This is what I wrote to myself after I had experienced one of the best weekends in my 1L year: Mock Trial Nationals. Circa Feb. 25, 2018.
These big changes do not necessarily require big actions. Here they are in list form. Change from a majoritarian system to a parliamentary & plurality/proportion based system, similar to Britain and France and unlike the United States. Why? To enhance diverse participation in government. Revert back to the 1950's constitution and amend it from there.… Continue reading What Should be Syria’s Biggest Changes? There are 13.
I’ve been reading Mr. Money Mustache’s blog for quite some time now and I’ve been really intrigued by his worldview. So much so that I am trying to incorporate various aspects of what he preaches into my own life. And if there’s one thing that’s absolutely central to his personal finance philosophy/lifestyle, it’s biking. He essentially views biking as a way of life. If you’re interested in his biking philosophy, here are two articles I recommend checking out:
Bike to and from work every day in Los Angeles, the freeway capital of the world. It’s roughly 7 miles one-way, making for a 14-mile roundtrip.
After reading plenty of MMM’s posts, I can basically condense the merits of biking down to four points:
- It’s far more affordable than driving. When we drive…
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This day was all about Gor and Viktor Tsoi. Gor is a younger brother of a UCLA friend I met in freshman year. The UCLA buddy, David, is from Moscow. David would speak about Moscow every now and then, and I always enjoyed listening to him speak about it. At that time, however, Moscow was an… Continue reading Москва Day 2, Part 2: Wonders and Wanders
June 18, 2017. https://www.instagram.com/p/BVcOtP8A5Ee/?taken-by=joduttbasrawi I posted the above photo the day before after a long day of exploring. In its caption, I wrote that American schools sucked (i.e., did not adequately prepare) with teaching students about Russia. I'll make a broader claim. The United States, so long as it remains the most powerful country in… Continue reading Москва Day 2, Part 1: Too Much to Learn
June 17, 2017. Moscow is one of the coolest cities I have ever seen. My mom and I agreed to the following: Moscow would be a child's favorite playground. There are zoning laws here that require a certain amount of playgrounds for every few blocks of residential and commercial buildings. The playgrounds are never too… Continue reading Москва Day 1: The Most Walkable Sprawl
June 12, 2017. Morning. I dreamed of driving a Volkswagen through a turnpike. The car was going too fast and I was surrounded by thunder and lightning and lots of rain. The wet roads and the car's speed caused the car to slip off the turnpike and land onto some train tracks parallel to the… Continue reading Day 3: Your Neighbor was my Büyük Dede