Friday, July 27, 2012

Graveyard of Technology

The PC has been with us for some thirty odd years now.  The way they're built and sold, it's not expected that they last very long.  What's a computer's life span, anyway? One year? Two years? Three?  But certainly no more than five, at least nowadays.

So what happens to your computers when you don't want them anymore?  Some years back, the ready answer would have been: donate 'em to the less fortunate.  That sounds great in theory, and right charitable, too. But you can only hand down a computer so many times before your giftee will refuse to take it.  Not even if you pay them.

What then? Sell the computer for scrap metal seems to be the only other option.  And that's just what happens.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Street Urchins at Play

The girl on the right put on her best sad face and asked me for coins.  I said no, of course.  But then I whipped out my camera and she ran away.  Later I saw her and her friend eyeing me from a distance.  The game face was replaced with a shy smile.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Tubin'

At the playground in Cagayan de Oro.  The wife and I were on a visit over the weekend.  While she and her cousins were out shopping, I hung around the plaza to watch some kids at play.  I caught this young gent crossing the tubes of jungle gym.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Fairy Tale Wedding Princess

From the wedding fashion show at Abreeza yesterday.  The model, I think, is one of the winners of Mutya ng Dabaw.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

My work and me

From a questionnaire our coordinator sent to us.

1. What have you always loved doing?

Comics, computers, and cartoons.

or

Teaching, tinkering, and writing.

2. What job-related opportunities are you passionate about?

Interacting with fellow teachers, excellent students, and friends in
industry;

Exploring new areas of IT; and

Consulting for companies.

3. What are you really good at?

Teaching and guiding (or so I like to think.)

4. What opportunites do you see for growth and development?

I want to explore the intersections of IT with other fields not typically associated with it: humanities, art, psychology, history, etc.;

Subject areas: data mining, computer vision, Agile development
; and

Maybe a PhD, time and family permitting.

5. How can your work environment be improved?

Bigger work tables and bigger computer screens; and

A gym and a shower.

6. What would make your work more meaningful to you?

More receptive students; co-teachers who do research.

7. What contribution would you love to make in your current role?

More research work;

More active career guidance for our students.

I love meetings...

...because they give me a chance to express my artistic side. 

I just have to ignore the dirty looks from the chair of the meeting.

Sunday, July 08, 2012

Yellow Flowers

Don't ask me what the name of this flower is; I'm bad at botany.

Friday, July 06, 2012

Spatulas

Wall decor at Lachi's, which just underwent a renovation and looks even classier than it did before.