All I want for Christmas.....

I got this in an email (which as I learned later, was ripped off from this great blog: go visit, that's an order!), thought I'd share it with you:
here goes:

Christmas wishes from Iraq....
What is the typical Iraqi Christmas wish list?
(I won't list 'peace', 'security' and 'freedom' - Christmas miracles are exclusive to Charles Dickens), let's see:

1. 20 liters of gasoline
2. A cylinder of gas for cooking
3. Kerosene for the heaters
4. Those expensive blast-proof windows
5. Landmine detectors
6. Running water
7. Thuraya satellite phones (the mobile phone services are really, really bad of late)
8. Portable diesel generators (for the whole family to enjoy!)
9. Coleman rechargeable flashlight with extra batteries (you can never go wrong with a fancy flashlight)
10. Scented candles (it shows you care- but you're also practical)

When Santa delivers please make sure he is wearing a bullet-proof vest and helmet. He should also politely ring the doorbell or knock, as a more subtle entry might bring him face to face with an AK-47. With the current fuel shortage, reindeer and a sleigh are highly practical - but Rudolph should be left behind as the flashing red nose might create a bomb scare (we're all a little jumpy lately).

And a New Year...

Tomorrow's it!

Well boys and girls.. tomorrow's the big day!
Christmas time is upon us, and the time of festivities is nigh!
Here's to a VERY merry christmas to all the good souls out there, and to the bad ones as well!
btw: who won the Nobel peace prize this year? never got round to watching it on satellite.. maybe i'll hit the net for it...

In here its a LITTLE bit better than last week, the gasoline shortage is somewhat less (i.e. you can find blackmarket gasoline to buy) , and the electricity is somewhat better!
I'm filling up my time by studying for the inevitable mid-semester exams coming round 4th of January, and playing some PS2..
does anyone know how to catch Fabienne in Driv3r? just asking...

the other day there were some american soldiers in my university, which is not uncommon since the local command post for that area is just behind my uni!
Anyways, as I was saying, a couple of hummers and some soldiers on foot were going round, they came right next to where I was walking, hmmm... I don't have any xenophobic tendencies as some people told me somewhere, but the only thing in my mind at that time was: "OH BOY, if some idiot tries something stupid like attacking the troops, we're gonna be mincemeat!"
thank God, nothing happened, and as the soldiers passed by, one of them said hello, so we (a couple of friends and myself) politely replied back.. (we said hello... Duuuh.)
borrrrrrrrrrring yes I know, but that's the way it is!


Many thanks go to the esteemed people at the ministry of higher education for cutting off ALL funding from my university, it goes that my university before the war was named Saddam University, now, that name does not imply in any way that its holder was either a student nor a faculty member, it only meant that my university was under direct supervision from the presidential council, therefore, and UNLIKE ALL OTHER UNIVERSITIES IN IRAQ, there were no bribes, no payoffs to pass, people had to STUDY to pass, professors did their best at ALL times, and did not tell the students to p*ss off and go buy their lectures or pay them in cold hard cash to succeed, we were something else back then, THE ONLY FULLY-FUNCTIONAL UNIVERSITY IN IRAQ IN WHICH PEOPLE DID STUDY.. and this brought on many a thought of hatred and jealousy from other universities...
anyways, going off the point there,
Now, after the war, since there is no more presidential council and stuff like that, and everyone is fending for himself, the brainless spiteful people in the ministry decided to cut all funding and salaries from us, now, some professors were not paid their dues since LAST YEAR, and many resigned to go work in other places, some even got work in the states!
this came to mind when I noticed that the number of attending professors at the university is decreasing rapidly, after enquiring, I was told the stuff above..
so, I would like to thank (without specifying names) all those aforementioned people in true NEW IRAQ spirit and congratulate them for keeping the cycle of hatred and spite alive and well!
When the head of the department tells you that next year there will be no more classes because they cannot pay the professors to attend, you suddenly feel overcome with joy..

I am witnessing the death of my alma mater.. A feeling I do not recommend for anyone.

(note: in Iraq, most universities -excluding a few- are government sponsored, education is FREE.)

Merry Christmas to the world!

hmmm... and by the way, I'm cutting out on cigs tomorrow! here's to a smoke-free 2005!

see ya round the new year!


One week remaining!

Yay so I had time after all!
a breakdown of what happened since my last post:
I took two exams, did well in both (sure hope so!)
A friend had her cousin kidnapped and still not returned till this moment
The gasoline shortage is now a bit lessened somewhat
I started smoking again then I quit then I came back then I quit then... argh... my excuse at the moment is that "I did NOT inhale" ....well said.. well said..
hmmm...nothing much to be told...
oh, thanx for all of the people who commented here!
steph, have a happy happy holiday!
kilr0y, thanx for taking time to understand what I meant..
and Justin, welcome aboard!

its people like YOU all that help me be a better person, please do not hesitate to tell me when you see anything you don't like.. I don't promise I'll change it, but I promise I'll give it a second thought and if your point of view prevails, then it will be changed!


Merry Christmas!

Yes... I know it's too early to start breaking out the eggnog but since I cannot guarantee posting here from now till the next year (I've said that somewhere before) I want to congratulate all of you kindred spirits on the coming of christmas and the new year!
I hope it will be a better world, a brave new world as they say!

thank you all for visiting THEN SOME! from time to time, I know i've been a lousy blogger but that was the best I could do!
here are some of my new year's resolutions:

1- lose some weight (already working on that)
2- keep on blogging here.
3- pass my courses with a good average.
4- improve my guitar (I have a crazy solo I've been wanting to pull since ages! maybe next year!)
5- go visit my significant other (Halfway across the globe... that visa will be a nightmare to obtain!)
6- find a job.
7- being a better person and friend.

see ya round (hope to be sooner than I predicted..)

Words of the Wise..

Again I stand corrected and in silence, for now I know that young people do NOT know S**T..

Please share with me the following lines I found so deep, they were a reply to all my prior b*tching and fuming about how life sucks..

thank you for enlightening me, Papa Ray..

" Well, I am almost 70 years of age, I am a Texan, an American and I am against violence also.
I have first hand experience with violence.
As a child, I was picked on and put upon almost every day because I was small for my age. Growing up I was in many fights, just to try and protect myself, not by choice.
When I was 17 my Dad was killed by a man who was drunk (later was ruled insane)and it killed my mother with grief a year and half later.
I joined the US Army at that time, for valid reasons I thought at that time. I had a few good years of serving in a peace time army. Then came along the famous Viet Nam "Conflict". It was not even a "War". By that time I had a lot of training and had made it to a "Non-Com" rank and was in charge of a squad of soldiers.
We killed in order not to be killed. We didn't kill any women or children or old people, but we saw many killed by our Air Force. Bombing is an equal opportunity killer. It took me many years to get my head straight from that little "conflict". It taught me that violence only brings more violence.
But as long as the world is how it is, violence will be a large part of it, no matter how many hate it.
I won't bore you with my war stories and of my problems or accomplishments. But I do want to give you some truths that I have learned over my long life.
Take them or leave them, your choice.
You have to stand for something or you will amount to nothing.
Being opposed to violence is good, but you must protect yourself and yours from violence however and whenever you must.
You can not protect yourself and yours if you depend just on the "authorities". You must be prepared to do it yourself.
If you want the good things in life, you must be ready and able to pay for them. This does not mean with just money.
If you are faced with problems in your life, depending on others to solve or take care of them will result in you not only still having the problems but thinking less of yourself.
Here is a few other things I've learned:
I've learned that you can get by on charm for about 30 minutes. After that, you'd better know something.
I've learned that you shouldn't compare yourself to the best others can do, but to the best you can do.
I've learned that it's not what happens to people that's important. It's what they do and how they react to it.
I've learned that you can do something in an instant that will give you heartaches for life.
I've learned that no matter how you feel about it, there are always two sides to everything.
I've learned that it's taking me a much longer time to become the person I should be, and I'm running out of time.
I've learned that it's a lot easier to react than it is to think, but not a smart thing to do, unless your talking about driving.
I've learned that you should always leave loved ones with loving words, It may be the last time you see them.
I've learned that you can keep on going and doing long after you think you can't.
I've learned that we are responsible for what we do, no matter what the circumstances.
I've learned that either you control your attitude or it controls you and if you let it control you, you are going to have big problems.
I've learned that life can be as hard on you as you make it, poor decisions, no planning and a bad attitude will make it that way.
I've learned that heroes are people who do what has to be done when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences.
I've learned that learning to forgive takes a lot of practice.
I've learned that there are people who love you, but just don't know how to show it.
I've learned that some people will be your friend only as long it is to their benefit.
I've learned that money and material things is a false way of determining self worth.
I've learned that sometimes when I'm angry, I have the right to be angry, but that doesn't give me the right to be cruel.
I've learned that true friendship is very hard to come by and the same goes double for true love.
I've learned that just because someone doesn't love you the way you want them to doesn't mean they don't love you.
I've learned that no matter how much I want something, it won't matter to others.
I've learned that maturity has more to do with what types of experiences you've had and what you've learned from them and less to do with how many birthdays you've had.
I've learned that you should never tell a child their dreams are unlikely, few things are more cruel, and how awful it would be if they really believed you.
I've learned that no matter how good a friend you think someone is, the only real way to find out is when you need them.
I've learned that it isn't always enough to be forgiven by others. Sometimes you have to learn to forgive yourself.
I've learned that no matter how bad your heart is broken the world doesn't stop for your grief or even care.
I've learned that our background and experiences may influence who we are, but we are responsible for who we become.
I've learned that just because two people argue, it doesn't mean they don't love each other.
I've learned that sometimes you have to put the person ahead of their actions.
I've learned that it takes years to build up trust, and only a little while to destroy it.
I've learned that the more we try to teach our children, the less they seem to learn.
I've learned that you shouldn't always be so eager to find out the truth. It could hurt.
I've learned that the clothes I like best are the ones with the most holes in them.
I've learned that words said in haste and anger hurt everybody and help no one.
I've learned that it's not what you have in your life, but who you have in your life that really counts.
I've learned that two people can look at the exact same situation and see something totally different.
I've learned that people with a little religion are almost more narrow minded than those with a lot.
I've learned that people who don't read and learn will stay ignorant and narrow minded.
I've learned that even if you don't agree with someone, you should listen to their viewpoint.
I've learned that you cannot make someone love you. All you can do is love them.
I've learned that no matter how you try to protect your children, they will get hurt and you will hurt also.
I've learned that your life can be changed forever in a matter of minutes by people who don't even know you.
I've learned that even when you think you have no more to give, if your child needs you, you will find a way and means to help. But sometimes helping too much is really a hindrance.
I've learned that prior planning prevents piss poor performance.
I've learned that even with prior planning, unexpected things will always happen.
I've learned that if your going to do something, give it all your effort, do the very best that you can.
I've learned that even if something awful happens to you, you can always learn something from it.
I've learned that sometimes happiness is right in front of you but you can't see it.
I've learned that credentials on the wall doesn't mean they know what the hell they're talking about.
I've learned that the people you care most about in life are always taken away from you too soon.
I've learned that I should have taken better care of myself, but I wasn't smart enough at the time.
I've learned that someone can love you, but not be in love with you.
I've learned that it's hard to to decide between not hurting people and standing up for what you believe is right.
I've learned that the more you love someone, the more you can hurt them.
I've learned that the more you love someone, the more they can hurt you.
I've learned that the more I learn, the more I seem not to know.
Anyway, at your age (I know because,believe it or not, I was your age once), you know everything and ol' folks don't know shit, but I just wanted to pass on some things that I learned the hard way.
Live long and prosper !
This is my post
Papa Ray
West Texas

