Saturday, February 17, 2007

thursday 15th feb,

what to say i needed to get out and speak to humans, sent texts to various peeps at around 4 pm, i was sat there at 11pm like a desperado at sherhazads, after being stood up by no less than 4 people, to add insult to injury, on my way home stopped off to get a pizza, the only place open was pizza hut - the first fast food joint ive been into in 5 years, large meatfeast that tasted like grilld cheeze on plasterboard: not good - felt like shit afterward too.

as i mentioned before the valentines day card situation was a nice surprise, but am now totaly perplexed.

card one, was there before i turned up, but on the wrong desk, at someone elses computer, a place where i never sit, - im making an assumption here perhaps it was delivered by an agent by someone who doesent really know me or where i sit. also signed with a ?

card two turned up at my left elbow, whilst i was talking to sue from makeup - i have a sneeky suspicion who delivered it and who its from altho i cant be sure - name in red on the front of the envelope not signed inside the card./

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Valentines day update:

Who Loves Ya Baby: Kojak
well that was a first, 2 valentines cards at work: both anonomous: made my day that did, now its up to me for the detective work: im on to one of you: nice slight of hand with the 2way switch - couldnt have confirmed it if it wasnt for a little bird knowing that 2 cards had arrived, when i haddnt told anyone about the second.
othernews: watched Casablanca, Bottle rocket & patton lastnight

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

company sinage

crisps made of 100% Natrual Potatos - who would have thaught!

Graphiti on the back of one of the stop signs
Office body armour watch

Josh with his own armour

Monday, February 12, 2007

now i dont feel so bad about not having a date for valentines day

Question:What is the ruling on Valentine’s Day?.

Answer:Praise be to Allaah.

Valentine’s Day is a jaahili Roman festival, which continued to be celebrated until after the Romans became Christian. This festival became connected with the saint known as Valentine who was sentenced to death on 14 February 270 CE. The kuffaar still celebrate this festival, during which immorality and evil are practised widely. For more details on this celebration, please see: Valentines_eng.html"> Celebrating Valentine’s Day Valentines_eng.html">.

It is not permissible for a Muslim to celebrate any of the festivals of the kuffaar, because festivals come under the heading of shar’i issues which are to be based on the sound texts.
Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: Festivals are part of sharee’ah, clear way and rituals of which Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“To each among you, We have prescribed a law and a clear way”
[al-Maa’idah 5:48]

“For every nation We have ordained religious ceremonies which they must follow”
[al-Hajj 22:67]

-- such as the qiblah (direction faced in prayer), prayer and fasting. There is no difference between their participating in the festival and their participating in all other rituals. Joining in fully with the festival is joining in with kufr, and joining in with some of its minor issues is joining in with some of the branches of kufr. Indeed, festivals are one of the most unique features that distinguish various religions and among their most prominent symbols, so joining in with them is joining in with the most characteristic and prominent symbols of kufr. No doubt joining in with this may lead to complete kufr.
Partially joining in, at the very least, is disobedience and sin. This was indicated by the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) when he said: “Every people has its festival and this is our festival.” This is worse than joining them in wearing the zinaar (a garment that was worn only by ahl al-dhimmah) and other characteristics of theirs, for those characteristics are man-made and are not part of their religion, rather the purpose behind them is simply to distinguish between a Muslim and a kaafir. As for the festival and its rituals, this is part of the religion which is cursed along with its followers, so joining in with it is joining in with something that is a cause of incurring the wrath and punishment of Allaah. End quote from Iqtida’ al-Siraat al-Mustaqeem (1/207).

He also said (may Allaah have mercy on him): It is not permissible for the Muslims to imitate them in anything that is uniquely a part of their festivals, whether it be food, clothing, bathing, lighting fires, refraining from a regular habit, doing acts of worship or anything else. It is not permissible to give a feast or to give gifts, or to sell anything that will help them to do that for that purpose, or to allow children and others to play games that are part of the festivals, or to wear one’s adornments.

To conclude: the Mulsims should not do any of their rituals at the time of their festivals; rather the day of their festival should be like any other day for the Muslims. The Muslims should not do anything specific in imitation of them. End quote from Majmoo al-Fataawa (25/329).
Al-Haafiz al-Dhahabi (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: If the Christians have a festival, and the Jews have a festival, it is only for them, so no Muslim should join them in that, just as no Muslim should join them in their religion or their direction of prayer. End quote from Tashabbuh Khasees bi Ahl al-Khamees, published in Majallat al-Hikmah (4/193)

when they exchange gifts and red roses, and they wear red clothes. What is the ruling on celebrating this day and exchanging gifts?

He replied:
Firstly: it is not permissible to celebrate these innovated festivals, because it is an innovation for which there is no basis in Islam. It comes under the heading of the hadeeth of ‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her), according to which the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever introduces anything into this matter of ours that is not part of it will have it rejected.”

