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.)

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Tagged awesome:

sylphorix:

Still under the impression that video games are strictly for kids? Hilda Knott would like to have a word with you. And perhaps a game.

The 85-year-old British gamer has been mashing buttons for 40 years — roughly the life of the video game industry – and is showing no signs of slowing down.

We’re not talking about just a bunch of boring PC card games, either. In a video interview with the BBC, Knott, who turns 86 next month, shows off her formidable gaming setup, including a sweet 65-inch HDTV and a brand new Playstation 3 Superslim. She discusses her love of Grand Theft Auto IV, which she had a “hilarious” time playing with her 94-year-old-aunt.

Knott acknowledges that her deep love of gaming has helped her stay mentally fit, because “a lot of them have puzzles, working out how to do something.”

She isn’t joking, either, as the video shows her playing the niche tactical role-playing game, Disgaea 4. That’s hardcore. This lady is a gamer, through and through.

And while many of her fellow octogenarians credit games like Wii Sports for keeping them physically active, Knott’s favorite part about playing video games will sound more familiar to the Halo crowd.

“Finding something new in the game,” she says. “Getting on to the next stage, or the next event. And the achievement of finishing it.”

With 40 years of gaming under her belt, we imagine she’s finished quite a few. Hats off to you, Hilda!

Feb 21
sylphorix:

Still under the impression that video games are strictly for kids? Hilda Knott would like to have a word with you. And perhaps a game.
The 85-year-old British gamer has been mashing buttons for 40 years — roughly the life of the video game industry – and is showing no signs of slowing down.
We’re not talking about just a bunch of boring PC card games, either. In a video interview with the BBC, Knott, who turns 86 next month, shows off her formidable gaming setup, including a sweet 65-inch HDTV and a brand new Playstation 3 Superslim. She discusses her love of Grand Theft Auto IV, which she had a “hilarious” time playing with her 94-year-old-aunt.
Knott acknowledges that her deep love of gaming has helped her stay mentally fit, because “a lot of them have puzzles, working out how to do something.”
She isn’t joking, either, as the video shows her playing the niche tactical role-playing game, Disgaea 4. That’s hardcore. This lady is a gamer, through and through.
And while many of her fellow octogenarians credit games like Wii Sports for keeping them physically active, Knott’s favorite part about playing video games will sound more familiar to the Halo crowd.
“Finding something new in the game,” she says. “Getting on to the next stage, or the next event. And the achievement of finishing it.”
With 40 years of gaming under her belt, we imagine she’s finished quite a few. Hats off to you, Hilda!

greencarnations:

adventuresinlearning:

technologyisreadytowear:

Scarfs for Autism

Leo Chao, a student at Emily Carr University, designed the Beagle, a scarf that people can wrap around them. Texture, sounds, and even smells create a calming cocoon that will distract and soothe an autistic person when they’re feeling over stimulated. It’s the electronic version of a blankie that has actual health benefits.

this is forward thinking!

dude

do they come in purple

Sep 09
greencarnations:

adventuresinlearning:

technologyisreadytowear:

Scarfs for Autism
Leo Chao, a student at Emily Carr University, designed the Beagle, a scarf that people can wrap around them. Texture, sounds, and even smells create a calming cocoon that will distract and soothe an autistic person when they’re feeling over stimulated. It’s the electronic version of a blankie that has actual health benefits.

this is forward thinking!

dudedo they come in purple

imperialtrvl:

Tel Aviv-Jaffa Street Art

Jan 31

acceptablecoast:

HIP HOP’S QUEER PIONEERS

YES, THEY’RE ALL GAY, BUT THE SEVEN MCS IN THIS PORTFOLIO ARE AS DIFFERENT FROM ONE ANOTHER AS KANYE AND LIL WAYNE, WITH INFLUENCES THAT RANGE FROM NAS TO BJÖRK TO JEAN COCTEAU. YET THEY DO HAVE ONE OTHER BIG THING IN COMMON: THEY’RE INDELIBLY CHANGING THE FACE—AND SOUND—OF RAP.

