Jordan’s Government cancels decision to revert from Daylight Saving Time!

Jordan’s government (3rd within 2012) has decided to cancel the clock switch back from DST less than 48 hours before schedule: midnight of Friday Oct 26. This has driven me to rant about such utterly impulsive and irresponsible decision.

Consecutive governments, even post Arab Spring, have been failing repetitively to address the uprising demands for both political and economic reform. Given their nature though, proper actions towards such demands can be categorised debatable if one takes the most inconsiderate laid-back attitude. However, when matter falls under the scientific category, where governance is not for a spectrum of wild opinions but rather for facts and laws of nature, and further takes a direct effect on people’s daily lives, I ought to stop and really question decisions more critically.

Jordan’s populated land lies between the 35th and 37th East longitude lines. According to standard time zones of the world this makes it TWO hours ahead of GMT/UTC; and not THREE. Consequnetly if the DST system was to be abandoned, that should happen after switching back to “winter time”, and not before.

Jordan Time Zone
Courtesy of smetoolkit.org

The energy and productivity benefits (don’t get me started on either) sought after from DST may still be maintained during the summer, yet living with a sunrise time as late as 0737[1] is just not human friendly. This is where I sense an inclination to go “solar” and drop civilised time keeping!

The decision has caught everyone by surprise, and thus disrupted many time sensitive plans, most notable of which is airline schedule, leading Royal Jordanian to make a haphazard announcement that is more-than-confusing to the average passenger. [Update: the announcement on RJ’s website. As of Oct 26th Electronic devices have further swarmed Jordanians with incorrect time changes, from Telecom Operator altering cell phones network times to PCs and calendars.]

Is there not any transparency over the trigger, rationale, or key reference bodies for such decision? I really hoped a day like this will not come where I truly feel how “developing” of a country governments will continue limiting Jordan to be.


[1]

Amman   Lat= 31°57'00"  Long= +35°56'00"
TIMES OF SUNRISE AND SUNSET (for ideal horizon & meteorological conditions)
For the year 2013   Time zone: +3.00 hours
                    Make corrections for daylight saving time where necessary.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------
       JAN          FEB          MAR          APR          MAY          JUN   
    rise  set    rise  set    rise  set    rise  set    rise  set    rise  set
 1  0737 1743    0730 1810    0703 1834    0624 1856    0550 1916    0531 1937
 2  0737 1744    0729 1811    0702 1834    0623 1856    0549 1917    0531 1938
 3  0737 1744    0728 1812    0701 1835    0622 1857    0548 1918    0531 1938
 4  0737 1745    0727 1813    0700 1836    0621 1858    0547 1919    0530 1939
 5  0737 1746    0727 1814    0659 1837    0619 1858    0547 1919    0530 1939
 6  0737 1747    0726 1814    0657 1837    0618 1859    0546 1920    0530 1940
 7  0737 1748    0725 1815    0656 1838    0617 1900    0545 1921    0530 1940

 8  0737 1748    0724 1816    0655 1839    0616 1900    0544 1921    0530 1941
 9  0737 1749    0724 1817    0654 1840    0614 1901    0543 1922    0530 1941
10  0737 1750    0723 1818    0652 1840    0613 1902    0542 1923    0530 1942
11  0737 1751    0722 1819    0651 1841    0612 1902    0542 1923    0530 1942
12  0737 1752    0721 1820    0650 1842    0611 1903    0541 1924    0530 1942
13  0737 1753    0720 1821    0649 1843    0610 1904    0540 1925    0530 1943
14  0737 1753    0719 1822    0647 1843    0608 1904    0540 1926    0530 1943

15  0737 1754    0718 1822    0646 1844    0607 1905    0539 1926    0530 1944
16  0737 1755    0717 1823    0645 1845    0606 1906    0538 1927    0530 1944
17  0736 1756    0716 1824    0644 1845    0605 1907    0538 1928    0530 1944
18  0736 1757    0715 1825    0642 1846    0604 1907    0537 1928    0530 1944
19  0736 1758    0714 1826    0641 1847    0603 1908    0536 1929    0530 1945
20  0736 1759    0713 1827    0640 1847    0602 1909    0536 1930    0531 1945
21  0735 1800    0712 1827    0638 1848    0600 1909    0535 1930    0531 1945

