I hate Lebb even more now

Last Sunday, a father and mother came to the ER with their young daughter. A cute 1 year old was in severe stridor, dyspneic and breathing rapidly.

The mother said that the girl's father was watching TV and enjoying some [Lebb|http://baheyeldin.com/egypt/cuisine/snacks.html]. He offered his daughter one, the girl choked on it in seconds.

"What the .." I shouted in their face. "Why would you do that ? Don't you know that ..." I found it ridiculous to lecture the parents while the girl is making all those noises. I stopped turned to the resident doctor who told me to stop complaining and take the girl to the x-ray and cardio-thoracic.

I couldn't help myself, I just treated the father the worst treatment ever. While taking the girl to the cardio-thoracic surgeons. I gave him looks called him "Mr. Smart", "Mr. Genius", "Mr. Responsible". But they were so cold, gah I am sure they didn't bring their daughter right away. May be the noises she was making didn't let them sleep.

remembering names

There is a big chance that I will not remember your name. You will tell me your name tomorrow, next day I will forget it. The weird thing is, if it is a totally alien name that comes from a different culture and easy to pronounce. I will remember it for several years.

My biology teacher in school, she happens to be a doctor, had the same problem. She only remembered few names in class. Her reason was, she was taught huge amount of nouns and words in medical school to the extent that her head became saturated with them. Her memory centers refuses to accept more names.

But I don't quite think that this is true. Lots of my colleagues just remember my name with only one introduction. My name sticks in their heads. Each morning, I am greeted by my name from all the familiar unnamed faces I know. And my response is a very generic greeting. I try to be quite inventive and choose different greetings, so as to appear as witty as possible.

Pavements and institutions

If you look at segment of a pavement in the street. You will come to a similar conclusion like mine; Pavements mirror the state of Egyptian institutions.

Each segment is being swept and kept clean by a Kanas. Everyday, in the morning, he sweeps pieces of paper and cigarette butts. Finishes a segment and moves to the next. Regardless of his work, the pavement is still as ugly as it was. Still very dusty and looks awful. Every month a group of workers come to fix this pavement. They apply a layer of white and black paint. It will look fresh and bright for one day. The next day, it will look as it used to; poor and ugly. It is the shoddy structure of the pavement which is full of damages and dents that collects dust and dirt very quickly.

The pavement helps very few people. But will be a bad experience for almost everyone. Only few pedestrians use it to walk from one point to another. It is not accessible, it changes sizes and dimensions every few segments and follows no set of rules. For a blind man a pavement might be his worst nightmare. For an old man, it is a mountain to climb, the thought of it sends pain all over his arthritic joints. For a lively kid, it is the place to decorate his knees with wounds. For a toddler, it is exercise in pulling his arm out of its socket, as his mother pulls him upwards every few minutes so he can avoid hurdles.

Leave them alone

a kid jockey in Sudan

Human rights groups condemn the trafficking and exploitation of kids used as camel jockeys. They lobby hard to stop the use of young children slaves in such a dangerous sport. In 2003, UAE responded by a law that prohibits children under 15 or weighing less than 45 kilograms to take part in the sport. However there are evidence that young kids are still used.

Qatar recently responded by developing, with a Swiss robotics firm, a remote controlled robotic camel jockey.

The poor animal will be controlled with a wireless remote!

Bakkar

Yay! Akheran, some content that belongs to our popular culture appears on the www. I found 5 picture books of your favourite cartoon character and national hero.

  • [Bakkar and the little bird|http://www.icdlbooks.org/icdl/SaveBook?bookid=atfbird_00110001&lang=English]
  • [Bakkar at the zoo|http://www.icdlbooks.org/icdl/SaveBook?bookid=atftzoo_00110005&lang=English]
  • [Bakkar in the library|http://www.icdlbooks.org/icdl/SaveBook?bookid=atflbry_00110003&lang=English]
  • [Bakkar loves school|http://www.icdlbooks.org/icdl/SaveBook?bookid=atfschl_00110004&lang=English]
  • [Bakkar visits the dentist|http://www.icdlbooks.org/icdl/SaveBook?bookid=atfdent_00110002&lang=English]

UPDATE:

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Bakkar goes to Disney World, finds him

Pediatrics take 2 ... and more

Started the pediatrics round, again.

Well, I need to explain this. The first ten days in the my internship. We were randomly distributed. I went to the pediatrics hospital in those few days. There, I got the worst flu in 15 years and had a good amount of grief and distress from the conditions of some children and the death of two of them.

After that, I had two months in Surgery. I learned lots of practical stuff. I didn't manage to attend lots of outpatient clinics, so I didn't really feel that I increased my knowledge of surgery. I enjoyed the Accidents and Emergency though. Lots of appendicitis, cholecystitis and renal colic. Most interesting were wounds and poly-trauma patients. Despite the most annoying thing about poly-trauma patients. They need lots of work.

Today, I couldn't find any information about [Aya|http://whirlpool.foolab.org/node/22]. The girl with a huge Subcutaneous Heamangioma. She was transferred to another unit.

Quick Break

All plans for ROC related matters collapse as everyone decides to abandon Cairo. Why not me then. I am in Marina for a couple of days.

UPDATE: I am back. Damn the me7war was so busy. I spent an hour in 8km. And as usual an air quality shock, while entering Cairo.

ANOTHER UPDATE:
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Marina from space.

How to Blog Anonymously

Or, how to survive censorship.

What is going on with Bahraini web publishers is sad. They [will be facing legal action|http://gulf-daily-news.com/Story.asp?Article=110287&Sn=BNEW&IssueID=28036] if they don't register their sites with the government, including sites hosted on servers outside Bahrain.

The good thing is; [Bahraini bloggers will do something about it|http://www.mahmood.tv/index.php/blog/1569].

What they are going to do will either back fire or provide them with the freedom they want. [We|http://www.egybloggers.com/], on the other hand, are entering a sensitive period. I am not sure if we will be always granted the level of freedom we have now. Our government did censor sites in the past.

I also have learned that there is an ISP reseller in Egypt that is blocking the [Egyptian Blogregator|http://manalaa.net/egblogs]. This was reported by [Boody|http://slashproc.net]. No one is sure if this is because the content of the aggregator or for other silly reasons. No one knows if this block was done by other ISPs, or not.

Brains Made in China

After the [Chinese cars|http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/english/doc/2005-04/15/content_434431.htm] that will be assembeled here.

I would like to present to you, the [Chinese university|http://english.people.com.cn/200504/25/eng20050425_182605.html], here is an excrept:

;:China and Egypt on Sunday signed an agreement on establishing the Egyptian Chinese University (ECU) in Cairo, the first Chinese university to be set up in the Middle East region.

Now, I can't really understand why do we need this. May be for business studies and technology. Which [Americans|http://www.aucegypt.edu/], [Germans|http://www.guc.edu.eg/], [British|http://www.britishcouncil.org/egypt-education-british-education-in-egypt.htm], Canadians and [French|http://www.universite-fe.edu.eg/] are all trying to do.

But, what are they going to teach in this Chinese university in regards to history, society and politics ? Would it praise the ideology of the People's Republic of China ? Will this university allow Egyptian students to discuss topics that are taboo in China ?

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