Monday, January 31, 2005

doors of perception

interesting site on "design and innovation"

i think it is quite worthwhile to sign onto their mailing list for their monthly email newsletter (text heavy, but good info..)

some links

J. Abbott Miller's magazine 2wice

messa di voice:
An Audiovisual Performance & Installation
for Voice and Interactive Media
it would be fun to see these live

An audiovisual performance
see the video

Friday, January 28, 2005

maison martin margiela

hope you'll enjoy it... it's now online.
maison martin margiela - electronic presence 0.1

fun with type in lausanne - part 2

their workshop finished and they came with 2 great video:
to access randomized content of the main page, you have got to refresh the page...

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

message in a bottle - gps drawing

message in a bottle / project
gps / drawing

reminds me the bookcrossing principle (and the ballons filled with helium for the V&A of this last summer :) ) ...

via: mobile audience

In a perfectly Quixotic gesture, on 25th May 2004, fifty bottles were released into the sea off the south east coast of England near Ramsgate Maritime Museum, Kent.
The intended destination of the bottles is The Chatham Islands in the South Pacific Ocean. The islands, which are 800km east of mainland New Zealand, are the nearest inhabited land to the precise location on the exact opposite side of the world to Ramsgate Maritime Museum.

kitsune - hotchip

maybe it will remember you some tunes you heard during the seminar...

teaser - video "playboy"
hotchip in studio

music videos

a friend sent these to me:

Shynola's latest for Beck
Spike Jonze's latest for Bjork

p.s. i will be in the netherlands feb 2-15.. if anyone will be thereabouts, let me know.

Tuesday, January 25, 2005


wong kar-wai`s new film 2046; about the past & the future and, unfortunately, about LG (too much ad kills the mood).
there's a good review at bbc for those who haven't seen it yet;
for more insight after this chaotic feast of colors & emotions:
the article (you`ll have to scroll down to find it) about 2046
published in Sight and Sound this month.

fun in lausanne with type

some of my former students are enjoying typography these times... please have a look:
manual pixelism - lausanne, january 2005

stats & propaganda

going deeper into the stats stuff it appears that only 47% of our readers aren't using something else than ie (remember that time when ie was 90-95%). if you're a proud user of ie, may be you'll be interested in developping you internet experience by using standards... i mean: it goes on my nerves to code and recode just for you :)
ok... here's the link:
firefox is the best browser experience i have had, even safari isn't that good in my eyes (and i love safari!)
and i'm not speaking of all the wonders inside... (just a few: tabbed browsing, rss reader, wonderfull historic, the ability to script bookmarks, extensions, ...)

ok i stop the propaganda :P but really: it exists on all platform, and it's worth the try if you missed it...

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urban design-graf

Sunday, January 23, 2005


hello there,
just a few words to let you know that the fontnest website has been
updated with some works of bertrand emaresi
the fontnest crew isn't that much on standby, the new members are
producing... enjoy it.
bye, take care.
jerome, for the fontnest crew

url: collective - typographic - works

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Hitch-Hiker's Guide audio

Hitch-Hiker's Guide audio
bloody hilarious!

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

lord of the ring

"I dislike Allegory - the conscious and intentional allegory - yet any attempt to explain the purport of myth or fairytale must use allegorical language."

J.R.R. Tolkien

The Lord of the Rings: an allegory of the PhD?
by Dave Pritchard

The story starts with Frodo: a young hobbit, quite bright, a bit dissatisfied with what he's learnt so far and with his mates back home who just seem to want to get jobs and settle down and drink beer. He's also very much in awe of his tutor and mentor, the very senior professor Gandalf, so when Gandalf suggests he take on a short project for him (carrying the Ring to Rivendell), he agrees.

Frodo very quickly encounters the shadowy forces of fear and despair which will haunt the rest of his journey and leave permanent scars on his psyche, but he also makes some useful friends. In particular, he spends an evening down the pub with Aragorn, who has been wandering the world for many years as Gandalf's postdoc and becomes his adviser when Gandalf isn't around.
After Frodo has completed his first project, Gandalf (along with head of department Elrond) proposes that the work should be extended. He assembles a large research group, including visiting students Gimli and Legolas, the foreign postdoc Boromir, and several of Frodo's own friends from his undergraduate days. Frodo agrees to tackle this larger project, though he has mixed feelings about it. ("'I will take the Ring', he said, 'although I do not know why.'")

