Indonesian Schools

Hi guys. In future posts, I may talk about school and stuff, so maybe it’d be best if I explained a bit about how schools work in Indonesian.

First and most importantly, elementary school is 6 years and not 5. Hence, middle school is from 7th to 9th grade and high school is from 9th to 12th grade (thus destroying the term ‘sophomore’).

Between elementary school (SD) and middle school (SMP), you have to take a mandatory national exam, which has three subjects; Indonesian, Math, and Science. The next school you go to is very much effected by these three things.

In middle school, things are still very much like elementary school. The natural sciences haven’t split and become their own subjects yet, and remain together simply as ‘Science’. Also, there isn’t really a structured credit system, and everything just follows the curriculum.

Now in high school, things change. There are paths you can go along. You can either be a Math & Natural Science student or a Social Studies & Humanities student. In other schools, there are Literature or Art categories, but in my school, there aren’t.

Indonesia is very biased and people often get pressed into Science when they don’t really belong there, because ‘if you’re a science student, you can go wherever you want. If you’re a social studies student, you’re limited’.

Things also vary depending on the school and curriculum.

Oh, and some teachers don’t give their full effort teaching you. Tardiness and stuff doesn’t matter, because they’re teachers! So if you go to school in Indonesia and this stuff happens, don’t fret. It’s just Indonesian nature.

Here’s another thing. Here in Indonesia there are state schools that are operated by the government, which are usually named by a simple number. I go to SMAN 5 Bandung or State High School 5 of Bandung. There are also private schools, which vary in quality, and there is an undeniable correlation between quality and price (remember that).

The extracurricular activities are also pretty cool, I guess. Scouts (pramuka), PMR (Red Cross), and Paskibra (the guys in charge of ceremonies and raising the flag) are standards. My school is famous (I mean it) for its extracurricular activities, and I’ll elaborate on future posts.

That should suffice as a short guide.


Sohcahtoa Variations

We all know Sohcahtoa. It’s that one handy mnemonic universally used to remember that the sine is the opposite over the hypotenuse, the cosine is the adjacent over the hypotenuse, and the tangent is the opposite over the adjacent.

I was looking around for Sohcahtoa variations to see if there was anything better to use to teach kids rather than some arbitrary mnemonic that sounds slightly Native American.

After extensive research, I have found the absolute best mnemonic. It’s a bit inappropriate, but that’s exactly the reason why high schoolers will remember it.

Are you ready?

Some old hippie caught another hippie tripping oacid.

Hahah! Isn’t that just perfect?

How did you remember the basic trig ratios in high school?

Mindf*ck Movies

Have you ever watched a movie that was so confusing you had to read its Wikipedia article 3 times? Have you ever searched up [INSERT MOVIE TITLE] Explained on YouTube?

I sure have. Some movies are really confusing. But they make you think, and I love that. Now I have a checklist!

Once upon a time, I was browsing on 9gag, and I found a collection of recommended movies that will blow your mind and make you extremely confused.

Apparently, the people of internet categorize this sort of movie as a ‘Mindfuck Movie’, and they’re really popular to everybody intellectual.

To the person who wants to watch mindf**k movies

Out of these 21 movies, I have only watched 6. I guess I better go pump up those rookie numbers. You should too.


Quora is by far one of my favorite sites on the internet. It’s on my Opera Speed Dial right up with YouTube and Wikipedia.

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(That reminds me, I haven’t bought anything on Amazon with my own money before, why is it up there?)

Anywho, Quora is pretty much Yahoo Answers on intelligence enhancing drugs. It’s Yahoo Answers on a LOT of intelligence enhancing drugs. Oh wait, Yahoo Answers is pretty much dead, you can’t really make it better by drugging it…

Quora is a Q&A site where the asker isn’t emphasized. The answers are. And the quality of these questions and answers are sooooo much better than the cancerous things Y!A gives you.

On Quora, you can ask questions, put them in a topic, and any Quora user can answer them. You can upvote other people’s answers, comment on them, and follow other users with real life credentials (unlike those dubious stuff on Y!A…)

You can have a question session where people ask you stuff and you can even forward your own question to somebody. Maybe even a popular Quoran like Richard Muller, Jake Williams, Ali AlShamsi, or Jimmy Wales will answer your questions if you directly ask them to.

Yep, that’s right. Jimmy Wales. Wikipedia founder. He’s active on Quora, too.

There are also a lot of Quorans who are famous due to some notoriety. Ivan Tregear is the master of loopholes in shitty hypothetical scenarios. Teacher Dave Consiglio and his cult of Devastators are hypothetical world destroyers. And so much more.

It’s an active community, that’s what it is. All of these users are active, friendly, and open. (Most of the people there are liberals, but some conservatives manage to survive)

My absolute favorite part about Quora are the answers. There are tons of people with the same badassery as this guy on Yahoo Answers:


That Controlled Enthusiasm guy is awesome.

On Quora there’s a lot of that (and the questions are usually a lot better, usually). There are also creative answers like this:


And loads of other fun stuff, inspirational stories, weirdos, and actual good answers to tons of questions. If you can’t find your question, (the search system kinda sucks…) then ask away! Somebody’ll answer it eventually.

It’s like a huge intellectual community that makes procrastinating useful (that’s why I sometimes don’t blog, I’m busy browsing through Quora and using it to procrastinate). And since you’re on this blog, you’re probably somebody like me, so I know you’ll enjoy it, too.

To visit, click on my Opera Speed picture or just go to

(No, this is not an ad.)

Not Sleeping

Everybody sleeps. That’s a fact that we all know.

Whether they be a child or an adult, big or tall, smart or not, as long as they’re alive, they have the capacity to sleep (unless of course you’re in some sort of coma, but that doesn’t really count does it). Some people enjoy sleep more than others, and some people just can’t control their urge to sleep.


And yes, we need sleep. Although it’s common knowledge that sleep is vital for us, for some odd reason, we keep on pushing ourselves to not bend under the crushing grasp of sleep.

Well, to be fair, it makes perfect sense.

Drivers, pilots, and navigators push their body’s capability a bit so that they can successfully not die as the complete their job. Students can stay up long periods of time to maximize the amount of stuff that goes in their heads (and complete pesky homework). A lot of people work night shifts while still being active during daylight hours. First world people in general have made it culturally okay to not sleep.

And it seems to be highly encouraged.

A quick visit to the corners of the internet will show you a massive amount of people who go by the saying “Sleep is for the weak.”

The thing is, people keep trying to ditch sleep to do everything they want to do and maximize their time. However, when they do sleep, it feels frickin’ awesome, and it becomes increasingly hard to wake up on command. This is something that I call alarm immunity.

I am one of those people. Sometimes I forget that I even have an alarm… This comes from my productive nocturnal nature. For example, last night I did some KhanAcademy, read a Feynman lecture, and made a post about Harambe.

So you see, in my opinion, if sleep wasn’t vital for human beings and we could choose not to, then I think I would choose not to altogether. So would many, many, other people. Heck, in that hypothetical reality where sleep is unneeded, I don’t think people would sleep. Maybe it would be categorized into the same phenomenon as fainting.

Unfortunately, that hypothetical reality is not this reality, and we all need a good share of sleep. How would you feel if you lived in that reality? Would you choose to ditch sleep altogether, or would you carry on per usual?

We can think that out while we continue living in our world where sleep is actually important. Catch those z’s folks!