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My brother, Aung a.k.a Zatlite, has started blogging yesterday after a few years of persuasion from me. He started off with twittering ,which was also the result of my persistent persuasion, and has been a good regular twitterer to date. Yesterday, he suddenly made himself a blog and now he’s crazy about it.

His very first blog, “The private life of a badminton maniac“, talks about all his passion on racquet sports, especially badminton and racquet breaking hobbies. I’ve posted some of his actions on the past Badminton games in this post and; photos and videos of his squash tournament here. (more…)

GV Summit 2008, day two live actions. Follow the live broadcast or live blogs for each session. I’ll be updating the live blog code as they start the new session. Check out all the video clips from yesterday here and live blogs notes here.

Follow GVSummit08 @: IRC | @gvsummit08 | Presentation Slides | Photos | #gvsummit08 | Summize | Alternate Coverage.


The first day of Global Voices Summit 2008 has started a few hours ago over at Budapest, Hungary. Already some of our authors sent out updates, links and live broadcasts. It’s 8:20pm in Fiji and I’ll be following them longer than yesterday advocacy summit since it’s Friday night and I can stay up late. Alright, I’ll keep updating whatever links or info I received on GV attendees on in post as well as on Twitter.

Follow GVSummit08 @: IRC | @gvsummit08 | Presentation Slides | Photos | #gvsummit08 | Summize | Alternate Coverage.


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  • GV Video You Tube Channel

    Hey guys, I’m spreading the word about our new Global Voices Video channel on You Tube created by our very own, beautiful and talented GVs Video Editor – Ms Jules Rincon. I’m only familiar with her via GV-Authors emails and now I can see her on You Tube videos. This is her welcoming message explaining what’s our channel is about and what it’s aiming to accomplish.

    What I would like to request from you is quite quite quite easy: if you have a youtube channel of your own, subscribe to our GVVideo YouTube channel, and let’s share the visits and content. If you don’t have a YouTube account, please just stop by and watch some videos and comment online. Also, if you know someone from your region who is creating awesome citizen media content in video, please contact me, or better yet, tell them to subscribe or send a video response to my vlog posts and I´ll be watching their channels for great content. If you stop by and have any ideas of how to make the channel a better and more inviting place, how to showcase content better, etc, please feel free to write me, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

    Please subscribe to Video GV if you are interested in GV activities and also the citizen media around the blogosphere.

    GV and its Voices

    I’ve been very, VERY, busy these days so I’m neglecting my dear mayvelous and GV postings. Other day, my GV editor asked for some posts relating US elections and rice/food crisis from mm blogosphere but I couldn’t find/give any. One, I haven’t been following the feeds properly and two, I don’t think any of us care to give a comment on US election as we have our own unresolved election crisis at hand.

    Anyhow, I’m keeping my eyes open for this two highlights at the moment; for now let me spread a few words about some of the projects on GV.

    Voices without Votes

    This is the main highlight at the moment. It features the commentaries/reactions of bloggers around the world regarding the US presidential elections.

    Voices without Votes,<br />
Americans vote, the world speaks

    Voices Without Votes is a project of Global Voices commissioned by Reuters.

    Voices Without Votes highlights conversations in non-American blogs and citizen media, with emphasis on the regions covered by Global Voices:
    Africa, Asia, Europe, South America, and the Middle East.

    Et cetera, etc…you get the idea; go ahead and find out more at Voices without votes. We are also looking for non-American blog posts and links so if you got one, submit it here and get it featured on the site. Ofcos’ you can also grab these lovely badges and spread the word on your lovely blogs/sites. ;)

    Rising Voices
    This one encourages a lot on vlogging, podcasting and ofcos blogging from new/remote communities.

    Rising Voices, an outreach initiative of Global Voices, aims to help bring new voices from new communities and speaking new languages to the global conversation by providing resources and funding to local groups reaching out to underrepresented communities.

    Rising Voices is a global network of people who are knowledgeable and passionate about citizen media and want to see the benefits of self-expression extended to communities that have yet to come across these tools.

    We got about 10 very active and interesting projects at the moment. You can watch the videos on how the current projects are doing and also apply for 2008 micro grant which will take place next month and it focuses on public health.

    Global Voices Advocacy
    This one is mainly about anonymous blogging and protecting uncensored publishing. Ok, I’m not too aware of this project myself so you just have to read through the site to understand more.

    Global Voices Advocacyseeks to build a global anti-censorship network of bloggers and online activists throughout the developing world that is dedicated to protecting freedom of expression and free access to information online.

    There is also “Project Lingua” on GV. If you haven’t notice, now you can read GV in 12 different languages and surely many more to come in the future.

