Net Neutrality And Cable Company F**kery

June 4, 2014 by remco | 0 comments

There was a time when Internet players had ideals and strived to keep Internet a sanctuary for freedom of speech and equality. The days of “Do no evil” are far gone, today those words are just a hollow phrase.

Governments do everything to control the Internet, privacy has gone and now the neutrality of the Internet is in serious danger.

I can write a long post about what net neutrality is, why it’s so important and why it will disappear. But John Oliver (HBO) does a much better job at that in his own brilliant kind of way. Along the way he comes up with a much better word describing what’s going on: “Cable Company F**kery”. Well said John, well said.

Colosseum Club Jakarta: Mind Blowing [Review] [Video]

May 12, 2014 by remco | 0 comments

Colosseum-Club-JakartaThese days it’s pretty rare for me to go clubbin’ in Jakarta. Besides work and age I also find most clubs to predictable, the music is predictable and often very commercial and the whole working girls hassle has become very predictable and annoying.

But yesterday I had some long-time friends over of who most moved abroad and we wanted to make it a happy and special night. So someone proposed to go to Colosseum because it’s being said that it has the best and most expensive light show in South-East Asia and the music supposed to be good. The only thing that got me worried upfront was that it’s located in Kota where also Club Stadium is located and Kota does have a reputation (understatement) for drugs and girls. But since we were with a nice group of people I agreed to go and it totally blew my mind.

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Why People Should Travel – Vasily Goes US [VIDEO]

September 29, 2013 by remco | 0 comments

The world is so full prejudice, ignorance and stupidity. It’s always easy to just generalise and condemn complete cultures, religion and races. As said, this is almost always based on ignorance because people choose to stay within their comfort area and don’t even try to understand other people’s opinion.

Traveling is the best cure for that. My first visit to Egypt was an eye-opener on Muslims, their believes, way of living and how they see the world. I found that not every Muslim is a terrorist or wants to take over the world. Traveling is enlightening.

The above short documentary is about bringing a senior Russian farmer, name Vasily, out of his village and to the US. A simple but very interesting concept, shot in a very direct and raw way. Credits to STEREOTACTIC for this.

Surfer Anastasia Ashley’s Twerking Warm-up Dance [VIDEO]

August 10, 2013 by | 0 comments

anastasia-ashleyWe at Sangat Pedas like sports. Really. We like breast ball baseball. Huge fan lately of pole-jump. Crazy about tennis and let’s not forget beach volleyball. Sports, a healthy mind in a healthy body, even if it’s just golf.

Any businessman knows how important sports is and any sportsman knows how important a good warm-up is before you give it your best. But in case of Anastasia Ashley one might argue that her warm-up is the best she gives.

Gentlemen, buckle up! You can thank me in the comments. (Via Vidhuntr)

Psychotropic Drugs: The Killing $26.5 Billion Scam [Documentary]

July 21, 2013 by | 0 comments

psychotropic-drugsA good business idea is finding a solution for an (everyday) problem and monetize it. But what does an industry do when there’s actually a lack of problems but it still wants to rake in billions? Well, easy. You make up a problem and make up a solution. That’s what the drug industry for psychiatric disorders seems to be doing. Seems… I would say is doing.

Every heard of the disease Bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder is a condition in which a person has periods of depression and periods of being extremely happy or being cross or irritable.

Based on this definition, who doesn’t have a bipolar disorder? It’s called human emotions in my opinion and it’s part of life, no cure required in the form of chemicals.

If I would have been born 20 years later, I bet you I would have been diagnosed ADHD and would have been put on medication. But I’m not ill and I’m pretty sure I wasn’t ill, just a tad more active than the average person.

So the pharmaceutical industry is making drugs to cure diseases that actually don’t exist. Huh? Well, so far there’s absolutely no scientific proof that any mental disorder is actually a disease. Sure, experts on the payroll of the pharmaceutical industry talk about “imbalances in the brain” but bottom line, that’s speculation. The cures they fabricate are raking in billions but seem to do more harm than good. Just to be clear, I’m not saying all medicines for mental disorders are fake. But, you gotta wonder, where did all these “disorders” all of a sudden come from? And why is it that 50% of the people committing suicide in the US is using a drug for a mental disorder?

