Sega Republic, Dubai Mall

August 22nd, 2009

Soft launched yesterday, Sega Republic is the latest addition to Dubai Mall’s ever growing list of entertainment venues. According to the Read the rest of this entry »


July 27th, 2009

Someone in the tech dept skipped coffee that morning… def had me confused for a moment. Read the rest of this entry »

Famous Last Words

July 26th, 2009

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House of Illusion, Dubai Festival City

July 19th, 2009

It’s been a while since I’ve seen, heard or been to a unique gig here in Dubai. Venues, as of late, seem to bringing in the same DJs, same comedy shows and same outdoor events in an endless spin, rinse and ka-ching! formula… that is, until I read about the House of Illusion Dinner show. Read the rest of this entry »

Ihlara Valley, Uchisar Castle and Derinkuyu Underground City

June 13th, 2009

Our last day in Cappadocia was ambitious, to say the least. The plan was to visit the Ihlara Valley, Uchisar and the Derinkuyu underground city (a good 350 km round trip) through the day and make it back in time for our flight back to Istanbul, departing from Kayseri, at 7:00pm… who doesn’t like challenge huh? Wolfing down our breakfast, we picked up a brilliant road map from Read the rest of this entry »

List of Google Adsense spam ads

May 27th, 2009

If you’ve got a Middle East based website/blog/etc and use Google Adsense you may have noticed an increase in the number of spam/matchmaking/asian dating/arab dating/escort banners appearing on your site… probably not the first thing you want clients to see on your website.

It’s pretty easy to block these adverts, simply log on to your Google AdSense account, click on the AdSense Setup tab, select Competitive Ad Filter and paste in the URLs you’d like to block. Simple right? Not really… these websites have gotten smarter and have bought a number of domains (with minor variations in the domain name) so for every site you block a new one pops up the very next week. Read the rest of this entry »