Archive for May, 2008

The end of the Plane

2008 May 25

After almost 3 years of operation, I am very glad to announce that this blog is officially closed! Glad? Yes, because this end is a beginning of many good things to come.

In short, I decided to get serious in blogging. To attain the customizing freedom I will need, there is no choice but to host my own WordPress. I also decided to start making separate blogs for each topic I’m interested in blogging. So, here are my new blogs (en means in English, id means in Indonesian):

  • Agronesia (en): The closest in spirit to be regarded as a continuation of this blog. Any random stuffs not fit for my more well-defined blogs will be posted there.
  • Agronesia:id (id): A subset of the English Agronesia in Bahasa Indonesia. It will contain only writings which I think will benefit my fellow Indonesians. And that doesn’t include my life.
  • Aguro (en): The blog for my Japanese language study progress, which will include articles and tutorials on learning Japanese language and its culture. Yes, the infamous word and kanji dumps will be here!
  • Yumeko (id): A subset of Aguro translated into Bahasa Indonesia. It will not be jumbled with stuffs about my personal study, so no posts like word dumps here. Just to rephrase: Daily articles of Japanese language and culture written in Bahasa Indonesia.
  • Midoria (en): A blog about my casual delving into plant taxonomy. Yeah, you heard it right.

Yea, it DOES hurt being split into many…

Any new blog announcement will still be posted here. I have also archived Singularity on the Plane outside of Lastly, thank you for the support all these years! Comments is disabled so in the rare chance of anyone wanting to comment, please visit the first ever post at Agronesia.

Bzzzt… Bang.. Wooosh….

2008 May 22

I sense a disturbance in the plane. After all these years, will the plane eventually meet its fate and collapse?

Destruction? Nothingness?

Commanding someone using “sana”

2008 May 15

In bahasa Indonesia, “sana” literally means “there” like this sentence shows:

(1) Nanti malem aku bakal ke sana.
– I will go there tonight.

However, another of its important use is to make a casual yet strong command. Some example sentences:

(1) Kerjain PR sana!
– Go do your homework!

(2) Sana main di luar!
– Go play outside!

(3) Mandi dulu sana!
– Go take a bath first!

As can be seen, “sana” can be put either at the front or the end of the sentence. It has a sense of urgency, e.g. “do it immediately”. It also implies anger or annoyance on the speaker’s part, and the speaker won’t really accept a “no”. If you want to associate “sana” with its literal meaning “there”, you can remember it as having the connotation “go there and do what I told”.

It’s used when there is a very close relationship between the speaker and the one commanded, where such strong words are acceptable. Examples include a parent telling their child and a boy being angry towards his older sister.

– Jangan ngenet mulu, belajar sana!

A unique Japanese captcha

2008 May 9

Everybody knows captcha, the verification image we meet everytime we register something to help keep spammers off the board. It usually involves retyping a badly distorted or other visually-abnormal text. Boring, because What You See Is What You Type (WYSIWYT).

Every once in a while someone came up with a clever CAPTCHA, like those simple arithmetic CAPTCHAs where you are asked to do an addition.

Recently, I registered on a Japanese site FC2. It has this never-before-seen (by me) CAPTCHA:

Japanese kana captcha

You, got it right! They spell a series of numbers in kana and we need to retype it using the all-too-familiar 1 2 3. Of course, the image is still littered with those bacteria we’ve been accustomed to.

If you’re studying Japanese, please try to answer in the comments. I’ll give you… a nice reply comment :).

PS: CAPTCHA is actually an acronym so it is written in capitals. However I very much prefer it to write it like: “captcha”.

The ASP.NET Bin and App_Code folder misconception

2008 May 5

This post has been moved to “The ASP.NET Bin and App_Code folder misconception”. Please visit the new server.