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An Arab man's attempt at bridging the cultural gap and trying to make a difference. Failing a lot. Succeeding once in a while.

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Al-Sultana Machboos TVC

8 May, '032 Comments

This is the first, and in my opinion one of the most irritating television commercials around. I think it started airing about the 1st of May, 2003 and continues to be broadcast on the Showtime channels. It’s a commercial for "machboos mix", one of the local Gulf most famous dishes. It depects the "old" way […]

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Bad Television Commercials

Bad Television Commercials

8 May, '0313 Comments

I’ve riled against demeaning adverts and promised to start uploading some that I find bad, offensive or downright unimaginative. All of these will have a common theme: that the Gulf Arabs are "stupid" and as such should either to talked at or down to from the creators of these adverts. Here’s a sample of ads […]

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How to create a Xaraya Theme

5 May, '0313 Comments

I made over computerpoint.tv in less than a couple of hours, and that included installing Xaraya 0.902, importing the previous PostNuke 0.723 data using import8.php AND creating the theme! Themes with BL are extremely easy. I am sure I haven’t even scratched the surface or capabilities of the BlockLayout templating engine, but I got it […]

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Stupid adverts, or targetted at stupid people?

5 May, '0312 Comments

Is there a word stronger than “detest” to express my hate for most of the stupid television commercials targetted to Gulf viewers? The typical TVCs (television commercials) we get to watch on the now tens of satellite channels and ALL of the terrestrial channels in the Gulf I think are so low in creative quality, […]

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new theme…

5 May, '033 Comments

yep, I’ve finished the first iteration of a new theme for Xaraya inspired by the PBS scientific site Nova and the new Xaraya theme done by Andy V. where I borrowed some of his styles. let me know what you think and if you experience any problems with it… Here’s how I created this theme […]

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