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planes_trains_automobilesTED playlists are collections of talks around a topic, built for you in a thoughtful sequence to illuminate ideas in context. This weekend, three new playlists are available: “Ancient clues,” “Planes, trains and automobiles” and “Are we alone in the universe?”

Ancient clues
Five fascinating talks by archaeologists and evolutionary biologists about humanity’s beginnings and journey.

Planes, trains and automobiles
Drive a plane? Race a car with your eyes closed? Fly? 11 innovators in transportation show that getting from point A to point B doesn’t have to be boring.

Are we alone in the universe?
Can it really be possible that Earth is only life-sustaining planet in existence? These 5 speakers think there might just be something or someone else out there, and urge us not to stop the search.

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I find statistics absolutely delicious. Pew research released fresh stats on what slice of Americans are addicted to all of the various social networks as of December 2012. There are a few big business and cultural implications.

Pinterest has practically caught up with Twitter, with 15 percent and 16 percent of adult U.S. Internet users on each network, respectively. Pinterest, which launched in 2009, has experienced explosive growth, especially with a white, female and affluent user base. Women are five times more likely to use Pinterest (5 percent vs. 25 percent) and almost twice as likely to be white and college-educated. It’s become a magnet for hip urbanites searching for the hottest wedding gowns and apartment decor. Twitter, however, gets a lot more attention, since neither presidential campaigns nor Middle Eastern activists are leveraging style catalogs to rearrange their countries’ political leadership.

There is no longer a minority gap in social media use.

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Editor’s note: Hunter Walk was most recently Director of Product Management at YouTube. Follow him on Twitter @hunterwalk.

Search engines have long memories. I think about this whenever I read new coverage of some immoral,  misanthropic or illegal act. The kids who tweeted racist statements about Obama on Election Day, the college student whose secret videotaping of his gay roommate helped lead to the young man’s suicide, the catfishing of Manti T’eo. Years from now it’s possible, even likely, that when the perpetrators’ names are Googled, these histories will be what surfaces first for them. An employer, a girlfriend or boyfriend, or a neighbor will find out about what they once did years ago. Whatever the context, their past will be very hard to escape.

“Good,” you might say. And I largely agree, although Google’s recall impacts folks who weren’t criminal or stupid in their activities, maybe…

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The news that Opera is shutting down the development of its own browser rendering engine and moving to the open source WebKit engine caused quite a stir earlier this week. With WebKit powering the built-in browsers of Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS, it’s already the de-facto standard engine for mobile and it has the potential to do the same on the desktop. Worldwide, Chrome now holds a considerable lead over Microsoft’s Trident-powered Internet Explorer and Mozilla’s Gecko for Firefox already. The question is: are we better off because we have competing engines trying to outdo each other, or would we be better off if all the browser vendors just standardized on WebKit?

As an open source project, WebKit allows all the vendors to contribute and the combined efforts of Google, Apple, Mozilla, Microsoft, Opera and everybody else in the browser ecosystem who may want to contribute could quickly push the…

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Student Crisis

Hello everyone! It’s been a long time. I’m sorry I weren’t able to write blog for such a while now. Well, as expected, this past few months have been so hectic and challenging in the sense that we have to keep up with the everyday cramming at school that students must comply especially to those who are graduating this March, and fortunately, I am one of them. Thank God! Last week, we just had our midterm exams at Xavier University, and such performance has been so much pressure for these seniors because this exam could determine our fate in the near future if we could be one of those graduating students to march and get reap the fruit of our much hard earned labor, our diploma. I could never get any excited, and I think we all are. Finally after all these years of studies, with all its ups and downs, we are about to face the culmination of our student life.Anyway, before we could even get to much excited with all the graduating stuff, as a student, there are still a lot of battles to face, requirements to accomplish, exams to pass, and all those stressful things to do. The last season has been to short to prepare us to these battles that awaits the students in their return for school.  As a student expecting to graduate very soon, what has been bothering me these past few days or i think weeks now are these few things that concerns the affairs of my future ventures such as being employed before graduation, grad ball, my exit interview and all those things. Seriously, to you these things may seem ridiculous, but these were really bothering and it kept me thinking for a while now and if it may be everyday but nonetheless its very often now as the days seems getting closer each day. these are just few of the crisis students like me faces. But all I know is that someday all these sacrifices and hard works will pay off in God’s grace. ADMG.Image

A Review on Every Child is Special


The indian movie “Every Child is special” (Taare Zameen Par) is a deeply moving story of a nine year old boy who has dyslexia which is a Developmental reading disorder where there is a problem in areas of the brain that help interpret language.  The disorder is a specific information processing problem that does not interfere with one’s ability to think or to understand complex ideas. Most people with DRD have normal intelligence, and many have above-average intelligence. And in the case of the said movie, Ishaan (the protagonist) have dyslexia where he always gets low grades, finding himself always in trouble in school even defying his parents which in contrast to his intelligent brother. 

As the story progresses, a temporary art teacher was introduced in the person of Amir Khan playing Mr. Nikumbh. The story reveals the superb talent of Ishaan in painting. Mr. Nikumbh revealed himself who also suffered the same problem when he was a child. Later on, he helped Ishaan read, write and solve math equations. Mr. Nikumbh helped Ishaan overcome his fear and doubt. The story ended with Ishaan’s improvement in learning and regaining self confidence. 

This movie makes its viewers realize that every child has their own pace of learning. Each one is a unique individual who has his/her own strengths and weaknesses. This strength may be in art, science, math, sport,etc. To be called intelligent is not limited with academic excellence, but it could also be in any form of specialty like art (and in the case of the movie, painting). The movie also emphasize the importance of family’s support and understanding. Parents should encourage their children’s passion. “Every child is Special” is a great movie to watch because it tackles a lot of social issues as well as it awakens every emotions in you. It is definitely a life moving moving that will surely change your perspective in seeing every child for each and every one of them is unique in their own way…every child is special. 🙂