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Eid Mubarak!

I just want to wish myself an Eid Mubarak!!! Tomorrow is Eid-ul-Adha.  Unfortunately it snuck up on us this year as we weren’t paying attention so pretty much everyone has to work today, and I have to review for my finals.  It’s gonna feel like a regular day other than the fact that we’ll be having the usual family dinner.  Although, I’m not even sure everyone will be able to make it for that…alas, if only we got as much time off as we do for Christmas.  I remember being little and feeling like Eid was SUCH a huge deal, now it feels like just another thing that we don’t have enough time for.

But anyways, for those of you who dont know what Eid-ul-Adha is, here’s a brief explanation:

“Eid al-Adha (Arabic: عيد الأضحى ‘Īd ul-’Aḍḥā) or the Festival of Sacrifice (Turkish: Kurban Bayramı) is a religious festival celebrated by Muslims and Druze worldwide in commemoration of the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God. The devil tempted Ibrahim by saying he should disobey God and spare his son. As Ibrahim was about to sacrifice his son, God intervened and instead provided a lamb as the sacrifice. This is why today all over the world Muslims who have the means to, sacrifice an animal (usually a goat or a sheep), as a reminder of Ibrahim’s obedience to God. The meat is then shared out with family, friends (Muslims or non-Muslims), as well as the poor members of the community. “–http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eid_ul-Adha

So if you celebrate Eid, I hope you have a wonderful holiday full of family, friends, food and fun.  If you don’t celebrate Eid, I hope you have a particularly fantastic Monday full of um….something that will make your Monday suck less. Love, Peace and Hugs!

–Jasmine

My top 10 favorite movie scenes…

So I was extremely bored the other day despite the 10 million things I always have to do, and I needed something to think about that has nothing to do with family, school, interning or work, and wouldn’t cause any frustration or depression. I decided to hit up a friend on facebook who always does top 10 lists with me, and never fails to give me something fun to let my imagination run with. I wanted a good one to contemplate over the next few days so that I could have something easy and interesting to ponder during those useless moments on the metro when weird things pop into your mind.

Good ole’ Ben from State College gave me a pretty difficult but entertaining list to form: My top 10 favorite movie scenes. Here they are in no particular order ( I included links to the scene if I could find it):

10. ’10 things I hate about you’–The scene where Michael and Cameron drop a whole bunch of flyers from the top of the school staircase as the song ‘sexy boy’ plays by Air. (The first 16 s of this video)

9. ‘Donnie Darko’–The scene towards the beginning of the movie when ‘Head over Heels’ is playing by Tears for Fears. It’s kind of a montage showing you every character in the movie and kind of captures the essence of what their purpose is in the movie. (The first 2 1/2 min of this video)

youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWJPa0bvWnM

8. ‘Batman Begins’–When Batman is interrogating Flass about a shipment of drugs and Flass says, “I never knew, I swear to God!”… and Batman replies: “Swear to me!”

7. ‘Cruel Intentions’–The ending scene as ‘Bittersweet Symphony’ plays by the Verve.(yes..music often affects my choices..)

6. ‘Love Actually’–The very beginning when Hugh Grant is telling us that love actually IS all around us. 🙂

5. ‘Wicker Park’–The end of the movie when Lisa and Matthew find each other at the airport after being kept apart for so long.

4. ‘The Boondock Saints’–Towards the end of the movie, the courtroom scene where the brothers’ and their father explain their purpose to the people of the courtroom. “We do not ask for your poor and your hungry. We do not ask for your tired and sick. It is your corrupt we claim…”

3. ‘Office Space’–The scene where they beat up the fax machine. (Starting from 3:32s)

2. ‘Meet Joe Black:–The scene where Brad Pitt gets hit by a car.

I can’t find a good video for this one, but I’m not psychotic.  This isn’t my favorite because I enjoy seeing Brad Pitt get hit by a car.  It’s more the fact that it’s interesting to me because the makers of this film inadvertently made this scene really funny.  I’ve never seen anyone get hit by a car, so I don’t know what it looks like, but the way Brad Pitt’s body twists and turns looks more like a cartoon than a live-action movie.

1. ‘Little Miss Sunshine’–Noo, not the scene where she does her dance, the scene when Dwayne finds out he’s colorblind.  I just think his reaction was really genuine, and I felt how disappointed he was.

And that’s my mindless post.  I also apologize profusely for my absence, I will not let this much time pass without posting again.  Sorry.

Photog of the Day: Learning to Crash

belle's first lesson in motocross

July 17, 2008: belle's first motocross lesson

eek grammar!

HAHA…okay, so I just have to say that I went back and read the last post that I just wrote, and it makes no grammatical sense whatsoever. I’m also far too lazy to go back and edit it even though that’s fully possible. Tee hee, you’ll all have to live with my errors….

Jasmine

In the event of a water landing, you may be used as a flotation device.

I have returned to East Tennessee.
I’ve been very busy rearranging my apartment and looking for somewhere to work. I have submitted nine (9) applications for employment thus far, all of which are within biking distance. The price of operating my behemoth of a car has reached critical mass and I have, therefore, made the planning necessary to minimize my reliance on internal combustion engine driven transportation.
I’m sure that’s a whole lot of boring information you could live without.

On the fun side of things, I’ve been playing Rock Band 2 with my almost exclusively rhythm game oriented circle of friends. I am absolutely in love with the drum trainer. It’s an incredibly handy tool for anyone who’s trying to obtain a sense of rhythm.
Among the harder songs for guitar in the latest iteration of Rock Band are Master Exploder by Tenacious D and Chop Suey by System of a Down.
I havn’t had a whole lot of time to spend playing video games but I played RB2 enough to know these songs are very very hard.

You might not care a whole lot but North Korea turned 60 years old the other day! I have a particular fascination with North Korea as, in my senior year, I entertained ideas of defecting to the last great socialist regime and providing them with sub-par IT support. Actually, that isn’t true. It might be true. Not feasible, though. Or is it?

Speaking of socialism, has anybody seen Wall Street lately? Holy sweet mother mercy! Last week was comprised of an absolutely bewildering series of economic cataclysms, resulting in some very serious changes to the very fabric of the American Economic System, as it were. I’m sure the vast majority of our readership has no idea whatsoever of how it all went down and what it means for the future, so after consulting a OMG REAL LIFE FREDDIE MAC EMPLOYEE WHO SHALL REMAIN NAMELESS and still failing to understand, I asked the New York Times to put it in words my feeble mind can understand.
They totally delivered.

This bailout plan is going to cost 700 billion USD. That’s about $3,000 for every single citizen of the United States. This is a very serious situation. The implications for the future of American Consumerism are grave. The significance of last week will echo for years, perhaps decades, to come. Expect savings accounts to get owned, jobs to be lost, and the value of your home to bottom out. That is a very real possibility at this point, a very unhappy future that is no where near the worst case scenario.

It looks like our hour is up! I promised Belle a graphical overhaul at a self-set and very unrealistic deadline, but worry not, it is on the way. Take a moment sometime this week and be grateful that you live in a time of such drastic change. It may not be an optimistic time to be alive, but it’s definitely very exciting.

~Ivan

The Annexation of Puerto Rico, and How It Changed My View of Ricky Ricardo

Puerto Ricoooooo!

Bananas. Puerto Rico. The two go hand in hand, really. Along with atheists. Skipping along the lane, nary a negative thought in sight.

But wait… is that… the American flag?! Where are we, the heartland or paradise? Jesus, answer my prayers.

– Belle and the Bat