Wallpapers!

So my friend Pınar showed me a pretty good wallpaper website, and I am sure you’ll like it. The wallpapers are in good quality, and here are two I downloaded – I made Yotsuba-chan my wallpaper and Hatsune Miku my google background. (oh and yes, you can change your google page background by clicking on the text “Change background image” on the lower left of the page)

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JulieM on redbubble

The user JulieM on redbubble does wonderful wildlife photography. She lives in Australia and she’s 60 years old. I don’t think she has a blog or a website though, or I couldn’t find it (despite being the google queen :P).  Here are some of my favorite photographs that she took:

iGoogle

I had mentioned iGoogle (Google’s customizable page) in one of my previous posts, when trying to find a layout style for keşfekeder, which was an unlaunched project for VA 301 suggested by my friend Ezgi.

I use the tea house theme for my own iGoogle, which I think is wonderful because it changes all the time. I love foxes and the illustration of this particular fox is amazingly cute. Plus it changes during the day. Check this out:

06:00

08:00

10:00

Noon

14:00

16:00

18:00

20:00

22:00

Midnight

02:00

03:14

04:00

You might have noticed the spirits there at 03:14 who eat the oranges which are offerings, they are some kind of a Yōkai which are a class of preternatural creatures in Japanese folklore ranging from the evil oni (ogre) to the mischievous kitsune (fox) or snow woman Yuki-onna.

Want to know a bit more about Yōkai? Check out this post on my blog named Traces of Visual History.

What about the style? – The Istanbul Guide / Search Engine Idea, Keşfekeder

Here are some images that I think will be helpful of the VA 301 class to define the interface of Keşfekeder, the Istanbul city guide/search engine site.

I think this might be the closest one to keşfekeder, since people can have their own accounts. Istanbulcityguide helps in categories such as events, hotels, information, sightseeing, shopping, fairs and so on.

I think this might be the closest one to keşfekeder, since people can have their own accounts. Istanbulcityguide helps in categories such as events, hotels, information, sightseeing, shopping, fairs and so on.

It might seem totally unrelated, but myanimelist is basically a search engine where you can have your own account and select what you have watched, rate it, and have recommendations about it. Plus the layout is very very simple to use. The same system could probably be used for for keşfekeder. People could rate other events and recommend other events for other people too.

It might seem totally unrelated, but myanimelist is basically a search engine where you can have your own account and select what you have watched, rate it, and have recommendations about it. Plus the layout is very very simple to use. The same system could probably be used for for keşfekeder. People could rate other events and recommend other events for other people too.

Ege told about not for tourists last week in class. It's layout is quite simple, and you can have your own account as well. I liked the neighborhood part of the site. Might be useful to use the same thing as "semts" in keşfekeder. Love the simple map. This screenshot is from the London page, but they also offer service for New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington DC, Philedelphia and Atlanta.

Ege told about not for tourists last week in class. It's layout is quite simple, and you can have your own account as well. I liked the neighborhood part of the site. Might be useful to use the same thing as "semts" in keşfekeder. Love the simple map. This screenshot is from the London page, but they also offer service for New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington DC, Philedelphia and Atlanta.

Lonelyplanet is one of the most popular tourist guides in the world. This screenshot is from the Istanbul page. Lonelyplanet focuses mostly on permanent places and events because they cannot constantly update the whole worlds' events. But the basic layout is nice, and you don't have to search for a long time to find what you are looking for.

Lonelyplanet is one of the most popular tourist guides in the world. This screenshot is from the Istanbul page. Lonelyplanet focuses mostly on permanent places and events because they cannot constantly update the whole worlds' events. But the basic layout is nice, and you don't have to search for a long time to find what you are looking for.

Rough Guides is another popular tourist guide like lonelyplanet. But I think the layout and logo doesn't look as professional and simple as lonelyplanet and the given information is much less. I think the guidebook of this brand might be more detailed though.

Rough Guides is another popular tourist guide like lonelyplanet. But I think the layout and logo doesn't look as professional and simple as lonelyplanet and the given information is much less. I think the guidebook of this brand might be more detailed though.

MSN city guides is pretty nice for US locals. The screenshot is from the Miami, FL page and as you can see, the weather forecast, a detailed map and featured restaurants, events etc. are shown in one page.

MSN city guides is pretty nice for US locals. The screenshot is from the Miami, FL page and as you can see, the weather forecast, a detailed map and featured restaurants, events etc. are shown in one page.

TimeOut is another popular city guide. This screenshot is from the Tokyo Page. Personally, I think it's in the middle of lonelyplanet and roughguides in the sense of quality. And I guess it works both for tourists and locals. It seems like they update events like the istanbulcityguide, so it's more local than both lonelyplanet and roughguides. The layout is quite simple, therefore finding the information you want is very easy too.

