Wednesday Camel is Ticklish

I never knew that camels were tickish. Apparently they are.



Over Eid in Al Ain, a Toyota Landcruiser that was parked on the sidewalk was nearly swallowed by a sinkhole.

A person who saw this story and felt that it was somehow fitting that someone who was parked illegally had this happen to them would be experiencing schadenfreude. Many people think that if you experience schadenfreude, then you should feel shame for feeling that way.

I don't think that there is a word to describe the feeling that it is unfortunate that this happened to one such person and not to all sidewalk parkers.


So, we are back

Yes, we are back in the UAE. But now we are living in Abu Dhabi. And we have started a new blog. So, if you want to read about our adventures in Abu Dhabi, point your browser here: http://www.returntocamelland.com/


How Unique?

The article states that this is a "unique practice" to UAE Pro-League clubs. But, I know that the Premier League has this rule too, Rule V.7.2: "during the period of the Temporary Transfer of his contract registration a Player shall not play against the Transferor Club;".
So, obviously this is not unique. But is it limited or widespread? Any experts on {football/soccer} transfer rules?

Tastefully Done

So I was reading an article in a UAE media, and at the bottom, in the related article section, was this:
I especially love the last photo. Quite tasteful.


R at the Chinese Restaurant

Another demonstration of the amazing ability of small children to sleep anywhere.


Best soccer defender ever - Updated

Thanks for pointing out the video was taken down kochumanavalan. I found a different version.



Flight Paths

Today, just for fun, I sat down and listed all the flights that I took during the three years that I lived in Al Ain: 49 flights in 19 trips (involving 18 airports). Since it almost always took three flights to get from the Emirates to home (and then three back), they added up quickly.

Then I got curious as to how many miles were involved. So I put all 49 of those flights into the Great Circle Mapper: 115,000 miles (or 184,000 kms). The great thing about that site is that it not only displays the distance but a map of the routes that you enter. So the flight paths of all the flights that I took look like this:


Dubai's Power Future

Given that

1. the US is the Saudi Arabia of coal


2. Dubai plans on generating 20% of its electrical power from coal

Does this mean that in the future we could hear Arabs complain about funding religious fundamentalists in West Virginia? Hmm...



On Wednesday I was looking at the BBC web site and noticed that this story was the most read that day: US school road marking spelled wrongly. Really? I do not understand this at all.

I mean, first, how is this even news? A word is misspelled in North Carolina and it is suddenly world news? Isn't there anything more important happening in the world? Was it that slow a news day?

Second, why is this so popular? It isn't as if the word school spelled "shcool" is hard to find. It isn't even hard to find pictures of it misspelled on the road. Is the BBC going to start reporting on cute pictures of cats next?

Third, why exactly would it be surprising that a road crew would misspell a word? Are road workers known for their great erudition? If so, I missed that. This isn't even a good effort on that front. Check this one out if you want to see dedication to the craft.

I just do not get it. The only possible explanation that I can come up with is that somehow BBC readers believe that this says something about America, but that belief would be even stupider than misspelling school. So it must be something else.