Nissan GT-R Police Car

November 19, 2009


Yesterday i heard from a friend of mine who works for the Kuwait Times that the UAE has just acquired 25 Nissan GTRs as part of their police task force. I didnt believe it at first but another friend just dropped me this link on Facebook!

It’s not a wise idea to run from the police in any case, but this is especially true if you’re being chased by the world’s first Nissan GT-R police car.
Entering service with the force in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, this 485-horsepower supercar made its world debut at the recent Formula One Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
The iconic Nurburgring-thrashing supercar is one of the fastest cars in the world, holding the record for the fastest four-seat production car in terms of acceleration. It can sprint from zero to 100 kilometres an hour in just 3.5 seconds.
National Post
(Photo: Criminals, beware the mighty law-enforcing Nissan GT-R police car in Abu Dhabi. Credit: Handout)
Read more: http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/posteddriving/archive/2009/11/17/world-s-first-nissan-gt-r-police-car-enters-service.aspx#ixzz0XIAtScO1
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It looks disgusting and although it is fast, i think it will remain just a show car because even if the police take it to the streets, its nothing that a Stage-1 GT500 or Z06 cant handle.

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Kinda has a Quentin Tarantino style to it. Its pretty funky.

Sony Ericsson S500i

November 13, 2009

Around a year and a half back or so i bought a brand new Sony Ericsson S500i. The phone has been great with me ever since, but lately it has been losing it a bit. When it was brand new it would give me 9 hours talk time and an impossibly long stand-by time, but now it barely gives me 2 hours talk time and a 20 hours stand-by time. And ive already gone through two phone chargers and the second one is now dying on me.  To add to that, the camera doesnt work anymore so if i accidentaly turn it on, the phone crashes and will not restart unless i remove the battery and it has developed a habit of shutting down all functions randomly as well as automatically answering phone calls when im not around. I am now looking for a new phone. Yesterday i went out in search for a 16GB iPhone 3GS, i went to X-Cite, Eureka, Electrozan and the shops at Sharq area. Alghanim, Eureka and Electrozan were all sold out and Electrozan is the only one that wants to re-stock on 16GB 3GSs… The cheapest i found in Sharq was 255KD for an officially unlocked one and i figured it is a lot of money so i want to wait a few days to see if i still want one after I’m calm. Unfortunately i just dropped my humble S500i from a height of around 75cm and its gone crazy… I’m gonna have to think fast.

Sony Ericsson S500i

I dont know if you can tell from the image above, but the time now reads 12:F6PM and the date now reads 32/28/i880! WT-EF?

This is the winning logo of the Kuwait Public Transport Master Plan Study Logo Competition.
I was told the winner’s name is Abdulrahman Al-Khlaifi and he is a freshmen student.
First place was 750KD.
Second place was 500KD.

Thats a long title.

A few weeks back, KASA was contacted by Atkins Consultants for a logo competition being held by them with Kuwait Municipality for the new Kuwait Public Transport Master Plan Study being held by Atkins and Kuwait Baladiya.
The requirements were as follows:

In an effort to encourage the public to get involved with the public transport study, Atkins on behalf of Kuwait Municipality has launched a Logo Design Competition for the Study. Participants are encouraged to design a logo that would identify a future vision for the Kuwait Public Transport Master plan and reflect a multi-modal public transport system which includes buses, metros, monorail etc.

Due to increased interest in Public Transport in Kuwait and public demand, the Logo Design Competition will be extended till the 25th October, 2009.

General Rules:
1. All entrants hereby grant free, unrestricted license to Kuwait Municipality to display logo submissions on its website.
2. Kuwait Municipality have an unlimited right to use the winning logo design for all marketing and promotional purposes, including websites and other such collateral including (but not limited to) printed brochures and newsletters.
3. The winning entrant must provide Kuwait Municipality with all applicable source files, including PSD, AI and/or EPS files. Failure to provide Kuwait Municipality with layered and/or vector-based source files will result in immediate forfeiture.
4. A Maximum of 3 entries per person will be accepted.
5. Participations to be submitted until 25/10/2009. The winning logo shall be announced on the daily newspapers and on the Municipality’s website.

Anyways me and a great friend of mine participated with three logos and came in second place. :)
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The Killers

November 6, 2009

The Killers are an American Indie Rock and Roll band. They originated from Las Vegas, Nevada. Their lead singer is Brandon Flowers who also writes the lyrics, plays the keyboard and composes their music, the remaining band members are Dave Keuning on guitar and backup vocals, Mark Stoermer on bass guitar, and Ronnie Vannucci Jr. on drums.

They have released four studio albums:

Hott Fuss (2004)
Sam’s Town (2006)
Sawdust (2007)
Day & Age (2008)

Two good friends of mine recommended their music to me sometime around mid-2006 and they have been my favorite band ever since. I love how their lyrics play out and how they are written. How i cant help but sing along with the song. And especially love how i cant stop my head and limbs from moving to the music. But what drew to me to them most off all was how much i was able to relate to their music, lyrics and songs.

