AndFarAway

A Blog from Amman, Jordan, Online Since 2004.

Month: December 2011 (Page 1 of 4)

Top 10 Posts You Liked on AndFarAway in 2011

I can’t let 2011 leave without a top 10 list.

Here are the 10 posts on AndFarAway that got the most views in 2011:

1. New Starbucks Logo in Saudi Arabia

Post views: 27,665
This post is just an image, so I won’t be giving you an excerpt as to why it was popular ;)
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2. Disney’s Dream Portrait Series by Annie Leibovitz

Post views: 16,665

Obviously, people are really loving Leibovitz’ fantastic “Dream Portrait” series. And why shouldn’t they? It’s BRILLIANT. You can view all of the series in the link.
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3. The Beauty of Arabic Calligraphy

Post views: 13,965
An image post. We all love pictures, don’t we? Especially when they’re beautiful. You can view all images in the link.

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4. My favorite image in a while…

Post views: 14,256
Another image I won’t be giving away :)
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5. Top 10 Reasons Why I Hate Winter

Post views: 8,426
Everyone loves to hate winter.
Some of my reasons, more in the post:
4. Driving with fogged up windows is just awful.
10. Winter clothes suck. They “inhale” all kinds of bad smells and are not as machine-washing friendly as their happy cotton summer counter parts.
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6. My Favorite Firefox 3.6 Config Tweaks

Post views: 8,310
Interesting post to be in the top 10 for 2011, don’t you think? Especially since it’s been quite some time since 3.6. Anyway, most of these Config tweaks still work, and they will make your life so much better. My favorite:

One close button to rule them all:
My favorite setting! Make the close button only appear at the end of the tab bar, rather than at every tab.
browser.tabs.closeButtons
Modified Value: 3

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7. Five Arab Guys You Should Never Date

Post views: 7,982
Yes. Really. Stay away from these guys. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. Here’s one of them:
The “We need a 4th” Trix-Master

What’s worse than dating a man whose ultimate idea of fun is lack of sobriety? Dating a man you’ll never see because his utmost loyalty is to his cards mates. Never, and I mean, never will he let them down when they need the 4th player to complete the circle. For that is treason.

Plus, he is a hard-core nicotine addict as all his games are spent smoking the argeeleh. For hours and hours and hours.

What he’s usually wearing: pointy shoes, a lot of gel on his hair, and a Honda Civic.

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8. Ten things that happened in 2011 that make me proud of being Arab

Post views: 5,638

The feel-good post of 2011. Ten things that happened in the Arab world in 2011 that really made me smile:
1. Doctors, nurses, and regular people pooled knowledge and resources together to create a makeshift hospital in Tahrir to help the injured.
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9. The Four Stages of “Getting” Twitter

Post views: 5,128
This infographic went totally viral. It’s so nice seeing your work in top lists :)
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10. AlJazeera and the Egyptian Revolution

Post views: 4,799
Some branding thoughts on the Egyptian revolution.
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And that’s the top 10 :)
What was your favorite post on AndFarAway?

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

Women’s March in Tahrir: Free Women, Free the World


More pictures of Women’s March today in Tahrir

Sexual harassment in the Arab world has always been taboo, the Egyptian women are now speaking up. As an Arab woman, I can’t explain to you how beautiful it feels to see fellow Arab women standing up together collectively.

As a feminist Arab woman, I always believed that we Arab women are own worst enemy. The Egyptian women are changing my mind. Egypt is having a feminist moment, and I’m loving it.

Power to Egyptian women. They’re giving the phrase “Em Il Donya” a whole different meaning.

Free women, free the world. No society that mistreats its women and doesn’t give them their right will ever be free.

Free me as a Jordanian woman. Give me the right to give my kids my proud Jordanian nationality.

Free me as a Jordanian woman. Denounce laws like the one involving honor crimes.

Free me as a Jordanian woman. Stop staring at me like a sexual object.

Free me as a Jordanian woman. Stop planting the seeds of misogyny and patriarchy in our children’s brains.

Free me as a Jordanian woman. Enforce harsher laws against sexual harassment.

Free women, free the world.

Related:
Two Simplistic Solutions to Fixing Some Problems in Jordan
Rest in Peace, Myriam Achkar: A Call Against Sexual Harassment in the Arab World
You’re So OUTRAGEOUS!

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