22  0735 1801    0711 1828    0637 1849    0559 1910    0535 1931    0531 1945
23  0734 1802    0710 1829    0636 1850    0558 1911    0534 1932    0531 1946
24  0734 1803    0709 1830    0635 1850    0557 1911    0534 1932    0532 1946
25  0734 1803    0708 1831    0633 1851    0556 1912    0533 1933    0532 1946
26  0733 1804    0707 1831    0632 1852    0555 1913    0533 1934    0532 1946
27  0733 1805    0706 1832    0631 1852    0554 1914    0533 1934    0532 1946
28  0732 1806    0704 1833    0630 1853    0553 1914    0532 1935    0533 1946

29  0731 1807                 0628 1854    0552 1915    0532 1935    0533 1946
30  0731 1808                 0627 1854    0551 1916    0532 1936    0534 1946
31  0730 1809                 0626 1855                 0531 1937    

Via http://www.ga.gov.au/geodesy/astro/sunrise.jsp

Transit of Venus over Amman, Jordan – June 6, 2012

In a rare astronomical event that will not happen again for the next 105 years, Venus has passed, this morning, across the Sun from Earth. The transit window for Amman was 07:37 AM at a Sun alt. of 25° to 07:55 AM at a Sun alt. of 28°. Inspired by @Brendano, I have prepared the following setup with the tremendous help of @ghadeerali:

TransitOfVenus Setup

Components:

We did not have a serious camera handy so we settled with this mobile shot:

Zain JO BlackBerry USB tethering for Mac OS X

As I sat down waiting my delayed Royal Jordanian flight to Riyadh (which has become more common than on-time :S), my Orange 3G line was not working, the Wi-Fi networks around were useless and I had to somehow use my BlackBerry Zain JO phone to access the Internet on my Mac. Here is a quick HOWTO on tethering via USB cable:

  • I already had BlackbBerry Desktop Manager installed, so it may or may not be a prerequisite.
  • Connect your phone via USB
  • Open Network Preferences…
  • If not seen already click + to add a new connection and you will see your phone interface showing as BlackBerry-[Your PIN]
  • Change Telephone Number to: *99#
  • Enter “GPRS” in the Account Name & Password Fields
  • Click on Advanced…
  • Choose Vendor: “Research In Motion”
  • Choose Model: “BlackBerry IP Modem (GSM)”
  • Enter “zain” for APN
  • Choose CID: 1
  • Click OK
  • Click Connect

Enjoy a better-than-dead connection!

Legends to Remember

This October, of 2011, has witnessed the loss of too many leaders & innovators for a single month to stand. Some you do know, others you have lived the resonance of their creations. This is a short chronological tribute where I briefly enlist some of their triumphs:

Steve Jobs
October 5, 2011

Steve Jobs
A uniquely mind-seted intellectual that has miraculously shaken the world with innovative products people did not even know they wanted, through one of history’s most successful brands: Apple.

  • Apple Macintosh Classic
  • Apple iMac
  • Mac OS X
  • iPod & iTunes Ecosystem
  • iPhone

October 12, 2011
Dennis Ritchie

Dennis Ritchie
A computer scientist and holder of the Turing award.

  • Created the C Programming Language
  • Developed the UNIX Operating System

George Daniels
October 21, 2011
George Daniels

The watchmaker that introduced the first practical new watch escapement to be launched in 250 years, back in 1999.

Muammar Al Gaddafi
October 20, 2011

Muammar Gaddafi

Ok, no, I did not enlist him by mistake. For a few he is a legend, for most; a dictator. He is in my list to spice it up.

John McCarthy
October 24, 2011

John McCarthy

He is the 2nd Turing Award holder in our list. A mathematician & computer scientist, who has, between Princeton, Stanford, Dartmouth, MIT, and Caltech advanced logic programming using the LISP programming language and hinted to the idea of utility based computing -cloud- back in the 60’s.

  • Father of “artificial intelligence” (AI)
  • Inventor of the Garbage Collection – A method of automatic memory management used in programming languages

RIP

The mobile number you dialed is currently turned off …

A translation of my Arabic Letter to Father on board of Freedom Flotilla for non-Arabic speakers only!

“Even when on vacation, you always answered my calls.The international satellite phone, which you bought after consulting me about its technological usefulness, was my last hope for contact. But it too could not withstand Zionist atrocities. You are now somewhere between international waters and Ashdod and we are yet to know your fate.

I still recall the first demonstration we attended together during the first Intifada. It was a very cold and wet day as we walked through Al-abdaly to Al Hussieni mosque. I was barely able to read the protest signs but I remember chanting along with you. My feet froze that day and my mother blamed you for that. That made you smile.

I am curious to know the story of your trip. But I will wait until your return to hear it. In the meantime, let me tell you what is going on in the outside world: The loudest sounds of support and solidarity for you and the many other heroic activists on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla is the sound of silence from Arab officialdom. The silence is deafening, making us wish we were Turks too.

