Saturday, November 21, 2009

Brs # 4

Here is the link to download BRS # 4, for those of you who need it.

Most of you, this time opted for the paper version of BRS and majority of you already turned it in.

Do call me or email me if you have trouble downloading it.

Be a Leader

The following was written by a high school student writing an essay for her final exam:

"A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the quality of his actions and the integrity of his intent. In the end, leaders are much like eagles... they don't flock, you find them one at a time." Hard work, profound dedication, and encouragement toward others are what entitle an individual to be a leader.

A strong work ethic is one important quality of an adroit leader. As the saying goes: "There are always two choices, two paths to take. One is easy. And its only reward is that it's easy." Hard work and intense dedication can only make you better, both mentally and skillfully. If others see one person working as hard as they can 100% of the time, they will work harder for that one person. No matter how unmotivated people are, if just one person steps up and takes the lead, everybody else will follow. Leaders motivate others.

Many people find themselves working harder when they know that they get something out of it. Just by hearing a few pushing words that motivate and encourage, people force themselves to work harder. Leaders are usually the ones who ignore their own accomplishments to commend others for theirs. The leader keeps everybody's head up at all times, as they work harder and harder, and more diligently toward their goals. The number one thing that a leader tries to avoid is making people feel guilty or to look down on them because leaders bring others higher in the world, usually with the result being success. As a noble person once said, "There are high spots in all of our lives, and most of them come through encouragement from someone else."

Hard work from one person makes other work harder. Vehement dedication shows others the success that comes through it. Encouragement and support for others make others feel good about themselves and give them something else to work for. These are all very significant traits that a leader must possess. Don't wait around for things to happen, make this world what you really want it to be, be a leader.

Friday, November 20, 2009


Below is a story I happened to read a long time ago.  Scroll down to read my personal experience from it.
During my second month of nursing school, our professor gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions, until I read the last one: 'What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?" Surely this was some kind of joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times. She was tall, dark-haired and in her 50s, but how would I know her name?

I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank. Before class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our quiz grade.

Absolutely, said the professor. "In your careers you will meet many people. All are significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say hello". I've never forgotten that lesson. I also learned her name was Dorothy.

At the present company I am working at, there is a Janitor who always used to smile at me.  When I was new at the office, I once asked her where the nearest coffee shop was.  She asked my name, provided me with the exact directions and I was able to go there.

Since that day, every morning when she sees me, she greets me by my name and talks to me.  I also spend few minutes talking to her, and leaned few things about her.  She is 85 and has been working in this company for a long time.  Last week, she invited me to a party.  When asked, she said that Nov 20th was the last day of her work.

At 3:00 PM, I told my teammates that I was heading out for a party and will be back in an hour.  When asked, I told them I was attending this lady's farewell party, I was told that she knew everyone in this building by their name, and on what floor each one of us were on.

Well, I attended the party, and was pleasantly surprised to see the turn out there.  Almost everyone from the top management down to the lowest staff was there, and the auditorium was filled with people.  She then gave a speech about her career and a lesson to take home:

"Love everyone with all your heart, and do everything you do with all your heart.  Nobody can stop you from doing it and you will never regret."

I headed back to my desk, glad having met this lady, thinking the lesson she taught us, and saying myself, "One day, I too will have a last day at work, and I better prepare a similar one liner for my last day."

The Parachute

Sometimes in the daily challenges that life gives us, we miss what is really important. We may fail to say hello, please, thank you, congratulate someone on something wonderful that has happened to them, give a compliment, or just do something nice for no reason. Here is a true story.

Charles Plumb, a US Naval Academy graduate, was a jet pilot in Vietnam. After 75 combat missions, his plane was destroyed by a surface-to-air missile. Plumb ejected and parachuted into enemy hands. He was captured and spent 6 years in a communist prison. He survived the ordeal and now lectures on lessons learned from that experience.

One day, when Plumb and his wife were sitting in a restaurant, a man at another table came up and said, "You're Plumb! You flew jet fighters in Vietnam from the aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk. You were shot down!"
"How in the world did you know that?" asked Plumb.

"I packed your parachute," the man replied.

