I,Too, Am America

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Martin Luther King Jr.’s Method and Goal, was to give the African American people a voice, to help them stand up, and , much like Booker T. Washington, to give them a way to build their way up to the top of the social structure, to prove themselves worthy of high positions.

His Intentions and motives, therefore, are best explained in the poem ” I, too” by Langston Hughes.

So, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day this year, I present to you a Spoken Word Animation and Montage of the Poem ” I,too”. Below it, is the full text of the poem.

 

I, too, sing America.

 

I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.

 

Tomorrow,
I’ll be at the table
When company comes.
Nobody’ll dare
Say to me,
“Eat in the kitchen,”
Then.

 

Besides,
They’ll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed—

 

I, too, am America.
– Langston Hughes
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George Washington 2016

Authors, Blog, Omar Abdelhamid, Society

If George Washington was still alive, with all his same beliefs and opinions, would he be elected into office? Watch the video to find out! We will cover three things

  1. Political Views
  2. Opposition sprung from the voting system itself
  3. Issues regarding criticism and mockery

-Omar Abdelhamid

Monday

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Monday

A Poem by Omar Abdelhamid

It is Monday.  

The sky is freshly rolled out

the air is soft and silent

A single crimson leaf

dances above my head

 

And the world is in front of my eyes

but my arms cannot reach out and grab it

 

I am a speck in the ground below

Some hear my whispers

Stoop down to listen.

Pick up the words I drop

And place them into my humble basket

 

  1. Am.  Sinking.

My arms and neck  are stuck in the cement

I cannot reach out, nor do I have a soul to lift me

I am bound to something, something more than me

and it rushes through my bones

through my mind bouncing back and forth and breaking through every thought every memory

And I can feel the frozen bodies of those who fell behind me,  screaming, hoping,

 leaving their legacies

to be plucked by the vulture time

who eats his meal with no haste

they leave it for me

for me  to drop

and for you to stoop down,

pick up, and place into my humble basket

 

They will find me here

if they care to look

frozen

a moment in time

an echo, a memory

 

And every echo is smaller

when there is no one there to hear

please hear

 

Send help

Give my words a way

To break me out

out of this cage

Skyscrapers

Authors, Blog, Omar Abdelhamid, Philosophy, Society, Uncategorized

Skyscrapers

A Short Story by Omar Abdelhamid

      Exhausted from the walk and relieved to have found a seat, I braced myself for the roar of the train as it took off. Suddenly we were in the dark, and I could spot blotches of graffiti on the inside of the tunnel as we whizzed by. I could not think, because my thoughts,unable to keep up with the speed of the iron beast, were left to float in the emptiness of the tunnels, to be ignored, if even noticed, by later commuters. The screech of the friction of the rails as we shot through exhausted my mind, until I could see nothing, I could hear nothing, and I could know nothing. And West shot the beast towards home.

Are We Who We Think We Are?

Authors, Blog, Omar Abdelhamid, Philosophy, Science and Technology, Society

 

My name is Omar Abdelhamid. But is that really who I am?  Is Omar, the Omar that speaks to others and shares opinions and ideas the whole of my being? Or is Omar just one of the many functions of my human self? And does this self, this communicative, social self, really physically exist?
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How Life is like Coding

Authors, Omar Abdelhamid, Science and Technology

How Life is Like Coding

by Omar Abdelhamid

Coding is a science. But in coding, there’s more that you learn than the rules and the commands and the format and the different aspects of every language. While learning coding, there are important life lessons that are learned as well.

1) In coding, there are tons of lines of code to write. Lines are measured in the millions, and they are essential to the foundation of what you are coding. In life, there are some phases and hardships that are tedious that everyone has to go through, and they are essential to the foundation of yourself. If you get past them, you could find success.

2) Sometimes its best to take shortcuts.

Luckily for programmers, there are many coding shortcuts that make it much easier for them to write code. There are pre-made commands and shortcuts that accomplish things that would be much harder without them. In life, we are sometimes given advantages like technology that make it much easier for us to accomplish otherwise difficult things. In both cases, these help us skip tedious parts and get to working on the more substantial parts of projects, and thus create more and more amazing things more quickly and efficiently.

