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Iraqi-born artist Wafaa Bilal has camera screwed into his head

In New York, the Iraqi-born performance artist Wafaa Bilal has a 10 megapixel camera surgically attached to the back of his head.

The idea of the project he’s working on, also called “The Third Eye”, is to mount a camera on the back of his head which is connected to the internet and to the Doha Modern Art Arab Museum, and which takes images every one minute while broadcasting them on the internet.

He claims that by doing this he’s creating a platform for discussion.

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Denmark to allow internet in exams

Compare this with the History book in which we used to study in Lebanon.

Danish students could soon be allowed full access to the internet while sitting their final school exams if a pilot scheme goes well. They can use the internet to answer any of the questions, but cannot communicate with each other or with anyone outside the classroom.

More on this in the video below by BBC News:

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Internet addresses to include non-Latin-script Web addresses by 2010

The internet regulator has approved plans to allow non-Latin-script web addresses, including Arabic, Chinese, in a move that is set to transform the online world.

The board of Icann voted at its annual meeting in Seoul to allow domain names in Arabic, Chinese and other scripts. More than half of the 1.6 billion people who use the internet speak languages with non-Latin scripts. It is being described as the biggest change to the way the internet works since it was created 40 years ago. The first Internationalised Domain Names (IDNs) could be in use next year.

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Paulo Coelho and the Internet

I am not going to talk about the internet and its possibilities since we are all aware of it by now (at least you who’s reading this blog), but I want to mention specifically the way artists generate their profits directly or indirectly through the internet.

The business model for artists revenues that largely dominates the internet goes by the following: You get what you pay for. If you want a song, you go through iTunes and download the song after paying for it. If you want to read a book, you go to and buy it. We find a lot of free material on the internet, but when it comes to artists work, the freebies somehow disappear.

I, and many others, have always imagined a different approach for artists getting their profits through the internet. The idea goes by the following: You try out the artist’s product, and if you like it you support the artist out of goodwill. One would directly say but noone would pay for something after he gets it for free! I agree, that’s why I think this approach is idealistic, and might not work well in reality.

By coincidence, I have been notified by a friend of mine about Paulo Coelho’s speech at the Frankfurt Book Fair last October. Paulo Coelho is a Brazilian lyricist and novelist, known for his mind awakening novels such as The Alchemist. His unique storyline stems from his deep spirituality; It is said that he achieved self-awareness and a spiritual awakening while walking the 500+ mile Road of Santiago de Compostela in Northwestern Spain.

Surprisingly enough, he shares similar thoughts about the internet as I do. He believes in the internet as a medium for positive growth for artists. In his address to writers, he says “use the web to promote and you will see the results in the physical world”. He has adapted himself by connecting more directly with his readers through his blog that he updates daily, and by uploading once a month during 2008 one of his titles, unabridged, to be read online. His sales have actually grown more after he published his books online. It makes me wonder that probably his readers decided to buy his books after reading them online.

Read the Opening of the Frankfurt Book Fair speech on Paulo Coelho’s Blog.

Paulo Coelho (in the middle) at the Frankfurt Book Fair

Paulo Coelho (in the middle) at the Frankfurt Book Fair