Saturday, December 27, 2014

How to Spot a Game That You Should Not Play

Now that I'm back in high spirits again. Let's continue our journey through my rambling and potentially misleading opinions that are (personally) still a lot better than the recent news media activities. Today I want to talk about video games, but not in why would people play one. Most importantly, why people wouldn't want to instead. A lot of game makers got too focused on the things that they should be doing for the game, but forgetting about the things that they should avoid in the process.

Let's start with the basics, shall we. First, let's discuss the simple question: what is a "video game"? I'm going to go ahead and politely steal from wikipedia because I don't have the talent on describing things: A video game is an electronic game that involves human interaction with a user interface to generate visual feedback on a video device. The word video in video game traditionally referred to a raster display device, but it now implies any type of display device that can produce two- or three-dimensional images.

So why would people play video games? If you're honestly asking that question because you actually don't know the answer, then I'll asume you got hit in the head so bad that you lost half of your common sense. It is obviously to have fun, why else would you waste your precious time staring at a screen pressing buttons and not getting any notable reward for it?

Seriously, why?

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Maybe This is a Retribution From All the Thievery I did in Skyrim

My phone got stolen last week. And I had to be honest, it ruined my mood so much that I just couldn't think of anything funny for a few days. Probably because this is the first time some damn thief was able to steal something from me when I'm going out, or at least the first time I got targetted.

What really got me angry is that the incident happened so fast that I didn't have time to react. I was on the bus at that time, and got both my hands in each of my pockets. The bus hit the brakes to stop, and the momentum caught me off guard a bit, so I get my left hand out to grab the railing above because there were no soft, squishy boobs to hold on to. But when I put hand back into my pocket, my phone was no longer there.

I do suspect someone though, one elderly man who was so reluctant to have his pockets searched. Although my phone was not there after my search, I'm sure that he moved it somewhere in his own bag before I realized my phone was gone. Was I being too suspecting? Well, if you've ever ride in a bus here in Jakarta (which is totally not an enjoyable experience), you'll come to agree that at least 80% of the passengers are assholes, which would become evident right away the moment you see how they... "line up".

"What's that? You want to pass through? Well, fuck you and everything you love then, we're staying right here"

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

A Game's 'Fun' in Its Purest Form

2014 Steam Christmas sale is coming, so I hope you gamers have some money left to spare for the outrageous discounts and didn't spent too much on the last sale period. I had to admit, several of the price were so low that I bet a lot of you bought games that you might never play anyway. Might want to remember this the next time you want to tease girls for buying a lot things out of impulse. But I do hope that you at least got your hands on Garry's Mod (Gmod) among other things.

"What is it?" you may ask. Well, Gmod is a physics sandbox game using a modified Source engine from Valve, where you can do literally anything you want. There are no goals or objective that you must do in order to play it 'properly', the game will just put you in a map and gives you tools and other stuffs to play with and have fun with all of it, the rest is completely up to you.

Yes, this is an in-game screenshot

Monday, December 8, 2014

What ys Thys Genisys Thyng?

So the Terminator: Genisys trailer has been released quite a few days ago. I'm sure you guys have seen it already, but let me embed it here in case you haven't because you've been wasting your time doing something else instead, like having a life.

And with that, I'm going to write some point of view about it as a fan of the Terminator franchise. A little bit of warning however: it will be filled with opinions and assumptions. It is obvious, of course, since that's the purpose of a trailer aside from giving you some tease like the recently popular open chested turtle-neck sweater on pixiv. But I just want to make it clear, nevertheless.

Terminator Genisys takes the timeline of The Terminator prologue - which makes it the aftermath of Terminator Salvation, but with less Batman - where the resistance are starting to win the war and Skynet cheats by sending its Terminators to kill Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke), the mother of John Connor (Jason Clarke) - the leader of the resistance - in order to make him never existed in the first place. Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) volunteered to be sent back in time to protect her. John Connor agrees with the plan, because he knows that's exactly how it is supposed to happen, and sends him off with a very heavy hearted blessing. Hey, how would you feel when you're sending some guy back in time to have sex with your mother so that you could be born?

Friday, December 5, 2014

Thinking Upside-Down With the Inverted Y-Axis

Let's do a quick count; Who among us here who plays, or at least used to play, First-Person Shooter games with their mouse Y-axis inverted? Raise your hand if you're one of them, I'll wait.
Done? Great. I hope I'm not the only one raising their hand looking like a retard.

Yeah, I used to play FPS game with the inverted mouse option ticked on, and I totally was not able to play it otherwise. Believe me, I tried a lot back then, but the only thing I get was increased miss rate and death counts. It really caused some problem when I'm playing with my friends and switching players each time one of us dies, even more than when someone's eating some cheese potato chips.

