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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

Prata durian

In terms of roti prata, Singapore has moved a long way since I left in 2001. Now we can have prata with all sorts of flavor: strawberry, cheese and many other. Of course we can still have the classic prata kosong and prata telur.

But then, Singapore’s creativity stops short of inventing the most delicious flavor of all: prata durian. Well, most delicious, that is, in my not-so-humble opinion.

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# 6:49 am

Persaingan usaha

Anda kenal Mang Oyo?  Saya pernah kenal dulu bertahun yang lalu ketika beliau masih aktif jaga warung. Beliau adalah pedagang bubur ayam yang cukup terkenal di Bandung. Dulu warungnya ada di depan SMP PGII, sekarang entah apa masih ada di sana atau tidak. Yang jelas warungnya sekarang ini cukup mentereng di Jalan Sulanjana tidak jauh dari rektorat ITB.

Saya tidak tahu persis apa yang membuat Mang Oyo menampilkan spanduk seperti ini di depan warungnya:

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# 10:58 pm

Sebelum mereka menyebutmu “benda itu”

Ini adalah cerita tentang kematian dan jurang antar generasi. Sekadar mengingatkan bahwa anak-anak kita belum tentu punya kesamaan pandangan dalam melihat masalah kematian. Contohnya adalah seorang kakek tua, seorang muslim pengungsi Bosnia yang sudah lama menetap di Boise, sebut saja namanya Vahim.

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# 7:31 am

Ttg Pemberdayaan TKI

Catatan kaki dari kunjungan Presiden di Timur Tengah (2)

Kalau belum baca, silakan simak bagian pertama. Artikel ini juga ada dalam bahasa Inggris.

Click here for the English version of this post.

Thomas L. Friedman, kolumnis The New York Times, dalam buku best-seller-nya “The world is flat” mengatakan bahwa globalisasi yang kita alami saat ini adalah Globalisasi 3.0 alias Globalisasi Jilid 3. Globalisasi Jilid 1 dimulai ketika Columbus berangkat dari Portugal untuk mencari Dunia Timur dengan berlayar dari Eropa ke arah barat, bukan ke timur seperti kebiasaan ketika itu. Columbus kembali ke Portugal dan memberikan laporan kepada kerajaan, “bahwa bumi memang bulat”.
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# 11:56 am

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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