The major signal processing annual conference has been cancelled due to SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome). The 2003 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP) scheduled for 6-10 April in Hong Kong has been cancelled due to the recent outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The annual conference is sponsored by… Continue reading SARS


A friend and I visited Savannah, GA on saturday. It is an interesting town with a lot more history than Atlanta. We wandered around in the historic district and the riverfront. We visited Savannah history museum which was kind of small. It had some good information about the history of the city. It seemed to… Continue reading Savannah

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Light Blogging

I haven’t been blogging much recently. Real life has interfered. I am working on my research, preparing a presentation and will be doing some grading this week as well. I’ll try to post as often as my schedule allows. I still have to finish the marriage series (starts here) with the last post on arranged… Continue reading Light Blogging

Political Quiz

Where do you fall on the liberal – conservative political spectrum? (United States) brought to you by Quizilla (Via CalPundit)

Categorized as Politics

World Tour

This blog has received visits from 44 countries: United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, France, Japan, South Africa, Germany, Belgium, Israel, Singapore, Mexico, Spain, Netherlands, Brazil, Czech Republic, Sweden, Italy, Ireland, Austria, Norway, Thailand, Portugal, Taiwan, Pakistan, Finland, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Latvia, Estonia, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Mauritius, Romania, Turkey, Philippines, Poland,… Continue reading World Tour

Shariah in NWFP

The religious parties government in the province of NWFP in Pakistan has introduced legislation to enforce shariah in the province. The NWFP government has decided to enforce Islamic Shariat in the province by introducing Enforcement of Shariat Act and Provincial Accountability Act in the provincial assembly. Speaking at a news conference here on Friday, the… Continue reading Shariah in NWFP

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Best Movie

CalPundit has a ranking of the best movie nominees for Oscar. Since I have seen all of them as well, here’s my ranking: The Pianist The Hours Chicago Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Gangs of New York CalPundit did not like The Pianist. I agree that the film does become a bit detached… Continue reading Best Movie

Categorized as Movies

Going Home

I am going home for the weekend. Blogging will resume after I return sunday night.

Categorized as Life

Forced Marriage in Islam: Post #2

Previous Posts of this series: Cousin Marriage and Forced Marriage in Pakistan. I did some research for this post. Actually, I asked my sister to tell me what Abdur Rahman Al-Jazairi had to say about the topic in his book “Kitab-ul-Fiqh alal-Madhahib al-Arba’a” (Book of fiqh according to the four schools [mentioned in this post]… Continue reading Forced Marriage in Islam: Post #2

Haloscan Again

Now Haloscan has restored the missing comments from March 13-14, but in the process lost the comments since. This is getting really frustrating. Here is what the Haloscan admins say: Yes, we’ve noticed that a few user accounts didn’t sync properly with the new comments and I’m restoring them right this moment. Every comment will… Continue reading Haloscan Again

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