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New Product: USB Typewriter
USB TypewriterAs even BlackBerry moves away from its emphasis on physical keyboards, we’re all slowly learning to adapt to the cold, slick reality of touchscreens and virtual keyboards. If you’re one of those who yearns for the feeling of a real keyboard, or whose ears perk up at the clickity-clack sound of keys, all hope is not lost.
One intrepid Etsy seller has created a way to use your iPad while typing on a typewriter. The USB Typewriter, sold by Etsy member Jack Zylkin, offers you somewhere to dock your iPad, essentially turning it into a screen while you type happily away on one of several styles of classic typewriter.
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What makes these particularly cool is the fact that they are real, classic typewriters that have been converted to work with the iPad. If you don’t own an iPad but want one of these machines anyway, fear not: USB Typewriter works when plugged in as a keyboard to PCs and Macs as well. It connects like a regular USB keyboard would to your computer.
If you grow weary of working digitally, the USB Typewriter still functions as a regular typewriter as well. And if you own your own typewriter that you’d like to convert to work as a keyboard, the Etsy shop also sells conversion kits.
Here’s what the USB Typewriter looks like in action:
Who would love this: People with a love of vintage and nostalgic items, or people who grew up typing on typewriters and are more comfortable using one than a traditional keyboard. And probably hipsters.
How much it costs: A full USB Typewriter ranges from $699 USD to $899 USD depending on the model (plus an addition $75 to ship to Canada). The conversion kits cost $49-$74 USD.
Where to get it: From the USB Typewriter shop on Etsy. http://youtu.be/4zWb0A58ZuI
By Sheila Crisostomo (The Philippine Star) |February 17, 2013
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines was voted the “world leader in love” as 93 percent of Filipinos admitted feeling love, according to a survey by the United States-based pollster Gallup.
Justin Wolfers, Gallup senior scientist and University of Michigan professor, said the Philippines bested 136 countries the pollster visited in 2006 and 2007.
“As part of the world poll, Gallup asked people, ‘Did you experience the following feelings during a lot of the day yesterday? How about love?’ The result was the most comprehensive global index of love ever constructed,” he said.
Wolfers noted on a typical day, around 70 percent of the world population reported they experienced love the day before.
“Given the question, this need not be the romantic kind of love typically celebrated on Valentine’s Day – it may also be the love of a child, a parent, family, or good friends. Needless to say, all are worth celebrating,” he added.
In the US, Wolfers said the “feelings of love were a bit more widespread, with 81 percent of Americans experiencing it for a lot of the day.”
“The world leader in love is the Philippines, where fully 93 percent of the population reported feeling love; Rwanda isn’t far behind at 92 percent, and Puerto Rico is the only other population surveyed where at least nine in 10 respondents reported feeling love,” he added.
In fourth place was Hungary with 89 percent; followed by Cyprus, and Trinidad and Tobago with 88 percent each; Paraguay with 87; Lebanon 86; and Costa Rica and Cambodia with 85 percent each.
On the other hand, the country with “the least widespread feeling of love” was Armenia with 29 percent; followed by Mongolia and Uzbekistan with 32 percent each; Kyrgyzstan with 34; Morocco, Belarus and Georgia with 43 each; Kazakhstan with 45; Moldova with 46; and Azerbaijan and Tajikistan with 47 percent each.
“It is important to note that differences between countries may be due to how cultures define love and not in actual day-to-day experiences. In some countries, the idea of love is restricted to a romantic partner, while in others it extends to family members and friends,” Wolfers said.
By: Atty. Harry Roque @harryroque.com
Here’s hoping that all our readers were unscathed by the recent rains brought by the Southwest monsoon. Since my family and I live on a small hill, we were otherwise untouched by the rain even if at some point, the strong water somehow found its way into our drainage. But that was nothing compared to the miseries that the rains brought to a whole lot of residents in the metropolis and in the surrounding provinces. It seems that while we have learned to live year in year out with no less than 20 storms per year, we still have a lot to learn in terms of crisis management to minimize the risk for many of our countrymen.
For instance, my good friend Mahar Lagmay has long advocated strong public awareness about potential landslide-prone areas in Metro-Manila. And yet, despite the existence of these scientific data, both local government units and private developers, including the buying public, appear oblivious to the risk attached in developing and residing in these areas.
