The bar mitzvah drash of Moishe Ben Imber Safdar

By Shabbir | August 29, 2018 | Comments Off on The bar mitzvah drash of Moishe Ben Imber Safdar

At the bar mitzvah of a youth in Judaism, they are expected to give a short speech (a “drash”) about the Torah portion appropriate to that week.  This is the one my son delivered at his bar mitzvah on June 23, 2018. In my Torah portion Chukat, the Israelites are demanding water to survive in…

“Cargo”, starring Martin Freeman

By Shabbir | July 25, 2018 | Comments Off on “Cargo”, starring Martin Freeman
Martin Freeman, Thoomi, and his daughter on a plain.

  Why is it always That indigenous people Must save your white ass?   So, so much walking Never see him drink  water Immune to heatstroke.

“How it ends” starring Forrest Whittaker

By Shabbir | July 24, 2018 | Comments Off on “How it ends” starring Forrest Whittaker

Society falls And everyone stops the car. NEVER stop the car. My friend Mary saw my review and concurred: I watched that Sunday. Shabbir’s Haiku is spot on Stop the car and die  

Naftali (Naphtali) Herz Imber

By Shabbir | March 2, 2018 | Comments Off on Naftali (Naphtali) Herz Imber

Way back in my wife’s family tree is a hilariously eccentric relative named Naftali Herz Imber (Wikipedia). He’s credited with having written the words to the Israeli National Anthem, “Hatikvah”. Recently I hired local historian Paula Freedman to dig up some information on him and his intersection with Sarah’s synagogue, Temple Emanu-el. I’m publishing all…

Archery merit badge advancement

By Shabbir | January 31, 2018 | Comments Off on Archery merit badge advancement

I am an archery merit badge counselor in the Bay area for the Boy Scouts of America. I can provide testing to allow scouts to pass the merit badge requirements and earn their badge. Here are specifics for how you can schedule time with me to complete the archery merit badge requirements. Scheduling time for…

“The Girl With All The Gifts” (2016)

By Shabbir | January 5, 2018 | Comments Off on “The Girl With All The Gifts” (2016)

Haiku review: Fungal zombie plague, The extras overacted, Now my own jaw hurts. On Google Play.  

“The Last Days” (2013)

By Shabbir | January 3, 2018 | Comments Off on “The Last Days” (2013)

Haiku review World grinds to a halt Damn, agoraphobia! Movie needs more apes. The Last Days (2013) on Netflix

Movies with lots of weapons, fighting, strong female protagonists for young girls

By Shabbir | December 9, 2017 | Comments Off on Movies with lots of weapons, fighting, strong female protagonists for young girls

I asked my friends for a list of movies I’ve find that are good choices for my sword and martial arts obsessed eight year old daughter. Must not contain any sexual violence and preferably available through Google play or DVD. (I don’t do Amazon because of grabyourwallet.org) If you watch one of them and want…

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

By Shabbir | July 7, 2016 | Comments Off on Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

[amazon text=Amazon&template=carousel&asin=B00J1IQUYM] Richly crafted characters and compelling personal narratives make Station Eleven an joyful read.  Set in present time before, during, and after a 99% fatal global flu pandemic, Emily St. John Mandel successfully utilizes many of the same storytelling and scene-setting techniques of Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road”. This is post-apocalyptic in the sense that…

& Teller, YouTube series by Teller of Penn & Teller

By Shabbir | June 9, 2016 | Comments Off on & Teller, YouTube series by Teller of Penn & Teller

Teller, of Penn & Teller fame, has produced a YouTube series about life in Vegas after the zombie apocalypse called “& Teller”.  Laced with a bit of gambling culture satire, this entertaining YouTube series is about the magician Teller’s adventures surviving the zombie apocalypse in Vegas. Watch it for free on YouTube