Daily Life

Brrdbook disassembled

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It’s kinda annoying that to get to the fan, you have to disassemble the entire notebook.

It got worse…

This is a picture taken at Ragunan Busway Terminal a few days ago, while I was waiting for the bus to arrive.

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This is what it was like this morning. In front of me…

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… and behind me.

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Thankfully, when they eventually showed up, several buses arrive at once, so the queue rapidly thinned.

Which went to show: they really need to get more of those people-haulers. If more people chose to take the Transjakarta, maybe the total jam predicted to happen in 2014 could be averted.

Foke? Your call.

Entering the workforce…

Hi there! Apologies for the very infrequent update, my blogging sense hasn’t returned to what it used to be. Just enacted a one-post-per-week program last August, hope it can actually work soon.

A belated Eid Mubarak to you if you celebrate Eid, hope it helps make you a better person. As for me, I’m a greater guy when I can eat at daytime, haha!

Now for something related to the post title. For two weeks now I’ve been working for this company:

Leo Burnett

Leo Burnett is an advertising agency based in Chicago (but of course I work at the Jakarta branch… for now 😛 ). My job as a Flash Programmer isn’t programming per se, but more to get involved in the creative process from a technical standpoint and communicate the project with the vendors (outsourced developers). I’ll be using my knowledge to recommend the best way to implement the creative ideas that will, in LB’s words, “transform human behavior.”

The work hour is relatively flexible, and we can wear anything we like (presumably within standards of decency). But I guess that’s common practice in creative companies like this one.

Since the office is in Jakarta, I’m now living in my hometown again. I actually had to hire a small box truck to move from Bandung! However, I’ll still visit Parijs van Java frequently, not the least because there’s someone to see there 😉 .

It’s my first job (outside my old campus), and I hope it can be a beginning to a great career. Wish me luck! 🙂

Weekend at the countryside…

Yesterday, me and some of my fellow VLSI lab residents went to visit our friend Fikri, who got married last month, at his new home. It’s located in a residential complex called Griya Cempaka Arum in southeastern Bandung. We headed out from Plaza Parahyangan, where my buddies had a futsal match earlier that morning, at about 10:30 am. With the help of two Google Map printouts and several phone calls, we arrived at about 12pm.

The place is quite far from the town, but it’s nice and peaceful. The air is cool and fresh, and it’s quiet save for the occasional distant train klaxon. In the distance, visible from the front door, a mountain stands proudly.

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Nice view huh?

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First moulting…

My pet Greek symbol of rejuvenation is doing exactly what earned his species/taxonomic suborder that honor. This morning at about 4am, Vito started moulting! A thin, rough plastic-like layer, which is his old scale, was wrapped around his head, slowly being pushed back towards his tail like someone taking off a sock from one’s foot. Two hours later, half of his new scale was already visible.

Vito, with a slight cold

Hope he’ll want to eat something after this is finished. I’ve spent quite some cash buying him feeder mice that eventually went unconsumed. Besides, he’s having a slight cold, his cage was too humid these last few days…

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The magical Lionel Messi

I’m not a big soccer fan. I only started watching the game when in college, and even then only when it’s not broadcasted after midnight (when it’s evening in Western Europe, it’s about 2am where I live).

Last night, though, I decided to stay up to watch the Barcelona vs Arsenal game, broadcasted live from Camp Nou, Barcelona. And man, I’m glad I did! Otherwise I wouldn’t be witness to the brilliant play of the awesomeness that is Lionel Messi. He scored four goals, 3 of them before half time. And all of them are… beautiful.

It even inspired me to whip up this little Flash app here, which is basically a motivational poster that plays a video from YouTube in place of the motivational picture. It also displays a customizable title and paragraph. I call it the MotiVideo.

You can also use this on your own Web site, blog, forum, or whatever, with a video and message of your choice! Just go to the MotiVideo page find out how. It’s free to use, of course.

Grand Theft Auto, the original

This morning, my notebook’s FlashGet completed the free download of Grand Theft Auto original from Rockstar Classics, after about three days of resumable downloading. I immediately installed it, but only got the chance to actually play it this evening.

It’s a cute little game, kind of similar to the much more recent GTA: Chinatown Wars on the Nintendo DS and PSP, except with 2D cars and people (the buildings are 3D), less variation of guns, no save feature, a highscore list, and no great storyline. Oh, and no map, which is really confusing (of course they’re available online at GameFAQs or somewhere, but I’m to lazy to go find it 😛 ).

After playing for about half an hour, suddenly I felt really dizzy. Maybe it was the 800×600 pixels flashing before my HD-adjusted eyes, or the aforementioned lack of map. Or maybe because I had walked in the heavy rain a few hours earlier, although I had my head covered.

Anyway, I couldn’t help but think that this humble (by today’s standards, of course) game is the precursor to Grand Theft Auto IV… A very enjoyable and cathartic game with really beautiful audio-visuals, awesome physics, and a great storyline, as well as the most expensive game to produce (about $100 million) to date. In other words, an AWESOME game.

To conclude this post, here’s my most memorable quote from GTA IV, spoken by anti-hero protagonist Niko Bellic relating his experience in the Yugoslav Wars:

After you walk into a village and you see 50 children, all sitting neatly in a row, against a church wall, each with their throats cut and their hands chopped off, you realize that the creature that could do this doesn’t have a soul.