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A random fact

This, therefore, is Mathematics; she reminds you of the invisible form of the soul; she gives life to her own discoveries; she awakens the mind and purifies the intellect; she brings light to our intrinsic ideas; she abolishes oblivion and ignorance which is ours by birth. —Proclus, c. 450

I guess that Mathematics is a woman, well, at least according to Proclus. Yay women!! Interesting.

Catch you guys later, must study for an exam.

 

Quotes, Uncategorized

Quote #7

Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you. – Lao Tzu

So true, isn’t it? Some of us are just never content with what we have. We are always looking for new stuff AND people. I am not saying that we should not get new things or even develop relationships with new people. What I mean is that we tend to go after “new” people and materials while ignoring the ones we already have. We forget that they even exist. And when you lose them (referring to both materials and people), that is when you actually realize their value. By then, it is too late!! There is nothing that you could do but regret the times that you ignored them either intentionally or unintentionally. And when we actually do get new things or people, our happiness does not even last that long!! This is so sad! I would love to elaborate on this topic a little more but I have to call it a day. I have got a volunteering event to attend tomorrow morning.

Good night and Good morning, peeps!

Pomegranate Lover

 

 

Journal, Random

A process engineer repaired his own heart!

Yup, you read it correctly! I did say that a process engineer repaired his own heart!

I was browsing some of the talks on TED’s website and the following video, “Tal Golesworthy: How I repaired my own heart,” caught my attention. And so, I watched it (not the whole thing as I am on campus about to leave for Calculus class)!

People are doing amazing things these days!

How could a process engineer, not even a biomedical one, repair his own heart? Well, it happened, you guys! He brought together a team of individuals from various disciplines and designed a plastic valve that would replace the real aorta valve. If compared to the actual process done by the doctors for his particular disease, his technique:

1.) Takes two hours only as opposed to six hours

2.) No antibiotic therapy necessary post operation

3.) No anticoagulation drugs to be taken after the surgery

4.) No need for heart/lung bypass

5.) No need to cool the entire body

Wow! This is very inspiring. When he was told by the doctors that he needed an extremely complicated heart surgery, he did not jump at the opportunity to have his heart repaired by them. He thought about the process and the quality of life obtained after the surgery. He did not like it for the thought of being on anticoagulation drugs (by the way, which come with side effects) for as long as he lived did not appeal to him at all. He disliked the process as well for he has to be under for at least six hours while the doctors performed heart/lung bypass and cooled his body temperature. In addition, he hated that if he were to go with the doctor’s current “gold standard” technique, he would have to be dependent on the anticoagulation medication and as well as antibiotic therapy for as long as he lives. With this in mind, he set out to repair his own heart with assistance from a team that he brought together. Together, they developed their own plastic valve that does not require for any of the above listed things to happen! Isn’t that cool?!!

This story motivates and inspires to do and be better! I would like to be able to do something excellent that improves public health. Just gotta keep learning and practicing till then!

Journal, Uncategorized

2017 Resolutions

Yup, it is that time of the year: stating one’s resolutions.

Here is my list in no particular order:

  1. Pray more and read more scriptures on a daily basis
  2. Learn at least two or three programming languages
  3. Make time to draw
  4. Stay on top of my studies
  5. Network
  6. Read and write more
  7. Stay healthy
  8. Exercise
  9. Be less credulous
  10. Start a research project of my own
  11. Participate in a career related club at school
  12. Be happy and enjoy life
  13. Don’t get too emotional/sentimental
  14. Be independent
  15. Do not be afraid to say NO
  16. Do not dwell in the past. Past is in the past. Enjoy the present and prepare for the future.
  17. BE CONSISTENT IN EVERYTHING THAT I DO, WHICH I BELIEVE IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS IN LIFE.

I would love to hear yours!

A very happy new year to you all!!!

