Last modified: 03.03.2019
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Hi, welcome to my personal website and blog. My name is Adem and I’m living in Southern Turkey, Antalya. I’m a computer programmer. My primary interest is C++ and everything related with it. In this blog I’m writing on the language features (mostly incorrect or incomplete!!) to share what I learn.
Feel free to ask me anything related with programming and all, I will try to help you as much as I can. The easiest way to contact with me is via email: adembudak[at]outlook[dot]com
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- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
- The Arabian Nights: Tales of 1001 Nights
Shahrazad starts her tales to avoid getting killed by the Shahryar, the ruler of the country, and it goes literary 1001 nights. The recurring pattern of the tales is the ruler busting his wife when making out with a slave(s) and they are telling stories to describe what was going on. Story characters usually starting their own stories. Lots of jinns, wizards and human to animal transformation along the way. Lastly, unlike I read on primarily school, the full translation with poems and illustrations is around 2000 pages and I read only the first half, till 474. Night.
- Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling by John Taylor Gatto
I stopped reading this book on the half. I don’t know why but I feel the same thing when I read Man Search for Meaning and Escape from Freedom. That, of course, doesn’t mean these books are bad, but there is at least one person doesn’t like these books.
- Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative by Austin Kleon
A palm size, easy to read book that can be finish within a couple of hour. The author describes there is no such thing called originality and stealing from various people to combine them together is the only way to originate something. He puts various quotes in that matter:
What is originality? Undetected plagiarism. William Ralph Inge
Art is theft. Pablo Picasso
It is better to take what does not belong to you than to let it lie around neglected. Mark Twain
It also give several useful tips like “create with using anolog and make your creation perfect with using digital”, “take a paper and pen whereever you go”, “make something and share with people” and things similar. Good reading that reminds things we already know but sometimes need to hear it someone else. Recommended.
- The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Some would say this is a mastery of something on literature world but I’d say it’s just another boring classic that nobody know why even it’s that famous. Werther is a loser. The reason of the sorrow of him is deep love to Charlotte, and he thinks that she is also feeling same way.
She loves me!
But the problem is Charlotte already married with Albert, which seem to very nice to Werther and knows his obsession on his wife (U wut m8)
Certainly Albert is the best fellow in the world.
Werther says at the beginning, but when he realize he is into Charlotte, his ideas changes:
I cannot help saying to myself, “If Albert were to die?”
What makes this book boring for me is the same thing that makes Orhan Pamuk’s The Museum of Innocent, which the obsession on one person (to a woman and objects belongs to them in both case) and make me feel like listening author’s selfish thoughts. I better to read that make me “aha!!” but without textbook taste. The other highlights from the book:
When I behold the narrow bounds which confine man’s powers of action and investigation; when I see how all his efficiency aims at the satisfaction of needs which in their turn have no purpose save to prolong our unhappy existence, and then see that all our reassurance regarding certain matters of inquiry is merely a resigned kind of dreaming, whereby we paint the walls within which we are confined with cheerful figures and bright prospects – all this, Wilhelm, forces me into silence.
Can that be a delusion which makes us happy?
- What Men Live By by Leo Tolstoy
That was quick, 4 story on doing a favor without expectation, different pointviews of different people on same idea, unexpectedness of life and expected consequences of greediness. The book has catchy name but more like oldwife stories.
- Art of War by Sun Tzu
I bought a bundle of books named ‘Modern World Classics’ and that’s the first one I choose among them. The author describes his wisdom about strategy, when to attact or stay still, understanding terrain, privates, and what makes an general successful. Some of quotes I highlighted:
Energy may be likened to the bending of a crossbow; decision, to the releasing of a trigger.
Simulated disorder postulates perfect discipline, simulated fear postulates courage; simulated weakness postulates strength.
Do not repeat the tactics which have gained you one victory, but let your methods be regulated by the infinite variety of circumstances.
The general who advances without coveting fame and retreats without fearing disgrace, whose only thought is to protect his country and do good service for his sovereign, is the jewel of the kingdom.
- The Epic of Gilgamesh
I was expecting unreal powered Gods and wars but it wasn’t. The story is about Sumerian King Gilgamesh and his humanic emotions. He is feeling fear before a fight, sadness to die his beloved friend Enkidu he is realizing getting old even though told he is embodied two thirds of from God and one thirds from human. After that the story driven by his constant search (and fail) to solution to death. The tune of the story make me remember the computer game “Never Alone”. Irrelevant but that’s what I feel.
- Antika Titanik by Murat Menteş
The affairs flow one another while great adventures takes place, pure fun and easy the read. I initially find the author’s language somewhat “snoob” like bad translation from a foreign language, then I get along his style and mastery of the using language I didn’t read alike before. It’s also fun to read the spreaded random facts inside to text like:
1927… Charles Lindbergh who is first pilot pass over Atlantic Ocean took 4 sandwiches with him!
Cambodia alphabet has 72 letters.
Kuku kaki kakak kakak ku kayak kuku kaki kakek kakek ku. [“My sister’s toenails looks like my granddads’”] Endonasian Tongue-Twister
I was sad like a long distance captain that drop his gameboy to ocean. [Jamal Jallavi, 1955-2013, Bloody Chains]
- Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
The book was on bestseller for a while and I heard lots of praise about it. It’s about how the humankind distinguished from other species and be ruler of earth. Impact of the way human live while the translation from hunter-gatherer to agriculture. Non-fictional text, sometimes hard to read, boring even dull, maybe that’s also because of the translation (to Turkish) but definely a worth read. It gave me same feeling when I read the Robert Wright’s “Evolution of the God”.
I plan to read the next book of the series: Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow
The stress of farming had far-reaching consequences. It was the foundation of large-scale political and social systems. Sadly, the diligent peasants almost never achieved the future economic security they so craved through their hard work in the present. Everywhere, rulers and elites sprang up, living off the peasants’ surplus food and leaving them with only a bare subsistence.
These forfeited food surpluses fuelled politics, wars, art and philosophy. They built palaces, forts, monuments and temples. Until the late modern era, more than 90 per cent of humans were peasants who rose each morning to till the land by the sweat of their brows. The extra they produced fed the tiny minority of elites – kings, government officials, soldiers, priests, artists and thinkers – who fill the history books. History is something that very few people have been doing while everyone else was ploughing fields and carrying water buckets.
- ArifV2016 by Cem Yılmaz
This is the movie script of the Cem Yılmaz’s latest movie, and my very first reading of its kind. I tried to understand his mastery of deep humor and find myself laughing out while reading the book.
- The VimL Primer by Benjamin Klein
Short, expressive, clear and concise… This book has everything make a book great. An end-to-end application built, examples are well planned and served in a logical way to make sense through the book.
- Gospel of Flying Spagetti Monster by Bobby Henderson
Bobby’s prody religion was definely a worth read. It’s like writing Lisp after C++, I mean reading a hollybook of a Non-Abrahamic religion.
- Nurcihan’ın Çamaşırları ve Diğer Meseleler by Murat Toklucu
Collection of fake news on old newspapers from 1920s and its impact on the subconcious of then society as well as today’s Turkey. The news like “a baby was born with beard and teeth with shiny eyes and said when doomsday take place and it eventually died.”, “the government take a decision for take extra tax from single men.” or “a nudist camp will be opened in a south coast of Turkey.”