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Cleopatra was a sistah

Hey, greeks, eat your hearts out. She was one of ours!

That amazing Pepsi Logo

Pepsi spent millions of dollars on their new "it looks like the Obama Logo" Logo. But apparently the comparison is a sham, and the truth is far too complex for the average mind to grasp. You see, the branding company that made this logo is comprised of some seriously genius deep-thinkers, who never make any decision lightly, as the 27 page document detailing the Pepsi Logo strategy and its significance shows: Apparently the Logo is inspired by..ok..hold on..let me get that right..Ok..here goes..Magnetic Dynamics; Convention's transformation to innovation; The Vastu Sastra; Feng shui; the golden ratio; the Vitruvian principle; the Renaissance; the Mobius Strip; The Modular; the fuckin Earth itself; the theory of relativity; Iconic Geometry; Emoticons; and the Entire freakin Universe…all are leading to the Pepsi Logo.

Awesome! This is the level of high quality Bullshit I expect from professional branding companies, like the Arnell group. The entire document is here for your viewing pleasure. Love it!

The Donald Duck Family Tree

Finally, an answer to who the hell is Louie, Hewey and Dewey's parents are . I mean, Mother. The father is obscured. Also, Grandma duck is called Elvira Coot? Grandma Duck is really a coot? And the Ducks and the McDucks are not the same family?

The mind reels! 

“I can read” movies

What if Highlander, or Face/Off or even Teen Wolf was made in the sixties? How would the Poster look?

Well, the people of Space-sick have the answers, and they are awesome! 

You can go drunk to your job

 and not get fired, in Peru. Finally a country that speaks to my ideals!

Cafe Riche is saved!

So, after I wrote that post on Cafe Riche that some people- based on nothing- claimed I was making up, a number of developments took place and I just didn't have the time to update y'all about them. It seems that it was read by a daughter of an infleuntial Businessman (who wants to remain anonymous) who also owns a building in the Qasr el nil street, which prompted her to contact her father to start an investigation. He found out that while Ismaelia did the purchasing of downtown buildings, it was actually owned by another Britian-based company called "Samay Hills", whose shareholders include a list a number of regional heavyweight businessmen, including one of the Sawiris brothers, but not my Boy Naguib. The company's official line (from one of the partners) is that they just want to buy the "historic and architectually beautiful" buildings to renovate them, but it was disputed since they wanted that man's building since he is in a "bloc they wanted", and his building is neither historic nor pretty. The total of what they have bought so far is around 150,000 square meters, with approximately 400 million egyptian pounds spent so far.

The question came up naturally, if Cafe Riche is in a building that is over 100 years old and thus protected as a historical building, how would they hope to tear it down? The answer was that the owner had destoryed all the balconies in the buidling, which emans that the building was architecturally alterd or improved upon, and thus no longer falls under the historical building protection. And as to how they planned to evict the cafe owners from the building, Sandmonkey sources in the government informed him that there is a law getting introduced in february or march in the egyptian parliament that will allow Landlords to change the rent of their tenants as they please as long as the space is used for commercial or adminstrative purposes. This would allow the owners of the building to hike up the rent so much that the Cafe Owners would have to leave. Nice and clean, no?

The funny twist in this story is how it all got stopped. Supposedly a journalist called Saad Hagrass heard of the post I wrote and investigated it himself, and then wrote a column about it in the Egyptian Business Daily "Al2alam al youm". Mubarak read the column (Mubarak reading newspapers. Imagine that!) and instructed the Investment Minister Mahmoud Moheyeldeen to investigate it. Mhamoud contacted Saad, and Saad gave him the entire file he had, and as a result the Cafe Riche people got a confirmation from the President that their building will not be touched, which is awesome news. Their friend who told me about this called me from the Cafe itself a few days ago, and told me that the brothers were very happy about the blog post I wrote, and how it moved tons of people and lead to their building being saved, which was the best news I've heard in a very very long time.

So downtown for now seems to be protected, and Samay Hills is thwarted for now, but who knows for how long? If Jimmy takes over after Hosny, I really doubt he would keep that gurantee. Not to mention, another shady company called Tatweer is busy buying up areas in Shobra and Al Gamaliya as we speak. But I figure that's a fight for another day. For now I will enjoy that victory for historical beauty over modern ugliness, and will worry about those other bridges when it's time to cross them.

Favorite “Chin-up” speech!

''Ah, what's the matter, dollface — down in the dumps? Sucks to be you, huh? What's with you, Lloyd's of London? You take one 'mind-blowing' philosophy class, and all of a sudden you're Jean-Paul Sartre? Oh, so now you've got this existentialist hook-thing too? Well, that's great, because all you need is a little more mystique. Now you've got a chance with all the freaky chicks I was gonna get. I've taken so much acne medication my lips are splitting in half! This might cheer you up: You're hotter than most chicks! What are you doing in college anyway? People like you don't need to know how to read. Nice nose.''

From the incredibly underrated and unjustifably canceled TV show Undeclared

About that Fan-made Thundercats trailer

Irrespective of your love of 80's fringe cartoons, and impressive fake movie trailers made by obsessed fans, you would watch a movie based on that trailer, wouldn't you? I would. But please, pretty please, kill Snerf. Cook him or eat him or something.

