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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Here's to faster internet

GEORGETOWN, DC -- And so it came to be that the son of man (this version, not THE son of man) lay in his hotel room, recovering from jet lag and tried to take a nap in the afternoon with the aid of Mr Jack, Mr Daniels, and Ms Pepsi.

Many people have written to me wondering why I only blog sporadically. Looking through the posts, it appears that I seem to blog a lot when I am away from the office, which is understandable, considering the pressure of the job (hint hint, boss: pay rise). There is something about going away, from home, from the office, that allows one to think and, time and resources allowing, write about what they see and what they miss. Part of it is the loneliness, having so many hours to kill at airports and in hotels. Damn, I got so much time on my hands today, I even went out of my way and signed up to Facebook, all my misgivings notwithstanding! However, several times it is just the speed of the internet.

Several times I have tried to blog at home or in the office only for the internet to go off. Other times I have written extensively and hit the 'publish post' button, only for the damn thing to go off. We really need to do something about the speed and reliability of our internet connectivity in good ol' UG!

Anyways, gotta get some shut eye. Before I go, a few snippets about what's going down here: George W is hosting the Dalai Lama down the street at 1600 Penn. Ave, much to China's chagrin while there's worries about immigration, Russia's attitude towards the planned US missile defence shield (and Iran), as well as the price of oil which is flirting higher and higher and is expected to hit the $100-a-barrel mark soon!

The sun was out earlier and I was tempted to do one of my favourite things in Georgetown; rent a bicycle and cycle along the Potomac river. It (the sun) is now behind clouds so will take a nap and hit the pub later.

Later, folks.

P.S When we return after the break: Why Timothy Kalyegira needs to find a day job!

14 Comments:

Blogger joshi said...

why kalyegira needs to find a day job??? dude im payin attention..

11:14 pm  
Anonymous tumwijuke said...

Echo Joshi. So waiting for that Kalyegira post.

9:43 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So how is Georgetown compared to the beloved angel...

1:01 pm  
Blogger Daniel Kalinaki said...

If Kalyegira/Radio Katwe goes native in retaliation I will hold each one of you accountable!

10:07 pm  
Blogger Daniel Kalinaki said...

Anonymous,

Angel was the bomb!

10:07 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How is Georgetown compared to the not so beloved Tooting!

1:44 pm  
Blogger Daniel Kalinaki said...

Tooting? Now, don't go comparing apples and tangerines...!

2:19 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Apples and Tangerines? Quit speaking in riddles or you'll get 'bombed'....in Georgetown!

3:57 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Georgetown parient est meilleur...il y aune promenade de gulu dans DC ce samendi il sur vous recerva de votre chambre si votie toujourns dans DC...

7:36 pm  
Blogger Daniel Kalinaki said...

Le Anonymous,

je suis tres desole mais je nais comprende pas!

7:41 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has Kalyegira's juju attacked your site?I am just wondering what happened to your most recent post about Kalyegira's opinions. Have you bowed to any kind of intimidation?

12:26 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Daniel leave Timothy a lone. There is only one Tim Kalyegira in the whole Uganda. The guy as some wrote recently is a flawed genius.

3:52 pm  
Blogger Biryabarema said...

I am afraid, Dan, you could have misunderstood Tim on Amin. In challenging Ugandans to produce 600 names of Amin's alleged victims he's not saying he's sure Amin killed 600 in which case we would be right to demand that he, too,produce the names of those 600. that challenge is to mock the assertion that Amin killed 300,000 or 500,000. Because for any one who makes such a claim it SHOULD BE VERY EASY for him/her to come up with ONLY 600 names. I support Tim on Amin.

Elia. biryabarema.blogspot.com

10:24 am  
Blogger Daniel Kalinaki said...

Elias, this quantitative analysis of leaders, that does not include qualitative parameters is dangerous. I do not think anyone can ever produce the exact number of names of people killed during Amin's regime (not all of them by him or under his instructions, by the way), be they 600 or 500,000.

But by narrowing an examination of the guy's human rights record to a numbers game does two things; the first is that people are then able to claim that the man killed "only" 600 or thereabouts, seeking to reduce the monstrosity and illegality of those murders. I have not seen Tim demand for an investigation into the murder of those '600'.

Secondly, and this is common in many African countries, it allows leaders who abuse their citizens to get away with murder, so to speak, by claiming that their regimes are or were not as bad as others! Travel upcountry in Uganda and you will find poor, illiterate and sickly folks who say they are content with their conditions because they sleep at night without the sound of gunfire.

Once you reduce the premium on life to, well, being alive, people will start thanking leaders for killing only a few when they had the power to kill millions.

12:42 pm  

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