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Very Beautiful Time-lapse Photography from Lebanon

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Lebanese photographer Charbel Abi Semaan spent one whole year to make this awesome video, and according to the description on Vimeo it was all shot in a town called Ehmej.

I really hope we get to see more time-lapse videos from Lebanon especially that we have some beautiful sceneries all year round. I personally have been trying to experiment with that kind of photography for a while now but never got enough time to come up with something worth sharing. Anyway, for now just check the below video, and I bet you’ll play it more than once.

You can also check another similar video I shared a while ago here.

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Massive accident involving 20 cars in the airport tunnel

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I just saw this photos on bintjbeil.org of an accident inside the airport tunnel last night involving 20 cars but luckily without injuries.

A normal accident on that road usually causes a 30-60 minutes traffic jam due to how narrow the road is, so I can’t imagine how much people had to wait last night until everything got cleared and the tunnel was opened again.

Also, knowing that this is a vital road that connects Beirut to the southern cities and town, I never understood why the government decided to make it a two-lane road only when it was constructed in the nineties which creates a mess not only when accidents occur but also when a car simply breaks down and parks on the right sometimes. And this is why I personally have been avoiding that tunnel for two years now and always go through Ouzai instead.

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Lebanon’s Fadel Adib is on the Forbes 30 Under 30 List

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The name might be familiar to you since Fadel Adib was already on MIT’s “35 Innovators Under 35″ list earlier in 2014 along with Ayah Bdeir and Rand Hindi.

Fadel is known to have created WiTrack, which allows tracking of moving bodies using wireless signals, and has been named once again among the world’s top people in technology but this time in Forbes list of 30 Under 30 rising stars in enterprise technology.

Fadel Adib, 25, Ph.D. candidate at MIT

As an MIT grad student, Adib was part of the team that created WiTrack, a spin on Wi-Fi that uses a radio signal–just 1% as strong as Wi-Fi and 0.1% of your smartphone’s signal–to track movements with incredible accuracy.

You can check the full list here.

Fadel is yet another example how successful can Lebanese be outside their country but have to suffer here due to the political and social pressures.

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Annoying Moviegoers !

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Movie theaters usually ask you to silence you phone before the movie starts in order to perfectly enjoy the screening and avoid any disturbance to the experience. Most moviegoers usually abide by this which is good. However, another problem that really annoys me and is starting to become more and more recurrent, is people that cannot get off social media and keep using their smartphones while cranking up the brightness to maximum. These people do RUIN the movie experience. Have you lately came across such people at the cinemas?

On a somewhat related level, Old Trafford (Manchester United’s stadium for those of you who are not football fans) introduced some changes to its policy last year, one of which was banning the use of large devices (mainly tablets) during matches in order not to ruin the experience for people who just want to enjoy watching the game.

So don’t you think that theaters should ask viewers not only to silence their phones, but also to reduce their brightness to minimum?

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Almaza on the Mia Khalifa Controversy

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Almaza is as usual keeping up with Lebanon’s heated discussions, but I have mixed feelings about this poster.

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Armed Robbery in Baalbeck Caught on Video

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Gotta respect how quick and professional they are!

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Things to Do This Week in Lebanon

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As you probably already know, I’m teaming up with Lebtivity to bring you on Wednesday of each week 10 handpicked events or things to do in Lebanon to inspire your plans for the week.

I’ll try to make the events I choose everytime as diverse as I can ranging from theater plays to restaurants specials and outdoor activities. Below are the the 10 plans I picked for this week.

  1. He who saw everything
  2. Quiz Night at Cafe Em Nazih
  3. Maya Hobeika in Concert at the Rose House
  4. The Fadi Reaidy show – season 2
  5. Pop Boum Crash
  6. The Big Breakfast Formula at Couqley
  7. Souk el Tayeb
  8. Discover the Railroads of Lebanon
  9. Avant Premiere of “Single Married Divorced”
  10. Snowshoeing in Arz

For more plans, you can of course check lebtivity.com and browse through their endless list!

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The Snow in Faraya Today

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The cold weather that we are experiencing this weekend is bringing much needed snow to our mountains and Faraya seems to have got a good amount so far.

The cold front is supposed to last over the next week I think and more snow is expected, so the slopes may probably open in the next couple of weekends.

Below is a photo showing how the slopes in Faraya looked like on the same day of the previous year (January 3rd 2014), so 2015 looks definitely promising.

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photos via Skileb.com

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Uf Chou Laziz – Chou Hasseit Song

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If I were Zaven I would have probably already committed suicide for all the “chou hasseit” jokes that have been made so far!

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Roadster Diner Opening Soon in Zaitunay Bay

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I just stumbled upon this photo by Roadster diner on Facebook announcing that they’re opening soon in Zaitunay Bay.

With Classic Burger Joint and some coffee shops already operating there, I believe it’s pretty good to see Roadster opening as well which helps making Zaitunay Bay more accessible to average people, especially that it was labeled as a spot for the rich people when it was first launched.

Update:

As per Beirutista, P.F. Chang’s is also coming to Zaitunay Bay.

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