Blog Stats – January 2006

Posted by Mark

January started off slow with January 1st getting only 2,605 visitors that day. Luckily that was also the lowest amount of visitors per day for the month. The highest was on January 27th when 8,081 visitors came to the site but that was with the help of Digg. Without the help of Digg, January 31st was the highest with 5,077 visitors visiting that day. The average visits per day for January was 3,949. The total visitors for the month of January was 122,430. The aim for the month of February is to keep the visitors per day at over the 5,000 mark. For more details you can check the [Website Stats].


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Review: Choowy Goowy

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Choowy Goowy

Two days ago I tasted the best cookies I had ever had. A friend at work had received these cookies in a glass jar as a gift and I asked if I could taste them. The jar looked interesting and the cookies inside looked tasty so I took a cookie and tried it. It was soft, fresh, inviting and just fucking heavenly. I asked my friend where I could find these cookies since I never noticed them at Sultan Center or any other supermarket and she replied telling me she would ask her friend who sent them to her. A few minutes later I found out that Choowy Goowy is a place in Kuwait that makes and delivers cookies to your home or office. She showed me the glass jar the cookies came in and pointed towards a tiny message on the label which said “For a refill call 2626559″. I quickly picked up the phone and dialed the number to find out all I could about this interesting service.

This is basically what I found out. Choowy Goowy is a local creation, 100% made in Kuwait. I spoke to the owner who’s recipes the cookies are made from and he was very nice and polite. He spoke good English and explained to me how they originally started off in 2002 with Arabic icecream. They created a service called Booza Booza which delivered iceream to your home but since icecream is a summer product they needed a winter one also and this why in September of last year they started Choowy Goowy. Choowy Goowy makes 5 kinds of cookies, the regular Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter Cookies, Cinnamon Cookies, Cookies with Macadamia and finally double chocolate cookies. A jar with a dozen cookies inside costs KD2.5 except for the double chocolate which costs KD3.5. If you have a jar and want a refill its 500fils cheaper so KD2 or KD3 depending on which cookies you order. They deliver two times a day, before lunch and in the afternoon, that way you get a fresh batch of cookies whenever you order them.

I placed my order yesterday night and told them I wanted my cookies the next day at 7PM since I would have come home from work by then. You don’t have to call a day ahead though, a fellow employee called them up in the morning and asked to have the cookies by noon and they were delivered to her without a problem. I ordered the regular chocolate chip for KD2.5 since I think the double chocolate at KD3.5 is over my cookie budget. The driver had some problems finding my building (I actually had to run down the street after his van when he missed my house) but since it was his first time I didn’t mind. I told him to remember my place the next time because I would definitely be ordering again.

We were in the middle of episode 13 of Prison Break when the cookies arrived so the timing was perfect. I quickly snapped a few pictures of the jar and then proceeded to quickly open it and let Nat have a taste of these cookies since she had only heard about them from me but never tasted them yet. Within 10 minutes I had eaten 6 cookies while Nat had eaten 2, I would have eaten more but there were only 4 left and I wanted to save some for later. The cookies were amazing. They taste similar to the Fuddruckers cookies except without the nutty flavor which I really dislike. The Choowy Goowy cookies are the best cookies I have ever tasted and the fact that this is a local creation makes me appreciate it a lot more.

Even though these cookies are the best in Kuwait I would have to give them a 4 out of 5 because of the price. Without the jar a dozen cookies cost KD2, thats double the price of the Fuddruckers cookies. On the other hand you are having the cookies delivered right to you which is a big plus and I would have to say these cookies taste atleast twice as good as the Fuddruckers ones. I would really really recommend everyone to try these cookies, they are seriously amazing. Choowy Goowy have the best cookies in Kuwait, give them a call on 2626559.

Update: The owner sent me a message saying that the reason the cookies cost more then your average cookies is because they are made with the best quality ingredients. He also stated that in Fifth Avenue New York there are some places that sell a dozen cookies for $50 and they are always sold out. Finally the cookies are also trans fats free.


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Review: The Island

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the island

For some reason I was expecting this movie to be based in a jungle on an island, I guess something like the TV show Lost. I don’t know where I got that visual in my head but it put me off about the movie and I wouldn’t have watched it if Nat hadn’t nagged the hell out of me to get it.

The main star of the movie is Ewan McGregor who I will continue to dislike more and more until he shaves his head and goes back to being the still unknown but really cool actor in Trainspotting. Ewan has become too mainstream for my taste and after starring in Moulin Rouge which I will never ever EVER watch, I have started to think he might be turning soft. In the movie The Island he wasn’t that bad, it suited him more then then his previous roles like Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars and Ed in Big Fish. I think when Ewan plays the role of a young carefree guy it suits him the best.

