“… by any means necessary…”

wed.jan.17: duke vs michael jordan’s UNC (ahem, SK) (29secs)


Wednesday, January 17, 2007 Posted by | 700 the arts | Leave a comment

wed.jan.17: “redick for three!” (1min.31secs.)

you gotta love j.j. redick!

Wednesday, January 17, 2007 Posted by | 700 the arts | Leave a comment

tues.jan.16: no school wednesday

school’s out

hello, world:

i hope all’s well.

BK told me that there’s no school tomorrow (ie wednesday). thanks, BK. you da man! they say we shoot the messenger (not “messenger” as related to religion), but that’s when we hear bad news from a messenger. when the messenger brings good news (see gospel), we celebrate the messenger!

so thank you again, BK!

be safe,


ps is dove open tomorrow (wednesday)? i’m assuming not… go rockets, go rockets, go-go go rockets! (oh, sorry, i got a little carried away there… my bad… lol!)

pps if you’ve got time, you can check out the blog of my pal and bro. the link is on the top right of my blog page. it’s under the heading “blogroll.” the link is entitled, “memoirs of an american muslim.” my bro told me for every comment someone leaves, he’ll mail them a 10-dollar check. (that’s double the going rate, for those keeping count.) lol!

ppps does anyone know if blog posts are admissible as evidence in US courts? i’m worried my pal and bro is gonna sue me soon. lol!

Tuesday, January 16, 2007 Posted by | to be recycled soon... | 6 Comments

tues.jan.16: on jealousy


you know how sometimes you meet someone and you get to know them and you realize that they are really kind and altruistic (see RRV) and completely out to help others and they are only happy when something good happens to someone else, and they only want the best for others, but they never feel like they want anything bad to happen to others? well, that’s not me.

let me qualify that: that’s not me when it comes to *sports*. watching sports, not playing sports, that is. (now that i’m 19 years old, i’ve had to cut back on my dreams for competing in the 2008 beijing olympics. (but that’s why i’m gonna invest in my nephew! lol!)

this feeling of jealousy arises in me, like i said, when the issue is sports teams. see, i like certain sports teams, for various reasons. and like vince lombardi, the famed nfl coach who took the green bay packers on to win the first two super bowls, said: “winning isn’t everything — it’s the *only* thing.” [caveat: just because everyone quotes someone or something or quotes a proverb or axiom, it doesn’t mean it’s the truth, and it doesn’t mean that you have to accept and believe it without thinking 4 yourself. we all have a brain, and we all should use it. (see: lies my teacher told me, by james loewen.) for example, when they say it’s not about who wins or loses in, say, a basketball game, well, i’ll believe them when they stop keeping track of the score. (like T.AA says, Do you dig?)]

to a large extent, the idea of supporting a sports team is to support that team’s winning. and when two teams play against each other, if one wins, well, the other loses. so it’s blatantly obvious that when i root for my favored team to *win,* i am necessarily rooting for the opposing team to *lose.*

how do i get myself out of this moral dilemma? the dilemma that i want to do good, i want to be kind to others, and i want the best for everyone, yet i want a particular opposing team to lose. well, i’m gonna kind of cop out of this dilemma by saying that i’m kind of okay “rooting for the opposing team to *lose*” because IT’S JUST A GAME. and as a game, IT’S NOT SERIOUS.

there. that will help me sleep at night.

but for the record, when MY teams lose, IT IS SERIOUS, and IT ISN”T JUST A GAME! lol!

unfortunately, now i’m in another mess known as *hypocrisy.* but that’s for another day’s blog! (see procrastination). lol!

DISCLAIMER: Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations the author has expressed in this material do not necessarily reflect the views of the author.


Tuesday, January 16, 2007 Posted by | 900 geography and history | 4 Comments

mon.jan.15: my nephew (circa nov.2006)

here’s a short clip of my nephew. this was taken two months ago. since that time, he has turned 1 year old. he’s officially stronger than me. no joke: if you see the clip, you’ll believe it.

Monday, January 15, 2007 Posted by | 900 geography and history | 12 Comments

mon.jan.15: yesterday’s “walk on the moon” — er, snow

i know there are skeptics out there who think i didn’t really walk outside last night, on the ice and snow. well, here’s some more proof that i was, in fact, out in the streets. the scene takes place at the intersection of 23rd street and villa avenue.

Monday, January 15, 2007 Posted by | 900 geography and history | 4 Comments

mon.jan.15: quotations i would like to live my life by (this is a work in progress. if u have any quotations and want to share them, please do.)

