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Connections are everywhere!

Today we had an interesting  assignment in our class of New Information Technologies. I liked this activity. Actually, I am studying accounting at KIMEP and we don’t have such assignments on my program. Mostly we solve problems, work in groups,  but we don’t discover whether we have something in common or not with each other. However, there is no need to discover it, because when you study on the same program, you always must have something that is common to everyone. We share same ideas, same plans for the future and very often after graduation we work at the same places 😉

But today it was a little bit difficult to find something common with people who study absolutely different things than we do on Bsc. We don’t take same courses at  Kimep except New Information Technologies and I think we will never have the same subjects at the university in the future. So I am really happy that this semester I have an opportunity to take a subject that is so different from mine courses on Bsc. I am also happy that I have known so many nice people here who are very talented and creative. What is more, I have known lot of new things here! So I really appreciate that Kimep gives students an opportunity to take subjects from other programs.

Mostly, people in our class are Baij students, however there are some other students from my program but they are not here today ;-( From this little research in our class I have discovered, that internet has a big influence on people. All of us, except Darkhan, use the same social network sites, like vkontakte, facebook, twitter and so on. Moreover, all of us have gmail account and write blogs on the wordpress.com. I think that internet is so widely spread that it has connected lot of people there. Another thing that connects us is that all of us live in Almaty and study at Kimep. We also visit same places like “Coffeedelia”, “Arman”, other countries… Maybe, one day we sat together in the same row but didn’t know that we study at the same university, visit same  places…or maybe, we were in the same airplane flying to Thailand, Egypt or Turkey…

Ultimately, connections are created by people and if you want to build a connection with another person or become a part of a group, you should not wait when someone comes to you and asks to join him or her, you should do it by yourself. You shouldn’t wait when fortune gives you a chance.  Everything depends on us. We build our life, we create our own connections. John Greenleaf Whittier told that “for all sad words of tongue and pen, the saddest are those “it might have been”. So don’t wait the fortune and take your life in your own hands, communicate with people, build your own networks. Live your life so that you will never say “it might have been” 😉

 
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Posted by on September 28, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

Drinking Kills Driving Skills

Recently I heard an anecdote: “Why did you increase speed?”- asked policeman.  “I just wanted to come back home earlier than I would be under the influence of alcohol!” Most drivers don’t avoid driving after they have taken couple mugs of beer or other alcohol drinks. They hope that everything will be good, but nobody doesn’t insure against unforeseen situations.  That’s why the number of car accidents is increasing! Statistics shows that every “Alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes kill someone every 3 minutes and nonfatally injure someone every two minutes” (NHTSA 2006). Drivers should know that driving under the influence of alcohol is very dangerous and risky not only to themselves but also to the pedestrians and passengers as well.

Firstly, people should consider what influence has alcohol on people. When people take alcohol they reduce coordination, also alcohol impairs concentration, slows reflexes. Sometime it’s very difficult to control behavior. The effects of alcohol consumption on blood alcohol levels and driving skills are different to women and to men. For instance, blood alcohol concentration equals 0.05% in female with 100 pounds weight, while in male with same weight this concentration equals 0.04% . But for safe driving it will be better not to consume alcohol both to woman and to man. However, in USA it is illegal to drive with blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% (NHTSA 2006). Nevertheless, all injuries and deaths caused by drunk driving can be preventing.

The first solution is to confiscate license. “Based upon the extensive experience of the jurisdictions that have adopted administrative license revocation, it works.  It specifically deters those drivers who are caught drinking and driving from doing it again.  And, it generally deters those who have not been caught, because they are afraid of losing their driving privileges.” –Deborah A.P. Hersman, Member of the National Transportation Safety Board. Most countries have implied this law. However, sometimes it doesn’t work, because our police are not very honest and prefer to take bribes rather than to confiscate license.

Another solution to this problem is to install in all cars alcohol ignition interlock. It’s a device which tests driver’s breath. Every time when driver sits in the car, he must blow to this device. And if the blood alcohol concentration is high, engine won’t start. Moreover, driver must make this procedure several times, because he can ask his friend to start the car or he can drink after he has started the car. These devices are up to 90% effective!  What is more, driver takes this test about 9 times per day; many countries such as Spain, Belgium, Norway, Germany, and France have adopted alcohol ignition interlocks.

In conclusion, car accidents are caused by driving car in a state of intoxication can be reduced.  It depends not only on drivers. Everyone can do much to protect himself. Even when person has taken a little dose of alcohol, he shouldn’t drive the car. Moreover, people should stop their friend who wants to drive car in a state of intoxication. Everything is in our hands, so we shouldn’t become disheartened!

 
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Posted by on September 23, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

Real vs Mail letters

Hello again, my dear Readers! This post I want to dedicate to people who are so far from each other that they can’t meet and go together to a cosy cafe to have a conversation but they still keep in touch with each other despite thousands kilometres between them. I guess situation like this one is common to most people in the world.

Nowadays, people widely use e-mails to keep in touch with people who are abroad. However, in the past people wrote real letters but it is not so widespread now.  The history of post goes very far to the post. Firstly post offices were established in ancient times but they were used only in military goals. Post offices like this were in Ancient Egypt, Babylon, Assyria…The letters were delivered by special messengers and also by homing pigeons. The most developed post system was in Egypt. Later the post systems were appeared in other countries. I think that nowadays every country has its own post offices. But with the development of the internet, people began to send letters through it.

