Tuesday, June 29, 2010

DAWA, The Film at the Goethe Institute

So yesterday I went for the screening of DAWA at the Goethe Institute right here in Nairobi. It was a free screening and I had time. Its a 9 min independent film shot in Kampala and directed by Mark Kaigwa, a Kenyan. I went there expecting to see, well, I'm not sure, an maybe just okay film but I was pleasantly surprised.

The film is a comedy about, I forget their names because I'm generally horrible with names, so I'll say a man and his grandson, who are small time con men (they do the blind man and helper hustle). The grandson is discontent with the amount of money the blind hustle is giving them and wants to go shags to make some real money.

It's the end of Yu and me

This is a brief continuation from yesterday's post on yu. After all that BS with the internet and customer care they went and made sure they did everything and I do mean everything to completely lose me as a customer!!! Yesterday I was angry now I'm fucking livid!!

On my way to the Goethe Institute, where the film DAWA was showing (More on this in a bit), my credit finished! I was like wow! That was 150bob in one day! I was already looking forward to getting home and changing the accursed line! I went a got myself some credit and loaded it in.

Monday, June 28, 2010

WTF? Is Yu effing serious?!!!!

I'm so very angry!!! Let me explain why. Today I'm to twitter and @Mwirigi tweet that Yu(cellular network here in Kenya) data had now increased to sh10/mb. I was naawwwww!!!! Really? Why would they do that!? So I called customer care to find out if things had changed and was informed by a very nice lady that nothing had changed and things were still at sh3/mb. So I heaved a sigh of relief and went about my business.
But some time around midday my phone begins to have connection probelm and I check my credit and it's at 0.01 I check my data usage and its at 5mb, exactly. So I'm like WTF!!!!! I call customer care and some dude, he'd better thank God I didn't get his name, rudely informs me that data has been at sh10 since April then hangs up! I know!!! I hadn't even finished talking to him!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Faithfulness - a myth?

I've been meaning to do this post for a while now but really haven't had the time or energy to do it. Immediately after Barcamp Nairobi I promptly feel sick! Yeah that’s right, I reached home and my flu symptoms went through the roof! I got a fever and headache so I took the next two days off!(Turns out it was a week, this post has been sitting in drafts for some time) So I'm here today back at work (and bored already).

This post is (was?) supposed to be a continuation from my last post and was supposed to have been done last week. I went out with my friends that weekend after Safaricom7s. We went obviously to Westy where we promptly got frozen at every joint we went to! All were asking for ID which we had but after they checked them they'd say 26 and over for dudes! Note: The honeys we were with weren't frozen once! WTF?! What the point of having an ID if you can't even get in to clubs? I always thought that we were given ID specially to let us into clubs and buy alcohol! Stupid idiots! Anyway we managed to sneak into Changes which was CROWDED!!! Everywhere was! It was a great time out!

But that’s not what this post is about today post is about something that happened earlier. While we waited at my boy's house we regaled each other with stories of our past sexual exploits. And of course this story came up because the main actor in it was there (it was his house). Anyway as we went on talking the dude, I called him Tee last time, right? Well he told us that his girlfriend had found out he wasn't being faithful.

Monday, June 21, 2010


I know it's been a while since I did a post and I'm sorry. I've been unwell for the better part of the last week so I haven't been going to work, or doing much other than sleep, eat and watch TV. I had been working on a post but I didn't finish it and now I don't know if it'll ever be completed and leave my drafts. Anyway while I've been gone I've been thinking about this blog and the direction I want it take.

So I've been thinking about what I want to share with you guys. When I started this blog I wanted to be able to write what ever I felt like when I felt it but ever time I begin to write a deeply personal post I begin to think of who might see it and what they might think. Also I want to get hits (vain, I know but hey*shrug*) but I want to vent! So I'm kinda torn.

Also there's the fact that I'm not exactly anonymous. I've met some of you and also some of my friends(who shouldn't know that its me writing) have linked me to here. So now I ask you guys if I write personal stuff here will it affect what you think about me? Of course it will but do you wanna read about it? Or would it be TMI? (too much info) That's today question. Do you really care? Let me know what you think in the comments! Peace!

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

I was mentioned in the paper! :) (And issues emerge)

This is continuation from yesterday's post, I told you I've been busy and there's much to write about.

On Friday I was at work reading the paper, Nation, when I came across the an article on asexuality. Usually I don't read the zuqka, mostly I peruse, prefer the Pulse by far, but asexuality was something I had actually talked about on my blog not so recently so I decided to read what they had to say about it.

