Saturday, September 25, 2010

The Unseen Sea

Dear Clouds and Fog,ill never take you for granted ever again!

The Unseen Sea from Simon Christen on Vimeo.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Red Rocks

My Latest Piece...
for better Details
Red Rocks on Sonic Boom@deviant Art

Red Rocks by *Sonic-BooM on deviantART

Red Rocks
a Pan made with 35 images
the stitching was made in two phases so that images dont over lap faultily,had to tone map it so the image take some dramatic contrast with the red colors of the rocks.
Red Rocks,
March 2010

Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Red Rocks Park

P.S.i promise ill take a break from panoramas =p

Model: NIKON D300S
Shutter Speed: 1/160 second
Aperture: F/11.0
Focal Length: 17 mm
ISO Speed: 400
Date Taken: Feb 28, 2010, 4:58:37 PM
Software: Adobe Photoshop CS5 Macintosh

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Guess who...

..... is going under the knife of national tv shows audiance.....

Polygamy,is one of the matters that confused me the most,especially with my islamic upbringing,and my western influenced teen years.
they will be literally butchered by each and every person who is against polygamy...which is almost 95%+ of the american society,if not more.
but u know whats funny? the majority of all those who are against polygamy,have/or once had multiple sexual partners,they are only against marriage of multiple partners
i just dont geddit
do u?

P.S.A fellow blogger thought i was talking about my self going on national TV,Sorry if that how i made it sound but i was refering to the TV show.

Sunday, September 19, 2010


-Me pushing my daughters stroller while entring the mall through Sears

-A Young Asian Indian Couple pass by

-Are you a body builder?

-Me:No...what makes u say that?

-then u must live in a coastal city where u swim all the time to stay in shape.

-Me:Nope..not that a dentist. explains it,u got ur shape from yanking peoples teeth out!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Making Future Magic: iPad Light Painting

ive been into photography for roughly 7 years,what made me get into this hobby is how photography give you the ability to create a fantasy from the world around you,if you have been following my work lately,u will notice that i always try to add the element of unreality to my photos,i always try to make the photograph look like its been shot in utopia.

conceptual photos and abstract photography always catches my attention,and its usually the hardest type of photography,not because the technique is hard,but because it pushes the creativity of the photography to the limit,and some time far beyond the limits.

its a beautiful thing,i tell ya,some times i look back at my work and i cant believe its actually mine.
but speaking of creativity,some times u stumble upon things that leave you utterly speechless in how creative,genuine and impressive the ideas some people come up with,like the one i am about to show you,
the most amazing thing about this is how they utilize everything they have at hand that was not once available.

Here,they used Apples ever successful iPad to create light,and Amazingly they used that light to build blocks of letters using light emitted from the ipad during a period of time where the shutter of the camera is open,and captured it with the camera.

...........the Most Creative yet,right?
nuff talk,lets watch...

Making Future Magic: iPad light painting from Dentsu London on Vimeo.

i bet even apple them selves didnt see this as a possible utilization of their own product.
light painting the city with Matt Jones
this is ladies and gentlemen,a new benchmark in light painting photography,and i assure you it is the future.
iPad light painting through glass

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Norfolk Harbor


Norfolk Harbor by *Sonic-BooM on deviantART

Definitely one of the prettiest coastal cities ive been into,which reminds me,i will retire in a coastal city,and hopefully even far before i retire,ill be living in a city with a sea front,and ill wake up every morning and have my breakfast on the sea view...

P.S.Click on it to get a better View.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Trump of Chicago

My Latest photograph,taken in Chicago back in december

Trump of Chicago by *Sonic-BooM on deviantART

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Mail in Rebate!


Am back in the US,after two hectic months in saudi arabia,which were suppose to be vacation,but i had so much paper work i only managed to finish two days before i flew back to NC!

so,ive been waiting for a long time to buy my self a computer,and ive been wondering which one to buy and how much i should put in it,anyways,i ended up buying an iMac 27" running a i7 Quadcore processor,pretty amazing machine i must say.

but my post today is not about that,its about somthing that i noticed in the US that i dont think i ever witnessed anywhere else in the world,at least not in any country ive been into in my life,and ive been in around 10+ countries so far.

its the return/rebate/exchange policies that corporates in the US use,let me explain how.

One very Big chain of whole Sale super markets,that have almost what every household need from groceries,electronics,furniture,and some other things like hardwares and sport goods, has a no Question asked Return policy on any of its items,with two exceptions:
-Electronics,they have a 90 days return policy,
-Underwears,which cannot be returned for hygiene reasons,which makes total sense.
anything else in the store,if u bought it,and didnt like it,return it and get a full cash refund.
what i dont understand is,every return item,if used,is not resale-able,which makes me wonder,where is profit in that!!
i recently bought a 42" LCD TV,and after i got it home,i realized that the place that we wanted to put it in,didnt have enough space to put it there and we were forced to buy a smaller one,so we ended up buying a 37" instead.
upon returning the TV,as i said,they returned it without a single Question except the Reason for return,though i admit the guy gave me that look when i told him the TV is too big it didnt fit in my living room,but he did return it.
however,when he returned it,he put a sticker on the box that said,not for Resale.

another incident,I personally know a guy,who bought a shoe in 2006 from another store,and every time the shoe gets worn out,he returns it and they give him a brand new one in exchange for it, in the name of "100% customer Satisfaction Guarantee!!",this very same person,who is now a loyal customer to this store,bought his little son a shoe from there,and everytime the kid grows up,he exchanges the shoe with a bigger size.

