Apply visa turis buat ke India ternyata nggak susah!

Jadi begini ceritanya, hari Rabu (12 Oktober) kemarin, gue, Idznie, sama Vasanthi akhirnya apply visa buat trip ke India bulan November nanti. Berbekal cari info sana sini dan bongkar Google, akhirnya ketemu blogpost super informatif ini. Makasih banyak buat yang udah nulis 🙂

Kita masuk ke ruang pengurusan paspor/visa satu-satu, pintu masuk Kedutaan India itu ada di samping, bukan dari pintu utama di Kuningan. FYI, untuk pengurusan visa/paspor ini mereka cuma buka jam 9 – 12 siang aja. Cukup ninggalin tas sama HP aja di pos penjaga, dokumen sama dompet mah bawa aja, abis itu dikasih kartu visitor, masuk ke
ruangan, ambil nomer antrian, udah deh nunggu nomernya nongol aja kayak di bank.

Kita bertiga sebenernya agak bingung soalnya flight sama hostel booking hampir semuanya jadi satu atas nama gue dan belom difotokopi buat dipegang masing-masing. Tapi ternyata pas giliran gue dipanggil (kebetulan gue yang pertama), gue cukup bilang kalo gue bakal travel in group, jadi si petugas counter langsung nyuruh Idznie sama Va ke counter juga. Lanjutkan membaca “Apply visa turis buat ke India ternyata nggak susah!”

“You’ve got to find what you love” ~Steve Jobs, 2005 Stanford Commencement Address

I am honored to be with you today at your commencement from one of the finest universities in the world. I never graduated from college. Truth be told, this is the closest I’ve ever gotten to a college graduation. Today I want to tell you three stories from my life. That’s it. No big deal. Just three stories.

The first story is about connecting the dots.

I dropped out of Reed College after the first 6 months, but then stayed around as a drop-in for another 18 months or so before I really quit. So why did I drop out?

It started before I was born. My biological mother was a young, unwed college graduate student, and she decided to put me up for adoption. She felt very strongly that I should be adopted by college graduates, so everything was all set for me to be adopted at birth by a lawyer and his wife. Except that when I popped out they decided at the last minute that they really wanted a girl. So my parents, who were on a waiting list, got a call in the middle of the night asking: “We have an unexpected baby boy; do you want him?” They said: “Of course.” My biological mother later found out that my mother had never graduated from college and that my father had never graduated from high school. She refused to sign the final adoption papers. She only relented a few months later when my parents promised that I would someday go to college.

And 17 years later I did go to college. But I naively chose a college that was almost as expensive as Stanford, and all of my working-class parents’ savings were being spent on my college tuition. After six months, I couldn’t see the value in it. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and no idea how college was going to help me figure it out. And here I was spending all of the money my parents had saved their entire life. So I decided to drop out and trust that it would all work out OK. It was pretty scary at the time, but looking back it was one of the best decisions I ever made. The minute I dropped out I could stop taking the required classes that didn’t interest me, and begin dropping in on the ones that looked interesting.

It wasn’t all romantic. I didn’t have a dorm room, so I slept on the floor in friends’ rooms, I returned coke bottles for the 5¢ deposits to buy food with, and I would walk the 7 miles across town every Sunday night to get one good meal a week at the Hare Krishna temple. I loved it. And much of what I stumbled into by following my curiosity and intuition turned out to be priceless later on. Let me give you one example:

Reed College at that time offered perhaps the best calligraphy instruction in the country. Throughout the campus every poster, every label on every drawer, was beautifully hand calligraphed. Because I had dropped out and didn’t have to take the normal classes, I decided to take a calligraphy class to learn how to do this. I learned about serif and san serif typefaces, about varying the amount of space between different letter combinations, about what makes great typography great. It was beautiful, historical, artistically subtle in a way that science can’t capture, and I found it fascinating.

None of this had even a hope of any practical application in my life. But ten years later, when we were designing the first Macintosh computer, it all came back to me. And we designed it all into the Mac. It was the first computer with beautiful typography. If I had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts. And since Windows just copied the Mac, it’s likely that no personal computer would have them. If I had never dropped out, I would have never dropped in on this calligraphy class, and personal computers might not have the wonderful typography that they do. Of course it was impossible to connect the dots looking forward when I was in college. But it was very, very clear looking backwards ten years later.

Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.

My second story is about love and loss.

I was lucky — I found what I loved to do early in life. Woz and I started Apple in my parents garage when I was 20. We worked hard, and in 10 years Apple had grown from just the two of us in a garage into a $2 billion company with over 4000 employees. We had just released our finest creation — the Macintosh — a year earlier, and I had just turned 30. And then I got fired. How can you get fired from a company you started? Well, as Apple grew we hired someone who I thought was very talented to run the company with me, and for the first year or so things went well. But then our visions of the future began to diverge and eventually we had a falling out. When we did, our Board of Directors sided with him. So at 30 I was out. And very publicly out. What had been the focus of my entire adult life was gone, and it was devastating.

