Aug 19, 2013
Is it the Delta? the Nile river? the man-made Pyramids? or is it the bloody people? If it's the natural land for you, there is a Grand Canyon out there, a Seine river, or even the Great Wall of China. What makes your land so significant than other's? Does it speak to you?
Who put you in this rectangular area and asked you to kill yourself and spare your soul so the soul-less sand and mud can be changed only according to your own thoughts and not to others' thoughts who live outside or even inside this rectangle!?
Or are you defending the people who r being killed by your people? The same people who are smiling at you and at the same time offending the way you smile at them?
Who are you defending? Is it your future kids? Why are you bringing more people into this rectangle and killing yourself so they survive and they will kill themselves to survive and so on? And to survive what, the killing of other people who live in the same square because they want their future kids to survive and protect the soul-less sand and mud?
And above all why would I spare my life for someone that will come in the future? Why would I torture myself and people around me so my kids will grow up and continue the same kind of torture?
Who divided the Earth into countries and told you to hold your ground against yourself?
Oct 1, 2012
Jul 29, 2012
Mar 10, 2012
One day, you told me that my soul is a part of you, and to prove your theory to me and to yourself you will kill me, and take back my soul as you did with my grandparents and my good friends. You have liberated a part of your holiness and created my soul, haven’t you? Why do you treat me so bad when I’m a part of you then? Or my soul is just your spy, informing you with all my thoughts and plans? I always fail to understand your wisdom but it’s you who created my tiny brains and it’s also you who wants me to understand how big you are, and it’s you who will judge me for my misunderstanding of you, and it’s you who calls himself the most merciful.
Nov 9, 2011
Oct 12, 2011
|صوره (1) عند المتحف|
|صوره (2) هجوم البلطجيه عند ميدان عبد المنعم رياض و محاوله تفريقهم بالمياه|
|صوره (3) عند ميدان عبد المنعم رياض|
|صوره (4) المسيره متجهه الى ماسبيرو|
|النعوش عند المستشفى القبطى منتظره ضحايا معركه ماسبيرو|
Sep 4, 2011
- You discover that you can use the shower gel to wash your hair instead of the shampoo!
- You might be a serious picky eater but whatever you eat is delicious.
- You can find more hash in the desert than any other plant!
- You will still be able to sleep although you found animal tracks and poo around your sleeping bag
- If you were in a group and suddenly someone retreated from the conversation and blindly started to walk away on their own without replying you then nature called them!
- If you have a spoon then you are a rich man
- You can survive mountain climbing, sunstroke, hunger, thirst, lack of sleep, or full bladder but you might not survive a stare from someone who complains too much
- When in South Sinai bring a Saudi phone number instead of an Egyptian one, stronger coverage!
- Toyota is the name of camels in the new millennia
- Crabs are stupid & never learn; you can catch one, set it free, then catch it again same way, set it free, and catch it again..
- You will read the papers a week later and still won’t be surprised by the news!
- You don’t care about what time is it, which day is it, what are you going to do next, where on earth are you, what will you have for lunch, how will you answer the call of nature, where to sleep, or whether you really really need a shower but, the only thing you care about is not to destroy the environment by leaving your handkerchiefs fly in the air!
- You can meet some random people and they will know many things about you more than your best friends
- You will learn how socks feel in the washing machine (bumpy rides)
- You might have Cynophobia (Fear of dogs) all your life but you catch yourself playing with three dogs at once!
- You find yourself free to take off your shirt at any time or anywhere
- You might walk for a couple of miles to find a place to sleep.
- When you go to sleep you better remind yourself and say “I’m in a hiking trip” 100 times to avoid the shock of “where am I?” when you wake up to find yourself in a bag in the desert
Jun 19, 2011
May 12, 2011
Letter from Alexandria: Grasping for the past, falling into the future. Sonia Farid, AlArabiya
Mar 29, 2011
Mar 27, 2011
In order to do so, I thought of doing things that I love, like pursuing my PhD study which I stopped doing for a couple of years now! And I couldn't do that....and I'm still slowly moving towards my research.
Then I thought of doing other things, not work related. Like when creating lighting units out of paper...I kept dreaming about that and I'm so fond of it...So I got all the needed and unneeded materials, locked myself in the room and started doing it...I made 3 units, and then I got bored. I get bored easily.
I listen to music, all kinds of music, but all this didn't release my negative energy. It's trapped inside. Music is life but not all the time.
I went to study Japanese, I love languages, and the effect of a new language/culture on the brain is real awesome and refreshing. I didn't expect to like the Japanese that much, but I found it very interesting…a totally new culture…and I loved the effect of learning this very different language on my brain. It seemed very nice at the first couple of weeks; then I also got bored.
Am I filled with negative energy up to my ears and nose? I still can't tell.
Writing on the keyboard releases some of the tension, which is good, but I’m not a kind of a person who likes to write, it takes a hell of an effort and needs a talent that I never had.
