Learning from the World and Learning for the World

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Learning new things increases your knowledge about new things and if it is with fun, then it will also increase your interest to learn that thing and that’s how I felt in the entire semester in our Computer II.

As an AB Communication student in La Verdad Christian College, I came across a computer subject which is bound to end in just a few weeks. As an individual who is keen to gain an in-depth knowledge all about computers, it’s always not quite easy for me. A whole day may not be enough for me to state all the things that I have learned in the entire semester, so let me just summarize my learnings.

I learned so much in just a single semester. From the preliminary term up to the current term which is the last and the final term. I have learned to manipulate social media in a good way, the proper way to create blogs, website and many more.

During the prelims, I learned a lot of technical terms associated with computers. I learned the differences between the three network communication technology. I also learned how to convert measurements used in data manipulations, the different types of communication, media transmissions and more…….

I also learned the different trivial facts like the meaning of the Bluetooth symbol which was taken from the name of the Danish King Harald Blatand- the king responsible for the merge of Denmark and Norway. I also came to know that “wireless fidelity” is not the real meaning of the term “Wifi”. I also learned the different layer of the network protocols which is the OSI or Open Systems Interconnection and the process of its encapsulation and de-encapsulation.

During the midterms, we started making our own blogs and our knowledge on how to use social media has been expanded. Student writing improves the more they do it. Instead of traditional writing projects, blogs create great opportunities for us to write and display our writing on a larger scale. The topic ideas are endless. Have students reflect on lessons such as this one. We are ask to illustrate our thoughts with photos or videos.

By having students read each other’s blog posts, we have created a stronger community with one another, discovering shared experiences and reactions. Because our work becomes part of the greater World Wide Web, we, students have increased motivation to carefully consider our language, spelling, and grammar usage as well as how we draw in outside information.

In the current term, which is sadly about to last, I have learned to create our own website. It was difficult to insert tags, videos and images but it was harder to encode because there are so many codes needed in order to finish the website. It was thrilling to realize that a young individual like me can do a website that, who knows, can be popular in the near future. Building a website is a great way to share our ideas and thoughts with the world. There’s all that http-dot-whatever and <tag this=””> and <tag that=””> and how to insert pictures and text here and there….

We created our own website by ourselves. We thought that it’s impossible to create our own website but by simply typing in HTML code into a text editor, we edited it until it looked the way we wanted it to.

HTML looks complicated, it’s hard at first, but once you get the feel of it, it’s not that difficult.

The website we have created is both for fun and for the benefits of those who will be going to visit our website. Knowing our expectations makes it much easier both to design our own website, and to track and make sense of the results.

Building our own website is going to take a commitment of time and possibly money, so we set a limit on both, and then dig in. The plan doesn’t have to be a big, complicated or a fancy graphic presentation, but at the very least, we all want to consider what it will do for us and especially for those who are going to visit our website.

I thoroughly appreciate the unending effort of our professor for teaching us full-packed informations about computers. One thing I liked is that we held quizzes every meeting which makes it easier for us to answer our major exams at the end of each terms. This industriousness inspired me to learn more about making blogs and creating my own websites and of course, learning more about computers.

My present knowledge about computers might be just a bit compared to computer experts, but it is enough to be a stepping stone for my stairway to success.

How “User Interface” became an Integral Part of Our Daily Lives

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   In information technology, the user interface (UI) is everything designed into an information device with which a human being may interact — including display screen, keyboard, mouse, the appearance of a desktop, illuminated characters, help messages, and how an application program or a Web site invites interaction and responds to it.

According to Webopedia:

The User Interface is the junction between a user and a computer program.

  • An interface is a set of commands or menus through which a user communicates with a program.
  • command-driven interface is one in which you enter commands.
  • A menu-driven  interface is one in which you select command choices from various menus displayed on the screen.

 The user interface has a key role in defining the quality of the user experience, which in turn affects a consumer’s overall perception of the product or service. The user interface is not only the connection between the device or service and the user–it is also the connection to the desired outcome, whether that is viewing content or managing smart home devices. The driving principle of a satisfactory user interface is economy of effort. The interface should be clean, simple, intuitive, and easy to navigate. Most importantly, the interface should provide a swift passage to content discovery and access with the fewest possible number of clicks, movements, or commands.

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A good user interface provides a “user-friendly” experience, allowing the user to interact with the software or hardware in a natural and intuitive way.

                 Most hardware devices also include a user interface, though it is typically not as complex as a software interface. A common example of a hardware device with a user interface is a remote control. A typical TV remote has a numeric keypad, volume and channel buttons, mute and power buttons, an input selector, and other buttons that perform various functions. This set of buttons and the way they are laid out on the controller makes up the user interface. Other devices, such as digital cameras, audio mixing consoles, and stereo systems also have a user interface.

