Sheep Attack!!

November 27th, 2009

Sheep attack

Have you noticed your Facebook account lately!! Due to the Adha Eid people shared their greetings through e-card images using sheep in many different concepts trying to spread fun and smiles before the Eid. The sheep now is considered an overused icon or symbol for this religious celebration each year you get spammed by herds of digital sheep.


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In this post we are going to share with you our experience in designing the floats of Amman’s Centennial parade

When we joined the efforts of organizing this parade it was the first time for us to go into such kind of projects. In fact it was the first time for everyone in Jordan. Although it was not within our core business but we found it interesting as kharabeesh to tell the story of Amman through a parade, and not through animation or comic.

Kharabeesh was lucky to be part of an amazing corporate coalition along with GAM to organize Amman’s first parade, IJordan with their long experience in event management, in addition to OrangeRed and their magical cultural practice and knowledge.

It was assigned to Kharabeesh to be the creative and design arm to handle branding, communication and all media materials as well as designing the floats of the parade and that was the most interesting part. The fact that we all came from an architectural background, helped us a lot in the design and supervision process of building the floats.

During the research we came to some rare photos of small floats used in the Golden Jubilee carnival in late 70s. The float seems pretty interesting. And it was amazing to see that Amman at one point used to celebrate like this, but never been repeated again. Floats used to be almost the same design; a box with flowers and his majesty portrait on the top of the vehicle.




Parades Theme
Coming up with a theme for the parade was the first step to agree on, so that the whole organization and work will be based on it. The theme was about the historical representation of Amman’s life in 100 years. The parade was divided into to 10 decades. Each decade represented by a float and different types of units, each float represents the major achievements of that specific decade, and that was our reference.

One of the earlier sketches for the parade


The next step is to decide the major achievement on each decade, a research has been conducted and the final list was the following:
- Starting from 1909: The establishment of Amman’s first municipal council; Majlis al baladiyeh.
- 20’s: The arrival of king Abdulla I into Amman, and the train and cabin used by King Abdullah as an office.
- 30’s: Street vendors, and the development of most of Amman’s “souk”’s, such as “Souq Al Bukharieh, al sukkar, al dahab, mango,,,”
- 40’s: Education and schools revolution..
- 50’s: Utilities in Amman were developed, water, electricity..etc.
- 60’s: Launching JRTV and Sports and arts nourished.
- 70’s: There was a boost in the numbers of profession, establishment of naqabat and the medical city; this decade reflects the advancement of the professional world in Jordan
- 80’s: Celebrating the opening of the Queen Alia International airport as well as the infrastructural work that took place in Amman with roads and bridges.
- 90’s: The change and evolvement of Amman culture and community
- Now: 10 years of Kings Abdulla II achievements

Route selection
The parade route made some limitations on the design of the floats. The decision was made that the parade must be in the heart of Amman. On the road were everything started for modern Amman, from downtown to Municipality building in Ras Al Ain. This route forced many technical limitations to us. We couldn’t go higher than 4.5 meters due to bridges and wires. And we could not exceed a width of 2.5 meters due to the narrow streets and curved route.

Flat beds
Away from the conceptual part, we started building the float beds which will carry the float’s models and props on them. There were two kinds of floats, floats that is self moving (self propelled), and the other one is towed floats. We had to go with the towed because it was within our capabilities.


After searching GAM vehicles, we couldn’t find any suitable flat bed, or anything similar to what we needed, so we had to design the steel structure for the flat bed that will carry the float and, and coordinate to have load test, considering reasonable safety factor.

Conceptual drawing
Floats must be fun and reflecting a festive spirit. Kids must enjoy watching them and remember them when they grow up. It was the first time for us to design a float, we scanned and researched many floats made in other countries and we took our manufacturing capabilities and cost in consideration as all floats must be built by local suppliers and there were no float builders in Jordan.

So we started by taking each subject and translate it into visual elements and props. One tip was useful to us is that when designing a float, exaggeration is a key element in design. Taking small objects and enlarge them would look interesting in a float.

We also wanted to inject elements that can stimulate the memories of the Ammanies and feel connected to it, inspired by our local culture and lifestyle that we all shared when we were young.

Leave room for improvisation
In float design it’s very important to consider decorations. Plants and flowers can add life to floats. You can also make use of real live props and objects which can enrich the visual appearance of the float. These decorative elements can give more flexibility to the design after production.

Technical drawing
After finalizing the conceptual design sketches, these sketches are converted into workshop drawings with proper scale and measurements so that float builders will be able to build the models and finalize the float.











Building the floats
Floats were built by local workshops in Amman, some of them were specialized in stage setups and TV studio’s decorations, and others were regular carpenters and blacksmiths. In general we did not expect much at the beginning, but at the end they did an amazing job which exceeded our expectations and made us think to go further next year if we got the chance. Some floats took two weeks and others took days. And the process of building kept going to the last few minutes of the parade.




Looking Forward
This parade was a learning experience for everyone, including the people of Amman. I am sure next year will be bigger and better. We’ve learned so many stuff along the way and with time and experience; Amman will witness a new amazing way to celebrate its legacy.

