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Sheikh Carves His Name In Desert So It's Visible From Space

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the best-vanity-plate-ever dept.

The Almighty Buck 336

While it isn't as cool as carving his name on the surface of the moon with a giant heat ray, Hamad Bin Hamdan Al Ahyan's enormous signature is quite an accomplishment nonetheless. Measuring 1,000 meters high and two miles long, the sheiks name is now visible from space. From the article: "And rather than allow the writing to be washed away by the ocean, the letters actually form waterways that absorb the encroaching tide.The ruler's name is even visible on Google's map service. Hamad dreamed up the idea and had his workmen toil for weeks to craft the enormous piece of sand graffiti. It is not known how much it cost to make."

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First Post (4, Funny)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 3 years ago | (#36827328)

You can see this from summary-level!

Re:First Post (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36827482)

I doubt it will absorb and form channels out of incoming moderation, however.

Re:First Post (5, Funny)

ep32g79 (538056) | more than 3 years ago | (#36827498)

Fail, It's upside down [google.com]

Re:First Post (2)

hesiod (111176) | more than 3 years ago | (#36827562)

Looking at that, I would hardly say it's "visible from space" In fact, I would say that without a decent telescope and exact instructions, no one in space would have a chance of seeing that.

Meters and miles? (5, Insightful)

smooth wombat (796938) | more than 3 years ago | (#36827330)

1,000 meters high is a kilometer, yet the length is given in miles.

Didn't NASA have a problem when they didn't convert from metric to standard?

Re:Meters and miles? (4, Funny)

VolciMaster (821873) | more than 3 years ago | (#36827342)

1,000 meters high is a kilometer, yet the length is given in miles.

Didn't NASA have a problem when they didn't convert from metric to standard?

They're just using metric feet per second

Re:Meters and miles? (1)

drachenstern (160456) | more than 3 years ago | (#36827422)

[http://maps.google.com/maps?q=hamad&hl=en&ll=24.342718,54.36636&spn=0.139665,0.264187&sll=24.342718,54.36636&sspn=0.139665,0.264187&t=h&radius=9.98&z=13](http://maps.google.com/maps?q=hamad&hl=en&ll=24.342718,54.36636&spn=0.139665,0.264187&sll=24.342718,54.36636&sspn=0.139665,0.264187&t=h&radius=9.98&z=13)

Whatever it is, they need to make the URL available ;)

Re:Meters and miles? (1)

Conditioner (1405031) | more than 3 years ago | (#36827522)

All that work and money, and they got it up-side down !

Re:Meters and miles? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36827526)

Video for the Sheikh [youtube.com]

Re:Meters and miles? (1)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 3 years ago | (#36827548)

But using the Google provided scale, the text is only one mile wide, not two. Also the height is only 500m.

Re:Meters and miles? (1)

mwvdlee (775178) | more than 3 years ago | (#36827664)

Tsk, that's not impressive at all.
Mr. Hamad should be ashamed of his feeble attempt.
It's a miracle the satalites picked up anything at all of this miniscule bauble.

Re:Meters and miles? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36827380)

Don't you mean from metric to non-standard?

TFS is so PC (1)

OzPeter (195038) | more than 3 years ago | (#36827334)

1000m high and 2 miles long - now everybody can complain about the units of measurement!

Re:TFS is so PC (2)

VolciMaster (821873) | more than 3 years ago | (#36827364)

1000m high and 2 miles long - now everybody can complain about the units of measurement!

1000m high? That's quite an achievement in just "weeks" - the Freedom Tower is only going to be 1776 feet (541m) high, and is taking *years* to complete. We need to hire this guy's workers!

Re:TFS is so PC (1)

qbzzt (11136) | more than 3 years ago | (#36827428)

I guess they meant "wide", considering this is horizontal.

Re:TFS is so PC (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36827442)

Digging a ditch in the sand by whoever will work a trackhoe vs. building a 1776 ft tall building, up to code, in a major city, for occupants, with union laborers... two very different things.

Re:TFS is so PC (1)

Dishevel (1105119) | more than 3 years ago | (#36827578)

whosh

Re:TFS is so PC (1)

blair1q (305137) | more than 3 years ago | (#36827444)

My only complaint would be if it's not 1000 meters and 2 miles.

