Who should be taught how to dream — the kids or parents?

Let’s apply the Goal-oriented design to life.

Goal: To understand life.

Tasks to achieve that goal: Education, and etcetera

With my relatives from other places were here in Cebu last week, we had a mini reunion. Most of my cousins now are in college, and 1 is having his ECE review. The usual question I would ask them is what are their plans after college, and they would usually give me an ‘I don’t know’ answer. I can relate to them because I was once like that, am actually still on the process of trying to figure out what I want out of my life.

So I told my ECE reviewee cousin that since he has no idea what to do after maybe he should get a plumbing crash course in TESDA so he could work in NZ. And my aunt reacted that no, he’s not going that direction but he’ll proceed to masters after that licensing thing. And, I was like what will he do after masters. If he’s a plumber, at least he now knows what to do next — go to NZ and work as a plumber.

In my mind, if you cannot figure out what you will do after you become a licensed engineer, what’s the point of getting a master’s degree? From my understanding, you go to masters because you are doing something that interest you, and you want to know more about it that’s why you go to masters. If you cannot figure out what to do with your undergraduate course, I do not think the masters degree can help much.

This is to remind myself and other parents that our main goal is to help our kids understand life, so they could figure out how to make the best of it. Putting them to school is just one of the many ways to do it.

I’m not sure what I’m really trying to point out. Somehow, with all our obsession about giving our kids a comfortable life and the ‘best’ of schooling, we forgot the very basic thing about life which is to dream, dream crazily. We abandon our wild dreams, our crazy dreams because we have to be ‘selfless’ for our kids. Dreamless parents = dreamless kids but a very comfortable life. Probably, not really bad. =)

Who should be taught how to dream — the kids or parents?

Let’s apply the Goal-oriented design to life.

Goal: To understand life.

Tasks to achieve that goal: Education, and etcetera

With my relatives from other places were here in Cebu last week, we had a mini reunion. Most of my cousins now are in college, and 1 is having his ECE review. The usual question I would ask them is what are their plans after college, and they would usually give me an ‘I don’t know’ answer. I can relate to them because I was once like that, am actually still on the process of trying to figure out what I want out of my life.

So I told my ECE reviewee cousin that since he has no idea what to do after maybe he should get a plumbing crash course in TESDA so he could work in NZ. And my aunt reacted that no, he’s not going that direction but he’ll proceed to masters after that licensing thing. And, I was like what will he do after masters. If he’s a plumber, at least he now knows what to do next — go to NZ and work as a plumber.

In my mind, if you cannot figure out what you will do after you become a licensed engineer, what’s the point of getting a master’s degree? From my understanding, you go to masters because you are doing something that interest you, and you want to know more about it that’s why you go to masters. If you cannot figure out what to do with your undergraduate course, I do not think the masters degree can help much.

This is to remind myself and other parents that our main goal is to help our kids understand life, so they could figure out how to make the best of it. Putting them to school is just one of the many ways to do it.

I’m not sure what I’m really trying to point out. Somehow, with all our obsession about giving our kids a comfortable life and the ‘best’ of schooling, we forgot the very basic thing about life which is to dream, dream crazily. We abandon our wild dreams, our crazy dreams because we have to be ‘selfless’ for our kids. Dreamless parents = dreamless kids but a very comfortable life. Probably, not really bad. =)

Rip-off Designing for @tweetitow

We will soon implement the Twitter OAuth to @tweetitow so we need a new website for it with all the shiznits and the shiny-glimmering design. Since, we do not have someone who can design the website because we’re too cheap and dirt poor, I have to trust my hidden talents.??

So this is how I came up with the soon new home page design of @tweetitow.

