Thursday, 18 October 2012

Nice of You to Show Up

Konnichiwa!

Oh, so you've switched to a more biology-only type of course? Well go you!

Aaaand that is why I have delayed blogging. That and also I have had a HORRIBLE (note the capitals) cough for AGES. Thank you, people who do not cover their mouths. Though I think I first got it from my nephew. Kids have no etiquette these days, pfft!

So, I finally went to the cinema for the first time since I saw the mistake that is MIB 3. Looper, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis. Some will be posting on their blog how it's an excellent film and aaaaall the rest of it. Note: it is a good film. However, the problem with it is the ending. There, I've said it!

It is October 2012! Just wow! My calculator is over 10-years-old now. Think I should change its battery in case it dies on me...

And my Sony PSP, although in a drawer somewhere, is now 6-years-old! Yeah, you think about how old you are and how life has but also hasn't started when you're at this age. How fun.

I remembered a veeeery interesting anecdote a few weeks ago. From when I was last in Pakiland in 2002.

My dad, brother and I went to Islamabad with one of my dad's friends and his son, to eat at some fancy schmancy restaurant. I guess a fancy restaurant these days would be one in which it's safe to eat over there. How nice.

When we were seated, we saw a whole class from a nearby private school having...lunch...at this restaurant. I think this was a Marriott Hotel. Totally makes sense...

After eating what I think was some half-decent food, we were asked whether we wanted tea or coffee. Everyone opted for tea. But this other guy's son and I decided to try a cappuccino. Oh. My. God. Have you tried one of these things?! Disgusting! It's like how so many chocolate-y looking things in the country like cakes and biscuits...don't taste of chocolate! We kept adding packets and packets of sugar - eventually having six in each cup. We took another sip. And STILL it was revolting.

So I guess this anecdote was about how horrendous caffeinated drinks are. Apart from green tea. Which I think everyone should drink. Oh, and have you tried iced tea? Not bad either. But cappuccinos? Oh my word. Just avoid.

PSY! GANGNAM STYLE! Is it not just awesome? I told my brother how I summed up my opinion on this - a review on iTunes of the song simply saying "absolute banger". And it is! No matter what some people may say...

THIS IS AWESOME.

Sweet dreams.

Emad.

Friday, 24 August 2012

Late, Late Summer

Konnichiwa!

So I've been listening to an awful lot of Owl City in the past day or two. This is not strange as I was one of those annoying "I heard them first!" people amongst my group of friends when it came to Owl City. And I am not ashamed to admit this damnit.

Anyhow, I am in Newcastle! Eid was fun and celebrated briskly as I have these things called resits. Fun. But I received money! This is genuinely shocking because as you get older, family members give less and less money as you're more likely to have started working. I am juuust underneath that precious barrier right now. Thank you for being a student etc. So Eid was indeed fun! Especially as we did not at all drive to a certain ice cream parlour many have, yes, "banged on about" for years, which I had not visited. The chocolate was different (in a good way) and the vanilla was excellent. Hmm...Charlotte's? In the middle of nowhere. Which is still a bus route. Yep, that one.

Newcastle! Don't worry, it's not like it's cold, wet and miserable here or anything. I have been using my breaks to rewatch How I Met Your Mother. Is anyone else excited about the upcoming, final season? Exactly!

Damn, still need to watch the remainder of Grey's Anatomy...

Anyhow, the midpoint has been reached. 2 exams down, 3 more to go starting Tuesday. Just...yeah.

There's this SUPERB band called All Night Chemists. And no, I don't like them just because I'm a chemistry student as well, blah blah. Just listen! This is still a favourite song of mine. (N.B. You can download the song and even their whole albums, for free, right here.)


But let's get back to Owl City for now... Yes, I think this is excellent because sometimes uber-pop is the answer.

Sweet dreams.

Emad.

Friday, 10 August 2012

Titter Tatter

Konnichiwa!

I know, I know, I know. Damnit, I hate not-blogging!

What has happened! Well, firstly, new compooooter! It's this:

(I stole that from a Bing search, naturally.) But yeah, so awesome because it fit everything I was looking for - full, usable ports whilst still being an "ultrabook", latest processor blah blah and all cost less than half of what was originally spent on the MacBook Air I bought which turned out faulty. So yeah, thank God for that etc.