As long as it's right, it doesn't matter if it's inconsistent.

Re:TFS is so PC (1)

Nadaka (224565) | more than 3 years ago | (#36827462)

I intent to complain about the dimension damn it.

Its a channel. It has length, width and depth, not height.

Re:TFS is so PC (5, Funny)

Altus (1034) | more than 3 years ago | (#36827542)

It's text, its size should be measured in points!

The text is written in 2,834,645 point font.

Re:TFS is so PC (2)

Chemisor (97276) | more than 3 years ago | (#36827606)

> It has length, width and depth, not height.

It may also have a significant value of the seldom mentioned dimension of debt.

Sounds like a Clash to me. (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36827340)

I heard the sharif didn't like it and is planning to rock Hamad's casbah shortly.

Well now (1)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | more than 3 years ago | (#36827352)

I guess some people still haven't learned the lesson from Arab Spring.

Re:Well now (1)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 3 years ago | (#36827434)

Well, one thing I note is that he didn't write it in Arabic letters ...

Re:Well now (1)

RazzleFrog (537054) | more than 3 years ago | (#36827620)

Pretty much everybody in Dubai speaks English.

Re:Well now (2)

Ogive17 (691899) | more than 3 years ago | (#36827488)

If they were paid to do the work, who cares how pointless it seems?

Now slave or indentured labor is another story.

Re:Well now (3, Interesting)

Dr_Barnowl (709838) | more than 3 years ago | (#36827596)

I would.

"This man is so vain, so rich, he would spend on writing his name. The first thing this tells us, is that he has too much. The second thing this tells us, is that he works very little for it - only a man who does no work, would value his resources so little. The third thing this tells us is that he is a weak, wasteful fool. Why should we not rise up, and take what he has, when we can make so much better of it?"

Oh no... (5, Funny)

jimmerz28 (1928616) | more than 3 years ago | (#36827354)

I hope he didn't infringe on a copyrighted font for that project!

Re:Oh no... (5, Funny)

VolciMaster (821873) | more than 3 years ago | (#36827376)

I hope he didn't infringe on a copyrighted font for that project!

He's using a Sands Serf font

Re:Oh no... (1)

qbzzt (11136) | more than 3 years ago | (#36827452)

Notice that he is using our alphabet, not the one used in Arabic.

Re:Oh no... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36827678)

And we use his numbers.

Re:Oh no... (1)

FoolishOwl (1698506) | more than 3 years ago | (#36827630)

At least he didn't use Papyrus.

Re:Oh no... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36827404)

You can't copyright a "font" in the sense of the actual appearance of the letters; just the "font" software itself.

Re:Oh no... (1)

blair1q (305137) | more than 3 years ago | (#36827486)

it's worse than that [nwalsh.com]

Re:Oh no... (1)

pavon (30274) | more than 3 years ago | (#36827658)

I think the AC is saying the same thing as your link. The scalable font formats (like TrueType) are Turing complete programming languages, in the same way that postscript is. Thus those font files are often referred to as font programs or software, although that easy to misinterpret as meaning the software that renders the font files.

Rename Post Title (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36827356)

Largest reason for alternative energy visible from space.

As if you needed another reason why the people getting our oil money are absolutely insane. Just look at Dubai.

Re:Rename Post Title (4, Insightful)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 3 years ago | (#36827438)

True, I love it every time a sheikh does something extravagant like this because disgust at the wealth of non-American oil barons is the only thing that motivates US right-wingers into supporting alternative energy.

Re:Rename Post Title (1, Insightful)

Dishevel (1105119) | more than 3 years ago | (#36827662)

Not true.
Most "Right-Wingers" are fine with alternative energies as long as they make sense.
Taking away cheap corn to feed people to put into your tank is stupid.
Doing it when it is very expensive is worse.
Using taxpayer money to subsidize the effort is something that the retarded can tell you is a really bad idea.

As oil becomes more expensive and alternatives mature and become less expensive move in the market will take place.
Trying to force the move by use of Government is a horrible idea.

Re:Rename Post Title (2)

mwvdlee (775178) | more than 3 years ago | (#36827742)

True, I love it every time a sheikh does something extravagant like this because jealousy at the wealth of non-American oil barons is the only thing that motivates US right-wingers into supporting alternative energy.

