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Weird Time

What a weird year!

I do not remember a year such as this, where I’ve been glued to my chair in front of the television, watching one befuddling event after the other.

It began with the Tunisian revolution, then the Egyptian, then the Yemeni revolution (which is still going), the mayhem in Bahrain, Japan’s super earthquake, powerful cyclones hitting the Australia, floods in different parts of the world, rivers rising up and over flowing, mysterious animal deaths in Arkansas, and finally the killing of Osama. What a year for the books, imagine the number of pages in the history books for the year 2011, and we’re still not half way through.

Lots of predictions about the end of life as we know it regardless of what you call it, be it Judgment Day, the Apocalypse, Armageddon, the Last Day, etc

The most imminent prediction is by a small group of Christians, who are foretelling that this day is going to dawn on us on the 21st of May, 2011! Imagine that, next week the world is over! Really would mess up your summer plans. The believers of this prediction are surely making drastic decisions about their last week on earth. I bet they are really praying devotedly to God, because the end is almost here to them.

Then we have the Mayan prediction of the last day coming next year, on the 21st of December 2012. It also got a lot of hype with the release of the movie “2012”. Just because their calendar is over, doesn’t mean there won’t be a new calendar, which will kick off right away.

This all reminds me of Y2K, when people thought that we were doomed on New Year’s Eve back in 1999. Then people started to laughing it off the next day, after sweating all night.

In Islam we pray five times a day, every day, and we pray each pray as it is our last. Regardless of your religion if you always pray as it is your last prayer you will always be prepared for Judgment day. And if you are an atheist, then you don’t even have to worry, you think you’re not going anywhere!

Odd things to do

I often find myself searching for odd things to do, to kill time and ultimatly have fun. Little odd things you can do online like, googling “google” try it, the number of results are staggering. Something like 2.5 billion results in less than 0.05. Or try searching “Wikipedia” on wikipedia, that was an interesting read!

I also tend to talk to myself (when I am alone, of course), and I found out that I can make myself laugh out loud. Hysterically!

So what odd things do you do?

Back from Recluse

I have been digitally and mentally away for almost six months, digitally away from anything e-related on a personal level, and mentally away, I did not feel like I knew who I was anymore or where was I headed. 

Life really has a weird way of giving lessons and opening your eyes to the bigger picture.

During my time out, I felt like fire was running through my veins, scorching my heart with every beat. Everything happening around me, everything was moving except me, I was completely still. If anything I was going around in mini-dizzying circles. I have lost all confidence in my self and self-respect.

I am back hoping to find myself along the way.

Engrossed

Our planet is filled with pretentious and ostentatious people. It is almost impossible to find people who are genuine and pure these days.  If you’re lucky and ever get the chance to meet such an amazing human being, do not let go. If you hold on, you will find yourself witnessing something preternatural and wonderful. I say engross yourself in the moment, cherish it and pray to God it can last.

For years I have thrown my towel in surrender, that I could be happy again. Forgot what joy tasted like, how sweet and scintillating  life could be.

I finally feel that the dark clouds of sorrow will finally fade in the horizon, that the mesmerizing rainbow will finally tout its colours again.

All I can say that I’m happy due to the existence of this person in my life, in whichever form.

Every thing you do, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant, matters. It might seem a hard statement to believe to some people, but it is the absolute truth.

You can look at it from which ever angle that would make you comfortable, be it fate, destiny, karma or even voodoo! As long as you understand, or in reality just try to understand that your actions, regardless of it’s immediate impact, is bound to have consequences beyond your imagination.

To put this in prospective I would like to refer to a concept that most of us, if not all is familiar with, a concept that you have heard about, or seen in movies, that concept is: The Butterfly Effect!

It is mostly tied with time travel and chaos theory and whatnot, but I would like to focus on the origin of the name of the concept (As I always do): It is called the butterfly effect, referring to the flapping wings of a butterfly and the little change it does to the atmosphere that it can actually cause the path of a tornado to be altered, delayed or stop it from ever occurring.

The little tiny flapping wings represents a very small change in the system in it’s initial stages, that will provoke a series of events that will have a gigantic alterations to events. The best representation of that concept, that I have seen, was in the movie: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, in that scene where it shows Cate Blanchett’s accident.

So if a tiny butterfly wings can stop a tornado, or cause it to move, imagine and reconsider the actions, whether big or small, in changing the course of events.

Finally ladies and gentlemen, we can proudly say “it’s raining cats and dogs over here.” I always wondered why people would say so because the statement just seems very silly if you have never heard it before, or you have heard it enough times to stop and question it’s etymology.

There is no one clear answer as to why people say it’s raining cats and dogs, because in other cultures they say different things, like old women, sticks, crowbars, frogs, axes, knives…the list seems endless.

My absolute favorite explanation for why they say cats and dogs is that the Greek phrase “kata doksa”, which means “contrary to expectation” is often applied to heavy rain. Interesting, don’t you think?

Order from chaos

A new year has dawned upon us, hopefully it can quickly make us forget the woes of 2009. Things were truly crazy and chaotic, it really felt like everything was upside down last year. I hope that chapter is over and in this new year we can move past all the wackiness and muster some order.

I believe that we should try and find order from chaos ( Ordo Ab Chao) that’s in Latin. This concept of finding some form of order from chaos has been talked about since Galileo’s time. The idea is that things that seem to be chaotic and is influenced by too many things to be predicted can actually be predicted if you look at it in a different light.

While attending a sermon in a cathedral in Pisa, he got bored, so he kept himself busy by watching the cathedral’s candelabra which was swinging like a pendulum. It seemed chaotic how this thing would swing due to the numerous things that could effect it’s movement, but when he started timing the swinging movement against his own pulse he found out that it was predictable.

These discoveries by Galileo later inspired a lot of scientists after him, including Sir Isaac Newton.