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Panoramic view of the whole Northern Border of the village of Smakieh, Karak, Jordan صورة بانوراما لكل الحد الشمالي لقرية السماكية (from year 2013)

I come from a small village in the South of Jordan called Smakieh. My village is inhabited by approximately 3,000 people. The village, like our governorate Karak, has a long history since at least two thousand years.

This post is mainly to show how large (or small?) is my village. Well, the following panoramic view of the village from the year 2013 can give an idea about that. This panorama shows the entire northern border of my village. Please click here to see the village in Goolge Maps.

 

Stitched Panorama

(The panorama is resized. To see it in a much bigger size, then click on it. In the new page that will appear, you can see very clear details if you zoom in with your browser. The size of image is about 15 Megabyte, so it might take time for it to load)

It is the result of 22 photos that I combined together using the great program Kolor Autopano Giga 2.5. This is a computer program that automatically, with one click and with absolutely no experience required, combines into one Panorama all photos that were taken in sequence. To give you a better understanding, I post the 22 individual photos that Kolor Autpano Giga 2.5 combined to produce the Panoramic view above.

Finally, I took these 22 photos using OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA, VG110,D700. That was in 25.04.2013, around 12 PM.

The individual photos:
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Photos from in and around my village Smakieh, Karak, Jordan صور من وحوالي قرية السماكية، الكرك، الأردن

I took the phots in 21.04.2013 using OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA, VG110,D700. I edited them using Google Picasa 3.9.0 (I love this program). Another great program by Google!

I had already uploaded them to my account on Panoramio: http://www.panoramio.com/user/4700717?with_photo_id=37700739

صور من وحوالي قرية السماكية، الكرك، الأردن

A "Karaki" rainbow as it appears from a window in my house.

A “Karaki” rainbow as it appears from a window in my house.

A black bird (I don't know its name, do you?) in my house in Smakieh, Karak, Jordan. 20.04.2013.

A black bird (I don’t know its name, do you?) in my house in Smakieh, Karak, Jordan. 20.04.2013.

A pick up above a hill northen the village of Smakieh.

A pick up above a hill northen the village of Smakieh.

A view of the northern part of the village of Smakieh. The Christian cemetry of Smakieh appears in the distance.

A view of the northern part of the village of Smakieh. The Christian cemetry of Smakieh appears in the distance.

A bird that is certainly not indigenous to Smakieh.It seems that it lost its way or was no longer able to travel. Therefore, this explains why it is alone in a desert village like Smakieh. Do you know what could this bird be?

A bird that is certainly not indigenous to Smakieh.It seems that it lost its way or was no longer able to travel. Therefore, this explains why it is alone in a desert village like Smakieh. Do you know what could this bird be?

Mint

Mint

A wild flower on one of the hills nothern Smakieh

A wild flower on one of the hills nothern Smakieh

A wild flower on one of the hills nothern Smakieh

A wild flower on one of the hills nothern Smakieh

Update 22/10/2013 [in less than 15 hours]:

I said that I edited these photos using Picasa 3 program. What is really the effect of this program on these photos? Were they not beautiful and then became beautiful? Do photo-editing programs create a distorted view of reality? Can we trust our eyes? In this post, in what follows, you will be the judge.

I decided to post the original photos because, less than one day of publishing the Picasa-edited photos, I got the following comment by an American wordpress blogger called Emily (http://emilymariee.wordpress.com). Would Emily change her opinion after seeing the original photos?

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My photos: After and before editing

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Statistics of the Blog of Moa’bite for the Year 2012: ~89,000 views

In the year 2012, I had about 89,000 views; this is really very great! When I started blogging in 2007, I used to complain from how few views I had not to mention someone taking some of his/her time to drop a comment:

Posted by Me, Moabite on 09/07/2009 at 10:15 AM  

it seems that no one care to drop a word… Since publishing this page, till this day July 9th 2009. No one ever sent me any comment regarding the design, content, or suggestions or objections on my blog.

Surely, there is someone generous enough out there who will care to. When? Surely, this day will come. Don’t you think so?

