A chance to see

There will be an event next week that you shouldn't miss. Its a chance to see and learn about great computer software like Mozilla Firefox and others. It's not for technical people and it is all about free software. It is organized by volunteers to display the work of thousands of other volunteers.

You can read more about it here


This time, correctly calculated, I have spent 16 hours in the emergency ward. Not in one shot. 4 hours in the morning and 12 hours night shift.

It was like a disaster zone, sick children didn't stop pouring in. Mostly gastroenteritis and febrile convulsions cases. One child came with a cardiac arrest and Aya with a huge subcutaneous hemangioma over her abdomen.

8 hours

Today was my second day in a year long internship (a.k.a Emtiaz). I had an 8 hour long shift from 08:00 till 20:00. Learned lots of things, but it is very tiring. I feel like a zombie writing this.

Currently, I am in the pediatrics hospital. Some kids are just wonderful, others are annoying and lots of the kids break your heart from the painful cries or the grave illnesses. Lots of work in this hospital. And everyone is doing their best, as far as I can see.

Free Mojtaba and Arash Day

Iranian bloggers are awesome. There are almost 65,000 ''active'' blogs from an estimated 200,000. At such number any oppressive regime must be in terror, if it fears freedom of expression.

Anyhow, I hope non of the handful Egyptian bloggers will end up like Mojtaba, Arash or any of the prosecuted bloggers in Iran. Well, lets just hope that more Egyptian bloggers would start to exist and start poking the limits of freedom in the press and other controlled media.

Google before anything

I have been receiving large number of sms.ac invitations in the past months. I have never responded to those invitations, but they are very annoying and it seems like my friends are spamming me with those invitations.

Yesterday, it drove me nuts. The invitations are repeating every few days, warning me that I am not responding to requests and sms.ac keeps on resending the requests!

Anyways, [a simple google search|http://www.google.com/search?ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=sms%2Eac] shows that sms.ac does both; scam and spam.

Now, to google before every web service they join is too much trouble for my ''Fwd:Fwd:friends''.

How can I tell them to be a little bit more cautious?

UPDATE: Ok, solution is very simple. Create a filter rule in your mail application to move any mail that matches invitiation.sms.ac (in the from: field) to Trash.

Primum non nocere

I officially finished medical school. Results are out. I am glad to leave behind days of stress, photocopied notes, nights of high caffiene, panic, anger, fear, guilt and countless number of mixed emotions.

Although it is time to celebrate and relax. I can't stop thinking of what is to come. I hope that I start truly learning the Art. I wish that I always feel that I know so little, so I always look for more.

I will always do my best to help people, abide by the ethics and serve humanity and ultimatly become a servant of truth.

ROCing the boat

Last year I attended the first phase of an intensive training course called Research Orientation Course (ROC). It provides training for medical students on scientific methods and research.

I learned a lot from this course.

I think we, medical students, are being taught in a negative way which is based on rote learning only. This results in conformist physicians who lack any understanding of the history and philosophy of medical science. And know nothing about why and how science works. Students are oblivious to the fact that what they have learned is not dogma, and medical sciences will be updated, changed and revised in the future, infinite number of times.

All of this results in graduates who will have to overcome lots of hard coded mental sets to be able to upgrade their knowledge and skills. ROC emphasizes on the importance of logic, inquiry, rationality, reasoning and scientific methods in our field.

A Feast of Ebooks

Alaa [mentions on his blog | http://www.manalaa.net/node/37] our purchase of a CD filled with 267 ebooks from a series published by the Kuwait National Culture and Art Council. The series contain several books in many fields, many of them are translated from popular books. Here is a list of the translated books. They are all in Arabic.