Watch the video below and share your thoughts.

Ho Lee Fuk! KTVU Brings Another Epic TV FAIL [VIDEO]

July 14, 2013 by | 0 comments

If the crash of the Asiana Flight 214 in San Francisco wasn’t such a tragedy, if people didn’t die and got severely burned  this could have been funny. Unfortunately people did die and people di get burned and scarred for life. Just an EPIC FAIL from the category Ho Lee Fuk! Apparently KTVU did check the names with the NTSB, who are investigating the crash. Allegedly an intern at NTSB confirmed that the names were all correct. But did no one at KTVU had the common sense of reading the names out loud to then come to the conclusion “Sum Ting Wong”?


Pirate Bay – Away From The Keyboard Documentary [VIDEO]

February 10, 2013 by | 1 Comment

This was for sure the best way I could have spend 80 minutes of my Sunday, watching the documentary about the founders of Pirate Bay called “Pirate Bay – Away From The KeyBoard”. If you’re a geek or even just have the slightest interest in Internet this is a definite MUST WATCH. If you enjoyed “The Social Network” you probably enjoy this documentary way much more.

Best way I can describe it is using the word “Surreal”. No script writer in Hollywood could possibly come up with the scenario and the characters of this story, it would be dismissed as “over-the-top” or “too far fetched”.

The documentary is about “freedom of speech” or “copyright infringement” depending on where you stand. It’s  IT mixed with a little bit of ideology, intrigues, law suites, lots and lots of alcohol and drugs and a datacenter in an atomic bunker (so cool) resulting in the biggest p2p file sharing site in the world.

Opinion wise I’m totally against copyright infringement and the “Freedom of Speech” argument is total bullshit. On the other hand the movie and record industry should smarten up and realize times have changed. Instead of fighting and trolling they should realize the Internet made/makes people consume in different ways. Sticking to an old school approach will lead to more smarter and harder to fight “Pirate Bays” and not solve any issue at all.

But for me this documentary wasn’t so much interesting from the angle of the debate, it was more the story itself and even more the persons behind Pirate Bay. To see how naive highly intelligent people can be. Another example that being smart and being intelligent don’t always go hand in hand.

If you enjoyed this docu like I did, please help out the makers of this docu with a donation.

Sang Pialang (2013) – Movie Review + Trailer

January 16, 2013 by | 2 Comments

SANG PIALANGLiving in Indonesia for more than 4 years until yesterday I actually never watched an Indonesian produced movie in the cinema. So I was happy to land an invitation for the premiere of the movie “Sang Pialang” (The Broker) in which Christian Sugiono, who invited me (thanks again bro!) plays a lead role. Now seeing a friend in action in a cinema movie is already exciting but the theme of the movie gets me even more excited.

The first sales job I landed was actually in a foreign broker firm. The job started with 6 months, 12 hours per day drilling on sales techniques, on the psychology of selling and basically appealing to greed that’s latent in every human being. I was one of the very few in class to make the cut and worked another year as a “broker” and this was definitely one of the craziest periods in my life. For sure my favorite movie so far on this topic is The Boiler Room which is so similar to my period as a “broker” it’s almost scary. I should actually write a post on this later.

So, having being a “broker” myself (I keep using quotes because basically it was a 100% sales job) and with the Boiler Room being one of my favorite movies all-time I was very curious to the Indonesian version of life as a broker. With the Boiler Room as my favorite movie and my own experience in the market the bar is put quite high.
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Axe Apollo Space Academy Commercial By BBH London

January 14, 2013 by | 0 comments

AXE ApolloIt seems whatever Axe and their agencies are putting out is getting better by the day. To me they’ve found the right mix between offline effectiveness, online virality by applying a more “cultural” approach instead of a “hard-selling” approach. The core off all this is a great strategy and loads of creativity from BBH London (Bartle, Bogle & Hegarty).

Probably one of the view jobs in the world I envy must be being member of a team that creates campaigns like these. Thinking beyond the usual advertising rules conventions and creating something new and original.

Axe & BBH understands that there’s no trick to get something to go viral, it just needs to be interesting, funny and original enough for people to bother.

So hats of to Axe and BBH for making yet another great commercial.