Andy Roddick didn't win Wimbledon 2012. We'll skip over this. (Then again, Murray was so close! He will win a grand slam eventually, or, as my brother and dad say, may end up going down as the best player never to win one.)

Join Twitter! Because it's fun and annoying and great and awful all at once, yay!

Speaking of Twitter, I did tweet this wonderful photo not so long ago, of one of my new favourite books:


Yes, her! Hummus is finally, officially a published writer. This is stupidly great! And she will soon publish something that will sell as many as Fifty Shades of Grey but it'll be suitable for a more family-friendly audience. I'm only speaking from what I have heard about that book - damn it being number one on every ebook chart I saw today.

University! More exams! So nothing's changed, don't worry.

Cookies! I am finding it very hard to fit cookies into my life schedule during Ramadhan. And I am becoming less and less whale-like during this fast! Yay! This shall continue until I am only slightly bigger than Gandhi. Okay, maybe now that far but you know, carry on etc.

In response to Hummus' blog post about being an ancient sister: hello! And may you continue to enjoy changing nappies. My nephew's waste is not deemed as nuclear waste, so I know exactly what you mean. Also, I have given him the title of "biccie monster", as in biscuit, because he happily bit through one with me the other day.

I am still - whenever I have time which is of course never for many people during Ramadhan - working my way through Steve Jobs' biography. Yay! This is despite buying two super cheap ebooks today. I know, I know. Damnit.

I now have numerous video games on my computer! Which I will rarely have time to play but what the hell, yay!

Oh, I think everyone should use the Microsoft Office 2013 preview. It's so awesome, free to try out and those of you who still use Office 2003 (! - they shall remain nameless) should also use it. Having had 2007 for years, I think I'll be happily buying this upon release. Yay evil capitalism! Etc.

So yes. Erm...nothing has really been happening. Just a lot of revision and fasting and...being hot and thirsty. Thank you bizarre English weather, as I do prefer this over the humid/hot combination several weeks ago but nothing beats chilly, wet weather.

Oh, who else is actually enjoying the Olympics?! Yes, Andy Murray seriously thrashed Federer and what about that men's 100m final. Explosive. As was the 200m final last night. And I thought this link was fascinating!

I hope all you many readers are doing well, let me know! And I will seriously blog more (I had computer and phone woes since June but thankfully they're now resolved!) or else I will punch myself in the face. Very hard. I will make this possible.

Sweet dreams.

Emad.

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Woes & Woes

Konnichiwa!


Yep, woes and woes. Tech woes. Because since I last posted, I have had TWO faulty MacBook Airs. Yep. Two. The first had a creak on the left side of the palm rest, which is ridiculous considering the cost of such items aaaand then number 2 had keyboard backlight problems. Lovely experience Apple.


Oh, and I am still having phone woes! I know! This is the 4th Nokia I have had since starting my contract 6-7 months ago. I did indeed go to Ofcom due to Orange being mean. Stupid networks.


So, what's been happening since Emad! Nothing too exciting as I really have just been recovering from weeks of nasty non-sleep. Just not good! Finally getting at least 8 hours of sleep is proving to be a good thing, phew.


Who has been watching the football! Well, firstly, we shall have a minute of silence for the Scottish readers' sadness regarding the absence of Soctland in Euro 2012. Done? Yep. And now a further minute for England going out. On penalties. Again. THANKS. Straight after that game I took my flag in my bedroom down and folded it up for the World Cup. Assuming England get there. Which they should. Because...it's the World Cup.


Tennis! Wimbledon! It's so much fun, as always. Yay for a Williams sister already being eliminated! And no yay for Andy Roddick being seeded 30th. This is sadness. I still believe he will Wimbeldon eventually. One day. Soon. Because time is running out... *Tears* etc.


Erm...I ordered a really cool, slim external hard drive?


Oh, how annoying are right-wing people? Yeah. That.


When sorting the house a bit (i.e. changing from God-awful "Asian" settees (yes, THOSE) in one of the rooms to sofas like the other room, and cleaning my room out), I rediscovered my awesome toy gun! How awesome? Well look below. Get it?! I know! I think it was a 7-year-old birthday present, from a relative who I'm sure also gave me another gun as a present at the time or one in the previous/following year. Because back then kids used to play with toy guns as opposed to real ones. Humour etc. But yeah, great.






