4 June 2014


Practicing different style of hand lettering. The more I write this particular style, the more I remember how I used to write tag with graffiti style. The word shape, the movement, the "extension tail", all are similar to the way I used to write tag.


10 May 2014

A Bit of Advice

A bit of advice, he said.

I will took advice. Any advice. From anyone. Even though it mean to be sarcastic. And yes, I know every line started with, "A bit of advice" is intentionally to be sarcastic.

I was wrong and you can do whatever you want.

A bit of advice for me from myself would be: Take a lesson from it and quickly move on, because there's something more important and bigger waiting.

4 May 2014

My Photo on IPA Website

Just found out that one of my photo appear on Invisible Photography Asia (IPA) website on its post on 2012 (!). Although it wrote about some Indonesia photography Tumblogs, in Kurniadi Widodo's section, but my photo luckily appeared  :) I remember, I think it was the same time that I heard that Kurniadi Widodo featured my photo on his Tumblogs.


24 April 2014

Pengalaman Mendengarkan Musik Lewat Spotify

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Sudah seminggu ini saya coba layanan streaming musik, Spotify. Ya, Spotify yang sangat disayangkan hingga saat ini belum membuka jalur aksesnya secara resmi untuk Indonesia. Negara Asia Tenggara lain seperti Singapore, Malaysia dan terakhir Philipines sudah lebih dulu menikmati layanan Spotify secara resmi.

Lah terus kok saya bisa akses Spotify dari Indonesia? Ini karena saya pakai jalur tidak resmi hehe, berkat sebuah layanan proxy dalam bentuk ekstensi Chrome, bernama Hola. Silahkan googling sendiri Hola, saya gak akan bahas soal Hola.

Setelah seminggu nyoba layanan Spotify, impresi saya, nayamul nasekret alias lumayan terkesan. Beberapa hal yang bagus di Spotify antara lain: Library lagu-lagunya saya lihat cukup lengkap. Experience di web player-nya juga menyenangkan sekali. Interface-nya mudah, loncat-loncat antar artist page juga gampang. Mau bikin playlist dari lagu-lagu favorit kita juga gampang banget. Walaupun ada iklan untuk free account-nya, tapi saya gak ngerasa keganggu sama sekali, karena iklan (audio; seperti iklan radio) muncul di sela-sela setelah 3-4 lagu, masih sangat nyaman.

Tapi karena saya masih pakai account free, dan gak memungkinkan untuk langganan Spotify Premium atau Spotify Unlimited karena akses saya lewat jalur gak resmi, jadinya experience saya gak terlalu maksimal karena Spotify memang membatasi akses ke beberapa lagu, sehingga free user gak bisa akses beberapa musik tertentu sama sekali. Untuk free user, tiap lagu hanya dibatasi didengar 5 kali (kalau tidak salah dari yang saya baca di Help page-nya), tapi saya belum pernah dengerin satu lagu di Spotify lebih dari 5 kali.

Musisi Indonesia juga bisa saya temukan di Spotify. Saya coba cari 2 band besar Indonesia, Slank dan Burgerkill, dua-duanya sudah ada di Spotify.

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Kesimpulan sementara saya, setelah mencoba seminggu terakhir, dan dengan berbagai keunggulan layanannya, kalau nanti akhirnya Spotify membuka akses-nya untuk Indonesia, saya akan sangat mempertimbangkan untuk berlangganan account premium-nya. Sangat worth it. 

19 April 2014

Open Letter to Flickr (regarding your new iOS app)

Dear Flickr,

I'm one of your user since 2006, (that was two years after you launched), subscribed to your Pro account service from 2011, until now. You're one of the pioneer of online photography community and gallery, and without no hesitation I can tell that Flickr is still one of the best in online photography community. With your experiences in this field this whole 10 years, I believe you truly understand how we (the photographers) think and act, and provide what the best for us as a photographer to show our works and to interact with fellow photogs around the world, until you messing up with your new iOS app you've just launched few days ago.

Since i'm using iPhone and using your iOS app, in my opinion, your new iOS app is offended my essential principle as photographer, by displaying my photos to square format regardless what format I set on my photo, and pushed the pixels so it just look really really bad.

Just so you know, I carefully decided my format as my tool to telling what I want to tell in my photograph, it's a composition! And this is the thing that you supposed to know and understand, with all those years of experiences in photography community. Maybe other people don't mind their photos being cropped like that, but not me. Not at all. Although I know by tapping once on a photo we can see full photo with its actual aspect ratio, but it still unacceptable for me.

