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The title refers to the last time I posted something on this blog. I’ve been keeping this blog up – I mean, I have been paying hosting fees ever since. But I’ve also been pretty lazy posting stuff here.

So, what happened since I last wrote? That would make more than a few hundred posts probably. In a few sentences: I changed jobs, I got a car, I got married, I stopped being a vegetarian, I changed my whole lifestyle and lost 36 kg (from XL shirts to S slims), I (or we? wife and I) took up cycling, walking with occasional running, I/we got a hi-fi stereo (that’s a long dream come true). Probably a lot more that I can’t remember now.

So, why am I writing now? Being a geek, the main incentive is that I am now hosting this blog on a VPS (more on that later).

Anyway, most visitors to my blog are random people who don’t know me, so I don’t really have any regulars. I probably lost the regulars (if I had any) in the last 4.5 years.

But anyway, it’s never too late.

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from trollcats.com

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The aquarium in Kara Inci (means Black Pearl, a café/coffee shop in Sinop, Turkey).

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The man in me will hide sometimes to keep from bein’ seen,
But that’s just because he doesn’t want to turn into some machine.
Took a woman like you
To get through to the man in me.

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I have recently assembled a new desktop, and after a while, I started to experience VPU recover issues in a certain game. Let me start with my computer specs first:  Asus P5Q Deluxe motherboard, Kingston Hyperx 2x 1 gb RAM 1066 MHz (KHX8500D2/1G), Intel Core2 Duo E8500 CPU, and a HIS HD4850 IceQ4, and all of these backed by a OCZ 500W Modxstream PSU (doesn’t beat my previous Enermax Liberty, but I can’t be bothered with removing it from my previous desktop now) in a Enermax Chakra case.

Before I start, I must say I am not completely an expert on the subject though I’m quite experienced with such issues.  So, I might neglect some aspects when writing this. While most of these information here is already available on the web, it is mostly scattered among pages and they might be hard to reach with improper keywords. But still, let’s get started:

So, what is VPU recover? It is a feature in ATI software that let’s the GPU (graphics processing unit) to restart itself when it faces a problem and stops responding that would otherwise freeze the computer if it didn’t restart. So, if you don’t have this selected in your Catalyst Control Center settings, then your PC is likely to freeze with a blank screen. First of all, this isn’t an error itself; rather the outcome of an error that has occured. VPU Recover let’s you continue your work without causing you lose the work you are working on, or whatever.

Then, what causes the GPU to stop responding? There might be a couple of reasons. The generic reply you will get from ATI/AMD is the following:
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Hey! I have been a bit mobile lately. I mean, until a while ago, I am not anymore – and I’m not giving any details until sometime. So, here’s a collage of a couple of shots from a trip I took.  Somewhere in central Anatolia. The sound in the bus wasn’t the most appealing, so I replaced it with a Bob Dylan cover, which I think sort of suits the mood of the video.  Video quality isn’t the best due to the light and so on. I didn’t bother with manual settings, which would make this video look better. But, enough of these technicalities – I don’t honestly care.

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Ok… So, I haven’t written for a while. I mean, for a while.  I had my reasons, which I am not really go into.  All I want to say is:

Either do not fucking pretend to be interdisciplinary.  Or do not be interdisciplinary – you DO NOT have to.  You do not have to necessarily be interdisciplinary.  It does NOT make you cool or any cooler.

That’s it.

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I am not much of a traveller, as I said for a couple of times earlier.  Partly because I am too lazy to take a trip. I was a bit lazy for this trip as well, but once you promise people, you can’t really cancel things. So, we went on a trip to Amasya with Lisa (now in Canada) and Laura (she’s still in Ankara! – hi Laura!!).  This video is a bit old – poor video, waited for like 3 months before it got published. I have my reasons, if you ask me, maybe.

Anyway, this video is shot at a place in Amasya. My searches shows that this place used to be a mental institution (a bimarhane in old Turkish, apparently) back in the day. Now it serves as a small conservatory. These people get together and make music together occasionally – we were lucky to listen to them and have some tea in this lovely building that has memory.

After this long laziness to update my blog, here’s a video – dedicated to Video Vortex 3 Ankara Conference and the Videoblogging Boot Camp.

Edit: Oh, I forgot! Lisa and Laura, do such things with the camcorder and get published on the internets!

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This is the first video that I shot using a tripod. Wanted to post this because of the following random quotes from Emerson‘s essay called Nature.

To go into solitude, a man needs to retire as much from his chamber as from society. I am not solitary whilst I read and write, though nobody is with me. Note But if a man would be alone, let him look at the stars. The rays that come from those heavenly worlds, will separate between him and what he touches. One might think the atmosphere was made transparent with this design, to give man, in the heavenly bodies, the perpetual presence of the sublime.

[...] When we speak of nature in this manner, we have a distinct but most poetical sense in the mind. We mean the integrity of impression made by manifold natural objects. Note It is this which distinguishes the stick of timber of the wood-cutter, from the tree of the poet.

[...] To speak truly, few adult persons can see nature. Note Most persons do not see the sun. At least they have a very superficial seeing. The sun illuminates only the eye of the man, but shines into the eye and the heart of the child. The lover of nature is he whose inward and outward senses are still truly adjusted to each other; who has retained the spirit of infancy even into the era of manhood. His intercourse with heaven and earth, becomes part of his daily food.

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I haven’t posted anything for a while. Partly because I have been busy and also because I have been slacking on quite a lot of things.

The semester has ended like a month ago, this means I’ll start writing my dissertation in the coming academic year.  For the first time in my university career, I received a GPA of 4, which is great news. Also, I started to take intensive French courses from the summer school but I think I have made a mistake, as I don’t have much energy left to study at home after 5 hours of French everyday.  And the other stuff that I have to do and the hot weather doesn’t really help. C’est difficile!

Other than that, I quit smoking last Saturday. So, it has been a week. I have handled it quite well with few nicotine deficiency attacks (or whatever they are called), and I’m pretty well at the moment.

Anyway, off to studying French now so that I can go out tonight.


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