What are the chances of being manipulated when emotional?

The chances of being manipulated are directly proportional to the degree of emotional involvement.
  The more emotion a person has on any given subject the more invested they are in that subject greatly inclining that person to act.
  Advertising is keyed to engage emotional reaction and it works which is why it is done all the time using fear, greed, and sympathetic emotional triggers to separate the fool from his money.
  Manipulators who understand human psychological motivation use such basic technique in everyday personal interactions for their own advantage to pray on the unwary.

Why do farmers get paid so little for their crops?

I can't comment about the US but I don't think US farmers are poor.

However, in the PH, we don't make much because we plant commodities. The market is only willing to pay a certain price for our goods. In my case, I plant rice which is highly socially sensitive that the government imports rice to keep the price stable. So no upside for us local farmers.

In order to get more value above the commodity rates, we need to differentiate our offerings from the market. Either polish and sell as premium or go organic and label it as such.

What is the best book on body language?

The best thing to read on body language is people. Read someone’s body language and notice what other’s reactions are to it. Read people and how they behave.

The best book would depend on what exactly you want to learn from reading it.

  • Some books will have greater emphasis on how to read others around you.
  • Other books may have an emphasis on how you can use body language to express signs of leadership, attraction, social value, etc.

Here are recommendations on how to read others around you:

  1. What Every BODY is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Speed-Reading People – By Joe Navarro and Marvin Karlins
  2. The Definitive Book of Body Language: The Hidden Meaning Behind People's Gestures and Expressions – By Barbara Pease and Allan Pease

If you want to alter your own body language, you’re going to need persistence. It’s not something you do overnight.

I would recommend reading either of the above books to learn the causes and effect of the most common body language expressions. But just knowing them won’t help you much unless you put them into practice.

The best way to put behaviors into practice is by first watching others do it. For this, you should start watching movies related to whatever you want to improve. If you want to show signs of leadership or confidence, watch a business movie. If your goal has to do with relationships, watch a romantic movie. Etc. Pay attention to the character’s behaviors and their effect on the people around them to determine which behaviors you’d want to adopt.

The last would be to become aware of your own body language and how it makes you feel. Consciously changing your body language will feel uncomfortable. You’ll have to start changing your current behaviors towards new behaviors. Two ways this can be done is through classical conditioning, or through re-framing of your thoughts and beliefs.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me and ask away. Else, good luck and don’t forget to enjoy life. – AndyPineiro.com

Does verapmil worsen tachycardia in WPW syndrome?

Yes it does . it causes AV node block that increases conduction through the abnormal conduction pathway between the atria and the ventricles( the bundle of Kent) leading to worsening of the tachycardia .

Though verapamil can be used for management of other supra ventricular tachycardias.

The treatment of choice would be radio frequency catheter ablation of the accessory pathway.
Drugs used can be amiodarone, procainamide(1a)  to control AF. Beta blockers , adenosine are contraindicated along with verapamil and digoxin

Class 1c may be used if RF ablation is not done for long term

Pathogenesis is due to
1) pre- excitation : here the atria conduct via the accessory pathway (AP) to the ventricles before impulse can pass through the av node.
It leads to short PR interval and slurred R wave (Delta wave) and broad QRS.

2) re-entry : most commonly orthodromic tachycardia is seen where impulse conducts down through av node and re enters via the AP . this is due to the long refractory period of the AP

How much Java do you need to know to get a job?

Imagine a childhood friend comes to visit with his kids.

You’ve not seen each other for a few years. What will you cook?

First, you need to know what they like to eat. Do they like spicy food? Is anyone allergic? What if one of the kids has become a vegetarian?

With computer programming it’s the same.

You need to think about your target job market before picking your tools:

  • Are they struggling with the problem you want to solve?
  • Do they want to solve this problem?
  • Can you help them solve this problem or is the problem too big? Can you narrow it down?

As a Java programmer, just like any other programmer, you’ll primarily be hired because of your experience. And that means, the past problems you’ve solved.

You first build your experience by building a functional application that solves a problem people care about.

I find it rather mundane trying to find out how much Java or PHP or Ruby someone knows.

I am yet to meet someone who could possibly evaluate that and get back to me with an accurate answer within 10 minutes of an interview.

So I don’t think you should be worried about what amount of Java you should know.

In order to get a job, what will be assessed are your actual problem solving skills.

You’ll get to know the level of your problem solving skills by building software that solves a particular problem.

That is the important thing.

Otherwise, trying to master class inheritance, queues, stacks and algorithms in order to be a good Java coder is a recipe for frustration.

Those are vanity metrics. I always forget algorithm tests as soon as I am through with the technical interview and I got the job.

I only remember the ones I use every day.

So here is the million dollar advice:

Use your Java skills to build an application that solves a problem. Then you should be able to get a job based on the experience you got from that project.

And relevance, just as I mentioned above, is key. If you are getting into web development, build web apps. If you are getting into mobile app development, build mobile apps.

Lastly, don’t just build any app. Say, a TodoApp.

Your software should solve a problem that will make you stand out. A problem someone will really want to solve, so that you can get users for your application.

It is the active users that will bring life into your project and make your experience meaningful to an employer.

