apple, brittney, and wealth

greets all. so yes, i guess as one of my respected friends pointed out, i need new entries to get more interesting responses… maybe… just maybe… i’ll try posting semi-controversial things and see what happens…

anyhow, you can learn quite a bit of random stuff from tv… i was flipping through the channels and learned two interesting facts. first, i learned about this interesting trend of celebrities naming their children weird names… one actress named her daughter “apple” – i ran a google search, and i found out that names get much weirder than that – there’s a couple who named their son “pilot inspektor,” and there’s also a couple who named their son “audio science,” and yet another couple who named their son “moon unit.” based on this trend, i guess when i have a child, i’ll look around the house and the first thing i see is what i’ll name my child after… i do have to say though, one of the actors, rob morrow, named his daughter tu, making her name tu morrow… i think that’s pretty neat.

the other interesting observation was about brittney spears - she’s got a lot of money (masha’Allah) - she’s got some nice sports cars and she gives her parents uber expensive cars for any major occaision…. plus she owns a bunch of really nice properties around the states. i think it said she’s worth like $50 million….

so what i am wondering is… all she does (with all due respect) is come up with lyrics and sing. i can sing too, can i make this much money? anyone willing to buy a plotting album if i make one?

on a more realistic note though; i don’t know why; maybe this is a weakness on my part, but when i saw how rich she is just by writing songs and singing, it made me want to make it big too – not so i can spend my life partying and buying cars and stuff, but so i can do something to make my life worth while - something that leaves a mark on this world and makes a difference…

it would be very superficial of me if i fail to realize the fact that any money and wealth accumulated here in this life will go away and won’t accompany us to our graves when we die – life is short and i realize this, and i also realize that this life is a test and that we’ll be accountable for what we do. but realistically speaking, a lot of the cool humanitarian project ideas a person comes up with are not really easy to accomplish without a large capital. and sometimes, fundraising just gets in the way and is a waste of time…

i guess at the same time, it is very difficult because wealth can be a source of fitnah. and while some of our great predecessors were very wealthy and remained at a state of uber piousity, we don’t really compare to them…

i would say in summary that regardless; the ultimate goal is the same: to change the world to a better place, to help people lead happier lives, and to do all of this purely for the sake of Allah, awaiting no reward from anyone but Him. if Allah allows us to accomplish this, regardless of the means (be it great amounts of wealth, great amounts of knowledge, or even a simple idea), that’s all that matters.

the weather is crazy hot

need i say more?

babar's wedding pics, p-p-p-powerbook, etc

greets. not much going on, i beat ff6, now on to ff8… anyways… mansoor just got a shieldhost account too, and put his wedding pictures up! you can find them at mansoorbabar.com.

if you want to read something pretty funny (at least look at the pictures if you don’t want to read it), check this out - the story of the P-P-P-Powerbook.

today i also fixed the rendering of the site in internet explorer. okay, that’s all for now. oh and thanks to mansoor for leaving the first comment on my page :)

website up!

greets! finally, at last, i was able to put the new site up! it wasn’t a fun experience (initially, i designed and tested the site on my home box with pyblosxom, only to find out that it wouldn’t work on the hosting site, so after sending a request for support, i decided to try to “port” my work over to wordpress rather than wait for them to get back to me); but its done.

some pretty cool stuff with this new site, now that i have scripting support, is that readers can leave comments on the posts, and that the posts are now categorized, so someone can just read posts in categories that they are interested in and ignore the rest.

alright, that’s all for now. peace out.