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June 16, 2010

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June 10, 2010

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June 9, 2010

  • British officials, citing worries that singer Chris Brown might pose a danger to British citizens, barred him from entering the United Kingdom for concerts this week, a UK border official said. The 21-year-old R&B singer was scheduled to perform Wednesday night in Glasgow, Scotland, with shows in three English cities — Manchester, Birmingham and London — scheduled for Thursday, Friday and Sunday, according to his official website. He was then scheduled to perform in Cork, Ireland next Tuesday.
  • This is one of the first interesting cases of the estate tax repeal (valid for this year only).
  • Love this ad campaign. Porsche’s response: “Porsche has the most racing victories of any manufacturer out there—28,000 and counting—maybe we should go for 28,001,” the brand’s media relations manager says. “We just need to see what they’re up to.” Mini, of course, which would be expected to lose, therefore has little to lose—and just comes off as good humored and fun loving.
  • A lot of interesting books that I’d want to check out
  • Switzerland’s lower house rejected a bill that would have allowed the government to provide the U.S. with the names of UBS account holders
  • Love this idea, want one.

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June 8, 2010

“There is a tide in the affairs of men, Which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat. And we must take the current when it serves, or lose our ventures.”
– Shakespeare, Julius Caesar

I heard this quote yesterday on the show 24 (which btw has not been very good this season). The president summed it up as meaning “do or die”. The quote obviously has that carpe diem aspect to it, but I think it also implies that there is a rhythm to life, aka the “tide”. I was looking into this and it seems that boats back then would be docked at a harbor where the tide would rise and fall. It would be much easier to set sail when the tide was highest since your ship would go along with the current out to sea as the tide left. This applies to life just as does on the water, you need to be aware of when the tide is at its peak so that you can maximize the effectiveness of your efforts. When you realize and capture that point, you are not only more effective but it’s actually easier to make progress.

So how high is the tide in your life now? For most of my generation, I would argue we are hitting that peak – we’re young, educated, not tied down, financially stable, for the most part socially adept, and have the unique fortune of having no one to look out for but ourselves. Carrying on with the boat analogy – imagine a well-built, young fleet of lightweight boats at high tide. For the most part, these boats have been at the dock getting built through the education system and some initial job experience. Most are ready for sea, although some may be getting some additional equipment (grad school, etc). The question is now that the boat is ready and the tide is up, will you set sail?

I’d argue that most people don’t. They stay docked and pile on more weight as the boat get worn down by the friction against the harbor and the barnacles that attach themselves to the bottom. I might even argue that the nicer your boat is, the more you hesitate to depart. As time goes on, the tide leaves, and going out the sea becomes much more difficult. From this point forward in our lives, the longer you wait, the more everything moves against you. Eventually you start sinking, and “all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries”.

On the other hand, those who took the tide at its peak are not guaranteed smooth sailing either. Most probably get capsized a few times, but being young and resilient, they can usually tip themselves back over and find their way. Furthermore, they have the freedom to chart their own course rather than living within the confines of a predefined box aka the harbor aka your cubicle.

Either way is risky. As Helen Keller put it, “security is mostly a superstition”. You either risk danger at sea or you risk rotting at the docks without an adventure to your name.

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April 14, 2010

“That’s how much less women made than men in their first post-MBA jobs…What’s more, the salary lines aren’t parallel; men’s salaries start higher, then rise faster. The gap widens over time…”

Banco Santander’s headquarters in Madrid are SICK (Video)

“The second interesting result was that there was a way to ward off choking. When the expert golfers contemplated a holistic cue word, their performance was no longer affected by anxiety. Because the positive adjectives were vague and generic, they didn’t cause the athletes to lose the flow of expert performance or overrule their automatic brain.”

“it looks like email’s reign as the king of communication is ending and social networking is now supreme”

Learned this from SNL Weekend update. Interesting fact: Hasbro controls rights to Scrabble in the U.S., while Mattel has the rest of the world. Only Mattel is releasing the new version called Scrabble Trickster (sounds like a name I would make up)