Yogyakarta Quake Aid 2006: Music Festival and Carnival

Date : Saturday, August 19, 2006
Venue : Bukit Kiara Equestrian & Country Resort (Polo Field)
Time : 4.00pm till late
Ticket : RM80.00 per entry. Children 12 years and under enter free!
Performers : Kris Dayanti, Ning Baizura, Marcell, Pop Shuvit, LO, Disagree, Padi and more, spinners DJ Gabriel, The Works, Stylustiks, DJ Winky, DJ Romi, DJ Cheapshot of Fort Minor and more as well as theatre and comedy personalities Harith Iskandar, Afdlin Shauki, Broadway Ah Beng, Instant Café and more for a one-night, all-genre music festival.

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More news about $100 One Laptop Per Child Project

pick of the week India have rejected the cheap laptop project. The Indian Ministry of Education said the laptop was "paedagogically suspect" and that "We cannot visualise a situation for decades when we can go beyone the pilot stage. We need classrooms and teachers more urgently than fancy tools."

Well, I hope Malaysia goverment won't have the same mindset as them.

News album from Thom Yorke - The Eraser

Its definitely not the cut and paste album I was dreading and there's nothing new here. It's not an Instant classic but that’s probably a good thing. The personal touch from Yorke's back pocket 'o' riffs 'n' samples ensures that this Radiohead sounding album Is just that little bit more special. But it will have to sleep on the couch for now until we get bunk beds for the others.

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Maklumbalas Project Bancian Weblog Malaysia

pick of the week Setakat hari ini, saya telah menerima maklum balas yang menggalakkan dari para blogger. Berikut adalah antara mereka yang telah mengisi borang bancian. Ini tidak termasuk mereka yang meninggalkan butiran mereka di bahagian komen.


Projek bancian ini masih lagi terbuka dan tarikh tutup akan di umumkan apabila maklumat yang diperlukan sudah mencukupi. Bagi yang masih ingin mengambil bahagian dalam bancian ini, caranya sungguh mudah. Borang bancian boleh didapati di sini.

Update : Chot, sorry. terlepas pandang.

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Make Some Noise

Make Some Noise is a global venture by Amnesty International that mixes music, celebration and action to protect individuals wherever freedom, justice and equality are denied. Thanks to an extraordinary gift from Yoko Ono – the recording rights to “Imagine” and John Lennon’s entire solo songbook – we are harnessing the power of music to inspire a new generation to stand up for human rights.

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Situs Digital Fhoto Jeritan Jiwa: EDISI 11 - MALAM

"Edisi 11 - MALAM

Foto berwarna, outdoor dan menunjukkan keadaan malam
3 fhoto bagi seorang kontributor
Ekspresi dalam bentuk teks didalam fhoto
Sertakan URL blog, myspace atau friendster
Size fhoto 400x300, 300x400, 450x300 atau 300x450 piksel
E-mailkan ke persetankan.fhoto@gmail.com"

Quote of the day

Israel faces fierce battles with Hezbollah: "'It's hard to beat them,' one soldier said. 'They're not afraid of anything.'"

Lebanon at war

survivors from srifa (ap).jpg, originally uploaded by arabist.

And an orator said, "Speak to us of Freedom."

And he answered:

At the city gate and by your fireside I have seen you prostrate yourself and worship your own freedom,

Even as slaves humble themselves before a tyrant and praise him though he slays them.

Ay, in the grove of the temple and in the shadow of the citadel I have seen the freest among you wear their freedom as a yoke and a handcuff.

And my heart bled within me; for you can only be free when even the desire of seeking freedom becomes a harness to you, and when you cease to speak of freedom as a goal and a fulfillment.

You shall be free indeed when your days are not without a care nor your nights without a want and a grief,

But rather when these things girdle your life and yet you rise above them naked and unbound.

And how shall you rise beyond your days and nights unless you break the chains which you at the dawn of your understanding have fastened around your noon hour?

In truth that which you call freedom is the strongest of these chains, though its links glitter in the sun and dazzle the eyes.

And what is it but fragments of your own self you would discard that you may become free?

If it is an unjust law you would abolish, that law was written with your own hand upon your own forehead.

You cannot erase it by burning your law books nor by washing the foreheads of your judges, though you pour the sea upon them.

And if it is a despot you would dethrone, see first that his throne erected within you is destroyed.

For how can a tyrant rule the free and the proud, but for a tyranny in their own freedom and a shame in their won pride?

