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Israel is not thinking and their actions are un-called for.
Where is the joint-hand of the Middle East now. After the Gaza war. The Saudi family made a statement at the last meeting where he met the leaders of the Middle East. They said that if Israel does something outrageous again, they i.e. th joint Arab states comined will take a joint action that would be harsh. Why haven’t say said anything. What are they going to do.
So far they have not done anything.
Israeli authorities are in-human, crazy monsters. There is no word in any language for the craziness they are doing.
Frankly, there are so many Jews (good people in Israel and overseas), who are against the actions that Israel authorirties take.
Still the voice of the mediocreis never heard.
All those people who died on the boat, God bless them, may they rest in peace.
Technophilias Chief Editor
Today (just 45 minutes ago), BBC reported in its news, that a breast cancer vaccine will be available soon.
It is a major breakthrough and very important to the Chief Editor of Technophilias team because he has lost more then 3 people due to this horrible disease.
Scientists were conducting tests on mice that have been previously subject to cancer research. The results of which showed that it is possible to prevent breast cancer. That is great news for the world.
They published an article and findings in the recent issue of Nature Medicine Journal.
According to these scientists a vaccine will be soon available for women who immediately turn 40 preventing them from developing breast cancer.
According to BBC they are currently looking for human subjects for testing but it seems like it is not so far from reality.
For more details read the following stories.
Prince of Persia: Sands of Time
(From Disney Studios)
I remember when I played the video game for the first time. I said to myself wouldn’t it be cool if a movie was made about it. Its finally here after 7 years.
US Release Date : 28 May 2010
A great adaptation of the game. Has some cinematic elements from the game.
Disney is known for creating visually remarkable landscapes on film. The movie is brought to you by the same team that produced Pirates of the Caribbean.
The PC game got a rating of 8.8 on IGN
The story is inspired by the famous PC game from Ubisoft. Originally inspired by a 2D game that was extremely popular during the 2003. For those of you who have not played the game. The movie is about the story of a prince and his adventure accross the Persian empire, on a voyage to discover the real resting place of a mystical dagger.
Since the movie is inspired by the game, the splits and the swinging that the character Prince Dastan (Played by Jake Gyllenhaal) does in the game can be seen in the movie as well. The second lead or the heroine/princess Tamina in the movie, is played by Gemma Arterton. Who better to play the role of Nizam then Ben Kingsley, thats perfect casting right there.
The movie has some great visual scenes. All the cities and the streets portrayed in the movie. Somewhat also resemble the streets from Disney’s Aladdin cartoon. Although Aladdin was a very stereotypical of the arabs. This one is clearly trying its best to just make the game as real as possible.
I give the movie 8/10
Technophilias Movie Critic
CV: Just two days after Apple Computers announced highest revenue and profits for fiscal year 2010. Apple launched â€œIts high-resolution Multi-Touch displayâ€ on the 27th of January. It is a revolutionary device that does everything the iphone can do with a lot more.
This year they finally released their much anticipated multi-touch device as the iPad. It is revolutionary because it allows the use of all ten fingers to interact with its screen.
Apple computers is such a trend setter that because of its creative innovations such as the recent iPad This year has been voted as the worldâ€™s most admired company.
Apple is not new at creating portable digital assistants. It first came out with the Newton in 1997.
The iPad is like the iphone but with a 9.7 inches screen. It beats the iphone as it now supports features such as Office and iWorks running capabilities and the ability to support more wireless technologies then the iphone.
The idea of a multipurpose device that is like a netbook but much more is very appealing. Still, AUC students and staff members are not too pleased with it. According to Dr. Ramez Daud, adjunct professor of electronics engineering, who counsels the Research Lab team at the electronics engineering department, â€œI donâ€™t like apple, I donâ€™t like iPad.â€ His students share similar views.
Over all, the electronics and computer engineering departments at AUC, donâ€™t like apple because it is tailored more towards graphics and â€˜coding canâ€™t be done on them at all, emphasizes Tarek refaat, Dr Daudâ€™s student.
Many artists agree which is why they expected more from Apple. The general view was that the iPad would be a better version of the ever so popular Wacom designer tablets which allow drawing and animation to be done on high end systems. Arts major Ahmed Safi agrees â€œthat its nothing of that sort though it is multi-touch its just a glorified iphone.â€
Still, Steve Jobs is very pleased the success of his development team, he stated at the first release press conference.
Donald Melanson feature on technology blog Engadget found that initial demand for the iPad to be greater than the iphone by 4 percent.
The general consensus at AUC is that most of the student body has no knowledge of it still. Then again, its still not gone on sale yet, Apple is only taking pre-orders and plans to officially bring to retailers in April.