Barely two sentences into the article(which already read familiar) I find myself mentioned! Yeah I won't lie...I was over the fucking moon!!!! This was/is the first time I was ever mentioned in the paper and for some of my intellectual work no less(Not because I killed my step mum, commited suicide, or just appearing in some stupid ad :-)) was really gratifying.

Anyway @Joliea, with my permission, asked if she could repost my post and I said yes. So she did, and she had linked her blog with her profile on the zuqka website and they picked it from there. While discussing it on twitter it hit me -and quite a few other people- that I was not properly accreditted in that article -neither was at @Joliea but for her its a little bit more complicated considering she signed up for zuqka- because though my name was mentioned no one could really know that it was this blog in particular.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Afternoon with SavvyKenya and the Imagine Cup.

I'm not even sure what to start writing about. So much has happened in the last 5 days and there's much to write about but I think I'll do a separate post for each separate thing. So where to start? Like I said there's much to be talked about, but we'll do it in chronological order starting with Thursday.

So on Thursday I was in the office doing my work as the intern. So I was kinda free and monitoring twitter quite closely and what do I notice there? @savvykenya tweeting about something called the Microsoft Imagine Cup where she was competing. So I asked her what it was about and if they allowed spectators. She said yeah so I decided to take the afternoon off (being an intern does have its benefits though I was asked after :) and go join her there.

So this was the first time I was meeting @savvykenya, but I read her blog and follow her on twitter, so I was rather nervous but I had recently decided to meet as many new people as possible so this was yet another opportunity. So I went!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

My Life as an Intern

So I've been an intern for like three weeks now at a small software company called ML. So I think I've been there long enough to tell you what life there is like. But first some random info.

There's only one other intern here (Yes I'm blogging from the office:) But I haven't seen him since last Friday(He turned up later) so I'll assume he's quit. There're about 10 employees max. We always start the day with a short devotion; singing, bible verses with some inspirational text and then prayer. The atmosphere is very relaxed (too relaxed in my opinion but hey I'm just an intern, right?). Oh yeah, and I do this pro-bono meaning I'm not paid.

My days here consist of surfing the net, tweeting, facebook and blogging. Mostly. Thats because I'm not really supervised and also that the work I'm given is simple to do. I go for lunch when I feel like and when I take the afternoon off (I just disappear and reappear the next day) I'm not missed.

It also means that I'm not really respected by the full time employees. I've not been shown any direct disrespect but their attitude towards me certainly suggested (it stopped after the first week) that there was something there. Their boss certainly treats us all the same, with respect, and that impresses me immensely.

A day in my intern life might also mean being compless (without a comp) because one of the programmers took your extension because heis work of chatting on some unknown social network (I think its called badoo, ever heard of it?) and checking videos on youtube interrupted of course by him doing some little work is more important than yours. Never  mind that when the boss walks in he always asks me what I'm doing (Not much either).

You get sent by everyone to do everything from buying the boss milk at the kiosk, credit for his PA to more important thinks like paying and picking tenders and checking for land rates at City Hall. By the end of one of these days, they aren't often, thank God, your so bloody exhausted you just wanna collapse on the bed!!

You get to see how people seem so oblivious to  things disappearing in the office. Several hard drives, RAM and DVD-ROMS disappeared from the programmers room and no one seemed to have seen anything. I found that hilarious because I had never seen anyone in that room except the programmers.

Most annoying is that you get given all the tasks the programmers can't or won't do properly. That includes testing their software (we programmers never notice our own mistakes), writing the user manual and brochures for that software (YAWN!!) and testing it again (they never get it right; I almost always point out the same mistakes).

Ofcourse all this doesn't mean I haven't learnt anything. I've learnt a lot about the probelms that a small software firm can face in this our Kenyan environment and I'll be sure to make sure that I correct this when my own company is launched. Shoot off in comments about your intern experiences. It would be good to know I'm not alone. Peace!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Happy Kenya Blogger's Day (And Madaraka Day)

Today is Kenya Blogger's Day. I only just remembered, okay that's a lie I've been wondering about it since yesterday, but I've only just confirmed it now. It's also Madaraka Day with my country Kenya celebrating the 47th year of self rule from colonial Britain.

This is the first time I'm able to celebrate this day because I've only been a blogging for about 5 months. My first post was tech related and about the I-pad. Very boring if you don't care much about tech. But since then the blog has evolved into something I write about anything I feel like. The name also changed from Random thoughts... to what it is today, Private thoughts... because I felt that random thoughts was a little too common and not really what I felt the blog truly represents.