Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Comforting Thoughts

One of the few thoughts that help me get out of bed in the morning and achieve anything is knowing that on a cosmic scale, nothing really matters.

We live on this pale blue dot and think the whole universe revolves around us, but the reality of it is that our actions (regardless of how utterly great or absolutely terrible) would hardly have an impact, if any at all.

The Pale Blue Dot of Earth

This image of Earth is one of 60 frames taken by the Voyager 1 spacecraft on February 14, 1990 from a distance of more than 6 billion kilometers (4 billion miles) and about 32 degrees above the ecliptic plane. In the image the Earth is a mere point of light, a crescent only 0.12 pixel in size. Our planet was caught in the center of one of the scattered light rays resulting from taking the image so close to the Sun. This image is part of Voyager 1's final photographic assignment which captured family portraits of the Sun and planets.

"Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there--on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam. 
The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. 
Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves. 
The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand. 
It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known."
-- Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot, 1994

Monday, March 14, 2016

Twenty Two Weeks Later

I'm still just trying to be myself again. I catch me seeping through the cracks of this new person I've been.

This happened after I decided to just get to know this new person, adapt to her, make peace. But then this new person is about to tweet something preposterous (to my former self), and me interferes to stop her. Me has been doing a lot of interference lately, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. It means I just might be becoming myself again.

It's a very emotional process. And it doesn't help that I'm in pain. I need to sweep me clean from the inside.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

المنظومة الأخلاقية للمستهلك - ٢

حاولت ألاقي مصدر الاقتباس, أو اذا كان جبران حقيقي قال الكلام دا بس للأسف ما لقيت.

“Peace of mind produces right values, right values produce right thoughts. Right thoughts produce right actions and right actions produce work which will be a material reflection for others to see of the serenity at the center of it all.” 

 "راحة البال تنتج القيم الصحيحة، والقيم الصحيحة تنتج الأفكار الصحيحة. الأفكار الصحيحة تنتج التصرفات السليمة والتصرفات السليمة تنتج العمل الذي سوف يكون انعكاسا ماديا للآخرين ليروا السكينة في بؤرة كل ذلك ".

الفرق بين التكلفة, السعر, القيمة ,و القيمة المالية, و من يحدد التكلفة، السعر, القيمة, والقيمة المالية للأشياء باستخدام شنطة شانيل ٢.٥٥ نموذجا:

  • التكلفة: سعر المواد و اليد العاملة، و الأدوات، و المصنع، الخ.
    • تكلفة الشنطة ١٠٠٠$
  • السعر: يحدده المصنّع، حسب الماركة، العرض و الطلب, الخ.
    • سعر الشنطة: ٤٨٠٠$ عام ٢٠١٥
  • القيمة: الأهمية الشخصية، أو التاريخية، أو الاجتماعية. مما يجعل بعض المشتريات رموز للطبقة الاجتماعية.
    • قيمة الشنطة عامة: عالية. الأسباب: السعر, الماركة, الجودة, الرمزية.
    • قيمة الشنطة لناشطي حقوق الحيوان: عالية, لكن لن يتم شرائها. الأسباب: قتل الحيوانات لصناعتها.
  • القيمةالمالية: السعر المتوقع للسلعة حسب قيمتها و أهميتها.
    • القيمة المالية للشنطة في ارتفاع منذ الخمسينات الميلادية, و سعر اعادة البيع عالي, كما أن سعر السلعة الجديدة في ارتفاع مستمر كل سنة.

 و هذه مقارنة للقيمة الماليةلبعض الأسهم مقارنةبالذهب و شنطة شانيل ٢.٥٥  حيث تثبت الشنطة أنها استثمار مستقر.

هل نستطيع قياس جميع الشنط الماركات على شنطة شانيل ٢.٥٥؟


قيمة لوي فويتون في تدني مستمر عند المستهلك الصيني. ليش؟ نتيجة تشبع السوق, فالمشتري لا يشعر بأي خصوصية اذا كان كل شخص يقابله عنده نفس الشنطة, و انتشار البضاعة المقلدة. وشخصيا أنا شايفة اننا وصلنا دي المرحلة كمان. فكروا في الموضوع بدي الطريقة: اذا انتي مسافرة من السعودية و شايلة شنطة لوي فويتون, ايش احتمال انو وحدة شايلة شنطة لوي فويتون تكون جنبك في باص السعادة؟

(لغيرالجداويين, "باص السعادة" هو الباص اللي ينقلكم من المطار للطيارة)

ألاحتمال كبيرجدا. لدرجة كل ما أسافر مع بنات خالتي و لوي فيتوناتهم, اللي جنبهم دايما شايلة لوي فيتونها.

توجد عوامل شخصية كثيرة ممكن أن تمنع الشخص من اقتناء سلعة ذات قيمة عالية, مو لأته في رأبهم قيمتها متدنية, لكن لوجود عوامل غير أخلاقية في صناعتها. مثال: الألماس. شفتو "بلود دايموند"؟ هو دا السبب.

