“Duress, force, fear or intimidation to be available as a defense, must be present imminent and impending and of such a nature as to induce a well-grounded belief or apprehension of death or serious bodily harm if the act is not done. The compulsion must be of such a character as to leave no opportunity to the accused to escape or for self-defense.” (People v. Lorenzo, 130 SCRA 311)


As quoted in The Revised Penal Code, Book I by Jose F. Saño and Justice Artemio G. Tuquero

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The weather feels like it’s getting worse. The winds are blowing stronger. The air feels colder. The night feels darker. The storm that was supposed to arrive next week might just come a wee bit earlier.

But I’m really hoping it won’t. I wouldn’t want to wake up to a gloomy Saturday and feel like staying in bed when it’s the day for our final exam in Criminal Law.

If you are treated as dumb long enough, you’ll soon turn into one.

Now, where did I hear that one from?

I think it’s Narnia. Yup, it must be.

I’m thinking… I’m thinking I’m probably gonna have nightmares tonight because of that gruesome video I was shown this morning. And I don’t deal well with such things as those kinda things usually stick to brains. I can only wish that I could replace them with images of anything beautiful – beautiful landscapes, beautiful oceans, beautiful mountains, all things panoramic – but it’s not like I have any of those beautiful things in my head. It’s not like I’ve been to places.

I just received a message from a classmate telling me to “go to church so that our sins may decrease”. Oh, and that she was on her way to church and greeted us with a “have a blessed Sunday”.

But I, for one, am not headed to church. I’m not exactly sure which church she is headed to but I have a pretty good idea. My mother scolds me for not going to church anymore but I have my reasons. Reasons undeniable they could only be valid. But I never told her because she never asked why. Whenever I say no, she just goes ahead and tells me why it’s a bad thing to not be going to church.

By the way, my legs hurt. It must be from yesterday’ martial arts class. I really thought I was over the hurting part because I haven’t felt like this since the third week. Well, this can’t be good. Not good at all.

And, seeing that I just woke up, I’ma go ahead and prepare breakfast.

The university’s new policy about conducting proctored exams is the furthest from good news for me. Sure, I was expecting it. I’ve read about it in the handbook. And it wouldn’t be much of a problem if I live in a place where adults are online. But it’s not so in my place. So, finding a proctor is gonna be difficult, if not impossible.

Now, how am I supposed to find one?

It’s already the second week and things still aren’t looking up for my courses this term. My initial disappointment over the purely theoretical nature of my course on communications and networking hasn’t been washed away and I don’t think it ever will. In fact, I think it’ll get worse as the VLE seems broken for a bit. (I have my reasons for that – mostly, getting weird mail from the system.)

Statistics isn’t going a nice way either. I don’t know why but everything just feels so slow this time. If this goes on, I might be pacing just well enough and still leave things behind. That doesn’t sound good.

I could only say that the author of our textbook, which happens to be supposedly made for the university, in statistics did not consider the possibility that some UoPeople students might not have enough to afford a Windows XP OS since there are just about no instructions on how to do stuff on Unix-like systems. My computer runs on Ubuntu and the lack of specific instructions requires me to do extra work. Of course, that’s a good thing for me because I learn to do stuff on my own. Still, why must a textbook of a university that relies on open resources be stuck up with Windows XP?

Self-Funded or Self-Interest Studies: A study performed by a person or organization in order to support their claim. Is the study impartial? Read the study carefully to evaluate the work. Do not automatically assume that the study is good but do not automatically assume the study is bad either. Evaluate it on its merits and the work done.

Something that a smart consumer would do especially if ads includes “studies” or “opinion of the common people”.

Makes me say that statistics can come in quite handy every now and then.

From Introduction to Statistical Thinking (With R, Without Calculus) by Benjamin Yakir, The Hebrew University


This life don’t last forever (hold my hand)
So tell me what we’re waiting for (hold my hand)
We’re better off being together (hold my hand)
Than being miserable alone (hold my hand)

Cause I’ve been there before
And you’ve been there before
But together we can be alright
Cause when it gets dark and when it gets cold
We hold each other till we see the sunlight

(So if you just)

Hold my hand
Baby I promise that I’ll do
All I can
Things will get better if you just hold my hand
Nothing can come between us if you just hold,
hold my, hold, hold my, hooold, hold my hand.

I’d sound like a fool, especially to myself, if I said “classic MJ” because I don’t think I’ve heard enough Michael Jackson to be that kinda judge. But I should say that I loved this song even from 2008 – not that I knew back then that it was a leaked version and not a final cut.

But the version they released as final is simply… nice. I wouldn’t say awesome because that song doesn’t have that kinda feel. “Nice” covers it really well. It’s just so hopeful. So peaceful. So calm. Awesome is never calm. So, I pick nice.

Why did I take this long to remember that song again?

Be aware that if an investigator collects data, the data may vary somewhat from the data someone else is taking for the same purpose. This is completely natural. However, if two investigators or more, are taking data from the same source and get very different results, it is time for them to reevaluate their data-collection methods and data recording accuracy.

