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Avatar, the movie

In Attractions: football, cinema, music on December 21, 2009 at 10:24


On a stormy Sunday night, I rushed back to Mecidiyeköy to meet with Özgür and watch Avatar. The film started at 21 and at 20 I was still Bahçelievler and my car’s alarm system was suddenly broke. I and dad disabled the alarm system so I could drive and be on time. It was so rainy that I even stopped listening to music and fully concentrated on the road because the visibility was very low. Anyway it was all worthy.

1. It was the first 3D movie I watched and I loved it. See, the plot is somewhat cliche and there are many movies with cliche plots but have great visuals. Still they are not good for movie buffs. Here, despite a level of cliche you can find in the movie, you will still love it because of the visuals. Boy, they have created really glorious 3D stuff.

2. A very realistic narration of colonial invasion in a Sci-Fi form. White Man exterminating the Indian… However, relatively happy ending here. So not all realistic.

3. The first half: think of it as an anthropologist doing traditional fieldwork among natives, trying to get the native point of view and gone native in the end.

4. Add to the narrative a new Sci-Fi element. Avatar usage. A similar practice seen in Snow Crash and in some other new Sci-Fi novels.

Avatar earns $232.2m in opening weekend

from Boing Boing by Rob Beschizza

That’s the biggest ever for a non-sequel. It earned $73m in the U.S, the rest abroad. The LA Times points out that many on the east coast were snowed in by the worst blizzard in a decade,….

More advice from Savage Minds to grad school applicants…

In Academia news, Attractions: football, cinema, music, Documents on December 19, 2009 at 10:28

(More) advice on graduate school applications

from Savage Minds: Notes and Queries in Anthropology — A Group Blog by Rex

Deadlines for graduate school applications are coming up again. Last year I wrote some quick pointers on applying to graduate school but since then I’ve developed my boiler-plate for our school even more as additional requests for information have entered my mailbox. So here is the latest iteration of my advices for applying to graduate school. Although it is written for where I teach, most of what I say is applicable to anywhere. Good luck!

Not Just Drones: Militants Can Snoop on Most U.S. Warplanes

from Boing Boing by Xeni Jardin


Yesterday, news broke that insurgents used a $25 application available online to hack into US military drone video feeds, and view, copy, and potentially distribute their contents. Hmmmm… Unauthorized copying of audio and video material? Some on Twitter have suggested that we might just send the MPAA or RIAA after them — then, for sure we’ll at last find Bin Laden. But Wired Danger Room’s Noah Shachtman says,

Herbert Brandl at Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman

Herbert Brandl at Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman

from Contemporary Art Daily by Forrest

Artist: Herbert Brandl

Venue: Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman, Innsbruck

Exhibition Title: Spektrolith

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Barça at Turkish Airlines!

In Attractions: football, cinema, music on December 14, 2009 at 22:07

Turkish Airlines (THY) has become one of the official sponspors of FC Barcelona! Today, Turkish football blogs displayed photos of Barça players in a THY plane flying to Abu Dhabi. It looks like Spanish Airline companies did not like the idea and lobbied against THY flight. This is at least what untrustable Turkish media says

Ferec – Helîkopter (the first Kurdish Heavy Metal band)

In Attractions: football, cinema, music on December 14, 2009 at 09:30

Ferec is the first heavy metal band who sing all in Kurdish. The band members currently live in a Kurdish city called as Colêmerg (Hakkari) in Turkish frontiers. The album is just published in november 2009. The band took stage in some of the biggest rock festivals in different regions in Turkey as well.

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The Militarization of Pop Culture and more videos…

In Attractions: football, cinema, music, Documents on December 9, 2009 at 09:00

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Beşiktaş faces CSKA Moscow tonight. Challenged to continue or not to continue in Euro Cups…

In Attractions: football, cinema, music on December 8, 2009 at 17:32
update: 9 Dec 09- 10:00: Beşiktaş f*cked up: Besiktas 1 – 2 CSKA Moscow

Beşiktaş kids at the game…

Last Friday, Beşiktaş lost two important points in a draw against Diyarbakırspor but on Saturday and Sunday, Fenerbahçe and Galatasaray also points. So not a big deal for the moment. And now comes the day again….