Secondly: it involves imitating the kuffaar and copying them by venerating that which they venerate and respecting their festivals and rituals, and imitating them in something that is part of their religion. In the hadeeth it says: “Whoever imitates a people is one of them.”

Thirdly: it results in evils and haraam things such as wasting time, singing, music, extravagance, unveiling, wanton display, men mixing with women, women appearing before men other than their mahrams, and other haraam things, or things that are a means that leads to immorality. That cannot be excused by the claim that this is a kind of entertainment and fun. The one who is sincere towards himself should keep away from sin and the means that lead to it.

And he said:
Based on this, it is not permissible to sell these gifts and roses, if it is known that the purchaser celebrates these festivals or will give these things as gifts on those days, so that the seller will not be a partner of the one who does those innovations. And Allaah knows best. End quote.
And Allaah knows best.

-Islam Q&A
A QATARI teenager was killed in a “bizarre” road accident in Gharrafa on Friday, a Traffic Department official said yesterday.The 19-year-old boy died on the spot when his Land Cruiser literally flew off the road and hit the top of a 3m-high compound wall, nearly 3m away from the road, said Brig Mohamed Abdullah al-Malki, adviser at the department.The 4x4 vehicle then landed on the ground a few metres away. But the boy, who was thrown off the vehicle, flew a further 50m before hitting the ground, the official said. “Presumably, he was not wearing a seat belt.”The cause of the accident is puzzling too. There are tyre marks on the road but there is no clue as to what may have caused the driver to take evasive action and hit the kerb before take off.Whatever the reason, it was a bizarre accident, the official commented. The base of the wall is undamaged, he pointed out. How could the vehicle soar so high in the air is absolutely puzzling, he said.

this isnt a bizarre accident the kid was probably doing 160 and swerved.
is it wrong to lust after a landline telephone?

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Chewbacca Defense

My favourite legal defence mechanism has now gained its own wikipedia entry
The Chewbacca Defense has been applied to real world legal strategies in the media and by some legal experts. Commentator Michael Masnick of Techdirt Corporate Intelligence noted in 2003 that Trojan horse defense was becoming a key defense strategy in computer crime cases, particularly highlighting a claim made by a Slashdot story poster[4] regarding the SCO v. IBM case:

...because juries don't understand technical jargon, we're getting closer and closer to situations where lawyers are going to employ the Chewbacca Defense, as created for South Park. Already, Slashdot has suggested that SCO is using a Chewbacca Defense in their case. Basically, you just have a convincing lawyer make up a bunch of technical stuff, make connections that don't have anything to do with one another, point out that it does not make sense, and therefore, the case should get thrown out. The legal strategy of the twenty-first century: trojan horses and Chewbacca. [5]

Criminologist Dr. Thomas O'Connor says that when DNA evidence shows "inclusion", that is, does not exonerate a client by exclusion from the DNA sample provided, "About the only thing you can do is attack the lab for its (lack of) quality assurance and proficiency testing, or use a 'Chewbacca defense' ... and try to razzle-dazzle the jury about how complex and complicated the other side's evidence or probability estimates are."[6] Forensic scientist Erin Kenneally has argued that court challenges to digital evidence frequently use the Chewbacca defense per se, in that they present multiple alternative explanations of forensic evidence obtained from computers and internet providers to raise the reasonable doubt understood by a jury. Kenneally also presents methods than can be used to rebut a Chewbacca defense.[7][8] Kenneally and colleague Anjali Swienton have presented this topic before the Florida State Court System and at the 2005 American Academy of Forensic Sciences annual meeting.[9]
Perhaps less seriously, ZDNet's Munir Kotadia proposed a Chewbacca defense for cases involving Microsoft Windows, writing, "Ladies and gentlemen, this is Microsoft Windows. It is the most popular operating system in the world. But Windows is full of security holes, cannot be trusted, and costs lots of money. This does not make sense." [10] The term has also seen use in political commentary; Ellis Weiner wrote in The Huffington Post that Dinesh D'Souza was using the Chewbacca defense in criticism of new Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, defining it as when "someone asserts his claim by saying something so patently nonsensical that the listener's brain shuts down completely."[11]

Expat Wives to be banned from driving in qatar shock

>From the gulf times

>New rules ‘soon’ on driving licences
>Published: Saturday, 10 February, 2007, 09:35 AM Doha Time

THE Traffic Department is to issue new rules governing the issue of driving licences, probably restricting it to only those expatriates who really need it, Arabic daily Arrayah has reported.These new rules will be applicable to expatriates, particularly labourers and unemployed women, the report said.

“It is likely that these segments of the society which do not need to drive to work will not be issued driving licences.”According to the report, these people will be banned from joining driving schools on the assumption that while the labourers are provided transportation by their employers and unemployed women mostly stay at home.

“These measures are also in line with the department’s plans to ease traffic congestion on Doha streets which receive over 200 new cars every day.”

Is it me or is this idea Outrageous? banning women from driving then claiming its a measure to curb traffic.