Posted by: xtrhic | December 12, 2012

stupid things today

shadow of the dark rift, i.e. 21 december ’12
license plate ending in 0 (naught) is even or odd
jakarta using even and odd lic plates to reduce traffic.

what worries me is that the day isnt over…

Posted by: xtrhic | December 24, 2010

Christmas

This was many (i mean many) years ago in Cambridge, MA. We were very poor and werent Christian, so normally we dont celebrate Christmas, but being a 6 year old whose friends were all abuzz with Christmas, i just absolutely had to have a Christmas. On the 26th my dad brought back a tree thrown out by the neighbors and my mom fashioned a horse from a broomstick and an old sock. With eyes drawn out with marker and everything. I was deliriously happy then.

Hope you all have a good Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Posted by: xtrhic | August 17, 2010

Rajin Plagiat Belajar

Baru-baru ini situs teman-teman saya di LangitSelatan.com mendapatkan bahwa banyak artikelnya telah di copy paste tanpa ijin oleh KoranAnakIndonesia. Ada sekitar 21 posting dari LangitSelatan sendiri dan ada beberapa lagi yang setelah saya lihat dan bandingkan sendiri berasal dari situs NetSains.

Administrator di Langit Selatan mengirimkan surat kepada administrator KAI. Sayangnya balasan dari KAI sangat tidak simpatik, tidak ada permintaan maaf atau janji perbaikan atas mekanisme reportase pada KoranAnakIndonesia. Malah yang ada pembelaan bahwa reporternya masih muda. Justru selagi masih muda perlu diingatkan bahwa penjiplakan bukanlah suatu tindakan yang diterima di dunia.

Sikap-sikap permisif seperti ini yang membuat suatu lingkaran setan yang tidak pernah berakhir. Dimulai dari “biar saja masih anak-anak” dan “cuman sedikit kok yang saya ambil, cuman 10%”. Mau sampai kapan sikap permisif ini?

Saya tidak akan bercerita mendalami mengenai bukti-bukti fisik dari penjiplakan Koran Anak Indonesia karena sudah well documented oleh rekan-rekan di LangitSelatan, SimplyVie dan RyoSaeba. Tapi ingin saya angkat disini adalah niat-niat baik untuk mendidik khayalak ramai seperti yang dilakukan KAI, cemar dan menjadi self-serving karena ternyata niatan KAI tidaklah mendidik dan malah menyesatkan.

Kenapa menyesatkan?

Karena pertama-tama mereka melakukan pembenaran atas penjiplakannya.

Kedua, karena mereka melakukan pembohongan publik bahwa mereka adalah penulisnya dan mungkin ahlinya dalam bidang tersebut.

Ketiga, karena alasan-alasan diatas, seakan-akan plagiat adalah tindakan yang diterima.

Pada saat kita marah-marah mengenai hasil karya bangsa  dijiplak oleh negara tetangga, kita malah mengajari anak-anak kita bahwa menjiplak dan mengakui karya orang adalah hal yang lumrah dan diterima.

Pada saat orang-orang sedang berjuang untuk keharuman nama bangsa, seperti yang dilakukan tim dari Indonesia di Youth Olympic Games, di Olimpiade Informatika dan lain-lain, KAI malah memberi contoh untuk mengambil jalan pintas. Sangat berlawanan dengan mission statement yang ada pada halaman About mereka.

Berkaitan dengan pemenuhan kebutuhan informasi dan minat baca anak dan remaja maka dibentuklah media KORAN ANAK INDONESIA. Dalam langkah awal akan dibuat dalam bentuk media online dan dalam waktu dekat akan dibuat dalam bentuk media cetak secara langsung.

juga yang terdapat pada banner mereka sekalian:

SELAMATKAN MINAT BACA ANAK DAN REMAJA INDONESIA, Media Informasi untuk Anak dan Remaja Indonesia yang Berteknologi, Berpengetahuan, Bermoral dan Berwawasan Jauh ke Depan

Bayangkan kalau KAI benar-benar menjadi media cetak dengan kebiasaan seperti ini. Bisa-bisa setiap hari ada penuntutan dari berbagai pihak.

Sebenarnya apa yang diminta oleh LangitSelatan dan mungkin juga blog/ situs lain yang di copy-paste oleh KAI hanyalah pengakuan bahwa KAI mengambil dari sumber A, B atau C. Sederhana kan? Tinggal mereka tambahkan bahwa artikel/ posting ini diambil dari situs A (atau B atau …). Terakhir jika memang yang anda lakukan adalah agregator, yaitu pengumpulan artikel-artikel yang menarik, akuilah bahwa anda agregator. dan jangan taruh tanda hak cipta pada laman-laman anda jika memang tidak layak.

Tapi yang selanjutnya dilakukan oleh admin KAI adalah semakin menakjubkan, mereka menyadur postingan, menjadi seolah-olah mereka yang mengarangnya. Kemudian mereka tambah-tambahkan bahasan-bahasan lain yang mereka pikir berkaitan. Akibatnya, malah terdapat kesalahan-kesalahan yang fatal. Mereka meng-copy-paste dari situs yang menggunakan bahasa lain dari bahasa Indonesia sehingga istilah-istilah baku Indonesia dikesampingkan dengan terjemahan KAI yang salah.  Teknis-teknis kesalahan ini dan yang lainnya bisa dibaca di posting Vie.