Very rapidly, things go wrong. First, Gandalf disappears and has no more interaction with Frodo until everything is over. (Frodo assumes his supervisor is dead: in fact, he's simply found a more interesting topic and is working on that instead.) At his first international conference in Lorien, Frodo is cross-questioned terrifyingly by Galadriel, and betrayed by Boromir, who is anxious to get the credit for the work himself. Frodo cuts himself off from the rest of his team: from now on, he will only discuss his work with Sam, an old friend who doesn't really understand what it's all about, but in any case is prepared to give Frodo credit for being rather cleverer than he is. Then he sets out towards Mordor.

The last and darkest period of Frodo's journey clearly represents the writing-up stage, as he struggles towards Mount Doom (submission), finding his burden growing heavier and heavier yet more and more a part of himself; more and more terrified of failure; plagued by the figure of Gollum, the student who carried the Ring before him but never wrote up and still hangs around as a burnt-out, jealous shadow; talking less and less even to Sam. When he submits the Ring to the fire, it is in desperate confusion rather than with confidence, and for a while the world seems empty.

Eventually it is over: the Ring is gone, everyone congratulates him, and for a few days he can convince himself that his troubles are over. But there is one more obstacle to overcome: months later, back in the Shire, he must confront the external examiner Saruman, an old enemy of Gandalf, who seeks to humiliate and destroy his rival's protege. With the help of his friends and colleagues, Frodo passes through this ordeal, but discovers at the end that victory has no value left for him. While his friends return to settling down and finding jobs and starting families, Frodo remains in limbo; finally, along with Gandalf, Elrond and many others, he joins the brain drain across the Western ocean to the new land beyond.


"GLOBAL HEART ME" is a record series and a composition process focused on transit, translation and appropriation of cultural and musical codes. There cord series is made in different locations around the world. Each album focuses on interpreting the music produced locally; and particularly music which is already deeply influenced by today’s global cultures and international industry standards. This project does not intend a fusion of styles with an exotic touch of world music, but very much the opposite: to get deeper in the aesthetic of reproductions and assimilation of global cultures. As a remixedd evelopment focusing on international reconsiderations of cultural languages.

On January 20th, THE "GLOBAL HEART ME" series will make public its first production made in Istanbul, "ISTANBULl ’U HEART UM", in the form of a radio broadcast event: "GLOBAL HEART MY RADIO!"Ultra-localized transmissions and live sounds will be broadcast through radio waves from the Istanbul Sanat Merkezi building. The event will gather the audience in a collective sound performance - personal radios are required! Hundreds of radio receivers will create a direct relay situation bringing this public broadcast alive. Uncontrolled situations are part of the experimental form of this happening and the public will interact and participate directly in the event’s aural aesthetic. The public is invited to experience the concert and the night through their FM radio receivers. BRING YOUR OWN! "GLOBAL HEART MY RADIO!" will bring the record project “ISTANBUL’U HEARTUM” as a communication to live audience.

GLOBAL HEART MY RADIO! the event and the "RADIO" launch: the 20/01 2005 – from 19:00 Istanbul Sanat Merkezi (ISM) Sakizagaci Cad.Eski Çesme Sok. NO.12 TarlabasiISTANBU
Admission is FREE - but BRING YOUR OWN FM!
additional info:

Monday, January 17, 2005

karen's fotos/movies

ok guys-
i finally got around to it.
the quality on some of the photos are fuzzy or grainy. nonetheless...

karen's fotos/movies



for pinar + anybody interested in illustration

chris ware is a the illustrator I was talking about before my nap at ildem's. he's got a sick, depressive humor to his illustrations. oh, avsar might like it too. Jimmy Corrigan is a fun graphic novel, especially the dust jacket design. love it. depressive and long too, but subtley funny.

if you're into comics/cartoons, here's a good literature site:

pinar-where's your illustration pdf? send send send!!!

