Monday, October 31, 2011

Why Should Students Wear School Uniforms?

From pre-school to secondary school, I was in a disciplined school which required the wearing of uniforms. I wasn't bothered by the idea, order or act. Neither had I ever had any objections to it.

In college, freedom of wearing whatever clothing was given. It was also that time when a professor asked us to think if we'd rather wear uniforms to school or our own casual clothing exposing our own sense of styles. At first, in my mind, I was quick to react: "Of course, I'd choose not wearing uniforms." But as soon as he gave us reasons why wearing school uniforms is better off, I had to say I changed my mind. Here are those reasons:

1. Save time

If students would wear the same clothes in every single day of their schooling years, time spent worrying about fashion and about how others would judge them will be lessened or better yet completely be gone. Picking out clothes in the morning and laundry work will also be saved. If wearing of uniforms is strictly regulated by the school, students will have more time and concentration on learning, which is after all the raison d'être of being at school.

2. Gain respect

Wearing of uniforms puts the students on the same page. Since all would appear the same, there is no struggling to fit in, all are equal and labels will not exist. Nobody will be seen as poor or rich, in vogue or old-fashioned.

3. Hold responsibility

Uniforms provide identity maybe not of the student per se but largely of the school. Donning the uniform sanctioned by the rules of the school is achieving that statement which tells to the greater public that those students are associated with the institution. Therefore, students have to be mindful that they must be disciplined and respective everywhere, as they represent their school.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Learning How to Learn

How will you learn how to...say cook, paint, program, dance, troubleshoot, network, etc. if you don't know how to "learn"? That is the question.
How do we learn?

Did you know that our brain consists of billions of neural cells that are connected to one another? Yes. When we're in the act of learning, these cells form sets of connections. Our brain cells are always working, regardless the subject matter we are studying or things we are doing. The difference in what we learn lies in how we learn.

A Matter of Practice & Repetition

When we learn, we are trying to create patterns of connectivity in our brain. Neurons connect together and this is accomplished by repeating sets of behaviors or experiences.

Learning to learn is tantamount to learning anything else. It takes practice. This is why sometimes people repeat words aloud (yes, I do this from primary school to university) or solve mathematical equations from simple arithmetic to quantum physics over and over. Taking notes when someone talks also helps because you hear it once and then repeat it when you pen it down.

Learning: Recognizing & Remembering?

Some people think of learning as remembering sets of facts. It can be that, sometimes, but learning is more like recognition than remembering. Because you are trying to build networks of neural cells, it is better to learn a connected whole rather than unconnected parts, where the connected whole you are learning in one domain has the same pattern as a connected whole you already know in another domain.

For instance, think about learning how to dance. I can explain to you the steps, forms, rhythm, timing and mechanics and you can understand all of that, but you still have to try to do the dance yourself to put them altogether in your brain and body system before you get good at it. You have to grow your neural connections in just the same way you grow your muscles.

Think, always, about how you are learning and what you are learning at any given moment and  become your very own master of the art of learning how to learn.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Why Doctors Leave When You Undress

You know those checkups which require you to take your clothes off for the physicians to better examine whichever body part that's concerned? And then he/she will leave you in the room, giving you some privacy, when later he/she will see you in your birthday suit anyway. Why is that? I find the psychology behind it interesting.

So I've asked around and searched through forums. One good explanation is that the doctor honors respect and manners. In general, getting undressed in front of a person you are not involved is demoralizing or humiliating. There have been newspaper reports from many countries raised by patients who find the act of "being watched" (or stared at, even) violating.

Normally, the patient will feel very uncomfortable undressing in front of the doctor, and the doctor will also feel ashamed by looking, especially if they are opposite sexes. Another is to save time, perhaps? Whilst the patient is undressing, the doctor can attend to some other work in the background, thus saving both of them the inclination to be more embarrassed.

In some other cases, patients are not totally required to be naked but only strip to put on a medical gown. It all depends on your illness or reason for going to the doctor.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Predicting Consequences 101

"I never thought that this would happen..."

