Making a haft sin wreathe // March 18 2016
This year, I decided to try a cross cultural haft sin - just add wreathe.
When Your Kidney Wants to Be a Free Agent: 25+ Things I Learned From Donating Mine. // January 26 2015
As some of you know, this summer I donated a kidney to my Mom. If you’re thinking about donating a kidney, or just curious about the process, here’s my story.
New York Organ Donor Network Ad // October 21 2014
Animation designed to inspire you to be an organ donor. Warning - you may get misty eyed.
Help Yourself // October 20 2014
Another song for the kidney playlist: Tom Jones, “Help Yourself”.
One Headlight // October 20 2014
A song for the kidney donor playlist. Drive it home with one headlight - or one kidney. Whatever works!
Chain of foods // October 12 2014
There’s this guy I know who says, “it’s all good.”
Programmable Rose Colored Glasses // October 09 2014
The market is ripe for Programmable Rose Colored Glasses - the technology is now available to design them, and we have never been more eager to see the world with our own filters firmly in place.
Life is not empty // October 06 2014
Zendegi - A poem by sohrAb sepehri. Sung by shahrAm nAzeri.
Cruising with Magnets // May 12 2014
So, apparently you can take magnets on the road and high seas.
Wednesday Eve Soirée - چارشنبه سوری // March 18 2014
Tuesday Quiz. What is this man doing?
Does Your Sabzi Scale? // March 17 2014
Happy Nowruz to All! This Nowruz, don’t just bling out your haft sin table. Hear its call to action. Scale that Sabzi!
Americans For Energy Reform // January 18 2014
Protecting taxpayers and promoting effective energy policy since 2013.
Domain sale: PlanIraq.com and .org // January 07 2014
I registered these domains when I registered PlanIran.com - but I’m not using them. Prime internet real estate for the discerning buyer.
Gardeners of Eden // January 02 2014
Must we be at war with nature? Envisioning a more integrated relationship.
Bad Words and Cussing Contests // December 01 2013
Vsauce asks “Why are Bad Words Bad?” And John Astin wins a cussing contest.
From Lingua Franca to Heritage Language to Expanding Memeplex! // November 30 2013
Persian was once the Lingua Franca of the civilized world. Today, its variants are spoken in few countries, and as native speakers migrate from those countries, their children and grandchildren are losing the language. Is there a way to reverse this trend? YES! It requires conscious effort, strategy, some apps, and FUN!
The Dragon Quadrilogy // November 26 2013
It started out as a trilogy. “What’s a trilogy?” Setareh said. “A story with three parts,” I said. “What?! That’s nothing. Let’s do four parts. What’s the word for four parts?” she asked.
Jean Claude Van Damme Splits In The Face of Chaos // November 16 2013
It is textbook epic. Jean Claude Van Damme (JCVD), serenely does the splits, each foot planted on the rearview mirror of two diverging Volvo trucks. The trucks keep a steady distance from each other, holding the split, reversing into the sunrise as Enya sings.
George Clooney Beshkans and Promotes Conversation // November 14 2013
Ladies man, man’s man, Beshkan. Magnet man?
fArsi Cheerleader Metaphor // October 29 2013
In which we look at the letters of the Persian alphabet as cheerleaders who come together to form a word/pyramid. This post inspired by my niece, Best Cheerleader Ever!
Redemptive Environmental Science Fiction // October 28 2013
aka “RES Fiction.”
Babak v. bAbak // October 25 2013
My pet peeve: the way people mispronounce “Babak”. Here’s a quick fix, and it leads straight to the fabulous #textingfArsi protocol.
Woo Women (and Men) // October 25 2013
“Language was invented for one reason. To woo. And in that endeavor - laziness will not do.”
Aunt Beetle - xAle suskeh - خاله سوسکه // October 24 2013
A beetle dresses up and goes on the road in search of a husband who won’t beat her.
Paradoxical Commandments in Persian - فرمان های متناقض // October 24 2013
At last! A translation of Kent Keith’s “Paradoxical Commandments” in Persian! Translated with the collaboration of Dr. Razani and Ms. Javadpour.
Say qurbAqe - بگو قورباغه // October 22 2013
My mission in life: To get everyone I meet to say “frog” in Persian.