I really didn’t know what to do for a few months. I felt that I had let the previous generation of entrepreneurs down – that I had dropped the baton as it was being passed to me. I met with David Packard and Bob Noyce and tried to apologize for screwing up so badly. I was a very public failure, and I even thought about running away from the valley. But something slowly began to dawn on me — I still loved what I did. The turn of events at Apple had not changed that one bit. I had been rejected, but I was still in love. And so I decided to start over.

I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.

During the next five years, I started a company named NeXT, another company named Pixar, and fell in love with an amazing woman who would become my wife. Pixar went on to create the worlds first computer animated feature film, Toy Story, and is now the most successful animation studio in the world. In a remarkable turn of events, Apple bought NeXT, I returned to Apple, and the technology we developed at NeXT is at the heart of Apple’s current renaissance. And Laurene and I have a wonderful family together.

I’m pretty sure none of this would have happened if I hadn’t been fired from Apple. It was awful tasting medicine, but I guess the patient needed it. Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.

My third story is about death.

When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

About a year ago I was diagnosed with cancer. I had a scan at 7:30 in the morning, and it clearly showed a tumor on my pancreas. I didn’t even know what a pancreas was. The doctors told me this was almost certainly a type of cancer that is incurable, and that I should expect to live no longer than three to six months. My doctor advised me to go home and get my affairs in order, which is doctor’s code for prepare to die. It means to try to tell your kids everything you thought you’d have the next 10 years to tell them in just a few months. It means to make sure everything is buttoned up so that it will be as easy as possible for your family. It means to say your goodbyes.

I lived with that diagnosis all day. Later that evening I had a biopsy, where they stuck an endoscope down my throat, through my stomach and into my intestines, put a needle into my pancreas and got a few cells from the tumor. I was sedated, but my wife, who was there, told me that when they viewed the cells under a microscope the doctors started crying because it turned out to be a very rare form of pancreatic cancer that is curable with surgery. I had the surgery and I’m fine now.

This was the closest I’ve been to facing death, and I hope it’s the closest I get for a few more decades. Having lived through it, I can now say this to you with a bit more certainty than when death was a useful but purely intellectual concept:

No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

When I was young, there was an amazing publication called The Whole Earth Catalog, which was one of the bibles of my generation. It was created by a fellow named Stewart Brand not far from here in Menlo Park, and he brought it to life with his poetic touch. This was in the late 1960’s, before personal computers and desktop publishing, so it was all made with typewriters, scissors, and polaroid cameras. It was sort of like Google in paperback form, 35 years before Google came along: it was idealistic, and overflowing with neat tools and great notions.

Stewart and his team put out several issues of The Whole Earth Catalog, and then when it had run its course, they put out a final issue. It was the mid-1970s, and I was your age. On the back cover of their final issue was a photograph of an early morning country road, the kind you might find yourself hitchhiking on if you were so adventurous. Beneath it were the words: “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.” It was their farewell message as they signed off. Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. And I have always wished that for myself. And now, as you graduate to begin anew, I wish that for you.

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

Thank you all very much.
Rest in peace, Steve Jobs (1955-2011)

salingsilang.com: Nostalgia Melalui Media Sosial

Facebook Timeline, sebentar lagi bisa dinikmati oleh umum. Dengan fitur baru dari Facebook ini, kita bisa melacak apa saja yang pernah kita lakukan di Facebook bertahun-tahun yang lalu. Facebook bahkan membuatkan satu titik di saat kita baru dilahirkan, dan menambahkan foto atau status di sana. Saat ini Facebook Timeline belum aktif untuk umum karena masih menunggu hasil sengketa hukum dengan Timelines.com.

Ini mungkin fenomena unik, menjadikan media sosial sebagai dokumentasi perjalanan hidup. Dari situs media sosial lainnya, Foursquare, ada aplikasi pihak ketiga yang menawarkan fitur unik; mengingat apa yang dilakukan setahun yang lalu di Foursquare. Belakangan, aplikasi ini juga tersedia untuk Facebook. Nama aplikasinya 4SquareAnd7YearsAgo. Ia mengirim ke email kita setiap hari, apa yang terjadi setahun yang lalu di media sosial yang kita ikuti. Mungkin ada yang pernah dengar, atau bahkan sudah memakainya?

Salah seorang penulis di situs berita teknologi Wired.com, Clive Thompson, menyebut fenomena ini sebagai Memory Engineering. Dalam artikel yang ia tulis 27 September yang lalu, ia mewawancarai spesialis media sosial asal Indonesia, Daniel Giovanni, yang bisa ditemui di akun Twitter @qronoz.  Daniel dijadikannya contoh tentang bagaimana memory engineering bekerja; sebuah proses mendandani masa lalu kita di dunia dijital  menjadi lebih menarik.

Daniel bercerita tentang pengalamannya memanfaatkan aplikasi 4SquareAnd7YearsAgo. Kebetulan, saat ia diwawancarai tepat setahun ia menyelesaikan skripsinya. Menurut Daniel seperti yang dikutip artikel di Wired.com tersebut, aplikasi ini membantunya membangun kembali ingatan pada peristiwa setahun yang lalu. Dari aplikasi itu terekam apa yang pernah dilakukannya saat itu; berangkat ke kampus untuk bersiap ujian, lulus dengan nilai A, dan merayakannya dengan nonton film ke bioskop bersama teman-temannya. 

