Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Thus started the trend in other languages like C++ and Java where the first program we usually learn is the "Hello World" program.
This semester i was going to change it to "Hola World!" but it seems rather blasphemous.
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
"Mugabe should be suspended until he allows the AU to facilitate free and fair elections. AU will be setting a dangerous precedent if Mugabe is allowed to participate in its meetings. Right now Mugabe is a crisis, they have no president with legitimacy to run the country."
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Enough is Enough: no kidding
"ZANU-PF will mess you up big time": converse to "live free or die"
UN condemns Zimbabwe: high time - after 8 years of continued corruption
Zimbabwe crisis deepens: CNN video
Robert Mugabe: A Despot's Cruel Resolve: Time article
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Check out this story about the so called "political climate" in the US ...
Hardly a "change we can believe in"
I understand why Obama's campaign did what they did but the fact remains that it is the anti-Islamic "political climate" that persuaded that situation. It doesn't make it right. I would have had the same reaction if someone with a Magen David or other attire were treated that way. Certainly a "Christian" attire would not have promoted that reaction from their camp. There is a clear discrepency - and that is what is not right.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
An hour later they were back. They grabbed Mrs Chipiro and chopped off one of her hands and both her feet. Then they threw her into her hut, locked the door and threw a petrol bomb through the window.
Zimbabwe security forces hijacked a truckload of food aid intended for hungry school children. U.S. officials say the stolen food was handed out to political supporters of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
cooks, cleans, and understands... and does not argue, does not talk back, does not disagree, does not espouse political views, does not have informed views of the world ... the perfect woman, it turns out, is a robot!
... she is so rare, no wonder she had to be created by man ... gives me renewed awe of "God".
... and she comes with some variations: blonde, brunette, redhead, casual - but all with white skin tone ... what does that say?
Monday, June 9, 2008
Friday, May 30, 2008
At the behest of Michelle Malkin, an arch right wing conservative, Dunkin' Donuts has pulled this online ad. Why, you ask?
Is it because Dunkin' Donuts regrets advertising fatty foods that are raising the obesity numbers in the US?
Nope. It is because the fringed black-and-white scarf that the celebrity chef wore in the ad apparently offers symbolic support for Muslim extremism and terrorism!
Now as for Michelle Malkin who is Asian, she may remind ignorant people of North Korea (the so called "axis of evil") - so should she be banned from becoming a "mainstream" of the US culture? Let's see, how about wearing a red scarf - that's symbolic of the communist governments. Or if one wears red, green, and yellow - that's symbolic of the dictator Robert Mugabe. Oh, how about the colors "red, white, and blue" which appear on the Cuban flag?
But, more importantly the scarf (Keffieyh) is simply a design worn by a number of Arab countries - not a symbol of terrorism. This is another sad example of the xenophobia, racism, and cultural ignorance that exists and mars the beauty and the truth of the USA. Naturally most Americans are lovely and warm (indicative of the comments here) - but that does not take away from the fact that racism, xenophobia, hatred against humanity is alive and well in the US - as it is in many other countries in the world.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
“Is that the one thing I still need to know?”
“No”, the alchemist answered. “What you still need to know is this: before a dream is realized, the Soul of the World tests everything that was learned along the way. It does this not because it is evil, but so that we can, in addition to realizing our dreams, master the lessons we’ve learned as we’ve moved toward that dream. That’s the point at which, as we say in the language of the desert, one ‘dies of thirst just when the palm trees have appeared on the horizon.’
“Every search begins with beginner’s luck. And every search ends with the victor’s being severely tested.”
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Now it is modified for greater impact by Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe in the Fibonacci sequence - one step back, one step back, two steps back, three steps back, five steps back ....
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Talking of fellowship, I have warmed toward Australia, which has joined a handful of governments in history who have apologized to the indigenous inhabitants of lands they took over. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd apologized in parliament to all Aborigines for laws and policies that "inflicted profound grief, suffering and loss", singling out the "stolen generation."
Onto Denmark where newspapers are reprinting the "offensive" Mohammed cartoons. Yes it their right, but what is the point of recreating the ire of millions of people when it has already led to turmoil and deaths? But equally seriously, Muslims should see this for what it is and not consider a threat to their faith - if anything denounce the people who allegedly were plotting a "terror-related assassination" of Kurt Westergaard!Spielberg has withdrawn his services from the Beijing Olympics as a show of support to Darfur. China feels this direct implication of their impotence against the injustice in Darfur is unfair. Actually what is really unfair is the fact that hundreds of thousands of our fellow man in Darfur have been massacred, raped, and left for dead while we celebrate the greatness of the human race at the Olympics.
I sound like a bleeding heart liberal - but what I am is just as mortal and just as human as my brother and sister human anywhere in the world. No label can strip away the frailty of life.
Monday, February 11, 2008
Talking of old chaps, I am reminded of one of my most favorite fictional characters, Reginald Jeeves, by P.G. Wodehouse. Jeeves, a gentleman's gentleman, is a title character of the likes of "Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves" and "Well Done, Jeeves", amongst many other thoroughly charming books. In fact, the name of the search engine "Ask Jeeves", is inspired by the original Jeeves. And in the midst of a heavy semester, across an ocean from Totleigh Towers in Berkshire, I can still dive into a Jeeves book and laugh in guiltless delight. And truly the world does seem lighter.
We watched "Atonement" this weekend. It was fine, but expectedly, the book is richer in words, feelings, and alignment of characters. We also watched "Meet the Spartans" last week and there is nothing to which to compare this movie.
