today is the date in one of my favorite music videos of all time!
Fifty years after Apollo 11
The Cairenes attend a world, interplanetary event:
The launch of the first Arab spaceship.
The Pan-Arab Alliance sends two astronauts to the moon.
"Get It Right"
doing that thing where i hear a song for the first time and i listen to it on repeat until it dissolves https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjRaKId4Rps
this can sometimes have a funny inverse effect: I have a friend who is from Yemen, and we both make an effort to speak in a way that the other can understand (eg I don't use French words with him) BUT as we get more comfortable with each other, there's this tendency to relax back into our actual respective Arabic dialects, and then suddenly it gets hard to understand each other!
different spoken arabics are very different and can be mutually unintelligible! it's a source of a lot of humor, and Lebanese in particular is funny to a lot of people because of how gentle it is and how much it borrows from Syriac and Aramaic and French. generally, when talking to Arabs from other countries it's polite to temper your dialect, but when me my sister talk it's wholehog full throttle Lebanese. not the first time that hasn't even registered as Arabic to someone ✌️
so it turns out the cashier at the coffee shop by my studio is originally Egyptian! yesterday she told me that she noticed I was speaking "a Middle Eastern sounding language" with someone at the coffee shop the other week (I was there with my sister) and I responded by saying I was Lebanese and that we were speaking Arabic. she looked at me quizzically and asked "that... was Arabic?" 🤣
there's a story on NPR about how a teen white nationalist was radicalized and then deradicalized by contrapoints and it's good and important... but I can't ever shake the discomfort that brown kids who get radicalized in exactly the same way just get hunted and killed and never get a radio redemption story like this