Thank you again, wise man.. I am in your debt.

Hello again!

Hmmm... let's see.. first things first:

In my last couple of posts I noticed I became too relient on bi*ching about my life here and how everything was shot to s**t and all...
I apologise, for yet again I stand corrected..

I was made to look again at my life and what I want of it by the words of the wise, or as he calls himself, Papa Ray..

thank you for teaching me that no matter how much you think you know, there's always someone around the corner who had more experience, more knowledge than yourself.

When I said at Najma's Blog :
"I am NOT with the americans and NEVER will be.."
I meant that in here, if you do not bomb the s**t out of everyone in the streets, then you are considered a traitor and in line with the american troops, so I was making this point clear.

also, I was angry because a day earlier, a friend got hit by a truck carrying U.S. VIPs.. the driver no doubt had instructions NOT to stop for anything, which is his right to do, because no matter how the media paints the scene, the americans are on hostile grounds, their enemies wolves dressed in sheep's clothing..
No matter how you explain it or try to justify it, it still remains complex.

The Iraqi people are NOT the ones doing the killings and beheadings, for that we have to thank our neighborly countries for either loosening the control on the borders, or admitting said animals to Iraq knowingly.. s*rew them either way.

BUT.. since these idiots are either Arabs or from the middle east region in general, they look pretty much like most Iraqis here, hence the ease of which they hide among the population..

So, can a soldier read minds?
can a soldier differentiate from a smiling face and a smiling face with a hidden gun?
can a soldier know if the route he's travelling on is booby-trapped or not?


Najma once said that the "Jihadists" do their stuff where the americans are, if they are in the cities, they will blow s**t in the cities, if the americans go into the deserts, they will follow them.

I do not agree.

the animals doing this s**t (I will NOT call them Jihadists, Jihad is another thing entirely, i will come to that later) are too scared to fight in the open, they use the cover of houses and narrow alleyways because this is their method, HIT AND RUN.

bystanders are the ones who get killed no matter who's winning.

anyways, why do I always say I am not with anyone and never seem to do anything to change the situation?

because in Iraq NOTHING changes.
officials are still taking bribes even though their salaries multipled by a factor of 100!
cops are STILL on the take! (they even sell blackmarket gasoline after they confiscate it)
you cannot find a job at any place if you didnt have the proper "party" connections (i.e. you belong to one of the major political parties, s*rew your credentials!)
instead of only one family ripping Iraq's resources and wealth, we have TWENTY-SOMETHING!
Any one who grabs hold of any position in the government starts thinking how to make money out of it..

This is the insider's view.

believe it or call me a ba'athist dog calling for saddam's return, that is your choice to make.

by the way, I do not want him to return, that was one nightmare I do not want to live through again.

what is my solution?
if I had one, I wouldn't be so confused..

I pity the poor souls who have to stand guard (be they U.S. troops or INGs)
no one is on their side.
not even the ones they're trying to protect.

Lost souls knocking on heaven's door.

see ya round

Where I have been:

Yes, I'm here.
No, I didn't get killed or hurt or whatever (a lot of people are going: AWW CRAP..)
Maybe, I'll manage to come here again in the next few days.

sorry folks for my irresponsibility, but i've been up to my ears in college stuff..
Had an Advanced MPU Architecture exam the other day, did ok, managed (along with the whole class) to postpone our Modern Control exam for three weeks or so (two left now) and pulled a muscle in my right thigh, because of which I walk like frankenstein's monster, doctor said it was like a minor tear in the muscle which could get more complicated, big deal... oh do NOT ask me how I even manage to use the toilet seat! (cannot bend my left leg OR EVEN MOVE IT, I drag it around like a log connected to my hip)
Oh they should dish out a prize for the guy who invented DEEP HEAT RUB!!

anyways, although i'm living now on norgesic and other various painkillers, generally i'm ok, better than my friend who got hit by a GMC Yukon carrying some VIPs some days ago, he had multiple (five) compound fractures in his right arm (which he uses to write) and is now unable to do the exams.. c'est la vie.
he's ok though, still breathing, so he's fine by ANY standard down here!

what have I to say more?
what happened these days?
nothing much, same old same old.

there is fighting now in our area, i hear shooting and explosions near by, i wonder why they didnt cut the electricity yet.. i should wrap this up quick...
see ya round.
man i'm too drugged to be PO'ed but somehow i am!

oh yeah, we GOT HOT WATER! hell yeah!

oh and the weather:
its ok, something in the twenties (celsius... DUHHH) and although I get my @$$ frozen in the mornings (my university is just on the river.. CHILLY!) but i manage to stay warm.. how? by thinking warm thoughts! like about the day when I will skip this dump for good! hell yeah i'm sweating buckets already!
i wanna get out.
i'm BORED.
nothing changes around here..

sticking it to someone on the highway
gasoline shortage
electricity shortage
stic... oh i'm too friggin tired to go on.

I WANT TO WA... ooh big booms getting close!
i wonder who's getting killed?
God have mercy on the dead.

so like.. what is more to say?

oh yeah.
smell ya round.

Silent Eid

It doesn't feel like Eid here.
Gloomy and dark all over.
jets screaming over our heads way up high.
distant sounds of explosions help to draw me back to reality from the purple haze I'm constantly in...

Where is Zarqawi?

Where is Bin Laden?

another PHANTOM MENACE just like the WMDs they said I (and every other Iraqi) had buried in their gardens.


Please tell us ONE truth:

Will this end?



(That was to BOTH insurgents AND U.S. Forces)

please don't fight during the night, I want to sleep.

oh and do give us electricity for more than 2 hours, the boiler is not heating up and I REALLY need to take a bath, it is EID after all.



VIEWtiful Joe vs. Falluja


Whomever thought this game out was DEFINITELY ON CRACK!
THIS IS THE BEST GAME I PLAYED SINCE "SuperMarioBros." waaay back in the dark ages!

Honors for guiding me to this GEM go to the original NBG, the SoB (listed among my friend-sites, check it out although he's worse at updating his logs than me)

Man I saw this game laying around ages ago but thought it was JUST ANOTHER MARIO CLONE designed for kids... MAN WAS I WRONG OR WAS I WRONG?!

on another hand, i have to apologise for not updating my site, but since my phone was cut off (whomever was stealing it thought it easier to steal it ONCE AND FOR ALL than to connect and disconnect the jumper cables daily, I filed a complaint, lets hope it gets processed AFTER EID..)


another thing is FALLUJA..
The U.S. forces have been pounding the snot out of falluja day in day out now, people on both sides are dying, same s**t that's been going on since ages here...
problem is, some people announcing themselves as "The Secret Army of Islam" have said that ANYone roaming the streets will BE ANNIHILATED cuz wandering around buying clothes and food while falluja is being bombed is as wrong as frequenting the local brothels or smoking weed (Which I doubt is what THEY were doing when they thought this announcement out)

The only good thing that came out of it is that there has been no college since this s**t started and there won't be till AFTER Eid or the killing fields of falluja run dry...
Means there won't be college till NEXT YEAR! YAY!

