Ursula Le Guin explains the True Neutral alignment :)

Do you see, Arren, how an act is not, as young men think, like a rock that one picks up and throws, and it hits or misses, and that's the end of it. When that rock is lifted the earth is lighter, the hand that bears it heavier. When it is thrown the circuits of the stars respond, and where it strikes or falls the universe is changed. On every act the balance of the whole depends. The winds and seas, the powers of water and earth and light, all that these do, and all that the beasts and green things do, is well done, and rightly done. All these act within the Equilibrium. From the hurricane and the great whale's sounding to the fall of a dry leaf and the gnat's flight, all they do is done within the balance of the whole. But we, in so far as we have power over the world and over one another, we must learn to do what the leaf and the whale and the wind do of their own nature. We must learn to keep the balance. Having intelligence, we must not act in ignorance. Having choice, we must not act without responsibility. Who am I – though I have the power to do it – to punish and reward, playing with men's destinies?
― Ursula Le Guin, The Earthsea Quartet


The Singularity Comes Knocking

- Who is it?
- It's the Singularity.
- What do you want?
- Everything is different now!
- I don't want any.
- If I could just have a moment of your time?
― Cory Doctorow and Charles Stross, The Rapture of the Nerds



Taksim'i bitirirsen, tabi ki Kadıköy'de içer millet.
Barlar içkiyi maliyetinin 10, piyasanın 2 katı fiyatına satarsa sokağa da dökülür de,
Önce içki ruhsatı verilen yerler olması lazım.
12'de içmeye başlayabilir millet,
İşinden 9'da çıkar ve trafiğe takılmazsa.

Çöp tenekesi yoksa çöpünü yere atar,
(Şehir genelinde yoksa yanlışlığını da öğrenemez)
Umumi tuvalet yoksa sokağa işer,
Sabah temizlemezsen de aynen durur bunlar.
Polise bile kafa tutabilir bu millet,
Arada bir kafilelerle gelip gövde gösterisi yapar,
Ama insanlar bıçaklandığında etrafta bulunamazsa.

Sıcak havada sokakta içmek trajedi zaten,
Jeopolitik önemini defalarca okuduğumuz mis gibi deniz kenarı ülkemiz varken.
Deniz kenarında işletmesi, fasilitesi varsa kim tercih etmez ki sahilde içmeyi,
Giderken yolda başına bir şey gelmeyecekse.

Ha, evet;
Sokağın, şehrin, "yaşayan insanların" ortasında içer bu millet,
İzbe yerlerde şiddet, darp, gasp, taciz, tecavüz korkusu varsa.
Ama ne yaparsan yap içer bu millet,
Ülkesine fazla gelen iki gram beyni varsa.


Understanding Turkey

Understanding Turkey, 103: "TURKTRUST" is an oxymoron.

I have no squabble with the company. I have no issues with them, either, apart from their name.

It's probably every Turkish software/archive/FTP mirror ever that let me down just when I was prepared to break my prejudice, or the bulk of the youth that I discovered the Internet together with. Still, for me, those two words just don't go hand-in-hand.

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Understanding Turkey

Understanding Turkey, 102: Our abuse of women does not omit Justitia (Lady Justice).

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Understanding Turkey

Understanding Turkey, 101: Relinquish the assumption that (directly or indirectly) elected or appointed officials have the public's interests in mind.

For your homework, complete the following sentence:
"Despite worldwide protests, a Unesco warning and court cases to halt the project,"

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A Bit Pessimistic, Are We?

"That cannot be destroyed which is an eternal lie.
And in dark ages even reason may die."

...was my first reaction upon reading P. C. Hodgwell's "That which can be destroyed by the truth should be.", quoted in Twelve Virtues of Rationality.


Why us IT folks are always in such a hurry

I had to write this down somewhere for fear of losing it (or worse, forgetting about it):

    "If a project offered a value of 10 times its estimated cost, no one would care if the actual cost to get it done were double the estimate. On the other hand, if expected value were only 10 percent greater than expected cost, lateness would be a disaster.

    Yes it would be a disaster, but instead of obsessing over “What’s the matter with those software folks who didn’t deliver on the schedule we gave them?” we need to ask instead “Why did we ever kick off a project with such marginal expected value?”

    The louder the complaints about project lateness, the more likely it is that the project set out to deliver marginal value and was therefore kicked off under the false premise that it could be completed on the cheap. What’s really wrong with us software folks is that we’re continually beating ourselves up for something that’s somebody else’s fault."

All Late Projects Are the Same — Tom DeMarco