South Korea’s gender problem could lead to an existential crisis

It’s scary.

Another thing that could help is immigration. Lots of people — mostly women — from countries like China and the Philippines are moving to South Korea for marriage, to the point that the number of mixed ethnic families grew 700% from 2006 to 2014.

By 2030, it’s estimated that 10% of the population will be made up of foreign-born families, compared with a little over 2% today. This means huge changes in cultural norms for a society where being “pure-blood” Korean has long been a praise-worthy trait.

Source: South Korea’s gender problem could lead to an existential crisis

Eye-openers at SWS Survey Review | Inquirer Opinion

The second eye-opener in Mangahas’ Survey Review is what I learned about the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) and the people’s reaction to it. For example: The survey shows that Catholics know the least about the proposed law—only 13 percent have either extensive or partial but sufficient knowledge of it. This, compared to 19 percent of other Christians, 27 percent of Iglesia ni Cristo, and, not surprisingly, 58 percent of Muslims.Moreover, approval of the BBL is related to knowledge about it. Among those who have extensive knowledge, the approval rating is 64 percent. With partial but sufficient knowledge, the approval drops to 41 percent. For those with little knowledge, the approval drops further to 24 percent, and for those with almost none, the approval rating is only 11 percent.

Source: Eye-openers at SWS Survey Review | Inquirer Opinion


I guessed as much. Most people with issues against the BBL are the ones who have not read the law. The right reaction would be to find the weaknesses and try to make clear the vague parts.

What Big Data Tools Do Java Developers Use? – DZone Big Data

Here comes another post on publishing the results of the Java survey I ran recently where I asked developers on tools/frameworks they used in the last 12 months. Respondants had the option to choose from a predefined list of options or select Others and provide their own choice. In this post we’ll be covering Big Data tools. If you haven’t seen the previous posts on the Java survey, here’s the list of topics covered in it: Languages Web Frameworks Application Servers Data Access Tools for SQL SQL Database

Source: What Big Data Tools Do Java Developers Use? – DZone Big Data


The struggle is real. The struggle to keep current in technology is a never ending and frankly a losing battle but it is what it is. For people who love to create, to design, to implement this is not a struggle but more of a frustration that what we design is almost never the best but a half approximation of the best. Not for lack of trying but for lack of time to study everything.


Hope to go through these series of post.

I engineered my career to give me the adventurous life I always wanted – Quartz

The problem with the “Work hard play hard” mindsetOne of the most bizarre parts about going to law school is that you and most your friends go from starving students to well-off lawyers basically overnight. When I was working for the law firm, I was making enough money to do whatever recreational activities I wanted. I ate at the trendy new restaurants in DC, drank all the specialty cocktails I could handle, and never turned down the opportunity to show up an hour late to some concert as the loser still wearing business-casual attire. It turns out that “work hard, play hard” is a horribly inefficient way to get enjoyment out of life. I was living the classic “work hard play hard” lifestyle. But it turns out that’s a horribly inefficient way to get enjoyment out of life. Unless you truly love your job, the “work hard” part means you’re losing out on a lot of time when you could be doing something you care about. And the “play hard” part winds up feeling empty, because you’re trying to compensate for all that lost time.Once I started focusing on the question of how I wanted to spend time, and with whom, the answers unfolded naturally. While I was on my road trip, a friend from college asked if I wanted to help him get some chocolate made as holiday gifts for our friends and family. Neither of us knew anything about chocolate. But we wanted to go to Nicaragua. It seemed like as good a reason as any to go explore the jungle down there.

Source: I engineered my career to give me the adventurous life I always wanted – Quartz


Recent information suggests that I may have to find the strength to do what this guy did.

The Dado Banatao Story


Banatao was born on May 23, 1946 in Malabbac, Iguig, Cagayan, Philippines. His father, Salvador Banatao, was a rice farmer. His mother, Rosita Banatao, was a housekeeper.[2]

Banatao is known for his rags to riches story. During his childhood, he walked barefoot on a dirt road just to reach Malabbac Elementary School. He pursued his secondary education at the Jesuit-run Ateneo de Tuguegarao. After high school, he pursued hisBachelor of Science in Electric Engineering from the Mapúa Institute of Technology and graduated cum laude.[4][5]

After college, he turned down several job offers, including one from Meralco. He joined Philippine Airlines as a trainee pilot, and was later pirated by Boeing. At Boeing, he worked as a design engineer for the company’s new commercial airliner and cargo transport aircraft, Boeing 747, in the United States. With the opportunity to stay in the United States, he then took his Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Stanford University and finished in 1972.[2][6] Banatao also joined the Homebrew Computer Club, where he met Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.[7]

After finishing his master’s degree, Banatao worked with different technology companies such as the National Semiconductor,Intersil, and Commodore International where he designed the first single chip, 16-bit microprocessor-based calculator.[2] In 1981, he developed the first 10-Mbit Ethernet CMOS with silicon coupler data-link control and transreceiver chip while working in Seeq Technology. He was also credited for the firstsystem logic chip set for IBM‘s PC-XT and the PC-AT; the local bus concept and the first Windows Graphics accelerator chip for personal computers.[8]

Impress Your Coworkers by Using SQL UNPIVOT!

This is a nice guide on Pivot and UnPivot usage for real problems:


I’ve recently encountered a very interesting question on Stack Overflow by an unnamed user. The question was about generating a table of the following form in Oracle, using a table valued function:

Description   COUNT
TEST1         10 
TEST2         15
TEST3         25
TEST4         50

The logic that should be implemented for the COUNT column is the following:

  • TEST1: count of employees whose sal < 10000
  • TEST2: count of employees whose dept > 10
  • TEST3: count of employees whose hiredate > (SYSDATE-60)
  • TEST4: count of employees whose grade = 1

Challenge accepted!


Source: Impress Your Coworkers by Using SQL UNPIVOT!

Trying To Find The Sweet Spot Where Happiness and Passion Fuse

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