Archive for January 2008

Angular Momentum

Angular Momentum from xkcd.

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This uncertainity is killing me, and that’s it.


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Just found this video on Youtube (the ban is lifted by the way).

We had cyberfeminisms, and now issues of race in Web 2.0 era. Great video indeed.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident…”


As a last.fm user has once said:

“Web 2.0 is a lie, tagging will not save us from the Human Condition.”

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Two days have passed since the ban on Youtube. With a friend’s notice, I realized that I cannot view Youtube with my current modified DNS settings (ie, other than Turkish Telecom ones).

I tried to ping www.youtube.com but it all timed out. I tried Netvibes‘ Youtube search and it worked. Using proxies to reach Youtube works as well.

News at PcLabs (in Turkish) shows that the ban is no longer DNS-based – but IP based.

So, apparently; leaving Turkey, using a proxy or reaching Youtube from http://youturke.com/ are the only options for now.


I submitted my last research paper on January 17th and my very first semester as a graduate student ended.

I have to admit that it was a lot more challenging then I anticipated.  The amount of stuff I had to read and write was crazy.  But, as I got used to, it gradually became easier to catch up with readings, etc as well.

As much as I love my MA program, campus life and all that… The people in the same program as I am, those I take courses with, and other people that I met in the meanwhile including my lecturers… You are just awesome people.

A big thank you, hugs, kisses, etc to Firat, Elif, Linda, Irem, Ahmet and Berk for being such great people and friends that made the semester so much fun. And, big thank you and hug to B., who made the last few weeks terrific for me, though ze doesn’t know this, yet.

<3


Youtube banned in TurkeyYes, once again. It was first banned around a year ago, on March 7, 2007 – which was lifted two days later.

This is again a DNS-based ban, so it is no big deal to pass the ban. But, as you know, that’s not the point. WordPress.com is still banned, and probably this new ban on Youtube will get nice mainstream press coverage, so it will be lifted again.

<sarcasm>But you know, we should do better. I personally want a Turkish version of The Great Firewall of China. I want a new Turkish Google that pre-filters search results for me. Who would want to google the word ‘****’ anyway?</sarcasm>

Ah, and Turkish Telecom is probably happy now: a lot less bandwidth use, more profit and less users whining about the slow internet.

EDIT: Check out this post for latest news.


A player on World of Warcraft is experimenting with the game by leveling characters, who don’t kill. He doesn’t kill anything in either PvE and PvP – doing quests that doesn’t involve any killing and only distracting opponent players by “stunning” them or throwing bombs so they cannot pick up the flags in Warsong Gulch. He’s trying to level both a priest and a rogue this way. His characters doesn’t wear any weapon. Read the excerpt from the interview below.

Noor the Pacifist

For his priest character, he says:

I started him from a roleplaying point of view, based very loosely on a real German priest, Franz Reinisch, who refused to serve in Hitler’s army and was executed. My undead priest’s back story is basically the same, and he still refuses to kill.

Show us your kung fu: what’s the actual nuts-and-bolts reality of this character? Both my priest and my rogue try not to hit anything, although there’s always a chance of a misclick when trying to open a quest item with mobs fighting near it. Both of them always wield a fishing rod, so any accidental hits won’t increase their weapon skills. Neither of them will do quests where they have to kill things. In battlegrounds, my rogue will throw bombs to interrupt flag captures and stun people and may even accidentally kill players low in health or nearby critters. My priest only heals, so he is actually closer in roleplaying terms. Neither will “get around” these limits by grouping and having other players do their dirty work.

In terms of bragging rights, I intend to keep my rogue’s weapon skills (dagger, thrown and unarmed) at all 1s. My priest will also have all 1s, but it won’t be obvious on WoW Armory that he has no offensive spells beyond the level 1 Smite all priests start with.

Read the rest of the interview at WoW Insider.


I don’t procrastinate. It is my way of being – my essence.  I have written on this earlier – in Turkish.  Just wanted to list my favorite procrastinating pass-time activities here, especially at times when I am writing a paper or something:

  • Check mails often (Yes, the response is ‘define often!’ Twice every minute, or 3 times every 10 minutes… It depends, really. Long live Gmail Manager)
  • Check mails even more (self-explanatory)
  • Write walls-of-text mails to people – the content does not really matter and it doesn’t have to be specific to that person the mail is written to.  What matters is the activity of writing the mail (certain conditions apply)
  • Look for new music scattered in 4 drives and hundreds of different directories (tends to happen when I am too lazy to listen to a whole album. Great pass-time it is to find the right music to listen to)
  • Worrying about deadlines (Not really. If i really worried about them, I wouldn’t leave them to the very last second, would I? But saying “oh my god, enough of this crap” might be one)
  • Open my instant messaging software to see who is online although I know I won’t be talking to anyone
  • Check server and site statistics, recent visitors, referrers, and so on. Ah, and cleaning the spam comments (2011 and counting, as of now)
  • Check WordPress admin panel to see if there are new version of the plugins I’m using (Not that I’m going to update them to the latest version right away)
  • Click on certain bookmarks on Firefox Bookmark Bar (Netvibes, last.fm, and Facebook. The problem is I tend to click on the next one before even waiting for one page to load. This does not apply to Netvibes)
  • Write posts like this one on this blog, and many more.

I click on “Check mail now” button once again and publish this post.


Quote of the day:

“Opinions are like assholes: Everyone’s got one.”

aka, two more days to go till I finish the semester.

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