Monday, October 27, 2008

Day opening - October 27


Shocked to be forced to be silent.
Picture made by Anne Fleur

Sunday, October 26, 2008

The beauty of Photoshop

Even an ugly duck can be turned into a beautiful swan nowadays. Thanks to Photoshop. But it's a time consuming job and we all know that time is money. So jobs are done with haste and with hilarious results.

Here's one

Do I have to point out her short arms compared to the rest of her body?

There is even a blog devoted to photoshop disasters. Unfortunately for those in Turkey, this blog is also using blogspot.

Did you know that 5% of all the women have the figure to be a model. But with Photoshop even this group is excluded. The images displayed in magazines are 100% unachievable. A very inspiring documentary made about this topic is the Dutch documentary Beperkt Houdbaar by Sunny Bergman. The documentary can be watched from the website but it's all in Dutch. Recommended.

The reason of banning blogger.com in Turkey...

I found this on another blog. Entry posted with the name Jesus...:

"Apparently some blogs that question Koranic Creationism exist, so a Turkish judge did the only sensible thing: He BANNED THE ENTIRE BLOGGER.COM AND BLOGSPOT.COM DOMAINS, and all the 112 million blogs thereon. Jesus."

Most native Dutch men are hunter-gatherers

Four out of five native Dutch men alive today descend from the hunter-gatherers who lived in Europe during the last Ice Age (around 25,000 years ago). The other 20 percent are the descendants of farmers who colonised Europe from the Middle East 7,000 years ago, according to research by Peter de Knijff, professor of human genetics at Leiden University. De Knijff researched the Y-chromosome of over 2,000 men from all over the Netherlands. He presented his results on Saturday at a seminar organised by the Genographic Project, a collaboration between IBM and the National Geographic Society which maps the migration routes of people worldwide.


The Y-chromosome is particularly suitable to research lineage because it transfers directly from father to son. Descendants of farmers have different DNA variations in parts of their chromosome from those whose ancestors lived in Europe.


De Knijff's research shows that migrating farmers barely settled in the Netherlands at the time. In Germany, by contrast, a much higher percentage of men descend from foreign farmer-colonisers. This means that in the Netherlands, the native population was not 'replaced' by farmers from outside, but the hunters learned farming and cattle breeding themselves.


There are no behavioural or physical differences between the descendants of hunters and farmers, De Knijff says. "Such features come from the general pieces in our DNA which come from both mother and father. Those pieces are mixed together in every new generation."

Day opening - October 26


Pedestal
Artist unknown.

And remember that the clock is set back one hour to winter time...

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Turkish Ban book for Dummies...

I didn't know that more proxy sites(unblock sites) are available than the youtube one. Now I am using vtunnel.com. Very simple to use...so the ban have no effect at all, with the exeption that it takes more time and that some features disappeared. I can not create links for example.
That there are idiots in Turkey who ruin, sorry, run different segments of the society is clear for me. But some are really dumbs. Here a story I picked up from a fellow blogger on englishturkey.com:

We had recently talked about how main Turkish Internet Service Provider Turk Telekom banned Wordpress website to the users. This time, Turk Telekom achieved to get the Oscar for Total Dumbness. Recently, Turkish singer, so called actor and director Mahsun Kirmizigul applied to them claiming that his film Beyaz Melek (White Angel) is being distrubuted illegaly on several torrent websites including IMDB ! Can you imagine IMDB as an illegal torrent site. Anyway, the very talented tech. guys of Turk Telekom banned imbd.com instead of imdb.com with the intention of banning IMDB. Imbd : This is just a parked domain name taking advantage of IMDB. We should ask several questions here.

1) Who cares the loser film of that Mahsun Kirmizigul except himself?

2) Don’t they have an idea of what Imdb.com is?

3) Do they have right to cut the access to every website they don’t like?

4) What is next? Google? Yahoo?

5) Millions of people are paying them for Internet service, are they stupid?

6) Your super duper techies aren’t even knowledgable on what the domain name is
Dear Telekom, Let’s learn again the difference on domain names, please: imdb.com and imbd.com are different. OK?

