Be Humble;God Loves a Humble Person

             By Vic Odarve

What many people might not know that there are some famous and wealthy people on this planet do not live in a fabulous and lavish living instead choose to live in a frugal and humble lifestyle. Some learned from their parents to be humble and to be happy without very many things. Learning the sentiments from the masses and experiencing what simple majority of masses live may have some influences. Some billionaires who became rich after hard work and sacrifices, just prefer to live simply and contented because they came from a poor family. Instead of spending their riches on yachts, mansions, and private jets, they choose to live in a frugal and humble lifestyle; hence worthy of admiration. God loves a humble person.

Mark Zuckerburg

Mark Zuckerburg – Facebook founder

Some wealthy parents do influence the children on how they live their future. At home, they trained their children to live in a humble and frugal lifestyle. Children were raised being happy with not so much in life. Google co-founder Sergey Brin (Net worth: $30.9 billion) publicly confessed. “From my parents, I certainly learned to be frugal and to be happy without very many things. It’s interesting — I still find myself not wanting to leave anything on the plate uneaten”. Their attitude did not change over time. To be humble is a lasting legacy from their parents.

President Jose Mujica

President Jose Mujica

Life experiences, too, teach us to live a humble lifestyle. A long struggle with the poor masses that resulted in jail may change your perception in life…live in a humble way. That is what happened to Uruguayan president Jose Mujica, who took office in March 2010. He was a former urban guerrilla fighter and imprisoned for 13 years during the military dictatorship in the 1970s and 1980s. He is the world poorest president who lives on a ramshackle farm and donates most of his pay; do laundry by himself outside the house with water comes from a well in a yard, overgrown with weeds; keep watch outside of only two police officers and a three-legged dog. Learning the sentiments from the masses and experiencing what simple majority of masses live may lead us to be humble.

Pope Francis

Pope Francis

Other people are humble since on their grown up years. Because of humble beginning, they prefer to live as such. Their attitude did not change even though they are now powerful and wealthy. They still want to mingle with the common masses, join ordinary celebrations and daily chores as what they did before. Pope Francis is one of them. Although regarded as the world’s most famous religious leader and reside in Vatican City, he was seen having lunch at the Vatican workers’ cafeteria.  He got a free meal when he popped in unannounced at the Vatican workers’ cafeteria and lined up, tray in hand, along with stunning diners. But what many people might not know is Pope Francis is used to work as door guard and bouncer a bar in Argentina before his priesthood. Another one is Billionaire Zuckerberg. He is the brain behind Facebook with a net worth of $33.3 billion, wed his longtime girlfriend Priscilla Chan in his backyard, and the pair was seen eating at a McDonald’s on their Italian honeymoon, instead of having a grand celebration in high places. They came from a humble beginning and continue to live as such.

A humble person doesn’t consider himself superior or inferior. He doesn’t need the attention of others to be elevated his standing in society. He does something for his fellowmen without even taking credit for it or expecting anything in return; does things without regard to personal gain. He thinks his help for others is fulfilled without the need for a thank you and lots of fanfare.

Plowing the rice fields

Plowing the rice fields in Mayana.

Jesus Christ, who was with his Father in heaven, humbles down to earth in human form and dwell amongst us. The Bible says “Though being divine in nature, he did not claim in fact equality with God,7 but emptied himself, taking on the nature of a servant, made in human likeness, and in his appearance found as a man. 8 He humbled himself by being obedient to death, death on the cross. 9 That is why God exalted him and gave him the Name which outshines all names, 10 so that at the Name of Jesus all knees should bend in heaven, on earth and among the dead. Philippians 1: 2-10

Whether a person is rich, poor, and famous, it is better to be humble; God loves a humble person.

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Air conditioner Wastewater Twofold the Squash Production

                   By Vic Odarve

By accident, the dripping wastewater from an air conditioner produced a twofold squash production. The plant grew robust with no need of fertilizers. With little attention to care or cultivation, it bore more fruits as compared to the usual method of cultivation. Because of its phenomenal fruit bearing production, it always gave delight to our neighbors and visitors. Unknown to many, It was just a wastewater from the air conditioner that boosted the production to double.

