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Almost 2015

The year is approaching its end. I am getting old(er), and I realised that over the course of a few years, I have changed a lot in terms of blogging. I used to be more open about my private life, here on my blog and also on Facebook. Now, not so much. I am very hesitant to write about private matters, and on occasions, when I cannot suppress the desire, I write cryptically. The blogging frequency has decreased too. There was one day when I made three blog posts on one day. Now, I write one post in three months. The rise of Facebook certainly contributes to this, but as I become more content with my life, I also have less time now to blog.

Merry Christmas, and ***** ********.

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Rumah Sukorejo, aka Nyoba Ngembed Google Maps di WordPress

Terima kasih atas protes Koh [Eon Strife], saya berinisiatif untuk mengembed foto rumah saya di Ponorogo di blog. Sekalian ngetes untuk pertama kalinya.

Rumah saya yang atapnya coklat di sebelah kanan agak atas itu, yang ada putih-putihnya. Sepertinya sudah berubah sejak saya meninggalkannya tahun 1997. Di seberangnya ada Puskesmas tempat Mama saya kerja dulu. Di belakang ada Puskesmas ada masjid yang kalau sahur bulan Ramadhan nyetel lagu instrumental padang pasir yang bikin saya takut dulu. Terus ada sungai kecil di selatan rumah. Ada SD beberapa ratus meter di selatan sungai, tapi ga ada di preview.

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Too Much Information

“Welcome to the information era
No more sweat and blood for information
We will provide you with information
And connect you with people around the world”

And in this era
Everybody is smart (God forbid)
Everybody is true (God forbid)
Everybody is loud
Everybody wants to be heard

They say under the sun nothing is new
I say, partially true
The same news being repeated, echoed,
Transmitted and amplified
Intertwined with stories on
Horrendous slices of life
Beyond limit overflowing
To continue on the next day

So then there was I
Little by little, one by one
With duct tape sealing noisy mouths
Murdering people’s voices
And shutting my bleeding ears

When truth matters no more
One more note don’t add nothing
Silencing my desire
Keeping thunder in me

Shattered and scattered
I go forward

Hilangkan!

Saya ingat sebuah komik Doraemon, tentang alat diktator untuk menghilangkan orang yang tidak kita suka. Nobita (seperti biasa) menyalahgunakannya untuk menghilangkan orang-orang yang tidak disukainya, mulai dari Giant, Suneo, dan lalu pada suatu ketika dia tidur, tombol di alat tersebut tertekan dan Nobita menghilangkan semua orang di dunia, termasuk ibu Nobita, Doraemon, Shizuka, dll. Sedih datang, lalu senang tiba, karena tak ada orang yang mengganggu. Itu tak lama, karena dia jadi susah sendiri ketika lampu di rumahnya mati: tidak ada orang di PLN yang mengoperasikan listrik. Ternyata penghilangan orang-orang itu sementara saja. Doraemon muncul kembali, dan berkata bahwa sesungguhnya alat itu diciptakan untuk menghukum diktator, untuk membuatnya merasakan kesepian.

Sekarang, menghilangkan orang yang tidak kita sukai agak lebih mudah. Tinggal hide story, atau unsubscribe saja di Facebook. Sama sekali tidak repot. Yang jadi pertanyaan adalah…

…dengan melenyapkan update status dari orang-orang tersebut, apakah kesepian akan datang melanda? :v

…apakah akan ada karma dari tindakan tersebut? :v

Update

Hello again.

Life has been hectically hectic in the last few weeks, but I don’t think I can/should tell much here, other than this involved me camping in the lab for a few days and reversing my active schedule, being active at night and dormant in the morning. My friend cum rival [Koh Eon] called this “creating one’s own jetlag”. Another thing, the word “[capalang]” has been very familiar to my ear. In Indonesia, we call it “seksi sibuk”.

For these reasons, among a few others, I have been quite inactive on Facebook. I have not been in a mood to have lengthy discussions about pointless, trivial stuffs, although admittedly, I have a number of questions as well as cynical remarks in my mind. This includes questions about another perspective about things which recently happened in the Indonesian embassy in Germany, about our vice president’s statement on loudspeakers in Indonesian mosques, about politics in campus, and many others. Albeit me stating things here, please do not bother to mention things about them, lest my ignoring your comments.

For leisure, I have gone to the city a few times in the last one week. I, Koh Eon, and two other labmates KMD and AC went to a [ramen championship] in Bugis. It says that the chefs are among the famous in Japan, coming from the corners of Hakata to Sapporo, so the taste of the meals must be authentic and of a high standard.  These chefs are competing with each other to find whose stalls are the most wanted. I tried spicy tsukemen, which, unlike ramen, has the noodle and the soup served separately. Well it was quite nice, but not in my best list. Certainly it must be quite hard for Indonesians to appreciate delicacies of other nations. At about 15 SGD per serving, it might be comparable to mid-range restaurants in Singapore. I don’t know how this compares to restaurants in Japan.

