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Video: Paula Abdul’s Wackiest Interview Yet January 15, 2007

Posted by O.J. in Entertainment, Videos.
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There is no way ‘The Theme’ can allow an incident like this to pass under the radar.

Paula Abdul, the kind-hearted, supportive, and bubbly judge on the extremely popular TV show ‘American Idol’, might be drinking a little too much bubbly these days.

Paula’s most recent interview, which was conducted to help promote the upcoming new season, was an utter disaster and a complete embarrassment to her and the show.  Paula’s antics have always been a little too weird for my liking; but at least she still fell under the “normal” category.  Well, not anymore folks!!

Slurred words, a crooked smile, twitching, and just plain obnoxious.  Drunk?  Stoned?  You be the judge…

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“24” Returns With A Bang! January 15, 2007

Posted by O.J. in Reviews, TV.
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 Jack Bauer

Just when I was about to throw in the towel and quit watching 24, I come across dozens of articles in which TV critics hail the new season.

In my books, 24 was at the end of its lifeline.  I had heard rumours prior to the beginning of Season 5, that it was to be the last season for the show.  So, when Fox announced last year that 24 had been signed on for another 5 seasons, I was utterly shocked!!  The show has been in a down-hill spiral since Season 3, and almost all the original, and very much loved, characters have been killed off.  “Where does the show go from here?” I asked myself.  “How many more dreadful days can Jack Bauer have?”

For me, 24 was in ICU.  I would give Season 6 the chance to impress me with the first 2 – 3 episodes.  If the writers and producers stick to the same boring, repetitive and complex storylines, 24 will be dead to me.

However, looks like 24 will be rejuvenated; and luckily, fans of the show are in for the shock of their life.  The following is what TV critics are saying about the first few episodes of Season 6:

Oh no they di-in’t!

Kiefer should win an Emmy for his first five minutes on screen alone.

This damn show has done it again.

Just when you thought you knew the formula, knew the players, could possibly predict what might happen next, the storyline bitch-slaps you into an entirely different hemisphere. And oh, it is good!

The end of the fourth episode will leave you speechless.

With exciting reviews like these, how can I turn my back on 24?  It sounds like this could be the show’s best season yet.  Fox is airing a 2-night 4-hour season premiere in which episodes 1 & 2 (7 a.m. – 8 a.m. and 8 a.m. – 9 a.m.) aired yesterday, and episodes 3 & 4 (9 a.m. – 10 a.m. and 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.) will air today. 

For those following the show, this is what Jack Bauer is expected to look like after 20 months of Chinese torture:

Jack Bauer (with beard)

As for me, I’m most definately looking forward to a 24-filled weekend.  I’m almost positive all the local DVD/movie-rental joints will have all 4 episodes by Thursday.  So for all of you who don’t want to wait for the official DVD release in November, and don’t mind watching the show over a span of 4 months, I suggest you head over to your preferred DVD joint ASAP.

Update: iPhone Unveiled January 10, 2007

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 iPhone

One of The Theme’s first posts back in August 2006, was the eventual release of the much anticipated and talked about iPhone 

Well, Apple Inc. has now officially introduced the iPhone to the world.  The Apple website now has an iPhone tab giving details on the many features this so-called “revolutionary” phone has to offer.

The photos I posted on my blog were mockups of what many had expected the iPhone to look like.   Turns out there were over 10 different Photoshop mockups circulating on the internet.  It’s very interesting to see how different the official design of the iPhone is when compared to the previous mockups.  You can see images of all the past mockups here.  

I don’t expect the iPhone to be released in the Middle East until 3rd quarter 2007.  But when it finally does, I’m almost certain that I’ll be in the market for a new phone…

What Your Gym Won’t Tell You January 7, 2007

Posted by O.J. in Amman, Sports & Fitness.
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 Fitness

With the start of a new year, scores of people have flocked to sign up with Amman’s newest, biggest, and most talked about fitness club – VY Life Gym.

Each new year brings with it numerous New Year resolutions, the most common of which involve joining a gym or fitness club.  While many have already signed up with their local fitness clubs, for those well-intentioned souls who plan to stick to their New Year’s resolutions but have have yet to join a gym, here are a few fundamental issues one should consider prior to becoming a member:

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And Yet Another Year Flies By… January 6, 2007

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Resolution

Wishing everyone a very happy New Year!

I’m finally back after a much needed 2-week winter hiatus.  

Watch this space…

Christmas Time…Turkey Time! December 25, 2006

Posted by O.J. in Chatter, Food.
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It’s that time of year when households across the globe serve up a large succulent turkey, filled with a delicious blend of stuffing, complimented with a wide array of scrumptious side dishes.

Unlike regular folks, the four words that come to my mind whenever Christmas roles around each year:  turkey, stuffing, gravy, and mashed potatoes.

I usually watch eyes wide open, mesmerized, as someone grabs a large knife and carefully slices the turkey open, only to reveal a treasure chest of stuffing within.  When asked whether I’d prefer red or white meat, I always request white.  The large, white, tender piece of turkey breast is placed on my plate, which is then topped with spoonfuls of stuffing and mashed potatoes, and finally flooded with mouth-watering gravy.  I may add some vegetables if the space on my plate permits.