Plumb gasped in surprise and gratitude. The man grabbed his hand and said, "I guess it worked!"

Plumb assured him, "It sure did. If your chute hadn't worked, I wouldn't be here today."

Plumb couldn't sleep that night, thinking about that man. Plumb kept wondering what the man might have looked like in a Navy uniform. He wondered how many times he might have seen him and not even said good morning, how are you or anything, because you see, he was a fighter pilot and the man was just a sailor. Plumb thought of the many hours that sailor had spent in the bowels of the ship, carefully weaving the shrouds and folding the silks of each chute, holding in his hands each time the fate of someone he did not know.

Now here is the question for each of you: "Who is packing your parachute?"

Everyone has someone who provides us with what we need to make it through the day - energy, courage, support, companionship, etc.. As we go through our week, month, and even New Year, we should recognize those who have packed our parachute and enabled us to get where we are today!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

NASA talks about 2012

I have been receiving few questions about 2012 and the predicted end of the world.  Here is an article NASA published early this November.

Question (Q): Are there any threats to the Earth in 2012? Many Internet websites say the world will end in December 2012.
Answer (A): Nothing bad will happen to the Earth in 2012. Our planet has been getting along just fine for more than 4 billion years, and credible scientists worldwide know of no threat associated with 2012.

Q: What is the origin of the prediction that the world will end in 2012?
A: The story started with claims that Nibiru, a supposed planet discovered by the Sumerians, is headed toward Earth. This catastrophe was initially predicted for May 2003, but when nothing happened the doomsday date was moved forward to December 2012. Then these two fables were linked to the end of one of the cycles in the ancient Mayan calendar at the winter solstice in 2012 -- hence the predicted doomsday date of December 21, 2012.

Q: Does the Mayan calendar end in December 2012?
A: Just as the calendar you have on your kitchen wall does not cease to exist after December 31, the Mayan calendar does not cease to exist on December 21, 2012. This date is the end of the Mayan long-count period but then -- just as your calendar begins again on January 1 -- another long-count period begins for the Mayan calendar.

Q: Could a phenomena occur where planets align in a way that impacts Earth?
A: There are no planetary alignments in the next few decades, Earth will not cross the galactic plane in 2012, and even if these alignments were to occur, their effects on the Earth would be negligible. Each December the Earth and sun align with the approximate center of the Milky Way Galaxy but that is an annual event of no consequence.

Q: Is there a planet or brown dwarf called Nibiru or Planet X or Eris that is approaching the Earth and threatening our planet with widespread destruction?
A: Nibiru and other stories about wayward planets are an Internet hoax. There is no factual basis for these claims. If Nibiru or Planet X were real and headed for an encounter with the Earth in 2012, astronomers would have been tracking it for at least the past decade, and it would be visible by now to the naked eye. Obviously, it does not exist. Eris is real, but it is a dwarf planet similar to Pluto that will remain in the outer solar system; the closest it can come to Earth is about 4 billion miles.

Q: What is the polar shift theory? Is it true that the earth’s crust does a 180-degree rotation around the core in a matter of days if not hours?
A: A reversal in the rotation of Earth is impossible. There are slow movements of the continents (for example Antarctica was near the equator hundreds of millions of years ago), but that is irrelevant to claims of reversal of the rotational poles. However, many of the disaster websites pull a bait-and-shift to fool people. They claim a relationship between the rotation and the magnetic polarity of Earth, which does change irregularly, with a magnetic reversal taking place every 400,000 years on average. As far as we know, such a magnetic reversal doesn’t cause any harm to life on Earth. A magnetic reversal is very unlikely to happen in the next few millennia, anyway.

Q: Is the Earth in danger of being hit by a meteor in 2012?
A: The Earth has always been subject to impacts by comets and asteroids, although big hits are very rare. The last big impact was 65 million years ago, and that led to the extinction of the dinosaurs. Today NASA astronomers are carrying out a survey called the Spaceguard Survey to find any large near-Earth asteroids long before they hit. We have already determined that there are no threatening asteroids as large as the one that killed the dinosaurs. All this work is done openly with the discoveries posted every day on the NASA NEO Program Office website, so you can see for yourself that nothing is predicted to hit in 2012.