3) Be Creative.

Sometimes there isn’t a command for something, and you need to use your creativity to work out a way to solve a problem or reach a desired result if there isn’t an already established way to do something. Sometimes you can’t find open source code for something, and you have to find out a way to make it work. Similarly, in life, we don’t always learn the solution to our our problems, and we need to think with an open and creative mind in order to solve them.

4) Mistakes aren’t always clear.

In coding, you could have finished a long block of code, but when you run it, it doesn’t execute the way you wanted it to. You think it should be easy to fix the problem, but one big roadblock is in the way: you don’t know what you did wrong. You have to search through your code and test every segment separately sometimes to know what you did wrong before you even think about fixing it. In life, we don’t always know what went wrong when we are faced with an undesirable result. We have to experiment and make mistakes and learn from them so that we could find the best combination of conditions and find success.

Coding is said to be the language of the future. How suiting too, since it serves a double purpose as the basic building block of technology and an important teacher of how to success in life.

Dreams and Goals

Authors, Blog, Omar Abdelhamid, Philosophy, Society

What is the difference between a dream and a goal?

Quite literally, a dream is the sensation you feel when you are asleep.  But when we use it in everyday conversations, it means a perception or hope for the future, your future, what you would like to happen, or what you would like for your everyday life or reality to become.

Is there  a connection between the sleeping-based dream and a dream for the future? After all, why would there be a connection in the word itself if not?        .

A goal is a set and established landmark you want to reach in your life. A goal is thought of as something to work towards , a step to take.

Now, to the question, how do they differ. Well, you could think of a goal as small, but you don’t normally do that with a dream. For example, you could say, my goal for this week is to finish writing this article, or you could say My life goal is to be rich. You could only replace goal with dream in the latter of these examples.

So a dream is, relatively big, or spanning a long period of time. I mean, you could say my dream is to own a little house in the woods. It isn’t necessarily extravagant, but it’s significant.  A goal is therefore a collection of goals, but a dream is also a collection of goals, and a dream isn’t a collection of dreams.
When you are young you dream big because you aren’t quite sure about what goals you should set. You aren’t sure about the process that goes into achieving goals and dreams. So in essence, your dreams are from where your goals derive, and each small goal that you think of puts you closer to that dream.

But that is in a more creative sense, as a child. But when you are a part of an institution, for example a company or a school, you can’t really normally stray off from the direction of the institution and make a monumental change in it, so you  stuck with making small goals to inch your way through improving it or yourself in the institution. In a school or institution, you, even if you think in terms of dreams, are goal orientated. You have a big dream, like being the best student , but  there are goals that are forced onto you, that you can’t actually control, and although your performance in achieving those goals controls how well you reach your dream, you have no power over the goals themselves. In that sense, in all cases, your dream is just an output of your goals.

In school, you might want to be a great student, but you can’t choose the means by which you do that. At the essence of being a good student is doing well on tests and doing your homework, and you can’t really control that, those are the standards on which you base your dream.

So a dream outside of an institution, for example, in starting your own business, is more free and is more based on the dream than the goals. Because in many ways, you get to decide how to get there.

Steve Jobs was fired from Apple. His own Board of Directors fired him, and although this might seem crazy and terrible, he says:

” I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.”

So in being in an institution, even as the head of it, he found himself forced to follow the goals set and standardized to be a good and successful business, he had the dream of having a better company, but the way he got there was pretty much controlled by the traditions of doing business. That’s something about the notion of dreams, they could be revolutionary or crazy or wild, and no set of goals can limit them, they decide their own rules and steps.

Out of an institution, he was able to dream more, and from his dreams was able to stem ways of getting there, and so he was able, with his creativity, to find the best steps to help him achieve his dreams.

We can’t control the fact that sometimes we have to dream and sometimes we have to stick to the script to continue living the dream once we’ve reached it or stop chasing after a dream once it’s been deferred, its just a consequence of the nature of goals and dreams.

Keep Dreaming.

