Big LCD Projector Screen

For sale or swap

Scootpad Educational App

A look into one of the educational apps we use.

Woodcraft Antique Sale - The Secret

As I took a picture of its best parts, I began to ask "Who was she?". What gave the sculptor the inspiration to make her

Book Recommendation: The Unbeliever

Because even atheists have to believe in something...

The Writer and the Raven

The writer looks up from his desk and ponders. The bird seems to eye him carefully as if it wanted to say something.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

A Look Into Scootpad's Educational Software


How do you feel when you hear the words, “adaptive learning environment”? How does the idea of getting back to the basics with a fresh approach and focus sound like? With Scoot Pad’s online adaptive educational experience, kids are immersed in a learning environment that complements your child’s core subjects. Simply put, it’s a learning experience that’s both fun and tailored to suit the sophisticated taste of today’s toddlers and kids. You can search for it in the Google Chrome store or play.google.com.

I should know because we use the free version with my kids and the results are quite remarkable. You first start off with the parent/guardian or teacher account which oversees the activities of the children. Signing up online is both easy and free for the basic account. You can also do so via your Facebook or Google account. After signing up you are taken to the main dashboard. The whole experience was designed to look fun and intuitive, so it feels like you’re just signing up on Facebook.



Why you should create student accounts

Creating student accounts on Scootpad is the whole point of the exercise, but there’s more to it than just answering a few quizzes. For one, there’s a friendly leaderboard that rates the performance of the child against Scootpad users all over the world. The environment was made in such a way that makes learning fun and competitive. With the right encouragement, your child would be enthused to get the highest score and maybe score a reward!

I had my daughter Alithea play Scootpad and she scored remarkably: she took on 560 problems, 37 practices and tasks for a total of 1,348 coins. “Coins” is the app’s reward system where an accumulation automatically notifies you to give the child their well deserved reward. For instance, 1,000 coins would get her ice cream. That’s totally up to the parent of course. But remember, a happy child is a motivated child and a motivated child is a better performing one!



Upgrading will elevate your child's learning experience to the next level

If you’re willing to pay for online items in video games such as virtual hats, pants or shirts for your virtual character then upgrading your child’s Scootpad account makes a lot of sense. It opens up the complete potential of the platform, giving your child the access to Scootpad’s advanced features.

It’s all about priorities and the potential that could be unlocked with the dearth of materials that could be made available for the child. The added features include behavior tracking, common core assessment, proficiency customization, measurable results, parent collaboration and more.

Compared to other software solutions, Scootpad’s is one of the most affordable in the market today. It’s designed with parents, teachers and fun loving students in mind. Try it out now. Go to Scootpad.com.



Modified creative commons image via flickr

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Will Swap A Large LCD Projector Screen with Goats, Sheep or Laptop


Tired of using a white cloth or a white wall for your power presentation or Church service?

This is the day, yes this is the day - when you get something more professional at a very low price - or swap something to get this nice and huge LCD Projector screen.

We are clearing our inventory of mostly unused items and one of these is our projector screen.

For sale, it's P4,900 - way, way below the normal price.

It's 5 ft by 6 ft.

Or... You can swap with me.




Swap Condition 1:
- 2 female goats and 2 male goats

Swap Condition 2:
- Brand new grass cutter of the same value (I prefer kawasaki)

Swap Condition 3:
- Netbook/Laptop

Swap Condition 4:
- Female Dog

Open to swap negotiation. Call me, let's talk.

My phone number is 63917 - 3 - 888- 227. 


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Book Review: The Unbeliever E.L. Baylis

This is my first ever book review of the first book I ever bought on Amazon.com.


Masterfully written with a keen insight for knowing the perspectives of different people, The Unbeliever is a masterpiece that should be read by believers and non-believers alike. Whether you are seeking to understand or have your feet of faith firmly planted on the ground, this one strikes deep into many questions long held by many.I've long wanted to say that I bought a book on Amazon.com but have held back for 'The One'. This is it.
I'm glad that this has been my first ever purchase. It has rekindled not just my appetite for reading (though I was reading it mostly on the Kindle App on my small LG phone) but also gave me some much needed spiritual food.Whether you are an atheist or a Christian, this is a riveting revelation that is very entertaining and illuminating to say the least.


Exorcising our inner demons always comes at a cost. For Art Wellington, the price he almost paid was just too high. With a plot twist that will sprain more than just your ankle, this book surprises delightfully.

Baylis ensured that the tale he has woven will strike deep into our innermost being as we see a little Art in our own lives. You can almost feel the painfully excruciating travails that Art has been subjected to and the subsequent revelation that ultimately opened his eyes.

The ending of the book leaves you wanting for more.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Zeus in Wooden Carving

Today started slowly. Saw dust flew and drifted with the idle winds of the weekend.



As it rained last night lightning struck continuously. It felt as if somebody was playing with the fluorescent lamps. One, two, three flashes then a long one. Three seconds of pitch black silence pervades and then, boom!

The roof would rumble like Zeus himself was bowling high above the heavens.

I don't know anything about wood carving but I asked my mother-in-law if she could buy a "Katam" or a wood planer when she went to the market. It's a pretty old fashioned tool for wood carvers that you could get in 'the saw sharpening' place. It's right in front of the Little Shop by the Corner in Recto, Lipa City.

mahogany wood tree trunk table project philippines

mahogany wood tree trunk table project philippines

mahogany wood tree trunk table project philippines

mahogany wood tree trunk table project philippines

The varnish was mahogany red. The trunk is mahogany wood and the surface is acacia. It needs a little bit more work as the color didn't turn out how I imagined it to be. It's definitely a work in progress, one that was spurned by necessity and perhaps a dosage of naivete on my part.

Lesson learned in wood varnishing: It's not just about putting varnish on.

I imagine that it still needs some sanding, "masilya" or even wood stain.

It's fun learning this and it feels like playing a game.

Like certain things in life itself, we learn things as we go along.


Friday, August 15, 2014

Falling in Love with Elementary OS

Elementary OS, so far has not disappointed. Sleek, elegant and fast, this OS feels as light as a feather without sacrificing form and functionality.

It almost feels like a new install of Windows XP on a Dual Core PC with 2 GB of RAM.

The user interface uniquely blends everything like they're naturally a part of the operating system.

The first thing I installed was Google Chrome. Within a few minutes after installing the deb file, I was up and running and was able to write four blog posts for somebody.




This is totally relevant to the post 'yo'


Did you know? Elementary OS' third stable version, Isis was changed to Freya to avoid association with the Middle East militant group. (Source)

All of the drivers, save for the Nvidia proprietary graphics drivers worked out of the box. For a distribution based on Ubuntu, the user interface is more responsive. I don't know if this has to do with Ubuntu Unity or whether Pantheon (EOS' DE) is just better.

"Five Myths About Elementary OS" explains it better .



Linux daniel 3.2.0-51-generic-pae #77-Ubuntu SMP Wed Jul 24 20:40:32 UTC 2013 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux


This is day one, with me using elementary OS and I am loving it.