Archive for September, 2009

Grendizer creator Go Nagai coming to Amman!

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

A flying robot.. An his creator.. ..are coming to Amman!! Go Nagai, the man behind Grendizer is coming to Amman and giving two lectures. 7 October at 11 am at the Princess Sumaya University 8 October at the Royal Film Commission. This is fantastic. Details here. When I blogged about Grendizer five years ago, the [...]

How disagreeing with the Jordan Times on Twitter will get you BLOCKED from their service!!

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

UPDATED: I had a very friendly chat with the Jordan Times Editor in Chief (who was totally unhappy about what happened with me on Twitter). Obviously, The Jordan Times does not condone the blocking of users from their service nor the style of the communication that was used by the person working on their Twitter [...]

Google listens to feedback, changes “Egabat” to “Ejabat”

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

And they even created a video to celebrate the change.. When I blogged about Google’s new Arabic Q&A service a while ago, I received a comment from Wael Ghonim, Google’s MENA Product and Marketing man, noting with interest the issue I (and others) raised about the service’s name “Egabat”. Now, after surveying the community and [...]

“Migrating to the Mac feels like immigrating to a first world nation”

Monday, September 14th, 2009

A Facebook update by my friend Bilal Hijjawi inspired this “360east imitation” Click to enlarge a little bit

Amman’s new brand starts making an appearance

Sunday, September 13th, 2009

Earlier this year, SYNTAX delivered the brand guidelines of the new Amman Brand to the Greater Municipality of Amman, which was the final delivery of a project that kept us totally immersed in Amman, its history, its people and its character for well over year. It was an intensive process of discovery, research, conceptualization, writing, [...]

Living without the dish: our family’s video-on-demand experiment

Saturday, September 12th, 2009

Two months ago, my family moved house. Our satellite dish was left on the roof of the old house. Since the move, we’ve been living without a dish, resulting in a purely video-on-demand lifestyle. So how important is TV for you and your kids? And what happens when conventional satellite TV is absent? Every family [...]

Suddenly, public transport is ‘cool’ for Arabs. Thank you Dubai.

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

Dubai Metro by Gulf News Arabs are car crazed. This is one generalization that is safe to make. And Arab elites, are big car crazed. That’s another generalization safe to make. No wonder that public transport systems across the Arab world have not really evolved since the 1960s. Increasingly fueled by easy oil money, and [...]