Q: How do NASA scientists feel about claims of pending doomsday?
A: For any claims of disaster or dramatic changes in 2012, where is the science? Where is the evidence? There is none, and for all the fictional assertions, whether they are made in books, movies, documentaries or over the Internet, we cannot change that simple fact. There is no credible evidence for any of the assertions made in support of unusual events taking place in December 2012.

Q: Is there a danger from giant solar storms predicted for 2012?
A: Solar activity has a regular cycle, with peaks approximately every 11 years. Near these activity peaks, solar flares can cause some interruption of satellite communications, although engineers are learning how to build electronics that are protected against most solar storms. But there is no special risk associated with 2012. The next solar maximum will occur in the 2012-2014 time frame and is predicted to be an average solar cycle, no different than previous cycles throughout history.

Credits: NASA, 2012 movie


Dreams - I believe in my dreams, talk about my dreams, think about my dreams, plan for my dreams, create opportunities for my dreams, and I see myself already in my dreams.

The only way to achieve a dream is to talk about it, believe it, see yourself in it and create opportunities for it.

There is a great will-power that follows whatever you imagine. This will-power gets you going despite all odds and the dreams that are supposed to take you ten to twenty years to achieve are achieved in a shorter period.

Paper plans are not enough for dreams! Just see yourself acting out what you have imagined and by the time you get into it, you may think you are still in the process of imagination.

What you believe is what you achieve. What you imagine is what you become. What you think is what you experience.

Credits: Fola Daniel

Ben Franklin's 13 principles

In the year 1723, a seventeen year-old boy arrived in Philadelphia without a penny in his hand.  At age 42, he retired, wealthy. Few men, before or since have ever been as successful as Benjamin Franklin. He gave credit for his many inventions and business successes to this list of 13 principles. Each of them if practiced in order, for a week at a time, will become a habit in your life. They'll work as well today as they did back then.

Temperance: Eat not dullness; drink not to elevation.

Silence: Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself, avoid trifling conversation.

Order: Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have it's time.

Resolution: Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.

Frugality: Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; waste nothing.

Industry: Lose no time; be always employed in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.

Sincerity: Use no harmful deceit; think innocently and justly; and if you speak, speak accordingly.

Justice: wrong none by doing injuries or omitting the benefits that are your duty.

Moderation: Avoid extremes; forebear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.

Cleanliness: Tolerate no uncleanness in body, clothes or habitation.

Tranquility: Be not disturbed at trifles, nor at accidents.

Chastity: Be chaste in matters with the opposite sex.

Humility: Imitate Jesus and Socrates.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

In a moment

In a moment of time I watch the birds take flight and wish to fly
I watch the waves rise and break and wish to capture its tide
I watch the children innocently play and wish to feel free
I watch my life pass by and wish to once again feel thee

To feel the moment before you were to call
To feel the moment before you broke down my inner wall
To feel the moment before my heart began to melt
To feel the moment before you loved me and how it felt
To feel the moment before it was just you and I
To feel the moment before you had to say good-bye

So many moments have passed without any tears
So many moments forgotten throughout the years
So many moments that I just never asked why
So many moments where their was no reason to cry

Only in this moment am I left in strife,
For this moment walked on my path of life
For this moment paved the unforgettable way
Where two hearts collided in God's precious play

In a moment of time it will just be another place
Where the moment of pain will be a diminished trace
Where the seasons will follow the course of change
Where the chapter will close where your essence marked a page
Where once again it will be just another moment in time
Where the memory of you will be a distant chime

Until then I am caught in a moment of time.....

