Nov 26, 2005

Posted on Saturday, November 26, 2005

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What is a 'Theremin'? If i was asked this question before today...i would have probably guessed it was some sort of medicine! But as Ivonne explained to the class, it is a musical instrument! And a very unique one at that! It is playable without any physical contact with the instrument. It is shaped in the form of a radio, with one vertical antenna, and another one placed on the other side. The vertical one allows the control of the pitch of a sound being produced and the one on the side allows the control of the volume of the sound. So one can just play this thing by standing by it and moving the each hand around and about each antennae! bring it closer the pitch goes high, start moving it away, the pitch goes low.. similarly the volume is made to go high and low with the other hand!

This is my explanation from what i saw and heard today! If you have any bit of fascination for music or its instruments.. look this up. Heres a little help:

I couldn't understand why this was not used widely like the other instruments, sure looked like an interesting one. And i found this website that lists the artists who have at one point or another used this instrument (Among the ones that i listen to are queens of the stone age, david gray, garbage... portishead!):

Posted on Saturday, November 26, 2005


Nov 24, 2005

Well, paint just does not seem to be my cup of tea... then again.. what is????
Graham (teacher) made us do quite a few paintings on the second day to get us used to it. and out of all those i did.. I ended up liking the one sheet of paper i used to mix my paint.

Also.. this one..i kinda like... the instructions for this one read: in the dark, all the cats are grey (something like that!)...

Posted on Thursday, November 24, 2005

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Well, it was 8 degrees today! and since i had no way of knowing that while i was dressing up in the house...i kinda felt the heat when i got on the tram! The streets were wet, but i don't recall rain at any time of the day. Snow is not common in Gothenburg, that is what everyone here told me so far, and so far.. it hasn't snowed.

The temperature however dropped below zero a few days ago!

Also, while I was walking to the tram station, i noticed a bumper-to-bumper situation. Kind of a rare sight to me... and i of course hurriedly took out my phone and 'snap'ped it.

Posted on Thursday, November 24, 2005

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Since Faisal bhai (present roomie) wanted to borrow the GNR mp3s, i had to dig them up and give it to him.. i had almost forgotten i had them. But the whole incident made me remember the time i was so crazy about this band! I think Slash is one of the reasons i was interested in guitars in the first place. he may not play much, but he had style and andI put on chain bracelets on my wrist becaus of him. I used to know the backgrounds of the bands, and each of the members... of how Axl Rose was a straight A student and Duff a car thief (really?)! I haven't listened to them in quite a while (= years and years!) until recently of course... now that hey have been dug up!

Posted on Thursday, November 24, 2005


Nov 18, 2005

[Our profesori ran this by us today during class discussion...]

by John Donne

No man is an island,
Entire of itself.
Each is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manner of thine own
Or of thine friend's were.
Each man's death diminishes me,
For I am involved in mankind.
Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee.

Posted on Friday, November 18, 2005

Nov 16, 2005


Going back to AG (amadergaan) after quite a while.. i get this goood news, courtesy of a freind who calls himself 'butpar-tanim'! Black and The Watson Brothers are going to be playing in a concert in Kathmundu, Nepal alongside bands from India, Nepal and Pakistan!


Posted on Wednesday, November 16, 2005

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We started using colors today... Acrylic to be more exact, and also learnt amazing historical facts about color in the world of art. Apparently in the start, Blue was the hardest to come across. And whenever a color was hard to come by, when it was expensive it was used by royalties or religious authority figures.

Anyway, here are the shades I could produce and a head that looks like Homer Simpson's!

Posted on Wednesday, November 16, 2005


Nov 12, 2005

This progam of ours is sooo precious... they work us too least me, who fatigues too easily coz of old age (cough.. cough..). This week has been hectic.. i lost track of all that i did in this week and its hard to keep focus on all that needs to be done later on...

We got back hurriedly to the 'hidden agenda' project's work as soon as we finished with the 'Body Art' workshop. And finally we sat down to straighten up the storyboard of the graphic novel we set out to create. We still haven't finished it properly, not to the level so that we may start going into the appropriate drawings. But at least its up and running now.. hope we dont fall asleep on it halfway.

Posted on Saturday, November 12, 2005

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Nov 10, 2005

that theres one common sight on the streets of Sweden and Bangladesh....

...people spitting ...!!!

Posted on Thursday, November 10, 2005


Nov 7, 2005

spending eid in sweden i realized how nice we are back home to be having holidays for almost all occassions for almost all religions! here i shall get a holiday for christmas and eid was spent mostly in classrooms and without the surplus of food that most back home associate eid to. Then again also in the Daily Star was the news of how the monga affected people of the north (el norte) is going through a pretty terrible eid. Eid or no eid, their plight is unchanged and it was just another day.

I also realize that i really would like to buy a camera. ... digital shot ..

Posted on Monday, November 07, 2005


Nov 2, 2005

Desolation Row

"Yes, I received your letter yesterday
(About the time the door knob broke)
When you asked how I was doing
Was that some kind of joke?"

Posted on Wednesday, November 02, 2005

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Nov 1, 2005


For the month of October 2005 (Volume 5.10):

In this Issue:

- New Featured Theme: Online Safety and Security
- Presentation Guide to TIG v5
- Language as Violence, Violence as Language
- Panorama Current Issue: Cyber Citizens
- New Global Gallery Contest and Winners of "I AM TAKINGITGLOBAL"
- Featured Country Sites: Nepal and Spain
- TIG Russia Open Forum
- Open Forum on Youth and ICTs in Kiev, Ukraine

. ++ Dispatch 5.10: Safe and Sound :) ++

Welcome to another edition of the Dispatch! This month, we would like to bring your attention to a subject that is current and relevant to you and every member of TakingITGlobal: online safety and security. As the youngest citizens of our world, we are particularly good at maneuvering and interacting online. Despite our familiarity with the Web, we are not exempt from being a target of those who use the Internet as a tool for harm. In our Featured Theme, we'll introduce you to the issues and give you tips on how to protect your computer and more importantly, yourself. :)

Keep safe and sound, and have a great month wherever you are!

