Monday, 26 December 2016

New Year is in God's Hands

Christmas has just left. Happy New Year!!

When you wish someone "Happy New Year"...

We always wish our friends and relatives, "Happy New Year!" simply because it's the end of the year. What are some of the reasons that we say, "Happy New Year"? Here are three possibilities. . .

First, you are happy that it's the new year. Hence, "happy" new year. "I'm happy that it's the new year," you tell your friend, "and so you should be."

Second, you may hope that the new year is happy. Hence, "happy" new year. "I hope that the new year will be a happy one for you," you are saying, "and here's hoping that everything will go smooth!"

Third, you might imagine that it's a seasonal greeting, and you say it because it's the "appropriate" thing to say. Hence, "happy" new year. "It's a public holiday, and I'm so happy to see you," you are saying, "so let's just shout happy new year together and drink a toast to that!"

But wait, there might be a fourth possibility . . .

Sunday, 18 December 2016

How I fell sick

Chills ran down my spine
Hands shook and knuckles white

I held her bag and clenched my teeth
She and the kids, had a biscuit spree

The aircond overhead blew
Its gusts so cold and true.

Her basket was finally full
And then, I said: "Ah choo!"

I'd waited, and got the flu.

Monday, 28 November 2016

Alternatives to Google Scholar

I'm currently doing some further study. One of the things I notice is, whenever we mention something to a professor, the next thing they do is type it into Google Scholar. If it's an author, they will Google Scholar him. If it's a paper, they will Google Scholar it, too.

Google Scholar is great, because it sometimes gives links to PDF copies of the journal article that are floating around the Internet. Of course, all that's changed now that I have found Sci-Hub... the lady behind it has my undying thanks.

But once in a while, we get tired of Google Scholar, so I had to seek out some other academic journal article search engine.

Here are some that I have tried, and I think are worth using again.

1) ERIC - I like it that you can get links to the DOI, and that you can also specify how recent you want your search results to be.

2) JURN - Presents a Google-like interface, very clean and bare. But the search results can include government websites, university websites, and the like.

3) RefSeek - Good search engine that links to academic websites and open access journals.

4) Academic Index - A meta-search engine for academic papers.

Sunday, 16 October 2016

You Were The Best One

So here's a story for you.

Once upon a time, there was a beautiful princess who lived in a small kingdom. The kingdom was high atop a mountain. When the princess was born to the king and queen, the whole kingdom rejoiced. Her face was so beautiful that the stars in the heavens sighed with amazement. People came from afar to pay tributes to the king and queen, and to catch a glimpse of the princess. They all left amazed.

As the princess grew up, suitors came for her hand. Always, the king and queen turned them all away, saying, "She is still not of age. Come again when she is older."

When the princess had grown up, the king and queen said, "She is now old enough. Let us find her a proper suitor."

The king and queen then issued a challenge and a promise: They would build a tall tower, armed with defences. Every month, for three weeks, brave princes could come and try to conquer the tower. If they breached its defences, they would find the princess at the very top. And then they could have her hand in marriage. 

But for one week in each month, no man was allowed to come near the tower, because it would be under maintenance mode. Anyone who came near would see a signboard with the big letters, "404: Under Maintenance".

Sunday, 2 October 2016

It's how you react to it that matters

We can't always choose what happens to us.

Some things just happen to us. Maybe it's something bad. Like, someone mistook you for a bad guy and came up to you, and slapped you. Or maybe, your wife decided to spring a surprise on you and demanded that you sign up for 50 sessions of personal training. Maybe your wife suddenly has a fetish with baby diaper bags. Maybe she just has a thing for buying new things every week and you find that it's a bit too much to handle.

You will panic. And that's when you hit the panic button. 

"Woof! It's not what happens to you that matters... It's how you deal with it!"

What happens when you panic? Maybe you'll lose your temper. Maybe you'll burst out with a torrent of words. Maybe you'll slap someone, because you're just too angry to consider anything else.

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