Monday, May 29, 2017

Cancer, Life, Death, Cure, All Matters Of Timing & Society's Priorities - IMRAN™

I have had family members die due to cancer in Pakistan. In the USA a girlfriend of mine died of cancer aged 30 nearly 25 years ago.

Ironically, it was exactly the kind of cancer the young lady in the story below was able to be saved from. "Experimental Cancer Therapy That Targets Genes Gives Patients Hope," reports Washington Post.

A lot in life, disease, cure or death is a matter of genes and pure fate & luck. A random exposure to something can bring about the start of a deadly condition. An equally random or accidental event in a lab can find a miracle cure for deadly disease.

It made me think of how many people lost too young could be saved if money was invested in medical science and research instead of on the creation of death machines by governments and on even more frivolous things by individuals.

How great would it be if sleazy politicians did not yank away health insurance and medical benefits from the poor to give tax breaks to the already super-rich. I would love to pay lower taxes, but not if I know it came from leaving the poor and suffering to die for lack of money and insurance.

How wonderful would it be if the sickeningly rich people buying stupid and ugly paintings for $110 Million instead spent that money on hospitals and cancer research centers. I would be quite happy to see that even if they put their names on top of the buildings in gold letters with neon lights (though my sense of aesthetics would possibly require hospitalization).

Any doctors and healthcare professionals reading this, what do you think of this therapy? And others,including those who have lost someone to cancer, what do you think about my point above?

Imran Anwar

© 2017 IMRAN

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Get Passing Lane Hog Drivers Off The Road - IMRAN™

One of my pet peeves on the highway is the morons and deliberate jerks who have some genetic need to hog the passing lane even if the middle and first lane are empty for miles.

This phenomenon is common in all states but Florida literally has the worst cases. And in Florida the most egregious cases I have seen have been on I-4 near Orlando. With literally SIX LANES and no traffic I have seen a dozen cars late at night, heading west on I-4, each one in the passing lane and not moving over for traffic coming up behind and even signaling.

The Tampa Bay Times had an article about how a lack of highway patrol staff is reducing the number of speeding tickets getting issued. Yes, irresponsible speeding can cause loss of control but the worst hazard are the brain dead jerks who hog the passing lane.

IMHO, In My Humble Opinion,
1. A responsible driver driving even 20 mph over the posted limit in a straight line in the middle lane on a HIGHWAY with little traffic is not the problem, but is still more likely to get ticketed.
2. The brain-dead or fat-necked or lazy slob or deliberate jerk who does not move over from the PASSING Lane deliberately forcing people to go around on the wrong side is MORE likely to cause
- a) road rage and
- b) collisions of other cars) but can go driving like that for miles, but no one pulls them over. I literally have seen only ONE case of it. (Read that at the end below).
3. If the fewer officers available targeted these types of callous and obnoxious drivers with higher fines, it will have many benefits.
- a) revenue for the state
- b) target the real menace on the roads who endanger others
- c) make people actually use turn signals AND stay in appropriate lanes
d) create fewer hazardous situations
e) create fewer road rage reasons, and
f) will automatically be a deterrent even to the speeding drivers as it is human nature to behave when seeing someone else pulled over.

So, that one time I saw someone get puled over. A total jerk in a huge black SUV who was not letting me pass on I-4 near Tampa. He did not move over even when a Florida Highway Patrol car came up behind him after I moved to the next right lane. The guy did not let the cop pass either!

I never cheer any regular non-drunk driver getting pulled over for 'normal' non-aggressive speeding. But, oh, the joy, when the FHP officer had enough and blared his sirens to pull that prick over.

That LITERALLY is the ONLY case I have seen in 30 years of driving in USA. Please, Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, and Florida Highway Patrol Training Academy, target the real menace on the roads, the passing lane hogs!



Saturday, May 27, 2017

My Explanations For Weirdest Reality Star (Not Trump!) In The Universe Acting Up On My Birthday! - IMRAN™