Elsewhere, despite the repeated flooding arising from clogged esteros and drainages, there does not appear to be any visible improvement in terms of communities preventing their solid waste from finding its way to our estuaries. How many more deaths arising from flooding should we have before our communities realize that while nature may not be controlled, its adverse consequences may be aggravated by our acts?
And yes, there is also the matter of weather forecasting, The problem with this latest rain is that it unleashed more water than typhoon Ondoy and yet, there was no typhoon. Seems to me that even I the absence of a typhoon, there has to be a better way of warning the people about the possible dangers that may be caused by continuous outpour of rain.
One good new behind the recent catastrophe is the state of preparedness of the Philippine media to give the general public up to date reports about what is happening. Kudos to the men and women of the news industry who risked their lives and limbs to provide us with necessary information is responsible for saving a lot of lives and property. Government should take heed that it was the media and not government that harnessed their resources to mitigate the damages of this natural catastrophe. I’m hoping that President Aquino will remember this before making yet another tirade against the media.
But the message is clear: we live in a disaster-prone country. As such, we need to prioritize disaster preparedness as part of our national policy. Every community must draw up its own community preparedness plan to deal with what we know is a certainty — natural calamities — even if we do not know when it will actually strike. Government must likewise give priority in acquiring equipment and other infrastructure to mitigate natural catastrophes. In this regard, perhaps, the Ombudsman should now prioritize the investigation of graft cases involving the procurement of these life-saving equipment, such as rubber boats and the like. Already, we seem to have forgotten that part of the sins of the past administration was the procurement of rubber boats that cannot be used in the metropolis in case of flooding. This is the worst type of corruption since they feed on the misery of the people in times of natural calamities. These cases should be prosecuted with dispatch so that we can teach others, by way of example, that bottom feeders in our society will be punished.
A final point on class cancellations. While I appreciate the dispatch by which local government units have cancelled classes, I am now alarmed at how much time our students have lost in their studies. This is particularly relevant to me since as a teacher myself, I now have to recover a whole week of course work which can only happen if I hold classes on weekends or if we prolong our academic calendar. I’m not suggesting changing the start of the school year from June to September as is the case in the United States for a practical reason: it will be too hot to teach and study in the dry seasons of April and May. But perhaps, what we need to have is more flexibility in terms of prolonging the school calendar to make up for lost days of school owing to inclement weather.
Hence, if we cancelled 10 school days per semester, perhaps, we should have a longer semestral break in October-November so that in case make up classes are required, we could do so during the semestral break. As to the second semester, there will be the summer days to make up for these days. My experience is that make-ups on weekends are not so conducive to learning especially when Saturdays are not enough to make up for lost time. Schools hence should be more flexible in their academic calendars.
Meanwhile, here’s hoping that all of our readers stay safe and warm!
MANILA, Philippines—What you do on Facebook could give you away.
A new study led by a Filipino journalism doctoral student found how Facebook habits could measure personality types and predict inclinations—a positive development for targeted advertising and political campaigns.
Released recently by the Missouri School of Journalism, the study conducted by PhD students Edson Tandoc Jr., former Inquirer reporter and scholar, and Heather Shoenberger found patterns on how certain personality types used social media.
“Observing one’s Facebook habits can offer clues to that user’s personality. For example, Facebook uses targeted advertising. This becomes effective if the right ad is targeted at the right person,” Tandoc said via e-mail.
Highest penetration rate
Tandoc said the study should be of particular relevance to the Philippines, known as the “social networking capital of the world.” Citing an online study last year, he noted that 94 percent of Filipino Internet users have Facebook accounts—the highest penetration rate in the world for the popular social media network site.
The study, presented at the International Communication Association Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, in May, used a personality scale called the Mini-Motivation Activation Measure to see links between personalities and Facebook habits.
“Using this scale, we were able to find a trend in the patterns of how people with certain personality types use social media. I believe this could really help advertisers and certain types of media groups target potential customers with particular ads on social media sites,” Shoenberger said in a statement on the journalism school’s website.
For instance, the researchers said people who were more outgoing and more adventurous tended to post more frequently, including status updates and photos and interacted more with friends online.
“If by frequency of one’s posts a user can be classified as adventurous, then ads about adventure-related products or services such as bungee jumping or kayaking, as well as ads designed for adventurous people, will be appealing to that user,” Tandoc said.
