Egyptian journalist detained

Alaa reports that armed state security forces detained the Egyptian journalist Ahmad Abdollah "Abo Islam". They broke in to his house on Monday. Five bloggers visited him and knew from his son that state security forces threatened his family at gun point and confiscated computer hard drives, CDs and books. He was a member of the Labour "El A'aml" party, former editor in ASha'ab newspaper and published two other newspapers. Currently he writes on a website called Balady Net. Abo Islam runs the Center for Islamic Enlightenment, which aims at bringing different religions closer together.

The Fiat 128 is back

The Egyptian version of the [Zastava 128 GLS|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiat_128] is back and [available for sale|http://yugomisr.com/]. The [Car of the year|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car_of_the_Year] 1969 is back in production in 2005. Well, actually it is almost 2006 by now.

Speaking of 2006 and the 21st century and so on. [Read about hybrid vehicles|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hybrid_vehicles].

But you know, the 128 deserves our respect. She was so useful to so many people. And probably still useful to many today. For almost 30 years (or more?), this car was the hallmark of the Egyptian streets.

I once saw a 128 in the Netherlands while I was in transit going back home from Canada. I was 16 years old at the time and I was home sick after 40 days in North America. But seeing the 128 suddenly made me feel closer to home.

Instant Anonymity

If you don't want to end up like [Abdolkarim|http://www.google.com/blogsearch?as_q=&c2coff=1&btnG=Search+Blogs&as_epq=&as_oq=abdolkarim+%D8%B9%D8%A8%D8%AF-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%83%D8%B1%D9%8A%D9%85-%D9%86%D8%A8%D9%8A%D9%84&as_eq=soroush+karam903&bl_pt=&bl_bt=&bl_url=&bl_auth=&as_drrb=q&as_qdr=&as_mind=1&as_minm=3&as_miny=30&as_maxm=11&as_maxy=2005&filter=0&sa=N&start=0] and think that being anonymous is no easy feat. Check [TorPark|http://torpark.nfshost.com/]:
;:Download TorPark for your language, and put it on a USB Flash keychain. Plug it into any internet terminal whether at home, school, or public. Run Torpark.exe and it will launch a Tor circuit connection, which creates an encrypted tunnel from your computer directly to a Tor exit computer, giving the appearance of having the Tor exit computer's IP.

She will be back

This is [a story that touches anyone|http://www.naharnet.com/domino/tn/Newsdesk.nsf/Lebanon/26F370B1EA84B395C22570C3002B12BC?OpenDocument]. Her smile now is far more powerful than the bomb.

Aljazeera 2.0

Aljazeera responds to the [leaked memo about US wanting to bomb their HQ|http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/tm_objectid=16397937%26method=full%26siteid=94762%26headline=exclusive%2d%2dbush%2dplot%2dto%2dbomb%2dhis%2darab%2dally-name_page.html] using [web 2.0|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_2.0] tools. They are [blogging in first person narrative of personal stories just like bloggers do and allowing comments|http://dontbomb.blogspot.com/]. They are [using flickr|http://www.flickr.com/photos/23885066@N00/]. They are [tagging the photos|http://www.flickr.com/photos/23885066@N00/tags/aljazeera/]. They chose a [creative commons license for their photos|http://www.flickr.com/photos/23885066@N00/66454223/]. And you can send them emails to their [gmail account|mailto:dontbombus@gmail.com].

I wonder when will they store their video on archive.org, let us locate their reporters using google maps and hear their first podcast ?

Victory Photo

I ran out of passport sized photos. I went to a professional photographer Kodak Spot to get my self a decent photo so I could use to apply for military education. Look if you don't know what is military education, don't ask. It is the most ridiculous thing ever.

And the photo sucks.

They stopped using celluloid film and SLRs. Instead, obviously to cut costs, they are using a cheap old Olympus digital camera. The camera took about 6 photos of me blinking.

Finally the guy took a decent photo. We agreed that he would print it. But the asshole printed a different one with my eyes ptosed in the middle of a blink.