For those who do not know about this, there is a very strange star (in reality) out there. Well, in actuality there are millions we do not understand, but this one is special. It has wide and wild fluctuations in its brightness. It is named Tabby's Star for a scientist Tabetha S. Boyajian, who predicted it would act up, right at my birthday in May. Thank you Tabby and Tabbys's Star. :-)
There are some theories about it, including one that the light from the star if effected by some sort of solar panels aliens living there use to gather energy. That was too easy to not tie into the current state of our politics, reality TV guy in the White House, talk about aliens, and energy independence.
So I have some ideas on it.
I don't want to make Light of it.. ;-) but I am sure it is Barack Obama's people spying on Trump Towers. Bad. Very bad Dark humor? :-)
Otherwise is it just another Reality Star trying to steal the (orange/lime) light? :-)
But, seriously, to those who proposed some sort of solar panel array causing this, why would it not be static brightness or fluctuating on some sort of sinusoid cycle depending on reflection from the star/sun location in a rotational cycle, or even On/Off periodically?
Random needs for power generation are only likely if the aliens just use it for random things, e.g tailgate parties or camping out where they do not have a power grid. :-)
Whatever the explanation, it is going to be big, yuuuge, so bright, so so so bright, you will need shades.
But we don't want anything to do with those aliens who will want to immigrate here. We will stop them. We will build a Wall made from Oakley shades and cemented with sunscreen to keep them out!
Check out the Washington Post article. What are your ideas?

Imran Anwar
© 2017 IMRAN™

Monday, May 15, 2017

Relax In 4 Minutes! Enjoy Setting Sun On Tampa Bay Florida At My Home & ...

Moody on Monday? Wishing weekend was longer? Sensing stress? Take 4 minutes to stop what you're doing, and come sit by my swimming pool at my Apollo Beach, Florida, home.
Watch a stunning golden sunset form over Tampa Bay, while a relaxing tune 'Lovers Seeking Moonlight' ( ) soothes your jangled nerves, and relaxes your soul.
Watch the speed at which the wind carries the clouds. This is not a timelapse. It is the actual speed the wind was carrying them. That is why I left the sound of the wind in the video a little bit. Watch the pelicans fly by you, and ospreys hover above you.
Enjoy and buy some music from my CD, "nTrance To Tunnel Of Love". Check it out at . I give 100% of the proceeds to charity.
Let me know how you feel. And share with your friends who could use some R&R regardless of where they are stuck!

© 2017 IMRAN

Friday, May 12, 2017

HappilySingle™ vs Open Marriage vs Fake Monogamy - IMRAN™

I'm happily single, never married. I would consider marrying the person I fall in love with deep enough but do not feel the need to be married for the sake of being married.

I also joke that I am waiting to find my fourth beloved so that I can marry all four of my future wives together. (Muslim joke).

The reason I created the HappilySingle™ brand was to ridicule the fallacy of society's "Happily Married" marketing of an obsolete failure of an institution, marriage. 50% end in divorce as we all know.

I believe at least 25% others are having affairs. Another 12.5% are staying together unhappily for the sake of the kids, or out of fear, or because divorce would be economically impractical.

In my opinion, maybe 12.5% couples can fall under the happily married umbrella.

I would ask the married ones among you which category you fall under but for obvious reasons no one would be able to speak the full truth.

I do have dear friends here who are in beautiful open marriages. So, when I saw this article in The New York Times, I had to share it here and ask your opinions on all of these...the institution of marriage versus non-traditional marriages, non-marriage relationships (that often last longer than real marriages) or just staying Happily Single!

Tell me what you all think.

Imran Anwar

© 2017 IMRAN

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Dusk Dolphins Diving - IMRAN™

Delightful deep colors of dusk filled sea and sky on Tampa Bay, Florida, as I stood on my dock at sunset. A couple Dolphins headed home for the night after feeding and I could see and hear the rippling of their diving mixed with the sound of water waves and the silence of light waves.

© 2017 IMRAN™

Friday, May 05, 2017

Magical Layers Of Sunset At Tampa Bay Florida - IMRAN™

Magical Layers Of Sunset At Tampa Bay Florida - IMRAN™
What magic Tampa Bay Florida sunsets reveal in layers that I am blessed to see.
The base photo of this image is SOOC (straight out of camera) of my 10 years old Nikon D300. No editing. No color tweak of ANY kind. No filters. It was simply cropped and I added text to fit it into a FaceBook Cover Photo format.

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Monday, May 01, 2017

Start At "The End" At The End Of Day : Montauk NY 360° Winter Drive Music Video - IMRAN™

Montauk (which means The End) in New York is always a fun place to visit, by car, plane or yacht. As the sun began to set at Montauk Lighthouse, on the eastern tip of Long Island, New York, I decided to do a quick 360° video recording, as I drove from the Lighthouse parking lot to a scenic outlook spot on the way home.
360 degree cameras like the Nikon KeyMission 360 have a hard time blending the two completely separate images from the two sides of the camera when the sun is setting. Because the exposure and aperture are very different so a noticeable banding can be seen at the seams.
But, with a sped up video and a music track I created just for this video, I think you will love coming along with me for a winter drive in New York at sunset. Enjoy the full 360x360° view!

© 2017 IMRAN™