Entry: Work for life, not work for a living 2/12/2007



I've bought a new mouse today for Rp 89.000,00, named the Eurocell mouse. It claimed to be "made in Germany". It looks well-built anyway: infra-red optical, 800 dpi at 3000 frames/second (or so says the packaging), USB plug-end with a USB-to-PS/2 adapter, nice and big unlike the el-cheapo 50-grand-a-hit ultra-mini-mouse that seem to be "all the rage" lately (which I can't seem to bring myself to like since they're just too small for my hands); but I can't seem to find any web references to it.

It puts an email address, panacell *at* panacellular dot-com, so naturally I tried www.panacell.com. The page currently says under maintenance, but it redirects to http://webindo.net/suspended.page/, which implies that the domain owner. A quick googling points to this electronics and electrical web directory page indicates that the domain name www.panacell.com is owned by one "Wengky Widjaja" of "Panacellular" located at DKI Jakarta, Indonesia.

I'm not doubting Panacellular's claim that its made in Germany (the mouse looks and operates good enough for the claim to be true, very smoothly in fact), its just a pity that a local manufacturer would have to resort to claiming its product to be made in Germany for it to sell in the local market. I personally would buy a locally made mouse made as well made and economically priced as this baby, but I guess I see where Panacell is coming from when they reason that most Indonesians would shun the mouse if it says "made in Indonesia." I wish it was, though. Made in Indonesia, that is.

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I made the following reply to a post by Hugh Macleod about the latest stages of his Stormhoek wine global microbranding campaign, the "big love" documentary

You know, that last comment by Robert actually made me even more interested in Stormhoek.com. Or at least the Stormhoek story.

Revenues help fund AIDS research? Hmm, interesting...

Eh. Oh wait. You meant South African Export Revenues help fund AIDS research. Sorry, my bad. But still food for thought, tho...

Personally as a citizen of the world I can't wait for Mark Shuttleworth's Ubuntu Gang to fix bug No.1, so that we here in Indonesia can comfortably use guilt-free software (aka. Free in both Price and Freedom) in day-to-day business productivity without being looked upon by the general business communities as idealist wackos so like, go SA :)

I'm posting it here just in case the above link-heavy comment doesn't pass Mr. Macleod's spam filters.

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Its funny how I manage to cook up this much text in an instant, yet I can't seem to will myself into conjuring up a coherent document to bring to present regarding the Sacred Bridge Foundation's website (still under construction; not suspended indefinitely (I hope)). I'm supposed to be the new Communications Head, but I can't "communicate" effectively (at least when I define "communicate" as "talking about and promoting SBF so that people start talking about SBF in public") when I'm too busy trying to create project timetables and program rundowns (or helping my fellow Program Head to make them).

(all opinions herewith are personal in nature and does not necessarily represent the SBF etc., etc.,...)

But to be honest I definitely hope to stay a long time with the SBF. They (as far as I can tell) actually have a mission that I can intellectually and morally respect (to promote the Cultural Healing, sorry I meant Nourishing of Indonesia), as opposed to the survival motivated yet morally suspect ideal of my previous workplaces (eg. Advertising's mission to create aggregate demand ad infinitum). One central tenet of the SBF is that if one can lead oneself then one can lead others, which is specifically defined in our own little universe as true in reverse too eg. you cannot lead others until you learn to lead yourself.

Meaning, that if I can't even create a decent project timetable then I have no business communicating about the SBF's projects.

But that's life, you know. I mean work. You can prepare yourself through more than 20 years of education yet not be prepared for what lays in your path. Some people say that this can only happen in Indonesia, but I challenge anyone to prove that it doesn't happen worldwide. But that's not the point. The point is Work is not Life. If you work for a living (or even worse don't have any other life aside from work) as opposed to working for life (to make the world a better place, or at least to make your own life happier).

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Which brings me to what I had originally set out to talk about in this blog: today's Sunday sermon, which basically says something to the effect of "work for life, but don't work so much that it becomes your life." Among other things. Or something to that effect.

I'll let you know when I remember.

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