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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

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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10-Step Guide to Looking Forward to the Winter in Amman

It’s almost September. For those of us who appreciate the summer, September only means one thing: it will soon be winter.

I know we have a couple of months ahead before winter hits properly, but it isn’t really the cold that’s the main problem. It’s the shorter daylight hours. It’s the lower levels of energy. It’s the feeling of a new season.

So… just to keep you (and myself) upbeat, here are ten things you can remind yourself of that are nice about the next six months.

1. Less traffic.

2. Less non-locals, which spells less traffic, less people, and fewer family obligations.

3. Kankaneh.

4. Sahlab, chestnuts, and sweet potatoes.

5. The smell the first time it rains.

6. Less people out of their homes. I really like that.

7. Emptier places.

8. Winter fruits: oranges, pomelo, pomegranates.

9. Ras il abed.

10. Looking forward to the summer; actually missing crowded streets.

Yesterday, we were driving by the Goodbook Shop on the side of Rainbow and two little kids (maybe ten years old) were standing on the street wearing “the scream” masks as cars passed by. It was very funny.

The tragedy of human priorities

The cost of the Olympics vs. the cost of landing Curiosity on Mars.

[via Explore]

Jordanian Paralympians pull out of London Games after sexual assault charges in Northern Ireland

This is my country. This is my people.

The Fight Against the Systematic Sexism in Jordan:
خدلك عاد: الطالبات يتفوقن في التوجيهي هروباً من أعمال المنزل
Tawjihi in Jordan: Unfair, backwards, and “stupidifying”
Despair: Fourteen Year Old Girl Raped and Then Married to Her Rapist
Slogans of “There is No Difference Between You and I” زيّي زيّك
Why are males such assholes?
Outrageous: Jordan Dubai Islamic Bank Firing Unveiled Women
[The Black Iris Reblog] What’s really killing Jordanian women?
I hate men
Two Articles to Read: Feminism in an Arab Context
Women’s March in Tahrir: Free Women, Free the World
Two Simplistic Solutions to Fixing Some Problems in Jordan
Rest in Peace, Myriam Achkar: A Call Against Sexual Harassment in the Arab World
Yes, She’s Naked: On Alia Mahdy and Outrageousness
As a Woman, I’m a Second Class Citizen in Jordan
Her Name was Madinah
Pain: To Know Reema
Dis-Honor Murder By Bicycle Tire
Disgrace: I’m Jordanian, Why Can’t My Children be Jordanian?

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