Nglantur Sore-Sore

Akhir-akhir ini Tokyo sering banget hujan. Minggu ini aja hampir kaya satu minggu hujan. Suasana hujan saat musim panas ini, mirip-mirip suasana di Bandung. Panas nggak dingin juga nggak. Bisa pakai jaket kaya di Bandung. Hari Jumat, seperti biasa di Lab ada seminar sampai jam 6 sore. Kalau pas musim panas gini nggak ketabrak maghrib tapi kalau pas musim dingin, pas ketabrak tuh.

Hari Jumat itu, Lab bakalan cepet banget kosong. Semua orang bakalan langsung pengin cepet-cepet balik. Maklum kan akhir pekan. Pembimbing juga dapat dipastikan normalnya akan balik cepet. Tapi bagus juga sebenarnya pulang cepet, soalnya semakin malam, kereta akan semakin penuh. Akhir pekan gini, biasanya orang jepang akan pergi pesta atau makan-makan di  luar, bersosialasi dengan manusia lainnya. Mungkin setelah capek-capek kerja selama seminggu.

Oh iya, kalau pulang malam di Jepang itu, apalagi kalau mepet kereta terakhir, bisa dipastikan nggak kebagian tempat duduk. Dan pasti banyak yang mabuk. Kadang malah sampe ada yang nggak sadar. Tapi biasanya sih ada temen orang yang tidak sadar itu berbaik hati mengantar sampe rumah orang tersebut. Kadang kereta jadi bau agak aneh (nggak biasa dihidung), mungkin itu bau bir kali yah. Hehehehe

Ngomong-ngomong soal hujan, tadi saya sempat lihat data curah hujan antara Tokyo dan Jakarta. Untuk Tokyo, mulai dari bulan Maret sampe Oktober memang memiliki kecenderungan curah hujan yang tinggi. Ini berbanding terbalik dengan Jakarta. Ya kita tahu lah, kapan musim hujan itu mulai. Di Tokyo, puncak curah hujan terjadi bulan September, sedangkan di Jakarta terjadi bulan Januari. Bisa dikatakan, di Indonesia mulai masuk kemarau, di Jepang mulai penghabisan air hujan. Walaupun maksimum di Jepang, ternyata itu baru setengahnya maksimum curah hujan di Jakarta. Pantas ya, kalau Jakarta lebih berpotensial kena banjir. Dan memang, selama saya di Tokyo, belum pernah ada pengalaman jalan jadi sungai karena banjir. (data: Tokyo, Jakarta).

Oh iya, drainase di Tokyo sendiri keknya dipisah. Dipisah maksudnya, untuk air hujan dan limbah air. Mungkin biar mudah ngolahnya kali yah? Saya sempat kepikiran, kalau misal air limbah kan lebih banyak jampi-jampinya biar bisa keluar air bersih dibandingkan dengan air hujan yang notabene masih belum terlalu tercemar. Jadi kesimpulannya kan jampi-jampinya lebih hemat.

Terus lagi, sungai di Jepang juga biasanya lebar-lebar. Dan nggak ada rumah pinggir sungai. Di samping sungai biasanya ada tanah lapang beberapa meter. Biasanya sih dibuat taman. Mungkin buat jaga-jaga kalau nanti tiba-tiba banjir, pemukiman masih aman. Kalau nggak dibuat taman, ya dibuat tempat latihan nyupir.

Terus biasanya, ikan-ikan di sungai juga besar-besar. Entah ikan apa. Soalnya nggak ada pemancing dan orang jepang keknya jarang makan ikan air tawar. Kebanyakan ikan dari laut. Mungkin karena sudah sekalian asin kali yah. Hehehe.

Wah, selamat berbuka puasa.

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Ramaya.na : How Google Introduces Its Products and Tells The Ramayana Story

A few month ago, Google just opened its new office in Jakarta. The last, I heard, it is marketing office in Indonesia. We know the Indonesia has prospective Internet market.

Last night, I found something interesting in Google Chrome Experiment. Google has created an web for telling Ramyana Epic Story in Indonesia Language. You could find in here : www.ramaya.na. Here is the site description :

Ramayan a adalah cerita epik tradisional yang kini dibuat interaktif oleh Google Chrome. Nikmati cerita kuno ini dengan cara baru melalui browser Chrome terkini.

Ramayana is epic story, I still remember when I was child, my father told me the story about it when we were together watching puppet show. I also usually watched with my grand mother the story about it by watching puppet (wayang kulit). That was nostalgic. I think I should not put the story plot over here, you could experience it by opening that site or visit it. It also remains me that when I was in senior high school, I together with my friend had ever played Ramayana in English Language Class. If I am not wrong, we played like Wayang Orang with English script.

Google gives another experience when you open that site. That site is similar to children story book (book that when we open it, we will have our book page flipped and suddenly, the castle or the person appear standing). I think that was the basic Idea on interactive story. So, what are the differences? Google uses browser for telling this story and uses the technologies behind it and full music always. Google has elegantly collaborated HTML 5 and pop-up window as the main part of the show. Those are amazing. Stunned.

For the music, It is used traditional music Gamelan. I think three kinds of Gamelan used. They are Javanese, Sundanese , and Balinese. The more interesting is : user also actively interacts in the story. For example, when Rama wants to shot Rahwana or Deer using his arrow, the user should shot in the right target. If the target is shot successfully, the story continues.

In the story, Google shows all its products. Start from Google Chat, Google Map, Google Search, Google Search Products, Google Mail, Blogger, Google Search for Weather, and Google Chrome. I like when Google use Incognito page when shows Rahwana and his sister are incognito-disguised as-hermit and deer. Also, Use Jim’s Dead Page when Rahwana Brother died.

The other interesting thing is :  when user interact to help Rama building a bridge for Hanoman’s soldiers (Troops of Monkeys). User should arrange the pop up windows into bridge. What the interesting. If you look at the bridge background, it will changes the background. Also the arrangement and animation of pop up windows are interesting since it plays well and smoothly. Perhaps, the locations of pop up windows on Monitor are saved.

I have played this story twice and it is still amazed me. Here are some screen shots. All the scripts are in Indonesia.

Opening Screen (captured from ramaya.na)

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