Thursday, December 21, 2006

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Amicola Falls, Smith house

Last week visited Amicalola Falls, and then went to Smith House for a lunch-dinner of southern style food.
If happen to be in the area check it out ...

Broken Flowers

A superb movei (film) directed by Jim Jarmusch
I recommend it highly ... Music is excellent as well
and actually you can hear one of the best scores on
the official site of the movie.

Plus, check out Jim Jarmusch's recommendations here:

http://members.tripod.com/~jimjarmusch/recommended.html

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Adultery --- A scientific view?

I find the last part of this part of the "infinite mind" series (NPR) very interesting. The program topic was cheating and the last section was about adultery. (Read Here / Listen Here)

Thursday, November 16, 2006

OperaTalk! with Nick Reveles: Carmen

Since its moderately successful premiere in 1875, Bizet's Carmen has grown in stature to become one of the world's most beloved works of musical theater. Host Nick Reveles guides viewers through the opera's history, from its turbulent inception to its present status as a timeless masterpiece. Series: "OperaTalk! with Nick Reveles" [Arts and Music] [Humanities]

Opera?!!

I have had the problem of "getting into" operatic music for a while. In very few occasions, like in Philadelphia, I would hear a piece of an opera that would grab my attention.

This CD has been my entrance to this new world, although I have only half of one foot in!!!???

Maria Callas: The Legend

This is a fantastic piece, and she is an incredible singer, unbelievable. I found the CD when I was searching for the following piece from Carmen opera by Bizet. This is a truly magnificant short piece that I first heard on public radio:

Carmen: Act I: L'amour Est Un Oiseau Rebelle (Sample: Listen -- from amazon)

Also, related, watch this video related to the Bizet's Carmen.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Fantasy or Reality?

This is fantastic, if you can read Farsi, a short p-o-r-n-o piece!!!

http://z8un.com/archives/2006_11.html#001891

The problem is that I don't think it is for real!

I guess the first reaction of every man (or woman?!) of my age is jealosy: compare this with the condition there when we grew up!

But then, do I really want to live in a place like this now?

Classical CD: Vivaldi - Yo Yo Ma

One of my favorites these days:

Vivaldi's Cello Yo Yo Ma / Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra / Ton Koopman (Amazon)

I especially like this tracks (more info here)

3- Concerto for 2 Cellos in G minor, RV 531 by Antonio Vivaldi - Allegro (sample - amazon)
https://youtu.be/YqBCHwVyZjw

11- Concerto for Viola d'Amore and Lute in D minor, RV 540 by Antonio Vivaldi - Allegro (sample - amazon)
https://youtu.be/FSL_HG3OQGI

15- Concerto for Cello in C minor, RV 401 by Antonio Vivaldi - Allegro Ma Non Molto (sample - amazon)
https://youtu.be/aQJnG5tFCus

Especially the last one was new to me. Cheesy taste -- all alegros :) ???

Monday, November 13, 2006

More on Falcons:

I think the raptors I see from my office are "Peregrine Falcon" and not hawks, mainly
because of their wings when they fly. Here is a nice description:

"The often-held image of the Peregrine as a symbol of wilderness diminishes when one sees this falcon breeding on metropolitan bridges and urban skyscrapers or watches tundra migrants on their neotropical nonbreeding grounds speeding along traffic-jammed boulevards at streetlight height in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, or Buenos Aires, Argentina, chasing bats at sunset. Indeed, a Peregrine is always worth watching; humankind has long admired this species as nature’s perfect aerodynamic performer and as a strikingly beautiful bird."

Source: The Birds of North America Online (Needs subscription)

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Two hawks:

These two hawks outside my office, sometimes, become nuisance. I just keep watching them fly and (try to) catch pigeons. Pigeons do better manuvers, and in fact, they fly much more beautifully when a hawk is around!

Monday, November 06, 2006

New Blogs:

every once in a while i check some "english" blogs and usually find interesting ones, here is what I found tonight:

http://www.marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/


here is an interesting post:

http://www.marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2006/11/why_doesnt_god_.html


the only problem is that i do not check thes (english) blogs more than once in months!!!!

Friday, November 03, 2006

NPR on Iraq:


I listened to this program today on my way to work:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6427388

At some point, there is a very interesting comment .
Answering the question "what Iraqis think about the
current situation?" one reporter says:

Nobody in Iraq takes blame,
everone (including ordinary
people) thinks that
Iraq's problem are rooted in
"foreign interventions":
neighbors (Iran, Jordan, Syria)
and US are to blame.
But no Iraqi thinks that they are themselves responsible!

Do you find this familiar? How many Iranians you know who find
themselves
respnsible (to some extent) for what is/has been happening in Iran?


Monday, October 30, 2006

Tallulah Gorge

Tallulah Gorge * is really gorgeous this time of the year, late October to mid November, mainly because of Fall colors, but also because of breath-taking views to Gorge itself.

The most interesting was seeing a few (5-6) Golden Eagles on top of the Gorge. I guess they
were golden eagles. I checked a few cites like this and that is my best guess.

Now, my best guess is that they were Turkey Vultures or Black Vultures !!!???

* Gorge: a narrow passage through land; especially : a narrow steep-walled canyon or part of a canyon

Friday, August 18, 2006

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Fwd: Questions & Answers


FYI:

>>> 8/16/2006 2:30 PM >>>

Dear all:

In response to many questions I received regarding Reunion 2006, I have
prepared the following Questions & Answers. Please note that this is just my own
response and doesn't represent any official SUTA position.

