Life is a series of choices. Every step is a choice, an option, a decision. We try our best to make these choices based on what we know. What we pick may not be based on what is right and what is wrong, but what we believe in our minds and hearts. Whatever we do decide, we have to compromise. It is always one or the other.

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Bacn, Spam, and Red Meat

This is the newest internet buzz word. Most of you are familiar with email spam, which is junk email that comes in from only God knows where and is meant to lure you to click on links or download Trojans or viruses.

Bacn is a different story, as mentioned by Wikipedia.

(pronounced bacon) is the term given to electronic messages which have been subscribed to and are therefore not unsolicited but are often unread by the recipient for a long period of time. Bacn is email you want but not right now.

Basically it is newsletters and such that you have subscribed to. And you all know what the other Bacon is? Don’t you?

Spam, to all you unfamiliar with food related meaning of the term is:

Spam luncheon meat is a canned precooked meat product made by the Hormel Foods Corporation. The labeled ingredients in the Classic variety of Spam are: chopped pork shoulder meat with ham meat added, salt, water, sugar, and sodium nitrite. The product has become part of many jokes and urban legends about mystery meat, which has made it part of pop culture and folklore.

It looks like email is being categorized as meat. Here is what you can expect in the future:

Sirloin, the email coming in from your best friends.
Tenderloin, email from your significant other.
Ribs, is email from your family.

BBQ. Anyone?

Fake Forwards

Lois and Peter GriffinIn the words of Peter Griffin, “You know what really grinds my gears?”: Fake and Hoax forwards! Most of forwards I get in my e-mail are fake except for the faith related ones that tell an anecdote, or have a short du3a and thikr. What is it with these forwards about plastic bottles and cancer, and microwave safety! Most of them are fake, and have no benefit what so ever! I don’t understand why someone would make up such stories and send them to hundreds of people!

As a bonus, here’s a little funny segment from Family guy totally unrelated to e-mail forwards:

Family Guy – What really grinds my gears
[Youtube | 1m02s]
(I can’t find the rating on the IMDB site, It probably is rated MA for Mature Audience, kinda like Southpark)

And before I leave, Kel 3amo w’entow eb khair o Embarak 3alikom el Shahar. :)

Major? What Major!

Student ChoiceI probably wouldn’t be studying what I did seven years ago if it wasn’t for a scholarship. The thought of someone else paying for everything made it seem like such an easy decision. That is, of course, compared to actually working and paying for it myself. I would not have made up my mind right after graduating high school and would have taken a break to find out what I really wanted to do. What about you?

Good Weekend Wasn’t it

ChillinBy this time most of you should be calling it a night, bummer, I know. I thought the weekend change would be bad. It is much better than it was before. Friday is usually a day of rest. So to have that day of rest without the stress of work of the next day really made a difference. Relax.

Hypocrisy: A Theoretical Situation

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion regardless of who they are. Also each person is entitled to their own belief of what is right and what is wrong. One of the most debated subject in philosophy is the notion of right and wrong and the idea of an absolute truth. Some believe that there is no absolute truths and that everything is relative. However, others belief is an absolute right and wrong.

An example of this would be the situation where a group of people are together, and there is no leader or a form of law present. If someone in the group poses a threat, would it be right to single them out? Some believe there is, in order to preserve the survival and wellness of the group. Others believe we should not judge others based on what they are like.

If indeed we are entitled to our own opinions, do we not also have the right to change our minds based on what we believe? Our beliefs can change and thus we can change our own opinions as how we see fit.

Hypocrisy is the act of condemning or calling for the condemnation of another person when the critic is guilty of the act for which he demands that the accused be condemned.

source: Wikipedia: Hypocrisy

In the previous example, if the person who had posed a threat had a change in belief and another person emerged as a threat, and the previous person asked for the new threat to be singled out, do we say that he is a hypocrite?

Morning Thoughts

Alight!Looks like today is going to be a good day enshalla! The morning is beautiful. The streets were crowded but that was alright, nothing too horrible. Did you know you could reduce driving congestion related stress by listening to some good music? Yep, it works!

I was contemplating the topic of my next mini-discussion here. I was first thinking about talking about hypocrisy. This is one of the deep subjects that gets a lot of people in trouble, confusion, and probably wars and fights.

The other subject that came across my mind was justice versus mercy. I understand that probably any sane person would decide on one based on the situation. Any argument which has no clear evidence will lead to pick either justice or mercy. Here is where it will get interesting.

I’m not sure yet which topic to pick. What do you think? Which should I pick?

As for now, I’ll leave you with a groovy song. You better get your butts off your seats and start shakin’.


Click the play button to play the song. If you want to know how I added the song, check out MyFlashFetish.com. :)

Deadline

deadlineI have been thinking quite a bit about the things that I like to do. None of them involve following a schedule and meeting deadlines. I’m working on a project at work. I have lost inspiration to keep working at it. It is tedious. I have to do (sort of) weekly reports. I also have a vague deadline. The pressure isn’t helping.

Update: Heads are going to start rolling!!! (For those who didn’t understand that, it means I am going to behead some people!) Here I am trying to get this done, and my colleague/semi-supervisor flips through my papers, asking me needless questions.

Sigh.

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Selfish: How we decide, Part 2

First I want to thank ALL the people who contributed to the previous post, Selfish: What do you think, Part 1. I was tempted to reply to each and individual contribution, however consider part 2 a reply, to each one of you.

That little exercise was meant to demonstrate the types of selfishness we possess. We can be considered selfless or unselfish if we have no concern for ourselves and have a sacrificial spirit by giving up a part of us for someone else to gain it. However…

If we really delve into it, then being selfless is another form of selfishness is it not? When we sacrifice a part or all of our being to a cause or to someone are we not being selfish as well? How? You may ask. We all achieve or gain something in the end. Many of you gave answers that were very different from one another. However in the end there was always something to be gained, be it an active satisfaction, or a passive one. Most of the time it was for the sake of care and love of close ones. If we give up ourselves by passive selfishness, the other person or people involved will gain something directly, and we would gain a stronger and better bond with these people.

Pious people are known to be the most selfless. They would seem to selfless as if they cared not about themselves. It did not matter to them if the party involved was a stranger or a close person, they would go to great lengths for the sake of others. Pious people believe in being rewarded in the end. This has turned a selfless act into a form of selfishness.

There is no right and wrong answer. Many of you said that your answers would be situational, and I do agree. We may never know what exactly we might do unless we were in that particular situation. There is always something to be gained, directly or indirectly. I’m not saying gaining is a bad thing, but it is when we and others gain that really makes the difference.

Reserved, going to add something here later.