This time I have more updates than anything else. But let’s see how it goes. TED, a quite amazing conference series, now has an online archive of their talks, free for all. There is many talks on art, architecture and technology. A very good talk by Lawrence Lessig covers the issue of how copyright law is not suitable for the Web 2.0 modernity. Besides copyright and Web 2.0 I have been continuously blabbering about Web 2.0 and science. Others do as well. The National Endowment for the Humanities (US) has even opened a special office for this, the Office of Digital Humanities. Technology has been very relevant for another of my favorites topics, the political situation in Egypt. Not only did Twitter take part in saving a man from custody, blogs are also relevant for organising a potential second strike. Was the last strike after all only the alpha version, or does Mubarak hang on, whatever might happen. No matter of the point of view, the problems are due to the inflation and the low salaries, even for educated jobs like doctors. Another relevant issue in Egypt of course is the gender question. Be it because women are fighting for the right to wear a veil or for the right not to be considered as sex symbols, it still is central. Getting back to inflation and salaries however, one main problem is the rising global food prices. This effects also the rest of Africa. The inflation in Zimbabwe however, which hit onehundredsixtyfivethousand per cent recently, is not due to global markets. The question is however, how bad is Mugabe really, compared to other dictators in Africa? The same could be asked about the Chinese. Are the evil, as our media tries to portray them, or is this a simplification. Sometimes news in media can not be just considered in the dichotomy of true and wrong, especially on April the First. But instead of analysing text in such a way, one could simply try to visualise it in a graphic. Or of course one might try to make a concrete wall display it. Or you could leave your message on your computer. Someone who really needs no words to communicate is Gregory Colbert, whose pictures are surreal and sometimes even ethereal. Surreal is also the sand David Horvitz offers to send you in an envelop, given you sponsor him with an equally surreal 1642 US$.
Below my attempt to visualise the state of the Egyptian state.