Tuesday, February 28, 2017

February 28 is World Tailors Day

  1. World Tailors Day is celebrated on February 28 in honor of Sir William Elias Howe who was the inventor of the sewing machine that used the lock stitch loop method in the year 1845.
  2. Types Of Sewing Machines According to Place Of Use
    1. Industrial Sewing Machine
    2. Home or Domestic Sewing Machine
  3. The motors in the industrial machines have separate components and mounted to the underside of the table. They have usually two types of motors:
    1. Servo motor – These use less electricity and silent when not in use.
    2. Clutch Motor – It always spins even when not in use.
  4. The industrial sewing machines are mainly 4 types according to the design of their arm and needle post. They are:
    1. Flat Bed
    2. Post Bed
    3. Cylinder Bed
    4. Off the arm
  5. The sewing machines also classified according to the functions and facilities available, which are:
    1. Manual Sewing Machine
    2. Electric Sewing Machine
    3. Computerized Sewing machine
    4. Over Locker Sewing Machine
  6. Sewing machines also being divided into 8 types according to their functions means types of stitches they make. These are:
    1. Lockstitch Machine
    2. Overedging machine
    3. Embroidery Machine
    4. Button Holler Machine
    5. Button Attachment Machine
    6. Double Needle Machine
    7. Bar tacking sewing machine
  7. In 1790, the English inventor Thomas Saint invented the first sewing machine design, but he did not successfully advertise or market his invention. His machine was meant to be used on leather and canvas material. 
  8. In 1804, a sewing machine was built by the Englishmen Thomas Stone and James Henderson, and a machine for embroidering was constructed by John Duncan in Scotland.
  9. An Austrian tailor, Josef Madersperger, began developing his first sewing machine in 1807. He presented his first working machine in 1814.
  10. The first practical and widely used sewing machine was invented by Barthélemy Thimonnier, a French tailor, in 1829. His machine sewed straight seams using chain stitch like Saint's model, and in 1830, he signed a contract with Auguste Ferrand, a mining engineer, who made the requisite drawings and submitted a patent application. The patent for his machine was issued on 17 July 1830, and in the same year, he opened (with partners) the first machine-based clothing manufacturing company in the world to create army uniforms for the French Army. However, the factory was burned down, reportedly by workers fearful of losing their livelihood following the issuing of the patent.
  11. The first machine to combine all the disparate elements of the previous half-century of innovation into the modern sewing machine was the device built by English inventor John Fisher in 1844, thus a little earlier than the very similar machines built by the infamous Isaac Merritt Singer in 1851, and the lesser known Elias Howe, in 1845. However, due to the botched filing of Fisher's patent at the Patent Office, he did not receive due recognition for the modern sewing machine in the legal disputations of priority with Singer, and it was Singer who won the benefits of the patent.
  12. Elias Howe, born in Spencer, Massachusetts, created his sewing machine in 1845, using a similar method to Fisher's except that the fabric was held vertically. An important improvement on his machine was to have the needle running away from the point, starting from the eye. After a lengthy stay in England trying to attract interest in his machine, he returned to America to find various people infringing his patent, among them Isaac Merritt Singer. He eventually won a case for patent infringement in 1854, and was awarded the right to claim royalties from the manufacturers using ideas covered by his patent, including Singer.


