archive for 2006

TXL –> BEY (revisited)

Sunday, December 31st, 2006

this post does not really make sense (in the sense of being one coherent entity) but rather shares a couple of observations that have nothing to do with each other. fortunately i can tie them together by pointing to my first ever blog post (the ones that appear to have been posted earlier have actually […]

Mike Davis: Fear and Money in Dubai

Friday, December 15th, 2006

coming back to the Waag i found the printout of Fear and Money in Dubai by Mike Davis on my table (placed there by the invaluable Patrice, who seems to have never heard of such things as emails and hyperlinks, but then you can read printouts in your bathtub, which is not a bad thing […]

casino royale

Sunday, December 10th, 2006

so i have been trying to buy a dvd copy of the latest james bond movie all along my trip. finally managed to score a decent copy with proper english sound in Shenzhen (china) yesterday. in total i bought 4 different discs which gives a nice little insight in the dynamics of movie piracy in […]

x-mas in hong kong

Sunday, December 10th, 2006

dubai may be positively insane but then hong kong is absolutely shameless in its display of wealth and consumption, especially now that it is christmas time. now x-mas is not only taken as an excuse for excess shopping but there are special x-mas themed stages all over the place. passed by the one in central […]

ms office mahjong edition

Saturday, December 9th, 2006

although i have a really beautiful mahjong set at home (but not enough friends that know how to play) i was looking for mahjong sets here in hong kong. the whole operation was kind of disappointing as they only seem to have cheap plastic sets (the gift shops all have one bone/wood set, but that […]

pictures from dubai construction sites

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

i just finished uploading my pictures from Dubai to my flickr account. the most interesting ones are in the ‘dubai construction‘ set: [from the description]: i took these photographs during a stopover in dubai on the 25th of november 2006. they are taken on various construction sites in the dubai marina area that this located […]

(banned) in dubai

Sunday, November 26th, 2006

spend a day in dubai yesterday and that place is positively insane. will post in more detail later, but in the meanwhile some initial observations. about the first thing i noticed – even before leaving the transit area of the airport – was that the local authorities do not have much love for this blog. […]

imagination of desperation (1): image of the year…

Friday, November 24th, 2006

… straight from the US Immigration and Customs enforcement website (o.k with a detour via the the excellent subtopia field guide to military urbanism), the chair guy: this is the most amazing combination of sheer will, imagination and engineering i have come across in ages (subtopia calls it ‘imagination of desperation’). makes me hope that […]

europe is so 20th century …

Friday, November 17th, 2006

… coming home form the (opening of the going to be) excellent mycreativity event/conference/meeting i stopped by the shoarma place around the corner from my house. the egyptian guy who runs the shop was in chatty mood and somehow we ended up discussing syriana which he described as… … a film about the CIA and […]

apparently i am a terror expert…

Tuesday, November 7th, 2006

… at least that is what the vistor stats of this site seem to suggest: looks as if quite alot of people do look for information on the 9/11 attacks around that date and that some of them do end up here. i would guess that this has to do with my 9/11 lamp, but […]