The Pit of Despair


Iranian-Canadian actress Saba Homayoon and Neil Hopkins star in this clever “homage” to French New Wave cinema. If you’ve ever had to sit through Godard without the benefit of a film studies degree and thus had no idea what was going on or why it was a big deal, you’ll totally love this.

And watch it through the very end. There’s a nice, erm, surprise ending…

(hat-tip: Iranian.com)

Iranian.com Redesign!

Iranian.com redesign
Just accidentally discovered the redesigned Iranian.com, which looks really, really great. Very “web 2.0″ layout, blogs, soon-to-come RSS feeds, and even a more intuitive URL structure, which is fantastic. The couple of things I hope will be added as well are breadcrumb navigation, a sitemap, and the ability to comment without registering for the site, which will make the user experience that much better. I don’t think the redesign has officially launched, but here’s a preliminary bravo to Jahanshah Javid and Iranian.com!

Christmas Mobarak!

Merry Christmas! I’m in a food coma today so here are some links:

1. I just had my first taste of turducken and actually thought of (re)definition, one of my favorite blogs which is written by Mariam, a woman in San Francisco who is a fantastic cook and takes good pictures. The photos on her blog make my mouth water, and I’d trade 20 turduckens for whatever she’s cooking. Plus, she lives in San Francisco, which is sort of the city of my dreams.

2. Browsing around on Asad’s blog, I clicked over to this blog, which had a cool link to the text of Iranian school books. I’m working on improving my Persian, so this should be a big help.

3. Iranian.com has polls for the best and worst Iranians of the year. It’s not working right now but looks like they’re on it. Sacha Baron Cohen (aka Ali G, aka Borat) is one of the choices for best, and so is Akbar Ganji, and so is the kid that got tasered at UCLA. The worsts include a guy who drove his car through a group of students, the president of Iran, and the boyfriend of an Iranian actress who put their sex tape on the Internet.

4. One last one, sorry to be depressing: UN Resolution 1737, from a couple of days ago. Sanctions, etc. Here is the press release from the UN Security Council. Let’s see what happens.