Saturday, November 3, 2012

Pearls of Li Pong

A short story for those who have time on hand to read. Try the full screen option if the letters are too small for you to read.

Credits: Pearls of Li Pong - Ross

Reel Wisdom

As I continue my exploration for wisdom at every nook and corner, here is a compilation of words of wisdom from films - compiled into a single place of advice.

Films credits:

Pirates of Silicon Valley
Swimming with Sharks
The Matrix
Star Trek (2009)
Ghost Rider
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
The Iron Giant
Lions for Lambs
The Shawshank Redemption
The Matrix Revolutions
Dead Poet's Society
The Matrix Reloaded
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)
The Bucket List
The Lion King
Forrest Gump
Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
Ferris Beuler's Day Off
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Catch Me If You Can
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
Batman Begins
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
The Pursuit of Happyness
The Men Who Stare at Goats
Bicentennial Man
The Incredibles
Under the Tuscan Sun
Kung Fu Panda
Quantum of Solace

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Boost your fb privacy

The era of social networks creates a challenge for individuals navigating the personal-data economy: how to keep anything private when it is difficult to predict where your information will end up.

Credits: WSJ

Movember is here

During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces, in the US and around the world. Movember is a portmanteau of the slang word "Mo" for moustache and "November". It is an annual, month-long event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of prostate cancer and other male cancer initiatives.

The Movember Foundation runs the Movember charity event, and their goal is to "change the face of men's health."

By encouraging men to get involved, Movember aims to increase early cancer detection, diagnosis and effective treatments, and ultimately reduce the number of preventable deaths. Besides getting an annual check-up, the Movember Foundation encourages men to be aware of any family history of cancer, and to adopt a more healthy lifestyle.

Happy Movember & November.

Source: Wiki

Certain College Majors

Many of the kids whom I know of, aspire of heading to the medical school - which is a good thing, and most of them want to specialize either as cardio or neurosurgeons. Then, along their path, some change tracks due to numerous reasons.

While choosing a college major, stay informed about both sides of the spectrum. If earning potential is your # 1 priority, then choose your major accordingly.  Click here to learn about some of the 'worst college majors for your career' - a list compiled by Kiplinger.

By no means are these jobs second to none - it's just that the pay scale is historically low and opportunities are limited. You have to be exceptionally well to succeed in these fields and challenges are many. Get into these tracks only if you are doing it for the sake of challenge or fun.


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Birth of a book

Books - we live and breathe in the midst of them, but hardly ever ponder how it came to existence, from the moment that idea was conceived. Every book has a story to tell. This short video tells the long story about the birth of a book at a printing press. 

Credits: Birth of a Book from Glen Milner on Vimeo.

Sharing links

"Sharing knowledge is the greatest of all callings. There’s nothing like it in the land” 
- by Satire of the Trades (written during the middle Kingdom, between 2025 and 1700 BC)

While applying to colleges, I remember searching for every possible resource, talking to scholarly guys, and pouring over tons of material. There were umpteen factors to consider including ranking, location, and not the least - $cholarship. Sitting on other side of the globe, it was hard to envision how things would be. We had to rely on the past experiences of our seniors and take the leap of faith. Those days, we used to share our knowledge with each other so that everybody grew (together). November 1 being the deadline for many early admissions, this is the season students are cramming hard to get their admission package in, and I can certainly feel that heat.

Today information is available at fingertips, literally. In this post, I am not sharing much about knowledge sharing, rather let's focus on couple of links that may come handy while college prep and admissions. I will keep adding more as we progress and label them under 'Education'.

The New York Times has an education section (link provided) with several resources listed which you may want to take a peek at.  If you are considering your options beyond GA Tech and Univ of GA, you probably will find that site useful.

Those aspiring to take SAT and ACT, start with 'The Choice' (link provided). This blog examines all facets of college admission process. The article that appeared today was, 'When Unfamiliar Universities Hint at a Full Ride, Who Am I to Refuse?' Further, there is a section that answers questions from readers like you and I.

For serious college hunters, and those tracking specific colleges, try out the section called 'Find News by College or University' where you can obtain pertinent and latest news about your dream college - all at a single location.

Remember: getting your foot in the door is just the beginning of a journey.  You all need to come out successfully as well.  One would think upon graduation, you can kiss goodbye to books and start counting cash. Before your high hopes are crushed, wait for the job search. The story goes on and on, and you can tell your story to your next generation and imagine how you feel when they consider you 'obsolete' and 'out of fashion'.

Let's come back to our present day and finish up those next set of tasks waiting to be completed, so that we can complete some more!  If you are already at a college, feel free to share the links that you come across. Sharing useful info, especially knowledge will makes you grow.

A word of caution: if you are reading/hearing news related to future education, current economy, job rate, etc., do not panic. Remember - this is an election year and people have their own (political) opinions about their beloved candidate and the media may broadcast selectively.


Monday, October 29, 2012

Driverless cars

Directions: Fill in the blanks in the first six paragraphs of the technology news. Use your own words and phrases, or choose from a scrambled list of the words or phrases that were removed. Use your imagination!

adjusted          been               accelerating    off    
Since               artery             system           But       
driven              recognizable   curves           situations

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.–The “look Ma, no hands” moment came at about 60 miles an hour on Highway 101.

