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AOW: Destructive Myths

Hey guys, its been a while! I’ve got a new article of the week for y’all.

So in the business world, there are some policies that help your business, and then there are some that hurt it. The top four hurts are actually conceived as helpful in the world of business.

The first myth is multitasking. Multitasking is actually a false term. You cant do two tasks at once, but you have to switch from task to task. Switching tasks can be a huge stress on your brain, causing you to be less efficient in you workplace. When doing one task, we aren’t even aware of the others.

The second myth is that anxiety causes you to work better. In truth, however, it only inhibits your work level. Anxiety is a source of energy, sure, but it comes at huge costs. It causes you to think less imaginatively and give into impulse a lot more. The more positive your energy, the better you function.

The next myth is that creativity is inherited. I want to stamp that one with a big old WRONG stamp. You can teach people to be creative. Creativity doesn’t use just one side of the brain. Rather, it switches back and forth between hemispheres, using the one that best fits the situation. Creativity is about using the brain flexibly, and can be taught.

Finally, the last and most destructive myth. The long work hours myth. Humans can not function like computers; continuously, at high speeds, and for long periods of time. Instead, we are supposed to take breaks and rest during tasks. Long hours can put a strain on us, making us tired and irritable.

Well, that’s all for this week. until next time, Seacow out.


AOW: iPad Shortcuts

Hey everyone, I’m back! It’s been awhile since I did any posting, but Ive got another article of the week for you guys!

So as you all know by now, the Apple iDevices (iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad)  have a virtual keyboard built into the hard drive so that you can surf the web, type notes, and text with. And while there are some shortcuts like autocorrect that are somewhat well known to help you, there are some keyboard shortcuts that can help as well. First, there are some letter shortcuts, such as with a, e, n, and o, that if you press and hold them, related accented letters will appear for you to freely use. Some other keying shortcuts are the currency shortcut, which is accessed by holding down the $ key, and lets you choose from keys such as the euro and the pound. For web surfing, there is the special .com button. If you hold it, then the other TDLs will apear, such as .net, .org, and .gov.

All of these shortcuts are pretty cool. When I found the article, I was surprised at some of these shortcuts, like the .com and the currency ones. If you know about these shortcuts, it it sort of helps make up for the autocorrect frustration. What I would like to see, though, is a shortcut for emoticons, or “smileys” on the iDevices. It would definitely help with non-flash chatrooms (Apple iDevices do not support flash player)

Well, that’s all the time I have for today. Thanks for reading! Stay paranoid. Seacow, out.

re: AOW Learning Speed

Hey everyone, its me, Josh. I found an article today about a very interesting topic, which is about why some people learn faster than others. The study of this topic shows that people learn based on two chemical reactions in the brain after a perceived mistake, as well as the mindset of the person in question.

The first response that people have is error-related negativity (ERN). this occurs about 50 milliseconds after screw up. The second reaction is error positivity, which occurs about 125 milliseconds after the screw up. The mindset of the person in general is also a big component in the speed of learning. If the person has a growth mindset, they will learn from their mistakes and try harder to correct them. The second mindset is a fixed mindset, which causes you to see a mistake as a dismal failure. These mindsets can be put into place by compliments to the person.

In a research of this, an even number of students took a test that was of the same difficulty for all of them. One half of the group was told that they were really smart to have gotten the good grades. The second half of the group was told that they really worked hard on the tests. After these compliments were given, there was an option of taking a harder test and a test of the same difficulty. The kids who were told that they were smart took the test of the same difficulty.  Those that had been told they worked hard took the harder test. The ones who took the easy tests did so to preserve their egos, while the ones who took the harder ones did it to challenge themselves. Afterwards,a test was taken that was three grades above that level. The ones who were “smart” were discouraged, and the ones who were praised for their effort wanted to try harder and worked at the puzzle.

Afterwards, they all took a test similar to the one at the start. The “smart kids” scores dropped by 20%, and the ones who were praised for effort did very well. I think now it is plain to see that the speed of learning depends on the chemical reaction as well as the psychological implications of compliments. That’s all for this topic.

Until then, Seacow out.

re: AOW Litre of Light

Hey everyone, it’s me, Josh. Last week, I found  video on how a few plastic bottles and some scrap metal could supply light to third-world countries like the Philippines. Although some people are able to use electricity in the slums of third world countries, the prices are too high to pay for it. But Eli Diaz, a local entrepreneur, has created a way to give light to the families here.

