ጠቃሚ ቁጥሮች


A nice, symmetrical number. Not old, not young, but a viable, die-able age (Arundathi Roy)

I share the day with

and one of these two

Even Google recognizes –I am a big deal 😀


101Days left till I go back home. The details that go into the preparation, akin to hosting the Olympics. I bought the tickets way early in the hope that I could sit back and get my schadenfreude on as the prices went up. But the opposite has happened and I am all sohn von einem weibchen!

Maybe I should start a countdown; I know GeTere would like that very much 😛

Remember when we used to call her ቡቲክ and say that she is just showing off the nice fashionable clothes that she has brought from abroad? Now, her clothes look kind of funny.


Approximately how much of my studies are done. Although that part was challenging in its own right, it’s the opening act for a bigger CHALLENGE. Still, that won’t stop me from giving myself a pep talk, the way trainers say “OK, guys, last 10 rounds!!” in a 12 round exercise.

Met a fellow African student who’s in the final year of his studies. We chatted about our strong shared desires to go back home and be the instruments of as much (positive) change as we could. Decent conversation. Let’s just hope that we won’t end up being big condescending fishes in small ponds which constantly reminisce about ponds left behind. We need to bring the pond home, nah mean? And although it has got great chances of turning out to be the right and profitable decision, should we start to get it in our-probably-bald-by-then heads that we are martyrs “Look at us! We came back!”, may we chill.

Another thing I need to be doing is get my mythos and logos straight. This, from AAAS blogs, is what I would like to achieve; I hope it is true.

…Rather, what distinguishes American graduates from our foreign-educated counterparts in the workforce is what has been described as American core values—an optimism of outlook consisting of qualities such as a can-do attitude, rugged individualism (as popularized by historian Frederick Jackson Turner), efficiency and practicality, progress, and freedom. Generalizing about national character is, of course, perilous (and internalized values are difficult to measure). Will Americans excel at innovation in every industry or work setting? No. But there is apparently something in our educational DNA, learned but not inbred, that gives us a creative edge…


ደግሞ you live and you learn ነው አይደል የሚባለው? Discovered that “አልማዝ” is Russian for “Diamond”

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. geTere
    Jun 03, 2015 @ 15:08:08

    Oh, forgot to say – ayzoh lela neger new ahun – songs are nice. Forgot you listen to mezmur.


  2. geTere
    Jun 03, 2015 @ 15:06:04

    But you see, she dresses awkwardly like any other celebrity. So she is normal 🙂

    I think a good environment is where trial and failure is encouraged instead of feared. I can say for sure failure is considered as failure in Ethiopia and UK. The “gorebet mn ylal” and “bikeribih yshalal” attitude damages freedom of thought. Having said that, that blogger has stretched the truth. He hasn’t seen all the creative work students and graduates do elsewhere (some of which gets bought by American companies and appears to have originated there). Remember also many countries are catching up with the powerful ones (economically, politically, etc). The quality of teachers, material available to students, availability of food and water 🙂 varies. Furthermore, innovation is born out of need. There are all sorts of great innovations being done by people with limited resources (read about Frugal Innovation). But these innovations usually address a different set of problems. Someone in rural India is not going to invent drone technology. But he could invent a storage made out of clay that effectively replaces a fridge (search for “clay fridge”). An inventor in a richer country is unlikely to invent such a thing because there is little need for it. So my friend, it is all up to you whether you want to become overweight and sit infront of TV all day or become the person you aspire to be. Studying in American university does not guarantee a thing for you.

    Ditch brain washing blogs. Next time you have time, read the entries here “bedemb argeh”,


    Scratch what I said about drone technology. I just remembered an African who made aircrafts “kewedadeku ekawoch”.


    • tibebe
      Jun 08, 2015 @ 11:13:05

      i agree with your comment. i am just saying, whatever useful traits are characteristic of this country as pertains to my area, i hope i would get to assimilate some. and apply them as is appropriate for our setting.

      i listen to everything, man.


      • geTere
        Jun 10, 2015 @ 15:59:14

        Sorry, I was too harsh there. You’re absolutely right. Godspeed!


        • tibebe
          Jun 10, 2015 @ 16:06:59

          Godspeed as in ጥርግ በል! መንገዱን ጨርቅ ያርግልህ!? 🙂

          I don’t think you were harsh. It is the truth. And you should read that book that I told you about, “The Post-American World”. It might not be The Alchemist but still … 😛

          በል አንተ ትብስ አንተ ትብስ ስንባባል መሸ 😀


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