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Month: April 2009 (Page 1 of 3)

Reminder: Formless is today!

Quick reminder that Y’s exhbition starts today at 7:00, although of course you can come after 7:00. For more details, check here.

Eggshell Art

Being the self-confessed klutz that I am, I cannot imagine for the life of me how such art could be accomplished. I will probably break these eggs by just looking at them.

But I guess Franc Gorm is doesn’t suffer from the same klutizness. He works with plain old boring eggshells with a driller and a thousand holes to create this beautiful kind of art.

Why is there such unequal distribution of talent in the world? Here’s this guy who can do such a meticulous job while I can’t even glue two papers together straight.

Artist Frank Grom Drills Thousands Of Holes In Eggshells To Create These Delicate Works Of Art!

Artist Frank Grom Drills Thousands Of Holes In Eggshells To Create These Delicate Works Of Art!

Artist Frank Grom Drills Thousands Of Holes In Eggshells To Create These Delicate Works Of Art!
Artist Frank Grom Drills Thousands Of Holes In Eggshells To Create These Delicate Works Of Art!

Artist Frank Grom Drills Thousands Of Holes In Eggshells To Create These Delicate Works Of Art!

via robot nine

Event Notice: Formless by Yasmeen Ayyashi

My very good friend Yasmeen Ayyashi is transforming
an abandoned factory to an awesome art installation. You’ve met Yasmeen several times,  and you know that when I say awesome I really do mean awesome :)

The exhibition is opening this Wednesday, at 7:00 PM, in the
abandoned factory (map included). I’ll see you there, and please spread
the word!

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For more information, check out the Facebook event group, also called Formless.

Here’s a little video of how to get to the factory:

Make the Logo Bigger Ballad

If you are a designer, you are going to really get a kick out of this video. Fast forward to the last few minutes.

The worth of a Fels

– “Kol il keys ili 3al keyboard ra7u 3al nar ma 3ada wa7ed, leish?”

– “Leish?”

-“3ashano tab.”

H2Oh!

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Dude, I have just discovered diet Miranda. My life has changed.

I’ve been waiting for that to come to life for the past 15 years. I have always really loved Miranda, but since I drink very large amounts of pop, I know I will become as fat as a Coke bottle if I revert to something with real sugar.

So I avoid the 250 calories of Miranda. Although I love it.

My discovery came through advertising. I’m sure everyone has seen the H2Oh! ads painting the town green and orange: they’re everywhere! In grocery stores, in the streets, in magazines, I haven’t seen such an elaborate campaign for foodstuff since Sukar Nader.

Being an avid Pepsi fan, my brother himself offered me a sip from the only bottle of lime-flavoured H2Oh!. I didn’t really like it, it tasted too much like 7-Up and I really hate 7-Up. Then when we went grocery shopping a few days later, I noticed that they have another flavour, tangerine. Although I am not usually such a huge fan of orange flavored stuff, I decided to try it anyway.

And lo, and behold, it turned out to be improved Miranda. Half the taste with no calories and less soda, I am in love. I guess I am going to say adieu for boring icky water for good.

Tis the season for green almonds


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(image from Flickr- LindsayStark)

The first few weeks of April bring an almost sickening dose of fresh green almonds. Usually, this huge dose works pretty well, as they aren’t available during the rest of the year, and so you don’t start craving them again tell, hey, it’s next April.

The street cobblers selling them out of their carriages are suddenly all over town. Grocery stores and mini-markets alike sell them in all sizes and shapes. Every house in town is happily biting away at the sour fruit.

The really special thing about green almonds though is that they pave the way for the rest of summer street vegetable and fruit life. Next comes the garanek, then the cherry, then the hamleh, then the saber, and of course, the watermelons.

Hello summer.

Never-ending debate in my head

I really can’t decide which sucks more- going to bed at night or waking up in the morning.

Support The Pirate Bay

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I haven’t felt this disappointed with an international occurrence in a very long time: today, The Pirate Bay’s administrators Fredrik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm Warg and Peter Sunde were found guilty, along with Carl Lundström, who was accused of funding the five-year-old operation.They were convicted by a Swedish court Friday of contributory copyright infringement, and each sentenced to a year in prison.

Boooooooo!!!

Because I don’t watch movies and shows, and would prefer to read anything that I think might be interesting in under 5 minutes on Wikipedia, I have personally never used The Pirate Bay, or downloaded any torrents.

But the fact that I do not need it does not mean I do not respect it. Screw copyrights, and may the world start to respect intellectual freedom. I have already wrote a nice long post on why I think copyrights are evil, so there’s no need to repeat myself.

The guys over at The Pirate Bay seem to be handling it with an open heart, with this message displaying on their homepage:

“Don’t worry – we’re from the internets. It’s going to be alright. :-) ”

They also have a press release page.

Can we start an internet country somewhere? I want to live in the internet.

Here’s to creative freedom, digital freedom, and a world where ideas and knowledge are not owned or controlled, where people respect acknowledge original creators for their intellectual property due to inherent morals and respect rather than laws.

I’m a pirate today.

The World’s Inventory of lol

How funny is this. I only use “lol” when I do not find something funny enough to “hehe” or annoying enough to not get me to smile. I used to use it a lot in 1998, when I was 13. Do you use “lol”?

According to Google, via Boing Boing, here’s the world’s inventory of lols:

392,000,000 lol
5,210,000 lool
3,070,000 loool
1,410,000 looool
818,000 loooool
473,000 looooool
385,000 loooooool
416,000 looooooool
372,000 loooooooool
312,000 looooooooool
262,000 loooooooooool
206,000 looooooooooool
180,000 loooooooooooool
171,000 looooooooooooool
121,000 loooooooooooooool
56,800 looooooooooooooooooool (20)
20,000 looooooooooooooooooooooooooooool (30)
10,800 l…40…l
1,770 l…50…l
26 l…99…l
19 l…100…1 (a loolol)

 

392,000,000 lol
2,520,000 lolol
1,410,000 lololol
697,000 lolololol
313,000 lololololol
185,000 lolololololol
119,000 lololololololol
76,500 lolololololololol
42,400 lololololololololol
33,700 lolololololololololol
28,700 lololololololololololol
19,300 lolololololololololololol
11,500 lololololololololololololol
12,000 lolololololololololololololol
8,290 lololololololololololololololol

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