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On Pinterest: What I love & Featured Content in the Blog

I have been taking some time to sign up and try things in Pinterest, you should take it out! It’s a social network based on the posting of images, some are saying that it could drive visits to your blog. So I am trying to do two things with this tool.

1. Post images from the featured sections of the blog, to see if I can get a bit more visits, the sections are: Micro Reviews (yes, they’ll be back!), Internet Classics, Libraries & Information in Media, and Venezuelan Proverbs.

2. I believe that you are what you enjoy and love, so I started posting about the anime, movies, albums, and books that I love, check it out! Do you find your favorites?

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Internet Classics: do the Zelda

On this edition of Internet Classics, I take the post from Kotaku about this hilarious song about The Legend of Zelda. As a curiosity, many people think this song was written by System of a Down, because of the similar voice of the singer, and even because many of you naughty boys and girls who have this song can see that it was tagged as written and performed by this group. Instead, this song was written and performed by one Joe Pleiman for the album Rabbit Joint.


For a bit more of history behind it, I copy part of the post in Kotaku:

“So how’d this modern internet fallacy come to be? Over ten years ago, the song was uploaded to Napster, in the wild days before the service was shut down and went straight. And it was uploaded simply as “SOAD – The Legend of Zelda”, or “SOAD – Zelda”. Given this was the early 2000’s, many people assumed this meant it was performed by System of a Down, particularly given the similarities between Pleiman’s vocals and those of System’s Serj Tankian.

The track, which is damn catchy, thus snowballed, and for millions of people System of a Down were given credit for a song they had no part in. Poor Joe. At least he can see the funny side of it, writing on his own website that the 1998 album featured ‘the song Zelda as unintentionally made famous by System of a Down'”.

Venezuelan Proverbs: for fame and appreciation by others

Now this is microblogging. Though it might be a neat idea to share Venezuela proverbs and sayings with an English attempt at translating by me.

This month’s Venezuelan proverb, related to fame and the appreciation of you others might have. There might be nothing wrong with you but: “You are not a gold coin [to be liked by everyone]” = “No eres monedita de oro [para gustarle a todos]”…

Internet Classics: Super Timor

Another new section on the blog! This is Internet Classics, where I remember, take a look and comment about online content that for one reason or another I consider a classic of the Internet. On this first edition I am cheating a bit, as this classic was not created for the Internet. However, I first saw this hilarious advertisement around 2005-2006 in this little and new site called Youtube, this is why it is noteworthy for me as an Internet classic. It was the first LOL and ROTFL I had with Youtube, and it is one of the extremely few TV ads I can stand, and actually I don’t get tired of watching it. From the little information I could find on the commercial itself, I can say that it was transmitted on Ivory Coast around 1986. However, the style seems older than such date, perhaps 10 years earlier (hear the song, sounds more 70s than 80s). It’s also supposed to be very popular in France, and it has also been remixed. I give you the advertisement for Super Timor, an Internet classic!

2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

Click here to see the complete report.

Libraries & Information in Media: Memory Alpha

This is a new experiment on this blog. Libraries & Information in Media explores and analyzes portrayals in different media of libraries, librarians and the role of information in general. Within this new section, I am going to write a short post about how libraries and information are portrayed in books, movies, series, comics and videogames. I hope you find it interesting.

In this first post, I take a look to Memory Alpha, as it appears in the episode “The Lights of Zetar” (1969) of Star Trek the Original Series (TOS for geeks). Memory Alpha is a planetoid which houses a huge library complex set up for academic purposes. This library contains the total cultural and scientific knowledge of all the planets that are members of the United Federation of Planets. Memory Alpha is also the very apt name chosen for one of Star Trek’s wikis on the Internet.

In this episode, the action takes place in the planetoid. However, not much is said about the library itself nor it is an important plot device on itself. According to the Memory Alpha wiki, “as of 2269, the library complex was an array consisting of five large and seven smaller domes on the surface of the planetoid. Aside from the technicians, the occupants of Memory Alpha varied with the number of scholars, researchers, and scientists from variousFederation planets who were using the computer complex at any given time.” The most relevant element that I can bring to this post for discussion is that there is an attack on Memory Alpha and then Mr. Spock comments regarding the nature of the library that because they considered that the knowledge stored there is to be accessible to everybody, they did not put a force field to defend the planet. A force field in Star Trek is an energy field put into place around ships or places as a line of defense and it prevents life forms to “beam” or being teleported to a place without permission.

This is a very interesting point, if we think about the history of libraries, the first libraries were reserved to the elites, usually knowledge was only accessible for members of the royalty or religious people, and not the general public, which is all the purpose of libraries of the current age. It is a shame that because of enforcing to the limit a free access to knowledge, this library was vulnerable and attacked. There is no easy answer on how to provide universal access and at the same time protect the place where information is stored. Even so, this is the most interesting portrayal of libraries in Star Trek TOS. I see that Open Access is a common trait on the handling of knowledge and information policies in the Star Trek universe (at least by planets of the Federation). I can guess that in posterior series computers get a major upgrade in storing space as we can see for example Captain Picard (The Next Generation) browsing through music or also Captain Janeway (Voyager)  using the Federation digital library to bargain for a transportation device. An interesting topic to debate from Star Trek mythos is Copyright an Open Access. However, that is a topic for another instance of Libraries & Information in Media.

New direction

A new direction on the blog is coming. I realized after Doris created her own blog (Check it out!!) that she, and of course I also tend to prepare so carefully every post. So I come up with very long and polished posts. But at the same time, I think that goes against the whole purpose of Internet culture and social media these days.

You may have seen that in 2010 and until now this blog was very much unattended, except the long and perhaps a bit controversial last posts.

While I was doing my master thesis I couldn’t get to write too much and then I didn’t even write a post for it! That’s coming. My new job (almost finished now), studies and all the changes in life undermined my blogging, too. Let’s see how it goes.

From now and specially from July, I’m changing to shorter and more frequent posts. As always, you can check what I read and like on the Internet through the Tumblr.

Cheers!

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