Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Margoon Waterfall, Shiraz

Today we drove 2 and a half hours to Margoon waterfall in Shiraz. Our driver for the day, Mr. Abedi brought his wife so it felt more like a family affair. Felt like spending all day there but there are only so many hours in the day.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006


We arrived in Shiraz yesterday at about 11. Our hotel is directly next to Masjid Az Zahra which is pretty much the best mosque I've seen so far.

Today we went to Takhte Jamshid. We had to buy some goofy hats from a street vendor to avoid cancer of the scalp. Mine said ''Bolo Funcap'' on the side and it truly lived up to its name. Forget about any historical site you've ever visited because this one is the best. (Possibly some Persian bias in this statement)

Following Takhte Jamshid we went to Bagh Eram which is the biggest garden in Shiraz.

This house at the head of the garden and I wanted to occupy it for a weekend or 2.

Following our garden escipade we went to see the mausoleum of Shacheragh, which houses the brothers of Imam Reza. The mausoleum was beautiful inside and out but pictures are only allowed outside.

Friday, May 19, 2006

North Tehran, Damovand and Niyak

So it's official. Iran is the most beautiful country in the world. So 20 minutes from our hotel there are mountains with snow on them about 9 months of the year... This particular mountain is 13,000 feet. I definitely was not wearing proper footwear or clothes to be messin with snow but it was dope.

But yesterday we went to Niyak at the foothills of the Damovand mountains and it was unbelievable. We went to my dad's friend's garden house and it was beautiful... I'll let the pictures do their job.

I also went to my first Imam Zadeh (Mausoleum of a relative of an Imam). The man buried there is Seyed Hashim. The experience on the inside was one which I've never felt before and it was uplifting.

Tehran, Iran

So we got to Tehran at like 7:30 in the morning and we got picked up by my uncle and cousin. I'm not sure if this uploaded picture worked buy I will try anyway. Tehran has the most insane traffic I have ever seen. I was expecting the craziness but you don't really know until you have seen it yourself. I almost got killed twice crossing the street and multiple times driving in taxis. The hotel I am staying is 100% gangster and the breakfast is full on deliciousness. Internet office works fairly well but connection is a bit slooow.
more in a few.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Spicy Corner, London

What you think you know about that Spicy Corner?
Found a good halal/ internet place close to our hotel. Dad's been having trouble understanding the Brits so I've been designated interpreter. He'll be interpreter in Iran because my farsi is wack :( I'll be studying up on the way there though. We fly at 10:00. More to come from Iran....

Friday, May 12, 2006


So I'm really excited. I'm leaving sunday. NYC to London to Tehran.
I probably won't be at a computer as much as I am used to but I will keep everyone updated inshAllah.... I'm taking a still camera, my DV camera. I'm probably going to edit a personal documentary of my trip. God knows when I'll have time to edit it.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

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Sunday, May 07, 2006

Screening 5-5-06

MAR 313 screening went well... too bad there were only seats for about 60. Felt good cuz a lot of homies and gomies showed up to see my work. My main short Elephant Man played at the end so that was quite a priveledge to be the lasting impression on people. I'm sending the film to 2 microcinemas. One in Phoenix and one in San Fran. If anyone knows any good microcinemas, leave some info. And yes, I did say microcinema and not festivals. Festivals are scams for the most part. I was thinking about sending the film to Res Fest though. Maybe.
Photos from the screening by Lexi

Friday, May 05, 2006

U of A's Student Government is nonsense

Regarding this 4-5-2006 Arizona Daily Wildcat article
What kind of Student Government Organization thinks it can write a resolution condemning another nation?
A moronic one and one that only seeks to push for a war against Iran in the interest of a racist occupier in the Middle East (Israel and friends). It is obvious that human rights were not the intentions of those who lobbied for this "resolution." Student government is not the UN and is not a place for people to lobby for wars against sovereign nations.

right now...

... not being finished with finals makes me feel like this..

Thursday, May 04, 2006


This seems to be a civilized medium... it was recommended to me so i got it... welcome to me