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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Cause you know

I don't know why the internet is so depressing these days. I won't link to the author of the quote below to avoid problems, but it's about women watching international soccer matches in Saudi Arabia.

استبشر بعض الاعلاميين بقرب السماح للنساء بحضور مباريات الدوري .. الذي دعاني الى كتابة هذا المقال كان قد عرضت حلقة على القناة الرياضية تؤيد هذا التوجه .. حيث قال المعلق “ابراهيم الجابر” أنه يتمنى أن يحضر المباريات مع إحدى نسائه
أوصلنا الى مرحلة من عدم الغيره على محارمنا أن تقول هذا الكلام وأمام الجميع ؟

Ah.
Objects? Objects? Objects?

One more thing

I was reading around the international blogosphere for reactions on the Denmark cartoon incident and I came upon something that I found insightful*;

Funny that the group supporting boycotting Danish products and those who think it is ridiculous both claim they are losing faith in this world, each group for its own reasons.
Maybe if we all lose "faith" we'll start to think a bit more rationally.

Hmmm....

*just because I find it insightful doesn't neccessarily mean I agree, ok?

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Monday, January 30, 2006

الدنيا لسا بخير

While trying to not get too angry over the huge fuss that will probably make the poor Lurpak cow a little slimmer, Jameed shared a headline that made me take a deep breath and smile;

عجوز أردنية تطلب الطلاق حتى لا تلتقي بزوجها في الآخرة

Ahhh, like I said, life is swell baby.
Allah ykhaleelna 3a2latna.

Superman, save me! Save me!

Wisdom of the day courtsey of dearest Jameed, "Screw the readers, post whatever will make you feel better. You can also unleash your fury on me. Ana mish fahem leish m3assbeh la hal darajeh, let alone why you think i am very quotable tonight. Gee... "

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Sunday, January 29, 2006

Ahuh

Did I recently mention that I love the logical?
No, seriously. Crushes, anyone?

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Friday, January 27, 2006

More help

PLEASE VISIT JORDAN PLANET FORUM TO DISCUSS THIS

The next Jordanian blogger meet-up will be held on Saturday the 11th of February, but we're anticipating a very high level of attendance, and we need a really spacious place. I would absolutely love it if anyone could suggest somewhere that would comfortably seat around 30 people. Much thanks!

Anything else...?

Because Amino asked me to...

Five Facts about me
1. I've recently developed a rather corny affection towards Superman.
2. I think superhero's are shibby ;) even if they are obsessed with their charming looks and sleek cars.
4. I'm scared of beards and scarves.
3. I believe the world would be better off secularized. (on a side note, the IAF unfortunately chose one of the most beautiful spots in Amman to place their quarters on)
5. I 'm attracted to geeks.

Three things I like about others
1. A certain weirdness.
2. An ability to be able to teach me something new every day.
3. A whole ton of intellect.

Three things I hate about others
1. Intolerance and lack of logic.
2. Em... people who can't spell and get too enthusiastic about exclamation marks and smilies and stuff...
3. Lack of passion.

Tagging
1. Fadi Haddad
2. Gaya
3. Super Devoika
4. Abed Miqdadi

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Thursday, January 26, 2006

The Face of Mohammad

When Natasha told me about the Jordanian parliament's call for the punishment of the Danish cartoonist that drew 12 caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad I got quite upset. I'm still upset, and although I can't even begin to understand why they(ex. the Jordanian parliament) would do such a thing, I will redirect you to what Naseem Tarawneh wrote on the subject, for he, admittedly, is a lot less hot-headed. For one reason or another, I find it impossible to look at such situations without thinking more along the lines of this...

Anyhow, what I will actually write about is one of my favorite issues- figurative illustration of human form in Islamic art throughout the centuries. The early Bedouin artists of Islam also disliked depicting the Prophet because to Muslim's, he is the embodiment of the "ideal man"- an ideology that can't be represented through physical properties. However, as Islam spread, the Bedouins of the Arabian Peninsula came in contact with many civilizations and cultures, including Greco-Roman, Byzantine, Coptic, Sassanian, Buddhist, Chinese, Berber, Turcik, Gothic and various others cultures, each of which had its own system of beliefs as well as its own artistic traditions.

