جاهل ولا ظالم؟ متفرقش

ياترى أكبر سبب للخراب اللي احنا فيه هو الظلم فقط ؟ ولا فيه حاجة كمان هي السبب و يمكن تاثيرها أكبر من الظلم كمان ؟

فيه حديث عن الرسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم بيقول فيه أن القضاة ثلاثة: اثنان في النار وواحد في الجنة، رجل عرف الحق فقضى به فهو في الجنة، ورجل عرف الحق فلم يقض به وجار في الحكم فهو في النار، ورجل لم يعرف الحق فقضى للناس على جهل فهو في النار.

أنا مش قصدي أتكلم عن القضاه بشكل خاص حاليا بس هدفي من الحديث ده توضيح إن ربنا يعاقب الجاهل نفس عقاب الظالم  بالضبط كأنهم سواء لأن تأثيرهم على المجتمع واحد. فالشخص الذي لا يظلم ليس أفضل مِن مَن يظلم لو كان جاهلاً.

الجهل والظلم وجهين لعملة واحدة، فلا تفضل إحداهما عن الأخرى.

اتقوا الله وليعلمكم الله.

Why Needmash Failed to start (For now..)

Needmash logo

Me and a group of my friends were working on a project called Needmash (Previously known as ShopekLobek) and it’s idea was simple, post anything you need and help other people with what they need. We made a prototype of it (I hope it stays up and running) during our last year of college as our graduation project and we got straight A’s.

So everything was going fine right after graduation, we knew what to do and there was not much left to do for launching the service. But what we weren’t fully aware of, is that not all of us has the same purpose and motivation for this project. I myself just wanted to make something that help people more and make their life easier, whether it’s high tech or low tech, I didn’t really care, I just wanted to help. Some other members were taking this project as an experiment to learn from it, some others changed their personal goals after graduation and it didn’t go along with starting a business and some others were just following their passion and when they lost it, they lost interest in the project. And believe me, you will lose your passion in your startup many many times, here’s how to keep it.

So it’s not always the lack of skills or resources that fails a project. You can have the right people at the right time and things eventually go wrong because they didn’t have the same goal or motive. And by goal I don’t mean that they didn’t want the project to succeed, of course they did! But “why they wanted it to succeed” was different inside each of us.

So what I’ve learned from this experience and my advice to you is when you choose someone to start a business with, or hire someone in the early stage of your project, you must make sure that his personal goals and motives are the same as yours, whatever how skillful they are, you won’t get the best out of them unless you have a unified vision and personal goals. Think of it as multiple strings pulling a rock, if they don’t all have the same direction, things will fall apart.

By the way if you are a huge corporation, you may not need to worry about your employees personal goals, they work for your money anyway.

ياريتها جت عالطماطم

Imageكنت لسة بتفرج على فيلم World War Z بطولة Brad Pitt وكان بيتكلم عن ال zombies وكده.. و ضمن احداث الفيلم إن إسرائيل هي أول دولة تاخد إحتياطاتها من الفيروس ده و تبني سور ضخم يحميها من هجمات ال zombies (محامهاش قوي عموما)

المهم .. لما Brad كان راح هناك عشان يقابل شخص عنده معلومات عن أصل الفيروس و جه منين و بتاع، و لما قابل الشخص ده سأله ليه إسرائيل كانت أول دولة تستعد للخطر ده، فـالراجل رد عليه بإن بعد احداث كتيرة حصلت لإسرائيل و مقدروش يتوقعوها (و اللي منها كانت حرب 1973) المخابرات قررت طريقة جديدة في بحث صحة أي معلومة تيجي لهم، و الطريقة دي اسمها “The 10th man rule” أو قاعدة الرجل العاشر. القاعدة ببساطة بتقول إن المجلس (المكون من 10 أشخاص) لما يبحث صحة معلومة ما و يبقى 9 من ال 10 أفراد متفقين على رأي، يبقى مهمة الشخص العاشر إنه يبحث في احتمالية حدوث الرأي الاخر حتى لو هو مش مقتنع بإمكانية حدوثه، و بكده يبقوا مستعدين لإحتمالية حدوث أي شيء.