More “reserved” users scan through their News Feed, which contains posts of their friends, but uses Facebook more cautiously.
The researchers found that these users actually log on more to Facebook, a pattern that can be “counterintuitive but this is actually consistent with the idea that this personality type uses Facebook as a safer way to maintain social relationships than face-to-face interaction,” Tandoc noted.
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Aiza goes against type
DIRECTLINE By Boy Abunda
(The Philippine Star) Updated June 30, 2012
One of the things that performers find most irresistible about acting — whether onstage or onscreen — is that you get the chance to be someone you’re not. This is what Aiza Seguerra looks forward to the most whenever she takes on a theater role. The singer, actress and TV personality has appeared in several musicals and is back onstage in Rock of Ages, the five-time Tony Award-nominated . Mounted in Manila by Atlantis Productions, Rock of Ages features international rock sensation MiG Ayesa as rock star Stacee Jaxx, the same role he played .
Rock of Ages tells the love story of Drew, a young busboy dreaming of becoming a rock star while working at The Bourbon Room, the most famous bar on Los Angeles’ Sunset Strip, and Sherrie, a small-town girl who is there to pursue her dreams of being an actress. Aiza, last seen on the Atlantis stage in Avenue Q, plays bohemian activist Regina who leads a protest against developers that threaten to close down the Bourbon Room and turn the Strip into a “model of clean and efficient living.” But Aiza’s character is not your typical activist. In fact, when Atlantis Productions approached her with an offer to play the role as early as August 2011, Aiza was advised “to keep an open mind” by director Chari Arespacochaga before making a decision. “She told me, ‘I’m casting against stereotypes.’” This only served to whet Aiza’s appetite — and when she traveled to New York to do a show with the ASAP Sessionistas, she took advantage of the opportunity to watch the Broadway production starring MiG. Aiza also looked up information about the play online, and was stunned and excited to find out that Regina, aside from being an activist, had an alter-ego as a stripper. A stripper? Yes, laughs Aiza. She’s playing a character who has two sides to her, two sides that are diametrically opposed to each other — but that’s precisely what attracted her to it. After seeing the play on Broadway, Aiza made up her mind to do it, and was prepared to go the extra mile to make her portrayal more convincing. That included undergoing a liposuction to get her body into shape for the stripper outfit she’ll be wearing. Performed by cosmetic surgeon Vicki Belo and her team, it was the first time that Aiza had a cosmetic procedure done in her life. Others would probably consider it a radical move, but Aiza was game about doing it, all in the name of the role. That’s how concerned she was about getting into the character. If she was going to play a stripper, she had to look like one, or at least get as close to the character as possible physically, tattoos on her arms and all. “Prepared ako (for the role) emotionally, but I also had to prepare for it physically, kaya ako nagpa-lipo,” says Aiza.“Kasi siyempre hindi naman matatanggal ng gan’on kadali ito,” she adds, pointing to her midsection and places where she feels she needed to lose weight. “Dapat i-gy-gym ko ito, pero sabi ko nga, mas mabilis ang lipo.” Aiza has played a lot of roles before, but this one is very new to her. And yet, finding out what it would involve made her want to do it. “Na-challenge ako, and I was willing to do it,” she says. “That’s really what I like about the stage — you can play a totally different character, someone who’s very different from who you are, and really get into it.” As a singer, Aiza was also attracted by the music of Rock of Ages. The musical features songs from the glam rock era of the ’80s, when performers were into spandex outfits, girly make-up and big hair. In Rock of Ages, audiences will hear songs by bands like Styx, Poison and Bon Jovi.
Although Aiza was born and grew up during this era and is probably too young to remember most of the songs, she is familiar with some of them. “I’m familiar with a few,” she says. “We hear them all the time on the radio.” Aiza is celebrating her 25th anniversary this year, and appearing in Rock of Ages — where she shares the stage with a talented cast led by MiG, Jett Pangan, Nyoy Volante, Vina Morales and Jinky Llamanzares — she considers one of the highlights. “Masaya ito,” says the former child star. “Anything about the theater excites me, because in the theater, you get the chance to be someone other than yourself, to play a different role. It’s nice to be able to stretch your own boundaries and test your abilities.” (Rock of Ages runs until July 8 at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza in Makati.)