â€œIt would have been a great technology if it had a stylus. Otherwise itâ€™s very good.â€ Abdel Rehman, IMC junior. Another biotechnology graduate student Sara Hassan said, â€œI think itâ€™s good. My friends criticize it because they say its susceptible to crashing. Its [operating system] is not powerful. It doesnâ€™t have a pen.â€
The fact of the matter is Appleâ€™s main focus is to implement the use of touch using fingers but several AUC student are still holding on to the idea of a stylus which was also an Apple invention. According to John McKinley, who writes for the Silicon alley Insider â€œApple’s iPad is this decade’s Newton.â€ Critics on this website disagree with Jobs as â€œit met base level expectationsâ€.
Weighing at just 1.5 pounds and about half an inch thick its body does not resemble the iphone but the Macbook Pro chrome body.
Samer Zakhery, who is a technology enthusiast stated that its just an ebook reader with added features.
A lot of the students share the general opinion, that its not so different â€œ[it is just] A huge iphone,â€ state Omar Farahat, construction enginnering junior and Yaqoub Al Attrash, mathematics major.
Then, there is the issue of its cost. â€œIts expansive,â€ emphasized Majed Jarrar, electronics engineering major.Â There are two versions, the first one which costs 499 dollars which is without 3G. This means that it canâ€™t be used to make phone calls.
It comes in two versions wifi and wifi with 3G. This being the first generation iPad, as Apple categorizes its products, is available in three capacities, 16, 32 and 64 gigabytes. With duty and other taxes in Egypt, its bound to start at 650 dollars, still iShop in zamalek has not confirmed the price yet.
Apple is actually facing a lot of competition in the industry worldwide with Japanese and Chinese manufacturers who have already come out with cheaper alternatives. It has become very difficult for Apple to conceal its development projects from the world thanks to AppleInsider.com which has been under lawsuit before.
Since the product is officially still not out Engadget has not been able to publish an FCC verified report on the design of the iPad. Still the iPad seems to still have surpassed all its contenders in the industry. Though itâ€™s a master of none Nilay Patel on the blog called a â€œjack of all trades,â€ it is still sure to please the masses.
Journalism is not about acting, acting is not really an art. It is something that is much more that comes from the heart.
I feel that in movies, the big stars obviously do a good job, but what about the second important character, the guy who comes in themovie for only 1/3 of it.
They teach us the very lesson about life that we most often tend to undermine. That my dear readers is all about the following:
Value your friendships.
Be there always for your friends. Its okay to go out of your way to help more then you can.
That’s what citizen journalism is all about to. Sharing [knowledge 'n' lending help] is caring.
Be affectionate and friendly.
Thats who you will make life-long friends and become a good reporter too.
The key to a healthy relationship be it through a news story or direct interaction – is to be always be happy. Put your words on paper. Thats what will make a good story.
Yes that is correct.
Actually the Matroska format has been around for, let us guess, about 9 years now. It was initially popularized by the Japanese anime as it provided large fines to be compressed with dual audio i.e. English and Japanese dubbing in high definition quality.
All capable within a fiel size smaller then the traditional avi, divx or xvid movie would take.
This new popular format is called the MKV format.
Today, the underground online community is slowly shifting to using this format for their ripped movies as apposed to the 700mb DivX movies. Obviously we already know that the DivX is a compression format under the conventional AVI format by Microsoft and the Xvid is just an improved version of that.
Still MKV or *.mkv file sare shorter. One can get the same HD quality (say for example a resolution of 652x…. which usually is around 701mb under the Matroska format take between 280mb to 350mb depending on the audio attached to the file built in to it, not a seperate file.
The subtitle files (can be more then 1), audio stream files and the video are all packaged into a single file.
So thr next time you download a file look into it.
VLC media player runs well on the Mac Os based systems too.
In Todayâ€™s consumerist world, where it is hard to find genuine art among the heap of pretentious and commercial art that surrounds us, the School of Fine Arts of Helwan struggles to get more students in the sculpting department.
By Menna Taher and Uzzi (Technophilias webmaster)
Over the past few decades Egypt has gone through several social and political changes that make Egypt sometimes unidentifiable to those, who have lived in the 50s and 60s. Multinational corporations started taking over the market emphasizing on the consumer needs and the Salafi extremist line of thought was brought back from Egyptian emigrants, who returned from Saudi. In consequence these two ideologies were reflected in the art scene.
Caught inside the mesh of a generation suffering from an identity crisis Ahmed Gamal a senior in sculpting believes that the sculpting scene now is based on imitation of the west. â€œIt doesnâ€™t relate to our culture, beliefs or concerns,â€ he said â€œin todayâ€™s art scene only the bad baseless art stands out, and the good is just buried.â€
â€œThe concerns of students now are not cultural or social or political,â€ said Ali Hebeish, a professor of sculpting at the faculty since 1975 â€œnow their concerns are merely consumerist.â€
According to Hebeish, the Universityâ€™s activities have long decreased.
