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Restaurant suing blogger Sixthseal and Google

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OK this is a new one: a restaurant - Jothy's Fish Head Curry Banana Leaf Restaurant - in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, is suing Sixthseal.com, a well-known Malaysian blogger, for saying he did not like the food at the restaurant - in fact he said it was really awful. For some reason I can't access that blog right now, but here is a screenshot of the original post. I can't say that it's a good move by the restaurant, better just to make sure their food is good and it should sort itself out.

However, it's possible that the reason why they are so annoyed is that is was recommended in Lonely Planet, so they must have been making loads of money off the tourists, and with a prominent blog post coming sixth on the Google search first page, it could be affecting their business. On the other hand, the first result is a positive four star rating from tripadvisor.com.

Anyway, it seems to me that Sixthseal has expressed a subjective opinion, and if you're going to start suing every food critic who doesn't like a restaurant (ditto for art critics, book reviewers, etc.) then there are going to be a lot of changes.

But the next bit is the strangest, and it may be a first. The restaurant is also suing Google - I suppose for providing the search engine that enables people to see the blog post.

Well - this one may be a world wide first, so Malaysia boleh! Again. But honestly it's got to be dead in the water. If the courts agreed to this, then every company will be wanting to be tell Google what to show and what not to show. Though there may be precedent in terms of Google returning searches on porn, terrorist related sites etc.

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The 15-minute blog post.
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Pecha Kucha Kuala Lumpur

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I was kindly invited by Niki Cheong to take part in a 'Pecha Kucha' event organised by the British Council - this is an evening where people get to talk about what they want, but they are limited to twenty slides with one image on each one, and each slide moves forward automatically after twenty seconds.

It's a great idea, but I mistakenly thought that it would also make the planning of the slides a lot more straightforward. Not at all! For someone like me who tends to ramble on and likes to talk only with notes and then ad-lib a bit, restricting myself to twenty seconds per slide is tough.

But I did it (though it was late, sorry organisers). I decided to talk about the ancient past, and the future of social media. It's made me well nervous, and then I went over to look at Niki Cheong's website (check it out, it has all the relevant information) and saw the list of luminaries who will be speaking too, and I've just got more nervous! Argh! I just don't feel too confident about the slides... I like the idea, but I don't know if it's going to work.

Anyway, here's one image to give you an idea
tambum rock paintings Ipoh malaysia

Yes it's prehistoric rock paintings. What has that got to do with social media? Well, come along and find out! :-) Click here for the Facebook event page.

17:01

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Exporting an Excel 2007 chart as an image in Windows 7

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You may also have come across this problem: you've made a nice chart in Excel, and now you want to use it elsewhere.

So you right click and look for 'Save as Image'. It's not there!

If you want to use it in Word, or PowerPoint, your only choice is to copy and paste which is OK - but it has its problems. If you've inserted a text box, it doesn't resize with the chart. And you can't do things that you can do with an image, such as resizing it using the Size function, rotate it, etc.

And what if you want to upload it to your website??

The only other native option then is to do a print screen and fiddle around in Paint, or use the Snipping Tool (Vista or Windows 7) which is similar, but easier.

However, there is another solution: an Export Chart add-on to Excel written by Jon Peltier - what this does is add an extra function to Excel that exports your charts as .png images (though you can change that if you write a different extension, such as .jpg).

The link is down at the bottom of the post, and he also links to a page to explain how to install it.

Very useful and recommended.

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All comments, critiques and corrections are welcome. Thank you.

Budapest 1991

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April 1991, Budapest

One sign of the times in Budapest was the dismantling of signs of the old regime. In this case it was done via the street signs, reverting to the pre-communist names (I suppose).
Budapest soviet communist street name

Another typical sign of the times was the sale of Soviet paraphernalia. Though by this time there was already an industry producing fake stuff, so you couldn't always be sure it was real.
Budapest soviet era souvenirs

Actually, if you look really hard in the right hand binocular, you can see me - dressed in my travel gear: leather jacket, jeans and walking boots.
binoculars budapest reflection


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One link, one picture maximum [oops, not always then!].
All comments, critiques and corrections are welcome. Thank you.

2010 - How was it for you?

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How to do a 15 minute recap of the year?

Answer - check out the archives on the right if you're actually interested, and here is a potted version.

Travel: only one trip to Singapore - probabably the least travelling I've done since I was fifteen and went on my first trip without my mother to Spain, Morocco, and the Netherlands on an InterRail pass.

PhD: it is a painful process, and I needed to get an extension of 6 months in November. I now hope to hand it in by the end of April, but it's going to be tough. But, as I've been telling myself and telling others - this is my last New Year as PhD candidate! It's Doctorate or bust this year!!

Academic stuff: I'm proud to announce my first (co-authored) published work! We got a chapter in an edited volume of cutting edge internet research - the chapter is "Fielding Networked Marketing: Technology and Authenticity in the Monetization of Malaysian Blogs", and the book is Nexus: New Intersections in Internet Research
. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Neal Thomas, my co-author, with whom it was a pleasure to work with, and the indefatigable editors, Daniel Araya, Yana Breindl, and Tessa J. Houghton, who made it all happen.

I also quite liked the article I wrote for Off the Edge - 'Not the MSM?'

Apart from that, and many interesting things such as the SMCKL meetings, getting to know Twitter better, doing two podcasts, the MOST important, literally life changing, thing to happen was of course the birth of Charlie! Being a father is a constant source of an unique kind of pleasure, pure affect I suppose (for the Deleuzian amongst you); and also a nagging anxiety about wanting to make sure he is getting the best possible. Anyway, credit where credit is due - WW has and is being a wonderful mother, and the grandparents have been an unflagging source of support for which I am really grateful. And kudos to any single parent out there! I have no idea how you do it!

Happy New Year. Live life. Explore. Acknowledge your fears. Love.

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The 15-minute blog post.
I like to blog, but I can't afford to spend a lot of time on it. Solution: limit myself to 15 minutes per post.
One link, one picture maximum.
All comments, critiques and corrections are welcome. Thank you.

Charlie drinks from a cup

Charlie's been slowly getting the hang of drinking from a cup by himself, this is a compilation of clips over the last couple of days. It's pretty impressive how, given the opportunity, example, and a little encouragement, he can learn so well!