Month: June 2014

How Did The Moon Really Form?

Technodroid Guy

Gotten from ScienceQ Publishing Group

Planetary scientists have long believed that our moon formed following a collision between Earth and another planet, but studies of Earth and moon rocks suggest otherwise. A new analysis of the composition of moon rocks brought back by Apollo astronauts may help finally resolve the mystery.

Here’s the current thinking about how the moon formed. Early in its history, Earth was struck a glancing blow by a Mars-sized planet. That planet was destroyed by the impact, but much of its debris—and some of Earth’s—formed into a disk around Earth that eventually coalesced into the moon. Much evidence supports this scenario. The moon would have ended up hot, boiling off light elements and water, leaving the arid rocky moon we see today; the moon has a small core, consistent with being made from parts of the colliding planet and outer parts of Earth; the Earth-moon system…

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A Boy Named Chip – Plot Line

Summary

Carl Walker is a scrawny little kid who loves technology so much that he has become known as Chipper or Chip for short. One day, while home alone (pretending to be sick) Carl is hit by a car that smashes through his living room. During the crash, Carl bumps his head into a reinforced wall and suffers a lot of brain damage, but being the son of doctors and a friend of tech mogul John Hones, Carl gets a chip implanted in his brain to restore some function. But something unexpected happens and the Chip gives him more than he bargained for: to ability to communicate with and control technology. But his new found powers are put to the test when a group of hackers attack the town. There is only one boy for this job, a boy named Chip.

Plot-Line

  • Transportation (Introduction)
  • Introducing Chip
  • Why I Don’t Skip School
  • The Implant
  • Tech-Control
  • Shocker
  • Shadowy Figures
  • Not Mr.Hones
  • The M240
  • Techman To The Rescue
  • Infection
  • A Boy Named Chip
  • Epilogue

The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People: Sharpen The Saw

As you renew yourself in each of the four areas, you create growth and change in your life. Sharpen the Saw keeps you fresh so you can continue to practice the other six habits. You increase your capacity to produce and handle the challenges around you. Without this renewal, the body becomes weak, the mind mechanical, the emotions raw, the spirit insensitive, and the person selfish. Not a pretty picture, is it?

Feeling good doesn’t just happen. Living a life in balance means taking the necessary time to renew yourself. It’s all up to you. You can renew yourself through relaxation. Or you can totally burn yourself out by overdoing everything. You can pamper yourself mentally and spiritually. Or you can go through life oblivious to your well-being. You can experience vibrant energy. Or you can procrastinate and miss out on the benefits of good health and exercise. You can revitalize yourself and face a new day in peace and harmony. Or you can wake up in the morning full of apathy because your get-up-and-go has got-up-and-gone. Just remember that every day provides a new opportunity for renewal–a new opportunity to recharge yourself instead of hitting the wall. All it takes is the desire, knowledge, and skill.

So… how do you Sharpen Your Saw?

The Pace Of Change

The pace of change keeps accelerating, which I feel makes it even more important that we focus on improving ourselves and/or our organizations. Millennials and Generation Z employees are on a never-ending quest for knowledge and self-improvement… and Gen X and Boomers were self-improvement pioneers.

To help us all figure out our relationship with time, personal change and… Sharpening The Saw… Stephen R. Covey balances the concept across 4 main categories (or dimensions). These dimensions are:

  • Physical
  • Spiritual
  • Mental
  • Social / Emotional

Whether we are speaking of people, departments or organizations, Sharpening The Saw must be balanced across these four ‘dimensions’… otherwise an imbalance will be created. We can offset an imbalance for a while, but not long-term. When organizations ignore four-dimensional balance, inefficiencies, defensiveness and lack of synergy (Habit 6) ensues creating a loss in productively, customer satisfaction and ultimately profitability.

Ongoing Process of Sharpening The Saw
Sharpening The Saw is an ongoing process of personal change — not something you can binge — like your favorite TV show (which I sometimes do). You need to define your own balanced, four-dimensional life to be successful! If you are a leader, I believe part of your role is to help the people who report into you and/or look up to you (your family), explore these dimensions and establish goals for themselves.

We all have busy lifestyles; therefore it’s no surprise we have to insert Sharpen The Saw into our Time Management best practices and make it part of our Quadrant II priorities (Habit 3). Our future success and ongoing reputation depends on us taking action. I’ve seen students have great success with this concept.

Stephen says, “It means exercising all four dimensions of our nature, regularly and consistently in a wise and balanced way. To do this we have to be proactive.” I love the words exercise and balance. Proactive means we have to plan for it — to put it in our schedule and protect the time (Quadrant II), for all 4 of the above mentioned dimensions.

Self improvement takes time — just like working out and getting fit. Stephen sees self-improvement as a never-ending upward spiral of ‘Learn, Commit, Do’. Personally I see it as a never-ending spiral of ‘Commit, Learn, Do.’ No matter what your preference of order of those three words, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is something you have to be mindful of and continually practice.

When you begin working out, a trainer will help you receive maximum benefit and minimize injury. In the same vein, a personal coach will help guide your personal change and keep you on track.

What Is Your Purpose? What Are You Committed To?

