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I’m making a new project using RPG Maker VX using (famous and really awesome) Yanfly Engine Melody recently, but there’s one bug that hasn’t been solved until now – probably because everyone prefers RPGMaker VX Ace but that’s just my opinion.

The problem is <quite> simple. I want my game to have 640×480 resolution and YEM did pretty well adjusting it. But when I open ITEM section from menu screen and choose to use a healing item, the ITEM window in the background is cut in its edge. It’s quite annoying since even after I finish using the item, the ITEM menu doesn’t go back to normal. I think there’s something wrong in selectable item menu, but I don’t know which script needs to be add since I am a newbie.

I don’t see the solution all over RPGM forum so I think I need to do it myself. To be honest I’m extremely new about RGSS2 and scripting in Ruby, so I try to fix it myself by editing RPGMakerVX own script (which is not recommended at all!) but surprisingly it works! For people who encounter same problem and are desperate enough searching for the solution might want to take a look at my modified script. I must warn you beforehand that this script is just for last resort.

The solution is pretty simple: if you use 640×480 screen resolution like me, you just have to replace all “544×416”. Note that the 640 (or initially 544) is game window width and 480 (or initially 416) is game window height. Search through “▼ Scenes” section in script window and click “Scene_Item” section. Replace all the content with my script below or just read through all original lines and modify what you need to edit. It’s rather easy even for newbies.

NB: About the lag, I can’t do anything about it yet

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Computational Material Design – Quantum Engineering Laboratory, Engineering Physics, Institut Teknologi Bandung (discarded/unofficial) Logo

Look, I made a thing!

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The hottest news I have had right now is about my experience in Japan last week! I had been given opportunity to visit Osaka University for two weeks as guest scientist and I am very grateful with the invitation. This time I was not going alone; there was another labmate who accompanied me so I (at least) wouldn’t feel lonely during my stay. For your information, in OU’s laboratory I visited there was a large number of Indonesians that were also former members of Computational Material Design – Quantum Engineering (CMD-QE) Laboratory of ITB. Since years ago, Kasai-Laboratory of OU (or let’s call it Handai because… why not!) and CMD-QE in ITB are best-buddies. We often share same topic of research, student exchange and last year doctoral student from Handai went back to our home country to be a teacher.

Summer Wars replica in Osaka Castle Museum

Summer Wars replica in Osaka Castle Museum

This was my second trip abroad, second trip to Japan, first time to Osaka, second time during Winter (because of the snowstorm you know you will meet snow even though it was Osaka), and second trip abroad in February. If you want some unimportant facts, this was also my first trip which transfer is Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and second trip for academic purpose (which is a bit questionable). Before I forgot, these pictures are mine using Nokia N8 Camera.

OK, I’ll skip all the formalities and go for the content of the stay. We took off from Husein Sastranegara International Airport, Bandung, at February 3rd by AirAsia and arrived in Kansai International Airport, Osaka, about 11 PM Japan-Time. There wasn’t any transportation in the midnight so we went sleeping on 2nd Floor’s bench (which, according to the gossips, my senpais used the same spots each flight if they had to stay for a night – I thought we would be forced to rent a room in airport hotel, though… it is indeed cheaper this way). Unfortunately, I didn’t take lots of pictures this year unlike last year during my first visit. Most programs we had were workshops, seminaries and project meetings. I think I won’t share them here because they are unfinished projects. And of course I don’t have right to post anything without their permission.

Because all my Indonesian friends are Muslims and only I am the only Christian among them, I took liberty to eat almost anything without being worried about the content. If I compare the food in Osaka to Ishikawa back then, I will say Ishikawa wins this round. Part of it because we ate like, in restaurant, everyday back then but we need to buy anything on our own to-day. Osaka is known as city of snacks (nickname courtesy of my glutton friend) so even before I went there, I know what I want to eat:

Taiyaki bought in Mermaid Cafe at Kaiyukan Aquarium, Osaka

Taiyaki bought in Mermaid Cafe at Kaiyukan Aquarium, Osaka

  1. Takoyaki (even Hello Kitty Osaka edition’s costume is takoyaki)
  2. Okonomiyaki (fuyunghai …I mean, like, omelet-like)
  3. Issen Yoshoku in Kyoto (Kyoto’s original okonomiyaki)
  4. Taiyaki (fish-shaped snack with red-beans filling inside)
  5. Onigiri, Mochi, Ramen, Udon, Soba and junkfood including McD… (why are these on the list-)

Halal-food for Muslim friends is kinda rare here. Fortunately, there is Halal-dishes served in University’s canteen and Indian restaurant with Halal-Certificate. My friend always asked me to help him picking tuna-onigiri in supermarket because I can read Kana. Although rare, it is said that Japan is thinking of introducing Halal-food business nowadays since they also have tourists that came from Middle East. If you want to eat Osaka-snacks but are afraid if they are not Halal, I can recommend you Taiyaki (a fish-shaped cake with red-beans filling, no meat!), Okonomiyaki (but pick the vegetarian one), Issen Yoshoku (it is located in Kyoto near Gion Station and the list is in English, you can tell the chef to remove some ingredients you don’t like), Takoyaki (the filling is octopus). I don’t recommend Onigiri, Mochi, KitKat, Pocky or any snacks except MEIJI chocolates/ice-cream if you can’t read Kanji/Kana. For me, the only thing I won’t touch is wasabi.

