On Switching Jobs

Posted: October 22, 2016 in Thoughts
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Changing jobs can be both challenging and rewarding. People switch jobs for many different reasons: better compensation, career growth, wanting to do something different, not getting along with coworkers and/or managers in the old job, etc. The list of reasons can be endless. Often times, it is a combination of those reasons. And based on why someone chooses to switch jobs, their experience in their new position can be very different. I will not get here into what to look for when switching jobs, but rather into what to expect after already making the switch.
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Traffic in Egypt

Posted: October 20, 2016 in Thoughts
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I have always used traffic and driving as a staple whenever I have tried to explain to non-Egyptians how different life in Egypt is from anything they have been accustomed to. If I were to sum up the traffic situation in Egypt in one sentence, it would be: There are no rules!
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This is a follow-up on my previous post, which also reflects what I am currently going through. I already found a new home and I am going through the process of moving. And since I like being organized and having some check-list of steps to follow, I decided to write down this check-list in case someone else funds it useful someday. This post assumes that you have already found a new home. If not, this might be a good starting point.
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First of all, This is the first post after almost 2 years of not posting anything. One of my new year’s resolutions is to try to revive this blog and add new material.

So, since I have been moving around basically every year, I thought I should write about my process of finding a new apartment, just in case someone else may find this post useful someday. This applies only if you’re going to rent. I cannot really say what the process is like if you’re planning on buying a home. Let me note that this post is more focused on my experience in the San Francisco Bay Area. This may or may not apply to other areas, so if you are reading this somewhere else, please take that into account.
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2012 in review

Posted: December 30, 2012 in Announcements
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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,600 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 4 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Google Graphs!

Posted: December 6, 2011 in Just Out!
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Another new feature added to the Google search engine… graphs!


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A few months ago, I blogged about Jorge Cham (the cartoonist behind the online comic strip Piled Higher and Deeper aka PhD Comics) coming to the University of Waterloo for a talk and book signing. If you’re a fan of the comics, you probably know that Jorge and the crew have been working on a movie adaptation of the comics for a while. Here is the trailer:
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