The camera also has something wrong with colors, contrast or exposure. I don't know. But these are not the same colors of my shirt and my skin. They are several degrees lighter.

Recycle your phone battery

[Mobinil|http://www.mobinil.com/] is encouraging mobile phone users to recycle their old batteries. The company will give a 5 EGP Alo prepaid card or a gift in exchange for your old mobile battery.

From a [press release|http://www.mobinil.com/media_relations/Press_Releases/SinglePressRelease.aspx?PressID=203]:
;:MobiNil has committed itself to creating a collection system for used batteries, which are then shipped to specialized plants in the UK and Europe for safe recycling.

It is raining Bobs!

[Global Voices Online (GVO)|http://www.globalvoicesonline.org] won the best English language journalistic award in the 2005 Deutsche Welle International Weblog Awards!

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Global Voices is a remarkable blog that brings the voices of international bloggers to the attention of the rest of the world. It is an organization launched from the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at the Harvard Law School. Founded by [Ethan Zuckerman|http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/globalvoices/author/ezuckerman/] and [Rebecca MacKinnon|http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/globalvoices/author/rmackinnon/].

!Goals of GVO:

;:1) To call attention to the most interesting conversations and perspectives emerging from citizens’ media around the world by linking to text, audio, and video blogs and other forms of grassroots citizens’ media being produced by people around the world.

Egypt: HIV+

HIV

I have nothing new to say. Probably people reading this already know that the moral stigma of HIV is getting more people infected. The ignoramuses fearing that people would be promiscuous because of sex ed, are helping no one. Arguments against teaching teenagers about sex, drugs and condoms are no longer justified. I think more delays in introducing such classes will be a landmark failure in proper reasoning by the Egyptian society.

We have a retarded patent office

Everyone should browse the [Egyptian Patent Office website|http://www.egypo.gov.eg/]. It is a goldmine.

In a few minutes I found out some extremely retarded entries. In an exceptionally bad site.

Honey treats everything:
;: HONEY KILLS THE BACTERIA THAT CAUSE CHOLERA TYPHOID BACILLARY DYSENTRY AND DIPHTHERIA AND THE FUNGUS WHICH CAUSE TINEA PEDIS AND CAN BE USED IN TREATMENT OF THESE DISEASES.
[link|http://www.egypo.gov.eg/inner/english/report3_E.asp?lang=2&code=15996]

A multipurpose time machine:

;: MULTI-PURPOSE TIME CONTROLE MACHINE.

[link|http://www.egypo.gov.eg/inner/english/report3_E.asp?lang=2&code=13018]

A patent for what seems to be a modified game of handball for the disabled. Here is a copy and paste of the text, guess who is the retard:

;: HANDBALL FOR BODY RETARD ON MOVABLE CHAIR DEPENDS ON AMENDED CHAIR BY TWO PILLOWS EVERY ONE HAD A SMALL BICYCLE ANGLE 30 HIGHERT 2,5 CM .UPON GROUND.THE WIDTH OF RANGE 2 METER,HIGERT 1/5 METER AND THE CIORCUMFERENCE OF THE BALLIS 54X56 CM. AND THE SPORTIVE CAHIR WHICH IS UN AMENDED PRACTICE ON IT BASKET BALL.THIS AMENDMENT PROTECT THE RETARD ON FROM FALLING BACK.ANY RATARD ONE HAD THE RIGHT TO PRACTICE THE GAME BECAUSE IT HAS NOT MEDICAL SPECIFICATION AND IT IS OPEN TO ALL AGES AND FOR BOTH MEN AND WOMEN BUT LAW HAS TWO TIMES FOR EVERY PART ONE TIME THE THROW OF THE SIDE PLAY WHEN THE CHAIR IS OUTSIDE THE COMPLETE PLAY GROUND THE RAGE GUARD HAD THE EIGHT TO DEFEND WITH HE MOVABLE CHAIR AND TH USE OF THE CHAIR TO HARM THE COMPETITIVE HAD TO BE GO AWAY FOR TTWO MINUTES....

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