Fursa Sa'ida فرصة سعيدة

Literally "Happy chance," but it means "Nice to meet you" in Arabic. (I chose the name when I was living in Egypt.)

If you're looking for substance, there's a handy link called "Analysis" right down below, which I invite you to check out. The rest is shorter thoughts, humor, caps lock, and the occasional personal post. Ask me anything you like.

FYI, I co-blog a lot of pop culture, fangirly things with my dear CT over at 22drunkb. If you enjoy hilarity and flailing, head that way. ________

snarkbender:

melissabeck:

One is in diapers and the other is a busybody. Both knew better than to trample through the sugar on the floor to sit on top of, beneath the vulva of the exhibit like Pat did.

Let’s forget, for a moment, the subject matter of A Subtlety. And think about plain good home training. You don’t go to any place housing any works of art and touch. 

You quietly observe.

You show respect.

You keep your hands to yourself.

You do not touch. 

And now let’s think (for days and days since visiting the exhibit) specifically about the subject matter and all of its tentacles. And to that I say again, 

It’s not yours to touch and 

You show some respect. 

what’chu wanna bet the person sitting down in this photo spent all kinds of time talking about how beautiful their experience was, w/o taking a moment to think about context, etc.

When I saw this exhibit it was amazing how most of my fellow white people present veered away from behind her, from the sight of her vulva, because it made them uncomfortable. Most of the few who didn’t clearly had a prurient/pornographic interest in that view. And the kids brought by white parents were NOT being schooled on how to process the experience and approach it appropriately, to understand that it’s not a grotesque (as we are often socialized to believe about black women’s bodies).

I loved this exhibit. It was beautiful and sensual (the sheer weight of the smell of sugar, the heat, the shade indoors and the long line in the sun outdoors) and packed with meaning. This guy is an asshole.

Jul 23
snarkbender:

melissabeck:

One is in diapers and the other is a busybody. Both knew better than to trample through the sugar on the floor to sit on top of, beneath the vulva of the exhibit like Pat did.
Let’s forget, for a moment, the subject matter of A Subtlety. And think about plain good home training. You don’t go to any place housing any works of art and touch. 
You quietly observe.
You show respect.
You keep your hands to yourself.
You do not touch. 
And now let’s think (for days and days since visiting the exhibit) specifically about the subject matter and all of its tentacles. And to that I say again, 
It’s not yours to touch and 
You show some respect. 

what’chu wanna bet the person sitting down in this photo spent all kinds of time talking about how beautiful their experience was, w/o taking a moment to think about context, etc.


When I saw this exhibit it was amazing how most of my fellow white people present veered away from behind her, from the sight of her vulva, because it made them uncomfortable. Most of the few who didn’t clearly had a prurient/pornographic interest in that view.  And the kids brought by white parents were NOT being schooled on how to process the experience and approach it appropriately, to understand that it’s not a grotesque (as we are often socialized to believe about black women’s bodies).I loved this exhibit. It was beautiful and sensual (the sheer weight of the smell of sugar, the heat, the shade indoors and the long line in the sun outdoors) and packed with meaning. This guy is an asshole.

typhonatemybaby said:

 
stb it with a knife and stick a drinking straw in the hole

I HAVE CONSIDERED THIS but it’s a p big bottle. It would be a “I think we’re gonna need a bigger straw” situation. And now my innocent reference has convinced me there’s a small shark in the blood-red waters of cranberry juice.

bookshop said:

USE A WET DISHCLOTH (wring out all the water first) and wrap it around the top, it will help create friction!! alternately get one of those rubber mat thingys that you use to open stuff! GODSPEED

I have only tried a dry dishcloth, a t-shirt, and these two hands of mine (which are developing cap-burn). Will investigate!

UPDATE: I tried. Didn’t work. I think that crap is like welded onto the bottle’s neck.

craftastrophies said:
What is the lid made of? If you can pop it, like stab it with a knife or something (BE CAREFUL maybe use a hammer, like you’re chiselling in) you will break the seal and then it’s easy to open. Signed, girl with weak hands.

I have tried prying up from the sidewith a knife, but you make an excellent point. Will consider safety measures.