  • 11 & 233- Legacy of Islam by Joseph Schacht and Clifford Edmund Bosworth.
  • 18- Comedy by Moelwyn Merchant
  • 18- Tragedy by Clifford Leach
  • 20- Straight and Crooked Thinking by Robert H Thouless
  • 28- Africa in social change by Peter Cutt Lloyd
  • 32- The technology of teaching by [B. F. Skinner | http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B._F._Skinner]
  • 39- [The Ascent of Man | http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ascent_of_Man] by [Jacob Bronowski | http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._Bronowski]
  • 47- The Idea of Law by Dennis Lloyd
  • 53- The concept of the primitive by [Ashley Montagu | http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashley_Montagu] et al
  • 55- The Next 200 Years: A scenario for america and the world by [Herman Kahn | http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herman_Kahn] et al
  • 58- Existentialism by John Macquarrie
  • 62 & 72- Wisdom of the West by [Bertrand Russell | http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bertrand_Russell]
  • 64- World Hunger by Francis Moore Lappe and Joseph Collins
  • 67- Humankind by Peter Farb
  • 76- Death and Western thought by Jacques Choron
  • 82- The shaping of the modern mind by Crane Brinton
  • 88- Microbes and Man by John Postgate
  • 90- West & the World Vol 1 by Kevin Reilly
  • 92- The shape of minds to come by John G Taylor
  • 96- Non-Jewish Zionism: Its Roots in Western History by Regina Sharif
  • 97- West & the World Vol 2 by Kevin Reilly
  • 106 & 243- Mind Managers by [Herbert Schiller | http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herbert_Schiller]
  • 110- Concepts of Criticism by Rene Wellek
  • 112- Science and scientific researchers in modern society by John P. Dickinson
  • 116 & 122- Latin America in Its Literature by Cesar Fernandez Moreno
  • 120- The Psychology of Play by Susanna Miller
  • 124- The Anxiety Disease by David Sheehan
  • 125- Life Itself by Francis Crick
  • 130- Genetic Prophecy: Beyond the Double Helix by Dr. Zsolt Harsanyi and Richard Hutton
  • 132- [How Europe Underdeveloped Africa|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How_Europe_Underdeveloped_Africa] by [Walter Rodney|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Rodney]
  • 134- The new story of science by Robert M. Augros and George Stanciu
  • 136- The Japanese by Edwin O. Reischauer
  • 140- The heart of man, its genius for good and evil by [Erich Fromm | http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erich_Fromm]
  • 142- Our common future by The World Commission on Environment and Development (1987) Bruntland, G. (editor)
  • 144- General and Special Creativity* by Alexandru Rosca
  • 146- by Georgy Dmitrievich Gachev
  • 148- Not in our genes : biology, ideology and human nature by Steven Rose, Leon J. Kamin and Richard C. Lewontin
  • 154- The Shifting Point by [Peter Brook | http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Brook]
  • 156- Understanding and Helping the Schizophrenic: A Guide for Family and Friends by Silvano Arieti
  • 159- The Book of Time, edited by John Grant and Colin Wilson
  • 163- Secrets of Sleep by Alexander Borbely
  • 165- Contemporary European Philosophy by I. M. Bochenski
  • 168- [The Structure of Scientific Revolutions | http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Structure_of_Scientific_Revolutions] by [Thomas Samuel Kuhn|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Kuhn]
  • 169 & 170- Povijest Knjige (History of Book) by Aleksandar Stipcevic
  • 172- Artificial Intelligence by
  • 176- Genius, creativity, and leadership: Historiometric inquiries by Dean Keith Simonton
  • 178- Cosmos by [Carl Sagan | http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_sagan]
  • 182- Orality and Literacy: The Technologizing of the Word by [ Walter J. Ong| http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Ong]
  • 185- The Day the Universe Changed by [James Burke| http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Burke]
  • 189- by Jean-Marie Pelt
  • 191- End: Cosmic Catastrophe and the Fate of the Universe by Frank Close
  • 194- Goethe und die arabische Welt by Katharina Mommsen
  • 197- Oriental Philosophies by John Koller
  • 201- Head to Head : The Coming Economic Battle Among Japan, Europe, and America by Lester C. Thurow
  • 206- Structuralism and Since : From Levi Strauss to Derrida by John Sturrock
  • 208- Genius: The History of an Idea by Penelope Murray
  • 210 & 211
  • 213- Too Many People by Sir Roy Calne
  • 217- Code of Codes: Scientific and Social Issues in the Human Genome Project by Daniel J. Kevles (Editor), and LeRoy Hood (Editor)
  • 219 & 260- The Rise of Early Modern Science: Islam, China and the West by Toby E. Huff
  • 222- Environmental History: A Concise Introduction by Ian G. Simmons
  • 227- A Short History of Linguistics by R. H. Robbins
  • 231- [The Road Ahead| http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Road_Ahead] by [Bill Gates | http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Gates]
  • 232- Imperial Medicine and Indigenous Societies by David Arnold
  • 238- [The Global Trap: Globalization and the Assault on Prosperity and Democracy (Die Globalisierungsfalle) | http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Global_Trap] by [Hans-Peter_Martin | http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hans-Peter_Martin]
  • 241-
  • 244- Modern Social Theory: From Parsons to Habermas by Ian Craib
  • 245- Is Science Necessary: Essays on Science and Scientists by [Max Perutz | http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max_Ferdinand_Perutz]
  • 246- The Politics of Modernism: Against the New Conformists by [Raymond Williams | http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raymond_Williams]
  • 249- The Invention of Ancient Israel: The Silencing of Palestinian History By Keith Whitelam
  • 251- Number: From Prehistoric Times to the Computer Age by John Mcleish
  • 253- The Infomedia Revolution by Frank Koelsch
  • 254- Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space by [Carl Sagan | http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_sagan]
  • 256- Munitions of the mind : war propaganda from the ancient world to the nuclear age by Philip M. Taylor
  • 258- The Power of the Machine: The Impact of Technology from 1700 to the Present Day by R. A. Buchanan
  • 262- Emotional Intelligence by [Daniel Goleman | http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Goleman]
  • 263- Language and Economy by Florian Coulmas
  • 266- Creations of Fire: Chemistry's Lively History from Alchemy to the Atomic Age by Cathy Cobb and Harold Goldwhite

I finished medical school!

I should have written this yesterday. But I was exteremly tired. I finished the final exams of the final 6th year in Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine. Few weeks and I would officially append those initials to my name: M.B. B.Ch.

The last exam was an interview style surgery exam. The professor asks in what you have studied in the past year in surgery, asks about some old pathological specimens stored in jars, about operative details, surgical instruments and radiographs.