When the rap duo House of Ladosha played New York City in July, Dosha Devastation accentuated her beard with a leopard-print sarong, gold hoop earrings, and a waist-length wig; Cunty Crawford Ladosha, all six feet eleven of him, rocked In Living Color Fly Girl-style biker shorts; and the group closed with their calling card, “B.M.F.,” short for “black model famous,” a paean to being as fabulous as Naomi Campbell. Artists such as these—once confined to gay clubs and art world openings—are inching toward the mainstream.

This article is really fantastic okay

Dec 07
acceptablecoast:

HIP HOP’S QUEER PIONEERS
YES, THEY’RE ALL GAY, BUT THE SEVEN MCS IN THIS PORTFOLIO ARE AS DIFFERENT FROM ONE ANOTHER AS KANYE AND LIL WAYNE, WITH INFLUENCES THAT RANGE FROM NAS TO BJÖRK TO JEAN COCTEAU. YET THEY DO HAVE ONE OTHER BIG THING IN COMMON: THEY’RE INDELIBLY CHANGING THE FACE—AND SOUND—OF RAP.

When the rap duo House of Ladosha played New York City in July, Dosha Devastation accentuated her beard with a leopard-print sarong, gold hoop earrings, and a waist-length wig; Cunty Crawford Ladosha, all six feet eleven of him, rocked In Living Color Fly Girl-style biker shorts; and the group closed with their calling card, “B.M.F.,” short for “black model famous,” a paean to being as fabulous as Naomi Campbell. Artists such as these—once confined to gay clubs and art world openings—are inching toward the mainstream.
This article is really fantastic okay

clrrryfaery:

japahn:

I’madlygoesbonkers:

tasteofhiddles:

rsharky:

pkmntrainertazzer:

rutella:

delineodymium:

mandy-loves-maple:

Six Grown Men Read “50 Shades of Grey”

edit: Six Amazing Men

OH

MY

GOD

I’m laughing so hard. xD

Sweet actual fuck

I’M CREYING

“It’s better than Con Air!”

That shaggy-haired dude should speak only in his Liam Neeson voice. It would do wonders for his love life.

Aug 08

queernonymoose:

faineemae:

World’s youngest mayor: 15-year-old teenage girl in Palestine

15-year-old Palestinian girl took office as the mayor of a West Bank town and became the youngest person in the world to occupy this position.

As part of an initiative to empower youth and involve them in the decision-making process, Bashaer Othman will be the mayor of the town of Allar in the city of Tulkarm in the northwestern West Bank for two months.

Othman is in charge of all matters related to the municipality of Allar and which include supervising employees and signing all official documents with the exception of financial ones.

Othman is working under the supervision of elected mayor Sufian Shadid who expressed his enthusiasm for the teengar’s appointment as a step towards supporting youth.

“There are many ways of supporting youth other than financial means. First, we should make sure we remove obstacles that might stand in their way and with determination and perseverance we can do so,” he said. 
For Othman, the new position constitutes a major challenge that she is hoping she can be up to.

“I want to go through this experience in order to be able to share it with other youth so that they can be prepared for running state institutions in the future,” she said.

Girls get stuff done.

There is nothing about this that I don’t love.

Jul 26
queernonymoose:

faineemae:

World’s youngest mayor: 15-year-old teenage girl in Palestine
A 15-year-old Palestinian girl took office as the mayor of a West Bank town and became the youngest person in the world to occupy this position.As part of an initiative to empower youth and involve them in the decision-making process, Bashaer Othman will be the mayor of the town of Allar in the city of Tulkarm in the northwestern West Bank for two months.Othman is in charge of all matters related to the municipality of Allar and which include supervising employees and signing all official documents with the exception of financial ones.

Othman is working under the supervision of elected mayor Sufian Shadid who expressed his enthusiasm for the teengar’s appointment as a step towards supporting youth.“There are many ways of supporting youth other than financial means. First, we should make sure we remove obstacles that might stand in their way and with determination and perseverance we can do so,” he said. For Othman, the new position constitutes a major challenge that she is hoping she can be up to.“I want to go through this experience in order to be able to share it with other youth so that they can be prepared for running state institutions in the future,” she said.


Girls get stuff done.

