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Turut berbelasungkawa...
Telah meninggal dunia seorang artis sekaligus pelawak Indonesia, Ferrasta Soebardi alias Pepeng di usia 60 tahun.
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[ID-id] Awas, maling! Siapa nih Leonardus Gautama? Malu-maluin aja :(
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Eh? Virgin Group's Richard Branson supports BitCoin..?

/Update: Branson supports BitCoin as a currency concept yes, but he didn't organize the Summit nor does he have any say over who gets to attend it. Branson's Virgin Galactic still accepts BitCoin as a payment option though. (And PayPal, for that matter....)
Billionaire Richard Branson is set to bring "the world's greatest minds in cryptocurrency" together to discuss bitcoin on his personal private island.

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Articles about how public policy questions (in the US) are being decided by computers & algorithms —with questionable results:

/hat-tip +Dan Gillmor​ via Twitter 

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There are differences between:
1) copywriting/commercial writing,
2) journalism, and
3) advocacy/social issues activism.

…but the thing is, (ideally) all three should have some things in common; for example:
a. common decency,
b. honesty,
c. integrity,
d. a primary motive of helping others instead of hurting others…

…that sort of thing. 
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Over on Ello I gave this post a title: "Thoughts on non-fiction writing"…

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A fascinating tale of legalities...
Until last week, It was legal to kill Basques in Iceland.
Basques safe in Iceland as district repeals decree to kill them on sight
"Basques wanting to visit the dramatic fjords of north-western Iceland need no longer hesitate after the district of Westfjords repealed a 400-year-old decree to kill any Basque caught in the area on sight."
Westfjords district commissioner invites Basques to ceremony to revoke 1615 law that sparked massacre known as Slaying of the Spaniards
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Cancer or Canvas?

★ Do you see cancer cells run amok or a beautiful rendition of Van Gogh's "Starry Night"?  In this addition to my Art or Science? collection, it's hard to pick out the microscope image from the artwork it inspired. The tiny biological details revealed by researchers at the University of Michigan Center for Organogenesis are captured in larger than life quilts by Fiber Artists @ Loose Ends who raise public awareness about the importance of the arts in healthcare settings.

★ On the Left is a cross-section of mouse skin with basal cell carcinoma, the most common form of human skin cancer. The top layer of skin is stained red, collagen fibers are stained blue and the deadly tumor cells appear in the red at the bottom. On the Right, artist Carole Nicholas renders the image with fabric and stitching to simulate the Van Gogh's brushwork in a quilt.

★ This type of common skin cancer arises exclusively from the base of the hair follicle, where a niche of stem cells reside. When the hair follicle is in its growth phase, these cells are temporarily activated by the hedgehog signaling pathway. In cancer, this pathway is permanently on overdrive, due to mutations in genes known as Patched (PTCH) or Smoothened (SMO). If you're curious about the origin of these amusing gene names, especially Sonic Hedgehog, Indian Hedgehog and Tiggywinkle Hedgehog, check out +Buddhini Samarasinghe's entertaining and informative post (! 

REF: Hutchin et al. Sustained Hedgehog signaling is required for basal cell carcinoma proliferation and survival: conditional skin tumorigenesis recapitulates the hair growth cycle.

Image Credits: Mark Hutchin, University of Michigan
Art Quilt by Carole Nicholas, Fiber Artists@Loose Ends

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Now a classic experiment but still fun to watch, and stikk surprising (at least to me): monkeys have a very acute sense of fairness.
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Baru nonton segmen tentang Greeneration Indonesia​ di Hitam Putih (T7). Saat tim Greeneration melakukan riset di sungai Citarum, mereka menemukan tiga mayat manusia. Sempat mereka laporkan ke polisi setempat. Setelah diperiksa, tiga orang ini tidak ada dalam DPO, kepolisian menemukan "mengembalikan". Maksudnya, dibuang balik ke sungai. 

Saat ditanya ke warga setempat, kata mereka, penemuan mayat seperti ini sudah biasa. Dan memang kepolisian nggak mempunyai cukup sumber daya untuk menyelidiki semua mayat ini. 

Mungkin ini gambaran juga, bagaimana Indonesia menghargai nyawa manusia... 


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Tesla unveiled a new product line at its design studio in LA tonight. It’s called Tesla Energy and it’s a suite of batteries for homes and for businesses. The existence of the batteries has been one of the worst kept secrets of all time. But we are here at the announcement event and finally have some details. And they’re pretty damn cool.
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Mary Jane Veloso execution delayed, pending investigation into trafficking.

#MaryJane #MaryJaneLives #Indonesia #Philippines 
Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran and six other men are executed by firing squad, as Filipina Mary Jane Velosa wins a last-minute reprieve
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commercial writer and digital visualizer (2d static)
Copy-editing, copywriting, amateur-level 2D static computer graphics, amateur classical guitar, amateur western-tradition classical flute, online marketing (still learning on this last one)
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Internet adventurer extraordinaire! :P
(I seriously need to trim this intro. :PP Anyways...)

