I’ve recently read a book on the so-called singularity, the point in human development when our science would have reached a point that would allow us to upload our consciousness into machines and thus achieve eternal life with enhanced intelligence and physical strengths.
I have a problem with conspiracy theorists. I find their view of the world to be completely wrapped and distorted. The reason that I am writing this post is that Egypt now seems to be rifle with conspiracy theories.
As regular readers of my blog probably know, I have been complaining against geographical restrictions on the sales of products for a very long time. You may remember one of my early rants on my inability to buy digital media from this post. However, Apple has recently decided to take us out of digital purgatory — we can now buy movies and songs, but not books, from their iTune stores.
Right, I had promised myself not to get involved in politics any more. Those of you who have been following me on this blog and my various social media accounts probably already know this, but recent events have woken me from my slumber. I can no longer watch the events unfolding without expressing myself in writing. So here goes, my first political blog in I don’t remember how long. Neotheone is back.
It’s been a long time since I’ve written a technical post, or any post actually, so forgive me if I’m a bit rusty. OK, in this post I’ll talk about creating a client program that consumes a web service using C#. As regulars of this blog and my social media accounts probably know, I am a Unix fan. So I will show you how to develop this program using Mono, the Unix port of Microsoft’s .NET architecture. I tested this code on my Mac, but it should work in any Unix environment unchanged.
I’ve been recently having bouts of nostalgia about my childhood, and so, with a bit of encouragement from my Facebook friends, I’m writing this blog post about my days in Nigeria — the place where I spent the first 17 years of my life, and which I consider my home away from home.
I am writing this post to document my objection to the latest constitutional declaration announced by Egypt’s president Mohammed Morsi. My problem with the constitutional declaration is that it is, for all intents and purpose, a declaration of dictatorship. Not unlike the Enabling Act of 1933, which made Hitler a dictator in Germany, this constitutional declaration makes a dictator of the president of Egypt.
I am Egyptian. That, in itself, should tell you a lot. My country has gone through a lot. At first, I was an active participant in events unfolding. I eagerly joined my fellow countrymen, both online and offline, in our quest for freedom and justice. Even though the Mubarak regime hadn’t done me any personal harm, it had destroyed my society. It had made corruption endemic and made a mockery of democracy. Sham votes kept Mubarak on his throne, and the promise of more of the same in support of his heir, Gamal, was the straw that broke the camel’s back.
Once upon a time in Germany, an ultra-nationalist and extreme right wing party, the Nazi party, came to power. The leader of this party, Hitler, was a Catholic Christian who thought that non-Germans living in Germany were destroying “German culture”. He was particularly pissed off with the Jews. They were a religious minority in Germany that did not follow the beliefs of the majority. To make matters worse, they were generally well off since they tended to choose careers in commerce and finance. These people, in the opinion of Hitler, needed to be taught a lesson. They needed to be told who was in charge, they had to be cured of their belief that they were equal citizens of a state that respected all its citizens regardless of their religious affiliations. Germany was a Christian state, and those upstart Jews needed to be taught a lesson.