Sunday, March 8, 2009

Politics Explained

Disclaimer: These are not mine.

Politics Explained:

FEUDALISM: You have two cows. Your lord takes some of the milk.

PURE SOCIALISM: You have two cows. The government takes them and puts them in a barn with everyone else's cows. You have to take care of all of the cows. The government gives you as much milk as you need.

BUREAUCRATIC SOCIALISM: You have two cows. The government takes them and put them in a barn with everyone else's cows. They are cared for by ex-chicken farmers. You have to take care of the chickens the government took from the chicken farmers. The government gives you as much milk and eggs as the regulations say you need.

FASCISM: You have two cows. The government takes both, hires you to take care of them and sells you the milk.

PURE COMMUNISM: You have two cows. Your neighbors help you take care of them, and you all share the milk.

RUSSIAN COMMUNISM: You have two cows. You have to take care of them, but the government takes all the milk.

CAMBODIAN COMMUNISM: You have two cows. The government takes both of them and shoots you.

DICTATORSHIP: You have two cows. The government takes both and drafts you.

PURE DEMOCRACY: You have two cows. Your neighbors decide who gets the milk.

REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY: You have two cows. Your neighbors pick someone to tell you who gets the milk.

BUREAUCRACY: You have two cows. At first the government regulates what you can feed them and when you can milk them. Then it pays you not to milk them. Then it takes both, shoots one, milks the other and pours the milk down the drain. Then it requires you to fill out forms accounting for the missing cows.

PURE ANARCHY: You have two cows. Either you sell the milk at a fair price or your neighbors try to take the cows and kill you.

LIBERTARIAN/ANARCHO-CAPITALISM: You have two cows. You sell one and buy a bull.

SURREALISM: You have two giraffes. The government requires you to take harmonica lessons.



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Monday, March 2, 2009

Sandals

I love to wear sandals. I don't know why, but I just thought I should mention it. Well the real reason I'm bringing this up is that's almost summer, so I can now wear sandals to school. Normally, at home when I go shopping or out to eat or out in general I wear sandals. I only wear shoes to school during the winter because I am outside a lot and its cold or rains. Where as home I am in a car or inside somewhere so sandals is what I wear.

There are a few options for why I might like them so much, maybe its all of them or a few. It could be because I'm lazy and don't like to go through the effort of wearing socks ( I tie my shoes once and never do it again ). Also it could be that in Kasmhir as I grew up as a child, I mean a very young child, everyone wore sandals, it is something everyone does. Sometimes someone will wear dress shoes but that for some schools or jobs.

Sandals are liberating, you get air flowing through and all. The problem with sandals is that your feel get dirty and you get tan marks on your feet from the design on the sandal. This in my opinion is still worth it. By the way I mean sandals without a strap around the ankle I hate that.

Plain and simple I like to wear sandals. How about you? Are you a shoes person? sandals? high heels?



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Sunday, March 1, 2009

Canadian, you sure about that?

When we discuss Canada today, especially in Vancouver BC, we talk about multiculturalism. How great we are to be so accepting, and how great it is to be a mosaic and not a melting pot. We bash the Americans a bit, and we touch up on the fact that we still need work to become a better society but we are on the right path. That's about the sum of it, we move on, all happy about how progressive we are.


I have come to realize that although that may be great, I am one who believes in patriotism. I believe in loving the country that has given me so much, loving the country that I have been educated in. Many people I know, don't like Canada, despite being Canadian citizens. They want to go back to their own land, although they have spent the majority of their lives here. I understand that to a degree, it makes sense. I am Kashmiri, I love where I came from. However, if Canada was under attack, would defend it. This country has given me everything that I know and love. But defending ones nation does not make a person a patriot it, it helps but it’s not the core. It is believing in its value system of Canada that makes one Canadian.


