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2012: Year of the…. Everything

February 22nd, 2012

Wow, it’s been forever since I actually wrote anything here. So much has happened and so much to cover so lets just dive in.

Jaw Surgery Update
Well it has been about 14 months since I had my jaw surgically broken. The swelling went away halfway through the summer last year, I never made a post about it though because I was working in New York City at the time and then just kind of forgot. There are still a few issues with this whole thing though. For one, I get random pain in my jaw, kind of like a foot cramp but for my jaw — an annoyance more than anything. Secondly, the surgeon said I might never get my feeling back in the right side of my face/jaw area which kind of sucks. Shaving sucks because of this — feels like my face is asleep and its highly uncomfortable. On top of this, my brain apparently still doesn’t know that my jaw is smaller than it used to be so I constantly wake up with my bottom lip having teeth indents and cuts from biting in my sleep. Overall though, things are back to normal.

Arabic Popularity
One thing that I didn’t expect to happen is my Arabic keyboard apparently blew up in the popularity charts and the internet search results. The comments section is much larger than I ever would have anticipated along with the amount of emails I get from people (thanks for the support!). This in turn has caused people to actually find the rest of my nonsensical rantings on this site which makes moderating this place even more interesting. Downloads of the keyboard are already in the 4 figures now which is impressive in my mind!

Well, I now own 4 domains!,, and a fourth which will be revealed in the coming time (due to reasons that will be explained below). In terms of Step Zero, they finally got radio play following the unfortunate death of my dear friend Aric Fleury (who was in the band). Unexpected death, but I’d rather not dwell on the negatives, he would want me focusing on the positives such as radio play and… hollywood! Me along with my friend and other Step Zero band member Martin Harp have been in talks with some people from Hollywood, what all do they want? Not really sure at this point, we have another meeting on Thursday but hopefully it will help Step Zero get some recognition despite their studio album will be the last bit of music they make. It’s rather exciting though especially because I love just watching growth of events like this so I will have to post more on this as it comes out. and don’t really have much going on (besides this site’s burst in popularity and page rank).

My fourth website is a project/business venture I am starting with some of the most innovative and intelligent people I know. If all goes according to plan it could really change the future of the music and movie industry (which, I really hope it does). With MPAA and RIAA pursuing ridiculous legislation such as SOPA, ACTA and the new one that is under the guise of “anti-pornography” I really want to be a driving force in giving artists (Filmmakers, musicians and designers) more power and taking it away from large organizations like RIAA, MPAA and major labels. I have to thank a lot of my work with Step Zero for this, after putting up with WWE Music Group (sub-label of Warner Music) with Step Zero I just grew more and more despised with how artists are treated. Their refusal to adapt to technology and their refusal to change their business model has been begging for someone to come in to slap them in the face and ruin their abusive fun — I plan on being this change. More details on this later when I am able to actually discuss what is going on.

Despite all the fiascoes last semester, I was able to come through with some positives. I was on CNN Headline News last November talking about the ridiculousness of the media and their focus on irrelevant issues. I proceeded with job interviews all last semester and ended up with a total of eight offers (crazy I know!) which was a tough decision, but after much thought, I decided to let go of my top secret security clearance and go to private business. I have become so ambivalent towards government work this past year that I really don’t want anything to do with them anymore. So I accepted a really cool job with Capital One in their IT Security division.

I’m now into my final semester, scary stuff. Ready to leave though. I’m moving to Richmond to work for Capital One which should be tons of fun! I’ll be back to State College periodically though, I’m trying to get on their campus recruiting so I can visit old friends while recruiting for Capital One at the same time. As far as classes are concerned this semester — they aren’t too bad considering I basically only have classes on Tuesday and Thursday. Gives me time to work on everything else I have been doing at least!

Well, my brother is getting married! Should be pretty cool, just a small wedding thing, I could’ve called this about 5 years ago considering his fiance and him have been dating since I was in middle school.

Politics — Thought I was Done With You?
Seriously, every time I think I should just give up on caring about what this country does on its path to self-destruction it keeps pulling me back in with its absurd behavior. SOPA didn’t pass luckily (bit late to the party I know). What irritated me about the protests though is that people were actually mad at wikipedia for taking a stand. It seems like apathy truly does police the populous. It’s so frustrating to see the common American get mad when a free service says “Help us out and keep us from being shutdown”. Are people really that lazy? People got mad at me for voicing my concern over SOPA for the past 5 months on Facebook/Twitter etc. It’s ridiculous how having strong opinions and wanting to protect the freedoms that we have are so frowned upon these days. Why is it that the people who find issues with policies and procedures are the ones who go under scrutiny? I could go on for hours but I wont.

Other political news — presidential election this year, big deal. I only care about the election for one reason now-a-days and that is because of people like Rick Santorum. This man is a freaking lunatic — why is he even in the running!? The presidential election should be between more than 2 parties anyways, but if I could have my way I would make it between Obama and Ron Paul. Ron Paul will not get the GOP nomination though because he isn’t even a Republican. Which brings us back to the issue of why the heck do we still have a two party system? It doesn’t work.

I had a lot more on my mind when I started writing this, but as usual, when I start writing I forget what I had planned to write about. I randomly got sick yesterday, not sure what’s going on since I’ve been on and off sick since October, not sure what else to write about so I’ll probably just post again if I remember.

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Jaw Surgery Update

May 6th, 2011

Well, I am updating this from my surgeons office. It’s been about five months since my lower jaw surgery and I was just informed that the right side of my mouth is not healing and got infected so now I have to get it cut and fixed. This should be interesting.

