Sunday, March 09, 2008

How TV viewing affects children’s health

I hope every parent would have the chance to read this.


How TV viewing affects children’s health
By Cathy S. Babao-Guballa
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 01:44:00 03/09/2008

MANILA, Philippines - In our home, the television set and computer are, more often than not, the root of all evil.

It’s a test of will between my 9-year-old son and me. He spends an lot of time watching his favorite cartoons. The computer is another story. Ever since he discovered YouTube and found that he could access newer episodes of his favorite shows there, the PC has become another one of our “battlegrounds.”

With older children, the battle centers often on the amount of time spent on the PC for doing homework. Then again, when chatting over Yahoo Messenger (I can almost hear my daughter say—“But mom, that’s how we exchange notes!”) cuts in on research time, what could have been just two hours, stretches all the way to four, cutting in on important sleeping time.

Early this week, a New York Times article, “A One-Eyed Invader in the Bedroom,” caught my interest. Health columnist Tara Parker Pope wrote about how having a television in a child’s bedroom can wreak havoc on a child’s psyche and health.

She says based on numerous studies and interviews with countless pediatricians all over the United States, where your child watches TV often matters just as much as being able to control the amount of time that the child watches television. I think this can be said for PC use as well, but that’s another story.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended limiting television viewing to no more than two hours per day for children aged 2 years and older since 1986 and has recommended no television viewing in children younger than two years since 2001.

Unfortunately, we all know what the reality is in many households today, especially when yaya makes her alaga sit through her favorite noontime shows and/or telenovelas.

It’s even sadder though how when a 2-year-old is able to perform some hokey dance picked up from “Wowowee”; we laugh and applaud instead of being concerned and appalled.

There is definitely a time for everything and being able to gyrate at 2½ is not quite a healthy developmental milestone.

Studies on TV viewing

Earlier this year, I had written about the Top 10 health issues in children that parents need to be concerned about.

Among these was the rising case of obesity.

Results from a study conducted by Epstein et. al and published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine say that there is growing evidence that television viewing affects diet.

In the study, Epstein employed the use of a monitoring device on all bedroom television sets and other sets in the house.

The devices in half the homes were programmed to reduce children’s overall viewing time by half. Children had to use a code to turn on any TV in the home, and the code stopped working once the allocated TV time for the week had been reached.

Results showed that although there was no increase in exercise levels, relative body mass index was lowered because the children snacked less, lowering their average consumption by 100 calories per day.

Parker Pope also talked about a French study where it was found that among French adolescents, boys with bedroom television were more likely than their peers to have larger waist size and higher body fat and mass index.

However, the effect of too much television viewing endangers not only health but one’s study and reading habits as well. In the same study, it was found that boys and girls with bedroom TV sets spent less time reading than others.

What can a parent do then?

The problem is, once a television set has been placed in the child’s bedroom, it’s often difficult to take it away and it becomes all the more difficult to regulate a child’s viewing hours.

It becomes all the more important for a parent to be proactive and set limits to television viewing. I believe that when you start them young, it is a trait that they will carry with them for the rest of their lives.

What parents should do

The University of Michigan Health system suggests the following ways for parents to set examples for their children.

Don’t underestimate the power of modeling. Model moderate use of television that doesn’t interfere with your healthy lifestyle.

Don’t leave the TV on all the time for background noise.

Don’t expect your child to have self-discipline when it comes to TV viewing if you don’t.

Don’t watch adult programs while your child is present.

Spend your free time reading, exercising and playing or talking with your child.

Controls need to be set, especially now that summer is fast approaching and the tendency to just vegetate in front of the TV set is so tempting.

Rules may be difficult to set initially, but, it can be done.

The key is to find out what works best for you and your family. Every child is different and that is why it is important to really know what makes your child tick, and how much TV time will be healthy for him or her.

Boundaries are always good. There is the world of books and the world of good old-fashioned playtime, sports. Both you and your child will benefit from exploring other avenues of learning outside of the boob tube.

E-mail the author at cathybabao

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Porn baby Porn

mahilig din naman ako manood ng porn. pero wag naman sana masyadong lantaran. lalo pa't taongbayan ang nagbigay ng laptop....

