Wednesday, 21 December 2011

A Peek Through the Keyhole


I did start typing this (or at least open) using Microsoft's Windows Live Writer as I've always wanted to try the software but it's too late in the day to make an attempt. But it shall become a favourite! I just know it. Or you know, I shall use it here and there. If only they released one for Windows Phone...

...And speaking of Windows Phone, I have a new mobile! Yay etc. Nokia. And I'm back on Orange. Talk about nostalgia etc. And having used Apple-ness, an Android phone, my beloved (yes!) Palm Pre and now Windows, I have to say, Windows is surprisingly the best.

It's strange that many people continue to think Microsoft as a company that doesn't "get" design and user experience for ordinary folk like you and I when it simply isn't the case. Unlike the other types of phones I've had, it's not slow. Jees, why do some phones have to be more advanced than my laptop yet take me 5 minutes to send a text message! And I have a phone with a battery now. So yes, the main things have been covered in this comprehensive review of mine.

Hello! So I saw a strange indie film named Another Earth last week (yes, with Luke). And crikey, that was strange! And good. And damn the good/bad ending! But do watch, and avoid reading too much on it beforehand so as to avoid spoilers. Definitely one of the most interesting films I have seen this year.

University is in hibernation mode. I am home for this "holiday" i.e. revision season. Damnit. But hopefully the work will pay off for both you and I, you reader-person, you! Arrived home on Saturday after being picked up by the parents, woo. This saved the need to carry/damage my well-kept biology AND chemistry books.

However, before their arrival to the colder, darker location that is Newcastle, you may have noticed (if you visit their website that is...) that the Guardian had a telethon for various charities this weekend with maaaany of their writers answering calls, including the editor. And Zoe Williams, an excellent journalist/columnist, answered my call! Yammered away for a good 15 minutes, it was super-awesome to speak to such an excellent writer. You should have done the same! I was hoping for either her to answer or a certain football/sport writer...ahem!

Another film was watched! The third instalment of the Harold & Kumar series of films. Now, my brother and I said two weeks ago that we'd go see the film despite the decent reviews, indicating that it was good but nothing as good as the first (or even the second). My rating will increase over time but deary me, that was just bad: 2/10. One for the successful lambasting of the useless 3-D that is implemented in today's crappy films (3-D is utterly pointless, but you don't need me to tell you this). And another for the one joke that made me laugh. Yep. But still, go see it - it's much better than Tintin.

So we come to a close for this post. I'm glad we've examined my feelings and personal thoughts today. Maybe we'll look at something similar next time.

This song is AWESOME.

Sweet dreams.


Monday, 5 December 2011

Five Stars


Work, work, work, work and even more freaking work. Or bloody work. Because it is so painful blood starts pouring from all areas of the body. Argh!

So yes, university is going well. Kinda. These last two weeks (will) contain so much work. Mini-tests, assignments, learning logs and a stupid amount of structural chemistry which should quite frankly be banned! Ahem. Organic chemistry all the way, right? Just curly arrows! But it too is very difficult, pfft!

Nothing particularly interesting has happened recently apart from despising the political right even MORE. Who doesn't! They even hate themselves!

Speaking of politics, I saw Tom Watson MP on the ride home on Friday. I know, very cool for knowing who he is. But thanks to the old lady sat next to me who was half asleep, I could not approach him. How fun! Maybe next time.

Literally nothing dramatically interesting has happened recently.

I went home this past weekend and worked and had my nephew ruin clothes I was wearing with food. You know, the usual. At least we've moved on from urine. Boy that was fun.

And...just...yes. I saw a robin last week. That was fun. Also...

HOW COLD IS IT?! Oh God. So damn cold. Just horrible! 

OH. Should be getting my new phone soon! And it will be a Nokia! And on Orange! Just like the old days! How expensive is O2, SRSLY?

Anyhow, things have just been plodding along. Yawn. And I apologise for giving you that yawn! But yes, I shall update my blog when I make it all boyish by talking about nothing but my new phone when it - hopefully - arrives.

Listen to? Jesse McCartney - Beautiful Soul. Not my suggestion. I barely like this song...ahem.

Sweet dreams.


Thursday, 24 November 2011

Totally Not Typing This During Question Time


Let's start off with the biggest story: I went to the White Rose Centre again! I jest, that isn't the most interesting thing that has happened to me this past fortnight but let's face it, it is DEFINITELY worth mentioning nonetheless. And yes I did have a milkshake whilst I was there. From the GOOD place upstairs.

