Ninth TED translation

After losing to George Bush Jr, Albert Arnold Gore Jr. was not the type to have easily given up his battles. Al Gore made environmental advocacy popular, and in 2007, he won a Nobel Prize together with the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change).

Skeptics of climate change abound, and I have some personal criticisms myself to the kind of fanaticism generated by organizations like Green Peace, for example, against the judicious use of GMOs. I just think the proper term should be conservation. Environmental preservation is very different and quite ignorant, in my opinion, compared to sustainable management.

Nonetheless, we all live in the same planet, and either preservation or management will have good and bad consequences. In the end, it's probably a good thing that there are people like Al Gore who remind us occasionally that our time here on Earth is limited, and we have to decide fast.

Al Gore warns on latest climate trends
TED2009; Filmed Feb 2009; Posted May 2009
Translated into Filipino by Philip Rentillo
Reviewed by Schubert Malbas

Eighth TED translation

The XO Laptop of the One Laptop for Child program was Yves Behar's brainchild. The laptop was released not so long ago, during the time when netbooks and tablets were just wishful thinking, and the best counter-product that Asus can bring to the market was their first EEE PCs.

Forrest North is Behar's work partner, and both are two of the world's smartest engineers, I think. Together, they've designed an electric version of the gas-guzzling motorcycle, and ushers an era of futuristic vehicles that actually care for the environment.

Yves Behar and Forrest North's supercharged motorcycle design
TED2009; Filmed Feb 2009; Posted May 2009
Translated into Tagalog by Kenneth Andres
Reviewed by Schubert Malbas

Seventh TED translation

Adora Svitak is just a kid, but she talks like a grown-up. Anyway, she has an awesome credibility to back her up, being a published author and a popular invited speaker at such a young age.

In this piece, she talks about the need for "childish" ideas, child-like dreams, and this generation's duty to teach the next.

Adora Svitak: What adults can learn from kids
TED2010; Filmed Feb 2010; Posted Apr 2010
Translated into Tagalog by Roberto Halili Jr.
Reviewed by Schubert Malbas

Abdominal mass


Benignities of female genitals

Complications of delivery

Complications of pregnancy

Conditions of male genitals

Congenital abnormalities of genitals

Drugs for reproductive use

Dysfunctional labor


Hemorrhage in pregnancy

Hypertension & diabetes in pregnancy

Hypertension in pregnancy

Malignancies of female genitals

Malignancies of the breast

Genital infection diagnosis

Genital infection management

Menopause and hormone therapy

Menstrual disorders

Neonatal distress

Neonatal resuscitation

Neonatal sepsis

Prescribing drugs in pregnancy

Radiology in reproductive pathologies

Reproduction and family planning

RH, medicine and society

Sexual dysfunction in females

Sexual dysfunction in males

Vaginal bleeding in pregnancy

Vaginal discharge

A week without pc

Hooray! Today, I get my online life back.

I got my laptop back from the repair shop. It had sticky keys before. So they have to disconnect the built-in keyboard and I have to plug in a USB keyboard. Ergo, it's not a portable netbook anymore. It's a glorified desktop. Pfft.

I also had the CPU of my desktop PC checked because it was not booting up. Inside the casing, the accumulated cobwebs proved months and weeks of utter neglect, and I felt sorry for it as if it were a leper rejected by his kin. The repair guy was able to troubleshoot the problem by simply restarting the CMOS, and I was a happy kid again.

So this week, I realized a few things: one, that an addiction (particularly, spending excess hours on twitter, facebook, and blogging) can be conquered, even if the subject is hesitant to quit at first. Yes, I'm talking to you, alcoholics and smokers.

Second, that while Google provides a nifty and rapid way of learning, it will not be helpful with my patient encounters later on. I have not seen, and will probably never see, a doctor seeing his patient at the wards and having to check with Google first about the correct diagnosis and proper medications.

In the end, it's all about perspective.

Sizing up ob-gyn

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It's the start of the OB-GYN module next week. Looking at the tentative schedule, and from what the upperclassmen are saying, this stress-free weekend should be spent resting and taking stock of sleep-hours in preparation for the workload ahead.

I'd say, onwards!

Sizing up ob-gyn pathology

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For the next three weeks, I'll be seeing a lot of obstetric and gynecological diseases. Histopathology is my current waterloo, but I take it as a challenge to do better at it. It's pretty awesome to see tumors, cancer cells, and weird histological formations, but the task of identifying them one-by-one is daunting...

On another note, I still find it weird for some guys to consider OB-GYN as a medical specialty. It takes balls (pun intended) for these guys to compete in some girls' territory.

VMA winners of 2011

The 2011 MTV Video Music Awards took place on August 28, at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, honoring the best music videos from the previous year. It was a good year for Adele and his handlers, having won the most awards (3), along with Katy Perry.

I'd say this year's VMA statues had been distributed much better. If you remember last year's VMA, Lady Gaga was the most-nominated artist in VMA history for a single year. She then lopsidedly took 8 wins out of 13 nominations.

Here's a quick rundown of this year's winners:

Best Hip-Hop Video: Nicki Minaj – “Super Bass”

Video of the Year: Katy Perry – “Firework”

Best Male Video: Justin Bieber – “U Smile”

Best Female Video: Lady GaGa – “Born This Way”

Best New Artist: Tyler, the Creator – “Yonkers”

Best Pop Video: Britney Spears – “Till the World Ends”

Best Rock Video: Foo Fighters – “Walk”

Best Collaboration: Katy Perry ft. Kanye West – “E.T.”

Best Direction in a Video: Beastie Boys — "Make Some Noise"

Best Choreography in a Video: Beyonce Knowles – “Run the World (Girls)”

Best Art Direction in a Video: Adele – “Rolling in the Deep”

Best Latino Artist: Wisin & Yandel — "Zun Zun Rompiendo Caderas"

Best Special Effects in a Video: Katy Perry ft. Kanye West – “E.T.”
Best Editing in a Video: Adele – “Rolling in the Deep”
Best Cinematography in a Video: Adele – “Rolling in the Deep”
Best Video with a Message: Lady GaGa – “Born This Way”
Vanguard Award: Britney Spears

WBC plays pac-man

Here's something that made me smile, well at least, the inner geek in me did.

The big one's a neutrophil, a kind of white blood cell (WBC) that roams around your body that becomes the first-responders to infections, mainly bacterial ones. One of its main roles is to eat up bacteria (phagocytosis), which it did to the Staphylococcus aureus seen on the video.

Amazingly, this clip was made on a 16-mm film way back in the 1950's by David Rogers at Vanderbilt University. It's pretty astounding how the clip survived this long, and  made it to Youtube. Who knew.

Technorati crawl

I had been looking for ways to improve the number of visits to this blog and stumbled upon the idea of signing up with Technorati. In order to have this blog finally indexed, though, I have to post this short code: Q3BS6ZE6WPYG

I hope it's not as obnoxious as I think it is. Oh well, when you want something this bad, you'll go through great lengths and measures to make it happen!