Sunday, December 26, 2004
As far as presents, I received 2 sweaters, 2 shirts, 1 pair of pants, 1 pair of earmuffs (#1 on Xmas list), 1 Juicy Couture Horseshoe charm, 1 pair of boots, a bag of LifeSavers, and car window cleaner. I gave to my sisters 2 Coach purses, 2 sweaters, 1 pink velour sweatsuit, 1 shirt, and 1 pair of pants. Yup, Christmas is a fun time of year. Then we watched a marathon of OC episodes I had on tape, including Chrismakkuh! Then we went to go see The Aviator, which was really good and I highly recommend it. It's amazing how much Howard Hughes accomplished in his lifetime and if he didn't have OCD he couldn't have been that great. The OCD gave him the motivation to be a perfectionist, even though there was obvious emotional cost. Leo better get an Oscar this time, and Cate Blanchett too. They were both great, but Leo was just astounding. He so deserved a nom for Catch Me If You Can. What we failed to realize was that the movie was 3 hrs long (I don't think the film was, but there were a lot commercials/previews b4 it started so I think that took up a lot of time). When we got out of the theater we were hungry so we drove around looking of a restaurant open after 10 on Christmas and we found one: Bennigan's! That's right, Bennigan's was open till midnight on Christmas Eve and till 1 on Christmas! It was pretty busy too and the food was great. It was a nice atmosphere to end our nice Christmas day.
Thursday, December 23, 2004
After work, my mom and sisters picked me up and we went to Northpark Mall for Christmas shopping. While we were there, my mom suddenly says, "Hey isn't that guy famous?" I look over and I see it's...Barry Watson! It was so cool!! My mom was like, "grab your phone and take a picture; let's go talk to him!" I was like, "Mom, that's so not cool. Let the poor guy shop in peace." She was like, "No, he's sad that no one is running up to him." Well, I finally convinced her not to bother Barry. See, my family and I have had this indirect relationship with him for a while (meaning 6 degrees of separation). My really good friends (they're 3 sisters and one of them is getting married Jan 1 and the other just had her engagement party last month to the brother of one of my guy friends at SMU and is getting married in the summer) all went to the same middle school as him (Park Hill Junior High). Yes, Barry Watson moved to Richardson from Michigan when he was 8, the same age I was when I moved out of Richardson to Plano, (otherwise I would have gone to the same middle school as him and then gone to high school with Jessica Simpson). My sister and I's high school geometry teacher Ms. Blakely dated Barry Watson's dad for years and was always going off to his lake house. And last night, my mom and I were watching the 7th Heaven episode where Matt (Barry) tells his parents he wants to drop out of med school to save his marriage. Can you believe it? I'm getting chills. Celebrity sightings are few and far between in Dallas, but the only ones I've had (other than concerts) are:
- Michael Irving when he visited my elementary school in 5th grade for Texas day (That same year I went to a party where Nina Shahravan was, the woman who later that year would get Irving sent to court)
- Deoin Sanders when I trick-or-treated at his house in my neighborhood
- Troy Aikman driving and jogging in our neighborhood. When his house burned down he bought another two streets over.
- Katherine Helmond (Mona from Who's the Boss?) at III Forks. Boy, did she draw a crowd.
- Kay Bailey Hutchinson on the airplane on my way to Juarez to get my green card in 4th grade. I was a huge fan of hers at the time.
- OK, so this wasn't me, but my mom saw Fabio at DFW airport on her way to England. This was when he was cool, ie before the bird bit his nose.
Friday, December 10, 2004
Thursday, December 09, 2004
Wednesday, December 08, 2004
Monday, December 06, 2004
I was in Iran in 1997 between Khatami's first presidential election and his inauguration. It was such an exciting time. Everyone was so hopeful of the future. They saw Khatami as a panacea for all their troubles, a chance to retrieve at least a modicum of the freedom and dignity of Iran's past. They were so sure that with Khatami in power everything would be all right. Instead, he was held back by a fundamentally flawed political system. In Iran, the power is not in the hands of the elected parliament or president, but in the appointed mullahs. The people don't have any say in who these religious officials will be or in the policies that they implement. You can see the problem: the system is not designed to represent the people and is a republic in name only (like how England is really a monarchy because the queen has little power, but the PM has lots more control). Khatami was an intellectual who thought he could make a difference in the country that he loves, but he couldn't. He was chained by the regime. What I'm surprised about is that he has the guts to admit it. But I guess he can now that he's out of power. I wouldn't be surprised, though, if he "disappeared" soon after leaving office. The government has little tolerance for the kind of things he said in his farewell address. I really wonder what the next president is going to be like, but unless they change the system it won't matter.
Saturday, December 04, 2004
Analysis: I think this dream indicates that those chains I thought I was free of are very much still attached. I never did pursue Cute Frenchboy. I had the opportunities, and I didn't take them because something was still holding me back. In my dream, when I had the opportunity to get Frenchie's number I immediately retreated into the Persian community even though it wasn't really where I wanted to be. I was happy there because I felt safe, secure, and the culture is so routine. But my routine was disrupted by the American girl telling me that this world is not what I really want. I think she represents my American self. She says that as long as I'm not compromising my morals there's no reason not to go have fun with people that I like to be around. When I went back into the "American" world, Cute Frenchboy didn't want me anymore. I think that's just an indicator of where I stand with him now; I had my chance, I retreated, and now my opportunity is gone. I may never see him again after Thursday. I have to stop living in fear.