It is only natural that illustrated stories of the time of the Prophet would find their way into books, especially as most of the cultures that the Muslims strove to convert to Islam didn't speak Arabic, making illustration a necessary tool for communication.

The first time I saw these illustrations I was enthralled by the attention to detail, the rich use of color, and the heavy Eastern influence. These particular paintings are mostly from Turkey, Persia, and India, and so you will notice the Eastern style in drawing. Most of these paintings cover the Prophet's face with a sheath of white, but a lot in Islamic history don't.


Prophet Muhammad ascending on the Burak into the Heavens, Persia (1550 CE), painted by Sultan Muhammad. Notice chinese clouds, Chinese features, as well as the halo of fire which is very similar to Eastern religious art.







Mohammad's trip, guided by Gabriel on the Buraq, in which he is shown sinners suffering in hell.

The collection below is one of my favorites, and it's from a book called "Al-Seera Al-Nabaweyeh" done around the end of the 14th century, as ordered by a Mamluk Sultan in Cairo(check out whole collection here).





Nice, right? I love the usage of color.

Eastern influence isn't the only influence on portrays of the Prophet though, there also have been some examples heavily influenced by Christian theology, such as the illustrations in the famous "Jame3 Il Tawareekh" of the Prophet's birth, painted in the 13th century. The scene below is practically borrowed from Christian artistic tradition.

The Birth of the Prophet Muhammad

Fascinating isn't it? Both Jesus and Mohammad are semites, and yet Jesus is portayed as a blue-eyed arian angel and Mohammad is portayed as a Chinese or Sassanian figure.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Live from the Anti-Jihady Club...

And here is Roba shamelessly ripping off a post word for word. I can't help it. It's so funny- I'm still cracking up.
Three cheers to the Egyptian Sandmonkey, the "extremely cynical, snarky, pro-US, secular, libertarian, disgruntled" person who has been providing me with plenty of laughs recently.

Newton law still stands


For every action.....

Koranninja

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MB female supporters.

There is an equal and opposite reaction.....

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Egyptian actress Nahla Salamah in the Cairo film festival

Battle of the Brands

Apple. Google. Google. Apple. Google.

That's how the list of leading brands for the past 5 years looks like, with Google wearing the golden crown for 2005, and Apple serving as 1st runner up.

The 8 other shiners on the top 10 list are Skype, Starbucks, Ikea, Nokia, Yahoo!, Firefox, eBay, and Sony. Other brands include Zara, Amazon, Nike, adidas, and Puma.

















Both Skype and Firefox are first-timers into the list at all(and people doubt the presence of Web 2.0), and the list is noticably becoming more technological with the years(me loves technology). Al-Jazeera lost it's top-10 slot to become number 35(Ahmad Humeid's post on Al-Jazeera), as did Coca-Cola for the first time in 3 years(interesting to note that in 2005, Pepsi overtook Coca-Cola in market capitalisation for the first time in 112 years of fierce competition). Meanwhile, Ikea, Nokia, and Starbucks have maintained a strong foothold.

Nokia is number one brand Europe and Africa, followed by Ikea, Skype, Zara, BMW, BBC, adidas, Al-Jazeera, H&M, and Jordanian company Aramex (which made me smile).

Check out the whole report here.

Related(or maybe not so related but something I can't help but share): Microsoft cares.

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Sunday, January 22, 2006

Bite a Dentist Day

Yeah, ok, I wish.
But anyway, here's some branding that made me smile. I love it. It is so simple yet so unique, and quite gutsy too.
Now here's a dentist that I wouldn't mind visiting. Not to bite. Just to, you know, look. Or something.
Wow. So much for eloquence.






[Via Advertising/Design Goodness]

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Saturday, January 21, 2006

Google Earth- changing the world?

First off, there were those recents reports on Google Earth being a tool used by insurgents, terrorists and Commies. Then, Google Earth was dubbed the biggest threat to democracy.

Now, Google Earth is the next marketing tool- companies are painting huge ads on their roofs for the best equipping the aerial photos. Cool.