Below read more is the list of places I’ve visited! There are few pictures each places, but – just enjoy!

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I’m… surprised I haven’t written anything this month other than Happy New Year. I think I should have been more active in this site and learn how to write good opinion rather than yelling around, Ha! Let’s discuss something interesting before January ends. The background story comes from a nice chit-chat with my cousin and about my trip to Japan next month. I forgot what I talked about – I only remember I was talking non-stop about Japan and Osaka University and what I will do there in two weeks stay. Then here comes a good question from him: “What do you research?”

I explained briefly that I am going to design a material to improve rechargeable battery performance by computation method – using computers. Then he asked me something about “material design” and mentioned if I were to play God by creating new material. At an instant, I know what it means, but since he is not a physicist or scientist and (I know) he is not interested if I bring Schrodinger Equation or Quantum Physics there, I just put a wide grin and said, “Nope, just like what chemists do when they make drugs.” I hope my answer is quite clear, if not I don’t know what answer I should give.

In the eye of people, “nano-thingy” is related to “create a new material – and the One who has right to create material is God – so in other words, people who create new material is playing God.”

This statement often spurs from people not from this field. Nanoscience and nanotechnology is rather new for them and the implementation is very few compared to others. Yes, some countries have begun using nanotechnology for medical purpose, injecting sensors to monitor certain parameter inside our body like glucose or fighting cancer. But other than that, I think not that many. Ask people around you about thin film technology, SEM, TEM, spintronics, carbon nanotubes… and you may get questions rather than answer. It’s totally normal, although it had been developed since the birth of quantum physics in Einstein era, the theory itself is “strange and weird” in the first place. For example, electron is BOTH particle and wave. That alone is “weird”. And oh, even Microsoft Word and WordPress don’t recognize word for “nanoscience” and “spintronics”.

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How they have learned the secrets of the ether!
Ships in the clouds, afloat as on a sea;
Voices through miles of distance singing, captured,
Brought to our homes to gladden you and me.

How selflessly they seek profounder meanings
Hid in the clump of moss — the iron ore!
How they have found in energy the secrets
God smiled to know a billion years before.

Counting their lives not dear, so they discover
Some bit of truth through eons all unguessed,
Something to make the lives to come the richer,
‘Ere they themselves shall shut their eyes and rest.

Ah, still the Lord God walks with noiseless footfall,
Visits the workshops of these patient men —
Smiles on the test tubes, the revealing lenses,
And “It is good,” he murmurs once again.

– Bertha Gerneaux Woods, 1873 — …Masterpieces of Religious Verses, J.D. Morrison
Harper & Brothers Publisher, New York and London

It has been two weeks or so and I (like always) forget to share.. It was when a teacher from next laboratory (Medical Physics or just Medics) visited to see my friend. We ended up talking about a lot of things while waiting, including the relationship between computational material design and medical physics. Nowadays, the research on computational material design on medical field focused on the behavior of proteins (glycine. lysine, etc.) and the development on biosensor. Then the topic changed to the difference between Electrical Engineering Medics with Engineering Physics Medics, which I found very interesting. After some other chit-chat, we ended up discussing the eastern and western traditional medical treatment.

the result of “kerokan”, yep – it leaves red marking

I remember I’ve written something about it in later posts, which mentioned that one may be able to cure flu by scratching one’s back with coin “KEROKAN” – that was Indonesia’s traditional medical treatment for flu. Let’s have some other story from modern country which I forgot from where (you can always google it, but I heard this from someone based on rumor, dunno if it’s true or not).

There was once a mother who scratched her child’s back with coin and the child screamed in pain. The neighbor rushed there to see and saw the scene, the child’s back is all red because of the scratches, but the mother said it was for medical treatment.  They sued the mother for “children abuse”. The mother went to jail and the end.

My teacher said it might because of the culture difference between east and west / modern. One might buy generic pills to cure illness, like aspirin or some other things – that is normal thing to do, right? But for traditional houses around “Eastern” part of the globe, we might have better[?] solution, which involve treating one’s illness by traditional method (barbaric or not, you choose).

