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Sati’s Hip-Hop & R n’B Corner – 3rd Edition September 30, 2006

Posted by O.J. in Hip-Hop & R n'B Corner, Music.
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Hip-Hop

Its been a long time, I shouldn’t have left you…Whithout some dope jams to step to…

Here is the new Top 5 Hip-Hop & R n’B list of songs getting the most “airplay” over the last 2-week period.  Download and Enjoy!

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5.  P. Diddy – Come To Me

4.  Justin Timberlake Feat. Snoop Dogg – Pose

3.  Lloyd Banks Feat. 50 Cent – Cake

2.  Common – The Light

1.  Lupe Fiasco Feat. Jill Scott – Daydream 

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A Spot In The Sun September 30, 2006

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 Sun

This is truly fascinating!  You may think that you are seeing things.  It looks as though there is a speck of dust on the surface of the sun.  Or maybe the person who took this picture forgot to clean the camera lens.  Well, none of the above are true…

This spectacular photo shows the space shuttle Atlantis alongside the International Space Station (ISS) silhouetted as they orbit the earth. 

The image was taken in Normandy by French astrophotographer Thierry Legault.  He used a digital camera attached to a £5,000 specially kitted-out telescope.

The shuttle and the space station can be seen in orbit 250 miles above the earth while the sun is 93 million miles away!!  Some interesting facts don’t you think?  Gives you an idea of how enormous the sun really is.

The picture below is an enlarged image of the one above, and you can clearly see the silhouette of the shuttle and the space station in the center.  Picture of the year!!

Sun_Enlarged

Robin Williams – Drunk Scotsman Invents “Golf” September 30, 2006

Posted by O.J. in Humour.
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A couple nights ago, a few friends and I were recounting some of the best comedians and stand up performances we’ve seen.  Eddy Murphy, George Carlin, Richard Pryor, and my favourite, Robin Williams.   I remembered a great clip I had seen years back, and so that night, I searched for it and successfully found it on YouTube.  I just have to share, what I believe to be, the funniest stand up comedy skit ever.  Robin Williams – the modern day Charlie Chaplin – is one of the most talented comedians/actors/impersonators of all time.  I’ve watched this clip hundreds of times and I’m literally in tears each time I watch it.  Its a 2-minute spoof on how the Scottish created the game of Golf…Enjoy!

Which Sports Car Are You? September 26, 2006

Posted by O.J. in Fun & Games.
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Answer twelve simple questions relating to your personality to find out which sports car you are. 

This was my result:

You are a Chevrolet Corvette!

Corvette

You’re a classic – powerful, athletic, and competitive.  You’re all about winning the race and getting the job done.  While you have a practical everyday side, you get wild when anyone pushes your pedal.  You hate to lose, but you hardly ever do.

So, which sports car are you?  Try it out for yourself here.

Espresso Yourself September 24, 2006

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 Coffee Cup

Sunday morning, September 24, 2006.  The alarm goes off at 7 a.m. just like any other Sunday.  I hit the snooze button.  I roll around in bed, slowly open my eyes and take a deep breath.  Something is different this morning.  Usually, the aroma of freshly brewed coffee floats through the air, penetrates the door to my room, hovers above my bed, and like a programmed robot, I get up and head to the shower, thinking only of the delicious cup of coffee waiting for me.  But this morning, nothing! Why should I get up?  My daily routine of pouring hot, steaming black coffee slowly into my enormous ceramic mug will not happen today, and will not happen for another 29 days.  I should just go back to sleep.  But wait…I have work!

It’s 8 a.m. and I’ve managed to make it to my car for my journey to work.  I’m stuck in horrible traffic due to the 4th circle detour.  The usual 5 minute drive to work now takes 15 minutes.  I look around at the frustrated drivers beside me.  I look down at my cup holder…it’s empty!  I usually have a large thermos filled to the rim with coffee made from the best coffee beans on earth resting in that cup holder.  But today its empty…No thermos, no coffee.  My brain is half asleep.  My body is lacking its daily dose of caffeine.

The two scenarios above happen to me every year on the first day of Ramadan.  My morning coffee is a ritual; a tradition.  But this is something I have to live without for 30 days of the year.  As the days go by, it gets easier.  My body and my brain adjust. But walking past that empty coffee pot simply reminds me of the joy I get when I have the first sip of coffee every morning…heaven!

Materazzi: Chest Of Steel? September 22, 2006

Posted by O.J. in Humour.
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 Zidane_Materazzi

Millions of people around the world watched Materazzi fall to the ground, screaming in pain, and gasping for air after Zidane smashed his head into Materazzi’s chest during the France vs Italy World Cup Final match.  So why would Nike popularize this man by launching a commercial which clearly implies that he has a “chest of steel”?  His chest looked more like Jello when I saw the incident live.  I don’t like this guy, and I don’t like the fact he is gaining fame for an incident which he provoked and surely deserved.

The commercial should have been Zidane: Head Of Steel!

The Yacoubian Building (Amaret Yacoubian) September 20, 2006

Posted by O.J. in Middle East, Movies.
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 Amaret Yacoubian

I’ve been hearing about this movie for a few weeks now.  Maybe one of the first times I feel, see, and hear so much buzz about an Arabic movie.  I’ve actually heard mixed reviews on the film.  Some loved it, others hated it.  I heard some even walked out of the theatre!  I don’t really know much about the movie, but supposedly, it is very controversial and based on the novel of the same name which was published in 2002 by Egyptian writer Alaa Al Aswani.  I’m not really into Arabic movies.  I may decide to watch the movie at some point, but just incase I don’t, my very good buddy TK not only watched the movie yesterday, but also provided me with a personal review which I will share with all of you. 

