Sunday, November 30, 2003

*sigh* i'm ill. i think. it's on and off, and it sucks. i need to get to bed. why am i awake? who knows.

looks like the sinai trip is off. the pricks in the beaurocracy here are all on strike, and Alex has a passport problem. So there's a free trip down to the Negev (the desert) with school, or there's this party of friday and Hede is performing (some kind of accapella MCing thing). So it's a toss up. plus i've got lots to read.

ah, i need sleep..............

Wednesday, November 26, 2003

So found this article and it got me feeling all warm and fuzzy inside. I wonder if it's gotten any attention outside of this one article. I doubt it. Sad, but true. I dont think you'd even hear much about it here in Israel. Why? who knows. Let's just say everyone is stupid, everywhere, all the time. *sigh* just one of those moods i guess.

on the bright side, i'm going to Sinai (that's Egypt, for those of you in desperate need of a map) next weekend with Alex and Katy. 3 days of desert and beach. Which should beat city and beach, since it's been a bit chilly here. Come to think of it, i have no idea what the temperature is over in Sinai. I hope it's hot.

I suppose i shouldnt complain, most of you people are dealing with real winter...although i hear it's been really nice and warm in new york, so quitcher bitchin you sloppy wet pussies.

Sunday, November 23, 2003

by the way folks....the only comment i've gotten is kind of obscure (albeit very helpful, and i've fixed the problem, thanks!)...i'm not fishing for comments or anything, but rather throwing out a giant fucking net with a big neon sigh screaming "love me publicly!"

doing about 100 down the winding highway (that's KPH, you do the math) up north, i realized something. if i keep getting lost, eventually, at some point, i may well end up in lebanon.

needless to say, i didnt get that lost. it's ok though, had i gotten that far, i'm sure the israeli soldiers would have turned this boy around.

i did take some nice pictures though. of course, most of them are from a moving car, so they're not that nice. i was actually worried that if i stopped, i'd forget how to get back entirely.

the story is this: i'm up north for the weekend, and i decided i wanted to go to my aunts school today and see what israeli high school is like (she's the principle, kudos to my having an in).

so what is israeli high school like? insane. really. it makes sense though. total chaos. kids are wandering around all the time, in and out, there's all this yelling and shouting going on, kids yelling at kids, kids yelling at teachers, teachers yelling at kids...and this is all inside the classroom. it's crazy. it's not really yelling though, it's just that really really really loud israeli talking style. i wonder if it's a semitic thing. i'll have to ask some of the Iraqi possie about this.

i could have sworn i had more to say here. oh, the countdown officially begins (just because i decided there should be a countdown)...25 days till mom and pops get here. that's right. 25 days before. it's a new movie coming out. just keep waiting for it.

*sigh* so much reading left to do. ah well. at least a lot of it was interesting.

side note: my thoughts on michael jackson. i think the kids parents should go to jail. they're obviously guilty of something here. either they're guilty of lieing about this, or they're guilty of leaving their kid with michael jackson. honestly folks, these people should be in prison. along with them should be everyone going to the michae jackson candelight vigils. and i've just gotta know if this frenchman was protesting the war in iraq before protesting the, uh, accusation of pedophilia?

"It's really hard for us," said Pascale Hatot, a 37-year-old fan from the suburbs of Paris. "I haven't been able to sleep or eat for three days."

perhaps all those parisians that broiled alive over the summer were really just one step ahead of everyone else on this jackson thing. (that's 10,000 dead mind you, because someone *ahem* was too stupid to think of putting out a little thing called a PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT! you'd think socialists would be more into that sort of thing. i guess public health isnt high on Chirac's list of priorities. what with worrying about how he'll come up with all that cash he lost in the Iraqi oil business. but who am i to judge? i'm just an apartheid wall building, occupation loving, war mongering, oil crazed, fat cat republican zionist imperialist ...right? riiiight.

