Wednesday, July 31, 2013

UST-AB Photography Assignment: The Death of Privacy

Dr Abe V Rotor
Living with Nature - School on Blog
Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid with Ms Melly C Tenorio
738 DZRB AM  8 to 9 evening class Monday to Friday

Assignment for 3CA1 2 3 4 
1. Make a Reaction Paper regarding this article on one page regular bond, handwritten. 
2. List down in what other ways and means, can preserve or restore privacy. 

Loss of privacy is exacerbated by modern technology. 
Someone is watching your every move – at the bank, on the Internet, even walking down the street. Our right to be left alone has disappeared, bit by bit, in Little Brotherly steps.” Say Time magazine in a special issue on The Death of Privacy. We are headed for an even wired unregulated, overintrusive  privacy-deprived planet.  Privacy is dying.

Our letters are no longer private on e-mail dispatch. ID are also for time record, entry pass, emergencies, discounts.  We carry USP (removable disc) which contains a library of information indistinguishable whether for private or public consumption.  And who cares, if you too, get access to the same unsolicited materials?

Don’t forget to lock up your personal computer; even then, be sure no one knows your PIN (personal identification number). One moment every it contains is copied without your knowing it.  For hackers it worst; you can’t keep your own files anymore.

Go to the mall, drop at the Post Office, pick up grocery, visit an ITM.  Waiting for a ride, speeding on a highway, practicing in a gym, promenading?  Anything you do, even in your rented bedroom, someone is looking at you through the electronic eye, a n-generation of the conventional camera, complete with sounds, and special effects, versatility likened to Hubs telescope or Skylab’s.     

In fact your organs are monitored on TV during diagnosis, more so during operation.  I saw my kidney bombarded by laser.  “Oh, you are awake,” my doctor was surprised.  “See, the stone is gone, the fragments are being flushed out.” It’s me I was seeing. I don’t know if I passed out afterward that. 

Cell phone.  Yes, it’s a magnificent invention. You can be at any place at anytime. And with modern hybrids, you send and receive information to whomever without full control.  That is why clever people make a dummy of them and hide their reality.  This is your Second Person, your avatar, your clone, but you are soon to be discovered, and little by little your second person becomes your first person – you.

Good if it’s the real you as you would like put your best foot forward, so to speak.  Somebody did some anatomical experiment, putting your face on another body, doing a thing you don’t like in a place your find impossible to be, attired differently, if at all.  And your dignity? “Oh, it’s not me,” you deny, but it’s your face people see. And this monster runs on the wire and soon you find yourself an international figure (disfigure). You are lost.    

Melly asked me if it’s all right to have a digital ID system.  Why not, who does not have one nowadays?  Even a kinder child has one around the neck; college students enter the school premises by swiping their ID to show their face and number on the monitor, otherwise you are trapped and questioned. Remember terrorists are also in white.

But the worst and ultimate loss of privacy is in having a Personal Gene Map.  Since HGP (Human Genome Project was launched and published, there will come a time each of us will be wearing a mini disc that contains the map of our chromosomes and their corresponding genes, and each gene carrying a specific trait from the color of your hair to your temperament. In short, genetic cartography reveals all our traits which doctor, insurance companies, prospective employers and spouses are, and likely, to know. “Will the map also show loyalty, infidelity?” asked Melly.  I was speechless.  I was nodding my head in disbelief.  Why not? Hasn’t holism been re-defined by science and technology. Now what chromosome or chromosomes, and what gene or genes can we view the so-called inner self – conscience?  God, where is the soul to be found?

How are you spied on?

Bank machines – Every time you use an automated teller; the bank records the time, date and location of your transaction.

Prescription drugs – If you use your company health insurance to purchase drugs, your employer may have access to the details.

Browsing on the web – Many sites tag visitors with magic cookies that record what you’re looking at and when you have been surfing.

Cellular telephone – Your calls can be intercepted and your access numbers cribbed by eavesdroppers with police scanners.

Credit cards – Everything you charge is in a database that police, among others, can look at.

Registering to Vote – Voter registration records are publis and online – if computerized.  They typically list your address and birth date.

Making a phone call – The phone company does not need a court order to note the number you’re calling – or who is calling you.

Supermarket scanners – Many grocery stores let you register for discount coupons that are used to track what you purchase.

Sweepstakes –  In the US these are bonanzas for marketers.  Every time you enter one, you add an electronic brushstroke to your digital portrait.

Satellites – Commercial satellites are coming online that are eagle-eyed enough to spot you – and maybe a companion – in a hot tub.

Electronic tools – In many places, drivers can pay tolls electronically with passes that tip off your whereabouts.

