Archive for the ‘Talks’ Category

Yesterday I attended this very valuable workshop about Open Source here in Kuwait! I never imagined that this would be possible in this part of the world!! The speakers were excellent and a lot of good information was over-viewed. I also have had the opportunity to register to become a founding member of “Gartner’s Diwaniya”, an IT professional networking forum! The notes I’ve taken and submitted to work can be found here on my Scribd Account 🙂 Enjoy!

Yesterday my group was invited to attended FAO‘s press conference in Kuwait which in turn was sponsored by LoYAC. The conference was the launch of FAO’s TeleFood program in the Middle East Region starting with Kuwait! This year’s World Food Day is themed around “Achieving Food Security in Times of Crisis“.

I took some notes while the FAO representative was talking, but I wish I was thorough!! It was so striking to hear all these facts and figures of how the world is suffering:

Did you know that 1/6 of the world’s population is living in dire hunger! Not that they are picky with what to eat, but actually starving to death and severely malnourished 😦 Striking, right!

Ow and it gets worse when developed/industrialized countries, like the U.S. (an example he gave) would support their farmers financially NOT to sell their crops because if they ALL do, the market prices will drop!! The fact is there’s enough food to go around for everybody! Oh, and there will be some that can be spared to sea!!!!

Recently, support for agricultural initiatives have decreased while food reserves, usually used in times of crisis, are diminishing as well.

You must see this guy and his team’s GREAT work. This is truly astonishing! Keep it up Dr. Josh

I remember Maryoom reading this book with Ansario during last year’s K4K trip to Kenya. I’ve heard about the book and watched bits and pieces of the lecture online, but never completely got to reading/viewing everything! On this trip I decided to buy the book and was determined to finish it before I return to Kuwait and so I did 🙂

The book is an easy read and funny @ times (You’ll especially appreciate some of the humor if you’re an IT geek :p ). The advise the Author, Dr. Randy Pausch, offers may not be rocket science, but rather things that have worked for Randy!

The best part was that I practiced some of what he preached and it worked!!! Randy talks about always give it a try and do not hesitate to ask for something.

So there we were waiting for our propeller plane to pick us up from Masai-Mari after a great 2 day Safari, and the plane was empty and no one waiting with us on the run-way!! Yup, a privet jet if you will 😀 oh and it gets better, there was no co-pilot! Which meant the seat next to the pilot was up for grabs! without hesitation, I asked the pilot if I could sit next to her, and she was very welcoming 🙂 Once we were flying and she switched on the auto-pilot, I asked if I could fly the plane (I did that last year too, but by invitation from the pilot 🙂 ) and she said yes as long as all people on board agree. Thank God I was traveling with wonderful people who all agreed and there I was flying the plane for 5 minutes or so!

THANKS RANDY!

I’ll try to catch-up on watching the talk, but you may find it below in this YouTube video. Enjoy!

For a few laughs and giggles :p

I like this quote a lot! I took it from Obama’s recent speech to the American Medical Association:

“When it comes to the cost of our health care, then, the status quo is unsustainable. Reform is not a luxury, but a necessity. I know there has been much discussion about what reform would cost, and rightly so. This is a test of whether we – Democrats and Republicans alike – are serious about holding the line on new spending and restoring fiscal discipline.” – Obama, via USAToday.com

Obama highlighted two important actions in his plan of US health reform strategy:

  1. EMRs:
    “we need to upgrade our medical records by switching from a paper to an electronic system of record keeping”
  2. Preventative Care:
    “invest more in preventive care so that we can avoid illness and disease in the first place. That starts with each of us taking more responsibility for our health and the health of our children.”

Boy do I wish to hear someone here talking along the same lines as Obama that is in power and is in charge of taking action! WAKE UP!!!

My Buddy, Mahdi, had twittered this! I think it’s a cool YouTube video with a lot of interesting facts of how information technology is and will affect us as human beings. The research behind all the facts was done by Karl Fisch, Scott McLeod, and Jeff Brenman.

Tune in and lemme know what you think.