HOT SPOT. These soldiers had a grand time browsing pornographic websites during the first day of the Local Peace and Security Assembly (LPSA) in Tagum City’s Bulwagan ng Lalawigan on Thursday, while National Security Adviser Norberto Gonzales was delivering a speech. President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo attended the event the next day. The soldiers managed to go online because the venue had been turned into a wifi hotspot for the event.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Lea’s advice to young singers

How I wish na sana all the Music Schools teaching voice lessons should take note of this. Kids are kids and they should sing as a child and not as an adult. Naku Lea.. Idol talaga kita!

Lea’s advice to young singers
By Dolly Anne Carvajal
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 22:45:00 02/10/2008

MANILA, Philippines – Lea Salonga has sound advice for kids aspiring to be like her.

“We need more kid singers who sound like children. Why make them sing the songs of Celine, Mariah and Beyonce, when they clearly lack the life experience to pull off those songs? I cringe at the sound of 10-year-olds singing about lost loves,” she says. “Pwede ba? ‘Big Spender’ shouldn’t be sung by [minors].”

Lea says there are some songs by the same singers that’s okay for kids, like Mariah’s “Hero.” But that is more of an exception.

She recalls: “My mom was very particular about the material I performed until I was 14. Kids need to be guided by their parents.”

If she were a judge in “Pinoy Idol,” how would she pick the winner? “I would critique song selection as [much] as the performance. It’s important to choose material that plays to one’s strengths, not highlight one’s weaknesses. Song and singer have to be a perfect fit. Intonation is another thing I would look for. I don’t like people going flat … sharp kaya ko pang pagtiyagaan.”

With her unlimited savoir faire, Lea’s more than qualified to choose even a “World & Universe Idol.”

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Animal rights activists want glue traps shelved

C'mon PETA people, rodents and rats clean or unclean, tidy or dirty comes around for their animal behavior. If they don't hunt for food, they hunt for something to destroy. I don't get it just because it's year of the rat, rats itself should be given dignity. I guess it's just the rats virtue that should be given attention and not the "actual" rat instead.


Animal rights activists want glue traps shelved
By Tina Santos
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 23:03:00 02/05/2008

MANILA, Philippines -- Keeping one’s surroundings clean and storing food properly are humane ways of getting rid of rats, according to animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

In the middle of preparations for Thursday’s celebration of the Chinese New Year, PETA activists staged an awareness campaign on Tuesday on Ongpin Street in Sta. Cruz, Manila, and urged Filipinos to shun the use of glue traps to get rid of rats.

“This is to raise awareness and correct bad impressions about rats,” said Ashley Fruno, PETA’s campaign officer. A PETA member wore a rat costume and held a sign that read, “Make it a year for rats, don’t buy glue traps.”

In the Chinese calendar, 2008 is the Year of the Rat.

“We’re asking people to honor the Year of the Rat by leaving these cruel devices on the store shelves,” Peta said.

Glue traps consist of board pieces coated with a sticky adhesive designed to ensnare small animals.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

How to use google to find mp3s

very nice howto looking for those hidden mp3's hehehe

This How-To will teach you how to use google to find mp3s.
This How-To will be highly pragmatic and will focus on the hows and not the
wherefores of the various search strings.

Update: check this cool google hack to see controlable survalence
cameras on the net
google-| inurl:"viewerframe mode="

If you want to post your tricks for finding mp3s, using search engines
or other wise, send me an email my_haz_runsA|

Note: This info works just great for ebooks as well just change mp3 to
pdf, djvu, ps, etc

= Index

0) Key
1) Directories
2) Xitami Servers
3) Directory Listing
4) Andromeda Servers (depricated)
5) Zina Artists (depricated)
6) Apache mp3 Servers
7) Individual Songs
8) Saving Shoutcasts
9) Social Bookmarking

= Section 0 - KEY

You this are just some definitions I will use below.

[Directory String] can be any of the following :
1) "index of"
2) "last modified"
3) "parent of"

[file type] can be any of the following :
1) "mp3"
2) "shn"
3) "wma"

[mp3 name] can be any of the following :
1) the name of the album in quotes
2) the name of the artist in quotes
3) be daring and leave it blank and have lots of links
4) be creative!

1) -html -htm -php -asp -txt -pls

(inurl:) is optional and may be omitted and in fact most be
omitted if not using a search tool other than google.

(intitle:) can be used in place of (inurl:) and has a similar effect
again you must be useing google.

