Stanley Kubrick and Carl Sagan in 2001

David Bowman, an astronaut, had long learned that his mission to Jupiter was to make a close approach to a possible advanced civilization. He was accompanied by the AI computer HAL, his fellow astronaut Gary Lockwood and a few more astronauts that were under hibernation. On this few-year mission, HAL went back against Bowman, nearly… Continue reading Stanley Kubrick and Carl Sagan in 2001

Bringing science into the pop culture

Throughout history, there has been plenty of people who bring new meanings into the sciences, to keep it out of the lab boxes, and to explore the human and spiritual side of science. Growing up in an era where schools easily confine science into a specific class, it’s easy to forget that underneath its numerical… Continue reading Bringing science into the pop culture

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. After this holistic wisdom was deemed irrelevant and then forgotten by the mechanical and efficiency-focused industrial and post-industrial age, we finally arrive at this stage… 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