May 20, 2003
Aral Speaks

As a lot of blogs already mentioned yesterday Aral Balkan's blog onRelease is closed down. My first thought was "finally they have hacked his site" - as we all know Aral has created quite a lot of discussion in the community by "contaminating" or "enriching" blog aggregators with his personal blend of political views and flash content. And it turns out that politics are the reason for him to stop blogging:

Aral: "I just got sick of the site having become a watering hole for rednecks and
warmongers... I'm not fed up with Flash! :)

I'm sure the site will be back in some fashion at some point but it will
probably not be open to all and it will be related to Flash. It will
probably be released under an ethical license...

As for me, I'm going to be getting more involved with politics... perhaps at
a local level and working to change things. And, of course, I have some very
interesting Flash projects in the works..."

Aral, I wish you good luck for the future and hope that we'll see the new onRelease coming soon again.

Posted at May 20, 2003 11:19 AM | Further reading

In your political endeavors be sure not to call people rednecks. Also learn that if you live your life by your emotions you will last a couple years before going insane....

Posted by: Greg Burch on May 20, 2003 12:14 PM

yo Aral, best of luck with whatever your up to bro.
I agree with much of what you had to say, arguments on either side where not always nice to hear, depending on your point of view, but i believe it was and still is very important for all people to have opinions and debate about the state of our world.
rednecks are rednecks - f##k em!
Ive lived my live by my emotions, pretty sure im not quite insane yet, but i live in hope.


Posted by: vinnie on May 20, 2003 12:25 PM

Yeah, who really cares about this sub-par flash site going down when Aral never showed anyone who disagreed with him any respect in the first place. Then he tops it off with the redneck comment. That's class. Good luck on a sorry career as a politician with his foot in his mouth!

Posted by: me on May 20, 2003 02:38 PM

Aral, would you mind please! normalize yourself! ;)

This is not because noone sees the Truth, that it doesn't exist anymore! (Gandhi)

Posted by: cedric on May 20, 2003 03:34 PM

judging by the attitude of his to call people names & opening redicule & talk about his reason... i dont see how he would be a politician.... he's too frank. may be a good person but lacks the tact to get supporters which every politician needs.... u gotta smile all the time not have a bad hairday

Posted by: Nick on May 20, 2003 06:04 PM
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