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Ye Olde New Year

Yup, thats right folks , we've managed to survive the financial crunch, Y2K, Swine flu and Nuclear apocalypse to be here today. One day separates us from the year 2011. I'm wondering why I even care about it, its just a new year for God's sake ! But, you might as well just go with the flow. I've noticed that a lot of people, (my fellow bloggers included) have developed a list of their fondest moments in 2010 (same thing with the newspapers, sadly that isn't available in mine this year :( . Alright - Back to the story :

Number 10 on my list -The Icelandic Volcano Eruption, Don't ask me to spell it  I CAN BARELY pronounce the first 4 letters !! I liked that event because it showed how a little tiny itsy bitsy act of God (even in the form of a volcanic eruption) can practically shut us down (LITERALLY , I mean all the airports were down and out :) ).

Number 9 on my list - Swine Flu , don't get the idea that I supported Swine Flu. I'm just stating how it had …

Merry Christmas !

I know I haven't been posting in a while ( apologies for that) but I feel it would be very unkind of me to not wish you all a happy christmas.

So Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year- Yesh, we'll be starting the "Tween" years (Dunno what that is but lets ignore that) hopefully, it would be less gruesome than the last decade.

I'm guessing its 6 days to New Year ? Hope so (don't have a watch with me v.v).


Back to the chase = Merry or Happy Christmas :D

Internet Addiction : What it does to YOU !

I have to admit, I'm an Internet/Game addict. Every time I come back home, my first visit is to ye olde PC. But really, I've got to say: I've honestly wasted half of my life on this bloody piece of hardware. Why you may ask ? Because of the latest invention of Satan : THE INTERNET

Sure, Internet has it's benefits; easy access to data, can chat with friends etc... but what if you over do it ? What if, you decide '' I'll go on facebook for 10 minutes'' then end up sitting there for up to 2 hours ! (that has happened, so many times ... ), or chatting with your friend, which might seem like minutes but actually is an hour long conversation. GOD HAS GIVEN YOU A SOUL , Use it WISELY !!

PEOPLE, I URGE YOU , DO NOT WASTE YOUR ENTIRE LIFE LOOKING AT A GLOWING RECTANGLE !!! 
A wise person once said : "People who dare waste a single second of time, have clearly not found the value of Life. 

Every moment I sit on the PC is a moment I  regret.

GOAT KILLS !!

It might sound funny, but it's true. A mountain goat has actually killed a person in the US of A. Apparently, the goat mauled the poor hiker in the Olympic National Park (WA, USA).

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Robert Boardman was gored in the leg by the goat while out walking on Saturday with his wife and a friend on Klahhane Ridge in Olympic National Park.
The 63-year-old was transported by US Coast Guard helicopter to a hospital in Port Angeles, where he was pronounced dead.
Rangers later killed the goat, which was known for its aggressive behaviour. '
              Source : BBC News
I've just got one thing to say : What a way to go o.o 

10-10-2010

Yesterday, whether you've noticed or not, was a very odd day (or date to be specific). It was the 10th day of the 10th month of the 10th year of this century (could you imagine that ? :P ). From what I've heard on the radio, there has been a surge in marriage because of the date. It just seems kooky to me :) 
But then, we'll only be seeing it twice in our lifetime ; 11-11-2011 and 12-12-2012  :)
so might as well enjoy it while we can.

An Interesting Fact

Yesterday was the 1st of October, 2010. In this date, you'll find a little silly code in it :

The date is , in digital version :

01/10/10         --- Put that in computing terms (100110) and that's a code that you'll use in computering.
                             Fascinating and True.

School scares me !

It's that time of the year again, where the leaves start to die and fall to their eventual rebirth, and the heat of the summer sun begins to invade the southern reaches of the world (Thank Goodness :), No... I'm not talking about winter, well... yet anyways, I'm talking about something so fearful and dreadful that even the mere mentioning of the word sends shivers down my spine : ''School''.

At this point, you'll probably feel disappointed, ''Ah , Dude ! It's just school ! Get Over It ! '' would be the typical comment I'd hear, but it's not just any other school year, it's the year I take my *coughs* IGCSE exams.

