A few days ago, salman called and we went over to the dealership to try and somehow pry loose from the cold dead hands of the car, the sony xplod that me and adnan had gotten him for his birthday last year. Unsuccessful. We did however manage, to loosen a few panels, total destroy his center console panel, and yet we were unable to take the xplod off, because we had lost the keys that you can use to just slide it out. It was the last time we will ever see the car, it’s been towed off to the insurance company and salman’s gotten a fat check for it.
I donno how content he is with the situation, and even if he is happy about what has happened, (he got more for it than he would have? or just got a good deal?) You really can’t just fight the idea, and try to stifle it, that i caused so much headache, so much stress and worst of all so much damage to those who i feel closest too. What’s worse is, i haven’t even gotten a wrath of fury from him, he just didn’t say anything, and said don’t worry about it. It really kills man, it really kills. Of course, he’s giving me an opportunity to make it up to him, by just becoming a more disciplined person, which is really what he’s been preaching to me since i started uni.
Now the problem is, this past month, i’ve been hermit-ting it. At home, cooking food at home, sitting at my table, not doing anything, generally avoiding any outside interference from anyone. In fact, i can count the number of times I left the house for non-uni purposes on one hand. It really takes a bad toll on you. You become very lethargic, you spend most of your time alone and in silence, and any repeatedly occurring activities lose their drive to motivate (studying, recording, the news etc.).
I’ve realized, you need to have a strong driving factor in life, and it doesn’t have to be a conforming view which belongs to someone else. It needs to be one that you believe in strongly, one that you feel that will bring you the thriving pleasure that can be achieved with nothing else. It needs to provide for a basis in reality, and for an environment of serenity. I’m still searching for my goals, still looking for that special something that will give me the drive needed to push me across the line.
There’s not telling what you can do when you get inspired by them.
There’s no telling what you can do when you believe in them.
There’s no telling what will happen when you act upon them.’
- Jim Rohn
Posted by Shehzad at 03:50 AM.
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Interesting marketing campaign. These ads have been popping up all over Toronto and upon further investigation, this product doesn’t actually exist.
Honestly though, it’s called Obay, and it’s from the makers of becauseisaidso. really? I’m hoping it’s one of those viral marketing campaigns that will then launch a full out campaign explaining this. But, it really has garnered a lot of interest, not only on the street but all over the web too.
It’s interesting though, provocative statements that could potentially offend many for a product that doesn’t exist but seems to suggest that parenting strategies need to be re-structured and re-thought of?
On closer look, it seems that those pictured in the ads are of different racial descent than caucasians. (At least from the ones i’ve seen and been able to pull off the internet). So maybe this is directed at parents that want way too much control over their children, perhaps an NGO’s campaign? A ticked off billionaire who’s parents where way too obsessive?
Now i’m not racist, but i know far too many immigrant parents who have extremely high hopes of their children and direct too much control over them.
I highly doubt that anyone has the money, or the stupidity, to launch a huge marketing campaign like this, just for the laughs. But whatever it is, it’s definitely spread some buzz around.
Posted by Shehzad at 02:25 AM.
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yes, it has been quite a dull week so far, with many unproductive hours spent at the table, grinding away to very little gain. BUT, on the plus side i have managed to make a detailed outline of my university life for the next two years that i am here, and even conveniently managed to leave a summer empty to internships PLUS a relatively light course load during my final year. Now if only everything goes according to plan, it should all be set in rock within a few years time. mwahahaha..
I’ve figured, i do a lot of reading, maybe not literature but definitely political articles and tech mags and random tidbits and what not, right? I’m going to start posting one interesting thing i read per day (ok, maybe not every day just because it’d be too much) but at least every other day or so, and i begin with today.
Apple Logo = Creativity?
Seriously, that is some crazy crazy brand image right there. You can say all you want, but you look at an apple logo, and you know that whatever product has that logo on it is a reinvented concept.
