Monday, November 30, 2009


A couple of intereting links:

A post in "Hesam Diaries" on Milton Glaser


"The brain is actually more like an overgrown garden that is constantly growing and throwing off seeds, regenerating and so on.  .... the brain is susceptible, in a way that we are not fully conscious of, to almost every experience of our life and every encounter we have.
I am a great advocate of drawing, not in order to become an illustrator, but because I believe drawing changes the brain ... Drawing also makes you attentive. It makes you pay attention to what you are looking at, which is not so easy." Milton Glaser

Milton Glaser Blog

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Fears and Hopes - Analysis

The original question in the previous post will remain open for anyone who wants to comment :)

So far, it appears that everyone knows his/her worst fear and biggest hope.

I do not know them, but I am trying to open up more to find the answers for myself. I believe a difficult road is ahead of me, but it is worth trying.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Fears and Hopes

Do you know your worst fear in life?
Do you know your biggest hope?

1- I am just interested in "yes/no" answers! I understand that the complete answer is very personal, and I do -not- want you to reveal that information :)))

2- I do -not- know the answer for myself, and that's why I became interested, that how many people do and do not know the answers :)

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


I apologize in adavance for the racist ones, well, all of them :)

تركه ميره حموم، آب جوش بوده با نعلبكي دوش ميگيره.

غضنفر رو داشتن به جرم قتل زنش محاكمه ميكردن، دادستان ميگه: سنگدل‌تو وقتی داشتی زنت رو ميكشتی، ندای وجدانت رو نشنيدی؟

غضنفر ميگه: نه والله! بس كه اين زنيكه جيغ و داد ميكرد مگه ميذاشت ما چيزی بشنويم؟!!

تركه صبح از خواب بلند ميشه ميبينه هوا خيلي خوبه. زنگ ميزنه هواشناسي تشكر مي كنه.

هواپیما داشته سقوط میکرده همه جیغ میزدن به جز ترکه. ازش می پرسن چرا توساکتی؟ میگه: ماله بابام که نیست بذار سقوط کنه.

غضنفر میخواسته بچش رو نصیحت کنه! میگه چند سالته؟ میگه 16 سال میگه : خاک بر سرت الان هم سن سالات 30 سالشونه .

غضنفر رو داشتن ميبردن اتاق عمل، ازش ميپرسن: همراه داری؟ ميگه: آره، خاموشش كردم!!!

رشتيه اسم بچه اش رو میزاره «اس ام اس» میگن: این چه اسمیه؟ میگه: مگه چیه؟ از پیام که با کلاس‌تره.

به تركه ميگن : چرا صورتت قرمزه؟ ميگه چش خورده ميگن : يعني چشت زدن ؟ ميگه :نه چشه شلوار .

ترکه بعد از 2 سال سربازي، كارتش رو مي‌گيره، يه نگاهي بهش مي‌كنه و ميگه: اي بابا، اينو كه دارم، گواهينامه ميخوام.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Dr Drew and Sex Rehab :)))

I like Dr. Drew [Wiki page], in a kind of nostalgic way :))) His "Loveline" show on MTV, hosted with Adam Carolla, was one the first shows I discovered after I came to the US about 11 years ago. I remember vividly late cold cold winter nights that I would come back from campus, listening and laughing to their radio show. Sima thinks he is a good man who shares the pain of his patients. (She is typically right on the spot when it comes to feeling things :))

He has a new reality show on Vh1, "Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew" [web page], which I have liked so far. Not only the pain these dudes (sex addicts) go through in this show is amazing, but it is fascinating how difficult it is for everyone to face his or her dark/hidden aspects. Plus the show is funny in a way :)

Child Labor in Iran

Pictures and interview with Children:

Thursday, November 12, 2009


If you stare into the Abyss long enough the Abyss stares back at you!
A quote from Friedrich Nietzsche

abyss [from Webster online]
1 : the bottomless gulf, pit, or chaos of the old cosmogonies

آن‌که با هيولاها دست و پنجه نرم می‌کند، باید بپاید که خود در این ميانه هيولا نشود. اگر دیری در مغاکی چشم بدوزی، آن مغاک نیز در تو چشم می‌دوزد.
فريدريش نیچه، فراسوی نیک و بد، ترجمه‌ی داريوش آشوری، ص. ۱۲۵ (چاپ سوم) – خوارزمی، تهران

I found it in this article: [link]
It is a very good and long over due article!

Sunday, November 08, 2009

A Short Survey

My friend's mom is trying to finish her thesis, and for that, she's looking for mothers living in US who have a school-going child (or preschool or college-going child) to fill out this survey:

She needs this data to analyze the relationship between emotional attachment and parenting (she's studying psychology).
If you match this criteria please take a few minutes to complete the survey. If you know friends with such criteria please pass on this link to them. It'll take about 10 minutes to fill out and it's anonymous.