(via Fabrica)

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Friday, January 20, 2006

Desperation

Does anyone know where I can find an antique or junk store or something in Amman or somewhere very close to Amman? Think, old Jordanian wooden doors, real street signs (yes, I know I can just steal one at night, but let's try to be good and all for the sake of mommy, ok Mr. Kit Kat Chair?), and perhaps a real pinball machine or something. You know. Odd real stuff. Think along the lines of the decor at Applebee's.

On the Crisis of the "Arab Book"

Here's something that made me stop and think;
الكتاب العربي.. متى تنتهي أزماته؟

أسباب أزمة الكتاب العربي-17% من إنتاج الكتاب بالعالم العربي وفق تقرير التنمية البشرية ينحصر في الكتب الدينية والتراثية وهي كتب في الغالب لا تحتاج لأي مجهود فكر
"The reasons of the demise of the 'Arab Book'- 17% of the books produced in the Arab world fall under the category of religious or cultural genres that don't require any mental effort from the reader."

Before the radicals of you jump and choke me for quoting something that says religious books don't require much thought, let me point out that the article doesn't refer to books on the philosophy behind religion, but rather, according the article, "repetitive publications of the same ideas."

The article provides a rather saddening example- Sharja's International Book Festival 2005 saw the "participation" of 707 Arab publication agencies, with only 2100 new titles. That's depressing, especially when you keep in mind that our wonderful Arab world has a combined population of 300 million people (Source:Wikipedia). A best selling book usually gets around 5,000 prints in total. Comparitively, Israel, with a population of 7 million people, produces 13 thousand new titles a year.

The article also states that only %10 of the publications were about the applied sciences, and that barely %8 of the publications were about theoritcal sciences. "Most" of the books that were in the Festival(and because these were compared with religious and cultural books at 17%, I'm guessing that they probably make up over 20% of publications) are- *drumroll*- books about horoscopes, songs, and "love". Yeeeeeeeeee!

What made me laugh is what the article relates an recent "point of discussion". In typical Arabian conspiracy theorist style, Arab publishers, in regards to questioning about the recent trend of plagiarizing Western texts into Arabic, have been blaming western copy righters for "stealing" the ideas of third world countries. Of course, with true Arab chauvinism, they had to somehow stick the glory that was Al-Andalus into the formula *laugh*. Pathetic. Don't you just love us?

I think I'm depressed.

Read all of the article here.

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Thursday, January 19, 2006

Top 10 reasons no one reads your blog

I first started blogging for myself- I needed a space to sort of "save" things that inspired me and jot down random notes about various designs and products that I thought could be useful for inspiration later on. As a Jordanian blogging community developed, my blogging style changed and became more personal- instead of just "reblogging" various designs, I started commenting on them (thus earning myself various reputations such being "all about colors", "imphalsapheh", and "control freak"). The community kept growing, and like any trend, blogging started to attract people because it sort of became "cool".

Anyway... while doing my regular blog-surfing, I came upon a list compiled by the dudes at Gaping Void entitled "Top 10 Reasons No One Reads Your Blog"- inspired by it, I will share some of their reasons as well as add a dose of my Jordan-centric usual imphalsaph commentry.

I will even go on and risk being called a biatch by dedicating this list to some of the recent submittals to Jordan Planet(and this is where Isam and Iyas shoot me).
Take it with a grain of salt.


1. You've only been blogging for a week. Heck, even a month.
This is a huge turn off. Work on your blog. Perfect it. Love it. Make it you.
Then share it.
(bonus link: it less than a blink to judge online content, so make it good!)

2. You have nothing to say!
I believe that this is rule numero uno when it comes to blogging (and a lot of other stuff but let's stick to the point, shall we?). Dude, blogging is all about saying- if you're blogging to be a part of community, it's not really blogging is it?
I get really annoyed when people ask questions such as "What should I blog about?" or alternatively complain about lack of inspiration. Blogging is a frenzy- it is not a perfectly calculated and painstakingly edited have-to-be-published-everyday newspaper. Do it because you feel like it, otherwise it feels forced out, and that is baaaad.
My advice to you, if you don't have anything to say, spare us the pictures of cute babies, the terribly photoshopped junk you found on "Worth 1000", and content off forwards I recieved back in '98 (dude, forwards are so Web 0.1, get over it).

