Inspired by the courage of a nation, here are some of the home made tracks (MP3s & Videos) made by the people who wanted real reform. I will keep updating this list with more tracks and downloadable mp3s of these tracks. Check periodically for updates. And now, here are the tracks of The #Jan25 Soundtrack:

Thirteen Senses – Into the Fire

Unknown Protesters in Tahrir – حسني اتجنن…حسني اتجنن

Ramy Esam – إرحل

Amir Eid – Hany Adel – Hawary On Guitar & Sherif On Keyboards

Ahmed Mekky Ft. Mohamed Mohsen – 25th January

Ahmed Emara – قالوا مجنون اللي يفكر

Ramy Donjewan – Against The Government (ضد الحكومة)

RaShRadio – Scream For A Revolution

Scarabeuz & Omima – تحيا مصر

Abo EL Rokab   جمعة الغضب

Spidey and the Thunderstorm – ميدان التحرير



Published: Jan 26, 2011 @14:18 EST. Latest update: Jan 26, 2011 @15:07 EST

Thanks to the contributions of @monamahfouz and others

Although protestors in Egypt have bigger things to worry about now, like kidnappings and live ammunition, here are some tips on how to effectively deal with tear gas, and to NOT let it stop you from peacefully demonstrating.

The best defense against tear gas is a gas mask, but if you don’t have a mask there are still steps you can take to minimize damage from tear gas.

Below are tips on what you need to do to practically eliminate the threat of tear gas.  Things like not panicing and such are important, however your biggest allies are towels, water & air tight goggles. It is a known fact that air tight goggles are not a commodity easily accessible in Egypt, so here is what you should do:

1. Wet/soaked towels around your nose and mouth, add lemon juice, cider vinegar or soda-pop to your homemade face mask.  You must wear them as tight as possible. Loose towels won’t do you much good.

2. Take off your contact lenses.  It is one thing to not wear air-tight goggles, it is far worse to wear contacts while you are being gassed.  Wear your prescription glasses instead, you have better chances with them.

3. Protect your eyes: Use swim/diving goggles if you can’t find an air-tight eye protection. If unavailable, hoodies and other head gear might help.

4. It is a good idea to carry a plastic bag with a cloth of paper towel in it soaked in pure emon juice, cider vinegar or soda-pop. Seal it and breath the fumes if you get exposed to high doses of tear gas. Any acid can be used to neutralise tear gas, though bleach is best. Fumes of chopped-up onions underneath the nose can help. Carry some in plastic bag, use as needed.

5. Do NOT panic.  You will only start breathing harder and you will inhale more fumes that will cause more pain.

6. Dress in layers. Once a layer of clothes catches the fumes, you should remove that layer, or you will continue breathing the fumes in smaller doses on extended periods of time. try to wear waterproof/rain clothes as a top layer. If desperate, use heavy-duty garbage bags.

7. Only if you can, kick the launched smoke canisters away from you and other people in your crowd. Do NOT grab them and throw them back right away, they might burn your skin. Only grab and throw back if they are not hot to the touch.

8. NEVER wash/rinse tear gas with hot water. This will open pores and get the skin to suck it more. Use cold water instead.  It is preferable to have a bottle of water dissolving around 5% of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) in it to rinse with.

9. Flush eyes with saline or water. To soothe, use alkaline solutions. Mix baking soda, shampoo, milk or Mylanta with water and flush eyes.

10. Avoid creams that are oil-based or sunscreens. They will increase its absorption through skin and will lead to more respiratory consumption as well.

11. Deal with the source: If there is a garbage bin or bucket on hand, put it over the canister. Also, acids can be used to neutralize tear gas.  If you have a bucket, vinegar, and strong gloves, drop the canister into vinegar.

– Use hockey sticks, cricket bats or baseball bats to hit tear gas canisters back at attackers.