Nowadays, many folks (smokers) are not concerned about their health. Maybe because they are unaware or even if they are aware, they are just thinking that smoking is just a normal habit, but they dont realize the terrible effects of cigarette smoking in their body. And some smokers doing smoking for several years, its very difficult for them to stop smoking because they are addicted already. But with self-discipline and determination, theres no impossible. So thats why I made 22 tips how to quit smoking in an easy way manner.
1. Make an HONEST list of all the things you like about smoking. Draw a line down the center of a piece of paper and write them on one side; on the other side make a list of all the things you dislike, such as how it can interfere with your health, work, family, etc., Think about the list over time, and make changes. If you are brave enough, get feedback from family and friends about things they dont like about your use of cigarettes. When the negative side outweighs the positive side, you are ready to quit.
2. Then make another list of why quitting wont be easy. Be thorough, even if the list gets long and discouraging. Heres the important part: Next to each entry, list one or more options for overcoming that challenge. For instance, one item might be: Nicotine is an addictive drug. Your option might be: Try a nicotine replacement alternative. Another reason might be: Smoking helps me deal with stress. Your option might be: Take five-minute walks instead. The more you anticipate the challenges to quitting, and their solutions, the better your chance of success.
3. Set a quit date and write a quit date contract that includes your signature and that of a supportive witness.
4. Write all your reasons for quitting on an index card and keep it near you at all times. Here are some to get you started: My daughter, my granddaughter, my husband, my wife
You get the idea.
5. As youre getting ready to quit, stop buying cartons of cigarettes. Instead, only buy a pack at a time, and only carry two or three with you at a time. Eventually youll find that when you want a smoke, you wont have any immediately available. That will slowly wean you down to fewer cigarettes.
6. Keep a list of when you smoke, what youre doing at the time, and how bad the craving is for a week before quitting to see if specific times of the day or activities increase your cravings. Then arrange fun, unique things to do during those times, like some of the ones we recommend here.
7. Prepare a list of things to do when a craving hits. Suggestions include: take a walk, drink a glass of water, kiss your partner or child, throw the ball for the dog, wash the car, clean out a cupboard or closet, have sex, chew a piece of gum, wash your face, brush your teeth, take a nap, get a cup of coffee or tea, practice your deep breathing, light a candle. Make copies of the list and keep one with you at all times so when the craving hits, you can whip out the list and quickly do something from it.
8. When your quit date arrives, throw out anything that reminds you of smoking. That includes all smoking paraphernalia leftover cigarettes, matches, lighters, ashtrays, cigarette holders, even the lighter in your car.
9. Instead of a cigarette break at work, play a game of solitaire on your computer. It takes about the same time and is much more fun (although, like cigarettes, it can get addictive). If your company prohibits games like that, find another five-minute diversion: a phone call, a stroll, or eating a piece of fruit outdoors (but not where smokers congregate).
10. Switch to a cup of herbal tea whenever you usually have a cigarette. That might be at breakfast, midmorning, or after meals. The act of brewing the tea and slowly sipping it as it cools will provide the same stress relief as a hit of nicotine.
11. Switch your cigarette habit for a nut habit four nuts in their shell for every cigarette you want to smoke. This way, youre using your hands and your mouth, getting the same physical and oral sensations you get from smoking.
12. Carry some cinnamon-flavored toothpicks with you. Suck on one whenever a cig craving hits.
13. Think of difficult things you have done in the past. Ask people who know you well to remind you of challenges you have successfully overcome. This will give you the necessary self-confidence to stick with your pledge not to smoke.
14. To minimize cravings, change your routine. Sit in a different chair at breakfast or take a different route to work. If you usually have a drink and cigarette after work, change that to a walk. If youre used to a smoke with your morning coffee, switch to tea, or stop at Starbucks for a cup of java the chain is smoke-free.
15. Tell your friends, coworkers, boss, partner, kids, etc., how you feel about situations instead of bottling up your emotions. If something makes you angry, express it instead of smothering it with cigarette smoke. If youre bored, admit to yourself that youre bored and find something energetic to do instead of lighting up.
16. If you relapse, just start again. You havent failed. Some people have to quit as many as eight times before they are successful.
17. Switch to decaf until youve been cigarette-free for two months. Too much caffeine while quitting can cause the jitters.
18. Create a smoke-free zone. Dont allow anyone to use tobacco in your home, car, or even while sitting next to you in a restaurant. Make actual No Smoking signs and hang them around your house and in your car.
