crzy thoughts,

After all blogging is not for All

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There's a "flagging desire to blog that I feel in myself and see in other late-20s, early-30s people in my friend circle," says Jessica Newton, a writer based in Asheville, N.C. Ms. Newton continues to post to her blog, although she says the site "doesn't serve the purpose in my life I once hoped it would."


Michael Banks, the author of "Blogging Heroes: Interviews with 30 of the World's Top Bloggers," says that many bloggers have simply realized that the energy and dedication to maintain a blog far exceeded their expectations.


When Mr. Banks published "Blogging Heroes" in 2007, there was still a widely shared belief that one could instantly become rich and famous through blogging. Eventually, Banks says, "people sort of woke up to the fact that blogging required tremendous dedication and effort.
The best bloggers are there at the keyboard every day, 12 hours a day sometimes, no matter what." Good blogging he says, is intensive. "You can't just blurt anything out. You have to think it through."

Anthony Chung, a dentist in Toronto, says his personal blogging began to taper off in 2007. "From what I've seen online," Mr. Chung says, "few bloggers with personal blogs tend to remain interested in blogging after two to three years. This was true before Facebook, and is especially true now. Our priorities and time commitments change." Chung points out that when you first start a blog, "all who listen are strangers." But as time passes, your audience grows, and your identity is more fully exposed. "That's a pretty big throttle to the momentum of a blog," Chung says. "Blogging from that point forward requires more thought and less impulsiveness. And that requires more time."

BlogPulse, an analytics company operated by Nielsen, shows hundreds of new blogs launched every week. In fact, as the Pew study indicates, blogging has actually climbed slightly in popularity among American adults over the age of 30, from 7 percent in 2007 to 11 percent last year.

But many longtime bloggers say that the blog is entering a period of important transition – from one-size-fits-all soapbox to just one more tool in the cluttered Internet toolbox.

Facebook and Twitter, and not the blog, are now "the glue that holds online communities together," says Dylan Wilbanks, a Web producer in Seattle



Today, there is increasing evidence that the art of blog writing is losing ground to even faster forms of communication, from 140-character Twitter blasts to one-sentence status updates on Facebook and MySpace. Nielsen Media Research estimates that of the 126 million blogs counted by its crawlers, the vast majority are rarely – if ever – updated.


"I think what might be happening is that something [that] blogging wasn't very good at – instant notification, status updates, quick conversation – is shifting to the platforms where it is better handled," says Jay Rosen, a professor of journalism at New York University. "People who once started blogs to be part of the online conversation probably wouldn't do that today. They would use Facebook or Twitter. But the combination of a Twitter feed for constant contact and a blog for persistent writing over time is too effective for it to wholly disappear."


***Personally I hate facebook and I have never tried twitter, so for me my best choice is this blog, and yeap it requiere a lot of time and dedication to make a good post and most when you don't write about your personal life, people likes to read about others life***

source: www.csmonitor.com

Egypt

Library of Alexandria and Planetarium

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Today, this vast complex is a reality receiving more than 800,000 visitors a year
The New Library of Alexandria, the New Bibliotheca Alexandrina is dedicated to recapture the spirit of openness and scholarship of the original Bibliotheca Alexandrina. It is much more than a library.


Night view of the Lybrary and the Planetarium, with the Mediterranium sea front them.


Library's pool.
The Planetarium
The architectural design of the Planetarium, as a hung planet-like sphere, is integrated within the architectural concept of the main library building, which symbolizes the rising sun of knowledge.

The Planetarium's theatre is a 14-meters-diameter hemisphere comprising 100 seats that are arranged with an increasing backward tilt to give the audience a comfortable view of the 360° surrounding screen.
visit their home page here

Planetarium front, Library (right),The Mediterranium sea behind the planetarium.
Mexico

A bit of Mexico into your garden

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Mexico has a unique image and style, influenced by Spanish and Indian heritage combined with the climate and topography.

You can add a little or a lot of Mexico into your garden, to create a mood that is a little different and perhaps a little more lively than we are used to in other types of gardens. The native plants of Mexico are diverse, ranging from desert plants such as Cacti and Yuccas to woodland Fuchsias and Conifers to tropical Heliconias and Palms.
A Mexican style garden has the following characteristics:

· Colourful plants and ornaments

· Walls, courtyards and bench seating

· Shade and fountains to cool

· Mexican plants

· Introduced plants that are either colourful or useful (eg. edible)

· Mexican or Spanish influences in the art and architecture

· Can have anything from a desert flavour, through to a jungle flavour
In pre-Spanish times, Aztec gardens featured formal terraces, steps, aquaducts, water features with water cascading over rocks, and flower gardens enclosed by walls. Formal gardens were often laid out in squares, bordered by trellises covered with climbers.


