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June Goodies

June is my fav month of the year! And, as usual, here are some wallpapers for this lovely month ๐Ÿ™‚ Download away!

Download sizes:

800×480,ย 1024ร—768,ย 1280ร—800,ย 1280ร—1024,ย 1440ร—900,ย 1680ร—1050,ย 1920ร—1200,ย iPhone, [new!] iPad

And just before I leave you to your busy days, here’s a song for you ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy! The Doors – Indian Summer

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[PS: Thanks to Ayman for the iPad tip!]

Impressions from Geneva

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Here’s a belated overview of my impressions from the trip to Geneva. What do you think about how Lebanon compares to European coutries?

Hope you’re having a lovely day, here’s a song to brighten things up ๐Ÿ™‚ Diana Krall’s ‘Walk on By’. Enjoy!

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Ode to Municipal Elections

Ode to Municipal Elections:  On a breezy April morning, just like a divine call The holes where my car was accustomed to fall Suddenly disappeared, all  On that same [once un]fortunate path That used to host drivers' wrath Flamboyant roundabouts have blossomed  Midst this jolly festival I ask myself: what the h##l?  Must be municipal elections already! Maybe we should make them yearly? For road adjustments more regularly!

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Ode to Municipal Elections:  On a breezy April morning, just like a divine call The holes where my car was accustomed to fall Suddenly disappeared, all  On that same [once un]fortunate path That used to host drivers' wrath Flamboyant roundabouts have blossomed  Midst this jolly festival I ask myself: what the h##l?  Must be municipal elections already! Maybe we should make them yearly? For road adjustments more regularly!

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Ode to Municipal Elections:  On a breezy April morning, just like a divine call The holes where my car was accustomed to fall Suddenly disappeared, all  On that same [once un]fortunate path That used to host drivers' wrath Flamboyant roundabouts have blossomed  Midst this jolly festival I ask myself: what the h##l?  Must be municipal elections already! Maybe we should make them yearly? For road adjustments more regularly!

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Ode to Municipal Elections:  On a breezy April morning, just like a divine call The holes where my car was accustomed to fall Suddenly disappeared, all  On that same [once un]fortunate path That used to host drivers' wrath Flamboyant roundabouts have blossomed  Midst this jolly festival I ask myself: what the h##l?  Must be municipal elections already! Maybe we should make them yearly? For road adjustments more regularly!

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Ode to Municipal Elections:  On a breezy April morning, just like a divine call The holes where my car was accustomed to fall Suddenly disappeared, all  On that same [once un]fortunate path That used to host drivers' wrath Flamboyant roundabouts have blossomed  Midst this jolly festival I ask myself: what the h##l?  Must be municipal elections already! Maybe we should make them yearly? For road adjustments more regularly!

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Ode to Municipal Elections:  On a breezy April morning, just like a divine call The holes where my car was accustomed to fall Suddenly disappeared, all  On that same [once un]fortunate path That used to host drivers' wrath Flamboyant roundabouts have blossomed  Midst this jolly festival I ask myself: what the h##l?  Must be municipal elections already! Maybe we should make them yearly? For road adjustments more regularly!

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Ode to Municipal Elections:  On a breezy April morning, just like a divine call The holes where my car was accustomed to fall Suddenly disappeared, all  On that same [once un]fortunate path That used to host drivers' wrath Flamboyant roundabouts have blossomed  Midst this jolly festival I ask myself: what the h##l?  Must be municipal elections already! Maybe we should make them yearly? For road adjustments more regularly!

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Ode to Municipal Elections:  On a breezy April morning, just like a divine call The holes where my car was accustomed to fall Suddenly disappeared, all  On that same [once un]fortunate path That used to host drivers' wrath Flamboyant roundabouts have blossomed  Midst this jolly festival I ask myself: what the h##l?  Must be municipal elections already! Maybe we should make them yearly? For road adjustments more regularly!