I feel that many Canadian citizens love Canada for its wealth, for its education and for its many of opportunities. They don't feel an attachment to the land and I resent that. If their country was so great why did they leave? If you have come for an education and are a permanent resident, that’s great, excellent. I have no quarrel with you; it’s the Canadian citizens that despise Canada that makes me mad. It is one thing to disagree with the politics and the policies. But if you hate Canadian culture, I resent you and what you stand for. To me, a Canadian citizen is one who can celebrate their own culture, whatever it may be. Be proud of their heritage, and respect others who celebrate their own. But when one hears a Canadian citizen say something along the lines of, "This culture is dirty, or these people are wrong and there lifestyle is wrong. Canadians have no culture, Canadians have no respect, and Canadians don't understand honour." I believe that person should not be a Canadian, they have no right to call themselves Canadians. The beauty of Canada is that I don't have to salute or fall at the feet of ministers. The beauty of Canada is that, even though doctors are respected for what they do, they have to stand in the same line as a construction worker. That is Canadian culture that is what it means to be Canadian. To be equal and to be the same is the essence of Canada.

The mayor of my town lives a few blocks away, she goes to work just like everyone else, she obeys the laws like everyone else. She stands in line and stops at a stop sign, just like everyone else. That is Canadian culture. A man can go the mosque and a temple and be unafraid. A man can wear a turban and a woman can shave her head, and walk with their heads held high, feeling no shame for who they are. That is Canadian culture.

Just because everyone is not the same, and does not follow your respect system, your judgment system, your style in clothes or your appreciation of music, does not mean they are wrong. If you are a person and you believe that Canada is a white nation, you are wrong. Yes, currently, it is dominated mostly by white people; yes our government favors white dominant nations. It is OK to be angry with them if you feel that is wrong, go out and vote to change that. But to have no love for your country and your fellow residents is wrong.

A friend once told me that patriotism leads one to believe they and their fellow countrymen are better than the people of nations. He exclaimed that this was wrong and people should not think that way. I agree and disagree. As Canadians we should try to be the best nation in the world, we should want to be better than other nations. That's what capitalism teaches us, that is what sports teams teach us, and that is what our parents teach us. Most Canadians, especially, the people of Vancouver understand that. Most people who watch hockey and their team to win the Stanley Cup, or want their team to win the at the Olympics understand that they are not better or have more rights than the loser. Just that they are better hockey players. The losers should appreciate that and try to be better themselves. The problem is when you suppress others for not being like you, wanting everyone to like your team and your sport.


Just like Canadians are allowed to have their own mosaic identities, so should the other nations of the worlds. Just because I think Canada is better than other nations, does not mean that Canadian's lives are worth more those of Non-Canadians’. I hope Canada saves both lives if it can, but I would expect it to save a Canadians first. Although, this is a different discussion for another blog. My point is that patriotism does not have to lead to racism or discrimination. As Canadians we should be able to understand that, being proud of our heritage does not mean having to disrespect others culture and backgrounds.

So when I hear comments as I posted above, it makes me very angry. When Canadian citizens claim this country is full of filth and they can't wait to go back to their own countries, it disgusts me. That person, that Canadian should not have citizenship, rather permanent residency. I mean to call them Canadian makes me laugh. I know it is hard to police that, I am not saying we should try to ask people how much they love Canada before we make them citizens. Or force them to learn English. In fact, I think English or French should not be a requirement for becoming a Canadian what-so-ever. I know it is impossible to change what is happening, I am just posting my thoughts of what I think.

I just wanted to put it out there, that some Canadians hate Canada for the freedoms they use but don't want others to claim. If a person can walk on a nude beach, another person or even the same person should also be allowed to wear a Burka. Neither should hate Canada because someone is exercising a right that they are enjoying but don’t want someone else to enjoy. So to anyone who is a Canadian citizen and does not love Canada for its rights and freedoms. You are wrong, I a fellow Canadian citizen respect you as a resident of Canada, I believe you have the right to your own opinion, but I disagree with you calling yourself a Canadian.


UPDATE: Just to make this more clear, or to give a better example. I see my self as Canadian, I am from Kashmir, But I am Canadian, I celebrate Kashmiri and Pakistani culture, but I am a Canadian. I have lived here most of my life this is what I know and love. You can even call me Kashmiri-Canadian. But if someone refers to themselves only as Kashmiri, Indian, Pakistani, Arab, Chinese, British, etc and they have lived here the majority of their lives. They have Canadian citizenship but they don't see themselves as Canadians. Or think of themselves as better than Canadians, it annoys the hell out of me.