There is nothing about this that I don’t love.

bluelightseven:

menshevixen:

fuckyeahhardfemme:

gonnaruinyrshoes:

thankyoubasedsantorum:

sooolondon:

quirkyblackgirls:

str8nochaser:

M.I.A. gets fellow female rappers Missy Elliott and Rye Rye on a remix to her single “Bad Girls”

Download avail. at http://www.eatinghiphop.com/2012/06/21/m-i-a-ft-missy-elliott-rye-rye-bad-girls-swit/

So I can dL when I get home

Everything.

THANK GOD

crying bc missy elliot

sweeeeeeeeeeeeet motherfucking satan this is so fucking good it hurts

YES THIS

OH SHIT YALL

It is highly appropriate that the word you hear most in this remix is “BANGIN”

Jun 28

tafadhali replied to your post: Oh, sometimes it’s hard

Yeah, um, this is pretty much my only response to that kind of talk: youtu.be/ymPpIza…

I will sic angry Gene Wilder on him!

May 22
May 22

Fursa Sa'ida فرصة سعيدة

Posted on Friday February 21st 2014 at 06:01pm. Its tags are listed below.

sylphorix:

Still under the impression that video games are strictly for kids? Hilda Knott would like to have a word with you. And perhaps a game.
The 85-year-old British gamer has been mashing buttons for 40 years — roughly the life of the video game industry – and is showing no signs of slowing down.
We’re not talking about just a bunch of boring PC card games, either. In a video interview with the BBC, Knott, who turns 86 next month, shows off her formidable gaming setup, including a sweet 65-inch HDTV and a brand new Playstation 3 Superslim. She discusses her love of Grand Theft Auto IV, which she had a “hilarious” time playing with her 94-year-old-aunt.
Knott acknowledges that her deep love of gaming has helped her stay mentally fit, because “a lot of them have puzzles, working out how to do something.”
She isn’t joking, either, as the video shows her playing the niche tactical role-playing game, Disgaea 4. That’s hardcore. This lady is a gamer, through and through.
And while many of her fellow octogenarians credit games like Wii Sports for keeping them physically active, Knott’s favorite part about playing video games will sound more familiar to the Halo crowd.
“Finding something new in the game,” she says. “Getting on to the next stage, or the next event. And the achievement of finishing it.”
With 40 years of gaming under her belt, we imagine she’s finished quite a few. Hats off to you, Hilda!
sylphorix:

Still under the impression that video games are strictly for kids? Hilda Knott would like to have a word with you. And perhaps a game.
The 85-year-old British gamer has been mashing buttons for 40 years — roughly the life of the video game industry – and is showing no signs of slowing down.
We’re not talking about just a bunch of boring PC card games, either. In a video interview with the BBC, Knott, who turns 86 next month, shows off her formidable gaming setup, including a sweet 65-inch HDTV and a brand new Playstation 3 Superslim. She discusses her love of Grand Theft Auto IV, which she had a “hilarious” time playing with her 94-year-old-aunt.
Knott acknowledges that her deep love of gaming has helped her stay mentally fit, because “a lot of them have puzzles, working out how to do something.”
She isn’t joking, either, as the video shows her playing the niche tactical role-playing game, Disgaea 4. That’s hardcore. This lady is a gamer, through and through.
And while many of her fellow octogenarians credit games like Wii Sports for keeping them physically active, Knott’s favorite part about playing video games will sound more familiar to the Halo crowd.
“Finding something new in the game,” she says. “Getting on to the next stage, or the next event. And the achievement of finishing it.”
With 40 years of gaming under her belt, we imagine she’s finished quite a few. Hats off to you, Hilda!

sylphorix:

Still under the impression that video games are strictly for kids? Hilda Knott would like to have a word with you. And perhaps a game.

The 85-year-old British gamer has been mashing buttons for 40 years — roughly the life of the video game industry – and is showing no signs of slowing down.

We’re not talking about just a bunch of boring PC card games, either. In a video interview with the BBC, Knott, who turns 86 next month, shows off her formidable gaming setup, including a sweet 65-inch HDTV and a brand new Playstation 3 Superslim. She discusses her love of Grand Theft Auto IV, which she had a “hilarious” time playing with her 94-year-old-aunt.

