There are certain things that shouldn’t cost so much. I wouldn’t mind spending on a nice watch, a nice wallet, a nice whatever. But a TV at KD1500+ is just not worth buying. Some might argue that TVs are the most used piece of furniture ever invented, and I’d agree, but certain things shouldn’t cost much, the tv is one of those things.

Fa 3ad I’ve been shopping around for a nice thin TV to hang on my room’s wall and replace my current vintage “Bo dabba” TV. I like doing my research before I buy something.. it took me 3 months to buy my sound canceling bose headphones.. so you can imagine how much time would I need to buy a new TV.. (7 years) e7em.. anyway. I was glad when they announce the LED technology, I thought I was real smart for holding out and not buying the thin Full HD TVs when they came out, coz now we have something that is even slimmer and akshakh.. I also remember not liking it’s KD1000+ price. No TV is worth my 1000+ monayyh. And it happened all over again with the new cool and futuristic 3D TVs. I mean you can’t help but be a kid again with 3D technology, right?

But you know what? I’ve always thought that we, humans, weren’t meant to indulge ourselves in such an advanced technology, it’s way too cool, and even way cooler to have at our houses and in our rooms.. ya3ny imagine yourself going to sleep to a 3D TV. We’re just not there yet. And apparently someone whose opinion really does matter agrees with me, and have proofs that 3D TVs doesn’t work well with our brains. Unless they produce holographic images, they won’t work.

Anyway, if you’re thinking of buying one, with or without 3D glasses, then you might want to read this article. I did, and you should read this piece by too, it’s by a multiple academy award winning editor Walter Murch.

Highlights:

“But the deeper problem is that the audience must focus their eyes at the plane of the screen — say it is 80 feet away. This is constant no matter what.

But their eyes must converge at perhaps 10 feet away, then 60 feet, then 120 feet, and so on, depending on what the illusion is. So 3D films require us to focus at one distance and converge at another. And 600 million years of evolution has never presented this problem before. All living things with eyes have always focused and converged at the same point.”

“3D films would not work if we couldn’t. But it is like tapping your head and rubbing your stomach at the same time, difficult. So the “CPU” of our perceptual brain has to work extra hard, which is why after 20 minutes or so many people get headaches. They are doing something that 600 million years of evolution never prepared them for. This is a deep problem, which no amount of technical tweaking can fix. Nothing will fix it short of producing true “holographic” images.”

“So: dark, small, stroby, headache inducing, alienating. And expensive. The question is: how long will it take people to realize and get fed up?” – Walter Murch

“It doesn’t work with our brains and it never will.
The notion that we are asked to pay a premium to witness an inferior and inherently brain-confusing image is outrageous. The case is closed.” – Roger Ebert

So, now we have 2 problems at hand: #1 We need another million years or so to learn how to watch 3D TVs. and #2 TVs shouldn’t cost this much!!

 




19
Jan

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SO! We wanted to attend at least 2 shows in New York, Broadway shows, plays, musicals that used R&B Instrumentals, call them what you call them, we wanted 2. Why 2? Well simply coz we had lots of things to see, lots of places to be and only 8 days in NY. We thought of adding one more show, but we left it 3altesaheel. We chose the obvious hit musical, Wicked, and another musical called ‘Promises Promises.’

Promises seemed like the right choice after some heavy googling, show comparisons, and serious reviews-reading. It was a nice musical that was generating lots of money, weekly, with a great cast to back it up. We also learned the musical was going to END on the January 2nd. We had to attend the Finale, right? So we booked premium seats, 2nd row in the middle section. We could actually see the actors spit landing on the conductor’s face.

The play is about this guy played by Sean Hayes, who is very insecure and is head over heals for this lady played by Kristin Chenoweth, who works in the same company. He is promised promotions by his married superiors if he let them use his apartment on weekdays for their dates. He finds out later that the woman he loves is in love with one of his superiors, the big boss, and has visited his apartment with the boss on many occasions, She was promised marriage.