Recommended listens for them:

Glamorous Indie Rock And Roll
Somebody told me
I Can’t Stay
Human
This is your life
Uncle Jonny
Sam’s Town
Midnight Show
Jenny was a friend of mine
Bones
All these things that ive done
Under the Gun

Herfy Restaurants

November 5, 2009

Herfy recently opened up in Jabriya, near the Sable branch close to the King Fahad Expressway. According to the wikipedia page:

Herfy is the largest fast food restaurant chain in Saudi Arabia and one of the largest in the Middle East, surpassing major international corporations in terms of local size. It has a total of more than 100 restaurants and 2,000 employees throughout Saudi Arabia. It also has many subsidiaries including Herfy Bakery and a soon to be built meat processing plant. It has been an entirely Saudi-owned company since its inception.

A few weeks back i was recommended it by my brother-in-law, he told me that it tastes exactly the same as Hungry Bunny used to and after giving it a try, i gotta say i don’t remember the way Hungry Bunny tasted too well but i think its pretty close and it tastes great! Apparently, in Saudi Arabia some people are reluctant to eat from Hungry Bunny for its Western name, so Herfy opened up to cater to the hunger needs of these people. Also, i heard that the Herfy franchise in Saudi Arabia wanted to open up a Mr.Baker and some of the other Mr. Baker related shops and wanted to expand Herfy Restaurants to Kuwait. Both owners agreed to exchange franchises and Herfy opened up shop in Jabriya and im guessing they have plans to further expand in future.

Anyways im pretty much addicted to Herfy now… the food tasted great, although value for money is nowhere near MacDonalds or Burger King and Hardees but its worth a try.

I just found this breathtaking short film by Claude Lelouch. Just listening to the sound of that engine gave me goosebumps! I love Ferraris and its videos like this that make me love them even more. Towards the beginning of the video there is an amazing shot from the Ferrari driving up to the Arch of Victory(Arc de Triomphe) at Avenue des Champs-Élysées and the rest of the video is just insane, running red lights and Wide-Open-Throttling in the streets of Paris. Give it a view, car lover or not, the cinematography is worth it. Click this link for the video.

This is what was written on the blog i found it on:

On an August morning in 1976, French filmmaker Claude Lelouch mounted a gyro-stabilized camera to the bumper of a Ferrari 275 GTB and had a friend, a professional Formula 1 racer, drive at breakneck speed through the heart of Paris.

No streets were closed, for Lelouch was unable to obtain a permit.
No dialogue, just the squeal of tyres and the roar of the engine. Breathtakingly insane.

I read some of the comments from the website i found it on, and everyone says the car he used was a Mercedes Benz and not a Ferrari but after filming it he dubbed it with the sound of a Ferrari 275 GTB. And that the driver was not a Formula One driver but Claude Lelouch himself. Great video non the less.

Source: http://shortsbay.com/film/cetait-un-rendez-vous

24-Hour Copy Center

November 2, 2009

Every once in a while and during almost every semester, there are moments of immense stupidity. A professor would dictate a specific homework due in on the first day of the coming week and I would either forget to buy the book, notes, or print the slides of the lectures, either way I’m doomed to hell unless I get a copy of whatever it is that I need. The original can be easily obtained, a phone call here and there and a friend usually has it and is willing to join me on a quest to get it photocopied, the photocopier though is another story.

In Kuwait, there used to be two 24-Hour photocopy places, Kinko’s at the Airport and Kinko’s Kuwait City. The airport is roughly 15kms from my house and Sharq is also roughly 15kms from my house, but with a lot more traffic lights, speed camera, customers, and workers with a lot less common sense. As a result, i prefered going go to the Airport Kinko’s for my 24-Hour copying needs but now its closed and the only one that remains is the Sharq Branch.

The Sharq branch always has at least 4+ employees on shift after midnight but they are stunningly incompetent. For the last five or so times I have had to use them, I would walk in and find no customers or maybe 1, never more. But it would still take them no less than half an hour to copy 10 pieces of paper or to print a tiny booklet of PowerPoint slides. You should try it for once, and see how irrelevant there existence is… at one time I even told the man to open up the counter so I could come over and do it myself.

Just last week I went with a friend to photocopy the questions to the homework that would be due in, in a little over 9 hours and it took the man copying the one sheet of paper around 5 minutes to get it done.

I admit that it is my mistake to come at such late hours, but if you are not willing to do your job right, then why do it in the first place? And why open up a “24-Hour” Kinko’s if its going to take you 25 to copy one sheet… Can anyone name a better 24-Hour copy center? Or at least just another one?

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.

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