A Blog from Amman, Jordan, Online Since 2004.

Month: October 2009 (Page 1 of 3)

That one extra hour

What did you do with the one magically extra hour that we had this weekend?

Personally, I spent it online :) I can’t believe that it was pitch black today by 5:00 PM. With the constant rain, it feels like it’s been a few months since last Friday.

Processed Stuff is the Best

Just think about processed crab. Yummy, delicious processed crab.

Mlookheyeh Chmlookheyeh

Arabs have an uncanny ability to consider anything verbally-transmitted during card gatherings, family dinners, and coffee visits as scientifically correct.

How many times have you heard this phrase?

الملوخية عشبة خضراء لا تضر ولا تنفع

Personally, I’ve heard it many times, and again today, when someone mentioned that saying as scientific proof that not all that’s green is good.

I agree, of course, that not everything that’s green is good. Many green-colored vegetables are absolutely disgusting, such as cucumbers.  I usually avoid green-colored food because I do not find in them any culinary value for my sugar-obsessed taste buds.

But come on, taste-buds aside, an urban saying that regards leafy green plants as not even slightly beneficial in terms of nutrition is a saying I’m not likely to take with a grain of salt (for the smart asses: antinutrient levels are usually balanced when leaves are cooked).

So I did a little internet burrowing, and came across a research paper published in the Asian Journal of Plant Sciences called “Nutritional Analysis of the South African Wild Vegetable Corchorus olitorius L.

Corchorus olitorius is also known as jute, mallow, and of course, mlookheyeh. According to research, the article claims no significant nutritional differences between C. olitorius and spinach leaves.

They even have a cute little chart and all that compares nutritional values between Mlookhyeh, cabbage (malfoof), and spinach (sabanekh):

Okay. Point is, we really shouldn’t listen to Arab urban legends/sayings/myth when it comes to the nutritional value of food. Not only doesn’t apply with Mlookhyeh, it also applies to how what they tell you is really good for you is really just perfume (case in point: Mazaher, read rant here).

I’m not sure why I got so flustered about this :)

The best site to start today with


Click link. Give it a second. Enjoy.


RIP Geocities (and Hamsterdance)

Today, at any moment, ten massive terabytes of internet history will be deleted. Whoosh. Deleted. Just like that.

I wonder who will pull the plug. An intern at Yahoo not familiar with all the memories Geocities holds for people like myself? A 70-year old janitor performing a routine procedure? A person whose hand shakes as the deed is done?

Yeah. Whatever.

Some of my first digital memories were created on Geocities: the first time I ever saw animated GIFs, my first online community (a Christopher Pike fan site), my very first website (long since lost), my very second website (also long since lost), my solution to lack of imagery when I started blogging. Geocities represented the net in all its unsophisticated glory.

Quoting from a post written a couple years ago:

“And before there was Flickr… there was Geocities :)

When I first started blogging, Flickr did not yet exist and YouTube was not even something I could have imagined. Blogger did not yet have the photo upload option and no online photosharing services were out yet.

Being the person I am, I could not imagine words without images, and so I googled until I figured out what HTML is, what an HTML tag is, and how to embed an image via HTML. Then I got a Geocities account, uploaded the images to my Geocities homepage, and hotlinked them to my Blogger blog.

Today while cleaning out my email, I found a link I had sent to myself four years ago with my Geocities homepage, and I just couldn’t believe how much change there has been since then. Not just in terms of the death of web safe colors and the rise of Web 2.0 content-sharing websites, but also in regards to the person I am today.”

Alas. Good-bye Geocities. You will always be my first.

Moment of silence.

Captain Majed

Roba: Captain Majed is my all-time favorite cartoon, when I was a kid I wanted to marry him.

M: I wanted to marry Remi Bandali.

Roba: Whoa, look at how that turned out for us.

M: What do you mean?! I’m very much like Captain Majed. Shu, ’cause he has bigger eyes than mine?


Any childhood cartoon crushes?

Office Conversations Over Breakfast: On Justifying Text

L: “First of all, you end up with unsightly rivers streaming through the text, and that doesn’t look very nice, does it?

Second of all, it’s not legible as it’s hard for your eyes to stay on track with the reading because there isn’t an anchor to hang on to. I’m constantly losing the line because books these days are always justified.

Third of all, when you justify text, the software goes ahead and adds random and completely unsystematic spaces between letters and words, and type designers spend months perfecting these details.

Fourthly and finally, justified text is UGLY. Why can’t regular people appreciate rags? Beautiful, rhythmic rags?

And that’s why YOU SHOULD NEVER justify text.”

Picture 1
(Disclaimer: That’s not Lina)

Other Office Conversations:

Imperio Steve Jobs
Conversations with an Office Cup
6:00PM Office Conversations
Desktop Crap Blackhole
Kalamantina Conversations
Lunchtime Conversations
Internet Existential Crisis
Depressive Connotations
Early morning office conversations
Next Friday
Office Conversations
Toshet Thulathi il-”rrrr”
Rainbow Bright
Hot Chocolate Amidst Ice: Office Conversations
This is Chicken
Ditz Central

Awesomeness: Real Time Social Media in your face

Coolest “infograph” I’ve seen in a while. Baby, social media is ON FIRE.

AndTweetAway: Sorry, that was too long.

For those with tiny attention spans, here’s the best of 120-character link heaven from my Twitter:

Changing your mind about “healthy” food. Told you the more artificial the better. Fruits and veggies is just propaganda

Driving on right vs. driving on left. An infographic.…

On the collective 100 year memories of Amman:

“He wears 4rings on his finger, sign of comitment2all his wives” How absurd does it sound?

Soviet design reminds me of antique Egyptian art: cold, hard, colorless, but cool anyway

Social Media Makeover. Hahaha.

I have no idea what this is, but I know that I want to eat it.

RT @syntaxdesign Hype cycle for emerging technologies. Wikis still not adopted by mainstream?

RT @syntaxdesign Corporate brands&the fonts they use. Too many using Futura, Univers, Gill Sans, Helvetica, Frutiger.

There are two kinds of companies: those that use sustaining technologies and those that employ disruptive ones.

For more, you can follow me on Twitter.

And they do it again.

Disney + magic + technology + sci fi + Steve Jobs + a forbidden apple + plasticness + multi-touch + Jonathan Ive= Magic Mouse.


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