So, I’ve made it across the border into Tanzania!My last country on
the tour (unless you count Zanzibar, which does give you a stamp and
sorta is its own country but thank God they don’t charge for Visas
because Tanzania charges $100 USD! (of course we charge them much more,
so I guess it’s only fair).
Turns out Americans are traveling to Kenya!So says Rebecca who runs
the Miliani Backpackers in Nairobi.She says there have been many
more Americans than ever before since about April.I asked if it was
about Obama… and it is.His father is from Kenya, and so many
Americans are now aware of a badass country called Kenya and are
coming.This is good since Kenya tourism is SLOOOOWWWWW thanks to the
problems in January and February.Rebecca also told me about how she
and her family survived the riots and people blocking roads, throwing
rocks and burning tires. And racing through the line of people with
horn “hooting” and skidding into their apartment garage as the guard
slammed it shut on the oncoming crowd.Straight out of a movie,
except that it was real.Fortunately Kenya is…
As fall weather descends on the northern hemisphere, over 40 solar-powered vehicles have just kicked off a 2-week race through South Africa.
The contest, called the South African Solar Challenge, tests the engineering, creativity, and endurance of sun ray-cers over demanding terrain. The main promoter of the race is the Advanced Energy Foundation, whose mission is to promote innovation in transportation and energy management technologies.
Over the full course, contestants will complete a 4,175 km loop from Johannesburg to Cape Town, then back along the southern coast, all the while grappling with hills, wind, and navigation.
2008 is a the first year of the challenge, which is planned to be run every two years. About 20 teams in the race are local with a roughly equal number being international teams. Beyond pure solar cars, other vehicle categories cover electrics, hybrids, and biofuel cars.
A few words on Rwanda.
1. The roads are great
2.The people are super super nice
3.They speak French, not English, so the language barrier popped up for the first time this trip and I remembered how much harderit is to get around when you have to communicate with signs and smiles.
4.The genocide memorial is sad, touching, disturbing and heartbreaking.However, unlike theTual Song Prison and Killing Fields in Cambodia, it isn’t as horrible.The reason is that it is a memorial built to heal and teach.The mass grave outside of 250,000 (!!!!!) people is covered in a granite slab.In Cambodia you are walking on bones and teeth.The horrors are no less terrible or real,but the experience wasn’t as devastating as Cambodia.However, there are churches in Rwanda with clothes and bones and even one where the bodies are all preserved in Lime 14 years later, including hundredsof children.So had I made it there I’m sure I would be sofucking disturbed and angry right now I couldn’t contain myself.The things that people can do to each other is just staggering…
5.It’s a beautiful…
Here’s a letter from Pandora founder Tim Westergren asking for help:
Hi, it’s Tim from Pandora;
Today, thanks to the extraordinary support of many Pandora listeners, we took a giant step forward when the House of Representatives supported Pandora and Internet radio and passed the Webcaster Settlement Act of 2008. Now we need your help so that the Senate will pass it also – and quickly… The finish line is in sight!
After a yearlong negotiation, Pandora, SoundExchange and the RIAA are finally optimistic about reaching an agreement on royalties that would save Pandora and Internet radio. The legislation would give us the extra time we need to finalize the deal.
Please call your Senators Monday morning starting at 9:00 (Eastern) and ask them to support the Webcaster Settlement Act of 2008.
The person who answers the phone in your Senator’s office may ask for the bill number – it’s H.R. 7084 (if they ask for a Senate bill number, you can assure them that in this unusual case, the Senate is actually voting on the House bill number).
Senator Barbara Boxer: (202) 224-3553
Senator Dianne Feinstein: (202) 224-3841
If the phone is busy, please try again until you get…
I’ve written about Las Vegas on several occasions, largely around trips to this glittery city for industry conventions.
I just came back from BlogWorldExpo, which reminded me a bit like Comdex meets SXSW but for the blogosphere. Held at the Convention Center’s south hall, it is still small enough for the networking and content value to be well worth the trip.