*** Of course this is all based on what I define as a citizen or Canadian.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Reading, How I miss thou.

As I grew up I was big into fiction. Hardy Boy for mysteries and Animorphs, even before that I was so much into reading that I would go into the children section and max out my library card, fifty books and be done before the end of the week, before it was time for my parents to take me again in the summers. Reading competitions in class? I killed them, I destroyed the other kids, my teacher wrote a letter to my parents to make sure I actually read all the books they signed that said I read. Fun times, ahh, Goosebumps were the books to read back then, especially the ones where you would choose your own future. They were these interactive books, I was very into to them for a few months. Then there was the non-fiction books, about dinosaurs and medieval times, the weapons, castles and moats. Books on guns, and my favorite books to read: Books on flying and airplane. I worshiped the F-16 Fighting Falcon.

It is uncanny really now that I think about it, books were the only things that tamed me, normally I am outgoing, energetic, loud mouth can't be still kind of guy. Normally I have a extremly short attention span, that is why I do my blogs very quickly. I usually have another idea I want to write about and want to get this over with. Like right now I want to right about How and Why to Piss People Off.But back then reading calmed me down, I sat eight hours straight to read Hairy Potter Goblet of Fire from beginning to end. I mean I can go on about how literature is great and it helped me in the academic field, because it did help me, a lot. But I am not here to do that. Reading back then was magical to be quite honest. It was the closest thing I have to experiencing magic, because imgination back then was way better than TV. I hate the movies that come out after books, I go to watch them because I can't will myself not too. But movies spoil books for me, they ruin the pictures in my mind and just kill the whole magical aura of the book.

I want to address how literature, gave me a imagination. I did not care about TV or movies. I wanted to read, gain knowledge and escape. My mother would actually tell me to stop reading and watch TV or do something but read because it consumed my world. It's now a joke in the extended family, when someone reads and isn't paying attention to what is going on around him/her, oblivious to the world. My extended family says, " Stop reading like Mubashshir, and do this...".

I really miss it, maybe its my childhood I miss. But from my childhood, my fondest memories are of reading. I remember when I read the first Harry Potter book wow. Or Silverwing books by Kenneth Oppel who I met by the way in elementary school. Its funny because I still remember the day perfectly, I said a wrong fact about the book when asking a question and embarrassed myself.

Currently, I don't read much. But I am a fan of Karen Lowachee, she wrote these three books, Warchild, Burndive and Cagebird. Warchild is the best but its cool to follow up what happens afterwards by reading Burndive and Cagebird. Hopefully she releases more with the same characters.

I will do some good reading over the summer, that is my goal now.


OMG I ALMOST FORGOT: ROALD DAHL and my favorite book of his The Witches. I mean this man is a genius, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.

By the way who wrote the book about the Cricket in the match book? Was that Roald Dahl?

Another Plane Crash

READ BBC

Another plane crash killing nine this time. What is going on?

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

If I find you asshole at Dell I will kill you for wasting my day.

OK STEP ONE: if you certificates are being revoked or failing, you can not go to simple sites like gmail. Programs will not install or they will install and stop working, you are getting runtime errors, your drivers install fine but simple things like adobe dont work. CHECK YOUR DATE: the time might be fine, but the YEAR may be messed. read on...


So my computer stops working, I really could care less why, I knew I had to format. So I did, I formatted to back to Windows 7. It gave me problems, would not let me install anything, I spent a few hours trying to problem solve, nothing.

I decide maybe, it is because, I formatted after February 14, the last day to download Win 7 that is why a error is occurring. I know that does not make sense since I have a Win 7 key so it should work, because with a BETA you can screw up so you need to format multiple times. But just to because I could find no answers, and was sick of surfing forums, I went back to 32 bit Windows Vista.

Same problems, no program would install. Drivers worked fine, but programs would not work, sites would give me problems because the certificates were not valid. I was pissed, especially because windows update was not working on a legal copy of windows. But I decided to format again, to humour myself. Maybe I had screwed up. Same problem again.

So I call Dell.

Dell Guy: blah blah intro stuff

blah blah intro stuff reply


Dell Guy: How may I help you

I post above story


Dell Guy: OK, ...