After the Spanish conquest in the 16th century the Hispano-Moorish culture was rapidly established:

· materials used in construction were varied in colour and texture

· useful plants dominated (vegetables, herbs, fruit mostly)

· gardens were commonly walled

· furniture was minimal…primarily fountains and benches

Post Independence - after 300 years, Mexico became independent of Spain and was influenced by other European garden styles, in particular French gardens, which led to the inclusion of geometric and rigid shapes, and features such as balustrades, statues, bandstands and benches.

In the 20th century, a revival of interest in indigenous construction and art influenced many people to incorporate these traditional elements in their gardens.

Mexican gardens can reflect any combination of the past influences. They often include solid walling, Indian/Aztec influenced sculpture and designs, colourful flowering and foliage plants that are native to Mexico, terracotta pots and ornaments, and chunky wood beams for pergolas and benches.


HOW TO REFLECT THE PLANTS

Choose mostly the genera native to Mexico in order to give a Mexican feel to a garden, and create an environment that broadly depicts one of the main types of environments found in Mexico (ie. desert, grassland, woodland or rainforest).












Create a Dry Mexican garden with a desert/grassland character – selecting a predominance of the plants found in such areas in Mexico.

Desert Plants: Many species of Yucca; various cacti including Opuntia and Ferocactus, Dodonaea viscosa, Zephranthes longifolia, Agave, Acacia greggii, Calliandra eriophylla, Senecio.

Grassland Plants: Washingtonia palms, Buddleia, Celtis, Beloperone, Yucca, Agave, Mahonia trifoliata, a variety of legumes.

Create a Woodland Mexican Garden

Taller plants include conifers (Juniperus and Pinus spp.), oaks (Quercus), alder (Alnus jorullensis), Crataegus, Sambacus, Tibouchina

Lower plants include Zinnia, Cassia, Tigrida Bouvardia, Dahlia, Fuchsia, and Salvia.

Create a Mexican Rainforest Garden
Tall plants from Mexican rainforests include Caesalpinia, Ficus, guava (Psidium), Erythrina.

Lower-growing plants include Philodendrons, Heliconias and Gingers, pepper (Piper), Abutilon, Antigonon, Ipomoea, Monstera, Bromeliads and Tillandsia.

Introduced Plants
Many plants have been introduced to Mexico but are widely cultivated and are appropriately included in a Mexican garden. These include Frangipani, Jacaranda, Crepe Myrtle, Allamanda, Bauhinia, Spathodea, Avocado, Breadfruit, Mango, Fig, Paw Paw, Coffee, Custard Apple, and Banana.

Introduced plants are mostly either colourful or useful; both of which are important criteria in Mexican gardens.

NOTE: Unless you are a purist, don’t worry about getting the species native to Mexico …just the genera will do.

buy: Traditional mexican style exteriors book.
Mexico,

Chiles rellenos

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today I will cook this delicious Chiles rellenos, check the recipe here just clik in the pictures to large view.


Science

Chilean earthquake may have shortened earth day by microsecond: NASA

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***sorry if I din't tranlated right***
The powerful 8.8 magnitude earthquake that rocked chile could have tilted the axis of the earth and therefore the days are shorter.

That's Richard Gross conclusion, a researcher at the jet propulsion laboratory of the u.s. space agency NASA.

The scientist used a complex model which won a preliminary calculation shows that the quake could have shortened 1.26 microseconds ( a microsecond equals one millionth of a second) the length of each day on Earth.

What surprised most to Dr. Gross, however, is how the earthquake might have titled the axis of the Earth.

According to the investigator the quake would have tilted the earth's axis at 2.7 milli-arcseconds (about 8 centimeters).

The same model estimated the magnitude of Sumatra-Andaman earthquake of 9.1 in 2004 this could have shortened the length of the days of 6.8 microseconds and tilted Earth's axis in 2.32 milliseconds of arc (about 7 centimeters).



The scientist said that while the Chilean earthquake was smaller than the Sumatra, Chile would have a little more inclined earth's axis for two reasons.

