Upping my Coffee Game with a Chemex

August 24, 2016

I found myself at the register at Whole Foods in Oakland without any food but instead, an 8-cup Chemex, a box of filters, and a bag of Ethiopian coffee beans. As the guy rung me up, I couldn’t help but feel like I had to explain: “I want to be able to make good coffee […]

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Suicide Squad, Or: What Was It I Just Watched?

August 22, 2016

They should do this thing with DC movies that every time they release one, they should tell you which episodes of a DC animated series you should watch afterwards to reassure yourself that there are good stories with the characters they just messed up on the big screen. To rid oneself of the taste of […]

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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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On Werewolves and Monsters. And Muslims.

June 5, 2016

In Stephen King’s classic book It, a group of children in Derry, Maine go up against an evil entity of some sort that at times takes the form of Pennywise the Clown (the reason many folks have an inherent fear of clowns). One of the kids Ben has an idea of fashioning silver slugs to […]

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Finding the Ideal Hero in Captain America

May 9, 2016

Superman: No one stays good in this world. – From Batman V Superman Steve Rogers: I don’t mean to make things difficult. Tony Stark: I know. Because you’re a very polite person. Steve Rogers: If I see a situation pointed south, I can’t ignore it. Sometimes I wish I could. Tony Stark: No, you don’t. […]

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It’s Ramadan, Curious George!

May 4, 2016

Last year, when Ramadan ended and I was celebrating Eid Al-Fitr, the holiday that comes after Ramadan, with my family, I saw this picture on the internet with the Sesame Street muppets that said “Eid Mubarak!” I watched a lot of Sesame Street when I was little and the fact that these muppets were wishing […]

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Batman V Superman V Me

March 29, 2016

(Initial discussion has no spoilers. There are some spoilers at the very end, clearly marked) Folks, Batman Versus Superman: Dawn of Justice came out this past weekend. Due to the reviews, I had low expectations for the film. I had to watch it, of course, as I am a Superman fan but I couldn’t muster […]

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Hanging in a Muslim Neighborhood

March 25, 2016

Back in December, I went to see a play at the Berkeley Rep called “Disgraced” by writer Ayad Akhtar. It’s a bit hard to explain what it was about except to say that it has Muslim-y themes about religion and identity. I really enjoyed it but took it for what it was. Meaning that my […]

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Coffee With Crema

February 29, 2016

One of the cool things that came out of attending the Caffeine Crawl in San Francisco a few years ago was getting to know Emily McIntyre, who worked for The Lab at the time and took part in organizing the event. We stayed in touch over the past few years, our paths crossing in Sacramento […]

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Celebrating Star Wars Like It’s 1999

December 24, 2015

(Please note that there are no spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens below so it’s all good.) I remember when I first watched Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace on Wednesday, May 19, 1999. My friend Soerha and I were right at the front of the line for the 8pm show, saving spots […]

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