Squash grew with dripping aircon wastewater

Squash grew with dripping aircon wastewater

The squash grew strong, robust, and healthy that its stems unusually produced plenty of branches like an enormous web that stretched out in all directions. Since it belongs to a vine family, the branches climbed to a nearby plant overcrowding other ornamental exotic decorative vegetation. The dark green coloring leaves differed significantly from the cultivated squash nearby which were having mostly yellowish in color. It appeared that the dripping wastewater from the air conditioner was rich in nutrients and supported its growth.

Fruit production twofold

Fruit production twofold

 Because of its rapid growth and robust development, there was little attention for extensive cultivation or care as to weeding or controlling grass growth. Its numerous stems and branches dominated the landscape such that it produced plenty of fruits during the harvest season resulting in a doubled production.

Fruit harvest

Fruit harvest

The plant was awesome to look at. Even neighbors and visitors in our nearby community who once visited our campus could not believe in what they were seeing. Squash, the fruit of vines of the genus Cucurbita, grew amazingly right beside in our room window where water droplets from our air conditioner were disposed.

 Mother Nature demonstrated that wastage from an air conditioner was not a waste at all. It was just enough to water the plant and support the required nutrients. Just a mere accident and saw how we discovered the secrets of doubling the squash production! From a waste of our air conditioner, a squash production was twofold!

Transformation in Math and Spiritual Worlds

                    By Vic Odarve

Only few people believe that transformation offers greater understanding in math and spiritual worlds. It gives a short cut and easier solution in complex math operations; offers another level of understanding and challenges beyond the scope of current theories in a higher dimension not seen before. It paves the passage into an understanding of the world beyond our finite mind and enable us to connect into the unknown. Since time immemorial, mankind is slowly trying to decipher the secrets in math and spiritual worlds through transformation.

Laplace Transformation gives shortcut solutions to calculus problems

Laplace Transformation gives shortcut solutions to calculus problems

Mathematical transformations, as another method of solving mathematics, enable the students’ thorough understanding. Most transformations give a short cut solution, easier to manipulate, and eliminate difficult traditional calculations. As mathematicians try to squeeze our mental faculties in finding shortcuts in some of our established mathematical concepts, they find out that transformations at some level can solve problems much simpler as traditional methods can offer. Transformation is another avenue in a realm of mathematics. It is another passageway. It is like wormholes that scientists want to explore in an intergalactic voyage into the unknown. Wormholes are shortcuts through time and space.

Transformation connects mankind to spiritual world

Transformation connects mankind to the spiritual world

Most common mathematical transformations are logarithms, Laplace transforms, z transforms, etc. Transformation makes unconventional and difficult problems easier. It is just like asking the result of addition VI + XII? To make the computation easier, transform these Roman numerals to Arabic and transform back the answer into Roman numeral. That is, 6 + 12 = 18 or simply VI + XII = XVIII. That’s it. Simply amazing! The same case of logarithm where it transforms multiplication and division processes into a mere addition and subtraction, respectively. Laplace transformation does the same trick. Laplace transformation change differential and integral equations into multiplication and division algebraic polynomial expressions. Z-Transforms, a discrete equivalent of Laplace transforms, is another type of transformation used in signal processing, economics, and related fields. As our knowledge and understanding of our environment becomes more complex, the need of these transformations is necessary.

Faith transforms mankind to eternal God

Faith transforms mankind to eternal God

Not only mathematics employs transformation. The bible, the source of our moral foundation of our Christian world, employs transformation to let mankind understands the messages from God. Biblical people transform themselves to a certain level, from flesh into spirit being, to enable them to talk with God. It is in this way that God the infinite can communicate mankind the finite. Revelation, for instance, John transforms into spirit form that enable him to write a book of prophesy on how mankind lives now to the end of time. (Rev 1:10) Still in spirit form the angel shows him the events that will lead to the end of history of mankind.

God, dwells in heaven, transforms Himself from spirit in human form to meet Abraham on his plan for Sodom and Gomorrah destruction. In that concluding encounter, Abraham said” What am I Lord, I am only dust and ashes”. Exodus 18:27.  Death is another transformation. Death is not the end of our existence. It is just a transformation from flesh to spirit – another level of existence, thereby enables us to unite with God in his kingdom. It is a spiritual kingdom. God is spirit and we too face Him in spirit.  Man is a spirit, with body and soul. Man’s spirit is an immaterial part that separates from the physical body after his death. Whether we like it or not, one day we all transform from physical body into spiritual existence. The bible says,

” So I want to teach you this mystery: although not all of us will die, all of us have to be transformed, in an instant, at the sound of the trumpet. You have heard of the last trumpet; then in the twinkling of an eye, the dead will be raised imperishable, while we shall be transformed.” 1 Corinthians 15, 50-51.

