life, philosophy

Expanding The Mind

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When you make an observation, it leaves a mark in your mind. This is called a memory. Memories can be mental or emotional.

Memories cost time. Since time is a scarce resource, it would be wise to make meaningful and useful memories.


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When you make multiple observations, you end up carrying multiple memories.


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The mind typically processes the memories and builds a pattern. This pattern is called an opinion.

The mind likes economy. Instead of keeping all the memories, it is easier to keep an opinion. Therefore; memories can be forgotten, but opinions tend to linger.


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When you have multiple opinions, the mind processes them and builds a macro pattern. This pattern is called a mindset.

Because the mind likes economy, it starts to automatically catch & process & evaluate the inputs based on the mindset. That’s where illusionary concepts are born; such as selective perception and stereotyping.


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If you have only one mindset, you can understand and process only a small percentage of the phenomenon existing in the world. Fanatics are typical examples.

When someone shares an advice or opinion, question his/her mind span.

When you judge or conclude about something, question your own mind span.


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If you take your time to make further observations in an emphatic, flexible and open minded approach, your mind can build more patterns. This will enable you to have a broader range of mindsets.

Observing foreign cultures, experimenting out of the comfort zone, facing fears and listening to alternative / opposing sources are typical examples of such expansions.


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A broader range of mindsets can cover a larger percentage of the phenomenon in the world. You end up understanding the world more accurately and holistically.

You might also become more mature and understanding because you start seeing the mechanism behind things much better.


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Coverage of multiple mindsets would obviously be deeper than the coverage of a single mindset.

Someone with a larger mind span will probably make more accurate conclusions and decisions.

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life

Why I Post in English

This became one of the frequently asked questions. I would like to share some of the reasons why I prefer to post in English.

Why English?

English is regarded as the world’s universal language. A post targeting the global audience needs to be in English; which is the case for most of my posts.

I happen to have a global audience. Due to my technical articles and latest globally published book, I have a considerable amount of international followers which obviously don’t speak Turkish.

Looking at my closer circle; I have foreign relatives and friends as well.

  • My aunt is married to a Swiss man, so that part of the family speaks English & German only.
  • I also lived in Germany for a year, my German friends don’t speak Turkish either.
  • I also happen to have foreign friends in Turkey.
  • A large percentage of my Turkish friends speak English anyway.

Those are some of the reasons motivating me to prefer English over Turkish when posting something online.

When Turkish?

I am aware that not every Turkish citizen speaks English, and my posts might not be understood by some.

If a post is related to Turkey only, I choose to write in Turkish. Or; if I’m writing about a topic covered by global writers but lacks Turkish sources, I choose to write in Turkish as well. Typical examples can be found among my technical books and articles.

Conclusion

The inducements for posting in English mostly outweigh the inducements for posting in Turkish. That’s why I pick English as the default language.

I don’t have the time to translate every post to English, Turkish and German. However, online translation tools are getting better every day; so I’m counting on them.

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life, software

Things I Dislike in WhatsApp Groups

WhatsApp is one of the most significant global communication apps at this time. WhatsApp groups are unavoidable and mostly useful; however, they can be quite annoying at times. Here is a list of things I dislike in WhatsApp groups.

  • Sharing unrelated / trivial / supposedly funny posts, followed by more unrelated / trivial / supposedly funny replies
  • Conducting private chats in groups
  • Spamming the group with message chains
  • Sending dozens of distinct messages instead of sending paragraphs, causing lots of notifications
  • Sending work selfies to work related groups, where people see each other every day anyway
  • Sending messages in peculiar hours where people might be sleeping
  • Personal advertising

Those factors often make me leave WhatsApp groups I would actually like to participate. At such times, I wish that Slack would be used instead – where you engage group communication in multiple channels.

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life, music

Agartha Festivali’nde Sahne Al(a)madık

Shamoon olarak, 25-30 Ağustos 2017 tarihleri arasında Salda Gölü’nde yapılan Agartha Festivali‘nde yaşadığımız mağduriyeti kamuoyu ile paylaşmak istiyoruz. Amacımız, benzer mağduriyetlerin yaşanmaması.

Festival organizatörü İlker Ayas ile festivalden uzunca bir süre önce temasa geçerek, 26 Ağustos Cumartesi günü sahne almak ve ulaşım maliyetimizin karşılanması konularında mutabık kaldık.

Yol ücretini gelmeden önce istememize rağmen, Salda’ya vardığımızda alacağımız belirtildi. Durum bize alışılmadık ve şüpheli gelmesine rağmen; aramızda konuşup bu riski almaya karar verdik.

25 Ağustos Cuma günü Salda’ya vardık. Ses sistemini incelediğimizde; bize vaadedilen ekipmanın mevcut olmadığını gördük – ancak belki de başka yerde muhafaza ediliyordur diye İlker Bey’i aramaya koyulduk.

Festival alanına gecenin geç saatlerine kadar 3-4 kez gitmemize rağmen İlker Ayas’ı bulamadığımız gibi; sahne almamız gereken 26 Ağustos Cumartesi günü de kendisine ulaşamadık. Neden sonra telefonla ulaşabildiğimiz İlker Bey; bizi arayacağını söyledi ancak aramadı.