And if it is a care you would cast off, that care has been chosen by you rather than imposed upon you.

And if it is a fear you would dispel, the seat of that fear is in your heart and not in the hand of the feared.

Verily all things move within your being in constant half embrace, the desired and the dreaded, the repugnant and the cherished, the pursued and that which you would escape.

These things move within you as lights and shadows in pairs that cling.

And when the shadow fades and is no more, the light that lingers becomes a shadow to another light.

And thus your freedom when it loses its fetters becomes itself the fetter of a greater freedom.

Freedom XIV by Khalil Gibran (1883 - 1931) , a great poet from Lebanon.

Launching of new blook'Goblog' showcase

Place : Titan Club
Date : 13th August 2006
Entry : RM15

Please check out Dhani's blog for details

American Hardcore : The history of American Punk Rock 1980 - 1986

Directed by Paul Rachman, this documentary was inspired by a book American Hardcore : A Tribal History, written by Steven Blush . Looking at the list of bands and people that were included in this documentary really made me exited. Gang Green, Ian Mackay (Minor Threat, Fugazi), Henry Rollins (Black Flag), Brian Baker (Minor Threat, Dag Nasty), Bad Brains, Youth Brigade, Adolescents, Circle Jerks, Article of Faith. The list goes on and on.

There are some problems, though. The poster is too clean and didn't even have a hint at the 80's hardcore style ; edgy, and chaotic. Not 'cool' and stylish. Well, blame it all on Photoshop. At least they got the color right. Another surprise is that the documentary was released under Sony Pictures Classics. That soo not punk rock. They can released it on Yourtube and licensed it under creative commons if DIY (he did mention it in his press kit), anti capitalism & non-profit are their philosophy. Hmm maybe not. And, did hardcore cease to exist after 1986? Well, it is according to synopsis in their press kit.

The film was supposed to be made in DIY fashion with lots of rare footage and interviews with hardcore pioneers. The documentary ends at 1986, so don't expect bands like Earth Crisis or Gorilla Biscuits to be featured here. They do miss some big bands though, like Youth Of Today . Nonthe less, a documentary that I really looking forward to. You can search the internet for a DVD copy. Schedule to open in New York and Los Angeles on September 22nd 2006.

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The Great Malaysia Weblog Survey

Update : Borang Bancian Weblog Malaysia

Bagi memudahkan proses bancian, satu borang telah disediakan. Untuk mengisikannya sungguh mudah, hanya memerlukan beberapa minit sahaja. Borang bancian boleh didapati di sini.

Jun 2, 2006

Sejak keputusan bancian bertajuk ‘70 weblog paling popular di Malaysia’ diterbitkan, banyak maklum-balas yang saya terima. Rata-rata mempunyai pendapat yang berbeza berkenaan keputusan bancian itu. Saya setuju dengan kebanyakkan idea yang diberikan. Masih banyak weblog yang tercicir. Ada juga yang mempersoalkan mengapa keputusan ‘ranking’ itu mengikut urutan Alexa.com dan bukan Technorati?

Pertama sekali, saya ada nyatakan, ilham saya untuk membuat bancian itu datang dari saudara Priyadi . Beliau juga mengunakan Technorati sebagai enjin pencari utama untuk mendapatkan maklumat bancian beliau. Mengapa Technorat? Jawapannya boleh didapati dari artikel yang ditulis Richard MacManus. Saya boleh terus sahaja mengambil contoh saudara Priyadi sebagai rujukan, tetapi saya pilih untuk menjadikan ‘ranking’ Alexa.com untuk mendapatkan variasi atau melihat keputusan dari sudut yang berbeza.

Kedua, tujuan bancian tersebut ialah untuk melihat perkembangan weblog di Malaysia BUKAN hanya untuk menunjukkan weblog mana yang popular dan yang mana tidak sahaja. Tujuan saya untuk membuang jurang antara blogger yang menulis dalam bahasa Inggeris dan Melayu, antara ahli Geng Jurnal dan Petaling Street dan lain-lain. Kita juga boleh belajat dari blogger yang telah berjaya, bagaimana mereka boleh sampai ke tahap itu.

Walau bagaimana pun, rencana itu telah mencetus pelbagai persoalan. Contohnya, pecahan umur penulis weblog di Malaysia, pekerjaan, masa menulis dan pekerjaan. Dengan bantuan dan kerjasama para penulis weblog Malaysia, saya berharap dapat menjayakan satu lagi bancian yang akan lebih lagi lengkap dari yang sebelumnya.

