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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

Kompetensi

Apa salahnya kalau mahasiswa giat berekstra kurikuler dengan berbagai aktivitasnya? Lebih spesifik lagi, apa salahnya mahasiswa sibuk berpengajian, mendalami kajian-kajian keagamaan?

Bukankah pada akhirnya mahasiswa akan diharapkan untuk “terjun ke masyarakat� (whatever it means)? Dan bukankah berbagai kegiatan ekstra kurikuler itu sedikit banyak menempa “bagian lain� dari aspek pembelajaran yang dilalui oleh sang mahasiswa?
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# 4:25 pm

George Square

Kawan saya Syed menggambarkan alun-alun kota Glasgow sebagai berikut: “Kalau Abang keluar dari stesen lalu memusing kanan, sana Abang boleh lihat George Square yang penuh dengan patung patung”.

Dan patung-patung itulah yang pertama kali terlihat ketika melewatinya. Baru setelah benar-benar melihat ke sekeliling, saya menyadari bahwa ini adalah alun-alun yang cukup lapang di kota yang sempit ini.
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# 10:51 am

Hukuman dari Google?

Anda pemakai Gmail? [Lhah haree gennee nggak pakai Gmail?] Tentunya anda tahukan kalau penghasilan Google sebagian besar adalah dari iklan? Nah, coba anda perhatikan kolom paling kanan kalau anda membuka Gmail, di situ akan ada iklan sesuai dengan topik email yang sedang anda buka.

Tapi ada satu hal yang membuat saya penasaran. Kalau email yang saya buka itu bertopik Indonesia, yang keluar adalah tautan porno. Apa dosa saya sehingga disuguhi tautan yang seram seperti di bawah ini?
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# 10:43 am

Merawat Fasilitas Umum

Anda pernah berada di jembatan dan terowongan yang terawat seperti ini? Apa kira-kira kunci keterawatan fasilitas umum seperti ini?

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# 10:43 pm

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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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