It’s Still Safe to Fly

A little rant for today. Plane crashes get a lot of media attention, and recently there have been quite a few of them. But that doesn't mean you need to cancel your plane tickets. Flying is still by far the safest way to travel, despite recent events. (Thanks CNN for giving false impressions...) In fact, if you're so scared of being in an accident and refuse to be on planes, you might as well stop using other forms of transportation. The truth is, you are a lot more likely to die going to…Read more …

Luck, Popularity, and Money: Where’s the Blood, Sweat, and Tears?

Harry Potter is a really popular book series. Lots of people read Harry Potter. But, to be honest with you, there are many books that are written just as well. People don't discover them, because Harry Potter is most popular. Gangnam Style is a popular mainstream song. But, there are millions of songs out there that are similar to Gangnam Style. People don't discover them, because Gangnam Style is the most popular. Good authors write because of their love of writing; good artists sing to fulfill their musical dreams. But, some authors write…Read more …

Fresh From Africa: Misconceptions About my African Trip

Of course, you'd think Africa is hot, poor, and utterly the same anywhere, anytime. But you're wrong. According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), South Africa has the highest nominal GDP in Africa, about 385,000 US Dollars as of 2012; ranked 29th in the world. On the other end of the spectrum, Sao Tome and Principe is ranked 188th in the world with a nominal GDP of only 264 US Dollars. So, that proves already that Africa isn't utterly the same everywhere. There's contrast, and those are not even the very stunning facts.…Read more …

Are We Really the Self-Proclaimed “Digital Natives”?

Social networking app after social networking app is being developed, and although technology was invented for the good, are the Digital Natives of our generation abusing its benefits? "No Facebook until you're 13!" That's a common rule among families of the 21st generation. However, that rule applies to most if notĀ allĀ social networking sites. According to law, children under age 13 are not allowed to have Kik Messenger, Twitter, Instagram, Ask.fm, and many other seemingly "harmless" sites. The truth is, however, that it is now incredibly easy for the self-proclaimed Digital Natives to fall…Read more …

Flying On an Airplane; Watching a Movie; Going to School; Running a Marathon: Threatening Your Life

Everyone should had heard about the recent terrorist attack on the Boston marathon. Although the police have managed to capture one suspect and kill the other, this event brought the world to a standstill. Let us flashback... Innocent passengers on airplanes driven by terrorists. They crash into the World Trade Center. Innocent families going to watch a movie. They get shot. Innocent children going to school. They get shot. Innocent athletes running a marathon. They get bombed. There are seven billion people in this world, and out of those seven billion, how many…Read more …

Strange, Huh?

We need to learn all of these... And yet we shouldn't... I was actually very interested in that 'teacher only conference' about mathematics.Read more …