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Falling Short

In Thoughts on August 25, 2009 at 10:00 pm

We know that steam is produced by heating water at a hundred degree Celcius. But what if we try to heat it one degree lesser? Do you think we can produce steam, steam that is used to move trains, to sterilize, and to produce electrical power? Theoretically, no. And this is because the heat we have subjected the water into is a degree short. Read the rest of this entry »

Her Morning Elegance

In Music, Videos on August 19, 2009 at 9:15 pm

Let me share today a stop-motion music video by Oren Lavie entitled Her Morning Elegance. It has really been a YouTube craze receiving more than 7 million hits and it deserved so. There is so much artistry in it that I keep on coming back to watch it. By the way the beautiful lady featured on the video is Shir Shomron. Read the rest of this entry »

Not Another Pretty Blog

In Technology, Thoughts on August 17, 2009 at 9:52 pm

While doing my work here at Virtual Assistant, Inc., I have come across countless pretty blogs both in their layout, graphics and content, not to mention their readership. So the big question is, how can an aspiring blogger emerge from this vast sea of beauty? Read the rest of this entry »

Facing the Giants, er, Dwarves

In Technology, Thoughts on August 13, 2009 at 9:48 pm

We often focus on overcoming or protecting ourselves from the giants lurking around us, those are, the huge challenges that impede us on our tracks. Some people worry themselves on how to escape drowning from their debts. Others spend much of their time formulating the greatest plan to deal with their bossy bosses. Making a list of these giants in our lives will require infinity.

But there are small things, we tend to forget. And they come smaller and smaller each time. We fail to notice that most of us are facing the wrath of the light-weight, and portable gadgets of ours. Read the rest of this entry »

The Best Christmas Present For Your Special Someone

In Christmas, Thoughts on August 13, 2009 at 3:07 am

The Yuletide is fast approaching. If you have waited for the very last minute during the previous year to go cramming on gift shops, picking up random things unthoughtfully, and ending up giving the wrong package to the wrong person, then you probably have some catching up to do.

Sufficient planning is the key. But planning for the right gift for everyone is such a dirty work. It’s very hard finding the perfect match. How much more trouble could it be looking for the best present you will give your special someone? You might want to ask yourself the following while shopping for that best gift for your loved one. Read the rest of this entry »

The Whole Universe Conspires

In Novels, Thoughts on August 12, 2009 at 9:34 pm

I remember reading a beautiful novel by Paulo Coelho called The Alchemist. It tells about a very mystic tale of a boy named Santiago who has a dream and who has ventured in a great journey to follow that dream and while doing so made a valuable personal exploration and self-discovery. Read the rest of this entry »

Pocketful of Sunshine

In Music, Videos on August 11, 2009 at 9:58 pm

Just wanna share today a song that’s worth hearing. Hope you love it!

Lessening Hopelessness

In Firesides, Thoughts on August 11, 2009 at 2:43 am

There are numerous times in our lives when we feel so bad we think our lives have been cursed with all the adversities this world could ever make someone suffer. I don’t want to recount my personal experience of such because narrating each one would definitely drive all of you away. There is no use dwelling in our past problems. Instead we should be counting all the blessings that we have been enjoying. Trust me when I say that a comprehensive list of all of these blessings won’t be short. Read the rest of this entry »

It’s All or Nothing

In Thoughts on August 7, 2009 at 10:04 pm

If you are an illustrator, a painter, a web designer, a journalist, or simply a serious blog writer, there’s nothing more formidable than a blank canvass, slate or paper. Often times, we have difficulty bringing out the best in us, especially in doing our creative jobs. It’s difficult not to be inspired, and it’s more difficult finding inspiration.

But what aggravates this is when you think that what you should be coming up with must outshine other’s works, or worse, that it should be the greatest among all the works you’ve ever done yet. If you are thinking this way, then you might want to take this abridged perfectionism test. Read the rest of this entry »

The Other Face of Death

In Current Events, Thoughts on August 6, 2009 at 9:49 pm

People vary when it comes to their perception about death. Their perceptions are generally influenced by age, race,  and cultural beliefs. Nevertheless, they tend to think of death on the same perspective — the negative one, the ugly one and the fearful one.

Children do think of death as a fearsome process of transforming into monsters. I was no exception. I very much feared death when I was a child.I dreaded the first days of November when I am obliged to come with my parents to the graveyard. Other cultures believe that death is a punishment, while others see that it is brought about by evil paranormal elements. All of these are but the ugly face of Death. Read the rest of this entry »