(tells me to do some normal checks)

ME: listen I have tried all this stuff... its not a hardware issue


Dell Guy: Sir, I think I know what the problem is, but I will transfer you to software support

ME: OK


Dell Guy Software: Welcome to dell blah blah blah

ME: blah blah blah this is my problem

Dell Guy Software: Well sir I think I have the solution but it will cost you a one time payment of $49.99 or you can pay for a whole year of software support for $249.99.

ME: Wait, I formatted my computer, I haven't done anything. I used your computer and the CD for Vista that you provided. How could I have screwed up the computer. It is a simple security error and you know it, just tell me the solution is it my registry?

Dell Guy Software: Sir, Im sorry, I can't help you, you are not covered for software support.

ME: Can I talk to your manager? I am not going to pay for this, Its a problem in the computer that I did not cause... so cover it

Dell Guy Software: Sir, you are not covered for this call, you need to pay before you can talk to us.

ME: (Fuck this isn't a fucking 1-900 number so i ain't paying you) OK man, w.e. BYE

So i go and format again to windows ultimate. maybe this will fix the problem...

NOPE:

Some how I accidentally clicked on my time date and realized that the god damn computer clock was set to the perfect time but the year 6449. So drivers worked because they have no time limit. But all the programs and windows was expired.

So the asshole at dell wanted to charge me money for telling me to change my time to 2009.
I wasted my whole day working on this. So now I'm too lazy to change from my copy of vista to windows 7. I have a day wasted.

Anyone who thinks I should have paid the guy? I mean come on, I'm sure other people have had this problem just tell me. Sure if he was going to make me do tests, or because I screwed something up I would be fine. But this is just wrong. I used to like DELL.

BUT FUCK YOU DELL! ARGH THIS PISSES ME OFF!


Monday, February 23, 2009

Reading, How I miss thou.

As I grew up I was big into fiction. Hardy Boy for mysteries and Animorphs, even before that I was so much into reading that I would go into the children section and max out my library card, fifty books and be done before the end of the week, before it was time for my parents to take me again in the summers. Reading competitions in class? I killed them, I destroyed the other kids, my teacher wrote a letter to my parents to make sure I actually read all the books they signed that said I read. Fun times, ahh, Goosebumps were the books to read back then, especially the ones where you would choose your own future. They were these interactive books, I was very into to them for a few months. Then there was the non-fiction books, about dinosaurs and medieval times, the weapons, castles and moats. Books on guns, and my favorite books to read: Books on flying and airplane. I worshiped the F-16 Fighting Falcon.

It is uncanny really now that I think about it, books were the only things that tamed me, normally I am outgoing, energetic, loud mouth can't be still kind of guy. Normally I have a extremly short attention span, that is why I do my blogs very quickly. I usually have another idea I want to write about and want to get this over with. Like right now I want to right about How and Why to Piss People Off.But back then reading calmed me down, I sat eight hours straight to read Hairy Potter Goblet of Fire from beginning to end. I mean I can go on about how literature is great and it helped me in the academic field, because it did help me, a lot. But I am not here to do that. Reading back then was magical to be quite honest. It was the closest thing I have to experiencing magic, because imgination back then was way better than TV. I hate the movies that come out after books, I go to watch them because I can't will myself not too. But movies spoil books for me, they ruin the pictures in my mind and just kill the whole magical aura of the book.

I want to address how literature, gave me a imagination. I did not care about TV or movies. I wanted to read, gain knowledge and escape. My mother would actually tell me to stop reading and watch TV or do something but read because it consumed my world. It's now a joke in the extended family, when someone reads and isn't paying attention to what is going on around him/her, oblivious to the world. My extended family says, " Stop reading like Mubashshir, and do this...".

I really miss it, maybe its my childhood I miss. But from my childhood, my fondest memories are of reading. I remember when I read the first Harry Potter book wow. Or Silverwing books by Kenneth Oppel who I met by the way in elementary school. Its funny because I still remember the day perfectly, I said a wrong fact about the book when asking a question and embarrassed myself.

Currently, I don't read much. But I am a fan of Karen Lowachee, she wrote these three books, Warchild, Burndive and Cagebird. Warchild is the best but its cool to follow up what happens afterwards by reading Burndive and Cagebird. Hopefully she releases more with the same characters.

