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▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ Interview #198 - @Yarub ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬
The Grand Vizier of Arabia and a Fragment of a Crucifixion
"I’d woken up early, and I took a long time getting ready to exist."
- Fernando Pessoa
Interview conducted and reviewed by: @Skittles
Could you tell us more about yourself?
The name is Yarub (not really), a proud citizen of the Arabian Peninsula and a 20-year-old medical student. I enjoy my privileges as a student mainly due to the fact I cannot work, and so I try to compensate for it by sculpting myself as a more industrious status in my society. I do nothing of crucial note in most days. I teach science and mathematics to middle-and-high schoolers if need be, so my siblings, of course, reaped the most benefits. So yeah, I'm not much of a practical person, to say the least. I try to think of myself as the king of procrastination and someone who is pretty knowledgeable about insignificant things. I tend to put too much attention to the wrong details as you may have noticed already. Hopefully, this interview shall be concise.
How did you choose your username?
My username was founded during one of my endeavors on the internet. I had a phase when I enjoyed reading Arab history and the origins of the culture back in 2016. One weakly sourced folklore purportedly stated that Ya'rub was the son of Qahtan (the figure who "Pure Arabs" are descended from, it's a loose term so don't @ me) and as such was the king of ancient Southern Arabia, now modern Yemen. My username is derived from that. I would guess it has Aramaic origins.
Could you give us your brief history of your time on MAL?
Well, anyone can see that I joined MAL in 2012, but I only used it briefly back then. I was mostly on other forums and the famous P2P websites during their golden age. Time skip to 2015, and that's when I began posting on the MAL forums. I always posted on Casual Discussion, Current Events, and Forum Games. This habit remained till now, with minor hiatuses in 2017. So yeah, almost five years of continuous posting on Casual Discussion. I debated on various topics: religion, logic, science, philosophy, books, and even shitposting, but one of the most important ones were the Islam topics that were being posted during late 2015 - 2016. You'd always see me contributing to them.
Never been a fan of private clubs or chats, so most of my presence is on Casual Discussion and profile comments. Although, it is worth noting that I hung around CD 2.0 for a year or two, but they probably don't remember me now. The random spams and sex jokes get boring when you obtain a functional brain, I presume. No hate, though.
What led you to become a fan of anime and manga?
My cousins were the ones who introduced me to 'proper anime.' As a child, we had a lot of Arabic-dubbed anime shows: Dragon Ball Z, Hunter x Hunter, Thunder Jet, Digimon, One Piece, Naruto, and many other PG-rated classics, you name it. They were all aired for kids, and I grew up watching them. I saw my cousins watching anime in Japanese and asked them about it around the age of 11. That's when it all started. I binged much long-airing anime in the later years and the tale continues ad infinitum.
My cousins also introduced me to MAL. Not sure if I should give them gratitude or condemnation for this, though.
Could you recommend us three of your favorite anime/manga?
Future Boy Conan
20th Century Boys
Any users you dislike/like and why?
I'll only do this interview one time so fuck it.
First of all, I shall mention the people I like that have either been banned or left the site:
@geniobastardo (a.k.a @Trance) - Great user. He and I have a lot in common, and he's among the very few distinct MAL users you'll ever meet.
@SmoothJazzDavis - Spam lord. Also gay af.
@ChipFuu - Great friend whom I still talk with regularly.
@ArbitraryMeme - Another spam lord. No matter what you do, you can never escape the memes. In the end, they got him.
@AllenVonStein - He never stopped calling me 'gay' and other slurs for some reason. RIP.
@shotz - Not sure if he left, but this guy used to post the most amusing shit ever.
@ZA_WAYD - Loved his posts back in the day.
Next are people whom I do not know personally, but do fancy their presence on the site, especially on the forums:
@katsucats - Good user, detailed insight on topics.
@Railey2 - Good user, possibly my carry on Apex Legends.
@Bobby2Hands - This guy's posts never disappoint in terms of creativity and comedic style.
This space is reserved for my bffffffffff who got his ass handed on Metal Gear Solid V and Far Cry 4 by yours truly. Rumors say he still hasn't gotten good:
@Whats-up - OG since 2012
Now into the not-too-fond-of zone we go:
@lupadim - A complete moron who can't argue for shit. Possesses horrible opinions and probably beyond intellectual aid.
@SadMadoka - Classic logic charlatan. Nothing gets inside his skull except those which appeal to his emotions.
@Yomiyuki - One of the more aggravating users on the forums. Talk to this guy for 10 seconds and you'll suffer a 50% loss in your brain cell functionality.
@YaoiMaster - Edgy Girl 101. Terrible user.
