We made a wonderful gig last evening at Sabanci Performing Arts Center. Our band is called Devâ-sâz, a rather crowded band with 16 musicians, who play various different instruments, including fretless guitar, ukulele, trumpet, frame drum and many more.

We recorded the whole concert and seperated each song, hence we now have a live album of some sort. Please do feel free to download the recordings and enjoy.

The songs we played are in Lazuri, Kurdish, Greek and Turkish.


TEDxSummit 2012

I was in Qatar's capital Doha during last week. I must say, it has been an unbelievable experience for me.

It all started when I got a part of  TEDxSabanciUniversity organizing team. After our event, we received an invitation from TEDxSummit for two, to go to Doha and get to meet with other TEDx'ers and listen to great talks on various subjects; however even only the Desert Day itself (or as some call it, the Unconference Day) would have been a good reason to visit Doha.

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The Hacker Ethic


I believe we all have books that we decide to buy on the first sight, and somehow fail to read immediately. This was one of these books for me; even if I loved the book's subject and the author's approach towards it, I somehow forgot to read it and it stayed on my bookshelf for couple of months.

Last week I finally decided to read it, and couldn't drop it off of my hand, as if I were reading a detective novel of the most addictive type. It's a joint book; starting with Linus Torvalds' opening article and then continuing with Pekka Himanen's sociological and ethical interpretation of the concept of hacker subculture. Even if it can be considered as a book that is rather a sociological comparison of the hacker working ethics and the protestant working ethics, it includes precious inferences that are highly enlightening and historical information about hacker subculture. Not to mention that it differentiates hackers from crackers.

If you're looking for a rather short but interesting and informative book on this subject, I'd highly recommend it.


Between Gaming and Coding

MUSH Client

MUD (Multi User Dungeon) was a fascinating multiplayer online game; it connected you to a server, where there were bunch of other players online and a text-based game runs - a primitive Matrix, basically. Just like you would in an FRP game, you create a character by choosing it's class, race, alignment, etc.

But the real fun for all the players (and for me, of course) was to type the commands for your character with your keyboard. That means, you had to understand the algorithm of the game and how things work in that world and adapt yourself to that world. That is very much alike to coding; since you first figure out what you want to do with your character, then think of different ways to reach that goal of yours and then get to work by typing codes to reach that goal.

Again, just like in coding, you have to obey to the game's very syntax. Shortcuts and aliases can also be set, to make things easier.

In my case, MUD was an astonishing game of my childhood and I got very excited after rediscovering it 8 (or more) years later, not only because it's a wonderful concept that reminds me of old times, but also because I admire the programmers who invented MUD (Roy Trubshaw and Richard Bartle) and their ways of thinking.

I think it's also interesting that one of the world's most renowned online chess servers, ICC (Internet Chess Club) still use the very same protocol to make people all over the world come together, including some Grand Masters.

If you would like to check out MUD after this post, you can download MUSH Client and connect to a server by simply typing the server's IP address and port. ( : 4000 would be an example, for Aardwolf Servers.)




I've been doing nothing but applying for summer internships. To tens of companies. So much for the holiday.

Artwork by explodingdog.

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For Hrant, For Justice

19th of January was a black day for most of us: an intellectual, a journalist, a human being was murdered cold-bloodedly.

Hrant Dink was murdered on 19th January 2007, right in front of the building of the newspaper office, where he used to work. It was a planned, organized crime; and eventhough there are numerous evidences to prove that fact, police and other "unknown forces" are preventing further investigations in this case.

3 days ago, on 19th January 2012, billions of people marched in front of the building Hrant Dink was killed.

Please visit for more information about the case.

The (english subtitled) documentary on Hrant Dink assasination can be seen on:

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Comic Post


Suat Gönülay.  He has been around since maybe before I was born, but I've only recently discovered his works. He is a Turkish graphic novelist - this seems like a proper title for him. I've read some of his works before, but I never knew him. Some days ago I bought a work of him from a comic book store, thanks to the suggestion of a close friend of mine, who studies animation at Emily Carr University.

I loved his works, not only the stories are great but also his technique is fascinating. His works are pieces of art, imho. If you don't know him, you should check him before our time runs out and Mayan calender proves to be right, thus you will have enough time to appreciate good work :)


Super Meat Boy


I was looking up some indie games, and I came across to Super Meat Boy. Not only the game is great and addictive, but also the soundtrack of the game is incredible. I downloaded the soundtrack from where I bought the game, and I was wondering who the great artist was as I listened to the soundtracks and humming them afterwards, sometimes all day long. The name I was looking for was Danny Baranowsky. His Bandcamp page presents many other recent works of him, too.

If you have a taste for oldschool, you definetely shouldn't miss his work. Even if you don't, I'm sure it's worth a shot!


The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

It's been so many years that I can't remember right now, since I first heard about a Hobbit movie coming up. I only remember that I was in high school and I had some years ahead to graduate. Few hours ago, I watched the trailer of the movie, and I'm excited even by watching the trailer.


New OS Experience


I've been using Ubuntu 11.10 since I first installed it on my laptop one month ago, which took about 30 minutes of my time. Considering the fact that it's the first time for me to install a new OS on a laptop, that was incredibly fast.

My first impression was that I made a right choice. It's faster than my Windows 7, more user friendly, and not only free but also virus-free, which means that no anti-virus software needs to be installed. And it gets better, you can find the equivalent of almost all programs you use in Windows. Office documents, music/video players, even multi-track editors are waiting for you to download them.

I only wish I discovered Ubuntu (Linux) earlier.