Archive for March, 2007

Jordanians are fat-eating, smoking couch potatoes..

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

..and that why heart diseases kill 42% of them. That’s what Jordan’s Health Minister Saad Kharabsheh said in a medical conference [Arabic link] yesterday. The interesting question for me is: how did we, as a society, develop the culture of over-eating fatty foods, heavy smoking and lack of movement? Why does every restaurant need a [...]

Got to admire those Norwegians!

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

Norway’s Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere met with Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Hanyieh in Riyadh. From the Norway Post: Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere, who is attending the Arab League Summit in Riyadh, has had talks with Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Hanyieh. The Norwegian Foreign Minister has also had talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas [...]

Mixed-sex boxing in Jordan. Shame! Shame!

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

Where is the respect for values among today’s youth? Is it not a shame that ‘some’ in our society are willing to act in this disrespectful manner. I have obtained the video above of two so-called Jordanian designers, a young man and a young woman, BOXING EACH OTHER at a party. The people around them [...]

On the arrogance of architects..

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

BusinessWeek’s Bruce Nussbaum has written one heck of an article about the state of Design today, entitled “Are Designers The Enemy Of Design?“. “Designers suck,” he says and he tells us why (Arrogance, Ignorance and Disregard for the Planet!). One paragraph I particularily liked was about the arrogance of architects: Let’s talk about the arrogance [...]

Amman map: A piece of Jordanian design history

Thursday, March 22nd, 2007

While doing a Google Image search about Amman, I stumbled upon this rather outdated map of Amman (click to enlarge) on some city guide site. There is a little story about this map I’d like to share. This map was originally designed circa 1995 by my wife and SYNTAX co-founder Salua Qidan. I also had [...]

The ‘Plastic Internet’: The Third World’s real information revolution

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007

In technologically advanced economies, things like broadband video-on-demand, municipal WiFi coverage and the mobile internet are becoming commonplace. But in place like Jordan and other ‘developing world’ countries even a dial up connection is a luxury that the masses cannot afford. The cost of connecting to the net in Jordan, for example, is higher that [...]

Making words from books!

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007

Amaztype: What a crazy site. Type in a word and see it get formed in front of your eyes out of an endless array of book covers. With a click you zoom in to get a closer look and more info about any particular book. Click a cover and you’re on that book’s Amazon page. [...]