[Review] Alcatraz (Pilot)

After watching the first episode of this newly (hyped) series and spending a day thinking about what to say or feel about it, I’ve finally came to an intellectual yet funny conclusion. First of all, even before watching the pilot, I’ve always had this idea that whatever my feelings were towards this show will be, I’m always gona compare it to LOST.. And in a way, that was the problem. I’m watching this show and thinking about how similar or different it is, in comparison to LOST. I wasn’t sure at first but after thinking about it for a while, I’ve decided to give it a chance. A (short) chance. I still did not watch the second episode so let’s hope it gets better.

All in all, I’ll give the pilot, 6/10 ..

[Preview] : Alcatraz

I’ve been hearing about this show for a while now and as a devoted LOST fan, I will watch this show just for the fact that it has all the elements of a LOST-like show. Let’s just hope it’s as good as LOST. Although I doubt that any show can get as good as LOST (or even close).

I’ll write a full review of the first two episodes (by tomorrow)

The NFL Super Bowl

“When you watch one game, you will get addicted to it”, My father talking about the NFL.

I just recently got into the NFL, watched some games here and there but my first live match was between the Green Bay Packers (my favorites) and the New York Giants (this Sunday). The Giants won 37/20. It was a very entertaining match and I think I’m addicted to this beautiful game. Learning the rules wasn’t hard, because when you watch any game, the commentary is just great and helpful. They explain everything.

This coming Sunday (22/1/2012) four teams will go ahead and play for a place in the NFL championship finales (Super Bowl).

Baltimore vs New England

New York Giants vs San Francisco

After watching the Giants play last Sunday, I think they have a fair and well chance to win the Super Bowl.


Keeping up with new technology is a job of it’s own. Whether it’s cell phones or laptops, if it’s new, we’ll get it. But is this concept or should I say, this new job, healthy? What are we benefiting from all these new gadgets, if we are actually benefiting from them at all? Let’s first face the facts, people now have more cell phones, laptops than ever before. Having only one cell phone is considered strange or odd! So is it healthy to have more than one phone or one laptop?!

In my opinion, it’s totally healthy to have more than one cell phone, as you can clearly see, I HAVE TWO CELL PHONES. Having both a Blackberry and an iPhone is in my opinion healthy and normal. Some say that having one phone is tiring enough, how can we have two? Well, I have a blackberry for the soul-purpose of using the BBM (Blackberry messenger). I use the iPhone for basically everything else. Whether for browsing the internet or sending messages, or anything else, I relay on the iPhone!

To be honest with you, using a phone for only one purpose (or one function) is kinda strange, but when it comes to the BBM, many can argue that it’s normal to use and buy a Blackberry just for it. The BBM in a way, keeps me in-touch with my Blackberry friends that don’t have iPhones. It’s easy and simple, and that’s the reason why people still buy Blackberries. As for the iPhone, I basically use it for everything!

This trend, having more than one cell phone is hard to duplicate (or do) when it comes to laptops. Specially if you own an Apple laptop. Because, and Apple users will back me up on this, owning an Apple laptop is enough for you. With an Apple laptop or a Macbook, you can do anything you normally do with any other laptop and more. It’s simply the best. So you don’t need to buy more than one laptop. The Macbook is basically enough.

So, we now know that we normally buy two phones but only one laptop. But when it comes to buying new phones or laptops, it’s another story. We, on average, buy a new phone every year or two. For most of us, we feel that the phone that we have is out of date or old after only using it for a year or so. Specially when there is a new phone coming out every year or even less. Personally speaking, I bought every iPhone there is to buy and relatively speaking, every Blackberry there is.

Note: While writing this post, I realized that I’ve bought a lot of cell phones!

While there are reasons to have and use more than one cell phone, I could not find any reason for buying a new phone after using the old one for a year or so. It’s pure “keeping up with the new technology” thing. But that’s fine with me. I want to keep up with all these new gadgets. I want to be up to date with these new cell phones. I enjoy having/using them. It’s not a job for me to have the latest cell phone, it’s a JOY. Not having a reason or a purpose for this thing or concept is OK for me and for many technology maniacs!

So the conclusion here is that it’s normal to have more than one gadget .. And it’s also OK to have the latest gadgets or buy new cell phones, after only using the old one for a year or so. Keeping up with all the new technologies is not a JOB, it’s a dream/goal for us 🙂 ..


Twitter > The 18th Project

You can figure out from the title what I want to say. Twitter and the whole  twittermania is influencing the ongoing of this blog, and blogs in general. Since twitter came to existence, people started to move from blogging to tweeting. For one who don’t and won’t jump in with every fed (habba) I did not star tweeting at first. I blogged for a while, but eventually moved to twitter. Tweeting or the act of tweeting is cool, fun, and just better. I’m now proud to say that, Hello, my name is Bo Ali and I’m a proud Twitterholic!

