Hiphop Indo Playlist

My plan for this mayday holiday was to be productive. Finish one or two unread books or maybe blogging about something smart. But due to unforeseen circumstance, the plan goes out to the window. I spent the whole afternoon watching youtube instead.

By unforeseen events, it was me discovering Black Book, a documentary about Indonesian hip hop created by Hiphopindo. Blackbook tell the chronicles hiphop movement since the release of Pesta Rap. It was so damn good, i spent entire evening checking most of the featured artist. Cant recommend it enough, go check it out.

Still in an attempt to be productive while being Blackbook still lingering in my mind, i created list of several dope local hip hop track which i think everyone should listen to.

HipHop Indonesia Playlist

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How Can Coding Help You ?

Ahmad Mukhlason, senior di kampus dulu yang sekarang sedang menempuh studi lanjut di Nottingham, menuliskan artikel menarik tentang fenomena banyaknya mahasiswa jurusan IT yang tidak familiar dengan programming / coding di jurusan Sistem Informasi ITS. Ditulis dari sudut pandang dosen, beliau berpendapat bahwa menjamurnya kepemilikan laptop, gadget dan sosial media membuat mahasiswa menjadi manja. Kemudahan akses ini membuat mahasiwa menjadi malas belajar pemrograman dan semangat belajarnya tidak setinggi mahasiswa di era sebelumnya ketika akses masih susah.

How Can Coding Help You

Saya kurang setuju dengan pendapat diatas. Selain karena sudut pandang yang diambil terlalu negatif, ini adalah contoh umum  my-generation-is-better-than-yours bias. Kalau benar minat belajar pemrograman menurun di kalangan mahasiswa yang akan lulus dengan gelar sarjana komputer, hipotesa saya maybe we are not focusing enough on the golden questions.

How can coding skills help me in life ?

Menjawab pertanyaan diatas dengan argumen “because you have to” atau “we know better whats good for you” tentunya tidak akan efektif untuk generasi yang lahir dengan informasi di jari mereka.

Berkaca pada pengalaman sebagai mantan mahasiswa, mantan programmer dan pekerjaan saya sekarang yang sudah tidak berhubungan dengan programming lagi, saya mencoba pertanyaan diatas di tulisan ini.

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W-Day Playlist

This is my first post written with a ring in my hand. I left my single life behind around a month ago when i said my vow and took this lady as my beautiful wife. We had our modest reception party in a hall inside government office in Kalibata which was festive, fun and much much more joyful than me and Sari had ever imagined before.

W-Day Playlist 2

Speaking of reception, I had a silly pet peeves about this. Far too many reception that i attend had the same song played over and over again, usually its Bubble’s cover of L.O.V.E, Diana Ross’s Endless Love or Shania Twain’s From This Moment.  Theres tons of other beautiful love song out there, this repetitive trend needs to change.

Hence one thing on the top of my wishlist for wedding reception is to pick, plug and play my own song. Im going to stand straight for two hours anyway, might as well do it with some music that i enjoy.

That and also i cant afford live band. Freakin expensive man.

Here are several songs i picked to be the soundtrack of my W-day. Lets start with the first one

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Book Club #1

Have you heard about how Mark Zuckerberg crowdsourced his 2015 resolution? it was pretty cool. After bombarded by thousand of ideas such as releasing hip hop albums or planting trees for every facebook user, Mark Z chose to read new book every month. Surprisingly his resolution got so popular, every book that in Mark’s reading list become instant best seller.

I love books. Seeing Zuckerberg being the newest authority on book reviews tickled me to write my own version of this. So heres the first post of Book Club, a yet another column in my blog where i write about interesting books that i recommend.

Book Club #1

Heres the thing, according to Kemdiknas only 1 out of 1000 Indonesians have serious interest in reading. Im not aiming to achieve the same gravitas as Mark Z but if i can make a person read one new book, thats already count as my personal achievement.

