the Japanese word tsundoku, which perfectly describes the state of books. It means buying books and letting them pile up unread.

The word dates back to the very beginning of modern Japan, the Meiji era (1868-1912) and has its origins in a pun. Tsundoku, which literally means reading pile, is written in Japanese as 積ん読. Tsunde oku means to let something pile up and is written 積んでおく. Some wag around the turn of the century swapped out that oku(おく) in tsunde oku for doku (読) – meaning to read. Then since tsunde doku is hard to say, the word got mushed together to form tsundoku.



… we (my love and I)  had an interesting conversation this Sunday morning. What evoked us, I don’t know  but we almost went to the back… Are we too older people?

A little note, my love reminded me the beginning of this conversation. In our youth years, people especially who lived in the European side, were all moving to their summer houses. Mostly their summer houses were in the Princess’ Islands and also in the Asian coast of the city. So people almost moved their goods and furniture too to the summer houses… It wasn’t easy at the beginning of the summer and then turn back to the city at the end of the summer. By the ships they were moving… But today, people, if they have a summer house, they have everything in their houses. No needs to move the furniture or white goods… You only take your baggages, etc.

In my grandparents'(my mother’s) home there was refridgerator, short and fat 🙂 I remember like that… and it was there in the kitchen, I mean in all the houses of my grandparents, never changed… it worked for years… Todays’ white goods have a short time for their lifespan… They don’t build them like they used to. Remember that old washing machine you bought back in the 1980s? The one that seemed to go on for ever…

But the point was not this for our conversation. We just wanted to remember of old machines in our life… I remember the “meat-safe”,

meat safe


It was in the village home of my grandparents (my father’s)…  I supposed that it was wired because of mouse, etc. But later I learned that it should be aired…

Then we tried to remember the oven, cookstove, etc. My love told me that in their house there was gas stove with a pump…maybe we don’t use them  anymore but in wild life especially for mountaineers, etc. it’s being used still.


But I don’t remember them… In Istanbul, in my grandparents’ kitchen there was coal gas system. In the city there were gas stations…


In Istanbul  gas production is started in order to clarify the Dolmabahçe Palace for the first time in 1853. In Yedikule 1878 until after 1891, carried out by private companies with foreign capital in Kadikoy production and distribution business changed hands a few, then transferred  to İETT the speed laws.
Beyoglu concession expired in 1984. Polygon IETT the transfer in the Gas Plant, would be a monopoly in gas production and distribution. And engaged in production and sales, where about a thousand people work, the daily average capacity score of 300 thousand cubic meters, 80 thousand subscribers. Istanbul for years summer or winter business that, due to enter everyday life and restore technology for natural gas, in June 1993 to be liquidated .

And I remember, there was kitchen stove in our house in the Anatolia. The kitchen was a big room. And I loved to be there. There was a big  earthenware jar  and I always left the it open… they warned me always… I didn’t drink water from the jug, but I loved to drink from the earthenware jar  with a big shovel… The kitchen stove was so nice… all my life I wanted to have one of them in my home too…

Then we remember the telephones in our life…



Eski Cep Telefonlarını İşyerinde Sergiliyor
Eski Cep Telefonlarını İşyerinde Sergiliyor





Briefly, we, our generation have experienced and saw all of them… But today, even my son and new generation don’t know them… They are all being born in today’s technologies… Of course there are more goods, and details change from time to time… But when we both remembered them all, it made me to think, are we too older, my love 🙂




Science Fiction

Around the World in Eighty Days” and more,… of Jules Verne, I can’t imagine  anyone who didn’t read his books.  He was (as they called) the father of science fiction. But today, not makes the same effect, or touches… Because things changed in the world. We know the moon better than the past… and we fly, travel all around the world… and not only in the world, in the universe too… Modern science and technology are being improved always, so it’s been a light or an inspiration for modern science fictions too…  Maybe we haven’t  used a transporter as in the teleportation machine used in the Star Trek universe. But we have cell phones today… 

Why am I talking about science fiction, I can hear, you are wondering. Have you watched “The Ex Files”… It is back but not good as the first season… Yes, It’s fun to see Mulder and Scully back in action, but the scenario is not good for me… And sometimes it seems so nonsense and not meeting with modern science… You know there is a very thin line between reality and science fiction… if you lose this balance it could turn to a child stories… But on the other hand I can see that the subject mostly is being around the genetic science… As most of writers in last years, like to write about genetics.

As I mentioned above, science fiction goes along the modern science development… For me science fiction should be like a  kite, one leg on the ground, the other one in the sky…

Modern science is amazing… I can’t catch them… so many things change and improve in human world. A few weeks ago I heard that scientists can genetically modify human embryos. WOW! in my mind there are million questions now… but most of them philosophical, on the other hand,  to be able to do this, to where will take us, I wonder now.


As in the news, British researchers get green light to genetically modify human embryos. Of course this is a great  achievement, but brings so many discussions too… Science fiction’s writers should be following all these changes and improvements… But not “Ex Files” writer team… Made me disappointed.


Strange! Can you explain this?

Yesterday, I saw a lady and an alley dog following her.  Then the woman stopped and gave food from her bag to the dog. The dog was so excited about food and then he smelled and didn’t like it (probably it was cat foods) and he turned his back and peed on food! It was amazing, I haven’t seen anything like that before. Can you explain this?