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Feb 13

6 Ways to Be More Organized -

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by Jack Yu, TEDxUCIrvine Intern - Social Media

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When I began my freshmen year of college, I was initially overwhelmed by all of the different events that suddenly appeared on my radar: club meetings, leadership workshops, hall activities…the list goes on and on. By using…

So, I think I kind of do all of these things. Yay to being organized. It makes life so much easier. 

Jan 08

This is to make up for Tuesday, Jan. 7. 
Every Tuesday, MPAC has Quran classes usually led by Dr. Maher Hathout. What once was a dreaded part of my week, has become a highlight. I find that I am finally understanding a book, which has ruled my life, in a different way. 
I find that my beliefs are no longer wrapped in contempt of perceived strictness. I find myself looking forward to reading it in a different light, and seeing Islam in a more compassionate light. 
Since Dr. Hathout became ill, other have taken over the class, and though they are fantastic, I miss having Dr. H. 
If he never returns, I am thankful for three years of training and re-reading with the light of understanding and mercy. 

This is to make up for Tuesday, Jan. 7. 

Every Tuesday, MPAC has Quran classes usually led by Dr. Maher Hathout. What once was a dreaded part of my week, has become a highlight. I find that I am finally understanding a book, which has ruled my life, in a different way. 

I find that my beliefs are no longer wrapped in contempt of perceived strictness. I find myself looking forward to reading it in a different light, and seeing Islam in a more compassionate light. 

Since Dr. Hathout became ill, other have taken over the class, and though they are fantastic, I miss having Dr. H. 

If he never returns, I am thankful for three years of training and re-reading with the light of understanding and mercy. 

This is to make up for Monday, Jan. 6. 
There are not many words that can sum up how wonderful my coworker Grace is. Since joining my company, she has taken care of me in more ways than I can count. 
On Monday, she surprised me again, by plopping a blood pressure cuff on my desk so that she could monitor my blood pressure. I made the mistake of telling her that it has been high and I am taking medication. With my recent head injury, the high blood pressure has become an issue again. 
Grace has been keeping an eye on me, not only by monitoring it, but also by reminding me of ways to keep it down. 
I wish everyone had a Grace in their office. 

This is to make up for Monday, Jan. 6. 

There are not many words that can sum up how wonderful my coworker Grace is. Since joining my company, she has taken care of me in more ways than I can count. 

On Monday, she surprised me again, by plopping a blood pressure cuff on my desk so that she could monitor my blood pressure. I made the mistake of telling her that it has been high and I am taking medication. With my recent head injury, the high blood pressure has become an issue again. 

Grace has been keeping an eye on me, not only by monitoring it, but also by reminding me of ways to keep it down. 

I wish everyone had a Grace in their office. 

This is to make up for Sunday, Jan. 5
That day, I was able to gather with my NewGround cohort for a casual brunch on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. With fantastic weather and great food, everyone was in great spirits. 
I was not in the best of moods and avoided major conversations the whole day; however, I appreciate that there are this many people around me filled with joy, and who I can approach if I am not in the best state of mind. 
Though the fellowship has been trying at times, I am thankful to have met all of these Jews and Muslims. 

This is to make up for Sunday, Jan. 5

That day, I was able to gather with my NewGround cohort for a casual brunch on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. With fantastic weather and great food, everyone was in great spirits. 

I was not in the best of moods and avoided major conversations the whole day; however, I appreciate that there are this many people around me filled with joy, and who I can approach if I am not in the best state of mind. 

Though the fellowship has been trying at times, I am thankful to have met all of these Jews and Muslims. 

Jan 04

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For the past few months (OK, many months) my Fast Fwd button has been hard to use. It’s be worn down so much that it now looks like I’ve clawed away at it. 
In an effort to finally get a new remote, I put this in my car, and then, of course, didn’t get a new one and, subsequently, forget it in my car. 
For one evening, sans remote, I was reminded how thankful I am for these little devices. They’ve helped to make my obsession with TV easier, and they allow me to multitask.
I really need to get a new remote, and in the mean time, I will still gladly use this device because one bad button doesn’t mean the rest of the buttons are not excellent.  
What I was watching when I took the pic: “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I..E.L.D” http://imdb.to/1e5d7Ff
What I was watching when I wrote this post: “Dracula” http://imdb.to/19Hm1Mo

For the past few months (OK, many months) my Fast Fwd button has been hard to use. It’s be worn down so much that it now looks like I’ve clawed away at it. 

In an effort to finally get a new remote, I put this in my car, and then, of course, didn’t get a new one and, subsequently, forget it in my car. 

