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Taking An Action – Click 1 February 8, 2010

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Take Action Now..

But before you look around you, look inside you.

What do you want to change about you?

What have you been whining about lately, what negative habits have you been talking about wanting to lose?

What plans have you been planning to “start planning for” sometime soon?

Stop.

Take a Moment.

Don’t think anymore.

..

Just Take An Action.



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More 2009 Lame Wisdoms! January 12, 2010

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Keep writing you say, Eh? Fine.. then here are more of my wisdoms, learnt throughout the year 2009..  hmmm, or not. It might have been 2008, or 07, perhaps 06. Not so sure.. Anyways..

19. IT Consultants are highly overrated.

20. A paper’s first-author is not necessarily the one who put the greatest effort in it.

21. Give more of your time, while you can, to your parents. Seek their ridaa and prayers.

22. A good college GPA serves you pretty well…forever.

23. Oracle’s approach to web development is messy.

24. Although the sooner the “No” the better, still, consider it really well before you let it out.

25. Start worrying when it comes to your knowledge that people of your own religion and/or race are in desperate need of help & support, or facing a disaster somehow, and it means nothing to you.

26. A rejected research paper = a revised, corrected paper for free.

27. The new world order’s twisted agenda is moving forward, worldwide, in a scary pace.

28. The less you listen to music/songs, the easier you absorb the meanings of Quran verses when you listen to them or read them.

29. Twitter is so lame, I totally lost interest in it.

30. Everything in our daily life is implemented using a PL/SQL query, one way or another.

My 2009 Wisdoms January 9, 2010

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OK I know this post is like 9 days late, but just felt like writing it..

So here goes my 2009 compiled wisdoms..

1. Fresh basil works pretty great with boneless chicken wings.

2. Lower your expectations out of people, lower the disappointment.

3. Working as a developer sucks…..eventually.

4. When you see the negative signs, don’t ignore them. Sometimes your ‘guts’ know what they’re doin’..

5. Dell owns Vaio big time. More stable, more reliable.

6. The sooner the “No”, the better. Don’t delay the inevitable.

7. Nothing gives you serenity and peace more than does a close bond with Allah.

8. من جاء اليك فرُح اليه…. ومن جافاك فصدّ عنه

9. Always be grateful for the blessings you have. Your health, your family, and whatever it is we keep forgetting about..

10. Facebook’s approach to privacy policies is pretty crappy..

11. People who won’t stand up for you don’t deserve you standing-up for them!

12. Waffles are so easy to make, and taste amazing with chocolate syrup.

13. Don’t write long posts, nobody reads them.

14. The New World Order is for real. But who cares?

15. Don’t write about the New World Order. Nobody cares.

16. Don’t write boring posts about your boring stories. Nobody cares.

17. Don’t write.   Nobody cares!

18. ……………..

My First Thank-You Chocolates! December 5, 2009

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After months of working on my first real project in my new (and first) job as an Oracle Developer, our “customer” whom we were developing the application for sent us a box of chocolates and roses with a small note of a “Thank You”, & all the team members’ names on it…

It’s amazing how a small thankful gesture like this one can make up for months of tension and exhaustiveness. I called the lady who sent us the chocolates to thank her, and she said that she’d never dealt with such respectful, hard-working people.  Her kind appreciative words seriously put a big smile on my face for the rest of the day.

Always be appreciative, when you should :)

لا يشكر الله من لا يشكر الناس – رواه أحمد وأبو داود والترمذي

مولايَ، ما القلب إلا مضغةٌ صنعتها يداكْ April 20, 2009

Posted by Khawarizmiya in Arabic, Arabic Poetry, Islam, Psycho, recovered from blogspot.
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مولايَ، ما القلب إلا مضغةٌ

صنعتها يداكْ.

وما دموع العينِ إلاّ

قطراتٌ في بحرِ علمكَ

سُطّرتْ في صفحاتِ كتابْ.

قلتَ لها كوني

فكانتْ.