Sat Dec 4, 8:47 AM ET
TEHRAN (Reuters) - These days Iranian women are not even allowed to watch men compete on the football field, but 2,000 years ago they could have been carving the boys to pieces on the battlefield.
DNA tests on the 2,000-year-old bones of a sword-wielding Iranian warrior have revealed the broad-framed skeleton belonged to woman, an archaeologist working in the northwestern city of Tabriz said on Saturday.
"Despite earlier comments that the warrior was a man because of the metal sword, DNA tests showed the skeleton inside the tomb belonged to a female warrior," Alireza Hojabri-Nobari told the Hambastegi newspaper.
He added that the tomb, which had all the trappings of a warrior's final resting place, was one of 109 and that DNA tests were being carried out on the other skeletons.
Hambastegi said other ancient tombs believed to belong to women warriors have been unearthed close to the Caspian Sea.
Sunday, November 14, 2004
Sunday, November 07, 2004
Tonight's American Dreams was soooo sad. My mom and I were crying because we thought JJ had died and his whole family was crying, and it was the saddest thing on television. Then at the very end, it was revealed that JJ is alive! He just has to come back to see his baby, who's going to be born next week! This is so exciting! Yay!!!
I spent my Saturday at SMU. No, I wasn't there for the Homecoming Game. The funny thing is I didn't even know about it, but when I got there the place was packed, there was no parking, and the game was about to start. I had actually gone there to visit the Meadows Museum for the first time. The work there truly is beautiful. Then I went to the mosque that night for Shabe Qadr services. (Yes, this weekend was devoted to crying.) After staying up all night praying and crying, I went to work Sunday morning. See, I had agreed to cover for this girl, but I had forgotten what I was doing the night before. Luckily, Red Bull got me through rounds. I even got some great pointers from the doctor about what to say during my interview and about the MCAT (I start TPR next weekend!)
OK, so I was kinda upset about Bush winning the election, but Michael Moore's 17 Reasons to Not Slit Your Wrists really helped me through it. If you voted for Bush, well I'm glad someone is happy. If you voted for Kerry, read the Moore article and try to cheer up. If you voted for Nader, get your head out of the clouds and pick a side!
Friday, November 05, 2004
The Final Exam
Instructions: Read each question carefully. Answer all questions. Time Limit: 4 hours. Begin immediately.
Describe the history of the papacy from its origins to the present day, concentrating especially, but not exclusively, on its social, political, economic, religious, and philosophical impact on Europe, Asia, America, and Africa. Be brief, concise, and specific.
You have been provided with a razor blade, a piece of gauze, and a bottle of scotch. Remove your appendix. Do not suture until your work has been inspected. You have 15 minutes.
3. Public Speaking
Twenty-five hundred riot-crazed aborigines are storming the classroom. Calm them. You may use any ancient language except Latin or Greek.
Create life. Estimate the differences in subsequent human culture if this form of life had developed 500 million years earlier, with special attention to its probable effect on the English parliamentary system. Prove your thesis.
Write a piano concerto. Orchestrate and perform it with flute and drum. You will find a piano under your seat.
Based on your degree of knowledge of their works, evaluate the emotional stability, degree of adjustment, and repressed frustrations of each of the following: Alexander of Aphrodisias, Rameses II, Gregory of Nicea, Hammurabi. Support your evaluations with quotations from each man's work, making appropriate references. It is not necessary to translate.
Estimate the sociological problems which might accompany the end of the world. Construct an experiment to test your theory.
8. Management Science
Define management. Define science. How do they relate? Why? Create a generalized algorithm to optimize all managerial decisions. Assuming an 1130 CPU supporting 50 terminals, each terminal to activate your algorithm; design the communications interface and all necessary control programs.
The disassembled parts of a high-powered rifle have been placed in a box on your desk. You will also find an instruction manual, printed in Swahili. In ten minutes a hungry Bengal tiger will be admitted to the room. Take whatever action you feel is appropriate. Be prepared to justify your decision.
Develop a realistic plan for refinancing the national debt. Trace the possible effects of your plan in the following areas: Cubism, the Donatist controversy, the wave theory of light. Outline a method for preventing these effects. Criticize this method from all possible points of view. Point out the deficiencies in your point of view, as demonstrated in your answer to the last question.
11. Political Science
There is a red telephone on the desk beside you. Start World War III. Report at length on its socio-political effects, if any.
Take a position for or against truth. Prove the validity of your position.
Explain the nature of matter. Include in your answer an evaluation of the impact of the development of mathematics on science.
Sketch the development of human thought; estimate its significance. Compare with the development of any other kind of thought.
15. General Knowledge
Describe in detail. Be objective and specific.
16. Extra Credit
Define the universe. Give three examples.
Tuesday, November 02, 2004
Sunday, October 31, 2004
Friday, October 22, 2004
Later on in class, I supplented our discussion of "The Stranger" by talking about the original French title "L'Etranger." So at the end of class, the professor was talking about something and in the middle of it I thought I heard him say, "I know you're French, Maryam." Everybody in class turned and looked at me, including a piqued Cute Frenchboy. I was confused. After class, my professor came up to me and apologized for putting me on the spot. I told him I found it to be "quite funny." I went to my next class and asked one of my friends, "Did the professor call me French?" She said that she had heard that too and thought it was weird that he said that. I said, "Maybe when I said I was Persian he though I said Parisienne." Then she laughed and said, "Maybe he said, 'Pardon my French, Maryam.' That sounded reasonable (even though it made no sense in context), and I let the matter pass.
