Thought via Path

One of my bucket list:

Build/manage a library, full of books worth reading, be it fiction, history, arts, science, business, and everything that will expand its readers’ horizon. And the library is, of course, should be very cozy and comfortable for people to sit, (or in my case, lay around) for hours. That’s gonna be lots of sofas and carpets and bean bags. Oh, why don’t we add some kind of auditorium to this library too? So we can have routine class/sharing session/movie screening (TEDx, Akademi Berbagi, PechaKucha, yay!) in this place. And I’ll encourage to people here to discuss what they’ve read, so talking *isn’t* gonna be forbidden. Talk! Discuss! Exchange what you’ve learned!

Well, in my current situation, it’s still far from realization. But perhaps if the circumstances are changed, (or I can convince some rich fellows to make good use of their money for this idea), it’ll be sooner to be realized.

Selamat Hari Pendidikan Nasional. – Read on Path.

Thought via Path

I tend to wait for a year or so after a book was published before reading it. If people are still talking about it after quite a while, it possesses a property that every great work has: timelessness. Great works care not if they’re old or new. Great works defy time. Great works are timeless. – Read on Path.

My new badass hero: Theodore “TR” Roosevelt. The embodiment of many badass traits:
- Getting shot at chest just before he made a campaign speech, decided to give 90 minutes speech before going to doctor. He said “ladies and gentlemen, I don’t know whether you full understand that I have just been shot, but it takes more than that to kill a bull moose.” 
- wrote 18 books with subjects ranged from history, ranching, exploration, to wildlife. One of the most scholarly American president ever, alongside Thomas Jefferson. 
- avid reader, reading tens of thousands of books, at a rate of several books a day in multiple languages. Even when he was busy being a president. 
- when appointed as NYC’s police commissioner, TR went undercover as a beat cop and walked the streets of New York trying to catch policemen slacking off or taking bribes. If he busted them in the act, he fired them, punched them in the mouth and then stuffed them into a garbage can. 
- formed his own volunteer cavalry regiment called the “Rough Riders”.  He took anybody who wanted to join, regardless of race or creed, and headed out to Cuba to whomp asses.  At the Battle of San Juan Hill, the decisive battle that sealed the American victory in Cuba, Roosevelt won the Congressional Medal of Honor for “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity” and was promoted to Colonel.

Putin who? – View on Path.

My new badass hero: Theodore “TR” Roosevelt. The embodiment of many badass traits:
- Getting shot at chest just before he made a campaign speech, decided to give 90 minutes speech before going to doctor. He said “ladies and gentlemen, I don’t know whether you full understand that I have just been shot, but it takes more than that to kill a bull moose.”
- wrote 18 books with subjects ranged from history, ranching, exploration, to wildlife. One of the most scholarly American president ever, alongside Thomas Jefferson.
- avid reader, reading tens of thousands of books, at a rate of several books a day in multiple languages. Even when he was busy being a president.
- when appointed as NYC’s police commissioner, TR went undercover as a beat cop and walked the streets of New York trying to catch policemen slacking off or taking bribes. If he busted them in the act, he fired them, punched them in the mouth and then stuffed them into a garbage can. 
- formed his own volunteer cavalry regiment called the “Rough Riders”.  He took anybody who wanted to join, regardless of race or creed, and headed out to Cuba to whomp asses.  At the Battle of San Juan Hill, the decisive battle that sealed the American victory in Cuba, Roosevelt won the Congressional Medal of Honor for “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity” and was promoted to Colonel.

Putin who? – View on Path.

Thought via Path

"Science is generated by and devoted to free enquiry: the idea that any hypothesis, no matter how strange, deserves to be considered on its merits. The suppression of uncomfortable ideas may be common in religion and politics, but it is not the path to knowledge; it has no place in the endeavor of science. We do not know in advance who will discover fundamental new insights."

- Carl Sagan, Cosmos – Read on Path.

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"Now I will a rhyme construct, By chosen words the young instruct. Cunningly devised endeavour, Con it and remember ever. Widths in circle here you see, Sketched out in strange obscurity."

Count the number of letters in every word, and you’ll get.. 3141592653589793238462643383279. Of course, first 31 digits of pi. – Read on Path.

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There’s discussions among fellow readers that compare 2 forms of book reading: printed books & ebook. The debate is mostly about the differences in style: the melancholy of printed books and the simplicity of ebook. But it went quite far away: tradition vs novelty. Warm pages vs cold metal. One side denounces the others, and vice versa.

But…

Book itself is a form of technology. Books, and written words are one of humanity’s greatest inventions. Therefore, the condemnation of “tradition vs technology” itself, I think, is obsolete from the beginning.

And in essence, IMHO, the question between printed book and ebook is more about taste. I prefer ebook for its simplicity and portability. Some, prefer the crisp pages of printed pages. To each his own. No need to be such an authoritarian when it’s about personal style.

As for myself, I’m an agnostic towards the form of information. As long as it suites me and gives me new information that is useful (or just plain entertaining), I will consume it. The form does not matter: whether it’s a book (printed or electronic), magazine, Wikipedia entry, forum posts. I’ll still read.

The problem is, for me, is that some people give more attention to trivial things (twerking teen?) to critical ones (cancer research?). Or that some people read but don’t question what they read. Or that Gramedia nowadays is full of shitty books (motivational, “pencitraan” biography, book with content copied from some twitter account).

Well, let’s read, and let’s read something good. – Read on Path.