  • “I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” — Mark Twain.
  • “We don’t mourn because our loved one is dead, but because we loved that person.” — comment on Mr. Nakashima’s blog.
  • “Some are remembered as being great… But some are destined to be great, and it is those individuals who are remembered as legends.” — from AmericanMuslim
  • “I once had a sparrow alight upon my shoulder for a moment, while I was hoeing in a village garden, and I felt that I was more distinguished by that circumstance than I should have been by any epaulet I could have worn.” — Henry David Thoreau

Monday, January 15, 2007 Posted by | 900 geography and history | Leave a comment


no school

mercy school students: no school tuesday, january 16th! this is official. our dedicated Principal, Mrs. Miniimah Muhammad, just called me and let me know that there will be no school tomorrow, tuesday, january 16th. (no, these aren’t tears of joy… where are the extra kleenex boxes? no, wait, i need a bucket to contain these tears… oh, the humanity! lol!)

but seriously, tomorrow’s a day off for mercy school students. enjoy, ladies and gentlemen, enjoy. believe me, some of my best days throughout my schooling were when i found out school was canceled. seriously. enjoy.

ttyl, friends.

ps (written on mon.jan.15): 6th and 8th Scholars, we were already supposed to have our first semester tests by now. what we’ll do is, since school days are being knocked out like bowling pins, the first day we get back to school, we will *NOT* have our semester test. we will have our semester test the *second* day we get back to school. i hope this is clear?

Monday, January 15, 2007 Posted by | to be recycled soon... | 4 Comments

mon.jan.15: just for fun…

on families: momfathermy mom, me and my dad. (yeah, my dad loves wearing shorts… lol!)


on women (keep in mind my personal experience, where my sister is younger than me but more educated than me. so you could say this quotation is based on my real-life experience! lol!):

equality women


below are some fun bumper stickers. if you *get* them, then that’s pretty impressive.


math lottery



ttyl, buddy.

Monday, January 15, 2007 Posted by | 900 geography and history | 8 Comments

mon.jan.15: a summary of my life…


Monday, January 15, 2007 Posted by | 900 geography and history | 6 Comments

sun.jan.14: long walk to wal-mart (*not* based on nelson mandela’s book, “long walk to freedom.”)

on the news, they said it’s too dangerous to drive. they didn’t say it was too dangerous to walk. so i walked to wal-mart a short while ago. the sequence follows:

1. picture below: i am about to take a right turn at the intersection of 23rd street and villa.

snow 2

2. picture below: i have turned onto 23rd street. now i have to walk all the way past the 3 red lights, and about a hundred yards beyond those red lights is wal-mart, on the left. (note: you could see footsteps in the snow. who would think to walk out in the snow in this weather? gosh… lol!)

snow pic 1

3. picture below: i pass the three red lights, and i turn left, and there it is: the emerald city. sorry, this isn’t the wizard of oz — this is oklahoma city. my bad.

snow 3

disclaimer: please don’t try this at home. this walk was undertaken by a professional walker who has been walking for over 20 years now. if you’re gonna try it, try it *outside* the home, because there’s probably no snow *inside* your home.

Sunday, January 14, 2007 Posted by | 900 geography and history | 11 Comments

sun.jan.14: on the Qur’an (from AH)

Here’s a little something about the Qur’an, from AH. you’ll need microsoft powerpoint to open this. i hope it works. i’m not that great with links, so it might do something funny. Thx for sharing, AH.

just click on the following link. if you want to exit the presentation at any time, press ‘escape.’

Quran Show

Sunday, January 14, 2007 Posted by | 200 religion | 6 Comments

sat.jan.13: ihop


so i get to ihop around 10pm-ish, and i’m on the phone as i walk in the restaurant. i tell my friend on the phone that i’ll call them back, because i’ll have to get seated and talk to the host/ess at the restaurant, so it wouldn’t be nice to be talking on the phone at the same time. so i hang up on the phone, and i ask to be seated, and the hostess seats me, and she asks me if i want anything, and i say, yes, i want some coffee, and she leaves the table, and i call my friend on the phone again, and the lady brings the coffee, and then she hands me the menu and i think she’s waiting for a few minutes for me to give my order, and she walks near my table now and then, but i’m on the phone, and so i eventually tell the person i’m on the phone with that i’ll order my food and get back on the phone. (yes, this was a long sentence. yes, i was trying to be virginia-woolfesque in my writing style. no, it didn’t work as well as she made it work.) by now i’m pretty sure the waitress is upset at me, because it’s not the nicest thing to have to wait for someone who’s on their cell phone yapping away…

well, i place my order, my food comes, and by this time i’m off the phone and instead i have this magazine i brought with me on my table. the waitress comes by and asks me if she can peruse my magazine. so i handed her the magazine. i saw that she was looking at something that she apparently found interesting in the magazine, and when she returned to give me my magazine, i asked her what she found so interesting in it. well, she was looking at a certain movie personality. i had seen this person’s movie, and i asked her if she had seen the movie, and she said no.

