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Monday, October 26, 2009

I'm moving to Tumblr

Goodbye Blogspot. I'm moving to Tumble at mohdtaufiq.tumblr.com

Friday, June 26, 2009

God Bless Michael Jackson (1959-2009)

I'm gonna make a change,
for once im my life
It's gonna feel real good,
gonna make a diference
Gonna make it right...

As I, turn up the collar on
my favorite winter coat
This wind is blowing my mind
I see the kids in the streets,
with not enought to eat
Who am I to be blind?
Pretending not to see their needs

A summer disregard,a broken bottle top
And a one man soul
They follow each other on the wind ya' know
'Cause they got nowhere to go
That's why I want you to know

I'm starting with the man in the mirror
I'm asking him to change his ways
And no message could have been any clearer
If you wanna make the world a better place
(If you wanna make the world a better place)
Take a look at yourself, and then make a change
(Take a look at yourself, and then make a change)
(Na na na, na na na, na na, na nah)

I've been a victim of a selfish kind of love
It's time that I realize
That there are some with no home, not a nickel to loan
Could it be really me, pretending that they're not alone?

A willow deeply scarred, somebody's broken heart
And a washed-out dream
(Washed-out dream)
They follow the pattern of the wind ya' see
'Cause they got no place to be
That's why I'm starting with me
(Starting with me!)

I'm starting with the man in the mirror
I'm asking him to change his ways
And no message could have been any clearer
If you wanna make the world a better place
(If you wanna make the world a better place)
Take a look at yourself, and then make a change
(Take a look at yourself, and then make a change)

I'm starting with the man in the mirror
I'm asking him to change his ways
(Change his ways - ooh!)
And no message could have been any clearer
If you wanna make the world a better place
Take a look at yourself and then make that..
(Take a look at yourself and then make that..)

I'm starting with the man in the mirror
(Man in the mirror - Oh yeah!)
I'm asking him to change his ways
(Better change!)
No message could have been any clearer
(If you wanna make the world a better place)

This song truly touched my heart. Another song i love so much is Ben. This is the song that kept me true to my heart. This song was the first song i've heard since i've came to this world:

Ben, the two of us need look no more
We both found what we were looking for
With a friend to call my own
I'll never be alone
And you, my friend, will see
You've got a friend in me
(you've got a friend in me)

Ben, you're always running here and there
You feel you're not wanted anywhere
If you ever look behind
And don't like what you find
There's one thing you should know
You've got a place to go
(you've got a place to go)

I used to say "I" and "me"
Now it's "us", now it's "we"
I used to say "I" and "me"
Now it's "us", now it's "we"
Ben, most people would turn you away
I don't listen to a word they say
They don't see you as I do
I wish they would try to
I'm sure they'd think again
If they had a friend like Ben
(a friend) Like Ben
(like Ben) Like Ben

RIP Michael Jackson. And Farah Fawcett

PS: Why the fuck should i care if he's a pedophile?

Saturday, May 2, 2009

It's Linux time!

I switched to Ubuntu recently due to my dissatisfaction over Windows. During the whole month of April, my computer reinstalled Windows XP 4 times due to trojans, Susan Boyle and Swine Flu. I had to reinstall the same drivers, the same Firefox, the same Torrent clients, re-download all my torrents and reschedule all my files, and i felt very angry over my Windows. I was patiently waiting for Windows 7, my computer crashed again the same day the Swine FLu outbreak went public. So in anger, i've decided to install Ubuntu.