Now, to all those who have no clue what that is, It's an exam where every student, once they reach Grade 10, have to do in order to go to University (besides A-levels). Basically, it's the exam which potentially decides what you'll be doing for the rest of your life, so no pressure ! :D

While going th…

AFK: Away From Keyboard

I haven't been updating my blog over the past 2 weeks, I've gotten so lazy, with Ramadan, endless slumber.. and annoying cousins in my midst.. it's no wonder I don't even have a regular view at it, If it was a real human, I could basically hear 'her' nag :P

I type this blog now about a very dire matter at hand, As you all might know, the country of Pakistan has experienced its worst flooding in its HISTORY !! Hundreds are dead, Millions displaced...homeless... starving... I just couldn't forget it, I'll probably never will... the dire..horrifying pictures of the unfortunate victims...

May God Help them all

But you can do something to help them.. DONATE !! Donate to the unfortunate people of this horrific disaster, You might save a life. Every time you eat or drink lavishly, just remember there are Poor people who have nothing of the sort in Palestine, Pakistan, Haiti , Darfur ....  

Why do we start these pointless wars and grudges ?  Why can't we all j…

To Facebook or not to ?

Almost everyone nowadays uses Social networking sites, be it Facebook, Myspace, Twitter  etc.. But is it really worth it ?  Sure.. with facebook (for example) you can keep up to date with your relatives and friends, play a couple of games and upload some videos or pictures of your day.

Facebook has impacted my school so much that, if you Don't have more than a 100 friends of facebook, you are considered a loser ( Lame Stereotype !! ), I myself, am a periodic user of facebook, as in just checking and looking at the news, Speaking of news = Facebook is also one of the new frontiers in Internet Journalism, for stories can be reported here that have otherwise been missed by CNN, BBC, Reuters etc..

In other words, Facebook and the Following Social Networking Sites are leading a new revolution into the world, A new Technological and Social Revolution which could possibly lead us to  lose our personal touch and just makes us  more dependent on Computers then we've EVER been on anythi…

Rebels pay the Penalty !

The saying goes , ' One man's Terrorist is another man's Freedom Fighter' , Although that doesn't seem to be the case in the French Camp back at the world cup. To all those who need a refresh a memory, let me enlighten you. During the World Cup of 2010, The French team were playing very, VERY badly ( they got a draw and two losses I think). Before France's Last Match, Anelka ( a talented French Striker ) apparently criticized the coach and insulted him ( He was sent back to France for his behavior ), But the trouble wasn't finished for the French Coach as other star players on the team supported Anelka, such as the likes of Ribery and Patrice Evra.

In the end.. France lost in what was their worst EVER world Cup Performance and as to what happened to Anelka and his little Revolt ?

Ans : As of August 17, 2010, Anelka was handed a Record 18 Match Ban !! Ribery was also handed an 8 match ban, Evra ( who was Captain of France , at the time) was given a mere 3 ma…

False Alarm -.-

I've just finished browsing through the internet, as always, so I thought I'd look at Wikipedia, on the front page, the sentence read boldly '' WHO declares the Swine Flu PANDEMIC to be over''  .  And that brought back some memories , I remembered back in September 2009 , when the first signs of Swine Flu emerged in the schools and malls of the Island of Bahrain, entire schools, both government and private, (including mine ) were closed for up to a month  !! So We thought that it would be a bit fun, ''no school for another month '' slogan was in out heads the entire time. It was only, when we went back to school, that we felt the backlash of it.

The School decided that it had to cancel the Winter Holidays to make up for time lost in the unexpected break, and new Online assignments were given to us ( we weren't used to them :S). All of this made us outraged, but would could we have done ? We were just mere students in the eyes of the Ministry…

Funny Memories of the World Cup

While I was switching through some channels today at around 4 p.m. I've stumbled upon a documentary about this year's FIFA World Cup 2010 , which, BTW, Spain won. ( Uruguay played better :P). The world Cup, I admit, was a bit dull... besides my country not being there, as well as England & Argentina being eliminated, I've just got to say that the most exciting match that I've seen during the world cup, wasn't the Final, It was the 3rd Place match ! It's kinda ironic how Uruguay and Germany were playing for the third place, It should've been the opposite, but eh...

