Learning as I go.

Simply Great Music From The Middle East

Posted on | February 26, 2015 | No Comments




Every week Nightline goes from a talk show to the regions premier independent recording artist music show.
I really do have a great gig professor to radio and all sorts in the middle.
Triplew.ME brings in a bag of music and we play and chat about what we are hearing!.
Honestly there isn’t a better music show in the Middle East, but I am biased this is my show.
So you be the judge.

Here is a bit of what we spoke about.


Some might say we live the dream or I live in the dream.

The anatomy of a song.

All good songs want you to play air guitar.

Here is the lineup for the show.

El Genina – Zaed Naes ft. Maii Waleed

Noush Likes Sploosh
Lonley at night
There is something wrong with this picture

Warda – Betwannis Bik (Who Killed Bruce Lee cover)

O Grey – Tanjaret Daght

And here is the podcast in full.

So what are your thoughts?

Who did you like?

Happy indie listening.

Get to talk Cars!

Posted on | February 20, 2015 | No Comments

On a weekly basis I get to sit down and talk cars with the boys over at MotoringME.com, these guys are fun and very cool.
Here is what our show sounds like, great I know.

Well, here is a great conversation we had and it all took place around a very sweet Audi!

A Great Hour Of Music!

Posted on | February 20, 2015 | No Comments


It is that time of the week when we cuddle up to the jukebox and get ready to listen to what the folks from Triplew.ME have pulled out of the vault!
As always the show is full of insight.
The talk of genres continues.

Is it possible that Nickleback has listened to this music and been inspired? Adam has a different take on the Nickleback reference.

And there is another genre added!

Here is the entire program to share!

So here is what you are listening to!

Hayajan Ween El-Kalam-

Fables of Cantt – Wait-

Kazamada Mish mohem –

Lazzy Lung – Sex and Pirates-

Sahra Band – Helly El-Bab-

Near Surface – Now You’re Here-

Akher Zapheer – Arba3 Sneen -



What Do We Need To Read?

Posted on | February 20, 2015 | No Comments


Do you subscribe to Open Culture?

I love this website because of the content that is often very thought provoking.

A recent post asked this simple question, that is not so simple actually.

What Books Could Be Used to Rebuild Civilization?: Lists by Brian Eno, Stewart Brand, Kevin Kelly & Other Forward-Thinking Minds

Here are 3 of the lists.

10 Titles from Brian Eno’s Manual for Civilization list

10 Titles from Stewart Brand’s Manual for Civilization list

10 Titles from Kevin Kelly’s Manual for Civilization list

What are the books you would put on your list?

So Easy to Not Post!

Posted on | February 16, 2015 | No Comments

It is so easy to say I will get to it later when it comes to writing a thought or idea to the World Wide Web.

Guilty as charged.

A few weeks ago Marcus Smith invited me to be part of the 1st InnerTalk series.

It was very humbling to get up on a stage and share a piece of my story.

I know what you are thinking, I talk on the radio and as a professor so how hard could be talking at innerTalks be?

I don’t talk about me, I talk about stuff, I am usually the moderator.

If you can go to InnerTalks, the 2nd event is coming up February 26th.

Here is what I did on the InnerTalks stage.

I encourage everyone to get up on a stage, and maybe the Innerfight stage to tell your story, we all have a story to tell to inspire others.



Sharing Ideas.

Posted on | February 7, 2015 | No Comments


Sharing ideas is a big thing these days.

There are any number of conferences that are predicated on bringing together an audience and an awesome group of speakers and letting the magic happen.

Think TED.

In 2009 TED took the bold step of handing the opportunity over to TEDsters to create their own speaking series TEDx or an independently organised TED event.

I have been part of the TEDx phenomenon with the 1st TEDxDubai event, TEDxZU, TEDxDubaiWomen and TEDxAbuDhabiU and I loved the buzz.

Recently, as you may or may not know a small group of us, Paul Kelly, Haifa Al Rasheed and myself have kicked off CreativeMornings Dubai.

What I love about the CreativeMornings adventure is that it is an hour long, in the morning, hyper focused around the creative community and monthly. Time, topic and format are 3 huge issues in my book and things that have prevented me from attending other events.