I haven't touched my Xbox in months, apart from occasionally watching something on BBC iPlayer. Maybe I should play that.


Ciao for now!


Sweet dreams.


Emad.

Friday, 8 June 2012

Wet Summer's Day

Konnichiwa!

So I have no computer of my own at the moment and my contract phone is also away with the repair fairies. Yep, I am currently using a phone entirely relying on buttons on a keypad (which I can confirm is now horrendous to type on and takes AGES having used touchscreens in some form for almost 5 years now). And I am using either my brother's computer when I can (of course he uses it but also my dad) or my almost-fully-broken Touchpad.

Thank God I still have my iPod Touch then. Tech woes.

So! I apologise for all 3 of you fans out there that I have not blogged since finishing exams/coming home last week. As I said, tech woes. But also I think it's only now I am recovering from all of that nonsense! Exams are tiring! And after a week I am back to being used to sleeping in my bed at home for more than 2 nights every few weeks. University is fun folks.

Apple's WWDC is on Monday. This is relevant because I am considering getting a Mac of some sort. And that is due to having terrible Windows laptop, in terms of hardware. Aaaaand then the good Windows laptops cost just as much/more than Mac equivalents. Nope, thank YOU Mr Student Discount.

Anyhow, nothing interesting has happened in the last week. Just resting! But I am totes looking forward to watching football, however racist fans might be in Ukraine...? Ouchee.

Oh, one more song to add my previous post: Lene Marlin's Sitting Down Here. I remember hearing this once when the siblings and I went to Leeds for a shopping trip of sorts.

I remember in Year 5 or 6 or some time in primary school, we all went on a trip of sorts (yes, re-use phrases Emad!) to the local supermarket. I think we walked there, wasn't exactly far. And that Morrisons still stands as there is nothing else that exciting in the town I live in anymore. Why did Woolworths have to go out of business damnit!

We watched a video on shoplifting. Nope, I am not joking at all on that one. Why? I don't know, we pesky kids were thieves in those days, right? I feel so old compared to those in my classes at uni, despite only being a year older.

There was something involving fish. Yes. Either the fish monger in the store did some slicing and dicing, I don't know. I just remember a strong fish smell.

However, in the afternoon we all made bread of some kind. And I remember moulding mine into the shape of a doughy man (pun intended) complete with limbs and a small round head. Can we all agree the smell of baked goods is super nice and gives that warm feeling and what not? And it was nice bread damnit!

I remember having some of it at home. We don't eat that many actual bread rolls in this house. But I can still picture my bread-man in its paper bag with the usual transparent plastic sheet at the front. It was nice! The mother liked it.

But that's what parents are for.

Sweet dreams.

Emad.

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Cold May

Konnichiwa!

In primary school (or junior school, as I still like to call it), we had to choose an adjective that matched our personalities which we could use before our forenames. It must have been year 3 or 4, in the middle of junior school. I think the adjective had to start with the same letter as our name and we had to design a logo/poster of sorts we could stick around the room. Clearly, nothing works for someone whose name begins with an E, especially given the limitations of junior school vocabulary. And somehow it was decided that a few of us could bend the rules, with the word "witty" being best to describe me.

I decided to place my bubble-style written letters on the backdrop of a "splash" design. Witty Emad. That'll show them...

Time to respond - as promised - to a blog post with my own. For some reason, it's mainly pop songs that bring back vague memories of timelessness etc. Not that they're bad songs...ahem.

Celine Dion - That's The Way It Is.
Yes, shameful! But many years ago I went to drop my dad off at the airport and for some strange reason it was there that I remembered this song. Was it playing in the background? Possibly. Strange.

Luther Vandross & Janet Jackson - The Best Things in Life Are Free.
Oh because the title is just so true etc. Ahem. But this song reminds me of the old house but a particular time when certain (i.e. good) relatives came over to stay. Fun etc!

