Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

I am off to New York City for some R&R. So an early Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from me! Once I am back, I have some interesting blogging material planned. At least it is very interesting to me.


I have been busy doing other things (and spending too much time on Facebook), but it’s time to bring this blog back to life again. Well almost! First, I have to go enjoy my Christmas vacation. As you can see, I have changed the blog theme to the default twentyten one. That needs some tweaking… Continue reading Alive!

Georgia Primary Election 2010

For me, the primary election season started with an early July 4 gift from the Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp asking me to submit proof of my citizenship. Strangely, I have actually voted in an election since I registered to vote. According to the letter, my driver license record doesn’t show that I am… Continue reading Georgia Primary Election 2010

Google Urdu Tools

Google Translate can now translate from and to 57 languages, including Urdu. Don’t know how to write in Urdu script? The translate page allows you to write in Roman Urdu, i.e. Urdu using the English alphabet. The same transliteration (from Roman Urdu to Urdu script) is available independently here. Of course, this transliteration is available… Continue reading Google Urdu Tools

Valentine Poems

Three days late, here are some poems in honor of Valentine’s Day. I do not love you as if you were salt-rose, or topaz, or the arrow of carnations the fire shoots off. I love you as certain dark things are to be loved, in secret, between the shadow and the soul. I love you… Continue reading Valentine Poems

کبھی کبھی

For some strange reason, I remembered this poem by Urdu poet Amjad Islam Amjad late Saturday night. کبھی کبھی ان حبس بھری راتوں میں جب سب آوازیں سو جاتی ہیں آدھی نیند کی گھائل سی مدہوشی میں اک خواب انوکھا جاگتا ہے! میں دیکھتا ہوں گرد کی اس چادر سے اُدھر (جو میرے اُس کے… Continue reading کبھی کبھی

North Georgia Snake Run

Over the Christmas break, a friend was visiting and we decided to head to our usual haunts in North Georgia. We hiked part of the Appalachian trail from Woody Gap. In addition, we wanted to do our usual scenic drive through the Blue Ridge there. However, we realized that a good description of what Jim… Continue reading North Georgia Snake Run