â€œThey used to have poetry and literature clubs, as well as theatre,â€ he continued â€œbut all this is not taking place anymore.â€
â€œStudents are now heading in two directions,â€ he added â€œthe religious direction or the trendy directionâ€
Hebeish explained further that most students at the fine arts want to specialize in graphic design because it they think it is the art most fit in todayâ€™s market, however, he explained that sculpting is much needed in several fields, like car making and even for creating animation.
Sculpting in the market
Lobna El Samahy, one of the sculpting graduates last year, who now works as a freelance sculptress says that there are several opportunities to work in sculpting.
â€œYou can work in theatre set design, you can make these small statues for tourists in Khan El Khalily, you can work for an automobile company or even for a graphics company,â€ she said â€œyou know, that before creating a cartoon character, it has to be sculpted first, in order to get the three dimensions of it.â€
The students in sculpting
In the middle of the university there is a gate for the sculpting department. When you first enter the smell of mud penetrates your nostrils and tickles it, there is dust everywhere and several empty rooms with statues scattered about. The sound of the saw blends with sounds of knocking and chattering of students. It has a different aura than the rest of the School of fine arts. Though it is on the same campus, it has a secluded yet enigmatic feel.
â€œI was hesitant before choosing sculpting at first,â€ said Nada Adel, a student in her third year â€œI was scared because there were very few students. There are about 10 students per year,â€ Adel explained.
â€œBut then I realized later that having three students that sculpt well is better than having one hundred students that are not qualified,â€ she added.
â€œThere are, of course, religious reasons behind that,â€ said Adel â€œsome Sheikhs condemn all art as sinful, others think that there are certain guidelines should be followed in terms of sculpting but donâ€™t forbid it.â€
Sculptures shouldnâ€™t be the size of a human being and there are five other guidelines that Adel couldnâ€™t recall.
Adel also added that religion is just one aspect of several other reasons.
â€œSome people think of it as the department of failing students, since it requires the lowest grades,â€ Adel said â€œbut the truth is that itâ€™s a matter of demand. We are few.â€
Sculpting is also not one of the easiest art forms. It requires patience and special skills.
â€œOne can draw well but not know how to sculpt, but sculptors know how to do both,â€ said Hebeish.
The religious background
The sinful connotations that sculptures have go back to the time, when infidels worshipped sculptures, and thus they are associated with atheism.
About 10 years ago debates ensued when the Taliban destroyed two Buddha sculptures because is commonly misbelieved that Buddhistsworship the Buddha statue.
Ever since, there has been a constant stigma towards statues in the Muslim conservative society. One canâ€™t generalize, of course, because several galleries around Cairo exhibit sculptures.Yet many believe it is sinful and some would refuse to purchase sculptures to decorate their homes with.
â€œI would rather stay on the safe side,â€ they would argue â€œit is an unnecessary decorationâ€.
Advocacy lectures to persuade students to specialize in sculpting take place each year.
â€œWe hold several lectures to educate students and change their views about the belief that sculpting is sinful,â€ Ahmed Abd el Aziz, the dean of the sculpting department said.
He further explained by giving the metaphor of a knife, which could have several uses. â€œOne can use the knife to kill, but one also uses it to slaughter animals to eat.
â€œEverything has two sides,â€ he continued â€œwe canâ€™t simply abolish it because it might have a negative effect or side.â€
The media hype
In 2008 several newspapers in Egypt published articles regarding the sculpting department. It said that there was only one student in sculpting and they were intending to close it down.
However according to students in sculpting there was never only one student in a class.
â€œI remember when the news got out we were worried,â€ Adel said â€œAre they going to close it down while weâ€™re still enrolled?â€
Another student, who specializes in drawing, also encountered such media representation. â€œI was in class, it was my first year,â€ she said â€œso we had to do sculpting. We have to try each specialization before choosing our concentration,â€ she further explained.
â€œA journalist came and asked several students if they think itâ€™s sinful, some said yes, when he asked them why they are sculpting, they said that they have to,â€ she said â€œthen when the magazine came out, I donâ€™t really remember what it was, there was a picture of a bearded guy sculpting and the article was trashing art students and said that were all backward minded.â€
Inside the university there are several sculptures in the gardens. Students sit in front of them with their sketchbooks in hand and draw. The sculptures stand peacefully, and blend quite naturally with the atmosphere.
Sculpting as an art form
â€œSculpting is not as easy to understand as other works of art,â€ said Abd el Aziz â€œyou will always find sculpting students fewer than those in other departmentsâ€.