The way this project, called Litre of Light, works is through the use of solar light bulbs. A solar light bulb is essentially a plastic bottle filled with water and a little bit of bleach that is inserted into a scrap of metal.  The scrap of metal reflects the light into the water which casts it out into a room.  Each bulb gives off about 50-60 watts. That’s about twice as much as conventional light bulbs! This is a very cheap and effective way to light homes.

This project is also being supported in Africa and other countries like the Philippines. Please, support this charity and give these countries some light. It would help bring light and be a first step to helping developing countries. Thank you so much for taking this time to read about this charity and please support it. You can follow the link below for more information.

Thanks for reading, Seacow out.

re: AOW Reliable Transportation

Hey guys, its me, Josh. Just a few minutes ago, I came across an article while I was looking through American Profile about a man named Robert Chambers.  Mr Chambers started a business called Bonnie CLAC(Car Loans And Counseling) to benefit people, mostly women, with no or poor credit history so that they can be loaned a new car and get and keep a good job. He started this business after he was sick of seeing his bosses at a used car dealership high-fiving because they had just scammed another single mother into buying a junker that was way overpriced and that would probably break down in a few weeks.

This business helps people by teaching them how to become “financially fit” and how to save money better by setting financial goals, smart shopping, credit and checking account management, and budgeting. After completing this course, they are given temporary transportation for a monthly fee that benefits their credit records.  Once they have done this for long enough to get the on their feet, counselors help them to buy a basic car that satisfies their needs.

The company is successful because it creates a win/win situation for those involved.  The clients needs are met and so are the businesses that Bonnie CLAC partners with, banks and car dealerships.  The clients want to learn and are committed to learning to build credit to get their finances in order. Single moms make up about 70 percent of the customers for Bonnie CLAC. It has helped quite a lot of people in the U.S.A. and is a very unique business.

That is all for this topic. Until then, Seacow out.

re:AOW Random Acts of Kindness

Hey everyone, it’s me, Josh. About a week ago, my English teacher showed us an article about random acts of kindness. So I went back and read it some more today. This article really pulls at your heart strings. There are several sections and stories in the article, but there are a few that really stuck out to me.

The one that stuck out the most was one about how a civilian employee at Fort Leavenworth.  This employee called a friend of hers about a boy in Columbia, S.C., who had a brain tumor and who practically worshiped “Army Guys”. Her friend, who was a Colonel at the fort, immediately dispatched a care package with an extra small army uniform for the little boy, as well as an eagle Colonel patch for him to wear. There were also letters of comfort from the commanders telling him he was an honorary Colonel, and to eat so he can be “Army Strong”. News spread across the globe that soldiers, in Afghanistan and Iraq particularly, identified themselves “with a six-year-old boy fighting for his life”.  Even Gen. David Petraeus, commander of the U.S. Central Command, sent an autographed photo. This just shows that one little boy can bring out the best in all people.

There was another story as well. A man who lived in St. Matthews, S.C., had a bone marrow transplant just before the Christmas holidays. When he and his family came home from Duke University Hospital, they found their home fully decorated and sparkling clean, thanks to their church, Willow Ridge Church, in nearby Lexington. They had been overjoyed about this gift, and have been grateful for it. This is something amazing that you do not see every day. It is really awesome that someone would think to do something like this for a sick neighbor.

Well, that’s all of the emotion for this topic. Until next time, Seacow out.

re:AOW Cisco

Hey there, all you paranoid people out there! It’s me, Josh. I recently came across an article about how China has begun to get help from Cisco to survey the city of Chongqing. First of all, I would like to point out that the cameras are being used to monitor political dissent. Why would you need to monitor political dissent? Shouldn’t people have the right to think what they want about the current leaders of their country? However, China is  a communist country, so it makes some kind of sense that they would treat that as a crime, so as not to be overthrown.  But even so, that is not right.

Also, isn’t it prohibited to sell crime (and political) suppression cameras to China for that very reason? I mean, there is a loophole in the law that says they couldn’t customize the cameras, but still, they shouldn’t be doing it. If China is using security cameras that have been imported for this, then it should be illegal to sell to them. I don’t mean that we should ban all trade with China, but there should at least be some limitation on what we export. But, that is not the case, so we must live with it for now.

The communists have also begun to let a new political leader rise to power. Mr. Bo, as he is named, has refused comment on any interviews about the business deal. Shouldn’t that just scream SECRET ILLEGAL TRADE into the faces of the custom guards? I mean come on, could you get any more obvious when it comes to hints? I mean, sure he could just be private and camera shy about China’s trade, but on this deal, you should at least go on camera to deny it.

Well, that’s all the ranting I have for this subject. Stay paranoid! Seacow out.