Minimize electropollution by going green

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Everyone is exposed to electropollution these days. We absorb electromagnetic waves even without knowing it. The debate on weather they can cause harm to our brains and bodies is a stalemate. We doubt they could possibly cause damage to us,  but we could not stop using those devices that emit those waves anyway. Concerns regarding EMF stirred as more people use cell phones, laptops, microwave ovens and other wireless devices.

As much as possible, we'd like to stay away from EMF but in our digital world we always are glued to our smartphones, computer screens and other electronic gadgets for more than 12 hours a day. As I result, I can feel the strain in my eyes. On my last visit to the ophthalmologist , she suggested that I need to increase my intake of Vitamin B complex because it is good for the proper functioning of the nerves. She also reminded me to blink often - as often as I can. She said I should blink as often as I click the mouse and press the space bar.

I think those aren't enough. I've been having headaches today and I think the cause is too much muscle stress of my eyes. They have been working so hard, they need to relax and have a break. Well, sleep is the most important thing but I haven't been able to have as much as I need to. I am thinking of bringing in an ornamental plant in an indoor planter near my table. I've observed hospital rooms are often painted green and looking at green things brings healing and is very relaxing. Studies have shown plants absorb harmful frequencies and radiations released by digital components. 

I also want to bring in a small bonsai tree to be put on my table top. Others say putting cactus or aloe vera does the trick. But, most pots don't look good on top of tables. I found decorative planters that can be displayed over mine. There's a wide collection of  planters in  

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Pondering on

I am reading this book by Philip Yancey. Quite a hard book to read, actually. Not something you can enjoy but something that stirs your thinking and dares to ask questions you may have not courage to voice out. I love his  honesty in talking about his personal experiences and telling about how difficult it is to live in faith with a God who cannot be seen,  a God who's so full of mystery and a God who seems far away and unresponsive.  What do we say when people ask as about their doubt of His existence or when people scoff the faith we profess? I've only finished the first 90 pages and definitely determined to read through all of it.

Host, host baby!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Many people today are enjoying the convenience of working at home. Whether part-time, full-time or freelance, many people today can find considerably good income online. By being a programmer, blogger, content writer, tutor, database administrator, translator, virtual assistant or SEO expert, one can be successful. But it isn't easy as others claim. It requires hard work, motivation, dedication, discipline, skill, expertise, experience and netiquette.

I've been seriously contemplating on going full-time as an online freelance blogger or programmer. Some of my friends have made it real big and at times they could earn double if not triple my monthly salary. I could only dream of such money. Of course, don't get me wrong... I'm not all for the money but who isn't? I might as well try my luck.

Here's what I've decided to do. I planned on purchasing on own domain and blog host. I'll be doing blogging and programming on the side by practicing it on my own site with my own host. I've already bought my domain name but I couldn't decide on which web hosting service to use.
I need what others have to say. I need expert opinion.

So, here are my considerations:

I'm just starting out from scratch so I don't have much money to invest on expensive ones. I'll probably have cheap hosting, but one which will never let me down.

Excellent customer support is really important because I'd probably need to much help.

Reviews of satisfied customers would really matter. After all, if they are, probably I would, too.

Well, I really don't know what else to consider. Good thing they are always web hosting guides to help us out with the basics.

Merits of Distance Education

A few days ago, a friend asked me whether taking a course via distance education would be a good way to go and if it were at par with lectures conducted in a classroom setting. In particular, we were taking about taking a masters degree from UP Open University.

I started earning units from UPOU in October 2008. The pages of instructional materials to read, pace of the discussions, number of individual and group assignments and exams were the same vis-a-vis the same course in a normal university. The major differences include being not able to meet your faculty in-charge and classmates personally but instead interact with them through chat, email, discussion boards, forum and especially designed virtual classroom; and not having to physically go to school on each session but only during examinations. The whole framework of such system is the use of technology in providing education to learners despite their distance or location. Internet and hypermedia technology have been helpful tools that ushered in a more convenient way to study. Learners can study anywhere they are at any timezone as long as they have the tools necessary for them to communicate and participate in the discussions as well as to submit the assignments on time.

What I love about studying through distance education are:

- Flexible schedule. Learners can learn at their own pace and own time as long as they can follow the prescribed weekly schedule.
- Offers the convenience of being able to study anywhere. What could be more convenient than that?
- Money-efficient - no need to commute to go the school and hence no transportation cost, and no need to spend on lunch breaks
- Tuition fee is about the same

However, distance education is more suitable to adult learners since they are able to demonstrate basic  competence in computer /hypermedia technology; and are responsible for their own learning

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