Fatima Hassan

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Never Let Me Go?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Fatima Hassan at 3:44 am on Monday, May 14, 2012

In Never Let Me Go, Ishiguro brilliantly and heartbreakingly tells the world what we are here for realistically according to him. To be honest, this book made me cry for days. Did I feel a little bit exploited? Most likely yes, it wasn’t happening to me, but as I read this novel I felt the same bitter disappointment as them knowing I was being saved as an organ donor and when it came to “completion” meaning death, ironic that completion for them meant their purpose in the human life have been completed as they give their body parts to “originals”. God, I know it’s against my religion but I really don’t think I’d be able to live the life the way they were forced into living.

Wild Virus On the Run “Contagion”

Filed under: Uncategorized — Fatima Hassan at 1:17 am on Monday, May 7, 2012

“Okay, So can I talk to my wife” “I’m sorry, she’s dead”. The look of shock on Mitch’s face as he is told his wife is dead. He stares in wonderment, as to how fast she died when he was just with her now. That’s the effect of a virus, it catches you unawares and attacks you whenever it gets the chance, not giving a second to spare. The saddest one was in the beginning, when the guy falls and dies on the bus; some move away, while another takes pictures of him as if it’s a joking matter. People don’t see the seriousness in situations until it’s too late. It took a while before anyone really took this “virus” seriously and decided to quarantine people and look into what was causing this epidemic to spread so fast. It’s scary to think of something like this happening for real. We always picture how the world is going to end, this adds another one to the list. whether from nuclear radiation, naturally, or from a “contagion” unknown. The constant focus on hands touching everywhere and then the mention of hand-sanitizer reminded me of the time “Swine Flu” I think it was and the shelves everywhere were packed with sanitizers and people were afraid to touch anything or anyone, going out I saw a lot of people with masks on. It was a really scary sight. I have OCD when it comes to keeping clean among other things. Public areas scare me, I carry handsanitizer with me and I constantly wash my hands and face. If I feel my hands are dirty I refuse to eat until I clean, but you can’t help it. We are always out, so we have no choice but to be touching something every second, it can’t be stopped. My brother always tells me of my habit, that if you’re going to die, you’ll die, does not matter how or when or why, but when your time comes, it comes. He’s right, we have no idea as to what will kill us. Scarily enough.

White Noise

Filed under: Uncategorized — Fatima Hassan at 1:25 am on Monday, April 30, 2012

Don DeLillo’s novel “White Noise” brings about what everyone daily fears about and denies; DEATH. I noticed that Jack Gladney’s fixation with death demonstrated the kind of uneducated attitude that many people hold nowadays. Jack’s entire world is surrounded by tabloids and national media that basically thrive on destroying lives. We go into denial when we make things seem the way we want to see it, our way of escaping from naturalism. We use what class we are in to feel that death can not get to us, for example, “I’m not just a college professor,” says Jack. “I’m the head of a department. I don’t see myself fleeing an airborne toxic event. That’s for people who live in mobile homes out in the scrubby parts of the country, where the fish hatcheries are.” I felt like because he had a high position, he did not feel like the toxin could get to him and that he was saved. But he failed to see that death gets anyone anytime anywhere no matter what their position. Honestly, reading this and seeing “The Road” out of all the readings from class, were probably most effective in getting to me about the reality of life and death. Very scary.

“The Road”?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Fatima Hassan at 2:16 am on Monday, April 23, 2012

“Are we still the good guys? And we always will be no matter what happens?” This was perhaps the saddest line by a little boy who was scared out of his wits but was still trying to have hope. Hope in the lost world of humanity. The father’s response to him is a positive one, but that does not stop the events that happens throughout that as their situation becomes past desperate, that sense of morality is put to the test. This is probably the most realistic inhumane way of the End of the world. The saddest part was when he’s drinking soda, instead of chugging it down as someone who knows it would, the Boy took out his tongue like he was unsure of what to do as if he’s never done it before, kind of like animalistic instincts, if that makes sense. “Do you wish you would die?” “No, it’s foolish to ask for luxuries in a time like this” was my favorite line ever besides the first one. Eli said what I always think, you can’t have the good without the bad and you can’t have the bad without the good. Either way, both are there no matter what and only a fool would take the easy way out (in their case, suicide). As scared as I am of the end of the world, this made me go “aww” all the way through. The bad times should not bring out the bad cannibalistic side that had come out in the few in the movie, but it did and when there’s hopelesssness, it will come to that or suicide, humans have to learn to appreciate the good and the bad. Even if you know the world is ending, you really can’t do anything to delay it, we have to appreciate the time we’re given to spend it happy as much as we can instead of spending every second aimlessly hopeless. I wondered why no one had names except the old man “Eli”, as if no one had any importance or long enough in the world to live so why bother with names, or at the end of the day, we die as we were born, nameless, empty, alone. I hope I’m making sense..

