Vajaculation Hotline

UK Independent:

Women who have things mansplained to them in the workplace can now report it to a dedicated hotline.

Unionen, Sweden’s largest union, is encouraging members to call up when male colleagues give them unsolicited lectures on things they already understand. 

The organisation, which represents 600,000 private sector workers, launched the advice line on Monday and said it will be open from 10am to 4pm everyday for a week as part of a campaign to highlight and stamp out the insidious and damaging practice.

This is how poisonous leftists are. A helpful explanation of some topic is twisted into this:

Mansplaining is maneuvering, tricks and suppression techniques designed to put women in their place and thereby consolidate or restore a privileged position.

Some time ago, I was walking past an old, female colleague who was typing some entries into her computer. She would:

1. Use the keyboard to put in some numbers in a text box.

2. Move her hand away from the keyboard and then use the mouse to click to the next text box.

3. Back to step 1.

I said, "There's a faster way of doing that."

I waited for her response. Their was a sigh. And then she asked, "How?"

I told her to click Tab using her left hand and then enter the numbers with her right hand. No need to use the mouse. She tried it and then was genuinely happy and said, "Oh, thank you!"

I oppressed her real good.


The meaning of oppression

More BS from Muslim Girl:

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has put into motion yet another oppressive tactic against the Palestinian people, this time trying to silence the holy call to prayer.

Most people in the West don't know about this azaan or "call to prayer".

Here's a simple way to learn. Click on this link -- it will open a you tube video. Now, the trick is to click on the same link and open the same video seven times in a minute. So, what you'll be hearing is the same out of sync cacophony of noise. That's what the azaan sounds like in a Muslim country. You see, there isn't just one mosque within walking distance in Islamic lands. I lived in Saudi Arabia and I could hear the azaan from seven mosques. Yes, every damn mosque plays this noise.

Do you know how many times in a day we get the azaan? Five fucking times. The first one is before sunrise. That would be at 3:15 a.m. in the summer. Imagine hearing that horseshit everyday that early in the morning.

Netanyahu isn't an idiot. He understands that it's the Islamic clamor that's oppressive. Muslims have no right to make the Jewish majority suffer with their noise pollution. It's extraordinary how Muslims turn this around and say that it is they who are being oppressed because they can't blare their demonic sounds in public five times a day.

Palestinians have been systemically oppressed and removed since 1947 and this is just one more way of telling Muslims that neither their state will exist, nor will there be a place for them in Israel—that the call of prayer is and inconvenience to others, instead of a celebration of the mix of coexisting cultures.

Good. There should not be a place for Muslims in Israel. Period. Muslims have over fifty (!) countries where they have a majority. The whiny, sharia-loving bitches can migrate there. The "right of return" is a sad joke, anyway.


Can't-Face-Reality-Phobia

Yesterday, I was watching Bearing's original video when a few minutes into it a takedown notice appeared.

This out-of-breath whale was blaming capitalism, patriarchy and racism for fatphobia! She was so serious when she said it. Still, a few audience members couldn't help but chuckle at that point.

I've met too many women like her. The ones who have serious character flaws or health issues but somehow the rest of the world just doesn't get how truly awesome they are.

Examples

A bitchy broad: Men can't handle a strong, independent woman.

A carousel rider: Men are afraid of her experience and women are jealous.

A Hindu woman: "If God doesn't support the equality of sexes, then that's a God I can't follow!" Sweet Lucifer.

An incompetent gal: All those vicious, nasty [competent] people are out to get her. Harassment! [Buckets of tears.]

An overweight woman: Those supermodels aren't real -- that kind of body is so unhealthy. Besides, don't judge a book by its cover. Real Men can't handle me. Oh, by the way, have you been to that cupcake shop that opened across the street? That stuff is to die for!

What's always amusing is other women who immediately lend a sympathetic ear to these harpies.

Look if you're fat, then it's likely that the combination of genetics, diet (refined carbs are cunts) and insulin resistance is making you fat. Gary Taubes and Jason Fung are the best authors on this topic. Learn how and why you're fat, then try to undo the cycle.

Don't be a moron by celebrating your fatness or, worse, by blaming the rest of healthy humanity. This is your flaw. Do your best to fix it.


A supremely addictive legal drug

Liquid luxury:

Ottawa’s newest Starbucks, which is to open Thursday on York Street in the ByWard Market, will be unique in Canada for the global chain and serve its most expensive premium drinks, including siphon-brewed coffee that costs $10 for a “grande” cup.

