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Arsip Harian: Februari 2, 2008

Non-specific, nouvelles juteuses crossed my head


Sarkozy finally married Bruni. (I read: this French president is very… French: love will find a way). My fave iht.com stated that Carla Bruni, 40, has previously been linked with the rock stars Mick Jagger and Eric Clapton, as well as former Prime Minister Laurent Fabius. Sarkozy, 53, and his second wife, C├ęcilia, divorced last October after 11 years of marriage, just five months after he took power.

Today, Jusuf Kalla, Indonesia’s Vice President apologized on behalf of Governor of Jakarta. This is not really Indonesian? This is pretty much Indonesian. Je manipulerai ceci…

There were sudden flood, and everyone was and is still giving that “temper temper look” up till today. This is not anyone’s fault. I am blaming Dutch government for not taking care of infrastructure seriously a hundred years ago. I am not blaming the airport authority for not getting ready with quick migitation plan. Anyways, the flood alert was not communicated properly to commuters in Jakarta. Drainage and sewerage have not been installed properly after the Dutch left town. Not to mention certain piping that was not properly thought of. That’s right, Jakarta’s underground is another jungle to overcome: piping today, oops unpiping tomorrow; cabling this cabling that; oops wiring this and that.

Tonight’s juicy gossip is not so juicy after all. If it’s Indonesian juicy news, the tags shall be under Julia Perez or Dewi Persik?

 
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Ditulis oleh pada Februari 2, 2008 in lifestyle, non-specific, politics

 

Book of The Day


Kum Kum bahas NY Times!

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Memang saya yang telat beli buku Kum Kum yang satu ini (terbit 2006), dan terus terang juga ini bukan Kum Kum karakter film kartun zaman saya SMA (SMU?) dulu. Ia adalah kawan saya yang produktif. Saya kagumi Kum Kum karena memang selain produktif juga tajam terpercaya (aktual juga?). Nama aslinya Ignatius Haryanto, dulu di kampus dia dikenal dengan panggilan Kum Kum karena memang seperti Kum Kum. Pintar. Gembul pipinya. Walau kurang licin dibanding Kum Kum sang kartun.

Kali ini Kum Kum menulis satu topik yang sedang saya gemari: Krugman di New York Times (NYT). Tapi Kum hanya menulis New York Times “Menulis Berita Tanpa Takut atau Memihak”. Walau ada sedikit salah ketik nama (seperti Henri Subianto, seharusnya Henry Subiakto), secara menyeluruh buku ini membuka mata saya tentang jurnalisme yang tajam terpercaya sesungguhnya. Dahulu saya mengekang diri saya dari topik “jurnalisme” secara mendetail, karena memang fokus saya lebih kepada hal-hal yang lebih teknis. Hari ini pun tidak berubah, tapi karena New York Times menjadi pegangan bacaan pagi-siang-malam selain detikcom dan iht.com, curiosity killed the cat, saya harus membaca kupasan Kum Kum tentang NYT ini.

Kum membuka dengan kasus plagiat dan kode etik internal NYT yang bisa di-download (saya coba cari di situs internet, tapi belum ketemu). Kum kemudian mengupas sedikit tentang sejarah pendiri NYT, Adolph Ochs yang diturunkan ke menantu lelakinya hingga sekarang sudah keturunan keempat, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Jr.

Setelah itu, rekaman prestasi dipaparkan yang membuat NYT ngetop sebagai pemborong Pulitzer dari tahun ke tahun, bahkan khusus NYT panitia Pulitzer membatasi berapa banyak yang boleh digondol NYT dalam setahunnya. Terakhir Kum juga mengangkat krisis, penanganan, dan harapan ke depan bagi NYT.

Tulisan Kum ini tak terlalu tebal (119 halaman, ukuran kertas setengah A4), tapi yakinlah berkas penelitian yang dilakukan Kum berpuluh-puluh kali lipat jumlahnya. Saya terkadang suka heran saya orang yang mampu merangkum sekian banyak data informasi dan menyajikannya kembali secara ringkas dan jelas. Salut untuk Kum, dan masih banyak tulisan Kum di masa depan yang terus akan saya koleksi. Seperti NYT, tulisan Kum ini juga patut mendapat penghargaan. Serius!

 
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Ditulis oleh pada Februari 2, 2008 in books, buku, journalism, jurnalisme, newspaper

 

Partners in Crime


Me and my husband quarrels mostly not about our 3 boys; more often on how to perfect our start-ups. Competition five years ago was not the same as today, yet we argued mostly on strategic handling. I’ve read different books, probably. He’s into technical, I am more to, well, not too many but economics and politics.

Obama and Hillary shall be “crowned” separately, or shall be coupled as a package to carry on the state legacy: economic reform. John Edwards, another Democrat candidate who already dropped out of the race, was highly appraised by Paul Krugman, writer of The Return of Depression Economics (1999) and op-ed of The New York Times. The latter I admired for oh-so-many writings that are smart and inspirational. Krugman wrote yesterday that “[I]f Democrats manage to get the focus on their substantive differences with the republicans, however, polls on the issues suggests that they’ll [Barack and Hill] have a big advantage. And they’ll have Mr. Edwards to thank.” Who adored who? But between Republicans and Democrats, Barack and Hill, or Barack-Hill and Edwards-Krugman, surely they have the nodes and ties to face next issues.

The Return of Depression Economics

However, partners in crime sometimes can be a one-way traffic. Social Network Theory is about nodes and ties, of values, visions, idea, financial exchange, friends, kinship, dislike, conflict, trade, web links, sexual relations, disease transmission (epidemiology), or airline routes. The resulting structures are often very complex (wikipedia). I adored my online teachers whom I never met IRL. I adored Krugman, God knows where he lives! But even my husband has put me into today’s thinking that has not occured ten years ago. Ain’t we all partners in crime, one way or another?

 
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Ditulis oleh pada Februari 2, 2008 in economics, economy, non-specific, politics