AndFarAway

A Blog from Amman, Jordan, Online Since 2004.

Month: September 2004 (Page 2 of 5)

Fadaweh

Here’s a close up. Can anyone make out what it says?

My vacation is winding down, and I guess I was trying to emotionally prepare myself for the new year by trying to get my creativity thumping after 4 months (yes, four, I didn’t take any summer courses) of having it lay dormant.
I started this habit of writing what I feel in this way when I was at highschool. It’s actually extremely efficient, because it’s impossible for someone else to read, it takes so long that by the time you’re done you feel so relaxed, and it looks kinda cute.
I did this piece today, I have such bad allergies that I can’t really go out. See, Sami, I’m not really fadyeh, I have an excuse! :P

Punk Sneakers (Vans)


I have a serious obsession with sneakers, and this bunch is fit to be obsessed with. I guess they are way too punky to be worn in real life, but they’re so cool and beautifully different. I think my favorite is the checkered one, it should look quite unique with jeans.

Hotmail Sucks!

Ok, I officially hate Hotmail. I thought they were supposed to update all their accounts by the beginning of September!
I mean seriously, I’ve had Gmail for about a month now, and I already have 7 MB in it. I’ve had Hotmail since 1998 and I have to be so careful with what I have in it so that it doesn’t reject emails!
The only thing that Google has to do to completely get us off the hook with MSN is a messenger service. I like MSN Messenger a lot more than Yahoo Messenger, ICQ and all the other softwares around. Of course, the best chatting software will always be the one and only IRC, but that’s not too practical anymore as I use chatting as a way of communication with my friends who live away rather than meeting new people.

Headphones Beanie

This would be really cool for univeristy when its really cold during the freezing winter. This headphone beanie, which keeps your head warm and full of tunes, needs to just be plugged in to whatever music player you have. What a cool gadget to own.
Designed by Burton, and can be found at their website for $39.95.

The 10 Songs everyoneShould Know

My friend and I were discussing the 10 songs that everybody ought to know by heart, love, or at least hear. This list in not listed by rank.

1) Hotel California – The Eagles
2) Don’t Speak – No Doubt
3) The Unforgiven – Metallica
4) Unbreak My Heart – Toni Braxton (should win an award titled Song That Helps Most When Frustrated)
5) Wonderwall – Oasis
6) I Will Survive
7) Nothing Else Matters – Metallica
8) Bohemian Raphsody – Queen
9) Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd
10) Shine – Collective Soul

What’s in a name?

Several years ago, I came upon a philosophy called The Kabalarian Philosophy. The Kabalarian philosophy states that a person’s name is very important. According to them, the brain is not the source of the mind, but the physical instrument of the mind. When name is attached to an individual, the mental characteristics of an individual can be read from the numerical formula representing the person’s name.
I don’t really know about the truth that this philosophy holds, but I do think that, maybe by coincidence, my name report holds some truth.

Description of Your First Name of: Roba
Although the name Roba creates an interest in the deeper aspects of life, we emphasize that it causes an emotional intensity that is hard to control. This name, when combined with the last name, can frustrate happiness, contentment, and success, as well as cause health weaknesses in the heart, lungs, bronchial area, and nervous system.
Your first name of Roba has given you inspirational, idealistic, and dramatic qualities. You have a clever, deep mind and the talent to excel in highly inspirational lines of endeavour as a dramatist, musician, writer, or artist. You can be lifted by beauty in all forms and are at the most creative when inspired. Your expressive, affectionate nature responds quickly through your feelings, but you must guard against being possessive and jealous.

Now, as to the truth in my name report, I do consider myself a very intense person, and that usually really stresses me out, because I get extremely obsessive about everything I do. I have a hell of a time with allergies and asthma, so the health weaknesses part is to some extent, the truth. I’m also extremely idealistic(comes with my obsessive/perfectionist nature), and I’m getting a B.A. done in Fine Arts and Design, so the next two statements are correct. As for the last statement, I am very expressive(which doesn’t work in Jordan where everyone expects to be flattered, regardless), but I don’t consider myself possessive or jealous.
So I’d say that my name report was correct in 89% of its contents.

To check out your own name report, go to their website at

Kabalarians.com. It’s pretty cool, I’d think they have every name on earth.

The Shards of Narsil


Oh, wow. How hot is this sword? I want it!!! Too bad it’s “Sorry, Completely Sold Out and Discontinued.”
In case anyone doesn’t recognize this gorgeous piece of art, it’s The Shards of Narsil from The Lord of the Rings. That would look splendid over a fireplace!
Check out
iloveswords.com for a close up and details on this gorgeous baby.

Parasailing Heaven


Did you ever do something that made you feel so completely numb with peace? For me, it was parasailing.
It’s an out-of-this-world feeling, you feel so calm and peaceful, as if you’re a bird soaring. Everything in your mind disappears, and the only thing you can think about is the beautiful sea beneath you, the gorgeous sun, and air coating your body. It’s as if nothing exists in this world for a few precious minutes. All this is even becomes more appealing because when you’re done, the cool wind in your face leaves you feeling so refreshed and renewed. It’s truly an amazing experience.
I expected it to boost the adrenaline in my blood, but it did the opposite. I really think that everyone should try to go parasailing at least once in their lives, I promise you won’t regret it.
This picture is of me parasailing last month in Turkey.

FBI Composes a New Way of Tracking Terrorists

Hehe, this link is really silly, but it’s funny in an ironic way nonetheless. It reminds me of the post on Subzero Blue about Cat Stevens. They really are becoming over-paranoid.

3D Display Cube


3D Display Cube by James Clar

I think this is one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen. It’s definitly a breakthrough. I don’t know why I imagine future travelling to be something along the lines of this.
The 3D Display Cube exhibits data spatially in a way that is closer to how we actually envision objects. Designed for a course called The World, Pixel by Pixel, James Clar’s cube is made of 1,000 LEDs soldered onto a 10-inch freestanding matrix. Each individually controlled LED acts as one pixel and can be refreshed at a rate of more than 60 frames per second, creating a low-resolution 3D television. Video and audio data enter the cube through a serial input device and are transformed into a dynamic light sculpture.
To view the rest of the article, go to I.D. Magazine.

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