We would almost always utter this sentence after disasters and mishaps. Common people are not clairvoyance; and we are not God. The fact is that in the twists and turns of life, it's just hard to predict consequences. Schools and training institutions never seemed to think about including this topic in lesson plans. And even if they have, there's just too much viable combinations and permutations of causes and effects that we won't be able to track them all down.

Although predicting consequences is partly of science, mathematics and visualization, we may still encounter the "after-effects" differently according to the decisions and involvements of others. However, at the least, we can essentially practice the skill of creating a mental model imagining the sequence of events that would follow. We can ask ourselves "what would likely happen if...?" in every defining situation.

The danger in such cases is focusing on what you want to happen rather than what might happen instead. For example, when preparing for a bungee jump, you may think to yourself that you can make it alive. Yes, this is good. Talk about positivity. But you also need to visualize not landing successfully. What would happen then? Have you even contemplated the likely outcome of being crippled for the rest of your life or being injured severely after?

This is where the math and science come into the picture. You need to calculate the probabilities of different outcomes and compare present, past and future. If, for instance, you are looking at the height of the free fall, you should be asking, "How many times have I successfully jumped maybe a tenth of this height? How many times have I failed?" If you don't know, you should know enough to attempt a test jump over level ground.

People don't think ahead. So you should build the habit of asking yourself, "what will happen next?" Watch out for situations and interactions unfold in the environment around you and try to predict the outcome. Write down or blog your predictions. With practice, you will become expert at predicting consequences. Nevertheless, pray.

Over time, you will begin to observe patterns and generalities--things that make consequences even easier to predict. Things fall, for example. Glass breaks. People get mad when you insult them. Hot things will be dropped. Dogs sometimes bite. Public transportation comes late. These sorts of generalizations or "common sense" will help you avoid unexpected, and sometimes damaging, consequences.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

When You Swallowed a Chewing Gum

When I was less than five years old, whenever I chew a gum, my mom would say that chewing gum is so sticky that, if swallowed, it will cause the internal walls of the intestines to stick together. Adding to this was the scary thought that it will stay inside my intestines for years because it is not digestible.

What Really Happens When You Swallowed a Bubble Gum?

Over the years, I have accidentally swallowed about...two gums. And when I was matured enough, I've researched on the fact (or myth) about the actual effects that will result.

I found that the body will just absorb what it can from the gum, which is mostly the sweet ingredients. The rest is the indigestible gum resin or base, which like any other indigestible food or fiber, will pass through the intestines without causing any harm in one to three days. So what happened to the gum I have carelessly ingested? Well, it just ended up in the toilet long ago.

Why Did Our Parents Made Up the "Joke"?

This is because there are rare instances of gum contributing to an intestinal blockage. This happens when a person (more likely a child) took in a gum when he/she was already constipated or has swallowed large quantities along with indigestible food such as sunflower seed shells. Therefore, children should always be encouraged to throw away their gum when finished rather than swallowing it, but there is no risk of it remaining in the system for years.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Why You Should Wear Eyeglasses

If your eyes have grade; that is.

Having excellent eyesight is important; however, with the advent of computers and mobile phones, people's eyes are long staring at these screens without blinking much. Also because of poorer diet, our eyes tend to become unhealthier and poorer each day. Thanks to eyeglasses, people's lives are changed in a really good way.

Eye consultation and visit to ophthalmologists should be done once or twice a year. If you're one who haven't consulted an eye doctor yet or opted to wear eyeglasses when you have to, your bad habit will increase the diopter and this may continue if not treated at once. Additional problems might also prop out.

For instance, if you have a poor eyesight, you also won't have a crystal clear future in socializing. Why? It is hard to talk and to have friends when you are not able to see them on the street for saying simple “hello." Another is the case of driving. If the eyesight problems appeared after getting the driving license, accidents are very likely occur. You are not only risking your life while driving without using glasses, but you are also risking the life of other innocent people.

The main problem is that we are able to adapt. The person with poor eye-sight have no idea for his/her problem until he/she is able to see the difference.

