We might as well start where we all started (genetically speaking anyway): Africa. Benin Mwangi has an interview with Afrokicks co-founder Tunde Noibi. Afrokicks makes some pretty sweet looking shoes that represent the various countries of Africa. Personally, I’m a fan of the red, yellow, and green Ghana model. And speaking of Ghana, as of a couple weeks ago, it became the only African country where you can watch TV shows on your mobile phone. David Ajao has more (including photos). Reminding me of the good old days as a 7-year-old hanging out under the jungle gym at school, Victor Kaonga describes why Malawian women continue to cross busy roads rather than walk over newly built pedestrian bridges. Drima celebrates Sudan’s growing blogger community.
May, our Myanmar contributor based in Fiji is now traveling in Australia after having attended Microsoft’s TechEd conference. She promises us a review of the conference soon. And, speaking of conferences and convention centers, Maurina visited Brunei’s International Convention Centre where she photographed, among other things, the bottled semen of a white elephant, the “Bamboo of Yearning”, and the rib of what she calls “a huge mermaid.” More pictures on her flickr page.
Tharum Bun responds to Elton John’s suggestion that we turn off the internet for five years to see what happens during that time. My hypothesis is that Tharum will stop listening to Elton John songs. Any Queen fans out there? (As an ethnic Indian, native Tanzanian, and complete globalist, lead singer Freddy Mercury was definitely GV material.) Well, Neha Viswanathan has posted an amazing rendition of the Queen song “I want to break free” sung in the Malayali style of Kerala, India.
Both Mathy Kandasamy and Amira Al Hussaini were in Montreal recently. Mathy went to the Jazz festival. Amira walked around muttering something that non-Arabic speakers like myself can’t understand. Not that I ever understand Amira. Also in Montreal is Sir Jeremy Clarke whose dreams about robots are responsible for putting cats into garbage cans. Speaking of capturing cats, Israeli contributor Yael has joined the conspiracy. Naseem took a closer look at Jordan’s most popular blogs according to both Pulp Magazine and Technorati.
Most of us have a difficult time writing a single blog post while attending a confernece. Ethan Zuckerman, on the other hand, writes several each day. And as Mohamed Nanabhay points out, he even liveblogs his own panels. Both Gilad Lotan and Preetam Rai are trying out aideRSS as a way to “read what matters.” Abdullatif Al Omar questions the brand name of a cleaning product in Kuwait while Drima takes a look at an Intel ad that was pulled after drawing blogger criticism. Rookie Honduran author Aaron Ortiz has come across some brilliant political cartoons. Tim Muth has an interesting look at sex in El Salvador. Panamanian author Melissa de Leon has, by far, the best pet picture this month and Luis Carlos snapped an amazing picture of Caracas at sunset.
More photo-snapping came from Juan Arellano who has posted, of course, pictures of pretty Peruvian girls. From Serbia, Ljubisa gives Juan some competition with pictures of “Girls in Novi Sad.” And it is Portnoy who might take the prize.
Now for the ladies: Nancy Yang shows why she loves Asian men, “especially the artist types”. And, from Georgia Popplewell, a swag bag full of sex toys.
Artur Papyan is making preparations for the first BarCamp in the region formerly known as the Soviet Union. Rebecca MacKinnon talks about bringing Creative Commons to Hong Kong. And, finally, we end in Kampala, Uganda where Rebecca Heacock saw in concert, of all people, Montell Jordan. As she sums up the experienece, “My mind: officially blown.”