I will do some good reading over the summer, that is my goal now.


OMG I ALMOST FORGOT: ROALD DAHL and my favorite book of his The Witches. I mean this man is a genius, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.

By the way who wrote the book about the Cricket in the match book? Was that Roald Dahl?

Sunday, February 22, 2009

"Taxi to the dark Side" didn't hit me that hard.

I saw Taxi to the Dark Side yesterday, it's a good movie. It won a Oscar, and It deserved it, very good documentary. I am not here to review it, there are many people who could do and have done a better job of that. So go Google it.

The reason I am madposting is that as I watched the movie and saw these horrific acts being done to humans, I was not angered. I just accepted it, as if these things happen in the world. I thought, well this is bad, poor guy. That was it, when I first saw the pictures of Abu Ghraib I was pissed, disgusted, horrified. I demanded justice, I wanted someone to pay. But as I saw more movies, and saw the pattern continue, and as I continue too see torture condoned and the definition of torture twisted. I begin to accept it. Just as I have accepted death and murder in third world countries as a every day occurrence.

A few years back in my life, I used to support torture to an extent. But as I see these video's and as I see how rules are bent. I don't think I could ever accept it. I think its really sad my brain works this way, it is almost like i have given up. But it is true, we are powerless to stop torture, it does occur everyday, and overtime we stop caring. Innocent prisoners can go into the category of it happens, along side of starving children, mines in playgrounds and all the other stuff that happened in the last century that I don't remember anymore. Kind of sad that I can't even think of it, but natural.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

If Izzy Leaves! I LEAVE!

So according to Dr. Webber, Izzy and George are going to be leaving Grey's Anatomy soon. I could care less about George, but if Izzy leaves I am going to stop watching. She is my favorite character, not to mention the hottest character on the show. Maybe the hottest (looking) actor on tv right now. Hmm now that I think about it who is betting looking, either Izzy or Kate from Lost... or Thirteen for House :P

I use TV show names, because people who watch the show should understand and if you don't too bad. Google it.

Source : Tv.com

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Kashmiri Sweets.

Many people know what East Indian Sweets taste like. But you just can't compare Canadian made to the original stuff. My grandparents came home from Kashmir on Tuesday and they gave me these sweets today. I guessed exactly the store it was from in Kashmir. Mind you I haven't lived there since I was seven. I visited once when I was in grade six for two months, and then another two months in grade nine.

Also, I am not one for sweets, I don't really life East Indian Sweets, because they are too sweet. Like Jalehbi, soo sweet. But yeah, there was not much of the sweet to go around, so now I'm craving it bad. I'm so proud of my self for guessing the place you can get them at too. :D

TV shows all Guys should watch.

OK, men. From this day on you shall watch Entourage. If you already don't, and if you are of the few that don't. If you like nice cars, hot women, a good storyline watch this show. Now I could explain what happens and such. But there are much better reviews and such than I could ever write. I am here to inform, also I am a lazy person.

TV show number 2. Watch Weeds. This is not really a manly show in some areas, but man, the main actress is hot! The storyline is great!

Other shows I enjoy: Actually the list is very long so Ill do my favorites.

Heroes, House, Lost, Smallville, Grey's Anatomy, How I Met Your Mother, Dexter, and the two posted above are my favorites.

If you disagree, well you got your own opinion. If you think I wasted your time, your a moron, you wasted your own time. Just like I'm wasting my own time dissing an event has not occurred and the person who has not caused it to occur yet. I'm sure that's the wrong wording, but i don't want to pay attention to what I am writing because I am watch Fringe!

No editing allowed poetry of the top of my head.

This sleep is incurable.
It's need is inevitable.
It is the only achievement I despise to achieve.
It is the only trophy I loathe to leave.

In this never ending race I shall lose.
If I had the choice, to run, I would not choose.
I lack words to describe this feeling.
This insomniacs, drooping eye's, are not great, but this appreciative feeling.

I hate it, I love it, it makes me think.
It slows me down, it hurts me to blink.
As you noticed I could not think of a word to rhyme with blink.
It was something, a situation, my brain could not think.

This is freestyle, but I will not rap.
My arms are tired, soon my nightly defeat will relapse.
I will leave you tonight, as I am now ready.
Sleep here I come, good night.

