Sunday, November 24, 2013

Time

What is time?


We humans are inextricably bound with time (in fact, dinosaurs are too). We move, breathe, think, eat, drink, work, play, and sleep, as well as poo, as time goes by. All of our activities depend on this four-letter thing.

Time is universal. It is not racist—all humans get the same portion: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. They cannot pause it. They cannot stop it. They cannot return to the past. They cannot go to the future. (except for Doraemon)

You can do good or bad with time. It really depends on your decision, on how you want to use it. For example, after reading this, you can go to a red light district in your country and spend one hour having sex with a prostitute, or you can spend the same amount of time to visit your parents, kin, or friends who you have hurt and apologize to them sincerely. Therefore, time is so powerful. In a sense, it can change the world, but it needs you to do it.

We often feel as if time passed slowly at times, but sometimes it passed really fast. Why do we have such a feeling? For my money, if we enjoy doing something, we feel it passes fast, and in contrast, if we hate doing something, we feel it passes slowly. Which one do you choose, the former or the latter? :)

Time is a passive thing. It won't say, "Come on! Use me! Use me!" It will just keep silent. It won't approach us. We are the ones who have to take the initiative.

Now, let's dissect a day:



1 day = 24 hours

Activities:
Sleeping: 8 hours
Working: 8 hours
Eating: 15 minutes (breakfast) +  15 minutes (lunch) + 15 minutes (dinner) = 45 minutes = 1.25 hours
Taking showers, brushing teeth, etc. : 15 minutes (morning) + 15 minutes (afternoon) = 30 minutes = 0.5 hours
Doing housework, etc. : 1 hour
Leisure : 3 hours

Let's calculate the amount of time left:
24 - 8 - 8 - 1.25 - 0.5 - 1 - 3 = 2.25 hours



For my money, this illustration more or less depicts a well-organized day for a human being. And, as you can see, there is still 2.25 hours to use. We could spend it going to the church (so, no reason not to come to the church), helping our neighbors, blogging, and/or doing anything that is worthwhile. If we do this consistently, we will be productive and, as a result, we will be a contented man. I believe that successful men are those who make the most of their time while their contemporaries procrastinate and spend their time doing things ineffectively.

So what will you do after this? :) Tick. Tick. Tick.
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First Dinosaur Encyclopedia – Book Review


First Dinosaur Encyclopedia
by DK

The following is a review of another edition Dinosaur Encyclopedia, which I had a copy of a long time ago. Since it got burned by a fire in February 2015, I bought a copy of the updated version of First Dinosaur Encyclopedia in 2016. I have looked through the new book quickly and found that the contents are mostly similar but more up-to-date, and at the back of the book are some quizzes which the other edition doesn't have.

DK (Dorling Kindersley) is probably the best publisher of illustrated reference books. Dinosaur Encyclopedia is a dinosaur book with countless colorful illustrations and photographs which make learning dinosaurs a very fun experience! It is comprehensive; it includes information on many aspects about the dinosaurs themselves (their habitats, diet, behavior, etc.) and on other prehistoric creatures such as plesiosaurs and pterosaurs as well. As the subtitle of another edition states, it is very suitable for those who are just about to "dive" into the world of dinosaurs, especially teenagers. Packed with bite-sized facts and quiz questions, Dinosaur Encyclopedia is sure to be one of your favorite dinosaur books.

Last updated: May 11, 2017
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