3. There's nothing in it for them.
One of the reasons that got me into blogging is because I felt like it was personally enriching, and you seriously don't need to be a nuclear physist who's writing about how to dismantle an atomic bomb to be enriching.
One of my favorite blogs ever is "Dooce", whose favorite topics(as you can see from her categories) include "Poop", "Boobs", and "Sleep", yet Heather writes so darn beautifully and cunningly that I hang on to every single sentence she writes in an obsessive compulsive way. Her writing style enriches my own and makes me going back for more.

4. "Passion & Authority" are just buzzwords to you.

5. You're not a good-looking female who likes posting naked pictures of herself. Can't overemphasize that one enough ;)

6. U rite like an annoyin' 13 year old boy who just reached puberty. Ya I am serius this pisses me off like krazy. U cant spell for shit u cant expres urslf bi negleh and u have never heard of punctaytion. it is not kewl 2 not know how to spell, kid, use ur spell chicker. it is not kewl 2 replace "are" with "r", "you" with "u", and "too" with "2". for the love of god, c's are round and pretty, ditch the k's.
also, pleeze dont go overexited and add tooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo many leters2make a point or use toooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo many colors 2 spice things up. Less is more.
finally, pleeze go ez on the use of emoticons and smiley faces- they belong in the 70's when LCD's made everything look pritty and shit.
oh, ya, i cant help but add that a sentence never starts with "am" (am so sorry, am so happy, am so annoyed), there's always a nice long "I" before the "am".

Such an annoying way of writing is a mockery to intelligence.

7. You're not Jameed.
Jameed is funny. You are not. Get over it.

8. You think Comic Sans is cool. Go to hell.

9. You whine about traffic. That's the biggest no-no. Remember, you don't blog for traffic, you blog for blogging. See points number 1, 2, and 3.

10. Although I can think of a few more reasons, I'd like you guys to tell me what you think number 10 should be. What keeps you coming back? What turns you off a blog? I'd hate to be the only imphalsapheh person around.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Bottle Cap Tripod



You may need to be someone who takes as many amateur pictures as I do(that's around 50 a day) in order to appreciate this "gadget". What it actually does is turn any bottle into an instant tripod! (and this where the pros look at me with disgust)

I love it! It would be so useful because water bottles are always available and tripods are SO heavy! And here I will agree with Josh of Cool Hunting, "It's better than the balancing act I've resorted to on numerous occasions."

[By Semsons via Cool Hunting]

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Tuesday, January 17, 2006

F-I-N-A-L-L-Y

Sushi!

Ziad at Vinigrette Lina :)

Am I a good driver?

My favorite quote in a while is courtsey of some brainwashed soul who goes by the name of Fatima Al-Sahimi:


وأتحدى أي امرأة في العالم أن تقول أنها تفضل النجاح في مجالها كعالمة ذرة أو رائدة فضاء أو رئيسة وزراء أو لاعبة كرة على تمتعها بمشاعر الأموم ، وقبل ذلك مشاعر المودة والرحمة المتبادلة مع الزوج

"... And I dare any woman in the world to claim that she prefers success in being a nuclear physicist, astronomer, prime minister, or soccer player over the pleasure of motherly feelings, and more importantly, the pleasure of a mutual liking and mercy between her and her husband."


يلعن عمري انا بس

No, seriously, how come they're always doing such questionaires and dares around "kol il 3alam" and skipping me? BLEH!

Knowing the Arabian readership, and to cut myself some slack, let me say this: I would NOT have stuck religion into this if the article this excerpt is from isn't accounting for the debate USING religion. When I refer to an entity as "we", I am NOT refering to all Arabs, and neither do I mean only Muslims (I've gotten into arguments where the Arabs of other religions were the ones worthy of quoting as "brainwashed souls"). Some would jump and say that the Islam Fatima is using to account for ill logic isn't real Islam, and perhaps it's not, but regardless, it's really not about which religion; faith is universal, but understanding is arbitrary, and there has to be a revolution in the way we understand.