English is not my first language - as I conveniently remind people when I am at a literary loss, literally - but it is the language which allows me to express the thoughts within me. It is in expressing thoughts, especially the ones deep within, that we are able to understand ourselves, to form ideas, and expand the horizon of our perspectives.
"Oh jolly good," Jeeves might say, "if I may express myself, perhaps you should expand your horizons by resuming your work day."
"Touché. Yes indeed, rather, my good man. Hand me my hat would you? Thank you."
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Currently, there are three books on my reading radar:
Ornament of the World - how the Muslims, Jews and Christians created a culture of tolerance in Medieval Spain: by Maria Rosa Menocal
Atonement- about perceptions, misunderstanding, consequences - and endless love: by the Booker Prize winner, Ian McEwan
Brick Lane - a Bangladeshi woman in a foreign land coming to her own: by Booker Prize nominee, Monica Ali
Both "Atonement" and "Brick Lane" are fiction and have been made into movies recently. "Ornament of the World" is non-fiction, if only it was current reality.
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
In Venice, the practice of wearing masks for disguise reached its pinnacle in the 18th Century, when Venetians of different social classes used Carnival as an excuse to mingle.
Not to be outdone, there are also fastnacht parades in Germany. Also not to forget Pennsylvania, where the PA Dutch celebrate Fastnacht by using up all the fat in the house by making fastnacht pastries. Try some recipes.
Others call this pre-Lenten Tuesday (before Ash Wednesday), carnival - in Latin root, "kiss your flesh goodbye."
Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day. gets its name from the ritual of "shriving" that Christians used to undergo in the past. In shriving, a person confesses their sins and receives absolution for them. In fact, over 1000 years ago a monk wrote in the Anglo-Saxon Ecclesiastical Institutes, "in the week immediately before Lent everyone shall go to his confessor and confess his deeds and the confessor shall so shrive him."
"Dear Confessor, I danced in the carnival, hid myself behind a mask, ate lots of pancakes and I feel fat this Tuesday. Please shrive me so I may strive to turn into a new leaf in the next 40 days."
In Olney, UK, Shrove Tuesday is celebrated with a Pancake Day Race - which, as the tales have it - started in 1445 when an unknown woman, cooking pancakes, heard the shriving bell summoning her to confession. In haste, she ran to church wearing her apron and still holding her frying pan and thus, this English Rose started a charming tradition. Try some. Also there is a tradition of having semla on Shrove Tuesday.
OH - and I nearly forgot with all this carnival hoopla! It's Super Tuesday 2008! Barack and Hilary in dead heat. McCain moving forward. Romney feeling the love from "conservatives", the likes of Hannity, Limbaugh, O'Reilly, and the party of one, Ann Coulter.
Monday, February 4, 2008
Now, gentle readers, my life is no better than yours - believe me. I have my own share of hurt that have cut to the core, and sets of obstacles that constantly need to be overcome. However, I am happy, for example, for my eye sight, for the use of my arms and legs, for being able to breathe, for my basic brain functions, and for what I value most - I am so happy for love! So yes I am generally very happy and excited - even at 8:00 AM in the morning. I am not a morning person, mind you - but I am bloody happy to be alive - any morning.These 2 women don't like me much because they think I am always "perky". At first I felt sad - then a few minutes later, I looked up "perky", and here are the synonyms: "lively", "vivacious", "playful", energetic". I'll take a dose of "perky" any time, thank you very much. Incidentally, the antonym is "lethargic". I'll pass thank you.
Saturday, February 2, 2008
what, then, is the word then for, "to be able to see both sides"? 'considerate', 'reasonable', 'bifocal', 'ambi-something or the other'? what is so bad about not committing to one of two ways; instead, either seeing both ways OR actually having the depth to consider another perspective altogether. thus i suggest that the word "ambiguous" be redefinded.
so now 'ambitious' could be viewed with aplomb and warmth as well as with skepticism and wariness - because, after all, the word is by nature "ambiguous" and should invoke an undefined feeling of "awe, surprise, stunning possibilities, foreboding", the "who knows" and "que sera sera" sort of 'ambiguous' kind of feeling!
this picture taken last October is either a "sunset" or a "sunrise" - ambiguous, wouldn't you say? :-)
Punxsutawney Phil of Pennsylvania saw his shadow today and has forecasted 6 more weeks of winter. Ambiguously, Gen. Beauregards Lee of Georgia did not see his shadow and an early spring is on its way. That would be ambiguous, except for the simply fact that GA is 3 states south of PA, and it was probably cloudy in PA and sunny in GA, thus the shadow.
Happy Groundhog Day!
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
in no relation to that, the dolphins of Bangladesh are in danger due to over-population of man. Seriously the concept that "man has dominion over earth" is criminal. Why would such a flawed, emotionally-charged species be given dominion over other species? Because we have "thought" and "conscience" and "intelligence"? Oh chimichanga! A tree is far more capable than me - what, with making it's own food, depleting pollution, regenerating its own limbs, providing shelter and food to many - and looking fashionable any time of year without the help of designers.
a company called Pangea Organics sell their soaps in a biodegradable fiber box that are infused with seeds and will grow amaranth and sweet basil. Environmental capitalism, I say.
Lao Tzu says: "he who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still". Now I am not going to try to contradict Lao, but from my perspective, "one who controls others is severely insecure and does not appreciate the inherent worth of all people" - and "one who masters oneself appears rather self-centric".
having said that, it is lunch time here and I would so love a, uumm, what do call it ... a chimichanga!