Projek Bancian Weblog Malaysia.

Untuk menyertai bancian ini, yang berminat hanya perlu email ke syedsyahrul (at) gmail (dot) com ATAU tinggalkan butir-butir berkenaan dibahagian komen.

1-Nama penulis (tidak wajib)
2-Nama blog
3-Bahasa utama
4-Pekerjaan penulis
5-Kategori blog
6-Masa menulis
7-Umur penulis

Maklumat tambahan.

a- Keputusan akan diumumkan 3 bulan dari sekarang (2 September) ATAU sehingga saya mendapat sekurang-kurangnya 500 penyertaan. Keputusan bancian akan hanya diputuskan apabila jumlah sampel adalah memuaskan. Tarikh tutup menghantar butiran ialah 30 September. Semua warga Malaysia dijemput untuk turut serta.

b- Bancian ini untuk melihat pecahan weblog mengikut (3), (4), (5), (6), (7) dan menyusun 100 weblog paling popular di Malaysia.

c- Untuk kategori weblog paling popular, ia akan diukur berdasarkan ranking Technorati.

d-Mereka yang termasuk dalam keputusan bancian terdahulu tetapi mahu menarik diri boleh berbuat demikian dengan menulis email kepada saya.

e- Diharap bancian ini akan memberi lebih banyak maklumat berkenaan budaya blogging di Malaysia.

Terima kasih : Shaolin Tiger , Rojaks , Suanie , esis , Gaman , Joe Kidd , Muid Latif , Palmdoc , Mohd Ismail , citerbaek , eremaja , Kumprinx , Jiwa Rasa , Seniman jalanan dan yang lain kerana memberikan pendapat anda berkenaan bancian yang terdahulu.

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Cool Sneakers made from recycled materials

This great looking sneakers are made from 99% recycled materials, are live and kicking and available for on-line purchase and at limited stockists now. The sneakers are from Worn Again & powered by Anti Apathy to create awareness on issues fair labour trade, transparent business practice and environmental friendly product . It cost 60 Pounds. Ingrediences : Upper part are made from 400 recycled mens suits while the rubber sole is from recycled rubber.

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NME.COM - News - Pink Floyd legend Syd Barrett dies

"Pink Floyd legend Syd Barrett has died at his Cambridgeshire home.

The singer, 60, who suffered from an LSD-induced breakdown while at the peak of his career in the Sixties, died last Friday (July 7). It has been reported that he died from complications related to diabetes, however, other reports suggest the cause of death was cancer. "

Rock and roll have never change much since that day. People still use drugs and while some have managed to reclaimed their former, sober life back, some were not as lucky. A genius was born and died with a handful of fabulous songs and a priceless music legacy. In 1975 Pink Floyds recorded a tribute album for Syd Barrett 'Wish You Were Here.'

Wish You Were Here

So, so you think you can tell Heaven from Hell,
blue skies from pain.
Can you tell a green field from a cold steel rail? A smile from a veil?
Do you think you can tell?

And did they get you trade your heroes for ghosts?
Hot ashes for trees? Hot air for a cool breeze?
Cold comfort for change? And did you exchange
a walk on part in the war for a lead role in a cage?

How I wish, how I wish you were here.
We're just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl,
year after year,
running over the same old ground. What have we found?
The same old fears,
wish you were here.

Flickr & ONE.org : Faces of ONE

pick of the week The ONE project got a boost when Yahoo! joined in to further support their cause. ONE is a project to eliminate poverty across the globe. It is an effort by Americans to rally Americans 'ONE by ONE' to fight the emergency of global AIDS and extreme poverty. Although we are NOT Americans, all good causes need to be supported. Now, Flickr have shown their support by starting a Flickr group, Faces Of One. You can also post your picture to show your support.