Monday, February 27, 2017

12 Things About The Revamped Nokia 3310

  1. The original colours such as the midnight blue and grey marvel was also an option in the rebooted Nokia 3310 aside from the additional new colours of bright sunshine yellow and warm orangey red.
  2. The rebooted Nokia 3310 was announced at the Mobile World Congress 2017 held in Barcelona, Spain while the original Nokia 3310 was launched in September 2000.
  3. The launching of the rebooted Nokia 3310 happened alongside the new Nokia smartphones, which are the special edition of the Android-powered Nokia 6, and two midrange Androids, the Nokia 3 and Nokia 5.
  4. The original Nokia 3310 had a swappable and customisable plastic case compared with the rebooted Nokia 3310, which updated its original famous design with more rounded edges, more subtle buttons, and a general smoothing.
  5. The original Nokia 3310 has the legendary game Snake which was also included in the rebooted Nokia 3310, but the Snake game has a weird colour version with updated graphics involving diagonal travelling.
  6. The rebooted Nokia 3310 is still modern but not a smartphone, which only has a 2.5G so that you can still surf the web using Opera Mini browser.
  7. The rebooted Nokia 3310 only has a 2-megapixel camera.
  8. The rebooted Nokia 3310 measures 2.4 inches corner-to-corner.
  9. The rebooted Nokia 3310 has a resolution of 240x320 pixels.
  10. The rebooted Nokia 3310 has a talk time of 22 hours.
  11. The rebooted Nokia 3310 is substantially thinner.
  12. The rebooted Nokia 3310 has a friendly price of 49 euros.


Sunday, February 26, 2017

Panagbenga 12 Interesting Facts

  1. The pronunciation is "Panagbanga" despite having the presence of the letter “e”.
  2. It began as an idea of a lawyer, Damaso E. Bangaoet, Jr., John Hay Poro Point Development Corporation (JPDC) Managing Director for Camp John Hay, who presented to the Board of Directors of JPDC the idea of spearheading the holding of a flower festival in Baguio City. The Board, then led by the Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) Chairman Victor A. Lim and JPDC President Rogelio L. Singson, approved the project immediately. It was also decided that the Festival be held every February when Atty. Bangaoet explained that the weather in February is perfect giving folks a reason to visit Baguio City between Christmas season and Holy Week holidays.
  3. In October 1995, the Baguio Flower Festival acquired an official logo chosen from entries to the Annual Camp John Hay Art Contest with a theme revolving around preserving the environment with a special emphasis on the flowers of the Cordillera. Instead of a complete painting, the distinguished board of judges led by the well-known artist BenCab chose a spray of sunflowers on the corner of the entry submitted by Trisha Tabangin, a student of the Baguio City National High School.
  4. The Festival Hymn composed by Professor Macario Fronda of Saint Louis University was added rhythm and movements of the Bendian Dance, an Ibaloi dance of celebration.The Bendian dance’s circular movements speak of unity and harmony among the members of the tribe – themes that foreshadowed the coming together the various sectors of the community to bring the Flower Festival to life.
  5. First Lady Amelita M. Ramos graciously opened the First Baguio Flower Festival, with the theme of “The Birth of a Tradition.”
  6. The Second Baguio Flower Festival in the year 1996 began with the Festival acquiring a local name: Panagbenga, a Kankanaey (also spelled as Kankana-ey) term meaning “a season for blossoming, a time for flowering”, a name suggested by Ike Picpican, an archivist and curator of the Saint Louis University Museum.
  7. Baguio Flower Festival Foundation (BFFF) was organised to manage the festival.
  8. Panagbenga started for a period of 10 days before, then extended to two weeks, then three, then held for the whole month of February, then finally stretched to five weeks, taking full advantage of the presence of the alumni of the Philippine Military Academy during PMA Week, which is also timed during Valentine's Day.
  9. The Parade and Street Dancing Competition is usually scheduled on the Fourth Saturday of February starting from Session Road up to Melvin Jones Grounds.
  10. The Session Road in Bloom event is usually scheduled starting on the Fourth Monday of February until First Sunday of March.
  11. Grand Float Parade is usually held on the Fourth Sunday of February starting Session Road up to Melvin Jones Grounds.
  12. The theme for 2017 is “Inspired by Beauty, Nurtured by Nature.”



Saturday, February 25, 2017

12 Facts About EDSA Revolution Holiday

Here are some interesting facts on the 31st anniversary of the EDSA revolution happening today, February 25, 2017.