When is Eid anyway?
The Sunni (my guys) will announce it either Saturday or (more probably) Sunday according to the new moon, The Sastani Shi'a have announced it as Sunday OR Monday (a day after Sunni)
and Sadr Shi'a will probably do it on Monday or Tuesday to spite us both!
Eid will be for a WHOLE WEEK!

Anyways, Here's to a happy PEACFUL EID to EVERYONE..
Lets pray for a quick end to all the bloodshed that's going around
Sorry, Ramadhan ended so I CAN SAY WHATEVER I WANT AGAIN!
yeah whatever


Oh, and SoB:

Believe it or not, Girls ARE Evil, according to this simple mathematical relation:

Girls, as we all know, require Time AND Money, hence:

Girls = Time x Money ......... (1)

and. Time IS Money, So:

Time = Money ........ (2)

this leads to:

Girls = Money x Money ......... (3)

And, we know that Money is THE ROOT of ALL EVIL, Hence:

Girls = Evil ........ (4) !!!

Apologies to any ladies out there paying attention to my maniacal ravings!

I'll be back.

I'm back and I'm in it for life!

So there!
Feeling much better now.. Sorry for my last stupid post..
Things have been going somewhat fast around me, but now I got my s**t 2gether..
let's see what happened when I wasn't around:
Emirates Leader Sheik Zayid passed away, God have mercy on his soul..
American President G.W was Re-elected, let's hope for a quick and final resolution to all the s**t that's going around here.
Al-arabiya newsgroup building was hit by a car-bomb, that was near my grandparent's house.

On a happier note: (And this was a long time coming)
THEN SOME! gladly announces that it's pride and joy, the one and only AnaRki13 (that's me) is now OFF THE MARKET! (not officially though, I still need to finish my MSc. first) so girls, better luck next time! heheheh!
Man I finally struck GOLD! After two (and a half) failed attempts at finding true love, it finally gave up and found me instead! (that's EXACTLY how it happened!)
I still wonder how an idiot such as my esteemed self came across such a jewel.. man oh man..
If it wasn't for her (and I've already said this a million times already) I wouldn't have lived this long..
All I want to say to her is:
Thank you for being you, Thank you for saving my life, Thank you for showing me the light.
It's been a year now.. I love you.


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Ever have that feeling that you're running out of time?
I do now.
Why do people have to shout? I hate shouting.
They are so insecure.
I'm feeling blue.. don't know why.
Will contemplate on that and return here later.
then some.


My Main-Page Comment!

Call me what you want, but I am too lazy think about or write a new post.. I will comment on previous comments and also add some new info.. ok?
here goes:

Ali Mohammed: I met you in college the other day, right? nice work on your blog..

Sami: Most of my friends (Rockers run in packs here) know Alice but hate them.. too bad.. heaven beside you is great, but my all time favorites are Rooster and I stay away..Nirvana... What can I say? I was introduced to them by the SoB, he probably doesn't remember, but he made me watch Smells like teen spirit and I was hooked! I'm still known as a grunge guitarist (Although I changed my style to 80's Hard Rock) because my first year in college I was always Nirvana this, Nirvana that, you know!
Deftones are cool, they play from the heart, liked White Pony and The Deftones, btw, which album is My Own Summer on? I got only the single.
I hate system of a down! Sorry! but my idea of rock is razor sharp shredding riffs followed by an ear splitting 10 minute solo!
Sorry about the Oprah thing, you are free to choose any other name!

Lady NIW: My side of the world... Hmmm... Lemme see:
Things are more or less the same, me and my looney buddies have futoor at a friend's house, like I said the other time, We split the money, then order a huge amount (enough for 15 monsters who are willing to take a bite off each other if the food wasn't enough!)
and go to iftar at a friend's house..
First time was the routine yearly pilgrimage to my good friend RS7's house, we meet there to discuss which one can stuff more food in his face and important matters like that..
the Second one was to visit a friend whom a TimeBomb detonated next to his car!
A piece of shrapnel went through his shoulder, Thank God for that, wait wait... I mean Thank God because it didn't hit his neck, his head, his eyes, or any major organ.. It just went through the shoulder muscle and stopped there. thank God again.. we name such close calls in Iraq: "Bil Reesh" "In the feathers" cuz it's like when you're hunting a bird, you shoot it, and you hit the wing feathers, the bird drops then flies again!
My Angel.. Oh God. See her? I wish! She's on the OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD! literaly!
I miss her day in, day out, LIKE HELL.. but still, I feel much better that she is not here, with all the S**T that's going on.. also, even if she was here, do you think I would be able to see her? I mean, most people who have daughters think of boys as something that falls between bird crap and gutter slime.. They are not to blame since most of the boys here have only one thing on their mind!
Anyways, thanx for all of you who've been following the IRREGULAR advance of THEN SOME!
and Cheers!
I ain't saying the usual "Smell ya..." thing because Someone here doesn't like it!
Oh and SoB, I bought a GBA! kn0w anyone HERE who has Carts for it? or do you know where I can get a programmable cart so I can load the ROMs I have on it? Oh and BURNOUT3 Rocks! I mean, It doesn't reach GT for racing skills, but it outstrippes EVERYTHING in the FUN area! Awesome car damage!

For all of the Non-Gamers out there, I was talking about games and stuff with the ORIGINAL NBG!

Oh my frig... Sorry ... my poor head.. want to snooze.

Salam to the masses.

FW: My new name is Gadget Applebrains!

This thing really put a smile on my face!
Got it via email from a friend of mine who got it from one Ms. Donna Edmiston..

How to choose your new name:

Once you have your new name, put it in the Subject box and forward it
friends and family and coworkers.
Don't forget to forward it back to the person who sent it to you, so
know you participated. And don't go all 'adult' ...

The following in an excerpt from a children's book, "Captain Underpants
And the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants" by Dave Pilkey. The
Professor forces everyone to assume new

Use the third letter of your first name to determine your new first

a = poopsie b = lumpy c = buttercup
d = gadget e = crusty f = greasy
g = fluffy h = cheeseball i = chim-chim
j = stinky k = flunky l = bootie
m = pinky n = zippy o = goober
p = doofus q = slimy r = loopy
s = snotty t = tootie u = dorkey
v = squeezit w = oprah x = skipper
y = dinky z = zsa-zsa

Use the second letter of your last name to determine the first half of
your new last name:
a = apple b = toilet c = giggle
d = burger e = girdle f = barf
g = lizard h = waffle i = cootie
j = monkey k = potty l = liver
m = banana n = rhino o = bubble
p = hamster q = toad r = gizzard
s = pizza t = gerbil u = chicken
v = pickle w = chuckle x = tofu
y = gorilla z = stinker

Use the fourth letter of your last name to determine the second half of
your new last name:
a = head b = mouth c = face
d = nose e = tush f = breath
g = pants h = shorts i = lips
j = honker k = butt l = brain
m = tushie n = biscuits o = hiney
p = chunks q = toes r = buns
s = fanny t = sniffer u = sprinkles
v = kisser w = squirt x = humperdinck
y = brains z = juice

Thus, for example, George W. Bush's new name is Goober Chickenshorts.

William Jefferson Clinton is Bootie Liverbiscuits.

Now when you SEND THIS ON...use your new name as the subject.

And remember that children laugh an average of 146 times a day; adults
laugh an average of 4 times a day.

Put more laughter in your day.

Donna Edmiston
Leasing Paralegal
Minter Ellison - Gold Coast

Oh, someone asked me about my musical prefrences, please read my profile?


Two Good people lost.

Didn't post these last few days because I wasn't feeling fit for life..
two of my friends were murdered.
Didn't know until two days ago, my family knew but didn't tell me, they knew I would be depressed and cut myself from the world like this..
This happened THREE WEEKS AGO and they didn't tell me.
I will miss you.
Dr. Ziyad and Dr. Ziena, two good friends of mine, i knew them back in 1998, when i was a frequent visitor to Chadirchi building (Electronics Center), they had a pharmacy there and i used to go there daily and sit with them... i lost contact with them when they moved their pharmacy to another district.
They were kidnapped from their pharmacy under gun-point, held hostage for days, then the HEATHENS butchered them like sheep..
WHY? the accusation was that they were selling medicine to USA troops!
Sat alone strumming knockin on heaven's door and FEELING THE SONG CUTTING THROUGH MY SOUL.

I'm over the pain now because of someone.. The light of my eyes.. She talked me back to life.. made me smile again.
Thank You, my angel.. I don't have anything if I don't have you.

Ramadhan Kareem! (Happy Ramadhan)

Boys and Girls, Mabrouk your Ramadhan!
Do something useful with it!
For you not understanding what Ramadhan is, here's my version of the story:

Ramadhan is a month in the Islamic Hijri Calendar, which is a lunar one, so basically, the start and end of the month is determined by the lunar cycle..