Islam is my father – that principle is deeply embedded in me. But the situation of Muslims the world over is not pleasing. I feel despair. But there is also hope in the stances of the brave heroic men and women with you. I am inspired by footage aired on Al Jazeera. I see you raising your hands, promising victory and return.

We stand in solidarity with our Palestinian brothers and sisters, protesting the brutal occupation and the inhumane siege. But your participation in the Gaza Freedom Flotilla has made us, your family, taste some of the pain Palestinians experience in Gaza. While I am overwhelmed with the power of Israeli media and its Zionist allies’ spin on your brave encounter, I am also empowered by the breathing spaces created by alternative media resources which tell a different story.

There are many more stories awaiting your safe return. I look forward to sharing them with you. Please do not make the grammatical errors in this piece our first story! J

You have made us all proud.

Eagerly awaiting your safe return,

Yaman (your son)”

الهاتف المتنقل المطلوب مغلق حاليا

والدي العزيز،

حتى في أبعد أسفارك وأطولها لم تكن إلا لترد على مكالمتي. ومع العلم أن هاتفك “الثريا” – الذي حرصت على أخذه معك بعد مشاورتك “التكنولوجية” لي قبل انطلاقك – كان ملاذي الأخير إلا أنه لم يسلم من الصهاينة و ها أنت الان بين مياه البحر اﻷبيض المتوسط الدولية و ميناء أسدود دون أن نعرف ما تمر به.

ما زلت أذكر يوم ذهبنا في جمعة شديدة البرد والمطر في مسيرة الانتفاضة الأولى من العبدلي إلى الجامع الحسيني وكان طول قامتي حينها بالكاد يساعدني على قراءة “اليافطات” ولكني لم أنفك أردد “خيبرخيبر يا يهود، جيش محمد سوف يعود” ولكنك صححتني وجعلتني أردد “جيش محمد بدأ يعود”. أصابني في ذلك اليوم “صقيع الأقدام” حتى لامتك والدتي الحنون ولكن ذلك دعاك للابتسام و “غمزتني”.

يغمرني الفضول لأعرف قصة رحلتك ولكن مع انقطاع الاتصال سوف أنتظر عودتك. في المقابل سأنقل لك ما يحدث خارج السفينة. أعلى صوت هب لنصرتك ومن معك من الأبطال هو صوت الصمت العربي الذي أصبح ينقر في فخرنا بالعروبة ويجعلنا نتمنى لو كنا أتراكاً في هذه اللحظة. ما زال مبدأ “أبي الاسلام لا أبا لي سواه” ساكنا في داخلي ولكن حال المسلمين لا يبشر بخير لكن لا تيأس فالعديد من الشرفاء ما زالو يقفون مواقف الرجال حتى وان لم يكونوا من صناع القرار. في خضم ذلك تأتي صورة لك على قناة الجزيرة وأنت ترفع سبابتك معلناً الشهادة في بداية رحلة “أسطول الحرية” حتى تعلمنا أن جيش محمد قد عاد فعلاً.

مهما كان حماسنا في مناصرة شعب فلسطين الشقيق سواء في حرب غزة أوالحصار المفروض عليهم فإن وجودك في “الواجهة” هذه الأيام جعلنا نتذوق القليل مما يشعر به إخواننا. وما زلت مذهولا بضعف نفوذنا الاعلامي وقوة عدونا سواء في اعطاء قضايانا حيزا اعلاميا يليق بحجمها وأهميتها أو إيصال صورة غير منحازة (لأي طرف) ولكن الاعلام البديل على الانترنت كان بمثابة المتنفس للتعبير على مستوى عالمي – وإن لم يصل صداه سياسياً بقوة “اللوبي” اليهودي الذي قدم قبل قليل رسالة إلى الكونغرس الأمريكي يشرح له مأساته!

هنالك المزيد من “السواليف” لأخبرك بها وأرجو أن لا تبدأ ردك بتصحيح قواعد اللغة في الرسالة :)

لقد شرفت جبهتك ومن معك من أحرار هذا العالم

بانتظارك

يمان

Intertwined

يا سائلاً نفسي عن هواها
اني غُدرت
وهذي قصتي معاها
فلقد نظرت مسالماً في مقلتين
يحسبهما الغادي عيناها
أما أنا فركبت فُلكا -من دون ما ذنب- قد فُك مرساها
استعنت بمن قد قال كُن و”نفس وما سواها”
لكنما
ما زلت أُبحر تائهاً
بين فجورها
وتقواها