New Discoveries – May 2016

So here I am again. Recently I've been going through some interesting stuff, here are some:

- Architecture can be violent, too. Main target is usually homeless folks apparently, which points to the concept of gentrification. I had no idea why those slightly uncomfortable benches at a park were designed like that.

 Spencer Means / CC BY-SA 2.0

A shot from South Carolina. Violent and definitely not subtle. Credits: Spencer Means / CC BY-SA 2.0


News in Technology

It's been a long time... Today I decided to update my blog once again, with some interesting and new videos. Here we go:

- Google's AI won the series of games against the Go grandmaster:

- Machine learning and computer vision can get really crazy. Here is NeuralTalk (and Walk):

NeuralTalk and Walk from Kyle McDonald on Vimeo.

- This example of 3D face manipulation in videos seems really out of this world:


This month’s discoveries

Hey again,

Let's welcome 2015 with new discoveries, shall we?

- I was thinking about doing an interactively sonified chess game. While doing some research, I found this interesting project:

- Liz Climo and her wonderful works:

- The hesitant stance of people against modern art and its proof:

- Oh and I started writing articles at Arctic Drones

- Marline van der Eijk and her works:

- Wonderful sonic installations by ZIMOUN:

- After Aphex Twin's Syro shook 2014, this video might be relevant as well as being fun to watch:

Well, hope you enjoy it guys! So long and see you at the next post!


New Projects and Progress

Since last time, I've been working on couple of new projects. They are all in progress but here is a sneak peek at one of them; hopefully will get it done soon.

I also started building my own DIY stringed e-instrument, which will hopefully be playable in the end. Maybe I will consider making a demo and uploading it to YouTube, who knows. Highly influential videos of cigar box guitars got me going. More coming soon.



New Python Script & A Glitch GIF


It's been a while since I've been randomly playing around with code and formats of files, so I thought it's about time for me to do so.

I wanted to buy a LOMO, but since I believe all LOMO machines are offensively expensive, I wanted to buy it second hand. I checked a nation-wide online flea market called and found several posts but none of them was interesting to me. But I wanted to keep a track of them, so I wrote a small script that does the job for me. Instead of visiting the website all the time, I hardcoded the link of the web page to the script and it does the job for me. Here is the code:

import urllib2
file = urllib2.urlopen('')
dload =

searchString = "<strong>60</strong>"

if searchString in dload:
print "HTML File has not changed, still 60 posts."

print 'HTML File appears to have changed, please check: \n                           verkaufen/marktplatz?keyword=lomo&x=0&y=0&sort=4'

This may look silly at first, but that is only because the code is silly. Seriously, I just parse the HTML from the source, and look for a "<strong>60</strong>" which is totally arbitrary, but in this specific case it was the number of posts that are already shown. So if it changes, the code prints "HTML File appears to have changed, please check..." and that's it.

For running it, I just press Windows key + R, then type cmd and hit ENTER. Then go to Python directory and locate the script and run it. That's it. Pretty simple but that was what I needed anyway.

The other one is just a 10-minute fun, so I'll just leave it here. Because it's peanut butter jelly time.


This week’s discoveries

-If you haven't read it, this interview with Bartholomäus Traubeck , who got honorary mentions Ars Electronica PRIX in 2012 with his piece: "Years".

-This video he mentions in the same interview:

-A great guide from Amanda Ghassaei to Max/MSP on Instructables. Max/MSP is very similar to Pure Data (actually Pd is very similar to it, since the same person/people from Max team built Pd later on) but has a better interface imho. An essential tool for creating interactive works and for much more.

-The concept of a Harmonic Table. This attracted my attention, since it would be a great idea for building generative soundscapes and artworks. Coding this structure in Python would be a nice idea, I will keep that in my mind. Why Python? Two reasons, first it is very easy to write and code. Second, you can do lots of stuff inside Python and extend the scope of your code greatly by sending the data to other platforms, frameworks and programs. So go Python!


Click for larger image of "Harmonic Table"


-This guide on encryption by LifeHacker.Don't forget to check the other links in the article if you find it interesting!

This guide on the Virtual Machine concept. What is a Virtual Machine and why use it? Basically it is a software that enables you to use an OS (say Windows) while you are using your current one (say OS X) without needing to restart your system and easily benefit from the use of multiple OS's.


This week’s inspiring (and interesting) discoveries

Let's begin with this week's list of interesting internet discoveries!

-Amazon plans to ship your products before you buy them. Seriously. We were trying to cope with the fact that they are working on airborne deliveries, yet they have another innovation.

