What's 13 Bedar (read: Sizdah Bedar)? It's the holiday celebrating the
end of Nowrooz (Persian new year) on which everybody goes out to a
park and spend a great day outdoors in the nature. It can be translated
as "getting rid of thirteen" which traditionally is considered a
number bringing the bad luck.
A ritual performed at the end of the picnic day is to throw away the Sabzeh from the Norooz Haft Seen table. The sabzeh is supposed to have collected all the sickness, pain and ill fate hiding on the path of the family throughout the coming year! Touching someone else's sabzeh on this thirteenth day or bringing it home is, therefore, not a good idea and may result in inviting their pain and hardship to oneself.
We packed a picnic and went to
a bunch of (I would say, 500 at least) Iranian people, made Kabob and played Vasati
in a very feastive and happy event.
Some of you guys asked me to write a review
to compare V60 to T8160 in details. Here's a quick
:: T8160: Stronger body, less risk of losing (it's bigger),
powerful backlight (I used it as a flashlight sometimes!),
easier to open, longer lifetime of battery, interchangeable battery cover and
capable of providing very high volume (powerful internal speaker)
:: V60: Tri band, Smaller, lighter, Voice dialing capability, bigger
phone book storage, "2 way" test messaging system, voice note feature,
personal calendar, more ring tones and cute external display
featuring caller ID/Time/Alerts
Both have web browser, messaging, back-light, ...
For the guys asked about the actual size, just check out
real photo, V60 is almost invisible in my hand as you can
see, T8160 one is right on the keyboard.
Finally, if you want to have a cute phone with advanced
features, get V60. If you want a phone that works "like
a man" for you and lasts you more, get T8160 (if you can
Trying some middle eastern food
in Jessica's place last night was quite a "yummy" vegetarian experience :-)
She made some Falafel
and "fixed" sandwiches for us with Hummus
margarine. The tomatos and the amber ales [blink] I brought her definitly played
an important role of making the meal more delicoius. ;-)
The good thing about last night's middle-eastern food was
having hummus [ardeh] after a year or so. [YUM!]
Since "Blogging" is becoming more and more popular and
there is some extra space here, it would be appropriate
to write a quote from
"The world we have created is a product of our thinking;
it cannot be changed without changing our thinking."
If you want to take this quote serious or at least think
about it, first take a look at a
of the guy whose quote it is. :-)
AT&T Broadband Internet
provides me "very"
fast Internet connection at home through cable. They provide high speed
Internet access to 4 milloin subscribers in the bay area, however, they
lack a competitive infrastructure after
late September last year, so they took over providing Internet connection
to their customers which has been done through a billion dollar contract
with excite@home [See
in the picture I took in february after their bankrupcy resulting in the death of ATHM ticker symbol].
Anyways, I talked too much, the reason I'm posting regarding AT&T, is
their quality of service which has become lower (neglect speed, it's still awesome). My
Internet was disconnected from some strange reason, called customer service and they
asked me to reset the modem. Alhamdulellah, I am connected again!
Remember my cell phone was broken, I got a replacement for it
this morning, it looks pretty fancier than the other one, with
much more functionality. It's a
so small (1.81 x 4.11 x 0.83 in3
) and so light (3.4 oz), however,
I would say the risk of breaking it is pretty higher than the old one.
Motorola v60 has got pretty good
and it's expensive like other new phones (its price will definilty drop
in a couple of weeks). I don't have any problems with this phone (yet!),
except for the crappy Motorola style user interface, lots of keys making
you confused and it takes time for you to figure out the functionality
of each key navigating through the menus. Nokia, IMHO, is the world's
leader in wireless devices UI design and implementation.
Two things I like about this new cell phone are: 1. It doesn't take
much space in my pocket, 2. Caller ID is displayed on the little external
display of the phone. It provides a pretty high voice quality as well
as a very stylish and sleek look, a combination of sophesitication
in sunny San Diego yesterday. Yea, that was fun! The show
I liked very much was
The Shamu Adventure
which was totally magnificent.
I highly recommend getting a yearly pass (called a Fun
Card, Passport or something like that) and giving it a try.
