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Facts about El Salvador I want to remember forever

Blog, El Salvador, Estudio, Investigation

What I love about facts is you can’t have an opinion about them. Facts exist or don’t. But you can’t tag a fact as good or bad.

I went with my family to celebrate El Salvador’s independency. The tradition is to attend the several parades happening that day. But we were so late that we only got to the army parade.

As I was standing there watching them using those vehicles, I was just thinking about how they feel and how proud they are to serve and protect our country, since that’s the purpose of joining the army. Also, I thought about how much of the people don’t respect their jobs or at least, their tools. I know it was a parade, but people were walking in front of these cars without thinking these are actually weapons, not toys to walk in front of them like it isn’t a big deal. And then, I remember that these weapons are used at war.

To be honest, I didn’t know what to feel about this. I didn’t know if I should be proud, concerned or annoyed but then I realized war happened. My opinion or my feelings don’t change that. War is a fact. War is a part of El Salvador’s history.

When you’re starting a relationship, you don’t care about the past, you start building from the now and so on. But you respect the story of your significant other. You take the time to listen, knowing that you can’t change a thing about them in the past but that they’re giving you the opportunity to work in their future.

That’s exactly how I feel about this detail. Maybe it’s ok to not have an opinion about politics or social sciences or war about my country, maybe it’s for the best to just study the past, accept it and work forward.

It seems like people nowadays NEED to have an opinion about everything but if everyone’s giving their opinion, who’s actually building the history? It seems we take so much time analyzing opinions and not looking for facts to build the future. And what’s worse, when someone famous gives their opinion, we give an opinion about them, personally, and not about their opinion, and it just become a never ending game.

But opinions don’t last. As a matter of fact, the same person can change their opinion in days or minutes. What lasts are facts, because facts exist or don’t. People who study history and write history books, look for facts, not opinions. Facts make a country the way it is. That is why I’m taking the time to find facts about El Salvador I want to remember forever. 

Facts about El Salvador I want to remember forever.

  1. About 20,000 years ago, the Fonseca gulf had volcanos but now, we can only see the top of those volcanos, which are our islands.
  2. The Ilopango and Coatepeque lakes were once volcanos, the base of the volcanos. Both had massive eruptions destroying the actual volcano. Rain was responsible to fill those hollows to be the lakes we now know.
  3.  A tsunami reached El Salvador on February 15th, 1902 and it caused the death of 185 salvadorans.
  4. The Izalco volcano has been, historically, the most active in El Salvador for almost 2 centuries. Its activity stopped in 1966, the same year a hotel was opened in front of the volcano with touristic purposes due to its constant spectacule.
  5. El Salvador has two no-shadow days per year (April 26th and August 18th), which means at noon, no object projects a shadow. This happens because the Sun is at its highest point over our country.
  6. Balsam recin is the only commercially valuable forest product El Salvador exports. Its extracted from the Balsam Coast in Sonsonate.
  7. Petacones cheese has a nice and distinctive flavor and odor. This effect comes from a palm grove better known as Royal Coyol (Acrocomia vinifera). Royal Coyol grows a fruit and when it’s on point, it’s given to the cattle and that’s how the Petacones cheese gets its distinctive flavor and odor from a palm grove.
  8. The Lempa River’s name comes from the indigenous term “atlempa”. Atl is for water. Tlenti is for lips or shoreline/border. Pa is for in. Atlempa altogether means “in the border of water” or at the water’s edge. Then, it lost the prefix to what we now know: Lempa = water’s edge. What’s more interesting, the Lempa River used to be a natural border between autoctone indigenous populations – Lenca and Pipil – during the Conquest and the Colony.
  9. The Güija Lake is 20 meters deep. At the bottom of the Güija Lake are aboriginal ancient cities.
  10. The Civil War (1979-1992) happened in 7 states (of 14): Cabañas, San Vicente, Cuscatlán, Chalatenango, Usulután, Morazán and San Miguel.

