7/23/2005
i am a statistic

Check it out, dudes.

Take the MIT Weblog Survey

Got it off Tony's. Seems the boys at MIT are up to something...


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7/22/2005
united against...

I haven't checked Snopes yet, nor have I ran it through the AFU - Urban Legends Archives, so I'm not sure wether this is not just another urban legend. Or worse (more details below). Its yet another chain-mail attachment that's been making the rounds lately, about an advertising campaign supposedly 'cancelled' by the US government that was supposedly run only once on MTV's networks.

I like the message but since the attachment is so damn big (and since chain letters goes against RFC 1855) I decided it'd be better if I just posted it here in my own private mass-medium (hey, its potentially accesible by millions worldwide; even if my blog's hit count since inception two years ago has only reached the low 2000s :p). The following is more or less a recreation of the PowerPoint™ presentation distributed with the chain letter.

Shameless plug: images extracted using OOo Impress (a component of OpenOffice.org), captured by clipboard and prepared for online display using WinGIMP

This MTV advertisement was canceled by the US government. It was aired only ONCE....

MTV 9-11 advertisement - HIV
The text next to the WTC Manhattan twin towers: "2.863 people died"
(the cardboard sign the sitting man is holding: HIV+ PLEASE HELP)
The text next to the sitting man: "40 million infected worldwide"
"The world united against terrorism. It should do the same against AIDS"

MTV 9-11 advertisement - HUNGER
next to the towers: "2.863 people died"
next to the kid: "824 million people starving in the world"
"The world united against terrorism. It should do the same against HUNGER"

MTV 9-11 advertisement - POVERTY
next to the towers: "2.863 people died"
next to the old man: "630 million poor homeless people in the world"
"The world united against terrorism. It should do the same against POVERTY"

Solidarity is needed.
- Help, donate, sponsor -
This advertisement was forbidden, but not everything can be hidden

Thank you...MTV

I'd like to add something, though. I sure hope this story is real, but my advertising spider-sense tells me that this is guerilla marketing by MTV. Its a clever one though, if it turns out to be guerilla marketing. The message is nice and commendable, and I certainly agree that it'd be hard to run, even on their own private cable networks.

(And if it is guerilla marketing by MTV I'd like to add that IMHO it has failed. I think it distributes more widely among non-US persons than among US residents; Too touchy.)

And of course this whole terrorism thing is more than just about numbers. Its not about how "only 2.865 people died," its about how they died, and within the intrinsicaly inpenetrable US border defenses nonetheless. There's a very real geopolitical security dimension to this whole shenanigan; I'm sure y'all US folks would agree. "How did they attack us within our homes? Its unimaginable." Very unimaginable for the citizens of the sole remaining Superpower state. From the very start of the US campaign (and all the way through at least until they invaded Afghanistan; that's before Iraq in case you've forgotten), I'd always thought to myself that its a pretty fucked-up move to make by such terrorists. But personally I'm not too sure of Bush's handling of the retalliation...

The point is, terrorism is not the world's sole urgent problem. There are others, and they are arguably just as urgent, if not more.

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And as an added note: I'd like to think that a better alternative to distributing chain letters would be to post them on your blog. That way if people would like to read about them then they must decide to actually visit the page containing the letter; nobody wastes any bandwidth unless he/she actually chooses to waste said bandwidth. We should post chain letters as blogposts

Oh and it should be noted that I took some creative liberties with the captions; if you'd like to check the original PowerPoint™ Slideshow you could get a copy from my Ripway. Even then I think the captions in the PPS are different from the original copies actually contained in the ads. I'd love to get my hands on the originals...

And there's a CC twist to this whole thing, too: its actually illegal for me to be posting these pictures; I have not cleared my use of MTV's imageries with MTV. The story would be different had MTV slapped a By-Nc-Sa license on these. The use of CC licenses to allow grassroots redistribution of commercial advertising messages have been discussed before, but sadly I can't remember where exactly...

Oh and please don't distribute the PPS via email; if you want then you could should actually replicate this post in your blog, I think that would be better. And if you're going to do so please save a copy of the pics in your own server (you can use Ripway, Photobucket, or Flickr), since the bandwidth of my Ripway server is limited...


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gelangputih.org

I don't got nuttin' better 2 say but like I just wanna say...

kunjungilah gelangputih.org.

I should write something more but... my brain's kinda too zapped right now...


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7/20/2005
burnout

I don't multitask well.

I have got to accept that now. I do have to change that, but as the AA people like to say acceptance is the first step to recovery.

