Thursday, February 28, 2008
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
Friday, February 15, 2008
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:
- Rat - Born in 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008
- Ox - Born in 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009
- Tiger - Born in 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010
- Rabbit - Born in 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011
- Dragon - Born in 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012
- Snake - Born in 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013
- Horse - Born in 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954,1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014
- Sheep - Born in 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015
- Monkey - Born in 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016
- Rooster - Born in 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017
- Dog - Born in 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018
- Pig - Born in 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019
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: http://www.chinatownconnection.com/chinese_zodiac.htm)
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
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
Sunday, February 3, 2008
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!
Friday, February 1, 2008
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.