Cheers,

PomegranateLover

Book Reviews, Journal

Truly Madly DISAPPOINTED

I have recently finished reading Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty. I am sorry to say that I did not enjoy it at all. I stuck with it till the very end just so I will have the satisfaction of finishing a novel, something that I have not been doing as often as I would like due to time constraint. The only reason that I picked this particular book to read was after seeing that it won the fiction category in Goodreads Choice Awards (2016). Very disappointed. The story and the characters were so dull!!

The book was too long, weak storyline, and very dull characters. I guess I was expecting more, may be a faster pace and a more interesting story.

I still cannot believe that this book was picked as a winner of all the fiction books released in 2016!!

Truly Madly Unbelievable!

However, there was one thing that I really liked, the title, of course! 😉

 

Journal

A Day Unplugged

Hello my loyal followers,

Here is an attempt at a poem that I did as an extra credit assignment for one of my classes this semester. I hope you enjoy it!

The Modern Day Hermit

How blissful were the days

When no modern technology existed

To disrupt the little peace of mind we once had

When relationships were as strong as ever

When people were living in the moment

And enjoying that moment to the fullest

Surrounded by families and friends

And not by lifeless electronics.

When stories, art, and music were enough

To inspire and motivate us to soar up to the sky

On the wings created from our imaginations

And our ambitions did not include

Gaining thousands of friends,

Or, if you will, strangers

On our social media accounts.

When our dreams and ambitions were

so simple and pure in that they did not consist of

Jealousy, spite, and bitterness

When Love was more than enough

To overcome the tragedies of life

All the while reminiscing the

Songs of love that our mothers

Sang to us as lullabies.

When the big, bright screens had not stolen

The spare time we had on our hands

When leisure hours were spent

With beloved family members and friends

Not with glowing screens in our hands:

Screens that lack life, mirth, and passion

Screens that have made us mute, deaf, and blind

To the emotions, feelings, and opinions

of others and ourselves

Screens that somehow make us feel inferior to others,

And even worse, to ourselves.

How disappointing these days are

When modern technology has snatched away

The purity of our minds

The innocence of our youth

The sheer joy of relishing the company

of fellow human minds and hearts

that ooze love and affection

Instead, we keep spiritless gadgets

Close to our minds and hearts as company.

The new generations would never know

What life is like without modern technology

As they have already been made mute, deaf, and blind

And are now incapable of understanding

The beauty of the tranquil life that the world

Without technology once had.

Alas, little do they know that

These electronics have nothing to offer but

Regret and constant loneliness

If used extensively and inappropriately.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book Reviews, Journal, Random, Uncategorized

Re: The Sprit Catches You and You Fall Down

I have just finished reading the above book. It is truly a very sad story!

To be honest, I did not actually read every single word in the book as I skipped some chapters that I couldn’t get myself to read, such as the background info of the Hmong people. (This tells me that I will have to start reading history books, to get used to reading histories!)

Has anyone of you read this book? It is terrifying! Regardless of what you might think of me later, let me say the following: After having read about Lia Lee (the child on the front cover), I am thankful for a lot of things in my life. I mean, think about it. We do not appreciate the blessing and fortunes that we have till we come across someone or someone’s story whose life was (or is) much harder than the ones we have lead or currently leading.

Let us forget about the the one who is actually going through difficult times, but think of the ones who have to watch their beloved ones suffer! Specifically, a mother who has to watch her child fighting to survive, how awful it must be for her to see her child that she gave birth to suffering from severe medical problems?! Just try to put yourself in her shoes (not literally) and think/feel from her perspective! It is agonizing!

I am not sure whether I would like to read the book again mainly due to the bad memories that this book brings back.

I would love to know about the feelings of those who have read this particular book! I am itching to discuss about it with the ones that have read it.

Oh, on a brighter note, I finally went to the library and got that Dicken’s novel (Great Expectations). I seriously need to read something that is light after having read the above book.

Well, happy reading and writing, y’all!