Looking out of the apartment’s window after Hurricane Irene had passed, I noticed a group of people with a lot of tripods and some photography equipment. That piqued my interest and I thought I’d go and investigate (aka, poke my nose in!) – I’m glad I did! I met the renowned photographer Bryan Peterson (http://ppsop.com) who was teaching photography techniques.
Tech blog endgadget.com held their readers meetup in New York on Aug 25th, 2011 and we were fortunate enough to be holidaying there at the time. Arif and I went to geek out with fellow tech-heads. It was a good opportunity and we both were impressed with various products on show.
Here’s the vlog I created of the event, I hope that it will give you a sense of how vibrant the place was and also see some of the technologies offered:
A return to vlogging? Well maybe, thanks to having the video capabilities of my brand-spanking-new iPhone 3Gs it might re-become a feature!
Regardless, I hope you enjoy this clip. The videos were recorded by the iPhone, the pictures weren’t, they’re the result of my almost new Canon EOS 50D. You can view those pictures in higher resolution on my Flickr stream if you wish.
The shiny new Nokia E71 I bought yesterday has prompted me to try it’s capabilities, image wise that is, so what better way to do that other than to take you on a garden tour while using it to record the experience?
Will this be the return to regular M.Reports? I sure hope so, I missed doing them!
Have a wonderful Friday my friends.
The last two days were very fruitful. I have had the privilege of interacting with an excellent group of people whose main concern is to share their views with the world, and expose the wrongs in their societies in order for those to be addressed and corrected. Although I cannot say that the correction has been effected by society and/or governments, but at least they have been brought out in the open and the hope is that they will be tackled, ultimately.
Today’s presentations were a bit more technical in nature where we discussed how to popularise your blog, how to use the available tools and sites to spread your message and how to monetise your efforts.
I also took the opportunity to interview Clothilde Le Coz, of RSF’s Internet Freedom Desk who shared her views and explained her role in the organisation. She also provided some insights on how RSF goes about its business.
Now that the formal part of the workshop is over, and the M.Report has been uploaded, it’s time to shower, change and go out to have dinner in the world famous Rick’s CafÃ© with some new and old friends. Should be quite fun!
Two pieces of international news are hitting our screens regarding Bahrain that deserve a mention: The first is that Bahrain has been elected once again to the Human Rights Council – congratulations! The other is that it has slipped 9 places in this year’s Global Peace Index – commiserations.
The first, though welcome news, needs to be followed up immediately by the government and parliament with concrete steps and actions in order to institute the required changes in our laws and legislation to rise to the level of Bahrain’s legal international commitments. Some of those require changes to our constitution, election laws, and instituting new laws to criminalise discrimination in all its forms. If and when these things happen, Bahrain will become a peace of Heaven for everyone who lives in it, and should make it proud to occupy such an exalted seat.
The worrying part in this is not about Bahrain, but the council itself. I’m not sure if the metrics used to elect members to the HRC conducive to the propagation of human rights globally as some of those elected are clearly not worthy of even being considered to that illustrious panel, one which has been presumably been created to ensure that human rights abuses do not go unpunished. I am quite certain that many will raise their eyebrows when they hear that countries like Pakistan and Gabon, amongst others, have been elected to it. I might even go as far as suggesting the renaming of the Human Rights Council to a currently more appropriate Human Rights Abusers Council.
The second piece of news worth noting is that Bahrain has regressed once again in the world’s perception by 9 whole places, while our compatriots in the Gulf did not fair as badly. Even Saudi’s descent has not been as far as that experienced by Bahrain.
The criteria that the report uses is quite exhaustive, but although a lot of it is subjective, the basis on which it was drawn is solid; hence, this report and its ramifications should be taken seriously and steps must be enacted in order for us to overcome the outlined shortcomings.
Maybe the pending creation of a national human rights organisation at the parliament is one way to go, another is to have the political will and courage to effect anti-discrimination measures – rather than categorically denying their evident existence. Instituting a national reconciliation program to finally put the past behind us will also be much welcome and will go a long way at ameliorating the national conscience.
If these things are considered and enacted, I am fairly certain that all of these detrimental reports will be just another part of our collective history, one we can proudly look back on, because we will have proven to ourselves first and the world too that we can learn from our mistakes and have the courage and determination to rise above them.
I thoroughly enjoyed attending the Volleyball Championship final match between Al-Nasr and Busaiteen last weekend which we were invited to shoot for Riffa Views, one of our clients. I get to amplify a bit on my feelings on that night, and also share with you some of the footage that we took which I hope you will enjoy or at least immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the night.
I really look forward to actually attend more of these sporting functions which I hope that they are as fun as this one!
It’s been a long time that I was just itching to change the theme of my blog. I think it has outgrown the “traditional” blog a long time ago. I not only post in text, but have regular features of pictures, audio podcasts as well as video content.
I am happy that I found the theme on which I can build to make it mirror more of what Mahmood’s Den has become.
I love flower bulbs, they have some of the most beautiful flowers and are relatively easy to grow and care for. What’s more is that once the season is over, you can just take them out of the ground, clean them up, dry them and store them for the next season. What’s more, some bulbs actually produce more baby bulbs to reward you for an even bigger show in the next season.
The last session of parliament before they broke for a 5 month paid holiday didn’t disappoint. They went after each other’s throats and behaved as they usually do. Like monkeys, some would say.