    Project Lingua seeks to amplify Global Voices in languages other than English with the help of volunteer translators. It will open lines of communication with non-english speaking bloggers and readers of GV by translating main GV site content into other languages.

    Currently GV is seeking hindi translators for the new hindi language page. I’m thinking of putting those lovely Burmese circular characters on GV in the near future. Seeing Zawgyi on GV would be interesting don’t you think so? :P That’s along way to come; before that I need to spread more GV awareness to Myanmar Blogosphere. Do you know we now got 2 authors for Myanmar section. Ofcos’ it’s ME the great and the sexy cool – YangonThu (Moe Moe). Well, I know both of us are very bad at posting; Moe Moe is more into fashion and modeling with her friends on E-Flash or S-Splash or something and I’m lost in my own world. :D

    Anyhow, GV is pretty cool isn’t it? You get to experience the whole new world GV once you get to involve more with it. Alrite, nothing much, I’m just spreading the word yarr.

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  • GV or rather RV is accepting proposals from local communities.

    rising voicesRising Voices, the outreach arm of Global Voices, is now accepting project proposals for the first round of microgrant funding of up to $5,000 for new media outreach projects. Ideal applicants will present innovative and detailed proposals to teach citizen media techniques to communities that are poorly positioned to discover and take advantage of tools like blogging, video-blogging, and podcasting on their own.

    Examples of potential projects include:

    • Purchasing an affordable digital video camera and teaching a group of rural students how to produce an ongoing video-blog documentary about the lives of their grandparents.
    • Organizing a regular workshop on blogging and photography at a local orphanage. Portions of the budget could be used on cheap digital cameras and internet cafe costs so that participants could describe their local neighborhoods to a global audience with text and photos.
    • Working with a local NGO or social entrepreneur so that their challenges, successes, and stories are told to a global audience.
    • Translating our new media curriculum to an indigenous language, like Quechua or Wolof, that is currently not represented in the blogosphere or “podosphere.” Then use the learning modules to encourage bloggers to write in those languages.

    Read detail information here.

    Some ideal projects I have in mind are something like featuring activities of Mae Sout Medical center or Orphanage centers or Buddhist-Temple-Schools. Even something like featuring blogging seminars done by Service+ (so I heard) or whatever interesting projects they doing to promote web awareness to local communities and vice versa. So I hope such organizations/individuals would try to apply for this grant and make a good use of it. I wish some groups from Fiji apply too, I don’t see much of internet activities from Fiji except for the growth of political blogs and social network users such as Hi5 and Friendster.

    Anyhow…You can grab an application form here. Mind you though, due date is just around the corner: June 15, 2007 so you gotta do it quickly.

    Here is one good site I came across (via barnyar, I think). It’s a very neat blog (wp platform), well organized categories for authors, download links using Megaupload, very clean no ad (yet) and might become users generated content site like any other ebooks share sites in the future as they accept contribution from users. I’m very much impressed with the site as I find many good books I like. I found two books from my favorite author Juu. Gonna download them soon. One of the advantages for providing a site like that in blog format is that you can roll the feed and keep yourself updated regularly than the normal static sites. So good work whoever the owners are.

    ၿမန္မာအီးဘြတ္မ်ားကို တစ္စုတစ္စည္း တစ္ေနရာထဲမွာ ေဒါင္းလုပ္ လုပ္ႏိုင္ရန္ ရည္ရြယ္ခ်က္ၿဖင့္ ဒီဘေလာ့ကို ဖန္တီးၿခင္း ၿဖစ္ပါတယ္။ အခု ကၽြန္ေတာ္မွာ႐ွိတဲ့ ၿမန္မာအီးဘြတ္မ်ားကို အရင္တင္ေပးသြားမည္ ၿဖစ္ပါတယ္။ ေနာက္ထပ္ ၿမန္မာအီးဘြတ္မ်ားကိုလည္း ႀကိဳးစားၿပီး စုေဆာင္းပါမယ္။ စုေဆာင္းလို႕ ရသမွ်ကိုလည္း ဒီဘေလာ့ေလးမွာ တင္ေပးသြားမွာပါ။ ကၽြန္ေတာ္ မသိေသးတဲ့ ၿမန္မာအီးဘြတ္ေတြ အမ်ားၾကီး ႐ွိေသးပါတယ္။ မိတ္ေဆြတို႔မွာလည္း ၿမန္မာအီးဘြတ္မ်ား႐ွိရင္ မွ်ေဝေပးေစလိုပါတယ္။ မိတ္ေဆြတို႔ မွ်ေဝေပးတဲ့ ၿမန္မာအီးဘြတ္မ်ားကိုလည္း ဒီဘေလာ့ေလးမွာ ၿပန္လည္တင္ေပးသြားမွာပါ။ တစ္ကယ္လို႕ မိတ္ေဆြတို႔မွာ႐ွိတဲ့ ၿမန္မာအီးဘြတ္မ်ားကို မွ်ေဝေပးခ်င္တယ္၊ မိတ္ေဆြတို႔သိတဲ့ ၿမန္မာအီးဘြတ္လင့္မ်ားကို ေပးခ်င္တယ္ ဆိုရင္ေတာ့ ကို ပို႔ေပးၾကပါ။ အားလံုးကို အထူး ေက်းဇူးတင္႐ွိပါတယ္။