@TiaDee - A dumb whore and an over-sensitive piece of shit. Stop yiffing with dykes and get your shit together. Not that I wish it would happen.
@deprived - Fuck you cunt, jk
@philtecturophy - This person has a Ph.D. in mathematics, logic, and degeneracy. Absolute legend. He's sort of a retarded scientist; has a thing with the geometry of armpits. Kinda weird if you ask me.
@deprived - Fuck you cunt, not jk
Any hobbies outside of anime/manga and MAL?
Reading and hitting the gym. I try to concentrate my schedule on either of those activities, though I never really succeed at it. For reading, I prefer older short books that rely on content rather than plot or characters. I would say A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce shaped me most as a person. As for the gym, I've only been attending for a couple of months, but I can already see the difference. I used to be underweight, and I could never increase my mass prior to hitting the gym. Pretty much secured a few kilos of pure muscle during the past few months, which to a person like me is an exceptional achievement.
How do you feel about how the site is run? Especially in regards to the moderators and admins.
The forums barely run adequately. To be honest, the current team needs to make more refined decisions. They should apply the correct rationale in terms of the site rules and employ the right tools to solve certain problems. For example, banning users who create alt accounts for the sole purpose of spamming is a moot decision. While doing so can nullify the threat temporarily, you need to address the situation directly ad hominem. You may display a certain attribute to persuasion, or you may not. A parlay is essential before any decision is made or even suggested. An elementary protocol can be utilized to do just that. "What was your motive?" or " Why are you doing such malicious/miscellaneous activities?". Understanding the user—the accused—is most crucial. It might sound too complex, but I come from judicial roots, so my predisposition towards pure, unaltered judgments should not at all be surprising.
What are some travel destinations you would recommend to visitors of the Arabian Peninsula?
Don't come here during the summer. You'll get roasted, toasted, baked, dried, salted, and served to a dermatologist. If you have the money and love cities, definitely visit Dubai. Nothing beats Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall in the winter. If you wish to experience more of the culture, you'd need to go to the more subtle regions, such as Bahrain or Oman. The latter has nice weather overall, but the former has a higher tourism value. I'm not much of a guide, though.
Tutoring young students sounds fun! Do you have a passion for teaching?
Not particularly. I just find the activity relaxing and mutually beneficial. The kid gets taught, and I cement elementary information into my head. You'd be surprised how much bite-sized information gained from school can be helpful in real life. I personally wouldn't choose it as a vocation even if I was forced to. Over time, teaching gets to you and fucks up your mood since you're around a huge group of kids for a long period. I only teach one-on-one, so funny enough, I still get stage fright in presentations.
Is being a medical student as difficult as most people claim it to be?
Yes and no. It takes effort—too much effort, in fact—but that's really it. Most of the studies aren't much more than rote memorization, so it's not as hard as physics in my opinion. The only thing you'll be having trouble with is time and determination. I allocate more time to leisure than to studies. For each subject, I'd be late for five classes on average in mid-semester (i.e. If I am attending my 25th biology lecture today, my personal studying and knowledge would only cover up to the 20th lecture). Don't ask how; it just accumulates quickly.
If you can revisit history and fix a catastrophic mistake, what would it be and why?
I'd dissuade Genghis Khan on the idea of sacking Baghdad during the Mongol Empire expansion. If that's too far-fetched, then I would bring the knowledge from Baghdad to Europe, allowing the Italian Renaissance to develop earlier than it did originally. I think the world would be a bit more advanced than it is right now.
Do you think MAL users are knowledgeable when it comes to topics like philosophy and religion?
In general? No. Definitely no. I have spoken to several well-versed MAL users over the years, but in general, most people on MAL like to parrot or vindicate/criminate things that do and do not appeal to their emotions.
Which forum do you think went through the most changes from the time you began posting on MAL?
It is quite clear to almost everyone who frequented the site before 2017 that Casual Discussion has gone from its original experience to a general opinions section. The forum is fairly boring now as it mainly contains repetitive threads, but it is what it is. Don't get me wrong, the boring topics were always there; it's just people don't care for the forum experience anymore.
Current Events features much less religious topics than it did before. Now, it’s almost exclusively about semi-controversial US-based topics like gun regulation, Trump, mass shootings, etc. Most other types of news tend to be dwarfed by them. I find little interest in such threads, so I don't frequent the board as much as I did in the past.
Are MAL's more assertive posters competent debaters in your opinion?
I'd figured this might come up since I made a thread about it before. Most users have a niche topic they always debate on. Some people consider their own opinions as gospels and never sway in their motive to waste other people's time. Only a small fraction of MAL, I feel, can appreciate an intellectual discussion of things that are both real and metaphysical. What is virtuous, however, is another topic. Being in MAL would speak the largest in that regard.
