AndFarAway

A Blog from Amman, Jordan, Online Since 2004.

Month: August 2012 (Page 1 of 5)

How Small We Really Are: The Size of the Earth

I think you can tell that I’ve been spacetripping during the past few months. I blame it on my reading list.

For now though, here’s a truly humbling perspective at how tiny we are.

I find it hard to believe that we are the only intelligence in the universe, or even in our galaxy.

What do you think?

The Insta-August That Came and Went

The summer is over. The nights are chilly. The expats have left. The schools have started. The streets are emptier. The places aren’t packed.

It’s September. Already.

But down below is August. Hot August. Crowded August. Crazy August.

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Can you really archive time?

2007: On March | On April | On May | On June | On July | On August | On September | On October | On November | On December

2008: On January | On February | On March | On April | On May | On June | On August On September | On October | On November

2009: On July  | On August | On September | On October | On November | On December

2010: On January | On February | On March | On April | On May | On June | A Captioned July An UnCaptioned August  | On September  | On October | On November | On December

2011: On January  |  On February   |   On March   |  On April  |  On May  |   On July

2012: On April | On May | On June | On July | On August | On September | On October | On November | On December

2013: On January | On Februaury | On March | On April | On May | On June | On July | On August | On September | On October | On November | On December

2014: On January | On Februaury

Typology of Progress-prone and Progress-resistant Cultures: Our Culture is REALLY Progress Resistant

This is a table illustrating the typology of progress-prone and progress-resistant cultures, from “The Central Liberal Truth: How Politics Can Change a Culture and Save It from Itself”.

(Click image to enlarge)

Typology of Progress-prone and progress-resistant cultures

Typology of Progress-prone and progress-resistant cultures

[via Razan]

The Press Law in Jordan and Freedom of Speech on Kharabeesh

The guy with the Batman tee is pretty funny: “Help me understand. What we were requesting with reform is for you to lower prices and increase liberties. Your answer to our demands was to increase prices and lower liberties even further. Are you aggravating us on purpose? I don’t want more liberties. I don’t want reform. I don’t want anything. I don’t want to eat. I don’t want healthcare. I don’t want anything! I just want to understand: are you aggravating us on purpose? I’m waiting for a governmental press release: “We are just aggravating you”. Or maybe you’re just stupid. It’s either intentional aggravation or stupidity.”

Hurriyeh Funeral Playlist

As Jordanian websites blackout in reaction to a new Jordanian bill that imposes censorship on the Internet, local music blog Musicalism creates a “Hurriyeh” (freedom) playlist to accompany the sad occasion.

AndFarAway is one of the many sites that blacked out today, but not as a form of protest. Who are we kidding? There is never any space to protest in this country of ours. After all, the act of protesting usually entails an attempt to influence public opinion or government policy, and in Jordan, that’s not the way the game is played. What we think means nothing at all, to anyone at all.

Instead, AndFarAway joins the blackout by donning the black as a final funeral walk lamenting the death of freedom of Internet in Jordan.

There is no space or place for romanticism.

There is reality.

And reality spells death, and not just the death of freedom of the Internet, but also of our spirit.

Thank you, our dear Jordanian government, for killing the spark of change and action in the hearts of the few of us who had hope for a better tomorrow.

I will leave you with the music.

Writing Character Descriptions

This is cool, didn’t know where else to dump it.

Link

Character Helps for WritingCharacter Feelings

You can describe your character’s feelings in more exact terms than just “happy” or “sad.” Check these lists for the exact nuance to describe your character’s intensity of feelings.

 

Intensity of
Feelings
HAPPY SAD ANGRY CONFUSED
High Elated
Excited
Overjoyed
Thrilled
Exuberant
Ecstatic
Fired up
Delighted
Depressed
Disappointed
Alone
Hurt
Left out
Dejected
Hopeless
Sorrowful
Crushed
Furious
Enraged
Outraged
Aggrivated
Irate
Seething
Bewildered
Trapped
Troubled
Desperate
Lost
Medium Cheerful
Up
Good
Relieved
Satisfied
Contented
Heartbroken
Down
Upset
Distressed
Regret
Upset
Mad
Annoyed
Frustrated
Agitated
Hot
Disgusted
Disorganized
Foggy
Misplaced
Disoriented
Mixed up
Mild Glad
Content
Satisfied
Pleasant
Fine
Mellow
Pleased
Unhappy
Moody
Blue
Sorry
Lost
Bad
Dissatisfied
Perturbed
Uptight
Dismayed
Put out
Irritated
Touchy
Unsure
Puzzled
Bothered
Uncomfortable
Undecided
Baffled
Perplexed

 

 