Little did they know that I always masturbated beforehand

Friday, November 28, 2014

Still Wondering What Did the 'Tree of Savior' Had Done to Earn that Name

If you're familiar with the MMORPG genre, then you must have at least know about Ragnarok Online, like pretty much half of MMORPG players do. It was a very big hit back in its time, and it also proved that once again, Korean MMO games rule the world.

Long before their ridiculous, yet catchy, songs do

But the game came out here in Indonesia during the time when I was still in High School, and I was an overly secluded kid back then, so I couldn't play it anyway. The main reason that I didn't want to play it was because it's a pay to play game, and when I thought about it and adding the money I would need to spend to play in cyber cafes, I wouldn't be able to hide it from my parents at all.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Hey, Teachers, Have a Good Day

It's the national teacher's day here in Indonesia, which is commemorated on the same day as the formation of the Indonesian Teachers' Association, the PGRI. That means, (most) schools all around the nation would actually have their teachers to be treated right for once in a while.

"I can finally eat three meals a day today!"

As for me, I find that having a ceremonial activity to dedicate our appreciation for teachers just for this one day is a weird thing to do. Now, don't get me wrong, I respect teachers a lot. And even though there are some of them who are incapable of doing their work properly, to the point that they were actually some bat-shit perverts in disguise, having one day dedicated solely for their existence is actually a good idea.

However, I can't shake this dark thought that despite of all that praise for teachers flying around the whole day, things will just go back to the same as it was before; Most of them would return to their work the next day as underpaid, unappreciated heroes who personally help build the entire society that we have today.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Shittiest Night-shift Job Ever

If you've been lurking around the internet and/or especially Youtube, you should be familiar with the title Five Nights at Freddy's (FnaF). It is a point-and-click indie survival horror game that became very popular in only a few days after its release, with mostly positive reviews all around. Its second installment, Five Nights at Freddy's 2 (FnaF2), was released around a week ago, and horror game fans swarmed all over it thanks to the success of the first FnaF.

So what's this game is all about that it earned so much fame in a short time? Let's go through the plot first. You play as a security guard in a family restaurant called 'Freddy Fazzbear's Pizza', a family restaurant where "kids and parents alike come for the entertainment and food". Their form of entertainment comes in the form of special animatronics mascots, 'Freddy' the bear and his friends, programmed to please the crowds. 

I just can't see how kids would love these things

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Starting Up Small to Grow Big

It's already more than a week since my last post, time sure flies by so fast when you're not paying attention to it. I'll just go ahead and confess that I got hit by a mood swing that made me lazy to do practically anything productive for all these days.

The final class at my college is just so damn boring even though it shouldn't have because it's about family business, which is something I have been interested to learn for quite a long time. The boredom kinda infected my thought process, so I totally slacked around for most of the time, while I'm fully aware that I shouldn't be like that at all.

Anyway so, uh, how are you guys doing?

Yeah... really sorry about that

Monday, November 17, 2014

A Tribute to Command & Conquer, the RTS Legend

Quick, what is the first genre that comes up in your mind when you hear the word "PC game"?

Results may vary, there's no right or wrong answer. Especially when literally every one of them can be related to a PC game, be it action, adventure, strategy, RPG, sports, visual novels, erotic games, etc. You name it, the PC got it, even the ones that makes you wonder "what the fuck am I playing?".

This should be a simulator for toddlers

As for me, I would go with Real-Time Strategy (RTS) games. Two reasons, the first one being that it is THE only game that you could play properly on a PC. Sure, there has been some versions of it released for consoles, but I didn't enjoy playing it there at all. How the hell can you manage multiple squads, constructions, resource gathering, and unit micro-management all at the same time with a goddamn joypad?

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

To Pee or Not to Pee

Ah, humans. Our magnificent species that reached the top of the food chain with our intelligent brain that can actually think of new ways to adapt and survive, and our multipurpose limbs to craft tools that have never seen before and to do mini-parkours across the mountains. Oh, and also with the suggested help of one big asteroid.

"'Sup, bitches?"

We have strived so much throughout the millenia that it might sound weird that we used to live in caves drawing stick figures on the walls while not masturbating in our free alone-time, and got totally freaked out when we "created" fire for the first time. I mean, really, we've come a long way indeed.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Hell Hath No Fury Like a Tank Scorned

Finally free from my Technology Infrastructure take-home exam. It was probably the worst exam I had experienced yet ever since I took my Master degree. We were tasked to form a company strategy from a scratch for an imaginary airline company regarding the Information Technology department. The test required a lot of stuffs to explain, such as the current status of the industry, the application to be used and why, the structure for the IT department that we would create, and a Gantt chart that we never have learned at all before.

I was so proud of my work that I would love to share it to you guys, but I know you don't want to read seven-pages long of something that doesn't interest you nor do I want to write them all over again, so I'm going to summarize it in one picture. Because, you know, they said a picture is worth a thousand words.

