Life is nothing but a candy crush saga

Life is nothing but a candy crush saga

Why and how to become addicted to candy crush

Generally at gatherings of friends and family, I get really pissed off when someone ignores the whole setting and just pick up his phone and plays on and on some silly game, starting from farm ville to that rail road parkour guy. All until my brother showed me candy crush. It felt so silly at first, you just make a combination and poof the candy disappears. With the interesting sounds and the colorful candies.

Then with all the political insanity that has been going on, the soothing sound of “delicious” became a needed sound barrier from the cries of ONTV and AlJazeera Mubasher.

But seriously, there is a thing or two to learn from something as trivial as candy crush.

  1. Always keep an eye on the bigger picture.
  2. Don’t be afraid in making mistakes, sometimes it ends up in your favor.
  3. If you lose, try again. And if you lose 5 times, take a break, and then try again.
  4. life offers you random treats, use them well.
  5. a combination of 2 good things can change your life forever.
  6. focus on what’s important and what’s urgent.
  7. don’t give up, you might be one trial away from getting the next phase.
  8. you always need your friends to help you in the train of life.
  9. be there for your friends and they will be there for you.
  10. if you don’t manage some problems when they are little, they will evolve and dominate you.

candy crush life lessons

فلنبدأ عصر القانون الموازي

المناقشات الدائرة حول الدستور أضاءت العديد من النقاط المبهمة التي ستقر تحت شعار نعم للاستقرار. ورغم وجود العديد من التفاصيل الغير مقبولة من ناحيتي، إلا أني لا أفهم كيف يستطيع مواطن عادي قبول خلق منظومة قانونية غير واضحة المعالم ، ستطبق عليه بدون أن يعرف حقوقه وواجباته مسبقاً.

ورغم أني لست قانونية، ولم أدرس سوى حفنة كتب حول القانون، إلا أني أعرف أن 1 + 1 = 2

المادة  (2) “الإسلام دين الدولة، واللغة العربية لغتها الرسمية، ومبادئ الشريعة الإسلامية المصدر الرئيسى للتشريع.”

المادة (4) “الأزهر الشريف هيئة إسلامية مستقلة جامعة، يختص دون غيره بالقيام على كافة شئونه، ويتولى نشر الدعوة الإسلامية وعلوم الدين واللغة العربية فى مصر والعالم. ويؤخذ أ رى هيئة كبار العلماء بالأزهر الشريف فى الشئون المتعلقة بالشريعة الإسلامية…..”

المادة (76) “العقوبة شخصية، ولا جريمة ولا عقوبة إلا بنص دستورى أو قانونى،….”

المادة (219) “مبادئ الشريعة الإسلامية تشمل أدلتها الكلية، وقواعدها الأصولية والفقهية، ومصادرها المعتبرة، فى مذاهب أهل السنة والجماعة.”

تتمثل المشكلة هنا في تحديد مجال التغيرات في القانون المصري الحالي وفقاً لآراء كبار الأمة من التي استخلصوها من خلال آليات تقييم معينة حددوا بها مراتب الأدلة لتدوين أحكامهم بخصوص المشكلات الفقهية التي واجهها عصرهم. وفي عصرنا الحالي يتم استخدام بعض أحكام هذه الآليات، خصوصاً في الشق الاجتماعي من المنظومة القضائية، بالإضافة إلى إعطاء الحق للقاضي باللجوء إلى الشريعة في حالة عدم وجود نص قانوني واضح يتناول القضية التي ينظر فيها.

ولكن يظل السؤال يدور في أذهاننا… ما هي القوانين التي سيتم إحلالها بقوانين أخرى تناسب عصور كبار الأئمة؟ من الذي سيحدد الأحكام المستلهمة في ظل وجود اختلافات جذرية بين وجات نظر الفقهاء؟ ما هي النصوص الفقهية التي سيتم التعامل معها كنصوص قانونية؟؟

من المبادئ القانونية الثابتة  أنه لا جريمة ولا عقوبة إلا بناءً على نص قانوني. هذا المبدأ يؤكد ضرورة حصر الأفعال المجرمة، وتحديد صراحة العقوبات المثررة لها في نصوص القانون. هذا المبدأ هو الذي يعطي طمأنينة للفرد بأنه لن يقع تحت طائلة سلطة تقديرية مطلقة للقاضي، فقرار القاضي يجب أن يرتكز على نصوص مكتوبة يستطيع الفرد الرجوع إليها. ولكن دستورنا غير الصيغة وأضاف نصوصه كأساس للحكم بعقوبة. وحسب ما قرأت في الدستور، لا توجد قاعدة قانونية واضحة تنص على جريمة والعقوبة المقررة لها. فماذا يعني الرجوع إلى الدستور في هذه الحالة؟؟ هل هذه ورقة جوكر سيتم التلويح بها وقت اللزوم؟؟ ربنا يستر!