For one evening, sans remote, I was reminded how thankful I am for these little devices. They’ve helped to make my obsession with TV easier, and they allow me to multitask.

I really need to get a new remote, and in the mean time, I will still gladly use this device because one bad button doesn’t mean the rest of the buttons are not excellent.  

What I was watching when I took the pic: “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I..E.L.D” http://imdb.to/1e5d7Ff

What I was watching when I wrote this post: “Dracula” http://imdb.to/19Hm1Mo

Jan 03

I didn’t get a chance to post this yesterday, but I am so thankful to have met these three individuals. Their care for each member of NewGround is phenomenal. 
Words cannot explain how thankful I am to have people in my life I can go to for constructive criticism, and who will actually provide it back. 
I encourage all Muslims and Jews in LA to apply for this Fellowship; it will change your life. 
http://www.muslimjewishnewground.org/newground-fellowship.html

I didn’t get a chance to post this yesterday, but I am so thankful to have met these three individuals. Their care for each member of NewGround is phenomenal. 

Words cannot explain how thankful I am to have people in my life I can go to for constructive criticism, and who will actually provide it back. 

I encourage all Muslims and Jews in LA to apply for this Fellowship; it will change your life. 

http://www.muslimjewishnewground.org/newground-fellowship.html

Jan 01

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Aug 03

AJE Exit Stage Left - the Star Has Arrived.

With Al Jazeera America set to launch on Aug. 20, what does this mean for Al Jazeera English? Well, it’s now official - looks like AJE will be coming off the airwaves and AJA takes over. 

In light of the horrible reporting by so many networks recently, I am looking forward to seeing what AJA will be like and how hard-hitting it will keep its standards. They’ve brought on a ton of CNN’s best and brightest, as well as rising gems in the media industry. 

I guess all I can say is let’s see what happens on Aug. 20. 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/02/al-jazeera-english-livestream-al-jazeera-america_n_3697041.html

'Nine' the Musical - One of Guido's Girls
Last night I saw a local LA production of “Nine.” I have to admit that  I have not seen the musical or watched the movie. I walked in a complete “Nine” virgin. I liked it a lot, and could see how it would be fun. This is saying a lot for someone who is sucker for musicals. 
I think last night’s cast needs to rehearse more; however, they were all good singers. I came home and watched the movie, and I am more in love with it than I was last night. The casting was perfect. What can beat having all of these impressive women on one stage. Three of cinemas greatest beauties are in this movie - Penelope, Marion and Nicki. wow! 
Rob Marshall must have had so much fun directing this and trying to bring the musical to the big screen - no easy task. And he really did make me feel as if I was in 1960’s Italy.  
Crossing mediums fascinates me because you are only limited by your mind. 
My childhood dream was to be a Broadway singer and dancer ... if I could only sing… 

'Nine' the Musical - One of Guido's Girls

Last night I saw a local LA production of “Nine.” I have to admit that  I have not seen the musical or watched the movie. I walked in a complete “Nine” virgin. I liked it a lot, and could see how it would be fun. This is saying a lot for someone who is sucker for musicals. 

I think last night’s cast needs to rehearse more; however, they were all good singers. I came home and watched the movie, and I am more in love with it than I was last night. The casting was perfect. What can beat having all of these impressive women on one stage. Three of cinemas greatest beauties are in this movie - Penelope, Marion and Nicki. wow! 

Rob Marshall must have had so much fun directing this and trying to bring the musical to the big screen - no easy task. And he really did make me feel as if I was in 1960’s Italy.  

Crossing mediums fascinates me because you are only limited by your mind. 

My childhood dream was to be a Broadway singer and dancer ... if I could only sing… 

Jul 12

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Best new app?

So AS sent this to me and thinks it’s the best new app. I can see why it would be very important for a straight guy, and honestly, I am not that offended by it. 

http://www.flojuggler.com/

flo

i didn’t explore it that far. Please do and report back. 

Jul 08

Beweave Hair Salon

And they have free hot water! 

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xbzk0h_i-beweave-hair-salon_fun

My cat’s missing

Why won’t he help me find Missy! 

http://blogs.catster.com/the-cats-meow-a-cat-and-kitten-blog/lost-cat-email-exchange-an-exercise-in-malicious-compliance/2010/06/24/

Jul 06

Gilligan Island = Seven deadly sins

Ever wondered about the origins of some of our biggest pop culture shows and characters? Here are seven of them for you. 

http://www.cracked.com/article_18585_the-7-most-wtf-origins-iconic-pop-culture-franchises.html

But if Gilligan’s Island represents the 7 Deadly Sins, what is Maryanne supposed to represent?

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