  • First, look at all the different websites, observe, and copy their ‘design pattern’ in a subtle manner. So my resources are the following social sites:
  • If you look at them, social sites or service sites, their home pages contain more or less the same elements:
    • There are the usual: Login button, About page, Contact Us, Help/FAQ, Blog. I think you call these ‘footer.’
    • The SIGN UP/JOIN NOW/CREATE ACCOUNT button must be the biggest and most attractive element. That it will be the first to catch your attention. You must design it in a way that viewers are hypnotize to create an account.
    • Then there is the one-liner description about the product/service. It’s usually a functional description of your product, but at the same time it must appeal to the emotions of the viewers. In short, you must have that one-liner cheesy feel good description about the product that your intended viewers can relate to. So if the LOUD signup button does not catches the attention of the viewers, the one-liner will be the back-up move.
    • Giving your viewer a peek into what they can expect from your web application. Twitter does it by displaying streams of tweets, and the faces of users. Others have the usual demo video — boxee.net has a cute way of doing it but I’m not much fond of eye-candy websites. Others put headshots of their users. This will also serve as like the quick guide on how to use the application
    • I do not know what’s the term for that, but you will sort of divide your page. Usually they will divide it into 4 — upper/lower left, and upper/lower right. Anyway, I hope you get the picture. I believe that’s how then you try to arrange the different elements in your page.
    • And, the most important is that the LOGIN/SIGNUP link/button must be somewhere on the upper right area of the page. I’m not sure what’s the reason behind this. But we humans are already trained to look at that area if we want to log-in/signup so let’s stick with that. If we are going to place it somewhere, viewers might need to invest time and effort to look for it that they’d rather click the X of the browser.
    • All in all the main story here is that do any thing to convince the viewer to create an account, and use your application.

From all the sites I look at, I really love the home page of Brightkite. I love the blend of color, and the cute illustrations. It looks fun, but not in a loud manner.??

Brihgtkite

So here is what I come up with after looking at the different sites. It’s a far cry from brightkite, but I hope the story is there. I want it something funny. This is just a draft, and I’m showing it off to hopefully get comments from a more knowledgeable people.

Landingpage

I copy the design from: posterous, last.fm, and gowalla.

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The other concept in my wonderful mind is something like with a touch of Pinoy. I want a colorful jeep with images of our Sto. Ni??o, then take it from there. So I wish someone can implement the following in a fun way. Picture here credit to??.

Touchofpinoy

Or, if all things fail, let’s do the minimalist way. Can you guess where I rip this off?

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Ideas, concepts, and whatnots are all welcome!

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Scalpel: Technology @ the Edge of Medicine : Wolfram Alpha Makes Medical Calculations Easy

Do you ever need to perform quick medical calculations, but you???re not sure how? For example, do you wish you could create a growth chart for a pediatric patient on the fly and in less than 30 seconds?

No problem, if you are using the free Web site Wolfram Alpha. There are hundreds of simple commands that you can type in to get instantaneous answers to medical questions that would have previously been very painful to develop.

This can help on how to look knowledgeable. But really, this will have some use on an app I will work on.

mHealth + Water: Mobile Phones for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene |

Here are some examples of how people have started using cell phones to improve WASH services in Africa and Asia:

1. Community Led Total Sanitation Tracking via SMS ??? In a World Bank WSP funded project in Indonesia, Health Officers and Sanitarians started using SMS to report on baseline conditions and progress on the path towards Open Defecation Free Communities.  The officers text in the number of latrines contructed and other key information to a SMS server which processes the information and puts it into some sort of database.  According to WSP they will plan to replicate this in 29 districts in the Province.

2. Q&A ??? IRC International Water and Sanitation Center piloted an SMS based Question and Answer service to link communities and individual users with information related to their water supply.  Questions submitted via SMS are (or were) answered by one of the members a Water and Sanitation Network.  Questions ranging from the costs of spare hand pump parts to inquiries about low pressure in a piped system in Dar es Salaam have been answered by this service.  This pilot project started back in 2005 and I have not received any response by the operators whether they are still in action.

3. Water from Cell Phones ??? Grundfos, the Danish pump company, launched a new business model called LifeLink.  LifeLink is a small water enterprise (see previous post on SWEs) that uses cell phones to transfer ???water credits??? from the user???s bank account to that of the pump operator.  Lifelink constructs a solar powered water kiosk in a community and when someone wants to buy water they add credits to their account thorugh a simple text message transaction.  The kiosk displays the users balance after they swipes some sort of pass.  After that they are free to have as much water as they can afford.