Having said that, you know what they should start teaching at schools in our wonderfully backward Arab world? Philosophy. LOGIC. Not mathematical logic mind you, I know that's already being taught, rather, philosophical logic. Stop accounting for everything with religion! Teach the kids to think for themselves! Teach the kids to look at life through experience, relativity and science rather than through blind creed. Reason, rather than revelation or tradition, should be the basis of belief in God.

The rest of the article is just as filled with hilariously sad ideas, reading it makes me feel like I'm reading a Wahabist version of The Stepford Wives. The below sentence refers to women and their rights:

إنها ملتزمة بمنطقة محددة تمارس فيها من الصلاحيات مالا يمكن لمخلوق غيرها أن يمارسه في جو من الحرية الشرعية لكنها تفقد هذه الصلاحيات بمجرد استسلامها لإغراءات الخروج ورغبتها في مزاحمة الرجال في تحقيق أمجاد وإنجازات غير مطلوبة منها في الأصل

She is restricted to a certain area where she can practice her rights like any other human in an atmosphere of holiness. She loses these rights as soon as she succumbs to the temptations of leaving her home and succumbs to her urges to interact with men in order to maintain glory, although it is not required of her to accomplish anything anyway.

It would have been amusing, except this is actually written by a woman. "Succumbs to temptations"? "Urges to interact"?

AHHHHHHHHH! I WANT TO SHOOT MYSELF! Especially as I still haven't come to the best part. The sentences above are excerpts from the introduction, where our dear Fatima is skillfully making way for the grand unveiling of the topic she wants to discuss. Fatima is actually offended as to why men are the ones talking about the logic the sinfullness of women driving.

نقاشات الحارة تدور هذه الأيام حول المرأة والمعركة تستمد وقودها من حطب كشف الوجه وقيادة السيارة والمرأة ــ كعادتها ــ ترقب الوضع عن بعد دون أن تعبر عن رأيها الفصيح ،تاركة الأمر برمته للرجل ليؤيد ،ويعارض. والآن يا سادة بصفتي امرأة فسوف أطرح رأيي

"Many hot debates are taking place these days about women, and these debates are fueled by discussions about uncovering the face and women driving. Meanwhile, the woman- as is her usual stance- sits from afar and watches unexpresssively as men agree and disagree. Now, gentlemen, as a woman, I will give you my opinion."

After which Fatima blabbers on for a while about how the fact that she doesn't drive and covers her face haven't been a boulder in her life and that she is educated and so on and so forth, which is cool and all, then she says my favorite sentence of all:

فإن المنطق والعقل على الأقل يقولون إن قيادة المرأة للسيارة قد يكون له بعض الإيجابيات لكن مصائبه وسلبياته ستكون أكبر من أن تحصى

Logic and intellect at least dictate that women driving a car will have some positive aspects to it but its traumas and negativities will be too great to even account for."


Logic and intellect indeed.

I personally believe that intellect and logic are achieved through knowledge, which can be obtained from many sources including past and contemporary readings of the varied fields of science, art, humanities, and philosophy. Rationality should be the means to establish an authoritative system of knowledge, ethics, and aesthetics.

Let me end this post with the much-cited opening paragraph of Kant's essay on enlightenment:

"Enlightenment is man's leaving his self-caused immaturity. Immaturity is the incapacity to use one's own understanding without the guidance of another. Such immaturity is self-caused if its cause is not lack of intelligence, but by lack of determination and courage to use one's intelligence without being guided by another. The motto of enlightenment is therefore: Sapere aude! Have courage to use your own intelligence!"


Oh, yeah, much thanks to Jameed for sharing this article with me.

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Sunday, January 15, 2006

I have crush on Apple

I have one heck of a crush on Apple. The kind of glorious crush where I feel like passing out when surrounded by a certain amount of beautiful and perfect pieces of machinery. The kind of corporeal crush where I want to run the tips of my fingers over the cold metal and soft plastic and get bedazzled by the faery-style white light. The kind of crush where I want to put an Apple laptop inside a lucite case and place it lovingly on my coffee table as some sort of ultra-modern readymade sculpture for the sole purpose my visual enjoyment.

Crush, I say, not love- the kind of carnal crush that might or might not develop into a real beneficial relationship, because, truth is, I'm a PC user, and probably will continue being so for a while(I mean, dude, check this out, via Y. Malakha).

