The South Asian diaspora of late has been gaining in visibility. The Office and Parks and Recreation introduced a mass audience in the US to Mindy Kaling and Aziz Ansari, who have now also gone on to headline their own shows The Mindy Project and Master of None, which challenge viewers to re-think assumptions about identity and how it is represented in media.
South Asians are often pigeon-holed as either doctors, math geeks and lawyers or as convenience store clerks, taxi drivers or call center employees. The reality, obviously, is more complex. And thankfully that complexity is finally breaking into mainstream public consciousness.
Enter .desi, the TLD for the South Asian community, whether born on the Indian subcontinent or far from it, .desi is for anyone who identifies with the South Asian identity.
And from October 16 until December 31, .desi is half-price. That means that a .desi name that's normally $23.14 per year at A rates will be just $11.57 per year*.
So this fall is a great time to celebrate Desi identity with a .desi domain.
Register a .desi?
*Prices in USD. See .desi price page for local prices(including INR).
This is a promo for anyone whoever wanted to be somebody.
The TLD .whoswho is a literal who's who of the internet. And the good news is, you can have your domain in this high-tech update of the old Who's Who catalogs from October 15 until January 31, 2017 at 4:00 PM PST for half price. That's all the prestige of being a who in the .whoswho for just $19.18 for the first year only (normally $38.35 at A rates)*. That applies for all domain creations. Even premium domains will be half-off their normal price.
So if you're a who and want whoever to know who you are, get your .whoswho for half-price while you can.
Choose whose .whoswho?
*Prices in USD. See the .whoswho price page for local prices.
How many anime crushes do you have? How large is your J-Pop playlist? How many times have you felt a burning desire to poses a stuffed animal from a video game or an anime t-shirt?
If you answered "more than one" to any of the above, you might be otaku.
And if so, we have good news for you. The TLD just for otaku culture, .moe, is half-price from October 10 through 16, meaning it will be available for just $11.57 per year*. This only lasts one week, so better get one now!
Moe for a .moe?
*Prices in USD. Check the .moe price page for local prices.
It's a little too easy to find fault with the narcissism of the new internet celebrities, whether they're spending hours to achieve the perfect selfie then filtering it to death or obsessively Periscoping every minute of their lives.
The thing is, even the measliest web presence means having an audience. The downside is the supposed narcissism of the "me" generation. The upside is how it creates communities around common interests, sometimes ones shared by millions, other times small and niche. And offers unprecedented interaction. Like a Reddit AMA on the grand scale or comments on your vacation photos on social media on the other end. Your presence online isn't so different from a small-scale stage, now, a space in which you interact with your audience.
From October 1 through December 31 at 4:00 PM PST, three TLDs that can help you shape your online space are on sale at half parice: .live, .studio and .video. Meaning that instead of the the usual $15.57, or $14.41 for .video, per year at A rates*, .live and .studio will be just $7.79 per year and .video will be $7.21 per year*.
So make your online .studio and broadcast your .video. You only .live once. But don't do it for us. Or your audience. This one's for you.
Fall is a time for bold new colors, a time for fresh, stiff breezes to stir through the trees and produce a thousand permutations of color and shape in the leaves as they strain in the wind and twirl to the ground.
All that changes can get you to see the world around you in a fresh, new way, just like an original design. Fall is a great time to design something new.
And this fall in particular is the perfect time to .design something, whatever it might be, because from October 1 through November 30 at 4:00 PM PST,.design domains will be on sale for just $10 per year (normally these domains are $62.36 at A rates)*.
Or if you're stumped for ideas and in the neighborhood, come drop by the Taipei World Design Capital exhibition at the Songshan Cultural Park in Taipei between October 13 and 30. If the change in season doesn't have you rethinking things, this is a world-class exhibition with free admission (open between 10:00 AM and 6:00 PM local time) and Gandi will be there, so come find us to talk about web design, designing a web presence or .design ideas in general.
Whether or not the change in sesaons has you feeling particularly creative, if you're design-minded, you won't want to miss out. But still, give it some thought, come up with just the right .design for just the right purpose.
Traditionally, the grand opening of a new shop involves a big red banner, one of those flailing-arm tube guys, and a good old-fashioned opening day sale.
Well, one unfortunate casualty of online commerce is the ribbon and the flailing arm guy just don't have the same impact. But you don't need a brick-and-mortar to do an opening day sale. So when .shop enters the GoLive phase on September 26, 2016 at 8:00 AM PDT, you can get a domain in this extension for just $25.00* for the first year at A rates. Normally, .shop domains will go for $45.95* in A rates, so that's more than 45% off.
Even though .shop is currently in the Sunrise phase (.shop domains go for $1050.74*per year apiece in Sunrise), you can still submit your registration for a .shop domain in the GoLive phase now and once the GoLive phase begins, we'll send the order to the registry. That's the upside of not having a physical shop where you can buy your .shop: getting in line early doesn't mean camping out overnight on the sidewalk.
This promotion is good for any .shop registrations submitted for GoLive from now until December 31, 2016 at 4:00 PM PST (or midnight UTC). So come on down to Gandi for the .shop opening day sale.
September is a big month for the Catalonian capital Barcelona. First, on September 11, Barcelona commemorates the fall of Barcelona and defeat of Catalunya to Felipe V in the War of Spanish Succession with La Diada. It's not necessarily a festive celebration, but it's considered Catalunya's national day.
Later in the month, though, Barcelona celebrates its patron saint, La Mare de Déu de la Mercè, for a whole week with the la Mercè. Each day, there's a parade, including giant papier mâché figures. Another tradition, declared a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO, is the castells. Basically, competitive human tower-building.
Whether you want to commemorate La Diada or celebrate la Mercè or build a castell out of domain names even (not sure how that would work, though), we're showing love for Barcelona this fall by putting .barcelona domains on sale for $25.00 per year (normally $85.46 at A rates)*starting September 1 until October 31, 2016 at 5:00 PM PST.
If emblematic form of lethargy of the cable TV era was channel surfing, the equivalent for the Internet age is the link hole.
If you've ever started by looking up something totally normal, like the caffeine molecule (because you're tired and you want coffee), and eventually you end up reading about the original formula for Tang, then you know how it is.
The internet works in mysterious ways.
And now, from September 1 until November 30, 2016 (at 4:00 PM PST), you can celebrate these mysterious ways with a .link domain at just $4.50* for the first year.
Register a .link?
*Price in USD. See .link price page for local prices.
There's a big difference between a picture and a photo. Any teenager with a smartphone can take a picture but a photo is a work of art. In other words, you at least have to have an Instagram account.
And if photography is your preferred medium (and you're ready to evolve beyond the aforementioned Instagram account), take all of those carefully-framed shots of sunsets, beaches, weddings and vacations from this summer and put them on a .photo domain for just $5.00* for the first year from September 1 until November 30, 2016 (at 4:00 PM PST).
Register a .photo?
* Price in USD. See .photo price page for local prices.