What a tragedy and a loss. The sad events in Amman took the life of 57 innocent people including the life of the film director and producer Mostafa Akkad.

It is the same bitterness again, even more.

Reproduction of masculinities

Why would anyone pay [37.24 USD plus tax|] for a paper published in 1998 about four men chatting about the 'one-eyed trouser snake' and big boobs around several pints of beers. Here is a intriguing piece from the abstract:

;:... examining the reproduction of masculinities in the context of a group of four young men interacting under the influence of alcohol.

Reproduction of masculinities ?

Wait, it turns out that the full text of the paper is [available on the Internet|], all you have to do is google for the term "Reproduction of masculinities".

But the content of the article is beside the point. The main issue here is that Blackwell publishing is selling the full text of such an old paper, that probably has no scientific value and is probably a hoax, at such an OUTRAGEOUS price!!!

Videos of riots in Alexandria

The ["Christians Under Attack" blog released videos of the riots.|]

Religious harmony severed in Egypt

The Egyptian blogosphere has been agitated by the events in Alexandria that shook the country. Four died (3 killed by riot poilce), tens wounded and 100 detained after 5000 angry Muslim protesters demonstrated against a play that the protesters considered offensive to Islam. Protesters demanded an official apology from the Pope.

[Continue reading a round up of what the Egyptian blogs are saying about the tragic events|]

The network effect as a business model for ROC

First, some of you already know what is ROC. [I wrote about it here|]. In a few words it is a volunteer driven undergraduate medical research course that aims to help medical students learn proper scientific research skills and qualify as research assistants.

As we are in desperate need for proper funding. I think we need to come up with a sort of "business model". Although we don't aim any profits. We aim to be very valuable. So after surfing the wide web. The [network effect|] is probably the most appropriate. The wikipedia article heavily inspired what is written below to the extent that it could be considered a derivitave work.

The network effect will cause ROC to have a value to a potential funding agency depending on the number of ROC graduates. The total value of ROC will be proportional to the number of ROC graduates and current students.

Ramadan Mubarak

Wind Power

Was responsible for many bruises I have right now.


Today, windsurfing was fantastic, but really harsh for me. I returned home exhausted, fatigued and discovered a good number of bruises.


[Anna|] should have docked in front of the Manesterly palace today. She is a Greenpeace sail boat, originally built in 1901, staying 3 days in Cairo to raise awareness about climate change.



Cockroaches are said to be stinky, disgusting and repulsive pests that can carry cholera, typhoid, salmonella and even more pathogens. But if you look beyond this. You will find:

Batel (swearing-in) protest

I passed in front of the usual police and security personnel to enter and join the crowd. I noticed fewer cameras. Or was the number of journalists dissolved by the number of protesters ? I noticed copies of the "[Batel|]" poster. I started searching for other banners I made while searching for [Alaa|] or [Mohammed|] among the crowd, took me a while to find Alaa. I found [Noura|], [Mohammed|], [Amr|] and [Ahmed|]. I was introduced to [Sandmonkey|] and [Shamoussa|] for the first time. I couldn't stop bragging about my posters. I felt I don't need to shout any of the slogan, I shouted already but visually!


The following graphics would better exist in the public domain. I volunteered to do a single poster after [Nora|] asked, but it turned out to be several posters. They made an excellent impact [today at the protest|]. They were all created with [Inkscape|] graphics software which is a free/open source application that works on both windows and GNU/Linux. It is a very easy to use graphics application.