Monday, December 31, 2012

The Muslim Guide to Surviving a Zombie Apocalypse

One of the handful of shows that I have fallen in love with recently is The Walking Dead on AMC. I'm sure some of you have already heard of the hit show--which is based off of a popular comic book with the same name--but for those who haven't it's a pretty basic premise cut from the same cloth of those countless George A. Romero "Land of The Dead"  films in the zombie horror movie sub-genre. It's been done to death, but that hasn't stopped people from eating it up (no pun intended).

Basically a man wakes up from a coma to find that the world has been overrun with flesh-eating walkers or zombies. (sidenote: It's funny how the show NEVER says zombies but instead coins new terms like "biters", "walkers", "geeks" as if the word doesn't exist in the English lexicon) The series follows the path of the man and other survivors as they try to adjust to the reality of being in a zombie apocalypse. For those who don't really know what a zombie is look at the definition below and a sweet picture of one :) .

Monday, December 24, 2012

Give Me All Your Downtime...

Whenever I'm not updating PhilAsify 101 when I should be, there are several factors which are usually the culprit. Sometimes it's the whirlwind of life and all its unexpected surprises which take me away from blogging/writing, but for the most part it could be something as menial and time-consuming (and FUN) as video games.

I used to be a huge video gamer. Then I had a period where I rarely ever played video games, but that was mainly because I didn't have the cash to plop down 300 bucks for the latest console. Once I was able to, I found myself immersed in countless unproductive hours and late nights mashing buttons. There's even been times where I'd be so lost in the beautiful crisp graphics and vivid colors of the "Uncharted" series that I didn't realize that my back went stiff from hours of sitting on a workout ball staring up at my big screen. Getting to bed that night really sucked.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

[VIDEO] Worst Prayers Ever in Cinema and Television shows Epic Botches of the Salat.

I got a good kick out of this video above so I thought you guys would too. It's from comedic Muslim video blogger, Hamzah Moin, best known as the Maniac Muslim. I actually had a discussion a while back with my wife over some of the worst inaccurate depictions of Islam and the salat in Hollywood or independent films.  

You'd think that when the production crew is planning this movie out, they'd at least hire a Muslim to play the part, or to an even lesser extent, get a Muslim to serve as a consultant to preserve authenticity when it comes to Islamic rituals and practices like they would with a film protrayal of any other culture. But no, let's caricature it up! 

My message to the Maniac Muslim though, I'd say that the absolutely worst prayer ever depicted in modern cinema would have to be the one performed in the movie Sabah: A Love Story. To anyone who has read my blog, "The Good The Bad and The Ugly of Muslim Themed Movies"  you would be more than aware of the repulsive place in my heart in which Sabah resides. Yes, its not only an abomination, but a total abortion of a film. A complete dissertation can be conducted of all that is wrong with Sabah and just how horrible it is. But I digress.

The scene which takes the cake and places Sabah in the walk of shame in the category of worst prayer ever is early in the film when Sabah's immodest sister is praying salat while the rest of the family is sitting around. It focuses on her, erroneously finishing the prayer by cocking her head left and right, then immediately whipping off her abaya, cleavage and all hanging off of her and swiftly getting up and walking over to join her family in some hookah smoking and belly dancing. UNBELIEVABLE. It's laughable how this movie was intending to depict a conservative Muslim family, and they have this scene. Uncles would faint and then wake up and start riots after seeing even a fraction of what this movie contains. I wish I could show you the clip or make an animated GIF of it so you can see for yourself, but Netflix (where I saw the trash) had the common decency to take the movie down.

Hamzah, if you're able to have the misfortune to find that movie, this would definitely far surpass the Morgan Freeman worst prayer ever by leaps and bounds. Maybe you can make a part two video of some more Muslim botches on the Silver Screen, Inshallah.

Monday, December 10, 2012

It's the Holiday Season and I'm Muslim! Oh, great...

So if you couldn't already tell from the soundtracks blaring on the PA system of all the restaurants and stores you walk into, I'm here to tell you, it's the holiday season! 

The season to be jolly, to be exact, and jam to nonsensical Christmas tunes. And for many, 'tis the season to light a match to the last 6 months of your income.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Back From Blog Hiatus

Surprise, surprise PhilAsify Fans (which I'm sure at this point probably only consists of 3 people, including my wife--on second thought, my wife doesn't regularly read my stuff, so howdy you two!) I'm back with a blog update.

I just want to cut to the chase and apologize for the blog drought I put you guys through. It's was unannounced and unexpected and that's because I hadn't planned to have gone this long without updating. The lack of PhilAsify greatness stemmed from a combination of lazy spell that I go through on occasion which superkicked any semblance of productivity and consistency I had with my writing.

Luckily, an article I stumbled upon brought me back to reality and brought to attention a lot of the flaws in my repertoire. The article, 15 Excuses Writers Make (That aren't fooling Anyone), pretty much busted me out directly, pinpointed all the lamebrain excuses I use as a crutch when I go through an unproductive writing slump. It opened my eyes to my failure of meeting my writing goals, not only when it comes to blogging, but other projects I've thought up but have not yet followed through on--like books and screenplays.

I recommend this article to those like me who need that swift kick in the pants from time to time. It really helps. And if you can, feel free to comment on the article and share your thoughts. And in the meantime, I will try my utmost to regain consistency and not leave you guys hanging.

Til next time, friends.