Monday, October 10, 2011

Death of Steve Jobs

OK. So, last week Steve Jobs died by complications caused by his cancer. He died relatively young at the age of 56.

As most of you know, Steve Jobs was one of the founders of Apple, and also the CEO for a long period of time. Now, Steve Jobs wasn't a tech savvy guy. He was no Bill Gates, nor was he some coding developer genius. He was just some guy who wanted to make money.

Now, a lot of fan boys are going to freak out now by saying that Steve Jobs vision was that the Personal Computer should be a tool available to everyone. WRONG, that's just what he said in some fancy interviews. Why? Because public image is everything for a company. You want people to think that you're the "good guys". I mean who in their right minds will want to be associated or support "bad" and "unethical" companies?

Steve Jobs, was a master of deceit, litigation and theft. Did you know that almost none of the successful Apple products were actually Apple products? In fact, Apple is among the top tier of companies that has been involved in litigation processes regarding patents and settlements. Did you know that Steve Jobs had a daughter, that he denied even in court claiming he was sterile?

So why do we not hear all this crap? Publicity. Apple has done a great job, mostly with the help of Steve Jobs excellent manipulation skills, of establishing a cult around their product lines. That's why even though they were struggling for so long, they still had an adamant fanbase that was willingly shouting the name of their "favorite" brand throughout everything. This elitism, is based upon nothing more than to play on the sensation of being "exclusive". Something which, for a very long time, struggled as an idea to get established in the working class.

When I read posts about how Steve Jobs opened the world of IT to the commons, I seriously don't know whether to cry or freak out over how retarded such claims are. Steve Jobs did everything he could to restrain evolution of technology. Most people seem to have forgotten that when iPods were first released, they didn't work unless you had a Mac. Most people seem to have forgotten about how Apple battled standards regarding ports and what not. How many Mac owners, to this day, use adapters because they otherwise can't use their other monitors?

Apple's strategy is pretty simple, once you buy something from them, they want you to be stuck with them for life. That means, whatever you may require, be it hardware related or software related, you must go through them - and as such they can get more money out of you. I don't think that's "opening the world", if anything it's closing it. If I want to buy an external monitor for my laptop, I can just walk into any electronic shop and buy a monitor, knowing it will work. If I have a Mac, I gotta worry about picking up adapters or be forced to just buy the Apple hardware, which is of course much more expensive.

This idea of monopolizing hardware/software to their product is far from "bringing the computer to the commons". 

Let's leave Apple aside and speak of him personally a bit as well. People bash Bill Gates all over the world, calling him corrupt, calling Windows evil and what not. The irony of this all is, Steve Jobs has not donated a single cent of his immense wealth back to the world. Be it via research funding or simply just charitable donations to organisation in dire need. They were even criticized by GreenPeace for being the least environmentally friendly company. Bill Gates on the other hand, donates millions every year to combat poverty, disease and illiteracy. But yet, Bill Gates is the bad guy and Steve Jobs is a saint.

I can't help to think about the irony of the situation. Medical research in cancer treatment and other currently incurable diseases is in dire need of research funding. And when he has never donated a single cent, it's kind of ironic that he got affected by one of the least understood (treatment wise) cancers out there. 
Steve Jobs had an islet cell neuroendocrine tumor. This represents about 1% of all pancreatic cancers diagnosed every year in the US. Researchers don't know nearly enough of this form of cancer as they do with other more common pancreatic cancers. So of course, because funding is limited, you'd rather invest money and time to research on more common cancers instead of worrying about the most rare ones. It's just logical thinking that you prioritize saving maybe tens of thousands, maybe millions of lives instead of worrying about thousands. 

Anyway, dying sucks and no one should die at such a young age. But in all honesty, I don't mourn the death of Steve Jobs, in fact I think the world of IT will be a less of an evil place when people who share his sentiment decrease in the total. There are thousands of people who die every day, of far more tragic circumstances, that were far more useful to society and mankind than Steve Jobs was, or would ever have been.

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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Twins Presentation (Neonatology)

So, me and my colleagues prepared a theoretical presentation regarding Twins for our Neonatology class.
The powerpoint presentation includes the theoretical basis of the Twins phenomena, the incidence rates and complications which may arise.

It's a great tool for learning more about twins!
Download the Twins.ppt here!

Also, support me in my competition by clicking this link. It leads to a university studies and support page, which helps students find their sources for higher education. Click it and help me!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

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Friday, May 27, 2011

Treat your mother right!

I just came to think about my mother. Just wanted to make a random post to just praise her a bit.

