You can’t expect to look like a million bucks

You can’t expect to look like a million bucks, when you eat from the dollar menu.

– Unknown

It’s a shame that market economies have allowed meat and dairy and generally shit food to become the cheapest around, through questionable, immoral and inhumane practices, so that the poorest become the unhealthiest.

Recommended watching: Food, Inc.

There’s a lot to be said for the health and environmental benefits of a more plant-centric diet, even if you don’t go completely vegan. Just try and do it a bit more often.

Making it Easier to Understand Science

If you, like 98% of other students at school, had trouble understanding science and its dry and matter-of-fact teaching resources when you were younger, Tyler DeWitt’s array of YouTube videos are a refreshing take on the basic principles of science. If only every science teacher took his approach…

I fully plan to teach my daughter using his videos if they’re still around when that times comes, or in a similar fashion if not. My drawing skills aren’t quite as good as his though!

When vegetarianism/veganism sounds good, but frightening

Weekday vegetarianism/veganism is a great way to massively reduce your meat/animal product intake, while still not shutting it out of your life completely, to help make the transition much easier.

Vegetarianism and veganism seem to be seeing an uptick in support, at least from where I’m standing. And the reasons are numerous: from animal cruelty, to environmental concerns and health benefits, there’s many reasons to take up veganism or vegetarianism.

But, taking the plunge can be a bit hard. “So this is the last piece of cheese I’m ever going to eat…?” However, by becoming a weekday vegetarian or vegan still drops your animal product/meat consumption by about 70%, which has massive health, moral and environmental benefits, while still allowing you to eat your vices at the weekend. This video is a great watch if you’ve ever considered vegetarianism/veganism. Continue reading “When vegetarianism/veganism sounds good, but frightening”

Need a free Google Apps account?

Even though Google Apps no longer officially offers free Google Apps accounts, you can still get a free Google Apps account for a single user.

Using this little trick, even though Google Apps no longer officially offers free Google Apps accounts, you can still get a free Google Apps account for a single user. So if you got yourself a personalised domain and you just want to use it with a single email address, then this is perfect.

My long road to becoming a licensed Professional Engineer

Becoming a Professional Engineer in the States is quite difficult for foreigners, particularly in Florida. Thanks to the state of Texas, I was able to become a PE in Florida and this is my story of how I did it.

I studied Civil Engineering at the University of Brighton having been born and bred in Brighton. As is standard in the UK I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in three years.

While I was at university I met and fell in love with an American who lived in Florida (her name is Marti by the way). Since I was a little more easy-going than her I made the trek to the US rather than the other way around so I now found myself, recently graduated, living in the States.

Work permit and green card issues aside I finally got a job working as a Civil Engineer with Black & Veatch. It wasn’t long before I started investigating what needed to be done to become a professional engineer in Florida. After all, in order to get anywhere in your career it’s somewhat expected/required (as is becoming Chartered in the UK).

As I have a foreign degree the Florida Board of Professional Engineers makes you get your education evaluated, which as I recall, cost about $250. It required getting my university and even my A-level exam boards to send transcripts of all my results directly to the evaluator (they cannot come through you). Several weeks later, I got a letter from them describing all the courses I had taken and how they compare to an ABET degree, which requires 32 credit hours in higher mathematics and basic sciences, 48 credit hours in engineering science and engineering design, and 16 hours in humanities and social sciences.

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