No internet freedom in Turkey; blogger.com banned

While the right of freedom of expression is provided for by both the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Turkey banned blogger.com. The rights, as stated in those two declarations includes, with limited exceptions, the freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas, regardless of frontiers. The international human rights framework provided by these instruments applies to communication on the Internet just as it applies to other forms of communication.

Blogger.com (blogspot) is world largest blogger hosting company.
No reason is given (as usual) for the ban.

Turkey is mentally corrupt; not its citizens and their representatives but judges are ruling this country.

To get around the ban, simple type unblockyoutube.org and scroll down on the page. There you will see a box. Replace youtube.com with your website, and you are back on your blog. But some features will not appear since Java scripts is not supported by this anti-ban web site. For example: I cannot upload images, some widgets can not be viewed, no spellings control etc. But at least I've access.

Day Opening - October 25


9. of the top 10 most expensive paintings ever bought on auction.
Portrait de l'Artiste sans Barbe by Vincent van Gogh

Portrait de l'artiste sans barbe ("Self-portrait without beard") is one of many self-portraits by the Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh, that he painted in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France in September 1889. The painting is a oil painting on canvas and is 40 cm x 31 cm (16" x 13").
Van Gogh painted this just after he had shaved himself. This is an uncommon painting since his other self-portraits show him with a beard. It becomes one of the most expensive paintings of all time when it was sold for $65 million on November 19, 1998 at Christie's, New York.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Selling soft drugs is not a right even in the Netherlands

Two Dutch towns on the Netherlands' border with Belgium have had enough. Roosendaal and Bergen op Zoom are closing down the towns' cannabis-selling 'coffee shops', although the practice of selling small amounts of the soft drug in such cafes has been tolerated for years. This drastic action is necessary because the problems caused by the coffee shops' dealers and customers are getting out of hand.

By Esther Rosenberg

“What else could we do?” Roosendaal’s mayor Michel Marijnen (Christian Democrat) asks while fellow mayor Han Polman (liberal D66 party) from neighbouring Bergen op Zoom joins him in his office at the town hall. They have been putting their heads together for the last five years in order to halt the steady stream of drugs tourists to their cities but to no avail.
Neither mayor thinks that more policing is the answer and nor is moving the coffee shops nearer to the border, away from their towns.

And there is morreee

Political Dance Spoofs - Sarah Palin and Obama on Dancing With the Stars


“Next Season on ‘Dancing with the Stars’” will star Sarah Palin and Barack Obama… according to the latest inbox-hopping viral email that is.
The Dancing with Stars image featuring the two most celebritized politicians of the year actually looks pretty darn good.
Sarah Palin looks stunning in her turquoise Dancing with the Stars salsa dress, and Obama is exceptionally handsome in his matching, yet paler hued Caribbean silk shirt.
What a great image, but sadly there is no name on the email to give credit to. Whoever created the “Next Season on ‘Dancing with the Stars’” viral, congratulations with you on your awesome photoshopping!

Day Opening - October 24


No. 6. of the Ten most expensive paintings ever bought on auction.:
'Irises' by Vincent van Gogh

Irises is a painting by the Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh, painted while he was at the asylum at Saint Paul-de-Mausole in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France in the last year before his death in 1890.
In 1987, it became the most expensive painting ever sold when it was sold for AUS $54,000,000 to Alan Bond, but he did not have enough money to pay for it and it had to be re-sold. It is now owned by the Getty Museum in Los Angeles.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Who are the real perverts?

It looks that I’m not the only person who is angered by the moves the current Turkish government makes regarding ‘protecting children and women’. Children are the most vulnerable in our society. The ‘Muslim’ world condemns always the West as pervert, but who are the real perverts? Read Mr. Yusuf Kanli his excellent article. I am pondering my head why not one female TDN columnist wrote about this.

By Mr. Yusuf Kanli:

Islamist or pedophile?

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


While the country and those interested in Turkish affairs were busy either with the approaching first hearing of the so-called “Ergenekon gang” case, or focused on the allegations that separatist chieftain Abdullah Öcalan was ill-treated at the İmrali prison island, and the consequent unrest in some cities or the vote at the U.N. for Security Council membership of Turkey, some people at the Justice Ministry were busy concocting up some nasty legal arrangements which can be considered to be an effort to legalize pedophilia.

