With its business-friendly operating environment, liberal policies, and ongoing modernizsation of its political institutions, the United Arab Emirates is set to consolidate its position in 2007 as a role model for the Middle East region.
That's exciting and sad all at the same time.
Aside, and following on from the Abu Dhabi badge post of yesterday, Dubai seems to have served as the role model for what will become Abu Dhabi's stomping ground give it 3 years or so.
Posted by grapeshisha at 9:03 PM
And while the film "Ocean's Twelve" didn't quite live up to the sexiness of its predecessor, there were certain elements of cool, including when the NightFox dances his way through the laser alarm system to break into the museum. While that didn't quite outfox Clooney and co, it was a memorable scene.
The song that played during that scene is called "The À La Menthe" (mint tea) by Nikkfurie. The only song missing from the Ocean's Twelve OST is that song.
Download the 2 minute sample (MP3) or buy the album here
Posted by grapeshisha at 4:48 PM
Posted by grapeshisha at 2:07 PM
A toy manufacturer in the US is trying to make a bit of cash by producing a hanging Saddam Hussein doll.
If you are interested, probably not in buying one, but just seeing what these guys do, Herobuilders has made more than 100 figures. You might remember the OBL one and there is TB dressed as action man.
The question is - who buys this stuff?
See more of these dolls at VICALE CORPORATION
Posted by grapeshisha at 6:37 PM
Well, an Islamic jurisprudence of sorts has migrated to the US and is starting to cause a new conflict of cultures:
The issue originated 12 months ago when the airports commission received a fatwa, or religious edict, from the Minnesota chapter of the Muslim American Society. It stated that "Islamic jurisprudence" prohibits taxi drivers to carry passengers with alcohol "because it involves cooperating in sin."
One solution, Islamic zealots suggested, would be to designate the majority of cabs following the practice with special colors, or lights, so that passengers would not hold their breath — which is tantamount to telling a newly stranded passenger: "I am Muslim, and I choose not to give you a ride. Tough luck."
Would that ever happen in the UAE? Maybe on the way to Sharjah? But not in Dubai or Abu Dhabi. The "war of civilizations" is somewhat different in the UAE than it is elsewhere. Muslim majority versus Muslim minority produces differing situations.
New in America: Not Muslim, No Taxi
Posted by grapeshisha at 2:05 PM
Posted by grapeshisha at 1:43 PM
There is profound wackiness afoot here. But I wonder: Is something more interesting happening, too? Because I can't help but find reason for hope in this crass spectacle.
Read the whole thing, with some reference to falconry later.
Posted by grapeshisha at 3:10 PM
Much is being done to try and stop these hooligans, but I suspect not enough with the death rate as it is. And I am sure that there are those who get away with just a slap on the wrist because they can. Well if you can't enforce the law, you can start by tightening it up a bit. A technology, called e-plate, should be able to stope those travelling speedily:
e-plate is a traditional looking aluminium number plate with an embedded high performance active RFID chip inside.
At a distance of up to 100 metres, e-Plate readers identify fast moving e-plated vehicles (up to 200mph) with 100% accuracy, 100% of the time, something traditional ANPR solutions can only dream of.
e-plate securely transmits the vehicles's unique identifier. In the majority of cases this will be the vehcile's VIN ("Vehicle Identification Number") as it is a unique number which stays with the vehicle for its lifetime - unlike owners' details and the licence number which can change over time.
It might be 'big brother'-esque, but I would rather people be scared of big brother and moan about it, than be splattered across the Ittihad highway.
e-plate from selectamark
Posted by grapeshisha at 2:34 PM
And what's interesting is that most Indians hang out with Indians, Filipinos with other Filipinos, Arabs with their brethren so on so forth, so it reminds one of what Amartya Sen says in his book Identity and Violence: The Illusion of Destiny, about multiculturalism and how cultures in the same place tend to coexist in parallel rather than in nexus.
From Dubai: First Impressions - There's more to the city than tall buildings
Posted by grapeshisha at 8:56 PM
Case in point: Wikipedia has banned Qatar:
Apparently Qatar has a single ISP, Qtel, with a single IP address shared by the entire country. Wikipedia has blocked that IP address for anonymous edits, but is allowing users of that IP address with actual Wikipedia accounts to continue to edit articles. There’s one problem, though. You can’t create an account if you enter Wikipedia from that IP address. It’s a bit of a Catch 22, and users will be forced to either use a proxy to enter the site (many of which are also banned), or simply stop editing altogether.
This is not a problem specific to Qatar, by the way. The UAE doesn't seem to have enough to go round, although I think it has gone past the problem of just one, but there are way too few. And while foxy proxies may be the answer for some, this may cause problems for the masses, in time.
Posted by grapeshisha at 8:46 PM
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