Archive for January, 2006

From the Chocolate Factory to Scandinavian Children Literature

Tuesday, January 31st, 2006

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Today I finally got around to watching Charlie and Chocolate Factory. I was never exposed to the original book as a kid, so I approached the whole thing with a curious, open mind. The DVD of the movie I watched with my kids was NOT a crappy pirated one, but [...]

Disregard for public safety at Mecca Mall

Tuesday, January 31st, 2006

As you can guess, I am in my complaining mode these days. Monday night I went with a friend to Mecca mall. The place was packed and there was no parking space in the lots around the mall. So I drove to the back of the mall to park the car in the new car [...]

SYNTAX designs visual identity of the National Agenda

Sunday, January 29th, 2006

It’s a project we finished quite a while ago but were waiting for its public announcement. Now, we’re happy to announce that SYNTAX was responsible for the visual design and layout of all the National Agenda publications. Photographs used were done by Zohrab and Osman Akuz. A main element of the design was a Jordanian [...]

Flickr RSS glitch shows other people’s photos

Saturday, January 28th, 2006

I don’t know if anyone outthere experienced this. This morning I found 10 new photos show up in my Flickr RSS feed. I immediatly thought that somebody either hacked into my account, or uploaded by email using my secret Flickr email address by mistake. But when logging into my account I did not find these [...]

Amman set to win “Worst Sidewalks of the World” prize!

Friday, January 27th, 2006

Creativity in using materials.. Superb functional solutions.. excuse the brick.. Sidewalk as storage The art of disintegration The words ‘high’ and ‘craftsmanship’ come to mind An empty plot of land needs no side walk (patent pending) Sculptutal composition in stone and asphalt.. Creative integration of flowerpots and other artefacts Just off Jubilee Circle.. men at [...]

Will 2006 be the year of VoIP?

Friday, January 27th, 2006

Here’s a prediction: the first quarter of 2006 will see the introduction of a number of VoIP (Voice over IP) services in Jordan. For the better part of 2005, the newly registered telecoms have been busy, well, getting registered and approved by the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission and establishing their corporate presence. I am actually surprised [...]

The world revolves around Palestine and Israel

Friday, January 27th, 2006

A quick look around the world media, BBC, NY Times, CNN, etc, etc, shows that the amazing Hamas win of the Palestinian elections are the undisputed headline all over the world tonight. And the Arab blogosphere is talking too. As there are enough intelligent people reporting and anlyzing the situation, I don’t think I can [...]