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Turkish Deasciifier: Future-proof (or compatible with Firefox 6.* at least)


I’ve just received an e-mail from the Firefox Add-ons Team related to my Turkish Deasciifier add-on:

Dear add-on author,

Good news! Our automated tests did not detect any compatibility issues with your add-on Turkish Deasciifier and Firefox 6. We’ve updated your add-on’s compatibility to work with Firefox 6.* so that our Aurora users can begin using your add-on. Firefox 6 beta is expected in just a few weeks.

You can learn more about what’s new in Firefox 6 at http://blog.mozilla.com/addons/2011/06/07/making-compatible-with-firefox-5-and-6/ and https://developer.mozilla.org/en/Firefox_6_for_developers

For more information on our new compatibility process with rapid Firefox releases, please read this post: http://blog.mozilla.com/addons/2011/04/19/add-on-compatibility-rapid-releases/

Thank you,
Firefox Add-ons team

 
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Posted by on June 9, 2011 in General, Programlama

 

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getDemokrasi(); // TBMM ve bir veri görselleştirme macerası


12 Haziran genel seçimi yaklaşırken Türkiye Büyük Millet Meclisi web sitesinin kamuya açık şekilde Internet üzerinden epey veri yayımladığını fark ettim. Maalesef Türk devlet sitelerinden alışık olduğumuz şekilde bu veriler epey derinlere gömülü durumda idi ve sayfalarca tablo, sayı, vs. okuyarak bir sonuca varmak epey zordu. Ama birkaç basit program yazıp sonra da mesela Google Fusion Tables gibi bir dinamik görselleştirme aracı ile çok enteresan sonuçlar elde edilebileceği aklıma gelince bunu birkaç tanıdığım ile paylaştım. Bu paylaşımın üzerinden 24 saat geçmeden ortaya çıkan sonuçları görmek ise çok sevindirici oldu. Detaylarını merak edenler getDemokrasi() başlıklı bloga bakabilir ve hatta blog yazarı ile iletişim kurup katkıda dahi bulunabilirler.

Blogda en çok dikkatimi çeken istatistikler ve grafiklere gelince, bunları da aşağıda görebilirsiniz. Mesela:

TBMM'deki partilerin kanun teklifi verme performansı

TBMM'deki partilerin kanun teklifi verme performansı


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Posted by on June 2, 2011 in General

 

Turkey Reading Culture Map: How many books Turkish people read and own, and a note about data visualization


The Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Turkey recently published an interesting survey titled “Turkey Reading Culture Map” (Türkiye Okuma Kültürü Haritası) which sheds light on the reading habits of people in Turkey. Being data geek and information visualization enthusiast myself I could not resist diving into numbers, documents and maps.

Average Number of Books Read in One Year - Turkey

Average Number of Books Read in One Year - Turkey


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Posted by on June 2, 2011 in General

 

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Explore Open Data: MIPEX The Migrant Integration Policy Index


MIPEX is a fully interactive tool and reference guide to assess, compare and improve integration policy produced by the British Council and the Migration Policy Group. MIPEX measures integration policies in all European Union Member States plus Norway, Switzerland, Canada and the USA up to 31 May 2010. Using 148 policy indicators it creates a rich, multi-dimensional picture of migrants? opportunities to participate in society by assessing governments? commitment to integration. By measuring policies and their implementation it reveals whether all residents are guaranteed equal rights, responsibilities and opportunities.”

Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX)

Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX)


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Posted by on May 27, 2011 in General

 

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Speaking of French fries…


According to the legend, “during the First World War, many English speaking soldiers who came to Belgium discovered the gastronomic phenomenon that was fried potatoes and baptised it as ‘French fries’, referring to the only official language spoken in the Belgian army. A historical mistake.”

I don’t know if that popular story is true, but finally I had the chance to pay a visit to probably the oldest French fries shop in the world, that is Fritkot Max in Antwerp. This is a little bit weird for me because the shop is located in central Antwerp, the historical part of the city and I passed by the shop countless times. I’m very much satisfied with this place who started serving fried potatoes back in 1842. I was disappointed to learn that the ‘fries museum’ upstairs was closed but experiencing the best Belgian fries with tens of different sauces should be compensating enough I guess.

If you ever happen to be around Antwerp, do not forget to come to ‘Groenplaats 12, 2000 Antwerpen’ and taste a unique bag of Belgian fries.

 
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Posted by on May 22, 2011 in General

 

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Beginnings of a new blog: Father in a Strange Land


I have recently started a new blog: Father in a Strange Land – Adventures of a father in the land of fatherhood.

Below is a selection of some of the entries I wrote:

- Why most of the schools are boring and what you can do about it

- Raising multilingual children: The case for immigrants and other families

- The case for child welfare in OECD countries: Let the data speak for itself

- What can brain science tell us about raising a kid? Apparently a lot!

- Origins: How the Nine Months Before Birth Shape the Rest of Our Lives

- How dangerous is it for children to be born and live close to a nuclear power plant?

- Fatherhood: Evolution and Human Paternal Behavior (Are you ready to start a Ph.D. in the science of fatherhood?)

- Does too much education at an early age backfire?