Aktivitas individu yang terekam melalui media sosial, terkadang memang sangat detil dan lengkap, sampai pengguna sendiri tidak sadar kalau mereka sedang mencatatkan sejarah mereka di beragam media sosial. Gagasan Facebook Timeline, yang oleh Facebook dipromosikan dengan judul artikel, “Tell Your Story with Timeline” tampak selaras dengan gagasan memory engineering yang dimaksud Clive Thompson tersebut. Apakah Facebook juga sedang menerapkan hal yang sama?

Satu sisi, mungkin berguna bagi si pemilik akun. Tapi jika secara tidak sadar sampai bocor ke publik, informasi yang terlalu detil tentang seseorang bukanlah hal yang lumrah untuk diumbar. Ada hal yang bersifat personal, yang mungkin orang lain tidak punya hak untuk mengetahuinya. Jadi, sambil menunggu Facebook Timeline benar-benar aktif, mungkin perlu dipertimbangkan dari sekarang, informasi apa saja tentang perjalanan hidup Anda yang akan dijadikan konsumsi umum

Kalo 4SquareAnd7YearsAgo udah coba. PastPosts juga udah. Kalo Facebook Timeline ini asli gw baru denger, resmi keluaran Facebook katanya. Mari kita tunggu bersama!

Wired Magazine: Clive Thompson on Memory Engineering

Do you remember what you were doing a year ago today? Daniel Giovanni does. A social media specialist in Jakarta, Indonesia, he recently began using a clever service called 4SquareAnd7YearsAgo. The service plugs into your Foursquare “check-ins”—those geotagged notes showing where you ate, drank, and socialized. Each morning, it finds your check-ins from precisely one year earlier and emails you a summary.

The result is a curiously powerful daily jolt of reminiscence. I talked to Giovanni on July 20, the one-year anniversary of his thesis defense, as he looked over the check-ins for that day. According to the recap, he arrived on campus at 7:42 am to set up (with music from Transformers 2 pounding in his head), left the building at 12:42 pm after getting an A, then hit a movie theater to celebrate with friends. Giovanni hadn’t thought about that day in a long while, but it all came rushing back.

“It’s like this helps you reshape the memories of your life,” he told me.

4SquareAnd7YearsAgo is an example of a new trend I call memory engineering—the process of fashioning our inchoate digital pasts into useful memories.

Right now, of course, our digital lives are so bloated they’re basically imponderable. Many of us generate massive amounts of personal data every day—phonecam pictures, text messages, status updates, and so on. By default, all of us are becoming lifeloggers. But we almost never go back and look at this stuff, because it’s too hard to parse.

Never thought that my name could be written on Wired Magazine (Oct 2011) because of using 4squareand7yearsago.com. I should’ve post this on my Posterous to get it archived (and I think I’ll get the printed one too).

Jump Bandung #1. Sebuah dokumenter pendek kolaborasi Parkour Bandung dan GD Studio

Semoga video dokumenter singkat ini dapat memberi gambaran bagi teman-teman mengenai seperti apa latihan parkour dan bagaimana sejarahnya.

Video di atas diupload di Youtube dan mendapatkan banyak sekali respon positif tidak hanya dari teman-teman di Indonesia, tapi juga dari luar Indonesia. Salah satunya dari user dengan nama WestLondonParkour yang sedikit menambahkan informasi tentang sejarah parkour. Demikian katanya:

parkour was made a discipline in 1895 by georges hebert for the french marines and parisian fire dept under the name “l’art du deplacement”. in the 1970s, raymond belle used it as a tool and taught it to his son david, who turned it into an art by the 1980s. “Parkour” is the >international< version of the word “parcours”, meaning a journey or a trip, or to traverse something; it has no literal english translation. sebastien “created” freerunning parallel with parkour, not as??? part of it.

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Parkour berawal dari sebuah disiplin yang ada pada tahun 1895 yang digunakan oleh seseorang bernama Georges Hebert untuk pelatihan marinir Prancis dan pemadam kebakaran Kota Paris. Saat itu disiplin ini dikenal dengan nama “l’art du deplacement”. Pada tahun 1970an, Raymond Belle menggunakannya sebagai disiplin yang dapat diaplikasikan dan mengajarkannya pada anaknya, David Belle, yang kemudian menjadikannya sebuah seni pada tahun 1980an. Parkour sebenarnya adalah versi internasional dari kata “parcours”, yang berarti sebuah perjalanan atau perpindahan; tidak ada terjemahan langsung di Bahasa Inggris. Sebastian Foucan memperkenalkan freefunning yang parallel dengan parkour, bukan sebagai bagian dari parkour.

Tambahan informasi dari WestLondonParkour ini tentu hanya segelintir sejarah singkat tentang parkour. Mungkin beberapa teman-teman sudah mengetahui mengenai sejarah parkour. Namun tidak ada salahnya agar kita terus menambah referensi yang kita ketahui. Demi pemahaman parkour yang menyeluruh dan menjaga semangat parkour yang kita miliki saat ini.