Don't Read This.

 Nahar el Chabab last week cover story was about blogs, I was so excited to read it, to know more about the blogs in the middle east and  Lebanon, I was expecting some statistics, the power of blogs in the area, the point of view of the writer and some other useful  information, but unfortunately this article did not add any new information, only  a general definition about blog, some famous international bloggers like the queen Rania , Carla Bruni...and from Lebanon the oldest Lebanese blog Trella for the blogger Imad Bazzi  and Witnessing again for  the painter and poet Laure Ghorayib
The writer ended the article:
To those interested in developing a Blog, I recommend using www.blogs.com, www.blogger.com and www.blogspot.com.
Dear writer,
Blogs.com is a blog that helps you discover the best in blogs. Blogger and Blogspot are two different names for the same platform. Please do more research before writing any article.
I know you will not be reading this post as you are not a fan of Blogs  but i am just speaking my mind.

Beirut Through Buyousef lens.

Anyone who’s ever met me knows how much I love photography .I follow many national and international photographer works and blogs, Buyousef is one of them. Buyousef is a businessman and photographer who travels a lot ,he always make sure to take with him his Nikon in order to capture great pictures all around the world. Last month I had the opportunity to meet him in his last stay in Beirut , we spent over two hours showing him around the city he took some amazing pictures, not only that he post his opinion about  the fascinating and contradictory city that Beirut is today, read more on his last post : [Postcard from Beirut]

Did you drop your pencils???

Mobile devices are so sophisticated, with full keyboards, thousands of free applications,  you see everyone from teens, housewives, businessmen writing so fluently on their computer on their BB devices or on their touch screens, they write almost everything even small notes...
I love my electronic gadgets but  I  Like to write everything ,I note everything with my pen , I like  to collect pens & pencils. I make a lot of grammar errors, but I guess handwriting offers many things that no others does, like the speed, and the personal character, writing a note signing my name is like a finger print it is me not the machine.Handwriting is good for your brain read more [How Handwriting Boosts The Brain]
I think writing is a necessary skills. Pens and papers will continue to exist and handwriting is not going anywhere…
What do you think, please share your opinion, did you drop your pencils??

Always wear your seat belt.


Spectacular video that has almost reached 14 million views on Youtube and the winner of the best social media campaign. Must see & always wear your seat belt. Via:osocio

VOTE for Draw me a song

I’ve been following her blog a while, I love her work, Nour Tohme is really talented artist and illustrator and yes she is Lebanese. You can follow her amazing work Little miss pixel, and you can vote for her work "Draw Me A Song"
Please VOTE for Draw me a song™ to win the Public's Choice Award in the Deutsche Bank Creative Awards (a 10 000 euros prize to fund the project)! Click HERE and simply select "Draw me a song" (2nd choice) for your vote. And spread the word! :)
 Also, join the Facebook and Twitter pages of Draw me a song™ for support!
 Good Luck Nour!

Global warming Ad??

Every season a new well done smart ad using clean art to communicate the campaign message on Sukleen trucks. I saw a nice AD for the winter season , I am not sure if it is a global warming message as this flower sunflower is a summer plant! Then I saw the slogan " Live Clean" ! If it is a global warming campaign  it should be "Live Green"! Something is wrong with that AD. No??? 

World Press Photo of 2010

The international jury of the 54th annual World Press Photo Contest has selected a picture by Jodi Bieber from South Africa as the World Press Photo of the Year 2010.

The portrait of Bibi Aisha was also awarded First prize in the category Portraits Singles in this year's contest. It was shot for Time and was featured on the cover of the 9 August issue of the magazine.

Her winning picture shows Bibi Aisha, an 18-year-old woman from Oruzgan province in Afghanistan, who fled back to her family home from her husband's house, complaining of violent treatment. The Taliban arrived one night, demanding Bibi be handed over to face justice. After a Taliban commander pronounced his verdict, Bibi's brother-in-law held her down and her husband sliced off her ears and then cut off her nose. Bibi was abandoned, but later rescued by aid workers and the American military. After time in a women's refuge in Kabul, she was taken to America, where she received counseling and reconstructive surgery. Bibi Aisha now lives in the US. Via:  World Press Photo


Lei Tarek Booze??

