I’ve recently recognized that peer pressure is every where and it has much influence to those who unconsciously know it. It can be good or bad at the same time depending on how one takes it into action. It can be a propeller to push us ahead in order to defeat our peers or it can be an anchor. My assumption is that everyone wants himself to be the best or better among his peers or at least at equal level. I think this also links to the equation of happiness, [Happy = Reality - Expectation]. He will be happy if he can outdo everyone else in the class as his (or other people’s) expectation. Unhappiness happens when his achievement is smaller than his goal. In order to avoid such nasty pressure, we have to know our ability, our strength or what we can do. More importantly, we need to learn to accept the reality and not to set unachievable goals.
I made (extracted) wheat gluten the first time this afternoon. It’s quite simple with three steps. You can find some clips on YouTube showing you how to do exactly. Here are the main things.
Making dough: 1/2 kg wheat flour, 300ml water and some salt.
Incubation: 2 hours.
Washing dough in water until the water clear (keep the washing water to extract again non-gluten dough).
Finally I have some phyto-protein here. Okay, who needs to kill animals for meat? I heard that it’s better with the whole wheat flour. It doesn’t look fancy, it’s like plastic but it can totally replace meat. There are many ways to make delicious dishes from this. It all depends on your cooking skills.
It’s been a month since the last entry. I feel guilty as charged. I could sit down and type something but I just delayed for many times. Everything is still fine and there is nothing special. Only time goes so fast.
I’ve took time to follow some free online courses from Coursera. I’ve just finished Epigenetic Control of Gene Expression and I have one more week to submit the writing assignment. However, I’m debating myself whether I need to submit this final test because I think that learning is for knowledge, not for certificate. I’ve really been enjoy this course and I got my knowledge expanded. There are many thing but I want to tell you an example. It is interesting to know that People who were born (to be exact that their mothers got pregnant) during the Dutch Famine in 1944-1945 can now suffer from cardiovascular diseases, overweight or diabetes. (This made me think of Peter from Tippin’ the Scales however it’s not the case because he’s not 68 or 69). An example in bees may be easier to understand. Do you know why the queen bee is the different from others although they are genetically identical? It’s because the selected bee (to be the queen) was fed the Royal Jelly. This special food switches the normal baby bee to the queen which is bigger than others and only her able to lay eggs. I don’t want to confuse you with molecular mechanisms in it but you can see how important not only the genomes but the environment and food for the mothers and their babies. Of course, there are many researches showed that our grandparents and parents not only passed on us their genomes, their life styles can really affect our life. Diseases and cancers It is fascinating to me that these things can be explained so clearly under the light of science.
Another course I participate is Virology which is in the second week. I will take it seriously for the sake of knowledge.
This is me this morning (shaved) and yesterday (unshaved in a week, looked terrible )
Officially, I’m 36 years old today. However, according to lunar counting, my age must be 37. It’s one year (nine months and 10 days) in my mother’s womb. I feel I’m old now because I feel that time flies so fast. Not only me but people around me feel the same. Funnily, an acquaintance on Facebook wished me 22nd happy birthday (I don’t expose entire my date of birth). Yes, I wish I were 22
A year goes by, I don’t think I archived any good thing but a big disappointment in my carier. The downward growth of global economy influences everyone. Since I don’t celebrate my birthday so I don’t blow candles and make a wish but anyway, right now I only wish a better turn out for my job.
Physically, I still can maintain a healthy status by eating good food and practicing Yoga regularly. I think it’s a good life style and I should keep on going (I have an idea for the next entry based on the online course I’m taking). Virtually, I have more friends on Facebook, Path and Instagram. By the way, I want to explain to my blogger buddies that I don’t write regularly but I daily spread my statuses, photos and fractal designs on these social networks. You might not see me visit or comment on your blog posts but I do read your blogs through an app called Feedly on my iPad.
For self development, I strongly focus on my studying English by taking pronunciation courses, listening to podcasts on iTunes, watching movies or clips on Youtube and reading news and books. Still, speaking is my weakest skill.
I really hate that people keep on suggesting me to get married. Come on, it’s 21st century! However, it’s fine because they just don’t understand me. I don’t expect they understand me but I do expect that they should learn that there are at least 25 things I don’t need to justify to anyone.
I think that’s all of what I want to share in my birthday. Thank everyone for your birthday wishes. I wish your wishes come true.
By the way, this is my picture I took today at Yoga club.
Interesting clips from TEDEducation!
Which would you choose?
reading . . . Inferno: A Novel by Dan Brown. It’s another book about Robert Langdon. I had read The Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons and The Lost Symbol before but all were printed books and in Vietnamese. This time I read Inferno in English and on my Ipad. The good thing of doing this is that I can quickly check the meaning of unknown vocabularies and highlight them for reviewing later. I can easily jump from Ebook to Browser to check images of things which were described in the book. How convenient! I started to read this book some weeks ago. I only read it in my free time and when I’m in mood of reading. I read slowly and try to understand the detailed as much as I can. I read it with purposes of learning English and exploring Italian culture.
making . . . fractals with JWildfire and Mandelbulb 3D. I so love doing this. It’s fantastic to create new things and joyful to see them appear in front of my eyes the way I want them to be. Beside uploading them to my gallery on DeviantArt (so who are interested in them can order their fine art prints), I daily cross-post my collection on Instagram, Facebook and Tumblr.
watching . . . some movies which I don’t remember. I subscribed to some TED channels on Youtube. There are many interesting clips and I’ve learned many things from these lessons. Along with that I want to improve my listening skill. The speakers with different accents and styles were just awesome. And of course, as in TED philosophy, they have ideas and lessons which are worth sharing and spreading.
* I compose this entry following Stephen Chapman‘ style “This week I have been . . .”