The Achievements of the Han Dynasty

Authors, Blog, Drew Morris, Miscellaneous, Science and Technology, Society, Uncategorized

The Han dynasty lasted from 206 BC-220 AD and had many amazing achievements that changed the world for all and benefits our society in many ways. The Han dynasty had many achievements in science, and one of them was the seismograph. The Seismograph was an impressive instrument because it detected earthquakes from hundreds of miles away. Another scientific achievement was that they learned how to predict when the sun was going to have an eclipse. This discovery helped people because they were always ready when an eclipse came.  In medicine, doctors found new kinds of medications. This helped doctors treat more diseases and patients who were ill. Han craft workers also made an amazing invention when they learned how to create paper. They created paper by pounding the bark of Mulberry trees.  The invention of paper had a huge effect on the way people lived. Paper made it easier to record what was happening. With paper, students invented the first Chinese dictionary. Another idea that came up under the rule of emperor Wudi was Grand School. Grand School were schools that were created to help students get jobs in the local government. Grand School was the empire’s best school. They were set up in every province or state in the empire. Without Grand School and the Confucian emphasis on education, their society might not have had innovators to create these inventions. Overall, thanks to the Han dynasty’s hard work and achievements, society obtained tools and scientific advancements that benefit us to this day.

The Bystander Effect

Authors, Blog, Derek Leung, Philosophy, Society

By Derek Leung

Usually, when there is a physical fight, if there enough people, they will soon form a circle around the fight, usually without helping the victim of the fight. After the fight is over, the crowd will disperse, leaving the injured victim behind with little to no people helping them. This is often attributed to the bystander effect.

Annie and Communism

Authors, Blog, Omar Abdelhamid, Society, Uncategorized

The cold war was a period of tension between the two major world powers, the U.S. and The Soviet Union, and the two major world political structures, Communism and Capitalism during the 20th century. It was, of course, much more complex and interesting than quickly outlined here. But this simple description gives us a bit of context for what we are about to discuss.

The Cold War was all about getting people on either side of the tension. Both sides used all kinds of propaganda to get their own citizens more strongly associated with the beliefs of their government.

This propaganda was perpetuated through various different mediums, including cartoons, posters, and (as made possible by the popularity of advancing technology) movies.

Anthropology, Placebos, and Magic Voodoo Doctors

Authors, Blog, Omar Abdelhamid, Science and Technology, Society, Uncategorized

When the anthropology students of Horace Miner harshly judged and mocked the cultures of the people they studied and read about, Miner showed his students the humanity of these cultures and put them in a better light in a very clever way. He wrote an article  about the Nacirema, a Tribe with very strange customs and traditions, such as a mouth-rite ritual done by sticking horse hairs in the mouth. How strange indeed. A culture with medicine men and women and a charm-box in the washing room.

Monet

Art Showcase, Authors, Omar Abdelhamid, Poetry

“Monet”

I’ll set a bridge

In a flowing gleaming stream.

Beside the tallest tree

Will be my sky-scraping towers.

And I’ll lay some concrete

And stone blocks

Amidst your flowery jungle crops.

Until my juxtapositioning makes it so

That we are one

And That WE are beauty

That WE are art

-Omar Abdelhamid

whispering night

Art Showcase, Authors, Omar Abdelhamid, Poetry, Uncategorized

Whispering night


A whispering night

Silences itself to life 

Until normality 

Having long been the rhythm of the sun

Sets and is but a whisper

And the cold trickles up the veins 


When the buttress of the fragile soul 

Breaks and drops it’s  child

And not the dark

But the dimming light is seen


With squinting

” let it live ” is cried

And the light does push so gallantly for life 

Till the final desperate flicker and the  end

Puts it to rest at last 

And sight excludes it 


And when the mind is pressed and the night is dark and the music is soft but deadly 

A child quickly falls and falls and falls


Asleep 

-Omar Abdelhamid 

On the Elements of Love

Authors, Omar Abdelhamid, Philosophy, Society, Uncategorized

by Omar Abdelhamid

 

To encompass the benefit and the reason for the survival of love in humans, one can describe all forms of “Love” as the basis of all motivation. The reason for doing anything that has ever been done is love.

