Three Misinterpreted Books that were taught in school

Books or novels convey different thoughts and meanings. Some present the truth, some quasi-truth, while some hold mix connotations of facts and fallacy. However, no matter how the books/novels are packaged and published, they always bear the real thoughts and ideas of the authors. They are written based on the authors' way of thinking, which corresponds to their condition, mindset and situation. Some are written based on someone's teachings and principles. But what if a book is being understood and taught contrary to what the authors convey? Surely, people would think about it differently and misinterpret the meaning of its conception. A good example of this is a book whose author has been dead without pointing out the real meaning of his/her work. I have read an article from Cracked.com regarding six books that everyone, even an English teacher, got wrong. Here, I am posting three books that were "erroneously conceived and taught" in school: Machiavelli's The Prince, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche.

3. Machiavelli's "The Prince"

If you've ever heard a politician or other powerful person referred to as "Machiavellian," you can guess it's not a compliment. That's thanks to a shifty-looking Italian diplomat named Machiavelli.

The reason for this is Machiavelli's The Prince, one of the most notorious political treatises ever written, designed as an instruction manual for the Florentine dictator Lorenzo de' Medici to help him be more of a bastard. Completely disregarding moral concerns in politics, the book serves as a levelheaded discourse on the best way to assert and maintain power, noting that it's better to be feared than loved, and that dishonesty pays off in the long run as long as you lie about how dishonest you are.

What it's really about:


Reflection on Philosophy of the East visavis the West

Every human being is endowed with the ability to "reason". This cognitive act diversifies people's ways of thinking, talking, and perceiving. Because of it, people develop different languages, formulate diverse ideas, and practice a set of culture. The same is true with philosophy, which is separated from different notions, culture and continent. Thus, philosophy of the East and philosophy of the West exist.

These philosophies of the east and the west are brought about by its opposite views, traditions, religions, and beliefs, to name a few. The easterners' way of philosophizing is different from that of the westerners' in the sense that easterners are mystical. They argue that knowledge is infused spiritually, giving emphasis on nature and the deity. On the other hand, westerners are rationalistic in their approach, giving emphasis on the reasoning process through the senses. One school of thought that is well-known in the west is "pragmatism". Pragmatists believe that truth is that which works or produces good result.

Both philosophical ideas of the East and the West are classified into different fields, namely Ethics, Theodicy, Epistemology, Metaphysics, Cosmology, Logic, and Psychology. Each has the same fields but different from each other. Like, for instance, in Ethics, in which the West gives emphasis on the individual while the East focuses on the community. For easterners, they believe in a personal God while westerners believe in the impersonal God. Moreover, westerners are more practical to the extent that science for them has a supreme value. On the other hand, easterners are yogic, that is, they based their actions on nature, thus giving emphasis on Nyaya.

There are so many areas wherein both philosophies of the East and the West dissent with each other. However, no matter how different their beliefs and conceptions are, they do not necessarily contradict each other. They seem to contradict though, but if we try to scrutinize both schools of thought and dig deeper into each mindset, we will see that, in reality, they complement each other.

This short piece was written as my reflection paper on the Elements of Filipino Philosophy during my fourth year in college. Dated Jan. 6, 2003.


Absolute Pleasure to Work With

It actually feels odd and unusual for me to write and share my experiences and some personal stuff online, but it also feels great to read some experiences that lighten up my day. I used to keep a journal during my college years. I find solace in unloading these experiences in a journal, whether bitter or not. So, I might as well share some from working on oDesk, now Upwork.

Today, I am so delighted to receive a message from my former employer on Upwork. He just gave me a 5-star rating with a very favorable review on my profile.


What Is Options Trading and How Significant Is It in Online Investments?

In today’s globalized economy, technology has been considered vital to the proliferation of one’s business and to the growth of one’s finance or profit. One strategy that has been highly utilized over other investment methods online is options trading. But what is options trading? Before going further, it is first important to familiarize ourselves with options trading, what it means, and how important it is to increasing your finance or profit via the internet.

Options Trading, or Online Options Trading, refers to the engagement in the business of buying and selling stock options or other various option positions. It is derived from the words option and trading. In business and commerce, an option refers to the right to buy or sell an underlying asset or commodities at a certain cost at a specific period of time. On the other hand, when we talk about trading, it is considered as engaging yourself in buying and selling for net profit. Thus, the term options trading comes into existence. For some people, it is considered as an investment strategy to financial freedom. One of its advantages that lured investors is that it can leverage their profit by choosing options with the right strike price and expiration. The leverage effect of option trading enables you to take part in the move of high priced stocks with just a small capital expenditure. With this, you have the versatility of options to make money when the market either goes down or sideways. However, some people think that dealing with options trading is risky. Yet, despite of its risks, investors or option buyers always think that, on the brighter side, they can have unlimited profit potential. This is because of their right and not their obligation to exercise a contract for an underlying asset. So, if some people ask you this question, “what is options trading?”, we can therefore say that it is by far the best strategy to increment your profit over the internet.

