Miley Cyrus:WTF??

If you think that what social media is talking about the most is earth shattering stuff I am afraid you need to log off right now. Most of the content in social media involves supposedly cute cats and assorted cute things right next to females showing off their behinds. Distributing this content has built multi billion dollar corporations that have more money than the US government and are richer than Kenya.

Miley Cyrus is a former child star bred in the Disney universe of cute princesses and catchy songs. She had all the makings of brilliant success in the path of Beyonce where her maturing sexuality could have translated to millions of dollars if manicured properly. She instead decided to go the britney spears way and destroy every little girls heart and pulverise her role model status. That is unless your role model is a tongue hanging, crass talking undressed crazy acting person.

Her performance in the VMAs this week left me with grimace the entire period. I couldn’t believe the cute girl shaved her hair, put on the atrocious outfit and attempted to twerk. I mean has she seen her competition? Even the dancers next to her were light years ahead of her in the voluptuousness scale.

Some suggest that it is a diabolical plot by her handlers to shatter the psyche of her fans in a grand plot to show young girls everywhere that they will amount to nothing. I think it only goes to help the jealous girls justify why they hated on her in the first place. Generally, women don’t like women.

Others suggest that this is her way of breaking into the bad girl persona like Rihanna that has made her into an idol for her fans. This is actually more plausible though I wonder why it had to be so crass to get this effect. Another school of thought actually turns this into a racist issue. I kid you not. Something to do with being surrounded by voluptuous black women with bears strapped to their back. I wonder how these guys come up with these things. Then again you should see the analysis that olympics opening ceremonies go through. It just fires up your conspiracy theories mostly because half the time you don’t understand wtf is going on.

Anyhoo that was a very uncomfortable performance for me and I tend to be more of the liberal type. She will probably sell more records now though.

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Tecno n7

Being an Android loyalist, for the purpose of preserving the notes in my wallet, I only buy android handsets. They happen to be the only kind of smartphones that can hold 2 SIMs. This helps alot when I need MPesa but also need Orange Kenya’s cheap internet.

Samsung products are in my opinion overpriced for what they wind up delivering compared to their Chinese counterparts. But then again these may just be sentiments from a broke guy and I might have to eat my words sooner rather than later.

The first phone I tried out due to its price point was the Mi-Fone A351 for about 6,000/-. It was bought in a hurry since I was travelling and needed a smartphone. It also seemed to have reasonable specs . Humongous mistake. The build quality was atrocious, it crashed every other hour and simple things that even the Huawei Ideos could handle it struggled with. For instance when an app crashes, I cannot report to google the play store keeps crashing.

Later I got a chance to get something better and I decided that Tecno deserved a chance. Their previous offerings have been solid in performance and basically delivered precisely what was suggested on the box without fail. That tends to be important.

I fired up Olx and looked for the nearest deal. long story short I got a Tecno N7 for a steal and was pretty proud of myself, for a while.

It has pretty much what you would expect in a midrange phone with features balancing out. It has a dual core processor, 5 inch screen, 4GB internal storage(About 700MB available for apps and 2GB for your other stuff) a 5 MP shooter at the back, 1.3 MP at the front and the usual sensors, compass, accelerometer, GPS etc.
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I was pretty proud of myself until I updated the google play store. There is this app called Google Play Services that is supposed to do mysterious things on behalf  of google for developers of apps or vice versa. All I know is some of the apps I need want it and refuse to work otherwise. Case in point Foursquare. For those with space issues, the app is humongous like 20MB and so it is not popular with them. I hate it for a totally different reason though am not sure whether its Google or Tecno at fault here.  The app simply refuses to install claiming it is incompatible with another app with the same shared user ID. Google just gives me people with similar issues albeit its not so widespread.
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The soft keys at the bottom of the screen also only work when they are in the mood. I donno if this is a flaw with my particular handset or if this happens to all Tecno N7s.

But Aside from that everything else works fine and the humongous screen is just the best when watching the downfall of Miley Cyrus.

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World Youth Day Rio 2013

World Youth Day 2013, Rio de Janeiro
World Youth Day 2013, Rio de Janeiro (Photo credit: Jota_BRAZIL)

The World Youth Day is an event for young people and the young at heart organised by the Catholic church. It is an international event with all nationalities invited and all countries invited to send pilgrims. It is held in different cities across the globe and over the years and 2013 marked the 15th celebration. This year Rio de Janeiro got the opportunity to host the fete and I got an opportunity to participate. 

Cristo Redentor do Rio de Janeiro
Cristo Redentor do Rio de Janeiro (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Getting there took a good 26hrs on Ethiopian Airlines. The flight wasn’t necessarily 24hrs but the stop overs and waits were rather long especially in Lome and Addis Ababa.  The travel was mostly uneventful save for one drunk guy causing drama at the the Addis terminal and subsequently missing his flight. The ground crew and staff had phenomenal patience with him in my opinion.

The first problem that hit us (the contingent I travelled with repping our parish) was the language barrier. We had been warned severally of the fact that only portugese is spoken in Brazil but we assumed we will find english speakers there. Well we did find people who speak in english but these were other kenyans and other Africans working at the Consolata Mission in Sao Paolo. The more interesting people were Brazilians and the other South Americans who joined us for the missionary week. With them only Portuguese or Spanish made any sense.

We got by but the struggle was real and I vowed that next time I travel to a non-English speaking country it would be a matter of necessity to have at least a rudimentary grasp of the official language.

View of Rio going up Corcovado

South Americans are generally very friendly people or maybe the warm reception was due to us being African. We were generally referred to as Africanus or Quenyanos which may at first sound like insults but the smiles and hugs allay most of these fears. We were a rather popular tourist attraction with our ornate flag and queer accent and mannerisms. Just about everyone was curious about these strange loud people who cant speak Spanish or Portuguese and don’t know how to dance to Brazilian cultural music.

I had a series of culture shocks starting of with the liberal nature of the girls dressing. The girls could practically walk around with hotpant or yogapants including during mass and not an eyebrow would be raised. They would walk out of their houses with their parents in tow dressed like this and it would be as normal as the sun rising in the morning. 13 yr old boys and girls also happily make out in public and on their parents sofas as their parents watch the news. Being gay is like being protestant. This has led to a government policy that severely punishes any form of discrimination whether based on gender, race, sexual orientation, age etc that attracts a 7 year jail-term if found guilty. The church thus plays safe and does not broach the subject of homosexuality and the related fire and brimstone.

Metropolitan Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro

Brazil is a matriarchal society where the females dominate most affairs specifically the household. This may explain the intense emotional state of the population. Those guys will cry over anything and will go out of their way to help you in a manner that is quite strange for modern Africans.  All the families we stayed with cried when we left and you could tell the emotion was real.

The Brazilian diet is as diverse as any other but is more euro-centric with bread being present at just about every meal. Wheat based products are in plenty including pasta, pizza, bread, biscuits etc. I also found the food to be too salty and sugary where applicable to my taste. There is very little obesity however since there is a very robust exercise culture with all the parks and common areas fitted with exercise equipment. Maybe the problem with lifestyle diseases here is that we simply don’t exercise enough and not necessarily what we eat. They are also generally not heavy drinkers with even the national cocktail Capirinha, having way more mixer than alcohol.

At Copacabana Beach

Brazil is a beautiful country with friendly people. Lots to see hear, taste and feel. The women love geting hugged too. Thats always a plus.

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