Once is necessary, but not enough. :-)
My Motorola T8160
purchased 9 months ago from Verizon Wireless
is broken. It was (and still is) a pretty good cell phone, I almost threw it
10 times (longest distance was 30 feet when I was jogging) and nothing happened
to it. [Strong, ha?!]
Rightnow, the problem is that the light doesn't turn on once it's
opened (the sensor is screwed), therefore, the call won't be
eneded after its door is closed. I gonna change it to prevent
any additional charges on my bill due to multi-hour calls!
Rest in peace dear cell phone, I bent your straight antenna into a
curve (my pockets are too small, I agree with you!), I scratched your body and threw you many times, now it's time
for you to rest. God bless ya! :-)
We joined a bunch of Iranian people living in the bay area at
Julia Morgan Hall, 2640 College Avenue in Berkeley last night
to watch the stand-up comedy featuring
. They (and
did a great job, I'm not sure if the video/audio files of the show are
available at The Iranian
, the online
magazine published by
The attendance couldn't stop laughing Where Elham Jazzab was talking
like the people in Chicago or Iranian people. The part where she was
mimicing Iranian girls was absolutely hilarious.
More information about the show.
Gulab Jamon is a pretty yummy indian dessert. I had it last night on
one of the indian restaurants on Solano avenue (believe me, it's
really worth trying, once you have it you can't go to an indian
restaurant and not have it as the dessert). I'm planning to give it
a try and make it at home
if I can find "Sultanas" and "cardamon".
(What does it
Got a call from my roommate lisa this morning to go visit
Showcase for Limits of Human-Machine Interaction
at Sony Campus
from UCBerkeley had a very cool presentation regarding his projects,
I liked the Space Browsing helium blimp which was really cool and
the world's first tele-robot whose concept was a robot controlled
remotely, transmitting information gathered through a microphone
and a camera to the one who was controlling it and giving the
controller's basic features [e.g. sound, video] to the other party
through the robot itself. The show was awesome, however, we got
there an hour late and apparently missed half of the speeches. At the end, the cool show of two remotely
controlled robots was performed on the campus. That was a combination
of very simple technology and using salvaged stuff to make a
working machine but it wasn't obeying some of the simple rules
of "machines" such as being non-intrusive and non-disruptive. The
funny thing happend at the end was the machine who was attacking
the other one was caught up by a small still lamp (to my opinion,
as the symbol of a peaceful object) and demolished. Quote of the
night would be 'I have learned to live marginal and I like
by Kevin Binkret
, the SF based inventor,
machinist, pyro-expressionist who talked about his works as the last lecturer.
Additional information can be found at
This new issues regarding the new phrase
has been discussed on many blogs and new agencies recently.
The concept is Google not only looks at the conent of your web
page, but also looks at the 'Link Title' of the pages having
a link to your site and counts them as your site's keywords. A
quick example to understand this issue better would be having
a bunch of links to http://www.anvari.org
using this code <a href="http://www.anvari.org">The best of the best</a>
which causes Google to return anvari.org while looking for 'The best of the best'
while it's not the best of the best and it's not stated in the content
of the web site. Some people have been misusing this feature to
make fun of their friends without having access to their friends'
web site only using the external links and this natrual behavior
of Google's algorithm. This feature could be used as a personal
propaganda tool which is pretty dangerous if it's not
I was watching Saturday Night Live on NBC last night,
they were talking about Dara and Sara, famous Iranian
dolls recently distributed in the market. They showed
a photo of them with Iran's flag in the back and said
if you take off the girl's clothes, the boy will throw
stone at him.
is now more efficient than
ever. They added a new feature to help
, a non-profit research project at
that is trying to understand the structure of proteins so they can
develop better treatments for a number of illnesses. This feature
allows your computer to send the result of processed data to Folding@Home as
a way of distributed computing. The project is a sibling of
, the world's largest
distributed computing project based in the
University of California, Berkeley
I've been contributing to SETI@Home for a couple of years and highly recommend
installing Google Toolbar to share the power of your CPU with scentific
I received 5 CDs from Google
to their 1st Programming
today. Seems they had a ton of requests for CDs since they
asked me some technical questions before sending the CDs out. The cool
thing about it was the mail itself, my address wasn't printed on the envelope,
it was written by hand! :-)