Link to ONE Malaysia Yahoo Group

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Goblog : Koleksi tulisan orang kecil

Sebuah lagi projek blook akan menemui para pembaca. Langkah seterusnya adalah pemilihan Ilustrasi kulit muka yang paling sesuai. Sila lihat dan berikan pendapat anda ilustrasi mana yang paling menarik. (Thanks, Dhani)

Dari blog rasmi mereka: Goblog merupakan buku pertama yang bakal diterbitkan oleh penggiat scene d.i.y & independent. Buku yang menampilkan koleksi tulisan personal 13 penulis yang terdiri daripada Lokman (bassis Jahat), Izwan (vokalis Dolly Parton), Zaza (editor Apokobondo ), Fahmi (vokalis FSF), Jr (drummer Maxwell Murder), Aiya (editor Chempaka Biru ), Keju (vokalis Nyiblorong ), Dhani (editor Sebutir Bintang Merah), Atiqah (editor Forbidden Garden), Kumprinx (editor Journal), Zulfikar editor Satu Arah),Zaxx (editor A Dream) dan Pipi editor Hilang Punca). 13 orang muda secara kolektif bertungkus lumus berusaha merialisasi apa yang diimpikan. buku ini direncana akan siap diedarkan pada bulan hadapan.

Ulasan dari mStar.

Demonstrasi Microsoft Windows Vista dan Microsoft Expression

Sifoo.com dengan tajaan dari Microsoft Malaysia akan mengadakan satu perjumpaan Sifoorian bagi mengadakan demonstrasi produk mengenai Microsoft Windows Vista dan Microsoft Expression.

Tajuk :"Demonstrasi Produk: Microsoft Windows Vista & Expression Bersama Sifoo.com"
Tempat : Auditorium Microsoft, Tingkat 29, Menara 2, KLCC, Kuala Lumpur
Tarikh : 29 Julai 2006
Hari : Sabtu
Masa : 1 ptg - 6 ptg
Sila daftar sebelum 21 Julai 2006.

Penyertaan adalah PERCUMA dan terbuka kepada semua sifoorian yang berminat. Makanan dan minuman juga akan disediakan.

Useful blogging tool part 3

pick of the week So, now you have your own blog. You have uploaded all your contents and customized everything to suit your taste. And you tell your friends about it. Then you got curious and want to know more, like, the total number of visitors and what are they reading.

There are alot of website that can track down web statistic for free. Some of them are very basic, only offer limited services (e.g. daily traffic, where they come from, keywords) while other are more detail and offer options that can actually help you to build traffic, even increase your adsense revenue. Here are some of the free website (except Google Analytics, well, sort of)

6. Google Analyctics
In their own words,

Google Analytics tells you everything you want to know about how your visitors found you and how they interact with your site. You'll be able to focus your arketing resources on campaigns and initiatives that deliver ROI, and improve your site to convert more visitors.

The data is smartly divided into several categories that might seem quite confusing and overwhelming to basic computer user or someone with moderate IT understanding (that include me). But upon close observation, you might slowly learn what is all itall about. Everything is well laid out and put in a graph form.

Conversion University

The setup is quite easy but you do have to add a script into your website before the it can start monitoring your website. Apart from monitoring blg statistic, user should also check out Google Conversion University. There you can find alot of useful tips and pointer to generate more income through your blog.

The advantages & disadvantages

Google Analyctics is full with features. It is Integrated with AdWords so it will cost and keyword tracking data that is useful to further improve your earning. The downside is although it is free, you have to request for an invitation code which will take some time before Goggle send it to you. The layout and features might be too much for majority, everyday blogger. But overall, it is well worth it.

7. Performancing Metrics

This website aims to help blogger to succeed. There are alot of article but unlike Google's Conversion University, the terms and language used are simple and easier to understand. You can also join in theirforum and be a member of the largest profesional blogger comunity on the web.
Performancing Metrics

Okay, about their blog statistic tracking system. Compared to Google, it is easier to understand. A lot more. Everything are conviniently categorized, from basic information like number of visitors, where they come from to more detail information like Adsense Clicks and Referrers information. Everything are put in a graph for easier comparison.

The advantages & disadvantages

Performacing Matrics is very easy to understand and can track mutiple blogs with one user account. User can also use the RSS feed and get your stats in your news reader. Between Google Analyctics and Performancing Matrics, I give my vote to Performancing because of it user friendly interface and easy to use. It is not to say Google Analyctics is not good, it is the best but Performancing Matrics is simpler to understand and will appeal to all range of users.

8. Basic, no-nonsense, hassle free.
Webstats4u, Sitemeter, Statcounter, Web-stat, Shinystat & Bravenet.

Now, if you don't care about the nitty-gritty details about marketing or such and only interested in number of visitor coming to your site, please check out one of the above. I personally live Webstat4u as it is simple to understand and the information is quite detail. You do need to add a script into your website, same as Google Analyctics and Performancing Matrics. Another popular choice is Sitemeter.

You can check out Bravenet as well because they offer various type of web tool and goodies beside the usual web traffic counter.