Archive for May, 2008

There must be a god

My first proof for the existence of God:

Goal for living… The reason why to get up every morning. The reason that will make you leave your bed. Simply without God, my life is empty. No matter if I had everything; money, fame, friends, relatives, success, scientific degrees, brand new gadgets, a beautiful wife… Without you, I am nothing. I have no reason to live. I have no aim for my life. You are my aim.

To serve you. To be your image on earth. I am a representative of your on earth. I want your presence in my life to reflect on my relations with my fellow human beings. This is why religions are for. Not to boast that you have the best holy book and that you have the best teachings… True religion lays in your life, in your actions, your dealing with others, your goals in life.

We want to get up, but we can’t.

To you is my shelter, t

A prayer to me, salvation of people

The sitting in the souls of people have lengthened

Help me you mighty, help me you

We want to get up, but we can’t

Help me you might, help me you

Happy Independence day

Jordan: Happy Independence Day

Today, may 25th, is the 62nd anniversary of the independence of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

I wish my country all prosperity and advancement. I hope that, when next year come, all of our fuel problems, by the help of the oil rock, will have been solved.

Jordan might not a huge or rich country. But, I am sure that it is rich in the goodness of its citizens. Having all the money of the world isn’t as important as being the way simple Jordanians are. If you want to know what I mean, why not come and visit Jordan? “We should be like you!” A Canadian volunteer once told me envying what he experienced of the generosity and kindness of many Jordanians.

All in all, most people in the world love their countries. In my opinion, one must be faithful to the country where he was born. After all, an Arab poet once said:

بلادي وإن جارت علي عزيزة

وأهلي وإن ظنوا عليّ كرامُ

Trying to bring a suitable translation:

My country, even if it was unfair to me, is dear.

My family members, even if they thought badly about me, are benevolent.

Egyptian vs. Iraqi Professors

I am perplexed. the following question has been occupying my mind for the previous weeks. Currently at as a first year medical students in the second semester, I am taught by 3 Iraqi doctors, and 2 Egyptian doctors. The method of teaching of the 2 groups is 180 degrees different.

Iraqi doctors explain only using PowerPoint presentations without any additional papers explaining the material. On the contrary, Egyptian doctors give, in addition to PowerPoint presentations, hand-outs explaining whatever was explained in the lecture. As a result, I don’t have a problem when studying for a subject taught by an Egyptian doctor because I already have the material which I know, 100%, that questions would come from. While in subjects taught by the lovely Iraqis, we are constantly told: “The power Point slides are not enough. You must study on the books which I referred to.” You can’t imagine how this simple answer could cause hardship while studying books containing many pages which most of which are not necessarily in our level as first year students.

“When I was a students like you,” Dr. Hani Azawi said on anatomy lecture on Tuesday (I know hundred 100% that he talked about ‘Abdominal Aorta’, I can’t be sure of any other thing until I listen to the recording.), “I used to skip lectures with doctors who used to give us papers. There is no learning if you don’t search and find the information yourself.” Is it logical?! To be neutral, his point of view is some what logical. However, it needs a lot of hard work.

Body Language

“Shaking the head from side to side to indicate ‘no’ or negation is also universal and may well be a gesture that is learned in infancy. When a baby has had enough milk, he turns his head from side to side to reject his mother’s breast. When the young child has had enough to eat, he shakes his head from side to side to stop his parent’s attempt to spoon feed him and in this way he quickly learns to use the head shaking gesture to show disagreement or a negative attitude.”

“Research in the field of linguistics has shown that there is a direct relationship between the amount of status, power or prestige a person commands and that person’s range of vocabulary. In other words, the higher up the social or management ladder a person is, the better able he is to communicate in words and phrases. Non-verbal research has revealed a correlation between a person’s command of the spoken word and the amount of gesticulation that that person uses to communicate his or her message. This means that a person’s status, power or prestige is also directly related to the number of gestures or body movements he uses. The person at the top end of the social or management scale can use his range of words to communicate his meaning, whereas the less educated or unskilled person will rely more on gestures than words to communicate.”

I understand this portion well. That is, an employee would have no objection on the orders of his boss no matter how injustice they might be. His words won’t surely reflect his dissatisfaction, but his gestures will expose him. Surely the manager won’t care about interpreting them.

[Update 23.05.2008: Oh you little psychological analyzer! A good shot, though. You need to work better on your logic. ]

A English Language Question!

The Skelton comprises 3 parts:

 

Skeleton is composed of joints, cartilage and bone.

Skeleton is composed of joints, cartilage, and bone.

 

Which sentence is correct?!