I had three jobs this week; certainly not much if you just think about the number. But all three of them required me to dedicate at least twelve working hours each on average. It didn't seem much but I never really thought about the human capacity to work continuously. I didn't actually realize I had to put in so much time to the three works until I actually ran with them, but I could've predicted it if I had really dedicated time to planning the jobs. So for the past two days I've been hit by this really bad case of cold that kept me mostly in bed (not as bad as Wil's Trifecta but just as damaging to my workflow). I gotta find some literature to proove this but based on recent discoveries my personal theory is that no person can healthily do dedicated work for more than twelve hours a day for five days straight.

Elbert Hubbard says, "Get happines out of your work or you may never know what happines is" (Okay, I cheated; I got that off a calendar :p). I totally agree with that one but there's two sides to that coin. It has not been a very healthy week for me. Not just in the physical sense (though physical is what it comes down to). Do you remember the case about the CS player which died after playing for two and a half days straight? The one covered in CNN happened in Korea, but I think I've heard it happened in Hongkong, Singapore, and other places. Here in Indonesia, too. And not just CS, either.

So I owe a few people a lot of apologies for broken promises and I gotta cut back on my work. At least cut back to levels which are acceptable to my body, being the big fat overgrown baby that I am. Being a freelancer means that you have got to be your own time manager. Don't know about a regular nine-to-five because the traffic, being what it is in Jakarta, would add an extra four hours. But I gotta start excercising regularly again. I used to run around my campus at least three times a week and followed it up pulling a pair of five kilo barbells a couple of times. At my tenth and eleventh semester I think. At least that's the last time I can remember doing it. I feel a lot healthier back then.

But freelancing or not, I gotta realize my limits. I don't multitask well. I am limited by the number of hours I can work in a day. And Jakarta being the city of bloodthirsty wolves that it is, I must also work on fixing these deficiencies.

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I wrote that last Saturday. My nose is still running and my throat is raspy. The RegCleaner NAV subscription trick doesn't work. Jobs take on new twists, and tasks I thought were completed come back to haunt me still. Not to mention the ones I'm not done with.

I haven't checked my e-mail in a while. Hope I didn't miss any job interviews...

Its 4.49 in the morning. I'm listening to 'And I Love Her'. At least I'm not feverish.


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blog to fend off boredom

So I'm at a deadline, and instead of risking extended downtime by spending my low-production cycles playing Sonic Heroes, I'm gonna spend it by blogging. That way I keep writing and as soon as I can come up with more production-quality copy I can alt-tab directly back to work without getting obsessed by the level I'm trying to pass.

I was thinking I wanted to highlight something else from the sermon I mentioned a couple of days ago. Its not just the (personally) neat lesson about affecting future generations, but its how it jives with some theories I've read about.

The thing about how curses originate from negative words, its so self-defeating prophecy. Think negatively of yourself and your surroundings and your actions lead to suboptimal performance and results, thus you curse yourself. There's more....

Let me get back to you on that one.

In other news I had a thought last night while in bed that humor when analysed to its core is the celebration of misfortune or misactions of others. Things that are funny as far as I can recall are all 1)things which don't 'normally' happen, 2)tend to set back the progress of the actors (or show the deficient property of said actors), and 3)happen to someone else. We find something funny when it reveals the backwardness, the stupidness, of someone or something. To make fun of someone. Is humor really this negative? Or is my mind too filled with negative humor? Can someone give me an example of positive humor?

Speaking of literature I was thinking that writing opinion columns in Kompas is a great way to make some extra money. Perhaps not only Kompas, but any local newspaper which accepts opinion articles. Its a great way to make money but you gotta be relevant and intelligible, though. When the special section on copyright came up about two saturdays ago I had thought of making one. When GAM proposed changes to state laws to allow local political parties I had also thought of making one. Right now...

Aw hell, that's it. I'm playing Sonic.

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a couple of hours later...

Okay that was fun. Luckily Mom called to make us have our nightly prayer session. Its my sister's 18th birthday, incidentally. My brother bought a cake from Makarizo Bakerzin or whatever. It was delicious; not a Tiramisu but the same sort of cake where you should put it in the freezer or it would be too melty and when you try to cut it it'd be a mess So we only ate like a quarter of it. I ate a piece, congratulated my sister,and now I'm back in front of the PC.

Ten of fourteen sub-articles. The first of two. Both to be finished at eight tomorrow morning. Its now 2238 hrs.