What is also interesting about the CreativeMornings organisation is they are fully aware that others might look at what they are doing and say hey great idea but I want to go it alone so they are happy to say look, listen and create!

Marcus Smith at Innerfight has done just that and created his own monthly speaking series, at 8am on the last Thursday of the month.

Marcus calls his speaking series, InnerTalks!

I had the privilege of being on the 1st Innertalks stage.



Here is how Marcus describes his speaking series.


Inner Talks 1

InnerTalks kicked off on Jan 29th in Dubai. A huge thanks to all who attended the event.

Below is the audio file of the talks which is also available as a podcast download in itunes and also on stitcher. The video versions of the talks will be live very soon and will appear on this page.

InnerTalks will be held on the final Thursday of each month at InnerFight from 8am-9am. We invite anyone who would like to speak to contact us so we can schedule your talk, talks can be on any subject of your choice and can last for up to 10 minutes or even just 60 seconds. We really encourage everyone to share their experiences and learning in the attempt to inspire and motivate others around us. Please now mail us if you would like to talk at a future InnerTalks event.

I love the idea of sharing ideas and creating a mechanism to do so.

I hope we see more hyper-local sharing events in Dubai.


Speed and Ideas.

Posted on | February 7, 2015 | No Comments


newFor several years I have been giving intermittent thought to how it is that some ideas seem to stick and others don’t.

As an educator I like to think that I get to play in the ideas sandbox trying to theoretically and practically understand the mechanism of idea uptake.

There are many people thinking about what it takes to get ideas to stick from brands to governments, educationalists to parents.

In the process we are fortunate to have thousands of physical and virtual pages written trying to understand what makes people go in one direction, when it comes to the adoption and internalisation of ideas and not another.

Lately I have been spending a lot of time considering the communication process and the way that system interacts with the audience to influence their thinking.

I have been asking why one person’s story might be more convincing than another’s.

What I keep coming back to is how fast the person sharing the idea or presenting the facts or telling the story is going about the task. How much time is being spent to seed the idea?

In my own words I call this the freeze/thaw effect.

I was watching a presentation by Robert Redford on the changes at the Sundance Film Festival and it would seem that Mr. Redford is describing some of the issues associated with freezing and thawing ideas!

There is a lot in this clip, the piece that really applies to what I am talking about is at 24 minutes.

There is a lot more to be said about ideas and how we get them to go from being talk to action to something larger but there is no doubt in my mind it all begins with the tenacity to slow down the delivery and allow those being communicated with to discover their own enthusiasm.

More to come…


Sarah Kay and CreativeMornings

Posted on | February 1, 2015 | No Comments

In 2012 I was trolling the net at 3am and I came across a posting about CreativeMornings.

I was captivated.

I was amused.

I was hooked.

Last year, 2014, CreativeMornings held its 1st Summit bringing together organisers of Chapters from around the world.

Community, passion, grounded, authentic, sincere and realistic are all words I use to describe being part of CreativeMornings.

Sarah Kay the performance poet performed and spoke at the CM Summit and I have to tell you this woman is a master storyteller.

Sorry the CM video is not available.

But you can get a sense of her from her TEDTalk.

Here is the TEDTalk.

It really is rewarding to find that moment, that space, that place to let it all go and be part of something.

I encourage you to check out CreativeMornings near you because it is a great way to start the day once a month.

Music From The Middle East.

Posted on | January 31, 2015 | No Comments


There is a lot going on in this part of the world, the Middle East, and all that seems to make the news is death, destruction and conflict.

OK, sure there is a bit of coverage of the good side of the Middle East, which is truth be told most of the region, but that coverage of the majority is pretty much eclipsed by the death destruction and conflict of the minority.

Which brings me to the radio show I do with the folks over at Triplew.me that spotlights the best in indie music from the Middle East.

Yes there is Indie music in the Middle East and it is worth listening to.

This week we played 6 tunes.

Against the Odds – The Boxtones

Healer Twins – gelino axali

Jay Wud -Low

Gnawa Diffusion – Ya Laymi

Salma – Monodose – Un Verre Chez Nous

Postcards – Where The Wild Ones

Of course there is a lot of fun conversation along the way.