Anywayz, while I was watching the documentary in a slow, sleepy way , it reminded me of a *Zindane* Incident :P . During the World Cup Final between Spain and the Netherlands, the match was very gruesome , probably the only world cup final to have more than 5 yellow cards sanctioned :S . So anyways, I remembered this one time, where a Dutch player apparently kung fu Kicked Xabi Alonso in the c…

A fine start

Alright, the first day of Ramadan has ended, It was a very fun day ( you'd be shocked considering I haven't eaten nor drunk something since dawn). Though you might think fasting is a daunting task, its not really that hard, In fact, fasting can be very healthy for you (the soul) and for your body, I've read something a recent article by Top Bahraini Nutritionist Alia Almoayed about Detoxification that occurs in the body during Fasting which is supposedly good for you, though it was all Greek to me so I didn't understand much, but I'll learn one step at a time :).
One thing I've got to 'type' here is that During Ramadan, its a time for spiritual enlightenment, Ask Allah for Forgiveness, for things that will help you in your life ( in my case, I just want good marks :), its a time to give up your worldly pleasures such as food and water and worship Allah, read the Holy Qur'an and Help the Poor , Because Ramadan is THE holiest month of the Islamic Cale…

Ramadan :The Month of Spiritual Enlightenment

Its that time of the year, for a billion or so Muslims around the world (including me :) fast for an entire month to show Our Patience, Dedication and Will-power to obey Allah by abstaining from eating, drinking and other bad habits ( such as Smoking !! ) from dawn to sunset (roughly 12-14 hours ). The month starts when the new moon is born ( A Crescent like the one below ) after the Month of Shaaban.

When I used to be in the 6th Grade, I still remember how my colleagues, back at the time, were stunned that I was fasting (to most of them, they didn't know why I did it ), especially because it was in the middle of October (October here, is very hot :S). I explained to them that I was fasting to show my obedience and my devotion to Allah ( some thought i was doing it to please my parents), From that day on, people respected me ( a little bit :)

But the main significance of the Month of Ramadan is that during this Holy Month is that the Very First Verses of the Holy Qur'an were re…

Can't say Goodbye to Classics

I've just finished assorting all of my CDs ( yes ,I was thaaat bored :S). While going through the endless pile, I've stumbled upon a videotape (ye know, the old ones before we used the CD). It was the very first videotape I saw and watched (the film, not the cover), Guess what it was about ? The timeless classics of ''Mr. Bean'' :D

You might call me old fashioned, but I just couldn't forget Mr. Bean and all of his spectacular Misadventures, it was one of those good old classical comedic shows that just can't be replaced, Its sorta like Charlie Chaplain ( except for the Black and White). In this new modern age, there are new comedies, Scrubs,Frasier, Friends, Two and a Half men etc... Now, I'm not saying I dislike them, I'm quite fond of them myself, its just that they cannot match up to the level of comedy as ''Mr. Bean''. Old Rowan Atkinson does a fine job to bring humor back in the crude days of the 90s :D

The only downside to M…

Unknown Facts about the world we live in

I've just finished reading a book, which has the same title as the above heading, It's a really funny book :P 
Lots of great things here which might seem irrelevant but worth noting. Who knows, you might find this useful :P

Enjoy :D

barbies' full name is barbara millicent Roberts. in 18 months 2 rats can have more than 2 million descendents. the name wendy was made up for the book  peter pan. the most common name in the world is Mohammad.
american cars honk in the tune of F. every time you lick a stamp you consume 1/10 of a calorie. 101 dalmations, peter pan lady and the tramp and mulan are the only disney movies where both parents are present & dont die through the movie. :P Stewardesses is the longest word that can be typed with your left hand. to escape the grip of a crocodile push your thumbs in its eye sockets- it will let go instantly
reindeer like to eat bananas. the word samba means 'to rub navels together'.
no words in the english language rhyme with the words pup…

A horrible way to lose a Life.

