Al Harkan

A Personal Blog


In case you're wondering: Raihan Kalla is just an anagram of my full name. I make tiny 'cinematic' Stories on Instagram (check my highlights!) and curate science & short documentaries on YouTube (check my hand-picked playlists!). I'm also doing research in media studies at University of Indonesia, studying data science, and teaching myself filmmaking. Curious how these interests and hobbies will collide in the future.

Latest Posts

On Career Decision

Being confident with our career of choice also means ignoring the noise of others. In a time when everybody is showing off what they’re doing, it is easy to lose ourselves. This is a reminder to rethink why we’re doing what we’re doing. Just so we can stay true to ourselves.  

YouTube Shorts Problems

YouTube is the last major social media to let go of community-led content recommendation (Trending page) and joining TikTok’s short video format party. Like others, its contents now go fully personalized for the users —us.   Clicking the Shorts tab, we don’t get a list of videos to watch. Instead, we get a video fulfilling […]

Covid Positive

I’m a Covid survivor. These are some tweets from the days when I was in quarantine.  

Pink Sunset

Ramadan 2021

“Unexpected, I did tarawih last night and suhoor on board a warship —my final day after 7-days sailing. That will be a story of its own, but I pray for this Ramadan to be a blessed one —where families are happy, and friends are healthy.”   “Really hope this is the last time I read […]

Statistika Bahasa Indonesia

“Indonesia sangat kaya akan keragaman bahasa.” Iya, tapi seberapa kaya? Ini datanya.

Argumentasi Omnibus Law

Isu pengesahan Omnibus Law Cipta Lapangan Kerja menjadi  polemik besar dalam beberapa minggu terakhir. Saya berusaha mengindari arus untuk mengikuti dan memberi argumen, dan ingin memutuskan secara pribadi keberpihakan yang baik.   Di sini saya mencoba melacak beberapa argumentasi Pemerintah atas proposal UU Cipta Lapangan Kerja —dari yang dikomunikasikan di media massa.  

Contact: An Act of Connection

“If we are alone in the universe, it sure seems like an awful waste of space.” But, how do we know if we are not alone in this universe?   

Data Science Fellowship

Selama 2 bulan masa lockdown dan #WorkFromHome ini, di samping pekerjaan mengajar, saya menyisihkan waktu untuk untuk belajar data science dengan mengikuti program Fellowship yang diselenggarakan oleh IYKRA. Saya membuat log belajar mingguan yang saya rupakan dalam tweet-tweet. Berisi cerita apa saja yang saya pelajari, pengalaman-pengalaman praktikum, juga curhat sana-sani. Berikut ini adalah untaian tweet-nya. […]

Ramadan 2020

Feeling uncertain of many things. The outbreak shows no sign of slowing down. Economic catastrophe. People are losing trust in government. Activists are being silenced. It’s the month of prayers, and I’m desperately praying for all of these bad things to end.