One may ask, of course, whether it is compatible with justice or with the mission of the Justice Ministry to work to legalize pedophilia or to suggest reduced penalties for rape within marriage. It is indeed difficult, but as in the old story about the cat and its scratching habit embedded in its genes, it appears that some obsessive Islamists are suffering from some acute mental problems forcing them to aspire to establish a social order in the country reminiscent of a certain time in history when having sex with an 11-year-old girl could be considered legally, morally and ethically fit.

And there is morreeee

Day Opening - October 23


No 2. of the top 10 most expensive paintings ever bought on auction.
'Portrait of Dr. Gachet by Vincent van Gogh'

The painting was sold to Japanese businessman Ryoei Saito for $82.5 million on May 15, 1990 at auction in Christie's, New York. Portrait of Dr. Gachet is painted in June 1890 by Dutch Impressionism master Vincent van Gogh.
Ryoei Saito shocked the world when he announced he wish the van Gogh painting to be cremated with him at his death. Later he explained he was using a figure of speech: threatening to torch the oils was just an expression of intense affection for the masterpieces. Saito died in 1996.
Vincent van Gogh actually painted two versions of Dr Gachet's portrait with a slightly different color scheme. The other version is located at the Musée d'Orsay in Paris.



Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Webpage tip

Music has a major part in my life. I'm always looking for new things I like, but it's hard to find in this jungle of sounds.

A site already known to me for a while, but didn't use much until a couple of days ago, is Last.fm.

There hasn't been one band or dj so far that I couldn't find on this web page. What I really like, is the radio function: you type in one band, it gives you the artist and also a radio function where you can listen to that band, but it also plays a variety of music related to it. So far some really great new stuff and the good thing is: no commercials and good music all day long.

Thumbs up for last.fm

Live from Wasilla, Alaska

IT'S CAPS LOCK DAY


IT'S OFFICIAL, IT'S CAPS LOCK DAY.
COMMENTS WRITTEN normally WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
YELL AND SCREAM WHAT YOU WANT, WE WON'T LISTEN..)

Polls of Polls: Sarah Palin leads over McCain...


Some time ago, people in the world admired the USA for its tolerance, its innovations, its hospitality, its 'people management', its optimism, its market dynamics, its opportunities, its competitiveness, its spirit...
But times are changing, right?!
What's left; provincialism, intolerance, ignorance, greed, arrogance and populism. Exactly where Sarah Palin stands for.
A Sarah Palin who 'leads' McCain in his race for the White House...

Day Opening - October 22


Unknown...
Go back to October 21 - 2008

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Turkey: Sleep well Mr. President


AK parti nonsense

While the major world markets (was, and some still) are in turmoil, the Turkish Finance Minister Kemal Unakıtan tells that Turkey is the world's 'safe harbor.' He simply says: ” Investment would come, as Turkey's geography and other factors would continue to make the country an appealing destination. Chief among the factors making Turkey attractive, he emphasized, was continuing economic stability driven by a strong policy of fiscal and financial discipline.’ Does social and political instability not count anymore?

Here he forgot to mention that the IMF was so helpfully, and that foreign investments were the only and solid reasons that Turkey survived and was saved from a total bankruptcy in 2001!
More astonishing; the Turkish president, A. Gul, said in an interview with Der Spiegel: ‘Over the past six years, we have enjoyed an average growth rate of 7 percent, and this year we still anticipate that it will be 4 percent. We are also among the countries in Europe with the lowest budget deficits. Unlike many other European countries, we actually have fulfilled the Maastricht criteria."

So far Mr President. Turkey has a budget deficit of 140 billion USD... unlikely, countries such as Bulgaria, Denmark, Finland, Slovenia, Germany, the Netherlands, Hungary etc. etc. all have a budget surplus!
Sleep well Mr. President. But don't forget to pay your loans, period!.)

Obama - McCain; look who's is talking


The difference in generation!
And no photoshop used, this is real ANP copyright..)