Of course, sending letters through World Wide Web is more convinient than sending letters through post offices. First advantage of e-mails is speed. Your friend will receive a letter in a few minutes even if he is on another continent. Secondly, it saves your time because you don’t need to leave your home, office and etc to send your letter. Moreover, sending letters through the internet is more dependable rather than sending it via post offices. There are lot of cases when letters get lost and never meet their receiver. What I think that people should send letters through the internet for their study, work or business. They should use e-mails for formal communication. But they should send letters to their close people through the post offices because when you write letter by your hand is more real and more alive. It’s like part of you.

Nowadays, I think that only Baby Boom Generation (people who were born after WWII) send letters via post offices. And people of Generations X and Y prefer to send letters through the internet. I am very much obliged to my fortune that I had an opportunity to write and receive real letters this year.  How has it started? If you are from Kazahkstan, you should know KBTU university. This spring a group of German students has come to KBTU and my friend from this university has acquainted me with them. I liked them very much and we have spent good time with each other. However, there was one guy whom I really liked. He was from another country, with another mentality and culture, but I had a feeling that I knew him since my birth 😉 We had the same thoughts. We could continue phrases of each other. It was amazing for me. I have never met so nice person like him. He is very unique. I had a thought that I should keep in touch with this person. I also thought that it would be interesting to communicate also through the post office, but I decided not tell this to him, because I thought that it would be a little bit silly. But as I have thought that he told me that he had an idea to communicate via post office! I was very happy and suprised 😉 So when he left, we began to write each other real letters.  I like these letters more than the internet letters because I can keep them and read when I want it to read. Moreover, I feel a soul in these letters. However, the last letter that he has sent to me was lost. But I hope that it will find the right way and one day I will receive it! I want to thank him for making my life brighter and much interesting!

Danke sehr, Korbi! 😉

PS. Thanks to Frieder for making this photo 😉

 
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Posted by on September 15, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

My Network

Good day  everyone who is reading my post! Today I am going to write about networks that are an important part of our life. They surround us. They  influence our life. We built our own networks, join other networks and leave another networks. Even here on wordpress.com we have built our own network of New Information Technologies’s students and became a part of wordpress’s network. It is not very difficult to become a part of this network and it is very easy to use it. The structure of wordpress.com is understandable and can be used by every person in the world. It has a support centre that structures everything here and always can help you to fix the problems. However, sometimes it can be confusing even with the obvious centre that structures all the activities here. Last week I had problems with my account and hadn’t access to it because there was a message that I have broken some of the terms here. I was really confused because I didn’t do here something that should be restricted. I was really worried about this and I have asked wordpress’s support centre to fix this problem. After one day I received an answer that it was a mistake and they activated my account 😉 So, I want again thank you people who are working in support centre and coordinate all the activities here 😉

What is more, I am going to tell you about the network I am part of. This year, I began to attend yoga classes. There I have met lof of people with different interests, different occupations, different ages but yoga is something that brings us together. Networks like this are “self-organise, morphing and changing as they react to interference or breakdown.” (McCarthy et al, 2004: 11) For instance, our teacher this month has left to India, however this network remains to exist even without him. Now, we have another teacher and continue to attend these classes. What I also like is that we have journeys to the nature with people who are also attending our fitness club.  So we expand our network by communicating not only with people who are doing yoga, but who are dancing, doing aerobics and so on.

To my mind, everywhere where is more than one person, there is an existence of a network also. People build lot of networks. Moreover, nowadays, we have an opportunity to build networks even with the people who are living far from us. New Information Technologies give us lof of advangates to keep in touch with people who are abroad, to find new friends. One person can be a member of several networks. Networks are part of our life. They “are all around us. We rely on them. We are threatened by them. We are part of them.” (McCarthy et al, 2004: 11)

 
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Posted by on September 12, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

Living Networks

Nowadays, networks play an important role in our life. “Networks are the language of  our times” (Helen McCarthy, Paul MillerandPaul Skidmore. Introduction, network logic). So it is very useful for us to know and understand how the networks work and why do we need them. Networks are everywhere. You can see it in nature, in business, in social life and etc. We can see network in metabolism that is a vital process for all organisms. Metabolism is a network of chemical reactions. It is divided in to two processes that is anabolism and catabolism. Catabolism produces energy and anabolism uses this energy to build cell’s compononents. If metabolism stops, the life of an organism will end too.  So where is a life, there is a network too.

We can see networks in our social life too. Everyday we communicate with our friends, colleagues, relatives, teachers and etc. We build networks between us and other people.  We cooperate in groups by interests, beliefs, views, hobbies, politics and so on. Moreover, nowadays new information technologies give us an opportunity to build new types of networks through the internet  via e-mails, social networks like facebook, vkontakte, myspace…and so on. Through this social websites we build online communities. You can find there new friends or people whom you’ve not seen for a long time. You can contact with people who are on another continent and learn more about another culture. We can build networks all over the world!

Another important aspect is that good understanding of networks can help us to explain many things like “distribution of wealth in monetary economy” or even “distribution of molecules in cellular system.” In my opinion, you can apply knowledge about network in your daily life. You need it to build good relationships with your friends, to create professional aliances, to do your own business. and etc.

To my mind, understanding networks is very important, because networks began to have a big impact on our life.

 
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Posted by on September 8, 2010 in Uncategorized