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

New words

Few new terms:

Ratio of an igloo’s circumference to its diameter = Eskimo Pi

2.4 statute miles of intravenous surgical tubing at Yale University Hospital = 1 I.V. League

2000 pounds of Chinese soup = Won ton

1 millionth mouthwash = 1 microscope

Speed of a tortoise breaking the sound barrier = Mach Turtle

Time it takes to sail 220 yards at 1 nautical mile per hour = Knot-furlong

365.25 days of drinking diet soda because it’s less filling = 1 lite year

16.5 feet in the Twilight Zone = 1 Rod Sterling

Half of a large intestine = 1 semicolon

1000 aches = 1 megahurtz

Basic unit of laryngitis = 1 hoarsepower

Shortest distance between two jokes = A straight line

Time between slipping on a peel and smacking the pavement = bananosecond

453.6 graham crackers = 1 pound cake

Given the old adage “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step,” the first step of a one-mile journey = 1 Milwaukee

1 million microphones = 1 megaphone

1 million bicycles = 2 megacycles

365.25 days = 1 unicycle

Monday, November 16, 2009

Class on Nov 15th

We had a full house yesterday, but our class was a very brief one. We just started and the bell rang!!

Christmas Program: Most of you seem to be having lots of questions about christmas program.  Next week there is a teacher's meeting and I hope to learn more.  I want to encourage what you come up with, but at the same time, it should be rewarding as well as a learning experience to you.  That's what made me say about kIS - keep it simple.  Later in the night yesterday, James and I, we had a brief chat online about the same topic.  I will be there with you all the time, during the practice, but may have to work on the night of our christmas program - will know more about it on Thursday.

Old Testament Readings: Amal did the readings yesterday.  And Merlyn volutneered to do it next Sunday.  I have emailed the part to Merlyn last night.  Our class will be doing the readings for the next few weeks.  Practice, practice and practice reading. Old Testamenet are mostly stories and you should read it as if you are reading an old story to the younger kids.  For that, you should first know the story yourselves :-)

Bala Balika Samajam:  We had one yesterday for the odd numbered classes.  The next one will be in January, and that's when our class will participate.  What did you all notice yesterday?  Did you learn something from how others were performing?  I noticed few things and let's discuss about them.

BRS: I got several BRS answers yesterday - Good job, guys.  Sherlyne Sam is working on getting us an electronic version of BRS # 4.  As soon as I get it, we will have it online.

Lesson: I need about 15 more minutes to talk about marriage and then we will move on to Prayer.

Vacation: Are you guys going anywhere for vacation - thanksgiving or Christmas?  If so, please let me know.  I may be out during that time.

Tech: I started using a new device called clear - which I showed you in class.  It's an internet device that's come out recently.  It enables us to be online while being outside.  There is a USB device that we need to plug into our laptop and (walla) we are online.  I borrowed one from my friend about 2 weeks ago, and did some research on this technology; found it to be picking up pretty fast across the country.  It uses 4G network (an advanced one).  At home, we were using comcast high speed internet for a while, but now we switched to clear.  It costs $60.68 per month for the USB modem as well as home modem.

Test on Dec 6th: We will have a test on Sunday, Dec 6th.  Many of you did not read the post on sample test, and did not understand what Anabella and myself, we were talking about.  We will discuss more about it in the next class.  Below are the questions we were talking about.  If I post the link, most of you will not click on it (which is quite human - people are lazy to click on links, or open attachments).  So, I am posting it here so that it is right in front of your eyes and not a click away (which is far and old fashioned).

From old posting (Click here)

In our last class, we talked about coming up with a format for our exam.  Here is a sample exam for you to look at.  This is the kind of exam we should have at Sunday school, and not the multiple choice answers.  Take a look at this.  How about we make it an open book test, where you may use the Bible, Ruler, Calculator, and even write a computer program to solve it.

Show all work.
No praying during the exam.
Time limit is 30 minutes

The speed of light is c.
For all problems, assume a perfectly spherical Jesus of constant density D.
Time is t.

1. (25 pts.) Bob and Joe are standing on a street corner. God loves each an equal amount. Bob then accelerates to 0.9c. In Joe’s rest frame, how much does God now love Bob?

2. (25 pts.) Let the eternal, all abiding love of the Holy Spirit be the xy plane. Let Sue’s soul be at (0,0,5) at t = 0 sec., traveling at 5 m/s in the direction of the positive z axis. Everything is in Cartesian coordinates bespeaking subscription to a perfectly rational Enlightenment attitude towards the Universe. At what time t will Sue be saved? (Hint: Assume a point soul.)

