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What if I tell you time travel is possible, would you like to travel with me? How to? I will explain later

Time is the most undefinable yet paradoxical of things; the past is gone, the future is not come, and the present becomes the past even while we attempt to define it, and, like the flash of lightning, at once exists and expires(Charles Caleb Colton) .

What if I tell you time travel is possible, would you like to travel with me? How to? I will explain later –but my later is infinite😁- like number 0- (∞ × 0 = will result into any real number) ~Infinity (symbol: ∞) infinite counting to eternity. hehehehe!!!😁) infinity is related to anything which cannot be counted or measured. whereas eternity is related to state of being timeless.(Inspired by Travelers Series Movie at Netflix.)


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How to stay Healthy in the Call Center Industry

(Philippines) Recently health officials reminded workers in Cebu’s business process outsourcing (BPO) sector to be more mindful of their lifestyle choices following the release of a study that shows call center agents may be exposed to more health risks due to the nature of their work. However, this wake-up call is not only intended for Cebu’s BPO call agent only it’s intended for all Call Center agents all over the Philippines.

With the rapidly increasing call center industry, more and more people are engaged in countless hours of grueling training and practicing on how to handle calls, file reports, schedule personnel and inventory checks, and more. With globalization, the different call centers required shifts even during the graveyard time frame, which means that call center agents would have to endure the normal sleeping hours working just to accommodate transaction calls from halfway around the world. Staying healthy in the call center industry is simple and defined into four simple keywords: coffee, cigarette, alcohol, and sex.

Coffee

With the long continuous and tedious hours in which the agent endures sitting idly talking to a headset, it would definitely cause the body to slow down and lessen the person’s capability to circulate the blood within. This causes a reflex action of yawning, which signifies a greater need for oxygen in the respiratory – cardiovascular area. It would also manifest a sense of sleepiness.

As a result of this common phenomenon, coffee has been one of the mainstays of the call center agents, and personnel’s alike to combat sleepiness and degradation of competent performance. Even if the direct effect of coffee on the body is to keep us awake, there are detrimental effects of too much coffee such as possible kidney complications and dehydration.

Lessening the amount of coffee per day would also lessen the amount of urged moments for the agent to go to the bathroom. Furthermore, lessening of bone density has been found on chronic coffee drinkers.

Cigarette:

Another avenue for stress release of agents in the call center industry is by lighting up a cigarette or two during break time or lunch hour. Many of these agents claim that the habit of lighting up a cigarette during a free time not only increases their social sphere but also lessens their anxiety and work-related stressors.

However, we all know the negative effects of cigarettes on the lungs and body of a smoker. For one, the smoke coming from the cigarettes passes through our respiratory system. This smoke is a combination of impure particles which we allow to reach our lungs and attach to our bronchioles. A gradual and significant blocking of the smoke in the linings of the bronchioles would lessen the amount of oxygen exchanged between, which causes us to have difficulty in breathing.

Alcohol

After work shift hours, one of the usual stress release methods of agents is to go to the local hangout place and have a round or two of alcoholic drinks. This happens especially when salaries have been doled out. However, when alcohol is excessively ingested, could damage the liver. The liver is man’s natural fat and alcohol synthesizer. An excessive alcohol load on the liver to synthesize in frequency may cause the liver to a malfunction or lead to alcohol-induced cirrhosis.

Sex

The dramatic increase in the number of Human Immuno-deficiency Virus/Acquired Immuno-deficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS) cases rose from 528 in 2008 to an alarming 709 cases last year. Lack of HIV awareness and “risky behavior” may be the common reasons for contracting HIV. Their behavior in having sex with multiple partners, engaging in unprotected sex, sharing of syringes, having sex with the same sex and engaging in casual sex is considered one of the reasons call center agent is included in the list of majority HIV infected individuals.

These four things are the main culprits in lessening the health status of call center agents. Staying healthy in this concept would entail being able to say no or lessen these four culprits. Staying in the call center industry is technically a tedious and health taxing job to undergo, especially due to the high demand for work. Nevertheless, substitutes for these may come in the form of healthy fruit juice, or eat healthy foods; healthy lifestyle and regular exercise. It is a matter of initiative and choice for one to stay healthy when faced with a situation, and lastly, abstinence is the best way not to acquire the AIDS virus. If abstinence is hard, then stick to partners that you personally know and practice same-sex. High ethical sensibility is also significant to get rid of the temptations. Finally, one has to have the common sense to regulate his lifestyle even in an irregular situation.


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SWOT Analysis for Process Improvement.


SWOT analysis consists of four components: Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities & Threats.

Strengths: characteristics of the business or project that give it an advantage over others.
Weaknesses: characteristics of the business that place the business or project at a disadvantage relative to others.
Opportunities: elements in the environment that the business or project could exploit to its advantage.
Threats: elements in the environment that could cause trouble for the business or project.

The first step is to identify the strengths of the process, people and products as it relates to the improvement initiative. Identify both tangible and intangible factors; not situational strengths but rather factors over which you can control. The key here is ‘control’ and means internal factors. It usually means internal to the organization but when improving processes, it can be internal to a business unit, department, geographic location, etc.

Second step is and in a similar fashion, look at the weaknesses of process, people and products. Weaknesses are factors that are within your control that detract from delivering value without significant waste. Ask: why are we doing this project?

Third steps is to switch to the opportunities. What is the targeted improvement? What opportunity are you trying to seize? Why are you doing this now? These questions will help identify the key opportunities. In the traditional SWOT, the opportunities portion of the analysis usually refers to external opportunities. In process improvement initiatives, it can be this or internal opportunities as well.


