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L’Arc~en~Ciel World Tour 2012 — Jakarta!!

The English version is available here.

4… 3… 2… 1…

They said: Hello Jakarta!!!!
We all replied: Gyaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!! (100x louder than them, hehehehe..)

Begitu L’Arc~en~Ciel (aka Laruku) naik panggung untuk pertama kalinya….
Reaksi pertamaku: nangis! (nah loh!) I’ve never ever dreamed that I’ll be able to watch them perform right before my eyes, LIVE!
Reaksi kedua: Gyaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!
Reaksi ketiga: jingkrak-jingkrak sambil nyanyi dan waving light stick di tangan kayak orang kesurupan (berarti, orang-orang se-Lapangan D malam itu kesurupan smua, hehehe… )

Thanks berat buat temenku dari kantor sebelah yang sudah “membujuk”-ku (baca: setengah memaksa) untuk nonton konser ini. Nda nyesel banget dah pokoknya. Perjuangan susah payah biar bisa beli tiket AirAsia tanpa perlu ngerepotin orang lain, juga lari-lari nyari kendaraan ke bandara, plus berdesakan antre berjam-jam pas mau masuk venue terbayar manis dengan performance mereka. Damn good!!! >,<

Yang paling bikin aku histeris adalah… INI: The Closest Distance Between Him and Me, Ever!!! (meski ada jarak 100m-an sih.. tapi gapapa ah.. :D)

Hyde, the closest distance ever!!!

Juga pas nyanyi lagu Chase, XXX, Ready Steady Go, Forbidden Lover, My Heart Draws a Dream, err.. apalagi yah.. f(O,o) semuanyaaaaaaa!!!!!! >,<

Anyway, ini konser gedhe pertamaku, dan aku puas banget. Meski cuma dapet tiket premium, meski ada beberapa komen yang bilang kalo rada mengecewakan karena lagu ini itu ga dinyanyiin, meski di 2 lagu terakhir pada ngrangsek maju, dan meski ada 1-2 lagu yang aku ga kenal (maklum, jadi Le Cieler baru sepuluh tahun), menurutku pribadi sih konsernya keren.. XD Worth it, harus tidur di bandara demi ngejar flight terpagi biar ga telat masuk kantor pun rela!

Bahkan sampai sekarang pun masih kebayang… Sakaw, pengen kembali ke atmosfer 2 Mei di Lapangan D Senayan kemarin, hehehe… XD

Btw, they said that they will be back (and as a respond of course we all screamed like crazy)
Ditunggu!! Next tour, berusaha biar bisa dapat tiket VIP!!! >,< Amen!

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Thank You :)

peeping thru the ‘firewall’ to say thanks.. 😉

My Dear Friends…
I’m so sorry for this late reply.. m(_ _)m

Maaf banget.. Aku belakangan ini jarang banget (malah ga pernah deh kayaknya) OL FB. Maklum, nda punya HP pinter yang bisa buat OL. Juga, kondisi modemku kayaknya sudah on its edge, udah seperti siput syuting baywatch–super duper sloooowww mooootiiioooonnnn (nda tau apanya yang bikin gitu, entah simcardnya, entah modemnya, entah leptopnya, ato malah usernya? O,o). apalagi sejak pindah kos ke downtown beberapa waktu lalu, aku jadi jauh sama fasilitas yang namanya net-cafe aka warnet (di sekitarku adanya cuma mall dan shopping center, hiks.. T^T). Padahal dulu pas masih di sekitaran kampus, aku ga pernah mikir pentingnya warnet (slain buat nebeng ngeprin). Ditambah lagi sejak FB di-ban di jaringan internet kabel kantor (hiks), dan those papers stacking sweetly n silently on my table yang kian hari kian numpuk, beneran membuat diriku makin terasing dari dunia cyber.

Aku tahu temen-temen nge-post di FB pun dari imel. Ada 1-2 yang tak reply via imel, tapi yang lainnya belon sempat. So, via blog ini I’d like to say thanks. A billion thanks for you guys.. 🙂 All your prayers for me may be returned to yourself. The same good prayers go for you all.. 🙂

Luv you all, pals! <3<3<3<3 *pandahug \(^3^)/

P.S.:
Satu lagi alasan ngga sempet reply: terlalu tenggelam dalam euforia persiapan n post-acara 2 Mei di Lapangan D Senayan kemaren, hehehehe… ^^;

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“Deleted”: Are You Sure??!

I was about to login to my e-mail account when this article appeared, and made me turn my attention to it. Since I found it interesting, I copied it and put it here. Enjoy!
P.S.:
This article was written by Christopher Null. I copied it as he wrote.

