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The Educational Value of Origami

The Educational Value of OrigamiI’m back again, so hello to everyone. Many of you may be surprised to find out that I am an adequate origami artist. I went into this ancient Japanese art of paper folding in order to have an interesting and useful off-line activity. ‘Why origami?’ you may ask. There are plenty of pleasant off-line activities but origami is not only fun, believe me. Did you know that practicing origami activates your whole brain? Therefore, along with fun and relaxation you get some educational value.

First of all, origami is a good example of schematic learning acquired by repeated actions. You need to be very attentive while following the instructions in order to make a good origami piece. They have to be carried out with a great deal of precision which teaches you to be diligent and focused. When I make an origami figure, I always experience feelings similar to those when hunting with a nice crossbow, where you have to be gentle and focused to the maximum,  combined with precise accuracy and patient endurance. Origami is something you can never perform in a hurry. Every action has to be planned, nothing unforeseen is allowed.

origamiAnother reason why I like origami is that it helps to develop your spatial reasoning. Transforming a 2D piece of paper into a 3D figure is a unique exercise which will provide a thorough brainstorm. While folding the paper, your hands follow a sequence of steps which help you learn to create and to manipulate some general geometric shapes. You also get deeper into the basics of symmetry.

Some researchers have been offering origami exercises to people with psychological problems, such as depression for example. The results of these exercises proved to be quite effective and that’s why the origami technique is often used as a part of psychological art therapy. It provides both physical and mental exercise, developing hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.

One of the important results of origami making is emotional satisfaction. As we see a piece of paper transforming into a new development, we feel pleased with the act of creation and raise our self-esteem. This results in us becoming more confident while performing our daily routines. That is why many find the folding of paper not only relaxing, but challenging as well.

For those who have children, I would recommend involving them in this amazing activity. You’ll have the chance to teach them how to be patient, cooperative, and to follow the instructions strictly which can be quite beneficial for their discipline. Start with basics, find some helpful videos, for example, like this one:

However, you should remember to learn origami skills step by step. If you start making a complicated model from the very beginning, you are highly likely to fail and get frustrated. It takes time and effort to develop the capability to fold a complex figure. Some people say it takes as much time as learning to play the piano flawlessly. Take my advice and learn origami techniques. The educational value you can get on your way to mastering paper folding makes it worth trying. So, good luck!

Things to Do Offline

Things to Do OfflineHey everyone! I’m back! Today I’d like to discuss the topic “How to Live Offline?”. Yes, you haven’t mistaken. Really OFFLINE! Nowadays we are so addicted to the Internet that we can’t even imagine our life without it. But it isn’t the end of the world! You can believe or not, but people used to live earlier without Facebook or Twitter.

Moreover, their lives were even better. First thing that you shouldn’t do when you are out of Wi-Fi access points or your Internet connection is disabled is just trying not to panic. It is not a big deal! I can even say it’s a prittle prattle.

You can easily cope with this problem and spend your free time offline even more interesting. If you still don’t believe in it, just spend a few minutes reading my pieces of advice. They are tested by me, personally, so they will surely work out.

Therefore, you are out of the Internet. What can you begin doing?

