January 2008

Manufacturing Fear

January 29, 2008

The latest issue of Rolling Stones features a fascinating Special Report titled Fear Factory, by investigative journalist Guy Lawson. In this article, Lawson details how the FBI has gone to great lengths to go after terrorist threats, to even the point of creating threats themselves. Lawson writes of how outfits of the FBI, such as […]

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Three Cups of Tea

January 29, 2008

A few months ago, a friend gave me a copy of Three Cups of Tea. I always saw it at Borders and wanted to read it, but never got around to it. However, it joined the growing pile of ‘Books I have but have not yet read pile’ on my shelf. A few weeks ago, […]

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Please Don’t Watch Me Eat

January 29, 2008

There is some sort of unwritten rule that the nicer the Indian restaurant is, the worse the food. This is why most of us go to the Pakwans and Shalimars of the world, the dives. The food is good while the restaurant itself leaves much to be desired. (At one Pakwan, they have a sign […]

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The Curse of the Default

January 25, 2008

During the long weekend, I attended an Islamic conference titled “Is Islamic Thought Dying?” The topic intrigued me since it sounded like I would be intellectually stimulated and learn quite a few things. In order to ensure that all registrants were serious and interested in the conference, everyone had to write an essay about whether […]

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The Ultimate Question

January 23, 2008

A minor spoiler for the movie follows so don’t read the rest of this if you don’t want to be spoiled at all for Cloverfield. Ok? You’ve been warned. I caught Cloverfield last night. I enjoyed it but I got distracted a bit half way through because there was a question nagging at my mind, […]

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The thing with being sick

January 6, 2008

. . . is dealing with the strange dreams that somehow come about. I don’t remember the specifics but it was weird. It included a group of hockey stick wielding people who I initially perceived to be a band of misfits but were actually protecting uh, something (or someone, don’t remember).  Anyways, their hockey blades […]

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One Year Later. . .

January 4, 2008

Yesterday was the 3rd of January. The clouds were threatening most of the morning and finally, by lunch, it started raining. The 3rd of January last year started much the same way. That was the day my dad passed away. January 3, 2007 It was the most surreal day I had ever experienced, from the […]

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