Thought of Today: May 09, 2017 at 07:22PM

While “loners” are depicted as weirdos or creepy in the media … being comfortable alone is a sign of maturity and mental health. Loner children should not be discouraged from their tendency to be comfortable alone.

#quiet
#introversion

Thought of Today: May 09, 2017 at 12:10PM

Average dopamine produced:
– sadness = 50 ng
– great food = 94 ng
– sex = 92 ng
– extreme happiness = 100 ng
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MARIJUANA = 675 ng

Which is equivalent to The destruction of normal brain biochemistry.

It takes 3-5 years to recover.

Thought of Today: May 08, 2017 at 08:15AM

Today Muslims should call their children Trudeau and Merkel instead of Ali and Omar since those are their modern heroes and saviors.

Thought of Today: May 05, 2017 at 11:08PM

Google Ads is the worst thing that happened to our modern species. Search engines and social networks should be non-profit organizations. Information and communication are human rights and not a commodity.

London Trip: Day 6: Padington Hotel – Natural History Museum – Persian Dinner

It is Friday.

A couple from Netherlands shared our hostel room.  They were friendly, liberal, and hated Trump.  They talked about the economy, and the growth taking place in Netherlands.  They spoke English with us, and it seems that English is the international language in Europe.  They said that Holland was booming.  They said that if you visited Holland, you should not only visit Amsterdam, for there are many beautiful cities and areas.

It dawned on me that we are now in the countdown for the final days in London.  Worse than that, it is the count down for my time with Walid.  I wanted to spend quality time with him during our last three days.  I also wanted him to be comfortable, since he is really uneasy in a hostel.  I wanted to have a private place where we can play Um Kalthoum at night, and sit and talk for hours while eating his wheat Loaves of Bread or his grapefruits.  “Make sure not to peel the white parts”, he would tell me. Continue reading “London Trip: Day 6: Padington Hotel – Natural History Museum – Persian Dinner”

Thought of Today: April 19, 2017 at 06:27PM

Some houses look happy.

Thought of Today: April 11, 2017 at 03:31PM

During 2011-2012 School Year, there were 130,000 expulsions, 7 millions suspensions among the 49 million students in America. That is 1 for every 7 kids.

Controlling behavior by punishment and reward has been proven to be ineffective.

Autonomy and intrinsic rewards are the motivation for self control and self discipline.

Livesinthebalance.org

Thought of Today: April 10, 2017 at 06:39AM

“In a society that profits from self doubt, liking yourself is a rebellious act”. Caroline Caldwell

London Trip: Day 5: Trafalgar Square – National Gallery – Big Ben

Sleeping on the upper bed, I woke up Thursday morning while Walid is playing the creepy man prank on me, staring at me real closely.  I missed his creepy man jokes.  He used to stand behind the door of my office when we worked in 2004 in a cellphone shop, and watch me in a creepy way, and pretend that he is hiding when I see him.  Sometimes it made me wonder if a psychological issue was really being manifested.  Thankfully, it was  just a prank all along.

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Walid is 10 years older than me, but he has the wisdom of a 100 years old philosopher. He grew up in Beirut Golden time, in an ocean of intellectual waves, when Beirut was the Paris of the East.  Then the intellectual waves became intellectual wars, and they in turn converted to real wars, and he lived the civil war in lebanon that started in 1975 day by day, the Israeli occupation that swept up to Beirut in 1982, till he left in the 90’s, and the civil war outlasted him till the year 1989, when it kind of ended with the Taif Accord, while the war with Israel continued till today.  He studied music in California, and a bunch of other things.  He is a professional guitarist, a well learned pianist, a great composer, and an accomplished poet in Arabic.  He is a reference and an expert in the Arabic Language with all its branches, Arabic Music, Arabic poetry, and fluent in English and French.  He also speaks Spanish, and some Russian and German.  He is also an Islamic scholar, and few of his friends declared him as Mujtahid.  Although it might have been a joke at certain times, but it really reflected his intellectual capability to infer the jurisprudence he needed for his daily life.

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Walid is also a radio producer, video producer, a TV host, a columnist, a chinese cuisine chef, a donut baker, an educator, and school administrator. Continue reading “London Trip: Day 5: Trafalgar Square – National Gallery – Big Ben”

London Trip: Day 4: British Library – Russell Square – British Museum – SOHO

Someone once said that the greatness of a city is in the proportion of its public places to its private ones.  The British Library is not only a library.  It is a celebration of knowledge.  It is a museum of the history of script.  It is a compositor of the great documents written in history.   It is London’s largest indoor public space.  It holds over 150 million items. Almost 14 million books, 824,101 serial titles, 351,116 manuscripts, 8,266, 276 philatelic items, 4,347,505 cartographic items, 1,607,885 music scores, and 6,000,000 sound recordings, and that makes it the second largest library in the world after the library of Congress.   It is also a conglomeration of awesome cafe’s and shops.  Thus, it is a great place for studying or working with its free wifi and 10’s of sitting spaces.  5 to 9 thousand people visit it a day. Continue reading “London Trip: Day 4: British Library – Russell Square – British Museum – SOHO”