Just recently, around 8:30 GMT, an odd competition was held, The World Sauna Competition was held in Heinola, Finland. Basically, the competitors have to sit in a steaming sauna , where temperatures reach up to 110 degrees Celsius, for the longest time possible (sounds simple enough).The Winner would  get  a lot of money from what I hear.

Back to the point; it was the finals, pitting Vladimir ( A Russian)  against his Finnish Rival, Timo. 1 vs 1 , seems simple enough. Though a few minutes later, both men collapsed and were unconscious. Sadly, Mr. Vladimir   died during the event and his fellow finalist is currently in the hospital. Apparently, the heat was too much for them ( Who could blame them ? 110 Degrees !!! ). The organizers are stunned, his family shocked, All of Finland is in shock .

It's a shame how a life can end in such ways, Others happen everyday ( though not like this ), people die due to landmines, improperly fixed holes in the ground (I've personally seen tha…

Not so Northern Lights

Ever seen one of these before ? Yes, the fabled 'Northern Lights'. Once, Exclusively seen in Northern Scandinavia and in the Arctic. NOT ANY MORE !!

According to top scientists, The 'Northern Lights' are now viewable in Denmark and Germany. You might ask why or how ,but first lets address the question :

Q) What is this ' Northern Lights ' ?
Ans) The 'Northern Lights' or Scientifically called Aurora Borealis are actually part of the Earth's Magnetic Field ( which is usually invisible). The Phenomenon of the Northern Lights occurs because of Charged Gas Particles (which comes from the sun in the form of a 'Solar Wind') interacting (or messing around) with the Earth's Magnetic Field. This solar wind has its own magnetic field which pulls or drags away the earth's magnetic fields from their original position thus disconnecting them from our planet. 
In other words : When the charged gas particles interacts with the Earth's Magnetic fie…

Bill Gates : Trying to make a Difference

We all know Bill Gate's Story, Self made- Billionaire, Invented what is now our modern day Windows XP.
Now recently, Bill Gates managed to convince other billionaires to donate at least 50% of their wealth to charity, My Comments : O.O , He has convinced 37 billionaires and himself to donate more than half of his wealth to charity, that money is more than a typical country can produce, I'd guess more than 40 Billion Dollars ( I wish I had that kind of money) !! Kudos to you, Bill. Very Generous of him to do so, Wish there were more Generous people in Life. If there is anything we've learned from Bill, its these 7 lessons:

1)Failure Teaches Resiliency2)Understand Your Ego3Unhappy Customers Help You Improve4)Leadership isn’t about Control; It’s about Trusting Others 5)Treat Everyone with Respect  My Favorite quote of Bill is :“Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.”6)Action Creates Results7)Step Back and Look at the Bigger Picture
 I want all my viewers to…

Intersecting the Reality of Inception

Every time I go to the Cinema, I'm always forced to see a  movie at the discreet choice of my older brother, Now normally I would always disagree with his choice of movies ( The Sorcerer's Apprentice... Last Airbender) . Next, my brother takes me to see Inception. I saw the trailer, it seemed awful and with basically no plot.

Only until after I see the film do I ' BARELY' understand the story. It is a very long film (2 hours, 30 minutes according to my watch, so pee before you go watch :). The plot of the story takes a bit of time to understand... it's one of those movies where you have to think of the plot instead of having a person telling it to the hero.
Leonardo Di Caprio  put up an amazing performance ( so I wasn't quite upset with him ). The only problem I saw in this movie, was that it is VERY confusing. As in *Spoiler Alert* the characters go into a dream of a dream of a dream of another person's dream, where apparently time is VERY Slow ! (10 hours …

The Fall of the Crack-berry.

The Blackberry, seen as a necessity in the modern day life of teenagers, businessmen & women, Investors, Bankers, Retailers.... The list goes on.

