Sunday, September 30, 2018

Fasting for 38 Hours

In the past four (or five) months in Southampton, I've been following an eating pattern which is known as intermittent fasting. I've dropped from 186 pounds to 145 pounds but this is not the only reason why I love this eating pattern. I basically intend on permanently keeping my eating lifestyle based on intermittent fasting. There is detailed blog planned about my experience with intermittent fasting, however, this blog illustrates my experience with fasting for 38 hours straight.

The maximum number of days fasting I did was 24 hours but never have I fasted for 38 hours.

During my fast, only water is allowed (no coffee or tea or anything else). My fast started on Saturday at 00:00 2018 and ended on Sunday at 14:00. During the fast, there are generally no cravings as the body enters a fat-burning mode. Other than that, it was pretty simple and easy.


Some might think I'm insane but fasting has numerous health benefits if done correctly and properly.
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Thursday, September 27, 2018

FIVE GUYS should be avoided at any cost

If you're a food fanatic like me, you have probably heard of American burger chain: FIVE GUYS. For sure, their burgers taste really great but that comes with a hefty price.

I've decided yesterday to try the American food chain in Oxford, but I was disappointed with that deplorable food chain.

You don't get any plates

What was staggering about my experience at Five Guys is realizing they don't have plates in their food chain. They instead wrap their burger with an aluminium foil and throw it in a bag. So you can expect to literally eat like this, disgusting: 



Extremely Expensive 

I had ordered yesterday: one cheeseburger - medium fries and a milkshake and had to pay around 17£ for that, that is around 22USD. They are also ashamed to show their prices on their menu online:


But, I found a menu with prices added somewhere else:


They charge £8 for one fucking cheeseburger, £4.75 for a milkshake and £4 for normal fries.

Extremely Unhealthy

One meal FIVE GUYS is extremely expensive and overpriced, and leave you stuffed with at least 2,000 calories; probably more than your normal or recommended calorie intake, here is a menu I found with their calories:


Any meal would be spectacularly unhealthy. They stuff 950 fucking calories in regular fries and 980 calories in a cheeseburger. 2,000 total calories in a burger and fries. According to Health.com:

'The regular size serving of fries has 953 calories—about half the calories many women need in an entire day—while the large has a whopping 1,314 calories. A Five Guys cheeseburger weighs in at 840 calories, while a Wendy’s cheeseburger has 570 calories. When it comes to the milkshakes, you’re starting off at 870 calories and 82 grams of sugar (around 20 teaspoons)—before adding any of the free mix-ins.'

Ending Thoughts 

Calm down FIVE GUYS, you are a JUNK FOOD chain, not a fine restaurant with waiters; the prices should be less, especially with how you are served the meal. And, what is more appalling, is the number of calories they stuff in their food. There probably should be more regulations from the US government over those junk food chains as the obesity epidemic is not showing signs of slowing down.
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Friday, September 21, 2018

Review and reflection of Fox TV Show Gotham

ATTENTION: THIS POST HAS EXTREME SPOILERS AND DISCUSSES THE END OF SEASON 4, DO NOT READ THIS POST IF YOU'RE WATCHING THE SHOW AND DON'T WANNA BE SPOILED. 

I have been watching Gotham for quite some time now. Two weeks ago, I finished this highly ranked show while I was still at Southampton:

So far, this has been a breathtaking series that never managed to get me bored while watching. Here is the plot:



'Plot Jim Gordon is a rising detective in corrupt Gotham City, where his late father was a successful district attorney. Brave, honest and determined to prove himself, Jim hopes to return the city to the glamorous, purer version he remembers as a child. He and his partner, legendary Detective Harvey Bullock, must navigate the dirty politics of Gotham's justice system, even as they tackle a high-profile case, the murder of billionaires Thomas and Martha Wayne. Gordon becomes a friend to their young orphan, Bruce.'

Here are some interesting aspects of the show I found:

What I liked the most

I loved mainly the villains of this show. Characters such as Fish Mooney, Oswald Cobblepot (Penguin), Hugo Strange, Tabitha Galavan and The Joker made the show very entertaining. 

