Since as long as i can remember, Orange, in almost all of its shades and primarily the tones ranging closer to the yellows and golds of the spectrum, has been my favorite colour. But for some strange reason, when asked what my favorite colour is anytime before 2008, i would answer blue. The reason was that i believed colours to have personality traits or quite complexly, i thought they were people; Yellow is a girl, shes skinny and regular height, attractive and not very modest. Im guessing shes somewhat a typical blonde? Maybe that’s what i get it from. Blue was a tall Caucasian man, brown hair, light brown eyes, medium build, very attractive, and very popular with the masses. Orange on the other hand was not very popular, quite the contrary, people hated the colour, he was arrogant, very smart, medium height and had an in your face attitude that people either loved or hated, mostly hated….

I know… its totally fucked up, but its something that was stuck with me since a very young age. I think i made it up in my first two or three weeks in primary school when my family first moved to Nottingham, England.

Anyways, i just Googled “Favorite Color” and got a few interesting links… the one that struck a cord was this one: http://www.joehallock.com/edu/COM498/preferences.html

What i found really interesting were the result of the survey containing 232 people or so. The most favored colour amongst people was blue, and the least favorite was orange…

I’m beginning to think i was right…

Custom things II

October 31, 2009

There is another custom sneaker provider; JGoods Custom Sneaker Company.

Here is a link to their custom sneaker gallery. Click each shoe separately and check out the prices, crazy expensive.

The Nike Air Force 1 “Hexachrome” featured above hand-painted custom shoe has and Estimated Retail price of $1500.

But the cool thing is they have a cheap JGoods™ Sneaker Customization Kit for $45. :)


A few weeks back i wrote something that got published in the Kuwait Times. I wrote something else, and they also liked it… click the link below for the Kuwait Times website with the article.

“The Evolution of Wasta: Extreme of Mainstream”

Cover of Issue7 Designed by Arch Osama Hadeed, Illustration by Jawad Al-Shakks

Cover of Issue7 Designed by Arch Osama Hadeed, Illustration by Jawad Al-Shakks

For those of you that know T-Square, i would like to officially announce the new, 7th Issue of T-Square is out!

For those of you that dont, check it out on this link: http://www.tsquaremag.com/

T-Square Magazine is a student based Kuwaiti Architectural Magazine that is organized completely by a volunteering group of students from the Department of Architecture in Kuwait University. The magazine is funded by sponsors, each issue with a different sponsor. The designs, articles and photographs are primarily the work of students. It is made by the students, for other students and members of the general public to learn more about architecture.

Have a look at it, it is something truly impressive; great articles, great photographs, great artworks, designs and graphic design… well worth a read.

As soon as the PDF copy is out on the T-Square Magazine website i will update this post.

The 99 Percent

October 16, 2009

Flavorwire is becoming one of my favorite sites ever. I found this really interesting website called The99% on it. Daily Dose Pick: The 99% Read the Flavorwire.Com post about it for more info or click the link below. I didn’t watch the videos but i did read through a few of their posts and they bring up some interesting design applications.

The99Percent.Com

It has only been 19 months since i first got my 2008 Ford Mustang GT but its already done 50’000KMs and it was time for the regular service. Since the beginning of summer the car would vibrate at random and unpredictable times, it started at higher speeds, i figured it needed new tires, brake pads, rotors and maybe some new shocks so i replaced all of those but the vibrations persisted and when i finally took it in to Ford on the 28th of September and requested a complete suspension and drive-train checkup, a few days later i was informed they had replaced a few parts from the front suspension, Lower and Upper control arms, bushings, etc… and that the drive-shaft was damaged and has to be replaced. Unfortunately the parts were not in stock so they would have to be shipped over from abroad; this would take at least 30 days and because of a TSB (Technical Service Bulletin) issued by Ford regarding the drive-shaft, i cannot take my car for the time being and bring it back once the parts arrive. The good thing is that all of the parts have been replaced on the warranty. And the best thing is, even though it took them two weeks to give me one, Ford has a replacement vehicle policy for cars that would stay in the garage for a month for issues regarding their 5-year warranty.

I figured they would eventually call me up giving me an old and crusty Focus with roll down windows and plastic for rims, but it turns out they don’t give their customers anything of that standard. I was given a full option orange 2008 Ford Mondeo!

Now i wouldn’t call it orange because if this car is orange i really have no idea what colour my Mustang is… but the car is registered as orange in their registration papers so i will name that colour as orange for Ford’s sake.

I had hoped they would give me a Mondeo, i really enjoy driving front wheel drive cars for daily activities and i was very happy they would give me one. At first i anticipated a world of boredom but after getting in the car seat and giving it a go i can truly say this car is really something special and full of optional gadgets.

The car i was given comes with a 150bhp 2.0L I4, its a lazy engine and it is mated to an extremely unresponsive 6-Speed Automatic transmission but non the less it is really fun to drive. Acceleration is almost non-existent after 90 kph and torque feels good on the first 2000-3000 rpms but completely disapears closer to redline making the last 1000 rpms of the engine feel like an eternity.I cant give you a zero to sixty figure but i can tell you that 4th gear overtaking was impossible and that even with a 2km stretch, i couldnt take it over 140kph.

As far cornering is concerned, it does it with ease and even at high speeds. A day back I took it around some tight bends and it preformed very well, and this morning i took it on some long fast bends and it also preformed much better than i anticipated, as good as my Mustang, just slower and not as exciting.

With 2.0L I4 cars, i would usually brag about fuel economy, but with my style of driving, and the lack of acceleration from the lack of power, i managed a 14 L/100KM average over the last 2 days. So to put things into perspective for you, the 4.6L V8 in the Mustang gives me 13.8L 100/KM when i drive it exactly the same way, and im sure its because the little engine spends so much time and effort trying to reach the speeds i like to travel at (FYI: within the speed limit).