The play was beautiful. It was full of great acting, big voices and good, really good, songs. Molly Shannon played a little part too, she was HILARIOUS! We didn’t stop laughing for the entire 15 minutes she was on stage. The musical also had its emotional moments. The girls sitting next to us wear practically weeping. They had tissues on their faces for last 30 minutes of the play. Even the cast, by the last 2 or 3 minutes, they started welling up and some even cried. It was magical. A huge sweeping standing ovation was due when it ended, and bouquets of flowers were distributed. The 2 stars gave nice little speeches where they thanked each others and the audience, before heading backstage.

We bought 2 CDs from the giftshop on our way out. We had to! The songs and their voices along with their acting and storyline, everything, formed an amazing theatrical experiece. We didn’t know we were meant to buy the CDs for something GOOD to come. We stepped outside and we saw people running on the street heading to the back of the theater. Security and body guards were organizing the crowds, and having them in lines in front of the backdoor.

So we stood there, across the street waiting for the stars to come out. We saw Will Ferrell while waiting, and in all seriousness we couldn’t care less. After like 15 minutes they came out. And were signing autographs for every one. That’s when we decided to join them and have our CDs autographed. There was no pushin and no rushing, actually they took their time to hug fans and talk and had all the time to sign everybody’s everything. Thats when we got our booklets signed.

Molly Shannon came out first, then Kristin Chenoweth, and then Sean Hayes. My friend managed to mention that we were from Kuwait, and Hayes expressed that he was pleasantly surprised to see people flying all the way from Kuwait to attend the musical’s finale.

Pretty Surreal, seeing all those talented people on stage, and then having a little chat with them outside, and then have their autographs in a very relaxed manner; they signed and talked with every one. Extremely nice and down to earth people.

 





Hey guys! How’ve you been? It’s been a long time since we last spoke!

So yeah, we took a nice 2 (almost 3) months off. Whoa, we loved it. We have new found appreciation for sleeping early. Personally, I slept better by not worrying about posting new stuff for tomorrow. It’s a wonderful feeling, sleeping without having guilt creeping up on you for not posting. You know what was even more fun? Complaining about how other blogs aren’t posting often enough 🙂 we loved being able to read and enjoy other blogs, again. You guys (Kuwaiti bloggers in general) are doing an amazing job.

So what have I done in the past 2 months? I traveled! For a month! 30 days! To the US! (Too many exclamation marks!!!)

I took my camera, the big heavy camera and its big bag with all those different lenses, which eventually took their burden on my poor shoulder. But this time I wasn’t obliged to take it everywhere with me… I didn’t have to report back to my blog. You see, going out without my camera strapped to my back wasn’t an option, for a long time, and that isn’t the case anymore. That was the case with me, and is with most bloggers; they go to places and take all their readers along with them to every outing. This time nothing was crowding me during my vacation. Well maybe a thing or two, but nothing more.

I have so much stuff to say about my trip. I won’t rush myself. I won’t even bother reread this post and correct stuff. No serious editing, anyway.

We’re back! (in a way) And it’s about time.. Dontcha think?

 




23
Oct

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Dear readers,

We’d like to thank you for making last month the biggest month in terms of visits and hits for us. Thank you guys.

We also have a big announcement to share with you fine people. We decided after much thought, to stop blogging.

Why?

Well. Having to post everyday was stressful. It was taking a lot of our time, and at times we felt like we needed a time off. Actually we felt that we needed a time off every single day. That wasn’t the spirit we started with. It was something we wanted to do, not something we had to do. Blogging shouldn’t be like that, not if we were willing to maintain a certain standard or have lives, anyway.

