After watching Fahrenheit 911, I had almost convinced myself that documentaries were not worth watching. Then my friend gave me a copy of SuperSize Me! I had heard it was good but I had no idea. Morgan Spurlock made the whole think funny but extremely educational. He had a question to answer made the film in such a way to answer that question. Namely it was how much damage eating McD's 3 times a day for a month would be. No one, not even the doctors and nutrition specialists had any idea how bad it would be. Even his website is awesome. Be sure to play the burgerman game!
Apparently, scientists have discovered "Hobbits" here in Indonesia. On the island of Flores, they have found the skulls of some very small people. These they have used to create imaginitive drawings to make them look hairy like apes. This might seem spectacular to some but here on Java there are plenty of short people. I'm an average 5'8" tall and when I go out in a crowd, My head sticks up over everyone. I can see how with a little mutation there could be some really short indonesians. Oh, and they hunted Pygmy Elephants. Don't have those around anymore.
It is the time of year for the hover bugs to come out. They are little bugs about the size and shape of lady bugs and their favorite thing to do is hang in the air as if hovering. It looks like they are caught in a web or hanging from a string but when you approach them they zip about 2 feet away and hover again. They are quite interesting.
There are two things about my childhood in the Philippines that I remember being incredibly good that I haven't been able to find an equivalent for since. One is mangos and the other is the beaches. I have searched in the US, Mexico, Thailand and Indonesia (haven't been to Sulawesi or Maluku yet) and haven't found the beaches yet nor the amazingly sweet and yellow mangos. someday I hope to find these again but in the mean time, a friend here at school just got back from the Philippines to attend a wedding.
This afternoon a few of us went out to see Farenheight 9/11. I was pretty upset by what I saw. Michael Moore made some good points like the connection between the Bushes and the bin Ladens and the recruiting policies of the marines but overall I was pretty upset after watching this movie. I came into the movie with no respect for Moore and left with even less.
This last week I've been fascinated with the idea of building my own PVR. For those of you who don't know what that is, think Tivo or Direct TV. I've been doing a lot of research, mostly on BYOPRV.com. I've found all the hardware I need to get. The hardest part was getting the TV Guide onto the computer. I found a website where I can download the Guide for Indonesia in an Excel worksheet. I then wrote a program to translate it to the proper XML format. Now I know I can get it in. I'll let you know how it all works once I get it set up.
Today is Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's first day as elected President of Indonesia. He is the first directly elected president. His inaugeration yesterday had one very unique aspect to it. The former president, Megawati Sukarnoputri, didn't attend. This was a big snub.
She has reason to snub him though. He was her security cabinet member and while on a assignment in another country she took all his power away. He responded in an open letter that basically said, let me do my job or fire me. She refused and he quit. He then went to trounce her in the polls.
Today is the start or Ramadan which is the month of the Islamic calendar when Muslims don't eat during daylight hours. According to the Al Quran, starting in the morning when you can distinguish a black thread from a white, you can't eat, drink, smoke or have sexual relations. This ends in the evening after the 5th prayer of the day.
The last new teacher of the year arrived last night. His name is Simon Adams and he will be teaching Kindergarten. I haven't had a chance to talk to him a lot but suffice to say he is English. Best of luck to him. It takes someone special to teach those little kids.
I got my absentee ballot today in the mail. That means I get to vote. I'm not going to tell you who I voted for but those of you who know me at all probably already know. Of course, since it is an absentee ballot, its not going to be counted anyways so here's hoping.
I finished up with the third season of 24 last night. It was by far the best season with tons of twists and turns. Don't worry. I won't spoil anything. I gotta say, killing off Jack at the end... Oh sorry. He doesn't really die. But anyways. It is good to have that done with. 3 days is a long time to be watching a show. Now we can move on the other things, like For Love or Money 3!
I've been pretty sick the last few days with a case of Bandung Belly. Everyone who comes here or lives here has experienced it at one time or another. Basically you get really sick with diarhea and vomiting and get really tired. I'm still really tired and am trying to rehydrate myself after being dehydrated last night. Indonesians call it masuk angin which means you "catch a wind." They are really paranoid about this and wear wind vests while riding motorcycles and taping their bellybuttons while they sleep (seriously).
Update* I may have been a bit premature in my anouncement. I'm having trouble uploading the file to the server. I'll let you know when it is up.
The video from the BIC Youth Tour, sometimes called the Sea Tribe Tour, is available online now! Watch it while it is hot!
In order to watch it, you will need the Xvid Codec. Just download and install it.
Two Indonesian women were kidnapped in Iraq a couple days ago. In the Philippines when someone was kidnapped, the whole country erupted. We aren't seeing that here so far. Everyone seems to be waiting to see what will happen. The kidnappers have demanded the release of Abu Bakar Bashir who is the man responsible for those behind the Bali bombing and the J.W. Mariott bombing in Jakarta. He is in prison now after being found guilty. After hearing about the kidnappers demands, he has demanded that they release the women and he refuses to be released because of kidnapping demands.
Okay, I needed to buy some tioletries yesterday and so I went to a local store. My supply that I brought with me from the US last summer has finally run out. Of course they didn't have any deodorant. It is actually very difficult to get deodorant in this country. I'm not entirely sure why, the people could really benifit from using it. I finally went to a larger store and went to the cosmetics section. They had a couple tiny sticks of deodorant in the back cabinet along with the really expensive stuff like perfume. They won't even give it to you until you have paid at the cash register.