Regards,

Fredun Hojabri


Questions & Answers
Regarding REUNION 2006

Q-1: Why the Reunion 2006 was held in US?
A: SUTA’s Reunions are for all members and not for members in a specific
country. In the last two Reunions many members living in US were not able to
attend the Reunions because they had visa problems too!
Graduate students and young professional members with F, J and H visas were
not able to travel outside US, because for reentering they had to apply for
new visa.
For this reason it was natural for SUTA, as a California based organization,
to have another Reunion in California.
Q-2: Didn't SUTA know that traveling to US is very costly for members in
Iran?
A: Yes, but the same is true for members living in US to travel, e.g., to
Europe.
Apparently cost was not a decisive issue, as during the first two weeks of
registration more than 300 registered to participate in the Reunion 2006 from
Iran.
Q-3: Did SUTA promise to get visa for participants?
A: No, from the starts we told the members that USA is different from Canada
and Germany. While we had the cooperation of the Canadian and German
embassies for Reunion 2002 and 2004, we had no contact or promise of cooperation
from the State Department or the US consulates, although we had written to them
and informed them of our gathering in Santa Clara. We said that we would only
provide the participants with an invitation letter to apply for visa.
We were naturally very pleased when we saw that the consulates accepted more
than 150 visa applications from our participants.
Q-4: Were participants from Iran detained because they were coming to SUTA’s
gathering?
A: The concern of US security agencies about Reunion 2006 was not because of
SUTA, but because of participation of large number of members from Iran.
But according to the Bylaws, membership in SUTA is open to all associates of
Sharif (Aryamehr) University of Technology and we SUTA cannot function in
any other way.
Q-5: Didn't SUTA expect that US will not allow participation of members from
Iran?
A. No, all indications up to the last few days before the Reunion were
positive.
We don't think that anybody could predict Lebanon war, UN Security Council’s
Ultimatum to Iran, and the discovery of terrorists attack in UK, all just a
few days before the Reunion 2006!
Q-6: Why SUTA that was aware of the visa problems, has invited members from
Iran to participate in Reunion 2006?
A: We cannot imagine organizing a Reunion without participation of our
members in Iran. What would our members say if we had excluded members in Iran
from Reunion 2006?
Q-7: Can the US Government be sued for physical pains, psychological stress
and financial loss of the deported participants?
A: Lawyers advising us on this issue believe that the deported participants
have to initiate any action, but the chances of success are not great. The
security laws passed recently give the Federal Government free hand to bar any
visitors, and at anytime, from entering US for national security reasons.
Such a law suite will be very expensive and takes a long time.
The Iranian Government has also recommended that the deported participants
file suite in Iranian courts.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Iranian students/alumni of SUT in Jail:


A story of one of those who wanted to attend Sharif reunion but was
jailed instead.

Dear Dr. Hojabri,

I am one of the deported ones from SF airport. I am sending you this
letter to explain what happened in 24 hours of our stay in US. I wish
SUTA and Iranian Community in US do something that the others can hear
our voice.
Eight of the graduates of SUT and their spouses and I (6 men and 3
women) were traveling by LH454 line on 3rd of Aug which reached there
at noon. At the first of our entrances two officers checked the
passports of all the passengers, they sent me to the other one who
controlled my visa and checked my name by a list. He told me to stay
there. Other Iranian came one by one and all of us gathered together.
At the end four officers companied us to the visa control station. We
passed the lines and four stations controlled our documents as fast as
possible. They told us to go to the immigration office. When we
gathered again, 5-6 officer stood around us and one of them started to
talk. At first, he checked if everybody can understand English and if
everybody is there because of the SUTA Reunion. Then he explained
that, as same as the ones who had arrived last night, without any
known especial reason for them, all of our visas are cancelled and we
should go back to Iran as soon as possible. He told us each of us
should do some Q&A by different officers and meanwhile they would find
seats for us. He said "I am so sorry but it is not under our control".
They took the tags of our luggage and each of us was called by one
officer. In my case, the officer asked me some general questions about
my date of birth, education, my job, my parents, citizenship, SUTA,
etc. He also asked me if I have any fear from going back to Iran. Then
he explained that I have two choice of application withdraw or being
deported. I choose the first one. They took my finger prints and three
different pictures. Then he asked me if I want to call Iranian
embassy. At first I told him we don't have one but then I asked him to
call Algeria embassy where is the safeguarding center of the interest
of Iran ("Daftar e hafez e manaf e Iran"). After 10 min, he told me
his supervisor didn't let him to call there.
Then we gathered altogether again. Around 5:30, when they became sure
that there is no possibility to send us home in the same day my
officer called me to take my watch, money and other valuable things.
When I asked why, he explained that it is not good that we stay there
all the night and they would send us to some place under the custody
of Immigration Office where there are beds to sleep. The other one
added that I should give them my ring and necklace too. I asked if I
can bring my hand bag. He said no. I asked about a book and my ipod.
His answer was no again. I asked if you are taking us to the jail. He
said no but because of your own security it is better to leave your
valuable thing here. Then I asked them if it is possible to call one
of my friends. They let me to call her only for less than one minute.
I asked her to inform my family about my situation. In some cases,
they asked the others to speak in English or use the speaker.
The procedure was similar for the other ones. Till someone told them
that we are hungry and thirsty. They told us it is possible that we
can write our orders and give them money to buy some food. We did the
same. In this time, two other graduates of SUT traveling by United
Airline came there. They were so lucky to find seats in the next
flight and leave there soon. The time was passing and no one gave us
any more explanation. As we were so tired, around 8 p.m. we slept on
the seats. It was so cold and inconvenient. At 9 p.m. that office was
closing and they told us we should be moved to the other place inside
of the airport. Two officers took us to another Immigration office in
another side of the airport. There, we met another graduates of SUT, a
woman who was so frighten and unconscious. She had traveled by KLM
airline.
Around 10:30 two polices with lots of handcuffs and chains came there.
The supervisor of that office explained for us that "The only
available place for you to stay at night is San Jose Jail. You should
go there and obey its entire rules. There is no other choice." One of
the new come officers called me for the safety inspection (it was as
same as the inspection of the criminals in the western films). Then
she fastened my hand by handcuffs and asked her colleague about
fastening my legs by chain. He said that it was not necessary. Then
this procedure was repeated for all of the men. They opened my
handcuffs but took the men by them. Then another police came and did
the security inspection for all of the women. That time, we were four.
At midnight, they took us to the special vehicles for the
transportation of criminals to the jails with different barriers and
metallic doors. We reached to the San Jose Jail.
At first, we passed the metal detectors and filled a form about
height, weight and our clothes and another form about the controlling
of the phone calls. Then the nursery called my name and asked some
question about my health situation and took my blood pressure. It was
a waiting room that other prisoners chained to the seats were waiting
for the other steps. They sent me to the other officer. She took
another picture of me and printed my finger print, palm print, etc and
sent me to a cell. It was a 2x3 room. At the end of it, behind a short
wall there was a toilet and a washbasin. There were two benches and on
one of them a black woman were slept. After 2-3 min, a white addicted
woman came in. She was in a bad mood. She cried; hit her head to the
wall, used the phone and screamed. After more 2-3 minutes other
Iranians came one by one. Two more foreigners were added too. It was
really a bad situation. We tried to release our stress and talked a
little.
At 2:15 a.m. they called us one by one and attached some identity
bracelet to our hands. Those showed our picture, name, one I.D. number
and a barcode. At 3 a.m. two non-uniformed officers called us again
and asked us some questions to define our cells. They asked about, our
orient, membership in gangs, if we had tried to suicide, etc. The one,
who talked to me, said it is apparent that you should not be here and
we try to send four of you to the same cell. At 4 a.m., they called
name of different prisoners, asked us to stay toward the wall and
chained hands of each two people together. We told them that we should
be picked up by immigrant officers in the morning and where are you
taking us. The officer who was the driver too told us that we were
going to the "Santa Clara County- Department of Correction" and
tomorrow we should go to the court.
We stayed in a big entrance lobby. At the right hand, there were
different stations for the officers. At the front, it was the dressing
room containing the prison clothes, blankets and packages of tooth
brush, spoon, etc. Some people with the dress of Santa Clara prison
came there. Some one with chained hands and foots and some people with
ordinary clothes were added. When we reached there, it was so cold and
dark. We didn't know what's going on. All of us were in a bad mode and
frightened. We set there till around 6 a.m. They called some people
who came there with us and gave them the clothes and necessary stuffs
and took them some where else. They also changed the dress of some of
the other and chained their foot and kept them there. After a long
time, they called us to sign the release papers and then we became
more relax that we were going out of that prison.
Around 6:45 a special car van came and two officers came in. They
started with the prisoners and fastened their hands to theirs waist by
chain and handcuff. Then they called us and did the same to us. They
took us to the vehicle. We drove around 15 min and enter a dark,
tightened tunnel. They parked and the officers went out. When we asked
other ones, they told us we were there to pick up the men. After 30
min, the men in our group and some other ones with the same situation,
i.e. hands chained to waist, came in. We drove a long way to reach the
airport. We didn't see any special sign but we could hear the noise of
airplanes. We stayed in the car, under the hot sunshine for 30 minutes
till two officers from the immigrant section came. They opened our
hands and took us to the same office that we were there yesterday.
As we couldn't even drink water, we were not fine and they brought us
tea. They gave us all of our personal stuff instead of our tickets and
passports. Near 11 a.m. we gave them some money and asked them to buy
us some meal. Around 12, near the landing of Lufthansa plane which
contained around 15 graduates of SUT, they took us and our stuffs out
of the office harshly to make it impossible for us to meet them and
let them know what's going on. We were in an isolated lounge for one
hour and then we went to check in the plane. It is worthy to mention
that my return flight was from NY and I paid for the difference of the
flight from SF!!!
When we were waiting, 6 lucky people from that flight came and could
return with us. I should mention that the Lufthansa personnel were so
kind to us and helped us to recover as soon as possible. Now, I am
safe in my house and in my country.
It is a pity that it could be a memorable and joyful trip for all of
us but now it is a nightmare that we want to forget it as soon as
possible.
I am so thankful because of your kind helps and concerns. I wish I can
meet you somewhere else in this big world.
Sincerely,
...

