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What is there to stare at?

Time Unknown - Mon, 04/06/2007 - 8:13pm
Couple of days ago, on my way to the train, I ran into a situation where lots of people were staring at an ambulance and and a man who had gotten hurt. By staring I mean staring for minutes, doing nothing else. What's there to stare at. Help if you can, call help if none yet has, and if you can do neither, get on with your life.

كل واحد مننا فى قلبه حكاية

لست أدرى - Mon, 04/06/2007 - 7:15pm
صرتُ أكره الصباحاتِ الباردة،
وحكايات الطاولاتِ الوحيدة.
وصرتُ ألعن مع كلِ إنتظار.. الإنتظار..



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العنوان جملة من أغنية لسعاد ماسى
Lasto adri *Blue*

التراب الحي

بنت مصرية - Mon, 04/06/2007 - 6:51pm
خمسة يونيو.. لسه بطعم الهزيمة ونكهة الانكسار ، لأننا لسه ما أخدناش بتار الأسرى المصريين اللى اتقتلوا وهما عزل من السلاح.. من الوطن

انشروا على النت.. صوت الشهداء وعرفوا بقضيتهم، زنوبيا الجميلة عملت موقع عن الأسرى المصريين.. موقع مش للذكرى، انما لقضية لازم نحييها من تانى

Sidux vs. Mint: Can You Live the Pure Open Source Life?

tuxmachines.org - original work by srlinuxx - Mon, 04/06/2007 - 5:57pm

There are valid and compelling reasons why one might want to use only Open Source Software. Avoids any patent or IP legal issues, better security, and encourages innovation are just a few. Many, like myself, would like to be completely Open Source if it didn't mean losing too much functionality. Can your computer environment be entirely Open Source? What might we give up if we chose that path?

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خيبة إلكترونية

الدين والديناميت - Mon, 04/06/2007 - 5:44pm
للمرة الثانية أؤجل الكتابة عن الأزهر.. إذا كان شر البلية ما يضحك فإن أشرها ما يضحك ويتم السكوت عليه والدفاع عنه وتبريره أيضاً..
بعد تليفون ميتسوبيش الإسلامي ، ومبردات "المشتاقون إلى الجنة" ، أبشركم بأن أصابع "التكنولوبيا" ستمتد إلى الصلاة أيضاً!
ففي أحدث صيحات الهيافة توصل أحد أصحاب شركات البرمجيات -ولله الحمد والمنة- إلى اختراع جهاز أسماه مبدئياً "الرفيق" يقوم مقام الإمام في الصلاة ..وأجازته دار الإفتاء مع مراعاة عدة اقتراحات أخرى.. أتركها لكم لقراءتها في متن الخبر للذين لا يعانون من مشاكل في ضغط الدم..

اسعديه .. تسعدى به وبحبه

skylight - لكل نساء الشرق - Mon, 04/06/2007 - 5:41pm
فى مصالحة مع الرجال الذين يعتقدون انى أعلن الحرب عليهم أكتب هذا

صباحية بميوعة البن

الله ..الوطن ..فاطمة - Mon, 04/06/2007 - 5:23pm
أستيقظت اليوم في تمام السابعة مساءًا ؛ أنسكبت كنكة القهوة علي يدي ، مما سبب لي آلم كبير رغم أنني كنت حريص علي عدم السرحان لكي لا تفور ويضيع “الوش” السميك المحبب لي ، عدت منذ فترة إلي فصيلة القهوة بعد ان هجرت عالم النسكافيه الصباحي فقد تأكدت أنه دخيل علي ثقافتي كما أنه لا يصحيح الذيذي الجالس بداخلي كما يدعون…

My Great Unrequited Love Goes For...

whose ego - Mon, 04/06/2007 - 4:28pm


The Girl I Used To Know
like a child in a candy shop, i miss the feeling
that incontestable unbounded happiness once again
cause the child never gets old i promise



Ken Vickery drops some history on us

Ethan Zuckerman's musings on Africa, international development a - Mon, 04/06/2007 - 2:53pm

Historian Kenneth Vickery is a pinch-speaker today, filling in for George Ayittey. It’s awfully hard to fill Ayittey’s shoes, but Ayittey has been well represented by early speakers, and Vickery has a useful set of stories to tell - historical stories from the continent from the past millenium. He starts with his own story - a young graduate student, hitchhiking from Nairobi to Arusha, and collecting stories from the man kind enough to pick him up and the people he encountered on the trip.

