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This isn’t like my other attempts in shining in this virtual realm. I will organize my thoughts this time. I will jot down what’s relevant. And I will share the outcome sensibly. No hesitation, dwelling or empty notes-to-self are acceptable at this point. I WILL make something of my day-to-day life. Besides Mitra, colleague and friend, is probably just sick of me blurting out all my nonsense every morning over our early porridge-eating session in the pantry.

My name is Amna, and you could probably tell by now that I’m a hyphen-lover. I will be using WordPress as a space to exercise my mind, and as an outlet to the much self and mind- growth I’ve been going through lately.  For the ones who know me and reading this, you’re wasting your time. For the ones who don’t, I sound exactly like I write.

[watch this space for great fun – not really]

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Selfies and The Craze of Self-Photography

Selfies with #nofilter

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A few weeks ago, General Colin L. Powell created an overnight Internet sensation by posting an image of himself, taken in the 1950s.  The image, capturing the young and dapper Powell in black-and-white, was a direct response to the “selfie” taken by Ellen DeGeneres at the 2014 Oscars.  General Powell boldly proclaimed that he “was doing selfies 60 years before you Facebook folks,” and told Ellen to “eat her heart out.”

Colin Powell 60 years ago. Courtesy General Colin L. Powell. Colin Powell 60 years ago. Courtesy General Colin L. Powell.

Besides General Powell’s Facebook post, Ellen’s selfie drew the attention of President Obama.  The President, appearing on Ellen’s talk show, seemed a bit sore that the star-filled Oscar photo drew more Twitter retweets than his selfie with Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, taken at the funeral of Nelson Mandela…

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more stars than in the heavens

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Back to the land of dreams, or nightmares, whichever.  Obviously, I have been excited beyond measure for the return of Hannibal.  And I have not been disappointed: the second season is, thus far, a phantasmagoria of horror and black humor and food porn.  What more could you want from a TV show?

Perhaps because I have nothing else going on in my life, I’ve become one of those people who think a lot about TV shows.  You should all thank your lucky stars I don’t write for Salon or something, because I could go Wank-Fest Think Piece with this very, very easily.  Anyway, here goes.  Mads Mikkelsen, when asked (somewhat unimaginatively) whether he agrees that he brings a new sexiness to the role of Hannibal Lecter, replied: “Well, there is a sexiness to the devil. And I think he is as close as you can come to the devil…

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Random Fact of the Day

Random Fact of the Day

From the Tumblr page of Fluffmugger: May 25th, 2013.

“Blood is thicker than water”, when used in the context of family over friends, is in fact a wildly incorrect bastardisation.

The true, full quote is “The blood of the covenant is thicker than the water of the womb,” and refers to relationships forged by choice holding deeper meaning than those of mere biology.

While pseudo-intellectuals in the age of Wiki attempt to attribute this phrase solely to Heinrich der Glîchezære’s “Reynard the fox”  (the actual translation of which is “Kin-blood is not spoilt by water”)  the true origin is decidedly older, in reference to three thousand year old Abrahamic blood covenant rituals, which would be used to seal alliances, proclaim loyalties, and bind people in a way seen as far stronger than filial relation.  

The ritual held such incredible importance in the Middle East that it became a cornerstone of many religions – including Christianity, where the passion of the Christ essentially details his offering as a sacrificial lamb in the blood covenant between man and god in regards to the promise of the New Testament. 

Racism, Sexism, and Hannibal: Eat The Rude

A great read.

Eat This

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I’m an American actress and I play Beverly Katz on NBC’s HANNIBAL created by Bryan Fuller. (Spoiler Alert coming right now!!!) And she dies in episode 4 of Season 2. That episode got a lot of positive reviews, but it also incited an on-line storm of vitriol directed to Fuller himself for killing off Katz, or more specifically, for being racist and sexist. I caught wind of this myself via Twitter from our beloved Fannibals. And I thought maybe it’d be productive to talk about rather than ignore it.

Fuller cast me in a role that I didn’t think I had a chance in hell of getting. I rarely if ever see minorities, women, minority women, let alone Asian women, get to play characters like Beverly Katz. I rarely if ever see characters like Beverly Katz period. And her last name is Katz for Christ’s sake. Pretty open-minded, non-racist, pro-feminine…

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