Anyhow, during the past several days since Apple unveiled both the Macbook Pro and the result of putting an Intel chip in bed with a Mac, I've been watching the reaction in the blogosphere with amazement. Steve Jobs is a marketing genius. The guy just has a gift for understanding what appeals to millions of consumers(I guess someone did quite well in Public Relations 101). People all over the world are reacting as if someone has just discovered the elixir of life!

Just check out how the Jobs & Co. Describe their new machine, "You've dreamed about it long enough. Now it has a name: MacBook Pro. Powered by a dual-core Intel engine. Up to four times the speed of the PowerBook G4. Eight times the graphics bandwidth. With built-in iSight for instant video conferencing on the move. And Front Row with Apple Remote to dazzle everyone in the room. Wait no more."

Ooh, baby! Check out all the emotional and sexual connotations. Sleek, hot, I'm drooling- dude, sex sells.

Naturally with all the glowing media attention after Apple's Big Announcement '06, Apple's stock price headlines ended up in everyone's RSS readers- shares surged a record-breaking more than $4 on the same day of the unveiling and an additional $3 the next day breaking a record yet again. Stocks for Apple are at an all time high.



Pretty cool. I bow to Jobs.

Apple's 30th anniversary is coming up on April 1. I'm actually excited to see reactions of Apple evanglistis and the adoring retrospective media coverage.

For the love of technology? For a heck of a lot of brand power? For His Jobness Steve? For the cool-ization and sexy-ization of geekdom? For the beautiful machinery? Who knows.

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Saturday, January 14, 2006

The life of a design student 2...

Waiting for the janitor to open the door....

With plans to hit the sack after my class, I was so high on caffeine this morning that everything around me was just absolutely and mindblowingly amusing(oooh).

To make things even better, it's a Saturday, so the University of Jordan was beautifully desolate- so desolate that the janitor(with the keys) showed up 35 minutes late, so I spent my morning sitting on the floor in the hallways of the hideously green IT department, amusing myself with my ever-handy Canon.

Click on thumbs below to get magically morphed into another window with the actual image as well as a caption:

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College of Art in Design (IT Department)Me and Noor being all huggy-huggyEmptyMarah

The life of a design student...

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I guess I would take being at some kitsch printing center arguing over colors late at night for a project final than trying to cram for a test, but it gets so tedious anyway!

Especially when nothing goes right- my red is a 7afartali shade of watermelon pink, Sara forgot to create the outlines so the font looks funny, Noor's file is busted... and the project is due in less than 7 hours! The waiting que at the printers is 2 hours long, so we'll pick them up tomorrow before class although class starts at 8:00 AM sharp.Ya 7alawlaw.

Stressing at the moment in the freezing winter, but I'm looking forward laughing about it in a few months just like we laugh at all the times we spent creating clay furniture and taking pictures of chairs.

I'm praying for snow tonight.

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Friday, January 13, 2006

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Something only a Pink Floyd fan would understand...

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Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Art 101- chalk talk 2 and the conspiracy to make the Jordanian blogosphere more artsy-fartsy

Gestalt is a German word meaning shape or form. The word also bears connotations to creativity (Gestaltung). In English gestalt refers to the concept where an entity's properties cannot be discovered from the total properties of its parts. The more general English equivalents are synergy, holism, emergence, and variations on the phrase "the whole is greater than the sum of its parts".

And while we're on creativity, art, and "whole being greater than sum", let me introduce everyone to a few brand new Jordanian blogs of yet more "artsy" friends(ex. design students of Jordan);

Fadi
Nada
Hiba Judeh
Super Devoika

Oh, yeah, I will also toss in the blog of my brother - "And Further Away" .
(yes, this is a conspiracy)

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Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Schizophrenia(and I learned how to say it Mr-you-know-who-you-are)



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I admit I've sort of been neglecting this space recently, and I'll even admit I've been acting cuckoo every now and then, but it's been a stressful semester and I apologize for those affected with the bouts of schizophrenia.

I didn’t realize what such a schizophrenic freak I've been until a certain person who I will not name "confronted" me last night with the funniest "concern matter" I have ever heard in my life(don't get this the wrong way, you are an absolute sweetheart and you are one of my favorite people ever, but I'm sorry, it was just too funny!)

