On assignment, I tracked down Palestinian New Yorker Cherein Dabis, director of Amreeka, via email. The emails rapidly led to a phone convo. She’s gregarious, talkative and has positive energy I could feel reverberating all along the transatlantic wires linking us. Amreeka debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009. It deals with cultural clashes […]
Now this is a good idea. A really clever idea. Want to promote a site about music — in this case www.music-master.com? Construct large images of musicians out of barcodes that smartphones can pick up. Watch as people stand there looking a little loony, giving MJ’s face a shave with their phones, ferreting for the […]
A birthday rant. Warning: Contains strong language. Strong like dog poo in the morning breeze. And ridiculous amounts of cheese. And darkness, like three sheets of black paint scrapped off cars and stapled together. Be warned. I am 28. A nothing year. An in-between sum. Inconsequential. Except that it isn’t. 28 for me is utterly […]
Geekfest Abu Dhabi had many firsts. It was the first time that twofour54 had opened its hallowed doors to an ‘unorganised’ event.
The Absolut event at the Carbon 12 gallery was an interesting contrast. Harsh gallery lighting lit up pieces of original Absolut art, while dresses with long legs under them swished around softly, d’oeuvres and drink in hand. Absolut can not legally advertise in the UAE, and so decided to engage audiences a bit differently. Absolut art by artists […]
It was a small world gracing the lunch table — I ran into so many friends and acquaintances that it became a reunion of sorts. It was, however, a catch-up with a bit of a twist. We were all suspended fifty metres (approx 150 feet) in the air, a large table between us, over the Dubai […]
The rule of the commons. One can use them for pasture, for piscine pursuits. Can one use them for laundry? I saw this spectacle a few days back, right next to my apartment door. Fresh laundry, smelling of detergent and blissful fabric softener. Someone else’s laundry.
There’s been a constant niggle at the back of my head — having a WordPress blog mirror a Posterous one makes no sense. Google downgrades identical sites to junk reasonably quickly. And even the ADD sufferers among us will not want to read the same content in two different places. Yet while Posterous is the […]
I chose to dedicate my time to Mr. Edgar Allen Poe. He remains firmly entrenched in the populist canon. Poe’s idiosyncratic work and polemic style- he’ll write about whatever takes his fancy — have rather made him a piece-meal author. Yet, he has exerted massive influence over modern horror and mystery writing: The telltale heart […]
We went to the Global Village to explore Pakistani, Palestinian and Zanzibarian cuisines. Good times.
In a corner of the multi-verse, natives of a world ardently believe a unicorn driving a black Camaro is responsible for pulling the sun around the sky. They arbitrarily decide the entire burden of proof for the existence of the unicorn lies on a random person – Dan – who decides to satisfy it by […]