Safe Lead to Sorry

Last night I was driving down Share3 il 2ordon (Jordan street) and to tell you the truth, I honestly hate that road. It's filled with radar traps, curves and hills going up and down, killing your momentum. Going down Share3 il 2ordon was sadly the optimal route of me getting to my destination, so I ended up driving down there anyway. I was doing 75km/h on a 90km/h road so that if someone tries to bullshit me, I'm way below the speed limit.

So I was getting far into the street and close to my destination of Shmesani when a police jumps into the middle of the street to stop me while I'm driving on the far left speed lane. Now forget his complete negligence towards his safety or the safety of the cars on the other 2 lanes to my right, I instantly began my deceleration and shifted to the right. So, to his annoyance, I was only able to stop a good 50m away to avoid a complete wreck behind me and then had to reverse back to him. I thought he just wanted to see my license and registration and then let me off. Gave them to him when he asked and then he goes ahead and tells me "Do you know you where driving at 76 km/h?", I was speechless. I conjured up the will to ask him how much the speed limit was and found out it was 60! So apparently, even though I still am on the same road, the speed limit was able to decrease a good 30 km/h at a single instant and these cops were standing right after that point. Now if that was a pedestrian filled area, I'd totally understand, but the sidewalk is actually barred down and there's no way across except through a pedestrian bridge.

There goes my first speeding ticket after 7 years of driving at modest speed of 76km/h on a highway just because of, from what I think is, an extremely stupid method of traping people into paying tickets. So, moral of the story, by the end of the day, even if you try to avoid shit, shit is going to come looking for you.

Graffiti at its Best

Never really been one for street graffiti, I kinda saw it as a type of vandalism but there is no denying Banksy is as good as they get. During the past couple of years, I've grown more inclined to appreciate his art bit by bit. Not only are his pieces humorous and a joy for they eye, but they also creatively tackle an array of social and political issues happening in the world today.

However, I do find it difficult to credit all the painting found for a single unknown person, as anyone could have gone up and drawn these without credit to remain under anonymity, especially with them appearing all over the place. Regardless, they all fall under the same brilliant umbrella of "Banksy". Here are some of my favorite pieces:

You can find more pictures at the Bansky website here.

Also don't forget to watch the Banksy Simpsons intro:

WiFi Dilemma

For a long time now, I've been having trouble with the wireless internet reaching my room. The thing is distance is not the issue but I guess it's the amount of walls from the router to my room. My brother can connect from his room adjacent to mine without any effort and you can also connect from the tiny corridor between his room and mine but as soon as you enter my room the signal is lost just like that. I've tried various things to fix it, got a new router with a stronger signal, kept moving the router upwards till the cables just snapped out of their sockets and anything that came to mind but to no avail. The farthest along I ever got was a signal at my room door.

Last night I was surfing through Life Hacker when I came across this, a DIY homemade WiFi extender. I instantly printed the template got some glue and scissors and started working on it.

And after 10-15 minutes of work, I just point that little antenna at my room and to my surprise it actually worked! I now have a fluctuating signal throughout my entire room. I will go ahead and attempt to make one double that size to see if I could get a more stable signal but still, how cool is the fact that instead of heading to Smart Buy to purchase a 70 JD WiFi booster, I was able to do it with some cardboard and a piece of aluminum paper.

But I Really Want To.

The first thing I feel like doing when I see one of the "in case of fire" devices is just do what it tells me to do:


I mean the amount of will to restrain myself from just breaking that glass or pulling the handle is just outstanding. Maybe similar to the post I wrote a couple of years ago, it's the urge to merely break stuff and cause havoc, maybe it's to see if that glass is easy to break and the sequence of events when it does or it might be, simply me wondering if that thing actually works (cause I've seen a number of these devices on university campus that don't work). I've never been one to causing trouble, so I know I wouldn't do it, and come think of it I would also rather not be in a situation where I would have to. But...

I just really feel like breaking that glass!

A Shout-out

For some reason, 2 of my friends who just traveled, wanted me to mention them on my oh-not-so-famous blog. In their words "Say how much you'll miss us and that's why you're writing this post". So I guess that's the exact reason I'm writing this.

Hope you're having a great time Sally and Lama. :)

A Familiar Face.

Imagine how nostalgic I felt when I turned on a PC in one of our university labs and saw this: 

How cool (yet sad) is it that the University of Jordan still operates some equipment on Windows 98, I mean I haven't seen a 98 in ages!

Anyone with a Windows 95?