Persian-English Word Magnet REBOOT // October 22 2013
UPDATE: Thank you to everyone for participating in the Indiegogo Campaign last December. We got up to $3,005!!! Alas, not enough to green light the reboot. Sign up on the form in the sidebar to get on the list for the next campaign. This time we’ll do it right! When we get 300 people signed up who we know want the fabulous magnets - we’ll re-launch. Spread the word! More info on the campaign below. Your feedback welcome!
Magnetic Dry Erase Boards and Wall Panels // October 17 2013
Take your magnets on the road!
Kidney App: قربونت // October 15 2013
Iranians say “Qorbun-e jigaret” a lot, which means “I’m the sacrifice for your liver.” Is this just t’Arof, or are Iranians more likely to be organ donors?
Donating Makes it Happen! // October 15 2013
If you like ajaban, coolzabAn, Citizen Budget Balancing App and other things you find here, you are under no obligation to do anything beyond simply like them. However, if you want to see them continue….if you choose to go one step further and support them…here’s how to do it.
Improvisation: Say “Yes, and…” بداهه گویی // October 12 2013
What happens when you’re looking for a word, and you can’t find it?
You’ve got the Power: extiAr dArid - اختیار دارید // October 11 2013
ِYou’ve got the power! As well as free will. And choice. Take your pick.
qAbel nadAre - قابل ندارد // October 08 2013
Thank you so much for what you just did!
You shouldn’t have!
It’s not worthy of you.
Creativity // October 07 2013
Some tips from Shakespeare to navigate the tension between “proper language use” and anarchy. Leveraging Persian “affixal” qualities to make up new words.
Vine + Twitter + Word Magnets, Oh, My. // October 07 2013
Do you want to have more fun with Persian? By yourself? With the help of the community? You’re in luck! We live in a world of Persian-English Word magnets PLUS social media!
Cyber Fridge // October 07 2013
Subconscious Word Recognition // October 07 2013
The goal of literacy is subconscious word recognition. If, while you read, you can recognize words as a whole without having to analyze them, you’ve achieved literacy! How can we make this happen?
Assimilation Anxiety // October 04 2013
This site was founded by an Iranian+American who suffers, as many Iranian+Americans do, from Assimilation Anxiety. Luckily, the cure is easy!
Two Veins // October 04 2013
Some Iranian terms (a.k.a. slurs) for dual nationality.
What People Are Saying About the Magnets // October 04 2013
Here are some quotes from people who bought the sets back in the day. Please add your comments below!
Meet Ti-Chey // October 01 2013
Ti-Chey, aka toxm-e cheshm, the @coolzabAn avatAr.
texting fArsi campaign - 10 rules // September 26 2013
Do the inconsistencies of texted fArsi annoy you? These ten quick rules simplify Persian texting and make it accessible to a global audience.
The Buddha on the Benz // September 25 2013
Buddha, Benz and Being: Let the Buddha take you on a ride with all six Persian vowel sounds.
Vowels // September 25 2013
Good news and bad news about Persian vowels. Good news: There are only six vowel sounds! Bad news: You only spell out half of them. That’s right. Hlf f thm. Th thr hlf dn’t shw. You have to guess which vowel sound will be there in the word.
Thank You // September 25 2013
You are awesome!
How the US Government Balances the Budget // August 01 2013
CGP Grey explains the debt limit, and in so doing reveals how truly bizarre our budget balancing is.
How is cooperation best coordinated? // July 29 2013
Democracy. Dictatorship. Market. Corporation. Family. Crowdsourcing. Every form of human organization is an attempt to coordinate the actions of many individuals for the benefit of some or all of them. That makes this five word question fundamental to human progress and happiness: “How is cooperation best coordinated?”
Memorial Bench for Grandma and Grandpa Henn // July 28 2013
Thank you to Chip Henn for suggesting that we place a bench in Sims Park to honor Grandma and Grandpa Henn. Let’s make it happen!
Peacemaker Game // July 15 2013
Thanks to Carol P. for introducing me to this game.
Kognito: Helping you with Difficult Conversations // July 12 2013
“Enter virtual environments and practice challenging conversations with avatars to help you build real life skills.”
