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Dubai 2010 – I February 27, 2010

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Some good times in Dubai, captured by my first camera.. (true story).

Canon Meets Dubai..

"Dum Dum needs some Gum Gum" -- Aquarium @ Dubai Mall

Dubai Underwater Zoo @ Dubai Mall

Hello Cutie!

Waterfalls @ Dubai Mall

Dubai Ice Rink.... obviously.

Beautiful Scene next to Burj Khaleefa

Burj Khaleefa - It's actually straight.

Dubai Fountain - Simply Magnificent.

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Avatar 3D: Masterpiece January 31, 2010

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I had heard many positive reviews about the movie Avatar, before I went to see it. They were mostly about how good the graphics were, and how revolutionary the 3D technology used in the movie was.

I hesitated for few weeks .. I’m not exactly a sci-fi person.

“Blue creatures? Flying Dragons? Gimme a break.”

Blue Creatures - I KNOW!

Visually Stunning Experience

Now that I’ve seen it, I can confidently say that Avatar is by far one of the best movies I’ve ever seen. In fact, it’s like nothing I’ve seen before!! A visually stunning movie by all means. For the first time, I sat there watching flying dragons and blue creatures, not feeling bored or dull AT ALL.  The 3D curved creatures and objects were beyond amazing. Nothing looked fake, they all moved so naturally and realistically. You could almost feel their skin, or climb their trees.

The way events and focus moved from real-life people to 3D Pandora creatures and/or avatars was smooth and charming. I didn’t sense any gaps in between. It was truly extraordinary.

Jake Sully and His Avatar

Shocking Plot!

But the part that impressed and amused me the most about Avatar was the plot. Some reviewers find the plot cheesy, with all the lame human-alien romance stuff, but aside from the romance, the movie included a little of everything else: comedy, action, drama and politics.

Yes, politics, and that’s -surprisingly- the BEST part!  Who could’ve pictured Hollywood producing a movie that openly criticizes the US foreign policy, like has Avatar?  The complete package of injustice practiced by US govt. & army and greedy corporations was pointed out clearly throughout the movie….

Exploitation of natural resources by multinational corporations with established colonies in the invaded countries; the extreme unjustified cruelty practiced by US army towards the natives of the land; the lack of understanding and appreciation of the natives’ sacred spots/objects/figures, and the list goes on.

Cruelty of US Army Exposed

I truly enjoyed watching every minute of the movie. Thank you James Cameron for the wonderful result of 10-years work and preparation of this masterpiece.  (No surprise about it, after all, he is Canadian!)

So, who’s free this weekend? I’m on for a second round…

Outlandish: ROCK ALL DAY! December 8, 2009

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Rock All Day, Makes Me Feel Good!

Where do we go, from here my baby?
Underground or crossover maybe,
Left right left, my way or the highway,
Better yet let’s not worry about it!

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And so Outlandish declare in their outstanding single, Rock All Day, that it makes’em feel good.  The same song appeared afterwards in their latest album, Sound of a Rebel, along with other songs like Keep the Record on Play, whose chorus says:


Keep the record on play, Yeah
No matter, no matter what they say,
I got the remedy for you,
Everybody turn the radio up!

Other songs in their new album included The Emperor’s New Beat and Let Off Some Steam.  To be honest, I can’t help but notice the unusual level of shallowness in most of their new songs’ lyrics.

Outlandish have always been one of my favorite bands. I loved their outstanding rhythms, the amusing combination of eastern and western flavors in their music, but most of all, I ADORED their meaningful, thoughtful songs lyrics – most of the time.

From “Closer Than Veins”, to Rockin’ All Day?

I mean, I can’t help comparing their new album to the one they released in 2005, Closer Than Veins, and wondering: what went wrong?   I mean seriously, it was amazing. The words were simply BEAUTIFUL.

Talk about downcasting. From defending the rights of the children of Palestine in Look Into My Eyes (Video), to Keepin the record on play all night?

From encouraging submission and devotion to God in their beautiful I Only Ask of God, to loud rockin’ beats of I-wanna-rock-all-day-if-ya-know-wat’am-sayin’?   Come-On. Since when has rockin’ all day brought any real, lasting happiness to anyone? It might bring a temporary feeling of happiness that fades away shortly. Some music sucks out the serenity of the soul -gradually- leaving it sometimes craving for more, stronger beats, and never really reaching true spiritual satisfaction.