  1. Singing songs. Do you think it’s too easy? Oh, no, my friends. It is a golden opportunity to relax, to improve your mood, just to have fun, at least. Let’s just imagine. Have you ever had such a situation when you listened to the familiar song and you couldn’t stop but singing. Yes, yes. Exactly. It happens with everybody. Nothing matters at this moment. That is the time when the world stops. It is only you and music. Isn’t it good? You can do it anywhere: at home, outdoors, in a car. Just turn on your favorite music and enjoy. Or you can meet with your friends and go to karaoke. No doubt, it is an excellent way to relax.
  2. Making photos. Today almost everyone has a profile in the Instagram or Facebook or so on, it doesn’t matter. But how long ago have you snapshotted something, besides selfie or your food? Can’t remember? Either do I. So, just grab your camera and go outdoors to the real world. You will be excited how cute the common places are, when you are looking at them through the camera lens. You can make photos of everything around you: a little green park, pairs jogging at it, a lake with swans, a man wearing something odd, a beautiful young lady, an elderly couple sitting on the bench, a modern fashionista, a red squirrel, etc. Moreover, maybe you will be so lucky to find out that you’ve got a talent in it. And it will change your life.
  3. Hiking. We are addicted to going to work, sitting plenty of time in the office, coming back home and sitting in the Internet a rest of the time. We are a generation of couch potatoes. Yes. Be honest! Can you remember when you have gone somewhere just for pleasure, just to see how beautiful our planet is? Hiking is a virtuous way to spend your time. If you think that it is too complicated or you need a steep trail – you make a great mistake. Everything you need is only a wish to do it, a good company, a real nature around you and comfortable pair of shoes, of course. There are a lot of benefits of hiking. I can enumerate only some of them: breathtaking landscapes around you, fresh air, and birds singing songs, a smell of flora and a spirit of adventures. You are not as romantic as I am? Ok. There are several advantages that can motivate even you, cynic people. Hiking can make you healthy. It makes your body fit (better than any gym), improves blood pressure, bone density, supports your general balance, and fortifies your legs. So, call your friends, make an amazing walk, take some water, snacks and so on and begin conquering the world.
  4. Increasing your influence. If you are still here, my pragmatic friends, and you are not those people who are looking for adventures or relax – no problem. I have a solution for you what to do offline. You can start working on your personality. You see, we live in such circumstances that if you want to succeed, you have to convince somebody that you are right. Influence is a certain control. But first of all, you have to be beyond of any doubt what and how you want to achieve, in order to increase your influence. That’s why take a deep breathe, close your eyes and think over whom, what and where would you like to be, for example, in 5 years. Consider how you can reach all you planned. Put all your thoughts on a sheet of paper. So, we have found the starting point. From this time, you have to think about an intension of doing it and how you can become closer to your goal before going somewhere or doing something, even everyday things. If you are going to the party, you must concentrate your attention on that you may meet the needful people or you go there just for fun (to relax and have a good mood for the further steps in achieving your goal). No matter what you do, just be focused. Influential people know for sure what they want, so they find a direct way to their aims. Be easygoing to people around. Be confident of what you are doing or saying. Be polite; show even non-verbally that you are interested in your partner. Be accurate, do always your tasks in time. Be tolerant. Show your appreciation. Try new things. Never stop learning. Don’t waste your time on blaming; try to find a problem’s solution. There are only a few steps, but try them and you will see how helpful they are.

Of course, it’s just a little bit of positive offline activities. But you can be sure that the life without the Internet is bright and interesting. Start living your full life just now. If you have other offers how to spend your free time in an interesting way, share them with me in your comments.

Keeping Up Appearances – A Cool Geek

Keeping Up Appearances - A Cool GeekHi everyone! I’m sure you all are my loyal internet followers, so there is no need for special introductions, or more specifically, for me having to tell you that I’m what you would call a geek. But that is what I am, and what I love being! You all probably already know what makes someone a geek – thick glasses, all the crazy technology and Star Trek obsessions, and so on and so forth. And like most other people, you’d probably say that there can be no such thing as a cool geek. Well, I think you’re wrong. I believe that being cool isn’t something reserved for rich, tall and blonde people who spend their days on yachts. And that’s why I’ve decided to try to give my fellow geeks a few tips on how to become/stay cool.

Try not to limit your hobbies to those related to computers and SF

I know – those things are so cool, and others, well, not that much. But I think having an open mind is very important for being a really cool person. If I hadn’t been trying to expand my horizons during the last couple of years, I probably never would have discovered some really awesome things that I now simply love doing, like, for example, origami. To most people, I’d still be that geeky guy who never stops staring at his computer, which would be a real shame. It’s great when you have a passion, but I strongly believe that you shouldn’t let it consume you. If you’re still not convinced, remember that taking up new hobbies is also a great way of meeting new people!