It’s that thing about accuracy and precision again, huh?

Yup, statistics. Good luck to me.

From Introduction to Statistical Thinking (With R, Without Calculus) by Benjamin Yakir, The Hebrew University

The idea still scares me and I don’t know what but I remembered my Criminal Law professor telling us once about our “true nature”.

See he has a religion. But I don’t know how they interpret things in their church but here’s what he told us, after some preliminaries that eventually lead to that discussion:

“Do you realize what it also means being children of God? Yes, that also makes us gods.”

Honestly, as I said, my initial reaction was that that thought was really scary. I mean, imagine this world where everyone thinks he/she is a god because he/she is a child of God. It’s really scary, isn’t it?

New term. But I should say, I’m a bit disappointed about our course on communications and networking. Syllabus says it’s gonna be mostly theoretical. That’s lame. But what can I do? I had a run-in with it back in high school and a decent hands-on would require at least two computers, network devices – like switches or something, a substantial length of network cable (the world is not yet purely wireless), and pins – whatever they’re actually called – to match the cable. Maybe throw in a tester just to see if you fixed up the pin correctly. It’s not like the university can send us such a learning kit for free.

This book was originally written for a pair of courses in the University of the People. As such, each part was restricted to 8 chapters. Due to lack of space, some important material, especially the concepts of correlation and statistical independence were omitted. In future versions of the book I hope to fill this gap.

Wow. A book written for the UoPeople. I am amazed. Even if it gives somewhat of a handicap to the writer, the “lack of space”, the spark was there. And the UoPeople gave birth to the book.

But it should hardly surprising as the university is already gaining wider acceptance and broader influence. I just hope more people will want to write books for the university. (Textbooks will really do well for students who are not perpetually online.) Not just books for the university but free books open for the world so that everyone who wants to may learn from them.

From Introduction to Statistical Thinking (With R, Without Calculus) by Benjamin Yakir, The Hebrew University

I was looking for music to play when I found Coca-cola’s Open Happiness. I so love that one. Here goes:

(Open up! Go! Grow!)

Well, hello, is this thing on?
Is anybody listening?
A brand new day has begun

The first thing that I wanna do
Make sure that you feel it, too
So I’m not the only one

Come on and lift me up it’s a brand new day!
Open up a little happiness today
So I can be someone (so I can be someone new)

Come on and open up to a better way
Open up a smile on another face
So I can feel something new

Open up, open up some happiness
(Feel something new)
Open up, open up some happiness
(Feel something new)
Open up, open up some happiness
Open up, open up some happiness

*clears throat*
Let me clear my throat
So you can hear clearly every word spoke
Today I woke up
Feeling lovely happiness overflowing knowing somebody loves me
Just think, yesterday I was down and out
Now there’s not a single thing for me to frown about
And the same thing can happen to you
Smiling so hard my mouth look like a capital U

(Yeah) I want the sun to shine
All the time
Is that so much to ask?

(Oh) I wanna have some fund
I want all my friends to come
Cause it’s now or never
Learn the word to sing together

Come on and lift me up it’s a brand new day! (Yeah)
Open up a little happiness today (Alright)
So I can be someone
So I can be someone new

Come on and open up to a better way
Open up a smile on another face
So I can feel something new

Your heart deserves your trust
A choice made by all of us
The sun will come back tomorrow
(So I can be someone new)
There’s a message in a bottle

So, come on, I’ll meet you there
There’s enough sunshine to share
(Sunshine to share)
As long as you know
The bridge between us is a rainbow

Come on and lift me up it’s a brand new day! (Come on, come on)
Open up a little happiness today (Come on)
So I can be someone
So I can be someone new
(So I can feel something new)

Come on and open up to a better way
Open up a smile on another face
So I can feel something new

Open up, open up some happiness
(Feel something new)
Open up, open up some happiness
(Feel something new)
Open up, open up some happiness
Open up, open up some happiness

Where can you find an instructor who asks for participation from his students and, when they try, goes to the board, writes down the IQ formula, and tells them that the way they think makes them have a mental age that is way lower than their chronological age? Where can you find an instructor who flat out tells his students that they’re either idiots, morons, or even imbeciles? Where can you find an instructor who finds curiosity as a sign of mental retardation?

Only in this stupid university that I had to be enrolled in because my mother couldn’t grasp the idea of an online university. (I tried to explain. I couldn’t. It’s difficult. And it doesn’t help that my mother is pretty backwards, quite old and extremely close-minded.)

Oh, I must say, to avoid confusion, although it should be pretty obvious already, I wasn’t talking about the University of the People. I like the instructors there. Most are just passive. I can’t blame them, though. They’re guiding us gratis. But there are some which I can call teachers. They’re the ones who are really responsive and really wears the teacher cap even if we don’t personally see each other. They’re the ones who are really there even if they have other teaching responsibilities offline. I can admire them.