Belum lagi persoalan netiquette yang terdapat pada posting RyoSaeba. Dari penggunaan beberapa nama samaran untuk membela diri hingga cara anda  moderasi komentar di web KAI (dan mem-ban komentar yg tidak sesuai dengan hati anda).

Kids, don’t try this at home

Seriously, you want to teach kids to love reading?  I agree, kids need  to learn to love reading and they need to learn how to gather and present information from and to the Net. But not from the examples that you have given in your website. I strongly recommend you change your ways and apologize to all the children (and adults) that have been fooled by you and your site. Until you do, I am telling my friends and their children to stay away from your site.

Posted by: xtrhic | January 19, 2010

A Trip Down Memory Lane

A few weeks ago my son and I went to a classic car show here in Jakarta. They had the usual stuff from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s and the performance cars as well. A couple of 70-ish Mustangs, Porsche and Lamborghinis. What caught my eye was actually at  a stand that touted restorations. They had a before and after car. The before car was just a shell, all rusted out Ford Capri. The after car was also a Ford Capri. A V-6 2600cc Fern Green 1973 Ford  Capri that used to belong to my father. It had been restored completely. Before you say, naah, its probably just a similar model. It was actually the actual car that my father owned. We had sold it many years back, well after my father had passed away. Locked inside the car, was a copy of the Classic Car Indonesia magazine that told of the history of the car, including how my father imported the car from the USA to Indonesia after he completed his studies in 1973. Left hand drive and all. I will post the pictures later.

This little trip down memory lane caused me to try to remember all the cars that we have had in our lives. I like to think that what we are exposed to as children affect us as adults.

In chronological order:

  1. Morris Minor (not too sure of the year but definitely before 1969)
  2. Toyota FJ 40 ’69
  3. Ford Mustang ’69
  4. Ford Capri ’73
  5. Honda Accord ’81
  6. Toyota Corona ’89
  7. Toyota Kijang ’91
  8. Toyota Corolla ’93
  9. Honda Accord ’90
  10. Jeep Cherokee Classic ’96
  11. Honda Accord ’96
  12. Mazda Protege ’91
  13. Nissan Serena ’96 (not too sure of the year)
  14. Hyundai Trajet ’01
  15. Kia Pride ’05
  16. Jeep Cherokee Limited ’96
  17. Ford Everest Limited ’05

Obviously we dont have all these cars now. They have served us and served us well, but as my work has taken us to various places, we have had to release these vehicles. In any case, I wanted to remember these cars and the places they took us and all the memories they were a part of. So this will be my project for the next… well, at least  for the next 17  posts. If I don’t get sidetracked with something else.

As a post-script, I think I should post my own pictures of the cars instead of stuff found on the Net. It’ll take more time to gather and post. As most of my fathers pictures are still slides, negatives and prints that I havent scanned.

Posted by: xtrhic | January 16, 2010

Two years since

Its been 2 years since my last posting. Lots of things have happened. To me personally as well as to my items of interest. One of them being Micro Hydro Electric plants are popping up in a lot of islands in Indonesia. This will be interesting. PLN is being forced to reckon with grass roots as well as business men. Will have to keep an eye on this.

Have had several trips to the China, the Mid East and back to CHE. Not keen on posting photos, nothing of real interest, nor are the photos any artwork themselves.

Posted by: xtrhic | April 26, 2008

Live Report from Arcadia\’s Black Cat!

Live Report from Arcadia\’s Black Cat!

Ok, so we got here a little late. Well, just in time actually. I parked the car at another buildings parking lot, and hopped it on foot over to the Plaza Senayan Arcadia building. Made a quick stop at Duta Suara to buy a couple of Chris Botti\’s CD\’s. I actually have some of his CD\’s but thats another story for another time.
Made it over to Black Cat at 16:00. A few other people were here from other communities as well, such as AyoFoto, Komunitas Jazz Kemayoran and Blogger Indonesia. Not quite sure how I got invited, but here I am.

OK, its a bad shot. Too much backlight. Hey, its a mobile phone camera, what can you expect. Of course, any charitable acts are welcomed. *self-pimpage*

I\’ve been reading a bit about Chris B, and aside from him being a trumpet player, like me, thats about all that we have in common! Well, we both like jazz. The interview is starting, so I will listen for a bit before I add more.

Anyway, May 24th… Balai Kartini? Find me next to the stage! If I can afford the tix!

Posted by: xtrhic | April 3, 2008

Blogger is what?

so what is a blogger?

if you have a blog, does that make you a blogger?
if you have a blog, but you dont update it? does it mean you are no longer a blogger? (assuming you were a blogger in the beginning).
if you have a (or several) blogs? can you claim not to be a blogger?

so what makes you a blogger?
conversely,
what doesnt make you a blogger?

so what is a blogger?

Posted by: xtrhic | March 29, 2008

I AM

I AM A BLOGGER

I AM ABOUT FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND FREEDOM OF OPINION.

I WILL NOT BE CENSORED

Posted by: xtrhic | March 29, 2008

TODAY

I AM A BLOGGER

I AM ABOUT FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND FREEDOM OF OPINION.

I WILL NOT BE CENSORED

Posted by: xtrhic | March 27, 2008

ITB Voices Night

My band is playing here tonight.

And I’ve got a cough, but I’m still playing.

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