. ++ Monthly Theme: Online Safety and Security ++

The Internet has changed the way we live our lives forever. Now, every cyber citizen must become cyber smart or face the consequences. From protecting your computer to protecting yourself, its all here in our theme on Online Safety and Security. Downloading, cyber bullies, copyrights, file sharing, cyber predators, phishing scams, and a lot more. Do you know what you need to know?

. ++ TIG Site New Tool Guides ++

Popular sections such as Groups, Projects and TIGblogs, have brand new features for you to discover. Download one of our easy to use powerpoint presentations and show a friend how to use our newly enhanced tools! Download your powerpoint guide today:

. ++ Language as Violence, Violence as Language ++

TakingITGlobal in partnership with UNESCO and the support of the Foundation is developing a range of initiatives around the theme Language as Violence, Violence as Language including:

> An Online Art Collection
Young people participated in a range of vibrant workshops and training sessions, facilitated by local partners, and then worked on producing photographs. Images have been gathered with partners in a range of cities, and were then uploaded to the collection.

> A Creative Magazine (in collaboration with UNESCO)
The creative magazine will be presented at the UNESCO Youth Forum and then produced by the end of 2005.

> A Multimedia Short Video
This multimedia video will encapsulate the content presented at the UNESCO Youth Forum and will then be available for download here:

These initiatives aim to enable young people to discuss the manifold forms of violence that young people encounter, perceive and express in their daily social environment and, most importantly, to actively explore and develop alternative languages to violence.

More information can be found at:

. ++ Panorama Current Issue: Cyber Citizens ++

In our current issue, we investigate the notion of "Cyber Citizenship" and online safety. What does it mean to be a cyber citizen of a world without national borders? How should we behave in this global community? What new opportunities do we have? How can we protect ourselves from harm?

We invite you to contribute to the subject by writing about any of the topics covered in our Featured Theme this October and November - - or by writing an article based on your own experience navigating the unpredictable place that is the World Wide Web.

Contribute to Panorama's current issue and share your unique perspective! For more submission criteria please email or go to:

. ++ Global Gallery Contest "Virtual Citizenship, Real Safety" ++

The Internet is a place to explore, a mode of communication, a source of information. Many people find and thrive along the information highway, rounding its curves and linkages. Others find a venue for expression and nodes to give voice to their opinions and creative thoughts. The web emerges as a place of interwoven connection and opportunity, but also a place of hidden dangers. This month the Global Gallery explores the concept of Online Safety and Security through a poster contest. We want you to create a poster on any of the following topics, or come up with your own idea.

Possible topics include:

- Intellectual Property
- Identity Theft
- Cyber Citizenship
- Cyber Predators and Bullying
- Online Security: Protecting your computer

* The best posters (submitted by November 6) will be printed and spotlighted at the upcoming World Summit on the Information Society in November.

To learn more about these topics, please visit the Featured Theme page at:

Visit the contest page to submit your entry:

Contest Results for "I AM TAKINGITGLOBAL"

In August and September, the Global Gallery ran a contest entitled "I AM TAKINGITGLOBAL." Here are the results:


Ssendagire Paul, Uganda


Alligator, Egypt

Terri W, Canada

Chris C, Canada

. ++ October's Featured Country Sites ++

Explore TakingITGlobal's country sites and learn about members who are actively involved in TakingITGlobal and local projects all over the world. This month, why not visit Nepal or Spain? Each country will be featured off the homepage for two weeks out of the month, starting with Nepal.



Help develop your own nation's country site, by becoming active in TIG's discussion boards, TIGblogs, Panorama online magazine, Global Gallery or by posting events and opportunities. Need more information? Contact

. ++ TIG Russia: Open Forum on the Millennium Development Goals ++

More than 30 active Russian young people took part in the TIG Open Forum on MDGs which became a part of the International Volunteer Festival in Tver region, Russia. Informed about the global initiative and inspired by sample MDG projects that youth create around the world, participants of the forum got involved in vibrant discussions as to what change can they, as young people, create in order to achieve the Goals which they find most relevant for Russia. Want to learn what came out of this? Click here:

Russian Art Contest Submissions on Exhibit

On September 4, the wonderful winners and runner-ups of the TakingITGlobal's art contest "Russia Through the Eyes of Youth" received their prizes at the award ceremony in the art gallery "A3" in Moscow, Russia. Their works were also presented to the general public in a ten-day exhibition. Besides the winning works, the guests of the event got a chance to see a selection of contest submissions in all four categories which were rated high by the jury. For pictures from the ceremony click here:

. ++ Open Forum on Youth and ICTs in Kiev, Ukraine ++

On September 24, a Ukrainian team of TIG members and partners organized an Open Forum on Youth and ICTs in Ukraine. The forum was held in the capital of Ukraine, Kiev, and was a part of National Youth Campaigns on the Information Society coordinated globally by TakingITGlobal and SchoolNet Africa. Ukraine, a country with a population of 48 million, has 5.2 million Internet users (Source: The Forum on Youth and ICTs in Ukraine was the first attempt to bring together young people and representatives of IT companies in the country to discuss the vision and strategies for the development of information society in Ukraine.

For more information about the Information Society Campaign in Ukraine and ways to get involved, contact Denis Stepura:

View photos from the event and closure report here:

PS. I forwarded this from my mailbox, everyone should check out the links above tho... A+!

Posted on Tuesday, November 01, 2005

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