Moving from Saudi Arabia, one of the biggest changes I noticed is the volume of coffee the average person drinks in Canada. Students who have to have their coffee for solving homework. Dozens of drivers lining up outside a single shop for their morning fix. Colleagues leaving during lunch to grab a tiny cup of coffee -- often, generously asking if I want one.

Nope. Never had coffee and don't intend to. I don't even drink tea. I have trouble sleeping otherwise. I've tested this out; a single can of pop at 8 p.m. can keep me sharp awake for six hours. Unfortunately, many Canadians have built up such a resistance that they really need a few cups a day just to function normally.

The legalization of weed next year should be a lot of fun ...


Teach rapefugees to, er, not rape

NDL News:

A SYRIAN migrant accused of brutally and repeatedly raping his wife and severely abusing his own three-year-old child has told a court he did not know it was illegal to force her to have sex with him.

Assaulting the wife is not a crime in many Muslim nations. Why? Because, it's sanctioned by Islam.

The prosecution claims Abdul violently forced his wife, 25, to have sex with him on four occasions. If she spurned his advances he would savagely beat her, in front of his children, in a room of a refugee camp that used to be a hotel in Schöneberg, Berlin, the court heard.

Hitting children is the norm as well. Both at home and in school. In my entire extended family, I know for sure of only one aunt and uncle who didn't thrash their children. Unfortunately, on too many occasions, I witnessed the violent punishments from the rest of the family. I knew of one uncle who beat his wife. Nobody did anything to help the poor woman.

Once incident, which took place while waiting for food in a queue, saw the Syrian throw his three-year-old son on the ground and kick the boy until two men pulled him away.

This is the love Muslims show their own flesh and blood. Now, try to imagine the compassion they would show to the hated infidels.


Weak and Demented Woman Cries and Quits

Alpha Game:

Women interpret criticism as "hate" and "abuse". This is why it is important to keep constantly hammering at the feminists and SJWs. They can't take criticism. They can't take the heat. It kills them inside. Sooner or later, they will quit and sink back into the bitter solipsism that spawned their attack on reality.

This brings back memories of a vibrant train wreck. There was a Pakistani female blogger called The Apostate. She had left Islam and put her faith in the Left. Some of her qualities:

-- She hates men. She thinks that The PatriarchyTM keeps women down.

-- "All men are rapists."

-- "Communism is cool."

-- She thinks that white, Christian men are typically sexist and racist.

-- Killing babies is alright. Infanticide is fine with her since the babies aren't really "persons".

When I blogged about these utterly lunatic and evil beliefs, she vomited about "lies" and said that I was "stalking" and "harassing" her. (Laughs.) Apparently, merely linking to her and not agreeing with her should be illegal.

Then, on one glorious day that ugly and vile woman deleted her entire blog.

Patriarchy FTW!


No interpretation needed

I thought of becoming an interpreter for the Canadian government over a decade ago. I can read and write Urdu. I can communicate in Hindi and Punjabi. And I could brush up my Arabic and be okay with it after a few months.

Then I thought about the class of people that I'd be dealing with.

A female interpreter was raped at knifepoint on Monday night near the Jungle migrant camp in Calais, according to local French prosecutors.

The interpreter, aged 38, was working with a freelance journalist who was making a documentary about unaccompanied children in the sprawling camp for refugees on the outskirts of Calais.

The interpreter idea was nuked.


Financial Freedom

A fantastic talk by the Canadian man who attained financial independence at 30.

Pete Adeney, or Mr. Money Mustache as he’s more commonly known online, retired at the old age of 30 in order to start a family. Six years into this new life, he realized his peers were still not only stuck in their well-paying jobs, but barely able to meet their ever-increasing lifestyle inflation bills.

Thus, Pete formed the blog Mr. Money Mustache to teach fellow Americans how to live a slightly less ridiculous life than average, in order to amass an incredible surplus of money while they’re still able to put it to good use. The blog has since reached over 16 million people and become a study on life, happiness, and the joy of being able to focus on work that means something to you.

It's incredibly simple to save, invest and retire but too many people inflict misery upon themselves. A few examples from my former workplace follow.

Example #1: I know two people who started working there before I was born! I finished high school, got my degree, got the job, saved (hopefully) enough and then left. The two buffoons are still there!

Example #2: This woman was talking about her brand new SUV. She said that she didn't have to pay for it! I asked her to explain. You see, she was financing it over 8 years. She said that with the payments, gas, insurance, and maintenance, it would cost her roughly $1,700 per month. My jaw dropped.