Anyways, to be fair, some of the tracks in the new album are nice. Overall I liked the rhythm in about 3 of them, 2 of which had also touching, nice words, like Feels Like Savin’ The World (Video) and Always Remember which I found kind of tender and sweet…  But still, they’re nothing compared to the tenderness in Callin’ U, I’ve Seen or Beyond Words (Closer Than Veins). I’m sorry, Outlandish. I’m a little disappointed.

I leave you with some beautiful words from Any Given Time (Closer Than Veins), describing the almighty Lord..

mercy without boasting
gifts without terms
goodness without anger
forgive without reason
any given time
I do my best to strive
in Your name I rise
the apple of my eye

even when Im not alone you’re closer than the veins in my neck
even when Im all alone

even when Im in sleep you’re closer than the veins in my neck
even when Im in it so deep

even when Im all gone you’re closer than the veins in my neck
even as im singin this song

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He’s Just Not That Into You. May 6, 2009

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I wanted to wait to read the book before seeing the movie, but a friend’s comments just urged me to watch it.

It’s hilarious. A good laugh for every girl out there alright. Exposes many of the practices that women are exceptionally good at; misinterpreting men’s attitude towards them, misreading the signals, making too many assumptions, living on false hope, trying to read between the lines when there are no intended words between the lines!! Typical *smiles*.

Unfortunately, most women have a habit of attempting to decode men’s behavior towards them. Sometimes on their own, and most of the time with the professional assistance of their professional female-friends, which only makes things exponentially worse. Accordingly, they cling to the smallest things believing with great confidence that they are signs of admiration. They form attachments so easily –not to mention so soon– based on their own reading of the other person’s so-called signs.

/*6 year old boy hits 5 year old girl*/

5 year old girl: Why did you do that?

6 year old boy: Because you smell like dog poo.

/*5 year old girl runs crying to Mommy*/

Mommy: Connie, do you know why that little boy did those things?Because he likes you.

The message of both the book and the movie for girls is to wake-up. Men are usually straight-forward, but girls fail to understand that because they’re not. The author of the book starts it by stating..

“He’s not that into you, because he’s not asking you out. Because if he likes you, trust me, he will ask you out!!”

Considering the cultural differences between our societies and the western society which the author’s book and the movie represent, the rules may not apply directly; however, the underlying concept is still applicable. Only in our culture, men’s “signs” and “actions” will have different forms. If you are a woman who doesn’t date, hence will not be subject to similar signs of expressing admiration towards you (such as being asked out, etc), don’t make that an excuse for you to start misinterpreting men’s actions, and justifying that by claiming they have no other option but to send you those signs, since they can’t directly approach you. Simply said, You know it when you know it. You don’t know it when you’re trying so hard to know it; when you’re struggling between the lines trying to find something floating here or there, that will only grant you temporal satisfaction, yielding to the one and only result you want to believe in so hard: He definitely likes me. Well guess what? He might not. Have you considered that option? Unfortunately, many girls are too proud to admit that. Yes, he might not like you. He might not want you.

Beth to Neil: “I just need you to stop being nice to me unless you’re gonna marry me”.

I’ve seen how men can be serious about being with someone. I’ve seen how they can be clear about it. No mixed signals, no games.. Just simple, plain, clear signs or words that reflect their intentions. What confuses me actually is the question: Whose fault is it? Is it really women who over-analyze men’s behavior or is it men’s responsibility for giving them something with potential for over-analysis? The latter could be the case and can take place in many worse scenarios that include giving women false hope or slipping off from commitments for example, but the problem being discussed in this post is more concerned with the former dilemma.

