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I am 30.

It’s been a long life.

I have doubted a lot of time moving back and forth in time thinking that if I belong to a past or a future generation. But the truth is, I am just from this generation and keep calming and lovin’ it.

Three decades of living, of course, like everyone else I asked myself what did I do with one third of my life (with Ethiopian life expectancy in 60% of my life)? And again, it’s been really a long life.

I notice my hair is getting thinner, but not as bad at Wayne Rooney. I have way more friends than Jesus at 30. He died only two years older than me. I haven’t got married nor have children but I love for the right reason and only for one reason – just for the love. I don’t own a car. But from the flower farms of Alkmaar to the base of Kilimanjaro, from the coldest top of Ankober to the warmth of Windhoek, I traveled many places I couldn’t even imagined being there.  I learnt everywhere is reachable. You see, I am not rich, but I challenged money more that it challenged me. As we defiantly have problems with counting – as money became the most countable thing when it comes to value. How about counting millions of smiles, millions of footsteps to follow & millions of music chords to listen to? All the other millions worth counting and be rich of them.  Read More

Sit And Wait, I Will Come And Eat You

The last few days were very hectic. I admit my desk is of full of assignments. I am accepting tasks more than I should. I knew I was busy when I missed the demarcation between morning and afternoon – my lunch.

Hectic with boredom is a catastrophe.

Look, I started to watch TV series . Not just a TV show. The Vampire diaries. You don’t even imagine watching such TV show when you have 58 days summer break. I did. The whole weekend long I was talking about the “originals”. I’m even having this crazy idea of stopping writing this blog and go watch the next episode. Who is going to protect Elena otherwise? Read More

Who is the owner of your idea?

Scott Berkun stated that every idea comes from another idea.

[use] the following simple definition: an idea is a combination of other ideas. Say it five times out loud. Say it to your cat. Yell it out you car window at strangers waiting for the bus. Every amazing creative thing you’ve ever seen, or idea you’ve ever heard can be broken down into smaller ideas that existed before. An automobile? An engine + wheels. A telephone? Electricity and sound. Reese’s peanut butter cups? Peanut butter and chocolate. All great creative ideas, inventions, and theories are comprised of other ideas. Why should you care? Here’s why: if you want to be a creator instead of a mere consumer you must see ideas currently in the world as fuel for your mind. You must stop seeing them as objects or functional things: they are combinations of ingredients waiting for reuse. Reference

And Michael Crichton believed that you can’t write anything from the scratch.

Books aren’t written – they’re rewritten. Including your own. It is one of the hardest things to accept, especially after the seventh rewrite hasn’t quite done it.

But not only have these individuals believed like this, King Solomon in the bible also mentioned the same thing

The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? It hath been already of old time, which was before us. Reference

If anything new is not really happening, but all new methods and actions based on old ideas, then, there is no a thing like own idea. This leads us into an interesting concept of prediction. If we don’t own our own ideas, we hardly know where it comes from and where it is going. We don’t know what kind of ideas will come based on our ideas.

Michael Crichton once again said,

Let’s think back to people in 1900 in, say, New York. If they worried about people in 2000, what would they worry about? Probably: Where would people get enough horses? And what would they do about all the horse manure? Horse pollution was bad in 1900; think how much worse it would be a century later, with so many more people riding horses?

But of course, within a few years, nobody rode horses except for sport. And in 2000, France was getting 80% its power from an energy source that was unknown in 1900. Germany, Switzerland, Belgium and Japan were getting more than 30% from this source, unknown in 1900. Remember, people in 1900 didn’t know what an atom was. They didn’t know its structure. They also didn’t know what a radio was, or an airport, or a movie, or a television, or a computer, or a cell phone, or a jet, an antibiotic, a rocket, a satellite, an MRI, ICU, IUD, IBM, IRA, ERA, EEG, EPA, IRS, DOD, PCP, HTML, the Internet, interferon….

