Archive for August, 2010

August 29, 2010

Social stream of consciousness

by Kevin Aditya

This is year 2010. You, readers, are probably in your late teens or early twenties. We are the generation who have grown out from the books-and-toys childhood to the world where every entertainment is available on screens, thanks to the internet. Movies, games, books, resources, everything is within your clicking distance, guaranteed available at whatever situation you’re in thanks to smartphones and laptops. Fast forward 40 years and we’ll be telling our grandchildren stories about life before internet, where we have to watch TV or actually play outside with friends to have some fun. While the internet keeps us busy with new and increasingly creative ways to learn and entertain each day, our basic instinct of what to do with all the informative contents is to share it, showing the world what we know and what they should also know as the very function of the internet is to create a massive collective of information within communities. Nowadays, we have a growing tendency to share and share more, from what you learned today to what you eat this evening to what you are doing this very moment… everything. And the world wide web epitome of this brand new culture of sharing is obviously, none other than Twitter.

Three years ago I don’t give a damn about the spoiled milk in your fridge, and neither do you. But now, following an active Twitter user means I have readied myself to know how your cat behaves weirdly this morning, how you scored five successive strikes on tonight’s bowling game (I actually wish I could), or how you try to sound posh by using nine different languages in one tweet. The seemingly endless stream of information is getting more and more irksome each day, as also noted by my friend @tchvinkle in her post, and while her pet peeve is into spending too much time minding other people’s trivial business, mine revolves around how it’s getting too easy to read people like a book just from their tweets. People might say to not judge someone by their tweets, but for the people using Twitter’s definitive “What’s happening?” to update every 10 minutes, deducing traits is a no-brainer. While your behavior might not go along with your tweet, but what you update that very second is what you really think. That guy is a punctual whiner, possibly spoiled by his folks. This dude tries too hard to sound altruistic, yet updates every time he had done something good. That lady can’t live a day without shopping, definitely spoiled by her folks. This girl displays acute narcissism, thinking everyone’s interests revolve around her.  There’s more coming from the timeline and these are just a few. I’m not saying this with a better-than-thou attitude, but yes, constant viewing of a timeline of collective whining is hardly bearable. Perhaps being less around Twitter is the solution and I’m working on it, because as I see it, Twitter has made me post here less frequently and much more condensed I couldn’t even write stuff longer than 500 words without being distracted. Microblogging is in no way equal to writing a real blog post that takes time and effort to make, and being able to write good is my sole aim for now. So now I’m off doing my best remembering the life before social network!

p.s. have a nice time in Holland, Bek! Hope I could go there some time soon.

August 17, 2010

Slacking minds

by Kevin Aditya

Have you, at some instance, let your mind run idle for an extended period of time? Let’s say you have a full month holiday without anything to do and your movement is limited within the boundaries of your hometown. And you’re not the kind of guy who’s always fueled up to do various socially positive activities even just to kill your time. Admit it, in this age of internet, there will always be times when your ass seems to be glued on the bed and all you can think of is to surf the net for hours earning seemingly informative trivial news to reduce your couch potato guilt. When you finally killed the laptop off outta boredom and the day turned into night into day again, what you let free is the enormous uncontrolled power of your mind: channeling and condensing your every thought into an imaginative stream of consciousness, where you set up an entirely fictitious system from what you know about how the world outside could operate. Now, maybe I’m exaggerating, but what I’m trying to imply is that your mind probably will bloom off with random, insignificant ideas and often negative concepts about how people and things in your close proximity work. Or maybe even your own fundamental philosophy that you think the whole world should be based upon.