This friend was actually worried that I was being so aloof and peculiar because I somehow got paid a visit by a Sheikha/Hajjeh who somehow managed to correctly guide me into the "Path of the Lord", and in my newly guided state, I was feeling too religious to chat with men =D *crack up at the though*

Of course, anyone who knows me at all knows that I am much more likely to go hunt for the Illuminati.

The other worrying alternative according to this friend was that I somehow fell in love with a jealous, possessive freak who didn't want me to talk to my male friends any more.

Ha! Amusing. Well, needless to say, neither alternative is true ;)

Pictures above are unrelated... or sort of related... or related to a few specific people/persons... quoting the lovely Farooha, life is grand! Or at least it seems grand when taken with a sepia lense.

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Monday, January 09, 2006

A little magical advertising

Here are some advertisements that are so creatively genioustic that everyone should stop whatever they're doing, study them for a minute or so, and sigh in appreciation.

What I love most about these ads is that they are practically interactive- they interact stunningly with the environment they were place in.

Beautiful! Absolutely beautiful!



Bacardi 'Limbo Dance' via Ad Hunt.
I really enjoy the creative use of space. It's both very unconventional and very suitable for the purpose of the add.


Pedigree, a dog food company, placed these stickers on floors in front of pet shops to lure the attention of dogs being walked. A little evil... but creative nonetheless. I like!
Also via Ad Hunt


I'm also really in love with these umbrellas produced by Gloss Salons. I thought it was such a smart way to advertise the salon, not only in terms of hair cuts, but also in terms of customer loyalty, smart tagline, and the walking display theme. Very ingenious.
Via Advertising/Design Goodness (yummy indeed)



I also tremendously like this ad by Duracel.
Via Advertising/Design Goodness


Although this last ad is a little different style from the other 4(as in, not interactive), I just can't help but post it- I love it! Perhaps it's because I'm both a huge fan of Jimi Hendrix and markers... Yeah, it's not the most pleasant sight, but its so creative nonetheless.

*Sigh*

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Friday, January 06, 2006

Knafeh ya knafeh

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My dad "cooking" knafeh

Wow, Wikipedia actually has an article on knafeh!

Knafeh (Arabic كنافة), also pronounced "kunafah" or "kunfeh," is a kind of sweet made of pastry, cheese, and syrup. The knafeh from the city of Nablus (called Knafeh Nabulsiyye) is the most famous throughout the Arab world.
Knafeh dough comes in two types:

  • khishneh (Arabic خشنة) "rough", consisting of kadaif pastry, which looks like long thin noodle threads.
  • na'ama (Arabic ناعمة) "fine", consisting of small pieces of semolina clustered together.

The pastry is heated with some butter or margarine for a while and then spread with soft cheese and more pastry; or the khishneh kunafah is rolled around the cheese. A thick syrup, consisting of sugar, water and a couple of lemon juice drops, is poured on the pastry during the last minutes of cooking.
Often the top layer of kadaif pastry is colored using orange food coloring.


Couldn't have said it better myself. Thank you, Wikipedia.

Hailing from Nables and all, knafeh is a way-too-essential part of our life, making it is actually more of a feast than anything else. As I'm writing, there's this constant flood of images of my parents making knafeh over the years. My mother always prepares the mix of pastry and cheese, and my father always "cooks" it, making a point that knafeh is a man's job.




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An old picture in Riyadh... making knafeh

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Basem's hair need's to watch out

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Thursday, January 05, 2006

the toot(b)log

Here's an excerpt from a post written today on the toot(b)log. I'm sort of looking forward to seeing how the toot(b)log will shape up- the humor of Wael, the pop culture candy of folks at Ninish, the open source insights of Jad, the intelligent reflections of Mazen, and the always interesting opinions and observations of Ahmad. Not to mention the phalsapheh of Roba ;)


Web 2.0.

A term I have come to really love. A term that signals change. A term we hear often these days.

But, what exactly is Web 2.0?


Web 2.0 is a place where people realize that network effects should come from communities and user contributions- keyword being "participation". It is oriented toward interaction and social networks rather than a traditional website. Thus, due to participation and interaction, [....]


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