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Jan 18, 2013
On January 16, 2013, I deactivated my Facebook account. I’m not the first one to do so, and I’m sure I won’t be the last. Before I deactivated my account, my home page looked like the photo above.
In a lot of ways, my decision has been a long time coming because Facebook was bringing me down, one update at a time, one feature at a time.
Over the past months, most of the stories and links...
Jan 3, 2013
Some time this January, I’ll be turning one year older. So for my birthday in 2013, all I want is to go on a discovery road trip across Lebanon. Who says birthdays are just one-day celebrations?
The thing is, I’ve always felt like a tourist in my own small country. Those who know a few things about me know that my relationship with the so-called Land of the Cedars has been on the rocks ever...
Dec 21, 2012
There’s a huge power in acknowledgment, recognition and praise, but because we are often uncomfortable with it, we avoid it. And when we avoid it, we rob ourselves and others of the benefit that it brings.
- Christopher Littlefield
TEDxBeirut have started uploading the talks from the 2012 edition on their website and YouTube.
For those of you who missed the live event, if you watch one talk online,...
Dec 10, 2012
In late October 2012, I enrolled in the 6-week course Introduction to Infographics and Data Visualization with Alberto Cairo, an internationally renowned expert in the field. The course is offered by the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas.
For our final project, Professor Cairo gave us the liberty to do whatever we want. All we had to do was choose a topic, gather the appropriate information, and...
Jun 24, 2012
Sex and nudity have been used in advertising to sell products since the medium’s beginning. But while the female nude was largely common, the male nude didn’t appear until 1967. According to the authors of the book, Born in 1842: A History of Advertising, the boldness wasn’t in the nudity itself, but in the absence of the product.
Rosy lingerie advertisement, 1962
Here are two of...
Feb 12, 2012
Seeing the Bodies…The Exhibition in New York last November reminded me of how fascinating the body I inhabit is.
Featuring over 200 actual human bodies and specimens, meticulously dissected and respectfully displayed, the exhibition provides an intimate and informative look deep inside the systems of the body: Skeletal, Muscular, Nervous,...
Nov 21, 2010
“[...] As Adrianna Cavarero contends, we are dependent on each other to narrate our lives (1997) … The stories we tell about ourselves, about others, about world events, about the past, about our political beliefs, about our identities are not just simply social and political constructions but elaborations of our psychic dramas. Also, if our stories always implicate the other – because...
Oct 31, 2010
I’ve been thinking about creating an illustrated character and maybe adding a cartoon strip to my blog, as a means of expression through illustration. I thought it would be a way for me to channel my existentialism too. This is what I came up with over the weekend: A yet-to-be-named character with different facial expressions. I called this experiment Nameless Faces. I’m not sure if...