Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Review 3~

Bookr.  ( )
            Based on the popular image hosting websites, Flickr, Bookr allows it users to create a photobook by compiling the images from Flickr. Bookr is actually a project by, which also develop  a few other interesting tools, like ‘Phrasr’ and ‘Bubblr’. were run by Daniel Julia and Anna Fruster which are working on concept, design and development of interactive projects and university teaching.
            Bookr is a very simple, easy-to-use tools that has an easy to the eyes interface. When you go to Bookr, you can create your own photobook right away without having to go through any registration that most websites would require us to do nowadays. You can see your photobook right when you are making it, without having to go to ‘preview’ mode. The tool itself is pretty simple and user friendly.
            The search function located at the bottom of the page provides a good search results that consist of the most popular images with the tag searched. Search can also be made by using the username of the uploader of a picture, which is easier if you want to use a specific picture that you have uploaded beforehand. There seems to be no limit on the number of pages a photobook can have.
            This tool should be utilized in the schools and universities to help their students in learning. Researches have proven that with visual aid or stimulus, the effectiveness of learning can be improve exponentially. The photobook could be used in class rooms, for various subjects at any level from the elementary schools, to the universities level as an addition to the normal text books for the students to gain better understanding on the subjects. Instead of using an actual flash cards, or other visual stimulus which comes with a price why not use Bookr, which is free and equally if not more effective.
            In conclusion, Bookr is a tool with a huge usage potential. The versatility it makes it suitable to be to be used in any level of education, from being an aid in teaching an elementary schooler how to read to being a last minute note for high level education students preparing for exam.

Review 2~

            Chatroulette.  ( )
                        Chatroulette is a website that pairs two strangers from all over the world for a webcam based chat. It is one of the first websites that uses this concept. The website was created by a Russian teenager, Andrey Ternovskiy. Chatroulette was actually inspired by Skype’s video chat, but instead of chatting with a list of friend, you chat with random strangers. The site is basically a webcam based chat with added touch of randomness which was taken from the Russian Roulette, hence the name ‘Chatroulette’.
                        Ever since it was first made online on November 2009, Chatroulette has improved its system. The most noticeable improvement is the filter. During the early stage, the biggest problem faced by Chatroulette was the huge amount of perverts and ‘exabitionist’ which showed ‘unwanted’ and disturbing scene on Chatroulette. This problem has made Chatroulette unable to spread to users of all ages. At first they came with a ‘report’ button which users can click to report a user that is broadcasting’ inappropriate view’ through Chatroulette. If a user is report more than 3 times in 5 minutes, he will be blocked for up to 40 minutes. It also added a blurry video for the first few second of the broadcasted video before it actually shows the full view, which gives the option for the users to cancel it before seeing something that could be disturbing.
                        However, with the latest version of Chatroulette, this problem appeared to be solved. Based on my latest visit on the website, the ‘exabitionist’ and pervert there has been totally eliminated. The site is now literally clean. The ratio of man-woman using the website however still remains the same, where man dominates the population of the user. Based on my last visit on it, from 10 users, only one of them is a woman, while the others are men.
                        Despite the fact that most of the users there spent their time there just for casual talk or chat, Chatroulette can actually helps a lot in improving the mastery of English language. For local students that do not have anyone to speak English with, they can use Chatroulette to practice and hone their speaking skill as most of the users on Chatroulette are English speakers. I believe that this will be a tremendous help to them in learning the English language.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Review 1~

Animepaper.  ( )
            The moment you go to Animepaper, you will be ‘served’ by a few of the top rated wallpapers, possibly among the most amazing anime wallpapers ever made in history. The web interface features a very neat and user friendly design that are not only easy to the eyes but also convenient in terms of accessibility.
            Animepaper or in short often called (AP) was founded in the year 2004. Ever since then, the site has gone through a couple of improvements and evolutions. Currently, AP is known as AP v6, which is the sixth major update which included the visual, functions, and also the administration updates. With the updates, the popularity of AP also increased with the more interactive interface.
            As the name suggested, AP offers a wide, almost infinite variants of not only quality anime wallpapers, but also games, and ‘manga’ wallpapers too. These asian art styles which are highly popular nowadays can be accessed easily and the best thing is that it is totally free. This site acts as a center for both professional and amateur artists from all over the world to exchange and share their works. The fact that they can comments and criticizes the others piece of art can help to improve their level of mastery in the art of wallpaper design. The ‘note’ function where users can tag an area of the wallpaper to give a specific comment on that part of the wallpaper is a very brilliant feature.
            AP provides its users with a wide selection of groups and section where its users can get together and focus on a topic regarding digital arts. One of the most helpful section is the ‘session zero’, in which AP users, mainly the amateur or newbie ‘waller’ (a term used to call people that makes wallpaper) post their draft and unfinished work to be commented and to get some advices from the other users. AP also provides huge collections of manga, art book, and poster scans which is used as a base to create wallpaper by the artist. Vectors can also be found on AP.
            All in all, AP is an excellent site for those who have passion on digital art. Graphic design students could use this site to get advice and to share their works with other people with the same passion with them from the whole world. They could learn new techniques and skills from this site, and made them better at what they are doing.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Intro to Genre~


