Bits and Pieces.

Point of information with a drip of humour.

Gratitude? — 18 February 2015

Gratitude?

If there were two ways in which I could describe myself in a vague yet bitterly humorous way, I’d go for “bad joke enthusiast” and “salad afficionado”. There’s this lovely place that sells a great and tasty dish, “Gratitude”. I will not disclose the name of the restaurant so to protect my privacy, but if you DO know which shop I’m talking about, then you should give that dish a shot!

Setting the palate-arousing dish aside, “Gratitude” is a concept I find myself struggling with.

I’ve had a problem telling “gratitude” apart from “abnegation” for a very long time. I couldn’t tell when I was being walked over, under the guise of “gratitude”. Gratitude and manipulation always walked hand-in-hand for me.

I can’t decide I should be grateful for not having experienced something amazing that would lead to immense pain afterwards.

Measles Is Serious (A History Lesson from My Grandmother) — 13 February 2015

Measles Is Serious (A History Lesson from My Grandmother)

A great, thought-provoking article.

The Science of Mom

Measles is back. The outbreak of this highly contagious viral illness that started at Disneyland in December has spread across the country and shows no signs of slowing. As of February 6, the CDC reported 121 cases in 17 states in this year alone, most linked to Disneyland. In 2014, we had 644 cases of measles in the U.S. This is a striking increase compared to the last 15 years, when we usually saw less than 100 cases in an entire year.

measles 2015 CDCI’m sorry that so many people have been sickened in this outbreak and hope that it is reined in soon. This is no easy task given our mobile society and the fact that we like to congregate in places like Disneyland, schools, doctors’ offices, hospitals, airplanes, and shopping malls. Add to that the pockets of unvaccinated people where measles can easily spread, and we have a recipe…

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Could laziness be our actual driving force? —

Could laziness be our actual driving force?

I was patching my profusely outdated League Of Legends version and I got sick of waiting so in the meantime I was able to play a round of TF2 as Scout, lose miserably, write two C++ console programs, prepare scrambled eggs, do my laundry, wash the dishes, spring-clean my place, read PC magazine articles, catching up with casual acquiantances+friends and I’m still waiting.

I can’t imagine what I’d done if I wasn’t too lazy to sit idly and wait.

What a paradox!

To teach or not to teach? That is the question. — 9 February 2015

To teach or not to teach? That is the question.

Sometimes, someone finds themselves overwhelmed with the amount of information they are supposed to retain after class. I am a student myself, but being a university student has enabled me to help all my teenage friends with studying, and my not-so-slighty older friends with…well, technology.  More than often, I find myself overwhelmed by the process of trying to fit carefully moulded-according-to-my-mind attained knowledge into their mind.

Everyone is different and sometimes I have struggle using those differences to my advantage when it comes to “teaching”.

It’s incredible how our minds can act like sifts — leaving out valuable chucks and bits of information. Teaching is all about breaking those information crumps down into thin dust and letting them get sifted all the way to the Grand Bowl Of Knowledge. Each mind is a sieve, and it is painfully unique at that.