"Firs, unlike the Sumatran earhquake was located near Ecuador, Chile earthquake was located in the middle latitudes of the Earth, allowing it to more effectively change the figures in the axis", says Dr. Gross.
"Secondly, he added, the fault responsible for the 2010 earhquake in Chile descends beneath the surface of the Earth at an angle slightly steeper than the fault responsible for the earthquake of 2004."

"This makes the failure of Chile more effective to move the mass of the earth vertically and therefore more effective to chang the figures of Earth's axis, "he explains.


" As a ballet dancer"

As explained to BBC Science Gangui Dr.Alexander, a researcher at the Institute of Astronomy and Apace Physics at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, it is expected that a movement so strong in the earth's crust causes such as changes in the way moves the planet's mass.
"We know the Earth is not a completely rigid body but subject to many distubances according to seasonal effects," explains the scientist.

"So a plate movement as it was at the origin of both the earthquake of 2004 as the 2010 course will change the distribution of mass in the planet."


The shift isn’t about to cause a Roland Emmerich like end of days scenario or affect the seasons or weather, but it will shorten every day by 1.26 microseconds
"The efect is the same when a ballet dancer turns on one foot with open arms and their rotational movement is slow and when she close her arms the movement is faster."
Now with the Earth, says the scientist, something similar happened, since the movement became more rapid shift by the change in the distribution of matter in the equatorial zone.
As explained by Dr.Ganqui, although these changes in the position of the Earth are important is unlikely to detect.

"The truth is that any of these movements of large amounts of mass of plate tectonics cause a small disturbance in the dynamics of the Earth as a cosmic body.
"But it is notoriously difficult that we can detect it in our every day life,"he adds.


How does an earthquake move the planet’s axis? A sizable quake can shift huge amounts of rock, changing the distribution of mass on the planet. That change alters the rate at which the planet rotates, and rotation determines a day’s length. Scientists explained that the key to the shift was the location of the quake, and the fact that the fault sliced through Earth at a steeper angle, making “the Chile fault more effective in moving Earth’s mass vertically and hence more effective in shifting Earth’s figure axis.”(sources: bbc & unhabit)
2010/fashion

Abayas in Natural Fabrics

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It's not just about black!
This are the words from aab a company dedicated to creat this beautiful "Staylish and simple abayas" in modern designs and natural fabrics for all muslim woman needs.


aab workwear collection

Expresso Abaya workwear collection
Amal bag from aab in accesories.
Autum rose hijab from aab
sea breeze abaya from occasions collection

Accesories for sea breeze abaya
Isfahan abaya from occasions collection

Isfahan abaya details

Visit their site Here

Egypt,

What to wear in Egypt

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When you visit a Muslim country then you Should respect the customs doesn't matter from where you come from or what religion do you practice.
In Egypt you will find Muslims coexisting with many other religions and non of this wear inappropriate cloths (sexy) when they are outside home.

picture from: http://rachelrossi.wordpress.com

This is a picture in Khan el Khalil (An International famous Egyptian market)where most of the tourist visit to buy souvenirs.

If you wear this to visit a Muslim country then all, believe me, will think you are a hore, not even in Mexico woman use this to go shopping. You will be constantly overwhelmet for man and women looks, if you feel fine with this then go ahead.

If you are one of those who think that Islam doesn't respect women rights and you are different and liberal and etc,etc,etc. then you should think twice to visit a Muslim country or even better educate your self before do it, there is a lot of information on Internet that can be helpful because non of this things are true.

Visit Egypt or any other Muslim country and don't being Muslim doesn't mean you will have to be fully covered, you can use modest clothes and you will be fine. here some examples:

From: images.businesweek.com
As you can see she is wearing a cotton trousers(which will help with the hot weather and protect you from the sun light) and a sleeveless blouse but covering her arms with a shawl, this also is good to protect from UV. on the left is an older woman wearing the same kind of trousers and a short sleeve blouse, this is a god option too. For man they should use shorts that cover their knee not being this to extrict because man regularly wear long bermudas.

A good option is to use a hat.



Now you don't need to have a huge luggage with you because in Egypt you can find very cheap T-shirts and any kind of clothes, for sun protection you can go to any Farmacy (Saydaleia in Arabic) and they have a huge range of sun protectors in very good prices, about hair dryers or straighteners, don't worry you will be so busy that will not have time for this a quick hair do is better and my advice : Use a Cap or a hat!.


for more information in this post about EGYPT

2010/fashion,

Hot pink Hijab Style

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Hot Pink & White.....I like this colors together!



also Hot pink & Black.