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Thursday, February 28, 2008

Math subjects in School

After seeing my children go through school from elementary to high school, I can't believe the math subjects they take up. I could not understand the formulas or equations that they are teaching. Basic algebra and geometry might be fine. 

In the more than 30 years I have been working or in business, I have never encountered anything more complicated than basic math and geometry. What I frequently encountered were conversions of weights, measures, volume and distances from non-metric to metric and vice-versa! Maybe what is being taught in math subjects now will be good only for those who will pursue engineering, computer science and other courses that need specialization in math. When I was in high school, I was quite good in geometry. I knew that angle measurements and computing for the areas of a triangle and other geometric figures will be encountered frequently in life. My interest in this subject did not get me through the mechanical engineering course I was aiming for. 

For one thing, teachers or instructors still lack a system of relating the subject for future use and how often it will be needed. Doing this will help children get interested and learn. It should be something like, "If you know how to swim, then you would be able to save yourself or even other people having trouble in deep waters". But for a person like me, is scared of deep waters, I know how to swim just enough to save myself.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

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Saturday, February 16, 2008

Biorhythm measures your Condition

Biorhythm is some sort of a measure of a person’s intellectual, emotional, physical, intuitions, aesthetics and other moods at a given date. This is determined by just giving the data of a person’s birth date. It is displayed best in curve graph showing the peaks and lows of those conditions and moods.

Recently, I was trying to make a search of biorhythm online but all I could find were sites that required subscription to provide you a complete graph that you request. Fortunately, I am a member of a social site, Facebook. This social site has so many applications that come along. Sometimes you feel like tiring out of using them because many do not have real good use. Most are just for entertainment online. 

A couple of weeks ago a friend sent an invitation for the Biotrend application. To my surprise and elation, it was exactly what I was looking for. A free source for biorhythm! What’s more nice with it is, you are provided with both your Western and Chinese zodiac signs, which I think, are the basis for the biorhythm graph projections. After typing in my birth date, the application quickly showed a graph of my biorhythm for the past two weeks and the next two weeks. The date I did the biorhythm is included in the projection. Two types of graphs will actually show, one bar graph and the other is the curve. My biorhythm for those days was very accurate. My emotions and physical conditions were really down and low. In relation to the past week’s events, there were really factors that affected my emotions and physical condition. We encountered a serious family problem. From that time on, I had frequented almost daily my Facebook biorhythm page to check on my overall condition and mood. In that way, I was able to adjust to them properly, knowing in what state I am in.

Friday, February 15, 2008

The Chinese Zodiac

When I came to learn about the Chinese Zodiac signs, it seemed that it was more believable than the Western Zodiac, except for some observations difficult for me believe in. The Chinese Zodiac signs are as follows with the corresponding years they would fall or fall into:

  1. Rat - Born in 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008
  2. Ox - Born in 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009
  3. Tiger - Born in 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010
  4. Rabbit - Born in 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011
  5. Dragon - Born in 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012
  6. Snake - Born in 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013
  7. Horse - Born in 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954,1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014
  8. Sheep - Born in 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015
  9. Monkey - Born in 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016
  10. Rooster - Born in 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017
  11. Dog - Born in 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018
  12. Pig - Born in 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019
Then the numbers ending for each year has a corresponding element, and it would be as follows for the last digit of each year:
For years ending 0 to 1: Metal
; 2 to 3: Water; 4 to 5: Wood; 6 to 7: Fire and 8 to 9: Earth (reference:

What I have observed is all the 12 zodiac signs are animals, except for one where I have doubts, if it is or were a real animal, the Dragon. Some say there is the Komodo Dragon but I am not convinced that it is the kind of dragon most people have in mind. Many people who would see a Komodo dragon might still refer to it as a large lizard.
Another thing that aroused my curiosity is that a Chinese Zodiac birth year sign comes only every 12 years. Also for the element corresponding to the years ending digit comes on two consecutive years every 10 years! So if a person does not live until 9 years old, he or she does not get to the first anniversary of the element. The same thing with the Chinese Zodiac sign if a person does not live to the age of 12.

It is very amusing to read the legend about the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac sign and why the Rat is the first in the 12 year cycle with the Ox coming in second.

Asking a person's Chinese zodiac, if you know the years they fall on, would give a good idea on their age because of the 12 year cycle.

Your Chinese Zodiac

Why should Fear not be Conquered?

