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Today Paul Carr, my favorite author on Tech Crunch, announced that he will make the pdf version of his latest book “Bringing Nothing to Party” available for free through a Creative Commons licence allowing noncommercial redistribution while crediting his website htttp://www.paulcarr.com .

I haven’t read the book yet so I will withhold giving an opinion for now. If you feel adventurous enough to start reading a 275 page book you can download it right here.

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The following video came through my RSS reader. It’s an award winning short film on the illegal checkpoints imposed by the Israeli Occupation(sic). Routinely, Palestinians in need of immediate medical attention are denied access to it, harassed, assaulted, and forced to give birth with out access to basic medical attention. Sometimes they’re even shot at those checkpoints. I leave you with video.

[Hat tip to Jazarah]

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Sitting in one of Damascus’s infamous Microbuses (locally known as Servees), A Pepsi Max ad plays on the radio. It goes like this:

Buyer: Give me Pepsi Max.
Shopkeeper: It has no sugar.
B: I know, but it has all the taste.
SP (in dullest most stupid voice imaginable): but it has no sugar.
B: I know! but it has all the tase, why would I want sugar? GIVE ME PEPSI MAX I TELL YOU!

I don’t know what the guys who created this astounding ad were thinking, but what I inferred from the ad was that those who sell Pepsi Max just don’t get it, and those who buy it are douche bags. Excellent selling point.

That said, the Syrian Advertisement industry is largely a national embarrassment. The examples are just too many. but to be fair, every once in a while an advertising agency does come up with ideas that are pure genius, fun, and original. Yet the trend is largely finding a great song or piece of classical music and butcher it by turning it to a bubble gum song or a floor cleaner brand. Ask any Syrian whether they know the Lavicera musical piece, you will be surprised.

Anyways, you would expect an multinational mega-corp like Pepsi with a huge advertisement budget to actually come up with ads that don’t suck. I guess Syrian advertising is still a guaranteed way for a company to shoot themselves in the foot.

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I got the following via email, asking me to publish it here.. I gladly comply

Dear ECHO Members and Friends,

ECHO Musical Cultural Association in collaboration with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) invite you to support the children of Gaza by attending the following fundraising concert:

Concert: “Echo of Gaza’s Children Screams

Performers: – The Syrian National Symphony Orchestra

– The Syrian Military Band

– The Choir of the Higher Institute of Music

Venue: Opera Theater – Dar Al-Assad for Culture and Arts

Date & Time: Tuesday, February 3, 2009 at 7:00 p. m.

All proceeds of the concert will be allocated to Gaza’s Children through the UNRWA.

Ticket prices are as follows:

20,000 SYP (rows: A to F)

10,000 SYP (rows: G to V)

5,000 SYP (first balcony and lodges)

1,000 SYP (second balcony)

Tickets will be sold at Dar Al-Assad from Jan. 25 to 29 (09:00 to 15:15 hrs).

This event will be televised LIVE by the Syrian Television.

Thanking you in advance for your kind contributions,

ECHO

Musical Cultural Association

I just need to add that I’ve already went to a musical performances by The Syrian National Symphony Orchestra, The Syrian Military Band and The Choir of the Higher Institute of Music. They are all amazing and the cause is worth the unprecedented ticket price. GO!

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ذهبت مؤخراً إلى مسرحية ضمن احتفالية دمشق عاصمة الثقافة العربية اسمها المهاجران، من تأليف كاتب بولندي “سلافومير مروجيك” قام بتأليفها زمن الحرب الباردة وتعكس قسوة تلك الفترة والشعور العام بالغربة والانعزال عن العالم التي تميزت به

أقيمت المسرحية في ملجأ تحت الأرض “لترويج مفهوم الأماكن البديلة” على حد تعبير الاحتفالية، وهذا ساهم في تعزيز الأثر النفسي للمسرحية على المتلقين لاسيما وأن قاعة الملجأ وضعت المشاهدين على بعد خطوتين عن الممثلين، حتى أن إحدى قطع الزجاج المكسورة أصابت إحدى المتفرجات في رأسها -دون أن تؤذيها- في إحدى المشاهد التي يتشاحن فيها الممثلان بعنف

لست هنا بمعرض نقد المسرحية ولكن ما أزعجني فيها -بل أحزنني وأخجلني- هي أنه من أصل الخمس وعشرين مشاهداً الذين ملؤوا قاعة الملجأ الصغيرة خلال العرض الأول للمسرحية كان حوالي عشرة أشخاص من الأجانب، ليسوا سوريين بل ليسوا حتى عرباً!؟

قد يقول البعض بأن هذا عائد إلى ضعف الترويج لأحداث الاحتفالية ويلقي اللوم على الأمانة العامة، مع أنه يمكمك الحصول على برنامج الاحتفالية لشهر كامل عند حضورك أي فعالية ضمنها، وهناك موقع الانترنت الخاص بها وجميع الصحف اليومية تكتب عن الفعاليات قبل موعد تقديمها فليس هناك عذرٌ لأحد أنه لم يحضر بسبب ضعف الترويج، هذا غير مقبول أبداً

في الوقت الذي يتابع فيه 86 مليون عربي الحلقة الأخيرة من مسلسل (نور) التركي المدبلج ، لاتستطيع مسرحية متميزة نصاً وإخراجاً وتمثيلاً وحتى سينوغرافيا اجتذاب 25 “عربياً” في عرضها الأول، العمى

“العرب أمة لا تقرأ، وإن قرأت لا تفهم، وإن فهمت لاتفعل”

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