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Help Jordanian filmmakers to write, produce and direct feature films

Filmmaking is a new industry in Jordan, and there aren’t enough educational institutions teaching this discipline. The RFC has been playing a major role in searching for and training talents that would be capable of narrating/expressing Jordanian stories, in addition to granting these talented filmmakers hands on experience that would enable them to work on any international film production. Subsequently, the RFC has designed a new program – the Educational Feature Film (EFF) program – that gives emerging Jordanian filmmakers a chance to tell their stories, under the supervision of mentors. The program was started in 2010 and helped produce five films, but was unfortunately suspended in 2013 due to shortage of funding.

You can support this great program by donating on Indiegogo or spreading the word around.

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Swissra: An Arabic Typeface Inspired by Swiss Graphic Design

Ladies and gentlemen, please meet Swissra, an Arabic typeface that was inspired by Swiss graphic design.

Ali AlMasri, the designer behind the typeface, says that the motivation behind the typeface was to create a neutral and carefully crafted Arabic font family that can be used on many different applications and work in multilingual situations with Swiss fonts such as Akzidenz-grotesk and Helvetica. Swissra is also a tribute to Swiss graphic design.

Technical stuff: Swissra features sharply cut terminals, which are either horizontal or vertical. It also features closed apertures and a high x-height.

Swissra is available in eight weights that range from ultralight to black.

You can buy Swissra from MyFonts.

View complete project on Behance.



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The Qatar Digital Library: Qatar Does Something Really Awesome

The Qatar Digital Library (QDL) is an awesome website that offers free access to thousands of pages of amazing working, including 25,000 pages of medieval Islamic manuscripts. It has been developed as part of a 10-year Memorandum of Understanding on Partnerships between the Qatar Foundation, the Qatar National Library and The British Library. The best part is that it’s all Creative Commons licensed… free to use, free to re-use.

Wow.

Check out the articles section to begin to appreciate the beauty of the QDL. You can also simply explore the archive.

My favorites include:

- Iraqi Maqam Music and Chalgi Ensembles, complete with soundbytes

Islamic Highpoint in Astronomy

And many more.

This is really awesome.

Check out the Qatar Digital Library (QDL)



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I didn’t know we ate dandelions

Until 8:30AM this morning, all I ever knew about dandelions was one thing: dandelion seeds are pretty.

After all, who hasn’t played with dandelion seeds, watching them tumble around town?

Well, I have. And I always thought that was the only relationship I had with dandelions (until I discovered at 8:30 this morning) was that I — gasp — eat them. Not only eat them, but really LOVE eating them.

World, did you know that delicious, hearty hindbeh is quite literally just dandelion leaves? Okay. Let’s be more specific, to give hindbeh the true glory it deserves: it’s dandelion leaves glistening with olive oil, garnished with crunchy pine nuts and crispy caramelized onions, then drizzled with lemon juice.

Goodness me.

Hindbeh has always been one of my all-time favorite dishes, and it’s just a shock to realize what it’s made of at the grand age of 30.

Yum.



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The UAE Space Agency

Finally growing past creating the world’s tallest hotel, the world’s biggest hand-washing events, and largest indoor billboard (GRR!), the UAE today announced one of the most amazing, uplifting announcements I’ve heard in years.

The announcement makes me so happy I have a lump in my throat. Ladies and gentlemen, it might not sound like much to you, but to me, this is the silver lining in a really bad storm — the first Arab space agency. It is something I never thought I’d see in my lifetime. And with plans as soon as 2021.

Where do I apply?

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Graph Kufi by Razan Basim

Beautiful “Graph Kufi” by Razan Basim. Says “Roba Al-Assi” in Arabic and “AndFarAway” in English. AWESOME! :)

razan



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