AndFarAway

A Blog from Amman, Jordan, Online Since 2004.

Month: April 2008 (Page 1 of 3)

New Nike Ad

The first-person view technique on this Nike ad is pretty amazing.

Bidding Jerash good bye

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Someone decided that the Jerash Festival, held yearly since 1981 in the Greeko-Roman ruins of Jerash, is no more. Instead, we’re having the “Jordan Festival”, which according to an announcement by the (boooooo) Ministry of Culture “a nationwide concept and a theme-oriented carnival to take place at the Kingdom’s various governates.”

Apparently, the Cabinet wants a festival “which not only includes an array of cultural and folklore activities, but helps promote the Kingdom’s archaeological sites”. A film festival will take place in Amman, while folklore and traditional dance and concerts will take place in Jerash. Poetry reciting events and literature debates will take place in the rose-red city of Petra.

I think this is an absolutely horrendous idea. The Jerash Festival has been a landmark of Jordan for the past half-century, and it is a crime to just kill it off. The Jordan Festival in actuality isn’t such a bad idea on its own, but why did they decide for a replacement rather than a complement?

What do you think, was it a good idea to kill off the Jerash Festival or as bad an idea as I think it is?

Week Two: Practicing Forms

For Week One, go here.

Foam fairytale

The Bravia ads are most definitely my favorite ads ever. They have the ability to make me feel brilliantly happy and light, as if for a few seconds, I’m still that little girl playing with my Foam’n Color Barbie.
Barbie - Foam 'n Color Bathtub Fun Playset - 1995 Arcotoys, Mattel
Previously:
Me, in heaven
More awesomeness by Sony

The Dabkeh of America

Yesterday we got the chance to attend one of dance performances in the Zakharef in Motion event at Al-Hussein Theatre in Ras Al-Ain, namely, the tap dancing show by the New York Dance Ensemble. It was really awesome, in fact, it was one of the best events we’ve been to in a while. The show was interactive, fun to watch, funny, and different.

Moses suposes his toeses are roses
But Moses supposes erroneously
And Moses, he knowses his toeses aren’t roses
As Moses supposes his toeses to be

The best part is, although the NY Dance Ensemble will not perform again, there’s a dazzling array of other shows that you can watch (for free) for the rest of this week.

Today, the 24th of April at 5:00 – The New York Tap Ensemble with a “special performance for children and youth” (not sure what that entails) and a short performance by Ryuji Yamaguchi.

(All show below are at 7:30 PM, at the Al-Hussein Cultural Center, and for free!)

Saturday: ISH from Holland.

Sunday: Mal Pelo from Spain.

Monday: Dansgroep Krisztina Chatel from Holland.

Tuesday: Compagnie Trafic de Style from France

Wednesday: Folkwang Tanzstudio from Germany

Saturday: Compagnie Thor from Belgium.

For more details about each show check out this post on Khobbeizeh.

A year on: Overheard at the gym

Lady 1: I’m trying to send her credit but I can’t for some reason.
Lady 2: Her network is Mobilcom. What’s your network?
Lady 1: Fastlink.

Yup. It’s still Fastlink, it’s still Mobilcom. I want to return the Zein prepaid credit card every time I get one, “I’m sorry, but I don’t like Zain, I’m actually a Fastlink…”

Week One: Getting aquainted with letters

Truth is, I never really learned to write.

Although I always held words very highly, I was only taught to equip letters to suit my purpose, and that was usually to jot down information or fill out forms. All my other dealings with words was and continues to be through typing- ordained digital light.

When I joined the Syntax team, I was bombarded with type and calligraphy. Literally speaking. I discovered that there are more details, counters, and curves to letters than what meets the eye. I realized that there are a million ways to describe the way a letter looks. I also realized that I didn’t know much about this world. So when a colleague put up the opportunity to take a four week workshop on Arabic calligraphy with Syrian calligrapher Saleh Nasab, I found myself getting really excited.

I know that four sessions with reeds and ink will not even begin to scratch the surface of Arabic calligraphy, but hey, it’s a start. Watch this space for a weekly photographic recap of two hours spent learning to write.

No options down this road

Censorship Reports

According to the OpenNet Initiative:

“Access to Internet content in Jordan remains largely unfettered, with filtering selectively applied to only a small number of sites. However, media laws and regulations encourage some measure of self-censorship in cyberspace, and citizens have reportedly been questioned and arrested for Web content they have authored.”

The report also says that there isn’t much transparency. Personally, I think that there is a lot less internet freedom these days than when there was 5 years ago in Jordan. To me, it is not just the official channels though, it’s also society at large, which most Western-based reports do not take into consideration.

It’s an interesting report, although it seems to be slightly outdated when it comes to dates and figures, and you can read it all here.

Boom boom ba

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