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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

Kapten itu

Anda masih ingat kapten bis di Singapura? Itu loh, sopir bis yang diberi jabatan sebagai kapten (baca ceritanya di sini).

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# 7:16 am

Ttg Pembelajaran Dini

Never test your child: ttg pembelajaran dini

Kalimat itu diulang berkali-kali dalam format yang berbeda-beda oleh Dr. Glenn Doman di dalam berbagai bukunya dalam serial The Gentle Revolution. Dalam kaitannya dengan pendidikan dini, “no testing” adalah satu prinsip yang tidak bisa ditawar-tawar dalam metode yang dikembangkannya.

Prinsip sederhana ini ternyata sulit sekali untuk ditaati. Dalam berbagai bentuk dan motivasinya, kita seringkali tanpa sadar menguji anak kita yang baru belajar, misalnya, membaca.
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# 10:02 am

It takes two to tango

Bukan, judul di atas bukan tentang joget. Topik posting kali ini masih tentang tipiring alias tindak pidana ringan. Tipiring itu bukan hanya mencakup pelanggaran yang dilakukan sendiri, seperti membuang sampah sembarangan, tetapi juga mencakup pelanggaran yang dilakukan oleh dua pihak. Seperti kata judul di atas, it takes two to tango.

Contoh yang paling bagus adalah pedagang yang berjualan tidak pada tempatnya. Pelanggaran ini sebenarnya dilakukan oleh dua pihak, yaitu pihak pedagang dan juga pihak pembeli. Yang patut kita ingat adalah bahwa tipiring jenis ini biasanya hukumannya hanya dibebankan kepada satu pihak. Ini tentu tidak bisa dibenarkan setidaknya karena dua alasan.

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# 11:01 pm

Bing is not another smurf, and for sure its not your idea

Of course you know smurf, right? Those little smurf who use smurf as their main smurf to say any-smurf. If you do not know, smurf it away right here. Or smurf them at your local public library.

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# 9:36 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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