*Note to readers.  Proceed with caution.  The review may contain spoilers. 

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Although I am not a fan of Arabic movies I felt the need to see the newly released Amaret Yacoubyan movie and to find out why it has such a mass appeal thus I ventured into this and was pleasantly surprised with the outcome! The film is taken from a novel by Adib Alaa Aswan and is centered on the events that occur in the building which is situated in old downtown Cairo. The film addresses the economic and political developments during the past half century as well as the corruption that is evident in the wake of the Socialist Republican period. It also depicts how the affluent upper and middle class have deteriorated in the Egyptian society as well as shedding light on Islamic fundamentalism in Egypt and homosexuality.

The movie, which runs for 160 minutes, is rather long and at times irritated me with its vicious content, but at the same time it created an urge in me to keep following the events as they unfold. It starts with a backdrop of black and white pictures of old Cairo. The building itself was constructed in 1937 by an affluent well to do foreigner (Khawaja) residing in Cairo named Yacoubyan and it’s original inhabitants were groups of different religions and races. The movie depicts how life in Egypt prior to the 1952 revolution was wonderfull and dandy. Yet after the revolution life became chaotic and corrupt for many in society.

The first depiction of character in the movie is played by the renowned Egyptian actor Adel Imam. He plays the son of a former Basha named Dasuqi and his character is one that lives day by day on the glorious memories of his family’s past heritage doing nothing in life except drowning his hidden sorrows in alcohol and chasing women as a lifetime career.  His sister, played by Souad Younis, accuses him of tarnishing the family reputation with his immoral and unethical conduct and files lawsuits to question his mental status.

The second major character in the movie is Shazili who I do not know actually the name of the actor who plays his role. Shazili is the son of the building’s doorman (bawab) and in the beginning, has aspirations to join the police force and become an officer. But unfortunately he lies about his father’s occupation and gets rejected from the police academy holding much resentment regarding his social status in society. He finds harbour for his resentment and gets recruited by an Islamic fundamentalist to undergo violent terrorist actions. He gets captured and is severely tortured adding more fire to his resentment towards the government and in the end he assassinates the officer who tortured him and dies while doing so in a joint pool of blood with the officer, leaving the viewer in confusion to differentiate between the two bloods flowing on the pavement.  

Khaled Al Rasheed brilliantly plays the role of Hatem Rashid, editor in chief for a French newspaper Le Caire. His role is one of an affluent member of society who is aslo gay. During the course of the movie he targets young poor men to “befriend” in order to justify his abusive childhood from his Sudanese caretaker male nanny.

Egyptian actor Noor Al Sharif plays an affluent businessman and Member of Parliament that falls into the corrupt governmental cycle and is blackmailed by a Minister to share his profits. He refuses at first assuming he is much bigger than the corrupt governmental officials but falls astray and gives in to their blackmail tactics.

 

Overall the movie was something I did not regret going to see and for the first time I believe that the Arabic movie industry has come a long way as the film was excellently written, produced and directed as well. My score is a solid B+…go and see it if you have not so far.

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Thank you for the review TK.  Anyone have a different opinion on the film?

“Which Nokia Are You Talking About?” September 18, 2006

Posted by O.J. in Technology & Gadgets.
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Nokia1 Nokia2

I remember the good old days, when I used to be a Nokia mobile phone user.  You had your 3 series, your 5 series and your 6 series.  Then, things got out of hand.  I became incapable of keeping up with new Nokia models.  The 4433…7850…8410.  Then came the “i”‘s….9300 and 9300i.  Enough already!  The numbers became so hard to remember, that people in Jordan attached catchy and widely used names for certain models.  There was the Farasheh (Butterfly), the Baby Nokia, Sabooneh (Soap Bar), and Dubbeh (The Bear). 

Although not a huge fan of Motorolla phones, the use of names rather than numbers has been a huge marketing success.  The RAZR was the first Moto phone to be given a catchy 4-letter name. Motorolla’s second attempt, which I personally find extremely creative (though I hate the phone itself), is the new PEBL.  Other mobile manufactures are immitating Motorolla’s ingenuity; LG recently released its elegant all black phone called “Chocolate”.  Not quite as creative as the RAZR or PEBL, but a good effort nonetheless.

Inspired by the success of Moto’s RAZR and PEBL, the world’s leading mobile phone maker last week announced that it will be dropping the use of numbers and instead give its phones real names that carry a meaning.

Despite this latest announcement, Nokia still introduced 3 new handsets last week all of which were still numbered:  7390, 7373, 7360.  However, the latest edition to Nokia, the 8800, although still numbered, carries the name “Sirocco”.  Perhaps the next models will completely get rid of the numbers, which are so hard to remember. 

Motorolla started a new revolution in the way mobile phones are now marketed.  I can’t wait to see what they’ll come up with next!

Those “Diamond” Eyes September 18, 2006

Posted by O.J. in Miscellaneous.
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Are they serious?!?!

Diamond studded watches……ok.

Diamond studded phones……crazy, but fine.

Diamond studded cars…we can learn to accept those insane enough to purchase them.

But, Diamond studded contact lenses…you gotta be kidding me!!!

Diamond Lenses

Jordan’s Education System September 17, 2006

Posted by O.J. in Jordan.
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 Education

A friend of mine sent this video to me a couple days back via e-mail. I was informed that the primary recipient of this e-mail was the Ministry Of Education. 

I can’t believe such abuse still takes place in our schools.  I can’t believe there are teachers out there who think physical abuse is a form of discipline.  If this took place in the US, the teacher would be slapped with a lawsuit, would face jail time, and would lose his right to teach along with all credibility.  I seriously hope this teacher is dealt with just as harshly.

The video speaks for itself…[Link]