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Ode to Municipal Elections:  On a breezy April morning, just like a divine call The holes where my car was accustomed to fall Suddenly disappeared, all  On that same [once un]fortunate path That used to host drivers' wrath Flamboyant roundabouts have blossomed  Midst this jolly festival I ask myself: what the h##l?  Must be municipal elections already! Maybe we should make them yearly? For road adjustments more regularly!

I hope you like my poem. I felt like writing it to express my amazement at the latest road adjustments in Jounieh. Note that this is freestyle poetry so don’t judge the rhymes or syllables ๐Ÿ˜›

Now for the true poetry, here’s Ella Fitzgerald singing ‘Ev’ry time we say goodbye!’ Have a beautiful week! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Crest Smile – UPDATE

If you support this, you can now vote or commentย HERE!ย Thank you Crest for approving the submission after all! ๐Ÿ™‚

No song today, I have the flu and need to catch up on some sleeping, so have a beauuutiful day all!

Briefly in the elevator

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The guy managed to tell me his autobiography from the ground to the 14th floor. It was interesting and I felt it’s really a Lebanese superpower to be able to converse deeply with anyone you face, in any situation, at any time!

Today’s song is Tarzan Boy’s Baltimore. This tune is full of positivity! Have a great day/weekend my darlings! ๐Ÿ™‚

CC Beirut highlights

To those who don’t know, Friday April 16th was the 1st Creative Commons Salon in Beirut. Creative Commons in a type of ‘flexible copyright’ that allows you to share your work with less restrictions than the classical coypright. All the content of this blog is under a CC license [see bottom of right sidebar], which means you can take the comics, use them and abuse them, as long as you mention the source without making money out of them.

You can check photos of the event here and here.ย You can check a video here [thanks to Hyperstage.net].ย For more details about the presentations lineup, check the Facebook page ‘description’.

A big thank you to Donatella, Mohamad, Naeema & Habib with whom I worked closely to make this event possible. Here’s Donatella’s announcement of the Salon.

In short, it was a fantabulous event. Thank you to all who helped and attended! Hopefully this will be the first of many! Let’s spread the spirit of sharing our work ๐Ÿ™‚

In the spirit of Creative Commons and sharing, Slutterhouse just released their first single EP “Inside the Station – remix EP” in all digital stores worldwide, AND for download. For more about this Lebanese ‘electro-rock with a twist’ band [whose music I love!!], ย check their website www.slutterhouse.com, or start your Monday with their song ๐Ÿ™‚

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Here’s the thing…

[If you can’t see Youtube, download the video here]

As we say in Lebanese, ุชุนูŠุดูˆ ูˆ ุชุงูƒู„ูˆ ุบูŠุฑุง! [hope you’ll live to see more pranks ๐Ÿ˜‰ ]

Thanks a lot for the AMAAAAZING reactions that you guys sent out regarding the TV show… I was so happy that I actually put them all into a collage [from FB, Twitter and the blog] and you can check them below!! [click to enlarge]

A big big thank you goes to the brilliant Habib who brainstormed this with me yesterday last minute when I still didn’t know what today’s prank would be ๐Ÿ˜‰

Last but least, let’s end it with a beaaautiful tune by Pat Metheny, “New Chatauqua”

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Amalgam goes on TV!

Remember when I told you about my Birthday wish of turning Amalgam into an animated series? Well…… *drum roll* ……. it was actually a sample to submit to LBC intl [Leb TV channel]ย ย to feature it at the end of their night news!!!!!!!!!! And….. it got accepted, 1st episode will show starting April! I’m SO thrilled about it!!!! See you tonight on the news ๐Ÿ˜‰

Announcing… CC Salon Beirut

Remember when I went to Jordan for CC Salon Amman? Well, now we’re finally organizing CC Salon Beirut with the help of Donatella, Habib, Naeema & Mohamad!

