Category Archives: Magical Kingdom

Dave’s Internet cafe — Saudi forum blocked *again*?

Oh dear, the Saudi forum of Dave’s ESL cafe has been blocked again.
And not just the Saudi forum this time. It’s ALL of the forums. If you’re thinking about working for someone in China, you won’t be able to see what their old employees are saying. And you won’t be able to go through old comments to find websites with job offerings that you may not have thought about. In other words, if you were unfortunate enough to accept a position with a Saudi firm, and are now in Saudi Arabia, you are now at a distinct disadvantage in the current job market.

But why? Last time, it was rumored that someone had won a lawsuit against an employer that refused to pay, and that the Saudi forum was blocked to prevent those working in the Kingdom from finding out how to collect their salaries. But what is going on now?

Let’s check the job boards. Oh my, the job board is miraculously not blocked. Imagine that.

Hmmm. Who has been naughty this time?

What’s that second entry there? They employ several hundred people, and I know several of them who are still waiting for the August salary. Looks like not being able to meet the payroll doesn’t keep them from recruiting.

Islamic bacon

Islamic bacon.
Packed in Burbank, California. From Tamimi (the old Safeway).

(Note date code on eggs.)

Google (DOT) sa

Last night I looked at the google logo, hoping to find the special Gustav Klimt design commemorating his painting “The Kiss”, and found the google.com.sa address and design had been replaced by a plain google.com. I haven’t seen that here for at least a year. But no Gustav Klimt.

Today the special google screen is back, so it occurred to me to take a screenshot in case it disappears again.

And yes, the temperature toolbar says 111°.

Here is the google doodle I was looking for:

and here is the original painting: