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DateSunday, January 11, 2015   Comment

kantor kami punya area terbuka yang cukup luas. selain parkiran yang tak seberapa besarnya dibandingkan dengan kapasitas gedung, kami juga punya halaman dengan pohon-pohon buah yang cukup bisa dibanggakan. pada masa-masa panen, kami bisa merasakan jamblang, nangka, sukun, mangga dan matoa dari kebun sendiri. di antara kebun, taman dengan kolam air jernih dan pohon-pohon itu, ada beberapa kucing liar bernaung.

mereka tidak mengganggu, cuma ikut berkeliaran di area-area terbuka, dan jadi penghuni tetap. ada satu yang warna bulunya belang kuning, sudah agak dewasa. kalau ternyata dia betina, mungkin sebentar lagi akan hamil di luar nikah dengan sesama kucing kampung lainnya. tapi mungkin juga, dia berhasil menarik perhatian kucing ras, supaya anak-anaknya nanti bisa naik pangkat dengan keturunan yang diperbaiki lewat percikan darah ningrat.

ada satu lagi yang warna bulunya belang hitam putih. badannya lebih kecil, mungkin lebih muda. dan kami ketahui kalau dia jantan. tapi kucing ini sakit. biji kemaluannya yang menggelantung di luar tampak memerah seperti strawberry. meradang. kami menduga dia terkena ambeien. beberapa kali kami membicarakannya saat sedang makan siang. dia kelihatan sengsara.

salah seorang di antara kami adalah penyayang binatang. di rumah, dia memelihara kucing dan anjing. keuntungan karena rumahnya punya halaman belakang yang cukup luas dan pasangannya tidak alergi pada bulu-buluan. buatku yang tinggal di gedung bertingkat, memelihara hewan piaraan apapun rasanya bukan ide bagus. teman kami yang penyayang binatang itu memutuskan untuk membawa si kucing berkelamin strawberry ke dokter hewan.

pada hari yang telah ditentukan, beberapa orang beramai-ramai berusaha menangkap kucing itu. dasar kucing liar, sekalinya ada manusia yang berusaha mendekat untuk menangkapnya, dia langsung kabur ketakutan. ketika pada akhirnya terpojok, ia terpaksa menyerah. tapi ketika ia akan dipindahkan ke dalam keranjang untuk dibawa ke dokter hewan, si kucing kabur. #drama.

selang sehari, si kucing berkelamin strawberry berhasil ditangkap dan dimasukkan ke dalam keranjang tertutup, lalu dibawa ke dokter hewan. kami dengar, dokter mendiagnosa bahwa ia tidak mengalami ambeien seperti yang kami duga sebelumnya, tapi ada peradangan di testisnya. dokter memutuskan untuk mengoperasinya, membabat habis kedua testisnya.

setelah operasi itu, selama seminggu ia harus pasrah berada dalam kerangkeng di dalam rawatan dokter hewan. tampaknya si kucing benci betul dengan kerangkeng, sehingga saat teman kami menjemputnya dari klinik, ia dengan suka rela melompat ke dalam keranjang yang seminggu sebelumnya membawanya ke klinik itu. langsung tahu bahwa ia akan dibawa pulang. sepanjang perjalanan, aku rasa kucing itu sudah jatuh cinta pada teman kami si penyayang binatang yang baik hati.


sekarang dia sudah kembali ke kantor kami. berkeliaran dengan bebas di alam terbuka, bisa main-main dekat pohon-pohonan dan minum air kolam yang jernih sesuka hati. setelah dioperasi, kami memanggilnya si Monokotil, singkatnya: Mono. dan sejak saat itu, dia jadi sayang dan jinak pada kami semua. selalu menggesek-gesekkan kepala dan badannya ke kaki kami saat sedang ngobrol di kedai, tak jarang naik ke kursi, mengharapkan kami mengusap kepalanya.


DateWednesday, June 25, 2014   Comment

Anazkia left her home just an hour after sunrise that Saturday morning, 14 June 2014. She had to catch the 6 a.m bus from her hometown in Serang, Banten. It took her about 3.5 hours to go to Jakarta. She had to be on time for a Webmaker Workshop, part of #MozBelajar series, that would start at 10 a.m in Gallery Qwords, in Kuningan area, Jakarta.

In her blogpost, Anazkia said that she wanted to learn and to know more about creating a web. As a blogger, she said, she didn't know enough.

She was one of more than twenty participants who enthusiastically registered for and attended the workshop that day. I'm touched because she was willing to spend so much time and effort to join the program. It was the first of #MozBelajar (belajar means to study) series, and the Eventbrite registration filled up quickly and was fully booked in less than 24 hours since its announcement.