Source: “Who is Moa’bite”, https://amanfrommoab.wordpress.com/about-me/

However, “practice makes perfect”. In the year 2012 alone, I had 3.89 times the number of views to my blog during the years 2007-2011:

  • From 05/05/2007 – 31/12/2011: I had total views of ~23,000.
  • From 1/1/2012 – 31/12/2012: I had total views of about:

23, 000 x 3.89 =

~89,000 views in 2012 alone

More statistics:

  • My first post in this blog was on: 05/05/2007

I’m very happy that I finally took the decision and started my own Blog… I tribute this to (Jack) whom I find by chance in his own Skypecasts today!

Source: “My First Blog”, https://amanfrommoab.wordpress.com/2007/05/05/my-first-blog/

  • Number of views of my blog from 2007 till December 31, 2010: ~8,000 views
  • Number of views of my blog from 2007 till December 31, 2011: ~23,000 views
  • Number of views of my blog in 2011: ~15,000

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 15,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.
Source: Blog of Moa’bite Statistics for the Year 2011, by WordPress, https://amanfrommoab.wordpress.com/2011/annual-report

  • For the full details of the 2012 statistics of my blog, you can refer to the WordPress automatically generated report below.

I hope that whoever viewed my Blog found something useful, or at least interesting. I didn’t expect that my Blog would one day have such the number of views. I am surely planning to continue blogging for the year 2013. I hope that I can publish things that would be of benefit to some people in this world. Human knowledge is said to double every few years. I guess we bloggers have the right to say that we are taking part in this “doubling” process!

Warmest regards and best wishes for a happy, successful, and prosperous new year 2013,
Moa’bite,
Smakieh, Karak, Jordan, Middle East, Planet Earth.

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Top Posts for 365 days ending 2012-12-31 (Summarized)

2012-01-01 to Today

 

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Home page / Archives

25,667

Library.nu : Rest in Piece (R.I.P.) (14.02.2012)

13,367

Library.nu : Assassination Details Revealed (15.02.2012)

7,840

How to download all videos from a youtube playlist or even all videos of a youtube channel?

7,115

http://library.nu/

6,624

Close View of a Rabbit Embryo in my house in Smakieh\ Karak\ Jordan

4,526

Eight months after the closure of Library.nu: Are there any good alternatives for downloading free e-books?

2,833

Reverse Music Search: How to search for a song or a piece of music that you do not know?

2,468

Umniah Evo: Thank you Umniah! إنترنت الجيل الثالث اللاسلكي من شركة أمنية: شكراً

2,216

شاهد الآن على اليوتوب شرح مادة التشريح في كلية الطب بواسطة الدكتور المصري أحمد مصطفى كمال Faculty of Medicine Anatomy Lectures by Prof. Dr. Ahmed M. Kamal on Youtube

2,203

 

 

Search Terms for 365 days ending 2012-12-31 (Summarized)

2012-01-01 to Today

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Views

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4,208

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2,582

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952

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675

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399

http://library.nu/

367

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336

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255

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250

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Clicks for 365 days ending 2012-12-31 (Summarized)

2012-01-01 to Today

URL

Clicks

amanfrommoab.files.wordpress.com

4,031

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3,757

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3,185

youtube.com

1,541

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1,223

thepiratebay.se/user/CaptnKidd/

1,211

legalreads.com

1,169

dvdvideosoft.com/products/dvd/Free-YouTube-Download.htm

1,046

en.bookfi.org

980

gigapedia.info

807

Referrers for 365 days ending 2012-12-31 (Summarized)

2012-01-01 to Today

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Views

Search Engines

62,906

Facebook

2,467

google.jo

1,029

StumbleUpon

695

lj.rossia.org

584

youtube.com

457

Google

408

Twitter

355

Reddit

205

terra-linguarum.livejournal.com

147

 

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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

19,000 people fit into the new Barclays Center to see Jay-Z perform. This blog was viewed about 89,000 times in 2012. If it were a concert at the Barclays Center, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Umm Ziad: A Jordanian Bedouin Karaki Christian Woman from Smakieh, Karak, Jordan

Umm Ziad Tereze Jameel Hijazeen A Christian Jordanian woman from Smakieh, Karak, Jordan

This my Aunt, Umm Ziad Torman Hijazeen. I like her very much. I have never posted a photo of hers in my Blog.