CSKA Moscow faces Besiktas – –

Besiktas faces CSKA Moscow

All on the line in Istanbul
Group B. CSKA must secure more points in Istanbul than Wolfsburg manage at home to Manchester United FC to be sure of entering the first knockout round…

Luck for us:

CSKA pair suspended for Besiktas game after doping test

The pair had tested positive for a banned substance after the Champions League match away to Manchester United on Nov. 3, UEFA said in a statement. …

A Galatasaray fans cries when his team lost the win with a last-minute goal…


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Erkan had an “encultured” Saturday

In Attractions: football, cinema, music, Erkan's habitus, istanbul on December 6, 2009 at 16:19

Started the day with brunch at La Mekan (I will definitely post about this place) with Can. It is just in walking distance to our apartment. To start the day there always makes me happy. It satisfies my quest for a good diner like I used to have in Houston. Then I moved to santralistanbul to my office and spent the day until evening there. Youth Studies Unit was having a hip hop workshop with high school kids, otherwise I haven’t seen any colleagues and I did hang out in my office alone. No one would complain of loud music. How nice. I got tired of longer hair and had an haircut in our campus hairdresser, now I am as if I have just come from the Service, then I had more coffee and did some more work and when it was around 8 pm as no body was left in the building, I began to feel self-pity and it was time to leave.

Then the second and more colorful part of my day began: Thanks to Çiğdem Buğdaycı, I first stopped by a small art galery in Cihangir: Çukurcumart. Not always but on some Saturdays there are Jam sessions there. We attended one yesterday. We were offered super quality wine, warm, cinnamon, juicy..

Here a few drawings exhibited in the gallery (more can be found in the Facebook page:
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Wednesday evening habitus post

In Attractions: football, cinema, music, Erkan's habitus on December 2, 2009 at 20:53

I am auditing our Media MA course on research methodologies at the back seat, participating sometimes, losing myself in the web or thoughts in other times. My friends wait me for a card-playing session and I have half an hour more to go. It is not necessary to be here in the class, but i actually like it to audit. Nice theoretical discussion, a nice group of students and Halil hoca is a playful lecturer.

For more than 10 days, I have the hype mode but sometimes I fell hard like this afternoon. Now I recover again. Too much work to do but in general I am productice. I am getting back at my usual reading pace, working on some vital issues like necessary documentation to become an Assistant Professor. Anyway, still good news from Beşiktaş follow and a bunch of unrelated stuff I have come accros to towards the end of this post….

Fuck You SIDA!

Aids awareness campaign from Barcelona Spain with a very obvious but also very strong tagline “Fuck You SIDA” (Fuck You Aids).
The organisation Federació d’Associacions Coordinadora Gai-Lesbiana says: Hate this disease and fight it with the use of condoms.FOUND IN
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In tribute to Sophie Lancaster

In Attractions: football, cinema, music, Documents on November 26, 2009 at 23:37

Produced by creative agency Propaganda, in association with iconic British band, Portishead, Dark Angel is a beautifully haunting rendition of Sophies story.

The Murder of Sophie Lancaster was a murder case in the United Kingdom in 2007. The victim was brutally attacked along with her boyfriend, Robert Maltby, while walking through Stubbylee Park in Bacup, Rossendale in Lancashire. As a result of her severe head injuries she went into a coma, never regained consciousness, and later died. The police said the attack may have been provoked by the couple wearing gothic fashion and being members of the goth subculture…. Read the rest of this entry »

Beşiktaş, I love you, I LOVE YOU!

In Attractions: football, cinema, music on November 26, 2009 at 02:54

last updated: 26 Nov 2009- 21:30

Besiktas end Man Utd unbeaten run

from BBC News | Europe | World Edition
Manchester United end their European run of 23 matches unbeaten at home after losing to a deflected Besiktas goal.

Manchester United - Beşiktaş (Şampiyonlar Ligi) / 13


by Ahmet Turgut

Manchester United 0-1 Besiktas Old Trafford Live 25.11.2009 HQ CL Highlights:

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