Here you go

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Sharing is Caring... Depending on What You're Actually Sharing

I had a brief nightmare last night. It's not something that I want to remember, ever, but I did anyway. Let's just say that it's about alien infestation and dead cats, and that's it. I know that some of my readers are cat lovers like myself, and the internet practically worships them, so I'm going to spare everyone the details.

Not to mention that they are watching, from everywhere, everytime

Friday, October 17, 2014

Persistence is Futile

Remember my previous post about the Working Across Borders course we have in our campus and its shenanigans? Last week the course had ended with everyone being happy about it, since the exam was a bit vague and it took a lot of brain crunching to get it done.

And yes, the 1ecturer did got replaced with a motherly businesswoman who embraces the concept of democracy, since she totally agreed with our proposition to make the exam not to be taken in class, although that did make it harder than it probably should be (see the 'brain crunching' part above).

So what about our dear Mr. Stalker? He got kicked out after his second day, thankfully. And after his repeated failed attempts on wooing my clasmate, he finally backed down.... But not before attempting yet another desperate call just a week after he got suspended, right before the class started.

"Hello? Hell...o? It's meee, Mr. 'Creep don't answerrrr'"

Sunday, October 12, 2014

"Ideal" Body

Here's some random facts about me, which are totally not important; The first thing is that I'm quite tall for your average South East Asian. I'll let you take a guess on the height.,,


Alright, I'm standing on around 186 centimeters (that's around 6 feet to you Americans). And I've been told that it's a very tall height for most people, at least around here.

Picture a Wookie - with a lot less hair, and a bit shorter

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Behaviors, Emotions, and Well Wishes

I had a meeting last week with my group in college to plan for our presentation (that we already did on Thursday) at a quite fancy restaurant, in which I didn't order any food even though I didn't need to pay up either. It was the usual group meeting for me; watching the rest of the group having a lively discussion, agreeing and commenting every decisions they made. Just the standard being actively passive method.

It's not that I don't want to contribute or anything, I just couldn't do it at all (would you expect someone who's been properly conditioned to sit down and shut up in his entire childhood to express their opinion freely?). Especially when every other member of my group were the most influential trio in our class batch, while I've been the class ghost since elementary school.

And strangely enough, nobody knew who to call until now

Friday, September 26, 2014

Give Us More Good News Please

Hey guys, did you know that Indonesian people are actually smart?

Yeah, I know, suprising right?

No, I mean it. Aside from the famous people - like Mr. Habibie, our aeronautics expert, or Mr. Anwar, the 4G inventor - which are pretty much known around the world, we also got the young ones coming out on top of the intellectual race and they're pretty much nobody compared to the big shots out there before they managed to came up with something awesome.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Seeing is Not Believing for Some People

One day, my friend asked me this: "Have you ever felt so annoyed you feel like stabbing someone?"

Boy, you have no idea

I told him I'd just write it off whenever that kind of thing happens, since I could rant however I want without actually hurting anyone. Although most of the times I would just go on a virtual killing spree to ease that bloodlust.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Personal Page Up

So I made a personal Facebook page. Yay.

It does look empty now, which is pretty obvious. But I do hope that it will be filled with more stuffs later on, I want to make sure that I could at least contribute to the internet community, especially to those first people who supported my page. Even though all of you have been a friend of mine for quite a while.

So let's talk about the purpose of the page for a bit, shall we.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Not the Shadow of Chernobyl, but Still a Stalker

So for this last semester we got this subject called Working Across Borders, a one credit subject that is supposed to be about how to maintain a working condition when you're abroad. Like for instance, learning the country's local language, studying their culture, trying to read their hand signals, or trying not to laugh on their unique way of communicating, stuffs like that.

As for what I was personally expecting from the lesson, I would love to know more about how to reach out to the majority of the people despite the cultural difference, learning what they all would love to get and what they don't. Because this blog, for some reason, have more foreign readers compared to the ones from Indonesia (probably because of the language used, quite a surprise there). And I thought it would be nice to know about this subject should I be working within foreign community.

This place comes to mind

Friday, September 5, 2014

Treants Grow Up, Why Can't We?

I had two events to attend on last Sunday, one of which was the wedding reception for my friend the renowned closet pervert, and the other one was for my cousin is going to go to England to continue her study this month, so we had a farewell party for her. Both were scheduled at the same time so I had to leave early from the reception to catch up with my cousin's. Of course, I left after eating every single food that I can fit in my stomach beforehand. Cheers, buddy.