This article was written for my client on oDesk.com when I was asked to write a sample for the job interview. The topic given to me was "what is options trading". It earned me the job for 6 months.


Photos of Celebrities when They Were Younger

Over the weekend, I have been surfing the net and searching for stuffs that would somehow get myself out of boredom. Since I like watching Hollywood movies, I was thinking of watching photos of celebrities when they were kids and up to the present. As it turns out, I've found pictures of sexy celebrities being compared to how they look when they were younger. Here are some of the photos...

Angelina Jolie

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How to stay happy and young...

I was browsing the net this morning and came across a site that features tips and how-to articles. Then, when I opened my mail and tried to check the messages, I still came across another how-to paper. This time it features a practical piece of advice about life and staying young. I thought it might be useful to keep a list of simple things that could have a great impact on our lives. So I'm posting it here...

Here's a list of tips offered on how to stay young and happy...!

1. Keep only cheerful friends.
2. Keep learning.
3. Enjoy the simple things.
4. Laugh often, long and loud.
5. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person, who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are alive.
6. Surround yourself with what you love...
7. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.
8. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.
9. Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. So. let's enjoy every moment.......


How to Stay Anonymous online...

In a world of information technology, people tend to use and put everything in the web. Personal data and even private details are being posted on social media and on their websites or blogs. Yet, placing all these data, even with the most difficult passwords, may not be safe and secure enough for they can still be tracked and monitored by others.

Someone, somewhere, has the ability to track not only our medical, purchasing, employment, credit, etc. information but also watch and track our every move. This led me to wonder: Is this what is happening in our society? Is there something we can do about it? Well, the answer is definitely ‘yes’ and probably ‘no.’ Privacy is a thing of the past. Monitoring is everywhere. If you are looking at this online, I am sure that lots of information has been stored and linked to you about that action. Nevertheless, at least we can try to play with ‘their’ minds and surf the web anonymously.


No Webcam? Use Your Phone Instead

Cellphones are very useful nowadays. Not only can you use it for texting, making and receiving calls, snapping photos, videos and facebooking. You can also use it as an accessory for your PC, specifically a web camera.

That's absolutely right. You can use your cellphone as webcam for video calls or chats on Skype, Google hangouts, etc. You can even use it as security camera. You don't have to worry about replacing a broken webcam or getting a new one. You just have to use a software and configure the setting.

There's a bunch of apps out there that you can use to set up your phone as webcam. The most commonly used ones are DroidCam and IP Webcam. I have tried and used both.
To begin with, download Droidcam app both in your pc and phone or tablet.
For Windows client, get it here. For your mobile phones, just go to Google Play.

Once downloaded and installed, you can now use your phone as webcam either via wireless connection or USB mode. However, configuration of the settings is required.
Here's how to configure both.


A Quick and Easy Fix for Overheating NEO Laptop

Is your laptop screechy and overheating after a few minutes of using it?
Well, now is the perfect time for you to get that fixed. Otherwise, you’d see blue screens displaying on your laptop and it would just shut down by itself.

Forget about the "I'll fix this later" or "I'll pay someone to repair that later" mentality. Next thing you know, the motherboard gets burnt-out and you lost the data that you so dearly care about. You just have to deal with the overheating problem now. And, the good thing is, you can even do it yourself, like I did. 

I am not an expert of fixing laptops nor am I an experienced technician or repair man. But I do have a habit of researching for solutions and watching other people do the fixing on youtube.

When I opened the rear panel of the laptop, I found the culprit -- dust, a bunch of them.


Stress Reducers

Everyone of us is experiencing or has undergone stress. People at work or in the office, students at school, parents at home, and even those who are on vacation still do experience stress.

According to TheFreeDictionary.com, stress refers to the worry experienced by a person in particular circumstances, or the state of anxiety caused by this. There are many signs of stress overload identified by psychologists. A few signs people who are experiencing stress overload may notice include: anxiety or panic attacks; a feeling of being constantly pressured, hassled, and hurried; irritability and moodiness; problems sleeping; drinking too much, smoking, overeating, or doing drugs; and sadness or depression.

