Mar 31, 2009

Degree on Facebook and Twitter

Here is a school presenting degrees on Facebook, Twitter and social media. Wanna have it?

I have started

Since I started thinking of MBA program at Stanford GSB, I began worrying about my job experience. MBA programs require applicants to have a few years career background in the field of management, organization, or whatever areas similar to them. But I had nothing in my resume to put forward about that. I have been translator/Interpreter since five or six years ago, which has nothing to do with the business. Therefore, I needed a job transition, from translation to a field (or fields) I have no background in it. Thus, no organization would hire me. But if I apply for a low position, and preferably, in my existing organization, I thought it might work.

From a couple of month ago, I have been eagerly sharping my ears, and nose, to hear new vacancies. At last one was up: H.R. Assistant. No better position than that I would've thought of. I applied and passed an interview and got it. Not so easy of course. To get that job, I started from several months ago, even before the vacancy was announced. I needed to build a good and successful career in my existing one to be well recommended for the next.

Here I am with this position. It's a new starting point for me. I will not of course remain here. I am going to be promoted. But I am patient.

Mar 28, 2009

International Women Day: some photos

AUAF celebrated the International Women Day by inviting some people from the American embassy to give speech at the campus. I took part, more for taking some photographs! I don't know why now, I am putting some of the photos I took, here.

One of the girls has gone up a desk to take photo! It's women day!

A fellow presenting a bouquet of flower to the speakers and saying something funny I think!

AUAF authority itching his head for bullshits being asked!

A pretty girl, looking at me taking her photograph?!

A handsome guy.

Lunch at the cafeteria after the ceremony...

Google's end?

If so, Google would die...

What about when an instructor delays...?

When we hand in an assignment late we have to be punished and condemned, but when an instructor delays in reviewing the assignment and giving grade to that, what should be done?

Mar 26, 2009

Prepare for a meeting

What to do for preparation for a meeting? Seth mentions 10 points.

Can you believe this?!

Does it mean someday, along with other courses at school and universities, students can take courses on tweeting, blogging, podcasting, online networking and much more?

Apparently, it seems not a so-far, out-of-the-way future--it has happened today! Read this on Guardian as Pupils to study Twitter and blogs in primary schools shake-up.

I should be anxious!

Everybody has anxiety before a forthcoming test--No need to explain why. This anxiety most of the time has a negative impact on the test performance. But being completely free of anxiety and stress neither is something good. Always there must be some anxiety with you, of course a bit, to move you, to force to try more.

This is particularly true when it comes to me. I was excessively worried about my UNV 101 midterm exam held on Tuesday and I tried so hard I did it pretty well. Today, I am going to take ENG 110. It seems to me it's easy. So, I am not trying. I am sitting here blogging! Is that right?

Mar 25, 2009

Why do they hate Google?!

Google's top designer Doug Bowman left the company to join Twitter. Because he could not tolerate more that Google sacrifices design for data. He says:

"With every new design decision, critics cry foul. Without conviction, doubt creeps in. Instincts fail. “Is this the right move?” When a company is filled with engineers, it turns to engineering to solve problems. Reduce each decision to a simple logic problem. Remove all subjectivity and just look at the data. Data in your favor? Ok, launch it. Data shows negative effects? Back to the drawing board. And that data eventually becomes a crutch for every decision, paralyzing the company and preventing it from making any daring design decisions."
Read the complete post here.

What does your blog say about you?

What does your blog say about you--your values, your beliefs, your attitudes, your taste, your personality type? Here is a Web site called Typealyze which allows you to determine what your "blog personality type" is. Read here more about this Web site.

Here is what I am according to the Typealyze:

ISTP - The Mechanics

The independent and problem-solving type. They are especially attuned to the demands of the moment are masters of responding to challenges that arise spontaneously. They generally prefer to think things out for themselves and often avoid inter-personal conflicts.

The Mechanics enjoy working together with other independent and highly skilled people and often like seek fun and action both in their work and personal life. They enjoy adventure and risk such as in driving race cars or working as policemen and firefighters.

Some parts are nonsense: I don't like race cars or say I don't like risk so much. I risk in my life whenever and wherever elements are to some extent clear for me to make decision.

Mar 24, 2009

What do I do when I have an exam?

I've got an exam today, and four two-page papers to be written for the exam in addition to the 30 questions I am supposed to answer. But I have sat here blogging!

You know, I don't want this to be seemed to me a very important event. Rather I want that to be seemed normal, and a normal day I go to AUAF.

Mar 23, 2009

Oops! You hit the Gmail's Send botten too soon!