Student Rick - Falling For You/Monday Morning
& Eric B and Rakim - Don't Sweat The Technique.
I remember going to Currys with the family and buying the original Xbox soon after it was released. Insane price as well...ahem. I remember buying one of the few gaming magazines in around September/October 2002 (remember those things, magazines?) which came with a disc filled with demos which included one of my favourite games ever, Aggressive Inline, a roller skating game. I think the memory of playing with the brother is implanted in the brain. Very glad I bought a second hand copy a year or so back on the electronic bay. Think I'll be playing it after these "exams"...

Sara Bareilles - One Sweet Love.
I don't think this is a particular favourite of mine but reminds me of the MedSim thing that took place at Nottingham Uni. Very much a sense of timelessness if you ever attend the university and are given Sherwood Hall as your residence - nothing but trees and greenery as the view from the bedroom window. Total woo. And completely different from my time so far at Newcastle - next door to the city centre! Despite current convenience, I think I prefer the greenery. Your opinion?

The Calling - Wherever You Will Go/Adrienne.
The brother. And any cover of Whereve You Will Go sucks. I'm sorry, but something is clearly wrong with you if you think some whispery child's voice is better. PFFT. Get real! But yes, I just think of the brother seeing as he liked The Calling before I did and told me to listen to them. Which was...what, 10+ years ago? Crikey.

Jack Johnson - Taylor.
Some friend...whose name I just can't remember...Hummus, I think? Yes! Made me put a song on MY iPod so SHE could listen to it during breaks. And then I listened also. And it's a great song, listen people!

Relient K - The Lining is Silver.
I've mentioned this before but this song will now always remind of the loooong and painful train journey to Norwich for a uni interview. Which I realise is now over two years ago! Crikey.

Sherwood - Song in My Head.
BEST SONG EVA. But you know, it's pretty awesome. And lame in that childish, pop-way.

Sweet dreams.

Emad.

Saturday, 5 May 2012

Twitter & Podcasts

Konnichiwa!

So I am on Twitter! I KNOW. And I will continue to complain about it... Though I do prefer it over Faceberg, with their stupid evilness and ever-changing privacy policy and automatically screwing everyone (including myself) with changes to account settings. Seriously Zuck, go away. And it being worth a HUNDRED BILLION (we'll skip over the fact they bought Instagram for a billion...) US dollars?! HA. Anyhow...

I think I've been keeping to myself so far on Twitter, being a reactionary user rather than complaining about things. Although I did take the chance to do so last week when I was travelling from home back to Newcastle on the train. Again, Transpennine Express, you SUCK. And it is not worth the £36-or-so ticket to use your trains. Over crowded but absolutely NEVER on time. Only once in the two years I have so far been at university and travelling back and forth on trains has TP Express ever been on time. This whole "trains in the UK are 95% on time" thing is complete and utter BS! Seriously! Who believes that?!

So yeah, clearly my long-form blog is still here to stay though. Ahem. I apologise for the rant but who seriously thinks the trains in this country are worth the fare prices? Exactly. Anyhow, I am at ThisIsEmad on Twitter. I'll try to add a button thingy or a link or something on the side...

So! Podcasts. I will not steal the idea of songs that remind me of places/school (as a post) at a later date. But for some reason ONE of you (named Rosie - read her blog!) at least wanted to know what it was I listened to throughout the day...!

Podcast = people blabbing, or a radio show that has basically been saved as an episode for the listener to enjoy at their own pleasure.

Ready for my list? You will dislike it...!

The Tech Podcasts

The Vergecast and Verge Mobile Podcast - The Verge is a tech/gadget site and they produce two a week, covering news on the computing industry, mobile tech companies, all of those things that we use every day but fail on us every now and again. Yay!

TWiT. This company produces "netcasts" (as they like to call them, correctly...?) on a whole variety of tech genres, e.g. Windows Weekly about everything Microsoft, MacBreak Weekly on...you get the idea. The guy running the show, Leo Laporte is a tech writer and he brings in actual, pro tech and business journalists to ramble about the big stories of the week. Plus, the guy has a radio voice, no question.


The Guardian Tech Weekly! Self explanatory!


Comedy Podcasts


Doug Loves Movies - Stand-up comedian Doug Benson invites fellow comedians and actors/directors (former guests include John Lithgow, Edgar Wright and Jon Hamm) to make jokes and then play "the Leonard Maltin game", where guests have to guess the name of a film using very few clues. Seriously, find this on iTunes and then try to avoid laughing on the train, it's difficult!


