I Ramble: 12 June 2017

In the name of Allah, the All-Compassionate, the All-Merciful.

Ola! I’ve been keeping myself occupied with sleep, The Nanny, studying for the pre-selection test this Saturday, reading (A LOT), and learning a bit of 3D programming from this book I picked up at the library:

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I just realised the editor’s name isn’t your typical Western name. Smashing. What if one day it was to be my name on a book about programming? The wonders! ❤

Anyway, it’s really a good book. Simple and easy to follow. I definitely recommend this to anyone without any knowledge in 3D programming like myself. I must admit, it is easier if you have dabbled with HTML and CSS codes before. Not exactly the same but similar in terms of scripting rules like adding a semicolon at the end of each line of code you write. I thank God I was a keen enough blogger back then to design my own blog layouts from scratch. I mostly used HTML though because it was simpler to me. With WordPress though, I think you have to be a Premium user before you can access the coding editor page so for this blog in particular, I have just been using the free templates available.

Also, besides worldly matters, I’m glad to say I have reached the end of Surah At-Taubah and will be starting Surah Yunus on my next recitation of the Quran. At-Taubah means The Repentance and is somewhat appropriate in accompanying me during my attempt to turn my life around a bit for the better. But hey, now, I’ll get to learn more about the Prophet Yunus, also known as Jonah according to biblical references.

And oh, yes, about Mortal, well, I decided to continue the night timeline instead of going into Zola’s first day of classes to talk a bit more about the mysteries at hand. The thing is, I actually planned for the book to consist of only 10 chapters yet I already spent three chapters dwelling on a single day and night. I suppose it would give an interesting edge to the action that will ensue in terms of things happening in a very short time. Logically, six months can be considered quite long for a mother to find out that her baby is dead and want to take revenge or simply find the cause of the death. So why is it only now are our immortal protagonists shaken? Why is it that only when Zola arrived at Arevig that things are about to unfold very quickly? I am so tempted to give more spoilers but let’s leave it at that.

As for my visual novel, it might reach a certain point of frustration because my saved project was recently infected by a malware. I will have to start from scratch again and the prospect of doing so, isn’t really something I’d be very enthusiastic about. Still, I’ll continue to work on it. The last time I touched it, I was struggling with trying to make an opening sequence using RPG VX Ace. I will need a lot of time on it.

Also, I’m very pleased with Arsenal signing Sead Kolasinac. Gosh, he is what Arsenal needs in the Premier League (PL). Big guy. Most of the guys in Arsenal do not have that physical presence besides Olivier Giroud, whose deft touches on the ball make him look more nimble than gargantuan. Otherwise, I’m rather displeased by lies told by the media about Hector Bellerin, Alexis Sanchez, and Mesut Özil leaving. Let’s face it, Özil signed for Arsenal due to Wenger being the manager on the most part of it. Özil was leaving it late to extend his contract because he probably would like to know if Wenger is still signing on. So even if the club doesn’t want to keep Wenger, the club definitely wants to keep Özil and the only way that can happen is to keep Wenger.

But that’s just my speculation. I could be entirely wrong about it of course. It’s just what I’d like to believe. Hehe.

In any case, I feel what Manchester United fans feel when they had to play for the Europa League instead of the Champions League (CL). It feels somewhat embarrassing but it might just be the bitter medicine that the club needs to remedy its lack of winning ways. Judging from our performances in recent years in the CL, I’d say we’ve looked completely out of it. Inconsistent and not validating the club’s quality in any way. I mean, look at our players’ recent performances in international games this week — where was that same quality in the PL and CL matches?! Rather baffling isn’t it? Wenger gets the flak for most of the disappointments but one definitely has to wonder why those players aren’t turning up for the big and important games. Also, as much as Wenger and the club have been criticised, they are definitely doing something right in training the players to be top quality international players. I’ve seen the fantastic goals by Giroud, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Aaron Ramsey. If they turn up for Arsenal games like that, we might just have another Invincibles on our hand if not at least PL winners. Even Shkodran Mustafi, a defender, scored!

And I must say, after being out of the loop for an entire season, I am pleasantly surprised to find out that Granit Xhaka is a Muslim. Oh, my stars! I mean look at the picture of the players below for an Arsenal event! I’m pretty sure that’s the ‘Halal’ table! Hehe!

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Okay, Bee, let me introduce you to my handsome Muslim husbands whom I have divorced so I can marry you. (Hehe! Just kidding!) From left to right in clockwise rotation: Mohamed Elneny (Midfielder, Egyptian), Mesut Özil (Midfielder, German of Turkish descent), Shkodran Mustafi (Defender, German of Albanian descent), and Granit Xhaka (Midfielder, Swiss of Albanian descent).

Oh, Wenger really knows how to get his Muslim footballers, doesn’t he? I think it helps greatly that London has many Muslims living there so getting Halal food and going to a mosque is not an issue either.

But more than anything, Wenger really has a good sense of finding good-looking footballers. I mean look at the latest one, Kolasinac. Gosh.

Anyway, that’s all from me for now. Happy fasting and have a good day!

And Allah is Al-Mutakabbir, the Greatest. – MM

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