Tuesday, December 27, 2005

I've finally reached UTM. The place that I'll be staying for the next four months finishing my degree. Can't wait for this semester to end!!! I'm feeling homesick already... Always thinking about my room back at home, programmes on Astro, my mom and dad.... Waaa.... I miss everyone back at home so much. It's the first day of the semester and the briefing of the course is already tiring... I'm oraganizing my schedule as I have a bunch of stuff to do before I can fully concerntrate on my work ..example moving and unpacking..
Sorry I haven't been able to write much...I've just been too busy with everything that's been going on around me.
So yeah...I'm tired and I need to get to bed...
Till next time... Adios

Sunday, December 25, 2005

What is the Malay word for blog?
Dewan Bahasa has not heard about blogging yet.

What is a permalink?
Since blogs are usually presented in a chronological order, a permanent link allows you to hyperlink or bookmark a specific entry. The permalink for this posting is http://www.mycen.com.my/duasen/171004_blogging.html

What is blogrolling?
In a generic sense, it is a collection of links to other blogs the blogger reads or recommends.

Where do I find Malaysian blogs?
You may want to start at these places:
MyCen Blog Directory
Project Petaling Street
Geng Jurnal


by TV Smith

Common folks, mainstream journalists and ministers are now aware of the B word. Everywhere I go, people would ask me "What's a blog?" Last night, even Raju from my favourite soup kambing stall cornered me with: "Macha, macam mana bikin blok?" With so many questions and misconceptions, here's a FAQ for the unacquainted;

What is a blog?
The word blog is coined from weblog (web log). A blog is a journal, diary, commentary or opinion series that is published online. The content is usually presented in a chronological order and is archived. The entries may be frequent or intermittent, the topics irreverent or topical. There are no hard and fast rules for the bloggers (blog keepers) or their visitors (readers).

How do I blog?
You need Internet access. You need to put your words onto a server that is hosted under your own domain or a third party. You may design it yourself, use content management software (CMS) or jump in with easy template hosting such as Blogger, LiveJournal, Diaryland, TypePad, Xanga and more.

What is a template?
Please purchase my other book "Templates for Dungus"

What should I call my blog?
Call it anything you want. Some atypical examples: Loctor Mayat's Autopsy, The Insane Ox Speaks, Warung Ikan Bakar, Tora Tora & Mckee Mckee, KL Konfidential, Ado Apo Dengan ShinShin?, What The F*CK?!

Are most Malaysian blogs by angsty teenagers?
Not necessary. There is an angsty blogger with no pimples and an even more angsty blogger with a long grey beard. There are also blogs by business entities, advocacy organisations and political parties. For true diversity, throw in a club, a pub, a CEO, a deejay, a doctor, a Datin, a retiree, a teacher, a filmmaker, a disabled person, a Bhai and a baby.

Are there any themed blogs from Malaysia?
We have food, recreation drugs, anti-smoking, cigars, sex, parenthood, medical PDA, books, showbiz, gay life and photography to name a few.

Is it true our Prime Minister has a blog?
The blog was a parody or satirical blog created by unknown person(s). President Bush has a spoof blog too.

What is satire?
If you don't know what it is even if it bites you in the ass, just call it a "joke".

What if I have no readers?
There should be at least one reader, unless you don't read your own postings.

Will my mom find out about my blog?
Generally, anything on the web is accessible and will be found, eventually. You could try password access (for selected readers) but your friends are bound to spread it like Malaysiakini's subscription.

Are blogs and websites the same thing?
A blog is a website but a website is not necessarily a blog.

Are bloggers journalists?
Bloggers are not journalists but some journalists are bloggers.

Can we trust blogs?
Yes. Blogs are as trustworthy as our journalists and politicians.

Why do some local reporters refer to blogs as forums?
Blogs are not forums. Most blogs have a commenting system, tagboard or feedback mechanism. The comments may be posted unmoderated and anonymously or it may require pre-registration and approval. A few blogs have a separate spin-off forum such as Dr Liew's.

Should I blog anonymously?
It's up to you. You can be as anonymous as a speechwriter or put up your picture, bio, home address, medical and sexual history.

Can I really stay anonymous?
You can post from a internet café but the originating IP can still be traced. I was told that some sneaky geeky cyber cafes track their customers with stealth keystroke recording software, or have hidden cameras. If you are paranoid, go to a typical noisy, smoky Jinjangish "internet café" where the disinterested operator is happily gaming along with the faceless customers.

Can I get into trouble blogging?
It depends on what you write. You may be held under the ISA, charged with sedition, sued for defamation, copyright infringement or get sacked for badmouthing your boss.

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Why we blog

Why we blog:
(based on research)

Blogging is considered as an interesting cultural practice, it is a habit or daily rituals which gradually receive a place in a person’s life (Dijck 2005). According to Dijck, cultural practices, in the past century, have become increasingly mediated: watching television, talking on the telephone, taking pictures or writing e-mails are only few of many potential communicative acts through which a person articulates herself. Weblogs will sit next to e-mail, chat rooms and instant messaging as one of the three main paradigms through which people communicate to one another.

Weblogs is regarded as among the best communication mode on the Internet. Now having a weblog is the ‘in thing’. Rodi (2003) stated that Weblogs are a unique and recently popular phenomenon on the Internet. They are like nothing else out there. Even within the world of weblogs, each site is peculiarly unique, both in style and in content. Weblogs reflect the writer’s unique blend of interests, enthusiasms, and personality.

If, Rudyard Kipling

If, Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream -- and not make dreams your master;
If you can think -- and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings -- nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run --
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And -- which is more -- you'll be a Man, my son!

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Try this out

If you are from Malaysia. Try this link:
good luck!

Friday, December 09, 2005

Writing Blogs

Is blog writing the same as the writing essays at school? Some say writing a blog is brief writing.Bloggers like to explain and edit. So what is your say about blog writing?