Published: Jan 25, 2011 @16:53 EST. Latest update: Jan 27, 2011 @00:04 EST

For people who need a quick fix: You have three options – Web proxies, thor and hotspot shield. You can find below instructions and links for all three.

So today Egypt, protested. Then, Egypt rioted. Because Egypt needed to vent.  There were reports that twitter was blocked, that were later confirmed by ‘s twitter account @twitterglobalpr in a couple of posts:

@twitterglobalprTwitter Comms
We can confirm that Twitter was blocked in Egypt around 8am PT today. It is impacting both & applications. (1/2)
@twitterglobalprTwitter Comms
Re Egypt block: We believe that the open exchange of info & views benefits societies & helps govts better connect w/ their people. (2/2)

So next time this happens here are a few links, a post by Hussam & a video to help you get around that. Also thanks to @Whodan2 ‘s, @monamahfouz ‘s & @mand0z contributions as well. But first watch this video . . .

Watch this video and see the events that unfold at minute 1:00 of the video.

Here is a proxy link you can use, provided by @Whodan2


Here is another home made bypasser by @mandOz

Here is the post by Hussam on Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 3:59pm (Original Link)

Here’s a list of circumventor sites to get around that problem. Please make sure this gets to the people that need them.

(These are the better ones) – Good list of working proxy sites. – Another good list – Has a mailing list, sends a link to newly created site about once a week.

Use with or without www, but always use https: (Use these as a last resort, they’re very ad heavy)

This is Hotspot Shield, a program that allows you to access blocked websites anonymously. Here’s the download link. Also works for websites with videos.

You can still access FaceBook over 3G on ur mob phone via VPN (iPhone, Android & BlackBerry) on

There is another one for Mac/PC/Linux that allows you to do the same on your computer:

Finally, here is a video in Arabic explaining how to get around a block of twitter

Over the past few weeks, thousands of fish swept dead ashore, thousands of birds fell dead from the sky, and cows or as

referred to in the past as a beast of the land are falling dead.  Does anyone really care? I do!

Never thought I would be preaching gospel to anyone, and for the record I am not, I am just looking at weird facts taking place and trying to make sense of it.  Somethings are not making sense, I am trying to find scientific, logical and/or theological answers.

Mind you, people who claim that science does not or never goes hand in hand

with science are idiots.  Won’t discuss that now, if you want to challenge this statement, present your argument and I

will do my best to crush it 🙂 Both religious zealots who cannot fathom

that the planet is nothing but a  10,000 year old flat disk, and pure science worshipers who think it is more logical to believe that the universe was created because it wanted to are equally funny and ridiculous.

Any who, I was advised by a good friend of mine to not “puke” all over my readers, so I will stop with the ranting and get to the point.

The Holy Bible,  the book of Hosea, chapter four, verses one to three (In both the New International Version in English & the Arabic Life Application Version:

1 Hear the word of the LORD, you Israelites, because the LORD has a charge to bring  against you who live in the land:  “There is no faithfulness, no love,  no acknowledgment of God in the land.
2 There is only cursing,[a] lying and murder, stealing and adultery; they break all bounds, and bloodshed follows bloodshed.
3 Because of this the land dries up, and all who live in it waste away; the beasts of the field, the birds in the sky and the fish in the sea are swept away.

١ اسْمَعُوا كَلِمَةَ الرَّبِّ يَابَنِي إِسْرَائِيلَ، لأَنَّ لِلرَّبِّ دَعْوَى عَلَى أَهْلِ الأَرْضِ إِذْ خَلَتِ الأَرْضُ مِنَ الأَمَانَةِ وَالإِحْسَانِ وَمَعْرِفَةِ اللهِ

٢ وَتَفَشَّتْ فِيهَا اللَّعْنَةُ وَالْكَذِبُ وَالْقَتْلُ وَالسَّرِقَةُ وَالْفِسْقُ. قَدْ تَخَطَّوْا كُلَّ حَدٍّ، وَسَفْكُ الدَّمِ يَعْقُبُهُ سَفْكُ دَمٍ

