Saturday, July 29, 2006

Blogger Deficit Disorder

There is no new blogger to talk about today, even though I've got a handful of them and it would be amusing to write about most of them. However, what I'm planning on talking about is relevant to bloggers and blogging.

The world out here is quite different from the world in Baghdad, and has differed further since the war/invasion or whatever you may call it. The world out here is cutthroat in the real sense of the word, but back there it's cutthroat literally. But is it an excuse for individuals to be intransigent? To maintain their ignorance, apathy, tedium, and to complain about all of that? No, it isn't, it never was and it will never be.
It doesn't take much to realize that in Baghdad, it's impossible to pursue a dream even for the most motivated person there. However, if a person is motivated to improve and make any individual progress, that person will never be short of ways to realize that. Unable to pursue studies or as much as finding books to increase knowledge and work on personal skills? There's the world at the touch of your fingers, online. You can always widen your horizons, educate yourself and develope. You can always work on making yourself a better person, with a better mentality, because nobody is ever smart enough for the real world.

When I criticize a blogger, there are two things to it; the first being that I am an individual and I'm free to give my opinion as long as I do so properly, because since the day that blogger has decided to publish posts, every word is out there for weighing. The second, being that I am not criticizing the persona, not the psyche. I'm criticizing the attitude, the things that the person can obviously work on, and they're often things that the person himself doesn't notice.
Some people mistake that criticism for an effort to make light of themselves, which is not true. However, I believe that one of two people would have serious issues with criticism in any form, and that would be a person with an extremely low self esteem and sense of worth or a person with a so-enlarged ego to believe that he/she is above any criticism. The first, because it's always a reminder of the insufficiency, which I believe should be a motive to work on improving instead of simply whining. The second is just too much self esteem to blind from the truth.
People with low self esteem do not succeed. Success is an image a person reflects, its an insubstantial balance in everything including how much esteem one holds for him/herself. When there's a lack of self esteem, there is no motivation to improve, therefore no success. When there's an excess, there's a bit of hope, since as we move on with life we learn alot about our true worth.

Today, I have recieved a comment from Meemo, the Frog Blog star. The comment consisted of two main chunks that I skimmed through and was tempted to delete right when I started reading. Where Meemo flows is Category II, and that would be the person with low sense of worth, if any. Now, I've alreadt talked about that in Frog Blog. However, the comment also tempted me to write this post.
Meemo Abbas is one of those people who aren't big on doing anything with their lives, and looks like he's hit the bottom of the bottomless pit quite a while ago. Whining is his major, and coming up with twaddle in some unknown jargon is another thing he's good at. That's his attitude, that's what he is, not who he is.
I do regret having deleted the comment now, it would have been nice to paste the full chunks here, but unfortunately I haven't got them. However, they included some really hilarious remarks. Hilarious mainly because they're incredibly naive.
The first, being his assumption that Frog Blog stood for me thinking that he looks like a Frog. Well, how inspired do you have to be to think that way? The other was his instant assumption that I haven't lived in Iraq and that I haven't specifically lived there during/after the war, and he's quite wrong about that. The third assumption, which I found pretty...let's say thick and dim, was that I don't know what a "Metal Head" was. I won't even go near the jargon and the terminology there, but that was pretty lame to the point where I was literally laughing out loud at the...idiocy. It takes an awful lot of it to understand things that way.I don't know what he thinks he could teach me, that I don't know already. I can tell that there's nothing really, but I'll just get on the flow and ask "what?". I know I could teach him some better understanding skills since the post on my blog talked about how he doesn't make any sense while he took it for "lack of understanding to his dark nature".

He also has this tendency to use profanity. Maybe he think's its cool. I'm not sure about that, but he won't be the first kid I see to think that being one of the homies in the hood is cool. There's this thing about his writing that makes him yet another trivial wannabe.

Alaa The Mesopotamian is the absolute opposite, character wise. However, if this is what people's comments look like, I might as well just disable comments.

Unfortunately, Meemo's likes are becoming the more common element in our youth. Quite a burden on society, quite sluggish and grumpy, hollow to a level where their value as human beings is not that high in a world where a person is valued by what they can produce and what they've got to offer. It's a shame that I've got to call his likes "My fellow citizens". And yes, this time, it's his psyche that I am criticizing, not just his attitude.

Meemo, laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired. You think being in Iraq is tough, and it justifies your inadequacy, when you choose to do nothing but whine. Your life is what you make out of it. Check the real world where your two hands and one brain don't usually suffice...then we will have a talk. Till then, grow up a little and don't be dim and thick.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

His not-humble-at-all opinion

Today's blogger is The Mesopotamian. Now, the blogger, Alaa, is articulate and somewhat realistic, the blog is well written. That is, untill the overly-confident blogger makes some bloated statements. The blog itself is as old as November 2003, I cannot and will not read every single post since, because that would be utterly boring and quite a bit insane, then it would also be futile since several posts from here and there do suffice.

The most recent post was the July 15th post with a title that is so long that it could be a post, itself, though it does sound good. The post is short enough not to be boring, general that the title sounds redundant, and has some big words around the end that could fit in a a Hitchcock movie featuring a Mao Zedong reality like this line:

"I shall try to find time to tell you some of my ideas but it is so difficult to spare the few minutes required in these treacherous and murderous times."

Not that I don't see his point, but the phrasing is like an addition that brings a jarring element, quite an unnecessary one, to the whole post.
The other thing that I found interesting was the ego that might as well be the size of Texas. There's this part in the same post where he says, and I quote:

"What I have warned about always and since the beginning is sadly taking place right now."