I was quite skeptical of Linux distros. My first experience with Linux was through my Acer AspireOne laptop, and it was a giant piece of shit. Linpus Lite is probably the worst Linux OS ever made, and it was so bad i've decided to install Ubuntu on my Acer AspireOne. Ubuntu changed my whole perspective of computers. Using Ubuntu, i felt like using a cheaper, more cooler version of a Mac. i hate Macs, and using Ubuntu makes me feel like using a likable version of a Mac PC. And unlike Mac PCs where it's basically PC for pussies who can't use a proper computer, Ubuntu is for those who wants to have fun with their PCs without destroying it, unlike Microsoft's Windows.. Mixxx is basically a cooler and less pretentious version of Serato Scratch Live, while VLC Player, is the swan to an ugly duckling K-Lite Codec. And the best thing about Linux is the use of Virtualbox, where i can still use Windows XP while using Ubuntu. I tried Virtualbox on Macs and PCs, and they were shit. Running a Mac on Virtualbox while using Windows XP is like jerking off in an old folk's home, it's really unpleasant. Another thing about Ubuntu is the pleasantness of the terminal. Unlike most Linux terminals and Windows commands, Ubuntu's terminal seems pleasant, like sleeping at night while Portishead's music is being played. But the most important thing about Ubuntu is that: It balances your social life.

Remember those Mac vs. PC ads? Where the Mac is the cool extrovert, while the PC is the nerdy intovert? Well Ubuntu is the ambivert, having both awesome social skills of an extrovert and the geek and intellectual skills of an introvert. Ubuntu is like the intellectual professor who's also a clubber or a glowsticking raver. Ubuntu is the one with the intellectual IQ who doesn't yap about the ongoing dumbing down of society unlike most professors. Ubuntu is also quite simple at looking for software applications. I don't need to go round and round for my apps. I can just go to Applications and then press the Add/Remove program. This shows how much Ubuntu cares for its third-party developers. And what's better than Ubuntu is available for fellow Muslim brothers and Christians. And therefore while Christianity & Islam is at it's worst since 9/11, Ubuntu actually help make Christians & Muslims look cool again.

So where does this leads to? Well, the thing is using Ubuntu, it changed my life forever. I feel less stressful, more patient, and more concentrative compared to my time with Windows. When i went to the Ubuntu forums, i felt more welcomed and the forum is more pleasant with less trolls compared to most Mac and PC forums. And recently, Linux market share has risen to 1 % thanks to ubuntu, which proves that Linux is now a growing force in computers in 2009 the same way Mac was a growing force in 2002. And to all Mac and Windows user, i don't mind you still wanting to use Macs and Windows, and i still love Windows(which is why i'm using it on my Virtualbox). But be prepared for Linux to be a part of the mainstream Computer world. Embrace your new brother or die, as some old folk told me once.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

THe swine flu & Susan Boyle: Proof that the media is bullshit

For the past 2 weeks, i get 2 stories that pissed me off: Susan Boyle and Swine Flu. Both are sensationalised like a coverage of the war or as if a porn had just won an Oscar.

First off, Susan Boyle. Now, i liked her voice. Yes, she maybe ugly but atleast she sings like an angel. Yes, she wowed douchebag Piers Morgan, bitchy Amanda Holden and shithead Simon Cowell. Yes she does. But why should the media care? Infact, ugly people had been singing for years, from Janis Joplin to Grace Jones to the Gallaghers, and yet the BBC & CNN says that "Susan Boyle proves that talent is better than looks", well fuck you.

And here's a reality check. By next month her 15 minutes of fame is over. Why? Because nobody will care. No record label is going to sign her up. And i haven't seen her Myspace Music profile yet. She will get a career at the Royal Opera House, which is good, but until she records a Trance anthem with Armin van Buuren, she will be gone to obscurity, and i support that because i don't want to see another Lily Allen or Amy Winehouse, singers with good voices ruined by celebrity status. Here's Charlie Brooker's view on this Susan Boyle thing:

Oh, and to those news reports about her "giving the comfort during the recession". Go fuck yourself! There are better ways of relief during this bullshit recession. Like masturbation, religious comfort, films and music. Heck, even last Saturday's Knight Castle is more a recession relief than Susan Boyle. And this is why the whole Susan Boyle coverage is nothing more than a giant piece of shit pooped out from the news.