That's $20,000 per year. $160,000 over 8 years for the convenience of an SUV. She drove it back and forth alone to work every day.

Example #3: A married guy was talking about his new house. I thought that he rented before. Nope. He was upgrading to a bigger house in a much better location. Wifey insisted. Of course, that meant a titanic mortgage.

  • His savings every month? $0.
  • Amortization period? 25 years.
  • His age? 45.
  • His investment portfolio value, in the future, at age 70? $0.

To make matters worse, he was unfairly treated like shit by the bosses at work. He couldn't really do much because then the all-important cash flow would be impacted. He has a stressful life.

Example #4: A married woman was talking about the crazy increase in real estate values in the Greater Toronto Area. She wanted to upgrade to a new, shiny, larger house but the prices were just too high. I mentioned doing the opposite: selling her house in the hot market and then renting an apartment and investing the large difference.

NO!

She said that she couldn't live without her house. "What specifically can't you live without?" I asked. She loved the patio in the backyard. She loved sitting there and having her drink to alleviate the stress of working.

The whole situation is painfully circular. She already has a sizeable house for which she has to pay mortgage...she must put many stressful hours at her job...to pay for the house in which she could relax!

Conclusion: Now, I do understand the attraction of having a house. I've lived in rented accommodations my entire life. I've lived in four different countries at dozens of addresses. It would be very nice to have my own house with a few tasteful Trump signs. However, I wouldn't sacrifice my financial freedom to do so.

If you make $500,000 annually and you buy a $1 million house, then it's not an issue but most Canadians, and my mentioned colleagues above, make around $50,000 a year and they're looking at properties that do cost close to a million dollars! That's 25 precious years of zero savings. When they turn 65, almost their entire wealth will be their house! You can't eat real estate.


Insane incentives

Like most political issues, one simply has to follow the money:

Migrant families from camps in Greece and Turkey say they feel “cheated” to have been resettled in Lithuania, where benefits are lower than in Germany. One family is now looking into filing a complaint with the United Nations (UN).

They aren't refugees. They're glorified parasites.

Of 100 migrants to have been recently resettled in the Baltic nation, at least two families have left for richer European countries. The main allowance per person is €700 per month in Germany whilst in Lithuania, it’s €200.

When the Iraqi Yasser Al-Any family arrived in Lithuania, the father said: “I [am grateful to] any state which protects me from the the threats in my country.” While his words were regularly reprinted by the media, the Iraqi and his family disappeared from the country after a few months.

I applied for asylum in Canada ten years ago. How much money do you think I accepted from the government?

$0.

I've worked and paid literally tens of thousands of dollars in taxes. I couldn't imagine being able bodied and accepting handouts from the state. Just the thought is repulsive to me. But today, these "refugees" are shopping around to see who gives them the most dough. The language, the culture, the nation is irrelevant to them. In fact, these bitchy ingrates are pissed off at the "poor" European countries who give them only 200 Euros a month. Ironically, the natives of such lands should be thanking Merkel and her moronic generosity.


The Enemies of Western Civilization

1. Defense

August 1990: Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait. Inadvertently, some of his forces easily took over some territory of Saudi Arabia. Some thought that Hussein would eventually gobble up Arabia as well. The US formed the largest coalition since World War II to repel Hussein.

January 1991: Hussein's Iraq was firing Scud missiles into Saudi Arabia. Many missed their military targets and demolished civilian infrastructure instead. Many in Arabia feared that chemical weapons would be used against them by the madman in Baghdad. Civilians were provided with gas masks.

February 1991: The US air force and later the hundreds of thousands of ground troops liberated Kuwait and saved the Middle East -- especially the Arabs living in the land of Saud.

2. Gratitude

Late 1990s: Many shops in Saudi Arabia had small plastic donation boxes. I asked my dad about their purpose. He told me that the money went to the mujaheddin in Afghanistan. Arabs were freely supporting al-Qaeda.

September 2001: 19 Muslims inflict one of the deadliest assaults on American soil. Almost 3,000 are killed. Ordinary Muslims celebrate.

December 2001: My father worked in Saudi Aramco. I talked to him about the mood at his office right after 9/11. He told me that the Arabs were celebrating like they had won the Football World Cup. Every one was jubilant with one exception. There was one Arab who was not satisfied. My dad went up to him and inquired about his grief. He was looking at the photos and the videos of the collapsing Twin Towers. He said that the towers fell straight down. He was despondent because he hoped that they had fallen on their side. He wished that there had been more death and carnage.