                  While user interfaces can be designed for either hardware of software, most are a combination of both. For example, to control a software program, you typically need to use a keyboard and mouse, which each have their own user interface. Likewise, to control a digital camera, you may need to navigate through the on-screen menus, which is a software interface.

 

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 “Interaction with mobile phones today involves taking a physical device out of your pocket, looking directly at it and using your fingers to interact with it.”

         Using touch is just as simple: you simply point at what you want. Although some people still shy away from computer keyboards, mouse, or trackballs, there is no hesitation when they can just touch a screen. Users feel comfortable that they cannot “do anything wrong”; they instinctively understand how to use the interface. 

 

Regardless of the application, the goal of a good user interface is to be user-friendly. After all, we all know how frustrating it can be to use a device that doesn’t work the way we want it to.

 

USES OF WEB 2.0 and WEB 3.0

 

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Web 2.0 is the term used to describe a variety of web sites and applications that allow anyone to create and share online information or material they have created. A key element of the technology is that it allows people to create, share, collaborate & communicate. Web 2.0 differs from other types of websites as it does not require any web design or publishing skills to participate, making it easy for people to create and publish or communicate their work to the world. The nature of this technology makes it an easy and popular way to communicate information to either a select group of people or to a much wider audience. Our school can make use of these tools to communicate with students, staff and the wider academic community. It can also be an effective way, as a mass communication student to communicate and interact with other people. There are number of different types of web 2.0 applications including wikis, blogs, social networking, folksonomies, podcasting & content hosting services. Many of the most popular websites are Web 2.0 sites such as Wikipedia, YouTube, Facebook, MySpace, Flickr.

For Example:

  • READING BLOGS AND CREATE A FEEDBACK TO THE WRITERS

As one of our fulfillment last midterm period, Ma’am Meryll Lopez, our Christian Living Instructor, required us to read 5 Blogs of Mr. Controversy and that after reading the article, we have to comment what we have learned, our realizations and our reactions.

  • SOCIAL NETWORKING

Social networking allows an individual to create a profile for themselves on the service and share that profile with other users with similar interests to create a social network. Users can choose to have public profiles which can be viewed by anyone or private profiles which can only be viewed by people that the users allow. Me as one of the users of facebook usually post photographs, music and videos. I also write co Popular social network services that I always love to use include Facebook and myspace.

I usually write my comments in the comments box  which lets people comment on content on the other site using their Facebook profile and shows this activity to their friends in news feed. Me as one of the fanatic facebook  users has the ability to reply directly to comments and start conversation threads, which will make it easier for us to interact directly with individual readers and keep relevant conversations connected.

 

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Web 3.0 is the designation generally associated with the evolution to an “intelligent web.” It’s anticipated that the intelligent web will address the lack of structure and organization in Web 2.0 by linking information from disparate sources and systems to make the web even easier to use, more efficient, and more valuable to its users. Web 3.0 is also referred to as the “semantic web” because it will use semantics—the study of meanings behind words and information—to interpret searchable content and thus deliver more appropriate and relevant content to end-users.

Web 3.0 will introduce new techniques for organizing content and new tools that will make it possible for software and applications to collect, interpret, and use data in ways that can add meaning and structure to information where it didn’t exist before. The web will become smarter, in other words. In concept, Web 3.0 will be able to unleash services that can cut through high volumes of information from disparate digital sources—from web content to e-mail or files residing on a PC—to deliver more relevant search results. It will offer tools to better manage flows of information, and deliver a faster and richer user experience. Machine- and intelligent software-based agents will drive the intelligent web, as well. These agents will be able to carry out search and web transactions on behalf of customers according to each user’s specified preferences to push today’s concept of M2M (machine to machine) communications toward M4H (machines for humans).

  • Example of Web 3.0

My Family thinking about going on a vacation last summer. We want to go someplace warm and tropical. We have set aside a budget of P10,000 for our trip. We  want a nice place to stay, but we don’t want it to take up too much of our budget. We also want a good deal on our transportation going to our vacation.

With the Web technology currently available to us, we have to do a lot of research to find the best vacation options. We need to research potential destinations and decide which one is right for us.  We might visit two or three discount travel sites and compare rates for flights and hotel rooms. We  spend a lot of our time looking through results on various search engine results pages. The entire process could take several hours.