القاعدة  دي أبهرتني بصراحة لدرجة إني بحثت عنها عالنت بعد ما خلصت الفيلم و لقيت واحد على Quora بيسأل إذا كانت اسرائيل بتستخدم القاعدة دي بجد ولا لأ. المفزع إن طلع الجيش الإسرائيلي بيطبق القاعدة  دي في الواقع فعلا في اتخاذ قرارته و كانت ضمن تغيرات كتير في استراتيجية اتخاذ القرار في الجيش الإسرائيلي بعد 1973. و مصدر المعلومة دي هو كتاب “Lessons from Israel’s intelligence reforms” و اللي ألفه “Yousef Kuperwasser” رئيس قسم البحث العلمي في وزارة الدفاع الاسرائيلية من 2001 إلى 2006.

آه صحيح.. اللي مستغرب من عنوان المقال، فيه إشاعة طالعة إن إسرائيل جايبة لينا طماطم مسرطنة.

ياريتها جت عالطماطم …

Why I will never do a task again without a timer

timer-iconIn my school period, I used to wake up at 6:30 AM and I needed to get out at 7, so there was only 30 mins to go to the bathroom, pray, get dressed, have a breakfast and prepare my bag. The time was really tight but I figured out a way to solve it, to have a clock in front of me while doing all these tasks to feel the tick of every second and not waste it.

Then after I went to college I didn’t need that technique because the time was kinda flexible and sometimes I didn’t go at all (yeah I was a huge slacker during college). But then after graduation and when I started working on multiple projects, I faced a huge time management crisis, an epic fail that led to chaos in my tasks.

So I analysed my performance and attitude during this chaos period and I found out some sort of things

  1. The tasks take much time than what I predicted, which means that I’m not realistic with my predictions
  2. I underestimate checking mail and social media or any fun or break time and I lose myself there for more than I should
  3. I do a better job when being watched or monitored

These basic 3 issues inspired me to use a timer when doing anything, from eating in front of the TV to working on my projects so I can solve those 3 basic problems. The timer will help me with:

  1. Knowing exactly how much time each task has taken so I can make my prediction better in the future
  2. Knowing exactly how much time spent on social media and fun things so I don’t underestimate them again
  3. Being monitored (by myself) to do a better job

I found a great tool to manage this for you, you write each task with the predicted time for it and it will ring when the time reach that goal time. Its a Chrome app called task timer, it’s pretty useful and I’m already using it right now when writing this post and I’ve given a 1 hour goal to finish it (and I did it in exactly 58 mins).

I have just started today to use this technique and I’m not sure how much time I’ll save but I’m pretty sure that it will save a huge amount of time. I guess you will may even notice the results through my social media activity.

Why I’m Happy

Yesterday a friend of mine, Saif, posted on Facebook that he needs to start collecting everything beautiful, cute or smile inducing he comes across in a single folder to use as an instant happiness emergency stash. So I told him that he can make a blog, listing all of these things and it will be fun. He liked the idea adding that it’s good a idea to be available for everyone and not just for himself.

But since he hasn’t started his blog yet, I thought of doing my version of “why I’m happy”, to make a positive impact in all the negativity we live in.
So here’s my list, I may forget a lot of important things as I have a bad memory.. but you can remind me in the comments :D

I’m happy because:

  • I’m Muslim and I’m completely comfortable with my beliefs. Thank God.
  • I have a clear goal in life and I’m doing what it takes to achieve it.
  • There are a lot people in my life that love me and care about me, I wouldn’t have found them anywhere else. Not being forever alone is awesome of course! :D
  • I love technology and science, and their advancements are going pretty fast. Perfect!
  • I love gaming. Last game I played was the new Tomb Raider and it was pretty awesome.
  • I love my Android phone with all the apps on it. Specially Pocket and Flipboad.
  • With all the struggle we face in our daily life in Egypt, I manage to stay calm and control my frustration.
(Now it’s starting to get harder to remember :D)
  • I forgive easily. I don’t have any personal bad feelings towards anybody.
  • I enjoy walking. the daily bad traffic when going to college doesn’t affect me.
  • I love listening to music in all different genres. My top favorites are rock, metal and classic symphonies.
  • I love writing. This blog gets me out of bad mood every time.
  • I love Mango. Every time I eat it or drink it’s juice I become extremely happy.
  • I love inspiring people. That’s why I made this blog (and wrote this post.. and this line..)
  • I believe that if you’re not having fun while doing something, you’re not doing it right.
I definitely won’t be able to list everything as they are infinite, but what’s I’m pretty sure of, is that I’m happy because I choose to.