Moving on

She’s becoming a worse person because of this. I told her to let go, but she’s afraid of the consequences.

She’s afraid of the expectations.

Just know that you will be better off away from this nuisance.

تعريف الدولة

الدولة بمعناها الواسع هي تجمع بشري، مرتبط بإقليم محدد، يسوده نظام إجتماعي و سياسي و قانوني موجه لمصلحته المشتركة، تسهر على المحافظة على هذا التجمع سلطة مزودة بقدرات تمكنها من فرض النظام و معاقبة من يهددها بالقوة oops

قصدي “معاقبة من يهدده بالقوة”

أصلي مش متعودة على التعريف الجديد :- )

Back to Cairo University

After so many years, I’m back at Cairo University. I studied there from the year 2000 to 2004, which makes me almost 10 years older than most of the faces I see walking around the campus. This didn’t prevent some unfortunate souls to try and harass me, they should thank God that I only gave them the cold reply, and tried silently to smash their heads with my bare fists.

Anyway, back to my normal tone, I felt pretty nostalgic walking around campus, though I usually stayed near Faculty of Economics and Political Sciences most of the time. It’s pretty much the same. The buildings didn’t change much, few alterations here and there, some wall graffiti for the revolution, a couple of new buildings. There were much more cafeterias, which I don’t know if this is a good sign, as the students need something to eat and drink, or if it was a bad sign cause it shows that people go there to socialize more than to grab a bite to eat between lectures. But what astonished me really, was the unbelievable activity of the commercial educational centers selling summaries, written lectures, Q&A,,,, etc! When I was still a student, there were large numbers of such centers on the other side of Faculty of Commerce door, they just bought notes from some students to sell it to those who would rather hang out then get suffocated in the ill-ventilated lecture hall. But now they go much more advanced in regards to selling techniques, you’ll find some standing outside of the campus walls screaming with a microphone with some advertisement for the notes, thousands of flyers across campus, and Baya3een Shanta Salesmen with the backpack!

This is understandable for the Law school, or Commerce Faculty, as the numbers of students is counted by thousands each year, and there is no chance that a sane student would be able to attend attentively all lectures. But to find these printouts for the Open Education Center, that’s ridiculous!

I will talk about my experience with the Open Education Center (El Ta3leem el maftou7) at some other time, but one thing I find it remarkable if having a well maintained website. Using your username and password, you can download lectures (video, 3gp for your mobile, written, summarized), old exams (some of them solved), the book on pdf, final revisions on video. It’s really nice to have your study materials as a soft copy, ma3aleina ba2a of the quality. So what these centers do is simply print out the materials already available for every student with a different header and footer and selling them for profit! Unbelievable!

One thing I discovered is that Cairo University has a distinct smell. When I first entered from the gate, I instantly felt I was on a time machine, and it was thanks to the aroma of the place. I really can’t describe it, it’s a mixture of the smoke of fast food kiosks, the cheap essence of the low-middle class girls, mixed with the general sweat of students who spend the whole day there, plus hints of the occasional shoes “varnish”.

I don’t want to sound pessimistic about Cairo University, I do my best to hide this, but I don’t know how the future of education in Egypt will improve with the current situation. Cairo University was built by enlightened minds who sought elevating the level of education and knowledge of the Egyptian people, many great names contributed in these efforts. They will be happy to know the numbers of students per year, but not so if they talked to any of them. That is not to say that there is no hope. Some amazing professors were still able to surpass these circumstances and provide their students with top-notch curriculum, but at the end, what is their percentage?

And when we talk about hope for Cairo University, I dare say that the best schools are Faculty of Law (English section), Faculty of Economics and Political Sciences, and Faculty of Commerce (English section). At least this was how it used to be in the year 2000. I will tell you about my visit to FEPS, one of the remaining good spots for governmental education. I won’t talk about the educational part itself as I didn’t have the chance to check it, or the proper expertise to judge it, but I will talk about primitive things that any woman will notice from the first glace. Mostly the cleanliness, general atmosphere and little specifics. I was greeted first with the unpleasant bombardment of announcements on A4 paper at the entrance, which definitely ruined the look of the place. Aren’t results, notifications, and that sort of messages supposed to be posted all in one place? And not thrown like this randomly?

Then I decided to go find a place to pray inside, cause I still remember the powerful smell of the women section of the nearby mosque, and would not like to repeat the experience. First I went to the lavatory for my woudou`, the place was ok, decently cleaned. But there was not a single drop of soap or a single tissue. I wonder if the Dean or the professors used the public lavatories, will it be the same quality?