Analysis:

Seems informative and relatively unbiased:

http://manib.blogfa.com/post-77.aspx

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Nice??!! poem (Farsi - 18+)

please be advised about the language ...
http://sibiltala.blogspot.com/2006/08/blog-post_02.html
I laughed a lot when i got to the end.

2013-4-30: I put the poem here:

قسم به شن های ساحل
آفتاب داغ
و دریای آبی
قسم به اتوبوس های وصله پينه شده
دندان های پوسيده
و لبان پر خنده
قسم به ساقه نی شکر
آن رام که نمی نوشی
و آن سيگار که نمی کشی
زندگی
تنها در سرزمين مردی جريان دارد
که انگشتش را هوا کرد
و با لبخندی به جهانيان گفت
بياييد کيرم را بخوريد

TABIBIAN

It is quite interesting that the collection of articles about TABIBIAN
(see http://www.sharghnewspaper.ir/850511/html/econom.htm

and http://www.sharghnewspaper.ir/850512/html/econom.htm)
coincided with my/our discussion of "effectiveness".

I am sure many of us were impressed (again) by TABIBIAN and
how his life has changed many, for example see this in sepasi's
weblog:
http://pass-ato.blogspot.com/2006/08/something-vs-nothing-tribute-to-dr.html

It kind of goes against my whole argument of considering "effectiveness"
when making decisions .... it indicates that you can "change" if you decide ...

Is this way of thinking right? I have serious doubts. Maybe I want to
re-assure myself and clear my conscience ...

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Akbar and etc.

you probably know the news by now:

http://www.iran-emrooz.net/index.php?/politic2/more/9540

I am not going to make a big deal out of this, but this is also an instance of "killing".
Now, the decision to focus on dead people in lebanon and forget about those killed
in other parts of the world, like iran, is just a decision ...

i mean, what is especially "different" or "inhumane" ... about "children" being killed
in lebanon?

can you give me a good reason why should someone care more about one than the other?

this is an honest and serious question, let me know if you have a "good" (well though) answer, please

reza

Morals??

Look at this:

http://ezdevaj-movaghat.blogsky.com

and especially this one:

http://ezdevaj-movaghat.blogsky.com/?PostID=20

the guy is cheating on his wife and thinks that he is also making SAVAB!!!

Result: There MAY be a positive "correlation" between religion and morals, but both can exist without the other ...
- - -> Interesting Question: Does human "need" religion?

