AndFarAway

A Blog from Amman, Jordan, Online Since 2004.

Month: December 2011 (Page 1 of 3)

From the Department of Things That Drive Me Nuts

Lack of frickin’ consistency.

I can’t tolerate routine, but I’m a slave to consistency.

The World’s Best Invention

I don’t think I can live without one.

It makes EVERYTHING and ANYTHING instantaneously better.

I hate YouTube videos

Today, I googled something and found no results.

Today, I didn’t find a forum thread somewhere that made me feel better.

Today, I felt alone on the World Wide Web. A little girl suffering from a rare malady.

Internet, I can’t believe there is no crazy group on Facebook with seven members who share my rage. There are no memes on the topic. There is no Lycos page bitching about how annoying modern web technology can be.

Internet, could it really be that I’m the only person in the world with a raging hate for online videos?

But I do.

I HATE ONLINE VIDEOS. I HATE YOUTUBE. I HATE DAILYMOTION. I HATE VIMEO. I HATE STREAMING. I HATE LITTLE BOXES WITH MOVING FRAMES EMBEDDED IN A WHITE BACKGROUND. I HATE VOICES COMING OUT OF MY HEADPHONES.

I HATE NOT HAVING CONTROL OVER WHEN AND HOW I SWITCH THROUGH MY TABS. I HATE LAGGING. I HATE THAT VIDEOS SO RUDELY DEMAND PRECIOUS MINUTES OF UNF**KING DIVIDED ATTENTION. I HATE HOW PEOPLE ARE ALWAYS SHARING YOUTUBE LINKS WITH ME; I’M SURE THEY’RE COOL LINKS, SO IT MAKES ME FEEL GUILTY.

I HATE HOW VIDEOS EAT UP BANDWIDTH. I HATE HOW THEY SLOW DOWN MY BROWSER. I HATE NOT GETTING THE INFORMATION I’M LOOKING FOR BY SKIMMING. I HATE HOW VIDEOS ARE SO UBIQUITOUS. I HATE THAT THEY START ON THEIR OWN.

I HATE HOW YOU CAN’T JUST GLANCE AT THE PAGE AND INSTANTLY DECIDE THAT THIS SUCKS ASS, THEN CLOSE IT. I HATE THAT THEY DON’T ALLOW YOU TO CONTROL YOUR INTAKE EXPERIENCE. I HATE THAT VIDEOS AREN’T A STILL IMAGE.

There.

Therapy.

I hate online videos. I HATE THEM. Just the transcript, please.

P.S. I’m aware that there’s a YouTube video in the post below. Rest assured, I haven’t seen it.

Nintendo store that’s doing it right

That’s my childhood right there.

Lady, hear me tonight

This used to be one of my favorite songs as a teenager. It always makes me happy.

Sealed Shut

Saw this awesome gate sealed shut with a collection of plants including a jasmine shrub while walking around Shmeisani the other day.

What makes it really cool is that the house is not abandoned. The tenants just use a different gate.

So cool!

This one is for Isam…

AndFarAway finally supports new, cooler kinds of comments.

Yes, I know, I’m late to the party. But this place is older than both Facebook AND Twitter, so leave me alone.

Long-time blog reader and friend Isam has been nagging incessantly to support Facebook comments for the past two years.

Digital Art from Saudi Arabia: Saudi Digital artist Yousef AlShaikh

To my pleasure, I serendipitously landed on a page with the works of Saudi digital artist Yousef AlShaikh. It’s really nice seeing work from Saudi Arabia that it totally different from other things you usually see.

Related:
Good Design is Joy: Designer Mohamed Mousa

Andy Warhol Wisdom

One of my favorite reads is Andy Warhol’s “The Philosophy of Andy Warhol“, but that’s not surprising as he’s one of my favorite artists.

But my love for Warhol does not stem from his gorgeous art. It stems from his gorgeous brain.

In fact, you know that question where they ask you who you would meet if you could meet anyone in the world, dead or alive? I’d choose Andy.

This morning I was thinking I need to listen to Andy more often. He was a wise man.

Andy Warhol on Emotional Stability
I never fall apart, because I never fall together.

Andy Warhol on Anticipation
I really do live for the future, because when I’m eating a box of candy, I can’t wait to taste the last piece. I don’t even taste any of the other pieces, I just want to finish and throw the box away and not have to have it on my mind any more.

Andy Warhol on Getting Inspired
I turn on when I turn off and go to bed. That’s my big moment that I’m always waiting for.

Andy Warhol on What Type of People You Should Surround Yourself With
I really don’t care that much about “Beauties.” What I really like are Talkers. To me, good talkers are beautiful because good talk is what I love. The word itself shows why I like Talkers better than Beauties, why I tape more than I film. It’s not “talkies.” Talkers are doing something. Beauties are being something. Which isn’t necessarily bad, it’s just that I don’t know what it is they’re being. It’s more fun to be with people who are doing things.

Andy Warhol on Space
When I look at things, I always see the space they occupy. I always want the space to reappear, to make a comeback, because it’s lost space when there’s something in it.

Another way to take up more space is with perfume.

Andy Warhol on Losing Weight
But if you do watch your weight, try the Andy Warhol New York City Diet: when I order in a restaurant, I order everything that I don’t want, so I have a lot to play around with while everyone else eats.


Andy Warhol on Machines
I think everybody should be a machine.


Andy Warhol on Words
I’m impressed with people who can create new spaces with the right words. I have word spasms where the parts of some words begin to sound peculiar to me and I sometimes get confused and try to graft other words on top of them. You can never predict what will come out when the words you’re saying start to sound strange to you and you start to patch.

Andy Warhol on the Sense of Smell
Of the five senses, smell has the closest thing to the full power of the past. Smell really is transporting. Seeing, hearing, touching, tasting are just not as powerful as smelling if you want your whole being to go back for a second to something.

Andy Warhol on Meaning and Life

I’m afraid that if you look at a thing long enough, it loses all of its meaning.


Andy Warhol on
Love
The most exciting attractions are between two opposites that never meet.

Andy Warhol on Getting What You Want
As soon as you stop wanting something you get it. I’ve found it to be absolutely axiomatic.

Imm George – Meen

While using Sawt, an Arab indie music discovery app, I came across this delightful song called “Imm George” by Lebanese band Meen.

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