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AMBP Smashin’ Gathering

I was lucky enough to be able to attend the AMBP Smashin' Gathering last Saturday. There were some interesting talks by bloggers Kimberlycun, Peter Tan and Aizuddin Danian (who founded Project Petaling Street).

Kimberly mentioned how blogging had 'changed her life', which also includes getting an all-expenses trip to Thailand next month (*jealous*) - she started with the Xanga platform back then and eventually went public with her name because "Narcissism is necessary... (her tagline) and what's the point of getting all that attention if people don't know who you are? Makes sense! Peter Tan mentioned how using a blog enabled him and other disabled people to reach out and complement the MSM in a significant way: we had a chat afterwards and reminisced a bit about the old blogwar days, which was when I first came across his blog; he also said something that sparked off a good idea - thank you Peter :-). Aizuddin basically told the story of PPS, which initially was not meant to be for everyone, just for some selected bloggers. He's been a blogger since 2001!

Vin Sen from CinemaOnline talked about integrating Facebook and cinema marketing - one thing that surprised me was that companies can use Facebook features without paying for them, for example creating an event as a film or something. Finally, Rohan Thomas demonstrated a new Microsoft online service, Popfly with which you can 'mash' websites together and do fancy things like bringing your photos from Facebook onto your blog in a slideshow (there's an example on his blog, but it doesn't seem to work very well, or takes ages to download, or something). You can also make games. The principle of the application is that you don't have to write any code, but still, it looked like it would take a little learning to get used to it. I was impressed though, and it's a sign of things to come.
AMBP blogmeet 2008
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Being regular...

I keep telling myself that I need to post more often, and then don't do it. I went to the AMBP Smashin' Gathering last Saturday (report coming up) and, after talking to various people, I realised that maybe one way I can blog, do research, and be of some use to the Malaysian blogosphere as a whole, is to use my blog as a 'chronicle' of the Malaysian blogosphere. Not a vastly original idea, but it may work.

The basic principles should be:
1. Blog something every day, or at least every two days.
2. Talk about my observations and thoughts on the goings-on in the blogosphere. Give an alternative view, but don't be too academic.
3. It doesn't have to be a long post.

So...

One thing I learnt on Saturday, from the talk by the founder of Project Petaling Street (aka PPS), Aizuddin Danian , is that there is a search function for the archives of PPS! As he said, this can be very useful for researchers, being five years worth of blog posts. But it's not that great a search machine - seeing as you can't seem to be able to specify much - for example, see the screenshot below for what happens when I search for "good morning" (in "quotes"):
Project Petaling Street search screenshot

Anyway, it's good to know, and Happy Birthday PPS :-)

The next task is to work out how to do an automatic ping to it when I post...

Fishing My Way To Made Of Honour

Woohoo! On my last game I did my best score! :-D

Exactly the same score as Suanie and Shaolintiger, coincidentally. So then I got paranoid and decided to post the full screenshot as well, instead of just the snipped version

just to show that I did get it! Really! I've been playing the blinking thing everyday for the last two weeks! Perfecting the technique and wondering what it would be like with a proper gaming mouse!

So, please Nuffnang, send me an invite to a nice dinner and evening at the flicks :-)

The symbolism of blogs

I went for the walk for media freedom yesterday, seeing as All-Blogs was involved and my wife wanted to go also. You can get the details of the event from the links below, so I'd just like to mention the moments when blogs came up, and say something about the role of blogs as an indexical symbol.

First Ms. Norila Mohd Daud - the President of the National Union of Journalists spoke, she said it was an historic occasion where all stakeholders - journalists, bloggers, Benar - had come together for press freedom.


Then Gayathry Venkiteswaran, Executive Director of the Centre for Independent Journalism, Malaysia spoke, for her organisation and on behalf of All-Blogs and Benar. She basically argued that a free press is important for the country, and also emphasised that journalists and bloggers, need to be professional and responsible to make it work too.

Then the Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, Datuk Zaid Ibrahim, spoke. I was surprised that he had turned up and it is a sign of the times but, disappointingly for me, he didn't say anything about blogs - though he did say at one point that "control is elusive", referring to the ability of the government to control the spread of information. Overall, he concentrated on issues relating to media laws and how the media can organise itself.
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