3. (25 pts.) Assume the Rapture occurs at time t. Cornelia, a saved human weighing 90 kg, in a state of grace, has her head in the closing jaws of an alligator at time t. What mass of meat will remain to the alligator at time t + 10 sec.?

4. (25 pts.) Stan is a frictionless, massless orthodox in a rest state. His sin level for his faith is currently 11 McBeals. He eats 0.3 kg of pork, and enjoys it very much. Assume that the Jews are right about, well, pretty much everything. What is Stan’s sin level now?

5. Extra Credit (10 pts): 25 grams of wafers and 20 ml of cheap wine undergo transubstantiation and become the flesh and blood of our Lord. How many Joules of heat are released by the transformation?

Office vocab

Few more office vocabulary.

SEAGULL MANAGER: A manager, who flies in, makes a lot of noise, poops on everything, and then leaves.

CUBE FARM: An office filled with cubicles.

PRAIRIE DOGGING: When someone yells or drops something loudly in a cube farm, and people’s heads pop up over the walls to see what’s going on.

SITCOMS: Single Income, Two Children, Oppressive Mortgage. What Yuppies get into when they have children and one of them stops working to stay home with the kids.

STRESS PUPPY: A person who seems to thrive on being stressed out and whiny.

SWIPEOUT: An ATM or credit card that has been rendered useless because magnetic strip is worn away from extensive use.

XEROX SUBSIDY: Euphemism for swiping free photocopies from one’s workplace.

IRRITAINMENT : Entertainment and media spectacles that are annoying but you find yourself unable to stop watching them.

PERCUSSIVE MAINTENANCE: The fine art of whacking an out-of-order electronic device to get it to work again. Often feel like doing this to my computer.

ADMINISPHERE: The rarefied organizational layers beginning just above the rank and file. Decisions that fall from the adminisphere are often profoundly inappropriate or irrelevant to the problems they were designed to solve.

GENERICA: Features of the American landscape that are exactly the sameno matter where one is, such as fast food joints, strip malls, and subdivisions.

OHNOSECOND: That minuscule fraction of time in which you realize that you’ve just made a BIG mistake. (Like after hitting send on an email by mistake).

CROP DUSTING: Surreptitiously passing gas while passing through a Cube Farm.

MUSHROOM MANAGER: Keeps all of their staff in the dark, periodically dumping a load of manure on them. Whenever employees grow too big, they chop off their heads.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Plans for Nov 15th

Below are the items I plan to cover today:

1.  Wrap up our discussion on marriage
2.  Talk about Christmas Program
3.  Discuss next bala balika samajam
4.  Old Testament readings - how we do it.
5.  Test on Dec 6th
6.  BRS

Gospel Reading Nov 15

Luke 1:5-25

5  In the time of Herod king of Judea there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah; his wife Elizabeth was also a descendant of Aaron.

6  Both of them were upright in the sight of God, observing all the Lord's commandments and regulations blamelessly.

7  But they had no children, because Elizabeth was barren; and they were both well along in years.

8  Once when Zechariah's division was on duty and he was serving as priest before God,

9  he was chosen by lot, according to the custom of the priesthood, to go into the temple of the Lord and burn incense.

10  And when the time for the burning of incense came, all the assembled worshipers were praying outside.

11  Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense.

12  When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and was gripped with fear.

13  But the angel said to him: "Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to give him the name John.

14  He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth,

15  for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even from birth.

16  Many of the people of Israel will he bring back to the Lord their God.

17  And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord."

18  Zechariah asked the angel, "How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years."

19  The angel answered, "I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news.

20  And now you will be silent and not able to speak until the day this happens, because you did not believe my words, which will come true at their proper time."

21  Meanwhile, the people were waiting for Zechariah and wondering why he stayed so long in the temple.

22  When he came out, he could not speak to them. They realized he had seen a vision in the temple, for he kept making signs to them but remained unable to speak.

23  When his time of service was completed, he returned home.

24  After this his wife Elizabeth became pregnant and for five months remained in seclusion.

25  "The Lord has done this for me," she said. "In these days he has shown his favor and taken away my disgrace among the people."