Have you read a book lately?


(Warning: this is a free-writing kind of post)

I finished four books throughout this week. It’s not that I want to brag. It’s because of a special project: to encourage my fellow brothers to read.

My appointment as the library committee chairperson

Two months ago, I was appointed as the head of the library committee. It’s not because I am the most qualified but because there’s only two persons to choose from including myself. We don’t even have a librarian. During our initial meeting, I asserted my desire to acquire books. It’s actually strange that in the previous years, the funds for the library in book acquisition are untouched. I want my confreres to read that I bought books that I don’t prefer to read. Some fellow young brothers are even cynical of my project. But it’s okay; I’ll just feed the readers more motivation to read: purchase what they want to read.

How I developed the habit of reading?

I’m a late bloomer when it comes to reading. I started the habit when I was a senior high school student. And the secret to start the habit is just to start reading. What I did is to just begin with the books that I like: chess. The same goes for my confreres: give them the books they like. Continue reading

Trese Book Reviews

I bought the 4 volumes of Trese. I highly recommend this local comic series. I know I’m not good in writing book reviews so I’ll just put here a link log of different book reviews about Trese. I picked five good book reviews and it’s up to you to decide whether you’ll like it or not.

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The Small World Experiment

Once, I asked myself: “How small is the world?” Before I came up with an answer, I thought “Why not ask how ‘big’ is the world?” Maybe it depends on what manner you measure the world.

In The Tipping Point, it mentioned the idea of six degrees of separation. This concept was defined in Wikipedia and it states that everyone is on average approximately six steps away from any other person on Earth, so that a chain of, “a friend of a friend” statements can be made, on average, to connect any two people in six steps or fewer. 

To explain the six steps, one step or degree would mean your friend whom you have known firsthand and personally. The second step would be a friend whom you have known through a common friend, whom you have known firsthand and personally; or a friend of a friend. Then the third step would be a friend of a friend of a friend, and so on until you reach the six steps.

The Tipping Point was written by Malcolm Gladwell, a best-selling author of books such as Blink, and Outliers. 

The Tipping Point

In the book, it mentioned the study of Stanley Milgram about his study called the small world experiment. In the study, they tracked chains of acquaintances in the United States by sending several packages to 160 random people living in Omaha, Nebraska, and asking them to forward the package to a friend or acquaintance who they thought would bring the package closer to a set final individual, a stockbroker from Boston, Massachusetts. It has been concluded that people in the United States are separated by about six people on average.

Six Degrees of Separation