Modern Day Antiques

This weekend I was clearing up some junk treasures from one of the rooms in the house. I found a lot of things that I threw away like old CDs, VHS movies and dead computers. I also found some modern day antiques that would make any gadget junky proud to have.

Among the finds was this revolutionary Sony Mavica FD88 camera that boasted 1.3 Megapixels in picture resolution. The great thing about this camera was not the resolution but that it used floppy disks as its media to store photos. No fiddling with parallel ports or installing cards on your PC, just slide the floppy in and you can see the pictures. It was also high priced at the time. It cost me over KD 300.

Sony Floppy Disk Camera

Another camera that I found was the first model for the Casio Exilim, in addition to taking 1 MP pictures, it could also play MP3 files.

Front View

Back View

I also found this mirror silver Nokia Phone that was a big hit when it first came out. In addition to its small size, it had all the features of a larger Nokia phone with a fashionable mirror finish. It cost me 400 KD at the time.



Faith of the Heart

I have been watching a lot of Star Trek:Enterprise recently. What can I say, I love sci-fi.

The Enterprise series is set before Star Trek, just like The Next Generation is set way after the original Star Trek. Usually I fast forward over the title, intros and opening theme song but with Enterprise I watch it every time. The theme song Faith of the Heart sung by Russell Watson (no, it is not by Rod Stewart as a lot of people believed) is amazing. The clip is also excellent showing the beginnings of man's yearning to explore with a Kon Tiki like boat all the way to space exploration.

Watch it, you will see what I mean.

This is so cool

If you like robots and paint ball guns, you will love this:


Two Headed Baby

A two headed baby was born in Bangladesh. He is normal in all aspects except for two heads.

I wonder if each head will have its own personality and character?

Read more here.


Little Things of Much Value

"Push", said the button.
"Never be lead," said the pencil.
"Take pains," said the window.
"Always keep cool," said the ice.
"Be up to date," said the calendar.
"Never lose your head," said the match.
Age is a quality of mind;
If you've left your dreams behind,
If hope is cold,
If you you no longer look ahead,
If your ambition fires are dead,
Then you are dead.
The best things are the nearest:
breath in your nostrils,
light in your eyes,
flowers at your feet,
duties at your hand,
the path of right just before you.
Then do not grasp at the stairs, but
do life's plain, common work as it
comes, certain that daily duties and
daily bread are the sweetest things of life.

Robert Louis Stevenson


ATM in the Jungle

ATMs are a wonderful invention, just slide in your plastic and you get the cash. People stopped carrying cash because of the ubiquitousness of these wonderful devices.

Even primitive places have ATMs, but possibly older models:


Here is the Zain Ad with the hidden code

Ok, not so hidden code, you can see the coordinates at 0:49.

Thanks Mark for the youtube link.

If you don't know what I mean, go to my last post.


Zain TV Ad - or - breaking the Zain Code

I just saw a new Zain ad on MBC4. It showed scenes of different people and places doing things and smiling and raising their hands.

One particular scene showed an elder man behind a counter with some scribbling on the wall with the words "GPS S 33 53 88" and I could not catch the rest.

I loaded my Google Maps and discovered that 33.5388 is the longitude of Beirut. The S was just put there to throw us off, it should have been an N.

Hidden messages in ads, I should pay more attention.