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Blogger Meetup in Basel

If you’re a Basel blogger (or just travelling thru), there’s a meetup on December 15th at 18:30.

For more details, see
CyberWriter’s invitation

Feel free to come along.

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General

Christmas Concert

Just got back from an excellent gospel concert held by the Basileia church choir in the Theodorkirche.

A great way to start the Christmas season on an icy cold and grey November day.

[Note to my readers: This restless nomad is developing traditions. See last year’s entry]

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If You Think Africa is Suffering From a Brain Drain, Your Brain is Drained

found this excellent posting on the African brain drain dilemma:

I am weary of the brain drain argument. It belongs to donor and NGO conferences, not to the real lives of those who must live by their wits and effort as opposed to a cheque from Western taxpayers. Those who bandy the argument are relentlessly statist and even now have their eye on remittances that they believe can be directed better by government and development organisations than by the people who earn them. It is an argument beloved by middle class paternalists in hock to donor money and who believe that without those who have left, everything at home will fall apart – it is nonsense of the worst kind.

The article describes how a nurse was able to improve her living conditions for herself and her family by working and studying in the UK for a couple of years.

Think again before trying to introduce regulations to restrict qualified workers from working in Europe. Better: fight corruption, introduce a fair and just legal system, promote the free economy, and reduce the bureaucratic red tape required to start a business.

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General Malawi-related

Watch dogs in Lilongwe



I like this photo from Lilongwe. The gate, Securicor sign and watch dogs are so typical of many residential areas in Malawi.

It reminds me of my regular walks in Nyambadwe with my small dog. A very clever mongrel: If the gate was closed, she’d run up to the gate and bark and provoke the big watch dogs, if the gate was open or if the property had no fencing, she’d quietly walk past.

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Darwins Nightmare

Saw this documentary about the Lake Victoria fishing industry in Mwanza, Tanzania:

Darwins Nightmare

The only group that Hubert Sauper didn’t interview were the employees in the fish factories…

But otherwise a fairly realistic and saddening description of life along the shores of Lake Victoria, showing how Tanzania exports hundreds of tonnes of fish to Europe and Japan, while many of its citizens cannot afford a daily meal.

Film website

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Work, interrupted

[…] average cubicle dwellers work at one thing for just 11 minutes at a stretch and this is divided into three-minute chunks. Once they are interrupted from the task in hand it takes them 25 minutes to get back to it.

source: print version of yesterday’s FTD

and here’s the original article, which was published in the NYT:
Meet the Life Hackers

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How big is Malawi’s Blogosphere?

Soyapi Mumba asks:
How big is Malawi’s Blogosphere?

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General Malawi-related

Linux-Magazin on Open Source in Malawi

Brave Gnu World on Microsoft and open source in Malawi (in German)

Couple of links mentioned in the article:

Malico Project: http://www.bunda.unima.mw/malico.htm

Malawi Polytechnic: http://www.poly.ac.mw

School Net Malawi: http://www.schoolnetmalawi.org

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Mobile Social Software

Stumbled across this:
dodgeball.com :: mobile social software

Sounds like fun. And more stress.

Don’t know about you, but I’m getting kind of tired of all the different networking platforms like Open BC and Linked In.

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How to spend your marketing and ad budget

Creating Passionate Users: How to spend your marketing and ad budget