Right now, when I use a Web search engine, the engine isn’t able to really understand your search. It looks for Web pages that contain the keywords found in your search terms. The search engine can’t tell if the Web page is actually relevant for your search. It can only tell that the keyword appears on the Web page. For example, if we are going to search for the term “Vikings” you’d end up with results for Web pages about the vikings and others about restaurant.

A Web 3.0 search engine could find not only the keywords in your search, but also interpret the context of your request. It would return relevant results and suggest other content related to your search terms. In our vacation example, if we typed “tropical vacation destinations under P10,000” as a search request, the Web 3.0 browser might include a list of fun activities or great restaurants related to the search results. It would treat the entire Internet as a massive database of information available for any query.

 

 

 

 

 

God’s Love Should Radiates From Us

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            Our faith is like a seed; if it is fed, watered and tended it will grow and develop. Without help, the seed may die, or weeds may choke its development. We think that we can do it all with our own strength, and the wonder why we struggle. In fact it is a hopeless task alone, but then God steps in and makes the impossible possible and gives us the freedom we need to run the race, to grow and blossom.

            Our freedom was gained through the blood of Jesus Christ on the cross- how can we accept such a gift and not offer something back as a show of gratitude?

           If you know someone who doesn’t have any clothes or food, you shouldn’t just say, “I hope all goes well for you. I hope you will be warm and have plenty to eat.” What good is it to say this, unless you do something to help? Faith that doesn’t lead us to do good deeds is all alone and dead.

Abraham pleased God by putting his son Isaac on the altar and sacrifice him. Now you see how Abraham’s faith and works go together. He proved that his faith was real by what he did. This is what the scriptures mean by saying, “Abraham had faith in God, and God accepted him.”

           You can now see that we pleased God by what we do and not only by what we believe.

           As what the scriptures said in James 2:26, “Anyone who doesn’t breathe is dead, and faith that doesn’t do anything is dead”

            Each moment is a fresh opportunity from God to begin anew. Because each moment is a precious, I do not allow outgrown attitudes and behavior from the past to govern me. Past mistakes may indicate the outlook that I held then, but the newness of each moment allows greater unfoldment within my spirit, mind and body. This is what I felt when we are celebrating the Christian Living Activity Month with the theme of “Rough Road Ahead Challenge Your Excuses.”

            In I Corinthians 9:24Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. This is the thing that everyone does in La Verdad Christian College- Caloocan. We do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. And that crown is to glorify the Lord .Therefore we do not run like someone running aimlessly; we do not fight like a boxer beating the air. We do not do this to compete with others but rather we do this to praise the Lord for his unspeakable gifts. As what ate Levy Tansengco always said, the prize is just a spice that adds flavor for us to do our very best. Because the main goal is on how God be glad on what we are doing for Him and that’s the true essence of this activity. All  the fatigues, pains and sacrifices has gone while we are all standing on the stage and sang a song of praise to God.

             With every fiber of my being, I know that I was created to be an expression of God’s life within me. Answering his higher calling, I celebrate the life of God that is within me and that is expressing through me. Christians belong to Christ, and as His sheep they hear His voice and follow Him.

Wayback from my Childhood Days

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          Back when Pinoy kids did not have the internet and video games, they played games in the streets such as piko, tumbang preso, luksong tinik, patintero, bahay-bahayan, sungka, luksong baka and other traditional games that has been part of the culture of the Philippines. As what they said, “HINDI KA GANAP NA ISANG PINOY KUNG HINDI MO NARANASAN ANG GANITONG URI NG MGA LARO.”

There are many known traditional Filipino games for kids, but I will only name the Filipino traditional games that I still remember when I was a kid.

  • Tumbang preso

          This is a very common game among the youth all over the country, played in backyards, parks or even in streets with less vehicular traffic. The equipment needed are empty milk can, slipper or a piece of flat stone as “pamato.”“Tumbang Preso” is a game that played many years here in the Philippines and until now even though our generation change some of our greatest games are alive and still kicking.

  • SUNGKA

For as long as anyone can remember, there has always been a sungka board in the Filipino homes. The sungka board is a small treasure-the older it is, the more precious, it sits on a side table or a top a bench, waiting to be played.Sungka (Filipino traditional table top game) by TOBAG, via Flickr

SUNGKA BOARD

A shallow boat made of solid wood at both ends of, which are large deep bowls carved out of the wood. The whole length of the boat is lined with seven smaller bowls carved in pairs.