time passes. she returns after a while and asks to see the magazine again. i say okay, again. and she shares the magazine picture with some friend of hers. then she returns the magazine to me.

in the end, although we didn’t say that much other stuff, i figured we were at least not at each other’s throats. because i didn’t like the way i was on the phone when she was waiting to take my order, and i figured she’d hate me for that for the rest of my life. but i guess the magazine was the means to an end, and the “end” was the absence of animosity.

so that was interesting…

2 other interesting but kind of unrelated things are the following:

(1) it takes icy roads to get me to drive below the speed limit… okay, okay, you got me — even on icy roads i’m a speed demon (a la wacko jacko)!

speed limit

(2) i gave it some serious thought, and i think that in my university class, the only student who should be allowed to give the excuse that “the dog at my homework” would be a post-office mail-delivery person. don’t u agree?

oh, one more interesting thing i realized: february 20th is national pancake day at ihop. you gotta love it!

Sunday, January 14, 2007 Posted by | 900 geography and history | 24 Comments

8th Scholars: “GOT MLK?”

websites we could link to regarding martin luther king, jr., day. these links also relate to malcolm x.

the 8th Scholars are doing a compare/contrast thing about mlk and x for this monday’s “spin for service carnival,” sponsored by casady school and Ms. Carmen Clay. (please note that some of these links require your computer to have certain software on it, and if the software isn’t on your computer, the links may not open. sorry for the inconvenience.)

acceptance speech at nobel peace prize award

worksheet to analyze documents

king website: click on “king speeches” to hear and read his speeches

student essay contest from florida

mlk and malcolm x

king and x: unfinished dialogue

Saturday, January 13, 2007 Posted by | 300 social sciences | Leave a comment



okay. here goes. i’m finally writing my reflection about this movie, Lean on Me. but first, a quick summary: this one teacher, joe clark, is apparently a really passionate and genuine teacher who cares deeply about his students. he cares more about his students than he does about his own paycheck. well, he kind of loses his job for this reason.

eventually, he ends up becoming principal at the same school he originally lost his job from. and when he becomes principal, well, he’s like a tripartite amalgam of voldemort and the grinch who stole christmas and king galbatorix. in three words, he’s “very, very mean.” but the audience must keep in mind, as hard as it may be, that he is so “very, very mean,” but his intention is to do what is best for the students.

and what *is* best for the students? well, to begin with, the school is a run-down school. there are drugs, guns, knifes, bullies, fights, and the like. so principal clark’s goal is to rid the school of all these evils. and the way he goes about doing it — the means to his end, so to speak — is by being “very, very mean” and strict with everyone. for example (i’ll give reasons to support my statement), he fires two teachers in one day! (i know what you’re thinking, but i was almost fired *three* times on *three* different days. but it does hit home, i’ll tell you that! lol…) he tells teachers in a very rude manner that he doesn’t have to listen to their concerns. (i know what you’re thinking, and i *was* told this three times, or more. but it does hit home, i’ll tell you that! lol…) he also expels like 300 students out of a student body of probably 3,000 students. and there are parents who, although they know principal clark is doing the right thing, try to manipulate the reality and try to get principal clark fired. (i know what you’re thinking, and i’ve been there, done that myself before. but it does hit home, i’ll tell you that! lol…) in the end, though, principal clark is able to clean up the school, so to speak, and he helps get the students’ test scores to where a significant number of them are passing the state tests! (i know what you’re thinking, and *this* is where my experience diverges from the experience of principal clark in the movie! this *doesn’t* hit home, i’ll tell you that! lol…)

so there it is. it was kind of short and succint, but that’s pretty much my summary of the movie, and a little bit of a reflection, or my thoughts, interspersed in parentheses. as you can see, art — music, movies, plays, stories, etc. — allows us to relate to our own experiences. art allows us to say to ourselves, “look! someone else has experienced the same thing *i* experienced!” or, “look! someone else has experienced something *different* than what i experienced!” and this kind of makes us all bond together, this family we make up, of some 6 billion-odd human beings. such shared experiences (could) make us realize that, in the words of DE in AP, “we’re not so different, you and i.” and if we could realize this fact — that we’re very much alike and not so different, you and i — then i think it would help us achieve peace amongst our 6 billion-odd family members. in other words, it would help us achieve peace amongst our world. in other words, it would help us achieve WORLD PEACE.

