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It’s Christmas, not Xmas

We see it every year, without paying much attention to it. We say it every year, without being aware of it. It’s the word Xmas, which is a substitute of Christmas. It bothers me when people use the word Xmas instead of Christmas, because they are substituting the Christ by an X. After all, ‘X’ is an abbreviation of ‘Ex’ (such as extreme, extra, etc…), and does not represent, in any form or another, the word ‘Christ’.

Out of respect for Christianity, I suggest you use the word Christmas instead of Xmas.

Meanwhile, I leave you with this Jingle Bells song, Punjabi style, and I wish you a Merry Christmas full of joy and happiness to you and your family:

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Blog Action Day 2009 is today on Climate Change

Save yourself by saving the earth. After all, it’s about YOU, and it starts by YOU!

Blog Action Day 2009 - Climate Change logo

Blog Action Day 2009 - Climate Change logo

C.S Sagesse (Hekmeh): A childhood memory of Lebanon

C.S. Sagesse Lebanon LogoWe all pass by phases or experiences in our life that get carved into our memory, and tend to stay with us most of our lives. One of such experiences for me is the Lebanese C.S. Sagesse (Club Sportif La Sagesse) club, also known as Hekmeh, which I played football (soccer) with during my adolescent years. I have played with them for almost two years when I was around 15 years old, but the sweet memories of this short period of time still linger in my head.

For a Lebanese, I don’t think Sagesse needs an introduction. For an outsider, it is a Lebanese sporting club based in Beirut which takes part in football and basketball. Hekmeh is arabic for “Wisdom”. C.S. Sagesse was founded in 1943, under the patronage of the late father Boulos Kik, supported by his excellency late Mgr. Jean Maroun. The club started as a football team, then in 1992 basketball became part of it. The basketball team is more popular than the football team. In football, the team competes in the Lebanese Premier League. The team usually plays their home matches in Fouad Shehab Stadium which can hold up to 5,000 supporters. In basketball, it is known to be the Lebanese Club that had won the most in championships such as 8 Lebanese Leagues, 3 Lebanese Cups, 2 Arab Clubs, and 3 Asian Cups.

The picture below was shot in Ain Saadeh at the time I used to play with them. There used to be our training field, and it was actually one of the best football fields in the country, and only 5 min away from where I lived. I still wonder why they didn’t make it an official football stadium. In the middle of the picture (in dark green) you can see the legendary Emile Rustom. For those of you who do not know him, he is a prominent Lebanese football coach and manager. He was the head coach of Sagesse until 2005, when he joined Lebanon’s national team. He is currently the coach of the Lebanese National Football Team. Emile Rustom is the father of Paul Rustom, a rising star and current football player of the team Nijmeh. Paul used to train and play with us, but he does not appear in the picture.

Can you spot me in the picture? (Click on it to enlarge)

C.S. Sagesse Lebanon football (soccer) team picture

C.S. Sagesse Lebanon football (soccer) team picture

 

Earth Hour 2009 is today! Save yourself by saving the earth

For those of you who do not know, earth hour is scheduled for today from 8:30 pm till 9:30 pm local time. Earth Hour is an international event organized by the WWF (World Wildlife Fund), and held on the last Saturday of March each year, which asks households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights and electrical appliances for one hour to raise awareness towards the need to take action on climate change.

Earth Hour began in Sydney in 2007, when 2.2 million homes and businesses switched off their lights for one hour. In 2008 the message had grown into a global sustainability movement, with 50 million people switching off their lights. Global landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Rome’s Colosseum, the Sydney Opera House and the Coca Cola billboard in Times Square all stood in darkness. Even Google’s homepage went “dark” on the day Earth Hour took place.

The last couple of years, the trend has been going towards this “green” campaign and climate change. Companies embrace green technologies, and ads target people urging them to save the earth. But this raises a very important question in my mind: “Is it really the earth that we are saving? or are we saving ourselves?”

Earth will still be here, maybe having a different living environment that is not suitable for us as human beings, but it is us who will disappear! I believe all these ads about saving earth should be modified, to reflect the fact that we are saving ourselves! Maybe this would lead to a higher awareness in the consciousness of people. As for me, I am doing my part in this global campaign, as should each one of you.

Vote Earth 2009- Earth Hour by WWF

Vote Earth 2009- Earth Hour by WWF

Appreciation for the spiritual masters

I cannot but wonder how spiritual masters convey their messages from their higher states of consciousness into the ordinary consciousness of human beings, like me. I sympathize with those who were attacked for their transcendental insights and views, and those who were laughed at, or even crucified for what they claimed for.

We tend to believe that what the spiritual masters are saying is the same as what we are understanding at the moment, but is it really so? Is our awareness really high to be aware and fully understand what they are trying to convey?

Buddha teaching disciples - buddhanet.net

Buddha teaching disciples - buddhanet.net

iPhone makes life easier for polyphasic sleepers

Last week I was experimenting with Polyphasic Sleep, and specifically the Uberman sleep pattern (read more on Polyphasic Sleep in my other post here) which consists of a 20 minute nap every four hours. One thing I noted during my trial is how my iPhone made this experiment easy for me.

For the Uberman sleep, you need six reminders for each nap during a day, along with six timer alarms to make you wake up from the naps. Setting up those reminders/timer alarms would be so annoying if your alarm only handles one setup a time. Luckily my iPhone made it very simple for me. I could setup in parallel six timer alarms which were always on, and post six reminders for my naps repeated every day, with two alerts five and 15 minutes before each nap.

I absolutely didn’t need to get worried about my naps neither about waking up from them. Though you might hate the iPhone, it will be your best friend if you get to be a polyphasic sleeper, unless you need an ear-popping alarm to make you wake up from those comatose naps!

iPhone alarm

iPhone alarm