Just a Thought

Think about when you are getting older, weaker, slower.

How many issues you have in your age and your physical state today would still really matter when you are older?

Priorities can change over time.

What seems important today may not be that important later in your life.

So, relax young man…

You can have many things today in your to-do list, but only few are actually essential.

Growth Mindset

Carol Dweck at Google

According to Carol Dweck, there are two kinds of mindset: fixed mindset and growth mindset. People may have more of one kind, or even both in a more balanced proportion.

People with fixed mindset tend to believe that our abilities are ‘fixed’ – hence the term fixed mindset. They believe that one is born either with certain abilities or not. On the other end, people with growth mindset believe that abilities can be developed, and not necessarily exclusive to certain group of people who “have it”.

The good thing about this finding is this: anyone could learn to have a growth mindset, given a supportive condition for nurturing such a mindset and effort.

The above video is the talk given by Carol Dweck at Google, explaining the concept of both fixed and growth mindsets, and how people could apply the principles of ‘mindset in action’ through a Q/A session.

For those interested to get the hard copy of Dr. Dweck’s research on mindset, here’s the link to the book.

The One Thing

What is the one thing you can’t live without?

People have different things in their mind, it could be water, which is essential for any living organisms. One could also say air, for oxygen is also a requirement for our respiration as aerobic living bodies.

For me, more than anything, the answer would be love, in whatever form that takes. Love is what makes life worth-living, and it gives life a sense of purpose.

What about you, fellas? What is the one thing you can’t live without?

3 Great Books for Biogas Plants

At the heart of biogas plants is the biogas itself, and biogas production process involves bacterial consortium to work along with.

How best to deal with the microbial groups is the art of making biogas that is fine in quality and moderate in quantity; which is always a trade-off: high quantity biogas is usually associated with poorer quality, i.e lower methane per mass or volume of substrate digested.

The balance between biogas quantity and quality is really the main concern of biogas production operators – and for this, a bit of science is required.

The following three books give a clear guide to the anaerobic process as a whole, its monitoring and how to tackle problems commonly occur in an upset anaerobic process. I would always recommend these 3 books for anyone interested to dive deeper into Anaerobic Digestion (AD) as I found these books to be so useful in my day to day experience working on anaerobic process.

Without further ado, here they are:

Those books—along with thorough field observation—would be sufficient to run a balanced and well-maintained process. I can assure you that these books would make you a more knowledgeable personel in this particular field. 😉

Bacteria Do Talk!

Well, they are using the so-called ‘chemical words’, which are specific chemicals for specific purposes. So, different chemicals for counting bacterial population and for launching an attack. This finding is a real breakthrough, for scientists can then manipulate these ‘words’ for medication, for instance.

How does such communication actually happen? Listen to Professor Bonnie Bassler of Princeton University in her 2009 TED talk below: