Friday, June 24, 2011

Company logos

Company logos may contain several hidden meanings within them.  Those who create them try to hide some sort of message within their logo.  Here are few:

If you look at the center of this logo, you can see two people enjoying a Tostito chip with a bowl of salsa. This logo conveys an idea of people connecting with each other.

This logo doesn't seem to hide much at first sight, but it gives you a little insight in the philosophy behind the brand. First of all, the yellow swoosh looks like a smile: Amazon wants to have the best customer satisfaction. The swoosh also connects the letters a and z, meaning that this store has everything from a to z.

Baskin Robins:
The old logo of Baskin Robbins had the number 31 with an arc above it. The new logo took this idea to the next level. The pink parts of the BR still form the number 31, a reference to the 31 flavors.

Formula One:
At first, this logo might not make much sense. But if you look closely, you'll see the number 1 in the negative space between the F and the red stripes. I also love how this logo communicates a feeling of speed.

Do you see any arrows on FedEx's logo? There's an arrow hidden in FedEx arrow.  The clue is that the arrow is located in between the alphabet E and X, and the arrow is acting as a background.

Milwaukee Brewers:
The Milwaukee Brewers is a professional baseball team from Milwaukee ,Wisconsin. Their logo is actually made up of the letters M (on top) and B (below the m). These two letters also form a baseball glove.

This simple looking logo actually carries a lot of information. First of all you can see the letters N and W, the first two letters of the brand name. But what most people don't see is the compass that points to the Northwest, another reference to the brand name.

Sony Vaio:
Sony Vaio is a well known brand of laptops. But did you know that the name Vaio logo also had a hidden meaning? Well, the first two letters represent the basic analogue signal. The last two letters look like a 1 and 0, representing the digital signal.

Toblerone is a chocolate-company from Bern , Switzerland. Bern is sometimes called 'The City Of Bears'. They have incorporated this idea in the Toblerone logo, because if you look closely, you'll see the silhouette of a bear.


Regrets of the dying - # 1

# 1. “I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.”

This was the most common regret of all. When people realize that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled. Most people have had not honored even a half of their dreams and had to die knowing that it was due to choices they had made, or not made.

It is very important to try and honor at least some of your dreams along the way. From the moment that you lose your health, it is too late. Health brings a freedom very few realize, until they no longer have it.


Thursday, June 23, 2011

Regrets of the dying - # 2

# 2. “I wish I didn’t work so hard.”

This came from every male patient that the nurse took care of.  They missed their children’s youth and their partner’s companionship. Women also spoke of this regret. But as most were from an older generation, many of the female patients had not been breadwinners. All of the men she nursed deeply regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence.

By simplifying your lifestyle and making conscious choices along the way, it is possible to not need the income that you think you do. And by creating more space in your life, you become happier and more open to new opportunities, ones more suited to your new lifestyle.


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Regrets of the dying - # 3

# 3. “I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.”

Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others. As a result, they settled for a mediocre existence and never became who they were truly capable of becoming. Many developed illnesses relating to the bitterness and resentment they carried as a result.

We cannot control the reactions of others. However, although people may initially react when you change the way you are by speaking honestly, in the end it raises the relationship to a whole new and healthier level. Either that or it releases the unhealthy relationship from your life. Either way, you win.



Couple of days ago, a husband and wife were celebrating their 20th Wedding Anniversary. The wife wanted to check on her husband how he felt about her and asked him to describe her.

So the husband started slowly, “You’re A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K.”

She asked, “What does that mean?”

The husband said, “Adorable, Beautiful, Cute, Delightful, Elegant, Foxy, Gorgeous, Heavenly,” and hoped she’d just let it drop with a smile.

She beamed and said, “Go on. That’s so lovely. What about I, J, K?”

So cleverly the husband quipped, “I’m Just Kidding!”

His left eye is still swollen today, but doc said it will get better.


Godly Leaders

I've volutneered to teach high schoolers at the church we are currently attending and the high school ministry is in contact with me.  I will be meeting with their leaders sometime next week.  Below is something I received in mail today, from this team.

“Masters, grant your slaves justice and fairness, knowing that you too have a Master in heaven.” - Colossians 4:1

Here are some Biblical principles for being a good boss:

Be a person of integrity. People need to be able to trust the boss.

