Whether you like watching football or not… you are gonna love this video !

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This is the first question people ask me these days… whether its my friends in India or Malaysia or the ones beyond these countries… In orkut or YM or FB or even IIU people have the same universal question.

So what am I upto…

1, Finished my final ‘Final Exams’ for UG.

2, Yesterday I went for the Interschool debate championship Finals ( I also helped the TAB team during the tournament.)

3, Met a few interesting people like Dr. Arif, Najma and ofcourse the debaters of IIU.

4, Reading about Sufiah Yusof, Food for fuel debate and a book about Italian mafia in the US of A.

5, Waiting for the ‘Letter of Admission’ from International University Japan.

6, Im also waiting for my final results and the mahallah guys to fix my broken door and lock.

7, Hmmm googling and mundane stuff….

A lovely video by an American Muslim artist. This video was made post 9/11 to counter the widespread Islamophobia in US. The story line in the video is awesome. Enjoy !

I wonder how many more lies will Hillary Clinton tell the American public before being kicked out by them in the Democratic nominations contest?? Here’s the one on a woman and her baby’s death after being denied medical treatment. Here’s another one, Bosnia sniper story.

I like reading American papers they will give you all possible analysis on why she lied… Here’s one from The New York Times which says it was to woo the white male voters. Apparently lying is not new to her as this excellent write-up explains.

Rockstar and the MullahUntil recently I didn’t know that music is not HARAAM in Islam. For the past 23 years of my existence I used to think or rather I was made to think that music is forbidden in Islam (excluding Nasheed with the usage of ‘thabs’ or ‘tabla’ like stuff). There were many reasons why I used to think so. They are as follows…

1. Music is a waste of time i.e idle talk and time wasting activities are not encouraged in Islam.

2. Music tends to take you away from being God conscious.

3. I remember hearing a hadith were people who listen to music will have molten iron poured into their ears in the hereafter. (I know you guys must be laughing like crazy… Comon I was only 9yrs old).

4. Whatever money one earns making or selling music is haraam!

5. Not only do you waste your time but also make others waste their time.

6. That there was a prophet (amongst the 124,000) who was sent specifically to forbid music.

Recently I had a discussion with an Islamic scholar who was trained in the traditional madrassa system in Pakistan and also went on to further his studies and complete a PhD in UK and later lecture in Yale. He told me that there is no explicit ayath(statement) saying music is forbidden. According to him music is the crown of any civilization . An old article that I read about a documentary that was made by BBC which concludes that there needs to be more debate. Anywayz my point is why not ?? As long as you don’t miss your obligatory duties because of listening or producing music, why not ?? What do you think??

This was a fwd i received from one of my friends… Its a letter written to the tech support of Wife 1.0 (software). It also has the reply from the tech support… Enjoy !

To: Technical Support

Last year I upgraded from girlfriend 7.0 to Wife 1.0 and noticed that the
new program began unexpected child processing that took up a lot of space
and valuable resources. No mention of this phenomenon was included in the
product brochure.

In addition, Wife 1.0 installs itself into all other programs and launches
during system initialization, where it monitors all other system activity.

Applications such as Pokernight 10.3, Drunken Boys Night 2.5 and Saturday
Football 5.0 no longer run, crashing the system whenever selected.

I cannot seem to keep Wife 1.0 in the background while attempting to run
some of my other favourite applications.

I am thinking about going back to Girlfriend 7.0, but the uninstall does not
work on this program. Can you help me, please!!! Thanks, A TROUBLED USER

Dear TROUBLED USER:

This is a very common problem men complain about but is mostly due to a
primary misconception. Many people upgrade from Girlfriend 7.0 to Wife 1.0
with the idea that Wife 1.0 is merely a UTILITIES & ENTERTAINMENT program.
Wife 1.0 is an OPERATING SYSTEM and designed by its creator to run
everything.

It is unlikely you would be able to purge Wife 1.0 and still convert back to
Girlfriend 7.0. Hidden operating files within your system would cause
Girlfriend 7.0 to emulate Wife 1.0 so nothing is gained.

It is impossible to uninstall, delete, or purge the program files from the
system once installed. You cannot go back to Girlfriend 7.0 because Wife 1.0
is not designed to do this.

Some have tried to Install Girlfriend 8.0 or Wife 2.0 but end up with more
problems that the original system. Look in you manual under
“Warnings-Alimony/ Child Support”.

I recommend you keep Wide 1.0 and just deal with the situation.

I suggest installing background application program C:\YES DEAR to alleviate
software augmentation.

Having Wife 1.0 installing myself, I might also suggest you read the entire
section regarding General Partnership Faults (GPFs). You must assume all
responsibility for faults and problems that might occur, regardless of their
cause.

