Saturday, February 26, 2005

Grumpy Jordanians

A constant reminder of how grumpy jordanians can be.. Ladies and gentlemen I give to you the Grumpy Jordanian Cat Image Contributed By Alia Gharaibeh

On American Minuteman: Middle East Peace a Fantasy

I stumbled upon “American Minuteman: Middle East Peace a Fantasy” last night. An uninformed and quite ignorant point of view of the typical American, dubbing Palestinians as terrorist and their leaders as Terrorist Harboring and Condoning Figures. I can’t say I’m shocked, after all we know the brainwashing Zionist media propaganda being lobbied by most of the news stations in the west, publishing half-truths on how Palestinians are killing Israelis but neglecting the massacres condoned by those painted peaceful. Dubbing Muslims as Terrorists, neglecting the fact that we also do have a Christian population who’s fighting the same war. Many of you know I do not condone “blowing yourself for your cause” kind of action, which have been frowned upon on several occasions. Maybe it’s time we embrace the media and give the west a piece of our minds and help piece out the puzzle. I urge you to follow my path and comment on the article. http://americanminuteman.blogspot.com/2005/02/middle-east-peace-fantasy.html

Insomnia & Boredom... bad combination

You'd think the abundant amount of Saki, and the horrendous agony of a boring date would put me to sleep… I have reached the peak of boredom ladies and gentlement; I’m completely buggered. I still do maintain that life is quite shitty and unfair; having said that, words of a wise man make their way to my memory. The most unfair thing about life is the way it ends. I mean life is tough, it takes up a lot of your time, what do you get at the end of it? Death. What's that, a bonus? I think the life cycle is all backwards. You should die first get it out of the way. Then you go live in an old age home, you get kicked out for being too healthy, go collect your pension, then when you start work, you get a gold watch on the first day. You work forty years until you're young enough to enjoy your retirement. You drink alcohol, you party, and you get ready for highschool. You go to primary school, you become a kid, you play, you have no responsibilities, you become a little baby, you go back, you spend your last 8 months floating with luxuries like central heating, spa, room service on tap, then you finish off as an orgasm!! Amen!!!

A Small small world!

I just had a photosensitive seizure playing Max Payne 2, so I decided to quit gaming and log on to much-hyped about "hi5", It never ceases to amuse me how small the world actually is, I recall hearing and shrugging in disbelief that every person is connected to anyone in the world by 6 people at most. It's comes as no surprise that most networking sites offer no more than 4 levels of profile browsing. Otherwise everyone would see everyone, and Where’s the privacy in that? Having realized that I recall one of the wisest things I have ever said: "Man Life is Khara*... and the ones you get for free give you trouble, the best are the women who you pay, bang bang, cheque, end of transaction" * For the benefit of non-Arab readers, please note that Khara means shit as a noun and shitty as an adjective

Gates of New York

So pretty much everyone has heard my exuberant ranting and raving about "The Gates" since I first learned of it a couple of months ago. Although I didn't get the chance to see it up close and personal, I can only imagine how much of a breathtaking experience it has been seeing the thousands of orange curtains flowing in my favorite place in the preeminent metropolis (and my favorite city). You can tell how much of a profound effect it had on people by simply looking up "The Gates" on Flickr Today we'll finally witness the plug being pulled off the project, I thought I'd commemorate the magnificent work of art by posting a picture. I look forward to seeing Christo's and Jean-Claude's next project "The Arkansas River Project", perhaps personally this time.

Little Green Men.. Life On Mars?

It’s been a little over a decade since I came across the scientific TV blockbuster “Cosmos” and its human star Carl Sagan; whose enthusiasm for the universe and engaging screen presence awakened the astronomer in me. Ever since I’ve been fascinated by the vastness & wonder of space, the future of space travel and the possibility of extraterrestrial life forms. It’s been a very long time since I first saw Mars as a little red dot on my humble telescope. The intensive scrutiny of the red planet and the vast assortment of spacecrafts currently exploring it was an idea far fetched for me back then. Needless to say that with orbiters scanning the Martian landscape and the Spirit and Opportunity rovers have assembled what might be described as a MASSIVE FLOOD OF SCIENTIFIC DATA. The discovery of jarosite and other mineral salts on a rocky outcropping by one of NASA’s rovers “Opportunity”, and the evidence of large blocks of water ice just beneath the Martian surface by a European space probe contributed to a recent joint statement by Carol Stoker and Larry Lemke of the NASA Ames Research Center claiming they have found strong evidence that life may exist today on the red planet, hidden away in caves and sustained by pockets of water. Although their findings lacks direct proof of life on Mars, the methane signatures and signs of possible biological activity similar to those recently discovered in caves near Rio Tinto River (Called so because of its reddish tint, the product of iron being dissolved in its highly acidic water), can only make you wonder if life does exist over there. In response, NASA issued a statement calling the reports incorrect: “NASA does not have any observational data from any current Mars missions that supports this claim. The work by the scientists mentioned in the reports cannot be used to directly infer anything about life on Mars, but may help formulate the strategy for how to search for martian life. Their research concerns extreme environments on Earth as analogs of possible environments on Mars. No research paper has been submitted by them to any scientific journal asserting martian life.” Makes you wonder, ey? If life exists elsewhere it would most probably obliterate the GOD theory, GOD didn’t mention making aliens did he or she for that matter? I look forward to reading the Rio Tinto research, and its implications for present life on Mars.

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Long day.. things sorted out

Well, finally.. my office has been redecorated, took a bit of banging and drilling. But it's finally done and over with.. Still lacks a door to my department though! On the personal side not much has been going on, aside from the ever so casual "let's plan our honey moon" and "i wonna have your babies" comments that I've been hearing from several parties the past week. Needless to say.. I am freaked out!