    Just one small thing I like to see/suggest is to put the book covers in each post and if possible a brief intro/description of the book. But I know it could be too much hussel for the site owner as he got to manage lots of books and some books might not have covers. But just a thought anyways as it will make it much prettier and informative for each post. The site is very new so I bet they might be doing lots of improvments later on. (like replacing default wp blogroll list with related myanmar ebook site links etc)

    It’s a good thing they have “Help” page explaining how to use Megaupload and also provided the login info. Very thoughtful indeed. Note: Once you click on the category link, it will direct you to a page with all entries for that particular category/author. Download links are disabled there and you have to click post title to get to proper page with enabled download link. So, don’t think that the downloads are unavailable, just click around and you’re set to go. Visit the site: Myanmar Ebooks

    Oh check out the “Credits” page write up. I find it quite amusing especially the last sentence. Becareful, you might twist and tangle your tongue as I did. Let me count how many “mm-ebooks” word they used in that one paragraph……..they need one more “mm-ebook” word to have 10 in total so how about adding “Thank you, mm-ebook admin” in the end as the closing paragraph. hehe that should make it total of 10.

    ဒီဘေလာ့မွာ ႐ွိေသာ ျမန္မာအီးဘုတ္(ခ္)မ်ားမွာ အင္တာနက္ထဲမွာ ႐ွာေဖြျပီး ေဒါင္းလုပ္ လုပ္ကာ ျပန္လည္တင္ထားျခင္း ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ ဒါေပမဲဲ့ အမ်ားစုမွာကေတာ့ ခ်ယ္ရီသစၥာမွ ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ တစ္ခ်ိဳ႕မွာ ျမန္မာျပည္သားမွ ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ တစ္ခ်ိဳ႕ တစ္ခ်ိဳ႕ေတြကေတာ့ ဖိုရမ္မ်ား ႏွင့္ သူငယ္ခ်င္းမ်ား ဆီမွ ရထားျခင္း ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ တစ္ခ်ိဳ႕ေတြကေတာ့ ဘယ္ဆီကရသည္မွန္း မမွတ္မိေတာ့ပါ။ ျမန္မာအီးဘုတ္(ခ္)ဘေလာ့သို႔ ျမန္မာအီးဘုတ္(ခ္)မ်ား၊ ျမန္မာအီးဘုတ္(ခ္)လင့္မ်ား ေပးပို႔ခဲ့လွ်င္ ေပးပို႔သူမ်ား အမည္ကို ေဖာ္ျပေပးေစလိုပါက ပို႕(စ္)၏ေအာက္တြင္ ေဖာ္ျပေပးပါမည္။ အကယ္၍ အမည္မေဖာ္ျပေပးေစလိုပါက ေဖာ္ျပမည္မဟုတ္ပါ။

    မည္သို႕ပင္ျဖစ္ေစ ျမန္မာအီးဘုတ္(ခ္)ရ႐ွိခဲ့ေသာ ဆိုက္မ်ား ၊ ဖိုရမ္မ်ား ၊ သူငယ္ခ်င္းမ်ား ႏွင့္ ျမန္မာအီးဘုတ္(ခ္)ဘေလာ့သို႔ ျမန္မာအီးဘုတ္(ခ္)မ်ား၊ ျမန္မာအီးဘုတ္(ခ္)လင့္မ်ား ေပးပို႔သူမ်ား အားလံုးကို ျမန္မာအီးဘုတ္(ခ္)ဘေလာ့မွ အထူးေက်းဇူးတင္႐ွိပါသည္။

    Check out the parent site ie. too. I think they’re using WordPress MU and providing free blog service on my favorite wp platform which is very cool indeed. They got a good write up on what their site is all about and some rules and regulations. The only thing I don’t see that they should have is the network user links. Should provide the links of all those blogs that using their service. It’ll be good to see how people make use of their service don’t ya think so?

    Anyways really appreciate the good effort from both sites. Do visit and check them out, I bet you’ll enjoy it. Just spreading the word with Link Love.

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