  1. The EDSA revolution was the first non-violent and bloodless revolution.
  2. EDSA symbolized the great Filipino polymath or universal genius Epifanio de los Santos. Prior to being Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA), its previous names were North-South Circumferential Road, Avenida 19 de Junio (June 19 Avenue), and Highway 54 although EDSA is not 54 kilometres long, but only 24.
  3. The EDSA Shrine or the Mary Queen of Peace Shrine constructed and completed three years after the revolution is a thanksgiving honour to the Virgin Mary for the peaceful EDSA revolution.
  4. Jim Paredes composed "Handog ng Pilipino sa Mundo" two months after the revolution.
  5. There were two inaugurations during February 25, 1986 including Marcos’ inauguration in Malacañang and Aquino’s inauguration in Club Filipino.
  6. Bayan Ko” and “Magkaisa” are among the iconic songs during EDSA Revolution with the latter composed by now senator Vicente Sotto and sung by Virna Lisa Loberiza.
  7. The only radio station covering the events was Radio Veritas with other government-owned stations did not do.
  8. Yellow has been the colour of the revolution since the assassination of Ninoy Aquino, and “Tie a Yellow Ribbon” was Ninoy’s comeback song.
  9. The L hand symbol which was done by extending the thumb and the index finger pointing up which has a meaning of "Laban" or "to fight" was the eminent hand gesture of protesters during the revolution.
  10. Corazon Aquino became the 11th and the first female president of the Philippines after Marcos and his family departed the country for exile in Hawaii.
  11. The jumping of Fidel Ramos while announcing to the crowd the news that Marcos had already abandoned the palace is still symbolic in EDSA celebrations.
  12. The 31st anniversary today, February 25, 2017, will be the first simplest celebration of the holiday with a thematic "moving on” commemoration.


Friday, February 24, 2017

12 Quotes Of Steve Jobs

In remembering Steve Jobs who was born today, here are some famous quotes of the famous man who revolutionized Apple technology especially the iPhone.
  • ·         “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”
  • ·         “Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.”
  • ·          “I think the things you regret most in life are the things you didn’t do.”
  • ·          “That’s been one of my mantras – focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex.”
  • ·         “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”
  • ·         “Details matter, it’s worth waiting to get it right.”
  • ·         “Sometimes life is going to hit you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.”
  • ·         “Deciding what not to do is as important as deciding what to do.”
  • ·         “If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time.”
  • ·         “Let’s go invent tomorrow instead of worrying about what happened yesterday.”
  • ·         “Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking.”
  • ·         “Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.”


Thursday, February 23, 2017

12th Best American President

Based on the new poll of historians created by C-SPAN, the former American president, Barack Obama, was ranked number 12.

Screenshot of the results of C-SPAN Presidential Historians Survey 2017
You can check out the whole survey at: C-SPAN Presidential Historians Survey 2017



Wednesday, February 22, 2017

President Duterte's 12 Trips Abroad From Day One

Here are the countries that President Duterte visited as of February 21, 2017, since the day he became the head of the nation. His visits gained foreign investments amounting to almost US$ 5.85 billion and positive opportunities reaching to 350,000 jobs. The costs of his foreign trips have reached to Php 277 million.

He visited the following countries in 2016:

  • Laos
  • Indonesia
  • Vietnam
  • Brunei
  • China
  • Japan
  • Thailand
  • Malaysia
  • Peru
  • New Zealand
  • Cambodia
  • Singapore


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

12 Environmentalists Died Already

The following is the list of 12 environmental advocates who were killed as of February 21, 2017 under the Duterte presidency.

  • July 1, 2016 - Gloria Capitan (Lucanin, Mariveles, Bataan)
  • July 30, 2016 - Makinit Gayoran (Kawayan, San Fernando, Bukidnon)
  • September 8, 2016 - Ariel Diaz (Delfin Abano, Isabela)
  • September 13, 2016 - Rita Gascon (Barangay Lanao Kuran, Arakan, North Cotabato)
  • September 13, 2016 - Norberto Gascon (Barangay Lanao Kuran, Arakan, North Cotabato)
  • October 10, 2016 - Jimmy Saypan (Barangay Nan, Compostela, Compostela Valley)
  • October 13, 2016 - Joselito Pasaporte (Mabini, Compostela Valley)
  • January 5, 2017 - Datu Vennie Diamante (Sitio Lambusong, Barangay Puti Norallah, South Cotabato)
  • January 7, 2017 - Mario Contaoi (Barangay San Ramon, Magsingal, Ilocos Sur)
  • January 20, 2017 - Veronico Lapsay Delamente (Punta Naga, Barangay Caagdianao, Claver, Surigao del Norte)
  • February 2, 2017 - Renato Anglao (Crossing Busco, Quezon, Bukidnon)
  • February 15, 2017 - Mia Manuelita Cumba Mascariñas-Green (Purok Dos, Zamora Street, Dao, Barangay San Isidro, Tagbilaran City, Bohol)