Run commands I should have known long time ago

How to open microsoft office programs via the run command?! It works on all computers. In other words, it doesn’t need any pre-settings:

Go to start> run. Type the following to open each of the specified programs:

winword >>>    Microsoft Word
powerpnt >>>    Microsoft PowerPoint
frontpg >>>    Microsoft FrontPage
excel >>>    Microsoft Excel
msaccess >>>    Microsoft Access

Can such a shortcut method be used on other applications except the previous?! Wouldn’t it be nice if you can open the calculatar without having to go throught the long tedious way of going to start>all programs>accessories>Calculaator?! What about Paint program, dont’ you think that it is such a long way to get to it?!

The good answer, yes… Yes, you can do it. Here are the shortcuts:

Paint >>>            pbrush
Calculator >>>            calc
Windows Media Player >>>    wmplayer [My favorite!].
Firefox Browser >>>        firefox
Internet Explorer >>>        iexplore

desktop >>> open your desktop folder in your windows account.

I have:
Windows Xp, Version 5.1
Microsoft Office 2002.

Politically Correct Bedtime Stories

I was at a street bookshop at downtown Amman. I was searching the box loosely put on the side of the pavement for the 5 books I will buy for 1 JD. “Politically Correct Bedtime Stories” This book caught my attention. It was not because of its content but for the idea that came to my mind at that moment. I thought of the usefulness of having some kind of short stories to read before going to bed. I usually take neither a short nor a long time to fall asleep.

The writer of this book wants this book as a message against the wrong concepts that the original adopted stories conveyed the time they were written. There is much talk that I don’t have much time to do now.

I was very excited when I looked up the meaning of the word which I thought it to be wrongly spelled. ‘womyn’. Yesterday evening, I was in the bedroom of my parents when I firstly read parts of this book (God! How quiet the house was when I was the only one in it. During the silent hours I spent yesterday, I realized how great things I can do without being distracted. e.g. I would never see my father entering the room as he did minutes ago asking: “You boy,” He always call me and my brother this way “Where is your mother?” He asked me this question while I was on my computer obviously studying. “Wait father! I will make a ‘search’ on my PC to locate her coordinates.” Maybe this is what will I be doing if they invented such a technology the next time my father interrupts my study and ask me such questions. What is more, I shouldn’t forget to mention that he also entered the room minutes later talking on the phone, I thought that the phone call is from me but soon found out that it wasn’t because I deduced that it is someone from Amman asking him how the journey back home run.)

Back to the word ‘womyn’, I looked up its meaning in my precious Concise Oxford English Dictionary only to find that its spelling is correct 100% and that it carries a deep meaning, at least for the defiance it stands for:

womyn: (plural noun) non-standard spelling of ‘women’ adopted by some feminist in order to avoid the word ending in -men.

What if Arabic women were as free as women in the west, would they make any change to the Arabic word for women? I believe not. Firstly, the Arabic word originally doesn’t have any similarity in spelling with that of a man. Secondly and most importantly, the day when women in the Arab world will have the freedom won’t come because they are who help to keep the men’s dominance on them, the sexism that is certainly seen in our societies is also participated by women. The very clear evidence is the survey that was conducted in Jordan and showed that more than 80% (I rounded it down to the least possible answer because I don’t remember it exactly) of Jordanian women agreed that ‘the husband has the right to hit his wife’.

From my side, I don’t have a problem with this almost general consensus because I am on the dominant side. But will I allow my self to take advantage of this authorization? I believe not but it really depends on my future wife; whether she is a tough or not a tough one. So, if my future wife will be reading this some years later in the future, to her I say: “If after marriage, you, my very dear and beloved wife, turned to be a tough women whom I can’t oppose, I will ask you to have mercy on your husband because I know him to be a good-natured, peaceful guy. Please!”

P.S. Hey my wife, don’t believe yourself. I am just kidding. OK? Be careful not to oppose me. I will be generous enough to add: if I am correct, don’t oppose me. Thanks! Kisses. Your faithful husband, Moabite.

I know of guys of my age, older or younger, who always chat with girls on their mobile phones. Truly, I state, I have never, ever, made such a thing.

It might be because my faculty doesn’t have pretty girls, but rather, because of the straight man I am. You know that by now, don’t you?!

For Arabic Learners

Mr. and Mrs. Arabic Learner, here are a few sites that I hope will help you in your studies:

1. Google translation: Google gives you free translation from English to Arabic and vice versa. However, it is still a BETA version.
2. Arabic Keyboard: This is a page where you can type Arabic letters. It is of a great help especially if you don’t have a keyboard with Arabic letters.
3. Learn Arabic For Free: This site is totally free. It has a lot of good information. It is very good for someone who wants to practice every-day (common) words. It is true that it is packed with ads, however, I believe that it is a good bargain.