AndFarAway

A Blog from Amman, Jordan, Online Since 2004.

Month: February 2016 (Page 1 of 2)

Theeb and Hope

Thank you, Theeb, for reminding us that opportunities could be created. You have inspired hope in a jaded generation.

Black dots on the map of France

Looking at the stars always makes me dream, as simply as I dream over the black dots representing towns and villages on a map. Why, I ask myself, shouldn’t the shining dots of the sky be as accessible as the black dots on the map of France?

-VINCENT VAN GOGH

Enjoy this excerpt from a book selected by Carl Sagan in his book “Contact”.

Bright Angel

Oh, speak again, bright angel…

-WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE Romeo and Juliet

Enjoy this excerpt from a book selected by Carl Sagan in his book “Contact”.

People who often speak in a baby voice

… should be locked up together, alone, away from the rest of civilization.

It is not cute. Not a bit. It is really, really annoying.

Uber New Logo…

The problem with crappy design is that you CAN’T AFFORD TO HAVE CRAPPY DESIGN ANYMORE.

Uber’s Head Of Design Steps Down:

http://flip.it/irq_X

“Transform our social life and our political system”

I wish to propose for the reader’s favourable consideration a doctrine which may, I fear, appear wildly paradoxical and subversive. The doctrine in question is this: that it is undesirable to believe a proposition when there is no ground whatever for supposing it true. I must, of course, admit that if such an opinion became common it would completely transform our social life and our political system; since both are at present faultless, this must weigh against it.

-BERTRAND RUSSELL Skeptical Essays, I (1928)

Enjoy this excerpt from a book selected by Carl Sagan in his book “Contact”.

Cosmic Awe: Why is it Dark at Night?

A very beautiful and mind-numbingly wondrous explanation of why the sky is dark at night:

How to Defrost Your Windshield (According to Science)

Thankfully, winter’s almost over, but knowing how to quickly defrost your windshield is always a useful trick. I tried it and it actually works.

In a nutshell:
1. Blast the heater
2. Blast the AC
3. Turn OFF the air circulation
4. Crack open the windows a bit.

Brink of Crisis

Dear world… For heaven’s sake, I’m really too young to go through the SECOND financial crisis of my career life. Wait another decade, at least! 

From the internet: Cloud and data analytics stocks extend losses after bloodbath: http://flip.it/QtrFG

The Fermi Paradox is Not Fermi’s, Nor a Paradox

A little interesting article for those who care about stuff like the Fermi Paradox:

There is no logical contradiction between the statement “E.T. might exist elsewhere” and the statement “E.T. is not here” because nobody knows that travel between the stars is possible in the first place.

Read it now

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