Pocket for notebook

I recently got myself a new organizer (obvious, new year, new organizer) as much as I love it, there was something missing…..

pocket for notebook 1It’s when I opened an old notebook that I realized what it was that I needed: I pocket at the back of my organizer!

Materials needed:

paper – ruler – glue – scissors

I would advise you to use thick paper.

I then remembered a video I saw on how to make to your book:

I made a few modifications to have a “clean edge”:

  • I took a longer piece of paper. To then fold over the edge of  the flaps (the ones which are glued to the side of the pocket we and see)

  • I folded the main piece in such a way that you don’t see the glued side of the pocket.

  • I glued one of the flap on the back of the pocket (the one which is then glued to the book) which is then glued -touching- the book

pocket for notebook 2

You can then do a collage on your pocket. In my case,

I used a simple A4 paper with a width of 16 cm and folded at 12 and 24 cm.

Then I glued two origami paper i thought would go well with the colour of my organizer.

In the end, I also used clear tape to tape the folded areas inside the pocket (so that it wouldn’t stick to the objects in the pocket later on) and at the back of the pocket to hold the flaps in.

Would you add a pocket to your book? If you do, I’d love to see your version of one!

For more information on the paper

Paper grain direction

Soups! How to make a homemade phô

Do you remember in your childhood when your parents, or any adult would have to ‘force’ you to eat soup?

That was my case. Until I grew up, and realised how nutritious and quick to eat soups are! The practicality of a soup, and when you’re in a hurry, there’s all the healthy nutriments you would need in a bowl, or mug.

In my case, I wasn’t a fan of soups until the end of high-school and the beginning of my student life, except for one maybe: Phô.

At Phô 24 (Viet Nam)

It’s a Vietnamese soup. The base is a broth that you let simmer for a long time. In it it’s best to put in the maximum of vegetables, spices and herbs you like to add to the flavour. From there, you add in whatever you like to eat: beef or pork (for example) – cut into thin pieces though, whichever noodles you prefer, etc.

To cook the meat and noodles, it could not be any easier! You simply put in the small pieces of meat in your boiling broth, and wait until it’s cooked. For the noodles, just lest them rest in boiled water for a couple of minutes before adding them for a minute or two in you broth before serving. Then all depends on how you like your noodles 😉

To serve, take your steamy full of flavours and tasty broth with your cooked meat (if you want the meat), noddles, and then add in come lime with a dab of fish sauce, mint and any herbs you enjoy along with freshly shopped shallot or onions. You can also add in fried onions, or/ chopped onion stalk, soy-bean stems, etc…

Now Dig in!

What I love about this kind of soup, is that it’s very light (meet cooked in water, no need of any oil or fat, …) full of different flavours and perfumes, and mostly you can just invent your own variations depending on your taste!

Not only that! But what is great about the different ways food is cooked in Eastern Asian cuisine, is that you end up eating less fat.

Here’s a couple good links I found on how to cut your ingredients Asian style and Vietnamese dishes:

How to cut your Ingredients

Vietnamese recipes

If you’re interested in Asian cuisine, in that case check out my Amalgam of Food page where you’ll get different links to sites I found ‘authentic’. Of course, the best is to back your bags and eat the food locally 🙂

Limitless, Star Trek: Sci-fi movies and their homework – understanding how things work

I love sci-fi movies!

Every time I see that there’s a sci-fi movie coming out, I can’t wait to go to the movies and watch it on that huge screen!

Thing is, with my basic knowledge in physics and science, I can’t help to be desapointed by the lack of scientific accuracy. Right, “it’s sci-fi” so they could do what ever they want as in any fictional story right? But isn’t it best when there’s a minimum of scientific accuracy?

Let’s take two movies I enjoyed and loved watching, but kept having this itchy feeling they didn’t do their homework properly (which can be quite a pickle when there are millions going into the making of the franchise right?): Star Trek and Limitless.

Star Trek (mostly Into the Darkness):

Benedict Cumberbatch, Zachery Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Chris Pine, Simon Pegg (hilarious!!) and the rest of the cast is amazing! However, when one of the fundamental laws of mechanics (Newton’s laws of motion) is broken, that itchy feeling came running through my spine. It’s when the Enterprise broke down and stopped!

For those who do not know what I’m talking about, it’s the first law:

When viewed in an inertial reference frame, an object either is at rest or moves at a constant velocity, unless acted upon by an external force. (source: Wikipedia)

What is an inertial reference frame?

In simple words (or rather as simple as I try to be), it’s an ‘environment’ where time and space is homogeneous and isotope. Makes sense?

What should have happened?

The Enterprise would simply have kept on with its “course”. Otherwise, what they should have done, was, with a certain speed, found themselves gravitating around a moon or planet, or any object with a mass much bigger than theirs (Gravitational law).

So that’s for Star Trek.

Limitless:

Sexy, talented Bradely Cooper and those bright blue dreamy eyes… Just thinking about it makes me want to see the movie again (yes, just for his good looks…).

In the movie, it says that we only use 10% of our cognitive function. It’s a myth. Here’s an article in French which answers the question: Do we only use 10% of our Brain?

Interested in the Brain? How to actually develop your cognitive functions? Check out these articles:

What one needs to know about the brain (National Geographic [FR])

How to exercise your Brain (Psychologies.com [FR])

The Blue Brain Project (EPFL): it’s an attempt to create a synthetic brain using maths, physics and neuroscience. Though their aim is to study the brain’s archtectural and functional principles.

Interested in the project? Here’s a more visual and explicative site on the subject: Blue Brain, a documentary film.

In summary, a brain can be seen like a computer. It has all this potential that an ‘ordinary user’ would only use, let’s say, 20% of its capacity. However, once you know how it works, once you know how to programme for instance, you can use the computer to its maximum potential, and mostly: to your advantage! 😉

The best thing, is that it doesn’t limit itself to science and technology, but anything in general. Once you’ve understood the way it works, you can use it to your own advantage 😉

So what have you thought unfair for instance? Would you be willing to go deeper and understand that system to use it to your advantage? But then think about the ethics, morals, law and your beliefs….

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