AndFarAway

A Blog from Amman, Jordan, Online Since 2004.

Month: November 2004 (Page 1 of 5)

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Pedestrian crossing signals featuring female, rather than male, figures, are launched in Zwickau in Germany on a three-month trial.

[Source: BBC News]

Anyone for steamed purple carrots?

Researchers with the US Agricultural Research Service are breeding carrots that come in a palette of flashy colors to entice us to eat our greens.
[Via Popgadget]

100% Cairo

Ok, it’s official!
We’re leaving tomorrow at 6:30 AM to Cairo, Egypt.
I’m really, really excited because I love history and sightseeing, and it appears like that’s all we’re going to do(and what better place to go sightseeing?) Apparently, we’re even going to a museum that has Van Gogh’s and Renoir’s!
What makes the whole trip more appealing is that I’m going with my department at university, and the professors always have very interesting comments about history, art, and architecture. Of course, I’m also going with my friends, so that should also be cool. Our department also includes music and theatre, so trips turn into a giant entertainment feasts.
Should be back home in Amman on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Interesting Artwork

Ok, so maybe these paintings are not of Van Gogh standards, but they are still quite interesting. They’re not interesting because of the topics or technique, they’re intresting because of the medium used… can you guess the medium?
Coffee.
Andy and Angel have been painting with coffee for several years, and have completed hundreds of original artworks. Nearly every person who views the work is amazed that the artwork is painted entirely in coffee – no additives, 100% pure coffee. People have been using coffee as washes for sketches and other shading for some time, but this is the one of the first times where a process is used to gain very dark hues and ranging to subtle lights by using coffee alone.
Check out the website and the online gallery here.
Lol, and as they say, “Pour yourself a cup of coffee, sit back, and enjoy the website.”

Burst of Colors


Beatriz Milhazes, Acrylic on canvas

Small University

I just discovered that I’ve been taking a class with Ammar since the beginning of the semester. I still don’t know which one of the few guys in that class Ammar is, but maybe I’ll find out at that class tomorrow. Lol, what a coincedence :)

What Kind of Blogger Are You?

LOL! Here’s the result to a test I found on Nader’s blog:

You Are a Snarky Blogger!

You’ve got a razor sharp wit that bloggers are secretly scared of.
And that’s why they read your posts as often as they can!

Take the quiz yourself here.

Aliens Invaded

Sigourney Weaver is planning to take a trip into space and has signed up for a place on Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic spacecraft. The first flight for the commercial rocket is scheduled to take place in 2008 and an insider at the company joked: “We’d be delighted to take Sigourney back to visit the aliens.” Sigourney isn’t the only Hollywood star hoping to get the ride of a lifetime, Star Trek actor William Shatner and Carmen Electra’s husband Dave Navarro have both booked a seat as well.
[Source: IMDB]

Anyone up to such a trip?

R.I.P VHS

In a move that marks the beginning of the end for a hugely successful chapter in technology history, Britain’s biggest high street electronics retailer Dixons has announced that it’s taking VCRs off its shelves for good.

All over the world, the revolutionary VHS (video home system)–which let people record and watch television programs when they wanted rather than at the whim of broadcasters–is in headlong retreat as the DVD (digital versatile disc) takes over.

To add insult to injury, police grudgingly admit that in Britain at least, home burglars don’t even bother to take VHS players because new ones now cost so little that no one wants a second-hand model.

Rest in peace VHS.
You were a wonderful chapter in the history of technology and behind so many fun and beautiful moments.
In your support, I’ll try to always keep a place for a VHS in my home :)
Until I migrate my wedding video to DVD that is :P

[Via Subzero Blue]

Scary! What’s next I wonder?

Dead Sea Pictures

here. I know I always go overboard, but like I said earlier, I’m a very visual person.
These pictures were taken over the last week at Moevenpick Resort Dead Sea, which is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been to. The Dead Sea by itself is an amazing place, and like I said, I’ve never been there before, so I found it mind blowing. Swimming in the sea was an amazing experience, and the weather was wonderful there although it was really cold in Amman(going from 1300 kms above sea level(Amman) to 300 kms below sea level in 45 minutes at 100 kms/hour.Hehe, the drive back was terrible with my 1300 CC car!)

The architecture and design of the hotel reminded me of Al-Hamra Palace of Spain. It’s basically based on a similar water system that starts in the reception area and runs under the glass floors, down the walls, and into the outside where it flows into a beautiful stream that flows into the pool. The two pictures above are of the stream, and the picture below is where the stream flows into the sand pool:

The sand pool has an infinity edge so that it looks attached to the sea:

Sunset(pool ends where people are swimmung)

Front View

Side View

The architecture of the actual buildings is also amazing, and it portrays the architecture and history of Jordan, which I thought was a wonderful change from modernism and Western style architecture.

Update courtsey of Dad:

“First of all, you went to Dead Sea when you were 2, 3 and 6. We went to the area were Zara Falls end and join the sea, you and your brothers swam there before anyone else did.

The altitude is not 1300 KMs, it is 1300 meter. Altitude of Dead Sea surface is 392 m below level of ocean or other seas.”

Thanks :)

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