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A Note About Not Writing

August 22, 2016

I haven’t updated this blog in a while. Every time I wanted to write a blog post, most likely about something specific going on in the world, something else terrible would happen and the right words wouldn’t come. Nothing I was writing seemed good enough. I felt as if I had to address the craziness […]

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Random Reads from the Week

March 15, 2015

The problem with Facebook and Twitter is that people post so many articles that are worth reading that you can really abandon all your plans for the day and spend your time reading the content. Of course, I wouldn’t actually ever do that (Hi, all my coworkers reading this, I do work, I promise!) but […]

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On Charlie Hebdo

January 7, 2015

I got onto the BART train this morning right before the doors closed. The train was filled up and started moving before I even had a chance to sit down. I wondered why it was leaving earlier than usual but I chalked it up to the fact that it may have been a late train […]

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It’s a New Year…

January 3, 2015

The other day, I was reading Seconds, a graphic novel by Bryan Lee O’Malley. He also wrote/drew the fantastic Scott Pilgrim comic books, which were adapted into the film Scott Pilgrim Vs the World. I loved that movie and so had sought out the comic books it was based on. Which is why I was […]

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An Untitled Condemnation

August 20, 2014

When I got back into video games a few years ago (which turned out to be for just a short period of time), I bought myself a copy of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. I had been totally immersed in the gameplay of Uncharted 2, the first game I played when I bought the […]

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Oh Tyrant…

June 24, 2014

I have a confession to make: Although I know that some people use the movie True Lies as an example of when Hollywood portrays Muslims/Arabs in an offensive manner, I like that movie and will watch it if I come across it while flipping the channels on the TV. I can’t help it, I find […]

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Glenn Greenwald and the Surveillance State

June 22, 2014

Several years ago, David Simon, creator of the HBO show The Wire spoke at UC Berkeley in a talk titled “The Audacity of Despair”. In the lecture, Simon discussed the role of journalists and how they have been failing to ask the “Why” of a story and not playing the role that the public needs […]

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Practicing Mindfulness, Or: Look at me, I’m Meditating!

May 11, 2014

I’ve always had a hard time staying in the present. Not my physical self (as far as I know, time travel has not yet been invented) but my mental self. I’m always thinking about the future, things I need to take care of, what I still need to do for any projects I’m working on, […]

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A Few Words About Syria

March 16, 2014

I usually am not very serious on my blog but I wanted to say just a bit about Syria. Three years ago, the civil war in Syria began and there has been so much death and destruction as the region has been laid to waste. Here’s a two minute video guide to the conflict from […]

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Remembering Those Moments

February 17, 2014

This past week, I was in Tampa visiting my cousin and her family. In the backyard of their house, they have a swing hanging from one of the branches of a tree. Her 3 and 4 year-old daughters insisted I push them on the swing, arguing with each other about who gets to go first […]

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