It’s always fun to write about research that you can actually try out for yourself.
Try this: Take a photo and upload it to Facebook, then after a day or so, note what the URL to the picture is (the actual photo, not the page on which the photo resides), and then delete it. Come back a month later and see if the link works. Chances are: It will.

Facebook isn’t alone here. Researchers at Cambridge University (so you know this is legit, people!) have found that nearly half of the social networking sites don’t immediately delete pictures when a user requests they be removed. In general, photo-centric websites like Flickr were found to be better at quickly removing deleted photos upon request.

Why do “deleted” photos stick around so long? The problem relates to the way data is stored on large websites: While your personal computer only keeps one copy of a file, large-scale services like Facebook rely on what are called content delivery networks to manage data and distribution. It’s a complex system wherein data is copied to multiple intermediate devices, usually to speed up access to files when millions of people are trying to access the service simultaneously. (Yahoo! Tech is served by dozens of servers, for example.) But because changes aren’t reflected across the CDN immediately, ghost copies of files tend to linger for days or weeks.

In the case of Facebook, the company says data may hang around until the URL in question is reused, which is usually “after a short period of time.” Though obviously that time can vary considerably.

Of course, once a photo escapes from the walled garden of a social network like Facebook, the chances of deleting it permanently fall even further. Google’s caching system is remarkably efficient at archiving copies of web content, long after it’s removed from the web. Anyone who’s ever used Google Image Search can likely tell you a story about clicking on a thumbnail image, only to find that the image has been deleted from the website in question — yet the thumbnail remains on Google for months. And then there are services like the Wayback Machine, which copy entire websites for posterity, archiving data and pictures forever.

The lesson: Those drunken party photos you don’t want people to see? Simply don’t upload them to the web, ever, because trying to delete them after you sober up is a tough proposition.

Source:
Christopher Null
http://tech.yahoo.com/blogs/null/142366

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New Hope for New Life?

Scientists discover a nearly Earth-sized planet

An artist's impression of 'Planet e' , forground left, released ...
AP – An artist’s impression of ‘Planet e’ , forground left, released by the European Organisation for Astronomical …

HATFIELD, England – In the search for Earth-like planets, astronomers zeroed in Tuesday on two places that look awfully familiar to home. One is close to the right size. The other is in the right place. European researchers said they not only found the smallest exoplanet ever, called Gliese 581 e, but realized that a neighboring planet discovered earlier, Gliese 581 d, was in the prime habitable zone for potential life.

“The Holy Grail of current exoplanet research is the detection of a rocky, Earth-like planet in the ‘habitable zone,'” said Michel Mayor, an astrophysicist at Geneva University in Switzerland.

An American expert called the discovery of the tiny planet “extraordinary.”
Gliese 581 e is only 1.9 times the size of Earth — while previous planets found outside our solar system are closer to the size of massive Jupiter, which NASA says could swallow more than 1,000 Earths.

Gliese 581 e sits close to the nearest star, making it too hot to support life. Still, Mayor said its discovery in a solar system 20 1/2 light years away from Earth is a “good example that we are progressing in the detection of Earth-like planets.”

Scientists also discovered that the orbit of planet Gliese 581 d, which was found in 2007, was located within the “habitable zone” — a region around a sun-like star that would allow water to be liquid on the planet’s surface, Mayor said. He spoke at a news conference Tuesday at the University of Hertfordshire during the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science.

Gliese 581 d is probably too large to be made only of rocky material, fellow astronomer and team member Stephane Udry said, adding it was possible the planet had a “large and deep” ocean. “It is the first serious ‘water-world’ candidate,” Udry said.

Mayor’s main planet-hunting competitor, Geoff Marcy of the University of California, Berkeley, praised the find of Gliese 581 e as “the most exciting discovery” so far of exoplanets — planets outside our solar system. “This discovery is absolutely extraordinary,” Marcy told The Associated Press by e-mail, calling the discoveries a significant step in the search for Earth-like planets.

While Gliese 581 e is too hot for life “it shows that nature makes such small planets, probably in large numbers,” Marcy commented. “Surely the galaxy contains tens of billions of planets like the small, Earth-mass one announced here.”

Nearly 350 planets have been found outside our solar system, but so far nearly every one of them was found to be extremely unlikely to harbor life. Most were too close or too far from their sun, making them too hot or too cold for life. Others were too big and likely to be uninhabitable gas giants like Jupiter. Those that are too small are highly difficult to detect in the first place. Both Gliese 581 d and Gliese 581 e are located in constellation Libra and orbit around Gliese 581.

