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Month: June 2011 (Page 1 of 3)

For all of you long-distance lovers out there

This is a really well-produced video, shot entirely with a Nokia camera.

Splitscreen: A Love Story from JW Griffiths on Vimeo.

[Via Kottke]

Typology: How Lina screwed me up

Old, Old Flashback: Feeling really bad as Lina looks at me with complete disappointment, thanks to my inability to differentiate between Arial and Helvetica.

Old Flashback: Getting better. Discussing typeface gorgeousness with Lina.

Flashback: Getting good. Winning an argument with Lina over whether or not Scene Alt is a very industrial-looking typeface.

Today: Getting screwed up. Staring at this ugly cake on Boing Boing for a good 5 minutes trying to answer the post’s question: “Can you identify the closest digital typeface?”

I think it’s Neville Brody’s FF Blur.

Most commentators think it’s Arial Rounded.

One other commentator agrees with me.

I love Lina, but it’s really screwed up to seriously attempt to identify handmade cake fonts.

Asfeh: Zeid and the Wings

In January 2011, Zeid and the Wings were touring in Italy with Beirut Love Attack. The Lebanese government fell the day they arrived. This video was filmed during that time period.

Pop culture fix: 9 things I can’t wait to read/see (waiting sucks)

I’m going to borrow this post’s theme from True Blood’s trailers.

Here is a list of things I really want to watch/read/enjoy:
1. True Blood. True Blood. True Blood. True Blood. True Blood.
Possibly the best vampire-related show in history of the world, way up there with Anne Rice. Also one of the few cases in literature where the audio-visual production is SO MUCH BETTER THAN THE DAMN BOOKS. Don’t get me wrong, I read all of the series, but they’re not even comparable to the show.
I’m having a really hard time deciding whether I should download yesterday’s premiere to watch or wait until the end of the season (which is what I usually do) to watch it back-to-back.

2. A Song of Ice and Fire
A reader recommended I read the best-selling series by George R. R. Martin, and let me tell you, it was one of the best book recommendations I’ve ever got in my life. Martin is amazing. So far, I only read “Games of Thrones”, the first book in the series, but I can’t wait to read the rest.
Annoyingly enough, there are still THREE whole forthcoming books out of the seven planned ones, and the guy has a pattern of churning a book once every five years. That means I will be feeling anticipative till 2025 or something. Sucks.
Waiting sucks.

Bonus: This is the coolest blog I’ve ever seen.

3. A Game of Thrones
Now that the first season is packed in a box at Hammoudeh, I must get my ass over there to buy it.
I’m a sucker for fantasy. I mean, my favorite book EVER is “The Lord of the Rings”. And my favorite movie EVER is “The Lord of the Rings”. This blog’s very title is a tribute to that book.
Since I really enjoyed the book version of “A Game of Thrones”, I am hoping that the show will be as epic as “The Lord of the Rings”.
4. The Hobbit
Speaking of “The Lord of the Rings”, I want to cry when I think about how Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit” isn’t due until December 2012 and December 2013, respectively. It reminds me of wanting to cry from impatience in December 2001, December 2002, and December 2003 as the original “The Lord of the Rings” movies came out.
Why, oh, why are these Hollywood people making my life miserable?
5. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 2)
I don’t even remember life without waiting for a Harry Potter something. First it was waiting for Book 2. Then Book 3. Then Movie 1. Then Book 4. Then Movie 2. Then Book 5. Then Movie 3. Then Book 6. Then Movie 4. Then Book 7. Then Movie 5. Then Movie 6. Then Movie 7. Then Movie 7 Part 1. Now Movie 7 Part 2.
My entire conscious life has been one long wait for Harry Potter (who shares my birthday): sitting in middle school reading a damn book, going to Bahrain in highschool to watch a damn movie, lining up in front of Prime during college to buy another damn book, skipping a day during my first job to finish the damn last book.
Thirteen damn years later, I get to say good bye. My heart breaks. I’m going to miss you, Harry “Damn” Potter.
6. Mad Men, Season 4
I have been resisting watching the 4th season of Mad Men for over a year. It’s sitting on my coffee table, but there were rumors that the show might be canceled, so I thought I’d savor the last few hours of glamorous 60’s life until I know what to expect.
Now that we know that it’s coming back for a 5th season, I’m definitely going to be watching it soon enough!
7. Mad Men, Season 5
YAY. Season 5 is going to be made afterall! :)
8. Glee, Season 3
My latest addiction in life is Glee. It’s so brilliantly awkward, so well produced, and just generally absolutely fantastic. My heart dances along with these guys. Kurt is possibly my favorite all-time TV character.
It also reminds me of my own highschool years, when we were in a dabkeh band.

9. Twilight, Movie 4
My guilty pleasure is Twilight. I watched the other 3 movies with only one thought running through my head: “This is the worst acting I’ve ever seen in my life.” I still can’t help but enjoy it.

So what can’t you wait for? :)

Makes you smile

I’ve been in a very artsy fartsy mood recently. I wish I have the time to get messy with paint. But until I find the time… here is some cool artwork for your viewing pleasure:

Sigmar Polke – Untitled (Lens Painting) – 2008

Maya Hayuk

‘Birds’ by Rob Bailey

by Anna Emilia

Heather Chontos

“dorothybackoffmypinkchair” by David Antonio Cruz

Casey Ohngren

“Into The Rain” by Andre Kohn, oil on canvas

Marion Bolognesi

Green Art Project’s Music Hall Beirut Fundraising Dinner

Do you like music? Art? Environment? Food?

If your answers are yes, yes, and yes, you will love the Green Art Project’s fundraising dinner, featuring Music Hall Beirut and the amazing Son Cubano.

The event is on Monday at 8:00 at the Grand Hyatt, and will feature a 3 course buffet dinner with a variety of dishes, an amazing two hour show, and a wine and champagne bar for JD 100. All proceeds will go to fund an environmental start up.

For tickets and more information, please call 0777 228 686 or email at

Fruity Bayt

We come to the office this morning and discover that Bayt has decided to increase our vitamin levels by providing three daily humongous baskets of fruits:

What do the brands you follow/like say about you?

From <a href=”″>Brand Channel</a>:

“When you take the big step to actually follow a brand on Twitter or become a fan of a particular brand on Facebook, a study shows that you are probably very committed to that particular brand.

In 2010, the survey notes, 32% of respondents that use social networks said “they were at least somewhat more loyal to brands they were fans of on Facebook,” eMarketer reports. The number has gone up to 34% in 2011.

On Twitter, 40% of the respondents last year said they were more loyal to brands they followed. This year, that number has gone up to 46%.”

I don’t personally follow many brands on social media, because they’re generally run either by robots or by irrelevant community managers. Here are the ones I do follow: Firefox (hey, there’s a new Firefox today! :), Apple, and ArabNet (cause I love stats and they always share stats).

What brands do you follow online?

Have you spotted the art trees?

If you’ve been wondering about the latest addition to Amman’s circles, here’s a post on ArtMedium’s blog explaining the concept. They also have pictures of all the trees and a small sentence. Check it out here.

My favorites:

Shamekh Bluwi

Yasmin Asfour

Laila Demashqiyyeh

Nour Bishouty & Ayah Younis

Ghalia Mango

Which are your favorites?

On the Jordanian Blogging Scene

Scroll to minute 20 in this video to watch a short BBC interview with myself, Rani, and Khobbeizeh.

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