Sunday, November 27, 2016

Have your say! - A new way of working

Date: Sun, Nov 27, 2016

I would like to share this text with you: “A NEW WAY OF WORKING”.

The text is about the possibility to work from home and the advantages and disadvantages of it for workers and bosses.
In my opinion that possibility is not very acceptable in Spain for the companies yet. The only think that doesn´t worry to your boss would be that the work be ready at its dead line, but they think that if you are at home working you are wasting your time. But they don´t see the advantages. They would need smaller offices; they would save money in electricity, heating, water, etc.
I agree with people working from their houses. In my previous work, I had that chance. I could do the same in the office and at home, and I saved the commuting time, and at the end of the day my task were finished.
I know that it is impossible for all works, but in many of them it would be good allow the workers to do that some days in the week.

What do you think about this matter?


A New Way of Working

Stefanie Haigh looks at the pros and cons of working from home.
Over the past ten years or so, there has been a significant increase in the number of people working from home. The most obvious reason for this is the advance in technology and an increase in online business. This increase in communication means that many people can now improve their work and home lives with more flexibility and less commuting time.

What options are there for working from home?
These days there are so many more options available to people for working from home. Many people run websites such as restaurant guides or local information sites. Others tend to work freelance: you will find professional writers or bloggers, photographers, PR professionals, journalists, event coordinators, web designers and graphic designers. There’s no need to be in the office nowadays. A more traditional way of working from home is to run your own business. Hotel and restaurant owners often live onsite and if you run a bed and breakfast company, your home is often your business itself. Whilst this might seem simple, it does raise the question of whether it is difficult to take time off when you live and work in the same place.
Argentinean jewellery designer Alejandra Salvini works mainly from home in the UK. She enjoys it, but finds it hard to switch off at times. “It's good but it can be tricky to focus sometimes and you end up working 24/7”. Alejandra’s opinion is one shared by many people trying to balance work and home life. There are both pros and cons to this kind of lifestyle.

What are the ‘pros’ of working from home?
If you were to survey people who work at home, in all likelihood, they would have a big list of positive things to say.  They enjoy the flexibility and comfort of working at home. They can make a cup of coffee and a sandwich in their own kitchen, which is a luxury in the busy world that we live in now. Being able to choose their own working hours was also a plus for many, especially for self-employed people who don’t stick to set office hours. When your office is at home, you have no commute to make, which not only saves money but it also gets rid of that stressful run for the bus or that annoying feeling when there’s nowhere to park or nowhere to sit on the train.
Working at home is also brilliant for getting some peace and quiet, away from the distractions of the office. Freelance photographer Paul David Drabble claims that he loves the autonomy of working alone. Not being restricted in your creativity by other people really helps people in jobs such as his.
For working parents, many can cash in on the fact that they do not require childcare when they work at home. Although some mums did say that they did find it distracting to have kids running around and getting under their feet when they were trying to work, they also stated that they would not want to change their situation because they really enjoy their work and lifestyle balance.

What are the ‘cons’ of working from home?
One of the biggest negatives that workers talk about when they work at home is that they find it very difficult to separate their work and home life. They find it difficult to draw the line. They find it hard to focus on one thing at once due to a lack of motivation when they don’t have a boss standing over them telling them what to do. It can be very lonely and they miss the chit-chat that goes on in an office environment. Colleagues can shake you out of a bad mood, cheer you up and keep you motivated while working by yourself means that you don't have that emotional support.
Some people actually find it difficult to switch off at home because they don’t physically leave the office which means that they never stop working and they can’t stop checking their emails and just finishing something off before they go to bed. This can cause many issues with partners.  Dee Montague is a copywriter who says that she often stays up late working and then feels guilty the next morning, which she knows is silly. “I think it's important to try and do what works for you. Sometimes I feel more creative at 3am than I do at 3pm! Some people don't understand my refusal to switch off completely from work and switch on to relax"