Wednesday, October 20, 2004
Tuesday, October 19, 2004
Sunday, October 17, 2004
Thursday, October 14, 2004
~~Homage to Catalonia, George Orwell
Friday, October 08, 2004
Saturday, September 25, 2004
Today, I bought a car!! It's a black 2005 Civic EX. The insurance company is paying 7000, my dad is paying 3000, and I'm paying the rest (10000). Yup, your little girl is growing up. God-willing I'll have this car for a long time and stay safe in it.
I like this French boy in my class. I'm trying to get up the nerve to talk to him. He has the cutest accent! Somebody told me he was faking it though, and that he likes to play mind games. I'm gonna be positive and just think that he's more intelligent than most people, but that we could connect on a deep level. In class discussion, he gets really passionate and starts talking with his hands. The whole class is just mesmerized when he speaks. Did I mention that he's really cute?
Friday, September 03, 2004
Thursday, September 02, 2004
Wednesday, September 01, 2004
Saturday, August 28, 2004
"When you're big in Tehran"
School's been so busy that I haven't been able to post. I went to the Metro Mustangs meeting yesterday. I'm running for Vice-President, so vote for me! My web class starts Monday, but I have to read all 400+ pages of Emile Zola's Germinal for Wednesday. Ain't life grand? I never had such a demand made of me in an English course, who would think it would happen in a CF/History course? The Olympics is drawing to a close, and I'm sad. I loved the sense of unity I felt with the world and the inspiration to be the best and achieve my dreams. I'll get a DVD of it, if it comes out. I know they've already released the gymnastics on DVD. We're finishing up the Canterbury Tales in Brit Lit 1. Thank God, I hate Chaucer. Such a waste of time. I'm not working next week, so hopefully I can use the extra 10 hours to play catch-up...or sleep.
Friday, August 27, 2004
Your style couldn't get much sweeter. You enjoy looking feminine, so girly dresses, blouses, skirts, and accessories are your favorite pieces. Be on the look out for embellished versions of your favorite things this fall—camisoles, cardigans, belts, necklaces, and shoes will all be adorned with bows. Try buying ribbon at a fabric store and tying it around the waist of your sweater or jacket, and match the trend with pretty floral pieces or decorative brooches and pins.
You might also like Winter Floral.
This result courtesty of Seventeen.com.
Saturday, August 21, 2004
The opening act came out first. He was this very large man who was not very funny. He basically got booed off the stage and people kept yelling, "You're not funny, put on Jamie!!" Then Jamie came on. Everyone got excited. The first half of his show was really rolling-on-the-ground funny. But then the second half came. See, I go to a pretty conservative school, and the second half was all sex jokes...graphic sex jokes. Nobody laughed. It was dead silent. The worst part was when he brought out this rapper and together they wrapped about the greatest of the "left tit." And then he told all the ladies to get up and shake their left tits. Everyone looked around to see who would get up and no one did. So then Jamie kind of made the "cut it out" motion with his hand and said good night and left. I think he should have checked out his audience first and just kept making jokes like his first half.
Afterwards, we went to the Taste Dallas Carnival. Everyone was scrambling for free T-shirts. I grabbed one and a Philly Cheesesteak sandwich. I missed Maggiano's Tiramisu, but I got to try a lemon cookie. The response to the pizza from Cafe Nostra was amazing too. Kiss FM was there but weren't gonna give away anything for a while except for Napolean Dynamite posters and chips. We head back home at 8:30 happy and satisfied. It's not often that we get to do things alone together, and luckily this night was worth the trip.
Thursday, August 19, 2004
My first class, Victorian Genders, was interesting. The professor had sent out an email telling everyone to bring the course pack to class for discussion. The thing is the bookstore doesn't carry it. So she asked, how many of you don't have the course pack? and everyone raised their hand. It was really funny.
So we got out of class 20 min. early. Then I went threading with my new found time and head home for a 15 min break. Then I head to UTD for my physics lab. The lab is taught by a TA, not a professor, which is new for me. He seems nice.
The coolest thing was that I went in thinking that I wouldn't know anyone in there, but I did know someone. This one girl from my high school who's half-Persian half-American. I was talking to my mom on the cell phone and she turned a corner and said, "I thought I heard someone speaking Farsi." She just transfered to UTD from UT and her older sister just started Baylor Med after graduating from MIT. I was like, thank God I have a good lab partner. She's good at math, so that's good for me. Hopefully tomorrow will be just as good as today...and no more rain!
Wednesday, August 18, 2004
In other news, I gota haircut today. It's pretty much just a clean up of the last one I got. I also found out that I have Physics lab tomorrow after all, so my schedule tomorrow will be like this:
6:45-11:30 work at the hospital
12:30-2 pm English at SMU
4-7 pm Physics lab at UTD
Quelle Excitee, n'est-ce pas? My English teacher already emailed me the syllabus. Ah, good times are to be had by all. Enjoy the last day of summer, ya'll and I'll see you in school tomorrow.
Monday, August 16, 2004
Friday, August 13, 2004
Take more time to figure out what's up with your guy friend—it's unclear whether he wants to stay just friends or if he wants more. If you're not ready to have an honest discussion about your relationship potential, flirt with him and see how he responds. Go out of your way to spend extra time with him and let him know you want him around—if he has feelings for you, it will make him more comfortable showing them. If he seems reluctant or turns down your attempts to get closer, you know you're meant to be friends.
