worth having a look again ..
Very inspiring ..
Seven years after graduating from university, Rowling saw herself as “the biggest failure I knew.” Her marriage had failed, she was jobless with a dependent child, but she described her failure as liberating:
|“||Failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was, and began to direct all my energy to finishing the only work that mattered to me. Had I really succeeded at anything else, I might never have found the determination to succeed in the one area where I truly belonged. I was set free, because my greatest fear had been realized, and I was still alive, and I still had a daughter whom I adored, and I had an old typewriter, and a big idea. And so rock bottom became a solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life. – J. K. Rowling, Harvard commencement address, 2008.
source – wikipedia
I loved this video .. and always wanted to do a post about this
Tom Lehrer is genius and a polymath whose work I like .. He wrote a song called the ‘Element song’ about elements in the periodic table .. And this is Daniel Radcliffe singing the elements song ..
I was first introduced to Tom Lehrer songs by a friend in New Zealand through this song which is also a classic – (Lisa – if you are reading this, love to get back in touch!)
Poisoning pigeons in the park
I still remember reading this statement around age 19 in India. It had a profound impact on my life ..
“But you see,” said Roark quietly, “I have, let’s say, sixty years to live. Most of that time will be spent working. I’ve chosen the work I want to do. If I find no joy in it, then I’m only condemning myself to sixty years of torture. And I can find the joy only if I do my work in the best way possible to me. But the best is a matter of standards—and I set my own standards. I inherit nothing. I stand at the end of no tradition. I may, perhaps, stand at the beginning of one.”
When I was a child in India, Yuri Gagarin was an inspiration.
So, very happy to be celebrating 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s flight into space
This should be another excellent event which is essentially a panel review and audience discussion on the afternoon of Saturday 9th April 2011. The subject of the discussion will be the groundbreaking but controversial ideas and projects of Ray Kurzweil, especially as featured in the film Transcendent Man which has its London premier earlier in the same week:
Registration and event details at the Post transcendent man event london a video preview of the film below
If you are coming, happy to meet up!
What is your favourite star trek episode?
There are many discussions on favourite star trek episodes but my favourite episode (even when I first saw it as a child), is Errand of Mercy, an episode which has particular resonance in times of conflict.
Errand of mercy is about a placid, docile race of people (called Organians) which captain kirk and Mr spock attempt to sway towards their side when at war with the Klingons. The Organians are frustratingly placid .. but it turns out that they are not humanoid but have evolved far beyond the body to be pure energy.
image source: trekmovie
I highly recommend this book ..
This is the biography of the pilot who landed the plane on the hudson river with no loss of life.
It is more about the man himself and his ethos rather than the incident which is also covered ..
Since watching that incident, I have been always interested in the mindset, upbringing and rationale of Captain Sullenberger.
I know someone who decommissioned nuclear reactors and also read about a submarine pilot. ie these jobs require a very specific temperatement which we could all learn from ..
Amazon has some amazing reviews about Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters by captain Chesley Sullenberger which give you a lot more about this book ..
but it is truly inspiring ..