Back to the fancy stuff

September 01, 2019
So, I have spent most of last month playing around with casual wear for avatars. Which is all very well and good up to a certain point, but after a while boredom does set in. I usually wait to stumble upon something to give me a…
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Üsküdar

August 16, 2019
I have been working on the Istanbul Facebook page quite diligently. However, so far I have not really ventured much outside of my own hood, Beşiktaş, where God knows there is enough material to fill not only one but many Faceboo…
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Dress-up Games

August 07, 2019
I have been in SL more of late. Finally managed to make the transition to the mesh body and the mesh head for Alpha. Wasn't easy to do, I still miss the scurrilous little face that the classic avi used to have and that, for …
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Bıdık the Crow

July 24, 2019
My housemate Hafize has been taking care of a young crow for the past few weeks. And the relationship is becoming so hilarious that I want to make a note of it.
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Beşiktaş

July 23, 2019
I am not terribly patriotic when I think about Turkey as a whole. Sure I want the country to be OK. Sure, I want it to get out from under this yoke of oppression and tyranny - which I am fairly confident that it will, sooner or …
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My city is Istanbul

July 19, 2019
I may have found a way to put my street photos to some use. Not in terms of creativity, or design. I still have no ambitions or confidence in that regard. But there is something else that has been bugging me for ages, and there …
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Julian Assange

July 15, 2019
I am very upset about this. In fact, I obsess about it. For the man himself and what he has been subjected to obviously, but I also obsess about what this means. In Gordon Dimmack 's words "this is the biggest story ever…
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Going out on the streets

July 10, 2019
After exhausting home and cat photo topics I have ventured outdoors with the phone and have started taking street photos. I still get nervous when I point the thing at people but I am also realizing that, unlike a real camera, t…
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The Selfie

July 04, 2019
Whenever I see a photo of myself taken by someone else I have a massive shock. This isn't something new, or something that is age related. Obviously I no longer look as good as I used to, and I wouldn't expect to come ac…
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Starting to take photos

July 02, 2019
Never done it before. Never had the slightest interest, in fact. But now that I have the phone camera I have started to explore, starting with my own home and my cats. Which is probably how most people start with this. Their hom…
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Finally - a smart phone

June 30, 2019
For years I had a Blackberry. Something like 15 years. And then in the end the battery gave out and because it is such an old model it could no longer be replaced. At least not here in Turkey where HRH has banned Blackberry phon…
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So, we won the election

June 24, 2019
By a landslide, no less. HRH has been defeated, and defeated very badly indeed. At least here in Istanbul, at least for now. Last night the city turned into one big party, and my 'hood was once again one of the center stages…
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Kikas and Marmaduke!

June 18, 2019
I am back from my travels. Porto first, then Greece, where I spent a few lovely days down in Kalamata where Katerina and Fotis have a village house up in the mountains above the city. Just gorgeous!
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The big alpha.tribe update

April 16, 2019
I did not want to switch over to a mesh avatar for a very long time. I have had the Alpha shape and skin for years and I have really identified with Alpha, in that appearance. She looks like me. Or rather she looked like I looke…
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Mesh Dramatics

March 02, 2019
One of my most cherished possessions in Second Life is a huge collection of dramatic poses created by Heidi Dahlseveen , which she very generously gave me many years ago.
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Kokopelli

February 26, 2019
I love it when a software gives me ideas. And Sculptris does so. While I am playing around with the clay suddenly it looks like something and...
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And very well behaved they are...

February 24, 2019
Yesterday I finally got over all my inhibitions and went into 3D software, after remembering that Cica Ghost had once told me that she was using Sculptris . And after muddling around for quite a while, watching a lot of tutorials…
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The dumbing down of the World Mind

February 17, 2019
I have been teaching graphic design at 3 universities, good ones that are tough to get into, for 26 years. The thing about graphic design is that it is a complex field to be an instructor in. Contrary to popular misconception gr…
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Internet cats

February 09, 2019
My twitter account is anonymous, I do not post, I only follow news. That is, this is how it was until recently. I have been adding more and more cat accounts to my twitter and am actually far more interested in the cat owners wh…
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Produsage

February 03, 2019
There is this, in my view terribly misplaced, myth that while using off the shelf software is an unavoidable evil, everything that gets built inside that software should be made by you. Painstakingly. Path by path. Or writing th…
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Curly Things

February 01, 2019
Logotype for Mr. Tabby's Spice Shop ("tekir" is "tabby" in Turkish) Handwritten fonts, script fonts, gothic letters, art deco, art nouveau, faux-oriental fonts, retro stuff, scrolls, ornaments, patterns - …
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Indulging my graphic designer's heart

January 25, 2019
Sitting at home, not going out much - if at all - I am busy making visual identities. First I did the companion species thing, which is actually 4 identities rolled into one. I had a blast doing that one. That project was so abs…
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The old scientific stuff

January 08, 2019
I had to create a new tumblr site. Yes, had to, not wanted to. And floundering around in my hard drives for what to put in the damn thing I came across all these old charts and diagrams and powerpoint presentation slides that I …
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Companion Species

January 06, 2019
The term "Companion Species" was coined by Donna Haraway who examined a very particular relationship between human beings and animals - specifically domesticated animals. A relationship, which according to Haraway, is …
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