Random Thoughts @ DigitalAddis

The digital-divide, the continental-divide, broad-band, broad-masses, senseless-war, sensible war, IT, softwarewallahs, the Silicon Raj, 1959 Burkina Faso, Sebastapol

Places and Moments:

Espresso at a hang-out in Zamalek, Cairo, a breeze in Fall in Constantinople, sunset  at Lake Awassa, Sunny day during the Monsoon Season in Mahabalipuram, trip in the Great Rift Valley of Africa with dad in a land rover, moon-lit evening in Konso, high-above the sky in South East Asian Hill Stations, the Clinton years.

Sounds and Smell:

The dogs of Addis, traffic in Cairo, an Istanbul ferry blowing its horn, Americanfarmer's market, quietness of Lake Chamo, chants of a Coptic priest, Baba Maal, A Senegalese guriot, A Lalibela Song, cracking of August rain on tin-roofed house in Addis, Smell of fresh-roasted coffee, incense, and fresh-cut grass in an Ethiopian coffee-ceremony, Aster Awoke’s concert, California afternoons, the 5AM shouts of "chai-sir!, chai-sir!" in the great Indian trains.

The Great Rift Valley - View from Arba Minch bluff @ Swayne's & Bekele Mola grounds.


Narayanan. S. Murthy, Kinde, Zemene, Nebiyou, Emperor Gabe,  Emperor Theodros of 19th century Abyssinia, Nsour Dour, Ali Farka Toure, E.  Dagne, and Abebe Bikila.


Reverse brain-drain, the pursuit of happiness, liberty and freedom respected in all corners of the continent of the Pyramids, the Nile and the Sahara.

Recently Read Books:

Mostly great writers from Egypt, India, Turkey, Ethiopia and other similar places. 

Palace Walk – Naguib Mafouz

A great narrative of life in Cairo during the English  occupation and more.  

Guns, Germs, and Steel - Jared Diamond

A refreshing perspective.

Istanbul – Memories of the City – Orhan Pamuk

Pamuk is a great Turkish writer and will be even better if he adds a little of “Ne mutlu Turkum/Osmanli diyene’ to the excessive yearning for Europeanness in his stories.

Auto-biography – Ato Mamo Wudneh

A great Ethiopian story of a an interesting individual who rose to become one of the country’s prolific writers. Not unlike many Ethiopians of modest background of his time, he started elementary school at the age of 15.


Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini

What thousands of newspaper articles and ads couldn’t achieve in introducing the beautiful human dimension of the Afghani people, K. Hosseini manages with one great story.

The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy

Perhaps, one of the most unforgettable stories to come out of India in the past several years. Arundhati puts Kerala on the map long before the current trend.



What Does DigitalAddis Host?

Professional Stuff
If MEMS (Micro-devices), Micro- and nano-fabrication, Computational Mechanics, Numerical Modeling and Simulation, etc interest you.

UC San Diego Courses

Finite Element Course
[Of interest to Mechanical, Electrical, Reliability, Manufacturing, Bio-Medical, Material, Test and Structural Engineers and the like]

Short Course on MEMS and NanoTechnologies
[What do Optical Device Switches and Bio-medical devices have in common?]

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