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.

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.