Back from Dahab

Well, apart from the standard activities you can do in Sinai like snorkeling, hiking, sleeping on the mountain that God spoke in a way that God would never appreciate, sleeping on the beach and dodging police flashlights at night, watching the sunrise and seagulls, sleeping in an Internet cafe along side a stray dog, sleeping in a bar's toilet, getting your legs bruised and scratched in your first windsurfing lesson, seeing veiled women getting out of the mens room, entering a room where two people were getting laid or whatever freaking mad thing you can do in that town.

Just discovered my new favourite activity in Dahab.

Try ripping and bringing down Mubarak banners at 5am in the morning followed by throwing the banners in the middle of the street and jumping up and down on them, while people can clearly see you from a distance.

Perseid Meteor Shower

I was very lucky to watch this year's [Perseid meteor shower|].

[Last Friday|], in Marina, my cousin noticed two shooting stars. I vaguely remembered that there was a meteor shower in mid August. We drove [about 20km west of El-Alamein|,28.667107&sll=37.062500,-95.677068&spn=0.540169,0.894974&sspn=33.641581,60.292969&t=k&num=10&start=0&hl=en], we escaped city lights. We didn't stay long because they were not really showers. They were like 1 meteor every 6 or 8 minutes. Anyways, since this was my first meteor shower I get to see. It was very nice.

Next time, I should plan things earlier, bring some hot drinks or whatever that would make the star gazing more comfortable.

several picks

This post is a little bit different. I would like to share some of my bookmarks and things I found on the Internet.

Few of the best music tracks I found available under a non restrictive license. They deserve a mention here as they made it to my main playlist. You can download them, share or remix some of them.

  • [Young Agent Jones|] - [El Ventriloquistador|]
  • [ASHWAN|] - [Angelface|]
  • [Ulysses|] - [Mother Theresa|]

An Omelette in 110 seconds

My experience in cooking is very limited. However, I learned how to make an Omelette in exactly 110 seconds*, which is perfect for breakfast when you are in a hurry.

This is probably the fastest omelette in the world.

* Microwave oven
* Handheld mixer
* Porcelain mug


A case of Female Genital Mutilation

On the day the tragic attacks on Sharm El-Sheikh, a different tragedy occurred and continues to occur but with a different magnitude. Although it affects the lives of more people than that of the bombings of Sinai, it however usually goes unreported. And mostly unseen.

Mona (name changed) a 10 year old girl was admitted with post-circumcision bleeding at around 2 a.m. that morning.

ROC phase IIIa

Finished phase IIIa of the [Research Orientation Course|]. It was a fascinating experience as usual. This time we had Shawky Galal, Youmna Tareef El-Kholy presenting and discussing with us Thomas Kuhn and Karl Popper's philosophy of science. In an earlier session we watched [Ordinary Fascism by Mikhael Romm|] and discussed it with Mrs. Arab Lotfy. Those sessions made the course very special.

Other sessions were about scientific reasoning, data management, tabular and graphical presentation of data and statistical analysis. Unfortunately we were going to have sessions about critical appraisal of scientific papers and ethics in medical research but things did not go as scheduled. Those two sessions will be added to phase IIIb together with several sessions about management.

Al-Qimni in the public domain ?

Sayed Al-Qimni's repudiated all what he wrote and published.
Does this mean that all his work is in the public domain? Including his famous play "العيال كبرت" ?

A minor quake

Whoa, a very minor quake happened few minutes ago (19:17). My heart dropped for a moment, I remembered October '92. I guess I am seismophobic. It probably lasted around 20 seconds. Till now there is no information at the [USGS website|]. May be it was so mild that it will go unreported. For sure it was due to the usual secret Israeli A-bomb test conspiracy theory.

Anyways, here is an entertaining [list of phobias|] from the [Wikipedia|].

UPDATE: The [USGS has information|,+31.080%C2%B0E&ll=29.586893,31.079636&spn=0.554777,0.897583&t=k&hl=en] about the event. Magnitude of 4.3, between Cairo and Fayoum. Here is a [google map mark of the location|,+31.080%C2%B0E&ll=29.586893,31.079636&spn=0.554777,0.897583&t=k&hl=en] of the event. I hope that this was just a spurious event and things would remain calm. BTW, the 1992 earthquake originated from an area near Al-Fayoum.

No such hospital exists today in Cairo

The following is an excerpt from a series of lectures titled [The Evolution of Modern Medicine|] delivered in 1913 by [Sir Wiliam Osler|]. He is one of the founders of 20th century medicine and known to the masses by several Eponyms carrying his last name.

Unfortunately, his statement '''"No such hospital exists today in Cairo as that which was built by al-Mansur Gilafun in 1283"''' is still true today, which is based on an account by Al Makrizi. I am not sure who is Gilafun exactly. But it looks like he knew how to build and manage hospitals.

;:"No such hospital exists today in Cairo as that which was built by al-Mansur Gilafun in 1283. The description of it by Makrizi, quoted by Neuburger,[16] reads like that of a twentieth century institution with hospital units.

Show of support to Sharm victims


Starting from Thursday 28/07 at noon, in the garden of el sakkia (in Zamalek), you can leave anything to express your feelings about what happened in Sharm el-Sheikh and about terrorism. Just put anything you want, a picture, a poem, a candle, flowers...

It will be open for sometime after this Thursday, so come anytime you like!

بدءاً من ظهر الخميس 28 - 7 - 2005

في حديقة ساقية الصاوي

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