Knott acknowledges that her deep love of gaming has helped her stay mentally fit, because “a lot of them have puzzles, working out how to do something.”

She isn’t joking, either, as the video shows her playing the niche tactical role-playing game, Disgaea 4. That’s hardcore. This lady is a gamer, through and through.

And while many of her fellow octogenarians credit games like Wii Sports for keeping them physically active, Knott’s favorite part about playing video games will sound more familiar to the Halo crowd.

“Finding something new in the game,” she says. “Getting on to the next stage, or the next event. And the achievement of finishing it.”

With 40 years of gaming under her belt, we imagine she’s finished quite a few. Hats off to you, Hilda!

Fursa Sa'ida فرصة سعيدة

Posted on Monday September 9th 2013 at 10:01pm. Its tags are listed below.

greencarnations:

adventuresinlearning:

technologyisreadytowear:

Scarfs for Autism
Leo Chao, a student at Emily Carr University, designed the Beagle, a scarf that people can wrap around them. Texture, sounds, and even smells create a calming cocoon that will distract and soothe an autistic person when they’re feeling over stimulated. It’s the electronic version of a blankie that has actual health benefits.

this is forward thinking!

dudedo they come in purple

greencarnations:

adventuresinlearning:

technologyisreadytowear:

Scarfs for Autism

Leo Chao, a student at Emily Carr University, designed the Beagle, a scarf that people can wrap around them. Texture, sounds, and even smells create a calming cocoon that will distract and soothe an autistic person when they’re feeling over stimulated. It’s the electronic version of a blankie that has actual health benefits.

this is forward thinking!

dude

do they come in purple

acceptablecoast:

HIP HOP’S QUEER PIONEERS
YES, THEY’RE ALL GAY, BUT THE SEVEN MCS IN THIS PORTFOLIO ARE AS DIFFERENT FROM ONE ANOTHER AS KANYE AND LIL WAYNE, WITH INFLUENCES THAT RANGE FROM NAS TO BJÖRK TO JEAN COCTEAU. YET THEY DO HAVE ONE OTHER BIG THING IN COMMON: THEY’RE INDELIBLY CHANGING THE FACE—AND SOUND—OF RAP.

When the rap duo House of Ladosha played New York City in July, Dosha Devastation accentuated her beard with a leopard-print sarong, gold hoop earrings, and a waist-length wig; Cunty Crawford Ladosha, all six feet eleven of him, rocked In Living Color Fly Girl-style biker shorts; and the group closed with their calling card, “B.M.F.,” short for “black model famous,” a paean to being as fabulous as Naomi Campbell. Artists such as these—once confined to gay clubs and art world openings—are inching toward the mainstream.
This article is really fantastic okay
acceptablecoast:

HIP HOP’S QUEER PIONEERS
YES, THEY’RE ALL GAY, BUT THE SEVEN MCS IN THIS PORTFOLIO ARE AS DIFFERENT FROM ONE ANOTHER AS KANYE AND LIL WAYNE, WITH INFLUENCES THAT RANGE FROM NAS TO BJÖRK TO JEAN COCTEAU. YET THEY DO HAVE ONE OTHER BIG THING IN COMMON: THEY’RE INDELIBLY CHANGING THE FACE—AND SOUND—OF RAP.

When the rap duo House of Ladosha played New York City in July, Dosha Devastation accentuated her beard with a leopard-print sarong, gold hoop earrings, and a waist-length wig; Cunty Crawford Ladosha, all six feet eleven of him, rocked In Living Color Fly Girl-style biker shorts; and the group closed with their calling card, “B.M.F.,” short for “black model famous,” a paean to being as fabulous as Naomi Campbell. Artists such as these—once confined to gay clubs and art world openings—are inching toward the mainstream.
This article is really fantastic okay

acceptablecoast:

HIP HOP’S QUEER PIONEERS

YES, THEY’RE ALL GAY, BUT THE SEVEN MCS IN THIS PORTFOLIO ARE AS DIFFERENT FROM ONE ANOTHER AS KANYE AND LIL WAYNE, WITH INFLUENCES THAT RANGE FROM NAS TO BJÖRK TO JEAN COCTEAU. YET THEY DO HAVE ONE OTHER BIG THING IN COMMON: THEY’RE INDELIBLY CHANGING THE FACE—AND SOUND—OF RAP.