FTFY

Re:Rename Post Title (5, Informative)

CharlyFoxtrot (1607527) | more than 3 years ago | (#36827778)

Like this is the only reason. These people are slavers and it's an outrage the west supports these regimes. I mean just read this article about Dubai [independent.co.uk] :

"It is an open secret that once you hire a maid, you have absolute power over her. You take her passport – everyone does; you decide when to pay her, and when – if ever – she can take a break; and you decide who she talks to. She speaks no Arabic. She cannot escape.

In a Burger King, a Filipino girl tells me it is "terrifying" for her to wander the malls in Dubai because Filipino maids or nannies always sneak away from the family they are with and beg her for help. "They say – 'Please, I am being held prisoner, they don't let me call home, they make me work every waking hour seven days a week.'"

Chairface Chippendale? (1)

XanC (644172) | more than 3 years ago | (#36827368)

It's only a matter of time before this guy buys the world's biggest laser and writes his name on the moon. http://www.popgunchaos.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/chairface-moon.jpg [popgunchaos.com]

Re:Write it on the Moon? (1)

arthurpaliden (939626) | more than 3 years ago | (#36827448)

Launch and series of charcoal power filled probes at the Moon and writing his name in dot matrix letters.

1,000 meters high (1)

pahles (701275) | more than 3 years ago | (#36827386)

I sure hope there are warning lights mounted on top, to warn the airplanes...

The Bedouin Hillbillies (2)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 3 years ago | (#36827388)

Come on, granny, we're trading in our goats for a flashy island! This oil's gonna let us spend our money in ways so obscene and ridiculous that no one will ever guess that that we're really just bedouin trash that can't read and write!

The actual location on Google Maps (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36827392)

Here [google.co.uk] it is.

Re:The actual location on Google Maps (1)

blair1q (305137) | more than 3 years ago | (#36827534)

Seriously? He did it UPSIDE DOWN?!

What a maroon.

And according to the scale on that map, it's only about 600 meters by 1 mile.

Re:The actual location on Google Maps (1)

meloneg (101248) | more than 3 years ago | (#36827538)

He really should have gone to the trouble to do it right-side-up.

BTW, if you zoom out a few steps, you can see a work-in-progress version. It's a little clearer on the US version of gmaps.

Re:The actual location on Google Maps (1)

nschubach (922175) | more than 3 years ago | (#36827556)

All that planning and he didn't even get it right side up?

In 2000 years ... (1)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 3 years ago | (#36827396)

In 2000 years people will have violent disputes whether this was a message to god, or a message to extraterrestrial visitors, saying "welcome" or "land here".
And some will say the extraterrestrials were the gods.

Re:In 2000 years ... (1)

mswhippingboy (754599) | more than 3 years ago | (#36827478)

This is written in sand. In 2000 years, if it's visible at all, it's probably read "Dowap".

Re:In 2000 years ... (1)

Hermanas (1665329) | more than 3 years ago | (#36827484)

Not to mention the violent disputes from those who claim the message is from God (an ancient Thetan, perhaps)...

Good thing (1)

mswhippingboy (754599) | more than 3 years ago | (#36827398)

Good thing he didn't try to spell out his entire name. He'd run out of desert. Besides, if you look this up in Google Maps, you can read "Futaisi Island" right next to it and it didn't cost a thing.

Obligatory Shelley quote (4, Insightful)

cthlptlk (210435) | more than 3 years ago | (#36827400)

Ozymandias
I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: "Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
`My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!'
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away".

Re:Obligatory Shelley quote (1)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 3 years ago | (#36827530)

A very ambiguous one, that.

Was Ozymandias, king of kings, a narcissistic asshole who hopelessly overestimated the duration of his pitiful little civilization, and who intended the "mighty" to despair in the face of his superior might? Or was a a forward-thinking sort of chap who urged the "mighty" of the era reading the inscription to despair when they looked upon the oblivion that had become of his civilization and considered the likely fate of their own?

Either way, the Sheikh is a dumbass.

Needs appended ... (1)

drpimp (900837) | more than 3 years ago | (#36827402)

WAS HERE!