I'm as a photographer want to show our photo as perfect as possible, in any medium as possible. I create the whole workflow start from taking a picture, editing, post processing, until share it online with really careful deliberation. I make sure every aspect of my photo (including aspect ratio and how it will displayed) served my vision, and hoping anyone who sees my photo, can see and understand my vision and message in it without any intrusion.

After all these years I watched, you guys are keep doing wrong things with your decisions changing this and that, and yes it affected my experience on the site, but I wasn't really bothered because it was not really essential, until this aspect ratio on displaying photos came up on your iOS app and it does really make me upset.

So, for your iOS app, my suggestions simply would be:

1. Please show my photos as it is on the first view on your iOS app.
2. Do not blown up my photo, as it will make my photo look really bad.
3. Do not imitate Instagram, or Facebook, or Twitter to display the photos on mobile app. You're being considered specifically as real photographer's place to show their work and hangout, keep that in mind.

I don't mind the rest, do whatever you want on your iOS app.

I also posted my comment on your Flickr Ideas forum and tweeted it earlier about this matter, just so you know.

Rizal Renaldi

17 April 2014

Buat Kamu, Kamu dan Kamu

Kamu cuman baca teks dan liat gambar di social media doang, repost orang lagi.

Kamu cuman tau ujungnya, gak tau juntrungannya.

Kamu ngerasa paham, padahal gak khatam.

kamu ada di depan handphone atau komputer, Kamu gak di situ liat kejadiannya.

Kamu gak kenal, jangan sok kenal cuman gara-gara baca status social media-nya.

Kamu cuman main di social media, kamu tidak jadi lebih tau dari Tuhan Google.

A tribute to: Almh. Mita, Zarry dan Dinda -- yang gue sama sekali gak kenal sama ketiganya.

14 March 2014

dear people, Collective Launching

dear people, collective launching

Acara launching dear people, ini gratis alias gak dipungut biaya, kecuali kalau pada haus, silahkan tebus secangkir kopi coffeewar (kopinya enak lho!).

Akan ada galeri kecil yang memajang beberapa foto. Akan ada sesi ngobrol-ngobrol santai, perkenalan dear people, sekaligus launching website dear people. Acaranya bakal start jam 3 sore, biar gak telat, nongkrong di coffeewar dari setelah makan siang bisa jadi ide yang bagus :)

24 February 2014

My Pebble Experience

Early this month I bought Pebble version 1, the smart watch that started as a Kickstarter project. I missed its kickstarter project so I bought it at some seller in Kaskus' FJB.

One of the most important reason I bought Pebble is that I want experience a wearable device. The future is in wearable device, so I need to embrace myself in it, before all the device are 'wearable' in the future.

It's been a pleasing experience so far with Pebble. Although, the last time I used wrist watch is when I was in high school and never use any since then. I thought that I always got bothered to anything stick on my arm. But Pebble made me reconsidered it and it successfully changed my mind.

All notifications from my iPhone now pushed straight to Pebble on my arm. When I'm riding my motorcycle, I don't need to reach my phone inside my pocket anymore. It's really useful!

Now I must always turn on my bluetooth all day long since it's the only way Pebble communicated with my iPhone. I was afraid my iPhone battery got drained fast when I always turn my bluetooth on. Well, of course it did drained more fast after I started using Pebble.

For me since my daily activities mostly inside the office so far I never experienced battery drained because I can simply recharged it whenever it need, but then I noticed my battery drain faster compared to before I have Pebble and turn my bluetooth off all day. With both my iPhone and my Pebble fully charged when I started the day, with approximately 40 notifications everyday, my Pebble survived 3 days with no recharge. My iPhone battery shows 20% to 10% left at the end of the day without recharge. With the note that my iPhone's display never goes on more than 2 minutes for every activities I did on it.

I know Pebble is considered primitive compared to other smart watch especially with those Android based smart watch with their color display and touch screen, but for me Pebble is enough to solved my need, and also because I believe that smart watch isn't there to replace your smartphone, instead it's extended device of your smartphone.

20 February 2014

Did You Realised?

Say, you’re talk too much, that you think will make you look like have opinions, that you think you’ll earn other people praises by doing it. But then, after a long time, you just realised that you were successfully made yourself looks stupid in front of everybody else by doing that thing, and you can’t turn back time and you’re regret it.