طيب من فين جات قيمة الألماس اساسا؟ 
الألماس مو نادر, التورمالين, السفير ,و الياقوت أندر. و مو أقسى مادة على وجه الأرض. الألماس حجر يلمع, حطوله سعر غالي وقالولنا انه قيمته غالية. و احنا صدقناهم.

كم سلعة دفعتوا فيها مبلغ محترم من عرق جبينكم دخلت في صناعتها ممارسات غير أخلاقية؟ هل ممكمن تغيروا عاداتكم الشرائية اذا اكتشفتوا أن الشركة اللي بتشتروا منها تعامل العاملين بطريقة غير انسانية؟

فلوسكم هي وقتكم. هي الفترة من حياتكم اللي أعطيتوها لعملكم و أعطوكم فلوس. احنا بنصرف حياتنا.

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

المنظومة الأخلاقية للمستهلك و اجراء التجارب على الحيوانات

اجراء التجارب على الحيوانات أحد أهم الطرق التقليدية لتجربة المواد لمعرفة صلاحيتها للاستخدام الآدمي. من الأشياء اللي تمت تجربتها على الحيوان:
  • مواد التجميل
  • الصابون/الشامبو
  • الأطعمة/السموم
  • الأدوية

اليوم حابة اتكلم عن تجربة المواد التجميليه و الصابون على الحيوانات. زمان كنت أحاول اتجتب استعمال أي مواد تمت تجربتها على الحيوانات, بس دحين قررت انو ابدا ما أستعمل المواد التجميلية اللي: 
  • تمت تجربتها على الحيوانات من الشركة المصنعة
  • اذا كانت الشركه المصنعة ما تجرب على الحيوانات لكن الشركة الأم (المالكه للشركة) تقوم بتجارب
  • اذا كانت الشركه المصنعة ما تجرب على الحيوانات لكن تبيع في الصين (الصين تجبر أي شركة تبغى تبيع فيها تسلم عينات لاجراء تجاربهم الخاصة على الحيوانات)
  • تحتوي على بعض المواد اللي صالحة للاستهلاك الآدمي ومنتشرة بس بصراحةما ابغى احطها على جسمي: 
    • Sulfates
    • parabens

حاولت ألاقي اذا السعودية عندها قانون زي الصين بس ما لقيت, اذا أي أحد وجد مصدر رسمي اذا سمحتو ارسلولي هو على الايميل الموجود في نهاية الصفحة.

لمن الواحد يبحث عن المنتجات المطابقة للوصف أعلاه في الانترنت يكتشف انو اغلبها غير موجودة في  البلدان العربية و لازم نطلبها من برة. و دي مشكلة تانية عشان الأثر الكربوني* الكبير للعملية دي. فحاولت اجمعلكم الشركات الموجودة في دول الخليج اللي ما تعمل تجارب على الحيوانات.

الشركات اللي ما تعمل تجارب و غير مملوكه لشركات تعمل تجارب:
  • Lush
  • Milani
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills

الشركات اللي ما تعمل تجارب و  مملوكه لشركات تعمل تجارب:
  • Nyx
  • Urban Decay
  • The Body Shop
  • BareMinerals

من ابسط الطرق لمعرفة اذا كان المنتج لم تتم تجربته على الحيوانات وجود الأرنب

بعض المصادر لمعرفة الشركات الصديقةللبيئة:

تطبيق للأندرويد:
تطبيق للايفون
اذا لقيتوا أي شركات صديقة للبيئة في السعودية, باريت ترسلولي على الايميل في نهاية الصفحة.

*Carbon footprint

Monday, February 29, 2016

Intrusion On The Universe

Have you ever noticed how some men take up as much space as they could? They intrude on the universe.

They spread their arms out, instead of keeping them by their side, and never keep their legs close even. Expanding your personal space eats up other people's personal space.

Also, whatever happened to being non-threatening? This display may make you feel strong, but it makes other (especially women) feel reluctant to trust you with your thoughtless intrusion on the universe.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Zendium Toothpaste!

EDIT: Allergen warning: Contains milk and egg proteins.

I love it when companies send me hygiene products! I was just sent some toothpaste to try.

Unilever has just launched Zendium in Saudi Arabia, though it's been around for ages in Scandinavian countries. I've been considering trying it and lo and behold they sent me a pack!

According to their press release "Zendium is the first toothpaste to harness the power of enzymes and proteins to boost your mouth’s natural defences". Also, it is formulated sans sodium lauryl sulphate, which is something very difficult to find in this country. There's SLS in EVERYTHING, shampoo, soap, toothpaste. I personally think it's too harsh, especially when you have dry hair and skin.