Thus, with various transformations, math understanding deepens and spiritual wisdom heightens.

MEC 232 Strength of Materials Final Exam Review

Strength of Materials Final Exam Review. Try solving the problems below in preparation of the exam. Similar problems will come out. Bring individual calculator.

  1. A piston rod of a reciprocating water pump is 18 mm diameter and 100 cm long. If maximum elongation is not to exceed 3 mm and E = 206,785 x 10 3 kpa, determine the allowable load, KN.
  2. Determine the diameter of the steel rod which is stretched between two walls if the allowable stress is not to exceed 138 MPa at – 20 . The rod carries a tensile load of 5000 N at 20 C. Assume coefficient of thermal expansion 12.1 m/m and E = 196 GPa.
  3. A concrete column 280 mm in diameter is reinforced with steel to support an axial compressive load of 700 kN. Determine the area of the reinforcing steel if allowable stresses are 8 MPa and 130 MPa for concrete and steel, respectively. E for concrete = 14 GPa and E for steel = 200 GPa.
  4. A machinery, solid shaft 4 inches in diameter is driven by a 36 inch gear and rotating at 120 rpm. If the allowable shearing stress is 10 ksi, determine the transmitted horsepower.
  5. A concrete column 250 mm in diameter is reinforced with steel to support an axial compressive load of 600 kN. Determine the area of the reinforcing steel if allowable stresses are 8 MPa and 130 MPa for concrete and steel, respectively. E for concrete = 14 GPa and E for steel = 200 GPa.
  6. A rod whose unit mass is 3800 kg/ m3 has a cross sectional area of 390 mm2 and 250 meters long. If the load of 40 kN is applied at its end and E = 200 x 10 3 MPa, determine,a) elongation due to its own weight, mm b) elongation due to the applied load, mm c) total elongation , mm
  7. A petrochemical plant uses a cylindrical vessel as storage for its chlorine gas requirement. The storage is 90 mm diameter, 4 mm thick, 4 meters length. Determine the maximum internal pressure in the tank can hold if the maximum allowable longitudinal stress is 28 MPa and maximum circumferential stress is 12 MPa.
  8.      Calculate the maximum allowable pressure of a sphere 100 mm diameter with a wall 0.6mm thick if allowable stress is 2 MPa.
  9. A steel tank at the Boy’s hostel is open at the top, ¼ in thick, 24 feet in diameter and 48 feet high is filled with water. Determine the maximum circumferential stress. Ans. 11980.0 psi
  10. A concrete beam 20 meters long and weighing 2 t0ns is carried by a steel and bronze cable shown on page 36 (workbook). Determine the smallest areas of bronze and steel cable if the maximum allowable stress for bronze is 100 MPa and steel is 150 MPa.
  11. A wooden uniform beam AB is 72 meters long, weighs 120 kg and loaded as shown. At what point must the beam be supported so that it may rest horizontally? Let the resultant of these forces passes through point D. Refer to page 23 in your workbook in the diagram.
  12. A beam shown on page 22 (Workbook) has a uniformly distributed load of 10 kN/m. If the span is 20 meters long, find the reactions at A and B. Use equilibrium and virtual work method.
  13. A 30 m –beam of the bridge is loaded as shown in page 22 Workbook. Determine Ra and Rb. Use the equilibrium and virtual work method.
  14. A steel rod is to withstand a pull of 10,000 pounds. If the ultimate stress is 50,000 psi and a factor of safety of 4 is used, determine the diameter of the rod.
  1. What force is necessary to punch a ¾ “diameter hole in a ½ “ thick plate? Ultimate shear strength of the steel plate is 50,000 psi.

 

  1. The beams are loaded as shown in example 1 page 127 and example 2 page 131 in our workbook. Study how to draw the load, shear, and moment diagram.