19. Find a healthy snack food you can keep with you and use in place of cigarettes to quench that urge for oral gratification. For instance, try butong-pakwan seeds, squash seeds, sugarless lollipops, or gum, banana chips, carrot or celery sticks. The last one is best if you are concerned about weight gain.
20. Picture yourself playing tennis. Or Go play tennis. British researchers found volunteers trying to quit smoking were better able to ignore their urges to smoke when they were told to visualize a tennis match.
21. Quit when youre in a good mood. Studies find that youre less likely to be a successful quitter if you quit when youre depressed or under a great deal of stress.
22. Post this list in a visible location in your house. Whenever youre tempted to light up, take a look at all the ways smoking can damage your health:
Increases risk of lung, bladder, pancreatic, mouth, esophageal, and other cancers, including leukemia
Contributes to thin bones
Affects mental capacity and memory
Reduces levels of folate, low levels of which can increase the risk of heart disease, depression, and Alzheimers disease
Increases likelihood of impotence
Affects ability to smell and taste
Results in low-birth-weight, premature babies
Increases risk of depression in adolescents
Increases risk of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure
Increases risk of diabetes
Increases your childs risk of obesity and diabetes later in life if you smoked while pregnant
It is better to prevent the disease than to cure it. So act right now before its too late. Do it NOW..
This article was submitted by the Filipino Nurses community. All articles are views of their respective authors and not necessarily of Filipino Nurses'. All commentaries, letters or opinions submitted by the Filipino Nurses community are presented here unedited, except for formatting and minor typographical corrections.
It all started with the mouse. It was this computer peripheral that set Myrna Padilla on the path to becoming a player in the Philippine business process outsourcing industry.
I was a nanny in Hong Kong then and part of my job was to make sure my ward would do his homework before he plays with the computer. I was amazed when I saw him move the mouse and something on the screen moved, she recounts. I asked him what a mouse was, and the boy, lost for words, replied: I dont know Myrna. Ask the one who invented it.
Myrna realized then that she had to learn how to use the computer. She went to the Philippine consular office in Hong Kong and applied for a free course on basic computing, but she had to wait for three to six months because there were so many enrollees. But I persevered, and I did learn how to use the mouse. When I first learned how to copy and paste, I was so thrilled, she says.
Myrna is no stranger to perseverances evil twin adversity.
My father was a fisherman. There were times when my mother would cry because we had nothing to eat. Even my siblings were crying. I think I was the only one not crying, but I was crying inside, she says.
After high school, college was not an option. She sought work abroad and, in 1988, found one as a maid in Singapore. Taiwan came next after Singapore. Then, it was Hong Kong, where she ended up with a bad employer. I slept in the kitchen, with cartons for a bed, she reveals. Luckily, she found another job, with a wealthy family who helped her realize her dreams.
They allowed her to enroll in short technical courses and helped her with her work for the Mindanao Hong Kong Workers Federation, which she founded in 1999. After seeing Myrna pounding on a typewriter at 2 a.m. to write requests for her fellow OFWs, her employers gave her a laptop and a printer as a Christmas present.
The laptop became Myrnas window to business opportunities. Through it, she discovered the social networking platform and came upon one website where she posted a comment. To her surprise, the company to her and told her that her complaint was valid.
They said I was a very good bug tester. That was when I learned that before a software comes out, the developers need bug testers, she says.
She kept exploring the Internet for social networking problems until she found a company in the United States that wanted more of her feedback. It was two-way: They got feedback from me, and I learned from them, she says.
In 2006, Myrna went back to the Philippines to have her thyroid problem checked. It was supposed to be just a temporary visit. After the operation, however, she sent an e-mail to her employers and told them she was not going back. I told them it would be already difficult for me to work as a domestic helper. I asked them to understand my situation. I was surprised because they not only understood, they even gave me a long-service pay, she says.
She used the money to go into business process outsourcing. She began with just one employee. Her sister, who was also a domestic helper in Hong Kong, joined her later. Four years after she stopped being an overseas Filipino worker, she now has 19 employees, mostly programmers, website administrators and graphic artists.
People should not lose hope. Poverty should not be a reason for you to stop dreaming, to succeed in life, she advises.
Source: Global Filipino - The Philippine Daily Inquirer
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