On my last post [the right name for your business] I got a funny comment from Tarek, informing me about his new Pub TAREK BOOZE ! Can you believe this??? The target of this place is only people mbawzin ( Making A Frown Faces) all the day . I am preparing a very long list of boozers to send them there, maybe that place will draw a little smile on their faces :O)
Can you believe we named our pub Tarek Booze? The concept of a character called Tarek, mbawwaz all day like most gov't officials, who comes to this place and biyatrok booze instead... So far, boozers reaction is "hilarious" and stuff like that.Tarek Said

Defending bloggers' rights to freedom of expression


A few days back I posted about Benihana opening up at the Avenues and yesterday night I decided to pass by with Nat and try it out. The service wasn’t too bad for a restaurant that’s just been open for a few days and the staff were really friendly. The restaurant itself is made up of islands and bars with a grill in the middle of each one. You sit around the grill and the chef will come to your table and prepare the food right in front of you which makes things entertaining. It’s actually why I prefer sitting at the bar in Japanese restaurants in general, since you can talk to the chef and watch them put your dish together. The problem with my experience last night though was with the food, it was disappointing to say the least.
We ordered beef negimayaki for starters followed by an Orange Blossom maki and a Hibachi Chicken. The negimaki arrived looking good and was probably the best thing we had there even though I prefer Maki’s negimaki which has a richer teriyaki sauce. The Orange Blossom was very ordinary, wouldn’t order it again. Now the Hibachi chicken which is basically grilled chicken, that was the worst. The chicken was very chewy (I could swear it was undercooked if not raw) and tasted terrible. Even after I had the chef add some more teriyaki sauce in hopes of improving the taste it didn’t work. I tried to dip it into the sauces that came with the chicken but it was hard to figure out if they were actually making things worse or not. Nat only ate one piece of chicken and left the rest while I needed my protein since I’m on a strict diet and forced myself to eat my whole plate (I can do that) but the after taste was really bad. Even the rice and the veggies that came with it tasted bad AND were under cooked. Once we left I considered picking up a frozen yogurt from Pinkberry even though I hate frozen yogurts but I just needed something to get rid of the aftertaste. A few moments later we ended up at Chocolate Bar ordering the gooey chocolate cake (bye bye diet).

I shot the two videos [video one and video two] above of the chef preparing our meal. Benihana are known for the live shows they perform when preparing your dish so I was expecting to see [This] but ended up with the above. Would I go back to Benihana? No I wouldn’t. Their sashimi and maki’s are pretty cheap (KD1.5 for 5 pieces of Salmon sashimi for example) but there are two other Japanese restaurants at the Avenues, Wasabi and Maki, and I would prefer either one of those to Benihana.
The above post is a reproduction of Mark Makhoul's original post on  his blog 2:48AM.

Mark, a blogger living in Kuwait, is now the subject of a $18,000 lawsuit filed by the Kuwaiti franchisee of global Japanese restaurant chain Benihana. Mark's crime? Posting a mildly critical restaurant review on his blog, 2:48AM. A frank but even-handed review, even if negative, does not warrant legal action and that this is not how global brands like Benihana should engage with bloggers.

Despite a massive outcry on blogs, social and mainstream media, both Benihana in Kuwait and Benihana of Tokyo, the New-York based franchisor, have steadfastly refused comment and the court case is, as of the time of writing, still set to commence on 8 March 2011. 
Benihana in Kuwait first deleted critical comments from its Facebook page and then blocked anyone who had been outspoken against them. Benihana of Tokyo has not replied to a single request made using the contact form on its website, despite a promise to return comments within 24 hours. Neither has it responded to calls on this from bloggers and journalists.

We are defending bloggers’ rights to freedom of expression.

We believe that suing a consumer for expressing an opinion is totally unacceptable. We believe that a company arrogant enough to ignore the very real expressed concerns of thousands of consumers is arrogant enough to think it can press ahead with this suit – one which would set a very worrying precedent for Middle East bloggers. We want to send a clear message out – that today’s consumer has the right to express an opinion online – whether that be satisfaction or dissatisfaction – without fear of bullying and litigation from companies.

Consequently, today, 14 February 2011, bloggers are posting a copy of Mark’s original My Benihana Experience post to their own blogs and Facebook pages.

In an effort to highlight both Mark's predicament and Benihana's apparent keenness to sue bloggers, friends of Mark and fellow bloggers around the world can join us in re-posting a copy of Mark's original Benihana post today. They sued him – will they sue all of us?
It’s not too late to join us! The day is young…

Black Beetle.


Volkswagen Gets 1 Million Commercial Views Before the Super Bowl! Great work! must see!!

The right Name for your business

When you start a business the hardest part is to find a name to your company or your product. The name is everything it will be the first thing the public sees and will define how your customers relate to your business.. Your name should be easy to spell, and unique, a company name should have personality and attitude…
Some people choose the easiest way by taking the same name for another successful company, thinking that this name will bring them a big success…so you will be surprised seeing business being named the same as another business, like in the picture above, who knows maybe soon you'll find some sandwiches in that shop!

Lebanese Peace Flag.

I liked this Avatar, a friend is using  on Twitter. I wanted to share it with you Lebanese and non-Lebanese readers, you can use it and share it  as well . "I did it to express my wish for people in Lebanon to unite and keep calm in these though situations in Lebanon" Patrick Said.

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