What’s up Amman is my regular series of updates from my narrow point of view on what’s going on in Amman. If you’re a university student, then you probably just finished struggling with your midterm exams. Such a crappy timing as well, with all the amazing events that have been going on this month.
I was lucky enough to attend Yahoo! Developer morning last week, which was more or less a morning long session presented by the brilliant Christian Heilmann. It was a great chance to network and learn about many new technologies that we in the region could utilize. I’m a big supporter of the Open Web, for many reasons, but one of the most beneficial reasons for the Middle East is that it also gives us the edge to innovate and catch up to the rest of the world, without going through the process of reinventing the wheel. Sessions like these are important, but it will also take a genuine paradigm shift, from our traditional propriety way of thinking into a more open, transparent mode where knowledge accumulates more knowledge, rather than dust.
I’ll also use this opportunity to give a shameless plug to my dear friends, the band Jerasa – Vinyl Sessions. The lack of popular musicians coming to play in Amman gave rise to a very particular culture of cover bands in Jordan, that cover popular western songs and stray away from hardcore music as not to offend the authorities, and these bands usually do a bad job of covering these songs. But not Jerasa, because they’re simply that talented! They love music, and they play the music they love with the passion and dexterity that rivals any normal indie band their age, and the people just love it as well.
Between Yazan Haikal’s bass, Abboud Atari’s Electric Guitar, Costy Zakharia’s drums, and with Bader Ahmad, and brothers Ahmad and Abood Zou’bi, masterfully juggling guitar, keyboards, and vocals, they mesmerized the crowd at Mohtaraf Remal this Friday with masterful renditions of songs by the likes of Pink Floyd, Muse, Radiohead, and Coldplay.
Now, things to look forward to this week, tomorrow is the start of the Karama Human Rights Film Festival, touted by the organisers as the first of it’s kind in Jordan. I think it’s interesting, and I hope people actually attend, and I hope it gets the people discussing the issues. And on a more geeky note, don’t miss the next Amman Tech Tuesday this week on Telecommunications at the King Hussien Business Park, which promises to be a big event with some of the biggest names in the Arab Telecom world presenting how things go in the Telecom world to geeks like me and you!
This is Tarakiyee signing out, till our paths cross again.