Now. You tell me you can predict the world of 2100. Tell me it’s even worth thinking about. Our models just carry the present into the future. They’re bound to be wrong. Everybody who gives a moment’s thought knows it. Reference

And Scott said,

None of our theories about the world are entirely true and this is good. If we had perfect answers for things progress would be impossible, as to believe in the idea of progress requires belief in the many ignorances of the present. Look back in time 100, 50, or even 5 years, and consider how misguided the wisest, smartest people of those days were compared with what you know now

So what we need to know is to see around, and think what is really going on in our minds. These all ideas which are coming to us already were an idea. As long as we have pretty good ideas, we shouldn’t afraid to make it real. Sooner or later, based on our ideas, other ideas will be created. After all, these ideas are not owned by us.

Talk About It

I wrote the last paragraph of the following article and I posted it.

For the people in the society who are very tight to their culture of keeping things for themselves, talking about sexual experience is something untouchable. One of the reasons people don’t talk about their personal sexual experience (can even be good experience) is that they don’t get a place where to share it with others. It is norm to talk what happened in the last night.

How many of us define sexual boundaries? How many of us keep silent having sexual discomfort?

In the mean time, sexual feelings and activities are very basic that every adult person experiences it every time. Our life is highly attached to it.

This article was for our new blog talkaboutit Ethiopia. In the last few weeks I was setting up a new blog together with Joern, karolina, Biruh and Blen. I will come soon later with the details.

Another interesting person I met yesterday was Sara Suker. She is very talented girl and knows how to use the right words. Apart from her Notes on facebook, she started the new blog, which I already subscribe to follow it.

I just wrote the last paragraph of this article!

2010 in Review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is doing awesome!.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,400 times in 2010. That’s about 3 full 747s :).

In 2010, there were 25 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 36 posts. There were 11 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 15mb. That’s about a picture per month.

The busiest day of the year was September 10th with 44 views. The most popular post that day was BarCamp Topics.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, barcamp.org, elearningethiopia.ning.com,endalk.wordpress.com, and en.search.wordpress.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for eweket, barcamp ethiopia, eweket blogs, eweket word press, and ethiojops.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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BarCamp Topics September 2010
2 comments

2

It’s Me! September 2009
6 comments

3

BarCamp Ethiopia Flyer August 2010

4

My Geekye Spirit July 2010

The Story of a Banana Farmer

Down to the southern part of the country where Omo river is passing, there was this farmer who inadvertently resting to the bottom of the tree. While he was asleep, a banana dropped and hit his head. He woke up and started to eat it.

After short a while his friend from township came and told him that instead for him to sleep why can’t he produce a lot of bananas and sell them

The man asked “what for?” and “you will earn a lot of money and you can buy a big house with big garden” said his friend. The man asked again, “then, what for?”
“so that you can just eat and sleep without caring for anything” his friend replied

And the man said, “what for? I am just doing the same thing right now”

TEDx Addis

It has taken me so long to write this article. Part of the reason was being busy doing urgent tasks. I was helping out ECAO to have network infrastructure and trying to configure a surfboard computer. But part of the reason was TEDx Addis was too cool that I needed more relaxed time to generate a nice article.

“ho ho ho, ha ha ha”

For those of you who participated in the event, you would probably smile and remember this expression. It is funny, but that’s the idea in the first place, to make you laugh without any cause. I found it very interesting that Belachew Girma (World Laughter Master) made a career out of laugh and he could manage it very well. He can’t make a speech without laughing. But making a speech about laugh without laughing doesn’t make sense and he is a master of it.

TEDx Addis wasn’t all about laugh though. All the speakers were well prepared and I could perfectly picture myself sitting being inspired and moved. Israel Belema (Engineer and Inventor) had stolen the show. It is hard to imagine his intelligence especially when it comes to mobile technology.

I remembered to vote for Yohannes Gebregeorgis (Social Entrepreneur) to win CNN Heroes in 2008. He actually won and perfectly deserved it. He did great job to change the culture of reading in Ethiopia. He made a marvelous job in schools and for people who never got the chance to read a single article. Probably, he is the only figure whenever one talks about mobile library. His TEDx talk was a bit emotional too. He tearfully announced that he has been pushed out of his own organization. It made me remember Steve Jobs, the CEO of Apple who was also in the same situation. How can somebody be fired from the company he founded?