Looks are important too!

I know many of you will just skip this one, because if nothing else, it’s the looks that make up a really cool person, or so we’re told by anything we’ve ever watched on TV. But I don’t mean it quite like that. I don’t think you have to have a sixpack, you just have to look neat and feel good in your skin. I, for example, do that by making sure I get enough physical activity, and that I always look groomed in a way. I get regular haircuts, and wash my clothes in both fabric and water softener, such as the ones you can find on this website. I know it might sound silly, but putting on clothes that feels and smells great always cheers me up, and it’s how you feel that really matters. What I’m actually trying to say is that taking care of yourself is a part of feeling good about yourself, and that in turn is a part of being cool.

Try to be relaxed when communicating with people

I know – easier said than done. And it’s true – we all have issues when it comes to this, even those who look like they don’t really care. But it’s actually this fact that helped me get over my fear of meeting new people. I mean, if we all feel insecure, why would I let it stop me from living my life to the fullest?

Why The Culture Of Movie Theatres Is Dying

Why The Culture Of Movie Theatres Is DyingHey guys, so guess who is back! I know you must have missed me to bits but now that I have filled your heart with relief I think we should move on to more important matters before we get all caught in the obviously ensuing emotional rollercoaster that will follow my return.

I want to discuss an issue that has been close to my heart over the few years and I feel that it something that has been bugging a number of you guys as well. This particular issue has to deal with the movie theaters and more precisely, the culture that is the art of movie going.

When I was younger, I used to love going to the movies. It was a wonderful experience, one that I would look forward to with anticipation when I knew it was coming (sometimes it would come as a surprise) and I could not wait until I was grown enough to leave my parents and enjoy the whole exalted experience with a couple of friends. As I grew older, the movie theatre was the first place I would take a girl on our first date not to mention a number of others that followed as well.

Nowadays the experience of going to the movie theatre has changed over the years and it is no longer the glorious experience that it once was. This can be seen as an ironic twist in events as there have been massive improvements in the technological department when it comes to the production of movies in terms of graphics and the viewing experience that can be enjoyed.

Though these changes such as the introduction of 3D movies have improved the overall production of the movies themselves, the experience has deteriorated in a downward spiral so fast that anyone going along for the ride may be required to done a good motorcycle helmet for safety purposes. There are a lot of issues that can be found with the current experience of going to the movies that one may not be pleased with. Some of these experiences include:

  • The cost of going to the movies nowadays has skyrocketed in an unbelievable fashion and anyone who is conscience of their wallet would not be very willing to take part in this activity anymore. Not only have the prices of the tickets risen immensely even in theatres that still maintain an old fashioned 2D screen, but so have the prices of the snacks which can be argued is a crucial part of the movie going experience. With the economy the way it is at the moment, it is understandable to see people avoid going to the movies for the cheaper alternatives that are available such as renting it out on the internet.
  • The social experience that takes place at this setting has not been shown any mercy either and it can be argued that people have changed for the worse over the past few years making going out to the movies a series of unpleasant surprises as one does not know what kind of people they will meet while they are there.

Childproofing Your Home

Childproofing Your HomeHey, everyone! It’s nice to be back. I had a great time last week at my cousin’s home. He had invited me over to his house warming party. He had recently moved into a new sprawling home with a big pool in the backyard.  Looking at the décor and design, I knew he had spent a lot on the place.

When I mentioned it to him, he said that he had to take extra care in the design to make his home child safe. He has a very active toddler who I can see could create real havoc, if left to his own devices even for a few minutes. While home is where you can let your hair down, enjoy, and play and have a great time with family, you also need to keep it safe for your family, especially when you have active kids.

Accidents are inevitable when you have kids around. While minor bruises and scrapes are normal part of growth in kids, as they discover new and exciting things to do around the house, it is necessary to keep them protected from serious injuries.

