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La Verita
I am a half kuwaiti/half american girl living in Kuwait. I am perpetually suspended in the granite hollow that fills the space between two worlds... Not quite who I am, not quite who I want to be... Cat-lover, poet, music-nut. I currently hold a PHD in both BS and Smartass. In short, I pitch my tent in the median of life..


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Tuesday, October 31, 2006
A Deviation of the Axis


I'm not one for conspiracy theories, I'm really not. Lights flying over Roswell, I don't think they were aliens. I don't think the US government has aliens sitting on ice in some freezer either, a' la Independence Day.(That's not to say I don't believe that aliens exist, just that if they do, I doubt they're interested in our sorry-ass planet.)

There were a million and one conspiracy theories that came about after 9/11, especially in this part of the world. Reports of dudes jumping out of the plane before it hit the towers (Like jumbo jets have ejection seats!)There was talk about how Israel was behind the attacks with Bushco approval... Whatever. I think that the events that happened that day are cheapened by conspiracy theorists who see demonic connections in everything from terrorist attacks to mass death by bad spinach.

However, that is not to say that I am not intensely curious about the hidden connections between events that appear to be mutually exclusive like the Knights Templar and the Ark of the Covenant/Holy Grail, or connections between biblical teachings and Bushs' foreign policy. These things I am an avid believer in, simply because they do not defy my God-given logic. They make sense. They may be a little difficult to comprehend, but no where near as difficult as comprehending a Bush/Israel backing of the 9/11 attacks.

Some people have called the authors of the book that I am currently re-reading conspiracy theorists. The book is Talisman. The authors, Robert Bauval and Graham Hancock. Now, I've been a fan of Graham Hancock for years and I've read everything he's written, as for Robert Bauval... the only work he's done that I've read is stuff he's done in conjunction with Hancock, namely Keeper of Genesis and Talisman.

As far as finding obscure connections between things, Graham Hancock takes the cake. In Keeper of Genesis (also known as Message of the Sphinx), which I have practically memorized, he draws connections between astrology, archeology, theology and practically every other -ology you can think of. It is a fascinating journey to figuring out when the Giza necropolis was really laid out and when the pyramids and Sphinx were actually built. It is a scintillating thesis and surprisingly easy to understand (regardless of the blank stares my colleagues at work gave me when I tried explaining it to them...)

Fingerprints of the Gods, another Hancock classic, is even more mind-boggling. It deals with absolutely anything and everything under the Mesoamerican sun. Nazca Plains, Machu Picchu, Viracocha, Olmec Heads, Chariots in the sky... I mean absolutely everything. I consider this book to be the bible of investigative journalism. The parallels he draws are seamless, the transition betweens thoughts is flawless, and his writing style is fluid and easy to understand.

Talisman, on the other hand, is a wildly gyrating piece of journalistic theater that takes you on more conspiring twists and turns than an Oliver Stone-on-crack flick would. He makes connections between Catharism, Giordano Bruno, Masonic Bibles, solar cities, Rosicrucians, French presidents, urban planning and the (apparently) low libido of Louis XIII. It is a fascinating book, to be sure, if a little hard to follow at times. Well worth the effort if you're into weird connections... This is my fourth time attacking the book and its making more and more sense each time around. Now, that may or may not be the kind of effort you want to put into a book, but I tend to keep at things till I understand them backwards and forwards so I'm not put off by it.

My point here (if I can even say that I have one..) is that reality tends to be much more interesting than fiction, there are things in this world that defy explanation, things that the mind reels at. These things, in my opinion, are worthier of our attention than, say, UFO's and little green men.

I've always found it fascinating that man tends to look into space, pushing frontiers out there, when there are so many unexplained things rooted right here on earth.


"All things on earth... are unreal; but some of them - not all, but some few only - are copies of reality... When the appearance flows in from above, it becomes an imitation of reality. But apart from the working of power from above, it remains an illusion; just as a painted portrait presents to us in appearance the body of the man we see in it, but is not in itself a human body."

- Discourses of Hermes to Tat


09:43 (8) comments
Sunday, October 29, 2006
The Eid break wasn't nearly long enough....


Ok, this is bad. Actually both the thing I'm gonna say and the fact that I'm admitted it are bad... I haven't read a newspaper in ages, Like two or three months - ages! I get my news from Reuters Oddly Enough columns and msn.com homepages... Its bad, but what can I say? Not only do international affairs bore the crap out of me, but the news is so depressing that I get all bipolar as soon as I read an article with Iraq in the title.