The best course of action is excessive use of YES DEAR because ultimately
you will have to give the APOLOGIZE command before the operating system will
return to normal.

The system will run smoothly as long as you take the blame for all the GPFs.

Wife 1.0 is a great program, but very high maintenance. Consider buying
additional software to improve the performance of Wife 1.0 I recommend
Flowers 2.1 and Diamonds 5.0.

Do not, under any circumstances, install Secretary With Short Skirt
3.3 This is not a supported application for Wife 1.0 and is likely to cause
irreversible damage to the operating system.

Best of luck., Tech support

This is a  post from Jon Morrow, who is 25 years old. His blog is On Moneymaking.

 By Jon Morrow – I nearly killed myself in college to get straight A’s.  Well, almost straight A’s. I graduated with 37 A’s and 3 B’s for a GPA of 3.921. At the time, I thought I was hot stuff.  Now I wonder if it wasn’t a waste of time. Let me explain:

1.  No one has ever asked about my GPA.
I was told that having a high GPA would open all kinds of doors for me.  But you know what?  I interviewed with lots of companies, received a total of 14 job offers after graduation, and none of the companies asked about it.  They were much more impressed with stuff like serving as Chief of Staff for the student government and starting a radio station run by 200 volunteers.

I suppose a college recruiter from a Fortune 500 company might ask, but honestly, I can’t see any employer hiring a straight-A student over someone with five years of relevant work experience.  It might tip the scale in a competitive situation, but in most cases, I haven’t seen that grades are really that important to employers.

2.  I didn’t sleep.
Unless you’re a super genius, getting 37 A’s is hard work.  For me, it was an obsession.  Anything less than an A+ on any assignment was unacceptable.  I’d study for 60-80 hours a week, and if I didn’t get the highest grade in class, I’d put in 100 hours the next week.

Translation: I didn’t sleep much.  From my freshman to junior year, I averaged about six hours a night.  By my senior year though, I was only getting 3-5 per night, even on weekends.  I was drinking a 2 liter bottle of Mountain Dew and 2-3 energy drinks per day just to stay awake.  Not only is that unhealthy, but it’s not particularly fun either.

3.  I’ve forgotten 95% of it.
I majored in English Literature and minored in Communication Theory.  The main reason I chose those subjects was I thought they would teach me how to write and speak, two skills that would serve me well for the rest of my life.

Boy, was I stupid.  Instead, I spent all my time reading classic literature and memorizing vague, pseudoscientific communication theories.  Neither are useful at all, and I’ve forgotten at least 95% of it.

I’d guess the same is true for most college graduates.  Tell me, what’s the point of spending 60-80 hours a week learning things that you immediately forget?

4.  I didn’t have time for people.
Being in the student government and running a radio station, I had lots of opportunities to build a huge network.  But I didn’t have time.  Between studying and doing my job, I had to prioritize the people I wanted to develop relationships with and narrow it down to the handful who could help me the most.

That’s no way to go through school.  College isn’t so much a training ground for entering the work place as a sandbox for figuring out who you are and how you relate to other people.  You develop your social skills and forge relationships with people that might be colleagues for the rest of your life.

If I could do it all over again, I would spend less time in the library and more time at parties.  I would have 50 friends, not 3.  I would be known for “the guy that knows everyone,” not “the smartest guy in class.”  Not only because it would’ve been more fun, but because I would still be friends with most of those people now and would have access to the networks they’ve developed over the last four years.

5.  Work experience is more valuable.
In retrospect, I could’ve probably spent 20-30 hours a week on my studies and gotten B’s.  That would’ve freed up 30-70 hours a week, depending on the course load.  When I think of all of the things that I could’ve done with those hours, I just shake my head.

If there’s one thing graduates lack, it’s relevant work experience.  If you want to be a freelance writer, you’re much better off writing articles for magazines and interning with a publishing company than working your tail off to get straight A’s.  The experience makes you more valuable to future employers and usually results in a paycheck with a few more digits on it.

What about Graduate School?
If you’re getting your masters, going to law school, or becoming a doctor, then you’ll need all 37 of those A’s to get into the best school possible, and you can safely disregard this entire post.  Just be sure that you follow through.  I thought I would go to law school, and then I found out what a miserable career it is and how little it actually pays.  All of those good grades are now going to waste.

It also comes down to the question, “What’s the most effective use of your time?”  If you can’t imagine living without an advanced degree from an Ivy League school, then reading until your eyes fall out and sleeping on a table in the library is a perfectly defensible lifestyle.

On the other hand, if you want to get a job and make as much money as possible, then good grades aren’t going to help you as your teachers and parents might have you believe.  You’re better making powerful friends, building a killer résumé, and generally having the time of your life on your parent’s dime.

Jon Morrow’s blog is On Moneymaking.