Is Hierarchy good for Indonesian society?

Is Hierarchy good for Indonesian society? I mean I know that many traditional regional cultures born within Indonesia are socially structured with hierarchy as a vital element in decision making and leadership. And that–on the other hand–in many…

Is Hierarchy good for Indonesian society?

I mean I know that many traditional regional cultures born within Indonesia are socially structured with hierarchy as a vital element in decision making and leadership. And that–on the other hand–in many urban Indonesian cities there has been many signs which points towards a flattening of hierarchies as a way to break social barriers to opportunities and understanding.

But which mode will provide the best result for Indonesia as an entity? My work with the SBF depends on showing leadership in this area, and we do not think that the current trend of letting it be “decided” by “the market” is healthy at all.

Need more time to fully flesh this out, of course, but I also need to say that I do not see any leadership in this topic. And that if Indonesia decides that this is bullshit and we don’t need any of this kind of thinking, then Indonesia also needs to begin movement towards dissolution, as a way of bringing an end to our Nation’s pervasive undecidedness.

Android OS, and revisiting Open Source vs. Free Software

With the popularity of Android OS, and before it iOS and OS-X, it is time we realize (and become more aware of) the differences between Open Source & Free Software..

With the popularity of Android OS, and before it iOS and OS-X, it is time we realize (and become more aware of) the differences between Open Source & Free Software..

(small note: iOS and OS-X, both based upon the Apple Inc. initiated Darwin-OS project, is based largely on FreeBSD in its core, and uses a modified Mach kernel. Apple also contributes significantly upstream)

In the ‘perfect world’, all software would be ‘Free Software’ and there would be no need for the ‘Open Source’ pragmatic compromise…

(notice all the ‘scare quotes’ in the previous sentence..)

All the more reason to keep an eye on Nokia’s Maemo project, I say.

(reposted from TwitterBuzz, and Ferdi on FLOSS)

10th Session of Listen to the World Offline Series: “Majority Never Changes the World”

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Message regarding OAuth and t.co URL wrapping from The Twitter Team

Did any of you Tweeple notice this email, from The Twitter Team?———- Forwarded message ———-From: Twitter Date: Thu, Sep 2, 2010 at 2:02 PMSubject: Update: Twitter Apps and YouTo: –snip–@gmail.com Hi @erdina, Over the coming weeks, we…

Did any of you Tweeple notice this email, from The Twitter Team?

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Date: Thu, Sep 2, 2010 at 2:02 PM
Subject: Update: Twitter Apps and You
To: —snip–@gmail.com

Hi @erdina,

Over the coming weeks, we will be making two important updates that will impact how you interact with Twitter applications. We are sending this notice to all Twitter users to make sure you are aware of these changes.

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my deviantArt; or why I don’t post there anymore

Metro Renov Powder, Redux by ~Lemi4 on deviantART Here’s one sample from my gallery. I think the last time I posted anything in my deviantArt was around 2007. I don’t post there anymore because I feel myself waaaay too out of my league. There are …

Metro Renov Powder, Redux by ~Lemi4 on deviantART

Here’s one sample from my gallery. I think the last time I posted anything in my deviantArt was around 2007. I don’t post there anymore because I feel myself waaaay too out of my league. There are still many other artworks there, but its just that I don’t think I’ll ever really feel good about posting there myself.

I need a space where I can post whatever artwork I want. Without worrying about any repercussion or anything.

…Or maybe not.

I just need to be able to feel good about drawing again. Or playing music.

Something.

[Gotta go drive Mum to the market to buy groceries] [/whoosh!]

My Three Levels of Twitter Zen

The three levels of Twitter Zen:lvl.1: It doesn’t matter when they unfollow me.lvl.2: It doesn’t matter when they antagonize me with their tweets.lvl.3: It doesn’t matter when they block me.via my public Google Buzz profile

The three levels of Twitter Zen:
lvl.1: It doesn’t matter when they unfollow me.
lvl.2: It doesn’t matter when they antagonize me with their tweets.
lvl.3: It doesn’t matter when they block me.

Gratification, Corruption and Cultural Relativism in Indonesia

My wife came with me because Pak Ibrahim asked her to,” he said. “He was my senior while I was in Aceh. We have a cultural relationship. I couldn’t say no.”

From “Flight to Shanghai on Tycoon’s Jet Lands Minister in KPK’s Sights” via thejakartaglobe.com

Let me first begin by stating my opinion that corruption of public funds to the detriment of our nation at large and, especially, the economically less fortunate among us is a fatal cancer on our society that needs to be eradicated for us to survive.Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way…

This case of Mr. Mustafa being told by his senior to ride on the plane to Shanghai with him reminds me of this “adat” (“custom”) that we have in my parents’ and ancestor’s culture. When someone comes to our house no matter what time it is the host must provide something to eat, and the guest must eat what was offered.

My guess is that the purpose of this ritual is as a symbolic gesture of trust, and to reinforce that trust. But I don’t have anthropological data to back that up. So there you go.

So anyways, so the rule goes, if the host doesn’t offer something then the host is insulting the guest, and likewise if the guest doesn’t accept the offer then the guest is insulting the host. Yes offers like this can be seen as “gratification” or “bribery” in some cases, but on the other hand…

So anyways modernism aside and everything, what I’m asking is must Indonesia “abandon its roots” to “progress into the brave new world?” And just what are our roots anyway? If we still have any at all to speak of?

#justhinking ::please CMIIW::

[link via Brett McGuire]

Response to ASCAP’s deceptive claims

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From: Eric Steuer <esteuer@creativecommons.org>
Date: Thu, Jul 1, 2010 at 1:03 AM
Subject: Response to ASCAP’s deceptive claims
To: “—snip–” <—snip—>

Dear Creative Commons supporter,

Last week, ASCAP sent a fundraising letter to its members calling on them to fight “opponents” such as Creative Commons, falsely claiming that we work to undermine copyright.*

Creative Commons licenses are copyright licenses – plain and simple. Period. CC licenses are legal tools that creators can use to offer certain usage rights to the public, while reserving other rights. Without copyright, these tools don’t work. Artists and record labels that want to make their music available to the public for certain uses, like noncommercial sharing or remixing, should consider using CC licenses. Artists and labels that want to reserve all of their copyright rights should absolutely not use CC licenses. Continue reading “Response to ASCAP’s deceptive claims”