Hello ~ I've been without internet at home for a while. Sometimes I check my email at work or when Im stuck in traffic and there is an unsecure wireless LAN around. My phone connects and I get my free two minutes peek at the wonderful world of the internet. I wonder what our lives will be without internet! I think we will have happier lives, but you don't have to agree with me :)
So today I got my DSL back which mysteriousely had disappeared before. I had kept my modem on to keep an eye on the blinking link LED. If it's blinking, there is no internet. If it's solid, Yuuupie! raioo is in colors! And it had been blilnking for a while. So, sitting in the living room after work, I was reading a magazine I picked up at the mailbox. It's called Bostonia, a Boston University alumni magazine. Entitled "Better Than Sex: is spirituality an antidote to today's hook-up culture?" the article deserved a reading. I peeked at the modem from a distance and the link LED was still blinking, Damn! I continued reading the article. It spoke of a phenomenon in American colleges these days where students look for themed parties with hook-up dyanmics, parties where anything goes, and kids may end up in each other's bedrooms. I asked myself, if the writer is right, does the internet and its social networks have driven the explosion of this culture across the country? At any rate, the article suggests that at the same time, there is a movement of students who feel this is wrong, and many of them are attracted to discussing spirituality as an antidote. Not that they wish to belong to an organized religion, but they are intrigued and to some extent admire the ethics, morality and boundaries that religions promote. They wouldn't jump inside the boundaries though.. after all, it is the boundaries that drove them away in the first place. Now that's interesting. I was born within these boundaries, and never thought of jumping the walls. I wonder what's behind! I went to the kitchen to get a glass of water and a handful of home-made Sellou sent by mom. Delicious! Sat on the sofa facing the modem. Weeew! I couldn't believe it! The LED is solid! I immediately picked up my cell and jumped to gmail, yesss.. I'm logged in, but sadly no new emails, no love. I started my laptop and hurried to youtube to check the latest videos of my "friends" ~ I've actually never met any of them, welcome to online social networking! ... and Yes! my youtube Moroccan "friend" ezzehar has a new video. I watch, intrigued and inspired, I laughed and decided to share it with you. Ignore everything I wrote earlier, this is the important stuff. Really. Enjoy ezzehar in his video entitled "Secheresse":
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After reading and then looking at the video, I realized that I had not been taking advantage of the internet, apart from checking emails and shopping online. The YouTube site is a fount of information regarding Morocco. It is great to watch music videos and see all the talent that is part of the people's culture. It is also a good place to listen to the language for someone like myself that is trying to learn to speak Moroccan Arabic on her own. Listening to the songs and trying to understand a word or two is part of the learning experience. Thanks for bringing attention to this area of the internet. Nice to see things other than girls fighting. Salaam.