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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Christmas is Coming

It's been quite a while since I've last posted an article here on my blog. Sadly, I've lost internet connection at home. Hopefully, I'd be able to get a new connection as soon as possible. Meanwhile, I'm using our church's DSL connection while the church kids are having their Christmas Party in church.

It feels good that I can greet everyone who can drop by this blog a very merry Christmas. We celebrate Christ's birth and the dawn of God's salvation, may we be able to share and express God's love to everyone we encounter. Merry Christmas to all in advance....

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Earth’s Core: Inge Lehmann

Inge Lehmann
I am working on some content research online today when I notice Google Doodle with a split globe. Inge Lehmann is celebrating her 127th birthday today. I am a bit intrigued as to who is this woman. For Google to give a big attention to her with a Google Doodle, she must be someone very important in history that people should remember her.

I quickly typed her name on the Google word box to see who she was. In a matter of millisecond, I discovered that she discovered the earth’s inner core.

She was a seismologist and geophysicist from Denmark. She grew up in Østerbro, one of the ten official districts of Copenhagen. According to Lehmann, the biggest influences of her academic studies were her father Alfred Lehmann, who was an experimental psychologist, and Hanna Adler, her high school teacher.

Mathematics was the focus of her education in the University of Copenhagen and University of Cambridge. However, because of weak physical condition, her schooling became irregular. After a year in Cambridge, she went home to rest for a while. In the succeeding years, she was able to work in an actuary office (actuary is a person who compiles and analyzes statistics and uses them to calculate insurance risks and premiums- google) where she developed her computing skill. Eventually, she went back to Copenhagen University and finished her magisterii in mathematics and physical science in just two years. Later, she became an assistant to the professor of actuarial science in the University of Copenhagen.

After her stint in the insurance business, she worked as an assistant to geodesist Eric Norlund who assigned her to set up seismic observatories in Denmark and in Greenland. Later, after passing the exam in geodesy, she became the state geodesist and head of the seismology department of the Geodetic Institute of Denmark. Among the leading seismologists, that time was Charles Richter.

She became popular in the field of seismology by her observation of a seeming discontinuity in seismic waves at depths of 220±30 km beneath, continents although not usually under oceans and are not appearing in internationally averaged studies immediately. Seismologists called this Lehmann Discontinuity.

In 1936, she proposed, according to her study and observation of seismic data that the earth has as an inner core, which is distinct in properties from the outer core. She concludes that the earth's core is not a solitary liquefied sphere.

She died at the age of 104.

People with such superior mathematical ability are amazing. They are gifted. Lehmann was gifted with mathematical skill and she used it for the benefit of science and seismology. I wish everyone would use their gifts too for the benefit of earth and people living on it, not to earn a Google Doodle for ourselves, but to make our life meaningful. At least, we walk on earth not just as passing shadows that are unperceived and unnoticed but with big and wide footsteps that are worth remembering and following.

Image Credit: Wikipedia.Org

Thursday, April 2, 2015

The Most Beautiful Face in the World

I don’t know but this past few months I have been wondering, that if ever I would have a child, how he or she would look like. Of course, it also depends on how the mother would look like. Well, I might have a little problem with that.

I have tried playing with online sites that tries to predict how your baby would look like by just uploading the pictures of the dad and mom. I’m quite satisfied with the result especially using the pictures of gorgeous celebrities available on the site. Whew! They’re beautiful! Although, merely fantasy on my part.

Then, this Yahoo news item has caught my attention. The most beautiful face is a product of a computer program. It’s fun to see. I will not be surprised if there will be a movie soon about cloning a human being. Having the finest genes that would form the best features any person can ever have but without a soul..... That would arouse any inquisitive mind.... I think I’m tempted to start the script.... No copying this is my idea, hahaha.....

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Ashleigh and Pudsey

A dance with a dog act is not very unusual in public performances. There have been many talented dogs that I have seen perform great antics in the past but this one, or Pudsey is one for the books. Actually, the choreography looks simple but the way Ashleigh and Pudsey has done it, it seems that Pudsey could follow choreography in a way a human does! 

Of course, the credit goes to Ashleigh for being a good master and teacher. Making a dog remember those intricate movements is simply amazing!    

Monday, February 3, 2014

Kindness and Gratitude

I have seen this video on my friend's FB wall. It is a Thai short film but the story is clear to all who would view it regardless of the language. The story is all about kindness and benevolence and how people respond to it in gratitude. This is a must see movie. Thanks for the post...

Monday, January 13, 2014

My Birthday 2014

It's amazing to see a special birthday greeting on the Google search engine. I really don't know how they do it but it makes Google users like me feel special even if I have turned 43 years old today. 

Getting old is of course inevitable and inescapable but it should add another year of triumph over life's tests and trials. It might not be something to look forward to in terms of grey hair but it is part of life's journey that we all need to enjoy.
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