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Man vs. machine

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There are fewer jobs today and machines are partly to blame. Sure, a dramatically increased population size is also a major factor but still, when you can have 1 piece of technology doing the work that 10 people could have done, then you don’t really need those 10 people, do you?  But what happens to them? Does the system find some other job that they can do and machines can’t or do the just fade into unemployed oblivion? It’s happened before in the 1800s during the industrial revolution, and it’s kept happening and escalating ever since. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not by any means technophobic. In fact, I’m the kind of person who feels lost when I wake up and my internet connection isn’t working! Sad, but true.     Today I read an article about 3D printers. Basically they are like the ordinary printers everyone knows, only that they can print actual usable 3D objects based on a design created on a computer. 

 As of now, they can be used to print machine parts, automobile components ev…

I think I should be a case study

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A study on the unorthodox ways that humans react to stress. Most people,
The get angry...

Or really sad...

Or helplessly curled-up in a foetal position...


But not me, I have a biphasic reaction (Yeah, I’m going to use geeky words because I’ve been studying a lot lately!)
Phase 1: Screen-saver mode I get really quiet and functional, doing everything that needs to be done in a robotic fashion. In my head it’s like:
Val cook dinner Val eat while checking your email Val take a shower Val remember to wake up early tomorrow morning.
While in this state I’ll speak only when spoken to and reply in monosyllables. People will ask me questions like:
Random friend: Val how’ve you been? Me: Ok Random friend: How’s school? Me: It’s fine (And then I’ll smile)
 I’ll also be listening to music with the volume turned up high (Sometimes I wonder if that bothers my neighbours but seeing as they haven’t complained yet it probably means that they’re really understanding people, or maybe we just have very thick walls…

What I ate: Raisin pancakes

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I’ve been thinking about blogging about food from time to time. As stated in an earlier blog-post, I like to cook, a lot! And sometimes I can get a bit adventurous in the kitchen. Like this afternoon when I unexpectedly came home at around lunch time and I decided to have pancakes for lunch! Somewhere in the middle of making the batter I started wondering how they’d taste if they had raisins in them (I know right!). So I’m going to tell you exactly how I made them, exactly how I always make my pancakes...
Ingredients ·2 eggs ·5 teaspoons of sugar ·½ a cup of self-raising flour ·Approximately ½ a cup of milk/water  ·1 teaspoon of vanilla essence  A handful of raisins

(Makes 6 small pancakes)


Method 1.Crack the eggs and pour the insides into a bowl. Add the sugar and vanilla essence and whisk until smooth and frothy (If you don’t have a whisk, feel free to use a fork) 2.Add the flour and mix, while gradually adding milk/water until you get a runny consistency 3.Heat pan and pour in about a tabl…