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No, not the Weird Al Yankovic song. Some folks have made a generative music project called Sound of Ebay.

Whatever algorithm they are using and however they are doing this, the idea is very interesting indeed. The project basically fetches the information on your Ebay account to generate music.
Anyway, listen to my Ebay account’s music here:
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A relatively similar project made using Lily and recorded into a video titled “Finally found a use for the NY times” can be viewed at Vimeo. This project basically turns the data available on the web page into music. Apparently Lily has other uses as well but I am too lazy to read the pages.


Just learnt this interesting web service from Kevin and got an invitation to the alpha testing.  Seesmic is said to be “Twitter but with video” and apparently the flow of responses are intense.

So, you want a  invitation?

Leave a comment that makes sense, and I’ll send you one to the email you provide.  First come, first served.


Epic words from President G. Bush:

“I think playing golf during a war just sends the wrong signal,” he said in an interview for Yahoo and Politico magazine.

“I don’t want some mum whose son may have recently died to see the commander-in-chief playing golf. I feel I owe it to the families to be in solidarity as best as I can with them.” *

*Clap* *Clap* *Clap*

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Yesterday, Dr. Daniela Reimann published a post titled “8 ways your ipod can help you be a better student” written by Heather Johnson.  Dr. Reimann has comments disabled so I’m posting here.

The guide is written in a very let’s-think-oh-yes-there-is-this-too kind of way and it’s disturbingly wrong.  So, you can avoid unnecessary (!?) trips to the library by listening to a audio version study guide of The Great Gatsby, eh?  Why not read the novel on time?  Do you really think study guides can ever substitute reading the novel or the short story?

Also, how does an audiobook replace reading? I declare this person who has written this has never and ever read a book, has never made research on anything at all. Are reading and listening the same thing?

These online-this-and-that consultant people are easy with what they talk.


I will be straightforward: We participate and actually create the content on Web 2.0 sites. In return, they give us web services. Or rather, they give us the services and we handle the rest. Looks like a bee hive in a bee farm, where the hive is there and you create the honey for people to enjoy, eh?

Two Turkish artists Burak Arikan and Engin Erdogan announced their new project at userlabor.org and their ULML – User Labor Markup Language based on XML, yesterday on May Day.

ULML Logo

The idea of User Labor is rooted in immaterial and affective labor concepts, where the labor produces or manipulates affects. Recently, User Labor has become particularly relevant on the Internet since user participation became a marketable product for web 2.0 services. What used to be immaterial is now very close to being material, because the affection can be measured on a per person basis.

Read the rest at userlabor.org. The following links to artist pages themselves might also be of interest:


I lol’ed so hard watching this one! And yes! Lounge is a metal genre!

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Kraftwerk top

I started writing something about Kraftwerk on 14 April 2006. The post started with the above image but continued in Turkish (which is now deleted).

To free up my ‘drafts’ and to share this awesome photo from Kraftwerk, I decided to post this. Beautiful image isn’t it?


Arthas\' Frostmourne ReplicaOk, I’m trying hard to keep this blog as a non-nerdy place. If you are following my social bookmarks (right and a little down), you’ll see that there are quite a lot of gaming-related links. However, I try pick interesting links – not game-related but mostly related to gaming-culture.

Here’s one of them… A real-life replica of Arthas’ Frostmourne sword (an in-game sword) has been sold for $20,700. Some Italian guy with the nickname Xeophonix. This is a very big, stainless steel with leather grip and microchip blah blah blah sword.

The news on this auction by Wired Magazine is also interesting, check out the excerpt: “For those not up on their Warcraft lore, Arthas was a virtuous Paladin before taking up Frostmourne to protect his land from the rampaging undead. While it served that purpose, it also had the side effect of twisting his noble values and turning him into a megalomaniacal Death Knight.” Ooh ok, it’s all clear now.

Go check out the detailed images of the sword here. While you are on it, also check out the interview with the frontman of the band Cannibal Corpse, who talks on the game World of Warcraft: “It’s just a game! Just a fucking game!”


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.


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