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شعبك نَوَر!!

October 12th, 2009

هل هو مجرد عنوان وقح لجلب الانتباه؟ أم مقولة منتشرة بيننا أكاد أجزم بأنه لا يوجد شخص عربي لم ينطق بها من داخل أعماق قلبه بحرارة تلهب الانفاس! مع أنني أتحفظ وبكل شدّة على هذه المقولة، لأنها بكل ببساطة مبنية على معتقد خاطيء بأن كل من قام بعمل شائن هو بالأخص نوري، مع العلم أن النور قوم لهم ثقافتهم وحياتهم ومبادئهم التي حافظوا عليها لأجيال، بعيدة عن كل ما يلصق بها من صفات…

أمّا في يتعلق بمجمل الأعمال العاهية المشينة والمتخلفة التي أصبحت ورداً يومياً في مجتمعنا وصفة ثقافية متعفنة في أسلوب حياتنا، فإن أساسها يكمن في طريقة تفكيرنا التي شكّلتها عشرات السنين المظلمة من الهزيمة، تحولت خلالها الصدمة إلى أمراض نفسية متوارثة عبر الأجيال ونابعة من الشعور بالحرمان وافتقاد الأمان والاستقرار مما حدى بشعوبنا العربية بعدم الثقة بأي قانون واستباحة حقوق الأخرين مثلما استباح الغير حقوقنا، واستبدل العطاء والرغبة في النجاح بالحقد والحسد والغيرة.. وفرّغت الشعوب العربية من مضامينها الأخلاقية من مرؤة وعزّة وكرامة وأمانة واستبدلت بالحيلة والفوقية والتواسط ودنو النفوس كأداوات جديدة لضمان البقاء. مع العلم بأن قضية الفقر والغنى لا علاقة لها أبداً بقضية الأخلاق.. فجميع الطبقات بلا استثناء تعاني من أسلوب التفكير ذاته والمرض النفسي ذاته والثقافة المخلوطة ذاتها.

يبدوا أن إسرائيل في حروب الـ٤٨ والـ ٦٧ لم تضرب جيوشنا العربية وتسرق أرضنا، بل ضربت عقولنا وسرقت أخلاقنا!!

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اعتصمت مجموعة من المنحوتات الفنية منذ أيّام في شارع الثقافة تضامناً معه وطالبت بمزيد من الفعاليات الثقافية على هذا الشارع التي باتت الثقافة فيه مجرد إسم في مخططات شوارع الأمانة..

كما رفعت إحدى المنحوتات يدها إلى السماء داعية المولى بأن ينعم على هذا الشارع بفيض من الثقافة وأن يحيي آمال بلاطاته التي اسودت وجوهها من عجلات أحذية المتزلجين.

ولا يعرف حتى هذه اللحظة إن كان هذا الاعتصام دائماً، أم مجرد تجربة صغيرة لتذكير الناس باسم الشارع الذي أصبح يزاحم السيارات في مساحة ضيقة كأنها سجين منفي من بلاد الثقافة.

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يعني أنا مش قادر أفهم كم دينار إندفع من دعايات وإعلانات عشان نقنع هالشعب إنهم يساعدوا أمل!! طب إحكولنا شو قصّة أمل.. مين هي أمل؟ شو بدها أمل؟

سؤال يطرح ذاته: كيف ممكن أن نساعد الأيتام من غير ما نصرف الآلاف على حملات إعلانية و نظل إنق على الناس ونحملهم جمايل ونسائلهم هل ساعد أمل أم لا؟ صراحة لا أعلم إلى إين يؤدي مثل هذا السؤال!!

أنا هنا لا أحاول أن أنتقد أي جهد يبذل في عمل الخير أرجوا أن لا تأخذ النية السيئة تجاه ما أقول وأعلم أننا قد نكون مقصرين بشدّة تجاه فعل الخير ، ولكن الأسلوب والطريقة قد تعني الكثير للآخرين.. ولا أدري ربما تكون هذه الحملة قد أتت بنتائج مذهلة تفوق كل التوقعات!

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Yesterday I attended Amman Centennial Forum. It has been a long time since I attended such a public even like this.. I became somehow a very domestic person lately!

Anyway I just want to post some of my though while I was there.. I had so many things on mind I wanted to to say out-load yesterday but I kept my mouth shut to give a room for others to in-light me and to listen deeply for the first time in my life.. :)

Ok… I failed big time.. every-time I hear someone talking a whole new discussion starts on my head… I could not stop it.. but I kept silent and decided to share my thoughts with you:

1- First impression: Shit!! I thought it was a small gathering, I did not expect so much people!!

2- Second impression: Ohh.. here is my facebook friends!!

3- I was so happy, excited and thrilled to see that the keynote speakers are university students. This is exactly what I am talking about. Give university students a chance to get out of there class room and do something useful to their society.. Thank you Dr. Rami Al Dhahir.

4- What a kick ass magazine!! Interruptions magazine is really a revolutionary concept.. great Job Syntax.. great work by Ahmad Sabbagh.. “I am a Banana!”

