October 2012

New Star Wars Movies! Woohoo!

October 30, 2012

The big news on the interweb today was that Disney purchased Lucasfilms for 4 billion dollars and plans to produce new Star Wars films, with the first one out in a few years. Right now, the Star Wars film is being referred to as Episode 7, which would put it after Return of the Jedi. […]

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Celebrating Eid. Just Because.

October 27, 2012

Today was Eid Al-Adha, one of holidays that Muslims officially celebrate. This is meant to be the biggest holiday for Muslims but I have to admit, growing up I used to think of this holiday as second to Eid al-Fitr, which was the day after Ramadan. We had just fasted for 30 days and Eid […]

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Argo As Fast As You Can

October 22, 2012

My sister and I watched Argo yesterday. There is no doubt, this is a good movie. It was well acted and tense, a very human story without the need for special effects to sell it. Stuff like this makes me almost forget that Ben Affleck was in one of my least favorite movies ever, Daredevil. […]

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Oakland! Telegraph Avenue!

October 21, 2012

I have to be honest with y’all. Before 2009, I didn’t give Oakland much thought. I had really only been there a couple of times for Wondercon, the comic convention*, back when it was off 12th Street/City Center and then once for jury duty at the Oakland courthouse. When I got a job in Oakland […]

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Adventures in ESL

October 14, 2012

I happened to be listening to Wajahat Ali’s Google Talk – “From Chaiwallah to Playwright: The Rise of a Pakistani American Writer” when he mentioned being in ESL while in elementary school. ESL, which stands for English as a Second Language, was a program meant for students who weren’t as familiar with the English language, […]

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