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:

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.

Last night, while I was in bed, I remembered this short story titled “Scene” from the collection Suburban Sketches by William Dean Howells. I am not really a fan of realist writing but for some reason I had the imagery of this little short story in my mind, for some reason. I don’t do this and I actually try not to associate words with images – can images ever substitute words? Anyway, this collection of short stories depict the suburban life of people in Old Charlesbridge, and “Scene” is about a young women who drowns herself. She is found dead by the community, who are pretty curious to see what had happened. One of the townspeople says “It was the best thing she cuold do,” creating a story in his mind. The narrator responds: “Upon this answer that literary soul fell at once to patching himself up a romantic story for the suicide, after the pitiful fashion of this fiction-ridden age, when we must relate everything we see to something we have read. He was the less to blame for it, because he could not help it; but certainly he is not to be praised for his associations with the tragic fact brought to his notice.”

Anyway, after this brief introduction, I’d like to quote what I really like about this piece:
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Son iki günü İstanbul’da geçirdim. Ben ve yüksek lisans programından arkadaşlarım Fırat, İrem, Linda ve Özlem ile bir cağdaş dans performansını bahane edip bu yolculuğu ayarladık. Daha keyifli ve rahat olduğundan trenle gitmeyi tercih ettik. Trenleri ve özellikle raylardan gelen sesleri çok seviyorum. Neyse, yemekli vagonda içkilerimizi içtikten sonra birkaçımız, en son vagonun orada yere çöküp şarap içmeye başladık. Bu sırada çok ilginç ve hatta tuhaf bir DDY görevlisiyle de tanıştık (Özlem pek sevmedi kendisini, ben de sevdim denemez ama ilginç biriydi işte). Daha sonra ben uyuyanlara katıldım.

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Buttons 1Sascha Pohflepp is a British designer, artist and an MA student. Just found this amazing project by him. This is one of the two thesis projects made by him called Buttons. I want to quote directly from him as he’s explaining this wonderfully:

Between Blinks & Buttons is a twofold thesis project about the camera as a networked object. Through making their photos public on the internet, individuals create traces of themselves. In addition to their value as a memory, each image contains a multitude of information about the context of its creation. Through this metainformation, every image is linked to the precise moment in time when it was taken, making it possible to see what happened simultaneously in the world at that instant. This work tries to focus the user’s imagination on that other, to create narratives that run between one’s own memory and a stranger’s moment which happened to coincide in time. (Quoted from)

And also:

Buttons takes on this notion of the camera as a networked object. It is a camera that will capture a moment at the press of a button. However, unlike a conventional analog or digital camera, this one doesn’t have any optical parts. It allows you to capture your moment but in doing so, it effectively seperates it from the subject. Instead, as you will memorize the moment, the camera memorizes only the time and starts to continuously search on the net for other photos that have been taken in the very same moment.

Essentially, it is a camera that – using a mobile communication device – takes other’s photos. Photos that were created by someone who pressed a button somewhere at the same time as its own button was pressed. Even more so, it reduces the cameras to their networked buttons in order to create a link between two individuals. (Quoted from)

Buttons 2In short, when you hit the button on this lensless camera, it fetches a photo taken at the same time the button is hit from Flickr – that is, when a photo becomes available on Flickr: “After a few minutes or hours, depending on how soon someone else shares their photo on the web, an image will appear on the screen.”

What a great idea and what a great project! The camera and the social networking redefined.

I spent the weekend in Bodrum – great port town and a must-see at this time of the year! I was on my way back with a friend. Had to visit the toilet often thanks to the amount of alcohol consumption. Seems like drinking not only makes you happy but also helps you make nice coincidences. No, I didn’t make out with a random girl but found this fabolous toilet at the bus station in Bodrum. See for yourself:

Idiot-Proof Toilet #1 Idiot-Proof Toilet #2 Idiot-Proof Toilet

Isn’t it great that they make the function of these objects of use obvious – well, more like idiot-proof. It’s understandable when they do this with usability. But come on! This is just a toilet for fuck’s sake! There are two ways of looking at these signs of course. One is, the way I did. The other is, seeing these as ‘street art,’ ( which is preferabble at this situation. Both ways, it’s hilarious and awesome.

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A view from myself :)I am not much of a traveller, partly because I hate the time passed in a bus and hours of travel in it. Also, vacation in Turkey means: you go to a seaside town, meaning its a swimming and sunbathing break. I was expecting this summer to be the same.

Anyway, I went to a little place called Titreyengol – 5 km to Side in Antalya, (southern) Turkey. The problem with those places is its very hot. And when I say hot, I mean hot. However, Side was a bit different because there was non-stop wind from the south (that is, towards the shore) making it almost impossible to swim but making the weather bearable.

Before I went to Side, I made some quick google search and found out that the place is built on an ancient city (more info on the link to Wikipedia at the top). First of all, it is very interesting that civilizations (rather places to live) are built on each other: you won’t really see an ancient city center thrown to the outside of a contemporary city. This is (as far as I know) because the needs of people are the same regardless of time and civilization: Lydians, Persians then Alexander the Great, Romans and many other civilizations once lived in and ruled Side.

So… I don’t have much else to write about my vacation. I’ve uploaded a few photos to my new Flickr page. They are not that good quality since they were shot at night without a tripod and at very low light, and I didn’t want to visit the city in the morning because of the hot weather as I told. Also, if I did that, I’d feel terrible – as a photo-blog journalist wannabe. You see another photo taking from my point of view of the shore – and yes that is my foot.

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Atıf YılmazPek haber takip etme alışkanlığım yoktur bazı nedenlerden dolayı. Dün Beyazperde‘ye bakınayım dedim. Ana sayfa da gördüğüm şey beni oldukça şaşırttı. İnanamadım,‘a da baktım.

Atıf Yılmaz ölmüş. Şaşırdım ve üzüldüm. Geçen sene de Ömer Kavur ölmüştü.

Atıf Yılmaz’ın birçok filmini çok severim. İçlerinden bazıları Adı Vasfiye, Aahh Belinda, Değirmen, Arkadaşım Şeytan. Özellikle ilk üçü ne güzel filmlerdir…

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Arkadaşım, Angry Alien – 30 Saniyelik Tavşan Sineması yazım için yazdığı yorumda Beckett’in Breath adlı kısa ve sözsüz oyununu göndermişti. Daha sonra da bu oyunun film uyarlaması olduğunu söyledi. Araştırdım, buldum, ve sizlerle de paylaşıyorum.

Aşağıdan izleyebilirsiniz.


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