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I found these facts in the first 87 pages of the Encyclopedia of El Salvador. ❤
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Website analytics for humans. What all those numbers mean?

Estudio

When you’re looking at your website analytics, there’s more to look at than visits. It might be scary to even think to visit your WordPress stats at first but I assure you behind those numbers are people just like you and me.

I hope I can help you read your own stats in human language so you can understand better the humans behind your stats.

When you’re writing on a WordPress blog hosted at WordPress, you have the stats built in. It means, you get to see your numbers since day 1. If you’re hosting your WordPress blog elsewhere, you can add the Jetpack plugin and get the data as we all do here.

There are 2 places where you can see your data. You can see it at wordpress.com/stats or at My Sites > WP Admin > Stats. But I recommend you highly to go to the first address because is more user friendly, it’s cleaner and easier to understand.

Understanding your data is primordial. There’s a lot that can happen from there. You can see if your ideas are working, if your work is being read and more important, if you didn’t know what to write about for certain and started publishing to see what happens, by learning your stats the right way, you can have your answer.

I’m gonna focus on a WordPress.com blog again, because this is the platform I use. If you use a WordPress.org blog + the Jetpack plugin, please, visit the stats in the right direction. If you’re using Google Analytics, there might be some things that you can’t see on your screen or there might be a lot of things you’re seeing on you’re screen that I won’t mention here. Don’t panic. Stay with the basic and look deeper into your own stats. 

So, visit wordpress.com/stats and see your WordPress stats. Admire the numbers your work has made so far and let’s get into it!

We’re only gonna focus on the right column.

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You’ll see a rectangle with 5 words: Insights, Days, Weeks, Months, Years. These are tabs, basically. When you click on one or another, you’ll see different numbers. By default, when you visit your stats through the link I gave you (worpdress.com/stats), you’ll get the days tab. And you’ll be seeing the current day stats.

The second rectangle is a bar chart where you can see your visits/visitors from the last 30 days. The orange color shows your current day (it’s set by default to today but if you want to know the stats of three days ago, click the bar from three days ago and that’s the one that’ll turn orange). The difference between visits and visitors is that visitors are people and visits are the number of times they loaded one of your pages. See? Stats are more than visits. If you’re talking in your blog to people, I think you’ll pay more attention to the visitors number than the visits.

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Right down the bar chart, you’ll see four words: visits, visitors, likes, comments. Every time you click one of these words, the bar chart is segmented to the word you chose. If you want to have a clear panoramic of how the visitors had been looking at your work, just clic the visitors word and, since you’re still in the day tab, you’ll see the numbers of your visitors for the last 30 days. One bar represents each day and the orange one is the current day.

Below this main bar chart, you’ll find another sections showing the stats for the day. These sections are: Post & Pages, Countries, Referrers, Clicks, Authors, Search Terms and Video.

Post & Pages show the most popular posts and pages of your site in the defined period. As we haven’t moved from the Day tab, this section will list the most popular posts and pages of the current day with its own views. This section is important because you can find what’s resonating with your audience.

I found out something funny, my popular posts and pages are from different categories, talk about different stuff and there’s no common topic in any of it. But, after study, really study every single one popular post and page found out that most of you really liked my super complete long articles. And that gave me some kind of direction (and also permission to not post every day to work in long depth articles).

Try to study to see what really resonates with your audience in this section or found another way to use it that’s helpful to you. These are YOUR stats, you created these numbers with your work, you can create better conclusions.

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Countries show you where your visitors come from. It seems like a vanity stat but it’s not. With this section you could study the language of your platform or, if you’re writing a travel blog, maybe write a guide o special places of the countries that are visiting you.

The countries section helped me a lot of finally making the decision to make this a bilingual blog. I had a lot of spanish readers but every once in a while saw another country taking an yellow color in my map. As I started writing english posts, I saw how those yellow colored countries began to turn orange (the more intense the color, the more visits you have from that specific country). This way I knew turning my blog into a bilingual one was the way to go.