Comedy Bang Bang - Just a hilarious show with comedians that have included Zach Galifianakis and maaany others cracking jokes. Again, very funny.


How Did This Get Made? - A podcast where a bunch of actors and special guests dissect a giant fail of a film in great detail. Incredibly funny, even if you haven't watched the horrendousness they're describing. Previously discussed films include Fast Five, The Last Airbender, The Tourist, Crank 2, Catwoman, Superman 3, one of those stupid Twilight things - just listen!


BBC Podcasts


Any Questions - Question Time but made for BBC Radio 4, presented by the other Dimbleby.


Money Box - Listen to the latest failures of capitalism with the new scams being carried out by companies big and small, yay!


Profile - I listen to this depending on who the subject is. A 15 minute look at someone hitting the headlines for reasons good and bad. Interesting what you learn about the people being covered here.


Outlook - A few stories from around the world being covered and analysed.


And finally... The Guardian's Football Weekly. Because I have to remain manly.


There are many others, The Nerdist, Piers Morgan Tonight (even though he's a d-bag), Judge John Hodgman, but the ones listed above are the ones I keep up with the most.


Tell me how much you did not enjoy that...!


Next post = songs.

Wallpapers! Because that's what my blog has become. Have Bing as your homepage, SRSLY. The new backgrounds they have every day can sometimes be incredible. This, from earlier in the week:

As for my life, well nothing interesting is happening. Revision. BLERGH.

However, it was the nephew's first birthday last week and we had a party with the extended family. And what can I say, one-year-olds like ball pools and rocking horses - that don't look like this at all, ahem - which his uncles buy him. YEAH, WE'RE BLOODY AWESOME!

Sweet dreams.

Emad.

Monday, 23 April 2012

Lost in Cyberspace

Konnichiwa!

The last time I went to Pakistan was in 2002, approaching 10 years. It was of course crap aaaand it has probably got worse since then, and I'm pretty sure I would never want to or need to go there again.

What I do remember is sitting in a British consulate office waiting whilst my dad was sorting out whatever he needed to do. And that was the first time I picked up a non-gaming magazine... Strangely enough it was Time. And in there was an article about gaming. And for some reason I remembered it and here it is online. Talk about the brain being bizarre and remembering straaange things. Or you know, pointlessness.

Maybe it's one of those strange memories we all have where it feels like things were timeless or just mysterious in some way. Hmm...

And back to the present day.

I don't think I have anything interesting to share. Yep, the life has just been revision and solitary confinement. Voluntary solitary confinement, as I chose to stay for most of the Easter break in Newcastle. Alone. Woo...

I LIKE LISTENING TO PODCASTS! And I think we should all listen to BBC Radio 4 more. And create our own podcasts. Why not.

I have finally started reading Walter Isaacson's bio of Steve Jobs. I'm a big tech person (despite not knowing anything technical) and bought the book way back in October but have finally started. Damn you university and damn the 70 credits of modules in semester 1 which ruined all/any fun...!

French elections, wow. We need a Jean-Luc Melenchon guy in Britain!

So yes I won't annoy anyone now.

Sweet dreams.

Emad.

OH!

This picture is SUPERB. Here's the link.

Saturday, 31 March 2012

What Can I Call My Blog Post Because It Has Been So Long

Konnichiwa!

WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN! Seriously, I thought you were going to blog more this year but clearly you have ended up taking the micky etc.

So anyhow, George Galloway, I know right? Just bizarre. But how bad was the Conservative PR machine yesterday? A certain S.Warsi was on Radio 4, then a news interview, THEN another interview on the BBC News website which was used as part of Newsnight last night.... What the hell! And really, how can she complain about Labour losing - SHE WAS BEATEN IN JEWSBURY IN 2005! And she clearly cannot connect to people in West Yorkshire as the Cons lost just as badly in the by-election. Seriously politicians, shh. Retards.

I have been busy! Well, of course things have indeed happened since my blog post - again, I apologise.

I hate Scottish people! Or rather, Scottish people dislike me. Severely. There was one incident which I have actually forgotten involving a Scottish person being mean to me, so of course I can't mention that. And the other was a lecturer/tutor who was a complete pill also. So, Scottish people, be nice! Please! Jees. (And seriously, stop with the independence thing, it's just silly.)

