I hate browsing my Friendster bulletin board.
There was a time when I actually enjoyed doing it. Of course, who wouldn't be enticed on reading twenty-question type posts? With the idea of discovering the private little somethings of our friends, such as their first kiss? (or what underwear they're wearing right now, but that's another matter well anyway lets move along shall we:)
See the thing is nowadays the bulletin board is not just filled with twenty-question type posts. Its also home to chain-email reruns, single line me-toos (What's your favorite flavor? Erin: chocolate. Adam: vanilla. Hans: Chocolate. Sometimes mixed with vanilla, Boris: whatever bla bla bla bla.....), and whatnots. And think what happens when your friend list numbers in the hundreds, and you receive twenty-questions over and over again. (And again. And again. And again. And.. well you did get the picture, didn't you:).
But as much as I hate drudging through the bulletin board, sometimes once in a while you discover among all those twenty-question posts jewels such as this one below. It makes it all almost worth it. Almost.
Well I guess the Friendster social network site was designed originally as a contact facilitator. But now its turned into a full fledged metro-culture trend. There's the system, we use it as we can, finding new purposes and stuffs.
I suppose there must be a better way to use Friendster's bulletin board. But whatever that way must be, it must evolve naturally into its own subsection of Netiquette. Until then, I guess there's no harm in posting random bulletin boards:)
Date: November 23, 2004 7:14 PM
Subject: Something for the mind..Ladies and gentlemen..GEORGE CARLIN!
A wonderful Message by George Carlin:
The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness.
We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom. We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.
We've learned how to make a living, but not a life. We've added years to life not life to years. We've been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We've done larger things, but not better things.
We've cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We've conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We've learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.
These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete.
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.
HOW TO STAY YOUNG
1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctor worry about them. That is why you pay him/her.
2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.
3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle. " An idle mind is the devil's workshop." And the devil's name is Alzheimer's.
4. Enjoy the simple things.
5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.
6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are alive.
7. Surround yourself with what you love, whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.
8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.
9. Don't take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, to the next county, to a foreign country, but NOT to where the guilt is.
10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.
But as a final thought, there are actually lots of Friendster users that complain after receiving this kind of bulletin. Or something heavier, such as a treatise on the betterment of creative free will. Perhaps these kind of bulletin boards fits in better as a blog article. But then again, this is a free Internet:)
Or, at least it still is, barely....
Actually, at first I thought the link he provided was bogus until I googled for amsterdam prosecutor's office munir and discovered an article from laksamana.net, which was verified by that first article in Kompas dated last Saturday. Which simply meant that I was just behind current news.
Yeah well, we've all got our own priorities, right?
Oh yeah, all those articles pointed to an allegation that former KONTRAS activist Munir, who died earlier this year, died of arsenic poisoning with strong hints of foul play. As to who is responsible, I don't like to point fingers without firm evidence. I strongly doubt government involvement, though. But of course that could be just naïve me talking.
And to think that RMS actually speaks Indonesian...
Speaking of which when I went to meet my graduation paper advisor, seeing that he was kinda like a bit of a Windows™ exclusive user (thus most likely a total Software Libré Luddite), I thought that he needed a primer on the concept of Free/Open Source Software. He would most certainly not appreciate being given a CD-ROM filled with my collection of hundreds of HTMLs and PDFs, not to mention a couple of books, so I figured I'd just have to give only the most representative papers on the subject which I can fit in a floppy. And since I felt I had to be fair, I decided to select one piece from each of the big four.
Keep in mind though that these four have some conflicting ideological-political views, but its important to have an exposure to these four views. Understanding comes with time, wisdom is its reward. Or something to that effect.
And so I brought with me a 3½ floppy disk containing a chapter of Eric S. Raymond's book The Cathedral and the Bazaar, Richard M. Stallman's essay Why Software Should Not Have Owners, Lawrence Lessig's OSCON 2002 keynote Free Culture (no doubt inspiration for his latest book of the same title), and last but not least a copy of Eben Moglen's Maine speech entitled Freeing the Mind: Free Software and the Death of Proprietary Culture.