Here we are asking each other, OK James is asking, about rain songs.

A small conversation about the Abu Dhabi commute in a motor home!

And we spend a lot of time talking about sound effects, seems almost as much time spent on this topic as Shania Twain.

But this show is really all about the music.

Here is the podcast.

I am very curious what you think of the tunes we played and I would love to read your feedback.

Email me at James@Jamesed.com or send a not to the show Nightline@DubaiEye1038.ae.


A Look at TechTalk on Nightline!

Posted on | January 19, 2015 | No Comments

Here is a look at what we did on TechTalk on DubaiEye 103.8 FM this week.



Andrew Thomas from DigitalNexa.com and I sat down and had a great conversation about tech stuff and tech news.

This week we had a chance to review 2 Samsung items and talk Google, SnapChat and more.

I loved this part of the show when we realises that we hadn’t ever seen the Kiskstarter app yet we talk Kiscstarter all the time.

And here is a glimpse into how tech advanced we are!

Interested in the Samsung Note Edge and the Gear 2 then you are going to want to give our review a listen.

The Note Edge and Gear 2 Review.

There is no question in my mind that you are going to want to give the podcast a listen, here is the easy link to that.

And here are the show notes!

You will see there are some things we did not talk about, take a look and click there is some gold in the notes!

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge 3299 AED
I love it for the design!

Gear2 299USD
-looks good online
-waterproof up to 1 meter
-way better than the 1st gen, sorry to those who bought!

The Good The Samsung Gear 2 smartwatch delivers an improved design, better notifications, a heart rate monitor, and basic fitness tracking offer a lot of extras. It’s water-resistant, too.
The Bad Limited number of apps; poor S-Health fitness app syncing; can only be paired to Samsung phones; camera is an unnecessary extra for the $100 it costs over the Gear 2 Neo.
The Bottom Line Samsung has made strides with the Gear 2, but this smartwatch is on its own island with few apps and Samsung-only device compatibility. At this point, you’re better off waiting for Android Wear.

How did we miss this? Kick starter has an app


Talko, developed by software legend Ray Ozzie is a coworking and communication app attempting to reinvent the phone call. It falls in the same genre as popular online tools like Slack and HipChat, but unlike those chat-based platforms, it relies heavily on vocal interactions. It’s also mobile based—for now. (A web component is coming soon.) The app allows for calls, texts, and pictures between groups and individuals all happening in the same stream instantaneously and simultaneously. Most importantly, it records all messages. If someone isn’t available, he can chime in or catch up on a conversation when it’s convenient. Participants can flag important moments in meetings or messages, so a late-comer doesn’t have to listen to three hours of audio to get to the important part. “It allows voice to be decorated and annotated just like other data types can be decorated or annotated on the web,” Talko cofounder Matt Pope told Fast Company.
Facebook at work

Facebook messenger and voice transcription is a cool idea!

Snap music


Google vs microsoft



Cool Haptic tool for bikers
Digital broadcasting
Google Might buy SoftCard to compete with Apple!




Fun online promotional campaign, your very own indoor roller coaster



Bluetooth Padlock!

Smart Pacifier!

Solar lights and chargers with heart!





Intersecting new initiative from the uk to get kids ready for tech


Being an influencer is what it is all about!


Check out this phone!
Google Cast Audio!

WhatsApp has crossed another milestone number, with founder Jan Koum announcing that the messaging service now has more than 700 million active monthly users.
That’s 250 million more users than WhatsApp had in February 2014, when Facebook announced plans to buy it for $19 billion. (The deal closed in October, with Koum taking a Facebook board seat and continuing to run WhatsApp.)

TV is going Android?
That’s why I’m so tired


  • Video From Above

  • Video From Above
  • This Polaroid-branded parachute camera shows just how obsessed we have become with picture taking. This year’s CES is packed with cameras to capture every corner of the world—camera devices that go underwater, strap to our heads and attach to drones. Just strap on a paracute and start shooting.

Cool story about becoming a game designer, sort of!

30 million just doesn’t seem like a lot of money these days

All that glitters is not gold

keep looking »