We’ve been thinking about it for some time now, at first it was like ‘let’s stop and delete the blog’. But, after thinking of all the material we’ve written, all the good pictures and the reviews, and our love for writing. We’ve decided to keep the blog. We won’t post, as often, we’ll post whenever we feel like it. Be it daily, weekly, or even monthly. We don’t know yet how will it goes. All we know is that we no longer want to be a commercial blog that has to write posts. We’ll stop this form of blogging. And get back to having fun with it.

We’d like to thank you our dear dear readers. Thank you for all the support and the love you’ve shown over the years, your input, comments and encouragement were all an integral part of what this blog is about. You too silent readers, we appreciate every single one of you.

We’d also like to thank our sponsors over the years, thank you all, especially Zain, our first sponsor, thanks for believing in us, and we’re sorry to let you guys know about our decision like this. But we think highly of our readers, and we wanted to let them know first. Even our families don’t know yet. The ads will be taken down tomorrow and no more ad spaces will be made available.

We’re really proud of SOMEcontrast and ourselves. Staying true to ourselves, writing honest reviews, not deleting a single negative comment, buying and learning how to use pro cameras and learning to use Photoshop, literally spending hours on a single post… all that and more. We’re really proud of this effort. We hope you enjoyed it and found what we had to say over the last 3 years helpful, entertaining and worth your visits.

Today marks SOMEcontrast’s 3rd anniversary. Happy anniversary blog!

 





I received this gift on thursday from the nice people at The Bed Shop (The Bed Boutique). I was excited to try it out ever since I got their email. They’re Tempur. Tempur is the brand of the pillow I’ve been using for 8 months. It’s an amazing brand. Read my review here. So I got the tempur slipper and I used it. I didn’t feel it at first, but after a while, it felt great down there. The tempur material wraps itself around your foot and it takes it shape. It’s like memory foam for the foot. Very comfortable. You should try it for yourselves to understand. The bottom is rugged, so chances of slipping are low. Oh and it’s warm for winter times.

It’s unisex, available in dark blue only, and for KD32.

Definitely recommended.

Thank you The Bed Boutique. Their # 22256172

 





A special halloween update is available for downloads now on the app store. 45 new levels was made available 10 days before halloween to kick start the celebration. The iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users will certainly enjoy the new levels, but I can’t say the same about Andriod users. No update for you!

The addictive game was sold earlier this month to gaming giant EA for a reportedly $20 Million. There are talks of cartoons, movies, stuffed toys and more stuff for Anrgy Birds fans. This game is massive! and I love it to no end.

Thanks Raed

 





I saw those flyers a couple of days ago, and I couldn’t believe how cheap those fried chicken meals got. While KFC, Hardee’s McDonald’s are going crazy with their prices, Naif on the other hand is cutting it’s prices by 35%.

Thanks Fawaz
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The ad says that it’ll open in it’s first branches outside of the states, in Dubai and Kuwait. The first one will be opened in Dubai on the 25th of october, in Mirdif City Center. Then it’ll open in Kuwait on november 9th and 15th, in Avenues and Marina Mall, respectively. And in December, it’ll open 3 more branches in dubai, in Emirates Mall, Dubai Mall, and Ibn Batuta Mall.

Thanks Rashed

 





Finally Starbucks’ Christmas special is back! I love it. I missed it. I’m gonna have some right now.

Thanks loco

 





During ramadan I got Julia Child‘s book ‘Mastering the Art of French Cooking’ on my laptop. I skimmed through it, and after a half an hour, I remember I felt that it was impossible to cook any of her recipes. Not that they’re that difficult. But the amount of preciseness, attention to detail and time management she cooks with, was impossible to follow. But I thought, what the hell, I’m gonna try a recipe or two. I chose the cream of mushroom soup.

We were at the chalet, my friend went to Fahaheel and bought all the stuff needed from Sultan Center (We figured might as well pay a little extra for better ingredient, it’s french cooking afterall, Julia Child’s french cooking).

