Tiara Lestari's Personal Journal

My words, my feeling, my memories, my experiences. Mostly, this is me.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Rhetorical value of nothing

Sorry for the lack of updates the last few days guys. I have been very busy and if I want to be honest, I have been very lazy with writing as well :( Today, I finally had time to relax having some nice hot cappucino at my favorite place, Crossroad cafe just outside the Marriott hotel. Then it dawn on me... I haven't post anything for the past five days! Yikes! My mind went into overdrive and started to desperately search for ideas.

Findings ideas to write has always come very easy for me. Oh nooo not today. I got none. My first "writer's blog" ha ha ha.

I looked at the couple sitting next to me. They seemed to be in love. (Yawn) boring. Then there is this screaming kid two tables from me.. yeah.. I really want to write about that one (Sarcastic:). Finally I had an epiphany which came via two Indonesian guys sitting across from me. They were eating doughnuts. So I ask myself, "Why doughnut always have a hole in the middle of it?" Think about it. Do you have an answer to that question? I mean really.. "Who was the genius that decided to put a hole in the middle of a very good food??"

Then the question kept coming.. stupid ones.. and it is penetrating me like a thousand lighting bolts. "How do chair look like if knees bend the other way?"
"Why do we listen to sad song when we just got dumped and we're trying to feel better?"
Speaking of broken heart... "Why do we cry when we are sad?"

"Why do we say 'God bless you' when someone sneezes"
"Why do we write from left to right? What do letters look like if we write from right to left?" "Who was the genius that designed the toilet seat to be so ugly? Why do we have to sit when we have to use the damn thing? Why?? Why?? Why???"

And then came the classic question.. "If a tree falls in the forrest and there is no one there to listen. Does it make a sound?" I do know the answer to this one.

Aaah.. the lack of ideas...

Tiara the philosopher


  • At October 27, 2005 11:39 AM, Anonymous Donny said…

    Well, I am sure you have never been and will never be dumped; therefore, you wouldn't have to go through that emotional breakdown :)

  • At October 27, 2005 12:49 PM, Blogger Sophmore said…

    apparently doughnuts have holes so they can get cooked all the way through


  • At October 27, 2005 7:26 PM, Blogger Mickell said…

    I agree with Donny. I think a lovely girl like Tiara only dumps guys and has never been dumped before :)

    Why do we need to sit on the toilet bowl? Our crap comes out more easily when we're sitting down. Why does it look so ugly? Because its purpose of existence is to take our crap. It doesn't exist to look god :)

  • At October 27, 2005 8:33 PM, Blogger chris said…

    Speaking of getting dumped, here is a good topic for you: how about responding to all the questions everyone had about your ex-BF in the comments to your Soul Mate posting? Sure sounds like you dumped your real soul mate Dave (and really hurt him)and replaced him with someone else for no good reason. Any regrets? Is there any going back?

    You showed a great deal of honesty on this topic and we got more insight into the real Tiara from that exchange than in anything else you have previously written.

    Your latest posting is nothing short of bizarre. Perhaps you chose to speak about nothing in this latest posting because you (and especially your new BF) is uncomfortable with all the points/questions raised by in the comments to your Soul Mate posting... It does not make you or your new BF look good. Especially, if he was the one who posted under "Regalia" and the last anonymous posting quoting Elvis. Can't imagine you would be very proud of that.

    Will the real Tiara please step back up . . .

  • At October 28, 2005 3:21 AM, Blogger Ronsen said…

    tanya kenapa?

  • At October 28, 2005 8:54 AM, Anonymous Lucia said…

    "Why do we say 'God bless you' when someone sneezes"

    I read some explanation about this one, i dunno whether it's true or not but here is the answer..

    According to medical world, your heart stops beating for a few seconds.. i forgot the exact time. So, you can say you are near death when you sneezed. That's why you need to be blessed when you sneezed.. ;)


  • At October 28, 2005 11:21 AM, Anonymous raya said…

    I can't explain this but reading the opening paragraph got me into an incurable craving for a BK double whopper. Cappucino, Crosroad Cafe, and then wham! Burger King enters my mind. Go figure.

    And uh, a donut doesn't have a hole. Just like a ring.

  • At October 28, 2005 12:21 PM, Anonymous moboerotica said…

    Why donuts has hole becasue the creators want that way and that's the shape that people like most i guessed. We could make donuts without hole to but maybe probably we have to use new name not only donuts for xample cube donuts or whatever..Sometimes i also think like that why table rounded or why because had to be written becasue. I guess when human enterings that kind of thought than you're lost in somewhere with uncertain thought. ANd Tiara why it have to be donuts though. moboerotica

  • At October 28, 2005 1:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Ok. I am for the first time, very impress with what Tiara wrote on her Blog. I have been watching, reading this blog for a while now. This is my first comment.

    These are not silly questions. Only one with a high level of training of rhetoric and socratic logic can begin to ask such silly yet unanswered questions.. Bravo girl!

    Whoever called this posting bizzare is lacking both intellectual capacity and, even worse, a sense of humor.

    Tiara, you are not just hot, but also a student of rhetoric. Hmm what a combo.. Most playboy bunnies should envy you.