The photo above is one of the 140+ photos my friend Jackson took during his visit to Smakieh. In my opinion, it is one of the most beautiful photos.

Ironically, Jackson took this photo of my aunt just because he wanted to take a photo of what old people of Smakieh used as a light source. This lamp, which is held by my aunt, is tens of years old.

Luckily, Jackson took a photo of both my aunt and the lamp. I am really happy and proud to post this photo.

Moab: Stele from Balua, Moab, showing Moabite ruler between two deities. 12th or 11th century BC. (American Museum).

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Source:
Moab: Stele from Balua, Moab, showing Moabite ruler between two deities. 12th or 11th century BC. (American Museum).

 

This Stele is now present in the Jordanian Arachaeological Museum in Amman. Moabite was there:

https://amanfrommoab.wordpress.com/2007/09/22/stela-of-balau-again/

The Stele of balua moab karak jordan

Stele of balua jordan karak arachaeological museum 

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Swine flu in Jordan, did it reach Smakieh?

During the previous days, we heard news about cases of Swine flu in Jordan. Most of the cases, however, were of people who came to Jordan from USA or whatever foregin country.

My village, Smakieh, is surrounded by Pigs farms. One of which, owned by an Amareen man from Hmood, is less than 500 meters westward from the village.

Despite all the trials of Smakieh people to move the farm, their dream never came true. Now, after the discovery of Swine flu in Jordan, the demand for the relocation or closure of the farm is more essential than ever!

Minutes ago, I was waiting to attened my first lecture of the summer semester. We students see each other after the summer holiday. During shaking hands and kissing, I headed happily to this person whom I considered a good friend of mine. I was shocked!

We shook hands. I then neared him so as to kiss! He refused! He said, with no smile so as to indicate a joke or something, “You have Swine flu” I didn’t know what to say! “It is the neibouring village!” Yes, the owners of the big swine farms, the one which made it to the news, are of Hmood village.

He didn’t say anything nor change his stiff facial expression. “Do you really mean it?” Another friend of mine was standing by us. He then left immediately after murmuring something unheared.

“It is what they tell us in the news, no kissing!” He explained as sure as an innocent defendant.

What could I say? Smakieh peopel do not own those big farms… They don’t generate imaginary money from this trade… They only receive the smells and pissimistically enough, the H1N1 virus… At the end? I, as a Smakieh resident, be put in such a position where I am ignored by a person whom I always simle when meeting him.

Is it fair! How much I hate my co-villagers, those who keep silent about the farms… Smakieh deserves it! Its sons are not there to defeand it! How coward I am and are my co-villagers who are silent about this humiliatino!

My first participation in a newspaper

I sent an email today. But will it be accepted by algahd newspaper and be published as my first ever material to be published in a news paper? Will my name be shown in a newspaper all over Jordan. Will I be habe been able to deliver the message of suffering my co-villagers suffer from? Will they publish all of my comment? Will I be able to show it to my friends in the Uni?

But on the other hand, will I be hit? I don’t think so! I was very away from any severe criticism. Will Akef T read my comment? If not, will he know about it?

Was my comment worth it? Will anybody like it?

Will it be published on Friday? It would be a miracle if it was published. I know that I wrote very nice urging words in my email to the editor in order to show him how much is the need for this point of view to be published!

I should call Alghad newspaper tomorrow, should I?

A view came on me right now… I open the news paper on Friday morning… I quickly open the “Messages to the Editor” section…. And here it is… My comment isn’t there! I highly expect that!

Update 01.06.09:
Yes, the alledged ‘view’ that ‘came to your mind’ is true… Your comment wasn’t there! I am not sad because I know that it was a good start! I would love to participate in the future. Why not?