Laffayette

Lafayette
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Salah satu bapak pendiri Amerika Serikat adalah George Washington yang juga merupakan presiden pertama Amerika Serikat. Ia memiliki seorang teman seperjuangan yang bernama Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de La Fayette, atau Lafayette, seorang aristokrat dari Perancis. Mereka bersama-sama berjuang dalam perang kemerdekaan AS melawan Inggris.

Singkat cerita, perang berhasil dimenangkan dan AS akhirnya merdeka. Lafayette kemudian kembali ke Perancis, dan nanti baru pada tahun 1784 mengunjungi AS lagi. Di Perancis, ia mengadvokasikan kesetaraan hak untuk rakyat kulit hitam bebas dan penghentian perdagangan budak. Pada tahun 1783, ia berkorespondensi dengan George Washington mengenai emansipasi budak, dan memintanya menjadikan budak-budaknya sebagai petani penyewa. Meskipun Washington berkeberatan, Lafayette membeli sebidang tanah di Cayene dan menjadikannya perkebunan tempat bereksperimen dengan pendidikan dan emansipasi yang ia beri nama La Belle Gabrielle.

Adalah hal yang cukup menarik melihat bagaimana seorang aristokrat, yang lahir dari keluarga bangsawan, di negara yang masih menjunjung tinggi kebangsawanan (Perancis pada masa itu bahkan masih berbentuk Monarki Absolut), memiliki ketertarikan besar pada kebebasan dan persamaan hak. Lafayette adalah seorang pendukung monarki, hal itu terlihat dari tindakannya pada masa-masa Revolusi Perancis dan kepemimpinan Napoleon, tetapi di saat yang sama ia juga memuji-muji kemerdekaan AS, menjunjung nilai-nilai demokrasi, dan menentang keras perbudakan.

Sebuah pribadi yang menarik, seorang aristokrat yang demokratis. Dalam buku-buku sejarah yang dulu saya pelajari di SMP dan SMA, kaum bangsawan Perancis seolah-olah adalah pihak jahat dan kaum revolusionis adalah para pahlawan. Tetapi buku-buku itu tidak menceritakan pembantaian dan perampokan yang dilakukan ekstremis revolusionis, dan tidak menceritakan tentang Lafayette atau bangsawan lain yang sebenarnya “baik”.

 

Anda bisa membaca kisah lengkapnya di wikipedia, atau jika anda suka, di artikel yang lebih lucu.

No Excuse

I watched this video presented to me by Daily Post three days ago:

I’m tired. I slept late. I want more sleep. My eyes won’t open. I can’t get off my bed. It’s still dark. It’s too early. I’m afraid of dogs. I think it’s creepy outside. Not today. I’ll do that in the evening. I’ll do it tomorrow. I’ll do it next time.

That’s my excuses, but I ran the next morning after I watched it. I haven’t run for months. And I started my morning run session again.

And I’m writing posts for my blog again.

So, I hope you can feel the same “No Excuse” motivation after watching this video. ^^

Daredevil Me

The background of this story was on the early period of IRS filing, choosing the college subjects and schedule, for my second semester. For my Introduction to Economics 2, I chose the English class by Miranda Goeltom, a decision that many of my friends objected.

Introduction to Economics is quite an important subject for a junior. It carries quite a significant amount of score and impact on my IPK. I’m taking English class, which means it will be harder than the ordinary Bahasa class, and not to mention that I’m taking a really new level of difficulties compared to what my seniors had, or at least that’s what my friends said.

I kept questioning myself why did I do that? Why did I decide to take the burden I don’t have to? Why did I have to make things worse?

I can’t really answer that question. There is this urge in me that wants to prove that I can do what people say I shouldn’t. I want to know how far I can go. Some people breaking world records, doing extreme sports, I simply taking a difficult subject. I hope I won’t regret my decision.

Bye-Bye, Furby!

Furby
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There was this girl, call her Furby, a short one, maybe she’s not that short but she always look so short, midget like but not really midget like. She’s not ugly, but when I see her face I always tell her she’s ugly *evil grin.

I haven’t known her for long. In fact, I didn’t really know much about her. All I knew was she’s childish some time, acting weird most of the time, cute with her babyish appearance, in love with dog and horse, keeping much of her feelings for herself, thinking a lot of difficult things which she didn’t have to, and she’s diligent, etc. I always try to know or to understand her more, but she always push me back.

I love the way she called me, the way we had conversations, and the way I could make jokes about her. I think I got a feeling for her, but it’s not lust (hell no!), it’s more like a feeling of a brother to his baby sister, or maybe like a boy to his pet. Yeah, I think the latter sounds more proper. That was in the past.

We’ve been together for around a year or less, and we’ve been separated for some months ( it felt like years).  The next time we met, she’s changed a lot. A lot. Our last conversation was so dry, and she made me felt like a pest when I tried to start it. Or maybe it’s because she’s in hurry or something. I don’t know. But from our last meeting I concluded that she’s not the same person I have known before. She was so much more mature from the way she acted and talked, she had different topics to talk to, she had so many friends, and she had a lot more confidence in herself. She changed into a better person, and it’s good for her. I’m happy, but our relationship will never be the same like what I thought we had before. Maybe this is how it feels when a father let her children go, for they are mature, and they have to take care of themselves, to be independent. And he knows that they will not come everyday, they will be busy with their own life, they will not call just to say “hi”, and that he might not see them anymore.

Maybe I’m just exaggerating, but I really miss her, the girl I used to know.  But her changes will make her happy, so why would I ask her to be her old self?!

So this is goodbye. I will leave you alone in your world now, and I will forget about you. ^_^

Soldiers Who Build Road

Not long ago, when I was a lot younger, that’s quite long actually, my teacher at CNN International asked me:  “Does gun has any purpose but to hurt?” He unintentionally resound Homer’s words that “the blade itself incites to violence” which I have seen on my Rome: Total War game. I didn’t have any answer to that question.

But not so long ago, I saw a  war-zone-report program and they were talking about Indonesian Garuda contingent. They were stationed at Congo, but guess what, they were not there to ensure security, to fight rebels, or any “Black Hawk Down” action you saw on TV. I heard they didn’t even allowed to open fire. They were on a special mission, a very special one, to build a highway from Dungu to Faradje. And that highway was not for a troop mobilization purpose, it was meant for the welfare of the people around there. It was new for me.

So, it gave me a glimmer of light. Maybe what was meant to hurt, can one day be transformed.

For a better world, it is worth a try.

2010 in review

It’s kinda embarrassing, but I can’t stop grinning seeing this stats. Too bad I had a long hiatus for about 3 months. Btw, my blog is older than “Natasha Ali the Drama Queen”. ^^

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The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 5,100 times in 2010. That’s about 12 full 747s.

 

In 2010, there were 47 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 155 posts. There were 27 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 35mb. That’s about 2 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was April 22nd with 65 views. The most popular post that day was Colorquiz.com.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were mingmingmingmong.blogspot.com, en.wordpress.com, kucingjugamanusia.blogspot.com, duniamelia.blogspot.com, and mire-marcia.blogspot.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for video menstruasi, alay, five loaves and two fishes, video orang menstruasi, and menstruasi video.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

Colorquiz.com February 2010
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2

Video Edukasi Seks : Menstruasi December 2008
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3

Five Loaves And Two Fishes (lyric) December 2008

4

English Speaking Examination Topics March 2010
6 comments

5

Jawaban OKKUI 2010 June 2010