I personally know Dirk Hebel (Architect) well. In the whole country, there are only two universities where students can boldly say they are happy being part of the campus – Adama University and EiABC. Dirk is a scientific director of EiABC and he already wrote his name in bold in Addis. I admit I missed his speech and Bruktawit Tigabu’s (Innovative Educator), the only woman speaker in the event and the one who perfectly deserve the title “Educator”. I met her in ict cracker meeting and she inspired me there already.

Henock Temesgen (Musician) is a base guitarist. He was talking about creating a perfect song at the moment. He could of course manage to create a nice music in that moment with his beloved bass guitar. Shall I say speech with deeds? Dr. BT Costantinos (Policy Advisor) made a tremendous speech too. I was wondering if the audience got his ideas in full. He has this passion for the renaissance of Africa. I could also see the same amount of passion in the eyes of Daniel Gad (Entrepreneur), who sees things what ordinary people cannot. He had one word in his speech, that’s the only thing he wanted us to remember – Food!

The first TEDx Addis was successful in many terms. The organizers effort was visible. The audiences were a kind of audience you expect in this kind of event. I could imagine organizers were a bit busy choosing the right speakers, though I saw a lot of familiar faces of listeners. I don’t think it is because I have huge amount of contacts but the invitation were a bit of circulated in few circles. I know, many people disagree with me, but I didn’t like the stage in Harmony hotel. The power cut was like part of the event, I was complaining why they didn’t write it down in the schedule. Well, I don’t mind if I read, there is a power cut at 11:15. But they couldn’t do anything about it. Could they?

I want to conclude my blog with the TEDx Addis slogan. Because this exactly what happened in the event. “Be encouraged and encourage others. Be inspired and inspire others.”

Choose to Love

You got to choose anyway!

When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace – Jimi Hendrix

Choice is a basic life action of human kind. Humans do more choice than anything else. It is also the most challenging part of life. There is nothing like facing a choice which is hard to choose. People choose to breathe everyday. People choose to do each of their action everyday! We even choose without recognizing that we are choosing. We don’t need it. It is a natural activity that you face until you come to the point where the choice is puzzling and requires higher attention!

I went through tough times because of my bad choices. I also went through great moments out of my right choices. These choices were life challenging. It defined the way I have been living. My past choices affect my current choices. It applies directly. I have two “choices” in every point of my life. Either I need to keep my path and follow my past decision and keep choosing based on that or I shift to another path that will make me choose another choice. My life graph is so complicated that it is impossible to illustrate.

The last seven days were full of visible choices I made. Visible choices are our defining moments. It changes who we are. It defines what we are living or die for. It made me think how these “visible choices” change my philosophy of life. The more I thought about them, the more I discover that my visible choices can actually summarized in one word – Love!

It seems a bit lame to confine such a lot of activities in one action. But in the reality it is exactly what happens to me. I agree that most of human choices inter-dependent on other people’s choice. Mind this, mostly what affects the result of your choice is not the result out of itself, but the result of others’ choices. No one has a total power in himself. It seems this can be false theoretically. But practically it is entirely true and even works in every possible activity of human kind. My choices are affected by people closer to me first, then people around me, and anyone in the whole world. No wonder why we all are different. A lot of people choose based on different reasons. Here is what my choices are based on

Love
Then, love in two ways.

The love of God: God chose to Love us. And I have been choosing to love Him. Keep in mind two things here. First off, God has ultimate decisive power that His choice can’t be influenced by anything else but Himself. So I used the word Chose. He doesn’t change His mind on His decision based on possible assumption. But my choices are considerably affected by other “choices”. In my possible assumption, you can call it faith, I decide to Love God with my whole strength. Secondly, mind that I am not talking about religion. I “choose” not to believe in religion. This choice affects my life significantly. It helps me to put my life considerably on the right track – which I referred before as the path. The love of God affects our choices. In nut shell, love doesn’t impose effects on anything else. So the effects apply out love and this love makes us to choose. It helps us to wake up and wish for a good day, for a peaceful life, for eternal security.

Even if you chose not to love God, you love what He chose for you.