Surveillance cameras – They’re in banks, federal office buildings, 7-elevens, even houses of worship; New Yorkers are on camera up to 20 times a day.  How about us in Metro Manila?

Mail-order transactions – Many companies, including mail-order houses and publishers, sell lists of their customers.  Why do you think you’re getting those catalogs?  

Sending e-mail – In offices, E-mail is considered part of your work.  Your employer is allowed is allowed to read it – and many bosses do.

1.      Protect Yourself

2.      Just say no to telemarketers. Say, “I don’t take phone solicitations.”

3.      Consider removing your name from many direct-mail and telemarketing lists.

4.      Pay cash whenever possible.

5.      Be wary about buying mail order.

6.      Give your Social Security number only when required by law.

7.      Think twice before filling warranty cards or entering sweepstakes.

8.      Be careful when using “free blood pressure clinics.”

9.      Avoid leaving footprints on the Net.

10.  Surf the Web anonymously.

If you can make it, disarm yourself of any electronic device on a weekend, and stay home. Take a vacation away from electronic devices.  It could be the best way of restoring a part of your privacy.  Set on mailbox, if not switch off,  your cell phone to enjoy your weekend or vacation.

 As people go to live in cities and high rise apartments, they give up privacy in the guise of freedom and modern culture. .
Advertisements break traditional customs, introduce a lifestyle that favors liberalism and consumerism.    

cctV camera

UST-AB Photography Session at the Zoo

  Dr Abe V Rotor
Living with Nature School on Blog
Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid with Ms Melly C Tenorio
738 DZRB AM, evening class, Monday to Friday

Reading Assignment for Communication Arts - 3CA1,2,3,4

Lesson in Photography
A. The zoo is one of the recommended best  places to conduct photography session.
  • Natural Science
  • Social science
  • Media 
  • Fine Arts
  • Photography class 
  • Family Outing
B. Zoos to visit from Manila
  • Zoobic, Subic, Zambales
  • Avilon Zoo, San Mateo Rizal
  • Malabon Zoo, Malabon
  • Tagaytay Zoo, Tagaytay, and
  • Manila Zoo
  • Balaurte, Vigan (400 km north)
C. Presentation of Photographs
  • Photo Essay
  • Photo Release (print)
  • PowerPoint 
  • Photo exhibit
  • Research Photos (e.g. thesis)
  • E-Publication (e.g. Blog)
  • Poster, Bulletin, Book, Newsletter 
D. Themes
  • Wildlife Conservation 
  • Saving the threatened and endangered species  
  • Concepts of a zoo today
  • Parks and wildlife management
Here are samples of photographs taken at the zoo

Pony (Zoobic)
                                                          Ostrich (Zoobic, Baluarte) 
Guinea fowl or bengala (Zoobic)
Cassowary (Zoobic)
Iguana (Zoobic)
Boa Constrictor (Zoobic)
Albino Carabao (Zoobic)
 Camel (Baluarte)
 White Deer (Baluarte) 

 Replica of dinosaurs
 Bengal Tiger
Spotted Deer
 Pony ride (Baluarte) 

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

My Rosary

Dr Abe V Rotor

It is an old song, religious, meditative, calming. On piano the notes are easy to play by schoolchildren, and grand parents, too. On the violin, with or without piano accompaniment  the melody is plaintive, serene, with ascendant feeling of joy and reverence. Sing it and you will value it more.  The lyrics make a deep prayer. It's a favorite of great singers like Mario Lanza and Perry Como, and our own the late Diomedes Maturan.  Why don't you play My Rosary during invocation, either as background music, better still, as a song.    
A rosary hangs by a rear window of a car

The hours I spent with thee, dear heart
Or as a string of pearls to me
I count them over, every one apart
My rosary, my rosary

Each hour a pearl, each pearl a prayer
To still a heart in absence wrung
I tell each bead unto the end
And there a cross is hung

O memories that bless and burn
O barren gain and bitter loss
I kiss each bead and strive at last to learn
To kiss the cross, sweet heart
To kiss the cross. ~

Note: punctuation marks not indicated to give singer flexibility and freedom of expression and style. 

Thursday, July 25, 2013

UST-AB Photography: Living World under the Microscope

UST-AB Photography: Living World under the Microscope
Dr Abe V Rotor
Living with Nature - School on Blog
In cooperation with Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid, with Ms Melly C Tenorio
738 DZRB AM, Evening Class, Monday to Friday
Oxygen bubbles cling on filamentous green alga, by-product of photosynthesis.  Oxygen is either dissolved in water for fish, or released into the air for land animals, including man. Chlorophyll (green pigment of plants, algae and some monerans like BGA) catches the light energy of the sun, and with CO2, produces food and oxygen which are important to life.  This process is known as photosynthesis.  