Safety measures

Parents often worry endlessly regarding keeping their children safe from burns, fire, choking, drowning, falls and poisoning.  These are more often likely causes to be concerned about, when compared to them being susceptible to crimes such as abduction or violence.  In fact, according to my friend, over 2 million children are injured accidentally and over 2,500 killed because of not having the proper safety measures at home. Childproofing is hence a vital part of every home.

Safety checklist

Childproofing Your HomeHere is a list of things to check whether your home is completely childproof or not

  • Thoroughly check the entire home from your baby’s point of view that is crawling down on the floor to know what lies in your child’s line of vision. Make sure the drawers, cupboards and spaces, which your child can get into easily, are properly locked. And don’t leave any small objects lying around which your child can choke on.
  • If you own guns, keep them unloaded and locked in a good safe. My friend had bought a perfect one from http://topgunsafe.com/. Since he has quite a large assortment of guns, he had a large safe installed.
  • Keep all poisonous or hazardous stuff including knives, vitamins, and medicines and cleaning agents out of reach of the kids.
  • Protect all electric outlets with suitable covers that have a safety latch, so the cover doesn’t end up in the child’s hands or mouth. In case you are using extension cords, make sure you cover the outlets with electrical tape.
  • Television sets, furniture, appliances and bookcases tipping over children have been found to be a major cause for accidents and injuries to children.  It is therefore necessary to keep furniture secured to the floor solidly. Keeping them bottom heavy, instead of top heavy also prevents from them tipping inadvertently. Sharp corners in furniture should be covered with bumpers to prevent injury in case the child falls against them.
  • Safety gates are very important childproofing additions. They help to keep kids indoors, within the space they are allotted, and the gates prevent access to forbidden rooms and dangerous staircases.

Things To Do With Your Smartphone

Things To Do With Your SmartphoneHey guys, as usual I have come back with a crazy idea as a result of an everyday life situation that had me thinking to myself, technology can be so biased sometimes can’t it? It is not the first time that I have come across this kind of segregation (of the technological kind that is) whereby the older generation are left to walk around with their devices from the nineties while the rest of the world keeps up with the amazing changes that have taken place in the market over the years.

Upon further research I discovered that this is mainly due to the fact that the younger people do not have the time (supposedly) to teach their older counterparts how to use the phone or even give any pertinent information concerning the gadget. I thoroughly enjoy technology and would be loath to see someone else be denied that privilege simply due to a lack of information. That’s the sort of thing that makes me want to throw my own phone down the garbage disposal or have my awesome meat grinder (check the review here) have a go at it (in a metaphorical sense of course).

This is why I have decided to write an article on all the cool things that one can do with their smartphone should any poor should be looking for such information.

There are a number of wonderful things that can now be accomplished at the click of a button as a result of the strides that have been made in smartphone technology over the years but it is best to start at the very beginning from the very beginning for those who might not have a clue about what to with the gadget. Simply put, one can think of their smartphone as a mini computer small enough to fit in your pocket. There are a number of great things that one can accomplish with their smartphone and some of these include:

  1. Take High Resolution Pictures and Videos

Most smartphones have what in the least can be termed as acceptable pixel resolution which simply means they are able to take better pictures than their older counterparts. Pictures taken from smartphones are clearer with a higher resolution allowing for more detail within the graphics. An individual is also able to record videos and store them onto their phone for later use. The camera and video recorder are located in the same place on most phones so one only needs to find one to find the other.

  1. Listen to Music and Watch Videos

One is able to download or transfer their music onto their smartphone enabling them to listen to it whenever they please. This music can be stored on the phone and accessed whenever the person wants.  One is able to do the same with videos as well.

  1. Access the Internet

This capability can be considered the most essential for those in need of such articles as this as the internet allows one access to all kinds of information. A smartphone ensures that a connection to the internet is available at the touch of a button. And now that I have imparted this information I feel a little better, my phone is not going into the meat grinder (like the ones reviewed here: http://www.meatgrinderadviser.com) any time soon at least.

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