TimeOut is another popular city guide. This screenshot is from the Tokyo Page. Personally, I think it's in the middle of lonelyplanet and roughguides in the sense of quality. And I guess it works both for tourists and locals. It seems like they update events like the istanbulcityguide, so it's more local than both lonelyplanet and roughguides. The layout is quite simple, therefore finding the information you want is very easy too.

I know the layout of the Australia Community Guide is below average and all, but I think it might give a good idea of content. For example the sub-categories of the title "Animals & Pets" are Aquariums & Supplies, Birds & Wildlife, Dog & Cat Boarding & Breeding, Dog & Cat Clipping & Grooming, Dog Training, Horses & Pony, Pet Care Services, Pet Foods & Supplies, Pet Shops, Veterinary Services. Well I guess giving information for the locations of ice-skating places in Istanbul will be useful for the people who are interested in ice-skating..

I know the layout of the Australia Community Guide is below average and all, but I think it might give a good idea of content. For example the sub-categories of the title "Animals & Pets" are Aquariums & Supplies, Birds & Wildlife, Dog & Cat Boarding & Breeding, Dog & Cat Clipping & Grooming, Dog Training, Horses & Pony, Pet Care Services, Pet Foods & Supplies, Pet Shops, Veterinary Services. Well I guess giving information for the locations of ice-skating places in Istanbul will be useful for the people who are interested in ice-skating..

Istanbul.com is a website still in beta. The layout is simple, but the logo seems like it was stolen from somewhere. People can have their own accounts, but I'm not quite sure how it works. This might also be close to keşfekeder.

Istanbul.com is a website still in beta. The layout is simple, but the logo seems like it was stolen from somewhere. People can have their own accounts, but I'm not quite sure how it works. This might also be close to keşfekeder.

The World Travel Guide is just another classic travel guide website, and just like roughguides, the website doesn't provide much information. The important thing is, you can print your own mini-guide from this site. On the left side-bar, you can click "Printable Mini Guide" and the site gives you choices to select like "Sightseeing", "Shopping", "Culture" etc and you can print your own guide. This function could be useful for keşfekeder.

The World Travel Guide is just another classic travel guide website, and just like roughguides, the website doesn't provide much information. The important thing is, you can print your own mini-guide from this site. On the left side-bar, you can click "Printable Mini Guide" and the site gives you choices to select like "Sightseeing", "Shopping", "Culture" etc and you can print your own guide. This function could be useful for keşfekeder.

I guess one cannot leave out Wikia while talking about an information site. Usually wikia sites are the same format as wikipedia, just like in wikitravel. Honestly, wikitravel doesn't give any useful information about Istanbul for people who live in Istanbul, but on the other hand, people are very familiar with the wikia layout and might want to use an easier site like this one.

I guess one cannot leave out Wikia while talking about an information site. Usually wikia sites are the same format as wikipedia, just like in wikitravel. Honestly, wikitravel doesn't give any useful information about Istanbul for people who live in Istanbul, but on the other hand, people are very familiar with the wikia layout and might want to use an easier site like this one.

Istanbulartlist is a guide of events related to art in Istanbul. I really do like the map in this guide. You could view the pdf of the guide if you click the image.

Istanbulartlist is a guide of events related to art in Istanbul. I really do like the map in this guide. You could view the pdf of the guide if you click the image.

Many people who use the most popular search engine, Google, does not notice that they could customize their own google with iGoogle, when they log in with their google/gmail accounts. This screenshot is from my own customized iGoogle, and I do find it very useful at times. Keşfekeder, as a search engine, could do use with customizable banners and applications as well.

Many people who use the most popular search engine, Google, does not notice that they could customize their own google with iGoogle, when they log in with their google/gmail accounts. This screenshot is from my own customized iGoogle, and I do find it very useful at times. Keşfekeder, as a search engine, could do use with customizable banners and applications as well.

Another customizable information site/search engine is mysu used by the students of Sabancı University. Keşfekeder could use the same system of applications since our Course Schedule could be replaced with an Event Calendar.

Another customizable information site/search engine is mysu used by the students of Sabancı University. Keşfekeder could use the same system of applications since our Course Schedule could be replaced with an Event Calendar.

I use Flock as a browser because it's very prone to being customizable. I am sure I will use keşfekeder too if it might prove to be easy to navigate and if I could customize my account and widgets/add-ons.

I use Flock as a browser because it's very prone to being customizable. I am sure I will use keşfekeder too if it might prove to be easy to navigate and if I could customize my account and widgets/add-ons.