Brian Torcellini, Google’s driving program manager, had _______ the white Lexus RX 450h out of the parking lot at one of the company’s research buildings and along local streets to the freeway, a main _______ through Silicon Valley. _______ shortly after clearing the on-ramp and _______ to the pace of traffic, he pushed a yellow button on the modified console between the front seats. A loud electronic chime came from the car’s speakers, _______ by a synthesized female voice.

“Autodriving,” it announced breathlessly.

Mr. Torcellini took his hands _______ the steering wheel, lifted his foot from the accelerator, and the Lexus hybrid drove itself, following the ______ of the freeway, speeding up to get out of another car’s blind spot, moving over slightly to stay well clear of a truck in the next lane, slowing when a car cut in front.

“We _______ our speed to give him a little room,” said Anthony Levandowski, one of the lead engineers for Google’s self-driving-car project, who was monitoring the _______ on a laptop from the passenger seat. “Just like a person would.”

_______ the project was first widely publicized more than two years ago, Google has ______ seen as being at the forefront of efforts to free humans from _______ when driving is drudgery. In all, the company’s driverless cars — earlier-generation Toyota Priuses and the newer Lexuses, _______ by their spinning, roof-mounted laser range finders — have logged about 300,000 miles on all kinds of roads. (Mr. Torcellini unofficially leads the pack, with roughly 30,000 miles behind the wheel — but not turning it.)

You got the scoop - right? Click here to read the entire article.

Credits: nytimes

May God Bless You

May God Bless You

The eyes of the innocent

God, please allow only good
To be seen by the eyes of the innocent
Not things mean, vile and cruel,
That for them, were never meant

Let those eyes see love, brightness,
And the beauty you've provided
Never to stay rested on the dark
Or Evil sided

I pray that they are directed to see thee
Beauty in this land
And things that are pure and good
Given from your hand

Credits: Judith Kypta


The content for this site has been restored.

About posting new content:

None of us have been guaranteed of tomorrow. Our own creator says so. Today and this very moment is all we can count for. We could lose someone we cherish dear, the very next instant - wisdom teaches us to anticipate that. With certain events in my life, no matter how deeply I focus, all I can see is a huge dark cloud that has descended around me and I find myself staring into that empty darkness. While I bravely try to navigate through that darkness, I lack the energy required to squelch those phantoms around me, who try to hinder my writing progress - I still try. 

During the absence of that positive energy, I embarked on self examining myself, and few of questions that I interrogate about myself include: 
"Who am I to write on such a lofty subject?" 
"What qualities do I possess, for someone to come to this blog so that I can share pearls of advice?" 

Am an average person with countless flaws hailing from a remote village where simple people maintained mutual intimacy and harmony, leading a tranquil, peaceful and plain life. Since many of them were in the profession of agriculture, they constantly had to struggle with the nature, thereby developing an attitude of fear and awe towards the supernatural power. My travels and experiences being short in comparison with those learned, I am fully aware about those legions of lessons to be assimilated about those leading lives around the world, and therefore continuously ask, "Tell me...why?"

Secondly, beyond doubt, there is lot more knowledge and wisdom in our universe than what I can fathom during this lifetime. I consider myself to be enrolled as a life-long student in that great institution of Wisdom. For a fact, neither me not this site is the source of any wisdom. Hence I continuously observe, listen and analyze those wise people around me before making any conclusion or judgement. Further, I rely upon my own experiences - both sweet and bitter, to complete the puzzle. My estimates and conclusions are not always accurate by any means. Therefore, with my negligible knowledge, not everything that's posted here is written with mastery, and will never be attractive and beneficial for all. 

In a nutshell, please do not look at me with great hope as someone who can wow my readers - am just another commoner, and let me not disappoint anyone who has set the bar so high. I remind myself about this fact countless times a day. 

Finally, for me to write and post motivational or inspirational blogs, first I need to stay motivated and inspired - hopefully I can get to that inevitable next step of writing by conjuring up the past. I need some more time and in the meantime, am trying hard to get back on my own feet.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in this regard. 

PS: Am dreaming about starting work on my first manuscript, before this month rolls over. 

Why the Doctor Can't See You

For those planning to attend the Med school, this may be of interest to you. An article that appeared on Wall Street Journal back in August says:

Are you having trouble finding a doctor who will see you? If not, give it another year and a half. A doctor shortage is on its way. The demand for health care under ObamaCare will increase dramatically. The supply of physicians won't.

Click here to read: Why the Doctor Can't See You, authored by John Goodman -  president of the National Center for Policy Analysis.

Disclaimer: I am no expert on any topics related to medicine or medical field.  Consult your career counselor and discuss with your parents to learn more.

Credits: WSJ

10 things Med School won't tell you

An article that appeared earlier this month on Wall Street Journal talks about 10 things Med School won't tell you. They are:

1. “Bullying, teaching. Same difference.”

2. “We just added teamwork to our cutting-edge curriculum...”

3. “... so be prepared to share the spotlight.”

4. “You’re not getting in here without some people skills.”

5. “Undergraduate transferring may be used against you.”

6. “Getting into med school was tough? Try getting a residency.”

7. “Offshoring is not just for factories anymore…”

8. “…but your foreign colleagues may put your skills to shame.”

9. “Indebtedness isn’t an illness among doctors — it’s a plague.”

10. “Medicine isn’t a prescription for riches.”

Click here to read the article - 10 things medical schools won’t tell you.

Disclaimer: I am no expert on any topics related to medicine or medical field.  Consult your career counselor and discuss with your parents to learn more.

Credits: WSJ