(-filetype:txt) adding this to the end of your search string can
filter some false positives.

(-playlist) adding this to the end of your search string can
filter some false positives.

= Section 1 - Directories

These are the most common way that mp3s are stored on the www, you
should try these strings first.

String Format :
Type 1 : [Directory String] + (inurl:)[file type] + [mp3 name]
Type 2 : [Directory String] + (intitle:)[file type] + [mp3 name]

Type 3 : [Directory String] + [file type] + [mp3 name] + [limitors]

Example Strings :
- intitle:index.of + mp3 + "grandaddy" -html -htm -php -asp -txt -pls
- "index of" + "mp3" + "radiohead" -html -htm -php
- "index of" + mp3 + "grandaddy"
- "index of" + inurl:mp3 + "beatles" -txt -pls
- "index of" + intitle:mp3 + beatles
- "last modified" + "shn" + "dylan"
- "last modified" + inurl:shn + "bob dylan"
- "parent of" + inurl:wma + "grandaddy"
- "index of" + "mp3" + "Red Hot Chili Peppers"
- "index of" + "shn" + "Red Hot Chili Peppers"
- "index of" + "flac" + "Red Hot Chili Peppers"
- intitle:index.of "Foo Fighters"
- intitle:index.of avi live Pink Floyd -html -htm -asp

Suggestions :
- Try (intitle:index.of + "mp3" + "band name" -htm -html -php -asp) first it
is usually the most effective.

Another Little Trick:
- If you have been getting alot of results on google but the pages don't seem
to be there try adding dates and the "apache" string to your search i.e.

- intitle:index.of + mp3 + "grandaddy" -html -htm -php -asp apache feb-2005
- intitle:index.of + mp3 + "grandaddy" -html -htm -php -asp apache 2005

or if you just want a big list of mp3' doing a search like this everymonth
- intitle:index.of + mp3 + -html -htm -php -asp apache mar

or if you want to condense the search try
- intitle:index.of + (mp3|ogg) + "grandaddy" -(html|php|asp) +apache mar-2007

= Section 2 - Xitami Servers

String Format :
Type 1 : "xitami web server" + (inurl:)[file type] + [mp3 name]
Type 2 : "xitami web server" + (intitle:)[file type] + [mp3 name]

Example Strings :
- "xitami web server" + "mp3" + "radiohead"
- "xitami web server" + intitle:shn + "beatles"
- "xitami web server" + inurl:mp3 + "magnetic fields"

= Section 3 - Directory Listing

String Format :
Type 1 : "directory listings" + (inurl:)[file type] + [mp3 name]
Type 2 : "directory listings" + (intitle:)[file type] + [mp3 name]
Type 3 : "directory listings of" + (inurl:)[file type] + [mp3 name]
Type 4 : "directory listings of" + (intitle:)[file type] + [mp3 name]

Example Strings
- "directory listings" + "mp3" + "radiohead"
- "directory listings" + intitle:shn + "beatles"
- "directory listings" + inurl:mp3 + "magnetic fields"
- "directory listings of" + "mp3" + "radiohead"
- "directory listings of" + intitle:shn + "beatles"
- "directory listings of" + inurl:mp3 + "magnetic fields"

= Section 4 - Andromeda Servers

String Format :
Type 1 : "scott matthews" + andromeda + [mp3 name]
Type 2 : "scott matthews" + andromeda + [file type] + [mp3 name]
Type 3 : "powered by andromeda" + [mp3 name]
Type 4 : "powered by andromeda" + [file type] + [mp3 name]
Type 5 : inurl:andromeda.php + [mp3 name]
Type 6 : inurl:anromeda.php + [file type] + [mp3 name]
Type 7 : "scott matthews"
Type 8 : "powered by andromeda"
Type 9 : inurl:andromeda.php

Examples :
- "scott matthews" + andromeda + "radiohead"
- "scott matthews" + andromeda + "mp3" + "fitter"
- "powered by andromeda" + "gradaddy"
- "powered by andromeda" + "mp3" + "just like women"
- inurl:andromeda.php + "shn"
- inurl:anromeda.php + "wma" + "dylan"
- "scott matthews"
- "powered by andromeda"
- inurl:andromeda.php

= Section 5 - Zina Artists

String Format :
Type 1 : "zina artists"

Examples :
- "zina artists"