A 3.3 billion year old toddler

Ethan Zuckerman's musings on Africa, international development a - Mon, 04/06/2007 - 2:24pm

Zeray Alemseged is an Ethiopian paleontologist who claims responsibility for an amazing discovery: the world’s oldest child skeleton. In northeastern Ethiopia, he’s discovered a skeleton of a three year old girl which is 3.3 million years old. The skeleton, called Selam, is a member of the species http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australopithicus.

Bono versus Mwenda

Ethan Zuckerman's musings on Africa, international development a - Mon, 04/06/2007 - 1:54pm

The second session opens with a remarkable piece of film, an excerpt from a stop-motion animation titled, “Only the Hand that Erases Can Write the True Thing”. It’s a haunting and moving piece, but i’s a bit jarring before we move into the rest of the session, which opens as a rebuttal of the first session.

Getting rowdy with Andrew Mwenda

Ethan Zuckerman's musings on Africa, international development a - Mon, 04/06/2007 - 12:27pm

Ugandan journalist Andrew Mwenda is man of strong opinions. His opinions in 2005 about Museveni’s government were strong enough to put him in jail briefly. He tells us that this is an auspicious time for this meeting, since it parallels the meetings in Germany for the G8 which are discussing “a Marshall plan for aid for Africa”. To call Mwenda skeptical about this idea is to do him an injustice - he’s a firm believer that international aid is a dangerous and largely harmful direction for Africa.

Africa - open for business

Ethan Zuckerman's musings on Africa, international development a - Mon, 04/06/2007 - 12:11pm

If there’s a document that summarizes the spirit of African 2.0 that Emeka is trying to showcase at this conference, it’s Carol Pineau’s film, “Africa: Open for Business“. She tells us that her reason for making a film focusing on African entrepreneurship was her frustration as a journalist. She covered wars and famines, but she couldn’t sell a story to her editors about cellphones on the continent.

A different image of Africa

Ethan Zuckerman's musings on Africa, international development a - Mon, 04/06/2007 - 12:08pm

June Arunga tells us in her three minute talk that, as a kid growing up in Kenya, she was fascinated by “cool stuff” from around the world. “All this stuff had a label on it ‘made in X country’ and none of those countries where in Africa. “Why does the cool stuff come from elsewhere?” she wondered. “Why can kids at 16 get cars at graduation in the US, when it’s hard to get a car with a PhD in Kenya?”

Euvin Naidoo on bringing light to Africa

Ethan Zuckerman's musings on Africa, international development a - Mon, 04/06/2007 - 12:06pm

A note for everyone: I’ve gotten a number of requests to reuse content from this site about the TED conference. The answer is a blanket “yes”. Everything I write is available under Creative Commons atrribution license. That means that as long as you give me credit and preferably link back to here, you’re welcome to use my words whatever way you’d like.

Gnome Specimen 0.2 is out!

uwstopia - Mon, 04/06/2007 - 12:06pm

I proudly present Gnome Specimen 0.2, your favourite tool for previewing and comparing fonts. It has been a while since the initial Gnome Specimen release happened. Since then, development has slowed down a bit… however, Gnome Specimen is still alive!

User-visible changes in this release:

20 hour week is way of the future

Tectonic - Mon, 04/06/2007 - 11:59am
A study conducted by Gartner predicts that by 2015 a significant increase in 'less-time' roles will increase the total number of knowledge workers and decrease the average number of hours each works per week. Bring on those easy hours! <br />

ENOSLEEP

Alexander Larsson - Mon, 04/06/2007 - 10:48am
The (so far unnamed, but we're working on that) baby hasn't given us much sleep recently. But she is very cute!

I put up some photos on flickr.

Industry calls for local loop unbundling deadlines

Tectonic - Mon, 04/06/2007 - 10:32am
Without a clear timetable for the unbundling of the local loop, the process is certain to be delayed, says local telecommunications operator DataPro.

TED Africa - introducing Africa 2.0

Ethan Zuckerman's musings on Africa, international development a - Mon, 04/06/2007 - 9:27am

I’ve only been to TED - the Monterey, CA-based “Technology, Entertainment and Design” conference twice - but I’ve worked out a basic survival strategy for those events. Because I spend the conference blogging in real time - a practice that requires roughly 120% of my brain capacity - I do my best to hide in a hotel room during off hours, sleep as much as possible and generally turn one of the world’s great networking opportunities into a near-solitary practice.

The Truth About Wireless Devices

multiplicity - Mon, 04/06/2007 - 9:00am

Hilarious cartoon exposé about the true dangers of having a wifi device in your home. Be Afraid! Be very afraid!

Wellington Grey — The Truth About Wireless Devices

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