Jakarta Post internship, 2007

The Jakarta Post is opening its internship program again for this year. Check out the internship page at the Jakarta Post website, or click the above image.

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the southeast asian godfathers?

To finish reading: How to be a Godfather; book review and excerpts from "Asian Godfathers: Money and Power in Hong Kong and South-East Asia" by Joe Studwell.

An interesting investigative and critical analysis of the immigrant Chinese tycoons. Most definitely controversial, hence its attraction -- and at the same time a good indicator that you should take said book's veracity with a grain of salt. I highly recommend examining the review (and the book should you choose to buy it) with a healthy helping of good sense and reason.

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Two recent episodes of PhD Comics; introducing Gerard the Humanities Major

Personally, I do believe in thought experiments as a valid method of research.

(And that all theories based on empirical observation data (aka. "real life") are valid.)

update 12:02 PM 9/5/2007: In other news, Queen guitarist Brian May finally completes his PhD. thesis on Astrophysics after over 30 years. He will be given his PhD on September pending corrections.

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parallels between WW-II and War on Terror

History does repeat itself. Never exactly -- there are always enough differences in the details that people who are determined not to learn anything from the past can find an excuse.

But history shows patterns precisely because human beings don't change.

After the First World War (then called the Great War), Britain and France were exhausted. They had triumphed -- barely -- but they had left more than a million dead soldiers on the battlefields.

Germany suffered nearly as badly. But the German people did not feel defeated. They were ripe for Adolf Hitler to come along and tell them that they had really won the war, except that they were stabbed in the back by traitors at home.

So as Adolf Hitler began to rearm Germany, preparing for a rematch, he found an enemy that simply did not want to fight any kind of war at all.

WorldWatch - June 3, 2007 - Learning from History - The Ornery American by Orson Scott Card

Disclaimer: I am a fan of Orson Scott Card's Ender saga. If you're interested in Science Fiction and Fantasy in general, be sure to check out his InterGalactic Medicine Show.

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miles levin

Over-quoted from the Detroit News website :

Miles Levin, whose blog inspired thousands, dies
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Laura Berman / The Detroit News

Miles Alpern Levin, whose on-line writings about his fight against cancer inspired and moved thousands of readers, died early this morning at home in Bloomfield Township.

Two years ago, he was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare pediatric cancer of the soft tissues.

After the diagnosis in June 2005, he consciously made his ensuing battle with the deadly cancer into his life's work. He reinvented himself, growing quickly from a funny and forgetful teen into a conscientious student and a writer who acquired an international following.


At the June commencement ceremonies, Miles, 18, urged his classmates to seek justice in the world. "If my struggle with cancer galvanizes actions of goodness," he told them, " I can rest assured that even if I succumb to the rogue cells I will leave behind a legacy of victory. Dying is not what scares me. It's dying and having had no impact."


He willingly endured severe pain and torturous chemotherapy treatments -- excruciating nausea, weakness, and pain -- trading off weeks of sick days for a few good ones. His passion for life was matched only by his insistence that it be a good life, a meaningful one. What the world most needs, he said in his last days, is "more kindness."


On the Cranbrook Schools campus, he became an outsized object of admiration and awe. Students wore t-shirts honoring one of his sayings ("Keep fighting, stop struggling"), and organized a fund-raising walk in his honor.

Although few of his thousands of blog readers had ever met him, they wrote using adjectives of awe, describing him as a teacher and themselves, most often, as "grateful" to hear his lessons. He compared his life to a golfer swinging gaily at a bucket of golf balls, until only a few remain. "Now with just a handful left," he wrote, "each swing becomes more meaningful."


Over the last year, he won several awards, including the Sarcoma Foundation of America's Leadership & Courage Award for 2008. Accepting the award, he said, "The universe is more cruel and random than we would like it to be," calling childhood sarcoma a "total injustice."

But that knowledge never made him bitter.

"I just have to keep going, to search for a higher meaning," he said. To do so was a way to squeeze more out of life, and vanquish death.

He tried to think of cancer as a gift. "I am living more richly than I ever was before cancer, so if I die, will it have been worth it just to get these years of superliving?" he asked at one point.

Mostly, he wanted to live as well as he possibly could. He strived, consciously, for saintliness -- an uncommon aspiration for an affluent 21st century American teen.

Although he was mature beyond his years, he was young and idealistic enough to imagine he could be a beacon of light and wisdom to others.

And he was.


How to help
The family of Miles Levin has set up a tax-exempt memorial fund to support efforts to fight pediatric cancer as well as providing a "vehicle to create new directions in patient care." Send contributions to:
UJF -- Miles Alpern Levin Fund
P.O. Box 2030
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48303
Attn: Susie Feldman

It's like... yeah.

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Attention FISIP-ers! (especially those from the Class of '98): Ida HI has a new blog, so catch up with her at dugongidae.blogdrive.com. She moved to Blogdrive because she forgot her Blogspot username and password :))

But if you don't know Ida HI, you may not want to visit her place. She doesn't have anything interesting to write about. No, not much at all...

[Oh really!? Yeah like as if I'd really believe that Ida has nothing important to say /:)]

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seeking our personal savior


Message to the world: don't expect me to solve your problems. I can help you map out your options, but its you who have got to ultimately solve them.

And the same goes to me: I can't expect you to solve my problems; you can help me map them out, but ultimately its up to me to solve my problems.

But I am more than happy to help you brainstorm. I hope you can help me brainstorm, too.


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The following cartoon by Gapingvoid eerily describes a lot of what I'm feeling right now... and what I'm trying to overcome.

Greed is in the Gas Tank. Fear is at the Wheel. Faking the Emotions I no longer Feel.

(original enclosure)

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how to become better copywriter

sighted at the Creative Circle Indonesia mailing list:

How to become better copywriter

  1. Write.
  2. Write more.
  3. Write even more.
  4. Write even more than that.
  5. Write when you don't want to.
  6. Write when you do.
  7. Write when you have something to say.
  8. Write when you don't.
  9. Write every day.
  10. Keep writing.

-Brian Clark-

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Its been almost ten years. They say it has always been this, this... convoluted; this messy. Yet they survive. How is it possible?

I had wanted out barely two months after I got in. Yet I was convinced that I can develop, that I can grow and keep up. I stayed.

But I didn't grow up. For six months I didn't grow up. Why?

All these dreams. All the thick idealism.

(I thought I belonged here)

I want out.

How do I get out?

(and whom do I offer to the sacrificial altar?)

(in my place...)


Editor's note: This is a work of fiction. Any similarites to any persons or organisations present, past or future is purely artistic and coincidental.

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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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