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Zidane in Jome' Prayer ...!

read the comments, AYYOHANAS !!!
don't miss the opportunity to see a mirror in front of you :) ... as a nation, i mean ;)

but seriously, comments on the original post ( http://www.cheraghha.blogfa.com/post-223.aspx )
are entertaining, and sometimes the hostility and hatred is amazing, from all sides ...

I am being convinced that in fact Iran's government are among the best of us :)
well, maybe not best, but average iranian are not better than government either :(
[I have said this so many times that I am getting nausea from writing it , do you have suggestions?]

BTW, thanks for your kind responses to my "COOL TEST", both in the group and on my weblog,
I got absolutely "zero" response, which is actually a very good result (for me, it proves my points)

>>>

I just saw his new post:

http://cheraghha.blogfa.com/post-227.aspx

but I still think it is fake

>
> it is a fake; isn't it?
>
>
> >
> >
> >
> > http://www.cheraghha.blogfa.com/post-223.aspx
> >

Interesting (Farsi) post:

you may find this post interesting:
http://www.masihm.com/Post-302.ASPX 

2013-04-25: Most of the links to Farsi blogs, specially the old links, do not work anymore. I wish I had provided a little more information about what was interesting, and maybe had a quote from it, but back then I was always in hurry. I was always behind the schedule, not finishing my papers on time, under stress. Well maybe not the first couple of years of working at GSU (2006--2008), because during that period I was successfully publishing my thesis' chapters. But later on the pressure increased steadily.
Anyway, I am going to keep such posts intact, as a indirect sign of how things were back then.

Reza's are genious

See "Reza"s comment (5th) here, boy he is genious:

http://chaay.ghoddusi.com/2006/07/post_391.html#comments

Article on SEPAH

This provides some historic facts(?) on "SEPAH" and its changes, etc. I am forwarding it
more for its historic value (assuming its accuracy?!), although, I have found politics
basically a waste of time and at best only something that makes us feel better (responsible
for our country?) when in fact it does not lead to ANY significant change/benefit ...

well, here is the link:

http://www.iran-emrooz.net/index.php?/politic2/more/9426/

Monday, July 24, 2006

All Alone:

All alone...

The beat's got soul

Deuteronomy

Snatch a piece of my wondering

This did fall like under in

Skid em with two lights

Skid em with boot light

Flamers too light

Where's the waitress

Can't take this really can't finish this

These airs and all these graces

It's my mistake I'll make it

J'd up to the boom now make it

Bounce wiggle bounce wiggle shaking all them things out

Chemical cutthroats 'bout to blow the brain out

Cut to the brain

This ain't no game

I'll show no shame

I'll birth this bane

I'll twist the game

I'll twist the game

I'll push this plane

It's plain as day

Known to what these sayers say

Known to what these doers do

It's you and who and you know where

We's about to take it there

We's about to make it clear

We're happy on we lonesome

The lone drum the beat hot

From start to finish

Ten spoons of spinach

The soul and the spillage

The cup that runneth over

We turn up the 'oh God'


All alone...

Close your eyes and see

When there ain't no light

All you'll ever be

Come and save the night

Coz I don't leave

When the morning comes it doesn't

Seem to say an awful lot to me...


All alone...

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Highly Recommended Music Clip: (Iranian alternative music)

I found these four clips worth listening to and sometimes strange:


http://myspace.com/faryaad



If you listen, please let me know what you think, or which one was your favorite ...

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

A COOL TEST:

INTRODUCTION:

You should now about the current situation between Israel and Lebanon and its potential threat to Iran.
And most Iranians have some position on this, see for example:

http://pass-ato.blogspot.com/2006/07/israel-sounds-serious-this-time.html

http://manib.blogfa.com/post-65.aspx

TEST:

Please answer the following (email to the group, or leave a comment)

What can we (Iranians educated people * intellectuals?) do in this situation?

REQUIREMENT:

You need to spend at least 15 minutes thinking about your answer.

PENALTY:

If your answer sounds like you have not spent "15" minutes at least, I will publicly humiliate you!

Of course, you have the option not to answer!

I will try to write something myself, and also analyze the results at the end.

Have fun :)

Monday, July 17, 2006

Israel & Lebanon

For friends tired of my unimportant/inconsequential/rude discussions,
here is a hopefully informative article on the Israel-Lebanon conflict:

http://manib.blogfa.com/post-65.aspx

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Personality Test:

I gave the following personality test:

http://www.humanmetrics.com/

and got the following results:

Your Type is : INTP

Introverted Intuitive Thinking Perceiving

Strength 44 25 25 11

of the

preferences %

Qualitative analysis of your type formula

You are:

* moderately expressed introvert

* moderately expressed intuitive personality

* moderately expressed thinking personality

* slightly expressed perceiving personality

Friday, July 14, 2006

surprisingly good movie

Check out this movie: Beautifull Girls

Link: http://allmovie.com/cg/avg.dll?p=avg&sql=1:135850~T1

Not that it is an excellent movie, but has surprisingly good something

Coffee

This week marks a break-through in my coffee-making techniques, many congratulations :) I am thinking about patenting the idea, but first I need to run it by some experts.

I know, I know, it is so sad and self-centered, but hey, what can I do?

CD recommendation:

If you have time, check this (classical) CD:

Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Glenn Gould, Vladimir Golschmann\Bach - Keyboard Concertos

Links:

http://music.barnesandnoble.com/search/product.asp?z=y&EAN=696998776128&ITM=10

http://www.glenngould.com/gg/52591.html

It is a true masterpiece, beyond whatever words can describe!

The only problem is that you should listen to it around 100 times to truly appreciate it (at least
that is what i have done, well, in fact i started appreciating it after the 10-20 times or so :)

Thursday, July 13, 2006

these videos

the friends in ... group break series of my fantastic, thought-provoking, video clips by their own noises, they don't try hard enough to understand me ... I don't know what to do????

Another very ...??? video-clip

to help you feel not so bad about our beloved country, here is another very ...???? clip
this one exposing US workers...

http://www.kentuckyfriedcruelty.com/anderson-vid.asp?c=956mf

especially see the last few minutes on "abuse of chickens by KFC workers"


>>> 7/13/2006 6:09 PM >>>
All I can say is that it's so disgusting !!!


