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Lombok - vacation time :-)
From Flores to Lombok via Sumbawa Vomit Express and then… programming meets The Bible.
8 hours on ferry from Flores to eastern end of Sumbawa, few hours stopover in Sumbawa, night bus across Sumbawa, 2 hours on ferry from western end of Sumbawa to Lombok, , then 2 hours in bus to Mataram and final 1 hour on scooter taxi and here I am in Senggigi, Lombok’s main tourist town. The ride across Sumbawa was quite OK, finally a normal coach bus with normal-sized seats, even air conditioned, but it would be even better if they didn’t assign us (me and the 2 French girls) 3 seats at the very end of the bus which were non-reclining. And while the bus looked really cool from the outside (on par with any modern EU buses), we were reminded that we were in Indonesia when the bus twice broke down during the night (luckily they fixed it within hour), the lights inside didn’t work plus we were proven that it’s futile to engage te modern technology in countries which are not ready for it: the fact that the ride was on almost exclusively on a straight road (no more those horrible twists and turns of Flores or Timor) did not prevent majority of the local people from vomiting, (and except the 3 of us at the backseat all the rest were local people), and since this cool new bus had A/C and thus non-opening window, instead of “decently” throwing out of windows as usually, this time they simply vomited all over the bus. Do you remember that when I was leaving Nepal I posted a list of few things that I would not miss from Asia and people vomiting all around you in every bus was one of them? Damn it, I really meant it! Well, at least no one vomited over me, so no real complaints.
I downloaded a plain text version of the Bible, my programmed scanned it, eliminated grammar (such as tenses, plural etc.), unified synonyms, eliminated basic auxiliary words such as “he”, “is”, “be”, “that”, “in”, “when”, etc. (otherwise the top 50 words would be just collection of this meaningless stuff) and… the results for the Bible are here (number next to the word indicates count of the word):
All auxiliary words: 498084
Few interesting things to mention: except Jesus, David and Moses, the only name which made it to the list is Judah, just one position after Moses. Very prominent position for such an asshole, don’t you think…? Jesus is much lower on the list than I expected… The first 2 words which didn’t make it to the list are GOOD and SIN... Sin is mentioned twice as often as Love... I think that Freud would be delighted to see that the top list is full of “father”, “son”, “children”, “lord”, “name”” and other family-related stuff.
After more than 8 months of travel I finally arrived to the first place where Islam is dominant religion, Lombok, and what do I do here? Analyze the Bible :-) Allah is not going to be delighted.
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