Through my first cabbie, who screamed at me when I asked for a receipt, I learned about “blocking the box,” which is apparently illegal in New York but fine in Vegas.
There was a campaign in the eighties to end the gridlock in New York, which pushed cab drivers to stay before an intersection with white lines painted across it. In Vegas however, you can get a $150 ticket for honking your horn since the locals consider it “road rage.” Go figure.
I always laugh at my European friends who compare Vegas with New York. While both may be bright, have great restaurants, loud people, tons of entertainment and rock all night, the cultures are very different. Where else can you sign up for a course that…
The great KOME-FM DJ Dennis Erectus has been hospitalized since having a heart attack almost two years ago, and his friends are trying to put together a collection of his greatest moments on the air to sell and help pay the bills.
They are asking fans to send any tapes of Dennis’ old shows. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have some and can help out.
Erectus was wilder and crazier than Howard Stern in the 80s and his shows were like weird goth plays. They were a highlight on the San Jose radio dial and helped KOME become a nationally known station.
He was doing overnight engineering at KEZR-FM and on his way to the station after Thanksgiving dinner when he had a heart attack, collapsed alone, and lost oxygen to his brain.
He is beloved in the San Jose and San Francisco radio markets.
I’m not sure who should win this week’s award for Biggest Sexist in Politics. John McCain or Bill Clinton.
For that matter, we might also want to consider Pakistan’s new president, Asif Ali Zardari, for the greeting he gave Sarah Palin when he first laid eyes on the 44-year-old hockey mom during their brief meeting yesterday at a New York hotel.
As the Los Angeles Times reported, the Pakistani leader swooned that Palin was “even more gorgeous” in person than he had imagined.
“You are so nice,” Palin said demurely. “Thank you.”
At which point, obviously sensing the gravity of the moment, a Zardari aide requested that the two new friends do a photo-op and shake hands.
“I’m supposed to pose again,” Palin said coyly.
“If he’s insisting,” Zardari said gamely, “I might hug.”
Unfortunately that’s where the account of the photo-op ends so I can’t confirm the hug.
Other than this knee-jerk (jerky?) diplomacy, you’re probably wondering if they talked about anything foreign. Like, say, Pakistan’s apparent problem with U.S. helicopters straying across its border with Afghanistan. Or the suicide truck bomb that destroyed the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad just the Saturday before, killing more than 40 people and…
I know everyone has likely already seen the Katie Couric interview with Sarah Palin since its all over the web, but why take a chance that even one person hasn’t yet experienced Palin’s wisdom and intellect? This video needs to sit in everyone’s blog even if they’ve never written about or cared about politics in their life.
It’s astonishing that even one person in this country can ‘accept’ such mediocrity. How did we come this far? Sink this low?
She’s the voice of McCain and can’t even come up with one example in his 26 year history for how he has pushed for more regulation, but hey, “she’ll try to find some for ya (in the dusty files of his basement?) Katie and bring ‘em to ya.” Is this for real or was it really a Saturday Night Live re-run and someone is playing a joke on me.
And as for what some moms think of this articulate wonderstar from Alaska who btw, doesn’t know how to wear lipstick, check out Momocrats. I’ve included some of the funnier comments – they’re too good not to reprint.
“Damn I’ve had conversations with…
Renee Blodgett is the founder and editor of We Blog the World, which was created in 2008. Renee has lived in ten countries and traveled to nearly 80, giving her a unique understanding and appreciation of international cultures. She is ranked #12 Social Media Influencer by Forbes and referenced in two renowned books on how social media is changing how we live our lives.
Since its launch, the site has grown organically across multiple online platforms. We Blog the World combines the magic of an online culture and travel magazine with a global blog network, where independent voices capture the best cultural experiences, events, ideas and stories for the discerning, educated and savvy globetrotter.
Check out our About Us and Work With Us pages for opportunities to get involved with us on or off-the-ground.