When the rap duo House of Ladosha played New York City in July, Dosha Devastation accentuated her beard with a leopard-print sarong, gold hoop earrings, and a waist-length wig; Cunty Crawford Ladosha, all six feet eleven of him, rocked In Living Color Fly Girl-style biker shorts; and the group closed with their calling card, “B.M.F.,” short for “black model famous,” a paean to being as fabulous as Naomi Campbell. Artists such as these—once confined to gay clubs and art world openings—are inching toward the mainstream.

This article is really fantastic okay

clrrryfaery:

japahn:

I’madlygoesbonkers:

tasteofhiddles:

rsharky:

pkmntrainertazzer:

rutella:

delineodymium:

mandy-loves-maple:

Six Grown Men Read “50 Shades of Grey”

edit: Six Amazing Men

OH

MY

GOD

I’m laughing so hard. xD

Sweet actual fuck

I’M CREYING

“It’s better than Con Air!”

That shaggy-haired dude should speak only in his Liam Neeson voice. It would do wonders for his love life.

Fursa Sa'ida فرصة سعيدة

Posted on Tuesday August 7th 2012 at 10:59pm. Its tags are listed below.

A joke is a very serious thing.: the thing that gets me about the "misandry means women are scared when I stalk them" thing

bluelightseven:

abundantlyqueer:

so, obviously, a universe of this ^^^

but, in terms of actual tactics, i’ve found that when this kind of thing happens in a store, responding quite loudly with “oh, i don’t work here” (no matter what the opening salvo was) is weirdly effective in making them doubletake and then sidle off.

it came out of this: a million years ago i was having dinner in a rather rowdy bar/restaurant with the guy i was sort of seeing at the time. and there was a group of six or eight guys at a table behind us who were being outrageously obnoxious to their two waitresses, in that special bared-teeth friendly way that makes it clear the only thing keeping these guys’ dicks in their pants is nonsense like The Law.

anyhow, myself and my date are rolling our eyes and smiling sympathetically at the waitresses as they pass back and forth being as professional and pleasant as possible under live fire. i get up to go to the bathroom, which is past the table of apes behind us. they’re busy harassing a waitress and don’t even see me go by, but when i come out again, they’re between waitresses. i’m wearing jeans - which is what the wait staff of the restaurant wear too. as i walk past their table to mine, a guy on an outside seat PATS MY ASS and says, ‘we’re ready for dessert, darling’.

and yeah. it’s possible that i’d have reacted the same way if i was alone, but the fact was, i had the kind of freedom of action that comes with knowing you’ve got a six foot two, hundred and eighty pound royal marine lieutenant as backup, and he’s watching from twelve feet away.

so i planted one hand on the table and the other on the back of this guy’s chair and said loudly something that started ‘i don’t work here. i don’t have to put up with your shit, because it’s not my job. i will, however, make sure that the manager knows his staff are being heroically patient and polite while you’re being a bunch of ignorant fucks, and i’ll complain bitterly about being a paying customer who can’t go to the bathroom without being groped as she passes this table. don’t order dessert, you’re about to be asked to leave.’

there’s a special silence that falls when an entire restaurant is listening to one person talk. it’s awesome.

anyhoo. the point of that was, the second i said ‘i don’t work here’, their entire demeanor changed. they had a distinct sense of the power gap, and i tipped it over. the same statement, made loudly and forcefully in any faintly applicable setting, sort of reminds the man that you, as a customer, are at least nominally in a privileged position. it reminds him that paid staff have an obligation to be receptive, you don’t. it also, i think, implies that you don’t understand what response he’s looking for. women know that the galling thing about these ambushes is that we’re trained not to shut them down as rudely and directly as we need to. the ‘i don’t work here’ isn’t rude, it’s a statement of fact, and perfectly polite if the other person is under a misapprehension (it happens me all the time in clothes shops – i worked clothing retail for years, and people see me rifling one handed through jeans tags and say ‘oh, do you have this in stock in a twelve?’ all the freaking time. and i say ‘oh, i don’t work here’ and that’s not remotely rude or brusque or anything). so, it sort of puts the guy on the wrong foot because now it seems like you think he’s mistaken you in your hat and coat for a sales person. and he can either say ‘oh, sorry’ and sidle off in confusion, or he can say ‘i know’, and then you (acting as if you can’t even compute what his ‘i know’ implies) get to point to the nearest sales person and say ‘but he does. go and ask him’.