Mother, I love you so much. You dragged my sorry ass around for 9 months until you gave birth. You loved me, fed me, dressed me, read stories for me, taught me to read, taught me about ancient history and so much more. I love you with all my heart. I love you so much that I always compare women I met with you. I look for the strength, intelligence, kindness, love and warmth that you have because I wish my children to one day have the same beautiful mother.

Your kind words wipe away my tears, and your kisses take away my sadness and problems. I want you to always be proud of me, and I will do all I can to make sure that you never need to suffer any of the hardship that you've gone through ever again.

As for the rest;
Check out this Mr.T video.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Come around, feel the sound

Come around, feel the sound
Oh you make my heart pound
Fill me up, bring me down
When I hear your sound

The bunkering period has begun now. I've decided to pick myself up off the ground, and put my pieces back together. So yes, this means that the era of cramming and hardcore studying has arrived!!! I celebrate this fact by getting my credits out the way and passing my first exam to kick things off properly!

Anyhow, I have this love-hate relationship with this specific period in time. I do hate being forced to study, to miss out on holidays and vacations, but most of all to miss out on Sweden and a proper summer. BUT! (and here's a big one) things are not all bad!

I also love the insight I always gain during these trying times. It is not until you push yourself to your limits that you truly know yourself and what can I say, I've pushed myself to many limits upon arriving here in 2007.

But I still feel there is much more to learn, about myself and about how I interact and feel about certain things and scenarios.
I always feel like I'm growing as a person, enriching my life with new important and less important experiences that help me shape myself, shape my thoughts but at the same time keep me fluent and unshaped like water.
It is here, where I truly matured and learned how to stand up for myself, to find my "Taymaz'ness", to pursue the goals and interest which I hold dear and so much more.

I have this funny tradition of always installing Linux (Ubuntu to be more specific) each year just around this time of the year, vowing to never use Windows again and to set myself free from my shackles. But it's not until now that I fully understand that we are not limited by others, we limit ourselves according to others.

So next time you're being part of a situation in which you feel limited, unhappy and unjustly treated. Don't cry. Don't panic. YOU have the power to break through those shackles. If I could do it, so can you! Believe in yourself.

You are beautiful, you are smart, you are ambitious and loving. I believe in you, so why won't you start believing in yourself? :)


Thursday, May 5, 2011

PSN downtime!!

Ahhhhhhhhhh I'm going crazy.
This is the 3rd week the Playstation Network has been offline. It's especially hard now cause I'm feeling so bored and lonely!!! I can't unwind after a stressful day and because of it, I can't sit down and focus enough to study.

Sigh... please PSN... get back!!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Enter the Profoundness

I'm starting a new campaign, going to call it "Enter the Profoundness", kind of like a spin-off from "Enter the Dragon" (an epic Bruce Lee flick for those who didn't get it).
During this campaign I'll be posting profound randomness at a reckless rate. Actually I'll just be blogging about EVERY "first thought" that strikes me at certain timings during the day (which I'll disclose at the end).

So without further ado, let me introduce you to the first day of the Enter the Profoundness campaign!

I've been spending way too long checking my tongue in the mirror
And bending over backwards just to try to see it clearer
But my breath fogged up the glass
And so I drew a new face and laughed
I guess what I'm be saying is there ain't no better reason
To rid yourself of vanity and just go with the seasons
It's what we aim to do
Our name is our virtue

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The bourgeoisie enemy.

I have spent a few days reminding myself about the political struggle which I, both as part of the working class but also as a person, take part in. I think it's very important to constantly remind yourself of your "place" in the world so to speak.
It's important to utilize our powers of observation so that we can correctly move according to the political struggle (read class struggle) in which we are in the midst of.

"WTF are you talking about?" you might wonder. Well, we are all members of our respective classes in society. Needless to say that the majority of us are represented in the working class whereas a tiny minority, in comparison, is placed under the bourgeois banner. The roles we play, inherently determine the status quo of the capitalist economy, and in turn the world.

I know people preach that politics should not interfere with personal relations, but I do dare to say that it very much does so indeed. A capitalist sees not in him to care for your demise, because should he do so he would ruin himself. Meaning he wouldn't be a good capitalist to begin with, right?
So if this person is so blatantly out to harm you, dry out every penny out of you, make you endure slave labor to sustain your petty life which itself is perpetuated by the advertisements made by said person's products. Why do you not see him as an enemy?

He is not the enemy in the traditional samurai-sense of things, but rather the kind of enemy who silently bleeds you out without you so much as suspecting it.

Personally, I'm not into the whole alienating myself from others thing. But I do make a very distinct understanding of who the enemy is. And I never fool myself into forgetting that a capitalist is my enemy, and will be so regardless of how nice or awful he is. A person like that can never be considered a true friend of mine, regardless of how much this person claims to "care" for me. Because the very nature of the system he so profoundly supports is based upon the very principle of him harming me.