Serving after serving, until ironically, the turkey stuffing eventually stuffs me!

Wishing all my readers a very Merry Christmas! 

Video: Jigsaw Time December 21, 2006

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Jigsaw, the creepy puppet from the “Saw” movie series, in his funniest scene yet.

I laughed my a$$ off watching this video.  And everytime I watch it over again, I crack up even harder. 

Jigsaw’s dead!! 

Philly’s Best…In Amman December 20, 2006

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Thinly shaved rib-eye or USDA beef; a blanket of melted American, Provolone or “Cheez whiz” cheese; a mixture of sautéed onions, green peppers, and mushrooms; all sandwiched in a freshly baked Italian role.

The authentic Philly Cheese Steak sandwich can only be found in Philadelphia.  A regular Philadelphia debate is which of the oldest Philly Cheese Steak shops in the city is the best:  Pat’s, Gino’s, or Jim’s? 

I actually had the pleasure of trying an authentic Philly Cheese Steak at Pat’s while I was in Philadelphia back in 1999.  Absolutely incredible!!  I can honestly say that I haven’t had a Philly Steak since then that comes close to Pats’ perfection. 

But as you are aware, living in Amman, one has to learn to appreciate what is available.  I applaud the attempts of certain restaurants in Amman that manage to concoct some quite tasty Philly Cheese Steak sandwiches. After a tumultuous journey, in an effort to find the best Philly Cheese Steak sandwiches in town, the following restaurants have made it onto my Top 5 list.  And they are: 

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5.  Casper & Gambini’s (They need to do away with the tomato sauce and add more onions, green peppers and mushrooms)

4.  Urban Grill (Not bad at all. A bit too greasy for my liking – and I am someone who loves greasy food)

3.  Nara (Very good sandwich. The bread they use is always fresh)

2.  Houston’s (Very tasty…They should consider using American or Provolone cheese rather than Mozzarella)

1.  Champions (Simply Delicious! The only place in town that actually thinly shaves the beef, rather than slicing it in strips)

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EverNote: The Digital Note-taking Solution December 18, 2006

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Is your office desk or drawer cluttered with small white papers or post-it notes?  Is your note-pad or Filofax crammed with notes, names, dates and telephone numbers?  Do you have a hard time finding where you placed that piece of paper with a telephone number you jotted down a few days back?

My answers are yes to all three questions above.  I jot down notes, names, and telephone numbers on small pieces of paper which flood my desk.  I am constantly scribbling notes and numbers all over my notepad to the point that I sometimes completely fill every inch of a page.  Can you imagine how hard it is for me to have to go back to that page or those post-it notes to find a specific number !? 

There is only so much temporary information you can keep around.  Numbers, names, dates, facts, times, tasks, ideas and notes that you can throw away, but may need to save.  I am generally a very unorganized person.  My numerous attempts at staying organized last about a week until papers, notes, business cards, letters, etc. are scattered all over my desk.  That is why I choose the digital route.  I use nifty gadgets and practical software applications to keep everything such as contacts, calender entries, appointments, tasks – and now notes – organized and systematic. 

I stumbled across this great application called EverNote which works with Windows operating system. I’ved been using it a for a few days now and I’m very happy so far.  I literally grabbed every single one of those small papers sprinkled across my desk and entered them into my new digital note-taking system.  This handy software application is a must-have for quick note-taking.  You can organize your notes into categories, give them labels, use smart search to locate specific notes, create to-do lists, browse notes in a time-line, and so much more. 

The download is quick, free and very easy to install.  Disregard the paid version.  The main difference between the free and paid version is in synchronization features and handwriting recognition.  If you have an external tablet or Tablet PC and you like taking handwritten notes on your computer, you’re going to want the paid version.  The software integrates very well with Microsoft Office applications such as PowerPoint, Excel, and Word.  It is definitely well worth downloading and trying out. 

So, the next time someone asks you to take down a phone message or a confirmation number, instead of jotting it down on a post-it note the old school way, enter it digitally using your new note-taking tool.  No more paper clutter!

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again…”If it ain’t digital, it ain’t sh!*t”.  🙂

Picnic By The Bridge December 15, 2006

Posted by O.J. in Amman, Chatter, Jordan.
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I decided to take a relaxing Friday afternoon drive and maybe even get a glimpse of the recently inaugurated Wadi Abdoun Suspension Bridge in braod daylight.

What a crazy sight it was!!  Dozens of cars parked alongside the bridge, people snapping group photos, children playing, families taking a stroll along the small pathway…it won’t be long before they start bringing grills for a BBQ by the bridge!!

For a Friday afternoon, when the streets of Amman are usually empty, Jordan’s new landmark was packed with pedestrians and inconsiderate motorists who caused traffic by literally parking ON the bridge, completely blocking off one of only two lanes.  They would then jump over the large concrete railings to get to the pathway for a cigarette or photo, then jump back over to get into their cars.  Frickin’ insane!!!

I completely understand the excitement and the curiosity.  Amman residents have waited almost 4 years for the bridge to be completed.  Nevertheless, it’s a bridge people…not a damn amusement park!