 

next week in Defend the Food Service Staff at All Costs, They Serve the Food: the time i walked out of a dinner date at a FANTASTIC restaurant BEFORE DESSERT because my date thought being condescending to the waitress would impress me, aka, The Toughest Choice I Ever Made in Support of Another Woman.

APPLAUSE.GIF

This is wonderful. I really urge people to click back through the previous reblogs that aren’t shown here, because they have AWESOME commentary as well.

queernonymoose:

faineemae:

World’s youngest mayor: 15-year-old teenage girl in Palestine
A 15-year-old Palestinian girl took office as the mayor of a West Bank town and became the youngest person in the world to occupy this position.As part of an initiative to empower youth and involve them in the decision-making process, Bashaer Othman will be the mayor of the town of Allar in the city of Tulkarm in the northwestern West Bank for two months.Othman is in charge of all matters related to the municipality of Allar and which include supervising employees and signing all official documents with the exception of financial ones.

Othman is working under the supervision of elected mayor Sufian Shadid who expressed his enthusiasm for the teengar’s appointment as a step towards supporting youth.“There are many ways of supporting youth other than financial means. First, we should make sure we remove obstacles that might stand in their way and with determination and perseverance we can do so,” he said. For Othman, the new position constitutes a major challenge that she is hoping she can be up to.“I want to go through this experience in order to be able to share it with other youth so that they can be prepared for running state institutions in the future,” she said.


Girls get stuff done.

There is nothing about this that I don’t love.

queernonymoose:

faineemae:

World’s youngest mayor: 15-year-old teenage girl in Palestine

15-year-old Palestinian girl took office as the mayor of a West Bank town and became the youngest person in the world to occupy this position.

As part of an initiative to empower youth and involve them in the decision-making process, Bashaer Othman will be the mayor of the town of Allar in the city of Tulkarm in the northwestern West Bank for two months.

Othman is in charge of all matters related to the municipality of Allar and which include supervising employees and signing all official documents with the exception of financial ones.

Othman is working under the supervision of elected mayor Sufian Shadid who expressed his enthusiasm for the teengar’s appointment as a step towards supporting youth.

“There are many ways of supporting youth other than financial means. First, we should make sure we remove obstacles that might stand in their way and with determination and perseverance we can do so,” he said. 
For Othman, the new position constitutes a major challenge that she is hoping she can be up to.

“I want to go through this experience in order to be able to share it with other youth so that they can be prepared for running state institutions in the future,” she said.

Girls get stuff done.

There is nothing about this that I don’t love.

Fursa Sa'ida فرصة سعيدة

Posted on Thursday June 28th 2012 at 12:42pm. Its tags are listed below.

M.I.A. ft Missy Elliott, Rye Rye
—  M.I.A. ft Missy Elliott, Rye Rye - Bad Girls (Switch Remix)

bluelightseven:

menshevixen:

fuckyeahhardfemme:

gonnaruinyrshoes:

thankyoubasedsantorum:

sooolondon:

quirkyblackgirls:

str8nochaser:

M.I.A. gets fellow female rappers Missy Elliott and Rye Rye on a remix to her single “Bad Girls”

Download avail. at http://www.eatinghiphop.com/2012/06/21/m-i-a-ft-missy-elliott-rye-rye-bad-girls-swit/

So I can dL when I get home

Everything.

THANK GOD

crying bc missy elliot

sweeeeeeeeeeeeet motherfucking satan this is so fucking good it hurts

YES THIS

OH SHIT YALL

It is highly appropriate that the word you hear most in this remix is “BANGIN”

tafadhali replied to your post: Oh, sometimes it’s hard

Yeah, um, this is pretty much my only response to that kind of talk: youtu.be/ymPpIza…

I will sic angry Gene Wilder on him!