 Yeast cells actively divide in sugar substrate in fermentation resulting in the production of ethanol or wine, and CO2 as byproduct. When used in baking, the CO2 is trapped in the dough and causes it to rise and form leavened bread. Yeast (Saccharomyces) reproduces rapidly by vegetative means - budding.  Note newly formed buds, and young buds still clinging on mother cells. 

 Protozoans are agents of decomposition, and live on organic debris.  In the process they convert it into detritus or organic matter and ultimately to its elemental composition which the next generation of plants and other life forms utilize. Protozoans or protists are one-celled organisms, having organelles which function like organs of higher animals. Protozoans live in colonies and in association with other living things as symbionts, commensals, and for the pathogenic forms, parasites.    

Epidermal cells of gabi (Colocasia esculenta) closely knitted and intertwined. Note large globules.  These are calcium oxalate encasements that cause itchiness when gabi is not well cooked. All living organisms are made up of cells. The more complex the organism is, the more diverse are its cells that make up the different  organs. Humans have trillions of cells, other than the huge population of micro flora and fauna that live inside and outside his body.   

Hands-on and on-site learning, coupled with enthusiasm and curiosity, produce valuable imprints during formative years of children. To many these imprints developed into a strong foundation in pursuit of careers and achievements.  What is most important though is the children's true understanding of nature, the primordial source of knowledge and skill - and happiness. Such experience supplies the missing ingredient of their growing up - reality - in a world of fantasy which they often encounter on TV and the computer, and our highly materialistic society. 
How can I describe the living world the naked eye can't see?
A drop of pond water with creatures unique like a mirth  
Imagining Mars some billions years ago cooling off and dying,
its inhabitants shrunken, camouflaged refugees on Earth.

A forest of algae, a mountain of a grain of sand, a sea in a drop, 
where these creatures belong - naive, grotesque and alien;
and no known pattern or model at hand will ever trace their origin;
in strange ways shunned, yet bring friendship to children.     

How small we are humans in the network of creation and vastness 
of the universe, yet we claim ourselves the dominant species, 
knowing so little the secrets of life itself, its processes and cycles
gleamed under the microscope just a dot of life's mysteries,
To us grownups we fear to tread into the mysterious, unknown,
we miss beauty by our strict inquisition, and train of theses;
let's make way for the adventurer, young and eager to enjoy  
the quaintness of life and creatures unleashed by the lens.    
Neighborhood children spend Sunday afternoon with the author.This is their third lesson - Basic microscopy, The Living World under the Microscope. Micro photography is part of their lesson with the use of ordinary digital camera and simple photo editing tools with the computer. 

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Manna from Heaven in Modern Times

Dr Abe V Rotor
There are many things that come to us through Providence that we can describe as “Manna from Heaven.”

We have so far survived two pessimistic predictions which are two hundred years apart, first the Malthusian Theory of Catastrophe – rapid population growth that could outstrip the world’s resources (1789) and Alvin Toffler’s Future Shock – the “disease” that accompanies rapid technological change (1970).
Holy Family Church stained glass Teconnaught (Wiki)
Both prophesies jolted us sitting on the bench of the so-called Good Life. Social and economic transformation brought us to a modern world, and industrialization’s accelerated thrust catapulted us to a post-modern world, we call Post-modernism.

Long before these global events happened, the ancient world saw the rise and fall of civilizations in a prototype pattern characteristic of the prophesies of Malthus and Toffler. The most celebrated of such event was the fusion and sudden collapse of the Greco-Roman Empire. Surprisingly however, the Greco-Roman culture became the model of the Renaissance in the 15th century, and the centuries that followed, including our present civilization.

All of these tested the resilience of mankind. Apparently, we were able to disprove the Malthusian Theory through Green Revolution in the sixties and seventies doubling or tripling agricultural production. We opened new territories, invaded the sea and converted wastelands to farmlands, while science and technology vastly improved production efficiency, and created new varieties and breeds of plants and animals.

We too, have survived the Cold War which lasted for fifty long years. Since the nineties, nations formerly polarized by the ideologies of free capitalism and socialism have merged into a “global village.” Never in history has the world turned into a common path of cultural, social, and economic globalization.

Now we are engaged in another great upheaval. We are experiencing the worse economic crisis since the Great Depression of America in the twenties and thirties. It is history repeating itself. The ghost of Malthus has returned, haunting us with gloom scenarios of worldwide miseries. Our population now 7 billion continues to increase in geometric proportion, while the availability and costs of goods and services are spiraling beyond the reach of the masses. Meantime the environment continues to deteriorate from the deleterious by-products of industrialization - pollution. We are destroying the base of production itself.