It's been told that we must need to conquer our fears. Maybe some fears, yes. But there are a lot fears we must not conquer. The fear of losing a loved ones, losing our job, losing money, losing things, our possessions, our life and many more! Why has this come to my mind?

About four years ago, I thought of conquering fear. I believed in the idea that fear made me not want to face realities in life! So, I just shunned fear! What happened was I did not fear anymore losing a job, a project, not making money and many dangers! In short, I did not even fear not doing anything to improve our life! It almost came to a point that I did not even fear losing the respect, trust and confidence of my wife and children. Thinking it over, life became boring and I practically became useless because I had no fear. I had to rekindle again some fear in me. I had to realize that, more will not be accomplished because I had no fear of it.

When I started to have some fears again, life became normal. I had to do something to improve our life because I feared to lose the respect of my family. I feared again that if any of us fell sick. It is the fear of losing loved ones, I believe, that stayed on me. Why is Fear in God not conquered?  Advocates of conquer your fears never mention anything about it!

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Can diet change cause some sickness?

Having read several articles and watched several documentaries on TV about human ailments not caused by virus or bacteria, a question came to mind. Why is it that animals, especially those in the wild, do not suffer from these kinds of ailments? Being an avid watcher of Discovery Channel and Animal Planet, it simply amazes me to watch animal living in the wilderness. They do not have artificial protection to rely on, on which many humans depend upon. They eat raw food drink water from streams, rivers, ponds and murky pools. They have such a strong immune system, that if were not for technology, far more advanced than ours. Their food and water sources have, in one way or another, been affected by pollution. Acid rain would have dropped on them!

Also, recently discovered aboriginal people are not susceptible to modern mans' diseases or ailments. I have not read or watched a documentary about extensive results on physical examination and medical studies of aboriginal people. Would the results be exclusive to scientists and medical practitioners only? Maybe science has made man live longer, but, more susceptible to ailments and diseases. I also have not read any article about the life span or real age of aboriginal people compared to modern man. Life expectancy has become longer but this is largely dependent on medicine. It is doubtful if the aboriginal people would have medicines that come close to that of modern man.

The ailments and diseases of modern man seem to be pointing to progress and change of lifestyle. Even those who migrate to other countries are affected in one way or another. They may look healthy on some aspects but they never know what is happening exactly in their cells. There are cells called anti-nuclear cells, that, as I was made to understand, they oppose or attack normal cells. This was as explained to me in layman's terms by a physician. I tried to research on it and asked the physician about this, because these anti-nuclear cells causes the disease called lupus. I tried to research on it and asked the physician about this, because this causes the disease called lupus. For one thing, immigrants have a change of diet and lifestyle. I made mention of this because I have a sister who immigrated and was afflicted or contracted, whichever applies, with lupus. After several consultations, the last one made her well without complicated treatments. I believe, it was just a change of diet and lifestyle that helped a lot. For one thing, immigrants have a change of diet and lifestyle. One might say, there are migratory birds! Yes, that's true, but they have been used to that and it has been their life ever since. They did not change to that. That is also the reason why it is difficult for wild animals to survive in captivity. For them to survive, they will need medical attention and care, even more than what human beings need.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Diesel Engines

Did you know that diesel engines do not need batteries to run? Diesel engines do not have spark plugs like gasoline engines. Gasoline engines have Spark Combustion while Diesel Engines have Compression Combustion to run. Gasoline engines compress the fuel and air mixture of around 10:1. So if that volume of 10 fuel/air mixture is compressed to 1, it will need the spark from the spark plug to have combustion. The diesel engine meanwhile, has a bigger compression ratio of around 24:1. So, when a volume of 24 pure air is compressed to 1, diesel is injected, combustion occurs! In place of spark plugs, diesel engines have diesel injection to do the job. It was my former mechanic who taught me about this first.
Note that gasoline engines compress the fuel/air mixture. Diesel compresses only the air first and when it is about to be compressed to 1, diesel fuel is injected. So, if your diesel-engined vehicle has a dead battery, you can still start the engine start the engine by pushing the car and crank starting it! Beware though, if your transmission is automatic, this might not allow crank starting!

