Stories about Ideas from July, 2010
Japan: Rice paddy art
Pink Tentacle published several pictures [en] of wonderful examples of rice crop art, “which is created by carefully arranging different colors of rice plants in the field.”
Pakistan: The Urge To Ban
Faisal Kapadia at Deadpan Thoughts criticizes the urge of some Pakistanis to ban any problematic thing: “a ban is never an answer to any dilemma since it is an extremely inefficient way of proving one’s point.”
Lebanon: Don't kill your language!
Is the Arabic language being murdered? Dany Awad comments on a new awareness project taking part on the streets of Beirut, imploring passers-by not to kill their language. See photos of this innovative project in this post [AR].
Trinidad & Tobago: Now Showing
Artist Chris Cozier shares thoughts from his notebook about his most recent work, commissioned for this year's Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival.
Bangladesh: MicroApps – Visual Designer For Facebook Fanpage
Hasin Hayder (Bangladeshi geek, blogger and entrepreneur) shares in his blog ‘The Storyteller’ the background stories of the launch of the web based service MiproApps, a visual designer for Facebook fanpage.
India: Innovative Startup Idea
Gaurav Mishra at Gauravonomics shares an innovative idea yet to be explored by startups – a service for getting together at places with friends of friends.
Nepal: Smallest Book
X Nepali Blog informs about the smallest published book in Nepal which measures 3 inches in length and 2.5 inches in width.
Japan: Artistic manhole covers
Jamaipanese reviews [en] Drainspotting, a book dedicated to the artistic manhole covers located all over Japan.
Trinidad & Tobago: Eating Wisely
“There is a need for subsidies…for better infrastructure for farmers, and for help with getting them to develop their markets. Farmers is folks too and if they aren’t feeling the love…is we to catch–and pay through the nose for their produce”: Lisa Allen-Agostini has a few suggestions “for encouraging people...
Caribbean: CRB Reviews
Find new literary reviews from The Caribbean Review of Books, here.
Russia: Collection of Online Ideas
Blogger fritzmorgen published [RUS] a collection of ideas gathered from various Russian bloggers. Most interesting ideas include: Russian laws put into Wiki-like engine [RUS], several implementations of ‘Taxi 2.0′ idea (collaborative taxi service), hostels that travel with the travellers [RUS], etc.
Algeria: Has Hypocrisy become Fashionable?
Algerian blogger Salim reflects on hypocrisy and asks: Has hypocrisy become fashionable? Let's see what drives him to this conclusion in this post.
U.S.V.I.: Tourism Feedback
The Virgin Islands Department of Tourism has created a Web site which pledges to improve customer service, but News of St. John says “it doesn't do nearly enough.”
Egypt: Lessons from Knee Surgery
From Egypt, Maryanne Stroud Gabbani writes about her experience dealing with knee surgery. “I went in to fix my knees, but came out with a new appreciation for my life,” she concludes.
Egypt: Miss Egypt Results
Zeinobia, from Egypt, writes about the winners of Miss Egypt 2010 here.
Saudi Arabia: Why am I on Twitter?
“Why am I on Twitter?” writes (Ar) Saudi writer Turki Aldakhil. “My friends convinced me that I was old if I didn't have an account. I wanted to feel young, so I opened one.”
Middle East: World Cup Final Thoughts
Psychic octopus Paul was right and Spain clinched the World Cup in the football finals, which ended in South Africa a few minutes ago. In the Arab World, Twitter users shared a few thoughts on the finale and the tournament overall.
India: Delhi Wall Project
South Asia Wired highlights Delhi Wall Project, which is comprised of six enthusiastic youths. They have taken a vow to to “add color and life to the otherwise boring walls of Delhi” by painting them.
Diaspora and Development in the Francophone World
The diaspora of the developing countries worldwide is often mentioned as a potential driving factor for poverty reduction and the francophone region is no exception. Still, the suggested policies involving the diaspora are not without challenges and require more avenues for discussion between all development actors
Iraq: My Story with Frogs
Iraqi blogger Hadia shares her story with frogs in this post.
Japan: Manga blogging on Mexico
Mexico based Ohtoh Ryoko manga-blogs [ja] on her Mexican daily life and the unfamiliar customs of the country. The main character is a little girl with pigtails, who wears a yellow luchador (wrestler) mask.