Author Archives: Headmistress

Is it just me?

Don’t eat food if a fly lands on it, as they carry more dangerous bacteria than previously thought, warn scientists… My first thought when I read this wasn’t “Oh, no, throw out more food!” It was, “Wow. The human immune system is even more incredible than I realized.” My second thought is, “Who can afford […]

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Response

Three commercials to whiten skin

(Puti means white) This is just a sampling of the type of beauty product advertising we see here regularly, and I don’t even have a television. A while back the twitterverse was having a meltdown over an alleged beauty product commercial which supposedly valued white skin over dark. As it turned out the outrage was […]

Posted in Davao Diary | 2 Responses

Eating at the kerenderia

This is bangus, a really delicious fish.  We have it at least once a week at home, and sometimes for lunch as well. The above meat was a bit of a mystery.  The lady at the kerenderia told me it was pork but she couldn’t think of the right English word to tell me more […]

Posted in Davao Diary, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Western Assumption: Kids Need Their Own Room

If you’ve read here very long at all, you already know that this is not a western assumption I share or value, and I have mentioned before how strangely ingrained it is.  I don’t mind so much that some parents *want* their kids to have their own room(s).  What I strongly object to is the […]

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Turing Machine

What is a Turing machine? “A Turing machine is an idealised computing device consisting of a read/write head (or ‘scanner’) with a paper tape passing through it. The tape is divided into squares, each square bearing a single symbol–‘0’ or ‘1’, for example. This tape is the machine’s general purpose storage medium, serving both as […]

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment


  • The Common Room on Facebook

  • Amazon: Buy our Kindle Books

  • Search Amazon


    Try Audible and Get Two Free Audiobooks

  • Brainy Fridays Recommends: