Friday, April 28, 2017

The Dummy's Guide to SEO: Get the Basics

Everyone's always talking about SEO when it comes to blogging and I've always been curious about what exactly SEO is. So of course, I decided to do a little research on it and share with you what I learned about SEO.

Be prepared for the detailed guide for blogger dummies like me. Additional warning; please read the entire post till the very end before actually implementing anything that I share. Thank you!

Monday, April 24, 2017

How To Celebrate a Mid-Degree Crisis

especially if it's a bunch of people all at the same time.

The more I think about it, the more mid-life it seems to me. You could argue that life is still life when you're in your 50s (you know, the ages when you start meddling into your kids' lives and try maneuvering them into getting married and stuff, but essentially, that's you playing with someone else's life, not your own). So if you cut down the time line for life into "the part of your life where you are in charge of making your own decision", then 21 sounds like a good age for a mid-I-currently-run-slash-ruin-my-own-life crisis.

Only this time, everyone was celebrating. Context: We are 2.5 years into our 5 year degree of medicine and surgery. Just saying it in my head, typing it on my laptop makes this phrase feel so heavy. Two and a half years of medicine and surgery, completed. Anyway, my class decided to celebrate the occasion by taking group pictures of the class throughout the week, have a formal dinner party and a class trip to somewhere fun.

Guess who's not excited.

Friday, April 21, 2017

I Know You Don't Like Me: Concealed Thoughts of an Introvert

I've been really tired these days. There's just so much going on that I can't help but feel like drawing away from everyone and everything. Sometimes I lash out with a loud "Leave me alone!" but the only person who I said that to is quite thick headed and didn't really listen to me, choosing to laugh at my outburst instead. Yes, I think that makes me feel tired too, trying to avoid that person as much as I can.

blog post header butterfly edits befunky

Just because I feel overall awful about everything and myself, I decided to write a poem about it. I feel like it's better to create a piece of writing rather than rant out about things and make it seem like my life is dramatic (it's really not. I'm just very sensitive and tend to overthink situations a lot). Plus on the upside, if anyone comes across my blog, I don't want them to see me write negative things specifically about them. (Yes, you're really annoying by the way, if you're reading this and you know who you are...)

Monday, April 17, 2017

Habitica: Turn Your Life Into An RPG (Review)

FYI, RPG means role playing game. Habitica is a productivity app that focuses on helping you build habits and clear out tasks by turning them into "quests" and granting you "in game" awards so that you are motivated to get things done- just like how you would while playing a video game. Sounds cool? Definitely!

habitica logo header griffin

Habitica is a free habit building and productivity app that treats your real life like a game. With in-game rewards and punishments to motivate you and a strong social network to inspire you, Habitica can help you achieve your goals to become healthy, hard-working, and happy! For more details. 

Friday, April 14, 2017

I'm Getting Serious

I covered this a little bit in the previous blog post where I talked about how the past three weeks (not counting this week) have been pretty tough in terms of how much energy I had. I had been pretty demotivated in terms of studying and would spend my tired evenings watching Dexter. Now that my new module has started, however, I've been kicking myself back into gear when it comes to studying. And to be very honest? A lot of it could be attributed to this video:

Disclaimer: the video has great content but the sound effects are really loud and very annoying....

Monday, April 10, 2017

The Autopsy Adventure

So what am I up to in med school? I just gave an exam on Friday (it was kinda 'meh') for the module we just finished called Medico-Legal Autopsy. It only lasted three weeks, but as you may have noticed, I haven't exactly been posting fresh content- most of the posts from these past 3 weeks have been reviews or old posts that I cleaned up and posted.

The reason for this is that even though MLA sounds really easy (it's just forensics. No pathology, no pharmacology, nothing), but it was still really exhausting because we went on autopsy visits every other day.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Showtime's DEXTER

So I may have binge-watched another show/season. Yes, I seriously binged this one. The last show I watched (Code Black), was near impossible to binge because of how emotionally packed it was with it's punches and raw display of trauma and life. Dexter though- Dexter is a drama with an important story line that makes you feel like one episode is not enough.

Dexter Morgan is a Miami-based blood splatter expert who doesn't just solve murders; he commits them too. In fact, he's a serial killer -- but he only murders the guilty, so he feels justified with his lifestyle choices. His policewoman sister and his cop co-workers have no idea Dexter lives a double life; however, adoptive father Harry knows his secret, and does, in fact, help Dexter hone his "skills." It's a unique brand of justice for which charming Dexter feels a psychological hunger.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Roast Yourself

Remember when this was a trend on Youtube? First there used to be Youtubers who wrote diss tracks on other people, until some people decided enough was enough- it was time to roast yourself. Nobody likes talking badly about themselves, but compared to the alternative of having a stranger pick out bad things about you, it seems like a good idea to get the job done yourself first. After all, it's easier to laugh off self criticism than dealing with unsolicited opinions.

