We Will Trancsend

I watching the clip and started to cry.  I cried because it was so touching, true and painful.  I cried because when you are so far away from all of the important women in your life you know how much they mean to you and how important their support is.  You understand that with their help, hugs and compassion, your life is a nicer place to be.  


Does Happiness Have a Price Tag?

Benjamin Wallace, a journalist explores that question by trying out some really expensive, very sought after items and tells the story.

I agree with the conclusion that some of us perceive things that are more expensive to be better.  I try not to fall into that trap in the day to day items like Olive Oil for example but there are other items which you buy for the attached status symbol. I try to ask myself if I am one hundred percent sure I really need something and if there is an alternative which is just as good for less.  I am not cheap, I am just in charge of the household budget.  I did buy a pair of designer jeans though once right before I got married, managed to wear it for a few months, got  pregnant and still haven’t managed to get back to my skinny weight (which is not really so skinny) so that I can wear them.  Let’s just say I now own and love a regular non brand pair of jeans which look good and fit.

Attaching value to an item because of its price can be looked at in two ways, what you think of an item and what you think of people (including yourself) who own an item.  An item should be judged for its overall quality just like a person should be judged for their character not for the material items they posses and how much they cost.

We all like the finer things in life, as long as we can afford it then their is no problem.  When it comes to people though we should look at who they really are inside.

Craig Harper at Stepcase Lifehack also has an interesting summary of the talk and his own input.

Unleash Your Inner Child

“Genius is
more than
childhood recaptured at
will, childhood
equipped now with
man’s physical means to
express itself, and with the analytical mind that enables it to bring order into the sum of experience, involuntarily amassed.”
When was the last time you skipped or hopped?  When was the last time you giggled like a 2 year old?  Jumped up and down until you felt dizzy?

This site has lots of ways to unleash your inner child.  Here are some examples:

Waskilly Wabbit
Say “aah-eeee-ahh-eee” with a deep voice, but relax your face and shake your head back and forth hard and fast so that your cheeks flap. Sounds like Elmer Fudd when he’s trying to shake off the dizzyness that comes from being hit on the head. Try this next time you get flattened by a falling anvil, see if it helps.

Dry your tongue!
Get a clean cloth or paper towel. Stick out your tongue, then dry it thoroughly with the cloth. Keep sticking it out so it will air-dry a bit more. Now challenge your friends to feel your dry tongue surface. Weird and creepy. Grab the hands of an unsuspecting passersby, and force them up against your warm dry tongue.

Zen Fluid Dynamics
Sit in a sunbeam in a dimly-lit room. Light a stick of incense, hold it vertically, then move it upwards and stop suddenly, with a jerk. A perfect smoke-ring will be launched from the burning tip. Move the incense upwards, then suddenly jerk downwards, then repeat. You can launch fast smoke-rings through the center of slow ones, create side-by side rows, etc. In a draft-free room they persist for ages, and soon the air will be full of huge grey thin circles. Contemplate the silent Chaos.

Dream with me

Nassim Taleb, can we really forecast numbers?

Another great pop!cast from Pop!Tech. Nassim Taleb explains how random numbers might be just as good as forecast numbers.

Telling Stories – Tracy Chapman


I am a Tracy Chapman fan. For so many reasons I guess but this song reminds me of Winter, of our first car “The Uno” and of friends. So here’s one of my favorite songs of all time. To winter, to friends and to the freedom of owning a car and having a driving license. May all of those return for so many years to come.

Little Mosque on the Prairie

Little Mosque on the Prairie DVD cover

Little Mosque on the Prairie DVD cover

I was in Canada in January 07 and they were promoting Little Mosque on the Prairie, but I never managed to catch any of the shows. I have already seen Seasons 1 and 2 and Season 3 has just started last month. I remember reading Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder when I was little and thought the show’s title was funny. I was also very intrigued to see how they would deal with the whole Muslim thing. I found Canada to be Muslim friendly or perhaps the area I was in was more used to dealing with lots of immigrants and perhaps converts. The show is funny and quite down to earth without being offensive manages to poke fun at everyone.

If you are interested you can find the episodes here.

What would we do without the internet?

Salam ya balady – Rage3leek mafihash kalam

we koli sho2 we a7lam.
This is exactly how I feel. Yes I know Egypt is a mess but if we are not going to fix it then who is? If we have given up then who will help this phoenix rise up from its ashes?
The song is amazing, and this specific YouTube version is of Alex, which makes it even meaningful to me.

Web 2.0 demystified in under 5 minutes

A while back I tried explaining web 2.0 to someone and found it very difficult.  Dr Michael Wesch, a professor in Kansas State University does it perfectly and in under 5 minutes too.