You're approachable and friendly without coming across as a pushover, which will win you respect and make people feel comfortable around you. You know when to be polite, but when someone upsets you, you're not afraid to stand up for yourself—a true friend would never hold that against you. There is such a thing as being too nice, and you're great at judging where to draw the line.
Wednesday, August 11, 2004
I've been training 2 girls at work all week. They're doing a great job; I'm very proud of them. I like having protegees. My professor for the A&P web class I'm taking at CCCC emailed me last night that she updated her website. I checked out the assignment requirements and they sound pretty doable with my schedule.
Sunday, August 08, 2004
Wednesday, August 04, 2004
Tuesday, August 03, 2004
Monday, August 02, 2004
Thursday, July 29, 2004
Tuesday, July 27, 2004
Monday, July 26, 2004
Thursday, July 22, 2004
Fall 2004 Textbooks
1) Roland Stromberg, European Intellectual History since 1789; half.com 16.79
2) Albert Camus, The Stranger; half.com 3.99
3) Edmund Gosse, Father and Son; half.com 5.78
4) Heda Kovaly, Under a Cruel Star; half.com 6.90
5) J. D. Watson, The Double Helix; amazon 3.50
6) Arthur Koestler, Darkness at Noon; amazon 3.64
7) Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own;
8) Emile Zola, Germinal;
9) Robert Graves, Goodby to All That;
10) Primo Levi, Survival in Auschwitz;
11) Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, The Communist Manifesto;
12) George Orwell, Homage to Catalonia.
Texts: Lunsford and Connors, EasyWriter;
Norton Anthology of English Literature, Vol. I (7th edition);
Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Texts: C. Brontë, Jane Eyre;
E. Brontë, Wuthering Heights,
Gaskell, North and South;
Hardy, Tess of the D’Urbervilles;
Ibsen, A Doll’s House;
Hughes, Tom Brown's Schooldays;
Course reader with selected poems, essays, and contemporary criticism.
Brehm, S.S., Kassin, S.M., and Fein, S. (2001). Social Psychology, Fifth Edition. Boston: Houghton-Mifflin.
Physics, 6th edition, by Cutnell & Johnson
Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology by Elaine Marieb, current edition.
On : 7/25/2004 3:08:21 AM persianguy (www) said:
Hey, good job with the grades! Maybe you could find a decent husband, if you weren't so damned....
Good job. Keep it up!
On : 7/25/2004 10:54:24 AM gp (www) said:
what class is homage to catalonia for? thats a fantastic read. looks like a great class.
Maryam: It's for Social and Intellectual History of Europe
Wednesday, July 21, 2004
On : 7/21/2004 6:42:23 PM diego (www) said:
awesome. nothing better than sticking it to someone who says you wouldn't be able to succeed at something....oh the memories of AP Computer Sci II, my wonderful teacher who said I would have a difficult time keeping up....
On : 7/21/2004 7:51:53 PM Sammy (www) said:
Congrats on your really awesome grade!...hmmm...and A....I wonder what's that like?.....
No, seriously, I really am wondering! =)
On : 7/22/2004 2:15:04 PM Maryam (www) said:
Thanks guys; y'all are so awesome. Sometimes it seems like a lot of people try to tell me I'm not good enough. In 10th grade, I made it to TX state science fair, but my Chem teacher told me not to go because I didn't stand a chance. She literally said I shouldn't try because I wouldn't win. I went to the science fair and won a Special Award from Conservation International. I rubbed it in her face when I came back. At least I know I can count on y'all for encouragement. Group hug!
Saturday, July 17, 2004
Thursday, July 15, 2004
On : 7/17/2004 12:20:51 PM gp (www) said:
that movie is humorously truthful. all of those characters were in my life, down to the guitarist that playing "no woman, no cry". i saw it when i was living the same life.. it isnt my type of movie, but at the time it was really funny.
i saw a short film that abbas kiarostami did. i think i mentioned him to you before but you didnt know him. he's the foremost art director in iran. i wonder if your parents know him? im curious as to how art directors are received worldwide. i guess you can gauge this based on how many art directors there are in a country. not many coming out of iran (or the us).
Tuesday, July 13, 2004
BTW, je ne comprends pas.
On : 7/15/2004 3:35:25 PM gp (www) said:
como se llama sex?
On : 7/15/2004 5:53:15 PM Maryam (www) said:
"As sex is called?"
Wow, now I really don't know what's going on. I'm gonna click my heels 3 times and say, "I wish I was more learned...especially en espanol."
On : 7/15/2004 5:57:55 PM Will (www) said:
Monday, July 12, 2004
Saturday, July 10, 2004
The film claims to follow the true origins of King Arthur, thus not following the legend at all. Some parts of the movie do follow the truth (the Sarmations did bury their dead with swords in their graves, Arthur did unite Britons after the Romans left Britain, and he did defeat the Saxons). But for the most part, saying that this story is the true origins was just an excuse to grab those characters and put them in a different plot. In real life, there was no Lancelot, Galahad, or Merlin. Lancelot and Galahad were added by the French in the literary tradition of courtly love. The round table was also later added by the same writer who created the "Sword in the Stone" story. Arthur had 3 wives, one of which was named Gwenifayr, so some people think that's Guinivere. But she wasn't a Xena warrior princess. While saying this movie is much closer to the true origins would be a fair statement, to say it is the absolute truth would be false. Of course, if we ignore all that (because, after all, it is just a movie) and ask the question, "Is it as good movie that's worth seeing?" I would say that if you want to see a good King Arthur move, go rent Merlin, Camelot, or First Knight. If you just like knights, go see A Knight's Tale. King Arthur is not a great movie. It's gets boring at times. If I were you, I'd wait for it to come out on video or TV. I don't think it was worth my money. The legends were written because the truth was too boring.
