Thursday, July 19, 2012

Unrealistic Goals Are Easier to Achieve

I was reading the 4-hour work week the other day, and I came across something that blew my mind - the author said that the most unrealistic goals are easier to achieve.

At first, I thought it was a crock of shit. But then I started thinking about it...and it's actually a good point. 

Why are entry-level jobs the hardest to get into? Why do cute girls get approached more than dimes? 

It's actually quite simple: competition's fiercest for mediocre goals because everyone's trying to be realistic. 

Aim high and genuinely want it, 'cause it's good to dream a little every now and then. See you at the top.


- knowledge

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Aim High

"Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition" - Timothy Leary

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Science Reveals How Not to Spill Your Coffee When Walking

*Thanks to Krysztof for sharing the link on fb*

You guys gotta read this article:

(read first before continuing)

LOL, amirite?

I've taken the liberty of breaking down the main points of the article:
"Common Sense Reveals How Not to Spill Your Coffee When Walking"
1) don't walk fast 2) make sure the coffee doesn't spill 3) don't do anything that would make the coffee spill 4) use a cup that makes the coffee less likely to spill

When people ask me what I do for a living, I tell them I solve first world problems (like it's no big deal)

- knowledge

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Once The Game is Over, The King & The Pawn Go Back in The Same Box

Once the game is over, the king & the pawn go back in the same box - Italian Proverb

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The Only Morality In a Cruel World is Chance

"The only morality in a cruel world is chance" - Two Face,from The Dark knight. 

Is it really? A lecture from one of my courses in bioethical research comes to mind. The short version of this real-life dilemma is that there are a lack of live organ donors in North America, so there's a system set in place to decide who receives the organ. For years, ethicists have been trying to figure out the fairest way to decide who gets to live, and who doesn't.

There are 2 main principles to approach this from: urgency or a first-come-first serve basis. If we choose urgency, then people who have been waiting on the list to live, are left to continue suffering or die (even if they've been waiting longer). If we choose the list, then people who aren't going to die are put ahead of people who are, for the sake of fairness & principle(which is contrary to how our emergency healthcare system works).

So a couple of ethicists have argued that the only morality in a cruel world is chance. But is this just the easy way out? Or is it really the fairest solution?


- knowledge

Monday, April 2, 2012

CEO of J.P. Morgan's Reply to a Gold Digger

A reply from CEO of J.P. Morgan to a pretty girl seeking a rich husband

A young and pretty lady posted this on a popular forum:

Title: What should I do to marry a rich guy?

I'm going to be honest of what I'm going to say here.

I'm 25 this year. I'm very pretty, have style and good taste. I wish to marry a guy with $500k annual salary or above.

You might say that I'm greedy, but an annual salary of $1M is considered only as middle class in New York.

My requirement is not high. Is there anyone in this forum who has an income of $500k annual salary? Are you all married?

I wanted to ask: what should I do to marry rich persons like you?

Among those I've dated, the richest is $250k annual income, and it seems that this is my upper limit.

If someone is going to move into high cost residential area on the west of New York City Garden(?), $250k annual income is not enough.

I'm here humbly to ask a few questions:
1) Where do most rich bachelors hang out? (Please list down the names and addresses of bars, restaurant, gym)
2) Which age group should I target?
3) Why most wives of the riches are only average-looking? I've met a few girls who don't have looks and are not interesting, but they are able to marry rich guys.

4) How do you decide who can be your wife, and who can only be your girlfriend? (my target now is to get married)

Ms. Pretty

A philosophical reply from CEO of J.P. Morgan:

Dear Ms. Pretty,
I have read your post with great interest. Guess there are lots of girls out there who have similar questions like yours. Please allow me to analyse your situation as a professional investor.

My annual income is more than $500k, which meets your requirement, so I hope everyone believes that I'm not wasting time here.

From the standpoint of a business person, it is a bad decision to marry you. The answer is very simple, so let me explain.

Put the details aside, what you're trying to do is an exchange of "beauty" and "money" : Person A provides beauty, and Person B pays for it, fair and square.

However, there's a deadly problem here, your beauty will fade, but my money will not be gone without any good reason. The fact is, my income might increase from year to year, but you can't be prettier year after year.

Hence from the viewpoint of economics, I am an appreciation asset, and you are a depreciation asset. It's not just normal depreciation, but exponential depreciation. If that is your only asset, your value will be much worse 10 years later.

By the terms we use in Wall Street, every trading has a position, dating with you is also a "trading position".
If the trade value dropped we will sell it and it is not a good idea to keep it for long term - same goes with the marriage that you wanted. It might be cruel to say this, but in order to make a wiser decision any assets with great depreciation value will be sold or "leased".

Anyone with over $500k annual income is not a fool; we would only date you, but will not marry you. I would advice that you forget looking for any clues to marry a rich guy. And by the way, you could make yourself to become a rich person with $500k annual income.This has better chance than finding a rich fool.

Hope this reply helps.

J.P. Morgan CEO


Real or not - this shit is truth

- knowledge

Monday, March 19, 2012

Nurturing Creativity

I'd never post a 20 minute video unless it was worth watching in it's entirety.

Also, if you haven't heard of TED Talks, check it out. They're basically amazing lectures and presentations from renowned professors, officials, etc. from around the world.

I wrote a piece about Kony when it was still fresh and it's an interesting angle, but I'm not sure if I want to post it. I hate that this always happens (maybe the video's more relevant than I initially thought).


- knowledge

Thursday, January 12, 2012

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

"We accept the love we think we deserve."

- Steven Chbosky

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year

Here's to a good 2012.

Live a little; live a lot.


- knowledge

On a side note, I'm really considering just posting axioms, idioms, and quotes (both from myself and others). Let me know what you guys think...

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