Category Archives: Ala’a Wisdom

My Career Path

Sometimes, I just ask myself, why I don’t have that job, where I just leave the office when it’s the end of working hours, have nothing in mind about it, just like a normal guy, or have this routine work, with just a minor responsibility. Well I’m writing this to remind myself whenever a thought like this pops out in my mind, it’s simply because I GET BORED EASILY. Continue reading My Career Path

Trust No One

If you are a movie fan you would’ve heard this sentence a lot, well for me it was a little different, it was “TRUST NO ONES CODE”, even though I believe in open source and stuff like this, but I had it in my mind for a long time, I wrote almost everything from scratch, I only use my code library.
well for quite sometime, I decided that I might be wrong, there exist people in this planet that are smart, and can do a lot of good job, and they can be trusted. I guess I had to learn the value of this rule the hard way.
everything worked fine, it was like magic, the library I used worked like magic, until the extensive testing time had came …
and wow there was a little bug, so small, that rarely happen, but the system couldn’t go while it’s there, and it was in the library.
OK, let’s fix the library, and who is the criminal that wrote that library, the whole library was built that this bug won’t happen, it was spread all over the library, fixing the bug means changing the whole library, which is not all useful …
and now I had to spend the night rebuilding parts of that system, I guess I learned my lesson, I would trust nobodies code anymore, I would only trust what my hands have done, but I learned it the hard way.


Buy your self a new box

Inspired from a post written by my friend Samer
Thinking out of the box …, I’ve heard it a lot in all of this training sessions I’ve been to, and how you should always think out of the box, and you should know that there is a lot of options out of the box … etc., well in most of the cases thinking out of the box is a waste of time, as there is a lot of options, you can get lost through them easily, and end up trying to do something not related to the first problem, in most cases staying inside the box would solve your problems much faster and more efficient, you can get out another time if you want but the point is to solve the problem.
The main problem in thinking outside the box, is that you need someone inside the box to pull you back you need, as you start flying, and forget the whole box, or even worse, you get lost and don’t know where the hell is that box.

What if the box is to small, so you can’t think in it, but outside the box is so damn cold and wild, also you can’t think there, what should you do? Well I guess you just need to buy a new box, big enough to think in it, and it’s also safe and worm. I guess that is the solution, buy a brand new box. Also you can choose how it looks, how big it is, how is it from the inside … etc. (of course you need money to do that).

well everybody enjoy your boxes.

Another Definition of a Holiday

Well if you remember my first definition to a holiday, well I guess I have another one:

A holiday is the day that you can go to work late, and you can have lunch (Falafel) break whenever you like, whereas a working day is the day that you have to go to work early, and you have to take your falafel break only at a specific time, if you didn’t take it, el 3awad b salamtak

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I’ve been reading about this masks that we wear all the time, in some blogs around, and I’m really feeling them annoying me.
For some period of time, I decided to remove all the masks I have (Most of them not all), and I tried living with it for a while, I really lived some period of my life, I was really undiplomatic (it was really fun to tell a guy you hate that you really hate him), I talked my heart, and I really felt free (as in freedom).
But graduating from the university, and going into the market destroyed everything, it’s almost impossible to live in this world without masks. For example, you cannot tell your Boss that you hate him, or that he is so annoying (I thought about it a lot :P). You can’t tell a customer that he is so stupid, or (a3la ma b5ailak erkabo). And as your social life gets smaller and smaller, you have to try to keep what’s left from your friends. So you have to wear a different mask with every group of people.
And man, this artificial life that we are living, I really have a trouble getting into it. But in a lot of this you have to, or you would be the stupid geek living upstairs.
Well how many masks I wear, one for work, one for some other group of people at work, one for walking in the streets, one for a particular people I know, other for some group of friends, another for another group …. etc.
I have this question, am I going to live in masks for the rest of my life? Whom am I living for? Can’t I just live my life the way I wanted it? …
Ich kenne nicht.

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When will we grow-up?

Inspired by a post on Khalaf’s blog about the human rights report, and the Jordanian responses against it.
Well I guess it’s in our culture to think that we are perfect, and we never do anything wrong. We never accept the thought that we might be wrong at some point, if you come to your colleague and tell him that he did something wrong, the first thing that he tries to do is to deny, and if he couldn’t he would start blaming somebody else, or even starts blaming you, even if you have nothing to do with it.
One of the points that I learned during My work with the UNFPA, is if you want to reach to something you should learn from your mistakes, and to learn from them the first thing you need to learn is where did you make mistakes, for that you need to criticize your self and to listen to other people criticism, as they have another points of view, you should listen to them, unfortunately in my live, the only people who criticized me was my bosses (who should to make the job better), and my close friends who really cares about me (as we always had this thing between us), other people thinks that they might hurt my feeling with their criticism, for me nowadays, (it’s something wrong that I do) as I’m bored of all of this, if I criticized somebody, and he just started to deny it or to take the defensive side, as if I was attacking him, I would put him in some list, and would start to avoiding any interaction between me and him (and of course try to ignore his existence), and if it was work we are talking about, (alright I would tell him first) if he took that side again, I would report it to the manager (as he cannot take that side with him), I know that it’s mean, but I just hate this kind of people.
If you don’t criticize, and accept criticism, how can you develop?

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