PROPS Pebbles, “Sigay” or shells seeds

MECHANICS

  1. Sungka is always played by two people.
  2. Each players fills up his seven smaller bowls with 7 “Sigay” each.
    3. Both players start at the same time.
  3. The object of the game is to put as many “Sigay” as possible in the large bowl as to cause the opponent to lose one or two of his smaller bowls in the succeeding games which means he losses.
  4. If at the end of 15 minutes, nobody has been declared as winner, the game will be called off. Each player counts the number of “Sigay” in the opponent’s large bowl.
  5. The player with the most number of “Sigay” wins.
  • Piko

Piko is the Filipino version of hopscotch. I always see my two sisters playing this game when they were still kids, because it is a popular game among the girls. Piko is often a girls’ game but even boys enjoy it. Piko or hopscotch is very popular in the Philippines. You can use chalk or charcoal to write the boxes on the ground. If it is on soil, you can use a stick to create the boxes. Boxes are either 8, 10 or 12 and their steps (whether 1 or 2) may vary. A child can play this alone but it is usually much more fun if you have several playmates to play with you.

 

  •  Patintero

This is a popular game not only for kids, but including adults. I remember that we played this game not only in the morning, but sometimes in the evening when it is full moon. We used chalk or water to make lines. The rule of the game is very simple: make it sure that you can cross the line without being catch or touch by the other group.

  • Luksong Tinik

Two players will be the base by putting their right feet or left feet together. While the other players will jump without touching the two players feet. The mechanics here is dividing the players into two groups and choosing a leader for each group called“Nanay” (mother). The team makes “bato-bato pick” or jack en poy to choose who will start first and who “taya” (base team) is. The start is made by two base players serving their feet together and let the other team players to jump over without touching their feet. After they all successfully jump, the difficulty will increase by putting base player hands on top of their feet making it high and difficult to jump over. An additional hand from other base player will put on top to make it more elevated if they successfully pass from the previous height until one of the serving players will make touch the spread fingers on top (called thorns). If this happen, the “Nanay” or mother needed to redeem the other player who missed the earlier jump. If the “Nanay” misses the jump, the team exchange in place and the games starts anew.

Luksong Tinik A Filipino street game

  • Luksong baka

It  consists of a minimum of three (3) players and maximum of ten (10) players. It involves the players jumping over the person called the “Baka” and the main goal of the players is to successfully jump over the “baka” without touching or falling over him/her.

  • Taguan-Taguan

 

This is the American version of hide-and-seek. The ‘taya’ will say these phrase while the players are looking for their place to hide.

“Tagu-taguan maliwanag ang buwan. Pagbilang ko nang sampu nakatago na kayo.

Isa,dalawa,tatlo,apat,lima,anim,pito,walo,siyam,sampu.”

After the counting is done, he/she will locate those who are hiding. This game is more challenging when it is done in the evening. My father told me that he and his siblings always play this game when it is full moon in the evening.

 

 

  •  Bahay-bahayan

 

This is a very good game for kids. They will act as a family member. Each of them will be given a responsibility like cooking,taking care of an imaginary baby,etc. I remember that my playmates always bring small cooking objects made of clay, while I am in charge of building our small imaginary house made from banana leaves or blankets.

  • Sipa

The object that is being used in this game is called ‘sipa’. It is toss upward for the player to kick it using the foot. The player will kick it as long as he wants. However, the ‘sipa’ must not touch the ground. The player with most number of kicks wins the game.

  • Langit Lupa

You need to say these lyrics in choosing the ‘taya’ while pointing to the player one by one-“langit lupa impyerno. im im impyerno. Saksak puso tulo ang dugo, patay buhay umalis ka diyan sa puwesto mo!” The player will be the ‘taya’. If he/she is pointed after the song. Then the ‘taya Langit Lupa – You need to say these lyrics in choosing the ‘it’ while pointing to the player one by one-“langit lupa impyerno. im im impyerno. Saksak puso tulo anf dugo, patay buhay alis diyan.” The player will be the ‘it;, if he/she is pointed after the song. Then the ‘it’ will chase and tag the players who remain on the ground. A player cannot be tag if he/she will stay above the ground.’ will chase and tag the players who remain on the ground. A player cannot be tag if he/she will stay above the ground.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beauty with a Cause

 

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Beauty queens have a lot more to do, than just look beautiful. A beauty pageant isn’t about walking the ramp while wearing their gorgeous and glamorous clothes. It’s about answering with full knowledge and essence the questions and answers with conviction. The beauty pageant is all about balancing beauty with brains.

The  dreaded “Question and Answer Portion” of Miss Universe 2014 makes me want to pull my eyes out.

Question from Manny Pacquiao to Miss USA: If you were given 30 seconds to deliver a  message to a global terrorist, what will you say?