sorry for waxing philosophical on you all. i didn’t want to cultivate a somber tone or anything like that. i just thought that i’d put in a good word for the arts. because it’s just cool when you are able to relate to a character in a story or movie, or to the words in a song or speech, or to the words in an axiom or proverb, and it hits home, and you have felt what the character feels, or you have experienced what the song describes. that’s just cool. that’s how i felt with some of the characters in the book a separate peace by john knowles, and also with some of the children in mark twain’s classic, the adventures of huckleberry finn. and of course, that’s how i felt while i watched lean on me.

and i owe great thanks to T.AA for recommending this movie to me!

ttyl, world.


Friday, January 12, 2007 Posted by | 700 the arts | Leave a comment

fri,jan.12: posting comments

i just posted comments on one of my friends’ blog… er, one of my friend’s blog… er, i just posted comments on a blog of a friend of mine. (i luv it when i could avoid proper english regarding possessive and apostrophe and plural stuff by just changing the way i write the sentence. of course, as much as i luved doing that in high school, my english teacher used to beat me over my head for it. but wounds heal, people, wounds heal. bad writing, on the other hand, *doesn’t* heal…)

anyways, it was cool to read about the entries my friend had in his blog. there’s nothing we know that we haven’t learned from someone else — either a person or a book written by someone else or whatever. and so it’s awesome to read what others have written.

and what my friend wrote was pretty awesome stuff. deep and philosophical awesome stuff.

thanks, Mr. Nakashima.

Friday, January 12, 2007 Posted by | 900 geography and history | Leave a comment

fri,jan.12: 8th Scholars

students these days… always want to read, read, read… it’s like they always want to stay in the library… oh, well. reading is a good thing, so that’s good…

8th library cake

but of course, we can’t spend all day in the library, cuz we should be learning stuff in our classrooms, too, right? if you thought we were studying a lot in the *library,* what ’till you see how hard we study in our classrooms! put on your seatbelts and hold on tight… this isn’t for the faint of heart…

8th classroom

all jokes aside, the 8th Grade Scholars are awesome. they rock (and rule)! (see cartoon of the rock and ruler!) if you don’t want to take my word for it, please feel free to take a few minutes and read the post of Joey’s writings on (1) Congressman Keith Ellison and the Qur’an controversy, and on (2) the seemingly eternal scientific question about how life began.

Friday, January 12, 2007 Posted by | 300 social sciences | 22 Comments

fri,jan.12: cats (sorry, not the musical)

here are my cats. well, not really *my* cats. they just hang out around my house. they’re like watchdogs, except they aren’t dogs, and they don’t wear watches (thx AR!). so i guess they’re not at *all* like watchdogs.

now, the problem (thinking skill) i’m facing is that i’m out of meow mix. yes, that’s the stuff these cats eat. i gotta head over to wal-mart and pick up some meow mix for them cats. i don’t know if the cats will be waiting outside the entrance door for me today, or this weekend, because of the cold and ice. but just in case they show up, i should have some food for them. and yesterday, i ran out of meow mix. (your Honor, i promise i didn’t eat any of it.)

i guess after i shell out the 10 bucks or so for the meow mix, to feed the cats, i’ll have to push back the time when i’ll be able to afford the iphone. let’s see: that’s 10 bucks gone, and at my current salary, carry the 1, subtract the 3 — yeah, okay, unfortunately i won’t be getting the iphone in 2009. i’m gonna have to wait until 2013.

i guess the only good news about waiting until 2013 is that i’ll only be 29 years old then. phew… (wait a minute — why are my pants on fire?)



Friday, January 12, 2007 Posted by | autobiography-in-progress | 13 Comments

th,jan.11 – university class

okay. today was tough. i had a class from 5:30pm to 9pm. we had a ten-minute break in the middle, but basically, it was three-and-a-half hours of class. omg. talk about punishment, right? oh, well. let’s move on… here are some interesting things that took place in class:

1. my professor is actually a graduate of dartmouth college. that’s where my brother went to college, so that’s kind of cool. i wanted to bring this up with my professor today, but he had to leave early for some reason, so i didn’t get a chance to talk to him. oh, another thing is that he’s in the administration of the oklahoma school of science and math. are you thinking what i’m thinking? mmm… sounds like a good idea, i’ll say!

