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Squiggly and RTL | A Little Arabic A Day


Idle hands are the devil’s workshop.

Case in point: In the last several years, my once-passable Arabic has never been dusted off and taken for a walk in the park.

I have here, however, my two extremely worn-out copies of Hans Wehr, Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic (Special Language Services, Inc., 1976.)

Perhaps with its loyal assistance I can read the editorials of Egypt IndependentAl-Misry Al-Yawm — fast and reliably enough to be able to list Arabic as a service of mine again soon.

As for Arabic, I remember being motivated to try to help the FBI after 9-11 as a translator — another year of the crash course and I could have been highly capable —  but it turned out I smoked too much pot back in the early 1980s.

But no matter: I would probably have suffered the same fate as Sibel Edmonds, who blew the whistle on the urgent translated report received just before 9-11

Oh, and on another topic: I believe my Web server has been hacked by one of them there SQL injection invasions. Just look:


Somebody used something called bootback and attached it to a huge number of fake e–mail users on my server.