Does that make any sense to you? if it does,please explain it to me,cos i dont get it!! how is that making any profit for them,i dont Geddit!

and the final thing that doesnt make sense to me is the mail in Rebate,which is somthing that doesnt exist in saudi arabia,and it simply goes like this,
in a Store like the Apple Store,if u were a Student, upon showing your ID,u are eligible for multiple educational discounts and offers,one of them is a Free iPod Touch on every Mac purchase.
so if you bought an iMac/Macbook,you qualify to get an iPod for free After mail in rebate,to get the mail in rebate,you actually buy the iPod and pay for it at the store,then u submit a rebate request,which gets ur money back in a form of a check in around 30 days,which u can either Cash it from the bank,or simply deposit it in your account.

in wikipedia,it mentions what benefit Mail in Rebate has over instant rebate,which is the discount you get while u shop,not after u submit ur rebate request,here is what i found,which i must admit,is very subtle idea.

-The information given in the rebate form, such as name, address, method of payment, can be used for data mining studies of consumer behavior.[10]
The information can be used as evidence of a pre-existing business relationship for marketing purposes, such as do not call lists.
-Customers tend to notice price increases and react negatively. Rebates offer retailers the benefit of giving customers a temporary discount on an item, to stimulate sales, while allowing it to maintain its current price point. This method avoids the negative backlash that could be perceived with a price being lowered and then raised later.[11]

-Rebates also allow companies to "price protect" certain product lines by being selective in which models or brands to be discounted. This allows retailers and manufacturers to move some product at lower cost while maintaining prices of successful models. A straight price reduction on some models would have a domino effect on all products in a line.[12]

-During the turnaround time, the company can earn interest on the money.
If the turnaround time crosses into the next fiscal year or quarter, a rebate offer can inflate sales in the current period, and not have to be accounted for until the next period and then it could be attributed as a cost reducing sales or expense for the next period giving companies an accounting advantage with their Wall Street projections.

-Extended warranties and other price-dependent factors always use the initial purchase price, not the price after the rebate. This is normally because if the company has to refund the customer the "replacement value", it would be the before rebate "in-store" price.

-Once the UPC has been removed from the box, retailers can refuse to accept a return of the item.
Not all buyers will meet the criteria to receive the rebate. Companies often require the original UPC barcode, receipt, and additional information, which a buyer may forget to include when redeeming the rebate. Companies almost always add other caveats to the rebate as well, such as the redemption having to be postmarked by a certain date. It works in the company's favor if buyers do not act quickly to redeem. However, a University of Florida study notes that shorter redemption periods actually increase the redemption rate in the consumer's favor because it gives them less time for procrastination to set in.[13]

-New companies that want to make a break into a market can offer substantial rebate savings on their new product as a means of capturing a customer's attention. Zeus Kerravala, vice president at the Yankee Group, has said "For companies that haven't been in a particular market, the rebate that essentially refunds the customer's money is a great way to get people to pay attention to them, This is especially true in consumer electronics, where brand name does matter. It's a good way to get customers to take a chance on a new brand."

.....Amazing,isnt it?
its really amazing how big marketing ideas that are made behind simple plans like these,one might think what difference does it make if they send me a check,over giving me the discount immediately,well,now u know! five minutes ago,i didnt know them!

ill end this with one incident that happened with my wife yesterday,we were at Dairy Queen,which is a Canadian American Fast food chain based in IL that is growing around in North Carolina,my wife ordered a cheese burger combo meal,and i ordered something similar,
we got our food,and after we started eating,my wife felt like she want to have fried shrimps basket,so she went and ordered it and came back.

the waiter came with the order,and after he placed it on the table,he asked my wife,
Waiter : "ma'am,was this what u really wanted,but u didnt know when u ordered?"
wifey: "Yes,but i only felt that i am craving it after i started eating the cheese burger"
Waiter: "thats ok,allow me refund you on the cheese burger meal"
Wife: "What? why! i ordered it and i already took a bite from it"
waiter: "yes i understand,but we dont like you to pay for somthing u didnt really want in the first place,so go ahead,u can have it all that you want,and ill put it up in a box for you so u can take it home and eat it later,but i will also refund you for its price in full"
Wife: "ok,if you insist"
Waiter: " i do insist =)"

and he DID come back with a full refund.
i admit,we really like Dairy Queen because we think they are the best fast food resturant around us in terms of hygiene,and quality of food provided,but what happend yesterday made my opinion become alot more positive than it already is.

my question is,if we took albaik,in saudi arabia,which is THE best fastfood resturant in Hejaz Area,would they ever do this? i dont think so!

such incidents that i mentioned above,make me wonder how do businesses like those mentioned make money when it seem like they are paying back a huge amount of their sales? i dont know how,but its definitly one of the most intresting marketting techniques ive yet to see.