Happy coding!

What are some examples of your own artwork?

I’m may not be the best artist, but I’d like to believe that I’m among the most adventurous and versatile! Warning: very long, very image heavy post…

To start, I’m a big fan of sketching as a method of observation and thinking process. It is almost a reflex by now.

Sketching the Trevi Fountain in Rome.

Sketching the famous Eames House in Los Angeles.

Sketching the Castelvecchio Museum in Verona.

Sketching some diagrams and notes during my visit to a Ruth Asawa exhibit at the Hauser Wirth Schimmel Gallery in Los Angeles. It’s such a fantastic way to get around the ‘no photos allowed!’ rule 😛

Sketching my family at the Getty Center in Los Angeles while they sketch the artwork… haha.

With that said, I’m also very open to all sorts of art. I really mean, all.

This is a simulated image of clutch pencils. I studied the object forms, modelled them in 3D, applied materials, created lighting, and rendered it. This was my first time modelling and rendering digitally – it was really fun! In hindsight, this image isn’t super well done. The material for the silver bits is somewhat off (it should be more rough and textured).

A self-portrait, sculpted out of clay. I keep this in the basement because it’s a little creepy to have your own head on display in your room… but it’s not really any less creepy to walk downstairs in the dark and stumble upon a head, haha. This was a really fun project, and taught me a lot of about the process of carving, forming, joining, and detailing clay. It also taught me to be (mostly) unbiased, but objective in documenting how I look 🙂

This is work-in-progress shot of a pillar at my high school that a group of us painted together. The figure skater depicted is Joannie Rochette, a Canadian who won the bronze during the Olympics 2010.

Two one-minute life drawing sketches, overlaid on each other. I had tried to develop many styles of quick sketches, and this one so far is my favourite.

An ink illustration of a strawberry patch. I was quite detailed with my hatching here.

The reverse here. This was doing with a scratchboard technique, where you use a traditional pen (nib only, no ink) to scrape away from the black film attached to the board. This was difficult as it trained me to think in negative space. This fantastic woman, by the way, is of course Madam Marie Curie.

A hidden image illustration. Look for the two hidden things, and let me know when you find them!

I made a silk painting, and then I framed it in some card stock… and then I realized I had a whole pile of fabrics painted and dyed in different techniques, so I put them in a book! And learned some simple bookbinding along the way. The “recipe” is included, so feel free to try it out 🙂

A storyboard that I wrote and drew did in ink and watercolour. With the help of a few friend I shot this and screened the short feature in class. It was really cold while filming hahaha.

Life drawing of a model, using pencil crayons. Pardon the poor image quality, this is an old photo. I love the way I treated the lighting here, but that left hand and the facial features… terrible!

Oil pastel. I won’t lie, I drew this from an image on a post card. I believe the original was in oil painting, but it was really beautiful and I wanted to capture it in my own way.

Another one, still with oil pastels. At this point I really fell in love with oil pastels and how rich they can be!

Sketch of a hutong, in pencil.

And down an alleyway.

Back to some more ‘weird’ stuff! Haha. I started to experiment with appropriating other artists’ famous works for the purpose of critique. This one is meant to show that despite this woman ‘wearing’ her emotion for all to see, we don’t really know her, and we don’t see her face. She is starting to bare herself, and perhaps turning her head around.

Some process work, in case you are interested in house I start these projects. Here, I compile reference images, composition tests, colour swatches, and a mock up.

This is the remains from a technique called silk screening. You stretch silk over a frame, fix it in place, making a ‘canvas’. Then, you use a masking liquid to paint you design, the positive space, which would have been the green-ish areas in the image. Take care to have nice sharp corners and edges for a beautiful image, and don’t make things too detailed – it will become difficult later! After the masking liquid is dry, use the copper liquid, pour it, and use a card or squeegee to smoothly cover the entire canvas. Once that is dry, you can wash off the masking liquid, and all that’s left will be the copper liquid covering all of the negative spaces! Now, you can use this as a template to ‘print’ many different cards, posters, t-shirts, and so on!

This one was one of the first gradient prints I made.

Drawing the Sydney Opera House at night, at night, haha. Pens and shading markers.

Finished product. Worked in some typography and designs, to suit the style of the opera house.

Drawing my professor on our end of term project so that she will give us bonus marks hahahahahaha. Unfortunately she didn’t give us bonus marks, but did end up using this image as her Facebook profile photos for a long time. I’ll take it!

That’s it for today. I hope you’ve enjoyed/learned something/see something you want to try for yourself! There’s are a lot more projects that I haven’t documented yet. Let me know if you want to see some more, I’d be happy to share. Hope this inspires you to try new things! Art is in everything; don’t limit yourself 🙂

What is the greatest honor?

The greatest honor in life is the gift of immortality bestowed upon you by the "world". This gift might be in exchange of something as profound as an invention or some idea that you have left for the world. Or it can be something as simple as being a phenomenal parent, or a dutiful child, or a caring spouse, depending on what the word "world" means to you.

Basically if you have done something good in your life for some one that will be forever remembered by him with a smile on his cheek, then consider the greatest honor of life has been bestowed upon you.

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