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YouTube is changing the way we learn

Do you know how to make cheese? Do you know how to hang dry wall? Do you know how to move a pool table? How about your favorite curry?

I didn’t but Now I do. Not only do I know how to do these things, but I know multiple ways of doing each of these things and the pro’s and con’s of each method. I’ve also been empowered to take the best of each technique and come up with my own. All thanks for YouTube.

When ever I needed to do something that I did not know, I turned to the Internet. I read tutorials about the topic in question, and in the recent past watched online video tutorials and learned everything about it. I am never happy with just reading one article or just watching one tutorial. I usually read multiple articles and watch multiple video’s on the same thing by different people. This allows me to learn from many teachers. Learn each ones techniques, and come up with my own best of all worlds way of doing it.

I was doing this without really realizing what I was doing until I came across one particular video of cheese being made in a remote location in Europe (I think) http://youtu.be/I4LNS7F_-DM. This was during my quest to learn how to make the perfect cheese. While watching the lady made cheese the way she was taught and using a method that was probably handed down from generation to generation. There may be a easier/better way to make this cheese but that knowledge is not easily accessible to her, but because I have access to a resource such as YouTube, I can learn from multiple people and find the best way to make this cheese. Thats when I realized how empowered resources like YouTube has made me. How it has changed the way we learn and how accessible it has made knowledge to us. Video is a much more effective learning medium than a plain text article (like this blog post :) )

It is the same way with skilled trades. The traditional way is to apprentice with a master of the trade. Learn his/her ways and carry out the tradition. There is “one way” that you learn to do something and you continue doing it that way even if there is a better way of doing it because that is all you know; Unless your experiment on your own. This is now changing rapidly.

I would love to hear how you have noticed you life changed by online resources of this nature.

[Video] War Photography – In Harms Way

Photography has been a very strong passion of mine. But, why? There is a beauty in being able to capture an instance in life that in turn becomes part of history. Being able to capture not only a still of that instance but also the passion, the energy, the life that is packed into that instance is what all photographers strive to achieve.

To be able to make your photograph affect another person’s life is your ultimate goal. In effect letting them see and experience a part of what you have. Making them feel like they were right next to you when the picture was taken.

In this episode of “In harms Way“, we have a look at two war photographers who go into the Gaza strip and get a glimpse into what they experience.

This video is a great example of a war photographers life, I don’t necessarily agree with the ending of it and would have liked to see what pictures were finally used by the Israeli News media that purchased them and in what context, but nevertheless its a great insight into a conflict/war photographers life.

The video is linked after the jump. Continue reading

Valentine’s Day – what does it mean to you?

Valentine’s Day; The single most controversial day of the year. You either love it or hate it with a passion. It’s not like there is anything wrong with the day itself, but the overwhelming sense of “ I have to have a date” or “There is no one to share this day with” really bums out a lot of people.

I personally don’t really celebrate it. How can an over commercialized day be romantic? For those who have someone special to share the day with should not everyday be Valentine’s Day? Why do you need a day that’s engineered and powered by marketing strategy to show how much you love someone? The same goes for mother’s day, and father’s day and all the other days out there.

Today’s society is so fueled by these events it’s scary. The social pressure put on teens and tweens during these occasions are so great that we create problems where there is none. Depression, sulking, etc… all the product of these commercialized events that make children and adults feel outcasts and or left out if they are not a part of everyone else.

Utter rubbish I say. As a matter of principal I don’t celebrate the day. If you have someone special show that person how much you love him or her whenever you fell like it. If you need a day set by someone else to tell you to do something special something is wrong. I feel that many times the main problem in relationships that are not doing well is that people feel that once they have don’t their part on valentines they are good for the rest of the year. Yeah … you keep on believing that!

Just my two cents anyway, what do you think about commercialized holidays?

Weed ATMs?

Where would you expect the craziest of things to happen? Los Angeles of course! In an effort to outdo its self, Los Angeles has now become the home of the world first Weed Vending Machine!

No no no.. it was not a mistype. These units are being called “AVM’s: Anytime-Vending-Machines. “, and will be up and running this coming Monday. You will need a prescription to get your quota of up to 1 ounce a week, but then of course you knew they would not let you have it just scot free.

The AVM will be “fully secured in its own room,”, have “two dispensaries, and full-time security for your protection. The best part being that it’s open 24/7.

Link for address and phone number

Stop! That cup of coffee will kill your baby.

Those who have to have their cup of coffee in the morning know too well the havoc the lack of caffeine can cause to their day. This is the effect this drug has on the grown adult body. You doubt what it can do it a baby in the formative stages? Now there is proof!

he headlines in yesterdays New York Times states that Pregnancy problems are indeed linked to caffeine. According to a new study due to be published in The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology women who consume over 200 milligrams of caffeine a day doubles their risk of miscarriage! 200 milligrams of caffeine is not that much. The article puts it at 10 ounces of coffee or if you drink tea 25 ounces.

The American Pregnancy Association had this to say about caffeine

“Caffeine is a stimulant and a diuretic. Because caffeine is a stimulant, it increases your blood pressure and heart rate, both of which are not recommended during pregnancy. Caffeine also increases the frequency of urination. This causes reduction in your body fluid levels and can lead to dehydration.

Caffeine crosses the placenta to your baby. Although you may be able to handle the amounts of caffeine you feed your body, your baby cannot.”

So why take a risk with your baby’s life?

Dr. De-Kun Li’s study which is referred in the New York Times article advices pregnant women to try to give up coffee during the first 3-4 months of pregnancy when most miscarriages happen and if you absolutely cannot give it up, to try as much to reduce your intake.

To all; To be mothers, Have a safe and wonderful child birth!

Miss Teen USA 2007 – Miss South Carolina says that the US needs to help improve the education in Asia!

I usually don’t just go ahead and link to something without some sort of intro or write up of my own, but this video is pretty self explanatory. It has already gained quite a bit of fame from Boing Boing, to Australian news stations to emails. So here’s my part in spreading the news.

We need more maps!

Hmmm how what more can I add?