Fathers and Teenage Sons

The generation gap is getting narrower as time passes by. This has come to a realization for myself because we are a closely knit family in our country. The influences of technology, society and education has a lot to do with this. When I was a teen-ager from the late 1960s to the early or mid-1970s, we enrolled in schools on our own and got report cards from school. We did not have those PTAs or PTACs. We were trusted by our parents on those things and knew they were part of our responsibilities. I would say, my teen years were the years when drug addiction came to the forefront. In a family of 10, I definitely had problems! My father had a heart condition that prevented him from being employed regularly, even if he was a Civil and Mining engineer at the same time. There were four of us last siblings still going to school. I was the only son going to school with three sisters.

From that time, with the number of nephews and nieces we had, I had observed that one year to next for them was not so different. Talking about the 1970s and 1980s. What one had gone through in a year or more during those days didn't vary much on generation gap. They had the same education, leisures and pleasures in life. The 1990s had a different story to tell. Technology was advancing so fast that aging of of children could not cope as fast. To cut the long story short, we had sophisticated calculators, cellphones and computers emerging on those years. The late 90s were the teen years of my eldest son, now to be 25 years old, by March 2008. It was completely different during my days! We were brought up differently during our teen years, so I had to accept changes. Right now, I have my youngest son in his teen years and experiencing differently from that of his older brother and that of mine. I have accepted the changes in in generation gaps and I am glad that my youngest son finds a good reason to come home early and stay at home when not in school. Of course, there are still those binges when a friend or school mates go out on some week ends. I perceive that as normal and natural.

Sex which is a delicate issue, is something I never brought up with them. Taking away influences that they could prematurely think of it, I still believe that what nature has to offer comes along naturally. As long as they have the family and the diversions not to think about sex, it is alright with me. Maybe fathers should realize, whether they've been bad or good in their teens years, things change in a way it is sometimes difficult to accept.

When to Service your Cars Brake Pads

One of the better ways to check on your car brake pads is through the Brake Master Reservoir. This is where you top off your brake fluid. As long as your car brake system has no brake fluid leaks, and you don't top off your reservoir too frequently, it is a reliable gauge on how worn out your brake pads are. This is advisable for those who have difficulty identifying brake pad indicators or calipers. It is also advisable to make this checks only on Brand New vehicles or those with just Newly Installed brake pads.

There is really no need to top-off the the brake fluid reservoir once it goes below the maximum level line. You really need to top it off only when it is close to the minimum level line. When the fluid level is close to the Minimum Level Line on the Brake Fluid Reservoir, it is best to have the brake pads checked on how worn out it is. Again, make sure first that your brake system has no leaks. Some leaks may not be visible from the outside, especially for those equipped with brake drums. So, in having your brakes serviced or checked at this point could also tell if the system has a leak.

If you always maintain your brake fluid levels to maximum, it will not be a reliable gage to see how worn out the brake pads are. If you observe that the fluid level goes down abnormally after just a few days or miles of drive, better have your brake system checked for leaks.

Friday, February 1, 2008

Social Sites

Paying Social Networking Sites have mushroomed lately on the Internet. These are Yuwie, Rotatrix, NaRple, Zubby and Lazzeo. I have joined all of these social sites believing that I will be doing there what I mostly do online, and get PAID for it. On the first two sites, Yuwie and Rotatrix, I have worked on both eagerly for 3 and 2 months, respectively. The opportunity really looked good then. Months after that, members of yuwie found an easy and faster way to earn through yuwie, and that was the Voxant News Room. Many members were experiencing very poor earnings and resorted to posting the news feed on their profiles. Yuwie found it too and also became a news feed member. Administration found out that members were "clicking" more on the news feeds, as friends were helping each other earn better. Many members, like myself, lost interest in doing the usual activity at Yuwie.

As for the copy cats, they made a good initial salvo, but suffered several down times and web site or server glitches. Many have resorted to pop-up ads for income generation. Some even actually allow members to post ads and solicit referrals. Presently, I doubt if any of them as reached 10,000 members as of this writing. 

So, in comparison to Multiply, Friendster, Facebook, MySpace and others that have millions of members, true they are not paid but they are not fooled into wasting their time there for a few cents each month. They log in and out of their accounts as they wish. With the paying social sites, you are forced to log in and visit to make a mark on profiles to get earnings through points or credits.
There is also no truth to the claim that you can do at the paying social sites what you normally do online or in social sites. At present, I have 170 plus on my down line but my network hardly earns a dollar a month on regular activity like I do at non-paying social sites.