Sunday, January 16, 2005

"It was about war on the forces of reaction"

i had a such a weird dream, that i think its worth sharing it with you :)
i dreamt that i was sitting in a hotel lobby, which seemed to be somehow destroyed, full of jungle-like vegetation coming out of cracks in the walls, fern, liane, bushes, lotus flowers all over the place, bathed in a warm yellow-brownish light. i was sitting in some really cool big old leather arm chair (alone in the lobby) and listening to an old white-haired guy playing piano in the lobby..i knew that his name was Baader-Meinhof (i understood w h o they actually are the next morning:) he was playing piano, in such a smooth mood. after playing a while, the band (there were other group members in the background as well) changed the sound into something extremely chilling jamaican-hawaiian (it's ridiculous, but there was a song in the album i listened to the evening before) song and Baader-Meinhof left the piano and took a guitar, or something like an ukulele, and played this song from Susan Cadogan - don't burn your bridges. well, this extreme thrilling-relaxing-scary mood, covering the place while Baader-Meinhof was spinning his hypnotizing timbres got cut abrupt all of a sudden with a phone call in the morning, i had to wake up.i couldn't stop thinking about this dream even after a couple of days passed by-of this terrorist-pianist playing some thrilling jamaican music for me in this rotten lobby :)
well, anyways! that's it:)

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they rule!

just for getting a better understanding of global economy (interface design rules as well)

design books+zines

Die Gestalten Verlag(*****)
Lars Müller Publishers(superb swiss design)
Magma Books (visual junkie's database)
you work for them (great books, lots of sample pages, high shipping costs! (to TR)

some magazines
+rosebud (the most beautiful mag on earth, contribute!)
this is a magazine (online mag, b e a u t i f u l)

Saturday, January 15, 2005

reporting from baghdad

hey crew...
last night was altogether great, though missing crew members were missed wholeheartedly!
first, we met at baykus, were onur and bade were already drinkin when i arrived (i fueled earlier as well)..than pinar, fatih and evren came in one after another..3 (or was it 4?) other chicks from kadir has who didn't participate the ws. also joined later.. well, i didnt really talk to them, they took some pictures of us, were more documenting the crew than having fun i guess..:) anyways.. after eatin & drinkin at baykus we went to guitar bar, some kind of rock bar (i would normally never go, or actually were used to go 10 years earlier:) where this group kung-fu played some excellent songs from RHCP to, i don't know i think they played The Cure as well. we drank a lot, or at least i did, danced hot (onur, your my man dude! one of the best dancers i've ever danced with, it was bigbigbig fun!) somehow, either the music was getting better or the drinks too much, everyone was starting to move with the music, bade-another minddiver that night, got some nice vibes and danced with me (you're my lady, sweetie! :P) fatih got to know the kadir has chicks better, you gotta tell us, what were you talking about? :)) just kidding:)
pinar was the super-cutie again last night, how can someone be always so powerful positive and shine as she is? i really dunno..:)
as far as i can remember (i'm not sure:) only our crew were dancing there!
later on, the always-making-it-so-exciting-by-coming-too-late-prima-donna avşar came, and evren left synchronously-the mountain was calling (snowboarding), this was his excuse, at least.
well, the end of the night arrived shortly... we went to the fish bazaar, had some fried/stuffed mussels-walked down the istiklal street..said goodbye, and took of for home-landing (around 3 pm?)
thats it was nice..lets upload some pictures of as soon as onur&bade get the pictures taken that night!
last but not least; i love you guys!

Friday, January 14, 2005

a billionth of humanity

Days in a Day (my all time fav)

Thursday, January 13, 2005

open source conference in the summer, italia

during the iiid summer academy

come play with me

for the playmates of the crew...