Extraordinary Old Semi-Documentary!

Albert Lamorisse (1922-1970)

Back to Albert Lamorisse in UbuWeb Film

Baadeh Sabah / The Lovers' Wind / Vent Des Amoureux [Farsi language] | [English Version]
Shot 1970, completed posthumously 1978, 35mm

Title Unknown (Postscript to Baadeh Sabah)

"A well- known French filmmaker, Albert Lamorisse, under the auspices of Iran's Ministry of Culture and Art, produced the poetic film "Lovers' Wind" (1969). Eighty-five percent of this dramatically visual film is shot from a helicopter, providing a kaleidoscopic view of the vast expanses, natural beauty, historical monuments, cities and villages of Iran. The "narrators" of the film are the various winds (the warm, crimson, evil and lovers' winds), which accord- ing to folklore, inhabit Iran. They sweep the viewers from place to place across the Iranian landscape, introducing the incredible variety of life and scenery in Iran. The camera, defying gravity, with smoothness and agility, provides a bird's eye view, caressing minarets and domes, peek- ing over mountain tops beyond, gliding over remote villages to reveal the life enclosed within the high mud-brick walls, bouncing along with the local wildlife, following the rhyth- mic, sinuous flow of the oil pipelines and train tracks, and hovering over the mirror-like nmosaic of the rice paddies that reflect the clouds and sky. The film is a testimonial to the Iranian landscape and people over which so many dynasties and kings have ruled and have, in turn, passed away. Ironically, on the tenth anniversarv of the completion of the film, yet another seem- ingly powerful dynasty (Pahlavi) has fallen, leaving, as the film points out, the land and the migrating tribal nomads who have survived more or less intact for centuries. Upon completion of the film, the Ministry of Culture and Art decided that Lamorisse had not sufficiently emphasized the industrialization of Iran. So he was called back to film additional sequences documenting that progress. This task was never completed, because the helicopter crashed while filming the Karaj Dam near Tehran, plunging Lamorisse and his crew to their deaths. This film, whose storybrook style of narration is often contrived, does not purport to be a social document on Iran; nevertheless, it has never been shown publicly in theaters in Iran."

-- Hamid Naficy

Friday, November 06, 2009

Gender Gap in Mathematics

This is about US mostly, if anything they indicate that the gap is smaller in Muslim countries. Disclaimer: I have not read the paper, only the abstract ... :)

"An Empirical Analysis of the Gender Gap in Mathematics"
NBER Working Paper No. w15430

ROLAND G. FRYER, Harvard University - Department of Economics, National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), American Bar Foundation, University of Chicago
STEVEN D. LEVITT, University of Chicago, National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), American Bar Foundation

We document and analyze the emergence of a substantial gender gap in mathematics in the early years of schooling using a large, recent, and nationally representative panel of children in the United States. There are no mean differences between boys and girls upon entry to school, but girls lose more than two-tenths of a standard deviation relative to boys over the first six years of school. The ground lost by girls relative to boys is roughly half as large as the black-white test score gap that appears over these same ages. We document the presence of this gender math gap across every strata of society. We explore a wide range of possible explanations in the U.S. data, including less investment by girls in math, low parental expectations, and biased tests, but find little support for any of these theories. Moving to cross-country comparisons, we find that earlier results linking the gender gap in math to measures of gender equality are sensitive to the inclusion of Muslim countries, where in spite of women's low status, there is little or no gender gap in math.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Interesting Article on Confidence:

From NPR: [link]

For Parents, The Return Of Tough Love?

September 30, 2009

The days of the so-called "helicopter parent" are numbered — or they should be, according to author Po Bronson.

Although the impulse to hover over our kids may stem from the best of intentions, Bronson argues that over-praising and over-nurturing may do more harm than good. His new book NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children expands on a series he wrote with co-author Ashley Merryman for New York magazine, exploring how American pop culture has misread the fine print of parental research.

Another related story [link]

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

The Sea by John Banville

A quote from page 7:

" Later that day, the day Graces came, or the following one, or the one following that, I saw the black car again, recognised it at once as it went bounding over the little humpbacked bridge that spanned the railway line. It is still there, that bridge, just beyond the station. Yes, things endure, while the living lapse."

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Short Movie :))


[2012-10-25]: Starts in our backyard and the last few shots are in Piedmont park. :)

IT'S NOT ...

.. ``It's not your spread, and it's not how strong you are, and it's not how fast you are, because you have all those thing...