            The two texts that I am going to compare are a short story by O. Henry titled ‘The thing’s the play’ and another short story by Saki titled ‘Tobermory’. The first is romance realist fiction and the latter is from a science fiction genre.
            The two stories have two distinguishable themes. The first story’s theme is about the complex nature of love, that it is not influenced by physical traits. Helen’s love towards his husband that she only saw for less than an hour after taking the vow stays and never withers even after twenty years. The second story’s theme on the other hand is about a man idea of changing the nature of the world backfires, bringing panic to the world. Cornelius’s experimented for almost seventeen years to make animals able to speak human language, but right after he finally succeed, the animal, a cat named Tobermory was too cleaver and knows too much of the secrets and gossips of the people around him. This appears to be too problematic for them which cause them to plan on exterminating Tobermory. We can see that the theme of these two genres contradict each other in which, the realist fiction use a more personal theme in which someone who may have experienced it in real life may be able to relate to it better, while the science fiction one use a more public theme that is easier to be accessed by readers.
            The story ‘The thing’s the play’ starts with a conversation a scene with the narrator were with his reporter friend, at a performance. The reporter talked about his situation where he needs humor story for his column in the newspaper. This is when the narrator, starts his story, though his story are not ‘humorous’. His story starts with the description of a place that once a wedding took place. This is where the ‘actual’ story starts.  The narrator introduce the characters involved by relating them to one another, in which we were told that Helen is marrying Frank, and John was Frank’s best man. The conflict arose when John came to Helen asking her to flee with him, which was rejected by Helen, but Frank saw them together in the bride’s room and misunderstood. Both Frank and John left. Helen was left alone married by without her husband with her. In the coming years, she was proposed by a young lawyer but she rejected him, saying that she was married. After twenty years since the incident, two men came and rent a room at her house. Both of them were charming and caught her attention. One of them, Ramonti, is a musician, who had no memory of his past, and another one is a handsome man that has something special that made Helen think that he was Frank, and she had an affection towards him. But, the story was twisted here where actually Ramonti is actually Frank who lost his memory but still love her, and the other man is John which still love Helen too. In the end, her love is still with the real Frank, when she knows the truth after John tells her who he actually is. Contrarily, the story ‘Tobermory’ starts with a scene at a tea-table where Mr. Appin, a scientist was at Lady Blemley’s house party. Mr. Appin announced that he had made a new discovery, he was able to make animals talk. The other guests did not believe him resulting in him bringing Tobermory, Lady Blemley’s pet that he had been conducting experiment on. To their surprise, Tobermory can speaks human language perfectly. But as they asked Tobermory questions, the cat proved to be highly intelligence and knows a lot about their secrets as he had been watching them all this time. He exposed many of their secrets and this had made them panicked and ultimately decide to exterminate Tobermory, worrying that he might teaches other cats and cause more chaos. They poisoned his food, but he didn’t went for his dinner that night. They were all anxious, but in the morning the gardener found Tobermory corpse, with a bite on his throat. He was killed in a fight. We can clearly see the difference from the way the story we told, which in ‘The thing’s the play’ the story is actually in another story, while in ‘Tobermory’ it was quite straight forward. The plots in the first story which is a realist romance were also more complicated compared to the second story that is from the science fiction. A realist genre’s plots usually are more complicated because they reflects that of a real life, while a science fiction may have a more straight forward plot in order to let the readers absorb the new ideas and the concept introduced in the story.
            The first story, ‘The thing’s the play’ takes place in a western country, at around the 19th century based on the act of kissing the lady’s hand while kneeling which suggest that it was around that era. The second story, ‘Tobermory’ also takes place in a western country, at around the same era as the first story. This is due to the fact that they have a house party, with their acquaintance and they also have servants which the Englishman usually has in the 19th century. This shows that, stories with different genres can have the same settings.
            In ‘The thing’s the play’, the main character Helen was portrayed very detailed in which her personality were well presented to the readers. Again, this is due to the story being a realist fiction where the main character needs to be real enough to enable the readers to engage the story. In ‘Tobermory’ the characters are not as detailed as the one in ‘The thing’s the play’, because the focus of the story lies in the ideas and the philosophy of the story. We can also see the difference in the amount of characters in the two stories where in a realist fictions, less characters were used in order to enable the reader to dive into the story easier without losing focus.
Point of view
            Both of the stories use the third person omniscient point of view. The reason why this point of view was used is because it explains everything in the story. This allows the story to be accessed easier by the reader without having to guess and make assumptions which can cause confusion in understanding the story. As mention before, a realist fiction has a complicated plot and therefore having a clear picture of the whole story would helps a lot. As for science fiction, since it is a new concept or idea, a clear image of the story is needed to prevent misinterpretation of the writer ideas.
            In the story ‘The thing’s the play’, Helen herself symbolized ‘true love’ in which ones love was not affected by physical appearance. Helen almost accepted John only because she thought John was Frank, but once she knows the truth, she came running at Ramonti, who is actually Frank. She loves him not for his looks or traits, but for who he is. As for ‘Tobermory’, the talking cat, Tobermory, symbolized the human desire in changing the world without thinking about the side effect or the collateral damages. Mr. Appin thinks solely about giving the animals the ability to talk, but he never considers the possible unwanted effects.
            The language used in the ‘The thing’s the play’ was rather simple but with a lot of adjectives, to give the readers the most accurate visualization of the situation in the story. On the other hand, in ‘Tobermory’ there were not as many adjectives used and the writer keeps the surrounding simple and maintain the focus of the story on his new concept and the ideas. A realist genre is more descriptive and in-depth compared to the science fiction genre which is straightforward and less rich vocabulary.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011


Im having a very serious crisis right now... hopefully it wont last long....
i hate it! i just want everything to be normal again....

please....i hope u understand....ukm jaring...