Soft(ware) Cinema

What happens when you splice the traditional logic of filmmaking with the logic of computer programming? The Soft Cinema Project is Lev Manovich and Andreas Kratky's answer to cinema in the age of Google and globalization, and offers us films that can run infinitely without ever repeating the same image sequences, screen layouts and narratives. 'Mission to Earth,' the latest iteration of the project, is a variable database film assembled by software in real time. Every 23 minutes, a suave female voice tells her story of immigration from ALPHA-1 to Planet Earth, while the accompanying images reveal multiple angles and moments that can potentially change with every viewing. For Manovich, the variable choices and multi-frame layout of the Soft Cinema system represent the 'variable identity' of the modern day immigrant. 'Mission to Earth' is probably more relevant for recent immigrants to the world of new media, as a pleasant introduction to the aesthetics of the 'software! age.' At the Chelsea Art Museum (New York) until January 26, or on the 'Soft Cinema' DVD, available from MIT press by next month. - Ophra Wolf (text taken from rhizome)

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

daydream-like gliding perception

can be found in bonobo's flutter video

Tuesday, January 11, 2005


ok.. when you need a really good giggle..
ze frank


james turrell / light+space artist
andy goldsworthy

misc. links (design, etc):
general thinking / networking site / like a who's who
$4000 conference / tres cher, but interesting!
made thought
the ganzfeld / editorial / cool guys run used to head op-ed for NY Times
tiger magazine
self service magazine
palais de tokyo
tank design
chewing the sun
foundation 33
m+m paris
wilson wenzel / photographers
faultline / music
kcrw / super cool radio station out of LA

some friends:
dan / the guy that brought karen and i together / artist-in-residence @ jpl
modernista / ad agency in boston


some fun photos for all..

Monday, January 10, 2005

fresh illu/flash
cute animation/illus in some kinda futuristic 'triplets of belleville' style

everything delicious

motion graphic links

here are some links to friends' sites that are cool: (funny shit!)

some motion graphics houses in the states:

Sunday, January 09, 2005



we have an incredible visitor traffic:


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image sniffing / useless tool / so beautifull

EtherPEG is a free program for the Macintosh that shows you all the JPEGs (and GIFs) going by on your network.

Saturday, January 08, 2005

Durl / more tools

Durl, an RSS feed for URL queries

Enter a url to retrieve information about people who delicious'ed it. already provides this service, Durl completes that with an RSS feed containing those results and trend history graphs. Don't miss the popular trends and now the oishii trend view.

some googling keywords: trend history behaviour zeitgeist

opensource re_sources is the world's largest
Open Source software development website, with the largest repository of Open Source code and applications available on the Internet. provides free services to Open Source developers.

Wolfgang Düren-Eyeless Dream-LP- Free Download

via electro-music Dedicated to experimental electro-acoustic and electronic music

from the page:
Wolfgang Düren became more widely known to people as the chairman of Waldorf Music. Before founding Waldorf Music he partnered with Wolfgang Palm, the man behind PPG, and distributed his synths in the late seventies till the fall of PPG in the mid eighties. Later Wolfgang distributed the synths of Waldorf, Access and Novation with his company TSI.
While he was distributing or later in charge of building synths, he was also a musician. In the late seventies he recorded the LP "Eyeless Dream". This record featured many sounds of the early PPG wavetable synths that just have had become available to some musicians searching for a new kind of sound beyond the conventional synth sounds using filters and modulations as main building blocks to shape their sound. These very new sounds in electronic music made this LP an insiders favourite over the years. Today this rare LP is of cause not available anymore.
Thanks to some Waldorfian's MP3 encoding of the LP and Wolfgang Düren's kind permission, these tracks are now available for free as 208 kBit/s variable bit rate mp3s.

Eyeless Dream I 8:19 [13.2 MB Download]
Phila 9:51 [14.9 MB Download]
904 5:43 [8.9 MB Download]
Proton 9:19 [14.2 MB Download]
Eyeless Dream II 5:47 [8.6 MB Download]

incredible looking drainage system in japan

incredible looking drainage system in japan

did sth wrong

great font source (some of them with kana)
bonus: a nice overview picture of every font included

once upon a time... something to play with!
bikes, animals, crazy stuff...
some samples

font and co...
there are also from time to time new freefonts...

enjoy! diana

maps / tracking

Traces of Fire

Everything starts with a pub-tour.
Couple of drinks, couple of cigarettes, off to the next bar.
Couple of drinks, couple of cigarettes.

Then - moving on.

Next day, same thing.
Couple of drinks with a couple of cigarettes in a couple of pubs.

