Archive for March 2008

Merhaba!

Bir süredir planladığım ama tembellikten vakit bulamadığım yeni Türkçe blog’umu açtım. Lafı fazla uzatmayayım ve haybinkunduz! adlı Türkçe bloguma buradan buyrun diyeyim.

Hatta hazır bu işle uğraşıyorken, bir de RSS beslemelere üye olsanız ne güzel olur.


A couple of months ago, I made a post and quoted a Youtube user who said “This is Internet Wonderland. You can say whatever you want about anything even if you don’t make an idea about what you are talking about.”

I also gave a definition of trolling then. I had to explain what trolling is to a friend recently, checked urbandictionary, and happened to find this awesome definition:

Being a prick on the internet because you can. Typically unleashing one or more cynical or sarcastic remarks on an innocent by-stander, because it’s the internet and, hey, you can.

Guy: “I just found the coolest ninja pencil in existence.”
Other Guy: “I just found the most retarded thread in existence.”

So, if someone pisses you off on the internet, learn to cope with it. Because this is the internet, and, hey, they can, or LEAVE THE INTERNET.


One of my instructors was abroad for two weeks (that was a month ago) and we had make up courses for three weeks. Three more hours for the course, every week. Sleeping a total of ten hours in three days, trying to read 200 pages (a week) of contemporary philosophy for a single course.  I am not complaining, pushing your limits is a good way to see what you can actually do if you have to.

I have also been making up for the non-consumed alcohol and cigarettes.  For some reason, I am very much into alcohol abuse, ah, and also cigarette abuse if there is such a thing. There are quite a lot of things I abuse actually. Maybe, not abuse but things that I exceed my limits.

And this post is written just to mark this day, for those who understand what I actually mean here.


I have been planning to post this for a long time, but I have been postponing due to laziness and other stuff. So, unless you have seen this so far, here it is:

Ugliest Website

This site is made for the Ugliest Website Building Competition organized by Hostgator – also my hosting company. Find the website filled with frames and animated background images and lame design here. If you lived the age of Geocities, then you know this one!


Procrastination Loop

A friend of mine has sent this to me, and I was like “oh my god, this is me!” Well, procrastinators look alike.


For the course Image, Time and Motion II, instructed by Andreas Treske, we will be having seminars until the end of the semester. In this course related to new media, I will be doing my seminar on blogging. So, apart from academic papers and the previous thoughts I have, I thought it would be good and useful to collect raw data from bloggers and blog readers.

The first one is intended for bloggers (people who write). Please find the survey here.

The second one is intended for both bloggers and those who read blogs. Please find this one here, and please fill both if you are a blogger.

Please try to be as sincere as possible. Thanks for your patience and collaboration.


IMDB BanAccording to Advocate Gokhan Ahi, who wrote on turk.internet.com, the huge movie database site IMDB has been banned by the Turkish Court. The story is, the former-singer-now-director Mahsun Kirmizigul’s movie has been on the internet for download for a while. The company that releases the DVD of the movie (I guess) Boyut Yayin Grubu recently applied to the court asking for a couple of sites that allow the movie to be downloaded. According to Webrazzi, the sites include torrentturk.com, frmdivx.com, divxcity.org, turkdivx.net and imdb.com.

However, they have made a typo with imdb.com’s address, so they banned imbd.com, which is a parked domain that apparently tries to make money from advertisements when users type imdb.com’s address wrong. The ban, like the old ones on Youtube and WordPress, is DNS-bansed – which means it is easy to pass the ban by changing the DNS addresses.

The thing is, this court decision shows that neither the court nor the company that applied to get these sites banned know nothing about how things work on the internet. While the typo on the name IMDB is funny enough (I am leaving aside the fact that IMDB has nothing to do with piracy, and the fact that censorship is stupid in general), this also shows that no research, investigation and expert consultation had been done before the decision.


Letting Go @ xkcd

I wish letting go was this easy. This is so witty, I love it.

Letting Go at xkcd.

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Micro-blogging (or tumble-logging) has become pretty popular thanks to platforms like Tumblr, Jaiku, Cromple and especially Twitter. Google’s acquisition of Jaiku is also a sign that blogging is switching to what’s called micro-blogging, where each post is like a status update of what you are doing or at least shorter posts than you see on traditional blogs. What makes these blogs popular is that you no longer have to worry about the look and spelling, and most importantly content of your posts. They are not to publish content, rather, they function as a way to be updated about what your friends are doing (Tumblr might be an exception to this).

Tumblr is a simplified (idiot-proof?) blogging system, which encourages you to post media along with your posts with an easy interface. Jaiku, Cromple and Twitter, on the other hand, work similar to each other. They allow you to view an ever-changing public timeline (meaning, what all other users are doing, which gets updated any second). Jaiku and Twitter also allow you to update your status with your mobile phones through text messaging.

As for WordPress;
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