Ingredients:

  • 400 grams of mushrooms.
  • 1/4 minced onions. We used white onion.
  • 7 table spoon butter (she’s a bit crazy with butter)
  • 3 table spoon flour
  • 6 cups of chick stock
  • 2 parsley sprigs (kham6a zgheera parsley mga9a9 3adil)
  • 1/3 bay leaf
  • 1/8 t tea spoon thyme (see how annoying she is?)
  • 1 tea spoon lemon juice
  • 2 ego yolks
  • 3/4 cup whipping cream
  • Salt and Pepper to taste (chicken stock is salty so becareful)

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20
Oct

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He fell in love with his pillow and got married to it in a lovely ceremony, with a local priest The bride was dressed in a beautiful white wedding dress on the special day for a service infront of a local priest.

His friends had this to say about him:

“‘He is completely obsessed with this pillow and takes it everywhere”

“‘They go out to the park or the funfair where it will go on all the rides with him. Then when he goes out to eat he takes it with him and it gets its own seat and its own meal”

We wish them a life time of happiness.. 7emdillah wishikir.

Link

 





My brother Hamad told me about Salad Creations Soups a long time ago. He said that He thought it “tastes just like the Soup Nazi‘s.” You can’t think twice when someone mentions the soup Nazi, but unfortunately when I called them they told me that they’ve stopped the soups for now. That was a year ago.

A year later, yesterday, the soups were back on their menu, so my colleague and I ordered some. We both got the Spicy Chicken Soup.

The soup was unapologetically spicy. When Salad Creations says something, they mean it. It was real spicy, with lots of character, actually the soups character hits you like an 18 wheeler. It’s thick from all the ingredients: beans, corn, eggplants, chicken, and chili, among other stuff.

It tastes a lot like Chili’s Chicken Enchilada Soup. A lot like it.

We liked it. We thought it was good, spicy and heavy. A meal in itself and it’s worth it. Our only complaint was about the chicken, its presence was overshadowed.

The delivery took 40 minutes, and it was still very hot when we got it and clean, not a single drop in the bag.

Salad Creations phone # 22257914/5

Note: Stay away from their Tuna Panini.

 





Rejoice all you foodies out there. Americana reached an agreement with owner of Red Lobster, Olive Garden and LonHorn Steakhouse chains. The agreement includes opening at least 60 branches of the before mentioned restaurants in the middle east region.

I just hope they try and raise their standards and maintain quality.

Taken from The Wall Street Journal:

Darden Restaurants Inc. said Tuesday it reached an agreement with franchise operator Americana Group to develop at least 60 of its restaurants in the Middle East.

The operator of Olive Garden, Red Lobster and LongHorn Steakhouse chains said the agreement calls for Americana to put in place restaurants in countries such as Bahrain, Egypt, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. Financial terms of the agreement weren’t disclosed.

“The Middle East is an attractive, growing market that has shown a strong affinity for American brands, especially American dining brands,” said Darden Chairman and Chief Executive Clarence Otis.

Americana is the biggest food-service franchise operator in the Middle East, with more than 1,200 restaurants in the region. It has franchised U.S. brands such as KFC, Pizza Hut, Hardee’s and TGI Friday’s.

“Consumer demand for casual dining brands in the Middle East market has grown over the past decade, and we expect that growth to continue in the future,” said Americana Chairman and General Manager Marzouk Al Kharafi.

Darden has seen improvement of late as the U.S. economy has continued to heal and demand for casual dining has gotten better as consumers have loosened the grip on their wallets.

The company continually outperformed its sector during the recession and has steered clear of price-focused promotions favored by other chains. In September, the company said its fiscal first-quarter profit rose 20% and same-store sales rose.

Thanks Jana

 





الله يرحمك يا غانم الصالح.

أحسن من قدم الفن الكويتي. بالكوميديا كان افضل فنان في رايي. بلدرما كان افضلهم. خفيف طينة و طبيعي و كويتي! إتحس كلامه صج كويتي.