In each of the pubs we leave behind a nice little lighter.
Each of these lighters equipped with a nice little transmitter
and its own transmission id.


Here are some photos from the workshop


with humor & love



i also miss the tost, that is the only place in istanbul that can make "the tost" so deliciouseoux.
i miss the workshop, i miss working like madden chickens, i miss sayin "screw you" to karen -of course i can say it now but its not the same, i miss getting drunk, i miss making gossip, i miss them all :(

all the leaves are br- aaaall theee leeaavees aareee broown
and the sky is gr- aaand theee sky iiiis graaaay
i've been for a wa- i'veee beeeeen foooor aaa waaaalk
on a winters da- oooon aaaa wiiinteeers daaay

je le fait.

maps / drawing / gps / random thoughts

The Animals, made up using tube lines, stations and junctions were spotted by Paul Middlewick some 15 years ago.

GPS Drawing
Global Positioning System Drawing over the landscape with satellite navigation technology.

GeoURL (down for the moment) ---> see this GeoURL reloaded!!!???
howto / howto + blog / whatis: GeoURL is a location-to-URL reverse directory. This will allow you to find URLs by their proximity to a given location. Find your neighbor’s blog, perhaps, or the web page of the restaurants near you. (from
Mike Little's Journalized )

Friday, January 07, 2005

i miss tost!

and efes of course! this is the first morning back. and i want my own bread-press machine! i guess back to boring stuff like oatmeal. it's raining in LA-huge storm. i'm hungry. must go food shopping.

theme plate

so here we see a bad designed template. If you want to write a post with a very long header -like evrim just did- the left frame becomes to wide so the posts stay low down the page.

exploration : there is a page, where the left frame is too big.

scenario building : otto was a html coder, but in one of his web pages he used a code written before, now he has to change the code so that the page looks normal. his friends ildem, evren and jerome are also the admins of the page so maybe they can do this?



always remember me !

i will remember you ... these people are reaally nerd :) - creates ontologies for tags on - javascript bookmarklet which allows you to select
the text for the description field of the link you want to add to your
delicious links. - another posting interface - from the extispicious FAQ �Aside from the
keyword-quantity/font-size ratio, the representation isn�t very
at all - tag positioning is entirely random. may do more
meaningful things when it can get bite-sized correlation data from, but for now the tags are just randomly juxtaposed,
you to draw your own meanings and revelations from the overlapping
entrails. Take what you will from it. � - �I found a lot of ways and hacks to integrate
delicious links into a page, but I wanted to fetch all links for a
set of tags, not just mine, so I wrote my own hack : introducing, yet another php hack� - Another javascript bookmarklet that adds some
additonal information. �These are two things that you might like using
you use a account with other people, or if you use more
one account. The first one lets people leave comments on your shared
account without stomping on earlier comments: the second one lets you
login and post to one account with a single click.� - A freeware MAC OS X client


i put a counter at the bottom of the page and here are our first day results.
you can also see them by clicking the counter anytime you want

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i'll post the contacts here when everybody arrives in a .doc file.

Thursday, January 06, 2005

workshop photos/movies

brotherz&sistaz of the hood: those lucky ones who got the cds with all the pictures taken during the workshop, should show some mercy and s h a r e.........! :) i think here in istanbul only pinar has the pics, or is there anyone else?


though it has nothing to do with the workshop > (candice, karen, diana, onur & pinar know what i'm talking about..

yukio mishima

a very interesting japanese character
paul schrader made a movie about him also.

open source and art

we spoke a bit about the creative commons movement, but not that much during the first presentations' day. It's a really important issue for all of us. really. (explanations of the different existing licences) (repository of wondefull things / share your stuff) (lawrence lessig / book / biography )
speaking of free culture, i wont forget this: wikipedia, the free and collaborative encyclopedia

links from ildem

the links ildem sent via e-mail


the template doesn't have to stay that way, i can make one or more the admin of the site so you can change it as you wish.


and one strange link for you:
the site is the same since 1998. better viewed with the sound on.

hi ho

hi everybody,
i thought that would be an effective communication medium for all, to post entries, links, photos bla bla bla -as cihangir would put it-
so welcome to salcali tost -this is the toast you ate in kadir has-