Again, this section can mean another thing to you, just study your stats and get your own conclusions.

Referrers show where your visitors come from. But this is not about countries anymore, this is about sites. How did they find your site? I cannot emphatize this section enough.

If you’re doing a good job, you’ll see here several search engines (like Google, Bing and Yahoo!) and if you’re doing a great job, you’ll find some bloggers out there are sharing your blog and if you’re doing an outstanding job, you’ll see social media sites here, meaning that people who read your stuff are sharing it on their profiles and their audience is clicking to read you. But if you’re doing a beyond the sky amazing job, you’ll see all three and maybe more.

If you can study where your visitors came from, it will give you more ideas of where more potential readers could be. You need to know where your readers come from. And also, where they’re going when they left your site.

Clicks is the section that shows you where your visitors go when they left your site. This is also very important because if you know where they’re going, you know what they’re looking for. I need to be clear here and say this section only shows the clicks that are made to get out of your site. If you linked to another blogpost or if you put a popular posts widget on your sidebar and a visitor clicks it, it will not show here, or anywhere in the WordPress stats. This section only shows the clics that made people go away from your site.

Authors is the section where you can see how many posts per author had been written. This is specially helpful if you have a collaborative blog. As you can see, I’m the only one writing here, so, this section is indifferent for me.

Search Terms is another section that is very very important. This could help you to actually know what was the urgency of the visitor who found you. Maybe, if you wrote about this urgency in a very short way and barely touched the subject and you see that very topic in this section, you might want to reconsider editing that post or write another more deepening post about it.

The search terms are super important because this tells you how somebody who didn’t know about your existence and didn’t have a direct link for your site actually found you and chose to visit you.

Video shows how many reproductions your video hosted at WordPress had, but, as you can see, I host my videos on my Youtube account so I can’t really see how this section works because I have it blank.

If you visit the other tabs, the ones in the first rectangle, you’ll get the same exact sections we just study. Obviously, the numbers will change, you’ll get to see more numbers and more patterns when you’re numbers accumulate in larger periods.

Do you want me to be honest about this? Don’t loose so much time on the days or weeks tabs, unless you’re looking for something specific (like one day of promotions or what happened to that lovely christmas post or so), study your numbers with the months and years tab. You’ll get to have more clear messages from your audience when you take the time to study a larger period.

And if you are patient enough to keep blogging for a full year, assuming you started on January because we, humans, like to start things on January, WordPress will send you a really pretty infographic at the end of every year so you can admire your work and give yourself a little pat on the back. Seriously, this summary is so pretty, you should keep blogging for more than a year.

WOWOWOW! Wait a minute, Katherine! What about the Insights tab?

Well, that’s my favorite. The insights page has other type of data but it’s shown in an human way, so you just can look at it and take action. You can see your activity, your best hour to post, the activity your last post had, etc.

The insights page is the best way to get a full picture of your current work. And the resume at the end of the year is the best way to get the big picture of your whole year work. Which is amazing to remind ourselves that we, in fact, did work the last 365 days.

The insight pages has different sections: Posting activity, most popular day and hour, all time posts, time and visitors, today’s stats, latest post summary, comments, followers, tags & categories, publicize.

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Posting activity shows in a very graphic way the amount of published posts in the last year! Every square is a day and every column is a week. Every bunch is a month and the more intense the color, the more posts were published that day! Are you aiming for consistency? This is the right section for you. If you intended to write 1 post per day the whole year, you’ll be able to see that here. If you have a writing day and published 3 posts every thursday, you’ll be able to see a straight horizontal line of dark blue squares on this section.

As you can see, I started publishing one article per day on January (because I’m a human and I like to start things on January, hahaha) but then analyze my popular posts and realized you’re really into my super long articles, so I step back a little and started publishing weekly, instead.

But, please, don’t stay with my conclusions for your own site. Really try to find the message your own audience is telling you and build a plan based on that!