Then I asked a girl if there was a prayer place for girls, as I remember we used to occupy any unused room and tell each other on prayer times, but she pointed at a corner dedicated for girls. It was a corner below the staircase in the new building, hidden with a big wooden board, with a couple of prayers rugs, and a poster talking about the proper form of Hijab. There was some cigarettes butts thrown on the ground, most probably were thrown from someone climbing the stairs on a hurry (despite the no smoking signs), there were a couple of discarded books on what looks like an old night stand. And the ground was purely filthy. I had second thoughts on where to put my bag, or where to take off my shoes for that matter. By comparison, I wouldn’t have any problem praying on the asphalt, at least the dust will be much more sanitary…

I wonder if this was the difference of 10 years since I was a student there, how was it 10 years before I go there? And how will it look 10 years from now?

crisis management vacancy

Crises are some of the most feared events in any person’s and any institution’s life. Then what do we say when it is faced by a whole country! Crisis after crisis after crisis! And it’s not like there were no detection signals. The smoke was blurring all visions, starting from the top level of government to the lowest worker. But they were ignored or mishandled till it blew in all of our faces.

And now what do we do? We didn’t get up yet from the stage of the perpetual crises that we currently live in. And the worst thing that day after day we find people dying for incomprehensible violence. And all participants say “it’s not our fault, they started it!”. I don’t care who started it, I care only on how to end it right now!

I’m sure there are “hidden hands” behind some of what’s happening. I’m sure that what has been said publicly or seen on TV or youtube are the whole truth. And most probably we’ll not learn the shape of the whole elephant in our lifetime. But the question remains. How to stop this bloodshed once and for all. How do we get up from this sorrowful situation and actually reach a real peaceful prosperous society, and not like the stereotypical speeches we heard for more than half a century!

One thing I know for sure is that the current mentality of handling the situation is dead wrong. Anyone pulling a gun against his brother should be severely punished, and be an example anyone mesmerized with the allure of power in his hands. Anyone inciting harm unto his brothers should be shunned away from the whole society. In order to survive this mess, the situation can not be left like that.

In terms of crisis management, we desperately need to start the containment and recovery stage. We need to clean out the puss, stitch the scattered wounds and vow not to go through this vicious cycle ever again. Our children don’t deserve to suffer from our mistakes.


Abstractism & Symbolism

الأصل في الرمز هو أن يجئ لاحقاً لما يرمز له، إذ تعرض لنا حالة أو فكرة، نريد تمييزها مما قد يختلط بها من أشباهها أو أضدادها، فنبحث لها عن رمز يميزها، و الأغلب أن تكون الحالة المرموز لها مجردة، و أن يكون الرمز المميز لها شيئاً محسوساً يجسد خصائصها و معناها……

و إذن فنقطة البدء الطبيعية في عملية الرمز هي اختلاجة النفس بحالة يراد التعبير عنها، ثم يتجه طريق السير من باطن إلى ظاهر، من حالة وجدانية داخلية إلى شئ محس في دنيا الأشياء الخارجية.. لكن هذا الترتيب الطبيعي -فيما نرى – قد انعكس أحياناً عند ابن عربي في ديوانه “ترجمان الأشواق” لأنه بمثابة من وجد نفسه أمام طائفة من الرموز المجسدة، و أراد أن يلتمس لها من الحياة الشعورية الداخلية ما يصلح أن يكون مرموزات لها. ـ

زكي نجيب محمود – قيم من التراث

I don’t want to compare between sufism & photography, this is not what this post is about. This post is concerned with one specific issue, the process of incorporating symbols in photography.

When I read this paragraph, which focuses on specific poems by Ibn Araby, whereas Zaki naguib Mahmoud says that generally speaking a poet would ponder on a thought / feeling he wants to express, then he will go outwards and finds the proper symbol to express it. But in a book by Ibn Arabi, he described some symbols first, then followed it with what could be the original thought / feeling.

In my opinion, there a lot of similarities between these 2 scenarios and photography, which is evident as both are forms of expressive arts. One in words, and the other in images. In some aspects, a photographer will have a certain message / idea he wants to transmit, and then he will build up the composition of the photo in order to make the observer feel it too. And this is one of the most popular fields of photography, especially in commercial photography whereas it focuses on building a certain image of the product, happiness, freshness, excitement,,,, etc.

Then there is another field of photography whereas the photographer would find a captivating scene, shoot it, and then after looking at it on his laptop or printed image, he will try to describe how this image has impressed him. This reverse way of symbol-then-symbolized can be also found in different types of photography, but for me (and my limited experience in photography), it is most evident in the field of abstract photography.

Through the lens you might find attractive composition, and you don’t know exactly was made it so captivating, you just feel like it talks to you, or moves you in some unknown way, and afterwards (maybe even during editing), you find through its lines, curves, colors that it talked to you specifically, in its own mysterious ways. The fact remains that this feeling was interpreted after you took the picture, and that you had no intention when you left your home to take that specific picture. And this is the thing I love most about photography, spontaneity of expression.

At the end, whether you are building a certain composition, or are just walking around with your camera, just keep your mind and your eyes open, and enjoy!