Archive for October, 2010

Amman the FFilm: a font, a city, and a piece of my life..

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

From a message I sent Yanone, the designer of the FF Amman typeface after watching a preview of this film he created. “Ok.. I just watched the entire film. On my iPad.. The film had a strange effect on me. Somehow it encapsulated my career and life for the last 10 years. It’s not just [...]

Jo’preneurs: capturing Jordan’s new wave of entrepreneurs

Saturday, October 16th, 2010

A postive post for a change Shadi Eideh, IT guru turned photographer, was on a journey to capture the spirit of the new wave of entrepreneurship with his camera the last few months. It’s a photographic exploration turned documentary. Now, Shadi and his partner Lara Al Safadi are starting to tease us with clips from [...]

Elections 2010: political bankruptcy of Jordanian society?

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Cartoon by Omar Abdallat / 3alarasi.com (Candidate before and after Photoshop) Take a quick drive through Amman’s 3rd electoral district, spanning from the extremely affluent Abdoun to the poor neighborhoods around Amman downtown, and supposedly the most “urban” part of the Kingdom. Just a couple of days after the deadline for candidacy for the next [...]

Arabic children books (again): force feeding your kids trash

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

Back to one of my favorite things to rant about. Arabic children books. I’ve been helping out a little with teaching my 2nd grade kid with Arabic reading. Now don’t get me started about the official curriculum for Jordanian second graders. But I will say this much: the design is horrible. And I’ve been comparing [...]

Apps from Arabia

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

The iPhone and iPad are fundamentally changing the software business. One of the most remarkable things is how easily these iDevices are making us slip from one software universe to another one: from computers dominated by software from Microsoft, Adobe and Apple to portable devices dominated by, well, no one in particular. I am finding [...]

The fall and rise of 360east

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

I was checking the statistics of 360east.com this morning and saw this interesting graph that I thought is worth sharing. Those who follow this blog might have noticed that it was down from 11-15 September. I had a problem with the domain name, which required a few days to be solved. That’s where you see [...]

Jordan’s Universities: watching as we destroy our future

Monday, October 4th, 2010

I am the product of the Jordanian educational system in the late 1970s, 80′s and early 1990s. Not everything I learned came from the schools I attended, of course. There is family, friends, private reading and travel. But I can still can confidently say that I got an adequate education, with moments of great education. [...]