So I say nay. To me, you are nothing but despots clinging on to a broken system which will be replaced, just as how the industrial revolutions of the world spawned the proletariat and the bourgeois toppled the feudal lords, and one day democracy shall truly win and the world will belong to the working class. It's either that, or the death of us all. And since the capitalists don't care about others but their own profit, we better wake up soon to realize who our enemy truly is or we're all doomed.

The enemy is not some "insurgent" or random fanatic in the Middle-East, nor is it some fanatic Jesuit from the US. It's the bourgeois mass murderer who is sucking our planet dry for their profit. The leeching parasites who stuck themselves onto others slowly, slowly, slowly tapping off their life energy.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Sunday afternoon delight and nowrooz

Well well, today marks the start of a new year for many ethnicites around the world. Its a cultural and historical celebration marking the advent of spring and life.

The dawn of new days, nowrooz, is a day filled with great joy. And so im having my coffee here wishing i could celebrate it with families abroad.
I wish you all a happy new year, saale no mobarak.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Mobile blogging

Well well well, a new era has begun in which I have finally installed an app that enables me to blog on the go.

I really do love the ways in which we can utilize all these services seamlessly via mobile platforms.

Anyhow, my thoughts go to the people of south east asia, who are in the midst of a natural disaster. My german friend who lives in osaka thankfully is safe and sound, but I wish this could be said about everyone involved.

Be strong, you are not alone.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Avoid the doctors at (almost) all cost!

I've recently been targeted with the seasonal sickness that spreads and thrives during this time of the year. And yes, I feel like a living zombie - not being capable of doing anything constructive.

But what bears to mind is something a tad more interesting than my personal disarray.
I'm a medical student, meaning some day I'll be a doctor. But at the same time I take on the challenge with some reservations. I think it's important to stress the fact that generally speaking, humans were "healthier" back in the day compared to how we fair today.

Now before you start off ranting about how a simple flu or strep throat ravaged lives, please bear in mind that I'm referring to the days of modest antibiotic treatments, and how reserved we (medical community) were in prescribing them to patients. Most people just had the common cold come and go without any real use of drugs. I mean sure, they might have been KO'd for a week or so, but it would pass. In fact, in most cases I dare to say we were more resistant to some forms of common colds.

But then... the "quick-fix" mentality sprung and we started prescribing and taking drugs and pills for a quick fix for everything. And look at the aftermath now, we are actively making sure that evolution kicks in at a higher rate within bacteria and virii thus making our "cures" useless. This is quite alarming, because even TODAY there are scenarios where contemporary treatment is lacking simply due to resistance developed by the infectants. Of course this also leads to us being forced to apply more aggressive treatment plans which in fact are TOXIC to your body.

And for the love of god, get over the "OMG I GOTTA GET A FLU-SHOT"-craze. Every year there are thousands of people all over the world who die from the flu. It doesn't matter which type of the flu, all of them are just as lethal/non-lethal. It all depends on your current conditions. Some people share risk factors that upon infection can cause death. Most healthy normal people don't.

So if you're 15-55, healthy and with no underlying conditions (such as previous heart failures, etc etc) then don't worry. Avoid the sick people, if you get the flu then just "rest it out" and let your immune system do what it's supposed to do.
After all, there's a reason we HAVE an immune system to begin with, right? :)

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The future of products, materials and consumption

I've given quite some thought on the state of our planet, our civilization and our planet's finite resources. Given how everything has it's lifespan, I came to wonder why we allow profit to dictate the terms for our demise as a species on this planet.

It comes to mind that given our current resources being finite, we should strive to produce products which are sustainable and upgradeable in a way that allows us to limit the excess waste which accumulates after excessive production. An example would be, imagine if we produced a car out of the sturdiest most reliable material, and designed it in a way that it was both lenient on the environment as well as easily maintainable forever or at least for a very long time. Or imagine a computer designed with international standards so that component switching for upgrades were made seamlessly simple and the product itself would be "ever-lasting".

But you know, things aren't supposed to last for two reasons. One reason is the very obvious law which governs the universe, being how nothing is everlasting and that all things will decay. The other more profound reason is simply profit. Everything we have is not flawlessly designed, but rather intentionally flawed so that the product will break. Once it breaks, we are forced to either buy a new one or to repair the old one by buying new stuff to it. This is how companies stay afloat.

It's not innovation that drives or excels our technology, it's the failure of it. Just look at the explosive rate of which cellphones are being produced. A Sony Ericsson official once said that their products (cellphones) were designed to last 2-3 years at best because that was their intended lifespan. After that it was thought that the customer would purchase a new phone. And now with that in mind, try to picture your own consumption and how many times you've purchased a new phone, laptop or any other device. Interesting isn't it?