Cheap west-european vacation

Looking for a cheap way to spend a West-European vacation this summer, I stumbled upon what are probably the most fascinating and greatest travel websites I have ever seen, the first couchsurfing.com, a site so ridiculously simple I’m tempted to call it genius. Built around the idea of meeting people from around the world, the vast assortment of international travelers offering a free is startling. The majority of members are in their early twenties, fairly good looking and for the most part are slackers and happy-go-getters, who are into all kinds of cool stuff, moreover most of them are willing to take their guests around town! How safe can this be? You may ask, well several features have been built to address this issue. The site actually verifies the location from which the user logs in and displays it on their profile. A voluntary external verification allows the site-owners to check the member’s public documents and display an icon that confirms who they are. Not to mention the self-policing feature, which allow members to write testimonials/reviews about their couchsurfing experience. The more positive stories that are listed the more assured you’d be about the legitimacy of the member in question. Now that we’ve handled accommodation, let’s find cheap tickets, there are several sites on the net that promise the lowest rate, none of which that even begin to compare to my second site of the day Ryan Air, which offers flights within western Europe starting from 1 Pound (excluding taxes, fees & charges)! Yes ONE POUND. Puzzled by their business mechanics and questioning the legitimacy & validity of their offerings, I decided to check their FAQ. A 14 day advance purchase is required in order to obtain such a low rate, ticket prices increase afterwards, the lowest rate can be obtained during off-peak days (after 12.00 Monday to 12.00 Thursday and after 12.00 on a Saturday). There’s no gimmick here; a friend of mine actually tried this a couple of times. If you don’t mind an approximate 80 minutes drive to Stansted Airport (presuming you’re in central London), and don’t desire an on-board meal. Then this is the perfect flight for you. I’m looking forward to couchsurfing myself soon, and will definately be flying abroad Ryan Air, and setting the record for the cheapest West-European tour ever made. Spain, Italy, France.. here I come.

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

On Regina Lynn's "Office Sweeties Have No Secrets"

Looking for something interesting to read, I decided to tune into Wired News, an article called "Office sweeties have no secrets" by -the infamous, yet notoriously funny (in the past at least)- Regina Lynn grabbed my attention. Having read her past 4 or 5 postings, I was keen on reading something amusing and radical. Needless to say I was frustrated. Ms. Lynn seems to have neglected the fact that office email should be used strictly for business, and that most corporations forbid their employees from using their emails for personal communication. The further I went into the article, the more I got disappointed. She's under the impression that IT Departments are free to snoop on what people are doing, which isn't the case. It's true that we do monitor network traffic, but that's only a preventive measure to:
  1. Ensure that network usage is optimum with no loss of packets
  2. Ensure that there are no worms/viruses lurking on the network
  3. Make decisions on whether we should upgrade a certain segment.

With the boom of eBusiness and Service-Oriented Applications, IT Departments are at the core of the business' everyday processes and have absolutely no time or interest to read other employee's emails or IMs.

You cannot take one case and stereotype it! It's offensive and repulsive. I hope this is taken into consideration the on her next column.

Regards,

Yazan Mj Malakha

More on personal ads

Reading my previous post made me wonder. I'm looking at this from a heterosexual perspective. I can only wonder what would piss gay people about personal ads! If you're homosexual and stumbled here, I would love to hear your comments out of "Curiosity"

Bored at the office

Having completed all my tasks for the next couple of weeks, I’m sat here with absolutely nothing to do, on a lark I ventured into checking the personals segment of Nerve, although I’m not even remotely thrilled about the thought of dating at the moment. After checking out a couple of ads, I felt inclined to comment on how terrible women are at the “Art of writing a Personal Ad”. I hope these few tips would make your next one a bit more successful: 1. Unless a guy works at a clothes store, do not expect him to understand dress sizes Telling a dude you’re a size 6, is close to telling a person the temperature today was 57 degrees Kelvin (Kelvin is the SI unit of absolute temperature, equal to 1/273.16 of the absolute temperature of the triple point of water). Most guys wouldn’t get it and skip your AD (And even if they do work in the clothing industry, chances are you’re using a complete different dress-size-standard than what he knows of). If you feel so inclined to describe your body, you might want to consider height and weight. 2. Men abhor the show “Sex in the City” We simply don’t like it; nor can we stomach it. Given the psychographics of the gender you’re targeting with your AD, and the fact that 99.9999% of us would flee panicked when you mention it, you should give the “I look like Miranda with bigger boobs!” another thought. 3. We do not want to know about how crazy your ex was, and how you don’t want to meet anyone like him, concentrate on those you’d actually want to meet. We don’t want to know who you don’t want to meet, the mere mentioning of your ex means you’re still not quite over it yet. What I’d want to see is a description of the person you’d like to meet. [This should apply for both genders, personally I kept on pressing the back button whenever I stumbled upon such an ad] Granted men make as many or even more mistakes in their ads, being of that gender I cannot really make a sound judgment on this. Feel like educating us? Drop a comment.

So Bloody Tired

I'm tired. No, no, no wait I'm exhausted. For almost a decade I've been blaming it on poor blood circulation, bad diet, lack of vitamins, pollution, global warming, and a about a dozen other maladies that make you question the significance of living. Looking at the Department of Statistics website earlier on today; I found it isn't any of that at all. I'm exhausted because I'm overworked; let me demonstrate. If the population of this country is 6 million, and half a million are retired. That leaves 5.5 million, there are 2.5 million in school, that leaves 3 million out of which 1 million are unemployed, and another 1 million are employed by the government and/or army, 534,998 work in farming/county councils, 400,000 working abroad, 45,000 in hospitals, 20,000 in prison, which leaves just TWO people to do the work. YOU and me!! And you're sitting on your bloody arse reading this! It's no wonder I'm so bloody tired.