Ramadhan holds a special place to all muslims since it is the month in which Holy Quran was delivered to the Prophet Muhammed..
In Ramadhan, ALL muslims within age (9 years and above) and with sound body and mind, should undergo fasting, Fasting is a word used to describe the act of not eating or drinking or smoking from dawn till dusk, in essence, it is MUCH MORE..
Fasting MUST include not lying, stealing, cheating, doing bad deeds, or even THINKING BAD THOUGHTS (Purification for the Soul, if you may)..
This Soul aspect has sadly been missed by many people i know or see here, they simply consider Ramadhan to be a chance for a DIET, or QUITTING SMOKING...
Funny thing is:
In Ramadhan, The only people doing the killings and all that are the Jihadist Fundementalists!
Since it is a Holy month, ALL fundementalists want to blow themselves or their enemy "infidels" to seventh heaven, WHY? Cuz they believe in doing so they will be blessed and be INSTANTANEOUSLY teleported to paradise..

Since I am fasting I am not allowed to express my mind as usual, in fact, I should clean out my thoughts... hmm lets see.. 2 hours till dusk... yeah see ya in two hours (if i have a telephone line)

Later and THEN SOME!

The Death of Superman

You might not have noticed, but three days ago, Earth lost its Hero.
actor Christopher Reeve, known for playing superman, passed away on Oct. 10th of a heart failure...
Christopher Reeve was truly a Man of Steel.. Despite his deteriorating medical condition, he never gave up, he gave people hope.. in movies, he was Superman, in life, he was superMAN.

Chrisopher Reeve, as a loyal fan of both you and Superman, I salute you, I pray your soul finds peace.


Farewell...No more pain.


This is the THIRD TIME I'm writing this, lets hope this time whomever's stealing my phone-line (probably a neighbor) will let me use the phone for FIVE minutes so I can post this and get lost..
This S**T has been going on close to 14 days now, EVERYNIGHT some idiot hooks-up on the telephone line somewhere between my house and the local phone cabin and cuts me off from the outside world...

AT LAST MY FRIGGIN' PHONE IS BACK.. (pardon my french)
It seems that whomever's doing this, has took it upon himself to see that I sleep early and study hard instead of browsing the internet..
Before, I could understand that he/she would steal the line and use it to call abroad... but now since I told the phone company to cut the 0 prefix, the son-of-a-diseased-***** is 100% using it to browse the net... OHH I WOULD..... Sorry got carried away with thoughts..

On another note, Something at the cellphone company, IRAQNA, has gone seriously wrong the past week.. The service shuts down for hours on end, and the company is not distributing pre-paid credit for us to buy... and since we Iraqis are very rumor-loving (YET LAW-OBEDIENT... yeah right) people, these strange events have spawned some very funny stories, let me share some of them with you:

1. When the first shut-down occured, IMMEDIATELY a rumor spread in baghdad saying that the head of the company has died, and the company will shutdown for three days TILL HIS FUNERAL ENDS! (Islamic Protocol: Funeral lasts for three days), however, the service returned the same night, and this rumor died.

2. The second one was that 100 credit-cards were stolen, each with the value of 20$ and in order to cut the losses, the company will shut-down for TWO MONTHS! Imagine shutting down a 20 MILLION $ per month operation in order not to lose 2000$!!!

3. The FUNNIEST one is saved for last, it said:
"There was this Iraqi interpreter who works for the U.S. Army, he became best-buddies with a general there, and this general was kind enough to give him this strange code and told him to input it on his mobile.. So the poor guy goes and enters the code as it was given to him, and POOF! the Network SHUTS-DOWN!"
I will NOT comment on this one, but I swear that it was told around Baghdad!

Oh God, I'd better go now since my kindly son-of-a-diseased-***** neighbor probably wants to steal the phone again to check his email...

Thank you for using Iraqi Telecom network.. please burn in hell for all eternity while we profit off your A$$..

About them jokes...

When I posted those rude jokes some time ago, I broke a major promise I'd made with myself.. I'd promised myself that I would never ever take pot-shots at anyone because of their religion, gender, age, nationality, or sexeual preference..
thank you for proving me wrong.
In my society, such jokes are made and told to relieve sexual tension, to release pent-up feelings and to assure each other that it is RIGHT to be homophobic (homophobia = fear of homosexuality)
ALMOST ALL mid-eastern guys are homophobic, yet we don't talk about it, we feel it is wrong to express fear to others.. this is the way we've been raised, this has been the way since centuries..
I've always thought of myself to be the least homophobic guy in the middle east..
My idea was that even though homosexuality is banned in Islam (punishable by death) and I don't feel it is right, but I don't hold a personal grudge against homosexuals like most of the people I know...
Live and let live. this is how I am. (most of the time!)

So, the point is, whenever I make a major foul-up or my logic seems to be WAY OFF course, please take a couple of minutes and post a remark so I can remedy the situation.

Thank you. (All of you in general and one of you in particular! the one who got on my back and forced me to think again!)

(Finished Onimusha3 and busy with SplinterCell2.. )

Yeah yeah whatever...

I'm back.
Man oh man was it a hectic week! Remember like when i posted that i was going to bab-el-sharji in my last comment?
I didn't.
A couple car-bombs detonated here and there around that area and some of my friends who were there got stuck in traffic, so they called us (the other group) to tell us to stay where we are and avoid the area..
five minutes later my parents called me from jordan, they were watching some news channel and i'd told them the day before i was going there..
then the cell-phones broke down.
Don't ask what my parents (and my significant other) were thinking ALL THAT TIME...
the phones came back around 11pm.. so there you are.
bab-el-sharji is close to the hotel area where all the news-reporters are staying.
I wasn't able to use my land-line to call my parents and some because:

1st. I'd arranged with the phone company to cut all prefixes starting with ZERO (0) from my service so nobody can steal it and make international phone calls.

2nd. STILL the phone is STOLEN daily from 8pm till 10am the next day! They are stealing it now to connect to the internet via dial-up!
WHAT A LOAD OF *&^%$....
believe me I'm happy..
I have friends!

then some.

I BID THEE FAREWELL.. (Not really)

Well well..Seems that Allah finally granted your wishes,I will STOP posting here....


Don't be that happy, I ain't that easy to get rid of.
Thing is, I sold my laptop some time ago, I got the money yesterday, I bought a Sony Playstation2 (KILLER), a Sony Net MD Walkman (KILLER also) and will buy a desktop again in less than ten days God willing..
I've been using my father's laptop these past few days (thank you plenty) and since he's leaving for jordan in 4 hours or so (Its around 2Am now but I can't connect since my cousin upstairs is using the only working phoneline in the house, guess i'll have to wait) I won't be able to post here till I get a new pc up and running..
So like, keep it going while I'm not around, I'll be posting my same pile of steaming poop soon enough, so MAKE THE BEST OUT OF THIS TIME!

Ahhh I will miss all of you... I will miss having something to rant about... I will really miss
all my good friends whom i met here, i hope i was a good friend to them...smell y'all later..
keep on blogging!


Tshug sheg: iraqi, to describe something that is way cool or excellent.
(I'll be posting the next parts of my dictionary soon)

Got some other iraqi jokes for those people who can't go to the Saa'di Hilli site, the ones HERE are clean and hilarious! (My gut is hurting me)
here's the link again! TSHUGGG SHEG!


Removed due to a sudden conciousness attack.
Yeah yeah SO SUE ME.
Go search for it on the net yourself

salam and things like it

The Simonas are FREE!

Thank you God..
At last a sense of reality came back to me..
I was out in the streets, I just came and heard, no saw them on television... God it felt great..
I make a faint wish that all the violence will stop soon, I know it won't come true, but I say it anyway.
The Simonas are free.
Thank you God for answering all our prayers..


I don't know if anyone remembers this, but a few days ago, while i was dazed because of nicotine-deprivation (I quit recently.. AGAIN. For the 1297th time.) i suddenly had a childhood flashback, you know, the ones where you suddenly remember the name of that faceless kid who crapped himself in kindergarten, like that.
I had a vision, I had a name carved in my brain with burning letters.. it said:
The WEIRDEST cartoon I'll ever see, the one who made this had to be under the influence of some mind-expanding narcotic! check it out! (the link above has the FULL song lyrics for the title theme!) here's another site!

Back in the Saddle

Yay! Today was the first day of the new college year! Just got my lecture schedule, seems ok at first glance, but as usual, the department will manage to screw it up before long..After that went to Karrada to buy various electronic parts for some project (NO IT IS NOT A TIME-BOMB) I don't remember those being that expensive, maybe its BECAUSE of all the others buying them TO MAKE BOMB-TIMERS out of them! Who knows? This is IRAQ!

Well, I am certainly quaking in my boots at the prospect of starting my MSc and all, I don't want to fail, I CANNOT FAIL.. everything i want to do in life depends on this coming year.. Ohhhh.
Anyways, everything to its time.

