“Why shouldn’t you spend as much time as possible doing ‘work’ work.”

If you optimally fill your time at work doing ‘work’ work, then this means that you are likely:

– Not developing other skills

– Not building your network inside the company as well as you could

– Probably working less efficiently than you could

– Unable to respond to new or changing demands without working longer hours or stopping something else that you think you need to do. See the ongoing supply chain crisis for why you should have some slack in your system.


It’s the Little Things

If I want to look up the weather forecast on my macOS Big Sur, I get a 404 page.

MacOS redirects to a URL with the locale=en_TR query parameter in it. That looks… wrong? Anyway, The Weather Channel refuses to serve me the forecast with that locale, so I get a 404.

I only had one lead about what might be causing this. My OS language is English but my keyboard is in Turkish. I thought “A-ha!” – I got this. However changing the keyboard language didn’t fix it.

Sounds small but it’s the single most annoying problem I deal with day to day. It’s the little things that hurt the most.

CSR 4.0 Bluetooth Chip

I have been meaning to add Bluetooth to my Linux desktop. When you’re in a country with limited availability, you’re stuck with undocumented/unknown stuff sold on the internet.

Luckily the dongles that have the CSR 4.0 chip are widely available. Although many of them are cheap clones and they may not work on Linux. So it’s a minefield.

But I got lucky. This item worked fine with Linux 5.9 and 5.4.

You know it’s a good day when your cheap Bluetooth dongle works out of the box on your Linux distro.

GNOME is my jam

After an initial despise and then a later submission – it is now clear that I’m not a KDE person.

When setting up a new work computer, I have opted for Manjaro again but this time with GNOME desktop environment. I love it. It’s everything I want it to be.

I’m now in a position where my work PC is a rolling release distro and my personal PC is LTS. It looks a bit dumb. Didn’t give this one much thought. Hope I won’t regret it.

Zen 3 is Good

M1 is depressing because it now means you can’t just buy the best performing CPU on the market and build your own PC around it. You have to have a Mac. At least, this was my feeling reading the initial reviews.

Thankfully, AMD’s new Zen 3 architecture looks like a match. Zen 3 is often overlooked after the M1 release.

This set of benchmarks compare programming tasks on Ryzen 5800X and M1. Now I don’t feel so bad about M1 existing.

(inb4 M2 demolishes every x86 CPU on the market)

64 Reasons to Celebrate Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney has been writing and performing music more or less continuously since 1956. That’s sixty-four years.

For sheer fecundity, I can’t, with the exception of Bob Dylan, think of any other songwriter who comes close. There are very few artists in history, in any field, who have produced so much work at a high level over such a span.

Ian Leslie – https://ianleslie.substack.com/p/64-reasons-to-celebrate-paul-mccartney

I don’t care much about Paul McCartney but the author’s deep knowledge of him makes it incredibly charismatic. Got me hooked reading this article. I don’t think I have that level of depth on any of the subjects that I have ever interacted with… in my life.

Also numbering the paragraphs. A great trick to improve readability. I imagine it also helps writing an essay with loosely connected facts/opinions.


executeprogram.com is an amazing learning platform. I just finished the TypeScript course. Would recommend 100%.

I generally find myself “rushing” when I start a video tutorial or a book. I want to finish it right away and start using the tool that I’m learning.

This platform does not allow that. You can only do a couple of lessons per day. You can’t binge-complete (is this a word?) the whole thing. You have to wait for another day to continue.

I found this annoying at first but then I kinda liked it. Makes me sit back and relax, rather than go into a state of urgency to complete the course in the shortest time possible.


I was hosting this on cemunalan.wordpress.com. It’s was good but I want to play with upcoming full-site editing features of WordPress. So here we are.

I’d like to celebrate this with one of the favorite pictures of mine. I took this in Eskisehir, Kanlikavak.