Font Face Arabic Fonts: Solving the Problems of Arabic Web Design

Arabic designers take note: there’s a new awesome tool called Font Face that will greatly improve your life. Get access to tens of nice Arabic fonts, optimized for web.

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Best Burger in Amman, 2015

ali and sama at brisket

The best burger in Amman these days is the gourmet burger at Brisket. It isn’t a cheap burger, but it’s so good it doesn’t matter. The husband/wife team really know their smokey business. Ali, chef/owner/smoker, is like Seinfeld’s soup Nazi. He cuts and spices his own beef, and you really should listen to his recommendations.

What I love about Brisket is that it’s a hole-in-the-wall. I love that you can count the menu items on one hand (brisket, burger, brisket on burger, steak, and wings). I love how involved the husband/wife team are in the business. I love their crazy working hours (7:00PM to 11:00PM).

Best. Burger. In. Amman.

Hands down.


What to try:
Personally, I like sharing half a gourmet burger and half a brisket sandwich with someone, to get the most yum factor possible. I always leave Brisket with happy birds chirping in my tummy. Ask for the homemade mayo, not always available though.
Where to find: Brisket is next to Abella Shmeisani
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BrisketJordan/

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What does your horoscope say for 2015?

This is 100% scientifically accurate.

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Specialized Tattoos

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Once Upon a Lovely December

Although I’m really not a wintery person, December is always nice because it’s full of feasts. This December was extra special though :)


Kitchenette’s AWESOME calendar


This December, I wore this beautiful embroidered Palestinian dress that my grandmother made for my aunt in the 60s, when my aunt was 14. I love the simplicity of it, and the white fabric. I dropped by to show it to my aunt and grandma before my dinner. I was bequeathed this dress when I was 14 myself (’99), and they forgot all about it. They were so ecstatic!


So excited for 2015, aren’t we?


Whitey celebrating Christmas


Dinner 1


Dinner 2


Dinner 3


Breakfast


Another breakfast


Worm lollipop. The boys ate it. They said the legs got stuck in their teeth. EWWWW.


Rami and Naser et moi


My Threadless calendar is awesome


Meet the (second) latest addition to the family… Nour is Abed’s fiancee


Fuad’s birthday. Happy birthday Fuad!


Secret Santa audience


Our Secret Santa Unicorn


So many gifts!


:) My gift


Meet the latest addition to the family… Rami


A study in surface tension and fluid dynamics. Water droplets condensing as spheres on concrete window sill, gravity pulling them from their center. Water droplets falling vertically against glass window, gravity pulling them downwards.


Have you checked out Chaplin’s? It’s the first comedy club in the Middle East


We have a new wall at Bayt.com

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This is Zeina


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The best and the worst of the 50 books I read in 2014

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I am so happy that I finally managed to reach my yearly goal of reading 50 books. I read almost 25,000 pages of science fiction and fantasy in 2015. Shit, I’m such a geek. Ladies and gentlemen… my own personal Hugo Awards for books I read this year.

The Best Three Books I Read in 2014


Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
Simple, beautiful book that everyone should read. It made me cry.


A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge
Super amazing book, beautiful plot, genius science.


The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie
This series should be a classic. It’s very well written, the characters are so rich, and the plots are fun.

The Worst Three


Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
Yawn.


The Elric Saga by Moorcock, Michael
So dull.


Among Others by Jo Walton
I hated hating this one, because I love Jo Walton’s articles.

Books I Couldn’t Complete


Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut


Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
I’ve never been able to finish any of his books.


The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
Sorry, Ray! This was awful.

Biggest Disappointments


Shards of Honour by Lois Bujold
I’ve heard so much about the Vorkosigan Saga and I was so excited to read it… unfortunately, the books are crap.


Gateway by Fredrik Pohl
It could have been a very good book, but it was empty.


Gardens of the Moon by Erikson, Steven
I’ve been looking forward to this one for years.

Most Creative Plot


The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
Beautiful book!


The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton
I really enjoyed this classic — scary, fun, and fast-paced.


A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge
Loved this one.

All the Books I Read in 2014

  1. The Book of the New Sun by Wolfe, Gene
  2. Flowers for Algernon by Keyes, Daniel
  3. Sunshine by McKinley, Robin
  4. The Road by McCarthy, Cormac
  5. The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower, #1) by King, Stephen
  6. Magician's Gambit (The Belgariad, #3) by Eddings, David
  7. Cat's Cradle by Vonnegut, Kurt
  8. Shards of Honour (Vorkosigan Saga, #1) by Bujold, Lois McMaster *
  9. Queen of Sorcery (The Belgariad, #2) by Eddings, David
  10. A Fire Upon the Deep (Zones of Thought, #1) by Vinge, Vernor
  11. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Clarke, Susanna
  12. A Deepness in the Sky (Zones of Thought, #2) by Vinge, Vernor
  13. Furies of Calderon (Codex Alera, #1) by Butcher, Jim 
  14. Among Others by Walton, Jo
  15. First Lord's Fury (Codex Alera, #6) by Butcher, Jim 
  16. Cursor's Fury (Codex Alera, #3)  by Butcher, Jim  
  17. A Spell for Chameleon (Xanth, #1) by Anthony, Piers
  18. Captain's Fury (Codex Alera, #4) by Butcher, Jim  
  19. Princeps' Fury (Codex Alera, #5) by Butcher, Jim  
  20. Academ's Fury (Codex Alera, #2) by Butcher, Jim  
  21. Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander, #2) by Gabaldon, Diana *
  22. Outlander (Outlander, #1) by Gabaldon, Diana *
  23. Gardens of the Moon (The Malazan Book of the Fallen, #1) by Erikson, Steven
  24. The Gods Themselves by Asimov, Isaac
  25. World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Brooks, Max
  26. Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle, #1) by Paolini, Christopher
  27. Eldest (The Inheritance Cycle, #2) by Paolini, Christopher
  28. Brisingr (The Inheritance Cycle, #3) by Paolini, Christopher *
  29. Inheritance (The Inheritance Cycle, #4) by Paolini, Christopher
  30. The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next, #1) by Fforde, Jasper
  31. Cryptonomicon by Stephenson, Neal
  32. The Martian Chronicles by Bradbury, Ray
  33. The Elric Saga Part I (Elric Saga, #1-3) by Moorcock, Michael 
  34. The Magicians (The Magicians, #1) by Grossman, Lev
  35. The Magician King (The Magicians, #2) by Grossman, Lev
  36. The Magician's Land (The Magicians, #3) by Grossman, Lev
  37. Taliesin (The Pendragon Cycle #1) by Lawhead, Stephen R. 
  38. The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1) by Dashner, James
  39. The Death Cure (Maze Runner, #3) by Dashner, James
  40. The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner, #2) by Dashner, James
  41. Merlin (The Pendragon Cycle, #2) by Lawhead, Stephen R. 
  42. A Wrinkle in Time (A Wrinkle in Time Quintet, #1) by L'Engle, Madeleine 
  43. Arthur (The Pendragon Cycle #3) by Lawhead, Stephen R. 
  44. The Blade Itself (The First Law, #1) by Abercrombie, Joe 
  45. Before They Are Hanged (The First Law, #2) by Abercrombie, Joe 
  46. Last Argument of Kings (The First Law #3) by Abercrombie, Joe 
  47. Prince Lestat (The Vampire Chronicles #11) by Anne Rice
  48. The Andromeda Strain by Crichton, Michael 
  49. Gateway (Heechee Saga, #1) by Pohl, Frederik 
  50. Darkover Landfall (Darkover #1) by Marion Zimmer Bradley



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