Monthly Archives: June 2011

True Blood

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True Blood Season 4 started! I can’t wait to watch the first episode.

Even though vampires used to scare the hell out of me as a child, I got hooked on those vampire TV shows and for a while dreamt of becoming one (bizarre, I know).

Who else is a fan  of this awesome TV show? 🙂

Is Monogamy Possible?

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Now, before anyone attacks me on this (I’m assuming the topic is a little controversial), I’m just giving my opinion on the subject. I would never excuse cheating or open relationships/marriages at any point, but I’m just looking at this from an emotional point of view. I’m not trying to be “cool” by supporting western ideologies (as some people have accused me of doing), I’m just looking at it from a logical perspective.

Can we be emotionally monogamous? I don’t think so. Is this why cheating/adultery statistics are high? I think it definitely is to blame. Here are some arguments (they may be sufficient reasons to some and for others not) that argue AGAINST the concept of monogamy:

  • “No animal is 100% monogamous” – This argument concludes that we humans consequently are not “naturally” monogamous.
  • “Mating is a natural, biological instinct – hence, we are biologically driven to mate with as many partners as possible” – This addresses the subject of promiscuity in a more scientific manner.
  • “Media” – The number one culprit in almost all “societal” shifts. People blame media for exposing us to more, making us aware of more things and seducing us and making us less likely to remain faithful to one partner for the rest of our lives.
In my opinion, all these arguments are logical ones. Yes, animals aren’t 100% monogamous. Mating is most certainly biologically driven, and media has affected every aspect of our lives. HOWEVER, what is the difference between us and animals? What filter do we have in our lives that allows to make choices – whether we take something from media, or whether we listen to a biological instinct? OUR BRAINS.
While I believe we cannot be emotionally monogamous (temptations are everywhere, you always meet a better looking person, or someone you click with more than you do with your partner at some point in your life), I believe we can make the choice to be monogamous. We need to take a hard look at ourselves and the deterioration of almost all societies due to cheating. If we are honest with one another, then maybe we can at least reduce these problems (some people are just jerks, they’ll cheat no matter what).
That’s why when we choose a partner, we should never settle. I say this because I’ve seen many of my friends settle for partners they did not want out of fear they will end up alone, or out of a crazy passionate love they cannot live without despite the fact that this person is bad for them in every possible way. Don’t be ashamed of having “standards” – we have them in every other choice we make and this life-long commitment deserves them too. If you feel like you’re slipping, or becoming more attracted to someone than your own partner, re-evaluate your feelings. Sometimes, more often than not, those feelings are purely “biologically driven”. You need to look at your relationship and the reasons why you decided to be with this person, and remind yourself of why you love them. If you do not know why you love someone, or you cannot think of a reason why this partner deserves your loyalty, then I’m afraid your relationship needs re-evaluation.
I emphasize, we need to choose our partners wisely. Yes, sometimes they’ll have zillions of faults that you cannot stand, yet a zillion other characteristics you love. I’m not saying we need to select fault-less, perfect human beings as partners – those do not exist, nor should we go into a relationship believing they do. We need to realize our partners’ negatives and positives, consider if this person is the right person for you and make the choice to be with them. We will not be naturally driven to be faithful, it takes effort and a lot of work to do so. We need to resist many temptations in life, and this is just one of them. When you meet someone who you want to be with for the rest of your life, don’t ruin that for a moment of giving in to temptation.

HTC – It’s not me, It’s You.

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I’ve had the HTC Desire for about a year and 3 months now. I love the phone, I think it’s a great alternative to the iPhone and it really goes to show that you don’t need the iPhone to have a great touchscreen smartphone.

