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Yang Terakhir

Pekan ini pikiran saya benar-benar hyper aware kalau ini dan itu adalah yang terakhir di bulan Ramadhan: Jumat terakhir, sholat maghrib terakhir, sholat isya terakhir, sholat tarawih terakhir, sahur terakhir, dan sholat shubuh terakhir. Saya sadar ini pertanda saya memasuki fase post-ramadhan blues, kegalauan pasca Ramadhan, sindrom yang kian menghebat semakin saya menua. Kegalauan tersebut adalah rangkuman berbagai perasaan. Ada perasaan sedih karena Ramadhan akan pergi. Ada kekecewaan pada diri sendiri dan penyesalan karena pelaksanaan dan pencapaian Ramadhan tahun ini lebih buruk dari tahun lalu. Ada rasa cemas karena siapa sih yang nggak cemas dengan masa depan (dunia dan akhirat)? Tapi selalu ada harapan untuk mendapat semua kebaikan dunia dan akhirat.Yang memperparah post-ramadhan blues tahun ini adalah sepenggal nasihat dari orangtua. "Pulanglah. Nenek ingin semua berkumpul lebaran ini. 'Mungkin untuk yang terakhir kali...,' katanya."Tidak. Reaksi pertama ada…
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Template Baru Blogger 2017

Ada template baru Blogger. Hore! Responsive pula! Walau telat, tidak bisa tidak, saya terpaksa comot satu template baru, menghabiskan waktu memoles perabotan blog dan geser meja kursi di sana-sini. Seperti biasa, kegiatan mbatik ini harus dibatasi: maksimal satu jam saja. Kalau nggak, bisa bablas seharian ngoprek. Toh, hasilnya biasa-biasa saja, hanya beda dikit dari tampilan default. Yang penting terasa nyaman.Template yang dipilih adalah Notable yang cocok buat menampilan blog post miskin atau tanpa gambar. Mengutip tulisan sendiri di blog lain, [one]would rather have the 'thousand words' from the famous quote 'a picture paints a thousand words'. Tujuannya memang untuk memicu agar saya mau menulis lagi di blog ini. Jadi, Noel, tulis seribu kata itu!Ada beberapa kekurangan template keluarga Notable yang diamati selama mbatik. Tampilan beberapa widget bawaan Blogger di sidebar, seperti "popular post", nggak menyesuaikan ukuran dengan dimensi wadahnya. Tid…

Why I Cannot Let You Go Yet

Hmmm.... Something about this blog at blogspot cannot make me drop and leave it even though I have been busy elsewhere, not to mention another one in which I have been experimenting.Why then? Let's see: Akin to first love? Something that lingers after the initial excitement has long gone? After all, this is the first blog I've had, tragedy aside...Monetary reason for it's easier to put adSense? (as if I have benefited from it...)A challenging template system? It does keep me interested in mark-up language.A wishful thinking and anticipation that maybe, just maybe, the apps supporting it will get a decent "material design"-ised touch? Very likely!--added-- Another wishful thinking that the official templates will get responsive!Whatever it was or is, with these retouches I did, I think I will stay here for a while...

Floating App Window in Galaxy Note 8 Kitkat 4.4.2

Finally, the kitkat update arrives on the Galaxy Note 8 (mine is a GT-N5100) in Indonesia. So far, I am still exploring. My main complaint is the battery life. Note 8's battery has always been disappointing. I only got 3 hours using 3G network mobile data. In Wifi use, I rarely got 5 hours for a full recharge before Kitkat and after the update, it drastically diminished. Until I performed reset to factory settings, started a new, carefully installed apps that I really need. So far, it doesn't help much.The good thing about the update is the multi window, of course —I am one for getting productive with a tablet thus my choosing the Note 8. Paired with a bluetooth keyboard, it had helped through some development tasks while I was on the go. This is where things are getting interesting. Afer a couple of tinkering, the screen is full of floating app windows.The usual split windows. The floating app windows... In case anybody is wondering...

As the two-third of Ramadhan passes

Tragedies and tribulations that fill todays's headlines, breaking news, and one's timelines put one in anguish and grief as one, time and again, confronts the question that has lingered for so long.And, when your Lord said to the angels, "Indeed, I will make upon the earth a successive authority." They said, "Will You place upon it one who causes corruption therein and sheds blood, while we declare Your praise and sanctify You?" Allah said, "Indeed, I know that which you do not know." — Qur'an, Al-Baqarah:30Dear Lord, what is it that You know about us that makes us, mankind, worthy of such elevation despite these atrocities we have committed, the destruction and harm we have caused?رَبَّنَا اغْفِرْ لَنَا ذُنُوبَنَا وَإِسْرَافَنَا فِي أَمْرِنَا وَثَبِّتْ أَقْدَامَنَا وانصُرْنَا عَلَى الْقَوْمِ الْكَافِرِينَِ

Pre-Ramadhan Blues

Allahumma balighna Ramadhan...

Getting The Last Laugh

[itched mode]I am a pedant. I take words and grammar seriously and these words have bugged me to no end ever since I encountered them.I'd asked, "Shouldn't it be 'bla bla'?" and been told that I'd been wrong. They believed they had it right.I let it rest. It was not my area of responsibility either. A vile thought crept in as I was deemed lacking the credentials in the subject —though I wonder how they have come to such conclusion— that maybe I should let them be a laughing stock.But a friend, who is well-versed in the subject, raised an eyebrow and pointedly asked, "you do know that these words are wrong, don't you?"I cringed. "Of course I know," I told him. And I suddenly had an urge to issue a disclaimer that those were not my doing. "I've only done this and this.""You could've told them!""I did tell them but they wouldn't listen," I said.He laughed, like I would at funny broken-Engli…