Monday, December 29, 2008

When you first wake up...

The moment when you first wake up in the morning is the most wonderful of the twenty-four hours. No matter how weary or dreary you may feel, you possess the certainty that, during the day that lies before you, absolutely anything may happen. And the fact that it practically always doesn't, matters not a jot. The possibility is always there.

Monica Baldwin ( an ex nun who spent 28 years in a convent freom age 17 to 45 )

Trading in Chaos

Bill Williams talks about the role of chaos in trading.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

The Fringe Benefit of Failure

J K Rowling giving the commencement speech at Harvard in June 2008.

Key to Life - Running and Reading

The Key to Life - Running ( Swimming) and Reading

When you are ou there running or swimming , and you are tired and you want to quit if you can defeat that person who tells you to quit then you will win.

While other guys are sleeping I'm working
While other guys are eating I'm working

The person who works hardest wins.

Reading :

There is no new problem you can have that someone hasn't already solved and written a book.

Love what you do and do what you love.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

The Creative Habit

Twyla Tharp, choreographer, and author of The Creative Habit,talks about creativity.

Asking Questions

Jonas Salk , discoverer of the polio vaccine on the importance of asking questions.

'You never have an idea of what you might accomplish. All that you do is you pursue a question and see where it leads. The first moment that a question occurred to me that did influence my future career, occurred in my second year at medical school.'

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

20/20 vision for 1 billion people

Josh Silver , professor at Oxford University takes up the huge challenge of providing DIY glasses to one billion of the world's poor.

LifeStraw Portable Water Filter

Half of the world's poor suffer from waterborne diseases and this tool contains a halogen-based resin which is claimed to kill 99.9999% of bacteria and 98.7% of viruses that can cause deadly diseases.

Trevor Baylis and the Wind Up Radio

The world famous inventor invites us into his home to give you an insight into how he got into inventing.

The Solar Cooker

This is a solar cooker workshop in Nyala, Darfur. As the women look for firewood around the displacement camps they face the danger of rape and abduction. Solar cooking offers an alternative to using firewood for cooking.

A colorful array of characters have fun as they use their solar stoves in Bosaso, Somalia.

Jawed Karim and the Story of Youtube

Jawed Karim co founder of You Tube talks about the story of You Tube at the University of Illinois commencement speech.

Turning Dream into Fiction

Last weekend i went to see Twilight with my daughter and was surprised that I liked the film as I expected it to be a childreen's movie. Stephenie Meyer's story of how the book was conceived is also very inspiring.

The Beauty of Cherry Blossoms

sakura photoclips
BGM : Love Poem (Spring Waltz OST)
photos taken from

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Reducing Inequities

I hope you come back to Harvard thirty years from now and reflect what you have done with your talents and energy and judge yourself on not only your professional accomplishments but how well you addressed the world’s deepest inequities, how well you treated people a world away who have nothing in common with you but their humanity. Bill Gates

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Pickens Plan

Warren Buffet's stock picks

"Some guys read Playboy, I read annual reports" Says it all.

Warren Buffet says he looks at companies, not countries. When asked the secret behind his success in stock picking he replies that while other people reads Playboy, he reads annual reports.

Trading Titans

Bourne Ultimatum

Paul Greengrass, the director of the Bourne films explains why the character of Jason Bourne has such wide appeal.

The Mamma Mia Story

Judy Craymer's dream became a reality when she overcame numerous obstacles to bring the ABBA musical on stage which became a world wide hit and now has followed it up with a big screen movie.

The Story of 7UP

I came across this interesting story while reading Donald Trump's 'Why we want you to be rich':

Being stubborn is a big part of being a winner. [...] My father used to tell us this story about a guy who loved soda, so he went into the soda business, with a product he called 3UP. It failed. So he started again with a product called 4UP. It failed, too. So he decided to name his product 5UP and worked just as hard to make it work, but sure enough, it failed again. He realized that he still loved soda, so he tried again with a product named 6UP. It failed, and he gave up completely. Then, a few years later, someone else came up with a soda product and named it 7UP, which became a huge success.

I wonder if it is true.