    I have have one for you guys, "A man walked into a restaurant, ordered a soup. Went home. Killed himself. Why?"

    Silly.. yet unanswered. Where's my dunkin donuts??

  • At October 29, 2005 12:55 AM, Anonymous Dr. Lee said…

    The doc has a couple answers for you Tiara:

    1) We don't always write left to right - Chinese script (and all the languages derived from it, such as Japanese and Korean) was originally right to left. Not only that, it was vertical rather than horizontal! It is often written the same way as Roman script now though, as it easier to adapt word processing/DTP software for it (most of which was originally designed for English of course).

    2) Chairs would be less stable if their knees bent the other way - I'm sure it would look pretty odd!

    And before I go, I'd just like to say I agree with Chris above.

  • At October 29, 2005 2:12 AM, Blogger TiaraLestari said…

    Wow.. I didn't know I was going to get answers from this posting! Thanks guys. Maybe I should also tell you guys that as I was having coffee at Crossroad cafe, I was actually reading a book called "From Socrates to Satre". Perhaps, it explain my wondering minds to the silly and unanwered :)

    Chris and Doc.. "Enter where no man is allowed and yee shall find what thy seek" :)


  • At October 29, 2005 2:32 AM, Anonymous Dr. Lee said…

    The doc has lots of answers Tiara - that's why they call me the Doc! ;-)

    I shall now boldly go where no man has gone before...

  • At November 05, 2005 12:29 AM, Anonymous adith said…

    this silly question is, why u always use the word "guys" in your writing ? can it be some lady read this blog ? or can it a lady love you ?

    or you just like almost all the woman that live in the patriaki world..... to act like we all ways wanted uncouncioslly...


  • At November 06, 2005 1:37 PM, Anonymous Trent Wolodko said…

    1. If there wasn't a hole, the entire doughnut would need to be baked much longer in order to completely cook the dough on the inside of the holeless confection resulting in an entirely different tougher texture more resembling a sweeter, unboiled deep-fried bagel.

    2. If knees bent the other way, it would most likely have been a result of our evolution into a species that propelled itself along using both our arms, and what would look a lot more like the hind legs on a dog or cat. Since we would now go through our lives living much closer to the ground, we would sit very much like cats and dogs do now, and would most likely attempt to keep our asses dry by sitting on shallow cusions only a few inches off the ground.

    3. We are creatures that find comfort in relating to the expression of similar emotions that are within a similar context. In this case, as a means of dissipating our grief or sorrow. Same reason people prefer to listen to light jazz during a relaxing candlelight dinner or fast tempo, upbeat songs when it's time to get your groove on.

    4. Tear glands are part of the endocrine system and we cry as a means for the body to evacuate certain types of hormones generated when one experiences moments of euphoria, sadness or pain. It has been proven that 'emotional' tears' contain almost 25% higher levels of proteins and hormones. So, when your brain releases emotionally altering hormones evoking positive or negative reaction to someting, tears are your body's way of ridding itself of these excess hormones in order to bring the body back into stasis as quickly as possible. Otherwise, they'd sit in our bloodstream much longer until we sweat them out or passed them in our urine.

    5. Back in the times of the air borne European pneumonic plague, when someone sneezed, it was usually the harbringer of terrible things. The immediate reaction would be to have the person blessed by a priest in the hope God might save that person from death. In other cultures, it's believed that a person's soul temporarily escapes during a sneeze and by saying "God Bless You", you're protecting them from evil spirits that might try to sneak in while your 'soul' temporarily is splattered all over your hand, shirt or computer monitor.

    6. Not every culture writes right to left, Arabs go left to right, their books are completely backwards. Many asian cultures also have a history of writing character symbols in vertical columns instead of the horizontal... Why is English left to right? Because that's the way the ancient greeks who wrote the world's first widely distributed bibles did it, but not always, they orginally started right to left as well, but switched to left to right after adding vowels to their alphabet. The Romans followed the greeks, the English followed the Romans and here we are today.

    7. There are actually a wide array of toilet seat designs out there, however, they all pretty must follow the same elliptical design we're all accustomed to. If you've ever lived with men that tend to leave the seat up, you'll understand why a seat is necessary. The reason the design is most prevalent is likely because it's the most practical method and simplest industrial design for keeping our ass from touching the cold porcelain bowl which is the original purpose. As for it being 'ugly' that's entirely subjective.

    8. We don't have to sit at all, I'm sure you're familiar with squat style bowel evacuation scenario common in poorer countries. I guess the fast and simple answer is to say, we usually sit down comfortably when we put food in, might as well be comfortable when it's on it's way out.

    9. I don't know.

    10. I'm not sure.

    11. You know exactly why.

    12. Yes, of course it does, while the question is an interesting exercise in philosophy. Our minds simply process the sounds, we don't create them. A better question is "If a tree falls in the forrest and there is no one around to hear it, does it sound the same to the bunny munching on strawberries about to be crushed by it?"

    Thank god it's monday tomorrow and work starts up again, I've got too much free time on my hands.


  • At December 22, 2005 7:17 AM, Anonymous rod said…

    nice picture. What magazines are you in, or what advertisements?


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