What I’d like to share with you is the design process of the poster, which is a collaborative design between the talented Naeema Zarif and myself, ร  la Creative Commons ๐Ÿ˜‰

Step 1: I designed this

Step2: I sent it to Naeema, who sent me this back!

Step 3: I tried to mix both designs, CC-style ๐Ÿ˜‰

And… lo and behold, the CC Beirut Salon poster… [click to enlarge]

What do you think?

Now the next step is to SPREAD THE WORD! Join our Facebook event, and if you’re a blogger, download a banner from the options below to add to your blog!

160 x 800

150 x 417

160 x 200

150 x 90

Share away! And don’t forget to follow the updates on Twitter, follow @CCBeirut, and use the official hashtag #CCBeirut and join the Facebook event.

As for the line up of presentations at the event, here it is:

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*PRESENTING ARTISTS*
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CC for music
> Meen The Band, Lebanese Rock. Live music
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Michelle Keserwany, Jagal el USEK

CC for visual arts
> Naeema Zarif

CC for photography
> Lara Zankoul – 365 project
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Samer Nakfour – Analog photography

CC for media
>ย Jessica Dheere – SMEX

CC for filmmaking
> Cyril Aris & Mounia Akl – Beirut I love you (I love you not)

CC for comics
> Samandal
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Maya Zankoul

CC for geeks
> Leb Geeks

See you all at OBROS, Clemenceau on April 16 ๐Ÿ˜‰ And to end it with music released under Creative Commons, here’s another song from Meen: Superhero

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Special gathering

it's that time of the year again.

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The annual socio-religio-politico-fashiono-masquerade gaterhing of all 5 family generations

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Palm Sunday - Les Rameaux -  Sha3nineh

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But I nag not, for the true victims of this are the children (this year I did not wear heels)

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Yalla mami wlek smile pour la photo!

In comparison to last year, it was a much easier experience & I spent the occasion observing others – something I very much enjoy doing [in case you haven’t noticed yet] ๐Ÿ˜‰

It’s Monday, and I have a beautiful tune for you. This is another Joe Hisaishi, from the soundtrack of Howl’s Moving Castle. Enjoy and have an amazing week! ๐Ÿ™‚

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History repeats itself

True Story: They FINALLY removed the "iso and elissar" poster from dbayeh highway! Joy! Happiness!

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I'm sure they will replace it with a cultural event!

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Or environmental! Or educational! Or even artistic!

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BUT NO.

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Presenting... Elianor & Elissar!

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NOOOOOOO!!

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I'm left with drinking it away.

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Believe it or not, this story is 100% true! [Well, except the drinking part, it’s not true just yet.] I wish you all a lovely Monday, with today’s song ‘Wild Horses’ & I’m not exactly sure who sings it… Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

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A miracle at Lebanese banks

Breaking news! Lebanese banks & postal services implement numbering system to avoid waiting in line and to save time!

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BEFORE: we had to wait in line.

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THEN, THE MIRACLE: Numbering system

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2- Get informed of "THE MIRACLE".

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3- Nag about it and try to negotiate a faster deal. "But my transaction is fast!"

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4- Resignedly go to miracle and not know how to use it. "Hmm. This looks like toilet paper!"

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5- Have someone explain the "right" way to use it. "you only get one ticket!"

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6- go back to waiting in line

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7- When your turn finally comes 40 minutes later...

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When your turn comes, lady interrupts

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"Madame get a number, please!" "But my transaction is fast!"

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Take the lady to step 4 and repeat to fade

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If you’ve been at a bank [that I won’t name] or at Liban Post lately, then you have surely noticed the new “numbering” system. I had to wait about 40 minutes for my turn to come, so I thought that I might as well observe and analyze the different interactions happening there! ๐Ÿ™‚ I wonder how long it will take for the new system to be understood by people coming for transactions!

I’ll now leave you with this beautiful song, covered by Eva Cassidy “Song Bird”. Have a beautiful day! ๐Ÿ™‚

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