Do companies want to hire people who don’t come to the office?
As far as companies are concerned, employers often enjoy working with freelance, remote workers for many reasons. For starters, they have fewer overheads. It is often cheaper to pay somebody by the hour to work at home than it is to hire someone full-time for a specific project. Managers also have no restrictions on who to hire, meaning that they can pick and choose from the best workers in the world. There are many online freelancing sites where people can get in touch with skilled workers, no matter where they live. It does mean that you have to be able to trust people that you have never met before and also organising meetings can be difficult, as you don’t have that face-to-face interaction which can often breed creativity. However, this makes it very easy to run international businesses from a home office. Many businesses love that freedom.

Have your Say! - Second earth

From: Raul Sanchez
Date: Sun, Nov 27, 2016

Have you ever thought on that little red planet above the sky? It seems to be far away from us… But it turns out that probably it will be our next home in the coming future.

Exploring TED webpage, I found out this video, in which it is explained when and how we will arrive in Mars.

Can you imagine yourself diving through the deep space for more than a hundred years just to arrive the planet? It is a risky adventure, since all computations must be extremely accurate, and no error has room in the whole mission. Just a mistake can suppose the difference between success and death. (Luckily, adventures have a glimmer of hope in themselves and can do the work.)
But from the first colony onwards, we can transform all Mars to have a second Earth, with breathable atmosphere, running water and crops!! A second home in which we can live safely and comfortably.

Once we accomplish this quest, what do you think will be our next objective? 

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Have your say! - LEDification


Alberto is writing on the hot topic of LEDification. It's everywhere these days! From the supermarket's article I posted on the G+ community a few days ago to the these cool sneakers I just came across:

Are LED sneakers going to be the new Yeezys?

From: Alberto Casado García
Date: Wed, Nov 23, 2016

What is LEDification in the lighting world?

In recently years, the lighting Industry is carrying out a huge change in their own technology. In the past, they used incandescent, fluorescent and discharge lamps for almost every applications but since LED birth there have been a technological disruption.

Nowadays, everybody thinks in LED for either retrofitting applications or new facilities without taking into account whether the ROI will be profitable in a short or medium period of time. It is truth that LED technology have lot of advantages such a high efficiency, low consumption and lower impact to the environment but sometimes there are still good solutions with traditional technology.
This new technology brings lots of good arguments to change the lighting trends and stablish the LED as the main technology but we have to keep the common sense to select the product and manufacturer brand. Due to massive production in China, there are many new actors in the industry and some of them are not specialists and they can promote a bad solution for the projects.

To sum up, I think that LED technology is totally welcome because it provides many benefits for environment, architectural and industrial applications. It is estimated that approximately a 19% of the global energy consumption is because of lighting industry and thanks to LED we can decrease it around 10% within the following 10 years.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Have your say! - English in 10 minutes

From: Rachel
Date: Wed, Nov 16, 2016

Hello mates:

This is my turn to contribute to the section "Have you say" so I want to share with you this funny video about the History of English. I've thought the issue could be appropriate since we've talked about it in class.

I hope you enjoy it. It has subtitles in English, to see them click on the first button on the right.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Have your say! Ken Robinson

From: Isabel Madruga Torremocha
Date: Sat, Nov 12, 2016

Hi everyone,

I would like to share with you this video of Ken Robinson. He is one of the most prominent thinkers in the field of education. I show this video to my students to talk about different subjects such as divergent versus convergent thinking, creativity and different types of intelligence. Some of the most interesting ideas are the following: every country is reforming education for both reasons, economic and cultural. Second, the current system education was conceived in the intellectual culture of Enlightenment and was modeled on the interests of industrialization. Third, there is no epidemic of ADHD. Finally, the children are living in the most stimulating period of the history of earth.
What is your opinion about these questions?
a)      Do schools kill creativity?
b)      Are schools alienating millions of kids who don´t see any purpose in going to school?
c)      Do you agree with the intellectual model of the mind related with academic ability?