Sunday, November 16, 2003

I am so very tired. First off, i've never read so much in my life. So so so much. yet i still dont feel it's that much after i've finished reading (of course, if i really believed that, i'd be reading more...there's plenty). Went to a drum and bass party the other night, very very cool place. my friend Hede was MCing, and a bunch of us went down there. It was in this renovated hangar looking place, but in the middle of south tel aviv, which is incomparable to any part of NYC that i can think of. but it's all ramshackle and alleyways. you find the place by looking for the big spraypainted tag on the side of a concrete wall on side of the road. then you walk down the alley, make a right down another alley, and there it is. very hip. but not very hip. because no one is there to show off. everyone is just there to dance. the fashions are weird, it's like a combination of what was popular in the US and in europe about 2 or 3 years ago. i think some japanese influence too. very very strange. but like i said, it's just not pretentious. lots of space, although there were lots of people. you could actually breath, and DANCE! which is amazing, cos in most clubs in the city you're on top of each other. plus, back home, it's mostly a whole mess of drunken/high dicks and whores that should really all just meet up outside and have sex in the back alley. (how many times have i used the word alley?). But here there just wasn't any of that. music + dancing + minimal drinking = good times had by all. I barely had anything to drink, which should tell you how good it was. but i'm paying for it now. my back still hurts. i'm such an old fucking man. although we did all decide to go dancing every week. i hope there are more places like this one. but to add on to being an old man, pablo and ricardo have decided we need to have a poker night. good thing we're all broke, or someone might want to play for money.

i dont feel like talking about world events today. it's just been a bad week for that.

my parents have bought a new house (yes, again) and so they'll be moving to lloyd neck. the cool part? they're getting dogs! yes, that's plural. the guy who lived there before was an architect, and he raised dogs, so he built these kennels that have heat and air conditioning. plus it's a lot of property, so they've decided to get two dogs. perhaps i'll be able to convince them to get three. i understand they have to move every single time i move out of the house, but honestly, why couldnt they get dogs before?

moral: i want a puppy.

Tuesday, November 11, 2003

I gave my presentation on the Koran yesterday. I think it went well. I brought up some interesting points. i wont get into it, seeing as how i dont think anyone reading this has read it (except for Zeyad, who informs me that he's graced my blog with his presence...where he finds the time, i do not know). Still, i recommend giving it a read. It's quite beautiful, sometimes confusing, and very scary. It lays the smackdown, wrath of god style

i've put up some new links, Iraq at a Glance, Mesoptamian, and Hamurabi. Alaa at Meso was kind enough to email me back, so now i'm lucky enough to have started emailing two iraqi's. I keep encouraging them, and the other iraqi bloggers to open up a forum for iraqi's. It's time to burst open the floodgates for the free exchange of ideas. The dialogue between east and west is amazing. A world largely shut to "ordinary men" as Alaa puts it, is finally being open. But more importantly, the dialogue within iraq must be opened entirely. I could go on and on, but i think you get the idea.

Now i have lots of work to go do, so i'll get right on it.

Sunday, November 09, 2003

i'm so tired. i dont want to look at any more pieces of paper. too much. holy's raining!
wow! like thunder and rain and shit. first time since i've been here. there was one day when it drizzled for 2 minutes. wow. rain. it's neat. it's actually been cold all day. hmmm, hasnt started raining yet....but lots of thunder. maybe it's allah coming down with his wrath. or maybe i've been reading WAY too much on the koran today. A scholar once said that "only a sense of duty could lead one into reading the koran"...well, i'd like to to add that only a greater sense of duty could lead one into reading ABOUT the koran. the actual book is interesting, but reading about it can make you cry with boredom. maybe it's the obsurd amount i had to read. or maybe i'm just lazy. christ i'm tired. ahhhh, no more energy to write. maybe tomorrow.

oh, more hip iraqi's are on the blogging circuit. check them out, leave some nice comments. (side note, they're playing david bowie on VH1, how cool is that? and it's obscure bowie at that...) Iraq at a glance and the mesopotamian

Saturday, November 01, 2003

the molecular construct of tomato soup must be something incredible. aside from its delicious and nutritious values, it's a mystery. i say this because the last batch of tomato soup took 3 minutes in the microwave to heat up to optimum capacity, whereas this new batch was hot as koreanic hell after 3 minutes. pretty amazing.

alex is supposed to be here now. damn her. i could be doing laundry. something which is desperatly needed, and promised to my cousin would be done today. i have to do it. she cleaned the entire apartment. of course, she's crazy and did it between midnight and 2 am the other day when i was out. she's nuts. alex wants to go to the beach and make jewelry. i'm gonna sit there and practice arabic and read the koran like a good little pretend muslim. speaking of pretend buddy zeyad from baghdad sent me some interesting links. havent taken a good enough look at them yet, but if they're good i'll link them. it's about secular islam and taking apart the koran. he's a very interesting character, if you havent checked out his blog then you're a bad person. repent by sending him a nice email. he'll answer it too, but give him time, he's overloaded with emails. throw in something catchy in the subject line. my first subject line to him was "greetings from the zionist imperialists!" he seemed to find that very funny. because it is. duh.
ok, alex is here with...someone? katy! yay. ok, we're off.