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Final Jaw Surgery Entry

April 15th, 2011

Well hello, it has been a while!

Just figured I would update with a 4 month (almost exactly 4 months) update on my swelling after my lower jaw surgery.

Below is a recent picture, I apologize for only having a front face view:

3 and a half months after surgery

After this entire process, there were a few annoyances that still exist. One is that I still can not feel my chin/right side of my jaw area. Going with this, when i brush my teeth (on the right side) my jaw tingles uncontrollably and is very uncomfortable. This is mainly due to my nerves repairing but it makes it very irritating to brush my teeth or do anything else involving the right side of my jawline. If you have any questions about jaw surgery, feel free to contract me. This website has drawn more attention than I expected so I always welcome questions and comments!

For those of you who are just joining me on this website:

Jaw Surgery – The Beginning (First few days, includes before picture): Click
Jaw Surgery – Days #6-#12: Click
Jaw Surgery – Days #13-#21: Click

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Jaw Surgery Update #3

January 5th, 2011

Day 13:

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Day 19 (Forgot to do day 18):

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Jaw Surgery Continued

December 27th, 2010

Well, here are day 6-12 after jaw surgery. Some days get bad! My bruising got really bad and my face became yellow and black.

Day 6:

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Jaw Surgery Update

December 18th, 2010

This post will go from the day before surgery, to the first few days after surgery.

Pre-surgery Me:

Right after surgery:

A few days later:

The last picture is 3 days after surgery, which I am told is the height of swelling. One can hope, cause right now the pain is ridiculous and the swelling is annoying as heck! Ill keep this site update as to how the pain and swelling are coming along.

Side notes: during surgery they gave me Clindamycin because I am allergic to penicillin. Apparently I am allergic to Clindamycin as well so I went into a few complications after surgery. Currently my diet has been shakes, smoothies and mashed potatoes. I haven’t had to wire my jaw shut and they said I wont need to. I found out the pain killers don’t do anything because the pain of a broken jaw is too intense.

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Jaw Surgery

December 15th, 2010

Whelp, my jaw surgery starts tomorrow… in 6 hours to be exact. Not too excited about this, I will be posting before and after pics as well. On top of that, my phone is nearing its death bed.

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Heading Back

November 28th, 2010

Heading back to school tomorrow, yay. Now for 2 weeks of straight exams and then into my wonderful jaw surgery. Oh well.

I’ve come to the conclusion that most people back home aren’t really worth wasting my time trying to catch up with them again. Over the past few years its become apparent that some people only really want to see you when you told them times up. Its kind of weird. I’m just saying times up now, no more redo’s.

On a lighter note, thanksgiving was excellent, pumpkin pie is always a plus!

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First Real Post

November 22nd, 2010

Not really sure what to write here, I kind of added this just because it seems to be the cool new thing to do for us kids these days. I know when my jaw surgery starts in December I will be covering that since I was rather disappointed in the lack of information available to people looking for the effects and process of the jaw surgery. As well as if I end up traveling to the Middle East (Jordan) next year, I might be writing about that. But besides that, the posts will probably just be random rants on random topics. So if you stumble upon this, please let me know what you think!

I guess what I will start off this blog with a post about thought, mainly in regards to music. I guess the main thing that bothers me about most mainstream music now is the fact that the lyrics are no longer the focus of the content. I guess, one could argue that they never really have. Considering songs in the 1970’s and 1980s mainly deal with drug use or this Hollywood-esque style of love.

I just find it so odd that artists even bother putting in lyrics now, when the majority of people who become famous, have the most run-of-the-mill and dry lyrics. Lady Gaga, Kesha, Kanye, Lil Wayne, Taylor Swift are all applicable to this statement. Lady Gaga has barely any type of coherent thought in her lyrics; Lil Wayne’s songs are comprised entirely of 16 bar punch-lines. Of course, I must give credit to main-stream artists who do put actual thought into their lyrics; Eminem and Radiohead come to mind. It isn’t even really about a taste of music either. I don’t like Radiohead’s music, the tunes aren’t for me but the lyrics are intelligible.

Perhaps it just has to do with people wanting to just dance to music and not actually be provoked about anything. Or perhaps it’s because people don’t usually like to think about subjects in general. They just go through the day doing the same thing all day long and come home and watch mindless Jersey Shore. That isn’t really a stab at anyone either, it’s just a noticeable trait I have observed. I have probably two people I know that actually enjoy thinking about issues and aspects of life. To me, thinking and imagination is more beautiful than a nice beat and makes life so much more than this monotonous daily cycle. Of course this is just my perspective, and there is no reason to attribute negative connotations to people of different opinions on a very subjective matter.

Maybe I am just curious if there are more people out there who love to just contemplate life. Are there a lot of people out there who stay up at 2:00am thinking about the multiple ways to solve a complex problem? Or possibly just thinking about the way a computer system operates or how you can alter something about it to make it better?

People seem to love sleep, I don’t really like it. Dreaming in sleep is nowhere near the same as dreaming while you’re awake. The dreams during your sleep tend to make no sense and don’t really serve a purpose. While dreaming while awake, for me it’s usually the time most people are sleeping, is full of purpose and so many possibilities! It could change your future, someone else’s future or even the world’s future. It is what makes innovative ideas; it is what causes alternative solutions to a problem that nobody really thought about. My blog/website doesn’t get more than 14 views a day so I doubt anyone will respond to this, but I am curious, if you are out there… what are your thoughts?

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