Does communication with people releases this negative energy? and what if I talked to a person, does this negative energy moves to him/her? (We don’t have to talk about problems we have but, just talking about anything). Does it take a different form? Can we radiate energy?
It's like that we have the "aura" or when our circles of ectoplasm 01 come together they release energy.
The more you think, the more you generate energy.
We have to get rid of it. You probably can’t discuss this with anyone, they might think you are nuts. You might think that I’m nuts writing this but, may be that's the thing. That's why we keep (thoughts, imagination = negative energy) trapped inside.
Then I step back and think, from where we get the positive energy? Is the positive energy the energy that keeping us alive? Moving, and working?
I don't know, I'm still confused!! Do you have an answer for this?
Before I read about the LHC (Large Hadron Collider) on the news couple of years ago, I always thought that God exists in the details. They taught us that in art schools. And apparently that God doesn't only exist in the details but also in the particle according to the LHC.
The race between the US and the EU is now the most procurement scientific research in the history of mankind, so far. Both are spending billions of dollars and euros and packing highly qualified scientists, each with their own LHC and gigantic machines deep down the earth to find the "God particle"!
The EU LHC have seen several candidates for the heaviest elementary particle known to science recently. If this was confirmed, it would be a first for the EU; so far, the top quark particle has only been generated by the US. This discovery could assist physicists in the hunt for the elusive Higgs boson, or "God particle".
The Higgs boson is the only Standard Model particle that hasn't been observed and is thought to be the mediator of mass. Such experiments using the LHC would help explain the origins of mass in the universe and how the universe was formed either to confirm the Supernova theory or to eradicate it.
'The LHC is a massive machine under earth between the French-Swiss borders. It produces 2 beams of energy in different direction in circular forms, each beam can travel as fast as 11.000 times every second. When both beams meet, they produce VERY high amounts of energy and data. Such data can be used to unlock secrets of the universe and how the matter was formed'.
For more about the subject click here (BBC: Guide to the Large Hadron Collider)
Mar 11, 2011
Minute-by-minute: On March 04, 8.45pm, protestors were storming state security building in Alexandria after being attacked by state security police with molotovs and gunfire while the protesters responded with rocks.
Feb 28, 2011
I’d like to thank all those who participated in the Jan25 events in Egypt, either physically or even by heart.
All revolutions that happened in the world throughout history has their pros and cons, here I’ll tell you about one of the shortcomings of Jan25. How Jan25 altered our architecture (from my point of view)
Through my personal experience in this revolution and as an architect I can tell that Jan25 has a negative profound effect on architecture in Egypt (so far). This can be ascribed to many reasons; first and most important is: fear, the absence of the police from the streets, while thugs and criminal escaped prisons and attacked people and properties.
Not just the lack of security but also the architectural ignorance among Egyptians, inefficiency of future planning, and unsustainable development. Many negative Egyptians (and they are the majority) limited their minds to think of protecting themselves without even thinking of the future and how to build our devastated country.
Since the police disappeared from streets and people started to protect themselves on their own; those who stood by their homes, lands, or properties barehanded, or with tree branches, baseball bats, or even guns. This has generated more fear between civilians not just from thugs but also of the vague future. Hence, they started building very ugly and inefficient iron gates in front of their existing securit-glass doors. And if you are going to build a new home, the first things they insist on are; no big windows, no glass doors, and must be surrounded by a high fence!! On the other hand, elegant and inelegant shops, markets, and shopping malls built ugly walls to hide their displays and goods from the eyes of thugs. Is this what we are really looking for? Fear, and hiding behind walls and inside holes? Do you call this liberating Egypt?
Of course NOT, we need more freedom and democracy and this requires changing the mindset of people who lived in oppression and fear for more than 30 years to start thinking freely and with no fear to hinder them from developing.
People have to be aware of architecture and the building materials in order to choose the right ones to enhance their surroundings and its reflect on their behavior. The physical and behavioral effects between people and their physical environments became quite complex when elements of light and color (shade or tint, warm or cool), texture (materials and surfaces), acoustical characteristics (noise) are taken into account. “Our surroundings influence not only the way we think but our intellectual development.” Salingaros, N. A.
Environmental psychology would surely, but not completely, confirm why people might behave in awe at the sight of the awesome buildings either contemporary or medieval full of details and ornaments, and the varied materials and textures on the floors, walls and ceilings with fine detailing. Given these factors one would have to take into account the physical surroundings that assail the senses in any environment.
This, illustrating that people naturally seeks out places where they will feel competent, confident, where they will feel comfort or enjoyment. Thus the creation and preservation of a preferred environment is believed to increase the sense of well-being and behavioral effectiveness in people. (Like building walls and iron gates at the time being)
Space, form, building materials and light are elements that are often incorporated either purposefully of unconsciously for aesthetic or practical reasons but more pointedly give creatures meaning, purpose and stability amidst an ever changing physical universe of seeming chaos.
