12/29/2004
the Wikipedia Tsunami phenomenon

2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake [wikipedia.org]

For those of you wondering where I've been the past five days, I'd just gotten a new addiction: Wikipedia.

I've added little tidbits, some in the wiki entries for 7-Zip, some in WinZip, some on the Wired CD, and some on Creative Commons.

But I guess the article I visit the most, and the article gaining the most attention nowadays, is the one on Monday's quake. Definitely a must read resource, with technical details, damage estimates, and links to donation web sites and pages. Some have even started an Indonesian version of the article, though te English version moves too fast for the Bahasa version to keep up. The English article has developed so large so quickly that they've (we've?) had to split the article into three; aside from the main page there's the donation page and the country damage and casualty list.

I guess the kicker is how great I felt to get involved. Just like Eben Moglen's Metaphorical Corollary to Faraday's Law on our need to innovate (read the section titled Because It's There: Faraday's Magnet and Human Creativity). "The feeling was exhilarating and addictive." Indeed.


Posted at 7:06:19 pm by ferdikom98
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12/26/2004
its not just in Phuket and Lhoksemaue, you know...

USGS: Asian Quake 5th Largest Since 1900 [yahoo! news]

Most accounts on the Web focuses on the damages at Phuket, Thailand. Coverage of Indonesian damage as far as I can find mostly focuses on Lhoksemaue, Aceh (granted its closest to the epicenter). But according to relatives living at my parents' home island of Nias, a small island to the north of Nias called Sirombu disappeared.

Don't know if anyone died, but I overheard my Mom talking on the phone that even southern Teluk Dalam was affected. It might be deducable that the damage shouldn't be worse than in Lhoksemaue, but considering that only a single coaxial phone cable links phones from Nias's capital of Gunung Sitoli to Sibolga in nearby Northern Sumatera, and also that as far as I can remember Nias is the poorest second level territory (kabupaten tingkat II) in Indonesia, I'm not too sure if anything will be heard from Nias until someone actually goes there in person to find out...

I hope for the best nevertheless.

addendum: Oh, and to all that celebrates it, Merry Christmas:)

addendum 2: Okay, okay. It seems that originally most reporting actually looks at Srilanka. And that Sirombu is west of Nias. While Bahewa is south. So I haven't been to Nias in eight years. It was only a couple of hours after the event that I originally posted this blog. And I was rushing, okay :0)

It seems that international focus is starting to shift to Indonesia and Srilanka, but I must add that the quake effected several nations more or less equally including Sri Lanka, India, Thailand, Indonesia, the Maldives, Myanmar and Malaysia. Total death toll so far is about 10.000, over 4.000 in Indonesia alone.

And I should be asleep. Its 3:25am and I'm having a Communications Ethics and Filosophy final test in about five hours. Talk about priorities, eh:)

addendum 3: For the avoidance of doubt (as can be confirmed by various media), the island of Sirombu has not disappeared, though the worldwide damage has mind-numbingly multiplied.


Posted at 8:37:58 pm by ferdikom98
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12/24/2004
remembering Columbine

There is a certain something that I felt my audience should be able to at least infer by reading the texts in my blog; that I don't conform too well to my social surroundings and systems, that I feel my education system cheats me, that there should be more important things in life other than grades, degrees, and pieces of paper called 'diplomas.'

On a recent trip to Kuro5hin's culture section, I discovered a little piece about an alternative teaching method called Programmed Instructions. The main focus of the article is about an alternative to public schooling.

At the end of the article, it referenced a series of /. articles entitled "Voices from the Hellmouth" and an online book entitled "The Underground History of American Education". Both are only available as either online web sites or as a printed book buyable (obscurely) from Amazon. No PDFs or CC-licensed downloadable copies, unfortunately.

If any of these writings can convince anyone that my learning problems are real; if any of these writings can convince someone to put real effort into changing the system; if even just one person can be rescued from the illusion that it is him/herself that's at fault instead of the system....

All I ask is please, don't tell me I'm not trying hard enough without at least trying to understand me first. The social pressures to conform pushed two human beings, having been pushed beforehand into insanity, into killing thirteen and wounding hundreds. Not videogames. I feel for them all, victims and gunmen, though I'd never do something like it; I just don't have the guts.

I'd been gutted already.


Posted at 11:37:12 pm by ferdikom98
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there is no SpyGlass(inc).

Beautiful business move. Just beautiful

Ever clicked on MSIE's help\about menu? If so, then have you ever wondered who Spyglass, Inc. is? Then check out this Wikipedia article. Yes, there is a spyglass, and in fact it was set up by the governors of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to capitalise on the commercial success of the Web way back in the early '90s. It was subsuquently killed by Micro$oft. Very sweet.

