monster himself might turn into a marty. The President of Egypt himself confirmed this phenomenon in his interview a couple days ago. If you track the reporting accross the web, you will see that the US, Iran and Isreal are being denounced for this barbarity. This is new, when the US and Israel are put in the same category as Iran. As I said, only in the ME.

Friday, January 05, 2007

the greatest medical milestone

The British Medical Journal is launching a competition to decide the greatest medical breakthrough.
The 15-strong shortlist was whittled down from 100 nominations from BMJ readers.

Anaesthesia
Antibiotics
Chlorpromazine
Computers
DNA
Evidence based medicine
Germ theory
Imaging
Immunology
Oral rehydration therapy
The Pill
Risks of smoking
Sanitation
Tissue culture
Vaccines

What do you think?

5-0 whitewash

"England cricket chiefs have launched a major review of the team's performances in Australia following their crushing 5-0 Ashes defeat.

England and Wales Cricket Board chief executive David Collier said the series was a "great disappointment" and "a number of lessons must be learned"." (BBC)

and check out daylife.com.

Murder Live on TV

"The Palestinian prime minister, Ismail Haniya, called today for an end to the internecine violence in Gaza, a day after members of his own Hamas militia surrounded the house of a Fatah commander, killed the man and his bodyguards and seriously wounded his wife and brother.

Before he died, the commander, Col. Muhammad Gharib, begged for help in a telephone call to Palestinian television that was broadcast live. He said in the call that he was being attacked by the Executive Force, a parallel security force under the command of the Hamas-run Interior Ministry, but Fatah leaders and fighters apparently did not respond to his plea.

?They are killers,? Colonel Gharib said of the gunmen. ?They are targeting the house, children are dying, they are bleeding. For God?s sake, send an ambulance, we want an ambulance, somebody move!?" (NY Times)

Thursday, January 04, 2007

FYI

There has been some ruckus about the first elected Muslim congressman swearing on the Qur'an.

however,

"But first, we?d like to alert you to an inaccuracy in the above sentence to underscore a point that?s been lost in the din. Mr. Ellison is not swearing in on the Koran. And no incoming members of Congress swear in on the Bible. Everyone is sworn in together during a private ceremony without any religious text." (The Caucus)

This is because of the US constitution

"
Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances." (more)

Global Warming!!

Being interested myself in the phenomena of Global Warming, and witnessed a dry summer, last summer in UK where some laws were issued against use of water for irrigating backyard gardens or washing cars, and one of the most rainy summers in the Netherlands (recorded highest in last 60 years), or experiencing the first snow in Cairo around 3 years ago, and a rainy "winter" in Dubai, or people who cancelled their holidays in Alps because of no snow for skiing; meaning weather is going abnormal everywhere in the world, and having media going on "the flow of creating immaginery issues for commercial reasons" and dealing with the issue on Wag-the-dog style BUT there is no single research has proven that this phenomena is a result of a human wrong-doings or pollution resulting from some industries, so for the people who are accusing US or western countries for not caring about environment, blame mother-nature for it!!
and for people who watched The day after tomorrow and got scared, cheer up and do not believe in media-created, what so called Exaggerated Science!!

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

gmail ate my mail

Gmail has been acting for the past couple of days and today I just go about 100 messages that I supposed to receive 4 days ago. So if you emailed me last year, your reply will come soon.

Will you eat cloned beef?

The US consumers will start getting cloned beef in the near future in their supermarkets.

Monday, January 01, 2007

'Excess work was damaging my health'

"I had to work a seven day week so we could set ourselves up.

"But this left me no time to do anything else. I had no time to go to the gym or do any of the other things I used to do to relax.

He found he was getting really tired all the time and getting colds. He is not as fit and healthy as he used to be
Sam Smith

"I was suffering from increased headaches and was very tired, when I got home I would not be able to relax and would have to stay up until I could unwind.

"I was able to do this for the four months, but I could not have done it any longer."

Sam said the extra hours put increasing strain on their strong relationship.

"The hours he was working would vary from day to day, but he would not come home before 9-10pm at night.

"We became a lot snappier with each other.

"Things were not easy and I found myself getting angrier. I would find myself nagging him because he was at work, even though I knew he was doing it for a reason.

A study by the At Home Society shows 12 million Britons are risking their relationships for work and that one in five relationships are on hold for the sake of climbing the career ladder.

In the last year the number of people putting in extra hours at work has risen from 8.6m to 9.5m - a third of all British workers.

More than four out of ten (41%) workers admit they put more time and effort into their relationships with colleagues than partners.

And 31% say they do more for colleagues than loved ones.

BBCNews

100 things BBC found out in 2006

You can find out on this list whether Polar Bear will win in a fight against a lion.

Welcome to Eu

Bulgaria and Romania joined the EU today.