You have certainly experienced cases that you sent an email that has been too soon and the email has not been complete. You wanted it back but it was gone! Now you can undo the sent message in Gmail, but only in a few seconds after hitting the Send button. You have to hit the "Undo Send" button appearing on top of the sent message. Read more here and here.

When you...

When you make a girlfriend or boyfriend, what is the most important thing passing in your mind?

Mar 17, 2009

Trees under Kabul's Winter

See and download the full gallery on posterous

Jan. 16, 2008

Posted via email from soroush's posterous

UNV 101 University Success

In this term, I've taken a course as UNV 101 University Success. This course has been designed for college freshmen who are not properly familiar with the different system of education in college comparing to high school. It covers each and every aspect of colleges education system such as, Time Management, Personal Mission Statement, Taking Notes, Taking Tests, Reading Skills, Writing Skills and much more. I must say that very many of my problems have been answered regarding university life. I now know where I was, where I am standing now and, I have a clearer concept what I am going to do from now on, without any exaggeration.

Here in Afghanistan, unfortunately there are not so many books available for each subject, so we have been provided only one book for this course which its title is P.O.W.E.R. Learning: Strategies for Success in College and Life by Robert S. Feldman. It's a nice book. I have never let even a word be missed, up to here! On the back cover of the book there is a compliment as:
"This book is worth gold and I wish only that I would have had access to something like it when I was in high school or college! It is a book that doesn't affect a student for one semester--it can affect their whole life."

--Jill Hughes, Casper College
... I agree with her!

Mar 12, 2009

Who is the God in Afghanistan?!

"Well, we wouldn’t want Afghans to be able to read the Quran (Koran) now would we? That’s just too dangerous. They might find out about the wide range of rights that God has granted to man. But really, who needs to listen to God when you have the Supreme Court of Afghanistan?"
Read this.

Mar 10, 2009

Merely an "image" beautifully expressed

And so Blue remained, a beautiful part of our landscape, very peaceful to look at from the window, white against the grass. Once a friend came to visit and said, looking out on the soothing view: “And it would have to be white horse; the very image of freedom.” And I thought, yes, the animals are forced to become for us merely “images” of what they once so beautifully expressed.

--from Am I Blue? by Alice Walker

Bad for Good

I am wondering why always a bad must be there, for a good to be existed?

Mar 9, 2009

Why university?

Why do you go to university? Read what Jeff Jervis, author of the famous BuzzMachine says, in Hacking education: Google U.

Mar 8, 2009

One of these lovely creatures in the International Women Day Event!

We are going to have an event on the International Women Day in Campus. I have no idea how it's going to be like, but however, mostly I want to take part especially for one of them.

She is not so much pretty, but cute. I somehow have a special feeling about her, since exactly at the first glance. I've no idea what possibly she could think about me, or even she have never thought about me or ever noticed me!

I didn't know her name but you know, recently I am in the process to power my hearing (!), therefore, I sharpened someday for her friends talking to her. She was called "...", Okay, that's it, it was enough for me to find anything on the Internet she had already shared in public. I found a few pages on Facebook, one on LinkedIn, and some other stuffs.

But these all aside, I know that I should go and very simply start talking to her. Yeah, this must be the way, and the right way.

Mar 5, 2009

Is this an end?

Have we got to the end of papers' lives? Read Newspaperman contemplates suicide by Jeff Jervis.

Mar 4, 2009

Saying YES!

Wouldn't be bad if you have a look at this!

Mar 1, 2009

Watch your steps online!

I remember an excerpt of a poem by the 14th century Persian poet Hafiz which implicates (I cannot translate it word by word) that do not pretend to be something you are not, and maybe also, do not do something in private you are ashamed of showing it in public. In fact, these kinds of maxims are very many in the Persian classic literature. But, maybe that was a time that Hafiz didn't know anything about Google and how to dig into that to manifest somebody as he/she really is. Otherwise, Hafiz would forget about giving such advices!

Nowadays, thanks to (or maybe not) various aspects of information technology, we can find any info of any kind on the Internet, for example, by just typing a few letters and a click, and there you go, millions of pages would be provided.

The chances are high that you, wherever resided, are availed with the Internet. And then, I would be to some extent sure that you are on a few social networking websites, to name, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Flickr etc. These websites need always some info about you: your name, your birth date, your birth place, your education, your job... Then you share all of these with your friends, some of whom, you have never ever met before. So, would you still remain private?

Now, imagine you are applying for a job. The emplyer searches your name on Google. And, there you go, a lot of info, photo, texts are up and all by your name. Okay, there woud be no problem if they are just good things, but what if, for example if you, someday that you do not remember, shared a porn photo or video? Can you imagine what would be the reaction of that emplyer toward you?

Here is what Seth Godin says regarding this facility or problem: Personal branding in the age of Google.