AndFarAway

A Blog from Amman, Jordan, Online Since 2004.

Month: May 2012 (Page 1 of 3)

What would you today if you were going to die tomorrow?

A brilliant short production by Ahmad Samara, asking the people of Amman what they would do if tomorrow was the last day of their life.

The video made me feel all joyful, although the question posed is morbid. There’s something about these faces, about our life, and about these streets that we call home that makes me glad that at least, I am alive. We’re all going to be fertilizers some day, either way.

Enjoy.

“Madeline” by Ruba Shamshoum and Toot Ard

In case you want a dose of happiness after El-Fer3i’s “Asafir Al Houla”, here’s a fun song called “Madeline” by Ruba Shamshoum and Toot Ard.

Related: Other Music from the Arab World
Jordanian Band Torabyeh: Ghorbah
Alaa Wardi: Gash3arteeni Lama 7akeiti…
JadaL – Bye Bye 3azizi جدل – باي باي عزيزي
Alaa Wardi’s Latest: Wenti Mastaneti
Akher Zapheer: The end of it is a melancholy tune – اخرتو لحن حزين
Risalet Salam – JEEL (Music Video) رسالة سلام – جيل
Bath Bayakha: Ahlan Ramadan
Good Jordanian Musician: Alaa Wardi
Tareq Abu Kwaik and Alfar3i
Toot Ard
El-Fer3i: Asafir Al Houla

The Rise of the Arab Artistic Conscience: El Far3i’s “Asafir Al Houlah”

I don’t know how I missed this song when it came out on Sunday right after the Houlah Massacre.

Yet, it says one thing: we’re witnessing the rise of the Arab artistic conscience. The piece is haunting in its honesty; the names of the dead kids, the laughter in the back, the melancholic sound (Little Anne, according to El-Far3i) against a mysterious melody.

I do wish that the video steered away from the “old school” style of showing pictures of dead babies that our mainstream media has managed to desensitize us against.

“Today I can smell the blood coming from the North.”

“This is just a letter of condolence to a mother who lost all her daughters today.”

“Like I said, the tune isn’t mine but I just wanted to participate and send my condolences, and I promise that I will write a tune for Syria.”

Other music that portrays the rise of the Arab Artistic Conscience
Jordanian Band Torabyeh: Ghorbah
Tareq Abu Kwaik and Alfar3i
Toot Ard

Related: Other Music from the Arab World
Jordanian Band Torabyeh: Ghorbah
Alaa Wardi: Gash3arteeni Lama 7akeiti…
JadaL – Bye Bye 3azizi جدل – باي باي عزيزي
Alaa Wardi’s Latest: Wenti Mastaneti
Akher Zapheer: The end of it is a melancholy tune – اخرتو لحن حزين
Risalet Salam – JEEL (Music Video) رسالة سلام – جيل
Bath Bayakha: Ahlan Ramadan
Good Jordanian Musician: Alaa Wardi
Tareq Abu Kwaik and Alfar3i
Toot Ard

In life in general

“Fail fast,” she said.

Leos are arrogant and disgusting

Bogi (a Virgo): “Oh my god Roba, you can’t handle criticism AT ALL”.

Karma (a Leo): “She’s a Leo. What do you expect? You know what they say: ‘Leos are vain and dislike honest criticism.'”

Roba: “I have no issues with criticism, I never take anything personally.”

Karma (a Leo): “Of course, it’s because as a Leo, you think you’re always right. You know what else they say? ‘A Leo’s arrogance is disgusting‘.”

Roba: “I don’t have the slightest hint of belief in bullshit like horoscopes”.

Bogi (a Virgo): “If I were you, I’d take being called a Leo over being called an asshole”.

Roba: “Hahahahahahaha, that’s the funniest thing I’ve heard all week. HAHAHAHA.”

What do you call the king of spam?

What do you call the king of spam?

king of spam whatsapp

 

And what does the king of spam force you to do?
Without BAsem 

Previous WhatsApp and Family Stories:
Thus Says the King of Chocolate 
Geotagging the Real World

But I love Google Docs :(

Diaries of an Image Collector, 6

Images I collected this week, for your weekend pleasure.

Previous diary entries:
Collection 5
Collection 4
Collection 3
Collection 2
Collection 1


Cool shoes are cool.


Stripes are cool too.


Indeed.


Al Weibdeh. L’Weibdeh. Weibdeh.


Euf.


Bowie.


Gaga Pony.


Ruby slippers.


Studies in white.


Dali and Warhol.


Coral.


Indeed.


Let’s go home.


Dalton Trumbo.


Winona Forever.


Tattoo.

Have you ever fallen to an email scam?

Well, of course, it’s no secret that people who fall to email scams are either very new Internet users or, more likely, stupid.

Interesting thread on Quora:

Scams: Why are E. mail scams written in broken English?
It’s such a classic give-away. How hard is it really to generate a couple paragraphs of fluent English?

David S. Rose, Entrepreneur, Angel Investor, Finance…

Like everyone else, I, too, always assumed that it was because either they were idiots or non-native English speakers. But I have very recently learned that is not the case. Indeed, the real answer is one of the more astonishing (at least to me) things I’ve heard in quite some time!

It turns out that the dead giveaways of “spamese” are completely deliberate and carefully calibrated. Huh? Why? Because very few people of the type who frequent Quora would be fooled for ten seconds by these things. And guess what? Quora readers are the ANTI-audience for them!

Instead, the obvious giveaways are used as a *pre-qualifier*, to ensure with the least possible effort that the ONLY people who respond to the scammers’ initial mass mailings (and therefore have to be brought along individually during the later stages) are the absolutely most gullible, ignorant, susceptible, suckers they can find.

Think of it this way: if you were running this as a business, which would make more sense: developing a highly believable pitch and sending it to 1,000 Quorans, knowing that 500 of them would eventually figure it out and call the cops? or writing a completely obvious scam and sending it automatically to 1,000,000 people, knowing that 999,990 will simply laugh and trash it…but the other ten have a very high likelihood of sending you thousands of bucks, with no one calling the cops?

Where art thou?

I really, really love the family WhatsApp group.

Case in point:

WhatsApp

Appendix:

mama breakfast

 

basem

roba

hijazi

gus

 

Previous WhatsApp and Family Stories:
Thus Says the King of Chocolate 
Geotagging the Real World

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