I found the list below in an old book and translated it to english, talks about what makes Japanese, American, and Iraqi people happy, it was written SEVEN years ago but its JUST LIKE NOW!! hope you like it:

Some of the "MANY" reasons for being happy:

In Japan:

01. Old comfy things.
02. Something to do, someone to love, something to wish for.
03. Photography (Hobby)
04. Freedom of the press.
05. Seeing fishermen early morning.
06. Not eating when you're not hungry.
07. Finding TWO convincing reasons for doing something.
08. Watching Sunrise.
09. The smell of the Ocean.
10. Life after 60.
11. Watching your relatives when they are happy.
12. A bouquet of flowers on your desk and a smile waiting for you at work.
13. Finding time for everything.
14. Meeting childhood friends again.
15. Finding a seat on the subway.
16. Drinking Sake in a nice restaurant.
17. Touring other countries.
18. Meeting new friends.

In the States:

01. Writing Diaries.
02. Your Luck suddenly changing towards the better.
03. Seeing comforting people in the elevator.
04. The old Idiom "Better Ask twice than lose your way ONCE".
05. Breakfast in bed, doing the crosswords and remembering your childhood memories.
06. Going to Hawaii and wearing its Shirts.
07. Watching people eating potato-chips.
08. Not listening to stupid questions.
09. Using an electric tooth-brush.
10. Finding toilet-paper in the toilet.
11. Having a spare tyre in your car.
12. To finish eating peanuts before the movie begins in the cinema.
13. waking up on a cold chilly morning and finding out you still have a half hour to sleep.
14. Not getting lost on the free-way.
15. Watching lovers in the rain.
16. Washing the car and there is no rain.
17. Eating in the kitchen.
18. Watching a yacht-race.
19. Recieving a dear friend at the Airport.
20. Writing a letter to a newspaper.
21. Drinking Hot chocolate.
22. Watching the sun rising or setting from aboard a cruise-ship.
23. Your Baby's first tooth.
24. Watching the city skyline from afar.
25. Singing in the shower.


01. The Prices of Yesteryear (the times before), The Memories of Yesteryear and the SONGS of yesteryear.
02. Reading newspapers for free (mooching)
03. Waking up in the morning and finding out that theives did not steal your car (or its Tyres) YET.
04. Waking up THE NEXT MORNING and finding out that theives did not steal your Gas (propane) tanks or the propane regulator YET.
05. Getting the food rations and selling half your wheat and sugar rations.
06. Getting the Engine-Oil rations.
07. putting a new sole on your already patched-to-pieces shoe.
08. Getting Petrol or Gasoline for official prices.
09. The Arrival of the Garbage car.
10. Going to the market in your Pajamas.
11. Smelling the aromatic smoke of a Kebob (KABAB) restaurant.
12. Opening the fridge and finding three tomatoes.
13. Episode 13 of the Current Arabic series.
14. Going to a government building and finding someone SMILING.
15. Finding a buyer for all of your household items.
16. Attending the THIRD day of a funeral.
17. The grocer allows you to pick something yourself ONCE.

With the current situation as it is, I am more than willing to add some things that would really make me happy:

18. You get out of a taxi, you find your shirt's back is NOT BLACK.
19. Getting stuck in traffic for less than TWO hours.
20. Seeing a traffic-light that works or someone that would stop to it if it did.
21. Hearing only three explosions daily.
22. Hearing only gunshots at night, No screams and no explosions.
23. Having 8 hours of electricity daily (not continuous even).
24. The phoneline working.
25. The Waterpipes working.
26. You are driving on the highway and no one pulls a U-turn.
27. You are driving on a bridge and no one pulls a U-turn.
28. You are driving, you are still somewhat calm and your blood pressure has only risen to 190/120 YET.
29. You get jumped daily by only three beggars with self-inflicted handicaps.
30. Having a QUIET family conversation (everybody competes for WHO'S GOT THE LOUDEST VOICE, its true.)
31. Having the day pass without your family or sweetheart worrying themselves to death over you because you were stuck in traffic and you arrived 3 hours late.
32. Abu-Mus'ab El-Zarqawi not blowing up your college.
33. Abu-Mus'ab El-Zarqawi not blowing up the embassy near your house.
34. Abu-Mus'ab El-zarqawi not killing people you know and people you don't know.
35. Muqtada Sadr not blowing up your college.
36. Muqtada Sadr not blowing up the embassy near your house.
37. Muqtada Sadr not killing people you know and people you don't know.
38. Staying alive after writing this.
39. Not watching AL-Bourtuqala (reference here) again.

Slither slither...

One of the better bands I've heard since ages is VR, otherwise known as Velvet Revolver.. This band is a throwback to the good old 80's Rock, Their official site is one of the best designed sites I've seen around, It takes ages to load but its worth it, definitely...
Somewhere here there's a link to it, Go check it out, Oh Yeah, you have to be 18+ cuz of some explicit material inside the site.. if you can't, go check their album at Alan's Melody in Arasat (Iraqis only)
its worth it and THEN SOME!

peace and all.


I know its too late to write about this, WAY TOO LATE, but hey, I only saw the *&^*% thing five minutes ago!
Around 4AM tonight on Nilesat, there was a Marilyn Monroe movie on MBC2 and since I adore her, I was watching, then came the commercial break, and since I have a chronic phobia of those since the days before the war, when all commercials on tv talked about the same kind of shampoo presented by different girls with varying waistlines that go from "slightly overweight" to "Queen Mary II"
Ok, so I grab the remote and start zapping, then i think: "Hey its been some days since i last saw the news, let's go raise my blood pressure.." so i flip to the nearest iraqi station (i dont trust jazeera or arabia or any other non-iraqi news channel, i dont even trust the iraqi news channels for that matter) a station called Sharqiya (in Arabic: "The Eastern" or "Of the East") and suddenly I am speechless..
Now i've heard this song on the radio before and i've heard my buddies talk about it, but since i was in the kingdom of far far away (not that far) i was blessed with avoiding all iraqi music for three months.. I digress.
What I saw was nothing short of epic, the culmination of 4000 years of civilisation told (or rather WIGGLED) in 3-4 minutes..
A Struggle between human Churchill tanks (of the 6th Guards Tank Brigade) to decide who can shake more flesh on-screen,
THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE. (Historical Refrence: WW II)
Ok, What i saw on the screen was simply: AL-BOURTUQALA! (The Orange, YES it means the fruit.)
This is what ALL music should be like, a senseless, tasteless, shameless, ARTless show of potruding, brimming-over FLESH. Ten Belly dancers each with the shape and mass of an M-1 Abrams Main Battle Tank, wobbling around a singer which looks like a Bradley himself for 3 minutes, all the while he's singing: "Oh thee Orange, What had you to do with that nice guy, Oh how you torture him" over and over again.. the orange under discussion is the Leader Tan.. Sorry, Dancer of the group.. she is dressed in an orange THING that can be classified as clothes..OH THE HORROR, I AM STILL WASHING MY EYES WITH SALT-WATER..

What kind of degraded, brainless, glue-sniffing son of a diseased ***** would direct this video, much less AIR IT ON TELEVISION?
Is this really a marker of what's "in" these days?

You know what the real disaster is?
From ALL my friends, AND EVERYONE I TALK TO, Only Me and another kindred spirit spoke against this song.. this applies to my WHOLE COUNTRY! (And if I know anything, THE WHOLE ARAB NATION! - males only, females NOT included, unless they are.... Anyway!)
I HAVE TO BE WRONG HERE, Cuz no way in blue hell can ALL arabic-speaking males be wrong and only two are right, right? (And I'm as straight as a ray of light, me and my friend! We like girls, HONEST!)

ARGH! I'm being brain-washed!

please help.


Chained Alice..

Today I went out for a drive, guess what? THERE IS STILL A SUN OUT THERE!
Seems that Listening to Cantrell's guitar cries has gotten me true blue..
One of the greatest guitarists around is Jerry Cantrell, formerly of Alice in Chains..
Anybody seen their Unplugged Concert? I consider it to be the best after Nirvana's..
most of their songs are grim, lyrical, moody, and very much suitable to anyone wanting escape from his own darkness.
Don't know why but in the last couple of weeks i discovered i pretty much gave up on everything, i only thank God because i think i'm starting to find my way back again.

Alice in Chains
Dirt (1992)
Them Bones

I believe.....
them bones are me.
Some say we're born into the grave
I feel so alone, gonna end up aBig ole pile a them bones
Dust rise.. right on over my time
Empty fossil of the new scene
I feel so alone, gonna wind up aBig ole pile a them bones
Toll due.
bad dream come true.
I lie dead gone under red sky
I feel so alone.
I feel so alone, gonna end up aBig ole pile a them bones...

I want to be DOOMed...

In this violence drenched hellhole, when you are stuck in traffic for three hours trying to get back home, and suddenly the idiot in front of you suddenly decides to do a U-turn in the middle of the highway for no reason better than he wants to buy a bag of dried bread, a pack of cigarettes, or 5 litres of black-market gasoline, and as a result the jam is further worsened; You suddenly feel the urge to pull something (varies according to the time stuck in traffic and how many people are honking behind you) from under the seat and distenegrate the BAS**RD into several million parts.. Or reach out and stuff your hand down his throat and pull his balls out... Ohhh good..
however, such activites will most certainly land you in Abu-Ghareb (refrence: Sodom&Gemorrah crossed with Shawshank correction facility) and that is not the best of endings for ANY kind of story...
DOOM 3 !