And the second thing, the Swine Flu bullshit. Here's another fuck you to the media. Very few people know that on average 98 people die DAILY of Flu related reasons, and if you have a good immune system, you can survive flus of all kinds. And yet, the media creates an "EVERYONE PANIC!" as if it's the end of the world. Yeah, right. It's not a Biblical or a Quranic apocalypse nor an apocalypse of Scienctific reasoning, it's just a fucking flu. Swine flu is an influenza virus. It is not a bloody ebola. Millions of people die from the flu every year, most of them are either elderly, infirm, or very young (infants). People who are fit and generally in good health typically do not die from the flu. And why should non-Pork/bacon eaters care about the Swine Flu? Frat boy Americans kept on praising bacon like Gods and when they get the swine flu, good for them. Beef jerky and tabasco deserved more fame than Bacon. But i'm not criticisng pork eaters just because i'm a Muslim. If you eat pork, here's an optimistic message from the US Centre of Disease Control:

"You cannot get swine flu from eating pork or pork products. The CDC recommends cooking pork to an internal temperature of 160°F to kill the swine flu virus or other bacteria and viruses."

So yeah, it's not really that bad. Back in 2003, we Malaysians were sorrounded by Thais, Singaporeans & Indonesians suffering from SARS, and then Bird Flu came in 2005 the same time soulless TVB dramas popped up on Astro, and yet we're still okay, and Thailand & Singapore are now getting more tourists than before 2003, so FUCK THE MEDIA!

And to those visiting Ibiza, Spain during the summer this year, don't worry. The Swine Flu won't stop you from enjoying your nights in San Antonio. Just enjoy yourself, don't watch the news, keep your body healthy and during the night, drink all you want, sin all you want and pop some e as if nothing ever happened. And fuck the media.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Why i'm sick of Annoying Atheists:

I haven't updated my blog for 2 months, and therefore i'm 100% sure you wouldn't care. But today i want to talk about something that i've been wanting to say for months now. It's about Atheism post-2006, aka People who became Atheists because it was cool to poke fun at religion, as well as the popularity of books like "The God Delusion" & "God Is Not Great". What i want to say to these "Atheists" is simple:


Yup. That's it. I want to tell them to shut up. I've been taking shots at religious people for being irrrational and being represented by idiots like Abu Hamza, Kirk Cameron and recently, the Pope Benedict. But at the same time, i'm getting sick of Annoying Atheists. These folks just go around and take shots at religion just to make themselves look cool. They think everyone who follows a religion is stupid and irrational for believeing in a "sky God" or "fairy tales". Infact, they've dedicated everything just to shit on religion, by complaining about saying God's name in Obama's Inauguration, to creating Ads for Buses saying that there is no God:

Infact, i just want to ask: Why? What has religion done to you? Sure, religion has done alot of shitty thinggs but how does it affect you? And why should anyone care if someone believes in God? Why are you trying so hard to be as annoying as those raving Christian lunatics on TV? And yes, maybe religion is evil, but so is money, and greed. There is a thing called "necessary evil you know".

And yes, maybe people tend believe in a "sky God", but is God really a man in the Sky as the Christians say? There is more to God than just some bloke in the sky. There are many interpretations of God. Maybe God is the centre of the universe? Maybe God is some fat dude in his couch with a TV remote controlling the universe itself? Maybe God is a form of energy that Scientists are trying to control? Maybe God is a matter that we haven't explored yet? God is not some bloke in the sky. Carl Sagan gave an interesting view on God, and Niels Bohr believes that God does not play with dice. I'm a Muslim, and a non-religious one. But i believe in God because the idea of God is something we haven't explored, according to the Koran itself. And it's up to humans to either explore, worship or disprove.

And isn't there a saying : "Live and Let Live". I've been telling that to every fellow Muslim fanatic who burned the Norwegian Flag after the whole Muhammad cartoon Incident. I told that to every Christian who fears that Obama is the anti-Christ ever since his victory. Now i want to tell that to Atheists reading this: Live and Let Live. There are people who believes in God. Deal with it. You can convert 10 Christians into Atheists, but you will find 20 Atheists who suddenly rediscovers God after something spiritual happened to them. It's the cycle of life. And if you want to break that cycle just like what the radical Evangelists & PETA is doing right now, i won't stop you but you'll know that you will have to give up on it and accept other people for what they believe.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Why homophobia must end.