-This comic book infographic.

-Winamp being sold to Radionomy. This might mean that Winamp users can continue using Winamp, although I don't really see the point where foobar2000 is a great alternative for listening to music on your OS. (I prefer Clementine while using Linux)

-This great, heart-warming guide on "How to be alone" by Andrea Dorfman and Tanya Davis:

-The greatly inspiring TEDx speech by Lizzie Velasquez on "How you define yourself". As she puts it: "Once labeled, "The Worlds Ugliest Woman," Lizzie decided to turn things around and create her own definitions of what she defines as beauty and happiness". This will bring tears to your eyes:

-The MakerSpace in Georgia Tech. This is exactly the place that I have been recently talking about with a friend of mine, without knowing it already exists. Here is a video:

-Neil Gaiman's commencement speech from 2012:

-The mind-blowing proof that 1+2+3+4+5+... = -1/12. Note: It is said that this result relates with String Theory and it has applications in Physics:

-Lastly, Dave Brubeck and a random violinist improvising together:


Tech terms explained by non-tech people

8 Tech Terms Explained by Non-Tech People was recently uploaded by Mashable, and this is simply wonderful. Guessing that the people in this video were not in the IT business, it is surprising to me how accurate their most guesses were.

Just a quick bit of entertainment to give you that warm feeling...


The Best Computing Stories of 2013


So here we have it, the MIT Technology Review's "2013: The Best Computing Stories of the Year" by Tom Simonite.  This is a wonderful put-together of the featured news of 2013 about brand new technologies.

What is in there? Well, to sum it up, we have smart watches, ultrasonic sensors to detect and recognize gestures,  beta testing of the iconic Google Glass, a new wearable technology called FIDO which is actually for your beloved pets, 41-Megapixel camera of Nokia Lumia, Apple's new motion sensing chip m7, Motorola's new phone Moto X which is ready for voice commands at all times, helium filled hard drives, Apple using indium gallium zinc oxide transistors in new iPads to increase pixel density, Google's Chromecast streaming service dongle, Google and NASA teaming up to launch a new quantum computing lab, Qualcomm releasing neuro-inspired chips, IBM releasing blueprints of a new computer architecture that works like a human brain and Swiss engineers in a company called iniLabs working on a new digital camera inspired by the human retina.

Exciting, huh? Gives us something else to look forward for the future. Wish you all a happy new year!


A Guide for Creating Basic Geometric Illustrations

Processing Icon

Hey all,

Apart from sound design & field recording for a short movie project, I've taken part in another exhibition at a local bar (called Arkaoda) in Kadikoy, Istanbul. Lately I've been lurking around and wanted to create something graphical for myself. It is pretty basic, but it looks nice and it forms a good basis for further development ideas.

In this project, I wanted to create some colorful geometric graphics with Processing platform. I didn't have anything in my mind in particular, so in the end the project had the feature to change the visuals at each mouse click. Think of this as a little push if you want to start with a new project but can't do it. Just play with the code, add stuff, delete stuff, change stuff... Use the empty draw function for example.

The code is here:

/* A pretty basic code for creating randomly generated triangles with random colors.
*  Deniz Saglam, 2013

float alpha = 0.0;
int triangle_count = 40;

void setup()
size(600, 480); //size of canvas, initially 600 x 480. play around with this to see the difference.
background(200); //canvas background
color c = color (0, 0, 0);
for (int iter = 0; iter < triangle_count; iter++) {
alpha = random(100.0, 255.0);
c = color(random(255.0), random(255.0), random(255.0)); //a random color is generated for filling the triangles at each iteration
fill(c, alpha); //triangles are actually filled with the previously generated color, and have an alpha (transparency) value

//this next line can be edited for different visuals.
triangle(random(height), random(height), random(height + height * 0.24), random(height) + random(height + height * 0.24), random(width), random(width + width * 0.133)); //create a new triangle at each iteration

void draw() {

void mouseClicked() {
print("Mouse is clicked. \n");
color c4 = color(random(50.0, 155.0), random(50.0, 155.0), random(50.0, 155.0)); //create new color for background
background(c4); //new random background is colored
color c = color (0, 0, 0);
for (int iter = 0; iter < triangle_count; iter++) {
c = color(random(255.0), random(255.0), random(255.0));
fill(c, random(100.0, 255.0)); // fill the triangles

//this next line can be edited for different visuals.
triangle(random(height), random(height), random(height + height * 0.24), random(height) + random(height + height * 0.24), random(width), random(width + width * 0.133));