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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Top 6 Funniest Architecture Bumper Sticker

I love bumper stickers. When you're stuck in the traffic jam, one of the short, yet delightful distraction from all those annoying car horns and everything is reading bumper stickers in the cars in front of you.

They're often humorous or witty, offer you a glimpse of smile (or even laughter) between the hectic day you're having. Sure, some can be not funny at all or even offend you. But hey, isn't that all jokes sometimes do?

It turns out that many websites offer various types of bumper stickers (yeah, what business owners in this day and age that don't have a website?). Yesterday I browsed these various sites and found some interesting and funny bumper stickers.

Of course, they are in architecture and/or comic book/geeky stuff themes.

So, I present to you a long internet tradition that I have only begun to do, the list articles! (come on, you know that various news, feature, or even comedy sites often do what basically is listing stuffs they think are of their readers' interest!).

Here they are, in subjective rank from 6 to 1 :


I didn't know Magneto had an opening in the Brotherhood.


Then again, if Magneto had an opening...

Wait a minute, what if you had to pull an all-nighter being a CAD monkey and the world needs you?


This is more like it, both architects and ninja ARE creatures of the night.


Innuendo, I like it. I just hate the font they use on main text.


Another innuendo. Who needs the little blue pill when you're an architect?


Yes, it's an innuendo also, but I can't help it. It's so simple and sweet. As the great Stan Lee used to utter, "Nuff Said!"

So, what do you think, gentle readers? Which is your fave? Or do you have one of your own? Feel free to send me!

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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Archi-text-ure - It's too good to be true!

Found these images below somewhere on the net, and I think it is a hoax. So what do you guys out there think? Architecture models by Tamiya? Personally I think this is a good idea. But, the market for demands like these are virtually non-existence, I think. Well, except for a geeky fanboy type like me I guess.

But seriously, how many architecture students would want to buy it? Or architects who would buy this for his/her kids? Or...secretly for him/herself. Again, I don't know if there is a real market for these. So let me ask once again, what do you guys think?

Nevertheless if it's true, I'd think there'd be issues regarding privacy and security. Would the owner of the house or the building want the whole world to know the overall layout of the house? ("Here's where the magic happens.", said the owner while pointing to his/her master bedroom a la MTV Crib)

It is too good to be true.

Still, fingers crossed.


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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Comic Book Stuffs - Superheroes' Facebook status

This page is from Vengeance of Moon Knight #3 which guest-starring Spider-Man, currently on sale.

Spidey's comment regarding superheroes' Facebook account got me laughed and then got me thinking, "Yeah. What if superheroes had Facebook account, what would their status update be like?" Fortunately, before I got up from my lazy behind to make a fake Facebook accounts for our favorite heroes, a friend of mine sent me this Photoshop work of what my little fantasy would like. I assume it's not his work so if one you his its original creator, kudos to you, Sir! (or Ma'am, for that matter). Enjoy :

It's all really funny don't you think?

Which one is your favorite?

My personal favorite is the Punisher. I know how you feel Frank, I'll go nuts too if I get Mafia Wars invite everytime I log on to Facebook. How 'bout Farmville?

Oh, can't help it, I can't resist to post this cap, I know this isn't superhero-related but...really, I can't resist the urge to post this baby, courtesy of Lamebook.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Thor and the mistake of not trying

Comic Book Wisdom is an effort to find great and inspiring quotes from the pages of comic books. If you're not regular reader, or one of those people who still thinks that comic books are only for kids (Boo, shame on you!), you may be surprised by the numbers of great quotes in the comic books out there.
I am going to try to share as many of these wisdom as possible under this label, Comic Book Wisdom.
The page above is from Thor #10, published by Marvel a few months a go.
Never in my whole life of reading comic books, have I ever been a fan of Thor. I love Marvel Comics but one thing that bugged about Thor is the Shakespearean English. For a non-native English speaker like me, just try reading those "thou" and "thee" is enough to make me suffer from a headache.
Marvel hired J. Michael Straczynsky (or lovingly known by fans as JMS) the writer of the newly-relaunched Thor and Frenchman Olivier Coipel as the artist. For those of you not in the know, JMS is a famous TV and comic book writer. His previous comic book works are a legendary run on Amazing Spider-Man, his own work Midnight Nation (which also won appraisals from both fans and critics), and many more.
But for those of you Indonesians, he's probably most widely known as the producer/writer for the 90's sci-fi space opera Babylon 5.
He also recently wrote an Angelina Jolie flick Changeling and his other movie is soon to hit theaters near you-Ninja Assassin (hit imdb for further reference).
JMS wisely used "poetic" English but doesn't let himself be trapped with the Shakespearean English used since Stan Lee wrote the book. For an illustration, the English used in the current incarnation of Thor is similar to the dialogues in Lord of the Rings movies : poetic, beautiful, yet doesn't make you want to scratch your head every five minutes.
JMS also makes Thor a very contemplative and spiritual comic book, like his aforementioned Amazing Spider-Man. How many superhero books can claim that?
Read the dialogue above ( second panel, first row) and see what I mean.
For those of you having trouble reading it, it says,
"Biggest mistakes I ever had were in listening to guys like that, instead of listening to my own heart...what my granddad used to call 'the tyranny of reasonable voices'."
"Mistakes you MAKE can always be worked out, the mistakes you DON'T make because you do NOTHING, because you don't TRY, you don't RISK, those are the ones that haunt you when you get old."
"REGRET, that's the real killer."