Like other planets circling that star — scientists have discovered four so far — Gliese 581 e was found using the European Southern Observatory’s telescope in La Silla, Chile.

The telescope has a special instrument which splits light to find wobbles in different wavelengths. Those wobbles can reveal the existence of other worlds. “It is great work and shows the potential of this detection method,” said Lisa Kaltenegger, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

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Associated Press Science Writer Seth Borenstein contributed to this report from Washington.

By JENNIFER QUINN,
Associated Press Writer Jennifer Quinn,
Associated Press Writer – Tue Apr 21, 6:17 pm ET
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090421/ap_on_sc/eu_britain_new_planet

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47-million-year-old human link revealed

NEW YORK (AFP) – Scientists in New York unveiled Tuesday the skeleton of what they said could be the common ancestor to humans, apes and other primates. The tiny creature, officially known as Darwinius masillae, but dubbed Ida, lived 47 million years ago and is unusually well preserved, missing only part of a leg, or five percent of the skeleton.

The finding, described Tuesday in the PloS ONE scientific journal, was displayed at a press conference at New York’s Natural History Museum, and is due to be the subject of a documentary on the History Channel, BBC and other broadcasters.

Organizers said that scientists led by Norway’s fossil expert, professor Jorn Hurum, worked for two years on Ida, first discovered in 1983 by private collectors who failed to understand her importance — and split the bones into two lots. The monkey-like creature was preserved through the ages in Germany’s Messel Pit, a crater rich in Eocene Epoch fossils.

Although bearing a long tail, she had several human characteristics, including an opposable thumb, short arms and legs, and forward facing eyes. She also lacked two key elements of modern lemurs: a grooming claw and a row of lower teeth known as the toothcomb. “This is the first link to all humans — truly a fossil that links world heritage,” Hurum said in a statement.

David Attenborough, the renowned British naturalist and broadcaster, said the “little creature is going to show us our connection with all the rest of the mammals.” “The link they would have said until now is missing… it is no longer missing,” he said.

Ida gives a glimpse into a time when the world was just taking its present shape. Dinosaurs were extinct, the Himalayas were forming and a huge range of mammals thrived in vast jungles. According to the international team, Ida had suffered a badly broken wrist and that this might have been her undoing. The theory is that while drinking from the Messel lake she was overcome by carbon dioxide fumes and fell in. “Ida slipped into unconsciousness, was washed into the lake, and sunk to the bottom, where the unique conditions preserved her for 47 million years,” a statement said. Her last meal shows she was a herbivore. Gut contents revealed remains of fruits, seeds and leaves. “This fossil is so complete. Everything’s there. It’s unheard of in the primate record at all. You have to get to human burial to see something that’s this complete,” Hurum said.

The press conference was unusually strongly hyped for a scientific event and the announcement was tied into a media campaign including the release of the documentary.

Source:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20090519/sc_afp/usgermanynorwayarcheologysciencelead

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The Secret of Komodo’s Bite

SYDNEY (AFP) – The world’s largest lizard, the Komodo dragon, has a snake-like venom in its bite which sends victims into shock and stops their blood from clotting, according to Australian research. It had been widely believed that deadly bacteria in the carnivorous lizard’s mouth helped kill its prey. But magnetic resonance imagery has for the first time uncovered venom glands containing a shock-inducing poison which increases blood flow and decreases blood pressure, scientists say. Lead researcher Bryan Fry said three-dimensional computer imaging comparing the Komodo’s bite with that of Australia’s saltwater crocodile showed it used a “grip and rip” pulling manoeuvre to tear deep wounds, similar to a shark or sabre cat.

Fry surgically removed a venom gland from a terminally ill Komodo at Singapore Zoo for the study, and said it contained a highly toxic poison which would induce potent stomach cramps, hypothermia and a drop in blood pressure. The venom also blocked the blood’s clotting ability, he said. “Such a fall in blood pressure would be debilitating in conjunction with blood loss and would render the envenomed prey unable to escape,” he said. “These results are congruent with the observed unusual quietness and apparent rapid shock of prey items.”

Komodos are the world’s heaviest lizard, typically weighing 70 kilograms (150 pounds) and growing up to three metres (10 feet) in length. They are native to several Indonesian islands and are considered a vulnerable species, with only a few thousand left in the world. They live on a diet of large mammals, reptiles and birds but have been known to attack humans. An Indonesian fisherman was in March mauled to death by a Komodo dragon after he ventured into a remote island sanctuary for the giant killer lizards.