So yeah. That was weird. But I should sleep now. Almost three am. I guess this thing does help after all. Well maybe not. I would be getting sleepy by now anyways. But writing is better than movies. I learned something about myself, but that's to be discussed another night. I also learned a meaning of a phrase. Deja Vu though, I am pretty sure I knew what it meant, I had Googled it before.

to be or not to be that is the question

Has anyone wondered where that comes from? Probably. Most people know that it is from Shakespeare. What does it mean? I did not know until now.

First of all its from Hamlet. Haven't read it probably should get on that, probably won't do it. So many books I want to read before it. Anyways, from the great and accurate knowledge of most websites on the web (HA!) the general consensus is:

Is it better to live or to die?

Seriously, that is the meaning. Kind of makes sense.

I have actually wondered about that. Like if if i died today so what? Ill be dead. This is non suicide of course. I'll go to heaven, hopefully, god willing, Inshallah. See, god? I'm not a heathen I do remember you, in my own way. In blogs... to make a weak point... moving on.

The only thing is I just think about the amount of pain it would cause my mother, I mean aside from all the other people it would hurt. I think I just could never wish to hurt my mother that way. I honestly don't fear death. If I die, I die. Can't do much about it. But is it better to die than to live sure if its your time, but if it causes people I love pain then no. It is not better. I can talk about this for hours and give different situation. As I'm sure you are thinking. HA HA.

I just realised YOU MIGHT not exist. This is first night and I have no readers.

Anyways. But ya. If death is a state of nothing, then who cares if you die right. If death is a state where you brain slows down time, and makes you feel really good and you subconscious kicks in and if you think you go to heaven you go to your version of heaven great. If you think you go to hell and you go to your own version of hell, sucks to be you. Or it could be that as you die your brain slows down time infinity and you just feel surreal and like when you wake up it feels good. Like the perfect morning.

I should really get to bed. Getting up at 6:30 am will suck. But waking up, all groggy feels good. Know what I mean imaginary reader?

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Mommy, girls confuse me. (Homework Edition)

Ladies? Where does all this time come from? Should we as men be asking you too cook more? I mean something is going on you have too much free time... Well let me back up or move to the future. Its confusing. I'm typing this paragraph after the blog because what was written here was extremely sexist, it was a joke but worse then the joke I posted above. Yes, the above is a joke, kind of. :P

So I screwed up my Math midterm worth 20% and screwed up my Physics worth 8% and I studied for those two. Guess how the Sociology class I never studied for or took notes for went? I sit in class groaning at stupid feminist comments all the time. Thinking If I don't ace this class, I'm a moron. Yeah, so you can probably guess I aced that midterm (hopefully). I think so at least, its nothing to be proud of though, kind of sad.

Note I said "stupid feminist comments," it actually isn't that bad. ( I'm talking to men right now, I'm sure women are still fuming about that. I like to assume a lot.) Sociology is very interesting and it makes a lot of sense, the Sociology class I am taking is about family relations and it touches on roles people play in the family and how it changes over time and why they are the way there are. Anyways that's not the story... Now back to things that are sad.


Whats more sad then me not getting an A in that class is the amount of time girls put into studying. Let me rephrase that, the amount of time girls put into studying is commendable and impressive. However, it scares me and makes me wish the class is not scaled. But I will explain why it can be considered sad.

Here is a example we had a homework question, WORTH NO MARKS. It was a sentence long question, so I answered it with a few sentences. A few point form answers. When I handed it in, I felt like not doing it at all. Some girls wrote three page essays. Yes I tend to exaggerate at times, do not regret it and will do so in future blogs. But this is not a exaggeration. I say multiple girls with three pages of paragraphs. Why three pages? BECAUSE I saw them flip through it looking for mistakes. For a assignment not worth anything. Now i know all girls don't do this, but this was a nice chunk of the class. It was kind of scary.

So if lets say I get a A on this test and many of the kids get a A+. This is bad for me, if the class is scaled. I'm pretty sure it is not scaled so it should be all good. Anyways peace out.

I really need to fall a sleep and this isn't helping. This is the second post on the first night of the blog. I'm still 100%.