How can you not love a dialogue like that?

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The Coolest Conversation EVER!

An atheist professor of philosophy speaks to his class on the problem science has with God, The Almighty. He asks one of his new students to stand and.....

Prof: So you believe in God?

Student: Absolutely, sir.

Prof : Is God good?

Student: Sure.

Prof: Is God all-powerful?

Student: Yes.

Prof: My brother died of cancer even though he prayed to God to heal him. Most of us would attempt to help others who are ill. But God didn't. How is this God good then? Hmm?

(Student is silent.)

Prof: You can't answer, can you? Let's start again, young fella. Is God good?

Student: Yes.

Prof: Is Satan good?

Student : No.

Prof: Where does Satan come from?

Student: From...God....

Prof: That's right. Tell me son, is there evil in this world?

Student: Yes.

Prof: Evil is everywhere, isn't it? And God did make everything. Correct?

Student: Yes.

Prof: So who created evil?

(Student does not answer.)

Prof: Is there sickness? Immorality? Hatred? Ugliness? All these terrible things exist in the world, don't they?

Student: Yes, sir.

Prof: So, who created them?

(Student has no answer.)

Prof: Science says you have 5 senses you use to identify and observe the world around you. Tell me, son...Have you ever seen God?

Student: No, sir.

Prof: Tell us if you have ever heard your God?

Student: No, sir.

Prof: Have you ever felt your God, tasted your God, smelt your God? Have you ever had any sensory perception of God for that matter?

Student: No, sir. I'm afraid I haven't.

Prof: Yet you still believe in Him?

Student: Yes.

Prof: According to empirical, testable, demonstrable protocol, science says your GOD doesn't exist. What do you say to that, son?

Student: Nothing. I only have my faith.

Prof: Yes. Faith. And that is the problem science has.

Student: Professor, is there such a thing as heat?

Prof: Yes.

Student: And is there such a thing as cold?

Prof: Yes.

Student: No sir. There isn't.

(The lecture theatre becomes very quiet with this turn of events.)Student : Sir, you can have lots of heat, even more heat, superheat, mega heat, white heat, a little heat or no heat. But we don't have anything called cold. We can hit 458 degrees below zero which is no heat, but we can't go any further after that. There is no such thing as cold . Cold is only a word we use to describe the absence of heat . We cannot measure cold. Heat is energy . Cold is not the opposite of heat, sir, just the absence of it .

(There is pin-drop silence in the lecture theatre.)

Student: What about darkness, Professor? Is there such a thing as darkness?

Prof: Yes. What is night if there isn't darkness?

Student : You're wrong again, sir. Darkness is the absence of something. You can have low light, normal light, bright light, flashing light.....But if you have no light constantly, you have nothing and it's called darkness, isn't it? In reality, darkness isn't. If it were you would be able to make darkness darker, wouldn't you?

Prof: So what is the point you are making, young man?

Student: Sir, my point is your philosophical premise is flawed.

Prof: Flawed? Can you explain how?

Student: Sir, you are working on the premise of duality. You argue there is life and then there is death, a good God and a bad God. You are viewing the concept of God as something finite, something we can measure. Sir, science can't even explain a thought. It uses electricity and magnetism, but has never seen, much less fully understood either one. To view death as the opposite of life is to be ignorant of the fact that death cannot exist as a substantive thing. Death is not the opposite of life: just the absence of it. Now tell me, Professor. Do you teach your students that they evolved from a monkey?

Prof: If you are referring to the natural evolutionary process, yes, of course, I do.

Student: Have you ever observed evolution with your own eyes, sir?

(The Professor shakes his head with a smile, beginning to realize where the argument is going.)

Student: Since no one has ever observed the process of evolution at work and cannot even prove that this process is an on-going endeavor, are you not teaching your opinion, sir? Are you not a scientist but a preacher?

(The class is in uproar.)

Student: Is there anyone in the class who has ever seen the Professor's brain?

(The class breaks out into laughter.)