Monday, February 20, 2017

The Day of the Heavenly Hundred Heroes

  1. President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko signed a Decree on 11 February 2015 "On the Tribute to the Feat of the Participants of the Revolution of Dignity and the Commemoration of the Heavenly Hundred Heroes".
  2. Heavenly Hundred is a collective name given to the civil protesters who participated and bore the ideas of Euromaidan in Ukraine (the Revolution of Dignity) in December 2013 - February 2014.
  3. At the end of February 2014, protest rallies in the center of Kyiv ended with nearly one hundred activists being shot to death.
  4. On February 20, 2014, the Russian Federation violated Ukraine’s sovereignty, international laws and global security by invading its neighbour with unmarked masked “green men” with high tech weaponry.
  5. Dr. Olha Bohomolets, one of the attending physicians to 12 fatal gunshot victims at Ukraine Hotel, said that the victims were shot with high-precision rifles and powerful ammunition that broke their bones.
  6. Euromaidan was a wave of demonstrations and civil unrest in Ukraine, which began on the night of 21 November 2013 with public protests in Maidan Nezalezhnosti ("Independence Square") in Kiev, demanding closer European integration, calls for the resignation of President Viktor Yanukovych and his government and these protests led to the 2014 Ukrainian revolution.
  7. The first deaths occurred on Unity Day, 22 January 2014, during riots on Hrushevskoho Street in Kiev, where 3 Euromaidan activists were shot dead.
  8. 20 February 2014 was the bloodiest day of the clashes with at least 21 anti-government protesters being killed. with the final death toll reaching to 103 protesters and 13 police.
  9. On February 23, 2014, in Poltava former monument of Lenin, which was taken down couple of days prior on February 21, its pedestal was converted into "monument of the Maidan Heroes".
  10. On April 13, 2014, in hamlet Buda, Chyhyryn Raion (vicinity of historical Cold Ravine) was installed a monument to "the Heavenly Hundred".
  11. On May 6, 2014, in Dubno was consecrated a commemorative landmark to "the Heavenly Hundred".
  12. On September 21, 2015, outside of Chicago in Bloomingdale, Illinois was opened a monument commemorating the people perished during the Euromaidan.



Sunday, February 19, 2017

2017 NBA All-Star Game

  1. The 2017 NBA All-Star Game, an exhibition basketball game that played on 19 February 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana at the Smoothie King Center.
  2. It was the 66th edition of the NBA All-Star Game event. 
  3. The West won the 2017 NBA All-Star Game, 192-182. 
  4. The MVP of the game was Anthony Davis, who scored 52 points, the most ever scored by a player in an All-Star Game. 
  5. It was initially planned to be held at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, home of the Charlotte Hornets. 
  6. If the game had remained in Charlotte, it would have been the second time that Charlotte hosted the All-Star Game. 
  7. The rosters for the All-Star Game are selected through a voting process. 
  8. The starters for the first time are chosen by not only the fans, but also by the media and current NBA players. Fans make up 50% of the vote, and NBA players and media each comprise 25% of the vote. 
  9. The Golden State Warriors had the best record in the Western Conference, therefore making Steve Kerr the Western Conference head coach.
  10. Brad Stevens, coach of the Boston Celtics, will be the head coach for the Eastern Conference team. 
  11. On 19 August 2016, the NBA chose the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, home of the New Orleans Pelicans to host the All-Star Game, after it was pulled out of Charlotte because of the controversy surrounding North Carolina's "bathroom bill", better known as HB2.
  12. The 2017 NBA All-Star Game is the first major sporting event in the United States to be relocated for political reasons since 1990.