Cairo

Azhar Park

Cairo is loud, in many corners dirty, confusing, unsettled, turbulent, full of cars and full of people. Great! I really gotta say that Cairo was very different from what I expected. In many ways the city was more strange to me then I would have thought, but in many ways more familiar.

Egypt and especially Cairo is definitely steeped in the recent history and the revolution. Everyone from the cab driver to the hotel manager will gladly talk with you about the revolution, hear your opinion, discuss the future. At every square you will see military and tanks – the guards of the hope of democratic future during the transitional time. You will see the burnt out NDP headquarter, burnt out police stations and the name and image of Husni Mubarak erased from signs, buildings and walls. You can buy stickers of the revolution and pictures of all the people who died during the protests. But there is also a big shadow: Almost no tourists in March, most windows of the big hotels stay dark at night.

Elections in Cairo

My first day was election day in Egypt – the people voted on a constitution change, seen as the first democratic election in many, many years. On our walk through Islamic Cairo we passed many crowded polling stations. Anne took this great picture of a woman, who had voted and therefore ink on her finger as a method to make sure that everyone only votes once.

But of course Cairo is not only a city of recent history, but one with footprints of all periods of times. The Egyptian museum, the Pyramids, the mosques in Islamic Cairo, the churches in Coptic Cairo, I definitely collected hundreds of new impressions of this old place. The best of them you will find in my flickr account. Since I was there with Anne I was lucky enough to also see those places you usually don’t visit when you come as a tourist, and to meet many young people who work and live in Cairo.

Pyramids, Dashur

I also got the chance to see the Mediterranean harbour Alexandria as well as the south east of the Sinai – which feels like the most peaceful place, if you forget the military checkpoints and the history of the place. The Gulf of Aqaba seems like a huge coral aquarium with more salt than water, the stars are bright and the air is fresh in the Sinai mountains, and when the bedouins tell you old stories and legends at the campfire, you feel like maybe paradise could do without all the green grass and apple trees.

Gulf of Aqaba, Sinai

No more ink

Isn’t it funny? When I started using a tablet pc in 2003 I thought the paperless era had just begun. Seven years later I feel we really come close to an age without paper. But it’s not because we have digital ink but virtual keyboards, multitouch and E Ink …

Inception

Ok, this one is a MUST SEE. Inception by Christopher Nolan. Whenever a great director gets to direct one of his own ideas, it’s likely that the result is: fantastic.

I won’t tell you too much, but if you like films like Brazil, Total Recall and Vanilla Sky or books like Der Spiegel im Spiegel from Michael Ende, this is your film. And yes, Leonardo just keeps getting better with every film…

Also, if you saw the movie, check out this YouTube clip, deconstructing the score of the movie. It will only make sense once you’ve seen Inception …

I know …

… it’s been a while.

Ever since I started writing professionally, blogging hasn’t been — let’s say — exactly my first priority. Especially the tech/tablet pc part has become obsolete: everything I want to write about tech, I now do over at my work place. And since that Twitter and Facebook thing has become big, I talk about all the other stuff there. I think many other blogs have suffered from that blogging fatigue. But somehow now I feel like blogging again. But I will change a couple of things.

1) English. I always wanted to blog in English to include all my English readers that have been using Babelfish and other translation programs in the past to read my blog. It sucks, I know.

2) No more ink. At least for now. I love handwriting and I’ve tried making blogging in ink as comfortable as possible. But it still is way too much work, and I still need my tablet pc around to do it. As soon as I find an easy solution for ink blogging, I probably will go back.

3) Less tech. If you want to read my thoughts about tech, check out heise.de/mobil
I will however still write about tech and especially about tablets whenever I feel it fits in this blog…

Anyway, hope you still enjoy it 🙂

Goldfisch

Wie man in den 70ern Zeitung gemacht hat

Das Blog medienlese.com, das leider von Blogwerk zum 30. April eingestellt wird, hat eine schöne Dokumentation über den Newsroom der Daily Titan, einer College-Zeitung in California ausgegraben.

Die Fotos und Texte, die Prof. Wayne Overbeck auf seiner Webseite zur Verfügung stellt, zeigen eindrucksvoll, was für ein Aufwand damals der Prozess vom geschriebenen Artikel zur gedruckten Zeitung war. Heute bekommt man bis zur Druckvorstufe alles am PC hin …

Tablet PC Weblese – Techcrunch Web Tablet, MacBook Touch, jkOnTheRun