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We tend to resist being put into boxes, categories, “types”, because we are all unique, we really are. So, can studying personality types help in any way?

A common critique of personality types is that they put people in boxes. That makes me think of the joke, “I am a millennial, I don’t like labels!”.

The fact is that every tool we use to communicate from words to letters to labels and categories are all imperfect ways…

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There is a village of good and honest people. They all grow tomatoes and feed themselves. They use materials they find around to build their homes, make tools, make fire to stay warm etc. Everyone is self reliant, no need for help from each other. This helps with the social…

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The Turkish word for friend is arkadaş. It is made of the word arka, which means behind, and the suffix -daş which adds a meaning of commonality to the word before it. For example, the adjective made of the word name and this suffix refers to people with the same…

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Cinema is a multimedia art form. It requires a wide range of skills. But that’s not what I mean by “the art of the polymath”.

See, though cinema is usually thought as a visual art form, it involves a great deal of sound, from music to sound effects and sound…

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The philosophy behind the second amendment makes a lot of sense, for a different time in history.

I want to start by saying that I am not an expert in this topic, and I welcome any meaningful criticism and discussion around the topic as a response to this article.

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people…

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The media industry is between a problem and a solution; it is a dark place. When you have a problem but the solution is not certain, it is quite anxiety-inducing. I choose not to look at the solution however as something that is out there and needs to be found…

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We humans are born the most incapable of all mammals. We can’t walk, or even open our eyes. But how did we end up building this giant global civilization? Media is one of the crucial ingredients that make it happen.

We are born highly inadequate because we are born relatively early due to the size of our brains. If we waited a bit more, our heads would be too big to get through the uterus. This ends up causing two things: we are underdeveloped and our brains are still very…

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It’s Wednesday evening in New York City. I am at work, just finishing up some coding for the day. The lyrics of the song playing in my headphones go: “What keeps me in this city is not its Bosphorus, it’s my own past. …

A frame from Khooneye Ma music video

Too tired to get along..

A little while ago, I discovered Marjan Farsad, a lovely Iranian singer and animator with a voice as soft as silk. I decided to use one of her songs as material for learning Persian, “Khooneye Ma”.

I spent hours looking up each word in the dictionary, to make sense of…

In the early years of the millennium Elon Musk wanted to send a small greenhouse to Mars. A surreal photo of living green plants with a red landscape in the back would spur excitement about space exploration, which Musk thought was lacking.

Fast forward almost two decades and we have people all around the world in awe, watching a live feed of a mannequin with a fashionable space suit riding an electric red sports car, heading towards Mars with a beautiful view of the blue planet in the background.

As he mentioned…

Albert Berk Toledo

Media, Tech, Middle East, Cinema • Software Engineer at VTS, formerly at Chartbeat • Istanbul | New York •

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