Monday, September 30, 2013

Halloween Beheading, Photo with A Celebrity, To Violent Organizations


Have you seen this horrifying picture before?

Keep reading before you go to bed...

According to a circulating story on the Internet, the above photograph is one of the Buckleys during Halloween, when the two children beheaded their own mother before finally ran away, yet they still had the time to take a picture with the mother's body.

Wait...don't get scared yet...!

What if I told you the real story?

After I went to Snopes.com, I found the fact that the above picture is a manipulated picture, done by a Halloween artist Edward Allen. He is actually selling the photograph, framed or not framed, on his site.

Want to get one?

The real picture is just a normal family picture, even though it still looks a bit scary and "haunted". That's why Edward was interested.

Real photograph
To those who don't know the real story, that picture may give them nightmares and maybe even inspire some to do the same thing as the fabricated story.

I was actually quite disturbed by the picture and the story before I knew the fact.

How about a picture with a famous celebrity?

That should be fun, especially if we can show it off to our friends using Facebook and Twitter.

Not long after Metallica's concert in Jakarta (FYI, I was there....), someone shared the following picture:

Two best friends...

A picture with Metallica's James Hetfield at home?

The truth?

The man in the picture, Agan Harahap, is a professional photographer and he is really good at using photoshop. Using his manipulated pictures with celebrities, he tries to give a "hyperbolic response" on today's social phenomenon when people like to show their pictures with celebs off on social media.

However, some actually got fooled by the picture and some were envious.

On his blog, he posted a quite funny fabricated story entitled “Metallica - Kebon Kosong, Kemayoran 2013". You can check his other pictures there :-D

Now what about violent organizations?

Illustration - Demonstration (Source: Liputan6.com)

This time I'm not talking about photo manipulation :-D

I remember one day, a famous preacher Abdullah Gymnastiar (a.k.a Aa Gym, "Aa" means "elder brother" in Sundanese) was asked in a television program about his opinion on violent religious organizations in Indonesia, and he did not want to answer the question.

The reason?

He said that he only wanted to comment on things he really knew himself, not just from some rumors or news from the media. He then told the television program's host about what he experienced first-hand related to religious organizations.

He said in Indonesian,

“It is not good to react to something just after hearing what people say about it. It is childish and unwise, it tends to be unfair.”

Besides, in the Holy Qur'an it is already said that:

"O you who believe, if a wicked person comes to you with any news, ascertain the truth, lest you harm people unwittingly, and afterwards become full of repentance for what ye have done." (Q.S. 49:6)

Halloween beheading, photo with a celebrity, to violent organizations...

Whatever the information is, tabayyun (ascertaining the truth) should be done, especially if the information can impact us negatively (nightmares, quarrel, etc).

Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.” - Daniel Patrick Moynihan

Saturday, September 21, 2013

"Secret" to Download 4 Free Audiobooks from Audible.com

Download Four Free Audiobooks!


Note: applies to new customers only

I typed "secret" because for some people this is not actually a secret as it is not hidden and does not need special tricks at all.

However, many people still haven't realized this. I just realized myself that I could download any 4 free audiobooks from Audible (instead of just 2), a few days back.

Here's the simple "secret":

Using the same account, take advantage of the free 30-day trial offers from 3 Audible sites:

1. Audible.com - Take advantage of the free 30-day trial to download 2 audibooks of your choice
2. Audible.co.uk - Take advantage of the free 30-day trial to download 1 audiobook of your choice
3. Audible.de -  Take advantage of the free 30-day trial to download 1 audiobook of your choice. Don't worry, there are English audiobooks there in the Englische Hörbücher category.

That's it.

If you speak German, of course there will be no problem on using the Audible.de. But if you don't, it can be a little tricky since you have to use Google Translate to understand the menu.

For non-German speaking folks, here's how to download a free audiobook from Audible.de during your free trial:

1. When you already found the audiobook you want, click "Warenkorb" (add to cart), and then click "Warenkorb Ansehen" (view cart).

Add to cart

2. Click "Weiter" (next).

Click "Weiter"

3. Click "Jetzt Kaufen" (buy now), and you're done. The audiobook is now in your library.

Click "Jetzt kaufen" (buy now)

After you download your chosen audiobook, just stay if you want to keep subscribing. If you don't, just immediately cancel your trial and you won't be billed in the future. It's very easy to cancel your trial, but if you're wondering how to do it, here's the instruction:

Cancelling your membership for Audible.com and Audible.co.uk
Cancelling your membership for Audible.de:

- Click "Mein Konto" (My Account)
Click "Mein Konto" (My Account)


- Click "Abo Kündigen" (Cancel Subscribtion)

Click "Abo Kündigen" (Cancel Subscription)

- Pick any reason to cancel, then click "Weiter" (Next)

Next
- Click "Mit kündigung fortfahren" (Proceed with Cancellation)

Click "Mit kündigung fortfahren" to keep cancelling


You can always join the membership in the future, and your free audiobooks will always be in your library after you cancel your membership / trial.