So here's the pack they sent me. Quite fancy. They even sent me orange juice for "The Orange Juice Test", as Zendium shouldn't make orange juice taste bad after brushing your teeth. Guess we'll find out in the morning!

Also, I snapchat, or at least I'm trying to. I just can't seem to get it, you know? It's Soumzie in case you're actually interested in my sporadic snaps.

Monday, February 08, 2016

A Number of Things.

I have decided to compile a chronological list of all the times I have sustained a serious injury. A serious injury is any injury that has impaired my mobility and /or my ability to work.

Age 16:
-Dislocated right knee. 4 weeks in cast.
Age 26:
-Right knee injury, tripped on stairs in front of the supermarket. 4 weeks in brace.
Age 28:
-Right knee injury, slipped on ice. Impaired mobility for 2 weeks.
Age 29:
-Concussion, car crash. Three months and still recovering.
-Broken right big toe and sprained left thumb, fell. 6-8 weeks for the toe, 3 weeks for the thumb. I'm in week two now.

I've apparently been getting clumsier since 26. Also, inclined to fall/injure my right knee. Not cool.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Dear Universe, I thought we were friends.

Do you know how long it takes the nurses at my healthcare centre to respond to someone screaming in agony in one of the clinics?
Never. They wouldn't bother.

I'm not sure what it is that makes them ignore a screaming person, especially since they're healthcare professionals. They once even made a joke about me rushing to a screaming person across the clinics, only to find a pair of enthusiastic teenagers.

I had a bad flu all last week, it gave me vertigo at times. Three days ago I fell face down in my clinic. I'm not the type to scream, I'm not sure why but screaming even in the terrible pain I was in seemed pointless. I called out to the nurses, no one responded. I continued calling until a number of curious patients opened my clinic door and found me on the floor. They then called the nurses.

After thorough investigation, it became apparent that I had avulsion fractures in my right first metatarsal and my left first metacarpal. Both in casts at the moment.

It's only been three days but I already feel utterly useless. I can't even tie my own hair. Not cool, universe.

Saturday, January 02, 2016

Kindness To Animals. And My Marshmallow.

Pets have a shorter lifespan than their humans. Street cats/dogs have an even shorter lifespan. Your kindness to an animal sans domicile fixe (because "homeless" is politically incorrect) could be the only kindness they encounter in their short lives.

When you feed cats, they multiply.

We've been feeding a cat who lived on our block, then exclusively lived at our door. She once sought shelter with her baby at our door and was terrified of the food we gave her. With time she came to not only know us, but know our work hours and wait for us. The little thing wanted company more than food, she wanted someone to pet her and play with her. She was hit by a car yesterday, we've only known her about 4 months. Her whole life lasted under a year.

Have I ever told you about Marshmallow?
After Jojo passed away (a cat with congenital defects that I adopted and cared for) two years ago I took Bubbles (my Prime Cat, currently about 9-10 years old) to the vet to be put under observation while I gave the house a hospital grade scrub. When I went to pick her up, the doctor tried to sell me a kitten. So I asked him if he had any older cats.

And that's how I found my Marshmallow. She's an 8 year old american shorthair who was left at the vet"s because her humans couldn't keep her anymore. Older cats are difficult to adopt. She's been there a few months, it was food and shelter but not much human interaction. Just her and a bunch of kittens.

This is her.

When I first brought her home, she was very afraid of humans and she refused to be carried under any circumstances. Also, she's quite obese.

Her obesity, according to her previous humans, is a result of her emotional eating after they took her baby away from her. That is after she had to have a cesarean delivery due to inadequate pelvic outlet. Which was due to the fact that they backed their car into her when she was little and broke her hip. This kitty is a trooper.

Since then she's lost some weight, she's quite playful, and now I can carry her for about 10 seconds before she starts acting like the world is ending.

Furthermore, she adopted a black kitten last year. Said kitten is now no longer a kitten but she still treats her like a baby, grooming her and cuddling her.

P.S. Bubbles isn't in any photos because she is the queen of everything. She won't leave her room and join us peasants.

Friday, January 01, 2016

Ten Weeks Later

I'm still not me. I know I'm not. I can see me in the distance and hope I'll be able to reach that in time.

It's taking too long though. I'm still lagging, I still can't trust that I won't burst out suddenly. Which isn't nice.

My psychiatrist is accommodating and understanding. He thinks I'm on the right track. This wasn't the psychiatrist I was referred to after the accident by the ER doctors who saw me. Because they didn't refer me to anyone, not even neurosurgery. My CTs were reported a week after my accident (during which time I was sent home with a 3 day sick leave and not even a warning about returning to work)

I still get mood swings. Not regular mood swings, more like Godzilla mood swings. Less frequently, though. I severely dislike them. They make me feel helpless. Like the person I cultivated for the past 20something years is no longer in the driver seat.

I understand I repeat myself. I can't remember my previous posts and I only have enough concentration to either read them or write this. I chose to write.