Aboluay's (Anas) Musings

Capturing Thoughts Before They Perish

Aboluay's (Anas) Musings - Capturing Thoughts Before They Perish

Wikipedia Reflections

I have decided to stop contributing to Wikipedia for a while to reflect on the experience. I have contributed to more than 700 articles (120 of them of my creation) through 4000 edit. When I started my vacation, I wanted to evaluate this experience. Here are my findings although I haven’t reached decisions about yet:

1- It kills time. Literally. Contributing to it makes time goes so quickly that you feel your life is passing by without noticing. I do not know if this is something good or bad.
2- Working with Wikipedia requires different type of mindset: unownership. You must contribute elegantly and professionally, however, you should not have a feeling that you own your work. You continuously defend the accuracy of your work. You do it, to ensure factual reality and not because it is your work. It is a new thinking that will require more understanding and research!
3- The Arab wikipedians are still in their infancy. They are not able to comprehend this new paradigm. Most articles contributed are useless. Still focuses on TV programs and football or nationalistic knowledge. While serious knowledge articles are ignored and many cases opposed. This is an interesting phenomena that is worth analyzing.
4- The Arab contributors to the Wikipedia feel proud by proofing others wrong. They just delete articles for the silliest reasons because they lack the maturity to investigate if there is validity and because, I believe, they feel proud with the number of cases they prove others are wrong! In my case, 20 articles were deleted and reinstated. THis shows that the decision of deleting them was wrong in the first place.
5- I have decided to limit my contribution to Wikipedia to 2-hours idle time (i.e. the collective minutes between actual work.) In addition, I want to make an effort to create a larger arab team to cotribute to the Arabic wikipedia.

more to come…

Law in Canada Part 2

I just attended a “Safety Workshop”… it talked about safety at the work place… it was very informative… I learnt quiet a lot… one thing shocked me: As a manager, I am supposed to hold a 5 min meeting every morning with all my team, everyday, for the whole year, just to remind them about safety… Working with computer, I have to remind them that if they fall off the chair or trip over a mouse cord, is hazardous… if I do not do that and someone trips over his chair I will go to jail… yes to jail… If I do it… I am off the hook… This is the Law…

My solution: I am sending an automated email everymorning… I hope no one chokes with my emails… I might go to jail! What is incredible is that it is being done religeously all over Canada… is it because the lawmakers think Canadian forget stuff easily??

Law in Canada

An interesting experience I faced recently here… a dealing with a lawyer… We just purchased a house and part of the regulation is to consult a lawyer… we felt good about it because we felt we will have some one to protect our interest… we understood this would coast us $2000 but felt it is worth it… However…

After frustrating delays… we had a chance to meet him… he gave us 15 min… he is so busy…. he had a big pile of papers in front of him… he wanted us to sign them all… the first paper we had to sign said something like “I, the lawyer, do not hold any responsibility for representing you…” Ouch… the next one, he summarized the whole document in less than 10 sec.. he sounded like those who run auctions… I think it is a course lawyers should take… the documents listed set of modofication to our contract… when I asked the lawyer… should I sign it? He said… “I cannot tell you… it is up to you”… I asked for advise, he said “Sorry, I cannot advise you…” I asked him, is it for my advantage, he replied, “I cannot answer this”, I told him that you represent me… should I sign it he replied: “You are wasting your time, if I do not finish all the papers in the next 9 minutes, your purchase will be delayed… so either sign or forget about buying the house… He was not ready to represent me… all he did was practically talk like an auctioneer and put an “x” where I am supposed to sign… and I signed… I can do that without a lawyer… I do not know why the regulation requires a lawyer… I practically lost $2000 for nothing… I could have signed the papers myself (an I can ask my son to put the “x”‘) since this lawyer did not change anything…

One week after that, still he did not finish our paperwork… not only that, he is charging us $50 per day for the delay he is making…

In my opinion, this is organized theft… but this is the new way of the “law”… and there is nothing we can do…

Why Canadieh

I am training to become Canadian. Almost two years passed since my family and I decided to become real Canadian. This is a massive mental leap that I am passing through… frankly, I am enjoying this metamorphosis… In this space, I will try to express what I pass through during this change. Canadieh is the Lebanese way of saying Canadians…

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