So I thought, hey. How about I try roasting myself?

Friday, March 31, 2017

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (Stieg Larsson)

Hey hey hey, it's time for another book review!

Mikael Blomkvist, a once-respected financial journalist, watches his professional life rapidly crumble around him. Prospects appear bleak until an unexpected (and unsettling) offer to resurrect his name is extended by an old-school titan of Swedish industry. The catch—and there's always a catch—is that Blomkvist must first spend a year researching a mysterious disappearance that has remained unsolved for nearly four decades. With few other options, he accepts and enlists the help of investigator Lisbeth Salander, a misunderstood genius with a cache of authority issues. Little is as it seems in Larsson's novel, but there is at least one constant: you really don't want to mess with the girl with the dragon tattoo.


The book to end all books.

That's just me being over dramatic.

Monday, March 27, 2017

White Washing?

In case you don't know, Netflix recently released a trailer for an upcoming movie called Deathnote (an American adaptation of Deathnote, based on Deathnote, the popular manga/anime series) and wow, was I excited because first of all, NETFLIX. I've come to expect a lot of good great things from Netflix because of how they did Daredevil and A Series of Unfortunate Events (I think these are the only Netflix things I've watched? And they're both based on popular literature and had a good show produced).

Second of all, Deathnote is such a good, complex, interesting story that has so many concepts in it that are really important to address. I won't try to spoil it for you, but one of my favorite things about Deathnote is the entire of concept of "if you had the power to deliver direct justice, should you?". But we won't be discussing the story today, but the casting.

In case you haven't seen the trailer, you can check it out here!

Friday, March 24, 2017

I AM ASOCIAL (How To Be My Best Friend)

Part One of How To Be My Best Friend. Interested in signing up, huh? It's not that hard, really! Make yourself comfortable and let's get started.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Code Black

code black:An influx of patients so great, there aren't enough resources to treat them
The average ER is in code black five times per year
I can't help it, I love watching doctor shows. There's something really interesting about seeing drama in medicine, especially when some of the gibberish the doctors are saying make sense. While Code Black doesn't have any of that aspect in it yet (since it's about the Emergency Department and most of the gibberish is about acute trauma, instead of deranged physiology or obscure diseases), it's still exciting to watch.

“Your Mama knows when you are lying, crying, or dying…” - Code Black 101

Friday, March 17, 2017

Dealing with Information Overload

Studying in med school is often compared to drowning. There's so much information you need to swim through as well as all the drift wood your teachers throw on you at the same time for you to collect. It's harrowing, daunting, stressful, you name it.

Once you get a hang of it though (the feeling doesn't last long), it's actually pretty cool. During my first year of med school, I was honestly amazed at the notes I had taken over a 2 month period. The content was equivalent to the biology notes I took in my first year of A Levels, meaning that I had essentially learned in 2 months, the content which was equivalent to 1 year.

And I actually understood stuff. It blew my mind.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

How To Get More Views

ft. Reddit.

EDIT: Okay I screwed up! I meant to publish this on Monday (13th March) but accidentally clicked on Monday 6th March so it all messed up and you can see most of the post in your feed anyway!!! So I might as well publish it now. Sorry! Consider this as Monday's post come early!

Hi everyone! Totally not a click bait title, I promise. I've done this myself. Tried and tested. I won't even ramble too much about it- let's just get right into it and start expanding your audience and getting more page views! This is going to be a pretty lengthy post, so buckle down with your afternoon tea and let's get started.

Friday, March 10, 2017

A Series Of Unfortunate Events

If you are interested in stories with happy endings, then you would be better off somewhere else. In this story, not only is there no happy ending, there is no happy beginning, and very few happy things in the middle. My name is Lemony Snicket. It is my solemn duty to bring to light the sorry history of the Baudelaire children as it happened so many years ago.
Was I the only one yelling when I found out the series of my childhood was being turned into a series on Netflix? A Series of Unfortunate was one of those books that all the cool kids had a copy of and every new installment was bought and read vivaciously. You know how the kids of today are obsessed with Marvel and DC, constantly talking about Batman and Ironman? Imagine it like that. If you didn't know about A Series of Unfortunate Events, I regret to inform you that you were considered to be very, very unfortunate.