On 7/13/06, ; wrote:


>
> com'on ... poeple hitting on a girl, a SIBILOO gard rescuing her, but
> then starts
> kissing her and touching her ... it is quite funny, considering Iran's
> sense of GHEIYRAT
>


> I bet the guard does not quit "NAMAZ" and "ROOZEH", and specially "SINE
> ZANI MOHARRAM"
>


> we have a brillian culture that we should be highly proud of it ... and
> laugh on such small deviations :)
>


> >>> > 7/13/2006 5:35 PM >>>
>


> Actually There was no laughing matters in it.
> Ali
>


> On 7/13/06, >>
> wrote:
> >


> > Check this out, close to the end:
> >


> > http://skoften.net/comments.php?id=2940_0_1_5
> >


> > How many of you laughed (all boys?), how many cried (nobody? even girls)
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Very ...??? video-clip

Check this out, close to the end:

http://skoften.net/comments.php?id=2940_0_1_5

How many of you laughed (all boys?), how many cried (nobody? even girls)

Friday, July 07, 2006

Da Ali G shows online


These are funny:

http://www.youtube.com/results?search=ali+g&search_type=search_videos&search=Search

NABAVI - MOHAJERANI


What do you think about this:

http://khabarnameh.gooya.com/nabavi/archives/014486.php


Writing Blog:


Why people who want to discontinue writing, announce it in their weblogs?
(Me the first example!) and then usually return back to writing after a short
pause. (Again, HAGHIR among them)

I think bloggers have a phobia of being forgotten, this is the force behind them
writing, and it becomes really unbearable in certain times ...

What do you think?

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Confession & Apology -- or --- Re: civilized discussion?!

Today I spent a couple of hours of my valuable time (yes, our time is valuable!) looking at some Iranian weblogs and my previous email was the result of my first shock. However, this was only the begining ...

I have a few more links, and I do not really know if they are worth anything, and actually I first want to sincerely apologize for bringing the previous and these links to your attention. I should probably spend my time on my work, or at least with my family, doing something good. But I am still feeling nausea from reading these weblogs.

Reading these weblogs, I feel much better about our group/dsicussions :) At least, it seems a much more civilized place. Anyway, here are some more links:

http://nanazola2.blogspot.com/2006/07/blog-post_115194311031893788.html [Titel of the weblog: Freedom for All, and then check out this post. Other posts are similar!]

http://z8un.com/cgi-bin/mt/mt-comments.cgi?entry_id=1835#1221164935 [EFSHAGARI ... ]

How much time these people are spending on this? There are 150 comments on a post, only one post!
Maybe I am just too depressed because I have wasted so much time, well ....

civilized discussion?!

I have a mixed feeling about even mentioning this
weblog, but what the hell! Just, please be advised that
the contents are very explicit and there is/was a huge
discussion going around this:


http://noqte.com/blogs/blog.php?code=201


I feel discussions around "homosexuality" are a
short-cut to deep inside Iran soceity ... but as
usual I can be completely wrong

Monday, July 03, 2006

Nice email:

Hello S...!


How are you? I am doing fine. I have hard weeks now in university and working hard but soon it is over and I have vacation. You probably heard already that I am flying to Chicago at the 27th of July and staying until the 20th of August. I wanted to come to visit you guys and explore a new city A..... I talked with Sh.... and A.... about it and they told me that you moved to a new house. So congratulations!


I don`t know if it is ok for you that I am willing to come? I actually wanted to come with a girlfriend of mine M.... (the daughter of A...`s friend). She is doing the aupair program in Chicago right now. She just told me that she could get off work from the 28th of July until the 3rd of August and I thought I `ll ask you if we can come at this time!? Let me know if it is comfortable for you or not.


I am sure that you have to work at that time but I don`t need guidance the whole time. I`ll explore the city by myself or with you guys if you have the time for it!
I am already excited. I also heard that your parents want to come from Iran. That´s cool. Hope it will work with the visa!


Hope to hear from you soon, kisses G...

Friday, June 30, 2006

world cup and other thoughts

i feel obliged to write some thing about world cup, well, i went to see argentina-germany match with a couple of students. i had only watched two games previously and i thought quarter-finals should be a logical place to start following the games ...



did NOT work out for me. to be fair, i felt a little bit of excitement, from the old days, but not much.



i find the whole "watching sport" thing more like a social convention, food for chatting in social occasions, something that strengthen your boubds with certain groups in society, something to be identified with ... but at the same time, a very stupid concept!



why don't people actually engage in activities instead of watching others? i find this question VERY IMPORTANT!

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

BOY WITHOUT BODY or Re: [irpd-friends] Fwd: FW: Fwd: WARNING -

please read the following carefully and then if you like to help the little boy without body,
then forward it to all your friends in your email list, you boss (if you work) and so on.
but please first read it carefully so that you know what you are forwarding to other people:

(source: http://www.warpedandtwisted.com/boywithoutabody.htm)

*-----------------------------------------------------------------------------

I am a very sick boy little boy. My mother is typing this for me, because
I can't. She is crying. (Don't cry, Mommy!) Mommy is always sad, but
she says it's not my fault. I asked her if it was God's fault, but she
didn't answer, and only started crying harder, so I don't ask her that
anymore.

The reason she is so sad is that I'm so sick. I was born without a body.
It doesn't hurt, except when I go to sleep. The doctors gave me an
artificial body. My body is a burlap bag filled with leaves. The doctors
said that was the best they could do on account of us havin' no money or
insurance. I would like to have a body transplant, but we need more
money.

Mommy doesn't work because she said employers don't hire crying people. I
said, "Don't cry, Mommy," and she hugged my burlap body. Mommy always
gives me hugs, even though she's allergic to burlap, and it chafes her
real bad. I hope you will help me.

