Posts tagged ‘Blog’

April 3, 2011

Blog cache of Musa Ibrahim’s German wife

Musa Ibrahim aka Musa Mansour, the Libyan government liar spokesperson  is married to a German woman, Julia Ramelow, who seems to have bought into his misinformation. She has  a blog which she has now locked down  but not before Google managed to cache a copy of it.  The comments are, to say the least, interesting reading. I have copied it to Scribd so as to ensure it is still viewable.

P.S. If you want to be Musa’s Facebook friend you can find him here.

March 17, 2011

Hands on with the Samsung Galaxy Tab


I just bought my Samsung Galaxy Tab a couple of days ago although it wasn’t something I had planned to buy. Truth be told, I didn’t think much of tablets as I found them too big to be truly portable and too limited in their scope. Then, out of the blue, a colleague at work told me he had a Tab for sale that had been sent to him from the UK. He asked if I wanted to try it  and an hour after having it in my hand I was truly and deeply in love with the thing.

I had a friend’s iPad for a month setting it up for him and after one day with it I put it down on the couch and never touched it again until I handed it back to him. It is ungainly, heavy and not practical  for  much. Trying to read an ebook on it was an exercise in wrist strain and the its constant need to have its umbilical cord attached to iTunes for any sort of transfer is a complete annoyance.  Not so with the Galaxy Tab.

The 7″ form factor is a complete joy to hold and operate with one hand. Android 2.2 works brilliantly  and  loading my media can be done wirelessly or by hooking it up to my laptop and dragging and dropping. The Tab knows exactly what kind of file I am loading and they show up in the library of whatever application I am using. Everything opens quickly and,  though I think there is a special place in hell  for screen keypads, the Swype input mehod on the Tab is actually very fast and easy to use.

Speaking of the screen it is a thing of beauty. Bright and sporting a pixel density that is higher than the iPad which makes everything remarkably sharp. It doesn’t actually feel like a small screen.

Battery life, even with my profilgate use of EDGE data, WiFi, Bluetooth and video watching is pretty remarkable. I have been using it constantly for the last 11 hours and the battery is still reading over 50%.

Because it is the UK model and hasn’t been crippled like the US/Canadian models ( I assume the Canadian model is the same as the US one) it is also a pretty damned good phone. I have been using it as  a speaker phone and,  with a Jawbone BT earpiece as an excellent phone for the office ( about 50 foot range) and in the car.

My colleague sold me the Tab and the keyboard dock as a package.  For anyone planning to do a lot of typing the keyboard is a complete joy and pretty  darned smart looking too.

I have typed this entire entry on the Galaxy Tab and plan to use it extensively for future blog entries and for uploading photos to my flickr account and videos to my Vimeo account.

February 26, 2011

Coolest flag award winner.

Apropos to nothing, just got a blog hit from Montenegro. Seriously, this has to be the best looking national flag of all time. Absolutely gorgeous.

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Read more on Montenegro here.

Very cool 2009 tourism  commercial too.

January 12, 2011

Apologies for Irregular Blogging

I have been working on deadline for one of my regular writing jobs which has resulted in a lack of  detailed blog entries. Once I am done soon ( I hope) the blog should return to a more comprehensive presence.

In the meantime if you are looking for in-depth coverage of human rights issues and other  interesting articles feel free to check out Pride in Utah and The New Civil Rights Movement for excellent information – heck , check them out anyhow.

December 26, 2010

It’s Probably Still Xmas Somewhere.

Like the road to hell, the road to blogging is paved with good intentions.I neglected to read the guidebook about not promising to blog on Xmas when I have to cook for the family and deal with a 9-year-old nephew who can make any day look like an outtake from the Exorcist.

So, dear readers, with frazzled nerves I must admit blogging defeat this evening. I raise a double Tanqueray Ten martini to you all and wish you all the best of the season. Normal blogging will resume shortly..

November 14, 2010

Thank you

Just a quick entry to thank everyone who has been reading and following. When the spate of teen gay suicides forced me to rethink the purpose of this blog and I changed it from a general and rambling personal narrative into something dedicated to making LGBT kids and adults feel better about themselves I wasn’t sure what would happen. I thought I might lose my existing readers though that was less important to me than trying to make a difference. Personal repercussions were not a real issue because, even though I currently live  and work in a part of the world that is not ideal for such things,  I have lived this long and I am not prepared to hide in plain sight.

What has happened instead is rather amazing. People from all over the world have been reading. Whenever I see an arrival from Saudi Arabia or Iraq or places like that I hope that some of  the updates help make  them realize they have a supportive family in other parts of the world and feel a bit less hopeless or alone.

The internet is a powerful tool for creating global communities that can create change. This blog will continue to be a mixture of personal observations about LGBT life and articles that might inspire, anger or provoke thought. To each one of you I want to offer my  heartfelt thanks and urge you  ( once it is safe) to consider expressing yourself online too.

Every voice makes a difference.