If you are enlarging this article with some kind of zoom or you are reading it from really short distance, you have eye problems. There is nothing to worry about, though. The only thing that you need to do is to visit your ophthalmologist and buy the right lens or grade of glasses that you need. (Make sure to choose frames that suit the shape of your face and your skin color!)

There are many people who are not feeling comfortable wearing glasses, there is solution for them, too: contact lenses or the current laser technology. So instead of squinting much or simulating that you can see everything that others can, go and fix your eye sight!

Friday, October 14, 2011

5 Easy Ways to Lose Weight Without Stress

If you’re like normal people, you'd want to lose a few pounds but have problems of keeping your diet or exercise regimes. So you'll be in search of ways on how to do this without having to shed a tremendous amount of effort on top of what you already do during the course of the day.

Luckily, I can share with you some suggestions on losing weight sans the word drastic. Yes! There are things that you can do little by little (but continuously and patiently) that you won't notice you're making any extra effort at all.

1. Never stay still.

If you work in a usual 8-hour office job, make sure that you’re always moving something. You can stand up every 15-20 minutes, stretch, go to the toilet and stomp your way in and out. You can also stay seated but move your arms around, tilt your head or fidget with your feet on the floor. These simple exercises will help to burn more calories than you wouldn’t have done if you weren’t bothering.

2. Take your meal to work.

Keep out from buying food from the cafeteria ever day at work. Manage to get healthier food (by preparing on your own perhaps). If you start to make your own food instead, then you have the ability to control just what goes into your lunch box, meaning that you will consume many fewer calories during the course of the day.

3. Alight at one bus station or floor in the office building in the lift before the supposed.

This is waaaay easy! Walking (or stepping up) is a good exercise. You would only add an extra two to three minutes onto the journies of most people. However, if you do this on a regular basis then it can really make a difference to the amount of calories that you burn.

4. Drink ice cold water.

If you drink cold water, this means that your body will have to use energy in order to heat it up. This will result to having more calories burned than it would if it was at room temperature.

5. Buy smaller clothes.

This is to help you become inspired and look forward to your goal--to fit in those clothes! If our clothes are just okay or big for us, then there is nothing really to stop us from reaching for the biscuit tin. But if you buy things that are a little bit tight for you at the time if you buying them, they you are much more likely to want to slim into them meaning that you will be more restricted and strict with yourself during the course of your diet.

If you choose to take these tips then, while they won’t take over your whole life, you will be able to lose weight little by little as you just go about your daily business.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

How To Have Privacy With the New Facebook Timeline


At one glance, the new Facebook timeline might seem that it's too much beating with all your posts and history. Activities and apps used are shared more publicly over to friends and your network. Hence, privacy concerns, all the more, must be kept in mind. Certain settings need to be adjusted to ensure that your posts are not completely or overly exposed unintentionally.

Let me take you through some of the major things you should check.

1. View your profile as a different user

Simply go to your profile and click on the small icon on the right, choose “View As…” to choose a person to view the profile as. 


If you have set your own custom filters (by having different friend lists), choose one family member, school mate, office mate or some acquaintance. This will give you an idea how these different types of people can see your profile. Check your profile like this before and after checking the following settings.

2. Set your default post settings

Whenever you post something on Facebook, be wary of the network or group of people you're sharing it to. In the old version of Facebook [wall], you cannot change the privacy settings of posted posts. In the new timeline, you can still limit the audience for past posts easily. So if you think you've made some embarrassing public posts before and hadn’t yet friended your boss, this is the tool for you.

To do this, go to Home > Privacy Settings and find the section for “Limit the Audience for Past Posts." Then, click on the “Manage Past Post Visibility” link. Follow the prompts and confirmation to limit all of your “More than Friends” posts from your past to just your friends.

This will include public posts and friends of friends, so it should catch all those unexpected posts. There’s no way to reverse it with one click, so make sure it’s what you really want to do.

You can also manually tweak individual items on your page. To do this, head to the box containing the post you want to feature or delete. The feature/hide buttons are right next to each other in the top right of every update.

To limit default privacy for future posts, there’s a simple choice to make on your privacy settings page.


