::ethereal dreamer::



Hi! Welcome to my world, guys. Posted here are my not-so-daily journal.

Feel free to post any comments, suggestions, or questions!!


Name: Arlin, aka.Ogi
Location: California (no more), in Bandung now
Birthday: 17 Nov 1982
Obsessions: having a life of peace, constant learning
Currently Reading: Bible, Le Petit Nicolas, Anna Karenina
Dreams: to have peace...and love

Friday, March 31, 2006
--I've moved!--

Bye-bye Blogger-writing days... Bye-bye my now-gone-templates... I've moved here T_T
Rlynn wandered here @ 3/31/2006 11:09:00 PM

Monday, March 27, 2006
--damn importing tool--

Arrrgghh... I imported all my posts to Wordpress yesterday, and now my Blogger template is messed up... Usually, in Blogger, you can "publish index only" when changing or customizing your template, so the change takes effect only from that day onwards. The previous template and settings remain unchanged. But the importing changed all my saved settings so now my post from (i.e.) November 2004 has the blue dolphin template, not the grey flower..... T_T HIKS! I guess this signals that I really have to move to Wordpress...
Rlynn wandered here @ 3/27/2006 05:28:00 PM

Sunday, March 26, 2006
--wordpress tryout--

I've just started to 'seriously' consider moving to wordpress from Blogger. The customization is so tempting ^__^ Have just imported my posts from Blogger. Thankfully I don't have too many posts... people complained in the forum that it took them 5+ hours to import... But decided to wait until I'm really familiar with the format before I announce my moving. So... I'll keep y'all posted!
Rlynn wandered here @ 3/26/2006 11:14:00 PM

Monday, March 20, 2006
--women and men: another difference--

No, I'm not sexist. Just watched My Big Fat Greek Wedding two days ago in a prime-channel-deprived hotel room. Loved the movie. Loved the guy (Aidan from Sex and The City... *woot*woot*). Loved this phrase:

The man is the head, but the woman is the neck. And she can turn the head any way she wants.
Hahahaha. Anyways, got the exact quote from the movie at IMDB.
Rlynn wandered here @ 3/20/2006 02:24:00 PM

Wednesday, March 08, 2006
--rasio dan nurani--

Minggu lalu, sempat membaca artikel opini di Kompas, oleh Sarlito W. Sarwono (guru besar psikologi UI). Sebenarnya mulai membaca karena tertarik jabatan sang penulis. Raju dan Nurani, judul opini itu. Mempertanyakan masih adakah nurani di antara aparat negara ini. Mengapa anak kecil tujuh tahun, bisa diadili dengan prosedur standar orang dewasa, disatukan dalam penjara umum, tanpa memandang sama sekali adanya UU Peradilan Anak-anak. Raju, anak kecil yang menangis menjerit-jerit itu, menyentuh hati pemirsa di seluruh penjuru negeri. Tapi hati hakim dan jaksa, sama sekali tidak bergeming. Apakah rationalization akan berujung pada hilangnya nurani? Apakah rasio adalah kapak penghancur jembatan antara hati dan otak? Bayangkan manusia yang berjalan dalam hidup tanpa kilatan emosi di matanya: tiada sedih, murka, benci, cinta, tiada pula belas kasihan. Bayangkan negara yang dijalankan oleh manusia seperti itu. Bayangkan dunia yang dipenuhi oleh manusia seperti itu. Bukan berarti aku merasa bahwa nurani lebih tinggi dari rasio. Bukan berarti aku merasa rasio adalah sesuatu yang kejam dan dingin. Selama Homo sapiens masih bisa berkata, "Gue pikir sih...", berarti rasio takkan punah. Dan selama manusia masih bisa berkata, "Perasaanku...", berarti nurani masih ada. Tapi apa yang hilang? Mengapa rasio dan nurani tidak bisa bernaung di bawah atpa yang sama, tubuh manusia, dengan hak-hak dan kewajiban-kewajiban yang sama rata? Kalau rasio berkata "Hukum harus tetap berjalan agar roda pemerintahan tidak seret." Maka seharusnya nurani bisa berkata pula "Adakah situasi lain yang mengharuskan hukum dijalankan dengan cara lain?" Mungkin mirip dengan etika situasi (situationalism) yang mengukur tolok ukur etika berdasarkan situasi masing-masing keadaan, rasionalisasi pun harus bisa menimbang pelbagai aspek yang mungkin mempengaruhi penerapan rasio murni. Kesaklekan rasio harus diukur oleh nurani, dan sebaliknya, rasio harus bisa menjadi tulang punggung bagi nurani sebagai suatu standar yang tidak terpengaruh emosi.
Rlynn wandered here @ 3/08/2006 10:16:00 PM

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Finally done... my hand-knitted poncho ! Doesn't look too bad, huh?
Shown here: sister as model and owner

Rlynn wandered here @ 3/07/2006 12:10:00 AM

Monday, March 06, 2006
--a greater plan than mine--

I want a lot of things for myself. Not in a materialistic way, although no less selfish than wanting to buy stuff for myself. I want me to improve: to be a better person, to have more wisdom, etc. I see new things as challenges, and I JUST have to prove that I can. Character-wise, I want to be a nicer friend, a dependable sister, etc. I strive to be better. And then best. And then perfect. And then... in the middle of it, somehow I always stumbled. It became some kind of narcissistic obsession. In public, I project my ideal self. People see me not as who I really am, but as a 'me' that I want them to see. Smart, independent, strong, outgoing. What lies inside, is the real me who can't make decisions. The real me is quite antisocial. The real me doesn't like making mistakes and having them pointed out to her. The real me thinks about ME. I always tell others to get rid of THEIR insecurities, and love themselves. But I myself am afraid of being flawed and imperfect. Underneath it all, is one thing: pride. The ugly pride, to be better than others. To beat 'em all. But today I am reminded that He has a greater plan for me, that He wants me to have a heart like Him. He wants me to strive to be perfect, but He also wants me to surrender my will to His will. All that I do for my own glory, will be in vain. Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. --Matt 5:48
Rlynn wandered here @ 3/06/2006 10:27:00 PM