The current discrimination towards the gay community around most parts of the world is a disgusting and hateful form of intolerance. From the execution of two Iranian gays 8 years ago, to the murders of Lawrence King & Matthew Shepard and the creation of Proposition 8 in the US state of California, i have decided to speak out in defense of the gay community.

I am not gay. I am religious. I'm a Malaysian, and eventhough i'm a supporter of Barisan Nasional, i'm open minded and liberal. And I have something to say, both in my own defense and to the religious community that I am often thought to share offensive viewpoints with simply because I am a heterosexual, Muslim Malaysian.

I am suppose to be one of them; I was raised to be one of them. And, I have thought much about this issue. I am ashamed! I was taught to respect people who are different than I for whatever reason. I was taught that no one ever had the right to impose a religious belief upon another. That a mosque was meant to guide and teach you, but it could not, under any circumstances, coerce or impose its beliefs upon anyone. Not even my own religion has that right! I was raised to believe that the separation of church and state must never be bridged.

I was taught that the purpose of government was to establish ways for people to live together in peace. To make it possible for a wide variety of people with many different religions, customs, and beliefs to live and work together with respect for each other so that an economy could be established. That the state could never, ever, impose a religious belief unless the security and safety of that society and economy would clearly benefit.

We have here a group of people who have become an established segment of our community. A group of people who have the support of business as well as established religious organizations which support their rights, including the right to marry. Religious institutions which say they support gay marriage and wish to perform such ceremonies. Are we suppose to impose our religious beliefs upon them? If so, I don't want to hear any snivelling when another religion's beliefs are imposed upon yours. The separation of church and state must not be circumvented! Not even by vote, but most certainly not by a vote which is based upon religious beliefs which have no clear benefit to the state! Indeed, the state is harmed by this as all it does is cause misery and harm to a large minority segment of its own citizenry. This is the perversion!

Or, am I just suppose to ignore those people, those companies, those religious institutions? As if they don't count? I will not be a part of this!

My Form 5 History teacher taught me about separation of church and state. And she taught me that as a citizen, it was my duty as a Muslim to find ways to work with people who are different than I, independent of my religious beliefs (except that I, myself, must live by them) in a manner which is courteous, respectful, and promoted peace. As a citizen of Malaysia, I was to conduct myself in a way that best promoted the welfare of my state and federal government with respect toward all the citizens in it. We were to live our Malaysian beliefs ourselves, but we weren't suppose to shove those beliefs down another's throat, nor to coerce anyone into living them, nor to impose those beliefs on anyone! Shame on you!

They also taught me that Allah s.w.t. (God) made me, just the way I am. They told me that God loves me just the way I am. They told me that this was true of every single person in this world, even those who were different than I, even those who didn't believe in God at all. They told me that God is compassionate, merciful, and that all love comes from God. That He wanted us to do our best to be like Him. To try and do what He would want. To forgive others the way we want Him to forgive us. To not judge others. To love one another.

I don't see my mosque acting the way they told me to. I know homosexuality is a sin. I know what the Koran says. I'm missing something, clearly. But I have friends who are gay. They are good people and I will not condemn them. That's between them and God. I believe in a merciful God and I will trust Him to know what He's doing because He made them, too, just the way they are and I figure that's how He loves them.

I don't know why my religion is becoming one of intolerance and hate. Or being represented so. I don't know why gay people are having to bear this. I just know: I don't want to be a part of it. And I don't want people to think that just because I am a heterosexual Muslim, that I support what is being done to our gay community in any way at all. And I beg everyone, please reconsider what you are doing.

To the gay community: I am very ashamed. I am sorry from the bottom of my heart.

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