How can a PR and Marketing story be inspiring?

If you own your own business, read this article. It’s very short yet you too may be inspired by some of the questions.

“How do we manage our interdependence with the community?”

This statement really amazed me as I have never considered it before. I asked myself repeatedly the same question in my mind. The “Alternatives” section really hit home as I have seen personally many situations where companies excelled (i.e. Tylenol) and others failed (i.e. Exxon).

I look forward to asking a lot of these questions of myself and exploring the answers. Small or large company, I think this is valuable.


Generically Implementing the Unit of Work & Repository Pattern with Entity Framework in MVC & Simplifying Entity Graphs

Looking forward to another article from Long at!/read/blog/id/10143612/

Can I link to him that way? Oh well, I’m sure I’ll be flamed for offending the blog gods and learn from it!

I’m busy working on a few very small MVC projects that I will be public soon. I look forward to sharing.

Long Le's Blog

Update: 02/24/2014 – v3.2 released, improved API and reusable queries with the variation of the Query Object Pattern. Breaking change: Framework now ships returning all things TEntity or IEnumberable for compartmentalization, you will need to change the Repository.cs (see below, what methods signatures to change) if IQueryable is preferred over IEnumerable, IEnumerable is preferred as a best practice (

Update [01/06/2014] Quick start online video:

1-3-2014 5-43-38 PM

Update [11/18/2013]: Added mocked DbContext and DbSet and example Unit Tests using the mocks, download:

This will be part two of a six part series of blog posts.

  1. Modern Web Application Layered High Level Architecture with SPA, MVC, Web API, EF, Kendo UI, OData
  2. Generically Implementing the Unit of Work & Repository Pattern with Entity Framework in MVC & Simplifying Entity Graphs
  3. MVC 4, Kendo UI…

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Suez Farmers

SuezFarmers, originally uploaded by Sam Rabeeh.

Photographed at the Sinai side of the Suez crossing in the summer of 1997.

I was on my way to El Arish by bus for the first time. We crossed by ferry and rested at a cafe. I wandered around and ran into these gentlemen who quickly started to ask me all kinds of questions about who I was, where I’m from, what I was photographing and why…they didn’t stop! Egyptians are curious about other nations, people, their customs, what life is like. I noticed this is even more profound on my last trip this year.

Like most people in Egypt, they wanted to have their picture taken. I promised these men a copy of this picture but I’ve been unable to make it back to the crossing since to deliver on that promise. Soon hopefully.

Taken with: Pentax AE1 – 50mm

Busy times

To say things have been busy is an understatement. The research in Egypt has made me anxious. Many stories not convcieved sprouted as the journey developed yet i don’t feel closer to discovering how exactly a story on identity should unfold. There are numerous smaller stories that I feel should be explored, community development, Christian Egyptians and their experiences, Democratic protests, foreign companies taking advantage of the state of Egyptian politics and society….but before that…..

Recovering from a media drive failure no less, yes there is backups thank god….

Flickr account is setup so there is some progress….