Tuesday, January 22, 2008

The current blog layout is a work in progress... do not be alarmed by my inability to color coordinate.

The banner photo was taken by my friend Hisham Ashkar on January 23rd, 2007.


alhaqid said...

the picture should also fill the black area at the right. Otherwise, some might considerate as aesthetically ugly. But you may not care, afterall, taste is relative.
and i suggest you remove the ligns under the title of each article, keep it red and bold character.

On another level, i used to find the old layout more comfortable to read. Thats because i think the ligns where shorter (i mean the distance for the eye to go from left to right). If your gona have a angryarab-like layout, hehe, try then to have a bigger letters for the text, like in his blog.

afif said...

"The banner photo was taken by my friend Hisham Ashkar on January 23rd, 2006."

Minor correction: I believe this is referring to the Jan. 23rd, 2007 riots (and not 2006)

bech said...

wow interesting stuff happening around here. don't make it look too much like angry arab's blog though.

EDB said...

Thanks Afif. I corrected it. Alhaqid you are right. But I cannot fix these things myself because I am HTML-illiterate and the idiot-proof option for upgrading your layout does not allow me to eliminate that black box.
Was not thinking of Angry Arab layout at all. This is one of a dozen generic layouts! The old one just looked like old wallpaper to me.

EDB said...

But all your suggestions will be duly incorporated once my HTML expert friend is back in town later this week.

hilal said...

nice to have u back. keep it up.

alhaqid said...

addiyar says today that the US embassy is asking all US citizens to leave lebanon as soons as possible.
is this true?

EDB said...

alhaqid-- i'm not registered with the US embassy so I don't receive their warnings, but I'll try to find out.

EDB said...

Alhaqid-- i got this forwarded from a friend. The latest warning from the US embassy:

January 25, 2008

Another explosion has occurred in Beirut. At approximately 1000 hours on January 25, 2008, a vehicle was attacked while traveling in the Chevrolet Roundabout/Furn El Chebbak area of Beirut. Initial reports indicate that there have been fatalities. The U.S. Embassy continues to restrict the movement of official personnel in Lebanon. The U.S. Embassy in Beirut takes this opportunity to remind U.S. citizens of the need for vigilance regarding personal security while in Lebanon.

The Embassy remains concerned that the recent explosions in Beirut signal the continued threat of violence and civil disturbance in Lebanon. Additionally, the potential for political violence due to the political impasse in the Presidential elections should not be ignored. Demonstrations and protests are possible in the coming days. U.S. citizens should avoid areas where demonstrations or protests occur.

The U.S. Embassy urges U.S. citizens who live, work, or are traveling in Lebanon to exercise responsible security practices. Those practices should include awareness of the environment and potentially threatening events such as demonstrations or other public gatherings. U.S. citizens should also take care that they maintain a low profile in public and avoid predictable or habitual behavior. U.S. citizens may contact the U.S. Embassy for updated security information and to report unusual or suspicious occurrences.

The U.S. Embassy is located in Awkar, near Antelias, Beirut, Lebanon. Public access hours for American citizens are by appointment, Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. However, American citizens who require emergency services outside of these hours may contact the Embassy by telephone at any time. The telephone numbers are (961-4) 542-600, 543-600, and fax 544-209.

For the latest security information, Americans should regularly monitor the Department's web site at travel.state.gov where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, including the Travel Warning for Lebanon, and Travel Alerts, including the Travel Alert for Lebanon, can be found. Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the U.S. and Canada, or, for callers outside the U.S. and Canada, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

alhaqid said...

ah, gee thanx
wasnt asking that much

good luck then.