Most popular day and hour shows the best hours in your blog. But this is a number that you really didn’t work for. You just happen to track that number and have it there. While you can’t do anything to change it, you might try having something new posted one hour before that time and day for the next week. Just to see what happens.

For example, if your best hour happens to be Monday at 2pm, try to publish something new on Monday at 1pm. That way, if stats are correct, you might be waiting new visitors at 2pm and have something new for them.

All time posts, time and visitors tells you the summary of all of your work. This is one of my favorites, too! This will help you realize that, in fact, you’re doing something amazing. If you have the feeling that you don’t do anything and time goes by and you achieve nothing, this section will help you realize you’re wrong. It will tell you how many posts have you published, how many of your pages are being visited, how many people read your work and it also will tell you what days you got the more visits ever!

Maybe you’ll want to check that day specifically on the days tab to see what did you do different on that day and try to replicate it to get more visits some day soon, huh?

Today’s stats is the resume of the bar chart we saw at the Days tab. You can access directly to that chart clicking on the icon on the upper-right corner.

Latest post summary is a cool way to see quickly what’s been happening with your last published post. Basically, it will tell you how many views, likes and comments has had. But, as you know, I highly recommend not to stress about quickly numbers and go for the long run.

Comments don’t show the comments on your blog but shows who has commented the most and also shows a list with the most commented posts. This is very helpful to realize who are your more loyal and active readers. I don’t know about you, but I think it will be a kind gesture to treat the first 10 people on this list as VIP members of your site. Gift them a little something like your last ebook or consider to send a postcard in the holidays. Again, this whole stats conclusions are up to you and only you!

Followers, no surprises here, shows you the last followers your site has got. If you’re a WordPress.com user then, you’ll get to see the WordPress followers and the email followers. If you’re a WordPress.org user, you’ll get to see the email followers only. These people subscribed to your site and are willing to get every single post you publish in the future. Every time you hesitate about doing something, think there are people waiting to hear from you! Keep it going!

Tags & categories, contrary to the belief, don’t show the most used tags and categories. Tags & categories section shows the most viewed categories and tags! This is also very important for analysis purposes. If you took the time to categorize and tag all your posts, you get to see what’s really resonating with your audience.

For example, if you published about salvadoran food and salvadoran recipes and tagged them correctly, you’ll see what’s better for your audience. If salvadoran recipes are the most viewed, maybe you want to keep sharing recipes or start making videos while you cook. Again, the conclusions are yours and you get to decide what to do when you find out what your data means.

Publicize shows the social media sites that automatically update with a link to your more recent post when you click the publish button.

I bet you have a clearer vision on what’s happening in your site right now. And maybe, you already have a few ideas to pursue your goals thanks to the analysis you did on your own site.

But let me remind you something, you still can crossover some sections to have even more data. For example, publicize and referrers, likes and visits, followers and visitors, categories and search engines. If these grow at the same levels, you have found more patterns to study on your site!

I just want you to know something before I go for this day. None of these conclusions, data, patterns or numbers happen without work. If you don’t put something out first, you’ll have no data to analyze. You need to start writing and publishing so you can be able to analyze and repeat to grow. So don’t hesitate about it and start publishing!

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La primera canción en el planeta

Estudio, Investigation, Project, Social Media, Videos

La respuesta: Feliz cumpleaños.

La pregunta: ¿Cuál fue la primera canción en el planeta que fue escuchada jamás?

Esto no parece posible. La canción “Feliz Cumpleaños” data apenas de 1893 y aún entonces tenía distintas palabras. La tierra, poniendo a un lado los argumentos existenciales sobre la realidad, definitivamente existía en 1892, y hay muchos músicos famosos que estaban muertos desde hace mucho para cuando Feliz Cumpleaños llegó a los oídos de su primer audiencia.

Pero la pregunta y respuesta del principio son correctos, hasta donde sé. ¿Cuál es el truco?