Books are awesome, lets make more people read good books. Here we go

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What are the best ways to answer the question “tell me something about yourself”?

This is an amazing answer how to structure your life story

Answer by A Quora admin:

If you are asked this question at the beginning of an interview ("tell me about yourself" or "walk me through your background") you should give a brief response that flows like a story. It should be the story of why you want the job you are interviewing for, and how your education and experiences have prepared you for it. 

Some tips…

1. Keep it brief – keep your story to 5 minutes or less.  You don't want to take over the interview so that the person on the other end doesn't have time to ask you the things they want to talk about.  Also, unless your story is super interesting and full of twist and turns, it can get a little boring (and not relevant).

2. Connect the dots – Make sure the way that you describe your different experiences build on each other in some way.  "I did X because of Y and then based on what I learned there, I knew I wanted to do Z, so…"  This might even change with each job you are applying for. Here's an example below:

3. Tailor your story to the jobTailor it to the job – You probably have lots of different elements to “your story” that you can speak to because you’ve likely done many things in your life and won’t be able to address all of them in a 5 minute run-through.  Think about the job you are interviewing for and what pieces of your story make the most sense to tell.

(the image below illustrates points 2 and 3 using an example of a "publicist job" – the parts in the boxes are parts that won't make it into the story in this particular example)

4. Proactively address anything “negative” – There are certain things that can be perceived as negative may not be.  If you have large gaps in between jobs or had a particularly short stint at a company, go ahead and address that up front.  Not mentioning it will just make an interviewer have “open questions”.

5. Wrap it up by speaking to the current moment – End your story in the present – i.e. "…And this is why I was looking for jobs in the XXX world. When I started learning more about X Company, I knew it would be a great place for me to apply because of X, Y, and Z.”  You may have other times in the interview to prove you were thoughtful in applying but why not say it here?  It’s a great way to end your answer.

What are the best ways to answer the question "tell me something about yourself"?

Not Your Usual Korean Music

Several weekends ago me and fiancee tried a Korean food joint called Mujigae. In that restaurant, while eating you will be blasted by non-stop Korean music video clips. I spent like an hour and half in the resto so that maybe like 30 ish songs. I realized that all of the songs ive heard sounds pretty much the same. Just like the facial features of Girls Generation’s member, i cannot recognized the difference from one to the other. Its all boys or girlsband dancing synchronously , singing pop vocals over dance beats. Superficial and manufactured.

Yoon_Mi_Rae_and_Tiger_JK

As a staunch believer in music pluralist, I believe theres always good music in every genre. Case in point : Have you heard about Hindi Progressive Rock.  Just for the sake of it, i started digging Korean music in Youtube in hope to find quality and non-formulaic Korean music. I found one in peculiar place which is in the most controversial movie this year, The Interview. The movie was in yet another controversy due to unlicensed use of one of the song, Pay Day by Yoon Mi Rae.

Well, i kinda glad that happened because i would never know Yoon Mi Rae . If you havent heard about her as well, youre in for a treat.

Yoon Mi Rae a.k.a Tasha is a half African American and half korean. She is regarded as the queen of korean hiphop. In Black Happiness video above, she rapped about being bullied because of her mixed identities. Man, thats a real gangsta conscious rap shit. Her husband, Tiger Jk is also hip hop musician. Together they formed hip hop collective My Fans are Better Than Yours (MFBTY) which sounds more EDM-ish. I prefer her old solo works which is more boombap style hiphop but some of the new song such as Sweet Dream is quite catchy.

Heres my personal pick of Yoon Mi Rae music that you should really check out

  1. Black Happiness
  2. Pay Day (The Interview Soundtrack)
  3. Memories ( Her classic works in an old skool R&B style rap)
  4. Get it in ( “Youre just another bug in my windshield!”)
  5. Sweet Dreams (with MFBTY)

Being a little bit open mind, i found my Korean music jam thats not fake and boring. Man, i love good music.