AndFarAway

A Blog from Amman, Jordan, Online Since 2004.

Red Bull Sound Clash Jordan is Back!

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We’re back for another round of Red Bull SoundClash in Jordan.

Last time this event took place was back in 2014, and oh boy, was it a night to remember! El Morabba3 and Autostrad rocked both stages like nobody’s business.
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The Democratization of Amman Design Week’s Logo

Design is for Everyone!

Inspired by the multitude of local talent in graphic design, Amman Design Week’s branding team has crafted a logo that encourages the participation of everyone.

The talented brand duo from ‘Eyen’, Omar Al-Zo’bi and Yousef Abedrabbo, created the framework for a logo capable of engaging a number of designers around the city, inviting them to reimagine the brand by adding their personal touch.

The Amman Design Week logo begins with one’s earliest interactions with design; the modular. The team began by dissecting the Arabic word for ‘Amman’, and created the basis of the logo by abstracting the letter-forms that make up the word. The resulting four blocks represent each of the respective letters and make up the core shapes that act as a canvas for imagination and as grounds for self-expression.

Given only 48 hours, graphic designers and design students around the city were invited to include their different scripts of ‘Amman’ in the logo, each using the style they felt best represented the city and Amman Design Week. A rich body of works was produced, from which a final four variations were selected:

Dina Fawakhiri’s script reflects the funny contradictions that define Amman; the predictable uniform beige houses and the random trees in unexpected places, the super serious faces that make the best memes, and all the rules that are never followed.

Lutfi Zayed’s work is the embodiment of the fluidity he finds in the city.

Hussein Alazaat’s option demonstrates the energetic city that always surprises you; a young and funky city that is a hub for many disconnected elements, coming together to form what we know as Amman.

Diala Hamdallah adopts the Diwani script; an age-old classic that is unassuming. She finds that it resembles Amman in it being traditional but dynamic, and unembellished yet beautiful.

The contemporary approach of juxtaposing the modern geometry of the shapes with romanticized calligraphy has been adopted for the main logo iteration for Amman Design Week.

Find out more by visiting www.AmmanDesignWeek.com

The Jordanian Royal Guard at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo

So cool.

How to Fall in Love with Turkey Sandwiches

At the ripe old age of 30, I had my first turkey sandwich.

It was late at night. I was starving. There was a ready-made turkey sandwich in the fridge, and allergies be damned. Amazingly, nothing happened.

Since that fateful night, I’ve become obsessed with smoked turkey. I eat it almost every day. I love trying it with as many condiments as possible, from ranch to horseradish to dill mustard. I keep sampling the different brands too – my favorite is a brand called Salamah that was recommended by our neighborhood-deli guy, but it’s really expensive, so I keep trying different brands to find a cheaper one that tastes as good. I’m also really excited to try all the stuff I’ve never had the chance to taste in my life: turkey pizza, a real club sandwich, turkey sausages.

Maybe one day soon I’ll even brave eating a real turkey.

Turkey recommendations, anyone?

Previously:
Being Allergic to Chicken
Discovering that my Chicken Allergy is Gone
This Was the First Bite of Chicken in My Life
Second and third experience with chicken… good and not so good
I successfully ate half a smoked turkey sandwich

The History of Urbanization

Nothingness. The cradle of civilization. The equator. Europe. Modernity.

Pretty crazy.

Cars with Highest Cost of Maintenance

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File under useful information. I’ve had my Mitsubishi since 2004 and it is an absolute dream.

Gawker Media

Just a vent: I’m unreasonably worried about Gawker Media. Gizmodo, Lifehacker, io9, and Jezebel are among my favorite things in the world, and I can’t imagine a world where I can’t get my daily fix of useful-to-know from them.
Let’s see how this turns out!

Baby talk

Adults who baby talk need to be institutionalized.

Got+milk

So milk is apparently bad for you

All our lives we’ve been told to drink milk. Milk is good for your bones. Milk has a lot of healthy nutrients. Got milk?

I have bad news.

It turns out that the whole milk-is-good-for-you thing is just a huge marketing ploy by the dairy industry. We’ve been victim to this ploy since there was a milk surplus in the US after WWII.

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I have shit news, too.

Milk might not simply be “just harmless” (jury’s out though). According to a study by Swiss researchers, milk consumption may be linked to bone fractures and early death. The dairy industry also has been forging partnerships with many restaurants and food manufacturers to get them to increase the amount of cheese used in food (extra cheesy pizza, anyone?), resulting in more saturated fat lining up our livers. Last year, another sweeping study found that women who drank two and a half or more glasses of milk a day had a higher fracture risk than their counterparts who drank less than one glass a day. An analysis published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2014 concluded that “high intakes of dairy products…may increase total prostate cancer risk.”

Goodness gracious, is nothing safe to consume these days?

So, stop force-feeding your kids milk. Ask for less cheese with your pizza. And eat local, for heaven’s sake. Local cheese in Jordan is often made from sheep milk (i.e. Nabulsi cheese), and it is much better for you. You’ll also be supporting local businesses, who need your support much more than Kraft and Hajdu.

Here’s a great video about this (thanks Haitham!)

Leila…

My dear idiot countrymen and women,

Thank you for jading me. Numbing me. Locking me into a bubble. Thank you for making me not care anymore, about anything, really.

Somewhere along the years, I’ve lost hope in you ever growing brains (or logic). At this point, I’m almost okay with your idiocy, because you’ve convinced me that we really don’t deserve music. Or fun. Or colors. Or happiness. Or a life in general.

I hope you rot in the misery of your disgusting thoughts.

The spring that never came: http://www.andfaraway.net/blog/?s=mashrou+leila

Recommended reading: The Black Iris on the topic

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