Got my invitation to the nightlife exchange party!

I just got 2 invitations to the nightlife exchange party where Lebanon and Thailand will be swapping their nightlife habits/rituals!

The event will be happening on Saturday November 27th at The Warehouse Zalka, let’s see how good is the nightlife in Thailand compared to Lebanon!

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Lebanese blogosphere weekly link roundup (2010/11/21)

14 New links for this roundup which coincides with the Lebanese independence day, have a nice day off!

See you next week!

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Happy Adha!

Eid El-Adha is the time for Muslims to recall prophet Abraham’s obedience to god in his willingness to sacrifice his own son Ismail, before god intervened and gave him a ram to sacrifice instead. And so the act of sacrificing an animal later became a ritual for Muslims.

That’s when it becomes normal to see sheep stored at very unusual places in Beirut, like rooftops for example.

… and when it also becomes very normal to see butchers slaughtering sheep in the streets.

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Lebanese blogosphere weekly link roundup (2010/11/14)

15 New links for this roundup.

See you next week!

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Super night clubs in Lebanon can mass mail too!

I just got the below ad in a spam e-mail via “ePublicities Lebanon” promoting “Hot Nurses” nights at the Excalibur Super Night Club!

I was of course shocked when I first saw the e-mail, but then again with all the provocative billboards on our highways, we’ll get acquainted with such ads in no time! And it wont be very surprising if we start seeing them on TV anytime soon… don’t you think?

Anyway, if hot nurses is your thing, you know what to do this weekend!

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Possible way to avoid speeding radars in Lebanon

If this device is too expensive for you, you may want to consider signing up for an account at Trapster, a mobile application that can alert you about nearby radars!

How Does It Work?

Users submit speed traps, enforcement cameras, and road hazards, that then alert all Trapster users in the area. A high-tech version of flashing your headlights to alert drivers of potential road hazards.

I think it’ll be helpful if enough Lebanese users registered, don’t you think?

Thanks to @jadhamdan for pointing me to the application via twitter.

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Speeding radars in Lebanon – A profitable business

I was listening to the radio on my way to work today when I heard that the internal security forces issued a total of 5,000 tickets after 24 hours of activating the speeding radars.

Given that each ticket costs 50,000 L.L, a quick calculation shows that we now owe the Lebanese government a total of 250,000,000 L.L (~$166,000) in just one day! And at this rate, the government will be generating $5,000,000 a month from these radars!

Assuming that the cost of the radars + installing them is $10,000,000, it will take 2 months to cover this amount and start generating profit! Now that’s a business I wish I can invest in!

Still, I have some question marks about collecting these fines from violators. In a country like Lebanon where people can drive a car with defected number plates on their cars and still get away with it when going through the yearly car inspection, how will the police identify the car number in such case? And what about all these foreign cars with Khaliji number plates? Is there some mechanism to force their owners to pay the fines before leaving Lebanon?

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Buzz is back with 2 new funny commercials

This time Na3eem and Giselle decide to post a Youtube video. Na3eem proves he’s a fan of “El Gaga” in a desperate move to get back his girlfriend, and Giselle has a good news to share!

The videos are executed by the talented David Habchy.

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Lebanese blogosphere weekly link roundup (2010/11/07)

14 New links for this week.

See you next week!

My opinion about GeekFest

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iPhone applications violating our privacy

I saw that coming the minute a friends of mine showed me two databases that can query all info related to a registered car or phone line (be it mobile or land line) in Lebanon!

That’s how much info you can get by supplying the cars database with a car plate number

The phones database gives less info and can be queried using either the phone number or the number owner

According to Now Lebanon, Blogging Beirut, and Blog Baladi, these two database went online via two mobile applications and are now available to iPhone, iPod, and iPad users on the Apple Store, which is of course a disastrous news for each and everyone of us, as it is a pure invasion of privacy!

The fact that the two databases were stolen from the ministry of interior affairs is nothing weird, but taking advantage of it by a development company is RUDE, and it’s our privacy they’re selling!

Here’s some info about the development company (taken from their domain whois):

Ziad Salameh
DoubleU S.A.L
81St. George Bld. – Maarad Str.
Nejmeh Square ,
Beirut, Downtown, Beirut 00961
(961) 198-8883

Domain Name: UUAPPS.COM
Created on: 04-Mar-10

Please do report the applications to Apple by following Blogging Beirut‘s steps:

  1. Load the App Store
  2. Search for “Lebanon Directory”
  3. Select any of the following apps:
    – Lebanon Directory
    – Lebanon Cars Directory
  4. Click on the “Report a Problem” link in the top right corner
  5. Select either:
    – This application is offensive
    – My concern is not listed here
  6. Enter your Comments, something along the lines of:
    “This application uses a stolen database of confidential personal records from the Interior Ministry of Lebanon. The use of the database outside of the Ministry is illegal. The possession of this data by a non-government agency is illegal.”
  7. Click the blue Report button in the top right corner

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