El planeta es Marte.

El 5 de Agosto del 2012 (en los Estados Unidos, al menos), el Curiosity rover de la NASA aterrizó en Marte. La misión del rover en el planeta alienígena es exploración, recolectar datos acerca del clima de Marte y su geología. Porque el viaje de Curiosity estaba destinado a ser un viaje sin regreso — aún no existe una forma de lanzar un servicio de transporte interplanetario desde Marte hacia la Tierra — el rover actúa como un laboratorio móvil, capaz de realizar variados experimentos mientras se encuentra en la superficie de Marte. Algunos de esos experimentos requieren muestras geológicas, así que Curiosity necesita una forma de colectar esas muestras y después moverlas al área del laboratorio de sus confines.

Para lograrlo, Curiosity está equipado con un grupo de instrumentos conocido como SAM, que significa “Análisis de Muestras en Marte”. El equipo SAM, de la Tierra, instruye al rover a crear una serie de vibraciones que manipulan la posición de los dispositivos del Curiosity. Cuando está en turno — ahora moviéndose a las órdenes de la NASA — colecta muestras de la superficie y mueve esa tierra al área de análisis del dispositivo. Como efecto secundario, como cualquier otra vibración, las que se envían desde la Tierra hacia Marte resultan en series armónicas. Estos sonidos son discordantes así que difícilmente podrían considerarse música. Pero el 5 de Agosto del 2013 fue un día especial.

Ese día, como habrás leído antes, el equipo SAM envió una secuencia de vibraciones cuidadosamente elegida, con sus picos y sus valles. Esas vibraciones no eran para que se colectasen muestras de la superficie de Marte. Esas vibraciones se enviaron para marcar el hecho que Curiosity había aterrizado en Marte un año antes. Si escuchas con atención, vas a reconocer inmediatamente que el tono viene de “Feliz Cumpleaños”.

Así que al menos que una civilización avanzada ha vivido en Marte desde hace mucho o al menos que Elvis en verdad no esté muerto y se haya decidido reubicar a un lugar un poquito lejos del Sol, Feliz Cumpleaños fue la primera canción que fue escuchada en el planeta Marte por siempre jamás.

Fuente: Now I know: The first song on the planet.

I’m using Duolingo to learn Portuguese

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Learning another language is easy, especially if both use the same alphabet.

With that thought on my mind, I started moving my butt on learning Portuguese thanks to Duolingo.

Duolingo is a game, an app, a platform where you learn another language by playing on your free time on your phone, your tablet or your laptop.

You can add your friends and see who is the leader of learning per day, week, month and ever! I’m Queith on Duolingo if you wanna add me.

There are plenty of languages to learn on Duolingo, but I want to learn just two for a start. Portuguese and Italian.

I chose Portuguese first just because it uses the same alphabet as Spanish, most of the words are pronounced like their spanish meaning, Brazil is closer than Italy and the Olympic games 2016 are closer than my trip to Italy.

I had this idea of Portuguese being more convenient to learn, so I did. And I’m glad to tell you that 6 Portuguese levels later, I’m able to understand like 50% of the Portuguese posts I read on Medium.

Of course I’m happy about this! It’s another world that’s opening its door for me!

As I don’t like to learn things I won’t use on the future, I’m obligated to tell you my blog will be crazy pants in the next few months. I will be posting in English, Spanish and soon in Portuguese, as well!

It might be too much for some of you and that is why I want to tell you there is a way of get my English posts only!

Subscribe to my English newsletter and you will get my English posts only and a secret email per month! Cool, huh?

This way you won’t be mad at me for receiving posts in every language I learn and I will be happy to practice every language I learn. Win-win!

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Jesús está presente en el Antiguo Testamento

Estudio, Investigation, Libro, Resultados

Génesis 5.

De la lectura de Génesis 5 se extraen los nombres de la generación de hombres que aparecen en la lista. Adán, Set, Enós, Cainán, Malael, Jared, Henoc, Matusalén, Lamec, Noé.

