Sat, 05 Jun 2010
Bizim için her şeyin iyisini düşünen, planlayan ve uygulayan liberal demokratik kapitalizmin konfor ve rahat, mutluluk ve huzur içinde villalarına tıktığı sağlıklı ve güzel insanların can sıkıntısından patlayacakları yeni yüzyıl.
Eski çağlarda açlık ve esaret isyanlara sebep olurdu. Modern çağlarda milliyetçilik ve sosyalizm. Gelen dünyada ise can sıkıntısı.
Gündelik hayatlarında kanunlara aşırı bir hassasiyet, dikkat ve neredeyse hürmetle uyan insanlar asla özgür değillerdir; iyi yetiştirilmiş, terbiyeli, uslu ve saygılı çocuklara benzerler. Köle değillerdir doğrusu böyle çocuklar; sefil ve perişan da değillerdir; aptal veya enayi de diyemem onlara; huzurlu ve mutlu dahi olabilirler ama bir büyük kusurları vardır ki, hayat denilen bu olağanüstü macerada en çekilmez sakatlıktır: can sıkarlar.
Emre Yılmaz, Şeytan'ın Fısıldadıkları adlı kitaptan. Benim yaptığımı yapmayın, bu kitabı hayatınızla ilgili önemli kararlar verdikten sonraya bırakmayın.
Güncelleme: bir de şunu demiş...
Eski kahvehanelerle ilgili bir kitap okuyordum. Bu asrın başında İstanbul'da her mahallede özgürce afyon ve esrar içilebilen en az bir kahvehane varmış. Bugünlerin Amsterdam'ı gibi. İki binli yıllarda ise evde kedi beslemek bile yasaklanacak.
Sat, 10 Oct 2009
If you've been talking to me about cars you'd immediately notice that my personal hero and idol is Nikola Tesla. With great pride I say few days pass without me discovering traces of his work in daily life civilization of our time has adopted. Not only his inventions were impeccable, but his approach to many sciences is just as important.
Obviously minimalism is anything but new. It's just about a century ago Dr. Tesla talked about this, among many others, in Motor World's issue dated September 18, 1911. With due respect, directly quoting his approach on minimalism, I dare not to add no word:
"You see, that is one great trouble," continued Dr. Tesla. "The human mind thinks but to complicate. As soon as one problem is solved, that solution introduces new complications, other problems that perhaps did not exist before. That was one of my great troubles when I was younger, I invented many things that were very fine, but always I was getting into complications. I have had to work very hard to overcome that. But here you see what I have done. Do you see how very simple it is? You take, for instance, the ordinary turbine, a bucket turbine. Here you have around the outside of the wheel a row of little jets, and within, on the periphery of a wheel, a row of buckets -- many of them and very small, even on a large wheel. But don't you see that in that entire wheel you have only a narrow strip, a ring perhaps three or four inches wide, that is really useful—that is really active?
"In my invention practically the whole surface is active. In the bucket turbine the action does not even extend all the way around; you must have a series of jets. But in my turbine you have the gas traveling all the way around in free spirals—always seeking the path of least resistance—and expending its full energy."
Tue, 15 Jul 2008
From Robert Anson Heinlein:
A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher
a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts,
build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders,
cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure,
program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly.
Specialization is for insects.
And now for a slightly modified version (as seen on c2wiki by Peter Merel):
A programmer should be able to fix a bug, market an application, maintain a
legacy, lead a team, design an architecture, hack a kernel, schedule a
project, craft a class, route a network, give a reference, take orders,
give orders, use configuration management, prototype, apply patterns,
innovate, write documentation, support users, create a cool web-site, email
efficiently, resign smoothly. Specialization is for recruiters.