Well well, just when you thought it was safe to go visit ur grandparent's house.... BOOM! a car explodes in the next street taking lives and causing further pain and destruction to this ravaged place.
I should be glad no one from my family got hurt, esp. my elderly grandparents and my baby cousins, well, to tell the truth.. I CANNOT FEEL ANYMORE.
Ok, so they got away today, SO WHAT? they are bound to get it next time around, and I am tired of worrying EVERYTIME this happens, SO, I decided to stop caring who dies and who doesn't.. its like Russian Roulette, but played with FIVE bullets instead of ONE.
Before, if you kept to your house you had a chance of seeing the light of another day, NOW? the only safe place is six feet under..
I don't have shellshock thank you very much, I would really appreciate it if i did.
Wake me up when its over.
Oh yeah, College is three days away! Yay! Managed to beg some fellow students to come pick me up first day cuz I don't fancy taking the idea of spending the hour and a half ride to college alone with nothing but the dumb-ass radio jock screaming in my head..
I'll talk about the radio dudes later.


Yeah Yeah, I'm still alive, so what? Big deal..
Imagine crossing the Iraqi border at 3:20AM with AC/DC's Highway to Hell playing on the Discman... What a great feeling.
Well, went back to college (didnt start yet but i attended my graduation ceremony), nothing else to do these days except wait wait WAIT... Wait for the electricity to come back, wait for dinner to get ready, wait for the grim reaper to come take me meet my maker.. ARGH.
Ooh the things i would LOVE to rant about... Ooh...


I got another *&^*%$ message from one of my friends saying something like "YahooMail will stop being a free service and they will charge like 10$ or something PER MONTH cuz they exceeded the user limit, so if you dont send this message to all the people on your contact list, we will hunt you to the ends of the earth like a rabid dog, shoot you and rid humanity from the likes of you and all spawn that will spring from within your loins.. something close to that anyway."
Don't believe me? well, bear with me here and let me explain what i think about this farce:
lets say this given message's size is not larger than 10kB, OK?
and that YOU have NOT MORE than 50 contacts on the average, OK?
and those contacts in the next layer do not have more than 50 contacts, and so does every layer and so on...
well, if i send to all and THEY send to ALL, this is like the following:
10kB x 50 x 50 x 50 x .... etc... DO THE MATH, PEOPLE!
and for a simple 3-layer message, the 10kb suddenly baloons to something like 1.25 GIGA BYTES OF SPAM!!!
this is crazy, and the people who believe said messages are too!
I mean, i've been recieving such threats from like, a year ago, first: Yahoo was gonna shut down ON CHRISTMAS, and you have to send to all,
then: Yahoo MESSENGER was shutting down on March, and you had to send to all to avoid being deleted..
then again: in July, Yahoo messenger was "re-calibrating" (or something like it) it's membership links, and you had to send to all again to ensure you are SEEN on the server and thus verify you are still an active member..
and NOW: (actually september had two such threats) YahooMAIL has reached its TWO MILLION people membership and will shut you down if you dont send to all, what kind of an idiot would believe such crap? THE UNITED STATES ALONE HAS MORE PEOPLE ON YAHOO-MAIL EXCEEDING TWO MILLION ALREADY! (not to mention CHINA, The EU, Russia, the Middle East, and the rest of the world!)
Actually, Do you know that you are helping shutting down said servers (chat, mail, etc..) by SENDING this kind of message? Yes, imagine what kind of pressure will be put on the server each time this message is sent and forwarded to all... So, in order to relieve pressure, and keep the service running fast, the people at YAHOO! have to get bigger, faster servers, ok? well, BIGGER+FASTER=$$$$ MUCHOS DINEROS $$$
AND THEY HAVE TO CHARGE US FOR IT... Money does NOT grow on trees..
OK, do us all a favor, and make sure you NEVER SEND ANY MESSAGE LIKE THIS AGAIN!
13out (very PO'ed at the moment)

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Here today, 2morrow in HELL!

Well, this has really been the longest holiday I've had in YEARS! (3 to be exact!)
"So what was it like?" u ask? BORRRRRRING! man, I know I got electricity 24/7 in here and I haven't heard a single gunshot since the highschool results came out (This is like an epidemic with Arabs, We ALWAYS shoot guns to show how happy we are!) Ohh the horror THE HORROR! Anyways, I would like to thank my parents for bearing with me this whole time, I know I made these two months (more like 3) hell for them and somehow I dont feel a bit guilty about it, but sorry anyway.. Also come to mind my good friends V-knight, Blue and RS7, who were THE ONLY ones telling me not to cut my vacation short and return home, well, now I recognise that as THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE I've recieved this year! (And to all them udder-humpers who told me to come back, i only have this to say: Nya nya na na na!) So like, thanx for being such good friends and all..
Ha ha ha ha stayin' alive... ha ha ha ha stayin' alive...
Smell y'all later

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If you have 5$ (or its equivalent, and i'm not talking about the boys back home who get pirated DVDs for 1$) and you're either an ALIENS or a PREDATOR fan, WHATEVER YOU DO, DO NOT, I REPEAT, DO NOT GO WATCH AliensVs.Predator..
This movie proved to be much bigger a disappointment than i ever thought possible.. This is a movie for pimple-faced kids who missed the previous greater works of Ridley Scott, James Cameron, and the MASTER, John McTiernan... Ahh
As one insightful (and no-less irritated by this fiasco than me) reviewer wrote on yahoo movies, said: "AVP, however, looks to me like it was tailor-made for fans(or recent fans) of The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. This movie is obviously made for kids ages 8-15, because I believe they are they only ones who will be writing positive reviews of this movie."
Y'know, no matter what I will say here, I will never be able to display a better image than this same guy whom i quoted earlier, either cuz i'm so sleepy (4:20 AM local time) and/or I've ranted about so many things here that i'll never find original words till some time, so what i'll do is re-tell what he wrote: (Actually, COPY-PASTE, but hey, i used a softer word.. so there!)
Ok, here goes:

"Simply an Insult
by sirferdinandsd666, Aug 13, 2004
1399 of 1728 people found this review helpful
After just watching the movie...I have this to say.

I am a huge fan of the Alien series, and a pretty big fan of Predator. For an indicator of how long I have been a fan of the series, I will tell you first off that I saw Aliens when it came out on video tape in the late 80s and saw Alien 3 in theatres, I obviously saw Alien after its mid-70's release, and it scared me like few movies have ever been able to do since. I saw Predator later, and very much regard it as a good movie, in that it told a well thought-out story, had excellent characters, and an original plot, not to mention a great villain. Both of these series of movies were obviously adult-oriented. AVP, however, looks to me like it was tailor-made for fans(or recent fans) of The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. This movie is obviously made for kids ages 8-15, because I believe they are they only ones who will be writing positive reviews of this movie.

I believe a making a good movie means telling a good story, and telling it well. This movie has neither a good story, or, as it seems, a good story teller. What made Alien and Aliens stand out as excellent movies was the fact that Ridley Scott and James Cameron are superb story tellers, which means they make movies that resonate with the audience. The characters in the movie(AVP) are, at best, instantly forgettable, and the dialogue is stupid, unoriginal, and gives no indication any of the characters have a personality. Anderson makes a very feeble attempt to get you to care a little about Lex and Sebastian by giving them each(and a few other characters) painfully boring monologues about "My dad died on a mountain, blah blah here, cliché line here, meaningless dribble there", and letting them have(a few) more than 4 lines to read. What happened to good movies with memorable characters, good plot, and good dialogue? Are those times past us now? Since when does a single monologue pass as character development?

I have no idea of the names of any of the other characters whatsoever, except Charles Bishop Weyland. Which brings me to that point. Lance's character was horribly dry, unemotional, and when he dies, I didn't care, or even notice really. Not only that, the movie tells you nothing of his character, except you assume he is rich beyond all comprehension, and he does something with robots. Which to me, seems like just a passing, muttered excuse to have Lance Hendrickson in the movie. There is nothing even remotely clever about his wasted role, and no discernable relation to Bishop, the android of Aliens, is made. It is only assumed, and definitely not explored or even attempted to explore. It also completely disregards the fact that in Alien 3, a man (also played by Hendrickson) claimed he was the designer of the Bishop just makes no sense, and it just kind of tries to spoon feed you that for some reason, this is the real creator, and not the guy in Alien 3, and doesn't ever even try to tell you why its right.

There are many many many wasted scenes, but one that particularly comes to mind is the sacrificial chamber scene. The scientists seemed to already know they were in danger when the eggs arose, although they should not have had any clue whatsoever about what the eggs were. They showed no curiosity, and immediately drew weapons. They then were easily facehugged, and quickly spawned aliens faster than in any earlier Alien film. Literally within minutes of being impregnated there was an embryo bursting from the victims chest...which begs the question, why the hell would you bring weapons to a remote location in Antarctica, and not bring exploration or excavation equipment of any kind? I donÂ’t think automatic rifles(with laser sights) and 45 cal. automatic pistols are common equipment for an archaeological expedition. Makes no sense...and some of you may end up accusing me of nitpicking, and you're damn right, I expected a brilliant movie to rank with the works of James Cameron, Ridley Scott and John McTiernan because thatÂ’s what was promised, and yes those movies are what I judge this one by. There was not a single scene in any of those movies that was blatantly unexplained, or was not logical in terms of the story. There was so very much that was illogical and wrong with this movie.