But now, for the first time ever, the ''Crack-berry'' has had some of its KEY Services blocked in the Middle East , that btw separates it from all the other phones, blocked. These include the instant messaging service of the blackberry !!


Don't worry, it's only been banned in two countries: The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the 'Investor Friendly'' United Arab Emirates.

The aftershocks of this :
a) People probably want their money back after buying a blackberry ( since the chief reason of its purchase was the instant messaging service).
b) Makes security easier to maintain in both countries (Another reason for banning the services was that it prevents the Governments from 'listening' into people's conversations, i.e. More Privacy)
c) Could lead to more bans in the region.

Thankfully, Bahrain s…

I need a Break.

Sorry guys, I need a break from the formalities, being too formal nowadays could honestly kill you ... so I've decided to just 'go with the flow'. As being a new blogger here, I haven't exactly been the Grand Master (I barely could find where the HTML was :P ) but nonetheless the show ( or in this case, the Blog) must go on.

And now, An Introduction into my ' little' paradise that I call : Bahrain (besides the traffic, its alright :P).

Here in Bahrain, its a cosmopolitan society, as in we've got nationals from almost any country, something like an International City, but in this case, its a country. We've got all of the multi-national companies here, from food ( McDonalds etc..) to Fashion (Mango, etc...). The Hot spots in Bahrain is, of course, the City Centre ( Not the actual centre of Manama ! It's a Mall ). Here is where we spend most of our weekends, Shopping by Sharaf DG for the latest Techs, stopping by Starbucks for a coffee and , If Possible…

Games aren't all bad

As the title suggests, Games are not all bad and some can be quite educational yet fun(surprisingly) and can boost your intelligence ( that is if you pick the right game :) Take the following example : 

A few days ago, A friend of mine recommended that I should play Hearts Of Iron 2. I thought that I would give this game a try, it soon became by favorite Strategic game ( EVER !! ). The game is based during the prelude of World War 2, from the 1st of January 1936, until well over the time taken for the war, 31st December 1946.

So basically, you are the leader of your country (don't worry, you'll lead a country that actually existed), which you can choose from a list of 90+ countries, from the powerhouses such as the British & Germany to Minimoys such as Luxembourg and Albania, you can really pick anyone ( Sadly Bahrain isn't in it :S ). While being the leader of your country, you can build armies,Navies, Air Forces, infrastructure (as in making better roads, buildings et…

What would have happened if Hitler Did not invade the USSR ?

We all know what happened in World War 2, the Germans conquered Europe, starved Britain to Death, It seemed like they were destined to win the war. But, the Germans made a huge blunder in the form of the invasion of the USSR. Many historians agree that if Hitler had not invaded the USSR, Germany could have won the war.

I won't get into too much detail about the Invasion, Although if you want to, go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Barbarossa . 

The question comes: What if it had not happened, what then would have been the fate of the world ?
Completely different, would be two words to sum it up. Here is a map of the power of the Third Reich of Nazi Germany.
As you can see, Germany and her allies were the powers of Europe during the war.

 Suppose Hitler and the USSR had a longer truce, say lasting till 1945. Hitler would have probably been planning for an invasion of the British Isles. Actually, it is true that Hitler DID actually plan an invasion of the British Isles but d…

A New Challenge for A New Generation

Summer has started, it's been over a month now and it seems that a deadly disease have tightened its grip on youngsters of all ages in the tranquil island of Bahrain. No , it's not the H1N1 Flu, Neither is it the summer heat (surprisingly) , Teenagers nowadays are suffering from a disease which I prefer to call : 'Boredom Syndrome' .

Now that school has finally ended, Teenagers all over the island are faced with a problem , '' What do we do now ? '' . For some teens, studying was the only thing they did to pass the time. But now, Time is passed very quickly as teens slowly develop into ' Potato Couches '. Spending almost endless hours in front of the tele, with a large size bag of Nachos and 2 'Diet' Colas to comfort them through the endless commercials, and of course, the traditional 6 hour marathon of playing Computer games, or just chatting which leads to social isolation .

This is the life of a typical teenager in Bahrain if he/she h…