Contrary to what some people think, Parks & Recreation is the best show so far this TV season. Community has also returned to being excellent and damnit Office, how can you remain this good after 7+ years?! Anyhow, James Spader is a legend and we have not decided to watch The Practice after all... (Boston Legal was indeed awesome and everyone should watch it! Now! Especially if you can get a season for only £5 like I did a year ago.)

Also contrary to what some people think...damnit, I have forgotten what I was going to say here. Damn you Question Time. Next!

I had an ECG test yesterday! That was weird. And took an entire hour! How can a hospital open its cardio-respiratory department for only THREE hours each weekday! Insaaane. Anyhow, that was interesting. And calm down my millions of fans/readers, I am absolutely fine, no need to worry (but I won't be revealing my medical history on a public blog now so...yes). Hello!

The nephew bit my face! Yes, as part of his hugging and touching my face, he decided to help his teeth develop by attempting to bite my cheek. These babies are violent! Having said that, he very much enjoys his jumping/jumperoo/whatever-you-call-it toy. Most definitely did not record a video on my phone for my amusement.

The trains! They are still horrible, nothing new to report here.

University! The thing that takes up most of time. Going well. We shall see how it goes in the future...! Well, what can I mention. That the most expensive book I've had to buy at £52 is only 220 pages, yay. And that...well, you know, it's going on. Oh! I have the opportunity to write a personal development plan as...well, I say "write" - it can take any form I like. A standard report/essay thing, a physical model that can be made, a short story, anything! How a short story would be written to fulfil the given criteria of a personal development tell me. But I am looking into a video! Yay etc. How would I even edit the thing.... These are the questions I am pondering over before I decide what to do. Wow, I have bored you all, let's move on! Or in fact, a picture!

Mr Spader himself!

Oh, that's what it was what I wanted to say earlier. Contrary to what some people might think, I will indeed read Jonathan Franzen's "Freedom" and Steve Jobs' biography as well as those seven books I was able to buy for less than £11 online. (Pristine, new hardbacks! Pristine I tell you!)

I need a new phone! My contract is up soon but for some reason I cannot find a contract that even MATCHES my current tariff let alone one that is cheaper. That's O2 and every other network for you (but especially O2 because they are literally thieves - BOOM!), ahem. Suggestions?! The new Nokia is something I saw in person two days ago. Very nice...!

I think that covers it for now. I will blog again soon! Hope all of you are doing well!

This is great! It was played as an intro to The Verge's podcast a week or so ago (The Verge is a great tech website, read!) - and I listen to maaaany podcasts. Anyone else??

Sweet dreams.


Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Let's Future-Think This Out


So Emad, what have you bee up this past week? Good question Emad, let's go through it as chronologically as possible.

The last inorganic chemistry lab experiment took place last week! Hooray! It was horrible and good in that weird way practicals are but Aron and I slung it out and we now know what it is like to be in the middle of a war zone. In a university laboratory...ahem.

What else! Another careers event attended in order to boost my learning log and also help me in the future - psychometric tests! Yes, they're awful and useless. Remember taking secondary school entrance exams with "non-verbal reasoning" sections? Or the famous UKCAT? Yes, stupid! Because when you guess you can get a higher score so...that explains that. Okay fine, some of them are good, but others are just flat-out ridic-!

Biology assignments! Two out of three now done for one of the modules. An in-class test this week. Other biology module: first assignment this week. So work is indeed being thrown this way constantly. Keep it coming Mr and Mrs Lecturers, you're going DOWN PAL! In a friendly, non-threatening manner, woop!

Oh, IT WAS EID: THE SECOND! So much fun, as always. Went home of course, the usual celebrations with food took place, as well as banoffee cheesecake, which I think I've only had literally once or twice. Still excellent of course. Even if the place I bought it from is in that bad place close to where I live. (Defend it all you want in the comments section you person!)

The nephew, now 6 months old, threw up milk after the Eid prayers when I arrived home. So fun! But he is wonderful as ever, and according to the conversation I had with my sister today, is a fan of the Very Hungry Caterpillar book and accompanying soft toy I bought him a little while back. So woo to that! However, he is also a fan of eating phones so...not sure what I should upgrade to in the next week/month. Nokia, anyone? It looks good! And we hate Android! (And Blackberries...yes, I said it again MAN!)

What else. Oh, I visited the White Rose centre for the first time in AGES. And unlike someone who just goes for the ice-cream and other food items, I went for other reasons.

Ah, just remembered: it was also my grandmothers' birthday a few days ago! So a giant chocolate cake was presented/shared on Eid in the afternoon! And the funny moment occurred when everyone sang their term of address for the grandmother during the happy birthday song. Mother, grandmother etc etc. The value of family is always being enhanced, which is a good thing.

