Category: Movies & Television

Mentally I am here

“Everything that you fought for was not for yourself, it was for those who came after you.” — Howard University alumnus Chadwick Boseman provided words of inspiration to the Class of 2018 during Howard University’s 150th Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 12 in Washington, D.C. If you have survived grief before, you would understand there […]

We make determinations

Disregarding her privileges as a white, thin, blond, and beautiful woman with a net worth of almost 400 million dollars, there was a very specific — OK, several — scene(s) in Miss Americana where I could definitely relate to Taylor Swift. The whole growth from being accustomed to being known as the ‘nice girl’ who […]

The Happiness Machine

“In the Arabic word is wahashtini which means “I miss you” addressing a female. The city’s name is also female, and as I saw this hashtag on the old corniche on a day I was barely able to see the sea, I felt it was symbolic – almost as if it was a complaint from the citizens […]

More than just data points

(Update Nov 21: I should revisit this post about the quantification of relationship below to include more critical views regarding neuroatypicality, which I sorely lack awareness of and in the process of learning more. If this hasn’t been updated yet, know if you read it, you should consider your thoughts along those lines too.) I […]

How to raise a superhero

I just finished watching this Netflix series called Raising Dion, a story on a young superhero coming to terms with the fact that he inherited some superpowers from his dad. Dion, an 8-year-old boy, lives with his mum, Nicole, after his dad Mark (played by Michael B. Jordan!!!) drowned saving a woman in the middle […]

Do you actually care about other people?

Phoebe Waller-Bridge, writer and star of comedy series Fleabag, surrounded by her Emmys I’m always happy to receive Jocelyn K Glei’s newsletter in my inbox, for she always shares all the insightful articles and links on productivity, and more importantly, on hurrying slowly, which is a quite clever wordplay on moving at your very own […]

We live for such miracles

I forgot that people actually wrote things by hand long before typewriters and computers were invented, until I came upon this digitised original manuscript of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. I suppose a lot of other famous writers do this too, both drafting and possibly writing the entire book. Writers like James Patterson, Stephen King, Joyce Carol […]

Waxing lyrical

I love when I read yet another piece of people waxing lyrical about the past and future of the web, as I stumbled upon this piece on the progression of the web’s personality today. I was among the people who, as mentioned in the article, “the majority of the internet’s early users just had a […]

Allegro con brio

I was never a musician, and was never trained as a musician. Which is why when I heard about the word allegro con brio today, which means ‘at a fast tempo, and with spirit’ (literally, ‘with brilliance’) my heart swells. It is not because it is a foreign word, although I have an affinity to […]

Calling bullshit

I have a habit of downloading Kindle book samples so I could read the first few pages before buying its physical copy (if I like it), but I was so deprived of a good book to read I just decided to purchase one, and now currently am regretting it because I am 6% through and […]