Stanley Kubrick and Carl Sagan in 2001

David Bowman, an astronaut, had long learned that his mission to Jupiter was to study a possible advanced civilization up close. He was accompanied by HAL the AI computer that runs the spaceship, Gary Lockwood his fellow astronaut, and a few more astronauts under hibernation. But before they even descended anywhere near Jupiter’s orbit, HAL… Continue reading Stanley Kubrick and Carl Sagan in 2001

On those who against Carl Sagan’s Cosmos

Growing up in an era where schools easily isolate science from humanity studies and the arts, it’s easy to forget that scientific principles often begin with a journey within ourselves. Alexander Humboldt, a passionate walker who traversed the mountains of South America while meticulously documenting hundreds of new plants and animal species, spoke on how… Continue reading On those who against Carl Sagan’s Cosmos

The women with life-long love affairs with space

We should be thankful we live in an age that appreciates the wisdom of interconnected; the kind of thinking that appreciates the largeness of life and the interconnectedness of things. Astronomers write poems, musicians are inspired by maths, and artists reinterpret physics. The sciences and the arts are merging into one, returning to its essence—nature… Continue reading The women with life-long love affairs with space

On Nietzsche’s God is Dead

Nietzsche’s God is Dead is perhaps the single most provocative statement that permeates common understanding and makes every young and modern atheist drool like Pavlov's dogs. Used in pop cultures like worn out concert tees enduring ages of torments and misunderstandings, this statement sparks debates or ends discussions when done by folks who are unfamiliar… Continue reading On Nietzsche’s God is Dead

Oh darkness my old friend

Apparently, melancholy was a dark fluid circling through our body. At least that was what the Greeks think. Besides melancholy, there was also joy, lethargy and sensitivity, and anger. The inherent dogma, that sadness is a hormonal imbalance in the body, persists throughout the modern age under various clinical depression names. Despite this truth, we… Continue reading Oh darkness my old friend

Setting Up Sonic Environment for Productive Writing

All you need is a headphone. Stephen King once said that you should close your door and your mind and don’t let anyone in. This door can be imaginary. And many writers have suggested similar feats, advising that having a specialize corner, table set up, a consistent time of the day, or an opening routine… Continue reading Setting Up Sonic Environment for Productive Writing

How to Practice English from Podcasts

A thank you note to Krista Tippett’s On Being I was one of the few lucky Indonesians who had the chance to study in the USA, to be immersed in English in and out of school and to have their life transformed by this powerful and unifying language. All of us international students gleefully absorbed… Continue reading How to Practice English from Podcasts