The Love of people: If you don’t know how to have your people, it is simple you already have them. We already chose to love others. For even people who said they hate everyone in the whole world. They could as equally affect other with their love as they were affected by others. If you come to the point where you can say you hate people, you had to come to this recognition point of what you actually feel and decide. It is simply easy to assume that you were under your parents love since you were born. You could walk now. You could talk now. You could say that you hate things already. It took you to come to the point and these points were based on your and other people choice – and mostly they chose to love you. Your biological parents played major part to brought you to the world. This is mostly the result of their love. Your family is the most treasure you could possibly have. It is such a failed family which is full of hatred and disrespect. The result is incomparable to the family which is full of love.

Even at times when choosing to love others might seem the most impossible feeling, it is still better to choose to love. Because love can only be gained by loving others. As this wise man said, there are lost of things which increase in amount when shared. And love is one of them. The more you share your love, the more it increases in amount and at the end everyone profits!

My Daily Life in The Net

I have been installing CentOS in Strathmore University while I was searching my name on Google. People search for their name on the net. Right? I mean, I didn’t have any reason to search on my name. May be it is out of curiosity what I did. Keep in mind that, everything you do in the net is somehow recorded and stored. It doesn’t seem a lot of trouble if you think about it. But I get a little shocked when I found my stupid comment with the IAAF website. I mean, really? Have I ever dare to comment on IAAF website? The thing is I did and I can’t even believe that I was such a stubborn. But my life in the net is more connected than writing a comment about athletics. Who doesn’t? So if you are wondering what I am doing sitting in-front of a computer the whole day. I might have a good answer in this article. I might even have a good reason to tell you.

Gmail

It is my primary email address. I check my Gmail inbox every 20 minutes, at least! I receive about 40 emails on my gmail daily. These emails are not notification. I don’t register to newsletters, forums or social network using my gmail account. It is dedicated to exchange email with people – not machines. It is pretty good idea to keep one of your email addresses to dedicate for human communication. Some people might understand what I mean very well, considering how many subscription and notification you might receive from different sources.

Yahoo!

I found it very convenient to use my Yahoo! Mail address for many machine generated communications. I registered to a forum with my yahoo account, whenever I fill a form on the net I use Yahoo! Currently, I have 10,080 unread messages. I don’t need to read all them. But Yahoo! Is the first email I open whenever I get connected to internet.

Facebook

I have got 470 friends on facebook that I communicate with. People who don’t find me on Facbook can’t probably find me in person. Facebook is where I make friends. I haven’t have 500million friends like Mark has. But I have got to manage to keep my social balance with Facebook and I love it. I use my Facebook for quite a number of things. The power of social network is vast. It is facebooking ara. If you can’t make friends online, you can’t make friends offline. My connection on Facebook is making me to have an interesting weekends, making my distance relationship works, getting updates what my friends are doing and how I cooperate with them, advertising my services and let people know what I am doing. I read most of my favorite quotes from facebook status. If you have someone on facebook, there are a lot things you don’t need to bother to remember: Last names, Birthdays, martial status, locations. People even tend to tell their daily feelings on facebook. Is it that easy to start a good conversation based on facts instead of wondering what somebody is thinking? Facebook is where you can find your friends in one place, and friends of your friends. What did you do with Facebook that you never imagine you could actually do without?

Twitter

I have only 13 twits so far. I am too lazy to update my status on twitter , but it is one of the website I visit everyday. I get such a vast information from twit updates.

Ictcracker.mixxt.com

I created this social network to be a meeting point for IT experts in the country. I have been administrating this website in daily basis.

I haven’t included standard things in my daily Net life. I am working the whole day. I receive many messages in my official email address that I have to answer and work. I can omit my facebook session for one day. But I can’t ignore my email from my boss. I read news. I don’t watch TV for the usual reasons why people don’t watch. I like to retrieve my own information. I like the word search than broadcasting. I read others people articles, blogs, books. I check products, weather information. Etc.. I mean, really a lot of things which I don’t even remember doing it.

I also have tools on net that I use time to time. My Blog : eweket.wordpress.com is one of them. I don’t write everyday. But I actively write blogs. I communicate with people with my blogs. My articles talk louder than my Facebook or my emails.

I use skype, gtalk, meebo.

I use Internet! Everyday! Now!