Re:Needs appended ... (1)

Applekid (993327) | more than 3 years ago | (#36827516)

WAS HERE!

How about "sucks"?

Re:Needs appended ... (1)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 3 years ago | (#36827626)

I think he'd hesitate to write "was here" :-)

Shouldn't this be in the Arabic alphabet? (1)

Normal Dan (1053064) | more than 3 years ago | (#36827406)

Maybe I don't know enough about Arab culture, but I find it a bit strange that the letters are all from the Roman alphabet.

Re:Shouldn't this be in the Arabic alphabet? (3, Insightful)

straponego (521991) | more than 3 years ago | (#36827476)

Astronauts don't read Arabic. He should have written it in... Cyrillic? Mandarin?

Re:Shouldn't this be in the Arabic alphabet? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36827608)

Russian. Duh!

Did nobody tell him... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36827430)

...that it's upside-down? Check out the google maps view: http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&t=k&ll=24.34328445750892,54.32608366012573&z=16

No big deal--check out the LUEKE ranch (2)

engineerofsorts (692517) | more than 3 years ago | (#36827436)

This HAMAD thing looks to be old news compared with the Lueke ranch--check on googlemaps or googleearth for Smithville, Texas, and pan north a bit.

Re:No big deal--check out the LUEKE ranch (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36827520)

I honestly spent at least 8 minutes scrolling around slightly north of Smithville and I couldn't see anything.

Finally I zoom out a bit and BAM, huge fucking word out of nowhere.

Re:No big deal--check out the LUEKE ranch (2)

Bob the Super Hamste (1152367) | more than 3 years ago | (#36827660)

Here is a google maps link [google.com] . Much larger.

Re:No big deal--check out the LUEKE ranch (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36827670)

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?ll=30.08588,-97.136478&spn=0.108876,0.209255

That's cool an' all, but stick with the program American. Sheik HAMAD - and that name sounds a lot like Sheik MAD MAN - Sheik HAMAD has the oil. Our oil.

He's taking our money and he's a spending it on fancy parking lots. Do you like fancy parking lots?

Sex with a m4re (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36827440)

to llok into Be on a wrong

Love the use of mixed units (4, Funny)

shreak (248275) | more than 3 years ago | (#36827458)

" Measuring 1,000 meters high and two miles long,"

Other interesting facts
It took 3 fortnights to build
The length of all the letters is 2.3 leagues
The entire name can hold 1000 mega hogsheads of seawater
The estimated cost of the monument is 500 Million Drachmars

Re:Love the use of mixed units (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36827622)

Oh, for a mod point! ;)

Re:Love the use of mixed units (1)

Intropy (2009018) | more than 3 years ago | (#36827708)

I can't fathom how deep it must be if they expect it to last even a decasaeculum.

North is ... which way? (2)

GoNINzo (32266) | more than 3 years ago | (#36827460)

http://maps.google.com/?ll=24.344281,54.333744&spn=0.042071,0.092869&t=h&z=14 [google.com] He somehow managed to write it upside down too. Whoops.

Re:North is ... which way? (1)

Intropy (2009018) | more than 3 years ago | (#36827758)

He's always pandering to the Australians.

Re:North is ... which way? (1)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 3 years ago | (#36827766)

Well, he wrote it for the Australians. [flourish.org]

Re:North is ... which way? (1)

sunderland56 (621843) | more than 3 years ago | (#36827780)

For a sphere floating in outer space, what is the universal reference for "up"?

Re:North is ... which way? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36827784)

Well, you see, the way the water connects and highlights the first part of the name, if it were flipped "MAD" would be highlighted.

And you wouldn't want anyone to think you were crazy after making a project like this, right?

Writing Name in Snow (1)

AioKits (1235070) | more than 3 years ago | (#36827490)

Be slightly more impressed on several levels if someone could write their name in the snow so it is visible from space. Not sure I could drink that much water though...

Re:Writing Name in Snow (1)

drpimp (900837) | more than 3 years ago | (#36827540)

Even more impressive would be yellow snow. ;-) I definitely don't recommend drinking/eating that!

From space? (1)

durnurd (967847) | more than 3 years ago | (#36827494)

I don't know about that "visible from space" thing. Sure, anything is visible from space if you have a powerful enough lens, but even the Great Wall of China isn't visible from space to the naked eye, and even zooming out a little bit on the map shows how small it really is...