To conclude this, if we are really looking for freedom and democracy we have to be well-aware of these psychological effects that reflects on our architecture. Using the right materials, the colors and forms are the best way to enhance our sense-of-being and promote sustainable freedom!
على قد ما أنا فرحان بالي حصل على ما قد ما أنا مضايق معماريا!! هو طبعا كل ثورة في الدنيا لها مكاسب و لها مساوئ، بس للأسف هتكلم عن مسوء واحد فيها و هوا إنعكاس الثورة على شكل العمارة في مصر، من وجهة نظري طبعا.
عن تجربتي الشخصية في الثورة فأنا شايف إن الثورة أثرت على العمارة بشكل سلبي تماما حتى الأن. و ده ليه بقى؟ عشان عوامل كتير، أهمها إنعدام الأمان في البلد و غياب الشرطة أساسا و ده الى هتكلم عليه هنا فقط. و مش بس كدة لأ ده كمان الجهل المعماري و عدم التخطيط للمستقبل و إنعدام فكرة التنمية المستدامة. بقى كل واحد بيبص تحت رجليه بدون مايشوف إيه الي هيحصل بكرة و يفكر في الاتجاه ده!
نيجي على أول حاجة و أهم حاجة، و هي مفيش أمان: من أول ما الشرطة انسحبت و البلطجية ظهروا والناس مرعوبة و بتشكل لجان شعبية و بتحاول تحمي نفسها بأي شيء قدامها. تلاقي الناس نازله في الشارع بأي حاجه تضرب بيها. الي نازل بشومه والي نازل بعصاية كنبه و الي نازل بعوكاز. و الناس الشيك نزلة بمساداسات و عصاية جولف و كدة. و ده أثرنفسيا أكتر على الناس و الموضوع بدأ يتطور و الناس تعمل أبواب حديد على العمارات و المباني من بره. و شكل أمها زفت و معموله بطريقة منيله و حاطينها قدام الباب الشيك النظيف القزاز بتاع العمارة!! فدلوقتي كل واحد عايز يعمل عماره جديده هايحط عليها باب حديد!! يعني إحنا بنادي نقول يا جماعة الدنيا بتتقدم و الأبواب الحديد ديه حاجة من أيام الفراعنه. المفروض إحنا ندور على الشفافية و ندور على مواد البناء بتاعت العصر الي إحنا فيه تمثل العصر بتاعنا و بنبوس يد الناس عشان تفهم إن فيه حاجة إسمها قزاز و ألومنيوم و و فيبر و و و ...و في الأخر نرجع و نعمل حديد تاني!! هول إحنا بنطلع لقدام ولا بنرجع لورا؟؟
و مش بس كدة. تلاقي كل المولات و السوبر ماركت و المحلات المحترمه والغير محترمه دهنوا الواجهات بتاعتهم بلون معفن علشان البلطجية مايشوفوش إيه جوه (ولا إحنا كمان هنشوف فيه إية جوه) لأ والأنيل إن لو المحل كبير فبيعمل حوائط مصمتة مكان الواجهة القزاز و شكلها خراااا جدا.
ده ببساطة شديده يدل على إن الفكر المعماري الي عند الناس بيرجع لورا و ده لتمسكهم بالمرحلة القديمه بتاعت الأمان من عدمه و إنهم مش بيبصو لقدام. إحنا لو جبنا أي حد أهبل من بره و مشيناه في الشوارع هيقول ديه أفغانستان. هيقول ديه عالم لسه عايشة ورا المشربية و خايفين و داخلين جوا جحورهم.
يا جماعة مواد البناء ديه لها انطباعات نفسية مهمة جدا بتفرق من مادة للتانية. و لازم إستخدامها بعناية ، مثلا يعنى القزاز بيعبرعن الشفافية و الصدق في التعامل و كمان يعني الانفتاح و عدم الخوف.
فيه مواد تانية شكلها يوحي بعدم الاستقرار والرعب النفسي والجهل زي الحوائط الطوب الأحمرالي مدهونه غلط و ديه ما أكثرها في بلدنا.
ثم إن الشكل الجمالي طبعا أهم و أهم و أهم لأن برضو بيأثر على الذوق العام في البلد و على زوق المصرين نفسهم و على نفسيتهم و على حياتهم اليومية و طريقة تعملهم مع بعض و كمان طريقة تربيتهم لأولادهم . يمكن الناس مبتحسش بضخامة الموضوع و تأثيرة لأن للأسف الثقافة المعمارية و تأثير الأشكال المعمارية على نفسية الإنسان تعتبر منعدمة فى البلد تماما.
الي عايز أقوله إن إحنا بندور على الحرية و الديمقراطية فيبقى لازم نبص لقدام و نبتدي نتعامل على ذلك و نحرر أفكارنا مش بس نبص للمرحلة الي إحنا فيها دلوقتي والحنين للماضي و الخوف و نستخبى ورا الحيطان.