One-hour dance

I don’t know why, but my laptop clock was one hour behind when this morning I got up from the sleep . I noticed that after some daily wondering in my facebook. Now that I checked with what internet says about Zurich time, I feel so happy now for I have one more sixty minutes today.

It seems that this clip I watched earlier in the morning trying to convey something related to this happiness:

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Published in: on October 31, 2010 at 8:22 am  Leave a Comment  

Night post – feel like dancing

First. I feel obliged to express my sorrow for myself, for I have not written a post in days, as I made a promise before. I will try again.

Second, and most importantly, I am now living one of those moments in life where I feel something happening around me, those moments when I find myself soaked in dreams, goals, happiness and life. Those moments of awareness. I can’t describe it if you don’t have an idea what the heck I am talking about.

They story began when I was reading my daily quota of Google Reader, one of the most popular Google products where you would be able to follow blogs and friends, leave comments, share stuff and so on. I was scrolling and scrolling, reading the posts which had something to attract my attention. If you have ever done this, you probably know that after awhile, you start to get kind of bored, then you speed up your scrolling so you can make the unread items number zero, and that makes you even more bored. Anyway,  tonight I was evidently very fortunate to open my reader.

At the same time I was skipping items and searching for something worth a look, there was something growing inside of me, I don’t know what that was, maybe some unconscious feelings, telling me “Why are you doing this?”. At first I neglected it, but It was becoming louder : “Why”. Believe me, It was so strange and also is now. I felt this energy inside of me which I can do anything, and I just don’t. Everything that is a value in my life and I have been skipped over them, came to my mind, and the question was strengthening, “Why are you not doing these”. Music, friends, happiness, street walking at nights, all these came to me, and I wondered why I haven’t seen them so far, This is who I am, or at least assume who I am, and I’ve been making live a life I’ve not been created for.

I know what I said above does not make a sense at all. I was just so excited that I needed to write about this. All I hope is that this feeling don’t leave me soon.

Published in: on October 26, 2010 at 11:31 pm  Leave a Comment  

Recovered already

Petar and me kept working late last night. I usually take out my wallet and watch to feel more free. However, when I want to go to the university today, I couldn’t find the wallet in my pocket. I searched my room twice without luck. Then I thought maybe it is still around where we were working last night, so I went to the university, but it wasn’t there. I even checked lost and found section. When I had completely lost my hopes and we decided to continue our work on the project, I checked my Email, and bang, somebody had sent an email informing me that he had founded the wallet and now it is in one of the rooms of the university main building.

When I took back my precious, I replied and told him that I owe him one, and If he wants we could go drink someday, on me, to his health.

Published in: on October 23, 2010 at 12:12 am  Leave a Comment  

King of nothing*

Today, at information Retrieval class, Donald Kossman, my most favorite professor so far, was lecturing about how it would be different if we lived in middle ages. He came up with this controversial question : “Would you rather to live back in hundred years ago?”, and as he always do, he actually asked the question and waited for responses from students.

There was nobody whose answer was yes. All, including Donald, stated that they prefer to stay where they already are. But the real question was showed up when he asked about the reason. nobody could answer it persuading. The idea of writing this post came to me when Donald explained his reason. Let me go more into that.

He continued that in past, the “significance” and “potentials” criteria of a person was a direct factor of his/her birth conditions, meaning that when somebody was born in a royal family, his destination and future was defined to a very good extent. Putting it in other words, there was only dimension which was defining an abstract of a person and his upcoming life. A king’s child was probably going to have a more promising future rather than a usual worker family’s child. He was probably much happier that the latter one.

He added that in contrary to past, today the success factor of a person is more likely a higher dimensional variable. Compared to previous example, a typical person from a typical family has more power over what he is going to be.

