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QR Codes in Time and Attendance Applications

QR Codes in Time and Attendance Applications Nowadays, QR Codes or “Quick Response Codes” are ubiquitous. They can be seen everywhere and in myriads of aesthetic variations. However, they exist for one purpose and one purpose alone: data storage. Among others, QR codes contain (1) website URLs that triggers browsers to go to that website; (2) phone numbers and business cards that automatically get stored in mobile phones; and (3) inventory codes that let business owners track and manage assets they own.

A QR Code is easy to read. It does not require any specialized equipment to capture its encoded content. It only needs a computer with a camera attached to it. In this regard, any smart phone, laptop, or tablet with a QR Code reader App can be used. Moreover, QR Codes contain more data than the standard UPC barcodes. Further, and most importantly, QR Codes can be read faster than traditional encoded badges.

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UNCLOS Explained Infographic


A major part of the South China Sea / West Philippine Sea dispute stems from misunderstandings on the definitions of maritime features. These features, as stated in the United Nations Convention on the Laws of the Sea (UNCLOS), determine the extent of Territorial Seas and Exclusive Economic Zones. It follows that countries who ratified the convention are bound by the agreement. It is unfortunate that although shoals, rocks, reefs, islands, and low tide elevations are reported in the press, why they are relevant allude us. Therefore, it is essential that we understand what they are and how they affect the sovereignty and rights of the countries they belong to.

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A Day in the Life: Stress, Brain Rewiring, Self Pleasure, King Leopold’s Ghost, the Philippines, Rubber, and the Congo


If it’s any indication of stress, I am writing more frequently than ever. According to Kelly Lambert, a neuroscientist at the psychology department at Randolph-Macon College, “[W]hen you do meaningful work with your hands, a kind of neurochemical feedback floods your brain with dopamine and serotonin.” These two chemicals induce the brain to feel pleasure and elation. They are aptly called, ‘the pleasure hormones.’ Probably this is why I am so ‘attached’ to hand intensive tasks such as aquaponics, electronics, mechatronics, photography, cooking, painting, and recently, decoupage. It is not a stretch to say that, I am literally pleasuring myself with my hands.

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Lola Ysabel in Red Batik

Music is my response to sadness as painting is to happiness. This work, imperfect and rough as it is, is a step towards rediscovery. Like life, it is not the destination but the journey that counts. So as this painting is an object, the process that created it is the resultant itself. Ultimately, it is an expression of a process – my process.
Lola Ysabel in Red Batik, Sam Galope

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