(see, that's me doing a lemony impression)

Monday, March 6, 2017

The Cramm Tag

I didn't even know what the Cramm was until Rithvika tagged me and I decided to go check it out. And wow, is it cool. Cramm is essentially a quick highlight of the news (mostly American), summing everything up. I've signed up for receiving the updates on my email, so I'm not sure how often you get the newsletter, but it's a great initiative, I really like it. (Especially after the fake news post I did just a few days ago).

Continuing on the whole news thing, I recently subscribed to the Philip DeFranco Show mostly because he does the research for his viewers before presenting the news and I'm pretty happy with the content he's got. So yeah, check him out if you don't know about him. He covers a lot of different areas of the news.

Anyway- back to the tag.

Friday, March 3, 2017


I don't frequently browse through my facebook feed (maybe once in two days? I log in just to check my class group for announcements and stuff) and there has been multiple times when people shared news article with- you guessed it- click bait titles.

You know, those titles with an outrageous statement that make you think "wait, this can't be true" and then you think "well, one way to find out" and then you click on the link and you read the article and you realize that you've wasted like five minutes of your life reading an article and then you might get distracted by other articles below that have similar titles and content. (Hold up, hold up. I've got a recent example. Not too long ago- this week in fact- iiSuperwomanii posted this video. Completely clickbait title).

At first, I didn't really care about these articles cause most of them were harmless, until news came in about the President of the United States calling a lot of news outlets 'fake news'. I thought he was being pretty paranoid, calling the news 'fake' until I sat down and really thought about it.

In case you haven't heard about it, there's been a pretty awful fiasco on the internet and Youtube about Wall Street Journal taking a bunch of things from Pewdiepie's video's and calling him a 'nazi'. Yeah, that's right. Wall Street Journal, faking news. Creating mountains out of mole holes by taking things out of context and click baiting to get their content more views.

Fake news is disgusting.

I should probably water-mark or add something in the pictures to prove I own them lol

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Open Letter to JI Youth Islamabad

Back at it again with the salty roast posts. I'm so sorry guys, but what can I say. If something's on my mind, it will keep on circulating in my thoughts until it finally gets out in some sort of way. Let me start this post off by giving you some context.

On a fine Saturday, the 11th of February 2017, there was an event organized by JI (Jamaat Islami) Youth about "Haya Day". You must have even seen the pamphlet I shared on Instagram. Haya is often taken to mean modesty, which is true pretty much, however the pure meaning of Haya comes from Hayat which means the life. So Haya is extrapolated to mean modesty in every aspect of your life, from dressing, to manners, to... whatever else.

I thought this event was going to be fun cause it seemed like it was organized for girls and there would be refreshments and lots of interesting youth things. Boy, oh boy, was I proven wrong. Before I continue, I would like to make it clear that this is my blog. I will not take down posts unless I want to. Do not pressure me to remove this post. I would have told JI this personally (I wrote A LOT on their feedback forms) and I would have commented essays on their facebook page- if they had a facebook page. Seriously? This is the 21st century. You want to address the modern youth, but with your old school ways.

That's just asking for Kanra to dish salt out.

Monday, January 23, 2017

SketchBook #5: Carcharodon Carcharius

Yes, I decided to number them since it's basically a series. Essentially, I'm just spamming my Instagram art and then some, but I'm also giving some context to what I've done, so it's hopefully better.

If you've been following my instagram (optic_chiasma) you must've noticed the double shark spread I did recently. There's a pretty long story behind it, so if you're ready for it, let's get started.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Sherlock V Sherlock

You've heard of Batman V Superman. Now get ready for Sherlock V Sherlock.

The fourth season of Sherlock just ended and it was surprisingly satisfying, despite the initial mess the first episode of the series was. If you haven't seen the series yet, don't read this post, because I'll probably be referring to a lot of spoilers and if I were you, I wouldn't want to know about them until I was done watching the series for myself.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Before You Pick Your Weapon-

Hello boys and girls! I'm Dr Kanra Khan (not yet, wait three more years) and today we're going to be going over something that seems to fascinate the youth of today. Are you thinking what I'm thinking? Yes, that's right. All those wonderful comments that people leave on the internet, just three letters, really. Are we on the same wavelength yet?

