Sunday, August 31, 2008
Here are the 5 blogs I have chosen to be featured for Blog Day. All of them have an artistic theme! If you love original artwork, click on over to view Evelyn Dumont Illustratice Colors of Poulili - I especially like the paintings on book pages (just go there!)
New blogs can mean new friends! Blogspot itself could almost be classified as a "social network!"
According to DRuci is the blog of Carolina Crespo of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Un Respiro Para El Alma comes to the blogosphere by way of Gigi German
Also check out Critiqart Guadeloupe from Mycho in Abymes, Guadeloupe and Liz Webster's crafts blog!
I feel 2008 is a great year to shine the spotlight on artistic blogs! Have a look at my Blog Day 2007 post, here!
BlogDay founder Nir Ofir in this short clip will be part of an upcoming segment on Cyber Sapiens: Blog Day 2008 on Cyber Sapiens
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Blog Action Day Reminder
October 15th rings in this year’s blog action day.Please head over to BlogActionDay.org, register your blogs, watch the new video, and explore the new site!
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Add this to your list of must have iPhone apps. Direct Line (iTunes link) is a service that helps you automatically navigate phone trees to get right to an operator (exactly what companies don’t want you to do).
Afromusing posts the video of Kenyan blogger, Ory Okolloh, at TEDGlobal 2007 in Arusha, Tanzania. Ory Okolloh is the founder of Mzalendo.com and co-founder of Ushahidi.com
Marcha contra la inseguridad
With very little to go before the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadhan, which is signalled by the sighting of the new moon with the naked eye, Jordan's blogs are already abuzz with greetings, religious observations and personal promises. In a few days I will be posting Ramadan links and a schedule.
Miss Info, who is now experimenting with Twitter, uploaded Thisis50.com turns Game’s album into a free mixtape? "Wow….there are absolutely no rules of engagement at this point."
LoveFrom1stBite shares the recipe for (and photos of) her favorite Moroccan dish, tanjia.
Friday, August 29, 2008
Barack Obama's campaign organized its supporters Wednesday night to confront Tribune-owned WGN-AM in Chicago for having a critic of the Illinois Democrat on its air. (Listen to the interview.)
Bob Cudmore interviews with NY 21st CD candidates on WVTL Radio (1570 AM) Amsterdam NY.
A former Roman Catholic priest turned talk show host is going to jail for coveting kiddie porn. (He was outed by an "online dominatrix").
Madonna has been banned from an FM radio morning show in North Florida. Gainesville/Ocala, Florida FM station WNFB 94.3 morning man Jack Wiley is outraged over a new video that plays at the opening of Madonna's "Sticky & Sweet" concerts as she kicks off her U.S. tour because it compares John McCain to dictators such as Hitler and Robert Mugabe.
and... Warner Bros. Television Network, which was folded with UPN into the CW in 2006, has been resurrected as TheWB.com. Again together in one place are "Buffy the Vampire Slayer,""The Gilmore Girls,""Smallville,""Veronica Mars" and "One Tree Hill."
The WB appealed to other demographics, too, but perhaps more than any other TV network, the WB set its sights squarely on teenagers. It began in 1995 — soon adding its mascot Michigan J. Frog — and reached its peak in the late '90s.
I think this is so interesting, and dead-on with something I wrote this morning: "...don't count those "wild card" situations out. And if there IS one, I'll betcha it won't be any one of the events I made up above. It'll be something totally unexpected."
FOLKS, WE GOT US A WILDCARD ALREADY!
For Muslims worldwide, the start of the month is based on sightings of the moon, as well as other astronomical calculations.
The new moon times to be used for determining the beginning and ending of Ramadan are given below for UT (Universal time) – also called GMT (Greenwich Mean Time).
7:58 p.m. on August 30, 2008 (UT/GMT)
8:12 a.m. on September 29, 2008 (UT/GMT)
The information reported is based on data from the U.S. Naval Observatory, Astronomical Applications Department.
The actual time for each time zone is relative to UT.
To calculate the Ramadan start date, compare the time of the New Moon with the Sunset in your location. If the new moon is born before sunset, you should fast the next day God willing. *
Similarly to determine the last day of fasting, compare the time of the next New Moon with the sunset in your location. If the new moon is born before sunset, the month of Ramadan is complete on that day.More details on Ramadan including information about why the calculation is done as above (i.e., the beginning of the day is at sunset) is available in an article on Ramadan.
IslamiCity.com Ramadan Information Center - One stop browsing for Ramadan prayer timetables, a database of mosques searchable by U.S. state, Quran study lessons, daily live webcasting of Taraweeh and the pre-recorded Taraweeh prayers from prior years held in Makkah, plus Q&A on Ramadan, Taraweeh, Laylatul Qadr, fasting and Zakatul Fitr, and live Webcasts, video presentations and more with paid membership.
