Saturday, December 03, 2005

Dodgy Blogs

One thing that always irritates me is blogs that do not allow comments. If you don't have comments on your blog then what are you saying? You're saying 'this is my thing, take it or leave it'. And when someone posts something that you really want to reply to and there's no comment thingy. Nyaaaargh!

An example I just stumbled across. An American Uni Lecturer in Sharjah, seemingly having a hard time. And she posted this sensitively-written piece.

Do they not understand?? In a country with so many US expats, you'd think the Bin Ladin Construction company would understand the significance of this sign. I had to take a picture.

Sandra, I apologise for criticising you on a third-party blog, but you chose not to allow direct comments on your own blog. You clearly have not been here long. What do you expect Bin Ladin Construction (an entirely respectable and long-established company) to say on their signs? 'We apologise for the foolish activities of our disowned son Osama'? Something like that? C'mon.

The blog in question is


Blogger samuraisam said...

I don't see why they should change their name to appease to the tastes of people.
If they were to be made to, then americans should change their countries name, because don't they realise as a middle eastern country people aren't very fond of americans?
(no offence to americans intended)

10:19 pm  
Blogger CG said... thoughts exactly.

In a country with so many Muslims, Doesn't she know that writing a blog like that puts her, as an AMRIKI, in quite an awkward position.

7:53 am  
Blogger bismallah said...

Mr. N'jai, a thousand apologies. If all that is required is for Al Qu'ran to be placed against the door when you out from the home, it must be opened to Al-Araf 173:

"Many are the jinns and men we have made for hell:......etc"


8:18 am  
Blogger scarlettepimp said...

oh oh, careful guys. jack is here. he has penetrated our community. it will be nice to laugh for a change though. it was getting a little stuffy here in dubailand. and for that bin ladin sign, all my american friends loved it.
"SORRY FOR THE INCONVINIENCE". you can say that again buddy.

10:08 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i heard, and this may just be a rumor, that the family is thinking of changing their name from binladin to ben ladin! any idea if this is true or just a rumor?
yikes and gadzooks!

10:11 am  
Blogger secretdubai said...

I seem to remember reading that the family had applied to the Saudi royal family to be allowed to change the spelling of their name or something.

I agree about comments. I realise they can be a liability, but you can make it registered users only. Or enable Moderated comments - so you get to approve/reject everything before it is put on your site. People that want even more control over these things - eg "Friends Only" comments - can always use Live Journal.

Having no comment facility and no email kind of makes the whole exercise somewhat anti-internet.

12:35 pm  
Blogger moryarti said...

this photo idea is not even original...

I saw the same idea about 3 or 4 months ago on one of those I-am-very-board-and-have-nothing-better-to-do-but-browse-the-web webistes.. i tried to look for the original link but can't remember which website was it ...

2:51 pm  
Blogger Al Ain Taxi said...

Blub, Keefieboy. At least people want to leave comments on her blog. I know that it's not all about comments but theres nothing sadder than having had 88 visitors on our new Al Ain blog and not a single one has posted a comment.....maybe I should say something a little controversial

4:28 pm  
Blogger samuraisam said...

i was pretty sure i commented on it al ain taxi, i'll do it again, this must mean i commented on someone elses blog ):

haha, they're probably wondering what my comment "me!" was about

5:15 pm  
Blogger samuraisam said...

ahh, you have it set to moderate comments ):

5:16 pm  
Blogger CG said...

I have left 2 comments on your blog over the last 3 days. Neither were you must be very choosy.


5:46 pm  
Blogger BuJ said...

this picture is hilarious and that amriki is obviously still very fresh off the boat..

reminds me with something I did after 9/11.. i went to Bin Laden's HQ in Dubai (the construction site) and I took a picture of their building and sent it to some people in uni in the UK.. the reaction on their faces was fantastic.. they thought that Osama actually has a base in Dubai and that the search was over!!

hmm I wonder where I've saved this picture.

6:56 pm  
Blogger samuraisam said...

keefie, your work has gotten a reward. she appears to have activated comments!

9:24 pm  
Blogger Al Ain Taxi said...

Hmmmm,time to look at my mod settings on blogger. Sorry folks I've been ranting and not noticed it might be my fault.... *skulks away ashamed*

9:32 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good job Keefie...she now allows comments. Here's the one I posted:

I am American and although I too kinda snickered when I saw the Bin Ladin signs, I realize that it's just a coincidence...The Bin Ladin Construction Company was around before Osama was born and gave his family a bad name. You taking offense is just another sign that we Americans think the world revolves around us and our feelings.

4:13 pm  
Blogger sheikha cheryl said...

You slay me, I'm always amused when reading your blog. Oh, I also love your disclaimer at the bottom, very classy. I want to plagerize it.

1:31 pm  
Blogger Keefieboy said...

Nomad: now we're into the festive season that first bit should read 'you sleigh me'. Feel free to borrow the disclaimer and don't forget to put your own name in! Glad you like the blog.

1:49 pm  
Blogger 3omani said...

I don't know whether I would consider this blogger ignorant or arrogant but I do know that she shouldn't be teaching at a university. This lady is a walking-talking American stereotype.

12:09 am  
Blogger samuraisam said...

3omani does that make you a walking talking arab-who-hates americans stereotype?

6:22 am  
Anonymous Noisy American said...

I have to admit that the sign also gave me pause for about two seconds, and then a myself. That a name on a street sign could cause me even a momentary pause demonstrates how conditioned I've become by the media. This picture, on the other hand, might be worthy of causing a bit of concern.

4:11 pm  

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