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* – A song by Metallica
Published in: on October 20, 2010 at 11:35 pm  Leave a Comment  

First using of real trains in Zurich

There was an excursion yesterday which was arranged by Excellence scholarship office of the university. We were told by Email to come to the main station at a specific time and from there start our little trip. I hadn’t read the Email very carefully so I kind of forgot where it was. After I found out about the place, I took Polybahn (one of the most interesting transportation vehicles in the whole Zurich, I will definitely write about that in one post later) and fortunately could make it on time.  When I got there, there was around 20 students and 3 coordinators waiting for others to join. I knew two of them for they live in the same apartment as me, one of them is an Indian guy and the other came from china, I guess. However, as I knew nobody else, I started to chat with my Indian friend. After awhile,  we met this Egyptian guy named Ahmad, who was in his third semester, which was contrary to what I was thinking that all of us are studying our first semester. Apparently, everyone who has gotten the excellence scholarship, no matter of which year, came to this excursion. I then met this Greek guy,which by the way his name speaks for itself that he is Greek, and he became my ‘partner’ during the trip. We almost talked about everything, from courses and the university, to the meaning of our names in our languages. But most of our time dedicated to talk about politics. He knew that Iran has stuck in its problem and I knew that Greece has encountered some serious financial crisis. I told him about the presidency election story, and how the goverment and green movement are facing each other, and how election system works in Iran. It was there that I realized how difficult it is to explain some concepts and relations which you think are obvious, but they are not. For example how the supreme leader interacts with the parlemant, and how he influences on presidency candidates selection. By the way, It was my first time that I was using their train.

When we got there, they were some card with our names on them, and we had to wear them in order to show that we are visitors. We were given a lecture for about half an hour and then our little excursion began. Honestly one hour after I got bored because the subject did not interest me at all. It was about chemistry and pipes and poly-blah blah blah. But one of the part made me a little excited. They told us that they produce  some chemicals for BMW and some other well-know car brands, and they use these materials in the door and generally in the car skeleton to become hit tolerant. We were then showed an experiment with one big and heavy hammer and this chemical to see to what extent it resists the crash.

We were visiting other places for 2-3 hours and then it came to my favorite part, food 🙂 Water, some wines, little sandwiches and some chips had been provided.

After we finished with our scientific excursion, we came back to Zurich and had a lovely dinner at one of those classic-style restaurants which you have may seen in European movies. while eating, I had a heated conversation, or let me call it a dispute, with Ahmad about whether it is such a good idea to build the constitution on a religion’s teachings or not. He believed that they are some unanimous facts about Islam and prophet Mohammad, which every Islamic nation agree on, and one could build an utopia with such constitution. But I didn’t think so. However, I found that little conversation so enjoying.

Published in: on October 19, 2010 at 10:12 am  Leave a Comment  

Long time no post. No post no progress.

It has been two weeks, I guess, since my last post. I can blame anything causing this. Basically I have been taking this writing so seriously, and not in the good way. For example since I wasn’t sure about some combination of words, as usually happens to every language learner, each time I wanted to publish a post, I was searching for like an hour to send an article which contains the least amount of grammatical and linguistic errors. Furthermore, I was waiting for some funny or “special” occasions or stories to shows up. I wanted my posts to become more than some regular, daily storytelling.

Both of these excuses were not meant to play a prominent role in my writing decision when I decided to open this place. I just wanted a shelter for my words, where I can have access to anytime I want. As I wrote in my first post, the most important responsibility of this weblog is to enhance my proficiency in English.

So from now on, I am going to write “as much as” I can. To make it a frequent activity, I promise myself that each day two days I will come up with at least one post. And I promise myself that I won’t do error-proof my writings. After I publish them, I may have a lot of time to see where I have made mistakes. It seems even better, because it helps me to remember where I have the most problem. Therefore, I can get best out of this blog.

Published in: on October 17, 2010 at 3:10 pm  Comments (2)  

Frank owners will go to heaven.

Two days in a row, and I have not even a frank in my pockets. Two days in a row, Tahmineh has invited me to have lunch in Uni, and unfortunately they don’t accept these vouchers that we have been given instead of the renovation process in our building. I have some Euros and Dollars, but they are not a great help here in Zurich. All I could do is to borrow some money from Tahmineh. But the problem is that not only my “sensitive masculine pride” has been hurt, but also now I have to go change my money as soon as possible to return what she lent to me.

Published in: on October 13, 2010 at 11:06 am  Leave a Comment