Ramadan - Excellent interactive resource for community events in Great Britain featuring prayer timetables for major UK cities, Ramadan recipes, kids stories, activities and coloring pages, e-cards, plus audio files of dua for fasting and breaking fast.
BBC Religion & Ethics - Ramadan - Excellent collection of stories, traditions, recipes and observances of Ramadan around the world, photo galleries, multimedia guide, e-cards, related links.
Essentials of Ramadan, The Fasting Month - A virtual encyclopedia of traditions and customs including the complete fasting tradition, the giving of alms, nightly prayers, and observing the end of Ramadan. Includes glossary of terms, bibliography.
Islamic Holidays & Observances - Ramadan - Quick overview of its meaning with information on spiritual aspects as well as community customs, foods, and traditional wishes for Ramadan in Turkish and Arabic.
Ramadan - Fact Sheet for Teachers - Lesson plans and ideas for the classroom including information on the lunar calendar, fasting rituals, key people and places, vocabulary words, suggested student activities, and a list of discussion questions.
101 Ramadan.com - A selection of Ramadan e-cards, inspirational quotes, related links.
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Scroll down to read all of my DNC-related posts. I'm pretty satisfied with everything I've written. I think had Obama stripped the anti-McCain stuff out of his stadium speech and added a pinch of "something" he would indeed have delivered a blockbuster. The negativity surrounding mentioning McCain drained the positive energy out of the rest of the speech, and it seems the media was attracted to the anti-McCain rhetoric. Obama made more than a few incredibly good electrifying statements but they are all lost, it seems, as all I hear on the morning news is how "Obama used the occasion to launch a series of attacks on John McCain" and "Obama spanks McCain onstage" and, well, you get the idea. Without that negative stuff, I'll betcha Obama would have soared many points ahead of McCain in the polls. Instead, he'll draw a 5 to 8 point surge which will recede when the RNC begins.
I had a heated discussion with someone last night over the November election. I was trying to make the point that nothing is set in stone. Use your imagination to visualize any of a series of events that could change the entire contest. The case I tried to make: what if one or both of the candidates should die? At first I was going to say suppose Obama was in a plane crash or some wacko group shot him and suppose McCain passed away in his sleep. But those are too expected, too obvious.
Suppose Obama just suddenly died in his sleep. Yeah, he's a young man, but it has happened to people younger than he. Suppose McCain suffered a debilitating stroke. Now what would the two parties do? Bump the VP nominees up to P?
Here's another scenario (far-fetched, of course): a nuclear terrorist event on American soil in October. George Bush suspends the election indefinitely under Martial Law.
Less far-fetched: one of these hurricanes or another does serious damage to the southern state oil rigs. Gas skyrockets to $5 a gallon. The stock market looks like it's collapsing and suddenly (a la Indymac) banks begin to fail, people line up to get their money out, rioting begins in some cities... yup - Martial Law.
Scenario most likely: NOTHING will happen. We'll arrive at election day with both candidates and the nation intact. We'll vote. The Electoral College will vote. We'll see who wins.
But don't count those "wild card" situations out. And if there IS one, I'll betcha it won't be any one of the events I made up above. It'll be something totally unexpected.
Feeling un-creative? I have just the blog to spark it up and start YOU up: Liz Webster posts photos of some wonderful stuff she's come up with (that's where the one came from that is featured on this post!)
Since we're on the topic of photography, you might want to stop by Iranian blogger Masmoud Mohammadi's "My Photo World." There are also beautiful photos and interesting art viewable on Kolkata Eyes
Chickpeas on the menu? Serve 'em up right via The Dali Mama...
A blogger was arrested for leaking Guns N' Roses songs.
Degrowchyowl has an insightful post on sports and women in the context of Islam.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Many scientists predict that the entire north polar ice cap may be completely gone during summer months in the first term of the next president. Sea levels are rising, fires are raging, storms are stronger. Military experts warn us our national security is threatened by massive waves of climate refugees destabilizing countries around the world, and scientists tell us the very web of life is endangered by unprecedented extinctions."Frame of reference" is my term of choice to apply right this very now... as I mentioned in a previous article, Barack Obama should deliver nothing less than a blockbuster speech of the "I have a dream" caliber. It is said that he will not, that instead he will attack GOP rival John McCain. I'm hoping for the blockbuster dream speech myself, but that's not why I'm posting this early.
I bumped into the tail end of Al Gore's speech at the Democratic National Convention right after watching Dr. Spencer Wells' incredible "Journey of Man" on one of the PBS digital channels. Too bad all of America could not have watched that program tonight. In a nutshell, Dr. Wells' show tells how a group of African bushmen, some 50,000 years ago, left home. Their first stop was Australia by way of India. mankind branched out, expanded, exploded. The barriers of prejudice we've erected come from the belief systems individual cultures have created. Like the aborigines who refused to believe they could have come from someplace else, may of today's religions and cultures refuse to consider anything but the things they alone hold dear. That is the foundation for fear and for racism, for tyranny, brutality and war. Dr. Wells' work may also help shed some light on why some of us have "doubles" running around - just as Barack does!