We can further break down love into 3 different forms.

One kind of love is loving something for what it has done before. Another is loving for what it is doing. And the last is loving for what it can do.

All these forms are similar, despite being listed in the dictionary as three entirely different definitions of the word love. Because all three types of love is giving very passionately because there is something that can, is, or has been given to you before. You love because you were given or will be given and you are grateful. So love is in a sense gratitude as well.

These categories seem vague at first glance, so it would help to provide examples for each kind.

Black And White

Authors, Blog, English, Omar Abdelhamid, Philosophy, Society

by Omar Abdelhamid

What do you consider blank?

If someone was to ask you to draw or express something blank, what would you draw?

Would you take an 8 1/2 by 11 piece of computer paper and not draw anything? Is the paper blank? White reflects in all light and absorbs none, so is the paper blank because it is free of absorbed color?

Or would you color the paper in pitch black? Black reflects no color and absorbs it all,making your eyes see no color. So would the paper be visually blank?

What does blank mean?

The Itsy Bitsy Spider and The Pheonix

Authors, Blog, Omar Abdelhamid, Philosophy, Society

By Omar Abdelhamid

 

“There was a silly damn bird called a phoenix back before Christ, every few hundred years he built a pyre and burnt himself up.But every time he burnt himself up he sprang out of the ashes, he got himself born all over again. And it looks like we’re doing the same thing, over and over, but we’ve got one damn thing the phoenix never had. We know the damn silly thing we just did. We know all the damn silly things we’ve done for a thousand years and as long as we know that and always have it around where we can see it, someday we’ll stop making the goddamn funeral pyres and jumping in the middle of them.” ( Bradbury,163)

Martin and Malcolm

Authors, Blog, Omar Abdelhamid, Society

 

The following is an opinion based article, not to be taken into fact, but to be considered and perhaps rejected or adopted into your own thoughts and opinions.

( I only discuss the life of Malcolm X in this article, assuming that the reader already knows enough context about Martin Luther King. If you need to brush up on who he was, http://www.biography.com/people/martin-luther-king-jr-9365086 is the place to go.)

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Martin Luther King Jr.(left) and Malcolm X(right), two of the most influential  leaders in the African American Civil Rights movement of the 20th century, are pictured above in their first and only meeting.

Why were these two men so rarely and briefly together, even though they had the same vision for the progression of the African American race?

Tradition and the Modern Holiday Season

Authors, Omar Abdelhamid, Society

By Omar Abdelhamid

What holiday is special to you? Why is it special to you?

The latin word tradere, meaning handed over, is the root word for tradition. Tradition is quite literally handing over ideas, customs, cultures, and morals.

When we celebrate a holiday, passed down to us from our ancestors, the celebration is not merely a religious celebration, but also a chance to connect with the people important to us, and the ideas that are important to us.  We are able to connect to our previous generations of family and strengthen it, by replicating and carrying on the traditions of holidays. It brings us closer to our ancestors and our culture, who celebrated the same holiday with the same customs and in (almost) the same way.

The Winner of the Haiku Day Haiku Contest is……. Aaron Wang!

Here is Aaron’s poem:

Look, it’s New Year’s Day,

Parties, food, and wild laughter,

What a beginning.

Thank you Aaron, and thanks to all who entered.
Happy Holidays!
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Capture

Figure one – Google Searches Containing the term “ebola”

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Figure 2- Google Searches containing the term ALS . Circled are, in order, the results for August, september, and October.

Now that the Ebola Virus is seemingly becoming more and more of a threat to United States citizens, more and more citizens of the United States, and people in other countries are consulting Google to find out more about the disease and know their risk. In fact, an increase in google searches about a disease can indicate an increase of interest or worry concerning the disease. Above, the statistics for searches for Ebola or related searches peaked in October. It began to increase in August and September as well. The statistics for searches for ALS however, peaked in August and fell dramatically in September and October. As more people became aware of the threat of Ebola, it seems as if ALS became less of an interest to the public, despite the issue not have been fixed. It seems as if the public cannot care about two diseases at the same time. This also might be a coincidence. Comparing Ebola and Cancer, no clear results are seen. Cancer maintains a steady amount of “publicity” even when the Ebola virus began to be a problem for Americans. So is the publicity of diseases a fad, is it true that diseases are given attention for a few months an then forgotten? Or is the case of Ebola and ALS a special case?

