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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!


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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Jimmy Wales - Wikipedia

US Ankara, Turkey Embassy held a teleconference with Jimmy WalesWikipedia and Wikia founder on Feburary, 19 2008. Students and instructors related to the subject from various universities in Ankara as well as professional people were invited to take part in the event. I and a couple more friends and instructors from my M.A. program were invited as well.

The conference started with Jimmy Wales’ speaking for about 30 minutes, talking about what Wikipedia is, how it works and the logic behind (mentioning what open-source and open-content are), how it is funded and other general information. One interesting thing he said about Wikipedia was that he called it a system where people can access “the sum of all human knowledge” freely. Personally, I have found this quite exaggerated. Then Wales talked about his ad-supported commercial project Wikia.

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I have been making fun of this phenomenon for a while among friends. People, who advertise on various forums for making “Web 2.0 logos” cheered me up even more. For sure there is a new trend in design on the web but it is funny to see how people talk about Web 2.0 reduced to a matter of mere design. I am no designer nor I understand the meaning of colors or typography in designing pieces. However, this Web 2.0 color pallette have been taking my attention for a while. The Flickr Pink, Netvibes Green, Last.fm Red, Twitter Cyan, Digg Blue and many more… Comparing to these, WordPress administration panel did not really have this Web 2.0 effect. After seeing the latest not-yet-released WordPress 2.5 administration panel colors, I did a quick Google search to see if I can find anything written on this in general. Web is huge, and I wasn’t really surprised to find tons of several sites talking about these.

The following is from the beta WordPress 2.5 administration panel. Click the image to see in higher quality version.

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When I turn my personal computer (a desk-top IBM-compatible) on, it makes a little sound. This little sound I sometimes playfully interpret as a cheerful ‘Good morning’ greeting, for the action of bringing my computer to life usually happens first thing in the morning, when I sit down at my desk, a cup of tea at my side, to begin the day’s work. In conjunction with my cup of tea, the sound helps to prepare me emotionally and physically for the working day ahead, a day that will involve much tapping on the computer keyboard and staring into the pale blue face of the display monitor, when not reading or looking out the window in the search for inspiration. I am face-to-face with my computer for far longer than I look into any human face. I don’t have a name for my personal computer, nor do I ascribe it a gender (although I know some people do; see, for example, Stone, 1992:81). However, I do have an emotional relationship with the computer, which usually makes itself overtly known when something goes wrong. Like most other computer users, I have experienced impatience, anger, panic, anxiety and frustration when my computer does not do what I want it to, or breaks down. I have experienced files that have been lost, printers failing to work, the display monitor losing its colour, disks that can’t be read, a computer virus, a breakdown in the system that stopped me using the computer or email. I live in fear that a power surge will short-circuit my computer, wiping the hard disk, or that the computer will be stolen, and I assiduously make back-up copies of my files. For some years now (since I first learnt how to use word-processing package in 1986), I have relied on computers to write. I have written whole articles and books without printing out a hard copy until the penultimate draft. I cannot imagine how it must have been in the ‘dark ages’ when people had to write PhDs and books without using a computer. I can type much faster than I write with a pen. A pen now feels strange, awkward and slow in my hand, compared to using a keyboard. When I type, the words appear on the screen almost as fast as I formulate them in my head. There is for me, a seamless transition of thought to word on the screen.

from; Lupton, Deborah.  “The Embodied Computer/User.”  Cyberspace/Cyberbodies/Cyberpunk: Cultures of Technological Embodiment.  Eds. Mike Featherstone and Roger Burrows.  London: Sage, 1995.  97-112.


Netvibes Ginger - My UniverseI haven’t posted this earlier but I have been using Netvibes Ginger. It is still a closed-beta and I was lucky enough to get an invite to test it out before it goes public. If you don’t know Netvibes yet, you can check out my earlier post.

As you might already know, Ginger is the social-networking version of Netvibes, and allows you to create a public page (called a universe) in addition to the private one. You can send the tabs from your private page to your universe.  With this new social version, you can also get other’s tabs from their universes to your private/public pages. No need to mention the ‘adding friends/followers’ bit.

This is pretty cool, as social bookmarking requires you to visit the pages one by one. But with Netvibes, you can see the feeds and read them without really leaving the page – saves quite a lot of time and energy.

Anyway, I am currently adding sites that have syndication from one of our course blogs named Slow Motion to my universe at netvibes.com/radiognome. Please ignore the stuff that I added to test the functions of Ginger and be sure to check out the film related feeds if you are into them. It’s a bit messy right now as there are way too many feeds but it should get sorted soon.

Enjoy.


Angular Momentum

Angular Momentum from xkcd.

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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…”


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