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.

I attached the original SVG so you can scale, print or modify. You might need some fonts from Arabeyes

Xanga blogs

I found about 300 Egyptian blogs not in the blogring. Most of the blogs are by Egyptians born or living in U.S. Many of them R stILL iN sCHOol dUDE with horrible graphics and style. Some even don't render properly and I think all of these blogs are not standard compliant. Despite this it is a little bit interesting reading how these young men and women are spending their time. They also post lots of photos. But I warn you these blogs are major waste of time.

Handbook For Bloggers and Cyber-Dissidents

I just finished reading the Handbook For Bloggers and Cyber-Dissidents released today by Reporters Without Borders. The 86 pages PDF is easy to read, although written by several authors, most of the authors did a good job in this area.

Before I started reading it, I expected it to introduce people to blogging, lead the reader to start a blog easily and help him/her connect to the blogosphere.

Windsurfing update

Wow, it is a superb feeling just as soon as the wind pushes your sail and your board start running fast on the surface of the water.

I am going to take windsurfing more seriously. I finished 3 courses till now. Although I don't stay for long on the board, those few minutes makes it incredibly addictive.

The first rush was in Dahab.

From now on. Small posts, more frequent blogging.

Google Blogs search

Google did it. A clone of technorati's service, but a googlized version of it. It is quite neat and very responsive. Well it feels like any other google service.


A blog for the theater tragedy

This is an excellent example of an on-line response to a tragedy. Collecting all information and accounts in one blog. Reminds me of the tsunami blog. I think we need to repeat this as soon as something happens. It is better to use our tools to bring things under one blog (or wiki), that will also serve as a scrapbook documenting the event, help people know more and access the information easily without following different blogs. It would have been a nice thing to do for the elections.

This post is not about the elections

Mohamed, from Cairo asks a good question:

Seems that the only reason blogs get mentioned is politics, and seems that the only people whom are interested in Egyptian politics are non-Egyptians! In order to balance things abit, I've written an article about blogs, from a total non-political perspective, and am trying to publish it at one of the local English-language publications, in an attempt to get more non-political bloggers on board. Looks like no one is interested though. Doesn't sell if its not politics?

I also think that the readership of non-political blogs decreased too, I myself skip reading posts on the aggregator that are not politically related from bloggers I read infrequently. I guess it doesn't sell now because of the politically charged times we are experiencing.

My problem is that I am not creative enough when it comes to politics, so I guess I will either have to shut up, take people by hand and direct them to interesting articles published elsewhere (like a linkblog) or try and blog about politics and see if I can improve by time.

But why do I complain about lost readership? I don't know, but I guess it is disappointing to spend too much time in a post with what I think an interesting account spiced up with some wicked javascripting and I don't get a single comment.

P.S: Mohamed could you please allow people without a account to post comments on your blog ?


I wrote an account on my trip to Sudan on 18th of March 2004, I didn't have this blog to post it to. So I emailed it to everyone I knew. I guess it is worth putting here. Since this post is very long, I tried to add as much photos as I can to make the post more appealing. Note that some photos have hotspots that are annotated. I also added an interactive google map with placeholders for places I have been to, but I don't know why only one placeholder is appearing. Sorry about that, I will try to fix it soon. This page is very large, apologies to dial-up users.
UPDATEIt seems a bug from google so I am removing the map.

I finished gynecology and obstetrics

  • (insert here a very common interjection that is usually cut out from TV and films in Egypt. Alexandrians consider it a harmless preposition)
  • (insert here the Arabic slang for what gynaecologists work around all day.) + (insert the Arabic word for mother)
  • (insert here the Arabic slang for the position in which a woman gives birth)

repeat the above loudly and hysterically while driving back home from the last day in the round.