KYS. An acronym for "kill yourself", KYS is like.. well. It's really bad okay. You should never go around telling random people on the internet to kill themselves. That's never nice. Although if you really want to kill someone in that passive aggressive way, it's not that bad an option at all.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Upcoming Posts

I've been having a pretty rough week (isn't every week like that?). It's had it's ups and downs but honestly, I've just been waiting for the weekend to roll back around. I keep thinking about the load of work I need to do and just thinking about it exhausts me sometimes. And then Monday rolls back so fast, it's almost terrifying.

I thought I'd do this post to motivate myself a little and to give you guys a heads up about the kind of content I'm currently working on. I'm kind of excited to write these out! I hope you find them just as interesting to read about!

Monday, January 9, 2017


no, I'm not archiving this blog. I was going through my old blog- the old "the emo wolverine writes". It's still up, just the URL has been changed. Anyway, I had originally thought about revamping some of the posts there and publishing them here, but I don't think 'the emo wolverine writes' has content that can be revamped and put on 'The Lunar Descent'.

I mean, don't get me wrong, they're both my blogs and I really like what I've written there. But 'the emo wolverine writes' is basically me word vomiting about things that have happened to me. It's literally a diary- sometimes in the form of pictures, sometimes in the form of narrations and skits. That's not what The Lunar Descent is, not anymore.

I just browsed through some of my own latest posts and I'm not sure how to categorize my blog haha. But anyway, here are a couple of interesting posts worth reading that I dug up from my old blog.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Are You Asleep On Duty?

I'm pretty sure everybody has had their 'emo' teenage phases, whether it was obsessing over aesthetics or people or ideas. I'm not sure if you could accurately summarize your phase though- there are just so many aspects to take into account that you can't really summarize it, just like how you can't summarize a person. Maybe your teenage phase consisted of trading Pokemon cards or playing the game, or pretending the world was a simulation, or imagining yourself on an adventure.

I was the kind of kid who liked building an imaginary world, augmented by ideas and concepts I hoarded almost jealously from my favorite tv shows and books. It would be a lie if I said that I didn't obsess over fictional characters. It would also be a lie if I said that those characters didn't shape me. I am not lying when I say that it was all very childish and embarrassing, now that I think about it, but considering how I was 15, 16, just in the middle of the teenage timeline, I'm not very surprised.

If, out of that tangled mess, I had to pick one thing that I could state without embarrassing myself, it would be this one quote that the 15 year old me would be busy scrawling everywhere.
When injustice becomes law, rebellion becomes duty.
I didn't know where this came from. I didn't care who said it. All I knew was that it sounded nice and it fit in with my fictional world and nestled against concepts like crusading against all the obstacles thrown in my way. You see, back when I was 15, the idea of watching and rebelling- or at least, fighting injustice, was a pretty romantic concept. Maybe it was because those young teenage years are when you're so full of ideas and you feel like such an adult, you're busy trying to find ways to express yourself.

Five years later, and I'm still finding myself head over heels for rebelling- protesting, fighting. The concept hasn't lost any of it's enticing visions of bravery, courageousness and righteousness. Send me to a protest, hand me a sign, and I'll stand there for something I believe in.

I thought this was something normal. That everyone felt the same way and that if you walked up to the average person and handed them a sign, they're stand for your cause too. Things don't work that way, unfortunately. I'll tell you how I found out.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Hello 2017

Yes, you guessed it. This is my resolutions post again.

For some reason, I've started feeling very tired. I'm not really in the mood for resolutions, especially since a few of last year's resolutions haven't been completed. I think I may be feeling this way since I don't have any winter vacations to relax in? Or maybe I'm still carrying a lot of stress on my back.

I'm not sure.

Here are the resolutions I had for 2016:

I think what's really made me give up on resolutions is how you just stop thinking about them once they're written down. I didn't think about saying anything nice and genuine to someone everyday. I know I should have (I mean how hard is this resolution?) but I didn't. I must've read, by a maximum estimation, only ten books. I did write my blog regularly (the only break I took was during my professional examinations). I'm not sure if I learned how to handle anxiety and stress.

I suppose 2016 has been a good year in terms of interacting with people, although the times when I was very antisocial tend to stick out more. I did buy that sketchbook though and I ended up converting it into a notebook, so that's one completed resolution. I kept a happy jar. I wasn't too harsh on myself when it came to academics. I've been slacking off horribly when it comes to tafsir though.

I'm not sure if I should write resolutions for 2017. I've already written a few blog related resolutions that you can read up here. But yeah, I'm just not in the mood for more 2017 resolutions that will be mostly broken. Let's stick to one resolution then?

Goals for 2017: Make the world a better place.

Won't you join me?

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