Arch.ive is a publication developed as a means of showcasing the studio works of the students at the College of Architecture, Kuwait University.
Arch.ive will be launching the first issue of the publication this upcoming Wednesday, March 5th, 7:00-9:30pm.
Everyone is more than welcome to attend this event and witness all the local architectural talent in Kuwait!
March 4, 2014
February 26, 2014
I’ve already posted about this before but since schools just started it would be a good time to remind everyone about it.
The Regional Center for Development of Educational Software (ReDSOFT) have created a pretty amazing iOS App which allows you to download all the books for all grades required by of the Ministry of Education in Kuwait. You just have to tell the App which class you’re in and then you will then have access to all the books that are required by the Ministry for that year. The App is called “كتابي” but if you don’t have an Arabic keyboard setup on your iPhone or iPad then you can search for “nader marafie” in the App store and you’ll find the app or even better here is the direct link to the App Store [Link]
February 25, 2014
This Year’s doodle
Last year’s doodle.
Thank You Google
Sent with Reeder
Sent from my iPad
February 23, 2014
مجموعة من القراء والكتاب نجتمع بصفة دورية في نادي ثقافي. واثمرت هذه الاجواء الثقافية، فجاءت فكرة (ادب الشارع)، فقررنا ان نخلق للادب رجلين وننشره على الارض وفوق الصدور.
بالنسبة لنا، ليس هناك ماهو اسمى اجتماعيا من الادب، ولا يكون الادب بغير قراءة، لذلك ارتأينا ان فكرة الملابس والازياء مناسبة لبث رسالة بين شباب المستقبل مفادها: لغتنا عريقة، وتاريخنا تغار منه الحضارات، والقراءة نعمة من الله عز وجل.
التدرج شيء صحي. قررنا ان نبدأ في تصميم التيشيرتات، ومنها نقيس الشارع ومتطلباته، وعليه سنتدرج. فنشاطنا ليس مقتصر على التيشيرتات وانما سيتعداه للحقائب والاكسسوارات باذن.
انتم من سيقرر الاستمرار من عدمه، فانتم الهدف.
للطلب في انستقرام
February 16, 2014
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February 15, 2014
Reading time is precious. Don’t waste it on bad books, or books that are wrong for a certain time in your life
The dumbest childhood vow I ever made was to finish every book I started. Maintained well into adulthood, this policy turned reading the first page of any volume into a miniature death sentence. I imagined my compulsive completion a sign of adult seriousness. In truth, it was a vanity – a poorly thought-out and typically adolescent caprice.
As a consequence of this inane commitment, I reserve a special loathing for a host of books that I shouldn’t have been reading in the first place. I remember working as a summer camp councillor in my 20s and absolutely despising poor Russell Banks’ Book of Jamaica, yet never allowing myself to read something else because I had already started it. I say “poor” Russell Banks, because I love his other books, and the fact that I forced myself to keep reading a book for which I was not remotely in the mood was not his fault.
I have occasionally heard from a reader fuming because he or she did not enjoy one of my novels yet still read to its bitter end. I reject this fury out of hand. For pity’s sake, if you don’t take a shine to a novel, there are loads more in the world; read something else. Continue suffering and it’s not the author’s fault. It’s yours.
Granted, it’s a good idea to give some books a chance even if they don’t grab you at first, especially if they come recommended by someone you trust. But 50 pages is plenty, and with some books I have an allergic reaction after two or three.
Reading time is precious. Don’t waste it. Reading bad books, or books that are wrong for a certain time in your life, can dangerously turn you off the activity altogether. The sign that I don’t like the book I’m reading is finding myself watching reruns of Come Dine With Me.
February 14, 2014
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There’s plenty of advice out there to help you read more – but what about how to get more from what you read? Here’s how
Pursue ‘targeted serendipity’
Pick each new book at random, and you’ll end up with plenty of duds. But if you stick religiously to the same authors or genres, or rely on Amazon’s recommendation engine, which makes suggestions based on past purchases, you’ll never expand your horizons. Choose a middle path: use a recommendation site such as Whichbook, which filters books based on numerous sliding scales – “funny/serious”, “optimistic/bleak”, “no sex/lots of sex” – without knowing which specific titles you’ve previously read.
Stick to print
Quite apart from the romanticism in the smell and feel of “real” books, there’s some persuasive psychological research to suggest that we grasp their content of paper books better and faster than ebooks’. This could be because we subconsciously use physical cues to store information: whether something’s on the left or right page; how many pages are under your right thumb, still to be read, etc.
In one British study, children who read only on screens were three times less likely to say they greatly enjoyed reading. It’s also been argued that the blue light emitted by tablets may seriously interfere with sleep and health.
Read first, talk later
The web offers countless opportunities to join a worldwide, 24-hour book group, such as Readmill, an e-reader platform that lets readers have conversations in the margins. But there’s much to be said for more limited devices – paper books, say, or basic Amazon Kindles – that make it harder for your attention to wander.
As the new media thinker Clay Shirky, no Luddite, puts it: “Tell me later who else liked it. Show them to me, introduce them to me, whatever – not right now. Right now I’m reading.” Make reading and discussing two distinct activities.
Keep it literary
Last year, a controversial but well-designed study at the New School for Social Research in New York, found that reading literary fiction (Don DeLillo, Alice Munro) enhanced the capacity for empathy, and that the same didn’t apply to popular fiction or non-fiction. One hunch is that literary fiction leaves more to the reader’s imagination, forcing you to work harder to enter the emotional worlds of others. “What great writers do is to turn you into the writer,” explained one researcher. “In literary fiction, the incompleteness of the characters turns your mind to trying to understand the minds of others.”
Split your time: have a few books on the go
While you’re best advised not to try to read 20 books at once, there are definitely advantages to choosing three or four at once. Have a mix of fiction and non-fiction on the go, each suited to different moods and contexts. Even bad books can help – by sending you back to the good ones. “When you’re not feeling the book in front of you, pick up something else,” writes one blogger, Leigh Kramer, an advocate of the multi-book approach. “This will either make you want to go back to your original choice or press forward with one of your other options.”