Monthly Archives: April 2011

The City Mall interchange: a badly designed project, poorly executed, and incomplete

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If I had any authority or power, I would demand that the person who designed this abomination and the guy who approved it be hung by the testicles.

If the goal of this bridge was to increase traffic, then I say “Job well done!”.

It’s not enough that the bridge in the middle of the highway right next to one of the busiest spots in Beirut and is causing disgusting amounts of traffic, the road right before City Mall is not asphalted! All the cars have to come to an almost complete stop about 50 meters before the bridge and slowly go down a 30 centimeter slope…

The project itself is incomplete. There is garbage everywhere under the bridge! Barrels, cement bags, wheelbarrows, mountains of waste, and my personal favorite: the homemade ladder leaning against the column.

I live exactly 12 kms away from my work and it takes me exactly 1 hour every morning to drive that distance

When you check out the renderings of the bridge and the surroundings (below), you can only but wonder the level of intoxication of the designer who came up with this engineering marvel. The only part that looks real is the traffic on top of the bridge. The rest is just pure fiction.
When has there ever been in the history of this country just 1 car on each side of the damn road??

Pictures of the rendered images from www.plus961.com

The Daily Star Redesign

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The Daily Star website has finally been redesigned! It’s the third time since it’s gone under a major redesigned since it was launched back in the late 90s but even after the second redesign though it still looked and felt like an outdated news site from the 90s. It seems the third time is the charm since the new site is a lot cleaner than before, easier to use and also easier to read.

But, the only reason the site is great is because the old site was horrible. I personally think the new site lacks any personality when say compared to gulfnews.com or arabianbusiness.com. The header says it’s still in “BETA” stage so there might be more changes coming. In any case, check out the redesigned site [Here]

Thanks Haissam

Razan Maghrabi sex scandal

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I was expecting some sex movie or nude scenes but instead all I got was some dirty talk. It is quite funny how Arabs consider such silly things as scandalous. Also, I had no clue Razan Maghrabi was Lebanese.

As a result of this “scandal”, Razan has encountered a nervous breakdown. [Link]

Bashir Gemayel featured in Roger Waters’ concert

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I read today on Kataeb portal that a young Lebanese called Vicken sent ex-Lebanese president and martyr Bashir Gemayel’s poster to Roger Water’s office hoping that he will include him in his concert as one of the world’s martyrs. [Link]

And it seems that Waters liked the idea and showed Bashir’s picture during his concert in Milano which took place few days ago. [Link]

Pretty cool!