Just a decade after the United States had saved these very people and their families from possible death, slavery and mutilation, they were cheering at, what at the time was thought, the annihilation of 10,000 innocent American civilians.

3. Eternal Enemy

There were reports of certain people celebrating around the US right after 9/11. I met these sorts of people at my university in Canada. I have had conversations with people who openly and proudly supported the Taliban. Wicked glee would be an appropriate term for their reaction to the slaughter of almost 3,000 Americans. What do all of them have in common? Islam.

Muslims are nourished on poison. They are told to hate the unbeliever, the infidel, the kafir. Such has been the case since the evil Muhammad inflicted his cult on the world. That Jew-murdering, slave-owning, paedophile is the role model for over a fifth of humanity. It would be a very confusing world if the Muslims weren't at war with us.

Islam is utterly incompatible with Western Civilization. One simply has to look at the rules and laws of Sunni Arabia and Shia Iran and compare them to the legal books of any Western country. The best thing we can do is to put as much distance as we can between us and them.

Ban Muslim immigration. Burn ISIS. Make it clear to any Islamic organization that even mildly instigates against us: you will be crushed.

4. The Enablers

Why is it that we haven't taken such simple steps to protect ourselves? Islam is the main enemy. But before we get to dealing with it, we have to face the internal foes. The main enablers: the universities, the mainstream media and the leftist politicians.

All of them have a favorite saying about Islam:

Islam means by Bosch Fawstin

Obama thinks that we can absorb another terrorist attack. Obama handed the Islamic terrorist regime of Iran hundreds of millions of dollars. Infidels around the world will pay for that later. He glosses over the slaughter of Christians and imports hundreds of thousands of Muslims into America.

Hillary lets Americans die in Libya. She accepts millions of dollars from the Saudis. The hypocrisy can make one faint.

The very people who're supposed to defend the United States, defend its eternal enemy. They refuse to mention ISIS. They make it deeply unfashionable to call out the evil of Islam. Truth is hate speech.

The moral depravity is not limited to them. Dumb Jews want to be friends with Muslims. Homosexuals march in support of Islam. Feminists are totally cool with the garbage bag burqa.

It was not always so. We had leadership.

How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy [...] The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property—either as a child, a wife, or a concubine—must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men.

All is not lost.

After the Brussels attack, the head of Poland's largest party announced that "after recent events connected with acts of terror, [Poland] will not accept refugees, because there is no mechanism that would ensure security."

Victor Orban, Prime Minister of Hungary, declared that "we do not like the consequences of having a large number of Muslim communities that we see in other countries, and I do not see any reason for anyone else to force us to create ways of living together in Hungary that we do not want to see...."

Robert Fico, Prime Minister of Slovakia, announced that "Islam has no place in Slovakia."

The Czech Republic, which had in the past taken in a few thousand Muslim migrants, regrets even that, to judge by the remark of its President, Milos Zeman, this January, that "it is practically impossible to integrate Islam into Europe," and made clear that the Czechs will not be taking any more.

We are in another battle in the Longest War. As long as we tell the truth about Islam, unmask the enablers and support those who fight -- Trump, the Alt Right and the Nationalists -- we shall win.


The spending is the issue

Financial Post:

A new survey highlighting the fact almost half of working Canadians are living paycheque to paycheque reveals the inevitable corollary of failing to save enough: For most of us, retiring before age 60 will be a pipedream if we don’t get our saving act together.

This from one of the richest countries in the world:

Almost one in four (24%) don’t think they could come up with $2,000 if an emergency arose in the next month.

Don't these people have a credit card or a line of credit to tap into? Or, horror, those are already maxed out!? This is the case for far too many people. If their incomes go up, then their spending increases proportionally. Most of them saved 0% before and after getting extra cash, their saving rate is still stuck at 0%.

Anecdote #1: a few years ago, a woman at my workplace was telling us her sad story. She graduated university and immediately went into debt by purchasing a house. Every month after her mortgage payment and other expenses, she had no savings.

A few weeks later she was talking about driving into the heart of Toronto for a ... hamburger. That was a two-hour round trip.

A few months after that, in March, she did her taxes and pleasantly found out that she'll be getting a $1,000 refund. She immediately went on a one-week vacation and burned through a grand -- it went on credit. She spent the bloody money before she even had it!