The car came with a 6-cd-changer, heated and cooled seats, dual automatic climate control, steering responsive headlights (took some time getting used to these, i kept thinking a speeding hooligan was about to smash into me when i was switching lanes), xenon high and low beams, front fog lamps, built in telephone (which i still cant figure out how to operate), a sunroof, automatic folding and dimming(photochromic) side mirrors, 17 inch alloy wheels, cruise control, steering wheel sterio functions and enough space to store 3-4 dead bodies.

Overall, this car can strike great confidence to any driver, skilled or unskilled, and after just 2 days of driving it i can already tell you this car would be the number one seller if only people would give it, and Ford a chance before they go for a Toyota Camry or Honda Accord. I am not so sure how much it sells for, but if i had to price it myself, i would say 7000-7500KD is a good price for this car. Give it a test drive if you are looking for a 4-door family saloon, im sure this car will put a smile on your face.

2010 Saleen S281 Mustang

October 9, 2009

Ever since the facelifted Mustang S197 dawned on us this year, not one of the usual crazy and impressive tuning houses of Saleen, Roush, or even Shelby have provided a platform more impressive than the standard Mustang.

With the 05-09 Mustang, owning a V6 was nice until you were to park it next to a GT, in which case your V6 would now look like a bag of crap, the same went for the GT, it was great, just dont park it next to a GT500… and its pretty much the same way between the GT500 and the KR’s and Supersnakes…

But with the latest installment of Mustangs, the LX, GT and GT500 are almost all equal in design aesthetics.

As soon as i saw the latest GT i knew its going to be very difficult for Mustang modifiers to find a body panel to make prettier or meaner and over time almost all the tuning houses have helped prove my point. I dont even find the GT500 much more impressive than the GT, the GT looks great as it is, i wouldnt go for a GT500 over a GT anymore.

But yesterday Saleen released a few teaser shots of their new S281 Mustang and from the little images i can see it looks like it may be the first tuner to get it right…

Check out two more images and some details in the autoblog article.

The Return of Hachi-Roku

October 6, 2009

Ever since Toyota announced plans to create a new RWD 2+2 seat coupe i have been on the edge of my seat; an AE86 reborn would bring nostalgia to a lot of car fans. Today Toyota released the first photographs of the official car, named the Toyota FT86 Concept. And it is definitely worth the wait.

The new car features a Subaru derived Flat-4 engine, a 6-speed manual transmission and rear wheel drive. Combine a near perfect engine with a perfect chassis and transmission and im guessing an even better weight distribution and we may now have the sports car of the future; light weight and great engineering.

But to add to that, Toyota made it an extra good looker too, with an extra good looking interior.

I just hope the interior doesnt change much when it hits the production lines.


Read the AutoBlog.Com article.

A while back i was feeling energy drained from my friendships, familial relationships, my classes and brain. I had a long hard talk with my eldest sister and she recommended a book to help me through my problems. The book was written by James Redfield and was about spiritual enlightenment and the flow of energy in the world around us. I had attempted to read similar books before and found almost all of them to be slightly offensive in the way they are usually written. Almost all the books i read had been written as if the reader was a fragile flower and the slightest winds of criticism would completely destroy them or perhaps even offend them. I am one of the people that are the almost the opposite, i accept direct criticism much easier if the blow is hard and short, kinda like ripping off a plaster… it doesn’t always work, but its worked so far. But this book was different.

What i loved about this book was it wasn’t written like a manual for life or a bible for the future and solutions to problems from your past, it is a novel, a story narrated from the first point perspective of a man on his path to enlightenment. He speaks of the many events that eventually lead up to him accepting the natural flow of energy and developing his understandings in energy.

It is very well written and kept me holding on for more, every chapter made me want to read the next and what i liked the most of all is that i learned from the book the same way the man in the story was learning. I related every event in the story to events in my life and every person he meets in the story to people in my life. The similarities are truly remarkable and im sure you would feel the same way.

I cant remember the details but a while back i read of an interview with the writer and he spoke of his own journey of enlightenment and how he began his journey. When the book was originally published, it was not publicized by people in the media, Redfeild wanted it to gain its own momentum and succeed in providing people with the same experiences he went through. And a part of the book speaks about what would happen when you understand it’s purpose. I cannot describe the feeling enough to you but when i was done with the book i was engulfed with a weird feeling that i wanted everybody i know and everybody around me to read this book and feel the same sensation i felt.

There is a movie but a friend of mine and my sister watched the first few minutes of it on showtime and said its so shit it almost ruined the book for them, so they turned it off before it had the chance.

I recommend you read this book and when you know i assure you that you will want everybody else to read it.

If you are anything like me and like to have all of the songs in your iPod organized correctly then you understand how much time is wasted doing so. A while back i got into the habit of naming files as soon as i copy them to my iTunes application and i have set that to automatically organize my files but i still have tons of unorganized music from the days when i was too lazy and less obsessed. To keep the album artworks tidy and correct i use Fetch Art, which is a program that automatically finds the artworks of the songs highlighted in iTunes and downloads them off Amazon.Com and i cant remember the name of the other program i use for lyrics but there are loads of those around.

There is now a new Mac only program named Pollux that organizes your music for you, it analyzes the music track and updates the album art, lyrics, names, etc. Im going to give it a try as soon as i get home and hopefully it will rename all the uncorrected songs i have.

According to LifeHacker.Com: “Mac OS X only: Free beta application Pollux analyzes the audio fingerprint of tracks in your music library and corrects the song’s title, artist, album, art, lyrics, and more. It’s simple to use and it works very well.”

Read the LifeHacker.Com article for details and for a link to the download page: Pollux Automatically Cleans and Tags Your iTunes Library

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