Make expectations clear. Take the time to teach, train, and respond to questions.

Hold people accountable. Expecting excellence is good for all.

Be fair to all concerned. Playing favorites is demoralizing to the troops.

Lead by building up the team and individual, rather than leading through intimidation.

Genuinely care about the employee’s success just as much as your own. This makes your chance for success far greater.

Remember, you have to answer to God. God has entrusted authority to you to serve Him and others though leadership. Jesus was the perfect example of servant leadership when He humbled Himself to become one of
His own creations and, even more, so when He gave His life for those He came to lead.

Jesus is the ultimate CEO, the ultimate boss, the ultimate servant leader.


Tuesday, June 21, 2011


A Rabbi was walking home from the Temple and saw Morris, a pious and learned man, who could usually beat the rabbi in religious arguments. The rabbi started walking faster so that he could catch up to his friend, when he was horrified to see his friend go into a Chinese restaurant (not a kosher one).

Standing at the door, he observed his friend talking to a waiter and gesturing at a menu. A short time later, the waiter reappeared carrying a platter full of spare ribs, shrimp in lobster sauce, crab rangoon and other treif that the Rabbi could not bear to think about. As his friend picked up the chopsticks and began to eat this food, the Rabbi burst into the restaurant and reproached his friend, for he could take it no longer.

The Rabbi was furious and asked, "Morris, what is this you are doing? I saw you come into this restaurant, order this filth and now you are eating it in violation of everything we are taught about the dietary laws and with an apparent enjoyment that does not befit your pious reputation!"

Morris replied, "Rabbi, did you see me enter this restaurant?" (Rabbi nods yes)

"Did you see me order this meal?" (again the Rabbi nods yes)

"Did you see the waiter bring me this food?" (again the Rabbi nods yes)

"And did you see me eat it?" (Rabbi nods yes again)

Morris concluded smilingly, "Then, Rabbi, I don't see the problem here. The entire meal was done under Rabbinical supervision!"


Regrets of the dying - # 4

#4. “I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.”

Often the dying would not truly realize the full benefits of old friends until their dying weeks and it was not always possible to track them down. Many had become so caught up in their own lives that they had let golden friendships slip by over the years. There were many deep regrets about not giving friendships the time and effort that they deserved. Everyone misses their friends when they are dying.

It is common for anyone in a busy lifestyle to let friendships slip. But when you are faced with your approaching death, the physical details of life fall away. People do want to get their financial affairs in order if possible. But it is not money or status that holds the true importance for them. They want to get things in order more for the benefit of those they love. Usually though, they are too ill and weary to ever manage this task. It is all comes down to love and relationships in the end. That is all that remains in the final weeks - Love and Relationships.


Monday, June 20, 2011


An old man and woman were married for many years, even though they hated each other. Whenever there was a confrontation, yelling could be heard deep into the night.

The old man would shout, "When I die, I will dig my way up and out of the grave and come back and haunt you for the rest of your life!"

Neighbors feared him. They believed he practiced magic, because of the many strange occurrences that took place in their neighborhood. The old man liked the fact that he was feared. To everyone's relief, he died of a heart attack when he was 98. His wife had a closed casket at the wake. After the burial, she went straight to the local bar and began to party, as if there was no tomorrow.

Her neighbors, concerned for her safety, asked, "Aren't you afraid that he may indeed be able to dig his way out of the grave and haunt you for the rest of your life?"

The wife put down her drink and said, "Let him dig. I had him buried upside down. And you know men won't ask for directions."


Regrets of the dying - # 5

We have the sick and old among us, in our family.  Eventually, all of us are going to die one day and cannot escape that.  A woman who worked for years with the dying wrote a list of the top regrets people say aloud on their deathbed.

Let's look at each one of those everyday, for the next 5 days.

# 5. “I wish that I had let myself be happier.”

Many did not realize until the end that happiness is a choice. They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits. The so-called ‘comfort’ of familiarity overflowed into their emotions, as well as their physical lives. Fear of change had them pretending to others, and to their selves, that they were content. When deep within, they longed to laugh properly and have silliness in their life again.

When you are on your deathbed, what others think of you is a long way from your mind. How wonderful to be able to let go and smile again, long before you are dying.