Plot Outline: Lincoln Six-Echo (McGregor) is a resident of a seemingly utopian but contained facility in the mid 21st century. Like all of the inhabitants of this carefully controlled environment, Lincoln hopes to be chosen to go to the “The Island” – reportedly the last uncontaminated spot on the planet. But Lincoln soon discovers that everything about his existence is a lie. He and all of the other inhabitants of the facility are actually human clones. Lincoln makes a daring escape with a beautiful fellow resident named Jordan Two-Delta (Johansson). Relentlessly pursued by the forces of the sinister institute that once housed them, Lincoln and Jordan engage in a race for their lives to literally meet their makers.

This movie is an action packed fast moving sci-fi which sounds good until you realize its over 2 hours long. No one wants to sit for over 2 hours watching an action movie with a plot thats so predictable that you just want to get the whole thing over with. I think thats the movies biggest fuck up, if it was a one-hour-thirty-minute in-and-out thank-you-goodbye flick then it wouldn’t have been an issue. The movie does have some really good chase scenes which were really fun to watch and that why I am giving this movie a 3.5 out of 5 instead of a 3.


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Imation Flash Wristband

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imation wristband

I am not a wristband type of guy, the only thing I wear on my wrist is my watch.. I don’t even wear any jewelery other then my wedding ring. Things might change though now that I have discovered what must be the most practical fashion accessory out there.. the Imation Flash Wristband. Its a flash stick which you simply wear around your wrist, how simple of an idea is that? It also doesn’t look bad at all just maybe a bit geeky. I couldn’t find the price but it was supposed to have been released mid January at Target stores. I checked the online Target store but I couldn’t find it and I couldn’t find on either Newegg.com or Amazon.com. [Link]


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How easy is it to replace an optical drive on an Apple Powerbook?

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The answer.. not easy at all! You basically have to take apart the whole Powerbook just to replace the drive. Check out the step by step guide, it just gets freakier and freakier the nearer you get to the end.

I was thinking of replacing my sisters non-working drive myself, but after seeing this guide, there is no way I am even going to try doing it. [Link]


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Don’t Ban LEGO!

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lego logo

I just realized something, with all this boycotting of Danish products in Kuwait and around the Arab world I hope they won’t end up taking LEGO off the market. That would suck big time so please leave LEGO alone.


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Cough Cough Cleavage Cough Cough

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Here is some “heavy” cleavage of an Arab celebrity, I think she is an actress called Nahla Salameh (or something). Seems she dressed up in a skimpy transparent outfit and it caused some controversy. I have a link to the picture of her and another one of an article clipping from a newspaper. I didn’t read the article (its in Arabic) but I am guessing they are talking about how slutty she is and how she should be deported to whoreland or something. I don’t know I am just talking out of my ass here, they might be just talking about her hair…

[Picture 1]
[Picture 2]

Pictures are safe for work.


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Rocky Balboa Blog

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rocky 7

Seems like Rocky is going the way of King Kong when it comes to pre-movie blogging. The Rocky Balboa blog recently came online and over the next year, Sylvester Stallone and the production team will talk about the making of the upcoming film Rocky Balboa. The site already contains a video and some pictures from the movie and from what I can see Stallone is back in shape but is really starting to look old. I heard that Mr. T is coming back for this Rocky movie, I hope thats true. I also hope that Stallone comes out with Rambo 4 soon, I would rather see Rambo over Rocky any day. Finally I also think Stallone should join Jack Bauer on ’24’, together they can do some serious ass kicking! [Link]


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Down in the City

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I am at work and I am online using Qualitynet dialup again. It turns out that although Fasttelco brought back online most of its services yesterday night, their Kuwait City users will remain without Internet for another day or two. All phone numbers starting with 24 still do not have Internet access.


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Email from Qualitynet (My ISP)

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Dear Mark,
We would like to extend our sincere apologies for the difficulties you may have encountered with our Internet and Data services on 28th Jan 2006.

The problem was due to a major failure at Ministry of Communication Building that impacted our services.

We would like to assure you that series of measures have been taken to avoid such incident in the future, while a total restoration was carried to have our service back to normal..

If you are still encountering any problems please do not hesitate to contact us.

We regret any inconvenience caused to you in this regard and take this opportunity to thank you for your understanding and patience.

Best Regards
Customer Service
Qualitynet
For Support Call 804444


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