Micro blogging – Shoes issue and other stuff


I have some statements in my mind that can go into a post of micro blogging the way Hareega has been doing recently

* While I loved the act of Muntadhar Al Zaidi because it reflected the feelings of many people around the world, I still think that it is wrong from a professional journalism ethics point of view.

* 7 to 15 years in jail is PURE injustice for a man throwing a shoe on someone else no matter how important that someone else can be. In Jordan, people get 3 years in jail for an honor crime where a woman got KILLED not thrown by a shoe! Who said the world is fair anyway?!

* It is ironic that most Bush-shoe-hitters in the sock and awe flash game are from the United States of America. Some American were offended by the act, but a lot of other American wanted to hit him themselves! It is understandable, we do feel like hitting some of our lousy leaders with more than shoes, no?

* It surprised me the amount of hits I got after a Norwegian newspaper linked to my caricature last week. The daily visitors for this blog jumped from an average of 200 visitors daily to around 1000 visitor! That explains the amount of anonymous comments of that post from new visitors of this blog. Now it is back to normak.

* Pessimistic people pisses me. There is someone in the blogsphere who comment under the nickname El Mashkalgy. From his name, you would realize that he likes to cause trouble. He refuses to see any positive achievement in this country. We exchange some comments at the Danish Ambassadors blog recently. He said why is Jordan lacking behind many countries? I answered him that the question can also be why is Jordan proceeding many other countries as well? A glass can be discribed half full, no?

* I got banned from blogging at work. I don’t think that it had affected my performance but they started monitory our internet usage because the internet in Jordan sucks and they are trying everything to keep it at best rate for work usage only. It really pissed me on. This blog has been my survival window in a dull software development career. I have been looking for switching careers sometimes now. How hard can it be moving from web design/UI development into a social development, human rights or journalism field? Any idea guys of the best way to have this transition?

25 thoughts on “Micro blogging – Shoes issue and other stuff

  1. same happened with my blog stats!What about being banned from blogging .. how can that be? they banned you because internet usage at work or the blog itself? i understood that its the internet usage.. otherwise we would be in a huge problem here.. Ideas of how to switch? check with UN offices and post in local papers as a start? “just thinking lound” im not sure how one starts these things🙂 good luck anyway

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  2. I can’t blog at work either, but occasionally I cheat.Late to the game–Ali told me of your blog and sent me comments by Anonymous who may also be frequenting his blog. I hope I can continue to visit here.Just want to address one comment from one of your anonymouses:Do Muslims stand against Jihad, aka terrorism? One commenter implied that they do not. This is not true.A brief list:1.Professor Doctor Abdallah Dumbuya, a Gambian scholar with a double Doctorate degree in Islamic Jurisprudence and Sciences, has strongly condemned organisations and groups using Islam as a justification for terrorism and violence.2. Yusef Islam–musician3.Prominent Muslim scholar Dr. Youssef Al-Qaradawi has condemned Al-Qaeda for their fuel tanker suicide bombing of a centuries-old Jewish synagogue on the Tunisian island of Djerba in April 2002.4.Grand Sheikh Mohammed Sayed Tantawi of the Al-Azhar mosque of Cairo – which is seen as the highest authority in Sunni Islam – said groups which carried out suicide bombings were the enemies of Islam. Speaking at the conference in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, Sheikh Tantawi said extremist Islamic groups had appropriated Islam and its notion of jihad, or holy struggle, for their own ends.BBC News, 11 July, 20035. Scholar Seyyed Hossein Nasr–author of The Garden of Truth6.Muqtedar Khan, Ph.D.There are many more, not to mention that Jihad has two meanings: the greater struggle which is against the ego and selfish desires, and the lesser which is the struggle against enemies. This is in the Koran and many people make sure it is known–they often don’t get mentioned.A good movie to watch is Inside Islam. It is available through Amazon.Again, this is to those anonymous readers who seem to think we did Iraq a big favor by invading their country. We didn’t. We wanted their oil and Bush had castration anxiety when it came to Saddam. We supported him throughout the 80s so we really didn’t dislike him all that much. And whether you love or hate Bush, do you want Canada to come down and set fire to the White House and shoot Bush’s daughters? Don’t we in America have problems of our own to solve or is it avoidance as a defense mechanism to tell others how to run their country when we can’t run our own?Thank you for your time and I respect Ali, so if he recommends your blog, I will be there. My comment is to your detractors, not you.

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  3. Jano, it is cool that is happened to your blog stats as well🙂She said that I do a lot of blogging from work! They have a report of the visited websites! They asked me to cut internet usage and stop blogging😦I ll keep on checking for job. Hope it works!Nizars, yes, that is insane! I didnt understand the comment about the hot chick photo?😛Enemy of the Republic, you are welcome to my blog. Thanks to Ali for the recommendation. I agree with what you have said. Terrorist have cause more damage to Islam and Muslims than everyone else.