I tweet a lot about: boring history topics, football (soccer), comic books, and much more. Follow me @akaboali



See life, our way!

 For the past four years, The 18th Project functioned under the purpose of this slogan “See life our way”. We focused on providing our readers with a good and clear insight to our lives. Whether it’s a thought or a picture, we wanted to share everything that we can share. Now and in this post, I’m going to do exactly that, share my life with you. Not my thoughts, but literally, my life.

In other words, my life in pictures!

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Coffee, a book, and everything else!

So we had these nine days to relax and have fun, and to be honest with you, that’s exactly what I did! I had time to catch up with my readings and also SLEEP .. So all in all, it was a good vacation!

This picture basically shows exactly that, relaxing, reading, and just having a good time!!

Happy Eid everyone, I hope you had a wonderful break, now let’s hit the books again !!

Bo Ali

حصيلتي بعد معرض الكتاب

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

اللهم صلِ على أشرف الخلق و المرسلين محمد و على آل بيته الطيبين الطاهرين

السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته


لدي عادة أعشق القيام بها .. و هي زيارة معرض الكتاب و خروجي بـ كومة هائلة من الكتب .. و مع إنتهاء معرض الكتاب الحالي .. أحييت هذه العادة مرة أخرى

طبعاً التوقعات لم تكن أبداً عالية لـ أسباب عديدة .. و لكنني و في كل عام أعتاد على شراء الكتب التاريخية التي تتواجد و بكثرة في المعرض .. و لهذا شريت العديد من الكتب المتعلقة بالتاريخ .. منها كتاب الطاغية هتلر, كفاحي .. لأنني و بكل بساطة قرأت كل الكتب المتعلقة بالحرب العالمية الثانية و لكنني لم أقرأ هذا الكتاب المهم المتعلق بـ العقل المدبر لهذه الحرب

بالإضافة إلى هذه الكتب .. كانت من ضمن حصيلتي .. روايات الكاتب الكويتي المبدع عبد الوهاب السيد الذي قدم لنا ثلاثة روايات جديدة .. و للعلم أن هذه الروايات الثلاثة هي الكتب الكويتية الوحيدة في مجموعتي (ما عدى كتب الكاتبة ليلى العثمان التي أعتبرها كاتبة كويتية و عربية و عالمية ) .. لأنني و بكل بساطة لا أكترث لبقية الكتب .. لما تحتويه هذه الكتب من تفاهات و أشباه كتب .. و لهذا توجهي و ميولي ليست لهذه الكتب .. ما عدى روايات المبدع عبد الوهاب السيد .. خصوصاً و أنني أعتقد بأن تشجيع الكتاب الكويتيين على ما يقدمونه إساءة لهم .. لأنني لا أريد أن أمدح و أجامل كاتب كتب شيء لا يستحق مديحي هذا .. رأي شخصي لا أكثر

طبعاً عندما أصرح بـ هذا التصريح .. فـ إنني أقصد الكتاب الحاليين الشباب .. و لكن عندما أشتري أربع كتب للكاتبة المبدعة ليلى العثمان أمر إستثنائي .. فـ لهذه الكاتبة قلم إنساني جميل .. يصور الحياة الواقعية من دون لف أو دوران .. كان لابد منا أن نتابع هذه الكاتبة .. و أن نشتري إبداعاتها الجميلة .. تحية طيبة للكاتبة ليلى العثمان

كل هذه الكتب .. بكوم .. و كتب الكاتب الراحل المصري أنيس منصور .. بكوم أخر .. فـ كانت من أهدافي في هذا المعرض هو شرائي لكتب هذا الكاتب المبدع دوماً .. رحل عنا و لكنه ترك لنا إبداعاته و أسلوبه الجميل .. كانت الحصيلة ثلاثة كتب من المعرض و أربع كتب أخرى من مكتبة العجيري خلال زيارتي السريعة لهم بعد المعرض .. كاتب يستحق كل الإحترام و التقدير .. و سـ أقولها مرة أخرى .. رحل أنيس العقول

سـ نسمع الإسطوانة المعروفة ( بعد إنتهاء كل معرض) .. و هو أنه لم تكن هناك اي كتب تستحق الشراء .. و لكنني اختلف معكم في مضمون هذه الإسطوانة و أوافقكم في بعض نقاطها الجانبية .. فـ في رأي هناك العديد من الكتب التي تستحق أن تشتريها .. و لكن .. نعم .. هناك بعض الكتب التي مُنِعت .. و لكن كـ كل .. المعرض كان معرضاً ناجحاً