5- What’s with the word “Aqal Hazzan!!”.. we really need to work more on this perception thingy. East Amman vs. West Amman… Here is what I think of this…
a. There will always be East Amman and West Amman. This is a fact that we cannot ignore or wipe..
b. Being from East Amman does not mean I am pure or “Aqal Hazzan”
c. Some areas on East Amman has better services and infrastructure than most of west Amman..
d. Instead of useless war of east and west..I believe we should acknowledge it and celebrate the differences.. Open bridges of knowledge between the two sides and make it part of Amman’s identity… preserve each zone, not to force any neutralize attempts. but create the in between space where both sides can share, use and connect.

6- Transportation in Amman. promising plans: I just wanted to pitch two ideas
a. We have a pretty not bad transportation system at the moment… but the problem is I know nothing about the routs and coverage areas… there are no resources or maps to tell you how to get from Point A to point B except asking “el Hajeh”..
b. What can we do about those people who crosses the road under a pedestrian bridge.

7- I love this Mayor.. this man is really doing something great for the city.!!

8- I have so much faith on the next generation

9- I feel so useless now.. What can I do to be part of this change.. I hate this feeling..

I had so many thoughts at that time… but now I can’t remember anything..

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سيّد الأختام

October 15th, 2008


ختم ليس كأي ختم، لا يحمله أي شخص ولا تختم به أية معاملة.. ختم تنحني له كل الأختام في كل الدوائر الحكومية.. ختم لم ولن تجربه أبداً ما دمت مواطناً عادياً… ختم يذلل كل العقبات ويمحي كل الرشاوي و الواسطات.. ختم لن تحتاج إلى ختم بعده.. بركات هذا الختم تفيض على كل الدوائر الرسمية والحكومية وحتى الدولية.. إنه ختم عجيب.. ختم خارق، فيه تكنولوجيا تفوق كل المعرفة الإنسانية… تم استراده من الخارج.. ليقف الجميع في الطابور ويقدموا إحترامهم وينحنوا له كما تنحني القبائل الوثنية لأصنامها في احتفال بتقديم قرابينها.. أنه الختم اللذي سيحدد من تكون .. ختم سيصادق على وجودك… فاصطف في الطابور وانتظر نصيبك من الأختام… وادعو الله أن تختم على صباحك قبل أن يتم على قفاك…

“صراحة هذا ما أفكر فيه عندما أكون في طابور طويل أنتظر أن أختم معاملة وانظر إلى ذلك الموظف في تلك الدائرة الحكومية اللذي لا عمل له سوى أن التختيم !”

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المرحلة الأولى:
شم رائحة الغلط بحقك، سواء بجحرة عين أوكسرة عليك سيارة أو واحد أخذ دورك أو واحد كب بلاه عليك… إلخ.

المرحلة الثانية:
رد الجحرة بجحرة مصحوبة بسوأل استنكاري “شو مال أهلك ولا؟”

المرحلة الثالثة:
الصياح والزعيق من بعيد مع التشبير إلى أعلا وإلى أسفل.

المرحلة الرابعة:
المواجه عن قرب مع إرتفاع حدة الصوت ” بالعادة تحدث هذه الحالة في حال تواجد فزّيعة” وإن لم يتواجد ينتهي الأمر عند المرحلة الثالثة.

المرحلة الخامسة:
الاشتباك بالإيدي “وتصل هذه المرحلة عندما تفلت الأمور وتصبح المسألة مسألة كرامتي وبس والباقي خس وبدّي أشل بخته.

المرحلة السادسة:
مرحلة الصدمة واستيعاب المسألة.. وهي نادراً ما تحدث.. عندها تكتشف أنه إللي قدّامك قرابة أو معرفة عندها تقلب وجهك وتتحول من أبو غظب لهلا قرابة.. وتبدأ بعدها مرحلة حقك على راسي، لاتوخذنا، كل فكري، فكرتك… بالله عليك.

المرحلة السابعة:
وهي مرحلة مراجعة الذات والندم الداخلي وأحلام الأكشن ” آخ بس لو قلته هيك، آخ بس لو عملت هيك” وبروح كل واحد في حال سبيله، مبعوص الكيف لبقية النهار…


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Can you spend a night at home during Ramadan without watching anything on TV. This is might be easy for some, but I don’t think its possible for the majority of people specially those who do not have internet life or alternative things to do at night.

I’ve learned that Ramadan is chance for people to connect spiritually with God and to raise there moral spirit… Well I guess this not the situation at all now theses days.

I have received this message on my mobile and it shows you how much we abused the concept of Ramdan.. . the message came from one of Amman’s restaurants and it says ” Spoil urself with BAB EL 7ARA & our Tasty Argeeleh, Plying cards, S7our Baladi. At ***** during Rmadan evenings. ” so guy’s, don’t pray or fast.. just spoil your self in Ramadan.. Ramadan is all about spoiling yourself and watching BAB el 7ara…

I have no further comment..

Ramadan Kareem for everyone.

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