Two days ago I and Koh Eon had a kopdar with [Felicia] and her friend, initial F (?), in Chinatown, Singapore. You can see some photos of us in Koh Eon’s photo album.

Among the blogs I newly discover is [100 Reasons NOT to Go to Grad School]. Another demotivational blog. Some points in it pierce my heart so deep (the use of an adjective, instead of an adverb, is deliberate). Indeed the most elite universities are always mostly filled by those graduates of Ivy League and Oxbridge, so as an underperforning student of a young university, my inferiority complex and worry about my future raised again when I read it. [One commentator] even went as far as, “If you can’t get into a top grad program, what makes you think you can get a top job? Reality check, people!” Although, well, yes and no. This might be statistically true. However, having got their PhD degrees for arguably less internationally known universities, some professors, like Hiroshi Ishii and Pattie Maes, manage to teach and do research in globally famous universities, like MIT’s Media Lab in their case. At the end, it depends on what kind of paths you want to take. Let’s not discuss about my situation with respect to this idea. Anyway, there are two other things. One, I can’t help being confused when the writer argue about salary. Indeed if you want to earn much money, you work for bank or oil companies, not as a medieval English literature researcher. Two, I think everything there is mentioned from the point of view of an American, which might be applicable to other people from other developed countries. However, if you are unlucky enough to be born in third-world countries, it is very unlikely for you to list down Stanford or MIT or Cambridge as a university you realistically want to get enrolled at after your graduation from high school, let alone teaching in world class universities, and therefore teaching in a globally second or third class university is already good enough. We just didn’t have such luxury, which sucked. This also motivates me to go and settle in another country, so that my descendants, if I ever find my rare-breed soulmate, have better opportunities than me.

Enough of this rage.

Lastly, to end this post, here is a picture of Angela Gossow of Arch Enemy. Hot enough for a lady, I often imagine her hissing like a snake above me.

Angela Gossow (via Wikipedia)

Angela Gossow (via Wikipedia)

Printed Book Killed the Internet Star

I just came across [this Kimi’s post] and posted the link in there to my Facebook account, and I thought it was a good idea to also post some of my comments there in here.

Firstly, I would like to introduce [this article]. My opinion seems to be somewhere in between, and there are aspects of just on both sides. On one hand, indeed websites like this fail to financially recognise the original authors. But on the other hand, shutting down these websites kill scholars all around the world, especially outside the first-world countries.

I always believe that education is expensive. Doing research is expensive. Collecting papers is expensive. Analysing them is also expensive. Writing a book based on them is even more expensive. This is the effort which websites like this don’t appreciate. But as I said, scholars all around the world are murdered for not being able to purchase it. Their dreams are being crushed.

My ideal thought is to keep research and book-authoring expensive so as to maintain their qualities, but make it available in locally acceptable prices. Prices in USA will be different from prices in, let’s say, Timor Leste. But as I said, this is an ideal thought. I don’t know yet how we can make such system. Or even its possibility. How can we sell an originally USD 100 book in IDR 20,000? Using government subsidy? I am not even sure whether they are thinking about this problem. Moreover, we are talking about the international community in which one country does not have any responsibility for citizens of other countries.

My solution for now, especially for those who don’t have enough money to buy 5 x USD 100 books every semester, although I completely doubt its legality, is to buy books collectively. One hundred people can buy one book on Calculus and make 100 copies, one for each. You still need to pay, but it will be much cheaper. So, this is a trade-off for both publishers and buyers. Publishers won’t get as much money as they should have received, but at least the consumers make some contributions to them. And if you live in countries like my home country of Indonesia, I am quite sure that nobody will trace you for making numerous copies of a whole book. Anyway, we had been doing this for a long time.

BTW I am not sure whether book publishers take these people in third-world countries into account when calculating their potential revenues. They have never bought many, it seems to me. Even in the library of the faculty of the university where I used to study, you can find many copied books. A lot of them. So what I am trying to say is, is it a big loss for publishers when we do this?

Putting things aside, that’s why I always greatly appreciate authors who make some versions of their books available for free online. You can find an example here: [Planning Algorithms] by Steven M. LaValle.

The title is a homage to this classic song from The Buggles:

This is a recurring theme, when a new technology replaces older ones. Earlier this month we saw [the printed versions of Encyclopaedia Britannica being stopped, mainly due to the company’s lost to the emergence of online encyclopedias like Wikipedia]. I dub this “internet killed the printed book star”. What I bring in this post is the exact opposite, in which “printed book killed the internet star”.


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