Saturday, June 28, 2008

When it's over


And I spake into the warm evening air:
O Cairo, O Cairo! Wherefore art thou called Cairo...

He jetted a phlegm turd out his cigar hole and called out:
ma3 rofsh

Today, wherefore art thou means more literally WHY art thou. Or you can ask WHAT art thou. Same answer.
Maarofsh, or moosh aarif, is the way they choose to say "I don't know." Yes, because they're too cool for the Standard Arabic "laa arif."

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Down in Zimbabwe


The marriage of violence and buffoonery that has happened in Zimbabwean politics...makes me so angry, I want to be Jason Bourne in Africa right now.

Did you know that Zimbabwe was considered paradise not so long ago? In my lifetime it was, hence under the same President as this one. Now it seems he's become a cancer.

On TV I'm hearing that it's likely the International community will step in, e.g. African Presidents instructing him to leave. Well, act.

Tennis news: Player Council has new reps


Federer, Nadal, Djokovic added to player council
WIMBLEDON, England -- Tennis' three top-ranked men, including No. 1 Roger Federer, were elected Saturday to two-year terms on the ATP Player Council.

In voting two days before Wimbledon begins, No. 2 Rafael Nadal and No. 3 Novak Djokovic were also elected to terms that begin Sunday.

In the past, top players have been reluctant to run for such positions, but Djokovic said the top three players jointly decided to become candidates.

"I think it's fantastic for the sport," Djokovic said shortly before the vote. "We're changing the face, changing the picture of everything in general.

"We decided together that this is the best thing for sport -- to join the player council and to try to be united in the future to make good decisions for us, for everybody. To be involved in all these major decisions and all the specifics, the details, is very important for us, because in the end we are the most important part of the sport. People are coming because of us. We have to defend our interests."

Federer, Nadal and Djokovic are among the players who have been unhappy with decisions by ATP chairman Etienne De Villiers, whose contract expires this year. There's also discontent about the extent of communication between players and the ATP board of directors, which has the lead role in making decisions about the tour.

One subject of debate has been the tour's attempts to restructure the spring clay-court schedule. The decision to downgrade the Hamburg tournament in 2009 from a top-tier event led to an antitrust lawsuit that's pending against the ATP.

Earlier this week, U.S. Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe said the involvement of the top players in such issues could have a major impact on the game for the next decade or more.

"The structure of the tour and how the ATP is configured could change," McEnroe said. "Maybe the players form their own union. There are a lot of ways this could go that would reshape professional tennis."
I'm proud of them for caring.

Friday, June 20, 2008

To BlackOut or not to BlackOut


Tomorrow is BlackOutSabbath. Rufus Wainwright is recommending you live off-the-grid for twelve hours, noon to midnight June 21st, wherever you are.

Here are some steps to enjoying the day.

I loved the idea from the first, but I'm not sure if I "can do it." If my roommate is away, I'll turn everything off from the main switch - that's easy. But socializing, that's the hard part - does it count if I just sleep after a few hours?

Will report later on how I celebrate Black Out Sabbath in Egypt.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008