UPDATE: I TRIED. ALSO NO JOY. WTF EVEN HAPPENED TO THIS THING.

priceofliberty said:

I am requesting a picture of your bottled nemesis.

WELL THIS SEEMS AS GOOD A PLACE AS ANY:

Jul 23
Jul 23
christopher moore, the stupidest angel (via gatheringbones)
Jul 23

The Archangel Raziel found, after some consideration, that he did not care for being run over by a Swedish automobile. As far as things “dirtside” went, he liked Snickers bars, barbecued pork ribs, and pinochle; he also enjoyed Spider-Man, Days of Our Lives, and Star Wars (although the concept of fictional film eluded the angel and he thought they were all documentaries); and you just couldn’t beat raining fire on the Egyptians or smiting the bejeezus out of some Philistines with lightning bolts (Raziel was good with weather), but overall, he could do without missions to Earth, humans and their machines in general, and (now) Volvo station wagons in particular.



Raziel wished he could trade this in for the destruction of a city. That was so simple. You found the city, you killed all the people, you leveled all the buildings, even if you totally screwed it up you could track down the survivors in the hills and kill them with a sword, which, in truth, Raziel kind of enjoyed. Unless, of course, you destroyed the wrong city, and he’d only done that what? Twice? Cities in those days weren’t that big, anyway. Enough people to fill a couple of good-size Wal-Marts, tops. Now there’s a mission, thought the angel: “Raziel! Go forth into the land and lay waste unto two good-size Wal-Marts, slay until blood doth flow from all bargains and all the buildings are but rubble — and pick up a few Snickers bars for yourself

ah-you-fancy-huh:

lowkeydreamers:

ah-you-fancy-huh:

Fasting and furious 5

When it’s almost Iftar time and you’re not home

The Eid for speed

Jul 23
ah-you-fancy-huh:

lowkeydreamers:

ah-you-fancy-huh:

Fasting and furious 5

When it’s almost Iftar time and you’re not home

The Eid for speed

strugglingtobeheard:

manif3stlove:

dapperedown:

musingsofanawkwardblackgirl:

humansofcolor:

onlyblackgirl:

valariesue:

the-unfriendlyblackhottie:

clarknokent:

midnight-sun-rising:

goldroadtonowhere:

Jamila Lyiscott: 3 ways to speak English

Stop what you’re doing and watch this. Especially if you have a problem with AAVE or broken English. 

Yes love!!!

This is wonderful

yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaas!

YES YESYES YES

OMFG, yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes

beautiful 

I feel like the people who can’t relate in the audience look so awkward..

She deserves all the snaps

yooooooooooooooooooooooooo

That was amazing and super good and she’s gorgeous lol

Jul 23

micdotcom:

One headline perfectly captures the U.S. media’s Israel problem

Cairo-based photojournalist Mosa’ab Elshamy caught this headline from the Monday edition of the Baltimore Sun that seems to capture Palestinian sympathizers’ frustration with mainstream media coverage of the ongoing conflict in Gaza. While Israeli combat fatalities are given up-front attention, Palestinian fatalities are brushed off as “others.”

Why you should care | Follow micdotcom 

Jul 23
micdotcom:

One headline perfectly captures the U.S. media’s Israel problem

Cairo-based photojournalist Mosa’ab Elshamy caught this headline from the Monday edition of the Baltimore Sun that seems to capture Palestinian sympathizers’ frustration with mainstream media coverage of the ongoing conflict in Gaza. While Israeli combat fatalities are given up-front attention, Palestinian fatalities are brushed off as “others.”
Why you should care | Follow micdotcom 

priceofliberty said: 
i do that a lot, too. my choral director in college told me there was a name for this, where you associate one song with another (usually because they’re in the same key) when you need to fill in empty space. i wish I could remember

i wish you could too. it would be something to think about other than

will you blow my whistle baby whistle baby let me know/HERE I STAND AND HERE I’LL STAY

Jul 23
Jul 23
snarkbender:

melissabeck:

One is in diapers and the other is a busybody. Both knew better than to trample through the sugar on the floor to sit on top of, beneath the vulva of the exhibit like Pat did.
Let’s forget, for a moment, the subject matter of A Subtlety. And think about plain good home training. You don’t go to any place housing any works of art and touch. 
You quietly observe.
You show respect.
You keep your hands to yourself.
You do not touch. 
And now let’s think (for days and days since visiting the exhibit) specifically about the subject matter and all of its tentacles. And to that I say again, 
It’s not yours to touch and 
You show some respect. 

what’chu wanna bet the person sitting down in this photo spent all kinds of time talking about how beautiful their experience was, w/o taking a moment to think about context, etc.