Student : Is there anyone here who has ever heard the Professor's brain, felt it, touched or smelt it? No one appears to have done so. So, according to the established rules of empirical, stable, demonstrable protocol, science says that you have no brain, sir. With all due respect, sir, how do we then trust your lectures, sir?

(The room is silent. The professor stares at the student, his face unfathomable.)

Prof: I guess you'll have to take them on faith, son.

Student: That is it sir.... The link between man & god is FAITH . That is all that keeps things moving & alive.

NB: I believe you have enjoyed the conversation....and if'll probably want your friends/colleagues to enjoy the same...won't you? you can share this wonderful conversation to them.... this is a true story, and the the student was APJ Abdul Kalam, The Well Know Nuclear Scientist and also The Former President of India.

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A thank you note to Zoundry Raven

First time blogging I use the default online Blogger editor. Then since I found out that I have more ideas for my blog offline, I searched for an offline blog editor. Turned out there are so many of them. After tried almost all of them, I fell for two freeware applications: BlogDesk and Zoundry Raven. They both are in my opinion the most powerful blog editor, but in the end, my choice is Zoundry Raven.

The reason why I have chosen this editor and writing about it is that I could install it as the portable version (it will be automatically named as Zoundry Raven 2 Go) on my usb stick. I really love portable applications because I don't have Internet connection at home and like I said, I tend to have more ideas while I'm not browsing.

Well, the number of posts on this blog doesn't quite show the number of ideas I have, I admit. But, right now, all I gotta do is write them down in the Unpublished section of the 'Raven and hopefully, it'll be worthy of publishing one of these days.

So, thank you Zoundry Raven!

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Nihonbashi House

Object : Nihonbashi house (Tadao Ando)

Reference : many, but mostly from Tadao Ando - The Complete Works

CAD work : ArchiCAD 11

Modelling : Google SketchUp 6

Render : Vray for Sketchup

Aftertouch : GIMP 2.6.6, what do you know? It's as good as Photoshop and it's free!

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Render-vaganza - Dwelhouse - a study of modern tropical house and V-ray rendering engine (oh, and Sketchup!)

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Spectrum Corps' Oath

What kind of fanboy that doesn't get excited by Blackest Night? In lights of this event, here's the lights for the various "Rainbow Corps" currently run amok in the DC Universe :

Red Lantern Corps
Spectrum : Red
Emotion : Rage
Oath :
"With blood and rage of crimson red,
Ripped from a corpse so freshly dead,
Together with our hellish hate,
We'll burn you all -- That is your fate!"


Agent Orange
Spectrum : Orange
Emotion : Avarice
Oath : not yet revealed

Sinestro Corps
Spectrum : Yellow
Emotion : Fear
Oath :
"In blackest day, in brightest night,
Beware your fears made into light.
Let those who try to stop what's right,
Burn like his power--Sinestro's might!"


Green Lantern Corps
Spectrum : Green
Emotion : Willpower/courage (this really puzzles me, is willpower an emotion?)
Oath :
"In brightest day, in blackest night,
No evil shall escape my sight.
Let those who worship evil's might,
beware my power--Green Lantern's light!"


Blue Lantern Corps
Spectrum : Blue
Emotion : Hope
Oath :
"In fearful day, in raging night,
With strong hearts full our souls ignite,
When all seems lost in the War of Light,
Look to the stars, for hope burns bright!"


Indigo Tribe
Spectrum : Indigo
Emotion : Compassion
Oath : another yet unrevealed thing


Star Sapphire
Spectrum : Violet
Emotion : Love
Oath :
"For hearts long lost and full of fright,
For those alone in blackest night,
Accept our ring and join our fight,
Love conquers all--With violet light! "


Black Lantern Corps
Spectrum : Black (black is not a spectrum, I know. Heck, it's not even a color)
Emotion : Death (yes, I know what you're thinking)
Oath :
"The Blackest Night falls from the skies,
The Darkness grows as all light dies,
We crave your heats and your demise,
By my black hand--the dead shall rise!"


All we've got to ask now is, who's responsible for all of these wonderfully corny oaths? Is it you, Geoff Johns? I love them! Who knew something so boy scout-ish can be something cool, scary even in case of the Black Lanterns.

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Architecture Is The Weirdest Thing

Architecture is the weirdest thing. its like a science – calculated and physical, and like an art – creative and thoughtful. and in this, it is in constant strife with both itself and everything around it. architecture can only progress through conflict: conflicting its contrary concerns and conflict with everything around it.
There is only war with architecture and the world. the battle is massive, but the gains are relatively minimal. but architecture prevails in its comparative chaos because it understands people, the people just fail to understand it. so we wage on in this war unaware of how it erodes our souls and builds our bodies.
Architecture is the work of angry gods. chipping away at physicality, until everything reaches perfection.
So ends this first post.
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