I feel grateful when a good thing happens in the day. Today two good things happened, so I feel extra grateful.

But grateful towards who, or what? Towards the universal forces that, invisibly, conspired to make the good things happen. I am part of those forces too, of course. It's useful to give those forces a name. Collectively, I call them God. When a good thing happens, I say الحمد لله.

measurement is a disruptive act

by measuring a thing, you force it to take a definite value in some frame of reference. you subsequently deal with that thing as having that snapshot value, thereby forcing it to respond as if it had that value - and forwarding that value to other things that go on to cause more reality to happen based on it.

Kin-Dza-Dza - Georgi Daneliya 1986

"Kin-Dza-Dza" at Wikipedia

How to return home when you get stranded on an alien desert planet populated with telepathic sociopaths using rusty, advanced technology.

"The Shape of Life" - Mark Shelley 2002 - Episode 1: Origins


Shape of Life at CBS

  • The sponge turns out to be an animal - and the oldest / most basal one at that too! That means we (humans as part of the animal kingdom) all descend from the sponge! Congratulations everyone.
  • The sponge is a living filter.

The organic chip

Exhibit A

The soul is the DNA

The soul is a meme as old as humanity. Ancient Egyptians had that concept and had possibly inherited it from previous peoples. It figures prominently in mythologies and religions.

But ontologically (or epistemologically, I confuse the two), what is the soul? In other words, what behaviour does the soul exhibit that distinguishes it from other things in our universe (of ideas)?

Scenes and interactions

Our individual lives are made up of scenes. I start the workday on a breakfast with the family scene, concluded by walking my daughter to her schoolbus. Then starts the work scene, in which I interact with my team, mostly virtually. Then my daughter comes back from school, and it's homework time, then dinner, etc.

Glimpses of the Egyptian transformations of the Arabic language


some examples:

hamza elimination: صحراء => صحرا, أنا جئت => أنا جيت
substitution of diacritics: تَكتُبُ => تِكتِبْ
change of pronouns:,
elimination of dual mode
negation: ما جيتش
conjugation: بتشجع اي فريق؟

other good resources:

الأبجدية المصرية المستقبلية

We are waiting for the Egyptian language to be recognized officially, maybe like Modern French around 1500. How would the Egyptian alphabet look like? As with everything linguistic, evolution is at work and historical events play a major role. Here's my prediction of the simplest alphabet that could emerge, given progressive loss of differentiation between some Arabic letters (as observed on social media):

ج ≡ G
ز or ذ but not both

La foi fait bouger les montagnes

Je pense souvent a cette expression. La force de cette promesse, sa magie aussi me laissent reveur - il faut dire que j'ai tendance a rever !!

Mais la foi est un sujet qui me revient souvent. Nous vivons une epoque ou la foi en une religion, en un dieu, est violemment remise en question. Un conflit existe entre ceux qui "ont la Foi" et ceux qui ne l'ont pas.

Mais j'ai l'impression que ce debat, qui prend des proportions tragiques, en cache un autre qui serait peut-etre plus fructueux : qu'est-ce la foi ?