Sunday, November 28, 2010

On Being a Good Library Beneficiery


Some people can be so annoying in the library, partly because of their lack of knowledge of the existing rules, partly because they are insensitive, partly because they feel superior, or partly because of other reason that other people completely don't know.

This girl using the postgraduate cluster today is one perfect example of the latest part I've mentioned. She received a call from her mum (speaking loudly for 10-15 minutes in entah-bahasa-apa) without leaving the cluster which was full of people, despite the fact that it was Sunday (!), interupted by someone who asked her to lower down the voice, discussed some questions with her colleague quite noisily, received another call noisily inspite of the reminder, interrupted by me who could not stand her insensitiveness to lower down the voice or leave the cluster to a more deserted area of the library (for God's sake, it's a MOBILE phone on your hand!), and still continued her bla-bla-bla to her phone saying "oh, i'm going to be a public enemy in this library". Ckckckckck...Why don't you do something?! *in Britney's tone*

Well, sometimes, when we can no longer tolerate this kind of behavior and we've done all we can do, we just need to be wiser. So, I moved to another computer.

But there was an interesting thing. A guy using the same cluster gave a piece of paper to the girl. I don't think they know each other. At first I thought the paper might be given to me, so I looked at it. Strange symbols were drawn on it, with some sentence and words, such as "illuminati" and this name: Aleister Crowley, which later I googled, and found this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aleister_Crowley.

I keep questioning why.


*)picture taken from: http://www.langsci.ucl.ac.uk/library/index.php

Friday, November 19, 2010

A Disease Called Procrastination


This week has been quite difficult to describe, in terms of academic and emotional sense.

Monday, it was the first time for me to come late to the IO class. Well, it was about human rights, something that I am not really interested in, relatively, compared to the more theoretical or political-economic issues. *yes, I am trying to be a new fan of IPE I suppose. :p Dunno why, but I felt a bit sleepy and unlike the previous weeks, I didn't even take a note! Second lecturer on Monday was as interesting as always, the super-lecturer Dr. Jennifer Hudson, everybody's favorite so far. :) Well, the topic was something about ethnography though, something quite irrelevant. :p

Oh ya, I had a puasa arafah, so happy that the maghrib was at 4.15. :) I had a nice fast-breaking dinner with the girls from the ISOC, after joined a jamaah maghrib. *always love this kind of opportunity* Unfortunately I had to rush for my research method seminar at 5, but it was okay.

Tuesday was Idul Adha. With the permission to skip a class from my Public Policy Economics class, I went to Grosvenor Square instead of Gower Street. It was not so impressive, Idul Adha in the embassy. It started 30 minutes late, couldn't hear the khutbah, but still, so grateful that I could still joined the prayer. Again, unfortunately, I have to rushed to Gower Street for my favorite lecture, Theories of IR (in which I am only sitting in!), since it was about the "Responsibility to Protect" and its relations to sovereignty, something did not exist yet during my undergrad era (kesannya aku tua banget!! hahahaha, emang iyah :p).

But the most anticipated moment of the day is the TIR seminar! Yes, we had a role play on Responsibility to Protect, discussing it from the point of view of the greatest IR scholars, thinkers and practitioners. From Hans Morgenthau to John Mearsheimer, from Finnemore to Wendt, and from Karl Marx to Robert Cox. I was Robert Kagan! (can you imagine someone wearing hijab saying that invading Iraq is good for the sake of the security of the liberal world, and blah-blah-blah??!! ahhahaha). It was fun!

Then, we had the economics seminar in the afternoon.

By the way, about economics...I think I have a homework. A serious one. A difficult one. Actually I have to finish it tonight. And I think I haven't started anything. So...what am I doing now? Blogging. Yeah, right!

People, this is a perfect example of a disease called procrastination. I am kind of intimidated by Economics...so avoiding it kind of make me feel better...for a while. :p

Well, now it's time to conquer the disease!!!! Yay! *yawn* T_T

*Dear economics, why d'you have to be so complicated and uninteresting....??? T_T