You can help me if you forward this e-mail. Dr. Van Nostrem from the
clinic said if you foward this e-mail then Bill Gates will team up with
AOL and do a survey with NASA. Then the astronauts will collect prayers
from school children all over America and take them up to space so that
the angels can hear them better. Then they will go to the Pope, and he
will take up a collection in church and send the money to the doctors.
The doctors could help me get better then. Maybe one day I will be able
to play baseball. Or maybe just use my lungs and heart, when the doctors
make them. The doctors said that every time you forward this letter, the
astronauts can take another prayer to the angels.

Please help me. Mommy is so sad, and I want a body. I don't want my
leaves to rot before I turn 10. If you don't forward this e-mail, that's
OK. Mommy says you're a mean heartless shithead who doesn't care about a
poor little boy with only a head. She says that, if you don't stew in the
raw pit of your own guilt-ridden stomach, she hopes you die a long slow
horrible death so you can burn forever in the tar pits of hell. What kind
of goddamned person are you that you can't take five fucking minutes to
forward this to all your friends so that they can feel guilt and shame for
the rest of their day, and then maybe help a poor, bodiless nine-year-old
boy?

Please help me. This really sucks. I try to be happy but it's hard. I
wish I had a puppy. I wish I could hold a puppy. One time I had a puppy
but he ate my leaves.

Thank You.

The boy with just a head. And a burlap sack for a body.

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> * Did you know chemical released by plastic water bottles can cause
> cancer (It is not the water that affecting you but the chemical releasing
> from the bottle) *
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> How to avoid:
> Check on the bottom of the bottle there is a triangle sign and there will
> be a number on it. If the number is higher than or equal to 5 --> then
> this bottle is safe to use.* *
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> Whatever number under 5 will release the chemical. For most bottle water,
> the number is 1. *
>

Friday, June 23, 2006

Hashemi - election - ...

This Blog is written by someone who has worked in HASHEMI's election staff: (or whatever it is called in proper english!)

http://www.behzadafshari.blogfa.com/

Protecting Your Online Image


From a friend's email, scary stuff when you think about it:

*--------------------------------------------------

Do you know what comes up when you "Google" your own name? Do you blog or
have a web page on a social networking site such as MySpace or
Facebook? You should be aware that employers are now doing online
background checks of prospective employees. These checks include the use of
common search engines and well as logging on to social networks - even those
you might think are private. One of our own candidates encountered problems
based on personally-posted information. Attached please find our quick
guide to how you can protect your online reputation - during your job search
and throughout your career.
Feel free to contact your recruiter for more information.
Best regards,

Website: http://www.smithhanley.com
Brochure:
http://www.smithhanley.com/documents/SHA%20Brochure%20Hyperlink.pdf

*----------------------------------------------------------

Ken Livingstone has been cleared of antisemitism ...

Another fun story:

http://politics.guardian.co.uk/gla/story/0,,1801556,00.html

A few first lines:

*------- COURTESY of GUARDIAN :
Mayor's rebuke to tycoon brothers was 'proportionate and reasonable'

Hugh Muir
Tuesday June 20, 2006
The Guardian

Ken Livingstone's suggestion that two Jewish multi-millionaire property developers might "go back to Iran and try their luck with the ayatollahs" was proportionate and voiced with "good reason", an official inquiry concluded yesterday.
Despite the furore after the London mayor's comments in March about the brothers David and Simon Reuben, the investigating officer found that his comments were justified and could not reasonably have been considered anti-semitic. He said they "were not aimed at causing gratuitous harm, and so were not vindictive".

*------- Read the rest in the link above

BBC coverage of Israel-Palestine Conflict


I have not read this report, but its mere existence is very interesting to me ...

http://www.bbcgovernors.co.uk/docs/reviews/panel_report_final.pdf

Title:

REPORT OF THE INDEPENDENT PANEL
FOR THE BBC GOVERNORS
ON IMPARTIALITY OF BBC COVERAGE
OF THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT
April 2006

Thursday, June 22, 2006

OPENED

OK here is that further notice.

I am thinking about becoming a fan of "SHAKIRA":

http://music.yahoo.com/ar-263793-videos--Shakira

Or "Pussycat dolls":

http://music.yahoo.com/ar-4623677-videos--Pussycat-Dolls

or "butthole surfers"!!! (no video, sorry)

http://music.yahoo.com/ar-292899---Butthole-Surfers

CLOSED:

This weblog is closed until further notice ... It has diverted my energy and focus and I don't have any readers! How do those people with regular readers keep up with this?

links

i hate giving links because i find them like cheating, but here are some good(?!) stories

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5503176

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5487106

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5503176

PS. don't be shy, leave your comments, whatever they are, i am not going to read them :)
of course this is a lie, i write to get comments :(

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

missed the point

i was informed today that the purpose of weblog is to keep connection with family and friends and to post photos and so on ... so much for my weblogging !

Also, this site seems to be a very popular place for wblogging among young americans:

http://www.xanga.com/groups/


why should you care? I don't know :)

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Dark Side

everyone has a dark side

we would like to keep the dark side private, i.e. we like to have the right to privacy

should i allow myself to know too much about myself?

when i started i had a clearer vision but it was gone when i started writing :(

Friday, June 16, 2006

Observation:

HEHEHE ...
since i have nothing to write, i decided to report some of my observations from reading people weblogs

HEHEHEHE ...

check this one out: http://berke.blogsky.com/

and this one: http://cheshmhaye-man.blogsky.com/ especially the comments

i have to think more to come up with a good "JAM BANDI" of these observations

Monday, June 12, 2006

valuable experience

in case you are interested, my experience so far on webloging:

you get the main kick from reading comments, some strange pleasure, maybe like a person who gets naked in front of others and gets (sexual) pleasure out of it? [exhibitionism] but the point is that "what you do" is less important than being observed .... (HEHEHEHE what i am implying is that most weblogs are bullshit=KOS-SHER. mine is clearly a good example, but this may be true for more serious weblogs????)

