Associate Professor, University of Iowa

Month: April 2010

Matatu Scams

Matatu Scams

One of the best ways to get around Nairobi (or Kenya for that matter) is via matatu – 15-passenger vans that run different routes throughout the city. Within Nairobi, rides can be as cheap at 10KSH (~$.13), and they can get into the hundreds of […]

New article in Information, Communication & Society

New article in Information, Communication & Society

Information, Communication & Society just published an article I co-authored with Kjerstin Thorson, Porismita Borah, Kang Namkoong, and Chirag Shah, titled “Youtube and Proposition 8: A case study in video activism.” Here’s the abstract: The present study uses California’s Proposition 8 campaign as a case […]

The Temmy’s Challenge

The Temmy’s Challenge

As anyone who’s ever lived with me knows, I love cereal. When I was younger, I would eat 3 bowls every morning, and sometimes top that off with a Carnation Instant Breakfast. Now that I’m older (and my metabolism isn’t quite what it used to be), I try to keep myself to a 1 to 1.5 bowl-a-day limit. Still, if I don’t eat a little cereal in the morning, I feel a bit off for most of the day. I’m weird, I know.

In Kenya, I’ve found myself gravitating to Temmy’s brand cereal. For one, it’s much cheaper than the rest of the cereal at Nakumatt, especially the imports. But I also get a kick of how close the flavors are to ones from the U.S. So, I just did a little bit of research into Temmy’s and found that they are made by an Egyptian food manufacturer called Mass Food. Appealing name, right?

Now, I’ve decided that I’m going to try to eat as many different Temmy’s cereals as I can before I leave Kenya in July. After the jump is the list of ones I’ve had so far, and I will continue to update this post as I add more cereals to my diet:

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Slum: The People of Kibera (Book)

Slum: The People of Kibera (Book)

I recently finished reading Slum: The People of Kibera, written by Genesis Njeru Ngari and his wife Faith Kisolo Njeru. Genesis and his wife live in Laini Saba village (map) in Kibera, and for this book they interviewed other Kibera residents and recorded their stories […]