 
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Posted by on May 9, 2011 in General

 

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Belgium: A tasteful country


I continue to discover top places for gustatory pleasures in Belgium:

- Michel Van Tricht & son, located in the Berchem district of Antwerp, was chosen by the newspaper the Wall Street Journal as the best specialist cheese shop in Europe. The Wall Street Journal preferred the Antwerp shop over competitors such as two Paris shops, a shop in Provence and a top specialist in Italy.

The best cheese from Belgium

The best cheese from Belgium

- The “Kulminator” (Antwerp, Belgium) voted as Best Beer-Pub in the World by Ratebeer.com.

- Last but not the least, The Chocolate Line (Antwerp and Brugge) is probably run by one of the best chocolatiers in the world.

 
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Posted by on May 9, 2011 in General

 

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Belgium: 1 Out of 10 Are Foreigners


Some interesting facts from a recent newspaper article in Belgium: “One in ten residents of Belgium is a foreigner

Distribution of foreigners in Belgium - De Standaard

Distribution of foreigners in Belgium - De Standaard

“On January 1, 2010, Belgium had 1.057.666 inhabitants with a non-Belgian nationality, not counting the waiting list. One in ten people in our country is not Belgian. In the age of 30 to 34 years that figure rises to one in six.”

“The milestone of one million foreigners in Belgium at the end of 2008 is already exceeded. Italians were most numerous (169.027), followed by French (130.568), Dutch (123.454), Moroccans (79.867), Spanish (42.712), Turks (39.954), Germans (38.370) and Polish (30.768).”

 
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Posted by on May 6, 2011 in General

 

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Waking to a nuclear morning everyday (and thinking about the future)


I decided to shoot some photos from our balcony from which I see the Doel nuclear power station every morning. Until a few weeks ago it did not draw my attention much except for being a highly visible and ugly structure.

After the recent huge earthquate in Japan that led to the Fukushima nuclear accidents, the view from our balcony started to have a new meaning for me. I started to follow Fukushima Nuclear Accident Update Log written by IAEA daily (and also another source: MIT NSE Nuclear Information Hub (http://web.mit.edu/nse/)). I consider those sources of information as highly reliable and scientific, and according them there is not much health risk in Japan due to radiation but nevertheless it is not easy to stay very calm when it comes to such an important matter. Whenever there is so much money, politics and power relations involved (which is what is expected in the modern capitalist society we live in) it is difficult not to be concerned and ask questions.
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Posted by on March 27, 2011 in General

 

Bir zamanlar Selanik'te musluklarından vişne suyu akan bir çeşme varmış – Yahudi Dönmeler, Sabetaycılar, Müslüman Devrimciler ve Laik Türkler


Yeni Camii - Selanik

Yeni Camii - Selanik

Bir zamanlar Selanik şehrinde musluklarından vişne suyu akan bir çeşme varmış. 1890′ların ortasında bu çeşmeyi yaptıran belediye başkanı Hamdi Bey’in yaptırdığı meşhur eserlerden biri de modern ve İslami tarzları birleştiren bir balık pazarı imiş.

Yukarıdaki bilgiler tarihçi Marc David Baer‘in ‘The Dönme: Jewish Converts, Muslim Revolutionaries, and Secular Turks‘ (Dönme: Yahudi Dönmeler, Müslüman Devrimciler ve Laik Türkler) başlıklı ve 2009 yılının sonuna doğru Stanford University Press’ten yayımlanan kitabından (ilgili sayfaları görmek için burayı ziyaret edebilirsiniz). Baer günümüz Türkiye’sinde halen pek çok komplo teorisine konu olan hassas bir konuyu el almakla pek çok tarihçinin tercih etmeyeceği bir işe girişiyor, cesaret isteyen bir işe. 1600′lerde önce kendini peygamber ilan eden sonra da İslam dinine geçtiğini söyleyen haham Sabetay Sevi (Sabbatai Zevi) ve onun 1800′ler ile 1900′lerin başındaki takipçileri olduğu kabul edilen ve Yunanistan ile Türkiye arasındaki zorunlu nüfus değiştokuşundan önce 1800′lü yıllarda Selanikte kendilerine büyük yer edinen bir toplumu (Sabetaycılar, Dönmeler) inceleneyen Baer belki de bu konudaki ilk düzgün akademik tarih kitabını yazmış durumda.

Baer, “kendilerini destekleyenlere göre dönmeler gerici dinci güçlerle mücadele eden aydınlanmış sekülarist Türk milliyetçileriydi, düşmanlarına göre ise aynı insanlar gizli Yahudilerdi ve asıl amaçları İslami imparatorluğu yıkmak idi,” diyor ve kitabında her iki bakış açısına dair çarpıcı örnekler sunuyor. Bunları yaparken iki şeyi ihmal etmemesi bu kitabı hem değerli, hem de sıradışı kılıyor: Baer akademik disiplinden asla taviz vermemiş, kılı kırk yaran titiz bir tarihçinin tavrı kitabın hemen her cümlesinden ve detaylı referanslardan, dipnotlardan, kıyaslamalardan anlaşılıyor. Bir yandan bunu gerçekleştirip bir yandan da akıcı, tabiri caizse bir dedektif romanı sürükleyiciliğinde (olabildiğince) bir tarih kitap yazmak hiç kolay olmasa gerek.
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Posted by on March 5, 2011 in General

 
 
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