Answer :”If I were given 30 seconds to give a message to global terrorists is it? Okay. I would just [like] to say that, you know I was gonna say the same and spread the message of hope and love and peace and so I would do my very best to spread that message to them and everyone else in the world.”

Question from Giancarlo Stanton to Miss Netherlands: What’s the biggest change you’d like to see for young women in the next generation?

Answer:”I’m an ambassador for child prostitution and I want prostitution to stop, so that’s what I want for the next generation.”

Question from Lisa Vanderpump to Miss Ukraine: If you could remove the swimsuit competition from the Miss Universe pageant, would you? and why or why not?

Answer from ukraine:”It depends on the situation. If it’s gonna be nice, why not? I feel comfortable in any things, thank you.”

Question from Emilio Stefan to Miss Jamaica: One of three women will experience violence in her lifetime. What can be done to get that number down?

Answer:” Crime is a global phenomenon, it does not affect just one nation and we as people of the world should work together to prevent it now.”

Question from Rob Dyrdek to Miss Colombia: Probably all the time, people have asked you, what can men learn from women, but I’d like to know what could women learn from men?

Answer:”I believe that women… (her answer was unclear) I do believe in equality – and I believe that is what women should learn from men. We continue fighting for what we want to accomplish.”

A new segment in Miss Universe Pageant was introduced on Sunday night in Doral, Miami Florida in which the Top 5 contestants were required to answer a viewer question from Facebook, in addition to the regular question and answer portion of the competition.

The lucky Facebook user Maria Nevarro Fernandez   sent her broad but insightful question: “What is the greatest contribution of your country to the entire world?” All five contestants will be going to answer the same question, and therefore required to wear soundproof headphones so they wouldn’t know the question until it was their turn.

 

Miss USA said her country always ‘gives back’ to other nations.

Miss Netherlands cited her country’s art and history as the contributions of The Netherlands to the world.

Miss Ukraine narrated the current situation in her home nation recovering from war.

Miss Jamaica cited legends Usain Bolt and Bob Marley as their country’s contribution.

Miss Colombia Paulina Vega said that the perseverance of the Colombian people amid problems is the offering of her country to the world.

 

Eye-Catching Traditional Outfits

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National Costumes have played and still play an important symbolic role in the preservation of  national values and cultural heritage and in the creation of a feeling of unity of the people.

Some of the world’s most exotic beauties from across the globe impressed as they dressed in eye-catching outfits ahead of the 2014 Miss Universe final.

In the beginning of the pageant that took place in Doral, Miami, Florida. Various beautiful women caught the attention of the whole world as they wear their colorful and elegant traditional costume while they introduce their selves and what country they represent.  A variety of stunning costumes designed to provide an insight into the cultures of their home country.

These traditional costumes are not just clothes; what makes them stand out is the underlying intention of not only representing a group of people, but also joining this group of people with the other groups harmoniously, which was  the ultimate goal of this prestigious pageant.

After 88 amazing and outrageous Miss Universe costumes, only one could be deemed the winner. Miss Indonesia took home the top prize for her stunning costume!

Miss Indonesia Elvira Devinamira  is the world’s pick for Best National Costume at the 2014 Miss Universe pageant. The gorgeous lady was awarded the honor for her breathtaking costume inspired by a Buddhist temple in her home country!

After three days of fan voting on Twitter for best costume, Miss Indonesia was named the winner!

Miss Indonesia Elvira Devinamira’s homage to Borobudur. The famed Buddhist temple right in the heartland of Java is one of the architectural wonders of the world. The stupas and artworks were carefully copied and artistically transformed into the fabulous costume.

Other contestants who made it to the top 5 for best national costumes are:

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Miss Argentina Valentia Ferrer’s lavish white costume. The gargantuan work of ark is complemented with angelic wings and feathers designed by Marcelo Pendola. The costume represents the Perito Moreno glacier found in the province of Santa Cruz accented with the southern seagull wings and subtle colors of the aurora borealis.

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Miss India Noyonita Lodh’s mind boggling traditional costume. The costume is complete with a beautiful headdres and a sexy top. The details are interesting and unmistakably Indian. The costume is definitely mesmerizing and why it would not be? It was designed by top fashion designer Neeta Lulla.

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                 Miss Canada Chanel Beckenlehner’s hockey costume. It consists of all things hockey complete with a scoreboard that pays homage to her country’s most favorite game. Hockey is where the Canadians excel and is also the country’s national winter sport.

Preview Image                             Miss Germany Josefin Donat’s the fall of Berlin Wall. This is an interesting costume that depicts a momentous occasion in Germany’s history. The images on the skirt took inspiration from the images sketched in the Berlin Wall – a physical form of the so-called Iron Curtain.