Sunday, June 11, 2006

impossibility: change

significant changes in our lives are impossible, or have a very low probability. i.e. they can only be product of chance aligned with effort. otherwise, the needed energy for initiating and maintaining a change in life increases with the magnitude of the change and quickly becomes unafordable.

depressssssssssion

every time i am depressed, (like now, of course!) i get the crazy idea that there should be some activities that i enjoy and would help me to get through depression. on the other hand, based on the experience (from when i am better) i have a feeling that this is BS: when your brain works fine, you enjoy every activity, more or less.

That being said there are activities to help you change your mood, like exercise of course, but then you have very little inspiration for such activities in the depressed mode.

Finally, there are things, like drugs, that instantly move you out of depression, but will throw you back in more violently afterwards.

Result: don't do drugs to escape depression, exercise!!!!

2012-10-08: There is a drug, ketamine, that apparently has very interesting effects on alleviating depression:
http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012/10/04/162299564/ketamine-relieves-depression-by-restoring-brain-connections

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Prison

thinking about what good comes out of this weblog thing, i thought at least i should check things that i do not have contact with in normal life ... say crime !!!???? (well, if you know me, well enough, this kind of shit is quite predictable!)

so i am looking at weblogs of inmates now and also checking for other interesting categories, maybe people with deadly illness (AIDS?) or addictions and so on .... what do you think?

(not) reading weblogs

why people read weblogs? I don't get it

for me it is a way of not-doing what i am supposed to do, but what about others? if it's the same then we should all feel pitty for ourselves (readers and writers)

Friday, June 09, 2006

Moron

1) One "DAY", people see a moron's fart, a candle in hand, searching ...
What are you looking for?
A smart-ass!

2) Do you believe that i had to re-start my computer, so that I would not forget my first official joke?
Actually, my first joke is in persian, and incomplete .... whatever!

3) Check this guy out, a very smart dude, very good in what he does (excellent designs, I am really impressed) and then at the same time being such a moron to write this ... what the fuck is wrong with us iranians? with this fucking pride that explodes a donkey's ass :)

I may be overreacting, or simply jealous ... oh that's pathetic :(

Pepper --- butthole surfers

2013-04-17: Here is the link to youtube video clip. This is an all time favorite song of mine, lol

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CO8vBVUaKvk




Courtesy of sign365

Marky got with Sharon
And Sharon got Cherese
She was sharing Sharon's outlook
On the topic of disease
Mikey had a facial scar
And Bobby was a racist
They were all in love with dyin'
They were doing it in Texas
Tommy played piano
Like a kid out in the rain
Then he lost his leg in Dallas
He was dancing with a train
They were all in love with dyin'
They were drinking from a fountain
That was pouring like an avalanche
Coming down the mountain

I don't mind the sun sometimes
The images it shows
I can taste you on my lips
And smell you in my clothes
Cinnamon and sugary
And softly spoken lies
You never know just how you look
Through other people's eyes

Some will die in hot pursuit
In fiery auto crashes
Some will die in hot pursuit
While sifting through my ashes
Some will fall in love with life
And drink it from a fountain
That is pouring like an avalanche
Coming down the mountain

I don't mind the sun sometimes
The images it shows
I can taste you on my lips
And smell you in my clothes
Cinnamon and sugary
And softly spoken lies
You never know just how you look
Through other people's eyes

Another Mikey took a knife
While arguing in traffic
Flipper died a natural death
He caught a nasty virus
Then there was the ever-present
Football player rapist
They were all in love with dyin'
They were doing it in Texas
Polly caught a bullet
But it only hit his leg
Well it should have been a better shot
And got him in the head
They were all in love with dyin'
They were drinking from a fountain
That was pouring like an avalanche
Coming down the mountain

I don't mind the sun sometimes
The images it shows
I can taste you on my lips
And smell you in my clothes
Cinnamon and sugary
And softly spoken lies
You never know just how you look
Through other people's eyes

Monday, June 05, 2006

five points

I have something special with five points and underground ... well, I have not seen underground yet, but most days I walk through five points and it is an amazing picture of human lives ... the most terrific element, to me, is the sick pigeons (KAFTARHAAYE GAR) walking around fearlessly.

I don't have much to add, it reminds me of my affection toward rough (KHALAF) neighborhoods in Tehran .... I am still the same morron as I was back then!

Friday, June 02, 2006

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Empty space

Maziar has started the KERM of writing blogs with
no audience in mind ... well it is impossible in principle
but still a mind-teasing challenge.
how could you write for empty space? why should
you write for nothing, just pretend you wrote it and
then "forget about it"!!!!

web log

With God's help I am developing a vey good habit of wasting
time on reading weblogs ... the only problem is that "persian"
blogs are /become boring after a little while.
I even don't feel like leaving a comment ... I am sure
non-persian blogs won't be any different, but for now
I have the KERM of finding an intersting non-persian blog.

BTW, I read an AFGHAN blog a few minutes ago: it was funny
(link from MAROOFI blog, which itself is super EFTEZAH!!!)

How about that posner blog hosein used to read ... i should check it!

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Beethoven's Sonata No. 1 for Piano and Cello in F major, op. 5 No. 1.

It is a GREAT piece of music, I have heard the recording of the live performance by "Mstislav Rostropovich and Sviatoslav Teofilovich Richter", it is a real masterpiece!

Friday, March 24, 2006

The Truth: Moloko

Go ...
Go to the mountain if you must
Go to the burning bush
Happy would ease your troubled mind
I'd be prepared to stay behind

I know you better than you think I do
Don't worry babe.. this is why i fell in love with you
The man in the looking glass
Is looking back at you at last

You can't hide from the truth
Because the truth is all there is
You can't hide from the truth
Because the truth is all there is
You can't hide from the truth
Because the truth is all there is
You can't hide

If happy times are too few and far between
It's a pity dear, we can't erase the things we've seen
So disappear, vanish if you wish
Just go before you're swallowed up by bitterness

And the truth is you can't hide from the truth
And the truth hurts because the truth is all there is
I realized some time ago that I would have to let you go

May not be true to say that you'll return one day
But in your present state you may as well not be here at all
You wear a thin disguise, it's from yourself you hide
Just take a look at us, we are heading for a fall