القراءة فالقراءة يا بشر


تقبلوا تحياتيــــ

بو علي

رحلت يا أنيس العقــــول

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

اللهم صلِ على أشرف الخلق و المرسلين محمد و على آل بيته الطيبين الطاهرين

السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته


إِنَّا لِلَّهِ وَإِنَّا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعُونَ

خسر العالم اليوم عبقري الأدب العربي .. خسرنا عالماً صادقاً .. قدم حياته للقضية الأدبية و العلمية العربية .. يا من جعلني أعشق الأدب العربي بعد انقطاعي عنه .. خسرنا اليوم كاتباً ليس له مثيل .. صاحب الأسلوب الراقي و الفكر السليم .. عشق الكتابة لأنه كان يعشق القراءة .. قدم لنا أدباً نفتخر به .. فهو ملك الأدب المصري الحديث

خسرنا و خسر الأدب .. نعم خسرنا جميعاً الكاتب المصري أنيس منصور

الله يرحمه إن شاء الله .. كتاباته و مقالاته الرائعة سـ تُخَلد في عقول المثقفين و القراء

شكراً لك يا أنيس العقول .. شكراً على قلمك الرائع و على فكرك الراقي

شكراً يا أنيس منصور


تقبلوا تحياتيـــــ

بو علي

FC United of Manchester

F.C. United of Manchester is an English semi-professional football club based in Bury, Greater Manchester that plays in the Northern Premier League Premier Division. It was formed in 2005 by Manchester United supporters opposed to American businessman Malcolm Glazer’s controversial takeover of the club, with the supporters owning the club and voting on how the club is run.

After reading Peter Crowther’s book, Our Club Our Rules, I know fully understand what some Manutd fans went through after the Glazers bought their club! I’ve read the news and followed the story but I never understood what the fans thought at that time and even what they wanted.

Crowther explains in his book exactly what these group of Manutd fans felt at that time and the events that led them to form their own club. It’s a fantastic read that reflects the mood at that time. And whether your a local supporter or not, after reading this book, you can’t ignore the fact that these bunch of Manutd supporter got fed up with their club and went all the way to form their own club, with the slogan, A club owned by the fans, and that’s the way it should be!

And although I’m still a loyal Manchester United supporter, I now know and understand the logic behind what these supporters did. I now support both Manchester United and FC United of Manchester, if that’s even possible!

Good luck!! for both these teams ..



Steve Jobs 1955-2011

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

اللهم صلِ على أشرف الخلق و المرسلين محمد و على آل بيته الطيبين الطاهرين

السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته


بعد صراعه الطويل مع المرض .. توفي عبقري التكنولوجيا الحديثة .. ستيف جوبس .. هذا الشخص العبقري الذي غيّر شكل الهواتف الشخصية و قدم لنا أجهزة جديدة .. متطورة و رائعة .. و الصراحة و مع إستخدامي لجميع أجهزة هذا العبقري .. فـ نحن عشاق شركة أبل .. سـيفتقد العالم هذا العبقري الذي حمل على عاتقه الكثير .. و قدم لنا الكثير

ارقد بسلام يا ستيف جوبس .. عبقري, مبتكر, عالم


تقبلوا تحياتيــــ

بو علي


For the last five years, apple had a new phone coming out annually. We saw the transformation, from the first iPhone (2007) to the latest iPhone 4. And I have to confess here, I bought them all. I had the first generation iPhone and bought the 3G iPhone. And after hearing good things about the 3Gs, I went and got it. Then came the iPhone 4 with this new look and clever updates so I couldn’t resist not getting it, so I did!

So basically over the course of five years, I went and bought every iPhone apple produced. And with the new iPhone coming out, these are the things Or should I say, updates, that I want to see in the new iPhone.

Ok, first of all, I’m already impressed with the new IOS updates and specially the new notification system, although it’s similar to the Android one.

Other than that,

– I would like a new look for their software. I’m bored of the same look that the iPhone have and always had. So a change in the overall look would be nice.

– build-in applications! I don’t know if this feature is included in the new IOS but I would like to see a build-in Twitter of Facebook applications.

– Slimmer but not bigger. A slimmer iPhone is cool but not a bigger one, and with this new line of new big phones that most companies are producing, I don’t want my iPhone to be big, just slim!

– Many colors. I don’t want to wait a whole year just to have a white iPhone, why not have different colors for the phone, that would be cool.

These are the things I want so far. If you have any suggestions or ideas, please share them with us.

So, the question remains, will you buy the new iPhone ? I sure will.

Bo Ali