EXAMS! Argh! Life has slowly devolved into the spectacularly fun days of revision. Inorganic and organic chemistry. Microbiology. Biotechnology. Other stuff. Just all fun. And it's much more fun spending the time revising all alone in your flat. Woo... But at least the library is just down the road, fun. No people, I have not hit the limit of books students can take out on loan...

Portal 2! It's a fun game which I bought for PC (first PC I have bought in YEARS) with voice work from Stephen Merchant and JK Simmons. Everyone should be a gamer! Why not etc.

I've mentioned before of a James Richardson who is a football presenting genius, whether on television or radio, and I'm pretty sure you may not care an ounce what I say about this topic.

...But someone has been uploading some CLASSIC clips of the very old Channel 4 Saturday morning show Gazetta Football Italia that used to air years ago (and would follow on a Sunday with a live Italian football match). It is veeery strange to see him with hair and no goatee in this VERY old episode...



The only reason I mention this is because I remember waking up late on a Saturday morning with my brother and watching this show, being able to name all the players and watching what was at the time the best league in Europe. It was always refreshing to hear amusing puns and a lack of fake enthusiasm on a sports show such as this. (Of course, it's only now I would understand the puns - thankfully there are one or two clips on YouTube from around 2001 which show his sudden baldness...!) And how could I not mention him sitting at an outdoor cafe with newspapers and a piece of cake in EVERY broadcast! Thankfully, this tradition has continued on the internet where he presents The Guardian's newspaper round-up every Friday. Veeeery big mistake of Channel 4 to ditch this amazing programme. Luckily I have ESPN, where they show Italian games and James Richardson sometimes presents, woop!

No, I like THIS pier!
 
And in all seriousness, I came across this spectacular photo a few days ago. This is MY life so far in 2012! It's more bluey! Yaaay. I saw this on the Lifehacker website a few days but I can't seem to find where this place is. It looks cool!

When I came back to Newcastle a week or so ago, the taxi driver taking me from the station to my flat was talking about very light-hearted topics. You know, him being in the army and being stationed in Ireland when Protestants and Catholics were at it. And so he went on about this non-amusing topic by asking me (when we were outside the flat) what I would do/have done if my best friend died in action in front of me. Wow... I said what everyone else would probably say in this situation: nothing.

How can you respond to a question like that? Very difficult. I first had to try and picture a friend or even anyone I recognised fighting. And myself.

He acknowledged my inability to answer this and said that anyone would be so happy in the moment that it wasn't them and would even "kiss the best friend's backside for saving your life and stopping you from being killed instead"...but that you'd live the rest of your life living with regret...

...And on that bombshell?? Hmm, it certainly puts your own life and problems in perspective.

Sweet dreams.

Emad.

Monday, 6 February 2012

The Monastery

Konnichiwa!

We didn't go on many trips at all in the high school I went to (Y7-11). At all. Once we went to the cemetery of the local church. And again. We went to some lame science museum in Liverpool. Lame because...you know, Liverpool. And apart from that, I genuinely can't think of other trips we had. Oh, once we went to the theatre to see some BS WW2 play? Or something? Ah, who cares.

But in Y11, close to the time before we all ran away for exams and "study period"-ness, the handful of us RE (or RS) students had two trips, fairly close to each other. Now when I say "handful", you have to know that there were only 32 of us in total in the entire year group. So those of us taking RE, fewer than 10 if I can remember - not an entirely extravagant subject.

I can't remember which came first but we went to a Christian monastery as well as a Buddhist monastery. What was fun and strange about both trips is how not only did our usual RE teacher accompany us (he taught me RE for 5 straight years and history for 3!), but the other RE teacher (an Oxbridge grad music teacher from what I can remember) also supervised us few kids - and drove the damn mini-bus! Fun indeed. That was a long sentence. Not the "fun indeed" bit...

The trip to the Buddhist monastery was LAME. We basically took our shoes off to sit around in a circle in a prayer room and asked a Buddhist why he was supporting the slaughter of animals by buying meat from the supermarket despite his own belief - which he stated earlier - that nothing should be killed etc. Yep. Fun.

