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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Saturday, May 4, 2013

It’s almost halfway through the year, and here I am living a life which I consider to be normal life during this recent period. Life at home with all this comfort and time to spare is okay only for a brief time, but it sort of taking its toll right now. Looking back on the months before I moved back to my home country, my final year of school that is, I made the acquaintance of Associate Professor Richard Brown and research student Jahirul Islam. My friend; Jagad and I worked on the final project related to biofuel properties under their supervision. We had a lot of work to do in only a short amount of time which was surely daunting and at the same time exciting and challenging. At the end, we were able to deliver our final presentation quite well to the audience. Of course I appreciate those moments even greatly today, counting in all the supposedly annoying assignments during uni life, and the 4 months of summer work at oil and gas industry. I somewhat miss the rush feeling of handing in assignments in the last minutes and also the sweat and joy of working in office and field. These days, I apply for jobs online and have to regularly put up with enforced idleness. With any luck, I feel this joblessness coming to an end pretty soon. The thought of writing this was just for the not-so-old times’ sake.


post-final project presentation | 2012

Thursday, September 27, 2012

the endless sky

The recent live broadcasting from the International Space Station reminded me about how astonishing to think that just decades ago we, the human kind, had our first steps beyond our home planet. It was as if there were no more problems here on earth. Judging by the way we live generally; racing against time and trying to accomplish something in our lives, there is no question that problems will arise anytime. There are probably many things to feel really good about each day, but who really has the time to admire them? Sometimes spending a few moments looking at the world from above and looking at the sky can improve one’s mood in an instant, and maybe nobody can prove it better than the astronauts in space. With the missions that they carry and very limited entertainment on board the station, they do have something great which is the view of the heavens and earth from up there. A break in one’s life is always necessary, no matter the duration, as long as it makes one to appreciate life better, then it works. I’m grateful that the modern science today allow us to understand much better about our universe and admire them at the same time. Personally, thinking about the vastness of this ever-expanding universe, the world, and everything in it can add a little bit of happiness in the soul.

floating in space by fadil wimala

“Do those who disbelieve ever consider that the heavens and the earth were at first one piece, and then We parted them as separate entities; and that We have made every living thing from water? Will they still not come to believe?” (Quran 21:30)

“And the heavens, We constructed with power and skill and verily We are expanding it." (Quran 51:47)

“O society of jinns and men, cross the bounds of the heavens and the earth if you have the ability, then pass beyond them; but you cannot unless you acquire the law.” (Quran 55:33)

Friday, August 31, 2012

Sunday, August 26, 2012

so long astronaut…

"[He was a] reluctant American hero [and had] served his nation proudly, as a navy fighter pilot, test pilot, and astronaut. While we mourn the loss of a very good man, we also celebrate his remarkable life and hope that it serves as an example to young people around the world to work hard to make their dreams come true, to be willing to explore and push the limits, and to selflessly serve a cause greater than themselves."  - Armstrong's family

astronaut

Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum | 2001