Writing a lengthy movie review is just beyond my thought process capabilities for today, but it feels obligatory for now to spill my beans about Richard Linklater’s Slacker (1991). It’s an incredibly simple low budget movie, following around the common folks in Austin, Texas as they converse with one another, jumping from one person walking and talking to the next guy crossing their path on the street and so on, a 24-hour life of slackers rambling about various topics ranging from a monologue about parallel universe to a nerdy JFK assassination conspiracy theorist. Without a plot whatsoever. An exact definition of what Bruce Willis-blowing-everything-up worshipers call a ‘boring movie’, Slacker brought us the model concept of people who make just enough and have too much time on their hands as deep-digger into the obscure and often subjective field of knowledge (UFO buff? War veteran anarchist?) and put their routines into the big screen for us to follow around and bitch about how tasteless it is. This is social interaction depicted at its dullest, yet for those able to sense the level of feelings evoked on these ‘conversational movies’, there is so much to be learned. This movie is Linklater’s debut, yet it has proved his quality compiling seemingly mindless daily-life convos and tailor them into a remarkably watchable feature-length story. What I’m trying to say is Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, Waking Life, A Scanner Darkly and the kind, they’re all Linklater’s.

Okay, it’s clear that the movie is targeted for American audience of the 90s as it is a ‘culture movie’ at its core, capturing and depicting the idyllic life of the Generation X twentysomethings, but what’s more than meets the eye is how they are the same to us in absorbing various news and theories without hesitation nor clarification — a barrel of knowledge seen only through one hole, one point of view. And it all goes without us actually doing anything about it. It’s the same all over the world, people criticizing and compelling about everything from how the government has made secret deals with the USA to the so-called rupturing moral of the country through porn videos. And while not everyone does those due to slacking, it’s the lack of actions involved that can be seen as direct slacking. Yes, I’m writing this in the vain of the Indonesia’s 65th independence day, and while I’m never a nationalist at best, you can obviously make things better for yourself (and presumably those around you, if you’re not that self-centered) with the consistent will to move your ass and actually do it. Maybe you’re too far from changing the world, and it’s not like we can make major change without a suppressive will, but at least you can start from tidying up your own life, smile a lot, take chances, stuff like that. You might be living comfortably now, only you don’t know it can be better once you actually do something. Uh, okay, I’m writing this primarily for myself. Hell, it’s out of my habit to write in such a positive light. Anyway watch Slacker and decide which one looks better, living in a status-quo stalled life of not actually doing and achieving anything or, uh, that movie provides no actual comparison in the storyline. Happy August 17th!

August 11, 2010

God-be-with-ye

by Kevin Aditya

So, here it goes, there’s this good friend of mine and we’ve known each other for around 7 years. It was grade 7, and he was my classmate, and in high school we played together in a just-for-fun band, so we have basically had some good times together. He is continuing his study at Louisiana State University, which is in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA, god knows where it is. At the day of his departure, August 4th, I was unfortunate that I couldn’t send him off (is that the right term?) with my other friends since I was on the LFM documentation team for the ITB June graduation. He’s probably not going to come back for another 2 years or so, and well, this playlist is to make up for it dude. There goes one other of my friends, and soon there will be some more to Aussie, Netherlands, Germany…. Now dude, I know you’ll have great times there, but nevertheless the adaptation part sure as hell won’t be easy. I’d say go out a lot and enjoy the chance you’ve been given. So here are some songs just in case you miss your Bunderan Pamulang and Kebayoran and friends and stuff. The tracks are virtually handpicked by me for their hopefully matching lyrical content to your life there (in other words, read the damn lyrics bro!). Be a nice dude and buy me some band merch, ‘kay.

And of course, since it’s for Reza Dwi Saputra, the songs should be emo/alternative rock/whaddayacallit.

on the left is @nindyanisita and yea it's a crappy webcam photo

Download here mofos!!

Put it in any order you like:

Jimmy Eat World // The Middle
Cinematic Sunrise // Crossing Our Fingers for the Summer
Bright Eyes // Another Travelin’ Song
Nightmare of You // Dear Scene, I Wish I Were Deaf
Brand New // Millstone
The Used // The Taste of Ink
You, Me, and Everyone We Know // Livin’ Th’ Dream
City and Colour // Waiting…
Jack’s Mannequin // The Lights and Buzz
Lovedrug // Pretend You’re Alive

This one is out of the league but I’d like to include it anyway:
The Kooks // See the World

p.s. it’s hard to find good songs that are NOT about love these days. I tried hard so not to sound gay.

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