What I hated the most

At some point, death meant nothing in the show. Characters constantly died and were revived (For example Master Bruce's butler). Science Fiction  (e.g cloning) overwhelmed the show after Season 1 and it made it slightly uncomfortable for me to watch.

The relationship between Harvey Dent and Detective Gordon

Harvey is lazy, corrupt, can be bribed and bought by higher ranked members while Gordon is righteous and rarely breaks the rules. Harvey and Gordon make a phenomenal detective team and both fully trust each other.

The Barbara Keen Flipping

Barbara Keen was a very innocent, sweet and loving character in Season 1. However, her engagement to Gordon caused her to be targetted by a highly effective psychopath who forced her murder her parents and turn into her 'dark side'. The character changed by 360°, the comparison of Barabara between season 1 and 4 is astounding.


Master Bruce and His Butler

After Bruce Wayne's parents get killed in Season 1. Bruce, a child, has no one to take care of him but his Butler, Alfred. Their relationship is very sweet and Bruce's Butler Alfred takes good care of him throughout the show. Only Alfred calls Bruce with 'Master' and this article tries to explain what it means. Bruce fires his Butler twice, the first time after he smashes his computer and the second after they engage in a fight.



Jerome Valeska's Madness

Jerome is probably the craziest villain of this show. He is full of surprises. Jerome Valeska was portrayed as a victimized boy at the beginning of the show and surprisingly, it was revealed that he killed his mother when confronted by Gordon in an investigation. The rest is history. Jerome has no interest in money, power or control over Gotham, he only likes to create chaos, terror and fear. Gordan kills Jerome in Season 4. 


The Penguin

Or Oswald Cobblepot. He is my favourite character in the whole show. Oswald starts as Fish Mooney's umbrella boy and servant. He would literally massage her feet and do whatever she says but at, some point he flips and snitches on her to Gordan and they become enemies. Penguin eventually becomes very powerful in Season 4.



The Riddler

Or Edward Nygma, this character was very interesting. No one would have thought that an innocent and shy character like Nygma would turn into a psychotic cold-blooded murder. Eventually, it can be seen that Edward Nygma has two different personalities: one of a cold-blooded murder and one of a shy innocent guy.


Penguin and Nygma's conflict

The Penguin and Nygma were close friends but end up trying to murder each other after a huge conflict that occurs. Penguin apparently had a romantic crush on Nygma, and before Penguin expresses his feelings, Nygma meets and falls in love with a sweet lady. In return, Penguin murders Nygma's new lover. Eventually, Nygma realizes what happens and tries to kill Penguin. The cycle goes back and forth but they do reconcile at the end of Season 4.



Sofia Falcone

This is one of the worst characters in the show and I'm glad she's almost dead (coma) after being shot by Gordon's ex-girlfriend. Sofia murdered her own father, kidnapped a child, wanted to initiate a war, hired the Pyg and smashed the hand of Gordon's ex-girlfriend. She's been lying for almost all show.



Final Thoughts

This is one of the best and most remarkable shows I have ever seen, there is a lot yet to talk about but I'll stick to that. FOX productions are legendary as usual and I can't wait for Season 4 which will probably air in Summer 2019. Hopefully, I'll be able to stream it legally in the UK.

Oh, and I'll drop this song from the Pyg. In that scene, the Pyg forces the elites of Gotham to eat human flesh of people he had murdered:




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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

My startup is serving half a PB a month

In 2016, I founded GC GROUP, LLC; a lawful American startup handling few websites. Today, we're managing around 20 websites, many of which are highly trafficked. We serve around 2,000 users a second and use many cloud providers including Google Cloud Platform, Highwinds and Amazon Web Services.

Our stats show that we have been delivering around half a PB a month; that's around 500TB a month and 6PB a year!

Stats for August 2018:


Stats for July 2018:




We use many technologies to optimize and cache our content properly; but most importantly, we ensure downtimes are never acceptable.
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Monday, September 3, 2018