If you work with a personal coach, get them to help you define what your motivator is. What do you want to do / be? What are your values? How do your core competencies need to migrate? What inspires you? How can you live with purpose and integrity… following our values. How can you stay focused on:

  • Win/Win… Habit 4
  • Listening… Habit 5
  • Synergize… Habit 6

Sharpening The Saw is anything that will help you renew your energy and keep you balanced.

Again, how do you Sharpen Your Saw (keep the four dimensions in mind)?

How you sharp the saw is personal. For example, what if you took one night / week without TV to get in touch with your values? Instead of TV you:

  • Read for pleasure (not work)
  • Get a degree — or another degree
  • Read for school or a night class
  • Made art
  • Cooked all night with your family / friends because you love to cook not because you have to cook.
  • When to the gym — and enjoyed the steam room
  • Meditated
  • Went to a play (not a movie)
  • Walked in the park / went snowshoeing
  • Listened to music
  • Hand wrote a journal — or letters to friends / family

I’ve recently found a pod cast series called ‘On Being’ with Krista Tippett and I am enjoying how she explores the complications and beauty of human life. Krista is helping me sharpen my spiritual saw. (@Beingtweets)

Stephen R. Covey suggests targeting 1 hour / day to focus on Sharpening Your Saw. If that works for you then terrific.

Conclusion

Over time remembering to Sharpen Your Saw will get easier to plan and do. Whatever you choose will become a feeder into a life of quality — the glass half full — abundance of your life.

Full Posts

So I decided that in order to cut down, the size of my blog (I find it tedious to scroll through) I would only post excerpts of my books on this website, and have another one full of the full version (sea what I did there [I’m hilarious] ). The website is Icognito Writer and it is for only my books, nothing else.

Hobbies Of A Hobbit

I love reading; my favourite books are

  • Don’t Call Me Ishmael And The Rest Of The Series by Michael Gerard Bauer
  • The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time by Mark Haddon
  • Love Is A UFO by Ken Spillman
  • To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Theory of Knowledge for the IB Diploma by Richard van de Lagemaat

I also love manga (I don’t watch anime):

  • Naruto – Up To Date
  • Fairy Tale – Up To Date
  • One Piece – Up To Date
  • Bleach – Up To Date
  • Kuroko No Basuke – Up To Date
  • The Breaker: New Waves – Up To Date
  • Noblesse – Up To Date
  • AO Exorcist – Completed
  • Beelzebub – Completed
  • Sword Art – Completed
  • Soul Eater – Completed
  • Shaman King – Completed

I also play the following sports:

  • Basketball – I play for my school in the summer (Australian Basketball season) and also for my club (Hawks U18).
  • Badminton – I play for my school in the winter.
  • Cross Country – Running 5 kilometres each week if you don’t make the team is good inspiration for badminton.
  • Wii Sports – My favourite is tennis and golf.
  • Mini-golf – Once in a blue moon.

What I write:

I write only fiction but still, there are many types:

  • Science-fiction – Mostly cyborgs, mutants and iron man-like people
  • Apocalyptic – End of the world usually technology related
  • Dramatic – I’m trying to learn how to make my readers feel.

Blunted Apathy

I sat on my seat in class, staring out through the window. Normally, one would look at the rain drops falling from the grey sky, or the landscape or maybe even day dream but I was different. I just stared outside the window, looking at everything, seeing nothing. At least until Mr. Rudberg, very rudely, disrupted my session.

Introduction


 

I sat on my seat in class, staring out through the window. Normally, one would look at the rain drops falling from the grey sky, or the landscape or maybe even day dream but I was different. I just stared outside the window, looking at everything, seeing nothing. At least until Mr. Rudberg, very rudely, disrupted my session.

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The House Beside The Lake

There was once a house beside a lake

And there was once a man beside the house

The man used to go fishing at the lake

Then tender to the garden behind his house

The House Beside The Lake

 

There was once a house beside a lake

Beautifully made, magnificently constructed

But over time the house began to fade

Until it didn’t look like the same house that was constructed

The House Beside The Lake

 

There was once a young man

You built a house beside a lake

And everyday, in the lake he swam

At exactly 5am he would wake

The House Beside The Lake

 

But overtime a legend grew

That the house was a monster

The man was a ghost

The lake was a grave

But even though the man knew

He still tell his house that he loved her

He would still at dinner make a toast

Until he himself went to the grave

 

And he buried with himself the secret of the house

The secret that he kept each day

The house was his spouse

The House Beside The Lake

I am the master of my fate

No person shall swallow me whole
I alone guide the ship
I alone sleep within
The depts of the sea which is my soul

Simply The Betsy

I’m embarrassed to admit how I stumbled across this poem (one of the contestants on Bear Grylls’ ‘The Island’ quoted it) but now I have it, I find it truly inspiring, and so, apparently, do others!

C. S. Lewis has quoted it; it was Franklin D. Roosevelt’s favourite poem; Nelson Mandela recited it on Robben Island; and it was featured in ’30 Rock’ (huzzah!).

It’s the last two lines that really speak to me, but as a whole it’s pretty great too.

Written by William Ernest Henley in 1875, allow me to introduce you to ‘Invictus’.

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath…

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