As for the Predators...of the three, two were brutally slaughtered very quickly, it seemed as if they had no chance at all. The Predator in the original movie was a fast, agile hunter that used clever tactics and stealth to quickly bring down an entire special forces unit, one at a time, in the heavy jungles of South America, by hand, alone. There were 3 of them in this movie, and it seems that the single predator in the first movie could have killed, not only all of the people in this movie by itself, but all three of the Predators in this movie by itself. These predators were slow, easily sneaked up upon, and had no seeming idea of what was going on, but just seemed to kill because thatÂ’s what they felt like doing...or...something. In the original Predator, it was coming AFTER Arnold and his team, and there wasnÂ’t anything they could do about it. In this movie, the Predators just kinda...well...acted like guys in suits. The Original Predator could leap 20 feet in the air from tree to tree, these could kinda wobble around and run kinda. The Original Predator was like a ghost, these were just dead. And things just went from cheesy to outright goofy when Lex and the 'hero' Predator(who, without hesitation, murdered about 4 people a few minutes earlier) became friends and teamed up against the Queen...I thought they might even kiss at one point. And they even had a slo-mo running from danger scene reminiscent of...any movie where a big dude and his hot chick co-star triumphantly defeat whatever it was they're supposed to defeat, and are running from an inevitable explosion.

I basically take this movie as an insult, a spit in the face, of all serious fans like myself. The end is obviously open for a sequel...I say, bring back Ridley Scott or James Cameron for the love of all that is holy...because they are the only ones that could save this franchise now. I only wish they could have had a triumphant end, and not silly garbage like this.

Yeah brother, give it to them! That's the spirit I like and encourage here at good ol' GET SOME!
so, 13out

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THE DAILYSHOW with Jon Stewart..


talk about freedom of the press! Man I was watching this dude cooking Good Ole' G. W. on a steady fire and all the time there was like a voice in my head saying "OFF WITH HIS HEAD! (Stew not G.W.)" Man that dude got some really BIG brass ones! I mean, to rant at Howdy-Dowdy "Bushie" (that's what Laura's calling him, HIS DAUGHTERS SAID SO! I swear I didn't make that up) is one thing, but to go on CNN LIVE and rant at him, that is something else, something that requires the aforementioned BRASS ONES. I dunno, maybe its me, maybe cuz I come from a country (IRAQ: former "AXIS-OF-EVIL" active member and current goody-goody state with oh-so-bad neighbors) where having the mere notion that the esteemed head-of-state (holy, immortal, and forever young) would actually connect with the people (us, mortals, common crap) by sharing with them the experience of using the toilet, would have you thrown away from the sun for good! (and NOT in the 3DoorsDown fluffy tear-jerker album way!)

"So who do you think is better?" You ask? Well my friends, let me enlighten you a little, BOTH THE "BEFORE" AND "AFTER" STORIES OF IRAQ ARE TWO SIDES OF THE SAME COIN.. AND A TRICK ONE AT THAT, ONE WHICH HAS HEADS ON BOTH FACES.. Oh well, I was ranting about CNN and somehow I got here! To end a short story LONG, I say this: SALUTE TO CNN and SALUTE FOR Mr. JON STEWART of the DAILYSHOW.. KEEP ON ROCKIN' IN THE FREE WORLD!

this is what i call freedom! HAH!



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FRUIT-CAKE!! (NOT ME! I was Actually Chocolate on Chocolate)

Cake Personality Test
Hey, I saw got this from a friend who had nothing better to do and I decided to share with u the priceless experience of discovering yourself more deeply (PRICELESS cuz if anyone actually paid for this crap he/she would be legally insane!)
No cheating. Take this cake personality test, then you could send
this via email (if you like, which i doubt you will!)
If you were buying a cake and you had your choice of the
following which would you choose?
         1. Fairy cakes
         2. Brownies
         3. Lemon Meringue
         4. Vanilla with Chocolate Icing
         5. Strawberry Cheese Cake
         6. Chocolate on Chocolate
         7. Ice Cream
         8. Carrot Cake
         9. All of the above
OK - Now that you've made your choice, this is what research
says about you!
NO.... you can't change your mind once you scroll down!
1. Fairy cakes ... Sweet, loving, cuddly. You love all warm and
fuzzy things. A little nutty on occasion. Sometimes you need an ice
cream at the  end of the day. Others perceive you as being child-like and
immature at times.

2. Brownies... You are adventurous, love new ideas, are a
champion of underdogs and a slayer of dragons. When tempers flare up,
you're quick to defend. A strong personality. You have a unique sense
of humour and direction. You tend to be very loyal.

3. Lemon Meringue... Smooth, sexy, & good with your hands, you
are an excellent after-dinner speaker and a good teacher. But don't
try to do more than one thing at a time! A bit of a diva at times, but you
have a close circle of good friends.

4. Vanilla with Chocolate Icing ... Fun-loving, sassy, humorous.
Not very grounded in life, very indecisive and lack motivation.
Everyone enjoys being around you, but you are a practical joker. Others should
be cautious in annoying you, however, you are a friend for life.

5. Strawberry Cheese Cake... Romantic, warm, loving. You care
about other people and can be counted on in a crisis. You tend to
melt. You can be overly-emotional and annoying at times.

6. Chocolate on Chocolate ... Sexy, always ready to give and
receive. Very creative, adventurous, ambitious and passionate. You
have a cold exterior but are warm on the inside. Not afraid to take chances.
Will not settle for anything average in life.

7. Ice Cream... You like sports, but you prefer to watch rather than
participate. You don't like to give up the remote control. You're
straight to the point and no-nonsense and attract like-minded people. You tend
to be self-centred and high maintenance.

8. Carrot Cake... You are a very open, loving person, who likes to
laugh. People enjoy your company because you make things fun without trying.
You are very warm-hearted and a good listener, yet distinctly quirky at
times. You have many loyal friends.

9. All of the above........... You're just a greedy git... !
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I am scared. REALLY scared. What comes after college? Where will I find work amongst all the bombings and assasinations? Seems the only way is OUT, But is OUT really better? People keep saying that tomorrow will be better, well, YEAH SURE, if tomorrow was 15 years from now! .... This is a problem of a whole generation, we were born in the middle of a war, we grew up during another one, and finally, we graduated months after a third one ended! Peace is an alien word to us!

Ask a kid in the street to draw something on a paper, I GUARANTEE, REGARDLESS of gender, the first thing that comes out is either a tank, a soldier, or a missile.. This is way more deep than just changing regimes or "KEEPING THE FREE WORLD SAFE" (Yeah whatever), War has become a WAY OF LIFE. Among all the killing and maiming, something was lost, that thing, I found out some time ago, is the ability to see ahead, see past just tomorrow and the day after it, think AND plan our lives..

Anyways, I've got two more years to waste before thinking about this again, but something tells me this issue is gonna be like the ghost of christmas past, present, and future all rolled into one, haunting my A$$ off day and night.

Well, To see the future more clearly, you have to get a new pair of glasses, Right?



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You REALLY need to wash your mouth WITH BATTERY ACID.

Like I need someone to call me a MO**ER-F***ER as a GREETING! When will that kind of people learn that saying words of that caliber only show others how afraid and unsecure they feel? Well, I got a friend like this and each time I try to tell him he goes ballistic and throws more words at me! Anybody suffer from this too? Anybody know a way to solve this? Send me, I'm all clicks.
(Oh and UnderTakeR, I WAS talking about u!)

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the HO' -lympics!

Yeah that's right, this ain't got nothing to do with the olympics, which I admit (regardess of my dislike for all non-contact sports) were good.. No people, this rant has to do with the farce-parade that was called Mtv VMA '04! God! Who dresses these people? to think like someone would actually walk the streets wearing what ANYONE there was wearing! (Honorable exceptions include Bruce Willis and Sean -P.Diddy- Combs)
What are these guys thinking?
I was even ashamed to see Christina Aguilera, MY Christina Aguilera, drag Nelly by his willy, or when Jet came around to receive their bauble, I mean, who am I to tell people NOT to get stoned AND I consider Jet to be a return to the good old days of Aerosmith and RollingStones, but please, next time take whatever you take to get HIGH, AFTER the ceremony, not DURING!
the funniest sight had to be when MM (Marilyn Manson for those not in the know) came with some chic to present some band, she was PETRIFIED of him! And the band he presented turned out to be some Demis Roussos Wannabes dressed in bedsheets the color of the rainbow... PATHETIC, as if THE DARKNESS were not enough!
Well, that's what happens when an 80's metal fan watches Mtv... I can't do this to myself anymore... Nurse, my medicine please... NURRRRSSSSEE.... ARGH!
g2g, things to do, people to eat..

