A most relevant soliloquy

July 12, 2014 at 9:58 pm (Uncategorized)


‘It is sufficient!’, he muttered solemnly and decidedly. ‘Away, spectres! Away, fear! Away, visions! This is life. The reign of reason and light commences now, of will, of force.

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July 9, 2014 at 3:14 pm (Uncategorized)


”Nay, you prefer the life of this world;

Although the Hereafter is better and more lasting.

Verily! This is in the former Scriptures,

The Scriptures of Ibrahim (Abraham) and Musa (Moses).”

(Al Qur’an, surah al a’la, verses 16-19)

These blessed verses were ringing in my head for the past couple of days, but I needed an incident to drive them deep and jolt me up from my slumber.

This wisdom was revealed way before and you, naive as you are, realize its significance now?

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Allaah <3

June 27, 2014 at 8:33 pm (Uncategorized)


I wish that everybody knew

How amazing it feels to love you

I wish that everyone could see

How your love has set me free ❤

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The Taste Of Culinary Pandemonium.

June 27, 2014 at 7:07 pm (Uncategorized)


mimsyborogovee

My Dad asked me to brew up some tea at around Iftar time yesterday, and to fry an egg at Suhoor. Here is what proceeded:

=>Tea- Halfway in the middle, he tells me to leave it to him, kid, and go do something else. He can handle it from here on.

=>Egg- I almost burnt my hands over the hot fry pan because it took me way too long to kibosh the egg shell in the middle; I forgot how to break an egg.

 

Why is this twenty-one year old so moronic?

Because her sister would cook for her during her prep leave before her second Professional exam. She didn’t let her cook jack.

And when she came back home after her exams, her mother cooks and she eats out and she munches random tasty stuff at iftars in her friends’ houses, hotels, fast-food outlets and blah blah blah…

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Deaf, dumb, and blind.

June 27, 2014 at 1:42 pm (Uncategorized)


‘The biggest danger of faith is when people believe what they want to believe, defending against any and all evidence; especially when that evidence revolutionizes their foundation from the ground up.  And the biggest culprit to that danger is the ego trap: rejecting/criticizing others, for being unlike you.’

Is he who walks grovelling on his face equal to he who walks on both his feet and sees the straight way? Will you not then understand? Only a few will believe, and only a few will remain steadfast and unapologetic about their beliefs.

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April 24, 2014 at 1:04 am (Uncategorized)


All she knows is yes.

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Tobacker.

March 22, 2014 at 6:19 pm (Uncategorized)


I do myself the honour of reblogging something I wrote a few years back as a fresh, impressionable medical student. Now, as a doctor working in this tough, cruel world amongst tobacco addicts who are the messiahs of our society (i.e. doctors/consultants), I present this to you and to myself again.

When your own doctor smokes, you have a right to be disillusioned and misanthropic.

mimsyborogovee

The confounded thing about the pictures above is the piece of provocative, startling irony displayed on top of the box of fags. The traders of the cigarette- the very same multimillionaire murderers who are a cancer in our community- show the buyer a glimpse of death and sheer gore; and yet, the buyer puts it to his lips and kisses it!

He embraces his own destruction, and as good as feeds his own murderer.

And really, this issue is interesting. It is interesting to know what goes on in the brain of a human who goes to great lengths to contribute to the sustenance of someone who helps in slowly killing him. Neither does he care about himself, and neither does he care about his loved ones who are forced to become passive smokers because they live with him. He expresses his love to his wife by buying her…

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Mrs. T

November 15, 2013 at 1:24 am (Uncategorized)


Whenever you wish to grace me with a generous look, you shall find me waiting eagerly, God Willing. No bitterness attached; our souls are made of the same stuff. 

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A Heart’s a Heavy Burden.

June 1, 2013 at 5:15 pm (Uncategorized)


But seriously, Kumar and Clark is just something else.

Ihateyoubeforemyfinalexams

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Word- Taken from a 2008 manifesto by Aaron Swartz.

January 26, 2013 at 7:57 am (Uncategorized)


Information is power. But like all power, there are those who want to keep it for themselves. The world’s entire scientific and cultural heritage, published over centuries in books and journals, is increasingly being digitized and locked up by a handful of private corporations. Want to read the papers featuring the most famous results of the sciences? You’ll need to send enormous amounts to publishers like Reed Elsevier.

There are those struggling to change this. The Open Access Movement has fought valiantly to ensure that scientists do not sign their copyrights away but instead ensure their work is published on the Internet, under terms that allow anyone to access it. But even under the best scenarios, their work will only apply to things published in the future. Everything up until now will have been lost.

That is too high a price to pay. Forcing academics to pay money to read the work of their colleagues? Scanning entire libraries but only allowing the folks at Google to read them? Providing scientific articles to those at elite universities in the First World, but not to children in the Global South? It’s outrageous and unacceptable.

“I agree,” many say, “but what can we do? The companies hold the copyrights, they make enormous amounts of money by charging for access, and it’s perfectly legal — there’s nothing we can do to stop them.” But there is something we can, something that’s already being done: we can fight back.

Those with access to these resources — students, librarians, scientists — you have been given a privilege. You get to feed at this banquet of knowledge while the rest of the world is locked out. But you need not — indeed, morally, you cannot — keep this privilege for yourselves. You have a duty to share it with the world. And you have: trading passwords with colleagues, filling download requests for friends.

Meanwhile, those who have been locked out are not standing idly by. You have been sneaking through holes and climbing over fences, liberating the information locked up by the publishers and sharing them with your friends.

But all of this action goes on in the dark, hidden underground. It’s called stealing or piracy, as if sharing a wealth of knowledge were the moral equivalent of plundering a ship and murdering its crew. But sharing isn’t immoral — it’s a moral imperative. Only those blinded by greed would refuse to let a friend make a copy.

Large corporations, of course, are blinded by greed. The laws under which they operate require it — their shareholders would revolt at anything less. And the politicians they have bought off back them, passing laws giving them the exclusive power to decide who can make copies.

There is no justice in following unjust laws. It’s time to come into the light and, in the grand tradition of civil disobedience, declare our opposition to this private theft of public culture.

We need to take information, wherever it is stored, make our copies and share them with the world. We need to take stuff that’s out of copyright and add it to the archive. We need to buy secret databases and put them on the Web. We need to download scientific journals and upload them to file sharing networks. We need to fight for Guerilla Open Access.

With enough of us, around the world, we’ll not just send a strong message opposing the privatization of knowledge — we’ll make it a thing of the past. Will you join us?

Aaron Swartz
July 2008, Eremo, Italy

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