Saturday, May 20, 2006

Be Original

Isn't it funny how the fashion industry is founded on conformity, but always tries to convince people otherwise? People (especially "the youth") constantly talk about freedom, individuality, creativity, and independence, but the basis of the fashion industry completely goes against these values. It's all about following the herd! Talk about double standards.

I found this particular masterpiece (a Levi's ad), while walking through Deira City Center. In the original ad i saw, the words "Be Original" were pasted next to the model. After googling it at home, i discovered that this new advertising campaign is all the rage in both the real and cyber worlds. Sigh.

I mean, for heavens sake, they're telling us all to buy the same pair of jeans to "Be Original"! And we're buying it! Literally.

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Football Zealots

Berlin is going to host what i think will be one of the most amusing soccer matches of the year. According to Times Online, Muslim imams and Christian priests will be going head to head in a pre-World Cup friendly match. And the referee will be, you guessed it, a Jewish rabbi.

The match is supposed to be part of a British-sponsored workshop on racism in football. Sounds good to me! But get this, the game should be this Saturday (today i believe), but things are a bit confused because it'll end up clashing with the Jewish Sabbath.

“It’s been difficult to find a rabbi who will referee on the Sabbath,” sighs the
Rev Christopher Jage-Bowler, “but we are trusting in God.”

LOL! Ah, how i laughed when i read that line. You gotta love religion.

On a side note, something i read in that article i linked to above was a bit off. In trying to figure out a day for the game, Friday was ruled out because it was the Muslims' "day of prayer". Very considerate of the officials to think of that, but umm, contradictory to what some Muslims may mistakenly believe, there's no Sabbath-like concept in Islam.

Our "day of prayer" is every day. The only time Muslims have to close down businesses is during the Friday prayer itself, which is usually around an hour long. Any work or play can be done before or after it.

So yeah, just wanted to clear that up. Can't wait for the game! It should be starting sometime now, because of the time difference between the UAE and Germany. I'm rooting for the imams. What'll they be called, The Crescents? The Turbans? The Bushy Beards? Hey, ya never know!

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Blogs - Antidepressants?

I came on here to rant and rave about my not-so-nice day. My brother (who i'm normally very close to) ditched me for his friends, the friend i called up to take his place is insanely late, i was driving around for 2 hours in the blinding sun with my driving instructor without sunglasses, i had to single-handedly do battle with a legion of ants that attacked our kitchen, i'm starting to get stressed about finals (which start in a week), and... ugh. It just hasn't been my day. I think i'm PMSing.

But anyhoo, i came online to check out my blog, and would you look at that! I got a bunch of comments on my posts! Well, "a bunch" being more than i usually get.. like 1. So of course, i immediately went to check them out, then i went to their authors' blogs (if they had any). It's nice to see that people are actually interested in your writing. And the people you "meet" through blogging can be pretty fascinating. Its funny to think that just transferring my thoughts to the internet can be so rewarding.

So yeah, this was a real pick-me-up. I'm gonna be pretty busy starting next week though, cuz of finals and stuff. (22 more days till summer!) I'll try to keep posting, but if i lag a bit behind like i did this week, you'll know why. Pray for me!

Oh, and chew on this bit of food for thought till my next post.

"The Right to Cover" Petition To The United Nations

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