What argument are you most tired of seeing on the forums?
As of now, the age of consent threads. They are hilariously sickening to read.
Here are a few others:
Which three MAL users do you think would make suitable Forum Moderators and why? You are not allowed to mention yourself.
That's a tough one. I'll go for the more sensible users rather than the efficient-but-prude ones.
@Railey2 - This guy never showed much hesitation in showing his true views. He also seems to be one of the more normal people on the forums.
@Trance - He would make the site at least bearable again.
@Katsucats - Actually gives good input whenever you need him to do so.
Do you see yourself leaving MAL in the near future?
Nope. If I have time to spare, I'll be here. Unless the forums get shut down or something.
Is there something unasked you would like to talk about?
Umm, Razer products are trash.
Tea > Coffee
Samsung > Apple
Trap Rap > Bling Rap
Bruh > Bro
Any feedback on the interview format?
No input; it’s good enough.
Can you recommend us three members who we can choose from to interview next and briefly explain why you would like to read their interviews?
@Bobby2Hands - I’d love to hear his story living in the lands of England, especially with tea in hand and the bullocks to talk shit about the glorious English weather in my presence.
@Philtecturophy - This guy will make for the most hilarious and shitty interview at the same time. I love this guy, no homo.
Skittles: Still missing one more candidate, but I'll let it slide :^)
I think that’s it for me, ladies and gentlemen.
This marks the end of the interview. Thank you for your participation!
Modified by Skittles, Sep 4, 11:07 PM
literaturenerd said:Fuck, should've doubled-checked that fact. I almost swore I read that it was Genghis. Maybe I just associated the ring leader with his descendants. My bad.
Great interview...although Hulagu Khan sacked Baghdad, not Genghis. Keep up the hard work in medical school. I didn't have a room mate and totally burned out in my 3rd year! Don't be like me.
Thanks alot. I'll try to keep up.
Joined: Jun 2013
Yarub said:ive been busy being a fucking hustler irl
shotz said:I haven't seen you on the forums for awhile so I assumed you quit. Why the fuck do you still have that old lady in your profile?
im still alive u chode licker
on the topic of smooth hes just a wild bitch u just have to tame him
Modified by shotz, Sep 5, 3:16 PM
i, personally, would gladly be fisted by every single strong female character until my asshole explodes, permanently rendering me into a coma
I don't remember you having any presence at all. It's bewildering how you could even come up with so many names considering that.
Immahnoob said:Likewise, but I digress, I cannot express my happiness from the fact that I wasted your time reading my garbage interview. Thanks for making my day.
I can attest that it was pretty garbage, yes, but that wasn't really my point here, I am talking about who the hell even were you on MAL?
I don't remember you having any presence at all. It's bewildering how you could even come up with so many names considering that.It's as if you don't have the option of changing usernames or forum avatars, huh?
Back in 2015, I used to be IntellectualMr, maybe this avatar would freshen your memory. I've had the name until late-2016 where I briefly changed my name to Yarub, then to Rasheed in 2017, and back to Yarub in 2018. During those times I had multiple Arab-oriented avatars.
Maybe it's just that I post when you get btfo'd the site. I only posted in threads that interested me, anyway.
Modified by Yarub, Sep 6, 1:55 PM
Yarub said:Life is all about sacrifice and ordeals. I only grow stronger.
Likewise, but I digress, I cannot express my happiness from the fact that I wasted your time reading my garbage interview. Thanks for making my day.
Back in 2015, I used to be IntellectualMr, maybe this avatar would freshen your memory. I've had the name until late-2016 where I briefly changed my name to Yarub, then to Rasheed in 2017, and back to Yarub in 2018. During those times I had multiple Arab-oriented avatars.I see, I do believe I remember something, that I was in agreement with you once, so you weren't doing that bad.
Maybe it's just that I post when you get btfo'd the site. I only posted in threads that interested me, anyway.
Oh well, I do agree that the forums are improperly moderated.
Immahnoob said:Touche, I guess.
I see, I do believe I remember something, that I was in agreement with you once, so you weren't doing that bad.
Oh well, I do agree that the forums are improperly moderated.Well, is it finally over for you then? No more posting in CD? Did the final nail hurt you so bad that you couldn't get out of the coffin anymore? Because this is where John Cena comes along and actually helps. For the 20k.
Yarub said:It's been over for years, I tried entering CE, but man, that sucks too bad. It doesn't feel the same at all.
Well, is it finally over for you then? No more posting in CD? Did the final nail hurt you so bad that you couldn't get out of the coffin anymore? Because this is where John Cena comes along and actually helps. For the 20k.
Politics have that issue that they depend on the media.
Joined: Jan 2018