I guess its nice to have an office job. Regular pay and all. You don't live day by day, constantly searching for the next job, hoping the next one would be big. But I've tried the office thing. I died. Well, almost.

Its not that I can't stay awake 24 hours straight, its that I can't keep doing it and maintain optimal performance. Its like when I was at that creative house my first project was beautiful (at least that's what Nick said the client said), but unfortunately it wasn't what they were looking for. I had poured a good serving of my soul into that stars thing, even though I can't take credit for all of the idea (or execution for that matter) since its a team thing. But the arm is mine, everyone else can claim everything else, but the arm is mine.

Okay so Andri gave suggestions to fix up the hand's shadows. But I reimplemented those suggestions myself into my version. Aw hell, so I can't claim any element wholly for myself. Whatev.

Anyway after finishing the star thingy in such a short time its like I can't come up with anything more afterwards. Too tired. Its like I do shotgun sessions: take one job, do it under pressure, make it as fantastic as possible, then take a long break once its completed. Because afterwards I'd have no energy left.

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later the following morning

Dang, I slept. Yeah well, at least I woke up about an hour ago. The small ones are done, now only the big tenants are left. I should do some websurfing for Gramedia and Matahari. Think I better pack up and go to Multiplus.


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7/14/2005
curses and sins

There's this popular evangelist among the Charismatic/Bethel community in Indonesia named Gilbert Lumoindong. He has often been accused of being too shalow-minded and public-performance-oriented and stuffs, but personally if you can get through the layer of Hallelujah Amens you could actually absorb some deep philosophies from his sermon. And also of course there's that silly laugh, but that's another topic. This morning instead of going into the church hall late and getting through the thick cake of staring eyes upstairs I spent the morning listening to his radio sermon. My mom just went in.

Anyway there were several interesting humanitarian philosophies that he was going over, his sermon was about curses, but I'm just gonna highlight one. In one part he was talking about the origin of curses, and how it was said in the bible that one (of among three he mentioned) is from inheritance. It is written in the bible (can't remember the verse, of course) that the sins of our fathers causes us his descendants to have curses befallen among us. Some would argue that it isn't fair but that's God's law and we have to accept it. But its not just that simple.

The thing is that we see it as unfair because we see it as, like, some other dude fucks up and we gotta take the shit, and like why the fuck do we have to take that shit anyway and stuffs. But then we read about how the blessings of (say) David flows down upon his descendents and then we say its fair. Think about it for a moment.

We say when its curses its unfair, when its blessings its fair.

Now that doesn't quite fit does it? That's the thing that nudged me this morning. We gotta realise that we're social creatures. What we do affects others; being egoistical does not stop us from getting shit from others, and being egoistical does not stop us from being responsible to others. The other sub-point he was getting to in this point of his sermon is that we can't do much anything about the sins of our fathers, but we can control what happens to our sons.

It is possible to change our culture. It is possible to change this society. Just because (perhaps) we won't feel the effects in our generation does not make our responsibility to change the future any less significant. Just because the culture of corrupt material hypocrisy is so prevalent in our society does not mean that it has to be that way for all eternity. We can make a difference, but not only that, we have to make a difference.

Oh and by the way of course he didn't put it quite like that; these are just my personal reinterpretations.


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6/30/2005
common sense, the boring rerun

From the book "Common Sense: A New Conversation for Public Education -- Note to the Reader" (also available as a very downloadable 300kb pdf)

Several years ago I was struck by the realization that public education was first established in America with a clearly understood purpose. However, I was hard pressed to define exactly what the well understood purpose was today. I began to ask friends, relatives, colleagues and even educators what they thought. But a coherent definition did not quickly roll from their tongues. In the end, after compiling hundreds of responses from people of all walks of life and from different regions of the country, there did seem to be a common denominator. Synthesized, the consensus was that "it is to create well-rounded individuals who will be able to make a contribution to society, be active in civic and community affairs and go on to lead healthy, happy lives." It sounded pretty good.

The problem was that, upon reflection, much of it did not quite seem to square with reality. For example, few schools today even offer a course in civics (and when they become eligible, our youth do not vote); "well-rounded" had very different and subjective meanings for everyone; "healthy" appeared to be a disconnect based upon studies that indicate over 20% of our children start the school day hungry; and more broadly, since compulsory physical education has been dropped from the curricula in more than 50% of the public schools, our nation’s children are ranked among the most sedentary and least fit of any in the industrial countries.