It's not until we look back and think about how much we've spent on these silly upgrades that we realize and, in a way, regret our expenditures in the past. But how were we to know? And how are we to refrain from this? You might think about these things today, but in 6-12 months from now you'll be standing there in your shop ready to purchase x item again. And so it continues until there is nothing left to produce, until there's nothing left at all.

The truth is, it's not the companies that are to blame for polluting the planet. Nor the government for allowing them or not enforcing high enough taxes or whatever. It's YOUR fault. It' my fault, it's every consumers fault - for not considering the moral and environmental price that our consumption pays.

Ah well, enough ranting, time to sleep.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Stopping by Woods on a snowy evening

I came to think of one of my favorite poems earlier today. It's a poem written by Robert Frost, and it's called "Stopping by Woods on a snowy evening."
I like the depth and profoundness of the poem which is expressed in such a subtle and simplistic matter. It's simply beautiful. Anyway, here it goes;

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound's the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Hero of the month (Swedish)

Jag läste en artikel på Aftonbladet som fyllde mig med glädje och stolthet till en sådan grad att jag känner att jag måste återberätta denna heroiska insats.

En ung kvinna vid namn Natalie Sörman, åkte buss med sin kompis från Huskvarna mot Jönköping då ett gäng skinskallar hoppar på bussen. Skinskallarna satte sig längst bak i bussen och började sjunga nazist sånger och hylla Adolf Hitler, antagligen för att bete sig motbjudande mot chauffören. Natalie Sörman, bara 16 år gammal, vände sig då om och bad dem sluta upp med detta beteende, och i gengäld så fortsatte dem att sjunga ännu högre. Natalie vände sig om igen och bad dom sluta upp, och då kommer en av skinskallarna fram till henne och misshandlar henne.

Vid nästa hållplats så hoppar de av bussen, men inte innan en av skinskallarna, en man, kastar en full ölburk mot Natalies huvud, vilket ledde till att hon tuppade av för att sen väckas av polis och ambulans personal.

Skinskallarna blev videofilmade av övervakrningsutrustning på bussen och kommer åka dit för sitt äckliga beteende. Men det viktiga att ta från allt det här är vilket heroiskt mod unga Natalie uppvisade.

Så här är mitt tack till dig Natalie, tack för att du finns och att du är en människa med mod att säga emot. Jag önskar dig all lycka i framtiden!!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

At Worlds End

I woke up this morning feeling extra sad. Why? Well I'm leaving Sweden tomorrow afternoon to return to a reality I seriously do not want to face. I'm going back to the Czech Republic and well, on the Tuesday I've got a Pharmacology credit, which I still have not studied for. On the thursday I most likely need to give a neurology presentation and as soon as that week ends the exam period starts. With 3 exams, I have not studied for either.

I mean sure, I did prepare myself somewhat for Stomatology before the break but I've probably forgotten most of it. Then there's Propedeutics of Surgery which hopefully isn't that bad.. but what really worries me is the Pharmacology final. It's supposedly quite immense. And well, I'll be forced to study that so hardcore so that I can get rid of it before the next semester starts. Add to all of this, the fact that I'll be BACK in that godforsaken place.

It's really very depressing. I'd say that 5 years ago I was pretty discontent with my life in Sweden and I couldn't wait to get out of here. Now, it's the complete opposite. I know I should have studied and done some work when I was home over the xmas holidays but I simply couldn't. I mean, I havent been "home" for a whole year. And last year was pretty harsh on me, I'd say that from mid April onwards, (pretty much until 17th of December when I arrived in Sweden) I was in a huge depression.
Moving houses, uni stress, and just being away from home and civilization took its toll on me.

But ah well, I guess I need to start with the "mantras" now so that I don't collapse into another shitty state when I get back. But as I said before, this year I'm not going to let myself get overwhelmed by the hardship over there. I'm going to embrace things with a better attitude, or at least try to, and hopefully at the end of the next semester I'll have a greater shot at a summer vacation.

On a lighter side of things, this trip allowed me the chance of rekindling with one of my oldest friends. A person whom I've been friends with since I was.. hmm... probably 5 years old. He was my neighbor back then, and he still is!! It's been really fun to hang out with him again like we used to. Going around shopping, eating out, or just messing around. It really made my stay here very enjoyable. We even managed to set out some goals for some epic journeys. First off he's probably coming to visit me as soon as things quite down over there. And then, I FINALLY found a companion for my epic-winter-survival-in-the-mountains-for-a-week journey in northern Sweden. I pitched the idea to him, and well, being like-minded he immediately took a liking to it!

So that's that.
Anyways, time to go shopping for some snus haha!
Toodlez and au revoir Sweden!

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