Thursday, December 21, 2006

Morocco in Second Life

Today is grand opening day for the Morocco island in Second Life. For those of you who do not know about SL, you may be missing out on an exciting virtual platform that is transforming the very nature of web-based interaction and development.

I would urge you to catch up, sign up, and teleport to the Morocco island, which features exciting landmarks such as the country's biggest mosque, the medina (old town), a souk (market), a Cafe-Restaurant, and a beach complete with surf boards and jet skis.

The development team is also conducting a treasure hunt today for Moroccan artifacts. You find it in second life and get it in the mail in real life. Don't miss it. Its way too cool.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

American Exceptionalism

Ever wondered about American Exceptionalism? What makes the people of this country different from those in Europe or other parts of the world? There are many considerations of course, but one good place to look is the hierarchy of needs in consumer behavior.

Here is a new survey from the Pew Research Center that would give you a glimpse of what Americans consider to be essential to their daily lives. Things Americans things say they can't live without.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

The Monkey & The Duke

Iran's regime is playing host to a conference on Holocaust denial, inviting outrageous characters to take part in a despicable display of human ignorance. David Duke, the former leader of the Klu Klux Klan was there of course, proud as can be.

Where is the civility? Where is their sense of dignity?

Once again, the dismal human development condition of the Muslim World is for all to witness. Long gone are the days when the Muslim world was a beacon of intellectual excellence and civility.

Now, one wonders why oxygen continues to be sucked out of legitimate struggles in the Muslim World, including the plight of the suffering Palestinians.