I’m a big supporter of the Android OS for several reasons:

  • Personalization – I love customizing the way my phone looks. With the Android OS, you most probably have several home screens where you can have a screen with a calendar, or an e-mail widget. If you use your phone mostly for social purposes, you can have Facebook on one screen, Twitter on another, and your favorite contacts on one. These “widgets” allow you to customize your phone whichever way you like.
  • You don’t need iTunes – I hate that with my iPod, I need to sync it every time to the same iTunes on one laptop/PC. With Android, I just need a PC and a cable.
  • Widgets – I know I already mentioned them, but they need another mention. Best. Invention. EVER. My phone doesn’t always look the same with this invention. Instead of little icons everywhere, I have a weather widget, a Facebook widget where I can just post a status, a YouTube widget for quick searches, newspapers widget, e-mail widget, the list goes on.
  • Google Integration – Enough said.
  • Notification Bar – I love that any e-mails, application updates, messages, and missed calls are all united under one notification bar at the top of the phone easy for me to check.
  • App Market – Yes, the iPhone Market may have more apps, but the Android market is catching up real quick. Plus we have a lot more apps for free 🙂
  • Hardware Choices – I’m not confined with one hardware supplier. I can choose from HTC, Motorola, Samsung, and LG.
  • It’s not an iPhone – Yes, I’m biased. I’m a hardcore Android fan and adamantly against owning an iPhone 🙂
Now, for the REAL reason I’m writing this post (I took the opportunity to promote the Android OS, that’s how much I love it!). My HTC Desire has been great up until now. It’s been freezing a lot, where the phone is on, you can call me and it’ll ring but to me it appears the screen is dead. Therefore, I have to take out the battery and restart the phone every time that happens (oh that’s another pro – replaceable battery. Convinced now?:)) Another thing is I’ve been getting “low memory” notifications. But wait a minute – my phone has an expandable memory. So let me shift everything onto the SD card right? Wrong. NOT every application can move to the card, specifically widgets. They need to be saved on the phone. And there, I make the discovery that my 1.5 GB of internal memory is too low because some things just need to be saved on the phone.
I did some research, and realised almost all HTC phones have low internal memory. OMG WHY? So I e-mailed and asked them! Of course, the MEA HTC office was useless. Their answer had nothing to do with my question and after going back and forth I gave up on the question.
Although I love HTCs, I’m going to need to look elsewhere for my next phone. I love my widgets too much. Samsung was my second option. Does anyone have any feedback on that?

Work. Meh.

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I’m suffering from what you may call “ergophobia”. In plain English that’s fear of work. I just DESPISE dragging myself to work every single day to the point that I have nightmares on a daily basis because I do NOT want to go.

Am I lazy? No. Do I have ambitions? Certainly! But my issue is with the one person I think we can all familiarize ourselves with: the “boss”. Even worse: “the female boss”. OK OK, now men shouldn’t get all smug and happy, but it’s true. I’ve experienced it first-hand – female bosses are much more worse than male bosses, especially to other females. ESPECIALLY if this boss resembles symptoms of a “single white female” (you know that movie with the girl having borderline personality disorder? Yep). As much as we all have difficult bosses, this has reached beyond the point of difficulty. She’s unprofessional, psychotic, racist, reveals secrets of everyone at the office and makes everyone feel that they mount to nothing. Now being career driven, this is not where I envisioned myself 4 years after graduation.

Whatever the situation is, it’s making miserable. I’m starting to think I picked the wrong career, that I want to move out, or continue my studies elsewhere. It’s left me in a dilemma because I have no clue how to get out of this. I’m at a point where I believe no other job in this field is going to make me happy. I believe I’m also suffering from Sleep Apnea, because no matter how much I sleep, I wake up exhausted every single day. I’ve gained weight, my skin isn’t healthy, and I’m blaming it on everything and everyone.

Sure, yea, you have rules on how to deal with stress at work. But when you’re at a point where you don’t want to deal with stress, what do you do? I have debts. I want to move jobs, but I’m tired of moving to jobs I don’t want to do. I don’t know where to look. Should I leave Kuwait? Or should I stay?

I just needed to rant. The situation at work is getting worse everyday and I feel helpless.