I remember the trips to and from this place. Somewhere in/near Todmorden. I had about 10 songs on my phone and was half-listening to them in the mini-bus. You know the songs you listen to from this age up until your early 20s, the ones that will probably stay with you for the rest of your life? And your kids will say "Oh, come on!" when you crank out a "classic" of yours in the car? Crikey, the music my uncle listens to...just says it all. Bands like Sherwood and Melee and others you probably haven't heard of. And this one song by...I think they're called New Atlantic, "Late Night Television". Straange.

The Christian monastery place... What I have remembered from it literally a second ago was how the Christian monk/priest (I can't remember which) was super-old and how one guy in the class was trying to hold his laugh whilst we were given a tour of the place. The monk was always closing his eyes as if he was remembering something whenever he was talking. I guess it did look strange.

But the strangest thing of all was the last thing we did when we were there: have lunch. Because it was a Friday. And this place had a rule for their Friday meals. On one of those long, extended dining tables (where someone sits at both ends and there are people sitting opposite each other on the sides), we were sitting there in our blazers and ties, along with our teachers but also the maaany monks and priests and nuns who lived there. And we ate lunch. In silence. We had to gesture to the person next to us if we were asking for water. Strange. Don't think I've quite had lunch like that. Sat with familiar and unfamiliar faces, together at the table yet alone in our thoughts.

I wonder if any of us have had another experience like that. But I haven't kept in touch with any of the RE class. Or the teachers from that school. Or any other students from my year group there.

Hmm, strange.

Sweet dreams.

Emad.

Saturday, 28 January 2012

January Madness

Konnichiwa!

DAMNIT JANUARY I HATE YOU. 

So yes, I have been away because...well, take a wild guess... University exams! Bloody exams. The examination culture in this country is just absurd.

I have been doing literally nothing interesting. Revision in my room with the help of green tea and other nibbling. EMAD WILL GET BACK TO THINNESS SOON. I have made a personal vow to "stop the talk and walk the walk" or however you say it. I have a pile of colourful medium-sized t-shirts that need to be worn again as I have slowly but continuously expanded after leaving school a few years ago. This already sounds familiar to a certain Hummus' latest blog post...

But that's because exams are war! Students versus lecturers in a waffly verbal battle of the written word. That didn't make sense but my point was certainly made. My exams are over but I do have a wonderful 10 minute RECORDED interview (dictaphone or camcorder, which one - still not known) this Friday which will technically complete exam season. But the usual "sit in silence and do this you wussies!" has been completed. I think I've said this two or three times already but I can't read what I have already typed.

However, unlike the world of Hummus, I have not received my results back in lightning speed. It could be up until the beginning of March when I receive the news of imminent failure/success - DAMN YOU UNIVERSITY MARKING. And the fact I have to wait for the board of examiners to meet for the school of biology AND chemistry. Maybe even the school of agriculture, food and rural development (the school that "manages joint honours students). That's what you get for taking a joint honours course I guess.

I've typed 3 full paragraphs already? Jees. So yes. Erm...I watched Moneyball and it was awesome? And it's strange how Melissa McCarthy AND Jonah Hill are now Oscar nominees?

Yeah. I need to get back to living. But oh wait. I have a pretty full Monday and Tuesday next week. And then what's that Emad? You have 5 lectures and then labs on the following Monday giving you a "9-to-5" day without a break? Oh. Glad I'm not in your shoes.


I'm not cranky. Now where is my Xbox damnit!

I have changed my background to (I think) a photo of daisies. Because I am a "sensitive flower". Thank you biology teacher from 6th form!

HOMELAND. If there is ONE televisual show you start to watch and immediately finish due to its awesometicity, it's Homeland. I cannot stress how awesome this is. Do not read up too much about it as it may spoil it for you! All you need to know is that Damien Lewis (of all people...) plays a marine who was held PoW by a bunch of terrorists for years and years, comes back to America safe and sound, but Clare Danes thiiiiinks something fishy is going on. Just watch it folks!


Okay so that was the only interesting thing I did in the past few weeks. But I am back now! And so many films to watch, books to read, weight to lose, games to play, lectures to attend blah blah blah. Here's to 2012 etc!


 
Sweet dreams.


Emad.