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  4. Micro-blogging… Umm, I’m not a fan! I am more of a one topic, one post, blogging.<>“He said why is Jordan lacking behind many countries? I answered him that the question can also be why is Jordan proceeding many other countries as well? A glass can be discribed half full, no?”<> – I would disagree here. Just because there are people who suck more than you do (or a country that sucks more than yours) doesn’t justify sucking!On the other hand, I agree that a 7-15 years jail sentence is an injustice for throwing a shoe. Throwing a shoe while being vulgar, is yet to claim any lives.

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  5. Sorry you got band from blogging at work😦 they do it to me often; I admit it disturbs my performance at work actually I’m addicted to reading blogs and leaving comments I wish it was my JOB) Two guys I work with (faithful republican red necks)(not for long as long as they work around me) that got all offended about the Muntadhar Al Zaidi throwing a shoe at Bush feel like he should get the 7 to 15 yrs, not only that they feel like its ok for him to be beaten while in custody. We asked the two guys if it was one of “US”(an American) that threw the shoe should we be beaten and sentenced 7 to 15 years? NO ANSWER……HUMMMMMy answer is ~~~No it is not ok to be beaten! No he shouldn’t get 7 to 15 years in prison. It is outrageous! Yes, like you said it was unprofessional to throw a shoe but what Bush has done is beyond unprofessional it’s along the lines of genocide if you ask me. Will he be held accountable for his actions as a despicable president?? If so what would be his punishment???

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  6. DM, I m not a big fan of micor blogging either, but I had several statments in my head that I wanted to let them out🙂I think you are looking at the empty part of the glass. Marie, it is bad to be banned from blogging at work! I am a bit concerned if I can still keep on maintaing this blog the same way I have been doing or not😦It is sad that those guy think that being Iraqi justifies more punishment to the person than if he has been American!

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  7. Fadi I think you are a writer more than a software developer so I totally agree with you if you can find an entry point to journalism and creative work on development with the proper salary and social security package. If I hear about anything I will let you know. I have checked this newspaper site that linked to you, but frankly speaking isn’t it the Sheehan of Norway!

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  8. Batir, I happy to hear that you think I am more of a journalist than a developer. Hope I can find a way to switch. Thanks.I do know nothing about the newspaper. I google translated the page that had the link to my blog. Maybe you are right! I mean judging from people who read it and who commented on that post!Marie, wish that day comes soon! I should find time to write a book! One day I will! Hopefully!

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  9. Tina says:

    I’m sorry to hear that you got banned from blogging at work. I really enjoy reading your blog. At my last job, my boss didn’t care how much time you spent on the internet as long as you got your work done on time. I got laid off a few weeks ago, due to the economy, so that’s not good. It was fun while it lasted.Anyway, I really enjoy reading your blog, (it’s one of my favorites) and I anxiously await your next post.

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  10. It is fine to look at the full of half of the glass as long as you still put effort to fill it more.When I discuss women’s right, gay’s rights..etc with Canadians they often tell me “but we’re better than 3rd world countries”. While they might be seeing the full half of the glass, this is not a justification to not be better.

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  11. a different perspective, that is what I always say, it is good to acknowledge what you have acheived so far, but also, there is always room for improvement.Batir, that is an excellent idea😉

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  12. <>“I think you are looking at the empty part of the glass.”<> – I have to tell you, I hate the dichotomy of “half full” and “half empty”.A glass half full is a glass half empty, and vice versa. The choice of words “full” and “empty” does not change the fact of what that glass contains.

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  13. DM, I think it does in a way where it is reflected on the perception of the person describing it. I mean if you feel it is half full, you are more positive and optimist which would translate on a better work for making it more full😛

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  14. man, about the journalism part, here are my 2 centimos: there’s nothing wrong in switching careers if you hate your job and if you think you’ll be really enjoying journlaism, but here are the drawbacks of becoming a journalist at this stage:1- You have to join journlaism school, or college for a couple of years at least. If you’re gonna do it for the rest of your life, you’d better learn it the right way. 2- This will be financially risky. You’ll waste more years studying and paying tuition. 3- Journlaists don;t get paid well. That’s also the case in the US. Meanwhile with software engineering you have a chance to get paid very very well.About blogging at work, I enjoy your blog and hope you’ll continue to blog more frequently, but I can’t say I disagree with your boss at work if he doesn’t let you blog at work. Maybe I would have done the same thing!!

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  15. hareega, I got the joke about the chick now. you are most probably right about having to go back and study in order to switch my career. That is what makes it hard. Maybe a Master’s degree would do. It wont be easy, I am sure. I will check out the options that I have and will keep on trying🙂

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  16. “The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.”It doesn’t matter if you are an optimist or a pessimist, what matters is what you do…

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  17. Not necessarily, it depends on the person. Some people are more productive because of their optimism, other are more productive because of their pessimism.For example, Murphy’s law “anything that could go wrong will go wrong” is an important design practice. It saves the lives of people at times, and it drives the designers to work more professionally.

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