 

  1. A rectangular steel bar 1 /2 “ wide by 1/8 “ thick and 80 inches long  is bent by applying forces at the ends. Midpoint deflection is 2 “. Determine the bending stress in the bar if E = 29 x 10 6
  1. Determine the maximum flexural or bending stress developed on a belt 10 mm wide by 0.20 mm thick running over a pulley 400 mm in diameter. Assume E = 100 GPa.

 

Corrupt Politicians and Justice for Sale

          By Vic Odarve

With strong connections from the justice departments, billions of dollars at their disposal, and being members of a solid and influential political dynasty, politicians may be safe from the bribery and corruption charges. Normally corrupt people who have a strong connection with the judicial officers will be saved from the lawsuit. Political leaders, who became billionaires from illegal government transactions, are expected to pass aside from the court investigation. Strong political influences do extend its arm in hiding unlawful acts perpetrated by a member of any political dynasties. This is the modern landscape in our democratic world; government and wealth… with the skillful maneuvering may save politicians from imprisonment. It is justice for sale!

binay-establishes-family-political-dynasty-now-in-hot-seat

Binay-establishes-family-political-dynasty-now-in-hot-seat

Yes, strong connection to any one of the judges could do marvels. Usually connection dates back from the feudal time where grandparents are close with each other, friends, schoolmates, and events that were shared together. Some judges do some favors as personal gratitude as a long- time friends and allies, and for aiding and defending them in their time of difficulties. It is the payback period. That is why some politicians, despite proof of voluminous files on graft and corruptions for cheating billions of dollars, the case drags slowly until it fades off to limbo. Case stands still like time and space in black hole due to strong gravitational pull.  It is a frustrating scenario to the electorates and voting public in general. Strong connections work!

Bong Revilla is implicated in a pork barrel scam

Bong Revilla is implicated in a pork barrel scam

The color of money still makes the difference. Politicians who are billionaires can afford good lawyers who will defend everything at all cost just to twist the case on the client’s favor. On that point are reported instances that some members of the magistrates allegedly facilitated the sale of court decisions, influencing other justices to find in favor of the clients for a monetary value.  Take the example of the mayor of Makati City, Philippines. When an anti-graft court issued 60-day suspension to a city mayor, Court of Appeals came to the rescue. The Court of Appeals issued a temporary restraining order and then a writ of injunction on the Ombudsman order. The Senate investigating committee accused two Courts of Appeals justices of receiving money from a Makati mayor in exchange for an order restraining the Ombudsman from suspending the mayor under investigation. Worse, people clamor that CA justice is for sale. This restraining order saved the mayor from suspension. The color of money makes the difference. Justice is for sale!

Marcos regime is one of the most corrupt in the history of  governance.

Marcos regime is one of the most corrupt in the history of governance.

Political dynasty has always influenced the court cases. Politics does influence the judges’ decisions considering their stakes in some of the client’s social and business circles. Some justices are appointed by the political kingpin of the particular area of legal power; others are associated with their jobs. With dynasty, democratic exercise can be easily manipulated for selfish ends; enabling them to stay in power. In this way, they have monopolistic control over the economic resources within given territorial jurisdictions or bailiwicks. In areas where landlords and political clans dominate, justice usually runs to the favor to the mighty and powerful. Political dynasties rule!

Indonesia Suharto regime was widely seen as corrupt in 1998.

Indonesia Suharto regime was widely seen as corrupt in 1998.

But not all politicians and justices are built the same. There are few who are not after for money nor being afraid of the famous and powerful men in society. They fought and adhere to the law. That is why some politicians who earn billions of money from the public funds are put behind bars. Such was the example of former Nicaraguan president Alemán who, in 2003 was charged with corruption and embezzlement, found guilty, and sentenced to 20 years in prison.  Marcos and Suharto regimes are also remembered for the rampant corruptions at the highest levels of the government. Both of them lost support from fellow politicians and justices at the brink of their governance.

Too much politicking, corruption, and political dynasties are widely blamed for weak democracy. These are the underlying reasons why cheaters in our government offices escape from punishment. Fighting corruption and cleansing judicial judges are necessary. It is a painful process, but must be done. Crooked politicians and justices with corrupt inclinations must be out of our generation. Justice is not for sale!