On The Beach- Nevil Shute

Filed under: Uncategorized — Fatima Hassan at 3:02 am on Monday, April 16, 2012

What did I feel as I finished reading the book? Goosebumps, like little bugs crawling all over my body and not able to do anything about it but let it run its course. It scared me and made me realize how much we take the beautiful world we’re living in for granted. Shute creates such an emotional rollercoaster on the readers by expressing how mankind misuses everything given to him including abusing the intelligence not for good but for bad, and the reaction of the outcome. A lot of characters in the novel stood out but the one that stood out the most to me was Moira Davidson. She reminded me of a little kid, when she says “There never was a bomb dropped in the Southern Hemisphere. Why must it come to us?”(29), she gives the picture of a little kid stomping her feet at the unfairness of the situation and asking why her, why her place, why does she have to suffer for what is happening in another part of the world.

The thing that got to me about this novel that I did not get from the other works we’ve done in class so far, was the fact that this seemed much more realistic. Based on past events, and how costly a little mistake can be, this was kind of letting us know to be careful when using such powerful tools as nuclear weapons. “God gives and forgives, Man gets and forgets” we take what we get and we forget to appreciate what we were given, we have a mind that should be used for good, but we abuse it to do bad. Mankind is flawed, it’s like man can not help but bring upon destruction. Reminds me of a line I read somewhere, “when women get depressed, they go shopping. When men get depressed, they go to war” This is a joke, violence brings about more violence. The war broke out in the Northern Hemisphere, but its effects came all the way to the Southern Hemisphere, affecting all those who had nothing to do with it. It may start in one place but at the end of the day, it will affect the entire world, leaving no one to be safe. Nevil Shute shows us how easily emotions can trigger a war leading to a nuclear explosion, obliterating anyone in its path, innocent or not. I think his main point of this whole novel is how man is a slave to his emotions.

The Thirteenth Floor

Filed under: Uncategorized — Fatima Hassan at 6:56 pm on Sunday, April 1, 2012

What does one feel when they come across something like this => “I think therefore I am”-Descartes? I for one got goosebumps, one from this quote and then as I watched the movie unfold. I mentioned in class about seeing something on the Twilight Zone, where a show is being watched by a person being watched by another person, like a series of people inside one’s head. Which brings me to the fact that the concept that our reality isn’t realized in a unique setting isn’t a new idea, and that we are just existing on a plane of reality in a universe of thousands of realities and perhaps we are all connected somehow makes one wonder and most importantly get that deja vu feeling meeting someone and going “hey do I know you from somewhere? No? hmmm maybe from another life (reality) reincarnation(?) perhaps? The conversation between Jane and Douglas seemed pretty interesting and especially that scene where he goes into the market and sees “Natasha” “Jane”‘s “user” and she admits to him too the same as he’s feeling that they’ve met before a deja vu sort of feeling and I thought it was pretty interesting how everything was changing everytime a user would go into the “simulation” world. Makes one ponder, what IS reality and how can you tell? In their world, it was going straight down to the “end of the world” where a road off meant literally the end of the world, how about the other world? We’re never told except to make our own assumptions.. I did enjoy the movie though, did not give much to second guess, then again, I still question if their world was actually real too or not?

Ubik

Filed under: Uncategorized — Fatima Hassan at 11:21 pm on Sunday, March 25, 2012

This was the first book that I have read by Philip K. Dick, and as confusing as the beginning of this book was, I was not disappointed. This novel kept me fixated on what was to come next. It’s hard for me to explain what I really got out of this book because it dealt with very abstract concepts, but here are my thoughts. First, Ubik derives from the term ubiquitous meaning “everywhere” which got me to thinking, do we exist in multiple ways and places? And if so, how can we differentiate between the two and if what we are experiencing right now is life, and not half-life, death, or a reincarnation of ourselves? This was the main question that the characters of Ubik faced.

Ubik shows a combination between two worlds, real life and half-life. The ones who are “alive” exist in the life we know and the ones who are known to be in “half-life” are basically dead but placed in a cold-pac, similar to the cryogenics we have today, except that the cold-pac in Ubik keeps the essence of the person alive. Which means that the deceased can still communicated with the already living and the already deceased. This was kind of creepily weird to even think something like that would one day exist, it kind of kept people on a hope for an already dead person.

Reading this alone gave me goosebumps.

Avatar: Chance for a new life?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Fatima Hassan at 3:23 am on Monday, March 19, 2012

Avatar was pretty interesting to watch the first time round and then as one gets it, kind of sad to experience it a second time. The reliance on technology here was so vast. Jake, disabled, looks into the Avatar program as a way for a new life and that is exactly what he receives. The feel of being able to have legs and walk and run again. How was that possible? If not for technology in an alternate world. It was interesting to see a fight between actual nature love and technology and which one was more important.

