Psychosomatic illness, so I learn

So I learn about the “Psychosomatic illness” term meaning: “Some physical diseases are thought to be particularly prone to be made worse by mental factors such as stress and anxiety.”  I quote some information from this article on

I quote:

Psychosomatic means mind (psyche) and body (soma). A psychosomatic disorder is a disease which involves both mind and body.  Your current mental state can affect how bad a physical disease is at any given time.

There is a mental aspect to every physical disease. How we react to and cope with disease varies greatly from person to person. For example, the rash of psoriasis may not bother some people very much. However, the rash covering the same parts of the body in someone else may make them feel depressed and more ill.
There can be physical effects from mental illness. For example, with some mental illnesses you may not eat, or take care of yourself, very well which can cause physical problems.

How can the mind affect physical diseases?
It is well known that the mind can cause physical symptoms. For example, when we are afraid or anxious we may develop:

A fast heart rate
A thumping heart (palpitations)
Feeling sick (nauseated)
Shaking (tremor)
Dry mouth
Chest pain
A knot in the stomach
Fast breathing

WordPress blog system in; Disqus seems less used

My Sandvox for Mac web design program has a feature of inserting the Disqus blog function into a web page.  I have placed the Disqus blog feature into my Blog section for more than a year; but I have never used it because I didn’t formally initiate a public blog before.  Before I started using WordPress this week, I had a question in mind: Should I use WordPress or Disqus to blog?  After a few days’ experience using WordPress, I tend to believe that WordPress is a better tool for me to blog.  I read an article titled “WordPress, Facebook, Disqus, Oh My! Which Comment System Should You Use?” by David Risley on this web page  David Risley seems to confirm my preference of WordPress.  I quote some of his points in the following.

I quote:

The Academy Turns Off Disqus

I’ve made some design changes to this site and one of them is to switch back to WordPress’s internal comment system. While Disqus has its fans – and its strengths – it seems like there was more support for WordPress. But, my decision obviously goes beyond merely an informal poll. WordPress has some noteworthy advantages over Disqus, including:

The ability to control the look and feel of the comments in a fine-tuned way.
The ability to run plug-ins which affect the comments. For example, I can easily set up a way to subscribe comments to my Aweber email list (with permission, of course) when they post a comment. Something like that is very handy and makes the comments a more effective lead generator.
Disqus seems to have no way of moderating comments via mobile device, outside of a third-party app which isn’t scaled up for iPad – and hasn’t been updated since 2010. On the flip side, WordPress has a free and pretty capable app for both iPhone and iPad which allows me to moderate and reply to comments on the go.
Being able to have TOTAL control over the look-and-feel rather than Disqus making the decision for me. For instance, I don’t want the “discovery box” that Disqus put there and I had no option to turn it off.
Speed. Running comments in-house is faster and increased page load times compared to loading up remote code for Disqus.

Instagram seems to be a quieter version of Facebook

I used Instagram for photos uploading only once in recent year; and I just started (my first time after registering a few years ago) uploading my dog’s photos to Flickr this week.  I used Flickr after seeing Instagram being look like a quieter version of Facebook.  I was thinking about finding out why Instagram page is looking so similar to Facebook page, though I had learned Facebook acquired Instagram a while ago.  I read a report and find the clue for my above mentioned question; the report title is “How Facebook Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp coexist under Facebook” by Caitlin McGarry on this web page

The clue I’ve got from Caitlin McGarry’s article for my question is from this quote:

“The reason the three apps [Facebook Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp] remain on their own instead of being incorporated as features in the main Facebook app is concern about bloat. Instagram launched a new app, Layout, instead of folding a photo collage tool into its main app to avoid overloading Instagram with extras. Facebook was often criticized for cramming too many features into the big blue app, and so it started spinning off new ideas (and a few old ones) into stand-alone apps. That quest for simplicity is what also drives Instagram, Krieger said.”

I am currently settled with blogging and connecting via WordPress, quick browsing and sharing videos on Facebook, and uploading photos to Flickr.

18 things that mixed race girls don’t want to hear, so I learn this social etiquette

I read this article “18 Things Mixed Race Girls Are Very Tired Of People Saying To Them” by Anjali Patel from this web page; and I learn this social etiquette.  I quote her points in the following.  I soon will also be reading this article “27 Etiquette Rules For Our Times” by Rob Asghar on this web page

I quote from Aniali Patel to avoid saying these:

1. “What are you?”