When pressed for clarification, a second and very different "consensus" began to emerge. Again, synthesized, it seems what parents really wanted for their children, was a school that would prepare them to test out well so that they could get into the best college possible in order to get a really great job that would earn them enough money so that they could begin consuming the planet faster than their parents and their future neighbors. To my ear, this fit much better with reality than the first consensus. Not so incidentally, the adult perception of "happy" appeared to be their own view of what would constitute happiness for their offspring. For example, I found that almost nobody wanted their kid to go on to major in philosophy, history or English literature—even if the son or daughter felt that this would be his or her personal road toward happiness.

As a result of this informal survey, I began to understand the reason why the general public never initiates conversations addressing what the purpose of education is, or should be, in America. (Also, why parents don’t want their offspring to major in English literature.) This is simply because everyone already "knows" what the purpose is. Across the land, there is a pervasive kind of background noise as ubiquitous as it is virtually inaudible. The second consensus model just identified never actually needs to be articulated because the background noise keeps saying to us that education is essentially about money. In fact, in our society education has just about become a synonym for a ticket to money. This national belief, because it borders on absolute certainty, requires no discussion, no examination and, of course, no debate. But, in fact, what we most desperately need is a national debate right now before we suddenly discover that it is too late; too late for the nation, too late for humanity. It should be kept in mind that if we could somehow magically reform the educational system tomorrow, we would not begin to reap much of the beneficial results for at least a generation. We must raise our national level of awareness to finally admit that what actually drives our educational system today is the prospect of money and the concomitant power to consume. This must be challenged and it must be changed.

A preliminary but critical step may be for us to recognize that we actually do not have a nationally understood and nationally embraced purpose for public education that makes any sense at all if we expect the country and the planet to survive. The next step might then be to initiate a debate different from any that has gone on before. For without defining a new objective, understandable and accepted by all (and, most importantly, understood and accepted by our children), there is little real hope to develop a viable, long-term solution to our most daunting crisis.

However, by examining the historical record we can uncover the original objective for public education and follow how and why that objective (or purpose) has changed over the centuries. Tracking the evolution of public education could allow us to see the problem in a new and different context. Then, with the issue redefined, new strategies and tactics might begin to emerge and other practices that have been timetested could be retooled and integrated into a truly new paradigm for this high-tech 21st century—not only for America but also for the world.

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A few days ago I had a request to 'commercially help-out' someone trying to complete his/her graduation paper. I'm not trying to justify anything with the above quote but frankly I find it really sad when every living human being is forced to get into the program, to become another cog in The Machine, to be an efficient member...

Or to be swept aside.

Competition is good. I like competition in the way it stimulates progress. What I hate is when human beings are labeled sub-human because the person is incapable of absorbing some other such little such convention such practice in some way because its simply not interesting to said person. Because he/she refuses to step in line.

I hate it when I'm forced to accept the way things are 'just because.' Its not right.

But its happening in the states, right? I mean, it can't be happening in Indonesia, can it?

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Oh and by the way the guy who wrote the book is a taxi driver in New York. Found him referenced by Lessig quite some time ago.


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review: zen and the art of inkscape

From the Inkscape v.0.4.1 Help Tutorial on Shapes:

The divergence of a spiral is the measure of irregularity of its winds.

Now how can you get more trippy than that?

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Inkscape
an open source SVG editor
and vector graphics tool
created by inkscape.org

So I dabbled with Inkscape. I started a few days ago. The resulting doodle being the ugly head you see at the bottom of this post. The first of several, in fact (go to my deviantART if you're curious). Not exactly a work of art, but it has many implications if you've worked with Freehand or Illustrator in the past.

The thing is if you created vectors in FreeHand you're gonna have a hard time importing it to Inkscape since Inkscape has a hard time importing Freehand MX's EPS (at least Inkscape 0.41 for Windows.) The same vice-versa since Freehand can't read Inkscape-created EPS. But then again export (especially the exporting of complex documents) has always been Freehand's Achilles' heel.

The situation's different with Illustrator though, both EPS and SVG goes back and forth between those two without any trouble whatsoever (at least so far). But a word of warning: don't try to export a Freehand vector with gradient fills to EPS, open it with Illustrator, then save it to SVG with the hope of opening it with Inkscape. You can already smell trouble opening the Freehand EPS in Illustrator. Consider yourself warned.

