Friday, December 25, 2009

The Apple tablet

So Apple computers is about to change the game once more.

Now, it is going to be a computer that is like a giant iPhone with the same touch capabilities. It will fashion enhanced tilt and bump detection. Both of which will be part of how you interact with it.

We also be seeing a lot more than pinch and zoom with the multitouch interface. Thinking 3 or more fingers to do various actions.

PS: May be called iSlate and be unveiled in a few weeks.


UPDATE: Its called the iPad which is such a horrible name.

Monday, June 01, 2009

So Carrefoure Amman has a time machine

Yesterday, or rather last night, the 31st of May 2009, I realized that a time machine has been invented sometime ago (or sometime in the future :-) ? ) and has been in use in Carrefoure Amman.

I was checking out the chicken breast offers that they had, and I noticed that the items on offer looked a bit old, so I took a glance at the production date, and realized it was made today 1st of June 2009. And since it wasn't today yet, as it was still last night, I was shocked.

I decided to check that I am looking at the production, not expiry date. Of course, this is because I really want to make sure the date was correct and hence the deduction of the use of a time machine.

And to my shock, it was indeed 1st of June 2009.

Of course I was so excited, I nearly peed my pants (or at least thats what I say). I told everyone I know that there is going to be time travel soon, and made all kinds of predictions about how its going to be "when would you like to go today?" instead of "where would you like to go?".

Everyone thought I was being funny, and I am not. I took offense of course.

All this excitement kept me up AALLL night, and I am now writing this because of a stupid thought that had occurred to me. And I want to hear what you guys think. I need your help.

Is it possible that the employees at carrefoure were fudging the numbers? I mean they actually made the chicken breasts on the morning of 31st of May, or may be even before that, and then printed the label to say 1st of June 2009 to get one day more out of the sales window?

If that is not the case, and I think its not. Why would they use something so great as a time machine to do something so simple as produce chicken breasts one day ahead into the future? Why would they do that to something so insignificant as chicken breasts? Or is there more to chicken breast than meats the mouth???

Anyways, please, if anyone has any logical explanation of why/how or when this is done, please let me know ASAP, I can't stand the excitement.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Some shots from Amman this morning

Drenched Mosque

Too pretty to miss

In car

Random moment in Amman

The lot next door
The lot next door, originally uploaded by LotusGem.

I took these shots this morning. The weather changed in 20 minutes from (I should go back, its probably a snow day) to (Clear blue spring day)

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Elizabeth Gilbert is retarded

I was just watching Elizabeth Gilbert give a talk in TED. 

The premise of the talk was that Genius was a thing that comes to the artist or the creative person as opposed to a part of ones character or mental ability.

Which is fine.

She then goes on to say that this Genius thing is God. And says that in North Africa a spiritual dancer, on rare occasions, transcends his mortal being and becomes something more than mortal. And everyone would start chanting Allah Allah. Because they knew what that was.

Now how retarded is that?

Let me tell you something Gilbert. In North Africa they say Allah when they eat a good meal of "Molokhiah Bil Aranib". Not because they thing that this Molokhieh is God, but because they say the name of God when they impressed with something.

In fact, most if not all Arabs do that. 

So stop being retarded and check your sources next time. Good advice for a writer.

Monday, February 16, 2009

The financial crisis is affecting everyone

Looking around in Jordanian businesses, it would seem that everything is alright and its all business as usual to the untrained eye. And things become so much clearer when you inspect the detail.

A few of my friends are having trouble collecting on payments already owed, others are having trouble making a sale as more and more products and services fall behind the nessary line and into luxury territory.

I my self am having trouble making sales, which is to be expected for a new business. But it seems to me that things are a lot more difficult and will take a lot more time than I originally planned.

I guess the vacation I planned for the next summer hangs in the balance now. :)

Monday, February 09, 2009

What to do? Need advice

I seek everyone's advice.

Im in a situation where I am working on a project and I have a partner in that project. We both share the vision of the goal, and we are both unsure how exactly we are going to do it.

However, my team partner doesn't want to stick to the rules. He always finds ways to break them and workaround them. Although I am very sure that he understands why the rules are there, and understands that we can only get to what we need if we stick to the rules.

I've talked a lot to my friend here to make sure we do stick to the rules. Every time I do this he agrees and we go back to sticking strictly to the rules. But only for a few weeks, at best.

I think he does this because the rules are difficult and its easier to break the rules. And to that we have a huge project to accomplish, one that requires dedication and work. Why would the rules be easy? It only makes sense that they would be difficult. 

It seems my friend needs to decide. Either stick with the project and its rules, or find another project with easier rules.


Monday, January 19, 2009

5 minutes into the summit and its back to the original agenda

So after 5 minutes of kicking off the Arab summit in Kuwait, which was supposed to discuss the Gaza issue first, it switched to the original financial agenda.

Good work guys.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

The Unilateral cease fire has been breeched unilaterally

A White Phosphorus attack on Bait Lahia has taken place well after the unilateral ceasefire was in effect. 

Any one else not surprised?

Monday, January 12, 2009

Palm pre

Take a good look at this phone. You'll be hearing a lot about it in
2009.

The Palm pre.

White Phosphorus - Israel is clearly desparate

Israel is now using White Phosphorus in Gaza.

White Phosphorus is not an illegal weapon. It is however, to be used under very strict regulations. The most relevant of these is that it is not to be used on personnel. This includes the prohibition of use against military combatants as well as civilians.

A person coming in contact with this substance will suffer horrific burns, and the heat will peal the skin from the bone.

Having bombed UNRWA schools, hospitals, and ambulances, it is clear that Israel is intentionally targeting civilians. And now its clear they are even doing this with illegally used weaponry.

It is also clear that Israel is targeting the civilians in order to scare them and scare Hamas into a submissive ceasefire that guarantees Israeli presence in Gaza.

Israel however, is getting no where, and its at the end of its rope.

I yesterday saw a 12 year old girl who had both her legs amputated at the knee due to severe burns that reached the bone. The girl was in the hospital with her two new stumps, and she was saying "thank God, other people have it worse".

Israel does not realize (or may be it does) that those people do NOT fear death, or horror. They see this life as only a temporary life, one that will end for everyone at some point. What matters is that you do the right thing and prepare for the after life.

May God ease their suffering and strengthen their will even further. Amen.

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Hamas starts its response

So Hamas already announced capturing two solders, Qassam brigades also announced capturing one. This of course not counting the solders injured and dead.

As time goes we will see destroyed and disabled tanks and more captured solders.

You know, there is a reason Israel left Gaza in the first place. In short, its 300 Square KMs that has around 1.5 million people in it.

Let me make this clear. Palestine will win this war. And the next one and every war from this point on until the one that will force a solution on Israel.

قتلانا في الجنة وقتلاهم في النار، والحرب سجال