Gigi: “…Girls are taught a lot of stuff growing up. If a guy punches you he likes you. Never try to trim your own bangs and someday you will meet a wonderful guy and get your very own happy ending. Every movie we see, Every story we’re told implores us to wait for it, the third act twist, the unexpected declaration of love, the exception to the rule. But sometimes we’re so focused on finding our happy ending we don’t learn how to read the signs. How to tell from the ones who want us and the ones who don’t, the ones who will stay and the ones who will leave…”

He’s Just Not That Into You (2009)

Random Thoughts.. March 6, 2009

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It’s around 3.15 pm, I’m at Khaldiya Campus, walking around the aisles of College of Engineering. I run into a couple of former colleagues, former students and former teachers. I greet them all with a big genuine smile on my face. Feels good to walk around the place where I’ve spent years as a student then as a teaching assistant.. “Muhandesaaaa!!”, I hear someone calling on me. I turn around, and it turns out to be one of my former C++ lab students. She hugs me, “We’ve missed you a lot around here! Where’ve you been?”. My smile grows bigger. One of my undergrad-studies professors greets me, he says: “After you and your friends graduated, I haven’t yet met students who are as smart & hard-working as you were”.. I thank him, nodding my head in great appreciation. On my way to the car I remember that around 4 or 5 points in my 25-things-about-me post revolved around college, and I can’t help wondering: Is this place my safe haven?

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I played Squash yesterday for the first time in my life and realized that this sport is not as easy as it seemed to be. I thought it was like tennis, and since I played tennis before I thought to myself when a friend suggested that we play Squash, “Hey, how hard can this be?”. The problem is, there isn’t enough time to watch where the ball is headed, unlike tennis, in order to take the best position to hit it back to the wall. The other problem is with that small black evil Squash ball, that it doesn’t bounce when it hits the ground. Forgetting this fact, I kept swinging the racquet where I shouldn’t have, hitting the air instead of the ball. I almost pulled off my shoulder couple of times, not to mention made myself look like a complete fool, unless this was a game of “Who hits the air faster”.

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Funny!! (from The Big Bang Theory):

Leonard: We need to widen our circle.
Sheldon: I have a very wide circle. I have 212 friends on myspace.
Leonard: Yes, and you’ve never met one of them.
Sheldon: That’s the beauty of it.
Penny: I’m a Sagittarius, which probably tells you way more than you need to know.
Sheldon: Yes, it tells us that you participate in the mass cultural delusion that the sun’s apparent position relative to arbitrarily defined constellations at the time of your birth somehow affects your personality.
Penny: (puzzled) Participate in the what?
Sheldon: This car weighs, let’s say, 4,000 pounds. Now add 140 for me, 120 for you…
Penny: 120?!?
Sheldon: Oh, I’m sorry. Did I insult you? Is your body mass somehow tied into your self worth?

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Kuwait Bloggers are meeting tomorrow. Wonder whether I should pass by & ask them why my blog is not listed in their aggregator, although it fulfills their requirements and I’ve sent them two requests so far!

The 25 Self-Centered Stuff. February 28, 2009

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I’ve been tagged 25628420 times to write those 25 things about me thatnobody knows. Since I’ve cancelled my plans for this weekend due to theincreasing rate of loss of voice-packets when I attempt to speak (and forhaving a bad cough), I’m kind of bored & thus decided to write thatself-centered list of 25 things about me. I sincerely hope you find them asboring as they are intended to be. Enjooy (or not):

1. I hate shopping. When I have to shop for clothes, I pay a visit to Promodthen Mango & I get all the resources I need for coupla months ahead.

2. The best IQ test score I had was 156, taken last year during an interviewfor a job.

3. I am in denial of being a nerd.

4. I don’t mind studying for hours and hours, if the topic of the material isinteresting.

5. I don’t mind studying for hours and hours, if I have to, even if the topic isnot interesting.

6. My academic obligations always seem to have a very high priority in mylife, given points 4 and 5.

7. It appears to me as I’m writing this note that I am a total nerd, givenpoints 1 & 6.

8. I wish I were more of a geek than a nerd. Geeks own nerds.

9. Actually, the fact that I used own in point 8 makes me a little bit of ageek myself.

10. I am a certified rescue-swimmer (at least on Canadian soil I am).

11. I have super typing skills, I’d make an awesome secretary one day.

12. Considering points 10 and 11, I seem to have two backup career plans, ifCS fails.

13.  My favorite comic strips are phdComics and xkcd.

14. I was a big fan of Need for Speed, Worms, & Wolf, for years.. and then the bears came.

15. I enjoy cooking different kinds of pasta & its sauces, particularly white-sauce with mushroom and chicken.

16. Correction: three backup career plans.

17. I think that Eddie Izzard (in his old shows) says the funniest gigs.

18. I hate the Egyptian film industry, in all its phases.

19. When a friend is feeling bad, I don’t know whether to give them space or to keep nagging on them until they talk to me about it.