I also saw Paycheck, starring Ben "I want to have your babies" Affleck. Now that was a great movie, like all John Woo moves are. It was fantastic and exciting. It kind of reminded me of The Bourne Identity. This is a really good movie, and I recommend it. I still don't like Uma Thurman. For some reason, all the movies try to make her seem glamorous and beautiful when she's neither of those things. She's not even that great an actress. But Paycheck is great and if Ben hadn't gotten stupid and romped with J. Lo it would have done really well at the box office and garnered a sequel. Stupid J. Lo and her kiss of death.
On : 7/10/2004 9:42:13 PM Will (www) said:
How can a man who did not exist unite Britain? Then defeat the saxons, things that happend more than a millenia apart. There is no "true" tale of king arthur is is ALL a legend, a welsh legend, not british.
But it sounds like I would enjoy this film, if only for the smile factor. Your review has made me want to see it even more. :P
On : 7/11/2004 1:37:27 AM Maryam (www) said:
That's a great site that compares Arthurian history and Arthurian literature/legend.
On : 7/11/2004 4:27:57 PM Will (www) said:
Sorry, but a geocities page is not acceptable evidence. Even if it were, the page states:
A conclusion can probably not be made on this subject because the evidence is just too sketchy...we suffer from too little reliable information.
On : 7/11/2004 6:20:16 PM Maryam (www) said:
I never said it was acceptable evidence, or evidence at all for that matter. Why do you want to make it sound like I'm wrong when I didn't make a claim to begin with? I'm not an Arthurian or a historian, nor did I ever say I was. The film claims to tell the truth based on Arthurian history. I'm familiar with Arthurian history only by the limited attention it is given in my English courses. The attention given to it is limited because the history itself is limited. I personally only care about how the legend changed throughout literary history (from Malory to Tennyson to White).
On : 7/24/2004 10:31:15 PM Sammy (www) said:
What?!! King Arthur isn't real?!?!?! NOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'm sorry, but I must respectfully disagree with your view on John Woo. MI and MI2 were sadly disappointing and disgraceful to the viewers of the TV series...or maybe this utter dislike of John Woo results in a subconscious hatred and annoyance of Tom Cruise...no, I must hold Woo responsible for those horrid movies...I still can't stand Tom Cruise, but I shall save that for another day!...nevertheless, I shall respect your viewpoint of Woo movies and shall go back to believing in Arthur legends! =)
Thursday, July 08, 2004
Tuesday, July 06, 2004
On : 7/7/2004 9:52:25 AM Will (www) said:
Fahrenheit 9/11 is crap. I enjoy a fresh look at the establishment as much as the next guy, even more so, i am sure. But moore is just as bad as every other sensationalist out there. He appeals to emotions rather than fact. Far to often he uses "libral numbers" such as ... "the gulf war's are the most bloody conflicts in history" Of course he is refering to the Iran/Iraq War, using their body count to make an erroneous point.. Thats a soft issue, based ever so loosely in fact, he goes farther and actually denies evidence many times. In the new movie he interviews several congressmen to ask them why their families are not enlisted ... whoops he found some who were . While he airs the initial "confrontation" he omits the part where the congressmen say that their families are serving in Iraq. And even denies this in the voice over.
The worst moment of motion picture history. Bowling for columbine, When he sinisterizes the ICBMs rolling down the same streets children play on, Rolling down the road as children sleep. While i like his violence is in the system idea, his over the top theatrics really weaken his points and cause him to bend his "facts" too much.
On : 7/7/2004 3:40:39 PM gp (www) said:
my two cents.. probably worth even less with growing inflation:
what's great about moore is that he realizes its sensationalism and exploits it. he makes his films idiot proof (though ive only seen one so i cant say that). for that very reason he plays on emotion, while compounding it with facts (though minimally in most cases). i dont like moore, but i will defend this movie, as i think even a close-minded individual might take a second look at their views, which is probably important. the mass amounts of fan-fare it has received is strange. especially with more factual documentaries (the unseen war, fog of war) on similar subjects which came out in months past.
but really, im sick of hearing left, right and centred views on this movie. it compounds the fact evermore and gives it more media than it deserves. i cant even imagine what kind of publicity it gets or got on tv. oh, and now that you mentioned such a great image, i have to see bowling for columbine..
On : 7/7/2004 6:09:37 PM Maryam (www) said:
It's a movie. It's art. Art is emotion.
Moore has an agenda. He's not presenting a balanced look at the Bush administration and then asking the audience to come to its own conclusions. Before the opening credits roll he has already decided for us which side to be on. He has to use leftist sensationalism in order to further his goal: the removal of President Bush from office in November. Every movie has to have a villian, and Moore casts Bush in that role. Try not to take it too seriously; it's just a movie.