= Section 6 - Apache mp3 Servers

String Format :
Type 1 : "stream all" + apache + [mp3 name]
Type 2 : "stream all" + apache
Type 3 : "shuffle all" + apache + [mp3 name]
Type 4 : "shuffle all" + apache

Examples :
- "stream all" + apache
- "stream all" "shuffle all" mp3
- "stream all" + apache + radiohead
- "shuffle all" + beatles

= Section 7 - Individual Songs

Format : [mp3 name].mp3 -playlist -filetype:txt

Examples :
- "ok_computer_live.mp3" -playlist -filetype:txt
- "*ok_computer*.mp3" -playlist -filetype:txt
- kid*a.mp3 -playlist -filetype:txt

= Section 8 - Shoutcasts

0) Streamripper is a free shoutcast recorder

1) Find a shoutcast that you would like to save

2) Download and open the .pls file, to discover the stream url

3) Open up a terminal (DOS or xterm)

4) break up the url into its parts (site,port,locations) so here
we have
port: 80
location: /stream/1074

5) Uset telnet to Send HTTP GET message and redirect output. The
request is

prompt$ telnet site port > output.mp3
GET location HTTP/1.0

so in the example above

prompt$ telnet 80 > output.mp3
GET /stream/1074 HTTP/1.0

= Section 9 - Social Bookmarking

Social Bookmarks sites, are site where people can leave links to
other interesting sites given a certain "tag." Tags are sort of
like search terms and catagories combined. Searching anyone of these
bookmark sites for the type or music or band you like is almost
sure to bring up lots of links to free mp3s. There are two links
at the top of this page digg and, I use and there are
others. If you do join a site make sure to give me a thanks
by adding a link to this site!

See Who One and See In Die

I first read this when I was in highschool and still I was laughing to death again when I read it again.... har har har har!!! naku... magagalit ang idol kong si inday nito..... :D

i tried this by having a lady officemate read it out loud... she didn't know what happened... but her officemates were dying with laughter! ajosm the poet is outta here...

Thing none knew see in die...

Who bought, who bad.

The hill key none taught see in die;

Last fog see in die.

Fog must done knew see who one...

Thin knee gas sun see who one.

Cash see, see in die who bought, who bad!

Bough code dawn, bull ball money peace.

In knee love bus ni who one...

Dean act money in die.

Key knee league see who one,

The hill be not tea knee in die.

Knee love as son see who one,

Be thin see in die.

Last fog NA, Be thin PA!!!


Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Feast of Black Nazarene

nakalulungkot ang mga ganitong pangyayari. sino nga ba ang dapat managot... :`(

2 die, scores hurt in Black Nazarene feast--police

By Thea Alberto
First Posted 15:25:00 01/09/2008

MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATE 3) Two people died of heart attack and 46 others were injured during Wednesday’s celebration of the Feast of the Black Nazarene, police said.

At the same time, Police Director Geary Barias, National Capital Region Police Office chief, said they were verifying reports that a child also died during a stampede along Plaza Miranda where thousands of devotees had also converged.

Cecilia Fajardo suffered from cardiac arrest after she was crushed by the crowd that tried to touch the black statue of Jesus while Alex Radovan, 44, died as he was on his way to Quiapo Church from where the Nazarene began its procession, said Chief Superintendent Roberto Rosales, Manila Police District director.

Police placed the number of devotees at 2.2 million.

Police expect the number to reach three million as the Black Nazarene returns to Quiapo Church.

"Sobrang siksikan, sobrang excitement or exhaustion, siguro hindi na niya [Fajardo] kinaya [People were jammed, there was too much excitement or exhaustion that perhaps she could not take it," said Rosales.

Of the injured, nine suffered from hypertension; three from low-blood pressure; five fainted; nine sustained bruises or were crushed by the crowd; and five suffered difficulty in breathing, said Rosales.

They were brought either to the Ospital ng Maynila and Philippine General Hospital, he said.

Radio reports said 22 people were brought to the Jose Reyes Memorial Hospital while another seven devotees were victims of pickpockets.

A report on dzBB said at least seven devotees were victimized by pick-pockets during the feast.

As of posting time, 16 ambulances are on stand-by, Rosales said.

Earlier in the day, 19 private schools in the area cancelled classes while public schools did not, the Department of Education said in an advisory.
With a report from Kristine L. Alave, Inquirer

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