When I saw this exhibit it was amazing how most of my fellow white people present veered away from behind her, from the sight of her vulva, because it made them uncomfortable. Most of the few who didn’t clearly had a prurient/pornographic interest in that view.  And the kids brought by white parents were NOT being schooled on how to process the experience and approach it appropriately, to understand that it’s not a grotesque (as we are often socialized to believe about black women’s bodies).I loved this exhibit. It was beautiful and sensual (the sheer weight of the smell of sugar, the heat, the shade indoors and the long line in the sun outdoors) and packed with meaning. This guy is an asshole.

snarkbender:

melissabeck:

One is in diapers and the other is a busybody. Both knew better than to trample through the sugar on the floor to sit on top of, beneath the vulva of the exhibit like Pat did.

Let’s forget, for a moment, the subject matter of A Subtlety. And think about plain good home training. You don’t go to any place housing any works of art and touch. 

You quietly observe.

You show respect.

You keep your hands to yourself.

You do not touch. 

And now let’s think (for days and days since visiting the exhibit) specifically about the subject matter and all of its tentacles. And to that I say again, 

It’s not yours to touch and 

You show some respect. 

what’chu wanna bet the person sitting down in this photo spent all kinds of time talking about how beautiful their experience was, w/o taking a moment to think about context, etc.

When I saw this exhibit it was amazing how most of my fellow white people present veered away from behind her, from the sight of her vulva, because it made them uncomfortable. Most of the few who didn’t clearly had a prurient/pornographic interest in that view. And the kids brought by white parents were NOT being schooled on how to process the experience and approach it appropriately, to understand that it’s not a grotesque (as we are often socialized to believe about black women’s bodies).

I loved this exhibit. It was beautiful and sensual (the sheer weight of the smell of sugar, the heat, the shade indoors and the long line in the sun outdoors) and packed with meaning. This guy is an asshole.

Posted on Wednesday July 23rd 2014 at 07:17pm. Its tags are listed below.

typhonatemybaby said:

 
stb it with a knife and stick a drinking straw in the hole

I HAVE CONSIDERED THIS but it’s a p big bottle. It would be a “I think we’re gonna need a bigger straw” situation. And now my innocent reference has convinced me there’s a small shark in the blood-red waters of cranberry juice.

bookshop said:

USE A WET DISHCLOTH (wring out all the water first) and wrap it around the top, it will help create friction!! alternately get one of those rubber mat thingys that you use to open stuff! GODSPEED

I have only tried a dry dishcloth, a t-shirt, and these two hands of mine (which are developing cap-burn). Will investigate!

UPDATE: I tried. Didn’t work. I think that crap is like welded onto the bottle’s neck.

craftastrophies said:
What is the lid made of? If you can pop it, like stab it with a knife or something (BE CAREFUL maybe use a hammer, like you’re chiselling in) you will break the seal and then it’s easy to open. Signed, girl with weak hands.

I have tried prying up from the sidewith a knife, but you make an excellent point. Will consider safety measures.

UPDATE: I TRIED. ALSO NO JOY. WTF EVEN HAPPENED TO THIS THING.

priceofliberty said:

I am requesting a picture of your bottled nemesis.

WELL THIS SEEMS AS GOOD A PLACE AS ANY:

I’m just simply baffled by the idea that people can be without shelter in a country, and then be treated as criminals for being without shelter

Sir Nigel Rodley, human rights lawyer and UN committee chairman

33 U.S. cities ban or are considering banning giving food to the homeless

(via policymic)

The Archangel Raziel found, after some consideration, that he did not care for being run over by a Swedish automobile. As far as things “dirtside” went, he liked Snickers bars, barbecued pork ribs, and pinochle; he also enjoyed Spider-Man, Days of Our Lives, and Star Wars (although the concept of fictional film eluded the angel and he thought they were all documentaries); and you just couldn’t beat raining fire on the Egyptians or smiting the bejeezus out of some Philistines with lightning bolts (Raziel was good with weather), but overall, he could do without missions to Earth, humans and their machines in general, and (now) Volvo station wagons in particular.