Anecdote #2: a woman was telling us how life was so uncomplicated before she had children. She, with her husband, used to live in a condo, went to a pricey gym, dined at fancy restaurants, had parties on weekends and on and on. Now, with kids, every single cent goes towards managing the household expenses. They have no money for the gym, restaurants or other necessary luxuries.

Guess how much they saved before the kids ruined their paradise?

Anecdote #3: I read this story in the news a few years ago. A childless, working couple were making approx. $250,000 a year in after-tax income. Their spending patterns were meticulously detailed: house, utilities, food, dining, clothes, pets, gym, booze, etc.

The last item was savings. $0. If you can't save for a rainy day or retirement when you're making a quarter million a year, then when will you?


Why Christians Why?

AMN:

27 Lebanese Christians have been arrested and then deported to Lebanon after being found with Bibles in their homes and praying during the Virgin Mary festival.

They were charged with conducting non-Islamic prayers.

Religious text and architecture of any other religion but Islam is not allowed in Saudi Arabia. This is not a secret. So, why did these Christians go to the heart of such an evil nation? These Christians are devout enough to take a Bible to Arabia but not sensible enough to simply stay out of the land of Mordor?

My dad worked for Saudi Aramco. He told me that I could do the same after I got a degree from a Western country. I could have probably made $100,000 a year tax-free with an apartment and health care included. Of course, I would have had to continually lie every day to stay alive. I refused.


Are you not entertained?

I'm a refugee from Pakistan. All I wanted from the West was a sanctuary. I did not want nor did I receive a single cent from the government. I've worked and paid tens of thousands of dollars in taxes.

Sadly, too many refugees don't have this attitude. Too many are not even refugees but more like demanding (sex) tourists. They want goodies and better accommodations for free.


The sharp and the blurry

Vox Popoli:

What people living in the USA tend to forget is that their imported nationalities are all watered down now. Virtually no one is pure Irish or Swedish or Italian anymore, and so the US facial features tend to be a little blurred in comparison with the sharper features of their distant Old World cousins. In fact, here one can not infrequently identify what town an individual comes from on the basis of their facial appearance alone.

Many years ago, a friend told me about an event he attended at an Indian temple in Canada. I think many of the people there were from Punjab.

He memorably and haltingly said, "They. Looked. Just. Like. You!"


About Me

Born
in Lahore, Pakistan. Mother: same country. My father, however, was born in India.

Languages
that I speak: English, Urdu, Punjabi and Hindi. I've lost Arabic and Sindhi.

Early education
in Saudi Arabia with a brief time in Pakistan.

Finished high school
in Vermont, United States of America.

Graduated from university
in Ontario, Canada.

What's the main purpose of this blog?
In the beginning, it was to write about my experiences. I was born in a Muslim family but left the malignant religion at the age of nineteen.

Now, I mainly write to defend the West and to speak out against the current new wave of Islamic expansion. I've read about and lived in Islamic societies for over a decade. I know that Islam is utterly incompatible with Liberty and Freedom. People in the West have to understand the true, evil nature of their enemy. Islam is in a perpetual war with non-Muslims. At the very least, the Western nations must stop the importation of Muslims.

I'm against:

  • The Left
  • Socialism
  • Feminism
  • Social Justice
  • Globalism
  • Multiculturalism
  • Islam

I support:

  • The Alt-Right
  • Capitalism
  • Learning Game
  • Freedom of association
  • Nationalism
  • Western Civilization
  • Christianity

Are you not entertained?

Google translation of a Dutch language article at Vlad Tepes:

In the night between Saturday and Sunday (12 – 13 June) were city busses in the Dutch city of Haarlem pelted by heavy paving stones. A 25 y.o. passenger was hit and brought to the hospital with head injury. The window panes of the bus were broken to pieces.

Such are the exciting nocturnal activities of Muslim youths. Look on the bright side: they're not raping anyone.

I would spend part of my university summers breaks in Saudi Arabia. My siblings there still had to attend school in May and June. One day my mom asked me to go out and escort my younger brother from his school bus stop. I was a bit confused since that was just two blocks away. Basically, a two-minutes walk if you're lazy.

My mom explained that some Arab kids use my nine-years-old Pakistani brother as target practice. They throw stones at him. If Muslims treat their own coreligionists with such compassion and tolerance, then the infidels are royally fucked.


More infidels to kill

Tambi Dude emails this link and asks me: What's the deal here?