On : 7/7/2004 11:10:28 PM Will (www) said:
its not a movie, its a message. One that people beleive in, by depricating the message he depricates the people who beleive in it. Or even worse, he misleads the people.
On : 7/9/2004 12:51:17 PM gp (www) said:
you do have a point. i wish i knew what his motive was, because it does seem self-serving, but then again hes not the typical middle-upper class liberal. i think he just loves this country and he'd rather change it to meet his demands than leave. whats the best way to do it? better than becoming a politician (or terrorist), is to make movies about his message. more people pay attention to movies than they do politicians. and i think people trust movies more than they do politicians. im beginning to sound like im moore's biggest fan. anyway... like i said before, we're creating more fanfare with this argle bargle. so we should stop and let nature (and the antithesis: journalists) take their course on this film.
Sunday, July 04, 2004
On : 7/4/2004 10:14:16 PM diego (www) said:
lol. deaf and blind? what did you say???
On : 7/5/2004 3:19:29 PM Maryam (www) said:
I mean the boom from the fireworks combined with the possible blinding light they emit. I watched the fireworks at Gleneagles from the safe distance of my backyard. (And yes, I am joking. I'm not really afraid of fireworks deafening and blinding me.)
On : 7/5/2004 8:32:43 PM diego (www) said:
lol, i was making an inference to being struck deaf and blind by the fireworks....by pretending to act deaf (what did you say)?
sarcasm doesnt work as well over the net i guess.
On : 7/5/2004 9:04:16 PM Maryam (www) said:
Oh, now I get it! Good one, D.
Friday, July 02, 2004
In other news, my grandma went back to Los Angeles. We all miss her and my mom took us shopping to sort of get our minds off of her not being with us. At Norstrom Rack I found a black Fendi handbag for $200! I had to get it right away, and now I have given it a good home. Where else can you get a real Fendi for 1/2 off?
On : 7/3/2004 2:37:09 PM gp (www) said:
why not drink tea? try yerba mate for a nice caffeine free alternative (go boulder). oh shit, the mexican ice cream/fruit stand is outside. gotta run.
On : 7/3/2004 2:38:24 PM gp (www) said:
oh.. and about fendi - rome if you know where to go.
On : 7/4/2004 11:20:02 AM Will K (www) said:
$200 for a purse, tsk tsk.
I hope pete didnt miss the mobile mexicana.
On : 7/4/2004 9:41:31 PM diego (www) said:
when the purse is worth more than what's inside the purse, you have problems :P
crazy girls.... j/k.
On : 7/6/2004 7:28:20 PM diego (www) said:
oh btw...nordstrom rack rules.
Thursday, July 01, 2004
On : 7/1/2004 8:05:20 PM diego (www) said:
the man is delirious.
On : 7/1/2004 10:51:16 PM Maryam (www) said:
It was like watching a train wreck. He's willing to say anything to save his ass.
On : 7/2/2004 1:25:19 AM helen (www) said:
Hi, Maryam! Didn't read your comment on Omar's lj till now. I'm just visiting your site. ^_^
On : 7/2/2004 6:30:58 PM Maryam (www) said:
Hi Helen! IM me sometime. My sn is chaeymaey.
On : 7/3/2004 10:48:31 PM persianguy (www) said:
Did you see all the charges against him? Did you see Iran missing from it? For God's sakes, they have the Kuwait-invasion on there, but they forget the what...one million martyred from his invasion of Iran?
On : 7/3/2004 10:53:34 PM Maryam (www) said:
I thought the invasion of Iran was the 5th charge...I just looked it up and you're right! They didn't charge him with the Iran-Iraq war. Amrikayeaeh pedarsookhteh, they just didn't want to call Iranians victims. If the Kuwaitis are victims, then the Iranians are too.
On : 7/4/2004 5:16:37 PM gp (www) said:
i guess it depends on who is writing the charge.... sigh
Tuesday, June 29, 2004
MACON, Ga., June 29 (UPI) -- A mother angry that a Macon, Ga., Chuck E. Cheese character wasn't paying enough attention to her child, allegedly threw a pizza at the character.
The Macon (Ga.) Telegraph reported Tuesday the 17-year-old girl dressed as Chuck E. Cheese was also allegedly threatened by the mother.
The unidentified angry mother threatened to "whip" the girl when she changed out of the costume -- a gray cartoon-like rodent with large front teeth.
Police said no charges have been filed.
Copyright 2004 by United Press International
Monday, June 28, 2004
TEHERAN, Iran, June 27 (UPI) -- An Iranian newspaper reported Sunday the story of a woman who claims to have given birth to a frog.
The BBC reported Iranian newspaper Etemaad printed that the creature was believed to have grown from larva to an adult frog inside her body. The paper quotes medical experts as saying there are human characteristics to the animal.
It has been speculated that the unnamed woman unknowingly picked up the larva while she was swimming in a dirty pool, the BBC said.
In the 17th Century, Catharina Geisslerin, known as "the toad-vomiting woman" of Germany, claimed to have incubated amphibians inside of her body. However, when she died in 1662, doctors found no evidence animals had ever lived inside her body.
Copyright 2004 by United Press International.
Here's a more complete article on this weird event.
On : 6/28/2004 7:17:11 PM diego (www) said:
you're people are weird
Sunday, June 27, 2004
On : 6/28/2004 7:17:48 PM diego (www) said:
i can help you out. send me an email or IM me to let me know what the problem is.