Cuando le buscas los significados a cada uno de los nombres en hebreo y arameo se convierte en la siguiente lista:

Adán: hombre.
Set: designado o sustituto.
Enós: mortal.
Cainán: adquisición.
Malael: Dios bendito.
Jared: descenso.
Henoc: maestro.
Matusalén: su muerte traerá.
Lamec: desesperado.
Noé: reposo o descanso.

El hombre es designado como un mortal adquirido, pero el Dios bendito descenderá para enseñar que su muerte traerá ese desesperado reposo.

El misterio de Dios es Jesús. Jesús se encuentra en el significado de los nombres de los hombres en Génesis 5 (y Jesús se encuentra en absolutamente toda la Biblia, no solo en el Nuevo Testamento).

Y por si te lo preguntabas, el misterio de Jesús es que se queda con nosotros en nuestros corazones gracias al Espíritu Santo.

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Manejo, custodia y control

Estudio

¿Cuáles formatos se utilizan para el manejo y custodia de sus materiales?

  1. Sistema de control eficaz.
  2. Medición de acontecimientos.
  3. Entrenamiento de los participantes.
  4. Técnicas de planificación y control.

Funciones de control.

Administración de inventarios, asientos contables, formatos y documentos para registrar las operaciones.

Control de materiales.

Controles de autorización, procesamiento y clasificación, verificación, evaluación y salvaguarda física.

Controles de salvaguarda física.

Controles de acceso a los inventarios, registros, formatos, almacenes y procedimientos. Esto se logra permitiendo el acceso a los almacenes únicamente a las personas autorizadas, de igual forma, el acceso a los registros y comprobantes.

El control de los materiales se establece mediante la organización funcional y la asignación de responsabilidades, a través del uso de formularios impresos, registros y asientos que afectan a los materiales desde el momento en que son solicitados al proveedor, hasta que los productos terminados ingresan en el almacén respectivo, lo cual representa la etapa de compras de materiales. En este sentido, un control efectivo de los materiales se debe caracterizar principalmente por la existencia de un sistema rutinario para la compra, recepción, almacenamiento.

El formulario usado para el control de la recepción de los materiales es el informe de recepción.

Factura del proveedor, orden de compra, asiento contable, requisición de materiales, orden de producción.

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Disfrutemos la gloria de la gracia de Dios en la familia y en el matrimonio

Estudio, Investigation, Libro, Resultados, Review

La familia existe para Dios. El matrimonio existe para Dios.

Ef 1, 5-6.

  • “nos destinó de antemano para ser hijos suyos en Jesucristo y por medio de él. Así lo quiso y le pareció bien para alabanza de la gracia gloriosa que nos hacía en el Bien Amado”. Biblia Latinoamericana.
  • “habiéndonos predestinado a ser de hijos suyos adoptivos por Jesucristo a gloria suya, por un puro efecto de su buena voluntad, a fin de que se celebre la gloria de su gracia, mediante la cual nos hizo gratos a sus ojos en su querido Hijo”. La Sagrada Biblia (traducción de La Vulgata Latina 1884).
  • “en amor habiéndonos predestinado para ser adoptados hijos suyos por medio de Jesucristo, según el puro afecto de su voluntad, para alabanza de la gloria de su gracia, con la cual nos hizo aceptos en el Amado,”. El Nuevo Testamento (Antigua Versión de Casiodoro de Reina 1569. Revisada por Cipriano de Valera 1602).

Uninstall all the apps!

Blog, Civil Engineering, Estudio, Project, Resultados, Social Media

Being disconnected from most of my social networks these days has allowed me to use my time in my favor.

Have the ability to make almost anything from my phone has helped me to save time but also has showed me what apps make me waste more time than I have available to waste.

Since I am starting University today, I uninstalled a lot of apps! Even Instagram that it was my favorite and, basically, the reason I have this phone.