Unlike other works of art, sculpting has a certain dominating feel. It has its presence in a place that one canâ€™t overlook.
â€œItâ€™s another reason why you wonâ€™t find many people getting sculptures to decorate their homes as much as they do with paintings,â€ said Abd el Aziz â€œif the sculpture doesnâ€™t fit the place itâ€™s in it would be very obvious.â€
â€œItâ€™s the art that is most suited to preserve history,â€ said Gamal â€œlike the statues of the German women during the war.â€
By Usman Naeem Khokhar
The American University in Cairo is home to students with a wide range of interests. Surprisingly, Japanese Anime has hit AUC and its students feem to find it more appealing to Western animation and this interest has taken over most of their internet traffic.
CAIRO – It has gained popularity worldwide only in the past three to four decades, but it has been around for hundreds of years. Basically, anime takes its roots from humorous ink drawings of animals and caricatures of people that have been practiced by Japanese artisans and artists for centuries.
Today, Anime is derived from animation and it is the collective for all work s of animation coming from South East Asia, not just Japan and has found its way to Egypt and created a huge fan base.
However, the creative arts culture in Japan, does not believe that comics are only restricted to children. They draw and animate for all ages and the adult form of anime which involves emphasis on sexuality and the human physical features is referred to as Manga.
Unfortunately, it is only popular amongst young Egyptians who come from middle class homes who have satellite coverage, some of which like anime because they are into graphic designing or drawings.
Egyptians have limited access to anime graphic novels and action figures, but they keep up to date with anime sub-culture and get all their anime content from the internet. These youngsters are so fascinated by anime that they have stopped watching animation coming from mainstream US media.
Khaled El-Kinawi, an electronics and physics major at the American University in Cairo, follows eighteen series per week. each of which â€œanime are generally 20 minutes long on averageâ€. In his interview he stated that downloads eighteen series a weekâ€, states Kinawi. He downloads all his anime content from the AUC engineering labs but he does not wish to disclose the lab he uses to download his anime.
He does however, agree to share with us the names of the many anime titles he has downloaded over the past two semesters, which he emphasized are all downloaded onto his own laptop over the AUC network for the fear that, he might lose the data otherwise.
Currently, the popular anime titles that are popular within the AUC community are the very popular Bleach, Naruto, morbito and Full metal Alchemist.
Other more recent anime titles that are domestic titles include; reborn, armed librarian, a certain scientific railgun, , gintama,Umineko no Naku Koro ni, asura cryin 11 eyes, Seitokai no Ichizon, Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu 2: Purezza, kobato. needless, fairy tale, Hanasakeru Seishonen, The Sacred Blacksmith, nyan koi.
Khaled is not sure of exactly how many students are into Japanese anime within AUC, because it is a interest that is actually widespread over several engineering majors but mostly include, Electronics, computer science and construction engineering majors he states.
Sharing of anime is as illegal as it is for Western animation titles. Like every other download the best way to download Anime is through the use of the ever so popular bittorrent client that has taken the world by storm since Napster in the 1990s.
All the downloading done on campus is through a popular torrent client called utorrent and the popular websites (also known as trackers) used by AUC students to download all their anime are animetake.com and animesuki.com and mininova.com and nyaatorrents.org. They also used to use The Pirate Bay but that client got shut down.
The university does not limit the amount of downloading done on the AUC network partly because of the amount of data shared between some of the classes that conduct video conferencing but according to Khaled, â€œdirect download once reached 200 kilobits per second (kbps) but usually reach 50kbpsâ€, which is enough to download 130 megabytes episodes within no more then 2-3 hours. Since there is no limit, downloading continues throughout the day nonstop.
Besides, the actual anime downloads. The book store actually also sells Fullmetal Alechemist graphic novels. â€œI am only into the anime because I like the animationâ€, says Khaled.
The same graphic novels have been on the bookshelf for over two months. AUC students are not into graphic novels, computer games, desktop wallpapers at all. The one game that they really seemed to like though is Metal Gear Solid which only turned into a graphic novel (not anime) after the second part of the game, whose movie, whose release is planned for 2012.
â€œAnime are very visual and they tell more realistic stories as compared to other animations.â€ Khaled ended and he stated that he does not watch any other form of animation for that reason.
The internet and social media industry is full of so much content be it rich or not, has people and social butterfly(ies) glued to their computers for hours which results in several health injuries despite the benefit of interaction (which is a plus).
In the long run this is very dangerous. So I found this interesting illustration on the web. These will just take 5 minutes of your time and will ensure a healthy social interaction with your peers. Click here to view it.
Also the Technophilias Reseach team found this software that periodically pops up on your screen and using interactive videos gives you the opportunity to exercise and research while doing work in the office. Its called RSIGuard and it can be downloaded from here.