A Blog from Amman, Jordan, Online Since 2004.

Month: August 2015 (Page 1 of 2)

How to Get the Career of Your Dreams, According to Science

Having a fantastic career doesn’t require an act of magic. It requires lots of hard work, patience, and some psychological tricks and tips. The best part is that you don’t even need a self-help book! There are some scientifically-sound tips and tricks that can really make all the difference:

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ElMorabba3’s “Mokhtalefeen” Music Clip… More Ingeniousness by Jordanian Art Team

I just saw this new video for ElMorabba3’s “Mokhtalafeen”, and it is absolutely insane. A mix between Kafka, Ender’s Game, and Pina.

Cast: Shireen Talhouni & Basel Sulieman Writer: Muhammad Abdullah Director: Dirar Shawagfeh Director of Photography: Ali Saadi Producer: Majd Hijjawi Choreography: Shireen Talhouni Production Designer/ Special Effects Makeup Artist/ Wardrobe Designer: رند عبدالنور Art director: Abed Jarekji Bald cap application and consultation: Sleiman Tadros Tailoring: Lorean Ghawi Editor: Eyad Hamam & Dirar Shawagfeh Visual Effects: Ahmad Shamali & Eissa Abdelnour Colorist: Serene Issa Gaffer: Qusai Harb Grip: Ihsan Al-Baqa Grip: Ammar Al-Bayk

A Sudden Whiff of Childhood: Crown Hotel, Amman

You know when you’re drowning with work, wrestling with the same thing for days and days and days and days. That’s the kind of mood I’m in.

Then today, while staring at my screen and wrestling some more, and out of absolutely NO WHERE, I got the sudden taste of the fries I used to eat at Crown Hotel when I was a kid. With a lot of salt, pepper, and ketchup. The taste was so specific in my mouth that for a minute or two, I could even smell the pool’s chlorine and the sunscreen.

Absolutely crazy, isn’t it?

I was really young, maybe 9 or 10. I was so young that I don’t have the slightest clue where the hotel was/is located, georgaphically speaking, and I’ve been driving in Amman for well over ten years. I haven’t thought of these memories since I was a kid.

I did a quick search and didn’t really find anything online, except in this shady website that has probably not been updated since 1998.

Seriously, check out a screenshot:
crown hotel amman

Is that room with the leather chairs supposed to be a bar?

The human brain is CRAYYYZAY.

ELMorabba3 to Release Second Album. Keep Independent Arabic Music Alive من_نفس_الناس#

Support ElMorabba3 to push the boundaries of independent Arab music with their second album. ElMorabba3 is one of the best bands in the Arab world, and they totally deserve your support.

Support on Zoomaal.

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The horrifying world of “Arab” stock photography.


Want to learn some Arabic typography?

Workshop available in September.

For more info, click here.

An update on what’s up in our solar system

If you’re interested in where we are when it comes to solar system exploration, here’s a nice round-up fromEmily Lakdawalla.

Photographer Documenting Homeless People Discovers Her Own Father Among Them

This is really strange and touching story. Photographer Diana Kim was photographing homeless people in Hawaii when she discovered her estranged father among them. Emaciated and suffering from severe schizophrenia, he didn’t even recognize here.
Read the article here.

This is how dystopia starts: self-destructing mosquitoes

I know mosquitoes are horrible, and that they kill shitloads of people every year. But this article really gave me goosebumps. Genetically engineered to die.
Welcome to the future.


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On July

A bit late… but July was out of this world. 6 cities in 3 weeks. I saw more than 10 shows, including Muse, Judas Priest, and Ensiferum. I also turned 30. DAMN I’M IN MY 30’S! I remember changing my blog bio from “late teens” to “early twenties” to “mid twenties” to “late twenties”. Now, I’ll have to change it to “early 30’s”. Or maybe I’ll just say “30”.







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Pictorial Archive of Life

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

2015: On January | On October | On February | On March | On April | On May | On June | On July

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