Also, you look good in that

When I joined up with my cousins, they were having their own lunch at Bakmi GM - it's a noodle restaurant in case some of you foreign readers don't know about it. Quite tasty too, if you can handle the somewhat expensive price (for me, at least). I actually wanted to eat some as well, but decided to hold out since I'm aware of the price.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Appreciation and Greed

Some of you may wonder why I didn't make a post about the last AFAID like I did with the Toy's Fair a few months ago. Well, first of all, for you Indonesian readers, I'm sure your own Facebook wall has been filled with your friends' posts about it, so I figured that I won't add anymore hype in it - especially if you didn't go there but was really looking forward to, then I would be just adding more salt to the wound.

Besides, the whole thing was really awesome that I just have no idea how to describe the entire thing in words, and any attempt that I do would reduce the impact so much that I won't be able to convey the fun I had back there. Although to be honest, I had a hard time trying to make it into a not normal diary, so I became a little bit lazy to do it. Let's just say that I was really happy and satisfied.

Pictured above: Really happy and satisfied

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Cleaning Out My Closet, And Everything Else Around it

Yesterday marks the start of the Anime Festival Asia in Indonesia (AFAID), making it the 3rd time that it's being held here. I didn't go there yesterday nor today though, I planned to be there on Sunday. It's not because that the first two days are less interesting than the third, I just can't really afford to go to all three days, and not to mention that it's going to be exhausting for me.

The one thing that I'm concerned about is the merchandise. I know that I won't be able to buy a lot of stuffs, but that's exactly why I'm worried, since the ones I actually want might probably got sold out already by Sunday. And there's also the events that only takes place on the first two days too.

I have decided to live my life with no regrets, but missing this view is just too much

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Dear Dairy

Since I have sworn not to write any more political shits regarding the presidential election, which STILL has not been resolved peacefully after almost two weeks since the results were out, there's practically no juicy stuffs for me to write about regarding the current events in Indonesia. But seriously though, that's pretty much the one thing that people are still talking about, even world cup euphoria never lasted this long.

At least the fad had mostly died down compared to the early months of it, since most (not all) the supporters of the losing party have gone quiet, presumably weeping in shame and regret after all the hate talks and heated arguments with their now-no-longer friends that they've been doing for the past 2 months. Or they probably killed themselves and fulfilled their promise after all, good riddance.

Yes, things have became that retarded, I'm not joking, there are people who actually sworn to commit suicide if their candidate lose the election. And of course once they do lose, those people throws any excuse they can find to void that promise. With that kind of overzealous behavior, it almost look like they think that their candidate is God's offspring and He should be supporting their cause directly... Wait, they actually do?

No, Thor, It's not about you

Well fuck it, I'm dropping that subject forever.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

His Table was Ready

So there I was in the middle of writing another post, which is about a joke in milk advertisement (so you shouldn't be taking it too seriously). I checked my Facebook to see what's up around the world, since TV Newschannel here in Indonesia is pretty much useless by now, especially in the past two months.

I expected some reply from one of my best friend, whom I assumed to have dropped into a dead slumber during our chat session last night, or some unread messages since I actually dropped into a dead slumber last night. Or maybe there was an update from one of my favourite Youtuber, Mr Sark, which turned out to be true.

But I was greeted by another sad news, the death of one of the legendary comedian Robin Williams. He took his own life by asphyxiation, presumeably due to depression. So I decided to dedicate this one post for the good man, who had entertained the world for decades, and hope that his legacy lives on.

You've taught us that we can look awesome even in a dress

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Birthday in Fitr

Happy Eid Al-Fitr everyone, Minal Aidin wal Faidzin, please forgive me from any mistake that I made to you guys.

It's a late post, but it's not something I could really push right away, since I wouldn't have anything to write about if I haven't done anything to celebrate the day beforehand (hint: I'm lazy). If I wanted to do so then I would make something else at least a day before, like my comrade in creative retardation did, So I squeezed a video out right on the first day.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Yes, I'm Trying to Define 'YOLO' Here

Finally free from my college class after a double test last week. One of them was a written test, International Business subject, the first time everyone thought it was really hard. I have to agree to that as well, because even though it's a free thought-exploration as always, there are several theories that we need to back our opinion (read - bullshits).

The other one was a take-home exam, Business Ethics subject, that we needed to submit on the same day. It was hard in its own way because... We didn't know what we should do. We were supposed to give some analysis and provide solutions, yet the case given kinda answered itself, so in the end it turned out like some summary of the case.

The case was about the poisoned Tylenol pills in Chicago back in 1982, where seven people ended up dead after consuming them. You can read the rest here and here if you want, since I don't want to bore you with the details.

Nor do I want to give you ideas

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Another Serious Post

I went to another Jumu'ah last Friday, as usual. With the difference being that this is the fasting month of Ramadhan, which means that school kids are on the holiday, so it was a lot more crowded than usual.