Inkscape is a relatively young project compared to the GIMP. So although you can create some pretty nifty vectors with it you can't use it for desktop publishing or magazine-quality film output yet. At least not predictable output; since it can only export basic fills and vectors when creating PostScript files. At least you can open the resulting SVG file in the GIMP and output a TIFF file that can perhaps, maybe, by chance, be used by film-separation output places. Anybody care to try?

Oh and so far I've only managed to output 24-bit PNGs from Inkscape; I haven't figured out wether Inkscape can output indexed-pallete 8-bit PNGs. Not a big problem though, since WinGIMP does an excellent conversion job. Just open the PNG output from Inkscape in the GIMP and change the image mode from RGB to Indexed. But that still doesn't solve the color-consistency problem, since although you can define CMYK colors in Inkscape the GIMP still doesn't support CMYK color palletes. I think they haven't gone there yet because it would mean having to rewrite a whole bunch of internals in the GIMP. And they just completed a major rewrite going from 1.2 to 2.0. And then again to 2.2.

And would you believe that Inkscape maps out CMYK colors in 256 levels?

Inkscape only exports PNG-24 bitmaps so that if you use IE6 to see this page you're going to see an even uglier grey box surrounding the ugly head below. If you really want to see what Inkscape has made possible with the lame-ass mushroom head below you're just gonna have to use an alternative browser with PNG-24 support (which means practically any modern visual web-browser in existence aside from IE6).

One other thing; Inkscape does support clipping paths; the problem is they haven't made a GUI interface to it. You're going to have to learn to hand-code SVG to replicate Freehand's 'paste-inside' feature. Or you could try to give the Inkscape guys a hand.

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So...

What I really want to say is that one of the major reasons that I continue to use pirated software is starting to erode: computer graphic design using Open-source software is not only getting practical (as opposed to being merely possible), but its actually becoming somewhat quite powerful. And fun. Unfortunately unless you intend to work solely on online, screen based projects, you can't quite rely on them for day-to-day professional on-the-pavement work. Yet.

CMYK. Color proofing. Film output. Graphical page layout. Wysiwyg interface for rapid visual development. It may only be my impression but fact is these are very real hurdles which must be overcome before FOSS tools can be used commercially and mission-critically in advertising and marketing-communications creative houses. The developers have other priorities, though. And expecting graphic designers to code these for themselves is... well....

I really do want to learn C. Or at least Python. If only to make possible CMYK color separation in the GIMP and a clipping path interface in Inkscape. I think. But most other graphic designers don't even think. They know they're better of relying on Adobe's Creative Studio and Alias|Wavefront's familiar tools. And Avid. And the Panther film-output system.

Is hope fading? Not really. Not if Microsoft continues their raids. When software copy control policy is successfully enforced (which by the way the Warnet raids look likely to be sooner rather than later), then most computer users in Indonesia would have no choice than to go open source. Nobody can afford commercial software here.

Unless everyone stays stupid and continues their blind reliance on Microsoft's interfaces.

But you have to admit, it is too much to ask every ordinary computer user to switch to Firefox now; in the immortal words of Tim Berners-Lee: "the explosion of the Internet alongside the World Wide Web is due to people's thirst for information (not to mention knowledge and wisdom), without wanting to learn much about computers and cables."

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So...

We'll see.

mushroom head, an inkscape tech-demo image exported to 24-bit PNG

Oh and by the way will everyone Please freakin' upgrade to Freehand MX version 11a?!?!? It Is Stable!!! Use the Damn Patch its been out for Two Years for Gods' Sakes!!!!!

(sheesh just gettin' people to upgrade pirated proprietary software is hard...)


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6/23/2005
review: captain corelli's mandolin

Captain Corelli's Mandolin
directed by John Madden
starring Nicholas Cage, Penelope Cruz, John Hurt
Walt Disney Pictures, Buena Vista Entertainment
2001

I watched Madagascar last Monday with a few campus friends at Wijaya 21. Afterwards with Ruli's suggestion we had dinner at Basil's. We had various pastas and sandwiches, I myself ordered a Fetuccine Carbonara. It was delicious and it cost only Rp 18.000 (US$ 1.7).

While at Basil's Ruli related a tale of how he was kicked out of a french restaurant in Paris because he put Tabasco on his dinner. Supposedly the chef barged out and yelled French obscenities at our dear friend, all of it meaningless to him because he doesn't speak the language, and he was promptly ushered out of the café/restaurant/place/whatever without having to pay anything.

There's something to be said about people too stuck up to understand how insignificant one is in the grand scheme of the universe, but the French are not Italians. Nor can we expect to accurately predict any action of any particular person based on any particular stereotype, but you gotta love any pasta carbonara. And Italian operas.