Robots v. the Right to Remain Silent // July 12 2013
Sim Sensei says, “Your answers are totally confidential. Are you OK with this?”
Killer Robots v. Free Speech // July 11 2013
Daniel Suarez’ TED Talk explains how the rise of autonomous robotic weapons threaten free speech.
Grammar Guide // June 25 2013
We have decoded the Persian language and reduced it to one glorious, concise pamphlet.
Tu Quoque - You too! - و شما نیز همچنین // June 25 2013
“Tu Quoque” (pronounced too ko kay) means “you also” in Latin.
Free Speech Word Magnets // June 25 2013
Join the team to bring the Free Speech (aka “Where’s the Coup?”) Word Magnets to life.
ezAfe // June 25 2013
In our transliterations on this website, you will often come across an (e) or (ye). These are in parenthesis to represent the sound of the “ezafe”.
Word Order - SOV // June 24 2013
Persian word order is different from English in two ways. First, the modifier comes before the word it modifies (“shoes red”). Second, the sentences follow a Subject, Object, Verb (SOV) order. “Sara shoes wore.”
Persian aka fArsi // June 24 2013
You say potato, I say sibzamini.
Read Persian From Right to Left // June 24 2013
Persian is a right to left language, like Arabic and Hebrew. Think about it: !tfel ot thgir daer uoY
Semi Cursive Script // June 24 2013
You can read Persian today. At first it seems intimidating, but the code is easy to crack. Read right to left; only 32 letters, and a simple semi-cursive script. Check it out! One post explains ALL!
Alphabet Card // June 24 2013
Everything you need to know to start bonding with the Persian alphabet!
Sentences with Pleasantries Magnets // June 24 2013
Behold, some unworthy sentences we made with the Persian English Word Magnet Pleasantries kit.
Pleasantries - تعارف // June 24 2013
The Pleasantries kit (a.k.a. t’Arof) (a.k.a. تعارف) features over 600 Persian words of desperate supplication and inverted one-upmanship. Millions of possible self-sacrificing sentence combinations. The words are on magnetic word tiles.
Sentences with Courtship Magnets // June 24 2013
What sentences can you make with the Persian English Word Magnet Courtship kit?
Magnet FAQs // June 24 2013
The FAQs on Persian-English Word Magnets.
Courtship - خواستگاری // June 24 2013
The Courtship kit (a.k.a. xAstegAri) (a.k.a. خواستگاری) features over 600 Persian words of love, passion and insanity including particles, suffixes and prefixes for grammatical accuracy. Millions of romantic and inappropriate sentence combinations possible.
Persian Transliteration Simplified // June 22 2013
Our transliteration method, and our plan for texting domination.
Ajaban l’helm’ellAh // June 20 2013
What does “ajaban l helmellAh” mean and why is it my favorite phrase?
Sentences with Standard Magnets // June 12 2013
Check out some sentences we made using the Persian-English Word Magnet Standard kit and see how things get lost (and found) in translation.
Standard - متداول // June 12 2013
The Standard (a.k.a. “motedAvel”) magnet kit has over 600 Persian words on magnetic tiles with English on the back! Great for all ages! The perfect gift for everyone on your Nowruz list.
Let’s get Simorqanized! // June 11 2013
In which we coin a new word to bring together a mythic tale and community organizing.
Ajabanistan // June 11 2013
What the world needs now is ajabanistan, also known as Amazing (Grace) Land, a Comparative Religion Theme Park without compare.
FoPoMu // June 10 2013
The plan to establish a US Foreign Policy Museum on the Washington Mall, with sister museums throughout the world. #FoPoMu
Citizen Budget Balancing App - CBBA // June 08 2013
We the people, in order to form a more perfect budget, do hereby propose the Citizen Budget Balancing App (CBBA).
Persian-English Word Magnets // June 04 2013
Persian-English Magnetic Word Play kits will help you bond with the Persian (a.k.a. Farsi) language. The kits are fun and educational and spark creativity! They are great for any level of language ability. Each kit has different words chosen around a theme.
Sold out! // August 09 2010
sharmande-am! We appear to be out of magnets.
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