Nature’s processor

When you get any image on your PC and zoomed a bit too much you will find small squares with different colors called pixels. Well, nature too has its pixels, and it’s called subatomic particles (of course it got that name because it’s smaller than an atom)In computers, the data that are being used are only the ones loaded. Our minds do pretty much the same thing with nature’s data or, the subatomic particles. (you didn’t get it, I know.. bear with me)
Lets take computer games as an example (because I love gaming). In Need For Speed Underground 2, I once had a cheat code that lets me freeze the camera position while the car still going, when the car goes too far from the camera position the objects (buildings, other cars, road,..etc) start to disappear and the world goes black. Why ? because the memory of the PC is too little to hold all the rendered objects at once, so to overcome this problem the PC renders only the objects around the car, like a virtual circle around the car and moving with it, if the object is inside this circle then it’s loaded, if outside it’s not. This way you feel the world of the game real because it’s visible wherever you goes to, but you don’t see what’s happening in the background of the game to deliver this immersive realism.
Just like in computers, particles are in unknown state unless they are being observed, at this moment your mind renders them to see them the way they are. This takes us to Schrödinger’s cat, one of the proofs to the superposition principle of the quantum theory (the one I understood so far..)

Imagine a cat is placed in a room that is shielded from the environment. A Geiger counter and a little bit of a radioactive element are in the room. Within some time, say one hour, one of the atoms of the radioactive element may decay, or it may not. The Geiger counter can of course measure that. If it does measure the decay, it will release some poisonous gas, which will kill the cat.
The question now is: at the end of the hour, is the cat alive or dead?
Schrödinger’s interpretation is that as long as the door is closed, the cat is both dead and alive in dual superposed quantum states. When the door is opened, the quantum states are made known and the cat is observed to be either alive or dead.

This means that you can define the state of a particle only when you observe it, just like in the game, you can only see the object when you go around its position.

So we can say that particles are like data that make up the objects in a computer, your body is like the car in the computer game and your mind is like the computer’s memory and processor. The particles are out there, invisible to the car, unless you approach it.
This shows us how the digital world and the nature as it is, have a lot in common in concepts and structures.

We imitate the nature in our lives, in anything we do but we just don’t know it. And we also discover more and more by doing stuff and figuring out in the end that nature does it.

Time travel is useless

//This title is not meant to be catchy at all.

Yes I believe “time travel only” is useless, what you think is fun or cool or amazing or whatever.. isn’t just time travel, its time travel with your memories unchanged or altered.
The basic time travel will send you back in time for you to change some mistake you made in the past but the point is that you won’t remember that you regretted this action in the future because it didn’t happen yet, it doesn’t exist and you’ll make it again in the future, then you’ll regret it again and use the time travel to change it and forget.. and regret again… you’ll end up in an infinite loop.
But what does the basic time travel offers for traveling to the future ? well, it offers nothing (disappointing, right?)
Your memories and other people’s memories end at this moment, further in time doesn’t exist because there’s no memories to create it, its actions hadn’t been taken yet. So how the system gonna get those actions out of the people to let you see the future ? If its feasible you are most welcomed to tell me in the comments what is the next post I’m going to write on this blog.
What people want isn’t really time traveling because as we saw it offers nothing, they want transferring present memories to the past or predicting the future with 0 errors, and this I believe this is a different problem than time travel itself and even harder.
In the end I want to quote Morgan Freeman in Through the wormhole TV series ” If we can go back in time and change the mistakes we made, would we learn from it? Would we be who we are today? “