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A piece on “Seeking the good life in Turkey

In Uncategorized on September 29, 2018 at 23:20

One of the interviewees is my former student:)
Seeking the good life in Turkey

For more than a decade, 42-year-old Tuğba Karahanoğlu led a happy and busy life in Istanbul, where she worked as a software developer. But then a growing interest in organic food and healthy living led her to abandon city life and move to Seferihisar, a coastal district in Izmir province.

“I left behind a circle of friends whose subjects of conversation always revolved around physical appearance, or shopping, or the next hip place they’d be at that weekend,” Tuğba said.

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Google Search is at 20 -#Cyberculture agenda…

In Uncategorized on September 29, 2018 at 09:01

I know Google is hated by many but i so love and rely on its products at the moment. From Drive to Photos to Google Trips… I got really pissed off when Google discontinued Google  Reader. But as an alternative Feedly is very nice and I can survive:)

Google’s success story has a few forgettable chapters

In its 20-year history, Google has given, and Google has taken away. Companies of its size often dabble with new projects to see if the public will take them to their hearts. Sadly, for every Gmail and Maps, there are ten projects that felt the swing…
Marking 20(ish) years of Google

It’s September 1998. Aerosmith is wailing “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” at the top of the Billboard Top 100. “TRL” debuts on MTV, just in time for the release of “Baby One More Time.” Buffy Summers is staking vampires in platform sandals. Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa are trying to out-bash each other for the home run record. “The Avengers” has just bombed at box offices. And sometime this month, Google is born.

Technically, the Google Doodle existed before the Google company. A few days before Google incorporated, our founders added the Burning Man festival logo to the Google homepage to indicate they were out of town. With this, a colorful legacy was born: our homepage Doodles.

Executives from Google, Twitter, AT&T, Amazon, Apple, and other big tech companies told a U.S. Senate panel today they support updating federal law to protect data privacy, but they want Congress to block California’s tough new privacy rules.

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This pride is Turkey’s: “Turkey Can Be First Country to Ban Netflix…

In Uncategorized on September 28, 2018 at 22:56

The Radio and Television Supreme Council has approved the regulation which foresees an extensive supervision and censorship on online radio and TV broadcasts. Prof. Dr. Yaman Akdeniz has said, “Turkey can be the first country to ban Netflix.”


Balat, İstanbul

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Erdoğan in Germany, accuses a journalist of being an agent…

In Uncategorized on September 28, 2018 at 22:01

After continuously accusing German leaders, he seems to be economically so stressed that he had to and talk economics with Merkel…

Erdogan’s Charm Offensive in Germany is More Offensive Than Charm

A three-day state visit by the Turkish president was supposed to help repair relations. In just 24 hours, it has already fallen short.

Germany welcomes Turkey’s Erdogan with gritted teeth

After months of mud-slinging and spite between them, the Turkish president has landed in Germany.

Erdoğan Accuses Can Dündar at Press Conference in Germany

President Erdoğan and Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel have answered the questions of journalists at their joint press conference. Police officers have forced Adil Yiğit, who wears a shirt “Freedom to journalists” written on it, out of the hall.

Berlin authorities probe Turkish spying allegations

Authorities in Berlin say they’re looking into allegations that a police officer passed information to Turkish intelligence about Turkish opposition supporters living in the German capital.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan met with his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Sept. 28 to discuss ways to improve political and economic relations between the two countries.

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A weekend in San Fransisco and Monterey County

In Uncategorized on September 28, 2018 at 09:21

Legendary cafe, Vesuvio in beatnik history. Part of pilgrimage to beatnik sites… 

Part of my research during my Sabbatical leave is to get in touch with Turkish entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley. So I did my explorative trip last weekend with my buddy Yasser. Yasser is a doctor who is currently in Irvine but leave soon to start his next job. In the meantime, he has time and he is a good trip company. Thanks to him, we could stop by Monterey. Not an exhaustive trip but it was good to drive through the Pacific Coast Highway. I haven’t seen Monterey itself and only after I learned that it was where Steinbeck lived and narrated about. Maybe on my next trip…

From sunny to misty sites through the Pacific Coast Highway…

Somewhere in Big Sur…

I have visited Berkeley and Stanford campuses. I have met with some friends/ colleagues I haven’t seen for ages. In fact, I haven’t seen Hasan, for instance, for 18 years who, in the meantime, became quite a successful physicist. We had had lots of catching up with Halil, a Political Science postdoc at Stanford. Another friend, Deniz, now works at Apple.

The trip energized me. I am working on several plans/projects/writings about which I will post from time to time… [and for my careful readers, here is the link to the Google Photos album about the trip…


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On free fall before the visit to Germany… “Pre-accession funds for Turkey canceled, Moody’s Downgrades Ratings of more banks…

In Uncategorized on September 28, 2018 at 06:01

Germany to host Euro 2024 after beating off competition from Turkey

• Decision made in vote by Uefa’s executive committee
• VAR to be used in Champions League from next season

Turkey’s Erdogan Changes His Tune, Seeking Support and Cooperation in Germany

A state visit is aimed at normalizing relations with a NATO partner, but it also underscores that Europe has to deal with a budding dictator on its border.
International credit rating agency Moody’s has downgraded the foreign currency deposit ratings of Akbank, Alternatifbank, ING Bank, QNB Finansbank, Ziraat Bank, Türk Ekonomi Bank, Garanti Bank, Türkiye Vakıflar Bank and Yapı ve Kredi Bank.

EU lawmakers agree to cancel pre-accession funds for Turkey

Members of the European Parliament’s Budget Committee on Sept. 25 agreed to cancel 70 million euros in pre-accession funds earmarked for Turkey on grounds the conditions to improve the rule of law were not met.
Moody’s has lowered Turkey’s country ceiling for long-term foreign currency bank deposits from B1 to B2, stating that there is a “risk that the government places constraints on deposit holders’ access to their foreign currency deposits.”



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Here in #Europe: “‘Distracted boyfriend’ advert ruled sexist

In Uncategorized on September 28, 2018 at 03:11

‘Distracted boyfriend’ advert ruled sexist

A Swedish company broke gender discrimination rules by using a popular meme in an advert.

Irish presidency: The runners and riders

As nominations for the Irish presidency close, we take a look at the candidates.

Italy’s Muslims uneasy after election of far-right government

Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has threatened to shut mosques and said Islam is ‘incompatible with the constitution’.
Northeastern canton of St Gallen bans face veils in what critics call an Islamophobic move.

Most common type of livestock by region in Europe [OC]


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New photo from Facebook September 28, 2018 at 02:14AM

In Uncategorized on September 28, 2018 at 02:49

Erzurum, Tepeköy. via Reddit. via Facebook Pages

Oh dear @RiceUniversity I am proud of you: “Rice University eliminates tuition for all but wealthiest students, makes housing free for poorest

In Uncategorized on September 27, 2018 at 01:51

The university I got my Ph.D. degree, as you all know, all the story of Erkan’s Field Diary started there…

From its founding in 1912 until 1965, Houston’s Rice University was free to attend; but today, Rice has joined other US universities in saddling its students with ghastly, inescapable mountains of debt, with annual attendance costing $61,350, $40,000 of which is tuition.

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New photo from Facebook September 26, 2018 at 10:14PM

In Uncategorized on September 26, 2018 at 22:50

Saygısızlıkla Savaş Derneği – İhap Hulusi Bey (Görey) – 1945/48 Kaynak: via Facebook Pages