Monday, June 27, 2011

Music Monday 98 :: Erick Arc Elliot f/Kaya "Keep U (I Like)"

Music Monday 98 :: Erick Arc Elliott f/Kaya "Keep U (I Lke)"

This is a nice, smooth and mellow track. Erick Arc Elliot's rhymes are nice and easy and Kaya provides a solid hook. It's not a stand out track, but I like the vibe - positive energy.

Keep U (I Like) feat. Kaya | Erick Arc Elliott

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Monday, June 20, 2011

The Egyptian Way :: Sexual Harassment in Egypt #endSH

This blog post has been written in support of Blogging and Tweeting Day Against Sexual Harassment and Gender Violence in Egypt. The official hashtag is #EndSH.

I've been living and working in Cairo, Egypt for the past two years.

I did some research before I moved here. I knew about the filth and the pollution and the poverty and the cost of living. I knew that I wanted to live in Zamalek as opposed to Maadi or El Rahab. So I felt well equipped and ready to enjoy the fruits of the capital city.

It wasn't until I was actually living in Cairo that I noticed something different about the environment; actually I felt the difference. When I was walking down the street, I could feel the stares. I mean, women can stare at me and I don't feel uncomfortable, but when the men here stare at me, I just want to hide behind a brick wall. Their lusty looks are sinful and it's every bit of uncool.

Now, keep in mind, I grew up in an area where a guy would whistle at me and maybe even give me a genuine compliment when he got busted staring at me, but trust me when I say, it feels different here.

Luckily for me, I've only felt uncomfortable from guys staring at me. That is not even near the core of the problem. The Egyptian men make lewd noises and more unfortunate is that many women are physically harassed and assaulted - often in broad daylight when others are watching.  I've heard the stories - every woman in Cairo has heard the stories and/or witnessed the pain of the issue.

Part of the problem in Cairo though is that many people believe that sexual harassment is not a big deal. Take this recent article in Al Masry Al Youm "Sexual Harassment Starts at Home" where the father won't tell his son that harassing women is wrong; the father would only say in reference to his son's behavior that "kids will be kids." It's that kind of mentality that prevents society from turning a corner on this problem. The kids need to be taught that it's wrong.  Oh, and it would obviously help if there were some consequences for harassing women.

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Music Monday 97 :: Jill Scott "The Light Of The Sun"

Music Monday 97 :: Jill Scott "The Light of the Sun"

This is so cool from NPR. Not only do you get to listen to the new project - all of it, but you get to listen at no cost. The thing is that after you finish listening to it, you'll want to buy it. For real.

There's just enough uptempo music and ballads and it's just dead on in terms of good music. Enjoy.

First Listen: Jill Scott, 'The Light Of The Sun' : NPR

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Monday, June 13, 2011

Music Monday 96 :: Cee-Lo Green "I Want You (Hold On To Love)"

Music Monday 96 :: Cee-Lo Green "I Want You (Hold On To Love)"

I've been diggin this song for sometime now. Can't remember where I first downloaded it, but it's in my rotation.

Now, the video ain't my thing; I'd like to see more color up in there, but it's pure Cee-lo.

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Tuesday, June 07, 2011

New York Times: What Developers Think of the WWDC 2011 Keynote

On Monday, WWDC 2011 revealed a number of enhancements to OS X, iOS and iCloud. I polled several independent developers, ranging from longtime Mac mainstays, one-man shops and large companies, that cover both Mac and iOS development to get their reactions to the many changes.

What was your favorite announcement?

Rich Siegel, founder and CEO of Bare Bones Software Inc., which makes Yojimbo : The amount of user-facing work that's going into Lion and iOS 5 is truly impressive, especially as it reflects an enormous amount of infrastructure work.

Gedeon Maheux, Principal / Designer at The Iconfactory, which makes Twitterific : We're most excited about all of the potential in iOS 5, such as Apple's new iCloud API. Hopefully synching Twitter timeline positions across multiple copies of Twitterrific will work with relatively little effort.

Ken Case, CEO of The Omni Group : I'm really looking forward to updating our document-based apps (OmniOutliner, OmniGraffle . . . ) to leverage iCloud's document syncing.

David Frampton, founder of Majic Jungle Software, which makes Chopper and Chopper 2 : AirPlay Mirroring. I wasn't expecting that, as it seems a pretty amazing technical achievement. Not sure on the details yet, but it could be a big deal for gaming. ...
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Monday, June 06, 2011

MUSIC MONDAY 95 :: Oprah: 10 Favorite Music Moments

Music Monday 95 :: Oprah: 10 Favorite Music Moments from

With Oprah ending the run of her talk show, went back through the archives and pulled out some their musical highlights; Tina Turner and the Black Eyed Peas are on the list.

Oprah: 10 Favorite Music Moments |

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