Sectarian attacks have intensified across the country since the holy month started last week. On Monday, a bomb blast at an imambargah (a Shiite mosque or congregation hall) in Karachi claimed two lives. On Wednesday, five people were killed and 11 wounded in back-to-back blasts near another imambargah in Karachi. That same night, 23 people were killed and more than 60 wounded when a suicide bomber attacked a procession in Rawalpindi. Meanwhile in Peshawar, the police seized a large quantity of explosive material and arrested a would-be suicide bomber.

What can I say? Certain Pakistani Muslims love killing those who are not "pure" enough. Though, why the increase in violence? I don't know. I can only guess. Perhaps, Christians, Ahmadis and Sikhs have become too difficult to identify and slaughter. Perhaps, the Taliban is spreading within Pakistan and thus the uptick in death and carnage. Perhaps, opportunist Pakistani Islamists have hit upon a unifying scapegoat: those traitorous Shias! (Jews are downcast over this downgrade.) Perhaps, Sunnis are fearful of soon-to-be nuclear Iran and want to terrorize the Shias in neighboring states.

Or perhaps a vile combination of any of the above.


Super, ultra, mega, super, ...

The ear pads on my over-the-ear headphones are falling apart. So, I checked online for the proper replacements and they cost $20 or more! Damn, that's some sweet margin on foam. 

Anyway, as I was wasting time trying to save a few bucks, I came across this epic, mammoth, giant, great, did I say epic?, comparison of 56 headphones!

Unfortunately, my relatively modest headphones weren't tested in the comparison. Still, I've bookmarked the E-P-I-C battle for future reference.


Truly multicultural

There was talk of the US presidential election at my work during lunch time. The topic of age came up and I commented that as people get older they become more conservative. So, older folks vote more Republican. One person replied that maybe they're becoming senile.

Anyway, here's the voter breakdown. One of the interesting stats is that married women voted 53% republican but single women voted 67% democrat. I guess the State is a generous sugar daddy.


Trolltastic

A fellow named hidi left a comment on a post that's five years old:

Total bullshit. All of what you just said. Not one ounce of truth. I guess you are a white guy from the sates reporting on what uve heard in the news. Fox? CNN? I suggest you do your research from acutal people who know and live there.

Very amusing. My blog post about Islam and photography is "total bullshit". All of it! Yet, I quoted Islamic sources to showcase my point. Perhaps, hidi can point to some halal sources which shed a favorable light on art.

What say you, hidi?


Better than empty

A reader at The Thinking Housewife:

My husband and I are happy to be expecting our fourth child in seven years of marriage. Unfortunately, I rather dread telling most of my family members. We are Protestant, and the idea of “openness to life” has not been embraced for at least three generations, as far as I call tell. I wonder if you or any of your readers have clever answers to the questions I am sure to receive such as, “Oh no! What are you going to do?,” “You’re not having anymore after this, are you?!” and the ever popular, “You DO know how that happens, right?”

So sad. I don't get why strangers would even take the time to comment or ask such dumb questions. The sniping by relatives is even worse. As long as crushing debt or welfare is not applicable, then there ought not be any issue.

Kids are considered a blessing in my older culture. I grew up with five siblings. Some of my cousins have more. I can't think of a single negative comment directed at the parents for their large families.


Follow the routine

Alpha Game:

I was reading Badger's account of a dating disaster and it occurred to me that most of the discussion, male and female, was missing the point. If you are a man who is searching for a partner, as opposed to a player seeking to score, then the entire subject of "what is the ideal place to take a first date" is fundamentally a category error.

So true.

I know a few guys who worry and put lots of thought into the first date. They want to make a "good" impression. Once, the first dinner date cost a fellow $100. That's crazy! Even if the gal is into you and agrees to meet up for a second date, what then? The next date, in monetary terms, will likely be a downgrade. That's the exact wrong way to go about it.


A bright outlier

When I was in high school and and later university, it was quite something to see and hear those who were smarter than me; those who grasped mathematical concepts almost effortlessly; those who clearly understood abstract economic theory in a matter of moments and those who didn't seem to have any errors in their academic logic.

It was as though my mind was like a dependable Toyota and theirs was a roaring Ferrari. Compared to us Tanishq's brilliance is like a mach 25 space shuttle. To compare, is to be silly. Understanding integral calculus at the age of 7! Attending a third year university course at the age of 9! Just incredible.

Love the 'Lucky Billy' part.


Don't run on low

Vacation is good:

Americans work more than anyone else. In fact, we work 100 hours more per year than the famously nose-to-grindstone Japanese. And we put in up to three months a year more than Europeans.

America is the only country that does not mandate paid vacation leave. China gets three weeks. Europe averages six.