Of course I tried to go to sleep after I found a spot to sit somewhere around the stairs on the back entrance. But it's not because I got sleepy, my body halready had its revenge this morning. It's mainly because I don't really want to hear the khutbah because, well, it bugs me. It was mostly about the law made by God vs the law made by humans, and the content along with the deliverance method felt too extreme for me.

The khatib stated that the law made by God is absolute, which is kinda true when we (us muslims) think about it since they're stated in the holy Qur'an and all. But the other thing he pointed out is that everything else can suck satan's dick.

So basically, everyone else is Saddam Hussein

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Ramadhan has Arrived

To my muslim readers, we have now entered a holy month, the Ramadhan. Let us follow through this month of fasting with peace and harmony, and hopefully we'll keep it that way for the rest of the whole year until next Ramadhan comes around.

We shall face the trials for days to come together, and we will not relent. We will triumph.

So lay off the porn for a while, will ya

With this I'm going to say to you guys:
Congratulations for reaching yet another Ramadhan, let the battle begin.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

"Me Dissapointed! Me Angry! Grimlock Hate Human Bay!"

I was a real fan of Transformers back in my childhood, I enjoyed the G1 cartoons and I even endure the poorly dubbed animated Beast Wars series, just because. I used to have a lot of Transformers toys, from the small ones up to the almighty Devastator himself. They are all no longer with me, sadly. The last one I had fell over the window of my crib back on my first year of college.

And even now that I have forgotten most important parts from the series, I am still a fan, albeit not as enthusiast as the other real hardcore fans out there. As I grew older, and the technology kept advancing, there was one thought that keeps popping in my head: "Why haven't we got a Transformers movie yet?"

My wish came true back in 2007, a Transformers movie was finally released, and I was overjoyed beyond words. I immediately asked my girlfriend (yes, I had one real, flesh-and-blood girlfriend before, now close that gaping mouth) to watch it with me.

It was astounding. All the scenes with the vehicles transforming into giant robots completely enchanted me. I didn't even care that the acting were so mediocre and the jokes were bad; it was a Transformers movie for crying out loud. I even clapped along with some other fans in the studio to the point we almost did a standing ovation when Optimus Prime finally showed up.

'Almost', because otherwise we would expose our boner from this one scene

Friday, June 27, 2014

Gutes Spiel, Gut Gespielt

I planned to post something else today, but let this one be reserved for celebrating Germany's victory over USA with a 1-0 score, and congratulations to both of them for advancing to the next stage.

Miss Bismarck would be proud, don't know about the artist though

Both sides played very well, which I didn't expect from the USA since they, well, kinda sucks on the previous world cups. And to be fair, that one goal came out of nowhere, so it was a legit skill shot right there, not the keeper's fault or anything.

That being said, I'll leave the rest of the review of that match to the more experienced (and enthusiast) people that you could find pretty much everywhere on the internet, since I got other more important things to do

Like watching this girl for another 30 minutes

Friday, June 20, 2014

What Should I Write About Now....

So yesterday, a friend of mine asked via his Facebook status page, just like every other cool old-kids would, for any ideas that would make a good article. Lots of replies came, but they were mostly about world domination by an evil organization for some reason - which actually does have a potential to be a good article as it is, since it has been the main theme of most tokusatsu and super sentai TV series.

One of them suggested to "make an article about making a good article", jokingly of course. But the idea of making something inside something and making it go deeper actually proved to work so well that it becomes a good idea. So thank you, passing stranger who posted a comment on my friend's status, for giving me a good material.

And thank you Google Translate, for being drunk as always

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Dark Side, Light Side, Whatever

I've talked about how I never liked politics before. If I have to rank it in my most hated conversation topics, it's right there below 'Sports' and slightly above 'Religion debate'. Because just like the latter, no matter what you say won't sway the other party to your side - and just like the former, no matter how much you're in love with it doesn't mean that you need to express it thoroughly to every single person in your life. Really, how would YOU feel when us gamers start blabbering to no end about our world?

"So get this, the guy went 1v2 and then he pulled out a combo from his Q and W and finish them up with his ult, so awesome!! Right? Right?! Hey, are you listening?"

And these days, as if spreading black campaigns and made up articles were not enough, people in the social media have been putting up their profile picture with a clear statement of who they are supporting for the next presidential election, and claiming that their choice is "the right one". Since someone already went all-out grammar nazi about this phenomenon, I'm going to talk about it from other perspectives.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

It Was All Me, Sorry

I realized I haven't posted anything recently, and I would like to apologize - especially to myself. Well, it's not like I can help it, really. Surely I can give some other reason for not updating, but I think it would be futile because why should I lie anyway.

