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Thursday, July 20, 2006

Zidane head butt roundup

Excellent selection of Zidane video funnies from the Register and The Awful Forums [I know, I know, but just a few more... it's an contemporary art form...]

Some company is seeking a copywriting intern with a caption competition of the Zidane video

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Zidane headbutts Materazzi :: Video Game [Good grief, someone has put up a site just for the Zidane head butt game and is paying to advertise it on Google. By carrying Google ads on the page, then they somehow recoup the cost of the Google ad? Puzzling...]

Games for Change (G4C) [Organisers of a conference on persuasive games, etc]

Raph’s Website -- MTV News - Can Social-Change Video Games Tackle Divorce, Poverty, Genocide? [Are "persuasive games" (for example, the Darfur is Dying game) just a gimmick?]

Water Cooler Games - Newsgames Archives [The Zidane Flash game -- which seems to have floored a few servers -- is in a category called "newsgames" at Water Cooler Games. Dick Cheney hunting games are there, too...]

Persuasive Gaming: Third World Farmer via "In the same way as SimCity helps you to understand urban planning, SimVillage would present the life-and-death issues that rural communities face on a daily basis.
Nobody picked up on the idea, probably because it’s a bit of a downer. That’s why I’m glad to see the remarkably simple but effective game Third World Farmer online - it’s not exactly a barrel of laughs, but it’s message is clear."

NGO Security: "Although some within the NGO community are turned off by the term, intelligence gathering is a critical skill for a successful NGO security practitioner (just swap the word 'information' for 'intelligence' if you're uncomfortable)."

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

GPRS EDGE pricing from Safaricom Kenya

  • GPRS enabled sim card Ksh 5,000
  • Edge modem ksh 15,000
  • Subscription fee (flat rate) ksh 2,500 per month for up to 300MB
  • Usage above the 300MB limit is charged at ksh 10 /MB

    [This pricing reached me from Safaricom -- but I can't find it laid out like this on their site. Surely GPRS-capable phones already have a modem in them? Popote Wireless offers unlimited internet for 3,500 Ksh per month over CDMA - but is only in a few parts of Nairobi AFAIK.]

  • More on Kenya wireless things -- Oxygen TV

    [Billed as "Wireless TV" and promising reception with a set top box but a bouquet of international channels -- nothing really on the website - contact: info(at] Price: set top box 8,500 Kenya Shillings and monthly subscription for Ksh 1,500. Much cheaper than DSTV...]

    Monday, July 10, 2006

    Saturday, July 08, 2006


    "The development community and gadget-happy technologists are fond of coining acronyms, though few outside their circles understand what they stand for.

    As these mind bogglers go, the newly launched UN-GAID is a double-whammy: an acronym within an acronym. It stands for the United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development. "