قلبتها كيفما أردتَ

فصارتْ.

دنوتَ منها، عزّ جاهكْ

وجلّ ثناؤكْ

وتقدّست أسماؤكْ.

أأشكو إليك علة في فؤادي،

وأنت إليه من حبل الوريدِ أقرب؟..

سبحانكْ.

مولايَ ما القلبُ إلا مضغةٌ صنعتها يداكْ.

تقلبها كيف تشاءْ.

على الفطرةِ، أوجدتها

فأصبَحَتْ ترى نور وجهكَ في الكون من حولها

ثمّ أضحتْ..

وقد أورثها كثرة اللهوِ النّفــاقْ.

وتخبّطتْ بين أمواجِ الغفلةِ

فنسيتْ –أو تناســتْ-

سبيلَ الرشادْ.

ثم أمسَــتْ..

بين أحضانِ الكَرَى

تشتاقُ لنورٍ فجرٍ جديدٍ

حتى توارى الليل بين آفاق السحابْ.

مولايَ ما القلبُ إلا مضغةٌ صنعتها يداكْ.

تقلبها كيف تشاءْ.

فاصرف عنها من الهوى

بعلمك

وقدرتك

وجلال وجهكْ

ما يؤذيها، أو يحرمها،

لــذة رؤيـــــاكْ.

كتب في 20 -ابريــل- 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!

It’s a Small, Bad World — II February 5, 2009

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Don’t misunderstand me.

As days went by, I’ve become –gradually- a less considerate, more insensitive person. Most of the times I’m kidding, thinking that my sense of humor is appealing to everyone else, forgetting that not everyone is equally close to me and would actually get me, but sometimes things get serious. Naturally, I would justify such situations in which I behaved rudely or inconsiderately some way or another with other people, by claiming that they deserved it –which they most probably did *tongue out*-, but again, isn’t that just really typical? Isn’t it typical to hear justifications of all different kinds and levels from mean people who’ve caused harm to others? Hamas Rockets are a live example of such lame justifications, and I’m not comparing myself to Israel.. Just saying.

OK, let’s put the facts together.

There exist situations where I’ve been inconsiderate with people, selfish, and put myself first. For all these situations I believe I had justified my behavior to myself by thinking either A) they deserved it, or that B) Ideserved indulging myself or C) both. Now when I try to re-evaluate these situations again, I realize that.. they deserved MORE! In fact, the level of my rudeness is totally INCOMPARABLE to how I’ve been treated! And some people out there just totally fail to understand that. They could judge you for doing the smallest things but forget that they did/are doing a lot more worse! They forget that their irresponsible, selfish behavior in the first place is what makes others react accordingly. Sometimes one thinks s/he is in need for closure, and thinks that revenge or getting equal would bring closure, but I highly doubt that.

The question is, am I doubting it because I’m not courageous enough to do otherwise, or is this good nature (a)?

Update, on Feb 7, 2009

I never really knew that the name Al-Jabbar (الجبار), one of God’s 99 Holy names, has this deeply inspiring meaning (I’ll post the translation if I find a good one soon):

فيقال الجبار على المعنى الأول: (عائد إلى اسم الرؤوف).-المصلح أمور خلقه فهو الذي يدبر الضعيف وكل قلب منكسر لأجله , فيجبرالكسير ويغني الفقير وييسر على المعسر كل عسير , وهو الذي يجبر أصحابالمصيبات ويوفقهم على الثبات , ويعوضهم الأجر ويعوضهم في هذه الدنيا إنهم صبروا وثبتوا ولم يبد من أحد منهم جزعا ولا تسخط , كما أنه سبحانه يجبر قلوب الخاضعين لعظمته وجلاله وقلوب المحبين بما بفيض عليهم من أنواع كراماته وأصناف المعارف والأحوال الإيمانية , وإذا دعا الداعي فقال اللهم اجبرني فإنه يريد هذا الجبر الذي حقيقته إصلاح العبد ودفع جميع المكاره عن

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!