Saturday, March 31, 2012

Pottery from The Monastery

On a visit to St. Anthony's Monastery near Ain Sohkna late last year, we saw this abundance of old pottery. (Taken Nov. 2011)

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Monday, March 26, 2012

Music Monday 128 :: International Man of Dance

Music Monday 128 :: International Man of Dance

It's not totally focused on music, but this is way too much fun! And funny. Who knew that you could incorporate interactivity into videos? Me likey.

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Friday, March 23, 2012

Teaching w/the iPad

Teaching w/the iPad

I'm no expert on using the iPad in the classroom, but I have been experimenting.

So far my most consistent task is taking attendance using the Gradebook Pro app. Although the app is $9.99, it's quite reliable and efficient when it comes to taking attendance.

You can get a lot of mileage out of using the iPad in the classroom: presentations, grading, creating multimedia and more.

Recently, I co-facilitated a workshop: Teaching w/the iPad. Here's the Storify that we shared with the workshop attendees.

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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Cairo Life :: Beautiful Building

As a pedestrian, it's natural to simply look at the storefronts as you walk by. Occasionally, you might take a look up and that's when you'll see the beauty of the buildings.

There's amazing architecture throughout Cairo. I've walked by this building many times, but only recently did I see the beautiful upper portion of the building. It's on the 26th of July, across from the Mobil gas station (about a block away from the Vodafone store).

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

TRAVEL :: Aarhus, Denmark

TRAVEL :: Aarhus, Denmark

Went to Denmark for the first time last week. It was a work related trip: a faculty exchange between the Journalism and Mass Communication Department at The American University in Cairo and The Danish School of Media and Journalism (DMJX).

DMJX has a practical program. It was quite busy there in terms of students working on projects. Students were pitching stories prior to their visit the the European Parliament meeting in Strasbourg, France.

The students get to work with audio quite a bit as well. They mostly use a higher end Olympus recording device and for audio editing they use Hindenburg. I've played around w/Hindenburg a bit. Takes a bit getting used to, which is the case for most editing systems. Probably won't be able to adopt it at my uni. We use Audacity because it's available for Mac and PC and it's free. But mostly there's always a class in most of our labs and students will want and need access to computers at hours when I'm usually asleep.

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 A variety of pics in Denmark. Taken March, 2012.

Movin right along ... so the Danes are quite the cyclists. Die hards. They're up there w/the Dutch. I mean, it actually snowed while I was there and there were still a slew of folks making their way up and down the bike lanes. I don't know how I feel about biking in a parka ... actually, I do, and I'll pass. On the flip side of that, the Danish women are more fashionable than I thought; but really, I hadn't even thought about that. I did, however, buy some boots because the Danish women were rockin some boots in that town.

The language barrier was not that big of a deal for me. Many people spoke English; at least in the small circle of people I met and spent time around.

I stayed at this cute and cool place near Aarhus University: The Aarhus Guesthouse. It's basically a bed and breakfast without the breakfast. Comfortable bed, heat, clean. Near a grocery. Near the bus stops. Reasonably priced.

Speaking of money, I should have done a bit more research on the Danish Kroner. It's not that it's too pricey. I just didn't comprehend the comparison to the American dollar.

Overall, Aarhus is cozy and comfortable. I'm a anxious to return; considering doing that in the summer. One reason is that my schedule was so tight that I did not get to see any of Copenhagen, except for the airport ... and that's just wrong.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Cairo Life :: Feluccas

This was taken during the height of Egypt's 18 day revolution. A felucca ride on the Nile is the remedy to all the chaos in Cairo.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Music Monday 127 :: RHPM Hip Hop Dance Rehearsal

Music Monday 127 :: RHPM Hip Hop Dance Rehearsal

I love this vid. Folks are and to Dr. DRE, no doubt. As I understand it, this group's performing in Cairo on Wednesday night at El Sawy at 8 p.m. It's being billed as a 'hip hop battle.' Tickets are LE 30.

Although Wednesday's super busy, I plan on checking this out.

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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Cairo Life :: Mohamed Mahmoud Graffiti

The street art on Mohamed Mahmoud at AUC's Old Greek campus is continuous; meaning artists paint and someone paints over it and it goes back and forth like that for weeks. This installment went up on Tuesday, February 28, 2012.


Tuesday, March 06, 2012

The trip to DMJX is going quite nice. Thx for asking.

Monday, March 05, 2012

Music Monday 126 :: Michael Franti "Sometimes"

Music Monday 126 :: Michael Franti "Sometimes" (2001)

This is that happy kind of song that you need to help you jump start your day/week.

  • upbeat
  • positive
  • energetic 
So let's do this; let's this get this day/week started off right!


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Thursday, March 01, 2012

Cairo Life :: Olive Harvest at Wadi Food

Last Fall, I went to the Wadi Food facility to see the place: the plant, the olive harvesting and possibly most importantly, the outlet store.

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