There is no way of knowing what the future holds in store for any of us. Whether Obama or McCain will be elected, whether the eventual winner will be a great leader or not much of a leader at all. Whether there will still even BE a "U.S.A." 50 or 100 or 500 years from now. Whatever happens, mankind will somehow survive, in some form, despite the odds. Like Dr. Wells says, it took men 35,000 years to get from Africa to North America, something a modern man with an airplane ticket can do in a single day.
LiveBLOGGING: The Albany Project and Michelle Malkin "Covering Barackopolis"
Star columnist Jay Mariotti resigned from the Chicago Sun-Times, telling CBS2 Chicago that he decided to quit after covering the Olympics in Beijing because newspapers are in serious trouble, and he did not want to go down with the ship. [LiNk]
The slump for the New York Times is continuing, says Associated Press.
More staff cuts are coming to the Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News, says Philadelphia magazine.
Will future newspapers look like the Christian Science Monitor? The Boston Globe reports.
With the decline of newspapers, Rishad Tobaccowala believes TV may be the only mass medium left in a few years. Tobaccowala keeps a close eye on new media as the chief innovation officer at Publicis Groupe Media, one of the world's leading advertising conglomerates. TV Newsday reports.
A good lesson for anyone in the public eye comes by way of Liz Benjamin's blog where she writes about New York Governor David Paterson's ability to meet tough questions head-on (and remain in office to tell about it!)
Aaron Sorkin wants to make a movie about Facebook. Facebook got this guy elected!
BlogDay was created with the belief that bloggers should have one day dedicated to getting to know other bloggers from other countries and areas of interest. On that day Bloggers will recommend other blogs to their blog visitors.
With the goal in mind, on this day every blogger will post a recommendation of 5 new blogs. This way, all blog readers will find themselves leaping around and discovering new, previously unknown blogs.
What will happen on BlogDay?
one long moment on August 31st, bloggers from all over the world will post recommendations of 5 new Blogs, preferably Blogs that are different from their own culture, point of view and attitude. On this day, blog readers will find themselves leaping around and discovering new, unknown Blogs, celebrating the discovery of new people and new bloggers.
BlogDay posting instructions:
1. Find 5 new Blogs that you find interesting
2. Notify the 5 bloggers that you are recommending them as part of BlogDay 2008
3. Write a short description of the Blogs and place a link to the recommended Blogs
4. Post the BlogDay Post (on August 31st) and
5. Add the BlogDay tag using this link:
technorati.com/tag/BlogDay2008 and a link to the BlogDay web site at www.blogday.org
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CBS News this morning mentioned Obama's stadium speech. They said something like "don't expect a speech of 'I have a dream' caliber." They said Obama would use the event to bash McCain. If I were Obama's camp, I'd do the former: deliver a powerhouse speech that would seal and solidify. We'll see...
POLITRICKS 2008: The Losers Get The Spoilers…
Golisano Goes National, Backs Obama
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Gerardo Puisseaux lives in Miami and works for the online Spanish-language news channel America TeVe (www.americateve.com). He was a construction worker until a few months ago, when he was recruited for a comedic reality TV show because of his resemblance to Obama. Puisseaux’s routine: He shows up, and the cameras capture how people react.
O americano-cubano Gerardo Buisseaux foi contratado por um canal de televisão de Miami para trabalhar como sósia do virtual candidato democrata à Casa Branca.
Gerardo, que apóia Obama, diz que "é uma honra se parecer com um grande homem".
Barack Obama encerrará a convenção na próxima quinta-feira, 28 de agosto, com um discurso em um estádio de futebol americano de Denver com capacidade para mais de 75 mil pessoas.
Everyone's been here: life sometimes gets out of hand. You just gotta ride it out! Best wishes and get well soon!
From Yarah's blog:
Damn... i arrived in London yesterday morning...in a WHEEL CHAIR...?? (yeah it got that bad)
rockin my brand new adidas outfit that my homey Mimi Fresh hooked me up with
and of course my boombox bag...yeah i still style it... but admittedly i was looking utter
shite hahaha I guess lil miss b has seen better days lol
Yeah you can never question my dedication to this shit. cause i did it till my body
literally gave up
...right? ; )
This weekend being an emotional roller coaster....is an understatement!
I have cancelled my participation in the We B-girlz tour.
For a few different reason, but firstly because of my health...
and though i know i will disappoint a lot of people, i do hope that over all
you will be understanding...as the health should always be the no. 1 priority!!
And i cannot work under circumstances where people do not respect
each other ...i dont care what your rank or status is.
We ALL deserve to be treated with respect and love.
And from the bottom of my heart i tried....then picked myself up and tried again = )
till i realized there was nothing else i could do...
So to the people who were planning to come out and support me, i'm sorry.
I will make it up to you...i promise!!
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