I have been working remotely at home for over 5 years. I always thought that working at home is stress-free for you can work any time you want without the wary eye of your superior or manager. But, I was wrong. Or maybe I was right. It's just the way how I manage my time working at home and spend it with my family. I guess I just have to find ways to reduce or manage stress.

When I enter the word stress to any search engine, it yields vast results and lists a number of information and articles regarding stress management, its causes and effects, symptoms, treatment and prevention, and so on. Reading them all and familiarizing the ways or tips on reducing and managing stress may even lead you to stress. Writing them down perhaps would be a good way to remember them. Thus, this is what I intend to do here, to put down a list of stress reducers. Not all of them though because some stress reducers or tips may not be applicable to me but to someone else.

Here's a list of stress reducers I got from the Hope Heart Institute of Seattle, Washington.
  1. Procrastination is stressful. Whatever you want to do tomorrow, do it today; whatever you want to do today, do it now. Hard work is simply the accumulation of easy things you didn't do when you should have done them.
  2. Organize your home and work area so that everything has a place. You won't have to go through the stress of losing things.
  3. Write things down: don't rely on your memory. (Trying to remember not to forget is stressful.)
  4. Plan ahead. Schedule a realistic day.
  5. Relax your standards. The world will not end if the grass does not get mowed this weekend.
  6. An instant cure for most stress: 30 minutes of brisk walking or other aerobic exercises.
  7. Make friends with nonworriers.
  8. Everyday find a time for solitude and introspection. Seek out quiet places.
  9. Say "No, thank you" to projects you don't have the time or energy for.
  10. For every one thing that goes wrong, there are 50 to 100 blessings. Count them.
  11. Do nothing that, after being done, leads you to tell a lie.
  12. Put brain in gear before opening your mouth. Before saying anything, ask yourself if what you are about to say is (1) true, (2) kind, and (3) necessary. If it's not all three, K.M.S. (Keep your Mouth Shut).
  13. If an unpleasant or difficult task faces you, do it early in the day and get it over with.
  14. Do one thing at a time. And do at least one thing you really enjoy.
  15. Get enough sleep. Use an alarm clock to remind you to go to bed, if necessary.
  16. To relax instantly, breathe as if you were trying to inflate an imaginary balloon in your stomach. Inhale slowly to the count of 10. Then exhale slowly to the count of 10. Repeat.
  17. Practice labeling situations differently. Resisting the temptation to exaggerate the situations, and labeling situations with the appropriate word, can reduce stress.
  18. Be kind to unkind people - they probably need it the most.
  19. Remember that the best things in life aren't things.
  20. Using the TV or radio for background "company" can be surprisingly stressful. Learn to enjoy quiet.
  21. Stop worrying. If something concerns you, do something about it. If you can't do anything about it, let go of it.


Jobs in Progress Equals Blog on Hiatus

It's been a while since my last post on this "absurd" blog. But I am finally back... and getting ready to overcoming absurdity in 2015.

Over the last 11 months, I've been working, pondering, and then, working my buns off.  I have had experiences worth telling, and so much stories to tell. They are too much for me that I found it hard to put them into words. I went through a lot of transitions, inner struggles, and was affected by the natural catastrophes that hit our region. Yet, despite the earthquake and super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) that had passed through the island, I still am grateful to find myself sitting in the corner of my cozy room with my fingers running on the keyboard doing what I am obliged to do. I am also grateful for the opportunities that came to me and for the wonderful and very considerate employers I have and have had at oDesk.com.

For the longest time, I've been running Source the News website and played a role since its inception. I admit, I'm not quite satisfied with the front end of the site, but it's still on the Beta phase. So, I'm still keeping my fingers crossed.


Activist Carlos Celdran Sentenced to 1 Year Behind Bars for 'Damaso' Act, CA affirms

"The right to free speech does not guarantee an unbridled license to say whatever one may wish..." This was the Manila Regional Trial Court’s 2013 decision over the activist's "Padre Damaso" act inside Manila Cathedral in 2010. “Padre Damaso” was the infamous character, the antagonist priest, in Jose Rizal’s “Noli Me Tangere.” Such act has made him to offend religious feelings under Article 133 of the Philippines' Revised Penal Code. The Court of Appeals has affirmed MTC's decision.


Typhoon Seniang - an unforgettable year-ender in Moalboal

It was at the wee hours on the 30th of December when Typhoon Seniang (Senyang) brought havoc to my home and other people's houses in the northern and southern part of Cebu, including Moalboal.
Not everyone was expecting the flood to overflow in their houses and at some establishments in the towns.
According to a report, at least 28 dead due to 'Seniang' and a man in Alegria town and a child in Moalboal town were drowned. -abs-cbn report

Moalboal Central Elementary School flooded from inside out.