Tales from a Fake Hip Hop Fan

October 12, 2011

Back in 2007, I did my sister a favor and went with her to the Lupe Fiasco concert in San Francisco at the Fillmore. She was a fan while I knew close to nothing about him. All I knew about the guy was that he had a couple of albums out, he’s a skater, and […]

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Me Like Books

November 30, 2010

Asking yourself if you want an e-reader is a valid question – I mean, it can reduce clutter, it can be cheaper in the long run, more convenient, and all that good stuff. I have to admit though, I’ve never been tempted by any e-reader, whether it be the Kindle, Nook, what have you. I […]

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On Pakistan

August 18, 2010

Three weeks ago, flooding started in Pakistan, killing over 1,500 people and affecting millions of people so far. Articles say that about 1/5 of Pakistan is under water. And yet, despite the dire need of funds, there has been a slow response to this disaster. There has been a lot of discussion about this so […]

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The Zeitouns in San Francisco

March 13, 2010

A while ago, I wrote a review of Zeitoun by Dave Eggers and have also mentioned it elsewhere in this blog a handful of times. This book is the true story of Abdulrahman Zeitoun and what happened to him in New Orleans during and after Hurricane Katrina. The book is amazing and so when I […]

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60 Minutes Report on the West Bank

January 31, 2009

Last Sunday’s 60 Minutes featured a story about the West Bank and Israel. In this segment, 60 Minutes correspondent Bob Simon ventures over to the West Bank and Israel and is a witness to the lives Palestinians live. He also speaks to several people about how viable the two state solution actually is. In addition, […]

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Absolutely Ludicrous

November 27, 2007

This was all over the news yesterday: Sudan questions British teacher over Islam insult She was jailed because she named a teddy bear ‘Muhammad’?! The school officials say she was insulting the Prophet (pbuh) but Muhammad is a really common name. Besides, that was the name of one of the kids in class, the one […]

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Activism on Campus – Palestinian Awareness Week

April 28, 2007

On Wednesday, April 25th, the students at San Jose State did something a bit different in honor of Palestinian Awareness Week. Instead of scheduling a lecture to explain how life for a Palestinian is, they showed it. Securing a section of campus, students from the club Students for Change staged a dramatization of a checkpoint, […]

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The Issue of God – A Lecture at Berkeley

April 26, 2007

The other day, I attended a lecture at UC Berkeley titled Can We Talk About God? Devotion and Extremism in the Modern Age. The event was sponsored by Zaytuna, KPFA, and Cody’s Books. To tell you the truth, I wasn’t about to go. The event was on a Tuesday in Berkeley and while I already […]

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My Second Max Barry Book Signing

April 11, 2007

I went to Max Barry’s book signing for the paperback version of Company at Rakestraw Books, an independent bookstore in Danville. I had never heard of this bookstore but apparently a lot of famous authors have conducted book signings/events there. I was surprised considering how many of us who read Barry’s blog were baffled as […]

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