And last . . . address the threats. Ask: what will happen if this process (or product) is not improved. What will be, or has been, the consequences of not improving the situation. Be specific and as detailed as possible. This also is traditionally external threats but as with the opportunities, it can be this or internal threats to the organization.


SWOT analysis aims to identify the key internal and external factors seen as important to achieving an objective. SWOT analysis groups key pieces of information into two main categories:

  1. Internal factors — the strengths and weaknesses internal to the organization
  2. External factors — the opportunities and threats presented by the environment external to the organization

The organization can only act on strengths and weaknesses. The ultimate goal of the SWOT Matrix is to determine exactly how best to utilize your strengths to maximize opportunities and get rid of threats. On the other hand, it serves to determine actions so that your weaknesses do not destroy the opportunities or, worst, become even more destructive threats.

Try to avoid complexity and don’t over analyze things. It’s good to keep your SWOT analysis short and simple. Definitely build different strategies and options based on your SWOT analysis.

Quote to live by:
It is important to know the art of strengthening your strengths
which would enable to weaken your weaknesses
and also lay the foundation for availing the opportunities
and negating the threats that come your way. V Munsif.


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In The News : Serious Problems, Simple Repairs — 83 Unsung Heroes

A big thumbs up…”I guess that sometimes even the smallest action can solve a big problem.”

At the weekend, I replaced a doorstep. At the front of my house there’s a porch that I don’t use (as you can tell my the state of the path on the photo below – the next project). Turns out that a mouse did use the porch but couldn’t quite get […]

via In The News : Serious Problems, Simple Repairs — 83 Unsung Heroes


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Making Mistakes Quotes and My Excuses for Having a Mistake

We should regret our mistakes and learn from them, but never carry them forward into the future with us.” “It was one thing to make a mistake; it was another thing to keep making it. I knew what happened when you let yourself get close to someone when you started to believe they liked or loved you: you’d be disappointed.

From beginning to end, God’s Word points out in painful detail the mistakes made by its characters. It was a living proof that the Bible is not a written record of perfect people (except for Jesus).

Peter denied knowing Jesus (Mt. 26:69-75). Solomon started out well but turned from God for a time (1 Ki. 3:5-9;11:1-43).  Adam and Eve failed to obey God’s specific restrictions (Gen. 2:15-17; 3:1-7). Abram lied about his relationship to Sarai (Gen. 12:10-20). Moses grew angry and struck the rock in disobedience to God (Num. 20:7-12). David committed adultery and murder (2 Sam. 11-12). The Bible’s honest portrayal of the troubles that its characters brought upon themselves and others reminds me of what humorist Sam Levenson once said: “You must learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t possibly live long enough to make them all yourself.” For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.-James 3:2

My excuses for having a mistake:

The ‘reason is candid,’ I admit (that my observation is free from bias, prejudice, or malice that I made a general statement that has a negative for many-or it just my excuses for being a candid observer); and if I am blundering in making mistakes, I believe someone will have the goodness to acknowledge that I am candid in retracting them again when they are so pointed out to me that I was or I wasn’t able to see them.  I found an excuse with Dave Sim quote “There is nothing wrong with making mistakes, but one should always make new ones. Repeating mistake is a hallmark of dim consciousness.” As I found another excuse on this quote by Stephen Hawking, “One of the basic rules of the universe is that nothing is perfect. Perfection simply doesn’t exist…..Without imperfection, neither you nor I would exist”

Then I have to grasp the lessons:

It is for our instruction that the Bible records the sinful actions of many of its key figures. The old saying “Those who don’t learn from history are bound to repeat it” is true. As we see the errors made by biblical characters, we can ask the Lord to protect us from making similar mistakes.


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A Loss of Identity — Rationalising The Universe

The notion that we are created by our choices is really intriguing, Then this is the reality of life that the millennials are facing: “Our identity becomes that which we project on our social media accounts, we constantly share what we like and what we dislike but we never seem to sit down and reflect on what it is that we truly like and dislike, what makes us happy and unhappy in life”

A short opinion post touching on the idea of the sense of self, a loss of identity and the reasons behind choice.

Today I’m taking a break from physics to write on an idea somewhat linked to psychology, which of late I am getting more and more interested in thinking about. However, it is also, as all nonfactual posts are, heavily opinion based, so I apologize if I cause any offense. The idea I briefly want to talk about today is the idea of the self and that of identity. What is it that makes us inherently who we are, what defines our identity, and how is it that we project this identity outwards towards others. Read more at this link: A Loss of Identity — Rationalising The Universe


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Technology to stop illegal logging and poaching on-the-spot: Rainforest Connection – Phones Turned to Forest Guardians

At any given moment, there are approximately a million different crowdfunding campaigns happening on the web, you could browse through Kickstarter or Indiegogo and you’ll find a lot of useful, some are weird, and other are almost useless.

Technology to stop illegal logging and poaching on-the-spot. It’s our answer to climate change & mass extinctions.

Photo credit: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/topherwhite/rainforest-connection-phones-turned-to-forest-guar?ref=category_recommended&ref=discovery

Each RFCx device protects enough trees from logging to prevent 15 000 metric-tons of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere. This is equivalent to taking 3 000 cars off the road.  Each RFCx device can protect an area of forest so large that it is home to over 1000 different species of plants and animals. It could also focus on creating partnerships that empower indigenous populations working to protect their homelands from encroachment, logging and poaching.