Source:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20090519/sc_afp/scienceanimalkomodoaustralia_20090519073836

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Hidden Face Under Nefertiti Bust?!

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Mystery Pyramid Built by Newfound Ancient Culture?

Several stone sculptures recently found in central Mexico point to a previously unknown culture that likely built a mysterious pyramid in the region, archaeologists say.

Archaeologists first found the objects about 15 years ago in the valley of Tulancingo, a major canyon that drops off into Mexico’s Gulf Coast.

Most of the 41 artifacts “do not fit into any of the known cultures of the Valley of Tulancingo, or the highlands of central Mexico,” said Carlos Hernández, an archaeologist at Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History in the central state of Hidalgo.

Many of the figures are depicted in a sitting position, with their hands placed on their knees.

Some have headdresses or conical hats with snakes at the base, which could represent Ehécatl-Quetzalcóatl, the Aztec god of the wind. One figure shows a man emerging from the jaws of a jaguar.

The sculptures are also made of flat stucco—a combination of fine sand, lime, and water—and painted blue or green to the give the appearance of jade.

All of the artifacts date to the Epiclassic period between A.D. 600 to 900.

Some Mexican and foreign archaeologists have said the sculptures weren’t ancient and thus false, Hernández said.

“But by linking all the characteristics that make them different, [such as their location in Tulancingo and time period], allows us to say that they should be considered as a product of a different culture [called Huajomulco].”

The culture is named after an area in Hidalgo.

Baffling Pyramid

Some of the artifacts were also found near the mysterious Huapalcalco pyramid in Hidalgo, whose origin has been a source of debate among archaeologists.

The pyramid’s proportions, along with smaller structures that were painted black and white, do not correspond to the Toltec or Teotihuacan cultures of the same area and time period.

The Teotihuacan people, who lived from 400 B.C. to A.D. 700, constructed one of the largest pyramid complexes in the pre-Hispanic Americas, which refers to cultures that lived on the continent before the Spanish conquest of the Western Hemipshere.

The Toltecs, who came afterward, were made up of several groups of South Americans that together formed an empire famous for its artists and builders in the Teotihuacan capital of Tula from A.D. 900 until the 1100s.

The pottery found at the site—rough, cylindrical vessels that are gray and reddish-brown in color—is also not familiar to experts.

Based on the artifacts’ discovery near the pyramid,”it is likely that the Huapalcalco pyramid has been built by people from this new culture,” Hernández said.

Thomas Charlton, an archaeologist at University of Iowa, has worked in the state of Hidalgo.

He said that ample evidence—including the new artifacts—links a new pre-Hispanic culture to the Huapalcalco pyramid.

“It’s a reasonable hypothesis [that] near the Valley of Tulancingo, there is a site that looks like it existed between the fall of the Teotihuacan and the beginning of the Tula [Toltec],” Charlton added.

“We know that there’s an occupation [from this time] near Tulancingo.

“After the Teotihuacan, there were all sorts of smaller states throughout Mexico. It’s part of the cycle after the fall of an empire.”

Creative Era

Michael Smith, an archaeologist at Arizona State University, agreed.

“The notion that there would be an independent culture in [the Epiclassic] period is not surprising at all,” he said.

“It was a very creative period, with rich development.”

Future excavations of Huapalcalco should solidify the link to a new pre-Hispanic culture, and help archaeologists glean clues about this lost time, Hernández said.

“The [Epiclassic] period is considered a time of dynamic development—new trade, cities, and development,” said Arizona State’s Smith, “but one we don’t know much about.”

Alexis Okeowo in México City
for National Geographic News
December 8, 2008

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2008/12/081208-mexico-

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Phoenician Blood Endures 3,000 Years, DNA Study Shows

Ancient maritime traders of the Mediterranean may have left behind a large genetic footprint in the region, where 1 in 17 men still harbors Phoenician DNA, according to a new study.

The findings could fill a gap in the history of the Phoenician civilization, which originated two to three thousand years ago in the eastern Mediterranean—in what is now Lebanon and Syria—and included prominent traders, according to Chris Tyler-Smith, lead author and associate researcher at National Geographic Society’s Genographic Project. (The National Geographic Society owns National Geographic News.)

“By the time of the Romans they more or less disappeared from history, and little has been known about them since,” Tyler-Smith added. “Our motivation was to really identify their genetic traces.”

The new research could also help scientists understand the genetic impact of other human migrations, such as military campaigns by the Greeks and the Mongols, Tyler-Smith said.