For the unemployed amongst you

If there is ever a benefit for a blogger to no longer having a job, it's that it gives him/her more time to blog, and thsoe two bloggers did just that. For all of you who are unemployed, on your way to being unemployed, or are just suffering from serious job insecuirty, I give you the Unemploymentality blog. It should help get you through the day, provide you of an unemployment survival guide of sorts, and will remind you that there are benefits to being a jobless bum. Should provide you with entertainment and even hope, if you are HATING your (new) job enviroment (as much as I am at the moment. Hate those fuckers. HATE! And, IT department pricks, if you are reading this, fuck you, you website-blocking, adminstrator-authority-on-computer-taking, God-complex-having-assholes. Why the fuck should I have to change my log-on password once every month? How can I keep all those passwords stored? I have no functioning memory cells left you dicks. I HATE YOU!).

No1 Sun Engine opens tomorrow

  

Did you know that the world's First Industrial-sized Solar plant  was built in Cairo, Egypt, in the Maadi neighbourhood? I didn't, and I am sure there are many many many egyptians, let alone people from all over, unaware of that fact. Thanks to the work of two Swiss artists, Christina hemauer and Roman keller, this fact is being brought to light. And they are sending this invite to any one who lives in Cairo and is interested in that fact:

Dear friends and colleagues
Dear art lovers

We would kindly invite you for the opening
of our information kiosk in Maadi –
part of our project «No1 Sun Engine»
at the 11th Cairo International Biennale.

The opening takes place exactly where the
world's first industrial size solar plant was
built in Maadi, 6th street 101,
Monday 15th December, from 4 to 6 pm –
where vision meets history.

There will be a small buffet, pictures,
a lot of information
and many things to discuss.

We are looking forward to see you
Christina Hemauer | Roman Keller

Check it out!

Omar Bakri’s duaghter is a stripper

Praise Allah:

As the daughter of firebrand cleric Omar Bakri Mohammed, Yasmin Fostok might be expected to share his fanatical beliefs.

But the radical Muslim's daughter has ditched his extreme interpretation of Islam  -  as well as most of her clothing.

The busty blonde has been revealed as a topless, tattooed pole dancer.

The 26-year-old single mother has been displaying her charms in
London clubs and touring as a 'podium' dancer with a troupe called
Ibiza Untouched.

Hundreds of youngsters go wild over the daughter of the preacher of hate who rants against Western 'depravity'.

Yasmin
shrugged off the secret life that her father would abhor. 'I don't
agree with his views  -  I just get on with my life and that's it,' she
said.

And what's his reaction of this? Oh, it's all lies, naturally:

Perhaps predictably Bakri, now exiled to Lebanon, dismissed the news
as a ' fabrication' and described it as an attack on him and Islam.

'The more you put pressure on me, the stronger I become. Islam will conquer Britain,' he said.

'I have not seen my daughter for nine years, but because she is a member of my family people want to make things up about her.

'You are going to pay a heavy price. You can read it any way you like. The time is now.'

Yeah, yeah, Tough guy. Remember how tough he was during the War on Lebanon, when he tried to board the british ship leaving the country after the brits kicked his ass out? He is very good at making threats from the safety of his home this guy.

But I digress, I don't usually find pleasure in seeing a man's daughter turn into a topless pole dancer (although it is a respectable way to get yourself through college, wink wink), since it is kind of every man's nightmare. However, when it comes to Bakri, ehh, I dunno. It seems kinda Karmic. I just hope they don't kill her in some weird attempt to avenge his honor. 

Humans are architecture

I think this is cool:

 

More to be found here! 

Growing in numbers

According to the egyptian government, Egypt now has more than 160,000 blogs.

A
report issued by the Information and Decision Making Center at the
cabinet council stated that the number of Egyptian blogs has reached
160,000 by last April, which represents 30.7% of the Arab blogs and
2.0% of the blogs throughout the world. Egyptian bloggers are more than
162,000, mostly 20- 30 years old.

2% of the world's blogs. Not too chabby for starting off with 30 blogs 4 years ago. Not too chabby at all! :)

The MAN is dead!

George Carlin is dead. The man whose sardonic cynical messed up way of thinking has raised an entire generation of Counter-culture heads is gone.This is the man whose jokes I wish I could've came up with and whose books leave me in stitches every time I read them. In case you don't know him, let me give you this piece on political participation, cause, you know, voting is very important.

Well, George, R.I.P.

 

or you can always give the boys upstairs Hell. Whatever works for you. :)  

Scavenger Hunt in an apartment

I WANT! Anyone has 10 million dollars to give me so I can have that?

The retired Dictator program

What a truly great Idea!

Create your own Veidet TV commercial

For Watchmen fans only!

Baginski is a genius

Prepared to be awed by his fallen art and try not to shake ur booty to the asphalt tango.

Eddie Izzard..a politician??

It's like a dream! While we are at it, Jon Stewart for Senate. Who is with me?