Thus, he explained the physics phenomena of Eastern traditional medication. We have learned in biology that below our skin, there is one type of cell called “neurons”, which work is to transfer electrical signal to / from our brain. [See Wikipedia] The electric signal doesn’t flow inside the cell, but by hopping on the surface of the Schwann Cell through Node of Ranvier. That “masuk-angin” or “flu” (or just whatever illness) means there is unusual activity in certain organs – meaning there is some information (read: electrical signal) that is missing during the transfer.

The act of “scratching certain part of your body” is a way to “give spark/ impulse” to the neurons that alarmed the brain there is unusual activity in certain part of the body. The same mechanisme as ACUPUNCTURE and point massage (but – well – kerokan is rather barbaric haha, since we ended up scratching almost tall area on our back). Ancient Chinese developed acupuncture by trial and error, and finally mapped the diagram to what you see in modern days.

acupuncture points

This research has been done by several scientists and researchers. My teacher mentioned a name that had a big book dictionary of the physics phenomena behind traditional medical treatment (mostly in Eastern culture) but I forgot who. It is a very interesting study — AND note that this is not just a folklore! Rather than applying chemical and drugs into our body that might destroy the cells, let us do the more natural way…. though I always get scared on those big needles… (I’ve experienced being scratched by coins and balms on me everytime I got flu, so for me needles are scarier)

It’s always been hilarious browsing through science and engineering (mostly engineer students) jokes in micro blogs and social media (facebook, tumblr, 9gag, reddit and anywhere in the internet): I am an engineer, I have no life (literally don’t have life haha – when people have parties, we code like computer is our wife); Programmer doesn’t sleep (my friend admits he can only concentrate on coding at 1-3AM); and so on. And there are also jokes about the difference between Scientist and Engineer. The question: what is exactly the difference?

If you are in either degree, you might have known and can immediately close this tab and browse through the jokes in the internet. If you demand something like explanation (I doubt this writing can be called as one) go to next paragraph; welcome to the jungle.

First.
There are two buddies and they have same crush on a girl. The girl challenges the two, saying “You can kiss me, but with each step you take the next step should be half of the length of the previous step.” One of them, the mathematician, protests, “That is impossible! We can’t ever reach you that way!” But the another one, the engineer, takes the challenge and when they are so close, he kisses her. The Mathematician yelled that he IS cheating, but the engineer finally says, “approximation.” That marks the end of the story.

Second.
Do you know you can stack all seemingly-impossible things (pennies, forks, books, glass) if you place them right? That is the basic understanding of physics. One of tumblrian jokes about “just glue them together with sealing tape” – close enough.

The point is, as you can see, scientist concerns mainly on answering all whys and they have their own playground. Why is an atom interact with each other? Nuclear fusion? Black hole? Supernovae? Pion-muon-graviton? If we have understood all these, say, the GOD-damn-why-are-you-so-hard-to-be-found-PARTICLE Higgs Boson, what for? For…fun? For the sake of humanity’s knowledge? For science and future?

The last questions are to be answered by engineers. Engineer concerns on answering – not whys – but what can we do with these knowledge AND solve the problem that has been existed in the first place and fix it. For the sake of simplicity let’s just say scientist asks themselves questions and provide answers on their own questions, while someone ask engineers questions for them to solve it. The engineer are usually called ‘designer’, or in Indonesian language it can be translated ‘perekayasa’ (manipulator?! That sounds like a villain…well, “engineered” it is).

Every digit of number’s decimal holds meaning for scientist, but engineer usually takes about only three or four digits. Why? They don’t need it! You can ask google “what does 1 second mean” and read the explanation about a device that measures the exact one second. Scientist usually demands accuracy as high as possible. But for engineer, if it has served its purpose, so be it. For example, measuring length. “For what” will always be question. If he wants to measure the distance from Arizona to Jakarta, please ditch the idea of using ordinary ruler. The same as when you want to measure the size of A4 paper for printing purpose, you measure it up to micrometer accuracy. Unless you have CID.

Now you know the difference between two but you must know that there are people working in the boundary between science and engineering. No, it’s not called sciencengineering, that’s just a part of a joke. These people in the boundary are doing the design as well as answering all the whys of the physic phenomena in their design. One of them is computational material design – engineer whose work is pretty similar to those in physics department. They study how to solve the cat-in-the-box equation and answer world’s engineering problem by designing new material……Hey, that’s my job! (That’s pretty obvious, thanks)

Most of science branches have their engineering counterpart. Mathematics to information technology; Physics to mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, material, aeronautics. Biology and chemistry to pharmacy and medicine, agriculture… and biotechnology. Engineered DNA? Why not? That sounds fun and will solve some problems, including making new species of plants that are resistant to pest and so on. The one which can be considered ‘pure science’ are astronomy (not the -logy one please!), archeology, history – to name few – please correct me if I’m wrong.

That is it, this writing is made because (the tumblr joke, blame those creative guys over there) someone around me doesn’t know and I’m driven confused how to explain this topic properly. May be I will cover more about science and engineering later. Emphasis on ‘may be’.

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