Embrace your inner koala

Lazy koala chillin’ on a tree
Lazy koala chillin’ on a tree
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“Let’s start with small things. Let’s finish our coffee,” says Mr. Columbo. If we followed his advice, we’d never get to the bottom of React Hooks and functional programming. So we’re going to start with big things.

“What’s the meaning of life?,” you may suggest. Hmm, great question, but maybe too big. Let’s narrow that down a bit. How about … the meaning of … software design patterns?

To answer your brilliant question, for which I take no credit: Code doesn’t stay put, frozen in time. It lives and breathes (well, hopefully it doesn’t breathe … that would be a…


Dessertification, the process by which fertile land becomes dessert, is now thought to be the major culprit behind obesity, a study has found.

As global temperatures rise and the human population expands, more of the planet is vulnerable to dessertification.

The process by which a relatively inedible area of land becomes dessert, typically turning its bodies of water into honey, and its vegetation into varieties of cookies, pies, and cakes, has perplexed scientists for decades.

The latest study, published by 14 researchers from seven countries, describes dessertification as the “the greatest environmental challenge of our time”, and warns it may…


I was taking an acting class from Celik Kayalar at FABA (Film Acting Bay Area). The classes were fun, and, as a software developer, I enjoyed using a different part of my brain for a change. I had only been to two classes when my teacher made a sexist joke about me in front of my classmates. In the moment, I didn’t know what to say. Later, I decided to email him about it, in hopes of getting some clarification, or even just to communicate my discomfort to him. He completely ignored my email. …


+ hot springs, yoga retreats, a Montana retreat & other bookmarks


Every few months, someone plans a trip to Istanbul and asks me for tips. I finally cleaned up the doc that I’ve been sending people for the past couple years. Note that I haven’t been to all of the places recommended below. Some are personal favorites and some are places I’ve heard of or found online.

Taksim/Beyoğlu & City Center

Restaurants


“… whether the attention come by grace of genius or dint of will, the longer one does attend to a topic the more mastery of it one has. And the faculty of voluntarily bringing back a wandering attention over and over again is the very root of judgment, character, and will. […] An education which should improve this faculty would be the education par excellence.” (William James, The Principles of Psychology, 1890)

I’ve been reading lots of cheesy self-help books lately (on relationships, communication skills, athletic performance, meditation, etc). Trying to read past the cheesiness, I realized that most of…

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