Category: Announcement @ Medulla Oblongata

Hello everyone! As you can see, thefourlobes 2012 is launched at its new site,

Therefore, please visit the site for a better viewing experience. However, this website is not neglected, as it will be converted to a page that contains articles published during thefourlobes 2011, as well as archives for the thefourlobes 2012. It also serves as thefourlobes 2012 RSS Feed page.


“No man can become rich himself without enriching others.” – Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919), Industrialist and Philanthropist.

In 2011, thefourlobes was launched as an initiative to spur writing talents by serving as a platform to display literary works and go with the tagline “Celebrating Ideas, Exploring Perspectives”. The word “phenomenal” wasn’t the right word to describe the response towards thefourlobes that resided at the address but nevertheless, someone noticed us, commented and contributed. To us, these little comments and views are acknowledgements of our efforts, contributions are bonus on the side.

Now, thefourlobes returns with a new season (taking the form of three months from May to July like thefourlobes 2011) branded as “thefourlobes 2012” with a new theme “Reaching Minds, Enriching Lives” that complements the founding tagline. As most of our writers, especially the four founding writers, and readers are now post-SPM examination students, they are now either on their way or already in the next phase of life-the pre-university life. There were differences among the journeys of these people: some of them have gone abroad to continue their studies; some of them obliged and conducted their national service duties; some of them started pre-university studies in local private colleges; some of them killed the vacant time between end of examination and release of examination results by taking up part-time jobs etc.

And we embrace and celebrate those differences. And we believe that through reality tale-telling, we can inspire people to aspire, hence the enrichment of life.

Like last year, thefourlobes would not be a periodical publication, but depends on material availability basis. If we have materials, we would publish it, and if we don’t, then there’s no publication for that day (or week, but we do try our best to produce at least one per week). Our materials would mainly from contributions by invited writers (and hopefully readers as well) but we would source out to online-published articles that are relevant to the thefourlobes’ theme.

thefourlobes wouldn’t go commercialised or having any advertisements on the pages. In other words, all the efforts are in the name of volunteerism.

Last words: Do write in to us at and share your work or story with everyone. And keep the literary passion burning in you!

No, it’s not the end of the world, yet.

Howdy! Warmest greetings from thefourlobes, the free online publication that went online last May. And speaking of which-May is one month away, which means exactly one month from now, thefourlobes will be celebrating its First (ever) Anniversary!

Let’s recall what happened in our inaugural year of 2011 (known as thefourlobes 2011). We started out as something supplementary (which is still IS now) to our monotonous daily lives, where the idea of setting up thefourlobes was conceived with the publication of 4 articles by 4 people. (Read About thefourlobes at It was rather well received, considering average online users are either sticking to Facebook, games or 9gag-similar sites. We had contributors sending in works, apart from works from the editors.

Still, we stick to the idea of not having periodical posts, as there are commitment issues to be addressed and resolved in order to implement that. But what we have shaped was this weird period that spans out from May to July (there were no works posted up before May nor after July), which is now considered a season of writing-thefourlobes Season.

This year, we would be fiddling around the same concept-May to July; not periodical; welcoming any works (as long as it is within appropriate range of any elements). And with thefourlobes 2012, a new theme is born: Reaching Minds, Enriching Lives that is parallel to the founding tagline “Celebrating Ideas, Broadening Perspectives”.

And like last year, we will not be setting up advertisements, nor making any profits, nor seeking any fame. Like a volunteer work, it’s the passion and enthusiasm that drives all of us in thefourlobes to write and share to the world. And we are not expecting high volume of viewership nor contributions as the literary scene in Malaysia is not encouraging, and many online users would rather spend time with social networking sites or games than to pen down their thoughts or read up articles. The satisfaction drives from occasional visits from random readers or visitors. Getting a comment is a bonus.

On May 4, 2012,  which is also the 1 year anniversary of the four printed articles that founded thefourlobes, we will be launching thefourlobes 2012 officially. In line with the new theme, we will not only welcome any works from anyone, but also gather works that hopefully enrich people’s lives. And the initiative started on 20 March, where a few people are invited to write about their lives for the launch of thefourlobes 2012. And most definitely, we would like to call out to you to submit works from any form (be it poem, short stories etc.) of any topic (as long as it fits the society norm)-just write and email to us at

Last words, I would like to thank to you all for the continuing support of thefourlobes 2011, and may thefourlobes 2012 be a successful one.

As we have told you in our very first post, this (thefourlobes) is not a periodical publication, and we publish as soon as we receive works or we have works to publish. And recently, we have a publishing ‘block’, after a very vigorous first week since this is launched.

So, do not be surprised if this website gone stale for weeks to months, especially the days leading to the Malaysian Certificate of Education examinations, or commonly known as SPM.

However, we strive to serve our beloved readers as good as possible with publications, but do bear in mind that this is limited by the available works factor.

Hereby, I plead to you all to submit any works, ranging from short stories, to articles or viewpoints, to poems and rhymes, and even drama. Do send in your submissions to and get published (as long as your works are subjected to the norms of society and contains no elements of obsessive violence or sexual scenes and innuendos).

Until then (and always), upholding the tagline “Celebrating Ideas, Exploring Perspectives” will be our utmost priority.


A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on. Ideas have endurance without death. – John F. Kennedy

(They use the word Howdy to greet us in WordPress.)

Howdy! Behold, the new online publication, consisting writings of various young authors on various topic and subject, be it literature works, or factual essays.

Now, you may wonder: why thefourlobes? Why not something else?

Here’s how the term “thefourlobes” got inspired:

It was Fourth of May that the first ever printed publication of a series of compositions by four people was published. (Well, to be honest, it’s just photocopies of the essays handed in as an English assignment.) There were four photocopies, with three of them given to subscribers. It cost four ringgit and fourty cents to photocopy (with my sister’s geography textbook photocopy). So yeah, the four comes from here. (Besides, it sounded like the word ‘fore’.)

And yes, the brain has four lobes (excluding the cerebellum, which also have lobes too).

Okay, be serious. Why lobes, why not four seasons, four noble truths, four heavenly kings, four great elements etc.?

Well, my explanation: The brain is the central nervous system, the brain governs our conscious actions, the brain interprets senses and produces nerve impulses to enable response. (So much for the biology I studied.)

We have feelings and emotions, and at the same time we have senses to conduct observations on the surroundings, and deduce reactions or thoughts. The brain is where both parts meet, where both situations can be produced, and where we can convert these thoughts and feelings or emotions into words.

(For your information, the frontal lobe governs conscious thought (which means  to differentiate between good and bad and so on); the parietal lobe integrates sensory informations; the occipital lobe contains the primary visual cortex and is where dreams come from; the temporal lobe involved in auditory perception and forms long-term memory.)

Our tagline is: Celebrating Ideas, Exploring Perspectives, and we strive (or try) to achieve that through the articles and compositions.

Unfortunately, this is not a periodical online publication, which means articles will be post if there are articles to post. But do subscribe to our feed or put our website into a reader to follow up to any post.

Last words… enjoy reading!

Benjamin aka blue sky

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