Sonuç olarak; sahne alamadığımız gibi, ulaşım maliyetimiz de karşılanmadı.

Tesellimiz; Salda’nın muhteşem doğası & samimi güzel insanlarıyla tanışmak ve küçük bir tatil yapmak oldu. Oraya kadar gitmişken biraz da çekim yaptık.

Gerek yüz yüze konuştuğumuz kişilerden; gerek Ekşi Sözlük, Facebook gibi sosyal medya sitelerinden edindiğimiz intiba; festivale giden pek çok kişinin de mağduriyet yaşadığı yönünde idi. Bilet başı 300 lira ödenen bu festivalin parasını haketmediği konusunda pek çok şikayet var. Salda sakinlerinin gürültü sebebiyle emniyet güçlerini harekete geçirdiği de kulağımıza geldi.

İlker Ayas’ın herhangi bir organizasyonunda bir daha sahne almayacağımızı kamuoyuna duyururuz. Benzeri mağduriyet yaşamak istemeyen müzisyen arkadaşlarımızın ve takipçilerimizin dikkatine sunulur.

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life

Is That Too Expensive?

Assuming that a commodity fulfills your needs, here are some precise questions to help answering the question if it is too expensive.

“Could I easily lend this item?”
“Could I leave this item unattended?”
“Could I ship this item without stress?”
“Would I fret if this item was broken?”
“Could I re-purchase this item if it was stolen?”

If you mostly confirmed, it probably means that the item in question is within your budget. Otherwise, it is probably too expensive for your current financial situation.

Just because an item is within your budget, it doesn’t mean that you need it though – check my approach to Possessional Minimalism . If you feel like you are seeking satisfaction via luxury, you might want to read Two Factor Theory: An Approach to Life Satisfaction .

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life, software, software.career

Why I Refused To Become a Mentor with Everwise

I have been mentoring people for a long time. Hoping that I would find new people to mentor over the Internet, I have applied for mentorship at Everwise. However; after our initial meeting, I didn’t like their model and cancelled my application. Here is my final message to them.

I have evaluated our phone call, and I regret to say that I won’t be part of the Everwise ecosystem at this time.

Here is my feedback:

I have voluntarily mentored countless people so far, without charging them anything. Simply out of good will. That’s one way of mentoring. I also understand that mentoring can be a business. Involving compensation within the process can be fair enough in many cases.

However, your model is based on being an intermediary company charging the clients and paying the mentors nothing. Instead; you offer a social platform and mentoring experience.

If this would be a free service for all parties, I could join it as a mentor out of good will – I do mentoring all the time anyway. But when compensation is involved, I start evaluating the system as a business. And the non-monetary compensation you offer doesn’t appeal to me, frankly.

Best regards…

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life, software, software.apple

No Instant Defective Device Replacement at Apple Online Store Turkey

Summary

I ordered a new iPad from the Apple Online Store Turkey, which had a minor defect on its screen. Apple support said that I would have to wait 10 days for a replacement. Brick & mortar Apple stores do instant replacements in such cases; therefore, I don’t recommend anyone using the online store for substantial purchases.

Details

Last week, one of my peers approached me and asked if I’d be willing to sell my (2012) iPad to her. I use my iPad in meetings and on the stage in case I need to read music while playing. Therefore; it has an important place in my daily life, but I don’t need too much computing power. Nevertheless; I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to upgrade my hardware. We shook hands, I passed the iPad to her and ordered a new one from the Apple Online Store Turkey. Needless to say, the delivery was very fast and I was playing around with my new Apple toy in no time.

However; I noticed a black fleck on the screen. It’s not a dead pixel because it’s visible when the iPad is turned off as well. It’s either a tiny crack within the glass, or a little piece of dust between glasses. It doesn’t really affect my usage, but defects cause raised eyebrows when you are re-selling your device. And why not have a perfect device when you paid for it?

Being a long time Apple fan, I confidently contacted support to talk about my replacement options. The people I talked with were very polite and knowledgeable; however, the result was very disappointing. They said that the cargo company would contact me within 48 hours, pick the defective iPad up, carry it to some facility for inspection, and a new one would be sent to me within 7 days. That makes 10 days in total. Although I asked for different options, I was told that there isn’t one.

I could get an instant replacement if the purchase was made from a brick & mortar store.

I use an iPad extensively at work and on the stage, and sold my old iPad. So I don’t have 10 days to live without an iPad. If that was an iPhone, living 10 days without a phone would be impossible either – not everyone has a backup device. Therefore, I was forced to live with my defective device. I don’t know what else to do, and I’m very dissatisfied.

Bitter lesson learned: Never ever purchase a substantial Apple device from the online store unless you have a backup, because you don’t get instant replacements like the brick & mortar Apple stores.

Supplementary

The order was made at 2017-07-11, my order number was W430294017, and the incident number of the issue was 100236141732.

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