50 buku setahun

Betapa menggelikan saat Bill Gates mampu membaca 50 buku dalam setahun, sedang saya setengahnya pun tak mampu. Padahal jelas-jelas saya cuma mahasiswa, masih muda – miskin ilmu dan pengalaman, dan lebih memiliki waktu luang. 


Light for Mr. Assange

Ecuador announced on Thursday that it had granted citizenship to Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks co-founder who has been living in a tiny room in the South American country’s London embassy since seeking political asylum in 2012.

It was an extraordinary development in the prolonged diplomatic standoff, and came only hours after Britain said it had rejected a request by Ecuador to grant Mr. Assange diplomatic immunity so he could leave the embassy.

I just follow the news, its interesting. Firstly read in The Guardian, other media publication followed too, including Al Jazeera. But that story is from NYTimes. After spending more than five years in the Ecuadorian embassy, now Mr. Assange see some ‘lights’.

Larry King: “I guess I’m an atheist, agnostic, I don’t believe in an afterlife.”

Jesse Thorn of Turnaround Podcast interviews Larry King. Copied from Columbia Journalism Review, this is the best line. Read the excerpts here.

I joined CNN in ’85, had the heart attack in ’87. CNN is when I really blossomed, ’cause it was television, it was worldwide. I read the obits every day. And my biggest fear is death. I guess I’m an atheist, agnostic, I don’t believe in an afterlife. And since I can’t believe in an afterlife, I don’t want to die. Someone asked me the other day, “What do you want your obit to read?” I read obituaries every day. Today there was two 83s, an 81, an 87, and a 71. I see the ages right away. I wanted my obit to read, “Oldest man who ever lived passed away today. He was shot in the head and died immediately by an angry husband as he was sleeping with the former Playmate of the Year. He was 136 years old. It took three days to wipe the smile off his face.”

You the readers might be interested to read an article about “Bright” which is written at 2003 in New York Times by Daniel C. Dennet.

What is a bright? A bright is a person with a naturalist as opposed to a supernaturalist world view. We brights don’t believe in ghosts or elves or the Easter Bunny — or God. We disagree about many things, and hold a variety of views about morality, politics and the meaning of life, but we share a disbelief in black magic — and life after death.