You gotta admire Bill's business acumen. Damn. Very sweet. Remind me never to tackle Microsoft's businesss without an army of consultants.

I found it while reading up Wikipedia on the origins of the World Wide Web. And after doing so I must hurry and fix my statement I made in my TKA that Mosaic was Open Source when in fact it was not. Microsoft contacted Spyglass for licensing. And look at what happened to Spyglass. And Netscape. And Linux if We the Community are not careful enough.


Posted at 2:31:11 pm by ferdikom98
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12/18/2004
brilliance(?)...

A point I've always tried to make to myself is that I am part of a community of human beings which survive by relying on each other. By helping each other. I've had the above word thrown at me several times, and I sincerely would love to actually be able to believe it.

Its not important wether I do or not. What is more important is that my thoughts are going to waste.

The world is such a neo-capitalistic lard-soup-paste that indigeneous Dayaks in the middle of Borneo are hurt everyday by this over-Borg-ian need of Machinima-Economica to rule so completely all the way to our very breath-processes. You either become a screw of Capitalism™, or you get screwed.

I'm screwed™.

I don't have marketable skills. I don't have a college degree. I don't have a million Dollar$. I can't follow a system through. All because my mind (and therefore essentially I) love to wonder.

But I can't give up. At least not until the 20th.

BIG BOY! BIG BOY! BIG BOY! i GOtta BE a BIG BOY! BIG BOY! BIG BOY!


Posted at 12:10:25 pm by ferdikom98
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12/17/2004
at the edge

Here's the latest version of the piece of paper which people says would facilitate my escape from this mental institution I'm currently living in.

tka v0.4 wracked.doc

Its still far from being 'layak sidang' (admissable for academic defense), but its closer then I've ever been. Let's see wether I live or not...

Oh and on other news, the gigantic two-page New York Times advertisement is up. Here's the official press release from the Mozilla Foundation. I personally like the design very much....

Firefox 1.0 NYT Ad

Posted at 10:19:50 am by ferdikom98
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12/7/2004
the death cry of an almost dropout, part II

What is the Gift of Writing? Why would someone be expected to be able to form concepts into clear written language? What is this segregation imposed upon those that cannot form words consistent with a structured norm?

What are words?

What is a paper?

Why can't I write one?

It is silly for me to be able to bore my friends to death speaking about Free Software and then go on to say that I cannot write a paper outlining a plan to promote Free Software. I totally agree. Why am I silly?

Help.


Posted at 5:29:12 pm by ferdikom98
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the death cry of an almost dropout

tka_v0.3_blurbs.doc

This is only chapter 1. Half of it, that is. There's no IMC plan to speak of. (Yet). The completed plan, as my graduation paper must be done on the 15th.

I have serious doubts about my skill as a marketer

Help.


Posted at 12:53:37 pm by ferdikom98
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12/5/2004
meditative lyrics

hmm-mm-mm... hmm-mm-mm...
hmm-mm-mm... hmm-mm-mm...

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hmm-mm-mm... hmm-mm-mm...

Don't Let The Man.
Fatboy Slim
from the Album 'Palookaville'

I'm gonna cut my hair. Not!
BTW get the album if you want, its nice enough:)


Posted at 7:40:28 pm by ferdikom98
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12/4/2004
mono/Dia

Your purpose is to the embetterment of man. The embertterment of man is about action. Your action must bring goodness to the world. Work is hard, even torcherous. But you must bring the embetterment of man.

But my Lord, is the embetterment of man always in line with Your purpose? What is the ultimate embetterment of Man? How is it that Man can become Divine? Is divinity the ultimate embetterment of Man?

So many questions. You have begun your journey into your seeking for me. You have travelled, but no more than to take the first few steps of a quintizillion. Infinity is my distance, but you are making progress. Questions cannot be answered by your seeking rest, for your journey is forever long.

But that cannot be, Lord. I only live but for a lifetime. Surely my lifetime is not an infinite number of years? How will I answer the Question before I reach my Zenith?

(death)

You seek the answer to your Question. Your answer lies ahead. Live. Persevere.

(Do less and I will personally Smite you.)


Posted at 9:26:08 pm by ferdikom98
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I don't write intellectually. I write expressively. I don't claim to be accurate, fair or thorough. I don't wanna get stuck on certain topics. Though I sometimes do. But not that often. I'd like to expand. I wanna write more poems. But I'll only upload them if they're good. I only rant about my life's hardships if it will rescue just a little bit of my sanity. I'm saner than I make myself out to be, though.

If I am an OS kernel, and I just had a kernel dump, I'd imagine that the text in this blog is what it would more or less look like.

There. Do you get it?

   

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