Sunday, June 30, 2013

SnapShots: from Tahrir on June 30th, 1 year anniversary of Morsy's presidency

On the bridge on the way to Tahrir

A little girl rises above the mass

As do young men, perched on bus stops

packed, bustling

OBAMA supporter of Dictator Morsi

yea, that's right, Opama loves me :-)

They asked us to take a photo of them, so here it is!

That's a real cigarette in his mouth!

A huge building, half empty, right on tahrir square. An example of the inefficient real-estate market in Cairo.

Photos: Chairs

lone night chair 
lots of chairs

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Photo: Pink Scooter

This probably belongs to a guy

Wednesday, June 26, 2013


Sheehsa is like alcohol.

                                     When you're smoking sheesha, a few deep inhalations of smoke can give you the same feeling of extreme drunkenness.
                                             Albeit, that feeling of drunkenness doesn't last nearly as long; it wears off within just a few minutes (or with a few deep breaths of fresh air), but the feeling and the numbness is exactly the same: you can't focus on anything.

So, if you start to look at all the men smoking sheesha here all the time, and in your mind, you replace the sheesha with pints of beer, then you'll see thing differently.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Photo: parking keepers

People put these bricks like this so that their parking spots are saved.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Thursday, June 20, 2013

SnapShot: water crisis, eh?

The fountain on Batal Ahmed elAziz street, pumping at full blast for the stand-still traffic

Water crisis, ethiopia dam?
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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Photo: Soliman Gohar street Bread

Bread on Soliman Gohar around iftar time (breaking fast time)

Monday, June 17, 2013

Photo: Chips Kioshq

I took this at night. This kioshk specializes in chips

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Photo: Taste of Zamalek

I went to the taste of zamalek yesterday with J and R. good times. lots of people watching to do. I had a decent burrito. 

a bad picture of the seating area of the food court

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Photos: feet

with a helmet in the middle

Friday, June 14, 2013

Article: The One-Minute Trick to Negotiating Like a Boss

I'll have to keep this article in mind next time I'm negotiating my salary. I might also use this in my class next year.

Some important excerpts:

"Promotion-focused people think about their goals as opportunities to gain — to advance or achieve, to end up better off than they are now. Whenever we think about our goals in terms of potential gains, we automatically (often without realizing it) become more comfortable with risk and less sensitive to concerns about what could go wrong. Prevention-focused people, on the other hand, think about their goals in terms of what they could lose if they don't succeed — they want to stay safe and keep things running smoothly. Consequently, when we are prevention-focused, we become much more conservative and risk-averse."

"A second essential in negotiation is a strong opening bid, since that bid is the jumping off point as well as the frame of reference for the negotiation that follows."

"It's really as simple as that. When you are preparing for your next negotiation, take a moment to list everything you hope to accomplish, and all the ways in which you will benefit if you are successful. Re-read this list just before the negotiation begins. And most importantly, shut out any thoughts about what could go wrong — just refuse to give them your attention."

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Photos: Blood

These are old, but still cool. They're from Eid

I can count at least 10 goats in this one butcher shop. People were watching them being bled (cut to the throat) while waiting for their meat to be prepared. This was the first time I saw an animal die for human consumption.

–"What happened?" you might ask...
–"Every single Muslim family in a city of 20m kills a goat/sheep, that's what happens, every year."

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

"How's it going?!"

Here's a great article about how to respond to the question: "How's it going?"

Highlight two recent accomplishments. 

Talk about one problem you're working on.

Talk about what's different than 3 or 6 months ago. 

Ask for advice.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Snapshot: jazz mate

From thursday's night jazz. At first glance, I thought it looks like "****"

Singing among the best

Dreamy spectator

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Saturday, June 1, 2013

SnapShot: Qadafi poster

As you can see, I've been making more use of my camera phone.