٣ لِذَلِكَ تَنُوحُ الأَرْضُ، وَيَذْوِي كُلُّ مُقِيمٍ فِيهَا، فَضْلاًَ عَنْ وَحْشِ الْبَرِّ وَطَيْرِ السَّمَاءِ، بَلْ سَمَكُ الْبَحْرِ يُسْتَأْصَلُ أَيْضاً

To this date, there has been attempts to explain the causes of the recently recorded mass deaths.  Some of those explanations are probably true and make sense.  It is the coordination of all these events in a timely fashion that concerns me.  Folks who dismiss the possibility of a higher power because there are scientific explanations behind events think of this higher power as a magician, and not as a omnipotent being.  Others who view the omnipotence of a higher power threatened by scientific explanations are also looking for a magician to worship, not an all knowing God who plans and maneuvers the little peaces to achieve the big picture.

Personally, I think it is all about the subtle messages.  If i love someone and I am hurt by him/her, I won’t unleash my wrath right away, I will send out little messages. Ehh, now I am just musing.  Lets see what happens, as for now I, for my person alone, think these mass deaths mean something much bigger than what PETA is so concerned about.


The Strict Machine.

Brain Ramblings

Posted: October 26, 2010 in Personal, Random

A few days ago, I was having lunch with a friend, and I was telling her I feel like I am going insane, as I have a million thoughts in my mind and none of them have anything to do with each other.  She laughed and said, you know, I am the same way.  Shaking my head, I refuted her statement and said, you really don’t understand, I write my thoughts down and they don’t make any sense, I forget to do things because I am thinking about a million things.

Today, on facebook, she sent me this message: (Names are changed for her, and her man’s privacy)

Jack … Jack’s face… me smiling… me and Jack… makeout sesh with Jack in the car… flames everywhere lol… fuck i gotta study… what should i listen to? ooh black keys tighten up, i should send that to Jack he’ll like it… he’s such a geek… im such a geek too were so good together lol… cock :o… he makes me laugh a lot… don’t forget to proof read this before i hit send… wonder if he’s still napping?? ugh stupid interview tomorrow… this weekend is going to be awesome… i wanna sleep, fucking facebook, fuck mark zuckerman (inside joke about Zuckerberg) … he’s the youngest billionaire ever, he donated 100 million to build a school in wisconsin -what an asshole lol…

And that is my 2 minute thought process -see babe you’re not crazy lol

I am glad I am not the only one who is like that!!!

In light of several conversations I had with friends over the past few days, where interestingly enough all of them a friend brought up the chicken or the egg example.  Here is a piece of news that many of you missed.  This anecdote you people use is not valid any more!

According to scientific evidence concluded in scientific research conducted at Sheffield University, the chicken actually came before the egg.  Apparently, there is some protein found in the egg shells that only exists in the womb of a chicken.  So there you have it, and stop using that line!

Original article starts here.

Chicken came before egg, evidence suggests

British scientists claim to have solved one of the great mysteries of life, the universe, and everything in it: The chicken came before the egg, they say, and they’re not mincing words.

“It had long been suspected that the egg came first, but now we have the scientific proof that shows that in fact the chicken came first,” Sheffield University’s Colin Freeman, according to a report in the Metro.

Researchers from Scotland and England used a supercomputer called HECToR to look in such detail at a chicken eggshell that they were able to determine the vital role of a protein used to kick-start the egg’s formation.

That protein is only found, wait for it…inside a chicken.

Freeman, who worked on HECToR with counterparts at Edinburgh’s Warwick University, said the protein had been identified earlier by scientists and was known to be linked to egg formation, “but by examining it closely we have been able to see how it controls the process,” he added, describing it as a catalyst.

Professor John Harding, who also took part in the research, told Metro the discovery could have other applications.