And this is a good time to mention (because I did NOT forget) that our very own Hummus is 21! I know! Old! But we congratulate her on reaching this age in good health and what not and wish her another splendid 21 years and many more beyond. Here, here!

We now arrive to Tuesday evening. Lectures. Computer practicals. Notes being made, How I Met Your Mother and Bored to Death being watched aaaand...The Adventures of Tintin watched at the cinema! Luke and I paid a visit. We agreed it was good but nothing great or bad. So...advice: watch something else. Like Ides of March (which I still want to watch!) or if you just want to have fun, Tower Heist, because we all need another bloody Eddie Murphy film! Damnit. The Tintin cartoon was AWESOME. My brother and I loved it. Moneyball soon. And Take Shelter. So...keep your Canadian-themed calendars open!

I think this is the point where I leave for bed so farewell to you all and I hope to blog veeery soon with nothing interesting to say whatsoever, as all I will be doing is reading textbooks and making notes this weekend. Hooray!

Sweet dreams.


Saturday, 29 October 2011

Oh Please, Take Even MORE Time Why Don't You


Where to begin with my apologies. How about wiiiith, oh yeah, I started working over the summer but had to leave after a few days to take some resits... So that was fun. Well, revise for the resits.

And a little while later (after passing, PHEW), university started! And we didn't have internet for a while and....blah blah, "all that matters is we're here now, safe and healthy" etc. Ahem. So glad I've been able to explain this absence of mine in such an articulate manner.

So HELLO! Reclaimed my blog, and here we are. University. Stage 2. What's so interesting about this year is that I HAVE A HUGE NUMBER OF BOOKS IN MY ROOM. And only TWO are fiction! Damn this. Anyone want to share their uni book bill? Last year all my chemistry books were given for free and all I needed to spend was £52. But THIS year? £140-ish. Woo!

Oh come on Emad, you can start off your first blog post in over 2 months with something more interesting than your reading list bill!

Fine, what else...

I made this pizza ages ago! Yay!

And I saw this HUGE snail in my garden, also ages ago! (Seriously, the picture doesn't do justice to how disgustingly big this thing was...)

Good 2011 films I have seen since my last post...hmm, Drive! Twice! AWESOME. Just superb. Crazy Stupid Love! Contagion! Ides of March soon I think... Maybe I saw a "summer blockbuster" but it was so good I have forgotten. Oh, Bridesmaids. Aaand...yep.

Summary time: Drive is sensational, no questions. From the opening scene and credits all the way to the final moments, this stylish and violent film is a new favourite. Ryan Gosling and Albert Brooks are brilliant. Crazy Stupid Love is hilarious, especially with that excellent cast. Contagion was great, with tense moments throughout, especially as it didn't feel dumbed down at any point. And Bridesmaids was good but considering the raves it was receiving at its time of release... It's still good! Just not as good as The 40-Year-Old Virgin or Knocked Up.

So, university. Stage 2. Of 3. So far, good! Chemistry labs, despite seemingly to take the world to complete each one, have been 80+% so far, so woo to that. But the work load is just enormous. Which is why I have been continuously updating my podcast playlist. How about that. And my current library loan count is...11. I think. Just pfft! But the enjoyment is still there. As is the case with the "Developing Graduate Skills" module where we were assigned to write a job description of the profession we intended to get into after we graduate, along with a covering letter and a CV. Totally didn't sleep at around 3:45am the other day with a 9am start. So fun! Medicine thoughts. Also fun. But you know, postgraduate biology (not the chemistry...!) looks fun too!

Steve Jobs passed away. Hmm, sadness. I've been looking forward to reading the biography ever since it was announced, this makes it even more interesting to read. But new life emerged in technology in the form of Nokia! Totally into getting a Windows phone, finally.

Oh, there was an Eid about two months ago! And there is one next week. Ah, time flies...

So once again, my apologies but I am definitely alive and all the rest of it. To the bloggers whose blogs I read: I have been reading them! Along with fascinating textbooks. And I promise to have interestingness updated here on a more regular basis, ahem.

If there were other interesting stories to share, I apologise but I have forgotten about them. Meaning you shouldn't know I have/had them to share. Creepy!

Oh, and a final note: I made an attempt at kidney beans and rice last week! Because I am indeed a fan of kidney beans. However, there was a tiiiiiny problem with the end result. How can I say this... It tasted un-nice? So yeah... I did take a picture but...just no!

I leave you with this great song. It was going to be a Westlife one but what can I say, I'm just too upset to talk about it. Instead I am listening to them as I post this. With tears streaming down my face. Further sadness.