I opened the workshop by asking the participants to share their hopes and expectations related to this program in post-notes. We stuck the notes to a tree I had drawn on a large sheet of paper, and from there, we made our "Tree of Hope" for this workshop. I learned that this inventory of expectations is important to get the participants focused on the things we are going to deliver in the program. If an
expectation exceeds the program plan, then I will set it aside for the time being and say that I will consider this expectation (such as: able to create a Forefox OS based applications) as a request to be
fulfilled in another, or a future, session.



After a short presentation about Mozilla Community and Mozilla projects, Fauzan and Rizky shared some Thimble, X-Ray Goggles and Popcorn basics, as the three important tools in creating “makes” with Webmaker. This session lasted until 12 o'clock in the afternoon, before participants could begin to try and use each tool by themselves.



When I planned this workshop, together with Rara and Fauzan, I decided that the whole workshop would feature one of most famous and versatile Indonesian food types—Soto, as a theme. Soto is a traditional soup, mainly composed of broth, meat and vegetables. The variations in Soto recipes are almost unlimited. Almost every region in Indonesia has its own version, with different kind of veggies, meat, condiments and even broth. Some use chicken, others use beef or buffalo meat. While a version of Soto may use coconut milk in its broth, another version can put ground peanuts in theirs. The chicken Soto in my hometown, for example, use only free-range chicken, with locally-sourced special thick soy sauce as part of its flavouring, and use deep-fried peanuts as well as home-made potato chips as condiments.

Soon after our Timbel (read it like Thimble) Rice, the next session began with Spectrogram on Soto. The participants decided their positions based on several statements/sentences related to Soto. It was a fun and funny session. Some participants had really strong arguments about the different aspects of Soto. But the most important thing was, once this spectrogram ended, they started to really really think about Soto.
 

Since morning, all participants had chosen to sit with their friends. So, we changed that arrangement when we asked them to started working together in small groups. We asked them to brainstorm about Soto, especially the one they intended to “make”. They were given 15 minutes to decide, before presenting results of their group discussion. All of these competing groups poured out their ideas to create the most attractive and unique food ever! During presentation, every group appeared to be very-very persuasive and proud with their ideas, with a tad of humour, of course!

 

The small group discussion continued with a two-hour session where participants tried to create “makes” together with their groups. We asked each group to create three “makes”, one using Thimble, the other two using X-Ray Goggles and Popcorn. We also asked them to create those “makes” based on the Soto they had chosen.

These are the “makes” they created in 2 hours:
Group 01:
Thimble: https://arieharyana.makes.org/thimble/OTcxNzAyMjcy/-mozillians-first-group-
X-Ray Google: http://alvinhutomo.makes.org/goggles/alvinhutomos-remix-of-websitebaguscom-websitebagus
Popcorn: https://roiacornia.makes.org/popcorn/23wz

Group 02:
Thimble: https://januarf.makes.org/thimble/OTU0OTI1MDU2/soto-ayam-cinta
X-Ray Google: http://januarf.makes.org/goggles/januarfs-remix-of-wajib-dicicipi-di-brazilia-moqueca-de-peixe-ikan-berkuah-gurih-dari-resep-ratusan-tahun--2
Popcorn: https://musyafirah.makes.org/popcorn/23wx

Group 03:
Thimble: https://ianborjonk.makes.org/thimble/ODU0MjYxNzYw/coto-kuda
X-Ray Google: http://priyossantoso.makes.org/goggles/priyossantosos-remix-of-cigna-living-well-cigna-living-well
Popcorn: https://ikhsanjepe.makes.org/popcorn/23wv

Group 04:
Thimble: https://tomong11.makes.org/thimble/OTA0NTkzNDA4/soto-jamur-kremes
X-Ray Google: http://nhie.makes.org/goggles/nhies-remix-of-coretanku-review-soto-jamur-instan
Popcorn: https://kuro.makes.org/popcorn/23wu

Group 05:
Thimble: https://anazkia.makes.org/thimble/OTIxMzcwNjI0/resep-soto-ikan-sarden
X-Ray Google: http://nikitomi.makes.org/goggles/nikitomis-remix-of-soloposcom-kuliner-nusantara-gurihnya-soto-lamongan-kuliner-nusantara-soto-soto-lamongan-lifestyle
Popcorn: https://budiman11120905.makes.org/popcorn/23wt

By the time they presented their works to everyone, we asked all participants and fellow Reps to vote for the most creative and most interesting “makes”. Group 03 became everyone's favourite. They clearly deserved to receive swag as a token of appreciation.


I would like to end this post by showing my deepest gratitude to my mentor Irayani Queencyputri, and Rendy Maulana, the owner of QWords who generously provided high-speed internet connection and lent a room in his office for us to use. Also, big thanks to fellow reps: Fauzan Alfi, Shinta Setiawan, Yofie Setiawan (nope, these two are not related) and one of the FSAs in Jakarta: Rizky Ariestyansyah. I wouldn't be able to host the event without your help, good people!