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SOULSCREAM – Our beloved society: how to deal with “azerbots” ?

There are people in Baku, whom I am thankful for helping me out through the years. There are also those, whom I love and respect very much. There are even those who influenced me, but they dont know it themselves.

And, there are lots of others, who think they are patriots from top to bottom, but in fact, they are nothing but “human insects”, which are so narrow minded, I almost feel like a genius when talking to them.

This is going to be a nasty post, so you’ll have to excuse me. Last night, a friend on Facebook sent me a link, for some “Eurovision” related page, and I joined in. After reading some discussions there (people from various countries participated, azeris included), I decided to join in. A few things that I wrote there were:

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Posted by on August 30, 2011 in Day by day: Remarks, Soulscream


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Martial arts, Basketball, and Websites: how egoism and team play collide in you

I vividly remember one of the main reasons I quit practicing and doing martial arts (shotokan karate do) about 12 years ago – it didn’t feel right. I’ve always enjoyed it (still love watching martial arts films and occasionally watch mixed martial arts fights), but at that time it seemed like egoism to me.

I earned my green belt, and then quit it. I felt I needed something else. One way to put it, I wanted to be a part of something big. That “something big” turned out to be basketball.

Now, I am no 7 foot giant (only 5’10 to be exact), but I played with heart for 7 years or so, after wrapping things up with karate. I was good for only a couple of things: I was a fairly good 3-point shot, and I loved playing in the paint, grabbing every rebound I could reach for. Everything else was pretty mediocre – my zone shot was poor, I was an awful dribbler (although could run pretty fast) and my stamina could have been a lot better. Anyway, basketball made me a team player, made me realize that even the best player cannot take it all up on his own (Wilt Chamberlain’s case).

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Posted by on August 16, 2011 in Day by day: Remarks, Soulscream


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Facebook takedown: A solution to addiction or the road to chaos?

If you’re on the ball, you probably already heard or read the news about hackers announcing the “end” of Facebook on November 5th. This, of course, might be sad news to most people who can be considered “facebook addicts”, to others its just another childish statement. While we still got time till the given date, let’s see what happens if the Facebook does get shutdown. Below is the news itself:

“Vigilante hacking group, Anonymous, says they plan to take down Facebook on November 5th, saying that Facebook “gives users the illusion of and hides the details away from them ‘for their own good’ while they then make millions off of you.”

“Facebook has been selling information to government agencies and giving clandestine access to information security firms so that they can spy on people from all around the world,” Anonymous said in a statement, “… Changing the privacy settings to make your Facebook account more “private” is also a delusion. Facebook knows more about you than your family.”

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Posted by on August 11, 2011 in Day by day: Remarks, Soulscream


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Legendary martial arts champion Joe Lewis…is fighting for his life

Back in 2009, I interviewed Joe Lewis, arguably the best fighter that has ever stepped into the ring. Sadly, couple of days ago, Lewis announced on his Facebook page, that he had brain cancer, and was given from 6 to 8 weeks to live.

Lewis, is arguably, the best karate fighter that ever stepped into the ring. With him beginning his career, words as kickboxing and full contact were used for the first time ever. He was the first fighter that won the Heavyweight Kickboxing Championship in 1970.

In his 17 year fighting career, Lewis was a 7 times world champion, and was elected to various hall of fames 15 times. In his time, he won all the possible titles, including “World Karate Champion”, “World full contact Kickboxing champion”, “USA Black belts Kata champion”, “National US Kickboxing champion”. Lewis also studied Jeet Kune Do with the late great Bruce Lee. Twice Lewis was awarded as «the greatest fighter of all time».

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Posted by on July 27, 2011 in Day by day: Remarks, Soulscream


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“Eurovision-2011” winners visited our office… and the outcome was…

Couple of days ago, “Eurovision-2011” winners Eldar Gasymov and Nigar Jamal visited our office. No, not because they really wanted to, and no, we didnt pay them to stop by. They were invited to participate in an online radio discussion.

So anyway, they came in, as usual talked about how busy they are these days, and so on. It was nice to see them – afterall they won, and in some sense, made the country of Azerbaijan a little richer – imagine all the tourists coming in next year!

Among the questions that Eldar and Nigar were asked was one about popularity…that “the popularity of a Eurovision singer lasts for only one year…”, I caught myself thinking that this in fact is really sad.

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Posted by on July 20, 2011 in Soulscream


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A small announcement: Some websites are dead…some were born…

Now, to keep it brief, about a week ago I’ve decided to terminate a couple of my websites, due to lack of free time. I just cannot keep up anymore. Its quite exhausting. Anyway, the websites that are not available anymore are “WeirdPaper”, and “InternetStreets”.

Naturally, if i had more time, I’d surely keep them alive (been putting my heart in them for some time, but just ran “out of gas” too fast), but at this moment, unfortunately I cannot. I did save them as a backup, so one day, they might see the light of day again.

The good news is that I’ve decided to put some of the energy that I’ve left into something I’ve always loved – movies. So, I opened a new website – BZFilm ( – which is all about low-budget movies, filmmaking and all related to cinema. No mainstream stuff there, so if that’s what you’re into, skip this paragraph. I’ve managed to translate and gather ALL my interviews there (some of which are NOT published here), so feel free to check them out in the “Talks & Interviews” section on BZFilm. There are a bunch of other interesting cinema-related categories, which i try to fill in often.

Anyway, thanks for reading, feel free to click either on the link inside the text, or on the banner that I’ve just put on the right side block. If any questions arise, feel free to ask.

Thank you.

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Posted by on July 1, 2011 in Soulscream


Eurovision 2012: Screwing up is not an option

A small article I wrote yesterday on the upcoming Eurovision 2012 song contest, that is set to take place in Azerbaijani capital of Baku.

There’s an old saying that “you cant please everyone”. Same thing goes for Eurovision, regardless of the country that wins the contest, the winners will never be loved by every viewer or spectator. This year, Azerbaijan “put its money where its mouth is”, by winning the contest, and gaining the right for hosting the “Eurovision-2012” in Azerbaijani capital of Baku. Great! What’s next?

Many claim that this is not the best place to host the Eurovision contest, others claim that Azerbaijan bought the victory, some even scream that Azerbaijan’s song was a rip-off. Well, too late to swing your fists after the fight is over. The documents have been signed, and if WWIII doesnt start, the contest will take place in Baku, and the special commission assigned to take care of the preparations for the next song contest will make sure everything will go smooth and on the top level.

Now, coming back to “the haters”, let’s imagine for a minute that Armenia, Azerbaijan’s closest neighbor won the contest. Okay, great, after the first 10 minutes of handclaps, everyone would start thinking, “and how the heck will we host such an event?”

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Posted by on June 6, 2011 in Soulscream