It is as if we are in a neo-exodus crossing a bigger desert this time, involving a thousand-fold throng, seeking deliverance as we strive to reach “the land of plenty.” The way is long and uncertain because it seems to be uncharted - ironically amidst a revolution in knowledge we quite often describe as “technology age,” “information highway,” “space age,” “cyberspace,” “electronic age.” Actually we do not need all of these in our search for that Promised Land.

Manna from Heaven may have a number of interpretations, from hoarfrost on grass at daybreak, to honey-like secretion of insects. It could be the crust of lichen or mycelia of a mushroom, or gum tapped from tamarisk, a legume tree growing in the desert. Researchers found other possible sources of Manna, which include the Manna Ash, a native to southern Europe and Southwest Asia.

In our sojourn to that Promised Land we find along our way a variety of manna that we can assure ourselves that “we shall not want.” We liken our native malunggay tree to the tamarisk or the Manna Ash. We have a diverse source of short- growing food crops we barely cultivate which like hoarfrost and honeydew become available at daybreak as we begin another day of travel. And like the biblical bread and fish during the Sermon on the Mount, there are manna that multiply with people’s faith and effort with the blessing of Providence.

Certainly there are the likes of the deliverer Moses in our midst. We greet and salute them. Above all, we join them in their campaign. Yes, we can find that Promised Land. And we shall not want along the way. ~

Malunggay: Most popular and nutritious vegetable in the tropic. You can make your own mineral water with its seeds, too.

 Dr Abe V Rotor 

Malunggay propagated from cutting
Drinking water is rendered safe with malunggay seeds. Why buy bottled mineral water? You can save as much as P100 per day for the whole family. That's P3000 a month or P36,000 a year. You can earn from this simple technology, too. Get in touch with your nearest DOST office for assistance. 

In the province no home is without this small tree at the backyard or in a vacant lot. The leaves, flowers, juvenile pods and young fruits of Moringa oleifera (Family Moringaceae) go well with fish, meat, shrimp, mushroom, and the like. It is one plant that does not need agronomic attention, not even weeding and fertilization, much less chemical spraying. You simply plant an arms length cutting or two, in some corner or along the fence and there it grows into a tree that can give you a ready supply of vegetables yearound. What nutrients do we get from malunggay?

Here is a comparison of the food value of the fresh leaves and young fruits, respectively, in percent. (Marañon and Hermano, Useful Plants of the Philippines)
• Proteins 7.30 7.29
• Carbohydrates 11.04 2.61
• Fats 1.10 0.16
• Crude Fiber 1.75 0.76
• Phosphorus (P2 O 5) 0.24 0.19
• Calcium (CaO) 0.72 0.01
• Iron (Fe2O3) 0.108 0.0005

Owing to these properties and other uses, rural folks regard malunggay a “miracle tree.” Take for example the following uses.
• The root has a taste somewhat like that of horse-radish, and in India it is eaten as a substitute to it.
• Ben oil extracted from the seed is used for salad and culinary purposes, and also as illuminant.
• Mature seeds have antibacterial and flocculants properties that render drinking water safe and clear.

From these data, it is no wonder malunggay is highly recommended by doctors and nutritionists for both children and adults, particularly to nursing mothers and the convalescents.~

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Disturbing Views, Dreams into Nightmares

Dr Abe V Rotor
Living with Nature - School on Blog
Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid (People's School-on-Air) with Ms Melly C Tenorio
738 DZRB AM Band, 8 to 9 evening class, Monday to Friday []
1. Tetrapack anyone? San Mateo, Rizal. Aesop is alive - can man really learn?

2. Empty billboard and facade.  Where is art, what good is architecture?
                      3.  Makeshift "danger" sign. QC. Redefining road courtesy
                   4. Cleared squatter area - relief and litter, QC.  Law and abandon. 
 5. Extreme drought, at the other side flood. Global warming sign. Bulacan
 6. Failed smoke emission test.  But why still on the road?  Commonwealth Ave., QC 
 7. You don't enjoy Manila Bay sunset anymore - unless you are troubled.  
8. Aftermath of Tidal Wave.  Stern warning to illegal settlements. Morong Rizal .
9. Requiem to old Kamachili tree - but whose dirge? Bantay Ilocos Sur 

10. Overloaded bus on wrong side of the road. España, Manila. Fun in life's misery.
11. Road work on rush hour, QC.  Just for show.
12. Dust and grit fly from gravel truck. QC.  Blame the horses.
13. Flood and belched smoke and boy's will. Manila. 
14. Mine tailings, Benguet.  "Flow sweet Afton" no more.