 

Feel free to vote on what you think is right below, and leave a comment expressing why you think so.

 

-Omar Abdelhamid

Authors, Miscellaneous, Omar Abdelhamid, Society

The Core staff of Infinite Initiative has decided on a change in the direction of the purpose of our organization.We are going to attempt to allow children to be able to express themselves through writing, so that they can get their ideas out eloquently and in a way that adults will be able to understand. The program will provide a writing and blogging skills program, and will also provide authorship on our websites to people who go through the program, with hopes that it will not only provide skills, but an audience for our children’s ideas.The project is in early development stages, but we would like as much support and publicity of our website as possible. Thank you in advance for any support given. Email omar@infiniteinitiative.org if you are interested in supporting or want any more information.

We will still continue to be posting, so scroll down to see our latest posts.

-Omar

 

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Peanuts and Child Philosophy

Authors, Omar Abdelhamid, Philosophy, Uncategorized

Charles M. Schulz, famous for being the creator of the Peanuts cartoons, once remarked about his profession:

” If I were a better artist, I’d be a painter, and if I were a better writer, I’d write books- but I’m not, so I draw cartoons.”

The key element of his skills description is his lack of proficiency in writing. He may have not been good at writing, but he was still able to express very powerful messages. He did this by taking on the view of children, who have ideas like he did, but are not able to organize them into eloquent writing,and instead were more abstract in their mindset. He used his persona as a child to justify expressing his ideas in abstract and unclear ways.

World Cup and Increasing Nationalism

Authors, Omar Abdelhamid, Society, Uncategorized

The FIFA 2014 World Cup has become a principal aspect of many people’s lives. Doubtless, players and coaches are greatly affected by the outcomes of these games; however, fans and countries as a whole are impacted by these games. Some of these impacts are beneficial to people and nations, but some are proving to be dangerous and may get us dangerously close to a global conflict.

What is the meaning of Nationalism?

na·tion·al·ism
ˈnaSHənəˌlizəm/
noun
  1. patriotic feeling, principles, or efforts.
    • an extreme form of this, especially marked by a feeling of superiority over other countries.
      plural noun: nationalisms
    • advocacy of political independence for a particular country.

( Taken from Google search)

Lets take a closer look at this definition. It has two main parts; a nation is better than other nations and a nation deserves freedom from another nation.

Chuck E. Cheese and a Rise in Materialism

Authors, Omar Abdelhamid, Philosophy, Society, Uncategorized

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I was recently at a Chuck E. Cheese restaurant / arcade. I picked up on a few details about the place that you may not have noticed, but are very negatively influential to children who play there.

For those not familiar with the place, it is an arcade of different games and you get tickets from every game that you are able to exchange for receipts to buy prizes. Each game is worth a token that you can buy with real money.

Prizes of Chuck E. Cheese

Prizes of Chuck E. Cheese

See the problem yet?

Cynicism

There are two types of games, games for fun, and games that are chance based that get you tickets. The ticket games are often more prominent; however, they are usually rigged, making it hard or impossible to get a real prize. The number of fun games are decreasing and decreasing as the point of the arcade becomes more centered around getting enough tickets to get a prize. Again, these games are not fun at all, and only involve pulling a lever or sliding a coin down with accurate timing. Even worse, jackpot prizes reach only 25 or 50 tickets. The prizes are very expensive and often poorly made or easy to lose. They are often worthless. You can buy a small pack of candy for 50 tickets,and a good prize would be 4,000 tickets, an almost impossible task. These are usually supposed to be saved up for, but the store encourages children to cease to invest and instead buy small and cheap toys.

How is modern day economy similar to places like Chuck E. Cheese?