Have your say! Children thoughts

From: Nuria Cortes Diaz
Date: Sat, Nov 12, 2016

Hi guys!

I want to share this short video with you because something happened to me with it few days ago. I'm helping a little girl in my neighborhood to improve her English and I showed her this video to do some activities. At the end we were practicing some speaking and she told me some things that made me think over.

The first thing she told was that she was really happy because the German boy had become his friend. He was helping the Syrian boy with the language and with the school. After that, I asked her opinion about the relationship between the two boys and about the way the German one was treating the Syrian one. She told me that it was good because if there is a new student, he has to be helped by everyone in the class. This boy had suffered travelling from so far so he needed support and love.

It can be said that this opinion is just what children are been taught at primary school, but look at the two boys then. They are friends; they are real friends because children act with no filters. When a child is in kindergarten and there is a kid he or she doesn't like, that kid will never take his or her toys. No way! However, if the kid is likely to become his or her friend, the child will share. So the German boy is not only his friend even they are really different, but also he admires the Syrian child in some way because of his long travel, because he is a good reader…

Shouldn't adults think like children sometimes?

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Have your say! - The psychology behind irrational decisions

From: Miriam Amor
Date: Wed, Nov 9, 2016
Subject: The psychology behind irrational decisions

Hi everybody,

As it is my turn to post a link in the Have to say! activity, I would like to share with you one video that uses some of my favorite topics: statistics and psychology, to briefly explain our irrational decisions.

The trainer is Sara Garofalo, and it is also one of the TED talks. It is easily to follow and understandable for everybody.

You may wonder, what is the role of stats on our decisions? In the video it is explained that the most likely positive result for us, usually mismatch with our immediate decision; specially in terms of economics. We are both rational and instinctive being and, although our mind would think the opposite, the outcome of decisions we make following our gut may be not the same than the one using our math knowledge.

Isn't it amazing? Hope you to enjoy it.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Have your say! - Louis C.K.

From: Jorge Alcolea
Date: Mon, Nov 7, 2016
Subject: Have your say!

Hi mates!
I'm going to follow Angela and share a video for my 'Have your say!" turn.
Yesterday, I went to eat lunch with my sister and my nephews. After all the afternoon playing with them, I was exhausted. I remembered this video I wanted to share it with you.
If you don't know Louis C.K, He is one of the best stand up comedian in the US. He also directs, produces, writes and stars TV shows and movies. If you like this video, there are a lot of his monologs on youtube.
Talking about the video, do you have children of your own? do you have cousins or nephews like me? Do they are the 'bosses' in their house? Are you agree with Louis?
Have fun!

Loui C.K "Why?"

PD:  Please, excuse him for the abuse of the F word. 😇

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Democracy is coming...

Hi guys,

I'm just linking below two articles that reflect how decision-making in the US and UK is unabashedly understood as something more that just casting a vote, for better or worse.

First, on how and why the UK government cannot trigger EU leave negotiations of its own accord:

Brexit just got a whole lot more interesting:

Second, on the difference between popular vote and electoral college in the US and how the most voted may not win:

The Odds Of An Electoral College-Popular Vote Split Are Increasing

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Have your say! Procrastination

Comments welcome on the blog!

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Date: Mon, Oct 31, 2016
Subject: Have your say!

Hi guys!!
As I am the first student posting my contribution on the activity: Have to say!, I wanted to share a video, which is easier and funnier to follow.
It is a Tim Urban talk's for TED, an event where  the world's leading thinkers gather to find inspiration.
I recomend you to watch the video and think about it. Because, how many times do you delay the things you have to do until the last minute? Even more, how many times do you spend the time you were supossed to do something, loosing that time on the internet or other?
This is called procastinate and I consider myself a procastinator. On this video you will understand how a procastinator mind works in a really easy and funny way!!
Hope you enjoy it!!!