Whatever it is, never underestimate your result!

It’s been 3 months since I started to work on my research project. It is about phylogeography of seagrass in relation to the Quaternary glacial-interglacial periods. I am tracing back post-Last Glacial Maximum expansion of the seagrass population based on genetic data (microsatellites and chloroplast DNA).

For the last two weeks, I had been so desperate. My research seemed like no future. Results from my lab work looked completely messed up. Many “holes” which were spread in my genotype matrix should be finished and I was running out of time. Even, I was thinking to give up and change into another research topic.

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Ayo stop korupsi!!!

Kemarin saya mengalami kejadian yang cukup membuat malu (bagi saya).

Ceritanya begini. Ketika itu, saya terlibat dalam obrolan selepas makan malam dengan teman-teman kampus dan beberapa pembimbing thesis. Sudah biasa bagi kami, setiap selesei sampling dari laut, sambil melepas lelah, kami selalu menghabiskan waktu malamnya dengan diskusi kecil atau obrolan sekitar dunia marine science secara umum.

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Cara Anak Belajar

Jika seorang anak hidup dengan kritikan,
Ia belajar untuk menyalahkan.

Jika seorang anak hidup dengan permusuhan,
Ia belajar untuk berkelahi.

Jika seorang anak hidup dengan celaan,
Ia belajar untuk rendah diri.

Jika seorang anak hidup dengan dipermalukan,
Ia belajar untuk merasa bersalah.

Jika seorang anak hidup dengan pengertian,
Ia belajar untuk bersabar.

Jika seorang anak hidup dengan dorongan,
Ia belajar untuk percaya diri.

Jika seorang anak hidup dengan pujian,
Ia belajar untuk menghargai.

Jika seorang anak hidup dengan kejujuran,
Ia belajar untuk adil.

Jika seorang anak hidup dengan rasa aman,
Ia belajar untuk yakin.

Jika seorang anak hidup dengan apa adanya,
Ia belajar untuk menyayangi dirinya.

Jika seorang anak hidup dengan dukungan dan persahabatan,
ia belajar untuk menemukan kasih sayang di dunia ini.

– Dorothy Law Nolte, Ph.D –

Who You Must Be…

My baby son…, listen to what I’m saying!

It is a legacy. It’s not gonna be in your school books. Your teachers are not gonna tell it.

You don’t need to be like me. Instead, what you need is to understand who you are. I just want you to know who you are and where you come from. That will guide you as you discover who you must be…

“Man ‘arafa nafsahu faqad ‘arafa Rabbahu” 

(Orbit Jupiter, March 2012)

WPAP? Sorry, I give up

Finally, after long time left untouched, I decided to give up on WPAP working.

Do you know WPAP? It’s an original pop art style from Indonesia. WPAP stands for Wedha’s Pop Art Portraits.  This art genre was developed by Wedha Abdul Rashid, a contemporary Indonesian artist.

WPAP is a style of portrait illustration. The main character is domination of vertical/horizontal/diagonal straight line with strong unusual color filling plane shapes. Portrait figure is composed from strong mosaic shapes without gradation color and curvy line. If you want to know further, just explore the website of wpap community. Here is the link http://wpapcommunity.com/wpap/index.php?view=category&catid=8&option=com_joomgallery&Itemid=29#axzz1nDHA0Wsj

I admit that WPAP is difficult for me. You can see my work below, and it is just bad. I ruined my own self-portrait. Even, somehow it breaks against WPAP’s basic rules. There shouldn’t be any gradation or realist color and curvy shape. I gave up to continue working on this “project”.

When you just see a WPAP’s masterpiece, it looks easy to make. Yet, I found it’s difficult, really, at least for me. Perhaps, the fact that I still don’t have a WPAP’s feeling makes WPAP work is just hard.

There two main steps for making WPAP. First, you need to do faceting. After you decide a portrait you’d like to make a WPAP, then you draw shapes in different forms to compose figure mimicking the portrait. Finish faceting? Then, the second step is coloring. You fill the shapes you’ve made with non-realist color.

If you are interested or curious, visit the website above, and try to make your own WPAP!

(Orbit Jupiter, Feb 2012)