William Gibson’s “Neuromancer”

Filed under: Uncategorized — Fatima Hassan at 11:39 pm on Sunday, February 26, 2012

At first, reading William Gibson’s “Neuromancer”, in a way I was really confused; from how it started, but then the only thing that came to mind for me to better understand and visualize more properly was a show called Mutant X, or AI (Artificial Intelligence), X-Men, and as much as I remember, a lot more like the Matrix. As I read on, it made a little sense, seeing into the mind of Gibson as he wrote “Neuromancer”. As I read on, I found that this story even though science fiction, relates and creates their tale into our everyday life. Gibson’s Neuromancer places all his readers in the actual world and goes on to criticize mankind’s identity by discussing every day or existing occurrence of events. Also, the novel’s setting makes readers feel weird to a point, because the story’s artificial intelligence and genetic alteration, is an everyday actual occurrence, and it is sad but not many people realize as to how far everything has come and mostly due to technology. Reading about Molly with “extensive cybernetic modifications, including retractable, 4 cm double-edged blades under her fingernails which can be used like claws” reminded me of Wolverine from X-Men.

What I found really interesting from the whole book was how everyone was connected to “Cyberspace” Case made me think/imagine him as a computer and Molly being sort of a bodyguard for him reminded me of a virus protection for computers.

As I was searching the web, I found a pretty interesting article regarding Gibson’s novel “Neuromancer” and how this novel brought to life the idea of “World Wide Web”.

http://www.macworld.com/article/141500/2009/07/neuromancer_25.html

Facebook, the new next best thing

Filed under: Uncategorized — Fatima Hassan at 10:40 pm on Monday, February 20, 2012

Watching the Social Network, I thought to myself, let’s find out just how Facebook started. It was very intriguing to watch as to how everything unfolded, back and forth from beginning to end, what drove Mark to start the very thing that has become such a phenomenon. My favorite part of the movie was when Mark went to Erica, to apologize I’m guessing and what she said really hit the mark, ““The Internet’s not written in pencil, Mark, it’s written in ink!”. She’s right, everything we write or post on the internet will be there forever, you can try to delete it, but the data still remains, and millions will have already seen what you’ve said and posted and pass it on to many more who will continue to pass it on infinitely. Mark started with one true friend who had his back from beginning to end, but he ruined it all for this website, that became such a big hit.

As it surpassed the one millionths, and grew rapidly sucking in more and more people, especially young teens, one wonders was this a positive thing or negative to have people doing everything online instead of in actuality. One sees more negative than positive but companies with ads all over Facebook would beg to differ, good way to advertise for their companies. As more and more people join, they all “show” and “express” their love, sadness, and happiness over this social networking site, by writing comments to people, messaging, and playing one of many of Facebook’s games. These are all nothing but an unnecessary waste of time and or way to avoid actual human contact.

In some ways Facebook seems to be like high school, but more online. Funny thing about Facebook is, is that it has been given such importance that as I type Facebook with lowercase “f” instead of capitalized “F”, it shows a red underline error, and as I click it, I get shown “Facebook” with a capital “F”. I have Facebook, and majority of my friends have Facebook, as more and more friends joined, I noticed a whole lot of difference. I have to be honest, there have been many times, where, I’ve gotten in an argument with my fiance, or best friends, because I’ve posted on Facebook but never responded to phone calls or texts and heard many lectures from my fiance as to how Facebook ruins relationship, he’s right. I have seen a lot of that happen. But that is how it is, instead of asking for phone numbers or email addresses, everyone says “Facebook me” gives each other full names and says to “find me, we’ll talk on Facebook”. Pictures taken at parties or other events, “tag me on Facebook”, some people and I have seen this, are so used to being on Facebook 24/7 that they would actually write on walls, or poke someone, and then say “oops, got mixed up with Facebook” and much more.

I feel like it’s reasons like these that have shown me that social networking will soon enough eliminate the realness of human to human communication. Because, everything you need is at your fingertips on Facebook. Companies who hire people, try to find dirt on potential employees on Facebook, or adds them on Facebook. I think I am going on a tangent, but in my opinion, I feel like we are being sucked into technology way too fast, everything we need, we have it online. It’s like if you call someone or invite someone via post mail to parties etc, said people will look at you as if you have a third eye or ask you what planet are you from and get with the program. Technology meaning Facebook seems to be becoming a powerful tool for sucking everyone in, but I feel just like, Myspace, Friendster, Xanga, Livejournal, and many other social networking site, that this might die down too after a while, who knows. My personal favorite is this link, Facebook shows majority of people so happy, with happy pictures, happy comments, statuses, etc, but we don’t know what the other’s actual life is like. Facebook is deceiving. Online, people can be anything and anything they want and choose to be, but in real life, it is impossible. Which brings me to this link

http://www.slate.com/articles/double_x/doublex/2011/01/the_antisocial_network.html

You need to get off of Facebook

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