Ipod, it’s basically a music player isn’t it? Iphone, it’s basically a phone isn’t it? Macbook Air, basically a laptop isn’t it? Leopard OSX, basically an OS isn’t it?
These products themselves have created such a buzz everywhere that it is hard to only view them as fulfilling basic functions, they single handedly have raised the bar on quality and creativity in consumer technology.
I patiently wait for the day when just seeing a picture of me will make people around the world jump into action.
But yes, that was my interesting read of the day. :D.
Posted by Shehzad at 05:29 AM.
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woohoo! the room is finally clean!
this includes, under the bed, inside the closet, and behind the shelves!
Yes, it was quite a mission, but i’ve mostly regained strength in my arm, aside from heavy lifting and elongated periods of raising it (that might have mattered in high school, where the teachers failed to recognise my hand was ever up) it’s back to normal. My neck, on the other hand, still strains and kills upon too much movement, which is fine, because it’s getting better. Today, has been a really productive day, moreso than any other day i must say.
Laundry done, installed a new wiki on the site, and kinda even started working on a plan for my exams, which are coming up and getting scarier.
I’m going to try and make the wiki, a sort of family tree album (if that makes any sense). So, basically get everyone to fill in their information on their own profile pages, and link them all up.
This way: we have a family tree, and we have information on these people rather than just their names. I’m hoping this takes off, that’s why i’m taking it really slow for now, and probably going to only do the immediate before i branch out and include other people. Taluqaat had failed for one of these reasons, i’d released it to everyone, without bug testing it or anything. People stopped visiting because of the lack of a user friendly interface, and those that had ventured to learn the (albeit awkward and confusing) interface were put off by all the glitches.
For the blog, i’m going to update it and pull in posts from my old (abandoned) blogs, and post ‘em here, i love how EE just let’s u change the dates of any post you make. And just try and make this one the last one i have to start from scratch.
For now, i’m going to leave you with pictures of the uber clean room :D.
Posted by Shehzad at 11:13 PM.
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This week past, has been a memorable week that will not be forgotten anytime soon. Though i’m not a strong believe of karma, it seems that there truly is a force working to make one pay for what one really owes. To cut it short, i’ve just gotten out of a horrible accident that happened on this tuesday gone (13th March). I’d made it quite a habit to laugh at others stuck in accidents, while always quietly pondering what it would feel like to be stuck in the same situation.
It had been a clear, sunny day with great bursts of sunshine as far as the eye could see. I’d been stuck studying quite late in to the night for a midterm the next morning. Having already offered a friend a ride home, i’d shrugged to myself and thought the drive back home alone would do me good and leave me to my thoughts. Ironically (that word reminds me of morisette everytime it’s used), it started snowing, and it lay quite thick on the ground in a very short period of time, not allowing any salters to rush out and cover the road with the much needed traction.
I’d been cruising, quite slowly down the Don Valley Parkway (which, i must point out is my favorite highway to drive on by far), when i just heard a loud bang and the whole world started spinning in front of me. The car had started to spin out of control, and the back of the car slammed into the concrete border. It was then that i started to jam the brakes and steering in hope that the car would stop, all in vain. It spun a number of times more, before slamming headfirst into the concrete border, again.
Having been thrown around my seat (yes, i was wearing my seatbelt, which had broken after the first impact). I lost memory of what had just occurred and sat there wondering what really did happen? I then remembered, that i’d noticed a car slowly drifting side to side behind me (i’d over taken it earlier) while getting closer. Smack, Bang, Boom. I ran out of the car, to see if the other car was ok, only to notice the highway was empty and there was a cop coming down the other side who i then flagged.
This incident, spared me and i only managed to come out with a stiff neck and a fractured collarbone. But, it also really taught me the importance of humility.
Having earlier mentioned that i’d frequented enjoying myself in the transportation distress of others, it pounces right back on you and pins you down when the same happens to you. It seems, no matter what you do or what happens to you, it’s always important to remember that what goes around, really does come back around.
Posted by Shehzad at 05:00 AM.
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