3. Check the contact information you've posted in your About (Contact Info) page
Go to your profile and click on “About” to see your work history, education, relationships, contact details and other details. Each piece of information can be limited to friends, custom friend groups or just yourself. Edit the section according to your correct preferences, then click on the icon to the right of any piece of information in order to change who can see it.

To learn more about Facebook privacy in general, check out their Privacy page here.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Beware of Facebook Worms and Scams

Facebook, the social network created by Mark Zuckerberg in 2004, almost has one billion members and a website value of 50 billion dollars.

Every day, anyone who has a Facebook account can post pictures, status messages, videos, notes, links and comments which are shared with their friends or network. As we see our friends' posts and somewhat became interested, we click on them to view or know more. However, we must be careful because there are evil hackers in the web who get into our friends' accounts and post stuff, making us prone to become victims of scams and clickjacking.

Here are some tips that you can follow to stay away from online hassles:

1. Check the Links

Look through the links that you open or copy and paste into your browsers. Once a user pastes the JavaScript (malicious code) into the browser, the "clickjacker" will have control over your profile and your profile can easily become infected. The virus will start spreading to the profiles of your friends.

2. Watch Out for Phishing Schemes

Be extremely cautious when it comes to phishers trying to gain access to your profile. Sometimes you can receive these through your email or even a post on your page. To recognize a phishing scheme, you must always read the URL in the top address bar of your explorer. Never sign into Facebook through a link or another website without making sure it says first. One a phisher tricks you, most likely through group invitations, groups or fake malicious pages, your profile becomes hacked.

3. Don't Welcome the "Koobface" Worm

This worm is passed from one user to another through posts. Once clicked, it will prompt you to upgrade your Adobe Flash Player. If you are ignorant much, initial reaction is to just download and install. Once you've done these procedures,, the malware will infecting your computer and your profile will become hijacked. If you want to update your Adobe Flash Player, please visit their official website or update your flash player manually through the control panel.

4. Say No to Fake (and Doubtful) Questionnaires

Once submitted, the scammer will get your personal details and receive a commission. Poor you will get charged.

5. Monitor Your Wall/Timeline for Malicious Rouge Applications

These applications can usually be found on users’ walls/timelines in the form of a link. Once the link is activated, you will be directed to give permission to access your account. One you choose to “allow” the rouge application, it will obtain your home address and cell phone number. The scammers will then send out SMS text messages to you and your friends and phone solicitors. 

Be cautious of identity theft as well.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

How To Find Your Calling and Generate Wealth

When books, the media or people tell us that the secret to success is to do what we feel passionately about, we frequently ask how we can identify the passion that will bring us the greatest success. Here are some answers:

Think of yourself as a unique individual endowed with many things that make you special. God was not stingy in giving you many powerful qualities. You have more than one passion and more than one talent.

To start the process, first, make a list of all your gifts--talents or characteristics you possess that are special. Beside each, list the positive areas where you are a contrarian or a deviant or a rebel. Your power lies on this list.

Second, list of all those things you love to do or feel passionately about. Include on this list the answer to this key question: what do I GIVE that when I'm giving it I am filled with great joy. Chances are that you love giving what you have in abundance. And what do you have in abundance? Those gifts or talents you put on the first list.

Third, it would be extremely helpful to consider WHY you like a certain activity. What are all those things about a particular activity that feeds your passion? If something lights your fire then you must have some insight into why it does and in what ways it does. Write down what about it inspires you, pleases you, reveals more of yourself to you, makes you laugh, etc.

Fourth, think of ways or activities that involves SEVERAL of your talents, gifts, passions and unique characteristics at the same time. We want to kill two (or more) birds with one stone or better put, hug two or more birds with one embrace. The more passions and gifts that you can intersect at one point the better.

If, for some reason, that intersection of passions does not have a commercial component, modify it with more passions or talents until it does. At the intersection of many passions and talents, there should emerge a service, or a product, or an artwork, or a body of information that can be spun off commercially. This way you get to pursue your passions, grow your talents, give of yourself to others, contribute to a greater good and as a by-product of all this playing around, generate wealth.