Call it the incredible shrinking vacation. The average vacation in America now numbers a pathetic three to four days—a long weekend. And this year, according to a recent survey, one in seven Americans is taking no vacation at all.

I find that it is not necessary to go on a vacation. Simply being off from work for a week or more does wonders. Not to mention that it's also a more economical choice.

Come to think of it, I haven't been on a "vacation" since 1996. That was the time I met my extended family in Pakistan for a few weeks. Good food, cricket and plenty of cheap arcade games. Good times.

Link via Instapundit.


Work and no play

Started at my job around 8 a.m. Finished after 8 p.m. 

It's amazing how much reading and blogging I used to do before my full-time job. Now, at the end of the day I just want to listen to music or watch a TV show. Thinking requires too much effort.

feel old.


The Avengers!

I watched it. Marvel's risky strategy has paid off. The movie was immensely entertaining. There were many good parts; both in terms of dialogue and action.

The first hour can at times seem sluggish as there's a fair amount of setup and exposition that needs to be endured. And there are times during the final battle when the special effects take over and things edge toward Bay's fetishistic fascination with hardware over everything else. Yet those are isolated moments in a jaw-droppingly intense 50-minute battle royale (with cheese). Every hero gets his/her time to shine, although some shine more brightly than others.

The Hulk got tremendous applause just moments after Dr. Banner shared his secret and later the audience was laughing out loud when he faced the main villain.

Another part I liked was just before the movie had started: the new trailer for The Dark Knight Rises.


Recognizing the poison

It is exceedingly rare to find a Muslim who doesn't reflexively support the Muslim world (the ummah) over the "evil" West. Hassan Nisar is that guy. Watch the video. The audio is in the Urdu language. The subtitles are mostly correct; there are a few minor errors but none of them alter the essence of what he said.

Related: My dad worked in Saudi Arabia for three decades. Upon his retirement, the Arabs told him to go back to his country. He wasn't allowed to buy a small property in Saudi Arabia and live there in his old age. The Saudis thought it a smart idea to give a large sum of retirement cash to a law abiding fellow and then kick him out of the country.

I had been in Canada for less than 10 years when complete strangers donated money to me so that I could hire a lawyer who would fight on my behalf. After a bit over 10 years here, I became a Canadian citizen.

The contrast between the pious Muslims and the wicked infidels is very stark.


Fading lithium-ion

That's right:

According to battery-testing firm Cadex Electronics, a fully charged lithium-ion battery will lose about 20 percent of its capacity after a year of typical storage. Increase the temperature to just above 100 degrees Fahrenheit—as in a hot attic, for example—and that number is 35 percent.

I bought a laptop for work two years ago. At the time I got a nice 5 hours of battery life. Last year, the time dropped to 4 hours. This month, the battery is running out of juice in about 3 hours. A software included in the laptop states that the battery has basically degraded to around 60% of its original capacity.

It sucks but that's just the nature of lithium-ion.

Link via Instapundit.


PC trouble

My PC has been behaving most erratically since Saturday.

The pattern is simple. It crashes 60-90 minutes after boot up. I don't think I've seen so many blue screens of death (BSODs) before in my life.

I have not installed any software this month; so that's likely not the issue. I have tested the CPU and RAM and they seem to be fine. What's frustrating is that after wasting almost the entire weekend I still don't know the cause of the problem. Motherboard? Power Supply? A miserable SATA cable dying a slow, annoying death? Who knows!

I've got more work coming up at my workplace in the next three weeks and now I have to deal with this headache. So, blogging will be lighter that usual.


Mini IMAX?

It was disappointing to watch an action movie on a newly constructed "IMAX" screen last Christmas. Why? Not because the movie wasn't entertaining. It's because the screen wasn't even close to the usual IMAX size. Click the image below to get a better view.

IMAX OMG

I'm not sure of the exact size of that screen but it certainly did not feel like IMAX. Apparently, this has been going on for many years. Cinemas are putting in "IMAX" screens within approximately the same space as regular screens and then charging $5 or more for the, er, experience.

Aziz Ansari was not amused. Here one can find a google maps guide to real IMAX and the new fake IMAX locations in the US. I wonder if someone has made a similar guide for Canada ...

Update
Found a guide for Canadian IMAX theatres


Those crazy women

A couple of years ago, I needed to get a work-related answer from a co-worker. So, I walked over to her desk. Her intense concentration was being directed at her computer. The website which she was checking out had numerous photos of ... wedding dresses.