I'm just this guy living in Jakarta, Indonesia. I've been on the Internet from 1996, longer than some Digital Natives have been alive, but I'd be hard-pressed to call myself a Digital Native. I sometimes post in Indonesian. 

I believe the Internet, like many man-made technologies before it, opens up lots of opportunities for the growth of Human Potential, as well as dangers; we should be aware of its possibilities but on the other hand we shouldn't totally fear or shun it. And the genie is out of the bottle so to speak, now what do we, Humankind, ask of it?

• What I do for a living
For income purposes I am currently a freelance writer, with a focus on commercial and social media content writing and social media presence management.

And even more recently I've found myself learning to draw again and doing a tiny little bit of digital illustration (and I'd love to do more, I'm sure...)

I sometimes do some freelance translating, to and from Indonesian.  I also used to be a graphic designer / art director / copywriter / whatever for various local advertising agencies in Jakarta. Nothing famous or significant, I can assure you.

Up to the end of August 2013, I had worked for a tech company based in Jakarta, Indonesia named m-STARS, PT. Antar Mitra Prakarsa. Our website is at and we also have a semi-official m-STARS G+ page here (which I had also administered). My last working position was as a Product Development Officer, where previously I was a Digital Marketing Communications Officer, and before that a Social Media Specialist. And no I don't code or write programs. Not yet anyways. Hehe :PP

Around 2011 to 2012 I volunteered for a couple of local film festivals & other film-related things. I pretty much hardly know anything about film though, or music for that matter. I learned to play classical guitar while in junior high, continued lessons till the end of high school, and I went to college majoring in Communications, minoring in Advertising while learning the flute as an extra-curricular with the campus orchestra (Mahawaditra). I don't play professionally.

• Where I stand, what I post
Obviously my statements published on this profile are my own and do not represent the opinions of my employers and/or associates either past, present, or future. I am more than just my employment. Or so I keep telling myself....

• Some of my interests:
Indonesia, Open Internet, Early-Adopter PC/Mobile tech, Google+ Hardcore, Phandroid, Open Source/Hacker, Lulz/Digital Culture/SubCulture, Int'l Politics, Indonesia, Twitter, Webcomics, Music, Film, Art.

• My Religious/Spiritual Beliefs
I am a theist. I feel I need to state this because it seems that some have mistaken me for a secular agnostic or an atheist based on my posts. If you feel you have been fooled I do sincerely apologize. I think I've been mistaken for a Muslim, too; so I think I should confirm I'm not a Muslim either ^^"

I'd been taught by my Dad (who died more than a decade ago in the mid-'90s) that if I'm not comfortable enough with my religion to admit it in public, I might as well not have it.

I'm a non-specific almost 'plain-vanilla' Protestant Christian (definitely not hardline-militant, fundamentalistic Evangelical, Pentecostal, or Methodist, but it'd be hard to peg my current belief set as specifically Calvinist or Lutheran or even Liberal Protestant), but I don't like pushing my religion down your throat. I would kindly ask you also not to shove your militant antitheism down mine either, thank you.

It's not that I hate militant antitheist for not believing in God, it's that I have had militant antitheism shoved down my own throat so much to the point it has become at least slightly annoying. At the very least I have Ignored people, or placed people in a muted Circle. Mostly I just Mute Posts. In some cases I have un-Circled. And as a last resort I have Blocked. 

I am a big believer in freedom of religion, and this includes freedom to not adhere to any religion, if you should choose to. You could say that this has somewhat been influenced by my life-long experience of living as a minority Christian in a Muslim-majority nation--though I must also say that Protestant and Catholic Christians have it good in Indonesia compared to communities adhering to other faiths and/or belief systems. Google the terms 'Ahmadiyah' and 'Sampang', for example. I am somewhat saddened by the interfaith situation in Indonesia lately, when I recall my childhood days when Indonesia had on occasions been highlighted by the International community as a benchmark for interreligious tolerance, somewhat... (And don't get me started on how even that past may possibly be nothing more than a myth...)

I have been teased about being a Christian Humanist, that it is a philosophically sloppy ideological/ethical position, but nonetheless it is mine. I kindly request that you let me explore my own spiritual-rational path at my own pace; not everyone is as 'spiritually/rationally enlightened' as you at this moment ;)

And really, haven't we got other much more important and/or constructive things to debate about, other than personal beliefs?

• I Circle Back! But:
will circle you back if you communicate with me. +1 a post, comment on them, or re-Share them. I prefer to place new Circled's in a topic circle so I know what topics you are interested in. In the past most of my shares were posted to limited Circles, but lately I've been experimenting with posting mostly to public. I have eclectic interests and am interested in learning new stuffs; especially new stuffs that interest me.

• That's it!
Nice to meet you, and thanks for reading all the way! ^_^Y
Map of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has lived
Jakarta, Indonesia (born & raised)
Manila, Phillipines (three years) - New Haven, Connecticut (for about 15 months)