“Understanding how chickens make shells is fascinating in itself, but can also give clues towards designing new materials.” he said.

Which is good, because in spite of HECToR’s hard work and the “scientific proof” it yielded, the study offered no explanation as to how the chicken got there in the first place.

If not from an egg, perhaps it just came from across the road.

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A couple of years ago, during a really cold winter, I was struck with the flu, and for some odd reason I kept CNN all day long, all I remember is how much I wanted to strangle Rick Sanchez for his annoying way of speaking, his focus and bias towards Latin issues, etc.  My annoyance with his existence got to the point of going on facebook and seeking out other Sanchez-haters and joining a group requesting his ousting from the CNN crew.

Fast forward to yesterday, esteem, yet obnoxious, CNN anchor Rick Sanchez, host of the weekday show Rick’s List was fired for his comments and remarks on Jon Stewart of the Daily Show and Jewish-American media relations.  CNN released a story about Sanchez’s firing, calling his remarks on Pete Dominick‘s show on Sirius controversial.

When I first heard the news I was ecstatic, I thought “Sweet, he is gone”, but I wondered what did he actually say to get fired?  Instead of just reading/hearing commentary, I listened to the interview to its entirety, and let me tell you, even though Rick is on my shit list he did not do anything that calls for a firing.  Yes, listen to the full interview your self below.

If you don’t want to listen, here is a summary of what is said in this, unsurprisingly, very annoying interview.  Dominick, one of Jon Stewart’s previous minions on his show, a stand up comedian, and from what I heard in this interview, lousy interviewer started lashing on Jon Stewart and his show, calling Stewart a bigot and the Daily Show prejudicial.  Sanchez further elaborates, saying that he believes that Jon Stewart is elitist and bigots against anyone who is not like him, a liberal elitist, etc.

Dominick, who stated that Stewart is his former employer and a friend several times during the interview, repeatedly brought up the point that Jon Stewart is Jewish, adding that he makes fun of Jews to “compensate”.  He continues to defend Stewart, calling him a stand up comedian, which Dominick is as well.  Sanchez refutes Dominick’s statement, and adds that Stewart’s show has “transcended” comedy and is a news source for millions of Americans, a statement that Dominick admits is true in the end.

Sanchez also says that many of the people who lead media firms in the US are Jewish, and when Dominick says that they are a minority, Sanchez contests the claim that they are not an “oppressed” minority in the United States.  The interview goes on and on, and indeed Sanchez has a meltdown, not about Jews, but about Jon Stewart.

There is one comment made by Dominick that is great “We [comedians] don’t think much about people’s feelings . . . we [comedians] lower others to raise our selves”.  Needless to say that was a major meltdown for Rick, but it was not anti-semitic.  Fire him for being bias towards Hispanics, fire him for his lack of professionalism, but please don’t tell me you are firing him because what he said about Jewish success.  Talk about nipping shit in the butt!

It is clear that Sanchez has major “Hispanic-minority” issues, but that is not new.  Had you watched his show on any given day, you would have seen signs of this in every show.  He clearly snapped, when asked “why are you so sensitive about this?” , his response was “Because I am tired of this”, maybe it was a culmination of things, like everyone is picking on poor little Ricky, he also sounded like he had the flu, maybe he had a fever, I dunno.  I thought his attitude as horrid all together, the Jewish remark was clearly uncalled for, but is it really worth firing?

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This guy asks a great question, what is wrong with pointing out something that is true?

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I am not an anti-semit, I am a solid supporter of Israel and its right of existence and I am repulsed by the denial of the holocaust by nut jobs like Ahmadinejad.  However, I am also a supporter of freedom of speech, I support responses like Ben Stein’s response to statements like “Jews control Hollywood”, and its sickens me that some issues are of the table.  So what of someone claims that Jews control the media, and so what if it is true?  Keep at, but don’t fire someone because they said that.  The man gave you enough reasons to fire him, and that is the only one you pick?