Intensity of
Feelings
AFRAID WEAK STRONG GUILTY
High Terrified
Horrified
Scared stiff
Petrified
Fearful
Panicky
Helpless
Hopeless
Beat
Overwhelmed
Impotent
Small
Exhausted
Drained
Powerful
Aggressive
Gung ho
Potent
Super
Forceful
Proud
Determined
Sorrowful
Remorseful
Ashamed
Unworthy
Worthless
Medium Scared
Frightened
Threatened
Insecure
Uneasy
Shocked
Dependent
Incapable
Lifeless
Tired
Rundown
Lazy
Insecure
Shy
Energetic
Capable
Confident
Persuasive
Sure
Sorry
Lowdown
Sneaky
Mild Apprehensive
Nervous
Worried
Timid
Unsure
Anxious
Unsatisfied
Under par
Shaky
Unsure
Soft
Lethargic
Inadequate
Secure
Durable
Adequate
Able
Capable
Embarrassed

Pink Floyd Live Jam Session as Apollo Lands

This is possibly the coolest thing you’ll see all month: a moon landing jam session that Pink Floyd recorded at a BBC TV studio during the descent of Apollo 11, the first time human beings ever set foot on another world.

David Gilmour in the Guardian:

It was a live broadcast, and there was a panel of scientists on one side of the studio, with us on the other. I was 23. The programming was a little looser in those days, and if a producer of a late-night programme felt like it, they would do something a bit off the wall. Funnily enough I’ve never really heard it since, but it is on YouTube. They were broadcasting the moon landing and they thought that to provide a bit of a break they would show us jamming. It was only about five minutes long. The song was called Moonhead — it’s a nice, atmospheric, spacey 12-bar blues.

Via the always-awesome Boing Boing

You know what this means?

Pink Floyd was a part of the moonlanding, kinda.

Illustrating Words by Evan Robertson

This is a beautiful series that illustrates some of the words of wonderful writers, created by Evan Robertson. I am not visually blown away, but there is still something worth sharing.

You can view the rest of the collection (and even purchase prints) on Etsy.

Posters by  Evan Robertson

Posters by  Evan Robertson

Posters by  Evan Robertson

Posters by  Evan Robertson

Posters by  Evan Robertson

Posters by  Evan Robertson

Posters by  Evan Robertson

Black out your website on Wednesday

Stand up for freedom of speech and freedom of Internet in Jordan on Wednesday.

Black out your site on that day.

Here’s how: 7oryanet.com

للتوضيح لأي عقل حكومي رجعي

A great post from Jordanaholic on the stupidity of Internet censorship:

عندما زار الأمير علي بن الحسين إعتصام الإيتام على الدوار الرابع وجّه الحكومة لتلبية مطالب أي يتيم لم ينل حقه.. بعدها قررت الحكومة فضّ الإعتصام و”تسييج” الدوار الرابع لحجب الإعتصامات المتلاحقة عليه! الملك عبدالله الثاني طول عمره بحكيلنا “الحريه في الأردن سقفها السماء”، والى حدٍ ما هي كانت كذلك، إلى أن أطلّت علينا حكومة الطراونه بقانون لـ”تسييج” الإنترنت!!

للتوضيح لأي عقل حكومي رجعي .. الإنترنت مختلف “شوي” عن الدوار الرابع .. فهو تقنياً مستحيل “تسييجه”! برامج البروكسي التي يستطيع استخدامها المستخدم العادي.. تغير عنوان بروتوكول الإنترنت.. مواقع التصفح المجهول.. الشبكات الخاصة الافتراضية.. وغيرها من الطرق من أصحاب الموقع أيضاً بنشر عدة عناوين عشوائية والكثير الكثير.. فكل ما سينتج عن حجب المواقع هو زيادة التكلفة على الحكومة وزيادة الوقت فقط على المستخدم من الوصول للمعلومة حاقداً على من أضاع وقته! .. بعدين مع إنه عادةً الدول “المفلّسه” هي التي تذهب إلى حجب الموقع إلى أن حتى تجارب الدول الكبيره مثل الصين كانت قد فشلت .. وحتى أعظم دول العالم، أمريكا، التي حاولت أن “تسيّج” وكيليكس كانت قد فشلت .. وأيضاً حاولت إطلاق مشروع اكثر نبلاً “وقف القرصنة على الانترنت” ولم تستطع أن تمرر القانون ايضاً! .. مضطّر اوضحلك بطريقة تانية .. إذا على محيط سياج بحجم الدوار الرابع هناك شخص واحد قادر على اختراقه، فما بالكم على محيط سياج بحجم العالم، بحجم الفضاء، بحجم الإنترنت؟ .. يعني حتى لو وظفتو “الهاكر” السعودي إلي “قال” إخترق موقع إسرائيلي .. الحجب تقنياً فاشل!

بعدين السؤال القوي .. إذا قررت تحجب موقع شو بدك تعمل بصفحته على فيسبوك، تويتر، يوتيوب؟ طب إذا بدك تحجب كلمات مفتاحيه سياسيه أو اباحيه .. كيف الطلاب بدهم يتعلمو عن تاريخ دول معاديه؟ كيف بدهم يتعلمو الرأي والرأي الأخر وتقبل أراء الأخرين؟ بدك تزيد تزمتهم وعنفهم؟ .. طب كيف الأطباء بدهم يتعلمو عن الجهاز الهضمي والتناسلي؟ كيف بدنا نقرأ أخبار مقتدى “الصدر”؟!

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