Re:From space? (1)

Baloroth (2370816) | more than 3 years ago | (#36827624)

This. Hell, my car is visible from space on Google Maps if you zoom in far enough, doesn't really mean much. Whole thing is a giant PR stunt (yeah, I know, duh, I mean calling it "visible from space" when it quite clearly isn't), and it seems like it worked pretty well.

Visible From Space (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36827504)

Isn't pretty much everything visible from space?

Didn't they do this on South Park? (1)

Eggplant62 (120514) | more than 3 years ago | (#36827528)

I could swear I saw an episode where Cartman did this. Didn't I? Am I wrong? How?

GOD DAMN YOU SHEIK HAMAD!!!

Upside Down (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36827568)

They've only gone and done it upside down:

http://goo.gl/ptrDV [goo.gl]

Do it again, and do it properly this time.

"Wash Me" on my car is visible from space (3, Insightful)

FunkyELF (609131) | more than 3 years ago | (#36827592)

Someone wrote "Wash Me" on my car.
Pretty sure that its visible from space as well.

Lately visible from space doesn't really mean anything.

And What Are We Compensating For? (3, Interesting)

The Other White Meat (59114) | more than 3 years ago | (#36827594)

How small does your penis have to be for this to compensate?

The larger the lettering -- (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36827614)

--- the smaller the pencil

Of Morons and Mobsters (1)

Un pobre guey (593801) | more than 3 years ago | (#36827640)

In case you were wondering where a lot of the cash that gets gouged out of your wallet when you buy gas. It goes to mobsters who are so colossally unimaginative and dimwitted that their Big Idea is to carve their initials on the earth. Really, really big ones.

LOL, U MAD BRO? .. oh.. HAMAD.. Nevermind. (1)

synthesizerpatel (1210598) | more than 3 years ago | (#36827652)

That pretty much takes the wind out of my griefing sail.

Ego! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36827666)

People starve around the world and this tosser wastes how much money to satisfy his enormous ego, scum!

What is it with these knuckleheads? (1)

seven of five (578993) | more than 3 years ago | (#36827690)

Saddam Hussein built the "Mother of all Battles" mosque, now called "Mother of all Cities." It was supposed to have an artificial lake and an island with the shape of his thumb - so big "God could see it from space." Don't know if they actually got around to making the island, tho the mosque is there.

Re:What is it with these knuckleheads? (1)

Nadaka (224565) | more than 3 years ago | (#36827772)

Saddam Hussein built the "Mother of all Battles" mosque, now called "Mother of all Cities." It was supposed to have an artificial lake and an island with the shape of his thumb - so big "God could see it from space." Don't know if they actually got around to making the island, tho the mosque is there.

What? Was he planning to hitchhike to heaven?

In other words... (1)

jongalbreath (1621157) | more than 3 years ago | (#36827694)

Man with world's smallest penis writes name in world's biggest letters.

Eco friendly version (in trees) (1)

kfsone (63008) | more than 3 years ago | (#36827706)

Poor font choice (2)

bdkraem (1141653) | more than 3 years ago | (#36827724)

He should have used Comic Sans.

Units Fail (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36827726)

Measuring 1,000 meters high and two miles long,

And thus the /. editors reached "measurements and units fuck up" nirvana.

And they still got his name wrong (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36827736)

Neither the article nor the summary didn't even spell his name right. It is Hamad Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan not "Ahyan".

I kinda see what drove him to do this.

He got duped - Only 500m high by 1 mile long (1)

Clifton Beach (809210) | more than 3 years ago | (#36827738)

...according to the Google Maps measuring tool.
Or in real measurements, 500m high by 1.7km long.

I know this insn't the most insightful comment (1)

liquidweaver (1988660) | more than 3 years ago | (#36827764)

The first thing that came into my head - "What a douchebag"

Time for the Hamads of the world to rise up! (1)

Grymlorde (2318046) | more than 3 years ago | (#36827768)

Time for the Hamads of the world to rise up!

Or feed the poor.. (1)

hoggoth (414195) | more than 3 years ago | (#36827776)

Or he could have, I don't know, fed the desperately poor people in his country...

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