غانم الصالح كان أحسن او أكثر فنان كويتي أبداع بنسبة لي

.الله يرحمك ويغمد روحك الجنة انشالله. ويصبر أهلك

 

Update:

AFP

الكويت (ا ف ب) – توفي الممثل والمسرحي الكويتي المعروف غانم الصالح الثلاثاء عن 68 عاما في لندن حيث كان يتلقى العلاج من مرض سرطان الرئة، على ما افادت عدة وسائل اعلام محلية.

وذكر موقع صحيفة الآن الالكترونية الكويتية ان الصالح توفي “في احد مستشفيات العاصمة البريطانية التي انتقل لها في التاسع من الشهر الجاري لاستكمال علاجه من التهابات حادة وشديدة في صدره انتهت إلى اصابته بمرض سرطان الرئة”.

ويفترض ان يصل جثمان الصالح الاربعاء الى الكويت حيث يوارى الثرى.

واشتهر الصالح بادوار تلفزيونية ومسرحية عدة لاسيما مسرحية “باي باي لندن”، وهو يعد من رواد الحركة المسرحية في الكويت والخليج عموما.

ولد الصالح عام 1942 في منطقة صيهد العوازم في الكويت، وهو متزوج وله خمسة ابناء.

ساهم الصالح بتأسيس فرقة المسرح العربي عام 1961، وذلك اثناء عمله اعتبارا من عام 1959 وحتى 1964 في وزارة العدل بمحكمة الاستئناف العليا كسكرتير جلسة.

وعمل الصالح بعد ذلك في تلفزيون الكويت حيث اصبح مساعدا لرئيس قسم التمثيليات ثم رئيسا له. وتقاعد الفنان عام 1983.

ومن ابرز اعماله التلفزيونية والمسرحية “الحظ والملايين” “خرج ولم يعد”، “عاد ولكن”، “ازعاج”، “الصحيح مايطيح”، “باي باي لندن”، “فرسان المناخ” و”محكمة الفريج” وغيرها.ك

 




19
Oct

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I read at Buzberry that a new frozen yogurt place called Red Mango has opened today at GUST, and soon will open 2 more branches, one near Coffee Republic in the city, and one in AlKout. And according to Alvaro from Buzberry, it tasted great.

Gotta have some of that and start the comparison game now. It’s funny how at first I rejected the frozen yogurt idea, it didn’t taste right to me, but then again I had the original flavor at pinkberry.. but later on, when I tried Napket, I got hooked. Their Ansam Frozen yogurt, is something I just completely fell in love with.

I like how faddy we are in Kuwait. Everything has to turn into this ridiculous fad. But hey, I’m with it this time, and I’m enjoying it.

Thanks Buzberry. Visit their blog for more details and pictures.

 




19
Oct

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Eating at weddings is a risk. You’ve got to know what you’re getting yourself into.

Always have a plate. Keep it under your chin. Have a napkin close and ready incase your sandwich’s wrapper is falling apart (lesson learned the hard way). Have friends near you for cover, have an eye out for whoever is approaching. You don’t want to have someone approaching while having 67eena on your chin (lesson learned the hard way). Keep your elbows very close to your body (lesson learned the hard way). Don’t get too comfortable while eating. No matter how hungry you are. You’re not at home. (lesson learned the hard way).

So, this is what happened today:

I was at my cousin’s wedding today; the food was good (we all know how shawarma taste different at weddings) and I was hungry. I was supposed to have marag la7am for lunch, before the wedding, but I didn’t want to eat something that heavy and then go to a wedding. I mean I just knew if I ate, I would sleep till tomorrow morning (I haven’t got rid of that habit yet). So I asked them to keep it in the fridge for later (Do you know that Marag Bamya is best eaten when it’s reheated?) Anyway, I couldn’t resist not eating at the wedding, I was hungry, actually starving, to the point of feeling sick with headache and all, so I forgot all about my lunch at home, and dug in.