dartmouth frisbee

2. we were talking about definitions in class, just like in middle school we want to focus on definitions. one definition our professor brought up was that of a “crime.” how do we define a crime? stealing? killing? talking behind another person’s back? saying a bad word? and somehow, our professor brought up bill gates. and he said that bill gates has no reason to commit the crime of stealing, because he’s already so rich. then he added, “however, people *do* think that every time bill gates comes out with another version of windows, that’s a crime to the public, because the public has to upgrade and all that.” the reason why (this is explicit, Scholars) i brought this up is because one of my peerless colleagues, T.AA, likes — likes is a weak word, just like people say “hate” is a strong word… lol… — the macintosh. (sorry, i’ll capitalize it. it deserves the respect: Macintosh. lol…) and i thought that T.AA would be amused by what my professor said. lol…

bill gates

3. we had to look up research articles and publications from the online database at the university. i was looking up podcasts and other technological advances that could be used in the field of education, and i came upon an article about the new iphone, which — you guessed it — our resident Macintosh Specialist, T.AA, introduced me to. it’s a pretty interesting gadget: a cell phone, a web browser, and an ipod (mp3 player). and it’s all touchscreen. i think the term they use is “multitouch” or something like that. the only thing that’ll keep me from getting my hands on one of them iphones this june — they come out in june — is my salary. i did the math, and at the rate i’m going, if i save half my monthly salary every month, i *will* be able to buy the iphone in june — of 2009!

iphone banner


Thursday, January 11, 2007 Posted by | autobiography-in-progress | 4 Comments

wed,jan.10: “my enemy was in my sights…”


so i get to the bookstore, and i find a nice chair that’s usually occupied, because it’s such a nice chair, and i sit down. now, i’m on the phone with a buddy of mine, and there’s a person sitting on another chair about five feet away. this other person — we’ll call her “S” — was reading something. she also had a blackberry phone. so i’m talking on the phone with this buddy of mine, and i figure S might get annoyed that i’m talking while she’s reading, but i figure talking on the phone isn’t so bad, and we’re in a bookstore not a library, so i don’t have to be so quiet that i can’t talk on the phone. and then it happens: the dreaded “look.” S was originally facing somewhat away from me, but then she turns her head to me, and i see her give me that “look.” yes, *that* look. the one that says, “excuse me, punk, but you’re disturbing me. now scram, before i have to take this outside with you.” so i says [sic] to myself, i says, “nothing new. i just made another enemy. happens all the time.” and, in fact, i told this buddy of mine, who was on the phone with me — i said this loud and clear — i said, “you know what, i probably should hang up, because i just got a mean look from someone here at the bookstore.” yes, your honor, i knew that S could hear me. no, your honor, i don’t think i was being too mean.

in any case, i hang up with my buddy and i start doing some studying stuff. after a while, we start a conversation, and it turns out that S is a pretty non-mean person (see negation). she was reading about producing a movie, and she was going to film a movie here in oklahoma. she already got investors to pay for the movie production. she said she previously had worked in politics, in washington, d.c., *in* the capitol itself — wow! — and she had done that for some 10 years, and then she was kind of done with that. so she now was pursuing (see: vocabulary) a career in the field of education! what a coincadink (thx, N.D., for that word… is that right?)! why a coincidence, you ask? well, i mean, she’s pursuing a career in the *field* of education, and i used to play baseball on a baseball *field*! who would have thunk… but seriously, she is currently going to college to be a teacher. next semester or so, she starts her student-teaching. we actually talked about lesson plans a bit — exciting, i know.

and it turns out that S actually has a radio show! omg! she’s on air on 890AM from 4-5pm, mondays thru thursdays! her talk show is called “oklahoma political tailgate hour.” she told me to call in and give my opinion on whatever they’re talking about on air, but i told her i don’t like to eat onions… the last thing i remember is that she got up to hit me, and then i was getting a free ride in an ambulance!

okay, the last part of the last paragraph wasn’t true. but the part about where she said to call in to her talk show is true. isn’t that cool?

and oh yeah, she studied economics and international relations when she got her *first* college degree! (her education degree she is pursuing right now is her *second* college degree!) so naturally, that reminded me (see: what does this remind me of?) of one of my colleagues, who not only studied film, but also edited material for the United Nations (see: T.TL)! and i mentioned this fact to S, and that was cool…

overall, it was interesting how S was initially my enemy, and then we got along fine. who would have thunk?

Thursday, January 11, 2007 Posted by | autobiography-in-progress | 5 Comments