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Welcome to the JUNGLE! part 1

Hello my fellow (non-arabic speaking) adventurers:
Since I am a very VERY nice person, I took it upon myself to introduce you to some NICE words used in modern day Iraq to express some rather nice feelings and emotions, I will write the word in english, as close to the arabic spelling as possible, then the meaning in english and wether its a verb or a noun, adj, etc.. and then its use in an ENGLISH sentence, believe me it works! Well then, shall we?
(btw, i cant do RUDE words cuz girls from my class might decide to drop here, so, if u want them, send me an email and i'll mail them to you soon as I'm done with them! )
Shroogi (shru-gee...the "g" is like the first one in GARAGE) :
 NOUN -The closest meaning to this word in english is unrefined-lazy ass-scumbag-who dresses like a traffic light (wow, all that in one word?)
this is used as follows: when seeing someone dressed rather like ANYONE who attended this year's MTV VMA awards (which is also something I WILL rant about in future releases) u go like: "Hey, what are you? Shroogi?"
M'aydi (Mmm-aie-dee) :
NOUN - Same as Shroogi above. 
Also used for the same purpose, in fact, these two words are synonyms.
Ishtah (Ish-tahh) :
VERB - This means something like pi**-off, or f**k-off or go the f**k away... nice word commonly used, even to describe oneself.(in this case replace the I with an A and pronounce Ash-tahh). it is used like: "Guys, I have college early tomorrow, so I have to ashtah" or "Ishtah from here you fool.. or I will ____... " (fill the blank with an every-day four letter word and some other suffixes that are appropriate to the event)
Nachir (Na-chirr) :
ADJECTIVE - This describes someone who is utterly and insanely fearless, like: "Hey did you see that guy who stole that old lady's purse in front of the cops? by God he is nachir.."
Nagari (Na-ga-ree) :
ADJECTIVE - This describes a distinguished theif.. like "Our neighbor stole a bus from the union after the war, what a brave nagari he is.."
Qaffas (Kaf-fas) :
ADJECTIVE - Used to describe a master of trickery, with whom you dont know you've been slipped a mickey even long after he's gone from the scene. something like: "You sold your old 1979 crate-of-a-toyota to that man for 5000$? What a great Qaffas you are, I would be honored if u take me as a student.."
and the great one, left till the end of part 1:
HAWASIM! (Hawa-simm) :
ADJECTIVE, NOUN, EVERYTHING! - The last US-IRAQI farce of a war was dubbed in the beginning by the former head of state saddam hussein as "the battle of hawasim", the real meaning in classic arabic is something like "the end of all", BUT, after the fall of the regime, and the chaos that spread around the country, people started looting everything from buildings to cars to locomotive-engines, everything and anything, INCLUDING the not-so-proverbial KITCHEN SINK (I saw someone lugging a sink around, I swear by God!) So, since the war had that name, and these people did this after the war, they were eventually and unavoidably dubbed "HAWASIM". This word describes someone who would even stop to steal the tooth-pic you have in your mouth after stealing your house, your car, your money, your food AND your clothes! Or someone who made his money from stealing everything from you after the war... this is now considered a MODERN CLASSIC among iraqi people and is one of the priceless additions to the everyday language of Iraq! why? because of its unbelievable versatility! (and the fact that there must be like a million actual HAWASIM people now, its evident from the amount of BMWs and Mercedes's that are in the street now!) it is used in ANYWAY YOU LIKE! from:
"Hey, HAWASIM!" (to call a friend whom you like)
"What? you think I'm HAWASIM?" (to explain where you suddenly got the money to buy 3 BMWs, a yacht and a mansion after you used to sell Kerosene from a Donkey-driven cart)
"How did you manage to finish your BSc graduation project, Abdullah? (that's me)"
and I answer: "HAWASIM!"
ok, thats the end of the first part! wait for the upcoming installments!
smell y'all later!

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College blog

Well, I be going back to college like next week, I dunno, should I be thrilled cuz like I passed this year with flying colors and graudated, or should I go blue cuz there are two more years of this? I guess I'll go with thrilled over there! I was always a book-worm, hmmm.. You never really know how college years can be fun until ur done with them and it dawns on you suddenly that from now on you have to stop wasting your parents' money and go make some on your own.. oh the responsibility oh God...
Anyways, chill out everyone, enjoy what's left of the vay-kay, see u all saturday!
(P.S. I got the audio driver and it works! I must've done a good thing in my life!)

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Well, I restored the Video card now, took me 3 hours to download the friggin' driver, now I'm getting the Audio one, 60% complete, guess it'll be done by midnight! anyways, I cant blog from the main site cuz of the bandwidth limitations, but I'll be blogging via email, somehow this still works and I can still send my priceless blogs via mail, LONG LIVE YAHOO MAIL LONG LIVE YAHOO MAIL! (btw, MAKTOOB is much better, 10 times larger, but hey, I'm fine with this!)
Another thing, why do big corporations like Compaq and Dell bother themselves to supply us with worthless SYSTEM RECOVERY cds if they dont supply the hardware drivers needed? And why do they call it QUICK RESTORE if the damn thing ACTUALLY TAKES THE TIME TO OH-SO-SLOWLY FDISK your poor hard-drive till very last bit is wiped out? It should be called something like: I'M-GONNA-OBLITERATE-EVERYTHING-YOU-GOT-YOU-DUMB-SON-OF-A-*****-GO-BACK-TO-YOUR-MOMMY RESTORE, yeah, thats more like it! Now if they print that on the cd, not only it will make people like me (who obviously dont know jack-shit about how So-called QUICK RESTORE works) feel better, it would actually do them a big service cuz they sell their stuff honestly! RIGHT?
yeah whatever!
ok, Smell y'all later

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Call me an idiot, call me a fool, but for what I did yesterday I deserve to be shot in the face and hanged by the b**ls till I dry in the hot baking sun of iraq.. here's a breakdown of what happened in a moment of PURE GENIUS!
I had a problem with my compaq evo1020v laptop (everyone in the world has problems with these goody-goody holier-than-thou pieces of electronic S**T they call laptops) argh! anyways, so I decide to use the friggin' recovery cd that came with it.. In a moment of madness I somehow ignored the small (100pixel x 50 pixel) -sized sign telling me that this cd will restore the laptop to its factory defaults, during which it will f**k-up ALL MY HARDDRIVES and do a complete FDISK on everything and ERASE EVERY GOD-DAMNED THING I HAD STORED FOR THE LAST FOUR YEARS! ARGH! now? I'm writing this with a WOWEE resolution of 640x480 running on 16 colors!!! THAT IS SIXTEEN COLORS! and no sound, cuz the idiots who made the recovery cd also made sure that none of the important drivers would be included! oh the horror the horror! i am downloading the drivers as this is written and Yahoo messenger as well, I will not mention the shock that came when I realised that I lost my college diaries of three years, my GRADUATION project (which thankfully I already presented, discussed, and got an "A" for) and SOME REALLY RARE MP3s and VIDS! ARGH! well, thats what happens when you decide to trust a big corporation like Compaq to get its s**t together... oh well.
smell y'all later in 16colors

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ALL HAIL THE SoB (the B is for BRITIAN, you dirty-minded weasels..)

Y'know? sometimes i think i might never have started out in this computers' s**t (first games, then internet, and now as a field of study) this deep if it wasnt for a good friend whom i met when i was still a squid.. anyways, he had a computer shop and that was that! now i dont see him (or rather talk to him) cuz he's like 5million miles away! (UK actually!) anyways, this site was also made after i was inspired by his site.. (actually i got jealous like hell and wanted to do something myself to show off! nevermind that!) so like, thank u man, may u b blessed with little SoBs and may your first child be a masculine one...
smell y'all later

Oh dear...

I will return to Iraq soon, I do not regret leaving Jordan because of the intolerable amount of BOREDOM I had here! ARGH! I only know this: I will deeply miss a dear friend of mine, I never thought we'd be this close in this short amount of time.. I have my study now, but I will pass and come again and one day, I will travel to where she lives and then we'll see how this tale will go.. I will miss you, N, and I apologize for any discomfort I'd caused you. I leave you in God's protection.

Yours Truly

MWA HA HA HA HA.. whatever!

LADIES 'N GENTLEMEN, I proudly introduce to you my OWN little RP-80 guitar processor! hey, I know its small and for beginners, but hey, that's what I am! So there!

(And Oh, now I know who's a true friend, and who's not, after gauging the reactions of some of my So-Called friends, Hmph!)

by the way, I published the pics on other posts!

Smell y'all later
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Rei Ayanami!

This girl is THE SINGLE MOST KEWLEST THING IN THE WORLD like i said b4! catch her on Neon Genesis Evangelion (now on DVD) WOW WOW WOW WOW.. etc.
catch ya later


Why do some people give out their email addresses or IDs if they dont want to talk back? What? they want people to notice them? They need to GROW UP. Ahh.. why do I even trouble myself with these mortals? Hey, I got an idea! How about publishing their IDs and email addresses here? Nice! I'll give it a thought!
I was intending to post some pix here but I have to download some pic-sharing prog. first, so, until then!

Smell y'all later

Hey wait a minute, DROP THAT KNIFE!

Yo, just in case someone is thinking I copied his Blog theme, I DIDN'T! its just that this seemed the only KEWL theme available.. anyways, here is a link to the KEWLEST thing on the net (and TV as well)

Then some!

Ahh.. another day..

Well well, this is just the beginning... anyways, I'll post here whenever I get the time (which between dodging bullets and mortar fire AND trying to pass my MSc. course, is not something I have a lot of) But nonetheless, I will try for the sake of all of you mortals viewing my page!

Smell y'all later