I'd always fancy myself an appreciator of various musics. And those Italian soldiers under Captain Corelli sure can sing. It was pretty lucky of me to get to catch Captain Corelli on TV7 two nights ago. Good luck trying to find it on rentals and pirate DVD stalls here; art films just don't sell; even if it won an Oscar. Well, maybe if they won an Oscar and also feature some barely-legal almost-sex (like American Beauty).

Anyway can anyone point me to where I can get a copy of the full score for that guitar concerto, "Pellagia's Theme," that Captain Corelli wrote for the Mandolin and was played in the movie? I wanna play it.... Does Nicholas Cage really play the mandolin himself? It looks like it in the movie, and it sounds great. I'd love to be able to play it with Mahawaditra. Hell, I'd love to hear Mahawaditra play it, even if someone else does the guitar solo.

But its not just the music though. There's not much of it actually, though what little there is is beautiful. Most reviews made on the movie when it first came out would go on and on about the love story, and I must admit it is a very touching and somewhat complex love story (but not so contrived as to become a daytime soap). But what stuck in my mind more was Pellagia's dad, Iannis, and his nuggets of bottled wisdom. Especially what he said about love (exact quote wording courtesy of the IMDB).

When you fall in love, it is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake, and then it subsides. And when it subsides, you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots are become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the desire to mate every second of the day. It is not lying awake at night imagining that he is kissing every part of your body. No... don't blush. I am telling you some truths. For that is just being in love; which any of us can convince ourselves we are. Love itself is what is left over, when being in love has burned away. Doesn't sound very exciting, does it? But it is!

And also I love how it portrays the peaceful life on the island where people from two cultures (actually three when you count Gunther and the Germans) could 'act towards one another with civility,' in such a 'dark and sad time.' Gunther singing along with Corelli and the troops, with the Greeks dancing to the Italian band. When they can find those few precious moments where they can enjoy life in the middle of dire circumstances. Overcoming the fact that they're enemies, with realisation that we are all (mostly) human.

The look in Gunther's face when he had to kill his friends.

And to imagine all this as based on a true story...

So, does anyone have the concerto?


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6/17/2005
midnight emulation

Written 2005-06-16 01:35

Reverend Tony commands, "should thou art awake at 1.30 in the eve, thou shalt blog till striketh 2 o'clock, after which thou shalt take rest and blogeth no more."

Its a cool enough verse, so let's give it a twirl...

I am awake at this wee hour having been playing the first "Sonic the Hedgehog" game for the Sega Genesis/Megadrive, using Gens. Incidentally while surfing I had discovered that Gens has gone open source and is available from Sourceforge since February 2005. I'm sure they'd have Linux RPMs of the things by now. So should households become the next target of Microsoft's raids here in Jakarta then I can take solace that at the very least the blue rodent shall keep me company, so long as those very nice ROM people keep being flighty enough to not be arrested but not be so flighty that the general 'Net populace cannot find them (if they've moved already try Googling Megadrive ROMs and clicking the fourth or fifth hit). But if those crackers could keep it up with ROM images of consoles past surely they can also keep moving around pirated bits of apps? No matter, Gens is still worthy in its rekindling of memories past.

The first game I ever finished was Sonic 1, I'm sure of it. I had played Karateka, the first Prince of Persia, that bartender thing, and also that black cat thing, Super Mario.... Oh! Carmen Sandiego for the Apple ][! I think I finished one or two Carmens on the ISM computer labs.

At ISM I also had my first encounter with CS Lewis' Narnia chronicles. I think almost every day on third grade, at around four o'clock I'd go to the library and read all seven books. Several pages at a time. Never bringing any home. I read the whole series twice.

The next Sunday after I was fired (I think) my brother took the family out for lunch at Bakmi Gajah Mada Sarinah. There was a QB bookstore at the ground floor, and there I found an omnibus edition of the Chronicles on paperback. All seven episodes of the Chronicles of Narnia, in a single volume sold for Rp 200.000. I doubt its still there, but if its there next time I'm at QB Sarinah I'm gonna buy it.

And I know I would be able to afford it.

I had been able to afford it then.

I don't remember why I decided not to buy it then. When I first came across it.

But I did decide to download the latest copy of Gens. Spent more than Rp 10 grand downloading all those ROMs. While waiting for any word on the translation gig I should be doing.

I think I've spent enough. Look! Its two already! [yawn] Yeah, I think I can sleep now.


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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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