Thursday, December 07, 2006

Ouch, that hurts! (I've been tagged) and final thoughts on the ICT Forum

Okay, so the lovely and talented Salam tagged me today (funny how it makes you feel included). So, the instructions say grab the book closest to you. Unfortunately, that's my book for Arabic class and only has 104 pages. So, I have to give away my little secret. You'll understand in a minute.

Page 123, 5th sentence (+3)

The most recent and major renovations to the house had been commissioned by the third Duke of Raeburn, beginning in 1763. His contribution had been the addition of the east and west wings, and the central facade of the U-shaped house, done in the Palladian style. Great stone steps led up to massive Ionic columns that held up a carved pedimented entryway. The interior of the house was every bit as sumptous as its exterior.

(I assure you this is neither an architecture book nor a history one...)

Name: The Husband Trap
Author: Tracy Anne Warren

So now you know my secret. I'm a closet romance-novel a-holic. In fact, moving to Jordan has been quite costly for me as there aren't any libraries where I can check out romances and I typically read 4-5 a week. If anyone has a stash they want to share, I'd be happy to do book swaps!

So now, following the instructions, I have to tag three people... Hmm... Here goes. El 3atal (hahahaha), Samer (Jazarah), and Roba (And Far Away). Bam! Your turn... So here's the tag, you need to:

1- Grab the book closest to you.
2- Open to page 123, scroll down to the 5th sentence
3- Post the text of next 3 sentences on your blog
4- Name of the book and the author
5- Tag 3 People

While the tagging concept seems a tad too close to chain letters for my liking, I love this one, because it implies that we MUST be reading a book. So, I guess this is one more way to implement Lina's idea to "Get Caught Reading."

Now for a few final thoughts on the ICT Forum. I went to the Forum today mostly because El 3atal's cousin was speaking. I am so glad I did! I found the morning sessions today to be MUCH better than yesterday. More content and less fluff. The speakers were engaging. Her Royal Highness Princess Sumaya was absolutely eloquent. She was also passionate, dedicated, and humble (giving credit to her team , the hallmark of a great leader). I am now a huge fan... (and if you know her, you can tell her MommaBean said so, teehee). I also did speak to int@j about the coordination issues. I found out that they hired a firm to handle the registration and event coordination. I didn't get the firm's name, but will to make sure we never have such a poorly managed event. So, my initial impressions have given way to more lasting positive ones. I'd even attend again next year after the sessions today. I did miss the afternoon sessions. I think I was too focused on lunch and the networking opportunities therein. Ah, well. Oh, and I needed some time with the Beans, so I left a bit early. So, at any rate...

Tag... You're It!


At 2:27 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I raised the question below on Roba's page but since you attended the conference, can you shed some light on the same question (i.e. windows Vista), I'm interested in learning some more about it.

I was reading a report the other day about the new Windows Vista which shows on the very first picture at the top of Roba's post .It supposed to replace Windows XP. According to the report this software is the best invention ever–so to speak by windows, it not only has so many different interesting and amazing features, it has all the fire wall protections necessary against viruses, as well as the user friendly components which allows even the most novice amongst us to work with it with relative ease. I’m wondering while you were there if they said anything else about it that you can shed some light on it. Thanks

At 9:46 PM , Blogger MommaBean said...

Actually, I spent a couple of minutes hanging around the Microsoft booth trying to get their attention. They never seemed to want to shed any light at all on the products they were debuting. Perhaps a MommaBean isn't their target demographic :). I wish I could be of more assistance to you. I would caution you against beleiving 80% of MS's hype. They always think that every new product is the greatest (untested) thing since sliced bread, teehee. Oh, I'm not a huge fan by the way.

At 9:51 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Al Hussein Society for the Physically Challenged has a 'new to you' shop which includes lots of books,so you can indulge your interest in romantic novels (I enjoy them too!!). They are having their annual bazaar on Sat Dec 16 from 10.30. The Society is near the Seventh Circle. T

At 10:07 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The name of the Event managment comp is iJordan , and YES they SUCK big TIME

At 12:45 AM , Blogger MommaBean said...

T, thanks! December 16, let me get that on my calendar... I'm so excited. Severus, thanks. I know to avoid them now. Their performance was truly pitiful. Always count on your fellow bloggers to come through for you!

At 12:55 AM , Blogger MommaBean said...

Darn, I just remembered I'm gone until the 18th. Sniff, sniff. Maybe I can find someone to go in my stead and spend money for me... What a shame. Any volunteers?

At 4:27 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

the shop is open all the time but if you want to know hours and location call them at 5817598. T

At 5:35 AM , Blogger MommaBean said...

T, you seriously rock! Thanks and I'll definitely check that out when I get a chance. Anything for cheap novels...

At 5:45 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

there is also the americian women of amman its like a club, they have a library but are in the process of moving from umothania to abdoun,there is a 5jd fee, iam not sure if it is yearly or a one time thing,

At 8:59 AM , Blogger MommaBean said...

Thanks anonymous. If you have any information on how I might contact them, please let me know... Again, I appreciate all the help I can get.

At 4:22 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a comment in response to hatem abunimeh. Today (Dec 27, 2006) the newspaper notes that there has been a flaw found in Windows Vista. It states:
New York -- Windows Vista, the new computer operating systme that Microsoft Corp. is touting as its most secure ever, contains a programming flaw that might let hackers gain control of vulnerable computers.
Microsoft and independent security researchers, however, tried to play down the risk from the flaw, which was posted on a Russian site recently and is apparently the first affecting the new Vista system.
The software company said it was investigating the threat but found so far that a hacker must already have access to the vulnerable computer in order to execute an attack.
That could occur if someone is actually sitting in front of the PC or otherwise gets the computer's owner to install rogue software, said Mikko Hypponen of security research company F-Secure Corp.
"The bottom line is you couldn't use a vulnerability like this to write a worm or hack a Vista system remotely," Hypponen said.

Hope this info helps.


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