Career · Videos

Video: Fired on Mars

A man gets fired from his job on Mars.

Sooner or later, every man comes to a cross road, settle in the comfortable mediocrity or seek greatness, entering the wilderness of his own intuition. Unfortunately, most are too blind to recognize opportunity when it knocks. Others recognize it but only after its too late. And yet for some of us, the lucky few, that wake-up call simply cannot be ignored. We take the exit ramp, fight out for the territory, our sails full with a mix of rocket fuel and hell-fire. With new roads come new joys, also trials. like unpredictable rock storms… But a gem cannot be polished without friction. And so man forges the tools that will sustain him on the road ahead. Meticulously attending to the garden of his soul.  And when it finally bears the fruits of his labor, well… Then he will know the satisfaction of being nobody but himself. A colony of one.

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Islam · Videos

BBC Documentary: Muslim Extremists in Luton

I stumbled upon this BBC documentary by chance and because I love BBC documentaries, I watched it until the end. The hour-long movie is about a British journalist who goes back to her hometown of Luton to investigate why it is known as the extremist capital of Britain.

The journalist met with extremists, the EDL (English Defence League) and with some ‘moderate’ Muslims. I do have reservations on using the description moderate Muslims though. No one says moderate Christians or moderate Hindus so why moderate Muslims. There are Muslims and Muslim extremists.

In recent years, the UK became known for these Muslim extremists. I do not live there to know why they became like this. In the Middle East, I can understand why such groups had evolved but not in the free West.

The journalist mentioned that there are many Muslims in Luton but the extremists are only a tiny group. I also liked what the man who she met at the mosque said. He said these individuals encourage other Muslims to go fight in the name of Islam but they always find an excuse not to go themselves.

My question is if they believe the society they live in is immoral and corrupt why don’t they live away from others. Why do not they choose to live like the Amish away from others.

I have not seen or heard of such extremists groups in the USA. There might be individuals like those who joined ISIS or like the Boston Marathon brothers but not as a group of extremists.

I do not know why they exist in the UK more than any other Western country.

Videos · Writing

Video – 5 tips to improve your writing

I am aware of these tips but I ignore them when writing my posts. However, I decided to start writing better from now on.

1. Avoid contractions
(e.g., Don’t, can’t, shouldn’t couldn’t, …)

2. Avoid there is/are

There are many development projects that the UN supports. [✕]
The UN supports many development projects. [✓]

3. Avoid using really, a lot, very and so.

A lot of the students … [✕]
Many students … [✓]

A lot of time is wasted. [✕]
Much time is wasted. [✓]

4. Avoid using passive voice as much as possible

5. Use strong verbs

Weak verb: He gave assistance to my friend
Strong verb: He assisted my friend