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Miscellaneous 24: On Concentration

Hi everyone,

Check out my post on concentration on Pointlessoverthinking


Miscellaneous 23: On Speed of Life and Memory

Check out my post on the effect of the fast speed of life on memory on Pointlessoverthinking


Miscellaneous 22: On Thoughts

Check out my post on the effect of thoughts on Pointlessoverthinking


Miscellaneous 21: On the Debate btw Morning and Night

Check out my post on whether it is better to be a morning person or a night person on Pointlessoverthinking 


Miscellaneous 20: On Dreams and Ambitions

Check out my post on dreams and ambitions on Pointlessoverthinking


Miscellaneous 20: On Food

Check out my post on the role of food in culture and human interaction on Pointlessoverthinking


Miscellaneous 19: Updates

Ok, I have not been perfectly regular here recently but I have good reasons.

First, I came to Turkey from Los Angeles early May and am, well, obviously jetlagged.

I visited my parents and also my brother, who is in another city while I was still jetlagged.

Then, now, I came to Germany to stay for part of the summer. I will be working but will hopefully stabilize.

Overall, I think I flew 22-hours or so in 14 days, only including the time spent in the sky. Maybe close to this many hours in airports, on the road.

Anyways, I am really looking forward to stabilizing with the blog again. I want to write short stories again. How is everyone doing here?


Miscellaneous 18: Versatile Blogger Award

I am very happy to get the Versatile Blogger Award for the first time. Very many thanks to Priya for giving me this honor! You should go ahead and check her blog. There are so many deep and insightful literature there. Her poems and her six word stories are the windows to her deep personality. Also check her own award post here


-Thank the person who gave you the award.

-Include a link to their blog.

-Select 7 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.

-Nominate those bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award.

-Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

I will do what I have been doing recently and not nominate anyone specifically for the award. But anyone can claim it. After all, I would like to know 7 facts (or more) about any of my fellow bloggers:)

So, I directly get to 7 facts about me.


  1. I almost always trust my heart more than my mind because I am generally an intuitive person and my intuitions have not misled me much so far. I actually made some life-changing decisions just based on what I felt like and they turned out to be perfect (PS: There is a difference between emotion and intuition. I do not necessarily trust my emotions all the time but intuition, yes!)
  2. Blogging is a revert back to the beginning of my life for me. I used to write short stories as a kid and here I am doing the same again. Is life a circle after all?
  3. I like being active. If I can’t do anything that will make me move, I will just get up and dance for no apparent reason.
  4. I have always been a morning person.
  5. As a morning person and coming from a breakfast-loving culture, I so love breakfast. In fact, I don’t think I ever skipped it. And here, breakfast means breakfast-breakfast, not like ‘I am just gonna grab something’-breakfast.
  6. I like food but only because it is a way to connect with people. I don’t really care about what I eat but I care about who I eat it with. So, I can eat any amount as long as I like you:)
  7. I hate hand-writing with all my heart. But type-writing is a big yes!


Miscellaneous 17: On Language and Mind/Culture

Check out my post on the relation between language and mind/culture on Pointlessoverthinking


Miscellaneous 16: On Traveling

Check out my post on traveling on Pointlessoverthinking


Miscellaneous 15: On Communication

Check out my post on communication on Pointlessoverthinking


Miscellaneous 14: Apologies

I apologize to everyone for not really keeping up much lately. I have not been very active in reading posts in the past week or so and will not be so for a few weeks. We are towards the end of the academic year and usually these times are the busiest. I will try to post as much as possible and read. But if I am inconsistent, please give it to the temporary busy schedule. I just wanted to let you all know.


Miscellaneous 13: On PhD Life

Check out my post on PhD life on Pointlessoverthinking


Miscellaneous 12: Turkish Rock

Hi guys!

I mentioned in a post before (here) that I might do a post on Turkish rock songs. My favorites. So, here we go!

Turkish rock is my favorite-ever genre. First, it is not hard rock and I am not a fan of heavy music. Second, it has traditional Turkish tunes in addition to  rock tunes and I love east and west mixes. Third, the lyrics. Oh, they are the most powerful in any genre I have listened to. I will provide links to translations but they don’t do the greatest justice to it. But at least they will give a taste.

Now, just sit back and listen to them and let me know which ones you like and why. If none, that is fine too, but also tell me why again:) Also, I will put only 6 here, but if you guys are interested, I have a lot more in my pocket:)

Bir Derdim Var 

This is an iconic song by the band Mor ve Otesi, who I was able to see and listen to in a concert in LA this year! This is their best known song and I don’t know how many times I listened to it! I think this is my favorite Turkish rock song.

Here are translated lyrics:


Aman Aman

The band, Duman, is known for very heavy songs. lyric-wise and singing-wise. This is my favorite song by them and here are the lyrics:

‘Aman’ is an exclamation word we use in a lot of occasions. When we don’t care about something, when we feel heavy etc.


Haberin Yok Ölüyorum

This is the most depressive song by the most depressive band, in case you want to feel depressed. It is in the title “You don’t know it but I am dying” and you can hear it in the singing too.

Here are the lyrics:



Now, a song by a solo artist (Haluk Levent) and not a band and he is an iconic singer and this is an iconic song. Very heart-felt lyrics. Lyrics:


Sen Ağlama

Again a band, Badem. Very emotional song and iconic again. Lyrics:



Band alert! Yüksek Sadakat. The frontman’s voice is oh-so-good. Lyrics, so good, almost sufi-like. Here they are:


I hope you enjoy this list!


Miscellaneous 11: Meditation

Check out my post on meditation on Pointlessoverthinking


Miscellaneous 10: On Comments

I just realized that WP somehow put some of you guys’s comments in spam. If I have not replied to your comment, it is because it went to spam. Apologies! I will get to them as much as I can in time. Has this happened to you guys?


Miscellaneous 9: On my Short Stories

Practicing writing for a long enough time makes you find your own tone. This is what I am noticing in my writing too. My short stories used to be longer, but they are getting shorter and shorter, almost becoming poem-like. Maybe, that is really my tone. But it is interesting to just follow how your tone takes shape in time.


Miscellaneous 8: On Language Families

Check out my post on language families on Pointlessoverthinking


Miscellaneous 8: Writing

I don’t know why but I want to write ALL THE TIME. It could be the effect of having taken a long break from it (long: 13 years) or it is just that this is me. Either way, I am surprised at this urge I constantly have in me.


Miscellaneous 7: Make Peace with Future

Check out my post on future goals on Pointlessoverthinking


Miscellaneous 6: Peace with Past

Check out my post on how I dealt with the effect of memories, which marked the start of my mindfulness/meditation journey on Pointlessoverthinking


Miscellaneous 5: Tiredness and Burnout in Millennials

I wanted to share this BBC article on the issue of tiredness and burnout in millennials. I found myself in it and I am sure you will all relate. 


Miscellaneous 4: Language Change as a Constant

Check out my second guest post on on how language change happens and how natural it is. 


Miscellaneous 3: Linguistics and Writing

I have always been in love with linguistics, which is why I have devoted half of my life to it. But today, after a full day at a linguistics conference (which went very well, by the way), I badly wanted to go to my new love: writing. Writing is probably as important to me as linguistics now.


Miscellaneous 2: The Rain

Who would have known that I would like the rain and the gray and cloudy sky (for Los Angeles) for a moment? Thanks to this beauty.(It was not raining too hard at the time, and it was intermittent).


Miscellaneous 1: The Cat

Just when I thought he could not get any cuter, I got this:


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