First, Kaepernick.  Don’t have much to add here.  My father, uncles, cousins, good friends are all veterans so I’ve always stood for the national anthem out of respect for them.  But if the man doesn’t want to do it, and he’s expressed why he doesn’t want to do it, I’ve been there too.  And […]

The End

Relieved. Way back when, I was an intensely serious child.  Most everyone admired me for it, in different ways.  I was intelligent.  I was curious.  I was ‘angry’, in the sense I was fascinated by all the whys and hows of what brought all of us to where we are.  I was an avid student […]

Song of the Day – ‘Player’s Anthem’

The countdown to Ramadan has begun. I’ll go into it in more detail before my annual interwebs exile, but in short: everything is, or is very very swiftly where it’s supposed to be.  Including yours truly. So I’m in the mood to give you 20 or so ‘fun’ songs before I leave you, but, you […]

Lost and Found

‘That’s how it starts.  The fever, the rage, the feeling of powerlessness that turns good men…cruel.’ I lost 20 pounds this Ramadan.  It’s the most weight I’ve ever dropped while fasting; I’m trying to finish ‘optimizing’ my diet so I can stay in ‘middleweight champion’ shape year round.  Cutting myself away from most of my […]

Upgrade Complete

I was as prepared as I’ve ever been, and this Ramadan was as physically and mentally smooth as any I’ve experienced.  In this life, I still have work to do it seems.  I’m excited to start working out again and putting meat on my bones.  I’m excited to finish the last script I was working […]

Stability & Consistency

Returned to the director’s chair. Made a quality short that will find a new audience every holiday season (like the film its based on, ironically). Wrote my first original pilot. Wrote my first spec based on a TV show I love. Producer on another ‘legacy’ project that’s one of those ‘once in a lifetime’ things […]

On the Other Side of Peace

  As this Ramadan ends, I thought I would have a lot to say.  But maybe not as much as I first thought. Fasting has an interesting effect on the body and the mind.  I can only truly speak for myself, but I know of what it does to me and others: violent mood swings, […]

‘The Relaxation of Power’

  I don’t believe anything says more about where I’m at going into this Ramadan, than the fact that for the first time, I have no major vices to give up. All three dimensions that I feel define ‘Malik Aziz’ are peaking, and they’re all very visible (for all of the definitions of me as ‘super […]

Song of the Day – ‘World Go Round’

  Even though Ramadan has come and gone for this year, I would still like Sunday in particular be the day (not necessarily the only one) where this space is used to go a little deeper than the usual silliness.  At the same time though, I won’t be forcing the issue if it’s not there. […]

Ramadan 2013 – ‘Apostle’

  A few years back, I went to those closest to me and described my endgame in a few simple words (a pitch, basically).  In the relatively short amount of time since then, I’ve knocked out several smaller tasks that all feed back into that larger, singular purpose: Getting my passport. Kicking my Arabic studies […]