On : 6/29/2004 12:56:05 AM gp (www) said:
i forget what they call it, but all companies are doing this... tech support overseas sourcing (not what they call it) to india and bangladesh. sun and ibm did it.. why not linksys? a lot of people here are jobless now. whats to do...
On : 6/29/2004 5:57:32 PM diego (www) said:
the word you're looking for is outsourcing, gp. Dell made headlines because of outsorcing too. I had a first-hand encounter with their India tech support one week. It took about 16 hours of phone calls for them to send over a new hard disk for the PC I was troubleshooting.
On : 6/29/2004 7:47:43 PM gp (www) said:
its not outsourcing. outsourcing is when a company "leases" their employees as consultants.. this is something different.
On : 6/29/2004 9:00:48 PM Will K (www) said:
pete, I am sorry you are incorrect. :P
Outsourcing is when a company replaces a previously inhouse division with an outside service.
On : 6/29/2004 10:39:16 PM Maryam (www) said:
I'll settle this impartially: Webster's definition of outsourcing is "the practice of subcontracting manufacturing work to outside and especially foreign or nonunion companies." Interpret that as you see fit.
On : 6/30/2004 7:06:32 PM diego (www) said:
so did you ever work out your wireless network problems?
On : 6/30/2004 8:39:39 PM Maryam (www) said:
Oh, yeah I did. Thanks for your offer, Diego.
On : 7/2/2004 3:56:00 AM gp (www) said:
offshore outsourcing (or offshoring) was what i was looking for. and yes i was mistaken.
On : 7/2/2004 6:32:05 PM Maryam (www) said:
I love a man who can admit when he's wrong. It shows strength. You get a big hug from me, gp.
Friday, June 25, 2004
So Farsi So Good
Blogging boom gives Iranian women a voice: "Take one exasperated Iranian woman. Add a computer. Hook it up to the internet. 'And you have a voice in a country where it's very hard to be heard ...'" Nice! Maybe that should be in our tour.
– Biz [6/23/2004 11:59:05 AM]
Speaking of Iranian women, I did see The Circle and Secret Ballot. They're both films that aren't that great as movies, but they do raise some important issues. Of course, these issues are handled much better in other films. Secret Ballot was the worse of the two. It moved very slowly. I literally fast-forwarded through scenes to get to the dialogue. The main issue raised in this film is that although Iranian women have to ask their husbands permission to do everything else, voting is the one decision that she can make on her own independent of her husband. There were several women in the film who were covered Afghan-burka style, which the filmmaker meant to signify as being the truly oppressed women, not the ballot-official who was just wearing a scarf and chador. There's also one point where a 12 yr old girl asks to vote. The ballot-official says that you have to be 16 to vote. The girl's mom says, "Hey if she's old enough to marry at 12, she should be old enough to vote." You can see the look of shock on the ballot-official's face and you she wants to say, "If you're 12, you shouldn't be getting married anyway," but she holds her peace and politely says that she must follow the law. Secret Ballot is one of several Iranian films that seeks to expose the backwardness of the tribes in southern Iran. A much better film that does this in a very entertaining way is Aroos Atash (the Bride of Fire). The Circle, however, seeks to expose the oppression of women in the city, thus it was banned. The idea here is that the government is helpless against ancient traditions in the tribes but they themselves have cause the suffering in cities. No government wants to be told that they have done that, so these films are banned. The Circle also lags at many points (too many long closeups) and in the end nothing is resolved. You don't find out what happens to any of the characters, or what happened to them before the film started. You're sort of just given a snapshot of a couple of hours in their lives. I would recommend this film if you want to know more about how women are really treated in Iranian cities. I don't recommend it if you're looking for excitement or entertainment. It's more art-house than that.
Thursday, June 24, 2004
On : 6/27/2004 9:55:34 PM Samwise Tangee (www) said:
oh, if only Engineering classes could be taken online!....ah, but again, 'tis the life I've chosen! Congrats in advance on your very awesome O Chem grade that I know you're going to get!! =)
On : 6/27/2004 10:06:20 PM Maryam (www) said:
Oh, Sam, you're so sweet! Thank you in advance (I hope, I hope, I hope!).
Wednesday, June 23, 2004
My score: 28
21-30: You've probably been living in the West for most of your life. You speak Persian with a slight accent but you're in touch with your culture. You think that there are attitudes in the West where you think are more suitable than your own and you try and mix yourself a bit. You're conscious that your not fully Iranian nor fully 'Xa'reji'. You sometimes wonder where you really belong in the world. You may have been to Iran a few times and enjoyed it but since you've lived in the West for so long you can never really go back.
The First Letter Analysis
M You are emotional and intense. When involved in a relationship, you throw your entire being into it. Nothing stops you; there are no holds barred. You are all-consuming and crave someone who is equally passionate and intense. You believe in total sexual freedom. You are willing to try anything and everything. Your supply of sexual energy is inexhaustible. You also enjoy mothering your mate.
Monday, June 21, 2004
On : 6/23/2004 9:39:30 PM Samwise Tangee (www) said:
hey, I scored a 4 on that Iranian quiz!....... = | I'm, uh, sort of at a loss on what to do with it, though. Maybe I'd better remain a proud man of Chinese descent. Besides, EVERYBODY knows that everyone came from China, and as they left, they became "barbarians!" =) ...yes, I know, I will be slapped sooner or later...anywho, you know, my ancestors were royalty, I believe it was during during the Han dynasty! ...till my ancestor, who was an emissary to the emperor, decided to build a tower around his governing city instead of a Buddha...oh well!