Especially since I learned I can't exactly hide everything

Sunday, May 18, 2014

The Internet is (Not Just) for Porn

Okay, I've been holding this one back up for a while even though one of my best friend urged me to do it quite a while ago, because despite the topic is an interesting one to discuss, it's still something quite dangerous to talk about because it involves some privacy and different point of views. But then this son of a bitch came along and decided to do yet another retarded thing for reasons that doesn't make any goddamn sense, I just have to do this after all.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls; I'm going to talk about porn.

And then there was much rejoicing

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Let's Meet Up... Somewhere

Hello there, gorgeous beings. Today I'm going to expose the shame (pride?) that most of us Indonesian people have in common. I'm going to talk about how we arrange appointments.

How appoinments are supposed to be made?
Let's see the ideal conditions in an appointment, I'm going to use an "unofficial group meet up" situation as an example. First thing first, the time and location of the meeting must be arranged and decided beforehand, surely no one wants to go blindly with no idea when or where they should be for the appointment.

Not all of us can fast travel, you know

Next is the list of people that will come, participants should let everyone else know whether they are available on the said time, and of course whether they are familiar or at least know the location of where the meeting will take place.

Finally, before the appointed day comes, or at least several hours before the meet up time, make sure you tell anyone attending should it turns out that you can't come after all. Your prescence might not be important for the whole thing, but at least it shows that you are a responsible person.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Simple Ethics Guide, by an Introvert

Ah, real life, the place where everything goes on, and nothing may escape from it (if not for long). A world where your fantasies might get laughed at and your fetishes might deliver you to jail. The reality in which resides the harsh truths that will haunt you for eternity, but will still gives you some experience points like in any RPG you know. But I'm not going to talk about those things... yet.

Not having a light pillar shooting up through your head kinda kills the excitement anyway

What I'm going to discuss are the simple words that would either pave your way to 'ethical human being', or 'that ignorant douchebag'. Let's consider these three rare words for a bit: "Please", "thank you", and "sorry".

"Please", as we all know, is a word used for polite requests or questions.

So why should we use it?
It's to turn your requests from 'giving order' into 'asking a favor'; which might sound the same, but with a very different meaning to the receiver. There are other variants for the usage of this word, such as "could you do me a favor", or "would you kindly", but they all hold the same meaning. By using "please", the person you asked would feel like they're doing you a favor instead of feeling like being bossed around.

Depends on the usage, however

Next is "thank you", which is a word used to express our gratitude towards someone. Usually said when that someone did something for us, be it giving an item, a favor, or simply an act of kindness.

So why should we use it?
Imagine that you're holding a door open for someone else behind you, and they just walk past without even looking at you (or worse giving that "you're a weirdo" look). Don't you feel like pulling them back and smack their head to that very door? No? Well, you're stilll normal then, good for you.

But my point is, saying "thank you", or "thanks", or a simple smile to the person who went out of their way and did something for you, no matter how small, would have a great impact on both you and that person. By expressing your gratitude, that person would feel appreciated and will live their life with better confidence, and you yourself would feel more at ease and unconsiously improve your physical and emotional health.

"This happens after 2 billion worth of 'thank you's, thank you!"

Finally we have "sorry", the word we mostly use to express our apology. It can also be used to show the feeling of regret, compunction, sympathy, pity, etc.

So why should we use it?
Well if you're the kind of person who would just walk away as if nothing happened when you accidentaly bump someone's shoulder, or stepped on someone's feet, or running over someone's baby, you need some therapy (especially for the last part). "But I didn't even see them", you may argue, "why should I be held responsible for something I had no idea about? It might even be their fault for not paying attention".

Well, it's a fine argument, but it would only make the situation worse. The fact that you didn't see them could be interpreted that they don't mean much to you in the first place and you have every right in the world to ignore them, and you refusing to accept the responsibility and even accusing the other party guilty would only show that you position yourself higher than them, and being arrogant won't resolve anything.

You don't apologize only because you're in the wrong, you do that to restore - or even improve - the relationship you have with that person after that incident happened. When you apologize to someone, there will be that guilty feeling on the one who received the apology should they refuse to forgive you (unless you really did ran over their baby), so there's really nothing to lose. There are also a lot of other benefits in apologizing, but mostly it's to show that you prefer being a respectable human being than keeping your ego. It's true that there are things that can't be easily forgiven, but it's a lot better for you to try apologizing instead of keeping that pride and hope the matter will resolve on its own, even though it might be the hardest thing to say.

"Sorry for blowing up your planet, buddy"

Words are powerful weapon when they are spoken, but they also prove to have considerable effect when not spoken at all. Hopefully it's not that difficult to make a habit of saying these words when the time comes for you to actually say them. Just remember the basics of conversation technique (which might be difficult for us introverts), and remember to treat people as fellow human beings, because that's also how you want to be treated like, right?

Monday, April 28, 2014

It's Due Date, Jim

Deadlines, the time limit of a project before it’s declared overdue (hence dead), the very thing that scares writers in finishing their articles, workers trying to escape overtimes, and college students trying to finish their report paper; A word that actually had a more literal meaning during the 1864 Civil War as stated by a certain famous article site with a taste of humor.

