On January 25 thousands of Egyptian protesters gathered in Cairo and other major cities, calling for reforms and demanding the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak. This was followed by the “March of Millions” on the 28th of January, which marks the spectacular emergence of a new political society in Egypt. This uprising brings together a new coalition of forces, uniting reconfigured elements of the security state with prominent business people, internationalist leaders, and relatively new mass movements of youth, labor, women’s and religious groups. President Hosni Mubarak lost his political power on Friday, 28 January. On that night the Egyptian military let Mubarak’s ruling party headquarters burn down and ordered the police brigades attacking protesters to return to their barracks. For 18 days my life and every Egyptian’s life took a surreal turn, a turn of uncertainty, anxiety, and hope for a change. On February 11th 2011, president Mubarak stepped down from his office and delegated his responsiblies to the counsel of the Egyptian military. Read the rest of this entry »

I’ll admit it. I was at one point in my life an active online dater. Yet the pressure that came with talking online for weeks, and the built up to the first meeting began to turn me off to cyber dating. I’ve also met friends offline through various communities and connections from other real life friends. But I never felt the same pressures there, when meeting up for the first time. In my research, I’ve found that Ignighter has boldly recreated that sensation of meeting a possible romantic internet connection albeit the stress and sweaty palms that comes with it. And yet, their business model combined with its overall concept has not exactly taken off homebound in America. The goldmine now lies in India & the Asian world. Read the rest of this entry »


Easier, better, faster, longer. Just tweaking the lyrics to Daft Punk’s song describes the developments in computing power and internet speed that allow us to communicate over long distances. It’s easy to say that we have come a long way this past decade in terms of speed and efficiency of communication, considering the recent failings of the postal service to deliver my birthday card from Germany. These breakthroughs make it easier to maintain long distance relationships (LDRs). Read the rest of this entry »

Better, faster, longer. Those three words describe the developments in computing power and internet speed that allow us to communicate over long distances. It’s easy to say that we have come a long way this past decade in terms of speed and efficiency of communication considering the recent failings of the postal service to deliver my birthday card from Germany. These breakthroughs make it easier to maintain long distance relationships. Two convenient applications that I downloaded for my blackberry which are sure to be (and already are in many ways,) game changers when it comes to international communication make our relationship much more feasible. The one I’ve had longer, Facebook, is useful for social networking on-the-go, and a useful instant messenger when I’m at the computer. The other, Skype, complements Facebook nicely, and I primarily use it as an instant messenger; however, this handy application also allows me to make and receive free Skype-to-Skype calls to and from potentially anywhere in the world with internet access. Although Facebook has been getting a lot of the press lately, its high membership numbers only “come close to the numbers that Skype has” with over 520 million users and I predict it will surpass 600 million before the half of the year. 1 Read the rest of this entry »

At this point in our lives, many of us may become conflicted because you or your significant other decides to study abroad, transfers colleges, or maybe a result of a summer romance. Long distance relationships (LDRs) are tough. That’s what we’ve been told at least. But what ways do people deal with being away from someone for so long for the first time? Today, we have technology on our side. Read the rest of this entry »