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Seorang pemuda Somali sedang berdiri di koridor masjid kami, seolah sedang termenung. Beliau dulu murid saya di Sunday School dan sekarang sudah tamat SMA, baru masuk kuliah dan juga baru mulai bekerja. Bersama ayahnya,  beliau sedang menulis buku tentang perjalanan keluarganya dari Somalia sampai ke Boise.

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# 6:43 am

Finding Islamic Toilet (3): A Muslim Urinal

So far, this is the most serious attempt in the search of a Muslim urinal. Check here and here for my earlier rants on this topic. I think there are many people trying to come up with a good design for a Muslim urinal, but here is a design that has already been implemented.

From Masjid Salman at the campus of Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia (foto credit: Salim Rusli).

Muslim Urinal at Masjid Salman ITB

Muslim Urinal at Masjid Salman ITB

As you can see, the urinal is the so-called Muslim urinal by Toto, i.e. a urinal with a water drip that goes in the urinal. The only difference is the shield that protects the user from splashes of urine.

At this point, I do not know if there is a basis for the design decisions. For example: what is the height of the shield. Should it be a little bit higher so that the sides cover the urinal all the way up?  Is there a research on the “splash rate” from the original Toto urinal, and whether this design eliminates the splash?

In any case, I want this for my masjid. What do you think?

 

# 4:06 pm

Memaki Hanya Membuat Iklim Makin Panas

Tanggapan untuk Tri Harso Karyono

Saya terperangah membaca tulisan Tri Harso Karyono (THK) (Kompas 11/09/2007) tentang “Pemanasan Iklim dan Dosa Arsitek“. Di negara-negara maju memang dulupun terjadi tuding menuding ttg siapa yang paling bertanggung jawab terhadap pemanasan global. Arsitek memang menempati salah satu kursi terpanas dalam menerima makian dari berbagai pihak. Tetapi bukankah kita di Indonesia seharusnya bisa belajar dari pengalaman mereka, bahwa memaki arsitek tidaklah bisa membuat pemanasan global berkurang, bahkan hanya akan membuat iklim (dialog) makin panas?
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# 11:17 pm

Makanan dalam penerbangan: pilih halal, vegetarian atau …?

Sebagai muslim, salah satu hal yang sangat penting diputuskan ketika melakukan penerbangan jarak jauh adalah makanan apa yang harus kita santap selama penerbangan. Idealnya tentu saja kita harus menyantap makanan halal. Tapi pada kenyataannya tidak semudah itu. Posting ini membahas beberapa pilihan yang bisa kita ambil, sekaligus membahas kenapa dalam beberapa penerbangan terakhir saya memilih makanan kosher.

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# 7:52 am

Mungsolkanas

Mungsolkanas, saudara-saudara, mungsolkanas ….. Kenapa? anda tidak tahu apa artinya? Aaaah, you are so yesterday. Silakan lihat di bawah ini kalah anda tidak tahu.

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# 9:44 pm

Tentang persaingan

Anda pemakai Chrome? Itu loh penjelajah web punya Google. Kalau anda meng-install Chrome, dan anda memakainya untuk pertama kali, maka di halaman yang pertama kali muncul anda akan ditanya apakah anda akan memakai Google sebagai mesin pencari atau akan memilih yang lain.

Ini kejadian yang biasa-biasa saja kelihatannya, tapi ini punya makna mendalam.

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# 6:32 pm

Asides

You either write something that you will be remembered for or do something that people will write about. Other than that, you are just passing TIME.

– Deen Aljunied

If Moses had gotten the Ten Commandments on a floppy disk, it would never have made it to today. (Dag Spicer, curator of the Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley, The NYTimes Circuit, 26-Mar-2009)

“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”
George Bernard Shaw, Maxims for Revolutionists

“The wrath of God is the only way I can describe it. I’m used to seeing roofs off houses, houses blown over. These houses were down to their foundations, stripped clean.” said Governor Phil Bredesen of Tennessee, after surveying tornado damage there.

James Madison said, “If there be a principle that ought not to be questioned within the United States, it is that every man has a right to abolish an old government and establish a new one.” In Indonesia, …, well no comment.

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