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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

Tiga langkah kaki: pentingnya konsistensi

(catatan tentang desain awal sebuah rumah sakit)

Lokasi kamar mandi di kamar pasien dalam sebuah rumah sakit bisa diletakkan di sudut terjauh dari pintu (berbatasan dengan dinding luar), atau bisa juga diletakkan di dekat pintu masuk, berbatasan dengan koridor yang membelah gedung. Di salah satu rumah sakit di Idaho, semua kamar mandi di kamar pasien diletakkan di sudut terjauh dari pintu masuk, berbatasan dengan dinding luar.

Ketika Lab kami diundang untuk memberikan komentar terhadap rancangan rumah sakit terbaru mereka, salah satu komentar kami adalah bahwa kamar mandi itu harus dipindah dari dinding luar, karena posisi di dekat dinding luar itu akan mengurangi luas jendela. Akibatnya, jumlah pencahayaan alami yang masuk ke kamar pasien tidak akan optimal. Kami memiliki beberapa rekomendasi lainnya mengenai pencahayaan alami ini, tapi rekomendasi inilah yang ditolak mentah-mentah oleh pihak rumah sakit.
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# 8:22 pm

From Boise with Love

No, it is not the title of the latest Hollywood blockbuster. Its the bottom line of the gifts from our friends in Boise when we moved to Singapore. One of the first things that we did when we arrived in Singapore was to pose with all the gifts that we have.

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# 8:16 am

Setahun kemudian

November 2007 adalah saat saya mencoba balik kampung dengan melamar jadi dosen di ITB. Selama ujian CPNS saya menuliskan laporan pandangan mata (yang diterbitkan di blog ini) yang ternyata menyedot perhatian banyak orang. Sejak saat itu sampai sekarang, saya sering kali bertemu dengan kenalan baru yang tiba-tiba mengatakan, “Oooh ini Ery yang dulu melamar ke ITB ya?” Saya sudah tidak pernah bertanya lagi mereka tahunya dari mana :)

Posting ini saya tulis karena ternyata banyak sekali komentar “negatif” tentang ITB akibat posting saya itu. Kalau saat kenalan yang bertemu langsung, bila ada yang berkomentar seru tentang “kok ITB masih seperti itu ya?”, maka saya masih bisa menjelaskan posisi saya. Posting ini saya tujukan untuk mereka yang tidak sempat bertemu dengan saya secara langsung, dengan pesan singkat dari saya: mari kita majukan ITB (dan Indonesia) dengan cara kita masing-masing. Penjelasan panjangnya sih, silakan baca di bawah ini.

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# 8:59 am

Signs

I have an inherent curiousity on how people put an information, warning, whatever into labels, signs, poster, whatever. I will start putting my collection into this blog for everyone to enjoy.

In the mean time, you will find these tags (@del.icio.us) entertaining: signage, signs, sign, graphic_design

# 6:08 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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