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Posted on Mar 27, 2013

My Experience in Ultra Music Festival 2013

My Experience in Ultra Music Festival 2013

The crowd, the music, the debauchery, the inexplicable love and the reunion of #trancefamily are just a few of the magical pillars that played a major part in shaping this year’s Ultra Music Festival. I was hesitant to celebrate my birthday at this event, discouraged mainly by the ticket price and the long 3-day marathon of EDM music. I wondered, who can withstand 3 days of pounding electric music? After the event was done, the 3 days weren’t enough to quench my thirst for music, for this lifestyle, and everything that entailed UMF.

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Posted on Feb 27, 2013

The Lebanese Public Debt –  الدين العام [Infographic بالعربي]

The Lebanese Public Debt – الدين العام [Infographic بالعربي]

Ever since the Civil War [1975 – 1990] that shattered the country’s dreams and dispersed its families among the continents and the afterlife, Lebanon’s once booming economy is now sinking in a record-high debt surpassing the $55 billion mark. With a faltering lifestyle and a struggle to keep the economy afloat, hope seems in a gloom as no policy is in place to target the deficit but a measly attempt to shave off a fraction of the interest that nears equating the original debt. This infographic is dedicated to shed light on who’s to blame, an overview of the ramifications, and where we currently stand. Thanks.

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Posted on Feb 14, 2013

Civil Marriage In Lebanon [Infographic in English]

Civil Marriage In Lebanon [Infographic in English]

** This is the English version of the Civil Marriage infographic. If you would like the Arabic version, Click here **

The recent turmoil regarding the civil marriage has affected the lives of all lebanese citizens and politicians alike. Shackled between tradition and the needs of modern society, the notion of allowing civil marriage in lebanon will forever morph the nation into what many hope to be a beginning to the end of sectarian conflicts in the country. Many favoring traditional marriage prefer to do so on the basis of the preservation of the family and its values, knowing that divorce is usually much easier to deal with and therefore paving the way for a society different than what previous generations were brought upon. The topic is still under debate where religious figures struggle to maintain their domination on this sacred bond, leaving the public in an indecisive state yet again.

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Posted on Feb 13, 2013

Civil Marriage In Lebanon [بالعربي Infographic]

Civil Marriage In Lebanon [بالعربي Infographic]

The recent turmoil regarding the civil marriage has affected the lives of all lebanese citizens and politicians alike. Shackled between tradition and the needs of modern society, the notion of allowing civil marriage in lebanon will forever morph the nation into what many hope to be a beginning to the end of sectarian conflicts in the country. Many favoring traditional marriage prefer to do so on the basis of the preservation of the family and its values, knowing that divorce is usually much easier to deal with and therefore paving the way for a society different than what previous generations were brought upon. The topic is still under debate where religious figures struggle to maintain their domination on this sacred bond, leaving the public in an indecisive state yet again.

This infographic attempts to tackle the issue from its birth in 1936 to the latest updates through statistics, quotations, polls, and experiences gathered over the course of time. I hope you like it, and please spread the word. Thanks!

 

Civil Marriage In Lebanon [بالعربي Infographic]

Civil Marriage In Lebanon [بالعربي Infographic]

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Posted on Nov 25, 2012

Public Displays of Affection and Social Media

Public Displays of Affection and Social Media

Public Displays of Affection on Social Media

Public Displays of Affection on Social Media

The human tendency to express emotions publicly has been a debatable topic across sects, societies, cultures, and continents. While it is a common scene in the Western countries to see people holding hands, kissing, and hugging, it is frowned upon in some conservative societies, such as that of Saudi Arabia. ‘Getting close’ takes a literal meaning in every nightclub in the world, where clothed pornography meets teasing and casually passes through dancing (you’re just working through the beat).

But the topic today goes from the reality of our physical selves and friends to our online identity which seems to emulate this phenomenon. This skeuomorphism of our behavior has been incorporated into the digital world, creating even more debate as to what extent this should be tolerated online. Should my twitter account be flooded with heart-shaped binaries and cheesy poems between two socially-savvy lovebirds?

It may be an act of confidence showing that someone has a partner who’s as trendy as he is, or chasing away any potential home-wreckers. It’s the real-life equivalent of holding your partner close when a nearby predator is caught on your radar. Same goes online, but on the expense of the comfort of those who care less.

The complaints of us non-PDA users have been met with a need for a private social network. Introducing Pair, the most common social network for two. Now on iOS and Android, Pair seeks to make the lives of couples private, sharing photos, reminders, text messages, and the like, all for the convenience of themselves and their fellow members of the globe.

It’s a nice gesture to express your endowed interest in your partner at the sights of everyone. Proposals at shopping malls and movie theaters have become the latest trends in conveying true love and friendship by showing the world how much that person means to you, making them live a hollywood chick flick and experience something that every girl dreams off.

Yet it’s not that that we hate. Heck, I’d even participate in making this couple fulfil their lives in a flash mob. But it’s the “you hang up, no you hang up” kind of tweets and facebook posts that irritate the hell out of me. It’s one thing to tweet something nice to your significant other, but tweeting back and forth over which restaurant to choose and end every tweet with ‘yours forever’ and ‘miss you already’ and all kinds of x’s and o’s is just plain shallow and disturbing.

In the online world we live in, context phrases like “Get a room” will soon evolve to “Go Facetime” or anything of the sort.

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Posted on Oct 30, 2012

A Buyer’s Guide to Apple Products [Infographic]

A Buyer’s Guide to Apple Products [Infographic]

After Apple’s latest event where it released its latest products, namely the iPad mini and a much-needed upgrade for the iMac, following the product lines has become full of hassles in determining which specs are the best for the buck, and namely, which device to get the utmost satisfaction from. A fanboy would aim to get all the toys his money can buy, but let’s face it, the more toys you have, the double your troubles. With the holidays coming up, budgeting is also the issue when it comes to giving the best to the most cherished members in your inner circle, and sometimes finding the best gadget for the best price is a hassle in researching what’s best. So here’s a roundup of what Apple has to offer, from the cheapest iPod Shuffle to the strongest MacBook Pro on the block. See for yourself!

 

A special thanks for @vipwoody for helping out in the research. The sharpest tool in the shed!

 

Apple Product Roundup. What your money can buy

Apple product roundup. What your money can buy.

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Nicolas El Hayek located at Beirut, Lebanon , Beirut, LB . Reviewed by rated: 10 / 5