It's as though he's sort of like Delphi's Oracle, making apocalyptic prophecies that people should either consider seriously or they will all perish. So he has warned, so...?

Another post that I found interesting was the November 3rd, 2005 post. Yes, that's quite a bit out of date, yet again I only skim through the archive. The first paragraph is fully religious, preeching tolerance and compassion. The kind of thing people aren't likely to get off his blog if they haven't got it already. I also found it a bit discriminating since the prayers and all were only dedicated to Muslims, why just us? Or is he insinuating that everybody else has "thoughts of peace and himanity in their minds" and Muslims don't? Who knows.
The actual post starts with an officious statement, also an apocalyptic prophecy from the Oracle, I mean Alaa. He says:

"As I have said before, the War on Terror should take into account that perhaps the main arena of the struggle is the Media and Information fields. This terrorist phenomenon combines primitive urges and ideologies with the use of the modern technologies of satellite T.V. the internet etc. In fact, the Al Qaeda and Al Qaeda-like people design their operations with the prime objective of attracting maximum media attention. Thus Media attention is a weapon in itself, and the main one from the view point of these terrorist groups, and this subject should be a matter of primary consideration to strategists and planners of the War."

I agree with him, but notice the first phrase which is so overly officious. It's almost like "I told you so, you should have listened!", I don't know whom he thinks he is but he sure isn't Delphi's real Oracle.
He goes on and talks about media, and he does make some points there. It's just that he's got some phrasing issues where ego plays a big role and everybody else is implicitly an idiot. He still hasn't got to the point where he describes himself as a supreme being, but I think it's on the way.
Now, I have skimmed through the archive, but it's pretty monotounous and I cannot keep writing about a blog that is all the same. He's the All-Knowing Oracle, he warns and warns and people just never listen. Media's the green serpent that is sometimes mean and sometimes plain idiotic, while his majestic self carries on cetera.

You should go to this blog if you've got low self-esteem issues, but you should go with a bucket, because there you can collect some of the bloated ego which drips from his lines. He should seriously rename his blog and consider calling it "The Supreme Being" or "Delphi's all-knowing Oracle", because otherwise everybody would think that Mesopotamians are all show-offs...or aren't they?

Monday, July 24, 2006

Frog Blog

I've been reading Iraqi blogs for ages now, through Iraq Blog Count and other websites that link to Iraqi blogs. Some blogs are just great, others are fine, and there's a good number of them that are there to reflect Iraqis' potential at being ignorants, over-bloated, ego-centered, extremists et cetera, you name it and it's there. Not that there aren't people like that everywhere else, but we're the ones that need to get their image fixed.

There's this one blog that I'm going to talk about today, and that would be Iraqi Rocker's. Now, we Iraqis aren't normally raised speaking English, and we might not be the best writers ever in English. But this guy writes the longest overrun sentences ever, even longer than resolutions. Every post is an overrun sentence, itself, and there is no such thing as paragraphs.

In the July 20th post which is the most recent, titled "Midnight Chitchat", he goes on as though he's got ADHD. I realize it's a chitchat, but it's one of those things where you lose interest after the first...there are no paragraphs but say chunk. He starts off with how he can't think of anything to talk about, and how they found a decapitated man near the house and all of that. As I read through, I found it no more than "blabber". You would expect a person to be slightly more affected by the fact that a decapitated body was at their door. He then talks about the odds of getting killed if your name is like this or like that. The swiftness and ease at which he drops the dead man and talks about life, and then moves on to talk about people in his neighbourhood is just interesting. Topics change at Mach 3. This is an example :

"just tell me what is your damn belief, I'm talking about friends of my friends, I don’t really talk with any strangers these days about this stuff, no politic, no nothing, sometimes when I came back to the house with a taxi I just talk with him about how much he's gonna take to drive me to my house, 'cause 99% of the taxi drivers are I don’t know, I just don’t trust them at all, I guess that’s it for today I have no more NOTHING to talk about, or I have one thing, I think everything is happening in Baghdad right now is because of the Iranian inelegance, Israeli inelegance, CIA, the militias all of them, Ba'ath party members, and in the end I guess al-qayda, you know what, I'll try to talk about the people who are destroying Baghdad later, 'cause I have to go now, see you later people, take care and have fun, BYEZ"

The March 13th post is very perceptive and prudent. Short enough not to bore anybody, yet you just can't help thinking "Boy! Get a life!". If you open the comments page, you will find my sincere opinion of Meemo as well as my comment about the 3-word-long post of his. It's pretty short that I can post it, but unfortunately it's obscene.

The May 22nd is yet another insightful post by Meemo. Should have been titled BS instead of embarrassing Disturbed by quoting them. This is the first chunk, you tell me what you think:

"Good morning people of darkness?? I guess if you were really people of darkness that’s
mean you don’t have a morning and you don’t even have anything good, anyways, what'sup??"

The remainder of that post suggests that he should be carrying a G-Pride flag and wandering in Baghdad's streets. I don't know if he thinks about what people who bother read the whole thing think after reading it. I'll tell you what I think, he's either a metroman dying to get laid, or a plain homosexual going through denial and it's getting to his brain...if there's such a thing.

The guy is very rational, isn't he? He has this problem with topics being absolutely slippery for him that he simply slides and glides from one topic to the other. He should do a couple changes to his blog; the first would be writing a nuisance caution at the top, and then another thing would be writing a note at the beginning of each post, emphasizing on the fact that he's the person who is writing the post. Incase anybody forgets what his writing is like...