20. I adore people that are capable of being: smart yet kind, confident yet humble, religious but know how-to-have-fun.

21. I’m not a big fan of phone-calls. I prefer SMS-ing people.

22. I’m a terrible story teller, I forget lots of details. I’m more of a listener than a talker (except when having online conversations, due to points 21and 11).

23. I believe that the New World Order is a real conspiracy held by the Illuminati.

24. I think a lot about death, and I have a persistent feeling that I will die young.

25. Come to think about it, maybe point 24 is a result of either eating plenty of point 15 or revealing point 23 to the wrong people.

Feb 10, 2009 February 10, 2009

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24 years ago, on this day, at this time, a beautiful woman in one of the Hospitals of Kuwait gave birth to a baby girl. Life was born. A book was open, two angels were assigned to report every small detail this creature does or says, good or bad.

Facts about this creature’s life were written.. including its share of wealth and health in this life. Some dates were assigned.. including the day on which this creature eventually dies; when the two angels stop writing, and other types of angels take over to carry this creature’s soul back to its Creator, and from there either to Heaven or Hell. Every year, on February 10th, this creature grows one year older & closer to its final destination.

Anyways, Happy Birthday to me! If you are interested in seeing my humble wish list, it only contains one item. E-mail me privately for my Bank account number. Thank you in advance!

Follow Up February 2, 2009

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I have just practically started my winter break few days ago –with respect to my graduate studies not with respect to my work. I still work in the day-time, but just now I realized how precious it is to have some spare time in the evenings, with no classes to attend, no graduate courses projects to work on, and no researching tasks to do! (I apologize from my Advisor if he is reading this post).  Not that this previous semester wasn’t fun, not at all. On the contrary, it was extremely interesting. Algorithmsapproximation was a new topic to me and a new experience. We coded one of the proposed approximations in the literature to an NP-hard problem, in Java language *smiles*. The results were disappointing though to some extent, but reading what Jorge Cham had to say about approximation made me feel better. (Sorry again).

Being a good physicist is knowing how to approximate — You have to decide what is important and what can be ignored. We throw out equation terms all the time, in quantum physics everything is possible, but not everything is likely.

My background in wireless routing protocols was quite poor before working on the Wireless Networks project, I learned a lot from that one as well. Again, it involved Java programming *smiles*, using the Java-based JiST/SWANS package for wireless network simulation. I was also officially done with my Masters project work & Seminar; that was FUN!

Prison Break S03 October 12, 2007

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Well, finally! [prison_break_season_3.jpg]

Prison Break Season 3 episodes are beginning to become available in the black market :p After watching two episodes though I became more positive that season 1 will always remain the best ever.. It’s like they are running out of ideas or something! I’m not saying the episodes i’ve seen from S03 are bad, bel3aks they’re really good and as usual, Sentora guy is surprising us with unexpected twists in the story..BUT!

1. Sona prison is too dirty and disgusting, hate it. Fox river is like a Spa compared to it.
2. Michael Schofield is exaggerating in the dramatic whispering tone in his voice, u hardly hear wat he’s saying..
3. Missing Dr. Sara! She was the best..
4. Some events are happening that are not well justified..it’s like u start wondering, where did this come from and how did he do that?.. the sequence of events and plots in s01 and s02 made a lot more sense to me, they were brilliant.

I think its obvious that im bored to death! yaaaaaaaaaawn.. im not sure how to wrap up this stupid post.. so see ya!

Networks — Graffiti April 12, 2007

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Monday April 9th, 2007. 3:57pm
So im sitting there in class waiting for the Dr to arrive and start the Networks class, “Boring..” I decided to grab a chalk & start writing on the board, I wrote
“Networks”.

Later when Dr came I thought he was going to erase it but he didnt, he just drew border lines around it and started writing in the empty space on the board.. That was something I really appreciated, you have all my respect and appreciation , Dr :-) He certainly knew that my piece of art was not to be destroyed..

Graffiti