Al Harkan

A Personal Blog

Eulogy

It was Steve Jobs, I remember, who said, “Death is very likely the single best invention of Life.” It came to me lately this uneasy feeling that I’m not quite able to explain, even to myself. It’s not necessarily haunting, but it does follow me everywhere. It’s been weeks, if not months, that this feeling has been around: the thought of time when I die.

Senjana

Tentang rencana yang masih jadi wacana
Tentang inginnya impian seberhana tapi masih sederhana
Tentang asmarandana karena tak kunjung beranjangsana
Dan tentang ingin bijaksana tapi tetap lenggana

Elah, fana

Cita-cita kala yuwana, jawabnya bagaimana?
Cita-cita dari bijana, kenapa sekarang di dasar bejana?
Karena repot fatamorgana yang ternyata hanya bencana
Karena repot oleh kirana yang ujungnya jadi gulana

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From Mars with Love – A Review

So, the other day I had an ‘assignment’ to read this quite popular book called “Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus”. It was a re-read, actually, since I’ve done reading it about two years ago but had to read it again – just because I learned nothing back at the time. The book talks about how I, a man, am profoundly different from women. From our values that are inherently different, the way we cope with stress, to how we express ideas differently. It tends to start a fight between two whenever either one of them insists the other to accept them based on their own perspective.

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Why Do We Love

I said it once and I’ll say it again: it’s uneasy for me to talk about this subject, no matter at what emotional state I currently have, in love or heart broken. For me love is an abstract subject which once I dive into and try to write about it, it feels like I was suck into it and can’t resist to continue talking about. It’s like revealing our weakest point, willingly. But how could someone do something willingly if it opens the vulnerability of itself? Doesn’t our evolutionary process lead us to survive and develop the reflexes of defense mechanism, whatever forms it take? I don’t know. And the funny thing is, I am writing about this just after I had a break up from years of relationship. (more…)

Cerita dari Kepulauan Sula (1) – Ke Sula

Masih 3 minggu yang lalu saya mendarat di kota elok yang dulunya adalah ibukota Nusantara, sebelum pindah ke Batavia. Lalu menumpang kapal selama 14 jam, setengah hari semalam, ke daerah dengan sinyal padam. Setibanya di kabupaten tujuan, kami melanjutkan perjalanan hingga 6 hari ke depan, mengunjungi sekolah-sekolah di bagian pulau tepian. Bertemu pantai terindah dan menahan terik yang membuat tak betah, menghabiskan waktu di tengah laut sampai sinar matahari surut, menyeberangi selat berbahaya yang konon bak segitiga bermuda, bertemu para penggerak yang berbagi cerita bijak, dan merasakan keramahan lokal di balik jalan-jalan terjal. (more…)

Edmond Kirsch’s Presentation on The Origin of Life – from Dan Brown’s Book

Kirsch’s voice boomed down from the heavens. Hundreds of guests were reclined on blankets, gazing up into a dazzling sky of stars. Robert Langdon lay near the center of the field, caught up in the growing anticipation.

 

“Tonight, let us be children again,” Kirsch’s voice continued. “Let us lie out beneath the stars, with our minds wide open to all possibilities.” (more…)

Minggu

Minggu pagi-pagi (27/08) saya sudah berangkat menuju Bogor sambil menenteng longboard yang saya bawa dari kantor Senbaw. Sebagian latar langit masih oranye ketika saya menuju stasiun, dengan matahari mulai naik dari balik gedung-gedung tinggi di daerah Kuningan. Satu lagi kebahagiaan yang agaknya tak terlalu mahal: jalanan Jakarta yang tidak macet, dan kereta yang tidak terlalu padat. (more…)