On : 6/24/2004 5:04:32 PM prettydoc (www) said:
Sam, we share a common bond of having powerful royal ancestors until they screwed themselves over. Be proud of your dysfunctional ancestors! Oh, Sam, I would be happy to make you an honorary Iranian, but then I don't know if that would be a big honor, haha. I say just be proud of who you are, and we are all so proud of you, Sam.
On : 6/24/2004 11:37:27 PM gp (www) said:
i saw khandahar last night. i believe it was directed by an iranian.. but it was a documentary* about an afghan woman traveling in afghanistan during the taliban regime. not a great movie, but a good view of women in islam.
* not really a documentary, but filmed like a documentary and with horrible acting.
On : 6/25/2004 12:45:37 AM Sammy (www) said:
Hey, I just confirmed my ancestral history with my dad...it turns out my ancestor/emissary to the emperor was actually quite innovative building bridges across rivers and hard-to-traverse areas (only more efficient and faster than the high five construction...but I'll save that soapbox for another day!). However, building bridges were apparently frowned upon during that oh-so-entrepreneur-friendly administration, and was given the boot from Peking (Beijing) to the Fujian province, specifically the city of Xiamen, a treaty port-city that was opened after the British victory of the Opium War...that's government for you!...But in a sense, I'm happy (one might say thankful to God) that they were kicked out, as during the hostile takeover of our Commie "friends" it was easier for my grandparents to escape to the magical islands of the Philippines...interestingly enough, my great-grandpappy was a well respected doctor, who did charitable wonders for the poverty-stricken community, and to this day, the entire city still remembers him and will treat the Tan as if we were royalty
...all in all, ancestors are cool, and I want to be one when I grow up...oh, right..there's the whole getting married and having children and grand children part...bah! minor details!
Sorry!....maybe I shouldn't be commenting on people's blogs at 12:48 in the morning anymore
On : 6/25/2004 10:57:10 AM prettydoc (www) said:
gp, my parents saw Kandahar and they strongly disliked it as a film so I never got to see it. Sam, very cool history lesson. You're very diplomatic when in charge so of course you're a royal. My royal ancestor was a prince who ruled Mashhad (essentially founded the city as we know it today). He built the first school there as well as other infrastructure. His children continued to rule until the fall of the Qajar Dynasty in, I believe, 1929. But I still get to keep the title of Princess so that's pretty cool.
Sunday, June 20, 2004
Saturday, June 19, 2004
On : 6/20/2004 5:24:04 PM diego (www) said:
ugh....i got a ticket last week on the way back from UTD (that school is frickin cursed)....unfortunately defensive driving won't be an option for me....i'll write some more about it later this week once i have all the info.
Friday, June 18, 2004
LONDON, June 18 (UPI) -- Identical 2-year-old British twins reportedly to broke their left arms in the same place on the same slide on the same day.
Now, Mitchell and Elliott Cocks have matching plaster casts to go with their matching clothes and haircuts, the Daily Express said.
After Elliott tripped over the base of the backyard slide doctors found he had broken his left arm. Mitchell, who had fallen off the slide earlier, complained of his left arm hurting and it was discovered also broken.
"I couldn't believe it," Sarah Cocks, the boys' mother, said.
Meanwhile, brother Kristian, 12, is also in plaster after breaking a foot last week. He'd only just had a cast removed after falling off his bike and breaking his arm.
Copyright 2004 by United Press International.
Thursday, June 17, 2004
"Summer is the O.C. character you resemble most. Like Summer, you thrive on drama. You love to spend hours talking on the phone and you'll always do your part to keep a juicy rumor going. In your relationships you love the thrill of the chase, and are most interested in guys you see as challenges. Although you like to be the center of attention, you're not always as sure of yourself as you let on."
Click on Summer's picture to see which OC character you most resemble, courtesy of Seventeen magazine.
Another quiz: What is your theme song?
"God is a DJ" by Pink
"You love to have a good time, no matter what, and that's why Pink's party anthem is your theme song. You love being the center of attention and consider life your personal dance floor. Your top priority is to make the most of life, which for you means having as much fun as possible. Because of your contagious sunshiny personality you're always surrounded by a big group of friends—but they'd still love you even if you weren't always the life of the party!"
On : 6/18/2004 7:00:00 PM gp (www) said:
these quizes are the bane of my existance. a pox on quiz master's house.
my theme song? southern hospitality by ludacris..
no, i think probably something by flaming lips
or maybe some of the unreleased material from the flying jewfish.
or blood of abraham - the niggas, the jews
oh well.. no one will realize im sarcastic and no one will realize why my choices are so ridiculous. leave it to beaver.. giddy'up.
On : 6/18/2004 8:04:38 PM prettydoc (www) said:
I think your theme song should be "For Pete's Sake" by the Monkees: Love is understanding, don't you know that this is true, love is understanding, it's in everything we do. In this generation, in this loving time, in this generation, we will make the world shine. We were born to love one another, this is something we all need. We were born to love one another, this must be what we're going to be. And what we have to be is free.
On : 6/20/2004 4:49:03 PM gp (www) said:
are you accusing me of being fake?
On : 6/20/2004 8:46:15 PM prettydoc (www) said:
gp, I would never. I love you far too dearly.