Raziel wished he could trade this in for the destruction of a city. That was so simple. You found the city, you killed all the people, you leveled all the buildings, even if you totally screwed it up you could track down the survivors in the hills and kill them with a sword, which, in truth, Raziel kind of enjoyed. Unless, of course, you destroyed the wrong city, and he’d only done that what? Twice? Cities in those days weren’t that big, anyway. Enough people to fill a couple of good-size Wal-Marts, tops. Now there’s a mission, thought the angel: “Raziel! Go forth into the land and lay waste unto two good-size Wal-Marts, slay until blood doth flow from all bargains and all the buildings are but rubble — and pick up a few Snickers bars for yourself

christopher moore, the stupidest angel (via gatheringbones)

Fursa Sa'ida فرصة سعيدة

Posted on Wednesday July 23rd 2014 at 05:00pm. Its tags are listed below.

strugglingtobeheard:

manif3stlove:

dapperedown:

musingsofanawkwardblackgirl:

humansofcolor:

onlyblackgirl:

valariesue:

the-unfriendlyblackhottie:

clarknokent:

midnight-sun-rising:

goldroadtonowhere:

Jamila Lyiscott: 3 ways to speak English

Stop what you’re doing and watch this. Especially if you have a problem with AAVE or broken English. 

Yes love!!!

This is wonderful

yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaas!

YES YESYES YES

OMFG, yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes

beautiful 

I feel like the people who can’t relate in the audience look so awkward..

She deserves all the snaps

yooooooooooooooooooooooooo

That was amazing and super good and she’s gorgeous lol

Fursa Sa'ida فرصة سعيدة

Posted on Wednesday July 23rd 2014 at 04:30pm. Its tags are listed below.

Fiction Week

medievalpoc:

montynevarro submitted to medievalpoc:

image

For Fiction Week, there’s this really cool book called “The Years of Rice and Salt”, it’s an alternate history. Basically exploring what if instead of only killing a third of Europe’s population, the Black Death killed 99%…

Fursa Sa'ida فرصة سعيدة

Posted on Wednesday July 23rd 2014 at 03:50pm. Its tags are listed below.

micdotcom:

One headline perfectly captures the U.S. media’s Israel problem

Cairo-based photojournalist Mosa’ab Elshamy caught this headline from the Monday edition of the Baltimore Sun that seems to capture Palestinian sympathizers’ frustration with mainstream media coverage of the ongoing conflict in Gaza. While Israeli combat fatalities are given up-front attention, Palestinian fatalities are brushed off as “others.”
Why you should care | Follow micdotcom 
micdotcom:

One headline perfectly captures the U.S. media’s Israel problem

Cairo-based photojournalist Mosa’ab Elshamy caught this headline from the Monday edition of the Baltimore Sun that seems to capture Palestinian sympathizers’ frustration with mainstream media coverage of the ongoing conflict in Gaza. While Israeli combat fatalities are given up-front attention, Palestinian fatalities are brushed off as “others.”
Why you should care | Follow micdotcom 

micdotcom:

One headline perfectly captures the U.S. media’s Israel problem

Cairo-based photojournalist Mosa’ab Elshamy caught this headline from the Monday edition of the Baltimore Sun that seems to capture Palestinian sympathizers’ frustration with mainstream media coverage of the ongoing conflict in Gaza. While Israeli combat fatalities are given up-front attention, Palestinian fatalities are brushed off as “others.”

Why you should care | Follow micdotcom 

Posted on Wednesday July 23rd 2014 at 03:06pm. Its tags are listed below.

priceofliberty said: 
i do that a lot, too. my choral director in college told me there was a name for this, where you associate one song with another (usually because they’re in the same key) when you need to fill in empty space. i wish I could remember

i wish you could too. it would be something to think about other than

will you blow my whistle baby whistle baby let me know/HERE I STAND AND HERE I’LL STAY