If you follow the link you can read the documents online. Browse some more and you can find downloadable versions of each. To save you the trouble since I've already collected them, I decided to combine them in a single downloadable zipfile compilation (around 300Kbytes) that you can download from here.
Introduction to the Free Software concept in a floppy sized package. Please feel free to distribute:)
I'll let it live in my Ripway folder only until my bandwidth limit is reached. I'll also put a link on my sidebar, under the 'usefull stuffs' section. Considering the scope of my audience, I very much doubt the limit would be reached anytime soon. But you never know....
It went fine. Sorta.
To recap, I went to my advisor's house and handed him this. That paper there is the most structured writing I could manage after staying awake until 4 AM. Its a mess containing a random and very thick stream of my thoughts about the Free/Open Source Software world. I myself find it hard to follow closely.
Predictably he told me to rewrite the whole thing.
He did gave me this structure to follow. And that's a good thing; hopefully it'll help me produce a more structured, followable document.
Oh, and I gotta hand in the revised paper by Monday to the Department Secretary. Then after that I can contact the dude about becoming my graduation paper advisor. I've got until December 15th to pull it all off, so I'm still in a rush....
So now its official; I'm graduating by promoting Firefox:)
I should be asleep but I'm not, because:
The meeting is at 11:00 in the afternoon, local time (which is +7.00 UT). Right now my local time is 3:26am.
Its not a good excuse, but nonetheless its the reason I'm awake.
If you want one, get your own. Heh%).
There's something I read somewhere on this great big network of infothoughts known as the World Wide Web about blogs being the next wave of media, where it is through the independence of blogs that issues big corporate media won't touch because of various political-economy reasons they wont touch, these kinds of thoughts are put to attention.
There are two such thoughts, at any rate, that I want to put to attention at this moment. One's about a highway accident killing six people involving the President's entourage. The other is about the closure of a junior high school long the center of controversy.
Okay, the first. The highway accident. At around ten o'clock today Jakarta local time, a car accident happened on the Jagorawi toll road resulting in the death of six and the wounding of at least ten. It happened about ten minutes before the President of Indonesia was supposed to pass said toll road. As is customary the road was 'sterilised' before he went through, you know, checked for possible assasination attempts, cleared of car congestion, blocaded from all traffic, that kinda stuff. I'm explaining because I'm not too sure if this also happens in other countries when your heads of states pass by public roads (hello you two international audiences:)
You might be able to imagine the controversy that should arise, but the news was quickly subdued by other news about the President's plan of action and other international news. At this moment Kompas has not written anything about it yet. I hope they will, they usually do so, and relatively objectively, but if not I wrote this little something you're reading right now and also have bookmarked and saved several detikcom articles (in Indonesian only, unfortunately) where I discovered them, here, here, here, and here, just in case the state decides to order them deleted. You never know, you know?
But the interesting thing is before this news was obscured by SBY's speech this highway accident news also obscured another news, about the forced emptying of SMPN 56 at Melawai. Article links (once again in Indonesian only, forgive me) here and here. A brief summary of the controversy is that there was this junior high school in Melawai that was ordered moved by Governor Sutiyoso a couple of years ago (I would recommend googling for more information yourself), the controversy stemming from allegations of business favoritism and corruption among other things.
Well the thing is an aunt of mine happened to be a teacher at said junior high (she teaches now at the school's new location at Jeruk Purut, Jakarta), and she herself noted that the school's old location was too close to a bus terminal and was long complained as being filled with delinquent students due to the criminal elements of the surrounding area
The details of both are still vague, and detikcom has long been known for high-speed sensasionalism. If its controversial and it happened in Indonesia you can be sure that detikcom will write about it first, but if you want other angles and objective viewpoints you're gonna have to wait another moment or twenty while their reporters try to get more indepth facts. Extremely quick reporting, but often times not consistently objective enough for my taste.
I don't really want to condemn anyone of anything, neither the Press nor the Government, but I just feel it to be too much of a pity if these things slip under the radar too quickly before Indonesian society gets to digest their meanings, just because its political-economically unprofitable to invite the government's wrath. Perhaps?