Now presiding in this court of hip-hop
Justice, my rap forté
Judge, jury, bailing or prosecuting D.A.
Cause ceteris paribus
My modus operandi
It's carpe diem whether de facto or de jure
Comprende?
The people versus, you and your Sensi
Teaching that style of word-play
Weaker than wednesday
Regardless of what your friends say
They're all diss-able
Striken from the record and deemed indimissable
And this long arm of the law grabs the mic
To shoot dope lines first and ask questions later
The death sentences of this live litagator
Close the case tighter than the jaws of a 'gator
Stenonographers are steady loggin'
The jargon that your counselors are barking
In hopes of a plea bargain
But when you read back verbatim
What they're saying to pursuade them
They realize exactly how i've played them
I come with the truth, whole truth and nothing but
'Cause the truth hurts just as much as fuckin' with lies will
I brew skill with refills from now until
Plagiarizing MC's get their quotas filled

Baby I won't die without you by my side
As long as you return to these arms that burn
Baby I won't die just take a look inside
Into these eyes that burn, come to these arms that yearn

I won't die, if you leave me high
I won't die if you're not by my side

And the truth hurts because the truth is all there is
And the truth hurts because the truth is all there is
You can't hide from the truth, cause the truth is all there is
You can't hide from the truth, cause the truth is all there is
You can't hide from the truth, cause the truth is all there is
You can't hide from the truth, cause the truth is all there is
You can't hide from the truth, cause the truth is all there is
You can't hide from the truth, cause the truth is all there is
You can't hide from the truth, cause the truth is all there is
You can't hide from the truth
Because the truth is all there is
You can't hide from the truth..

Thursday, March 23, 2006

pass ato ... پس اتو: From Peanuts

pass ato ... پس اتو: From Peanuts

moments, addiction, love

I have to be sleeping, but I sneak out of my bed ....
I am re-experiencing our recent gathering in urbana-champaign, re-living those moments,
Something clicked, I can say it from what was written afterwards, like our trips to SHOMAL and NAMAR, something that cannot be forced back, even if we set another date for a re-union,
And a tendency to pull those moments from past to future, but we cannot, like an addict who keeps using it to get the first experience back but cannot ...

For a while now, I have been searching for the meaning of LOVE, and I ended up believing that it is a fiction, but maybe, maybe, this is what it is, a moment in time that you want to stretch ...
And maybe that is why love is holy and why it must be respected, and why you cannot deal with it unless you try to be perfect, try to have self-control ... and if you try to stretch it a little bit too far, it becomes addiction, repetition, a habit ...

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Once Again (Here to Kick One for You)

Get up out my way, it's Grand Pub's turn to shine
Hurt MCs ride the pine and get paid, no nevermind
One time as I sew it up like Dr. Frankenstein
Chickens ride the pony cause the rhyme flow genuine
As I do it like that, do it like this
Shorty watch your step or you might get Rocked like Chris
Are you feelin this? You dig the way it's going down?
Now we back in town watch all the chickens crowd around
Niggas try to duplicate my flow but it's difficult
Like a game of Yahtzee
Chickens stress me out like paparazzi
As I flip a flow you desire
Dattie blaze those trees and let's start this forest fire
My rhymes carry like the weight on Barry
Stack cheddar like Combs and buy homes like Larry
I be smoother than Tal, Sharp-ton like Al
When you ballin everybody want to be your pal
No dilly-dally, baggin up the shorter alley
Bouncin in German cars, still playin shot-ball
Brand Nubian cats, here to flip one for you
For sure dog cause this is how we do

Just an old fashioned love song, playin on the radio
Brand Nubian cats, here to flip one for you (2x)

Shame?

I am thinking what happens when my firends find this blog and see that I am talking to an open space --- with no audience? Actually, should or shouldn't I be embarrased by having no listener, no interested follower?
My first reaction: No you should pretend to be happy and proud of having no audience although you feel embarrased and keep your face.
My second reaction: You should admit, at least to yourself, and maybe to others, of your feelings and then maybe they go away at the end?

It's funny how things change to their opposites. I have seen it in many instances in mine and others' lives: like trying to capture a liquid by pressing on it. (What the f... you are talking about?)

It may also be related to one of my theorems :)

Monday, March 20, 2006

BBC:

You know, what the hell, who says I have to write about impossibility theorems all the time. After all, there are only so many such theorems anyway!!!! Moreover, it is much easier to quote other people than to write my "own" thoughts (99% of which are un-original anyway!)

It is funny that you create something and you become its slave ...

So, please read the following and especially the comments at the end:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/persian/news/story/2006/03/060313_waa_iranuclear.shtml

(Sorry it is in Farsi! :)

now rooz

Today is the first day of the new persian year.
Well, you should be able to guess my attitude toward
such things: so what? Who cares about new year versus
old year?
Now, this is a pretty common/old cliche of denying
traditions among intellectuals, but to prove my originality
I want to add a little twist.
The twist is that if such a concept is so apparantely absurd,
why so many people care about it?
In fact, I can/will raise the same question about all "traditions":
what is the point?
Yet another twist is that I believe in the power of average, therefore, I
have to admit that there are things here that I am completely missing.

Comment (from me to myself): Watch the "fiddler on the roof"
movie again and learn more about "traditions".

Answer: Thanks for the comment reza, if I find time I will certainly
watch the movie and let you know my impression. But to save time,
maybe you want to give me yours, so that I don't have to watch the
long movie (boring? not really!?) again.

Commenter: Well, I have not watched it for a while, you have to watch
it yourself.

Answer: OK! so I will explain more here after I watch.

Happy now rooz!!!!

Friday, March 17, 2006

I am NOT back

Well, for the information of all the enthusiastic fans of mine,
I am NOT back, and I do not expect to be back soon.
The reason is that I am pretty busy and I do not have anything
mildly interesting to say/write!

One more thing, now that my blog is discovered by one of my firends??!!!
I have to decide if I am going to make it public. There is no "anonymity"
benefit to this blog anymore. But that should not matter anyway, because
I do not have anything to say/write, remember?

Clear Shallow Water

I started reading this novel, `` The Driver ,'' by Hart Hanson , and I did not like it much and decided to stop. But then I came ba...