2. “Where are you from? No, where are you really from?”

3. “Oh, so you’re half-white?”

4. “Why can’t you speak a ton of cool languages?”

5. “Your kids are going to look so cool.”

6. “I want my kids to be mixed-race.”

7. “You should have kids with [insert race here]—that would just be so crazy!”

8. “Were you super confused growing up?”

9. “Mixed-race people are the future!”

10. “I would have NEVER known you and your family are related!”

11. “Does your extended family accept you?”

12. “Mixed people have a much better immune system.”

13. “Too bad you don’t have cool-colored eyes, that would look SO cool with your skin.”

14. “I bet you could’ve gotten into any school because you’re mixed.”

15. “That must have been so hard for your parents.”

16. “Mixed race people are sooooooo beautiful!”

17. “I love seeing different mixes of people.”

18. “Can I touch your ha-…”

Free-almost Things

I believe that nothing in the world is free; one will pay some costs in some way, directly or indirectly.  When having some needs, I search for the no-upfront charge items first, with appreciative thought in mind.  These are some no-upfront charge things:

. Flickr: Great for large photo collections.  My quote from this web page

The grandaddy of photo-sharing sites, Flickr offers 1TB of storage for free (which can hold some 2 million photos) with no limit on picture resolution. Users can also upload 1080p high-definition video clips up to three minutes long.

Users can organize pictures into collections and sub-collections, with options to tag keywords and people either individually or in batches of photos. You can search your library by keyword or people tags and sort by dates that pictures were posted or taken—a godsend when a lifetime’s worth of photos starts to stack up.

Flickr displays photos in a minimalist grid with a slideshow option. The site also offers the same beginner-friendly image editor as Photobucket, with Instagram-style color filters, cutesy effects like frames and stickers and basic editing tools, such as contrast, saturation and focus tweaks.

You can upload photos via email, the website, or directly from the Flickr smartphone app and share albums on Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr and Twitter. Avid photographers will have a huge audience in the Flickr community, who post 3000 photos are posted every minute on average.

Cost of storage: Free, with 1TB of storage and displayed ads; $49.99 a year for ad-free version
Automatic photo sync? Yes, through the Flickr smartphone app for iPhone and Android
Do you need an account to view photos? No
Privacy control: You can choose the audience for every photo as friends, family, public or only you (adding contacts allows you to set them as friends or family)
Full-size uploads/downloads? Yes

. Sophos Antivirus for Mac Home Edition (Free): Review from this web page,review-2345.html

Bottom line

Among the five Mac antivirus programs we tested, Sophos Antivirus for Mac Home Edition isn’t the best in any category, but performed consistently highly across the board, from malware detection to Web protection to performance impact. We did find its interface to berather clipped, but still completely usable.

Among AV products, Sophos Antivirus for Mac Home Edition has all the features we want — for free. Avast Free Antivirus for Mac does have slightly better all-around scores, …, which should be a core element of any antivirus program.

Bitdefender Antivirus for Mac and Intego Mac Internet Security X8 do offer slightly better malware protection, but we don’t consider that worth the $40 yearly subscription for either program — not while Mac malware is still relatively uncommon and solid free options are available. Each program also lacks one or more features Sophos has, such as Web-link scans and scheduled scans.

That’s why Sophos Antivirus for Mac Home Edition is our top pick for Mac antivirus software. While other products may excel in individual areas, Sophos’ product is the most well-rounded of the five Mac antivirus programs we evaluated.

Photos of “Seven”, my female Rottweiler dog

These are some photos of my female Rottweiler dog named Seven.  She was born probably around July 2011.  I adopted her in January 2013 when she was about 1.5 years old in San Diego.

The following 3 Seven’s photos on June 11, 2017 (close to 6 years old) at Mira Mesa home:



Seven, April 5, 2015 on Noble Canyon trail


Seven on February 23, 2015 in front of San Diego home

Seven on December 23, 2014 @ San Diego Ocean Beach dog beach

Seven on December 23, 2014 @ San Diego Ocean Beach dog beach


Seven on June 7, 2014 @Dry Lake Campground on Southfork trail to Mt. San Gorgonio summit in San Bernardino county, California

Seven In Jogging Safety Uniform on 2015 March 26

Seven In Jogging Safety Uniform on 2015 March 26