Update 18/11/04 11.23[+07.00 UT]: I guess Kompas did print the stories after all. That's good:) As for objectivity I guess there are better things to spend human resources on, but enough effort has been made for such a short time I suppose. In these days of instantation its always necessary to manage our strengths and make sure we don't waste energy. But still their articles do feel a bit too government centric for my taste.
Whatever. What do I know about working as a reporter?:)
Update 18/11/04 23.11[+07.00 UT] And I just found a couple of articles covering the Jagorawi Crash and the Melawai Junior High incident in English from The Jakarta Post. Yay:) Hopefuly these will finally clear some things up for you two:)
I've downloaded and installed Firefox 1.0. I had some problems updating all of my extensions but I guess that's mostly because the servers were swamped, just like in the old days of Netscape 6.0. But trust me guys, Firefox is much, much better than that old monster. I'd almost say better than Netscape, but I haven't tried it's latest version myself.
As for Opera, well that's also another dilemma because its my favorite browser in Warnets having used it as (often times) the only alternative to IE. I avoid IE more for pragmatic reasons nowadays, simply because its default configuration leaves me gritting teeth and biting nails everytime some pr0n sleeperware takes over without management seeming to notice (or care, more likely). Opera's single browser mode is more workable, though, especially in version 7.2 and above. Of course that owes no little nod to the fact that single browser mode was a last minute feature wish which was not quite ready at Firefox 1.0's launch time.
As for the extension problems, I've resolved most of them by first uninstalling all of them then googling for their individual updates the day after launch (November 10th) so that most of them have been updated now. But I think updates.mozilla.org is a bit less congested nowadays, so if you wanna get them plugins and extension goodies you better get them now before the NYT ad comes up and the servers become swamped again (which is a good thing because it means more new Firefox users:)
One thing I would appreciate happening though is the return of the online/offline button at the bottom right corner of the browser window, like the one the old Mozilla Browser had. By pressing the button Mozilla Browser would go offline and we could surf the cache instead of downloading content expensively online. The normal way would involve navigating Firefox's 'file' menu to acces the 'work offline' menu item. Very useful when you want to be online for as small a time as possible, disconnecting after data has been downloaded and connecting again to continue 'exploring' (pun intended). Some people in our dial-up world still actually have to pay their local phone acces by the minute, you know:)
For those of us UI Depok students who want to check out Firefox, it's now installed on the workstations of the CozyNet internet cafe, at Jalan Margonda Raya about three stores left of Darmanet.
Check it out; and lets not forget friends that 1.0 is gonna be released anytime today:)
I'd like to take a moment to put to attention a new discovery of mine; that you can get a CD containing a collection Free/Open Souce Software (FOSS) software for Windows™.
The CD (and the software project) is called The Open CD.
I would actually prefer to make a button on my sidebar, but they don't have one, yet. Or at least I haven't found it yet. (Or made it yet :p). I don't know if its latest version includes Firefox or not, but you can always download it yourself tomorrow.
Now, to encapsulate such attitudes of mine into a defendable academic marketing communications paper so that I can graduate....
This morning I made a promise to myself that I wouldn't play computer games anymore until I've graduated; I went to my PC to blog up the fact and the moment my Windows desktop came up I double-clicked on the Neverwinter Nights icon.
So here I am after playing for about four hours (short by my standards), stopping because Mom asked me to pick up my sister at school, which (as usual) I interpreted as now but (as usual) Mom actually meant in an hour. But the other more significant (real) reason I stopped is because I fell kinda tired of dying so many times in Charwood forest with my level 9 lawfull-good human monk.
And now after writing this I want to begin playing again immediately. But I think I'll just upload this first. My brother decided to pull the modem out of hiding, but I'm still traumatized in using it (see my last entry). I try to go online only for uploading and downloading small data such as this blog entry and my emails, spending at most about five minutes at a time. When I gotta go online longer I'll do it at my campus WarNets.
I have one and a half weeks to complete my graduation final work paper or I'll be dropped out. I've written nothing and I don't feel worried at all.
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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