Archive for the 'Family stuff' Category

Big Amman Google Earth overlay by JOFICO!

Friday, April 21st, 2006

I just discovered a really interesting Placemark collection for Google Earth that documents dozens of Amman’s landmarks, hotels, schools, restaurants, intersections, etc.

The file is available on the Google Earth Community and, was released by a member called Jofico whose profile is linked to the website of the insurance company of the same name (The Jordan […]


Wednesday, April 19th, 2006

From the introduction to Rem Koolhaas’/Harvard Design School’s Project on the City (Volume 2, Guide to Shopping):

“Shopping is arguably the last remaining form of public activity. Through a battery of increasingly predatory forms, shopping has infiltrated–even replaced–almost every aspect of urban life. Town centers, suburbs, streets, and now airports, train stations, museums, hospitals, schools, the […]

Does your mother-in-law read your blog?

Tuesday, April 18th, 2006

I am proud to say: mine does. I am fortunate enough to have both my mother and my mother-in-law online. My mother catches me on MSN but my mother-in-law is an avid reader of 360east (hello there!!). A recent email I received from her was particularly encouraging. She feels that I write the blog just […]

Butter war officially over?

Tuesday, April 11th, 2006

A poster near the dairy product section in my local supermarket had a big poster today, with a letter signed by Sheikh Qardawi and Sheihk Odeh that lifts the boycott of Arla foods, makers of the Lurpak brand. And the butter was really back on the shelf. Interesting ha?

The letter said that Arla has issued […]

From Amman to Karak on the Kings Highway

Sunday, April 9th, 2006

An amazing project has taken me and two colleagues down the Kings Highway on an exploratory tour. One of the colleagues is a veteran archaeologist. And boy does it make a difference when you have someone like that with you on an ancient road that links a myriad of sites. You alsmost forget the present […]

Ever wondered what the voice of an olive sounded like?

Saturday, March 18th, 2006

Oh tribes of the Arabian Levant! listen to the Voice of the Olive! Thus spoke Olivoice. Oli-what? Yes you heard it right. Olivoice is the latest brand that SYNTAX has been helping create for an exciting new venture that promises to deliver a full-featured, internet-powered service to Arab communities around the world and cater to […]

A new SYNTAX baby is born!

Friday, March 17th, 2006

Wael (aka Sha3teely) became a father on Thursday. Welcome to our world, baby Joon. And congratulations to Shuruq and Wael!