DNA Markers

Tyler-Smith and colleagues used historic and archeological records, along with information from DNA samples.

The research team analyzed the Y chromosome of 1,330 men from historic Phoenician trading centers in the Mediterranean regions of Syria, Palestine, Tunisia, Morocco, Cyprus, and Malta.

Unlike mitochondrial DNA—which is passed down from mothers—the Y chromosome, passed down by fathers, is thought to provide more detailed genetic information.

Analyses of the Y chromosomal data revealed the presence of at least seven related genetic lineages from places around the Mediterranean Sea where Phoenicians had lived.

These lineages suggest that the Phoenicians contributed their genes to at least six percent of the modern populations of historic Phoenician trading outposts.

“Our findings suggest that the Phoenicians left behind a genetic legacy that persists till modern times,” Tyler-Smith said.

Phoenicians

Conservative Findings?

Colin Groves is a biological anthropologist at Australia National University in Canberra who was not associated with the study.

“I think this is a very neat finding,” said Groves, adding that the study provides enough evidence for a clear genetic link between ancient Phoenician traders and persons now living in some of these historic trading towns.

However, he notes that the researchers looked only at Y chromosomes, indicating a line of descent from a male ancestor.

“This means that you will find such genetic traces only if there has been an unbroken male line in that area,” Groves explained. “If a man has only daughters, his Y chromosome lineage dies out.”

Groves also cautions that one should not interpret the findings as suggesting the Phoenicians were restricted to a certain place.

“It means only that Phoenicians were there, and presumably in sufficient numbers that chance events have not eliminated the Y chromosome traces.”

Amitabh Avasthi
October 30, 2008
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Ancient Mass Graves of Soldiers, Babies Found in Italy

More than 10,000 graves containing ancient amphorae, “baby bottles,” and the bodies of soldiers who fought the Carthaginians were found near the ancient Greek colony of Himera, in Italy, archaeologists announced recently.

“It’s probably the largest Greek necropolis in Sicily,” said Stefano Vassallo, the lead archaeologist of the team that made the discoveries, in September.

Mass grave

The ancient burial ground was uncovered during the construction of a railway extension.

“The remains of Himera’s buildings had been known and studied for a long time, and we knew there should be some graves. We didn’t expect so many graves”, said Vassallo, who works for the Italian province of Palermo’s government.

“Each [mass grave] contains from 15 to 25 skeletons. They were all young healthy men and they all died a violent death. Some of the skeletons have broken skulls and in some cases we found the tips of the arrows that killed them,” Vassallo said.

He thinks the human remains are from soldiers who died fighting the Carthaginians in a famous 480 B.C. battle described by Greek historian Herodotus of Halicarnassus.

He adds that they still don’t know the extent of the necropolis or how many graves it contains.

A Rich Town and Two Bloody Battles

Founded in 648 B.C. by Greek settlers, Himera was a rich seaport trading colony. The city was situated on the northern coast of Sicily, a few miles from the Phoenician outpost of Solunto.

“Himera had a privileged role in commercial exchanges between Phoenicians, Greeks, and Etruscans,” said Clemente Marconi, professor of Greek art and archaeology at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University.

In 480 B.C. Carthage, or present-day Tunisia, sent an army against Himera. “Greeks and Carthaginians fought a bloody battle in the plain under the town walls, right on the burial ground,” Vassallo said. “People from Himera won.”

In 409 B.C., Carthage waged a new war against Himera, conquered, and razed the town. “All the people were slaughtered or deported and the colony never rose again,” Vassallo said.

Remains of Adults and Babies

Archaeologists at Himera also unearthed the skeletons of many newborn babies in some of the mass graves.

“Infant mortality was very high at the times,” Vassallo said. “We found the tiny skeletons placed inside funerary amphorae, like in a womb, alongside small terracotta vases called guttus, with spouts like present-day feeding bottles.”

Researchers will examine the skeletons in an effort to gather information about the population’s health, lifestyle, and eating habits.

“People from Himera were very tall, about 175 centimeters [69 inches],” Vassallo said. “Unusual for the times.”

New York University’s Marconi said he thinks the discovery is extremely important.

“Thanks to the big number of burials, we will gather precious information about funerary rituals in Himera: the way they took care of the bodies, preserved the remains, and perpetuated the memory of the dead. Such rituals reflect social structure,” Marconi said.

Finds will be restored and put on display in a new museum to be built in the nearby town of Termini Imerese. The Palermo government is working out a plan to create a national archaeological park to protect the area, Vassallo said.

Maria Cristina Valsecchi in Rome
National Geographic News
December 17, 2008
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