But we’re not going to talk about the definition of deadlines, nor the effect they do to stressed minds, weak-hearted people, movie producers, and game companies.

Not everything can be forgiven with a DLC

Actually, there are only two kinds of things that will happen to people being faced with deadlines. The first kind of reaction would be to plan ahead and try to finish the things they need to do bit by bit, and hopefully everything would be done before the date of the deadline even comes around.

The second reaction however, would be to procrastinate as much as possible until the very end, when those people would finally step back into reality and says, “Yup, guess it’s time to do it, it’s now or never”. Some of you would probably judge those kinds of people as ‘lazy’ or ‘untrustworthy’. Now, I know that it is true in many cases, but let’s look at the phenomenon in a different light.

You see, there are people who would freak out by the thought that the deadline of that work they’re doing is looming very close by like that annoying next door neighbor you never want to come visit you, and got so stressed out that their brain just freezes, halting any means of productivity and not even an act of true love can ever thaw it.

And then they would rage-quit while singing

However, there are people who would actually gain some kind of superpowers when the deadline comes knocking at their door. Every single ideas in their head comes pouring out, inspirations suddenly can come from anything, their time taking a dump in the bathroom becomes a method of meditation that makes their brain as superior as Sherlock Holmes in his best case of Asperger’s syndrome.

I am the latter kind, which is why I can relate when someone claims that “they can only work under pressure”. We need our targets, we need our due dates – we need our deadlines. That’s why I’m trying to spend as much as I can from my savings because I want that strong outside push to earn even more than what I spent.

Money well spent, though

But does it mean that we can work on constant pressure over and over? Nope, there is a high probability that our mind would collapse (unless you’re a workaholic). And, as a matter of fact, I actually don’t like this condition, what I really want is to be able to do things step by step whenever I have that spare time instead of cramming everything at the end, but I just can’t do it.

Now, the problem is that some people would think that their category is the other way around. People who can only do things in slow pace tend to procrastinate, which usually results in work overdue. And people who can unleash their full potential during deadlines try real hard to do it slowly at the beginning, which usually results in wasted energy and they’d still do it near the deadlines anyway.

So before you tackle that work with a time-limit period, make sure you do that one thing first: Know yourself

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A Piece of Mind for a Piece of Dream

(This is an article that I submitted for myself, just in case I start to lose my will to do stuffs)


For most people they are the things you see when you sleep, things that goes within both your rational and irrational thoughts, things that may  or may not involve real people around you, although it has been said that every face you see in your dreams are the ones you saw in real life, whether you remember them or not.

Just remember that the next time you see that nice ass in your wet dreams

But to others, they are the things of your wishes; things that you would like to do, feel, have, see, and accomplish in the future. The things you would feel outmost satisfaction when you realize them, the things that drive you to do what you’re doing right now. Personally, I’d call them 'visions', or 'goals', or 'that thing you’d feel nudging your butt-crack when you’re slacking off'.

Everyone have the former definition of 'dreams', unless they’re not getting an enough deep sleep (or maybe too deep), or they simply don't dream in their sleep. But not everyone have the latter definition. Sure, they may have things that they want to do, however they are usually short term impulses. They are not 'dreams', they are called 'desires'.

With 'dreams' comes 'passions', there is no motivation that goes without a reason. In every goal you set, there must be a strong answer to the question: "Why?"


And of course, many people fail to achieve their dreams in the end, which happens a lot of times. The reasons also varies with each person; The dream may not be strong enough to motivate them, the current situation made them abandon that dream, they just can’t get enough resource required to make that dream come true, they couldn’t clone a velociraptor for that specific dream, and so on.

But most of the time, people fail to achieve their dreams simply because they are distracted and/or not prepared to get them. You can’t save up for your future children’s school fee when you’ve been exhausting your money resource for new cars or classy vacations, you can’t start a business so suddenly when all you’ve been doing is blindly working in the office just to satisfy your job demands and nothing else. Hell, you can’t be a writer when you’re too lazy to even start writing one goddamn sentence.

Laugh all you want, but at least he started something

What if when you’ve been trying really hard but fail in the end? Well, there’s nothing wrong with that. The objective of a dream is not the only thing that is important; the path you take, the process you go through, the things that you learn, they are all invaluable things that you will also get during that pursuit of happiness.

Should that happens, just try and get some wisdom out of the final result; maybe you missed something during the process, maybe it’s not something possible for you to achieve, maybe you realized that having a velociraptor was actually a bad idea after all. Or in the worst case, maybe that dream you have would in fact make people around you suffer, which I would recommend you to stop it altogether.