Here's the only piece of news I have:

So You Think You Can Dance Season 2 starts on MBC4 this Wednesday at 10pm KSA.

Making the Band also starts on MBC4 on Thursday at 10pm KSA.


This is a cool website to check out when you have some down time:

Slate.com

It has all sorts of cool articles about entertainment, politics, crime. A lot of the stuff on there is really funny, in a satirical sort of way.

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Now Playing: Bat Country By: Avenged Sevenfold

-Layla


15:23 (5) comments
Thursday, October 26, 2006
3eedkom imbarak already...


Now quit jamming up the streets!

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Now Playing: Talk By: Coldplay

-Layla


22:11 (4) comments
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
What's in a name?


M.Night Shyamalan

Say it. Go ahead and say it. Hear it roll off your tongue. Better yet. Say it in your head and feel it roll and rumble in your consciousness.

I love that name. M.Night Shyamalan. It has a melodious, almost talismanic quality to it. Like his directorial style, it brings with it a sense of atmospheric foreboding. Like you can almost see some murky figure lingering in the vowels.. Shadowy silhouettes hiding behind the syllables.

If it were possible for a name to hold within its consonants sanctity, to contain within its folds the power to invoke, I do believe that name would be M.Night Shyamalan.

Judaism says that names have power. God's name, in fact, is too powerful to even utter. Angels' names are too beautiful to reveal. I believe that. I believe that some names can harbor Hermetic powers.

My name is international, found in every language and in every religion. It is universal in its simplicity. In ancient Arabic, the meaning of it is clear; Intoxication.

What does your name mean?

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Now Playing: By Your Side By: Sade

-Layla


16:06 (22) comments
Monday, October 16, 2006
This guy is the president of the mightiest country in the WORLD.




"And so, in my State of the - my State of the Union-or state-my speech to the nation, whatever you want to call it, speech to the nation-I asked Americans to give 4,000 years-4,000 hours over the next-the rest of your life-of service to America. That's what I asked-4,000 hours." -Bridgeport, Conn., April 9, 2002.

..... And he got elected, not once, but TWICE! This guy! Seriously? Says alot for the grass roots of America, don't it?

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Now Playing: Lying is the most fun(a girl can have without taking her clothes off) By: Panic! At the Disco

Yes... The addiction is still going strong.

-Layla


18:12 (8) comments
Friday, October 13, 2006
A New Addiction ...




... I just can't sweat out.

Is it just me or do they sound freakishly similar to Fall Out Boy? Same feeling, similar vocal inflections... hmmm, I smell a copy cat, but a pretty damn good one if that.

"When I say shotgun, you say wedding. Shotgun. Wedding. Shotgun. Wedding."

That is a really good line right there. You know how sometimes you hear a line in an OK song and it just brings the whole song to life? And suddenly the whole song gets better? Well, that's the line that did it for me.

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Now Playing: It's time to dance By: PANIC! At the Disco

-Layla


18:13 (8) comments
Thursday, October 12, 2006
This sucks peanuts....


doesn't it?


Now Playing: In Repair By: John Mayer

-Layla


19:42 (8) comments
6agat chabdi...


shakli I'm gonna move to WordPress....


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Once I can see properly that is.....


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Now Playing: Not so usual By: Jason Mraz

-Layla


03:16 (7) comments
Sunday, October 01, 2006
Music and Shtuff...


I'm a big music fan, as is probably apparent seeing as how this is my second music post in less than two weeks... Anywho, I was thinking last night how there are certain albums that I can listen to without hitting the skip button once... I racked my brain and these are the albums I came up with:

1. Every Robbie Williams album except Intensive Care... I think he lost the plot a bit with that one.

2. Every Jason Mraz and John Mayer album. Any song they sing, I invariably wind up loving.

3. Aerosmith's Oh, Yeah! The Ultimate Hits album, disc 2.

4. Maroon 5's Songs About Jane, although Must Get Out tends to get the repeat treatment.

5. Any and every Matchbox Twenty album.

6. The Never Been Kissed soundtrack.

7. Sugar Ray's self-titled album. Disasterpiece is crazy-good.

I think that's it...

What are some albums that you can listen to without skipping a song?


Also, going back to my post about memories becoming drenched in songs and vice versa... Can you remember what the first CD you ever bought was?

Mine was EYC's debut (only?) album...


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Since Caff loved the Bush-ism so much, here's another one!

"This notion that the United States is getting ready to attack Iran is simply ridiculous. And having said that, all options are on the table."-Brussels, Belgium, Feb. 22, 2005.

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Now Playing: Two Steps Behind By: Def Leopard

-Layla