I stood and watched for a few seconds and then asked her, "Why are you working so hard?"

"Oh." She grinned and clumsily minimized the browser. She was shopping around for her daughter's wedding.

Now, guys aren't angels. Usually, most of us check sports. But I've found women shopping for clothes, nail polish, shoes (what is up with women and shoes, seriously!), planning which restaurants they want to go to, checking out which vacation spots are reasonably priced, etc.


A dream

I walk into a computer store called Canada Computers. They are selling some uber high-end systems with a price tag of $6,000. I sit down with a customer service rep. I ask if they can build me a system with components chosen by myself. They say sure; it'll just cost an extra $50. I'm considering if I should go for it or just get extra RAM for my current system.

Then, I wake up.

I don't think I've ever dreamed of buying a computer before. I bought my last system in 2009. Perhaps, it's true. I'm afflicted with ... tech lust!


I is smart!

Curious babies via Instapundit:

The babies were shown a video of three women who were bilingual speakers of French and English—languages the babies didn't know. Each woman was shown in turn saying sentences in one of the languages. Eventually, the baby got used to this and got bored. Then the language changed. Monolingual babies took no notice, but bilingual babies started looking at the video again. Other studies have shown that monolingual babies make the distinction until they are 6 months old.

Hmm. I wonder if I noticed that slight change between two similar languages when I was growing up. My mom speaks Punjabi but my dad speaks Urdu.


Must not nag

Alpha Game has a post on nagging.

There's no question it poisons a marriage. Just yesterday, I saw a woman nagging her boyfriend in the supermarket. They were likely in their early 20s. The guy was replying in a disgusting, appeasing manner but she just wouldn't stop berating him. I was in their proximity for a mere twenty seconds and I wanted out

Why do guys put up with such crap? Aren't these people interested in being partners instead of having a mother-child relationship?

To me, it's one of the things that's non-negotiable in a girlfriend or a wife: read the title of the post.


Super cool

Earth Architecture via Instapundit:

By 400 BC, Persian engineers had mastered the technique of storing ice in the middle of summer in the desert.

Wow. That was just around the time of the Peloponnesian War.

These ancient refrigerators were used primarily to store ice for use in the summer, as well as for food storage, in the hot, dry desert climate of Iran. The ice was also used to chill treats for royalty during hot summer days and to make faloodeh, the traditional Persian frozen dessert.

No way! I didn't know that falooda in South Asia is a derivation of the original faloodeh from Persia. I've had it once in my life in the city of my birth

If I remember correctly, that falooda had rose syrup, vermicelli, milk, vanilla ice cream and pistachio. I consider it the Greatest Dessert Ever.


Coddled monsters

Vox Popoli links to reactions of various adults who received a Christmas gift not to their liking.

In my family the idea of gift-giving did not exist. We didn't even celebrate birthdays till my father caved in from pressure from all my siblings. Even then, on our birthdays, we would get around $50 as a gift. With my extended family it was worse. Most of my cousins don't know their exact birth day. Why? They never celebrate it. What's the point of knowing your own birthday when it's an insignificant date?

So, it's quite something to see pampered, spoiled brats who've grown up in one of the freest and richest societies in history to throw a hissy fit when they don't get their precious iPhone.


Understanding sexuality

One of the dumbest ideas paraded around is: Men and women are the same. The "differences" we see among them are imposed by the larger society.

Growing up with many sisters and brothers and then living in four countries has shown me otherwise. One of the biggest differences between males and females is in what they deeply desire. Those who're into the equality myth simply don't comprehend the complexity inherent in us.

Byron via Susan Walsh:

There are girls that I know who also get into a dark place from being alone, too, but they are hungry for a stable relationship, not sex, & in fact one night stands & friends with benefits seem to make them more, rather than less unhappy. The irony of that being, of course, that pretty much any woman reading this page right now could walk up to the nearest bar tonight & get the thing that men crave more than anything for nothing, with no work whatsoever. But they don’t, because that isn’t what they want.

Well said.


Cat ladies of tomorrow

Alpha Game:

The reluctance of women to admit that the choices they have made are responsible for the consequences they have realized is remarkable, although not surprising. But the concept is not that hard to grasp. If a woman is going to spend the 12 Prime Years from 20 to 32 chasing and involving yourself with unsuitable men, she is going to have to either learn to a) adjust her behavior and her sights or b) find herself childless and alone.

I know a woman like this at work. She's hot, single and 33.

She got a cat last year.