We told you stop, you piece of shit

But if you still believe in that dream and view the failure as a minor setback, then by all means continue going for it. Maybe you need to change the methods, or get more resources, or gain more knowledge about the issue, just keep trying and don’t be afraid to fail again. Because a dream will only stay as the literal first definition of it without that one vital thing:


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Election? More Like Gambling

I've never liked politics, not even once. Even when I was a child I could see a lot of things that are wrong about it; First we had a president (God rest his soul, for he's still a human being) that never gave up his seat for more than 30 years, and then we had an "obvious winner" political party and two other background players that are there just for the sake for democracy but they'll never win the elections anyway, finally we had people willing to give up their humanity and sees anyone else with different allegiance as an enemy to the point that they would use violence.

And then there was a turning point, called the New Order, which happened after the legendary economic crisis back in 1998 forced the late president to step down and thus began an era where freedom of speech can finally be made reality without anyone saying the wrong things about the goverment would suddenly disappear without a trace (thus explains why I'm still here after those previous sentences). Which means the dominating party will no longer have their own way because the poeple were finally free to make their own choice. So it's a happy ending, right? I mean, it's not like everyone will just go and try to claim the leadership seats now that they are available for anyone-

Well, shit

Since I'm pretty sure you can't read that because I had to zoom out for quite a lot to get a full list in print screen, that was the result of the 7 June 1999 Indonesian People's Representative Council election results. And those are not names of people; those are the names of the political parties that participated in the election, all 48 of them. Bloody hell, it's like looking at the list of The Idolm@ster - Million Live characters, with the lack of cute girls.

I mean, seriously? All of a sudden we got freaking 48 parties from the usual three? I understand that we gained the right to voice our opinion freely, and the best seats are no longer reserved for that "winner" party and instead open for any qualified people. But that doesn't mean we had to go full retard like that, especially with the haunting fact that.... there were no qualified people in the end.

No, really, the majority of them were people who either faked their diploma(s), using their relatives name to gain sympathy from people, put their whole goddamn curriculum vitae on their election banner, celebrities, or just there for the ride to fame and money. If you thought I was exaggerating, well tough luck to you guys, that's what really happened. There were (and still are) representatives who frequently absent from the job, sleeping in council meetings, and sometimes fighting as in throwing fists at each other. I wouldn't be surprised if one of them decided to get smart and watch porn instead... Oh wait, that happened too.

At least he's at peace with his mind

And those are still a trend up until now, and I was only talking about the candidates, the campaign methods are even worse. Violent campaigns are still around, even though it has been reduced greatly compared to 10 years ago. The ever-so-effective money politics method is still at large. Candidates pretending to pay attention to the lower class people and giving them the middle finger after they got elected are also unavoidable, I am aware that this is a global trend in political activities. There are still parties who do their campaign by giving out performance by erotic dangdut dancers. Faking pictures and videos of celebrities supporting their party, for a more high-tech ones. And of course, the mixing of  humanitarian act for people who suffered from natural disaster with personal gain to get elected by the people they "helped".

"What? At least I gave you a biscuit to eat during the flood, don't be a whiner and vote for me"

The new booming trend however, are the black campaign to make other parties look so bad in the media while making their own party look so holy and pure, making propaganda websites and fake newstories, and bringing up racial subjects and/or religion to the campaigns in order to easily snatch dumb "religious" people and bigots to their side, because apparently there are a lot of them here as well. It might sound stupid and dangerous at the same time to mix them up in political campaign, but it actually worked. Just ask my religious parents who support a certain party so much that they got so angry and literally cried when me and my brother refused to listen their recommendation to vote for it, saying things like we're ungrateful kids who never listened to them and whatnot.

Just what's going to happen here, are we really going for the road of racist extremists who would promote our own religion while subtlety (or blatantly) condemn another? Are we going back to the era where we unconditionally hate the people who were not born with local genes? How about they just start a new kind of KKK or Neo-Nazi here, because I don't know what's what anymore. I've discussed the topic of leadership*religion before, and it's really sad to know that the majority of people involved in politics seem to care about your belief/race first, and everything else comes later on.

Actually worshipping her would make more sense, really

Today, we had another election period for the representative council, and later on, the President. With 15 policital parties to choose from (from the original 34), and with up to 7 candidates for each party. And honestly, with all those bullshits concerning the politics around here, I just have no faith in any one of the candidates, especially since there are no data about the candidates' qualities at all.

Blind-picking like this for the sake of the candidates instead of having enough information for us voters feels even worse than playing League of Legends in solo queue (at least there is still a chance you get a good team, or the enemy team got that retard you don't want in yours). I did picked one that looked like Morgan Freeman, but that's it. I'm starting to think that having Kuroko as the president later on wouldn't be such a bad idea

Her leadership qualities would still make up for the unavoidable amount of missing panties