I ate 3 shawarmas, shwayyat marag bamya, and cheesecake.. 3alay bil3afya. I ate and enjoyed every bite.

Elmohim. During my shawarma extravaganza, I think I looked like some of those old men you see at weddings; the ones who eat a shawarma and have taheena dribbles down to their chins. My friends were all around me, it was safe, and I felt a tad more comfortable than I should’ve been. Mistake

As I was having my last bite, I felt that it was about to get out of control. The napkin was all soaked up and falling apart, I didn’t know what to do, I didn’t have a plate. Mistake. I didn’t have extra napkin Mistake and my dishdasha was at risk. So I shoved that last big piece in my mouth to save my dishdasha.

At that busy moment I thought: wouldn’t it totally suck to have someone see me, someone I know but haven’t seen for a long time?

Yousef!

And what do you know! Someone calls me. Someone I know but haven’t seen for a long time calls my name at that very moment, and then came for Salams.

I almost chocked trying to swallow that huge bite of shawarma.

As I said earlier When you decide to eat at weddings, know what you’re getting yourself into! You never know what could go wrong!

 




17
Oct

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Mishary posted about this station over a year ago, before it opened. This station is near GUST & ACK. I went last week for the first time, and I thought It was refreshingly different from most of Kuwait’s outdated gas stations.

More pictures

 





We all know about the Afghan girl who was disfigured by her husband after her act of ‘mutiny’ against him and his family.

A quick background:

She was promised by her father to be married to a Taliban at the age of 12. She got married at 14. She was abused by her husband and his family, verbal and physical, they even forced her to sleep with the animals.

She fled her husband’s house, but was captured soon after. Her husband and his brother took her to a hill, held her down, and with a sharp knife they cut off her nose and both of her ears, and then left to die alone. She passed out, and in the middle of the night woke up, and tried to find someone to help her. She went to her grandfather who alerted her father, who inturn took her to an american medical facility. They took care of her for 10 weeks.

Now:

She just revealed her new prosthetic nose to the public. This is how her new nose would look like after a year of intensive reconstructive surgeries.

I think she’s a beautiful and a strong woman. May God avenge her.

Source & Source

Thanks Mohammed

 




14
Oct

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Kuwait, October 13th, 2010 – In response to the rising need of modern, quality home products, the Yusuf A. Alghanim & Sons group of companies has just announced the launch of its newest initiative, DAR ALGHANIM, Kuwait’s new landmark, a complete retail park of showrooms filled with the latest home decoration and building products.

DAR ALGHANIM with its landmark windmill – the first ever windmill in Kuwait – is located in Shuwaikh, next to the Alghanim garage, and is a unique concept of 4 different dedicated showrooms offering everything from luxury bathrooms to basic building materials, and all supported a full range of services including 3D design, credit facilities, home delivery and installation.

نبذة عن دار الغانم

افتتحت صالة عرض “درا الغانم” أبوابها في الشويخ الى جانب كراجات الغانم, لتنضم الى مجموعة شركات يوسف أحمد الغانم وأولاده ولتشكل معلما جديدا يضاف الى معالم الكويت مع شعارها الطاحونة الهوائية. وتتألف “دار الغانم” من أربع وحدات مختلفة هي: “هوم اند غاردن”, “رفلكشنز”, “مركز الغانم للبناء” بالاضافة الى “أفكار”. وكل وحدة منها قد تم تصميمها لتلبية احتياجات ومتطلبات بناء المنزل وجميعها متوفرة تحت سقف واحد مما يجعل من التسوق أمرا سهلا ويحافظ على وقت العميل وفق جهد أقل

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When Darth Vader (David Prowse) revealed his secret to Luke, Hamill was hanging onto a pinnacle above mattresses placed on cardboard boxes about 30 feet off the ground.

These shots were taken in 1979-1980 on the set while filming Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. The rare shots were revealed by Vanity Fair to mark the movie’s 30th anniversary.

11 more rare photos to go