Monday, February 27, 2012

Music Monday 125 :: Obamify

Music Monday 125 :: Mick Boogie & Terry Urban present "Obamify"

Apparently POTUS has issued a playlist on Spotify of his fav music. That's kinda cool. But in step djs Mick Boogie & Terry Urban to put their spin on the list. And now you have a seamless flow of cool tunes. Life is good.

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Friday, February 24, 2012

Cairo Life :: Ahlo?

It's so common to see people everywhere on their mobile phones. Cairo is no different. The phone greeting in Egyptian Arabic is "Ahlo." Almost like "hello," but just different enough. Taken Oct., 2011.
The power of positive thinking.

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Monday, February 20, 2012

Music Monday 124 :: PS22 Chorus covers Adele's "Rolling in the Deep"

Music Monday 124 :: PS22 Chorus covers Adele's "Rolling in the Deep"

I think I stumbled on this from a post on a friend's Facebook page.

Initially, I thought I'd just look at the 30 second Target ad; and I did see that, but 30 seconds doesn't do this young lady, Denise, justice.

Also, I like the involvement of all of the students in the version below. So rich and energetic.

PS22 Chorus covers Adele's "Rolling in the Deep"

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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Cairo Life :: The Old NDP Building

A constant reminder that things are different today in Cairo than a year ago. Who knew that the then ruling National Democratic Party's headquarters would be set on fire and to my knowledge there was little or no attempt to put it out. Taken on Sat., Jan. 28, 2012.
The power of positive thinking.

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

The Egyptian Way :: VIDEO - The Ride Home

The Egyptian Way :: VIDEO - The Ride Home

I've been living in Cairo for a full five semesters and I'm in my sixth semester teaching here. Seems like yesterday when I first landed in the Middle East.

Enough reminiscing. The point is the commute from where I live and to the campus should take about 45 minutes. However, in crazy Cairo the traffic is outrageous and so the commute usually takes at least an hour if not longer. Try the hashtag: #CairoTraffic and you'll see what I mean.

The other day when I woke up from a brief nap on the ride home, I decided to pull out my iPhone and snag a few pics and then I kept taking pics until I had over 50 images in the span of about 7 minutes.

This vid is not meant to be artistic or anything else. Just a view from a window on a bus in Cairo.

You can see the Cairo Life :: The Ride Home pics online too.

VIDEO - The Ride Home

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Monday, February 13, 2012

Music Monday 123 :: Whitney Houston

Music Monday 123 :: Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston. Image borrowed from Pop Bytes.

Sometimes my Music Monday posts are written in advance. Sometimes I have no idea what I'll write about. Today is not one of those days, but the came easy: Whitney Houston.

I feel the need to share how I learned of her death. I woke up to an alarm and I'd plan to go to campus and to take the 10 a.m. bus. But I wanted to get online, quickly, and check a schedule to make sure that I'd be arriving on time. I'd posted this schedule on Twitter, so I thought the easiest way to check the schedule would be to check Twitter. I rarely look at the trending topics, but somehow RIP caught my attention and I notice Whitney's name in front of it. I immediately, thought 'how cruel' and 'this better be a joke.' But then I saw other hashtags and I felt like I should investigate more and I immediately did a Google News search.

So I sat in shock at what I was reading; couldn't move. I know that others have had similar reactions.

Thank goodness for YouTube. I've found refuge there in terms of playing Whitney Houston songs. "I Have Nothing" is one of my favs outside of her first album.

Hang in there folks. The trifecta of losting Etta James, Don Cornelius and Whitney Houston is a bit much. But we shall persevere.

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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Cairo Life :: Near the Ramses Train Station

This area near the Ramses Train Station in Cairo is always busy. Lots of micro busses, and vendors too. Taken Sun., Feb. 12, 2012. (iPhone)

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Monday, February 06, 2012

Music Monday 122 :: M.I.A. "Bad Girls"

Music Monday 122 :: M.I.A. "Bad Girls"

How I ever discovered the link to this video on this day; I don't remember, but boy I wish I could remember.

I want to say that I don't know how I feel about this vid, but ... actually I know exactly how I feel.

Why? Why? Why?

It's so cliche in some ways; edgy in other ways.

So I had to ask myself, well, what did you or do you expect? And unfortunately, my expectations are too apparently high:

  • be a role model
  • be creative
  • be responsible

Frankly for some reason I had more expectations for M.I.A.

What do you guys think? Because I'm just shaking my head. Oh, and here's a review from the L.A. Times.

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Friday, February 03, 2012

Testing Out SoundCloud's Audio Player

Testing Out SoundCloud's Audio Player

I use a good amount of web tools and technology.

Now that I'm a bonafide Apple Girl, I've been trying to get my MacBook Pro up to speed w/all of my usual tools:
  • Picasa
  • Microsoft Office
  • Evernote
  • And a variety of fonts including my fav Pea Andrea
Right now, I'm testing out SoundCloud's audio player to see if I can do a few things:
  • Stack multiple audio players (yes; see below)
  • Create my own embeddable playlist in SoundCloud (yes, see last track; you have to create a set and then you can add tracks to the set)

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Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Cairo Life :: Sunset on Saturday, January 28, 2012 #Jan28

Many people went to the Kasr el Nil Bridge on Saturday, January 2012 for an anniversary prayer. A year earlier the bridge was a pivotal point and a battle ground as Egyptians took a stand against the Mubarak regime.
The power of positive thinking.