14 February 2011

Valentine In My Humble Opinion

To some people, Valentine Day celebration belongs to those who have spouse in a romantic relationship. To some other, it is a particular day of particular group of people so others are not eligible -- to be precisely, either not allowed or are not worthy of -- celebrating the day.  Whatever people respond to the Valentine Day, I am not going to discuss it any futher because I think it wasting time.

I have read and learned the history of the day. It was St. Valentine who inspired the people to celebrate. On February 14th, St. Valentine, a preacher in Roman Imperial era, was subject to death sentence. The reason was his act, which was deemed guilty by the government, to allow marriage. The Roman leaders did not want marriage, or any love relationship. They wanted all men who lived in the Empire to join  the army for the glory of the empire.

According to the journey St. Valentine has had, It is his love that one must have an in-depth analysis. Celebrating Valentine Day, notwithstanding religion-based refusals, is a ritual, which one must understand completely. I have no fear of accepting the Valentine Day's presence. It is the day when love must flourish and blossom. The love having many dimensions, not only one belonging to pairs in a romantic relationship. Even when you are alone, you still be able to celebrate. Love shown by St. Valentine is the love for everything and everyone. After his sacrifice, one should note that love may cease fire, be a peace-maker. It is not the love you may see from your narrow thinking.

The day reminds us how precious love his. You must have love in your own opinion. Love to parents, country, pets, friends, anything that makes you taking for granted. You must give it at no expense. It is the true Valentine Day stands for. Love has been rarely found in today's materialistic world. Killing one another keeps covering the headline news almost everyday. So, where is the love? It is in your heart. Let us forget about whether the Valentine Day, from the religion viewpoints (if any), is eligible. It is only a reminder that human should be the truly he or she is. The love illustrates by the celebration shows the way to the grace, dignity, and purity as human being.

Webometrics Rankings Indonesia

Seorang kawan mengajak saya berdiskusi tentang Webometrics, pada hari Sabtu, 12 Pebruari. Webometrics adalah sebuah rating perguruan tinggi yang memiliki website. Kami membicarakan tentang posisi perguruan tinggi Indonesia dalam peringkat yang disusun oleh Webometrics. Dalam laporan terakhir bulan Januari 2011 Webometrics menempatkan Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) sebagai capolista, disusul oleh Harvard University, dan Stanford University.

O ya, sebelumnya saya berikan penjelasan singkat tentang apa itu Webometrics, yang dapat anda akses melalui Tujuan dari Webometrics ini ialah untuk mendukung publikasi melalui Internet. Tinggi-rendahnya peringkat sebuah perguruan tinggi/universitas di dalam daftar yang disusun oleh Webometrics dipengaruhi oleh seberapa aktifnya akademisi dalam kegiatan berbasis Internet. Cakupannya tidak sekedar bersifat formal, seperti misalnya ketersediaan jurnal elektronik (e-journal), melainkan komunikasi keilmuwan. Peringkat Webometrics memiliki ruang lingkup yang lebih luas dibandingkan peringkat yang disusun oleh lembaga lain, misalnya, dari jumlah perguruan tinggi yang dinilai pun lebih banyak.

Seleksi peringkat Webometrics meliputi hal-hal sebagai berikut: (1) jumlah halaman yang terdeteksi oleh empat mesin pencari (search engines), yakni Google, Yahoo, Live Search, dan Exalead; (2) total jumlah external link unik yang masuk. (inlinks) melalui Yahoo Search; (3) relevansi dengan kegiatan akademik dan publikasi dan ketersediaan publikasi data dalam format Adobe Acrobat (.pdf), Adobe PostScript (.ps), Microsoft Word (.doc), dan Microsoft Powerpoint (.ppt); (4) jumlah makalah dan kutipan untuk masing-masing bidang akademik yang tersedia dalam Google Scholar.

Kembali kepada topik obrolan dengan kawan tadi, berikut adalah daftar 20 Besar peringkat Webometrics untuk perguruan tinggi Indonesia. Angka yang tertera dalam kurung menunjukkan peringkat Webometrics (Webometrics Rankings).

1. Universitas Gadjah Mada Yogyakarta (583)
2. Universitas Indonesia Jakarta (599)
3. Institut Teknology Bandung (770)
4. Universitas Airlangga (1000)
5. Universitas Diponegoro (1004)
6. Universitas Kristen Petra Surabaya (1007)
7. Universitas Gunadarma Jakarta (1010)
8. Universitas Andalas Padang (1015)
9. Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember Surabaya (1017)
10. Universitas Negeri Malang (1018)
11. Universitas Sriwijaya Palembang (1026)
12. Universitas Muhammadiyah Surakarta (1041)
13. Universitas Sumatera Utara Medan (1056)
14. Institut Pertanian Bogor (1204)
15. Universitas Islam Indonesia Yogyakarta (1217)
16. Universitas Sebelas Maret Surakarta (1253)
17. Unikom (1382)
18. Universitas Muhammadiyah Malang (1395)
19. Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta (1831)
20. Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia (1880)

Pleburan: the Semarang metropole's other side

Social gathering at "Warung Kucingan" Pleburan (photo: Iwan Laksana)

Pleburan, one of sub-district region in Semarang Municipality, is an area where many activities take place. Pleburan is where Diponegoro University is situated for generations. It is also just a throw of a stone to business centers, close to governmental offices. However, Pleburan remains resistant to modern lifestyle. Well, at least, its endurance is quite strong compared with other places in a big city like Semarang. This urban area is quite calm. Ancestral traditions are still preserved, as you may find traditional rituals such as weekly meeting of neighborhood or social gathering.

Pleburan, unlike places where multiple activities and heterogenous people collide, can be said having reluctant development. It is part of an urban area, but the people show rural lifestyle. It is likely that influences brought in by visitors are not significantly effective. You will find freedom to act there, nice and welcoming people, and security. You will have a great companionship with the native inhabitants once you have owned their hearts.

(photo: tiyo widodo)
As the headquarters of academic life, Pleburan is dominated by academic activities. Notwithstanding the relocation of Diponegoro University to Tembalang, Pleburan still have a significant impact. In my opinion, it is difficult to change the way of thinking of Pleburan people simply due to the campus relocation.

Nice people, good atmosphere, and secured environment are big deal components the Pleburan people must preserve. I have been fifteen years there and to broader extent no serious troubles I have found. In addition, this place has ease of access to many aspects of life, such as education, health, transportation, and business.

As long as you are nice people, Pleburan will welcome you wholeheartedly.
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