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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Robot to attempt Hawaii triathlon

Robot to attempt Hawaii triathlon

"This is very tough even for a sportsman, but I think it is worth a challenge," said Tomotaka Takahashi, who created the green-and-white toy-like robot.
"The robot will encounter a lot of hardships on its way, but I hope it will overcome them all and succeed in the end."
The robot will have to swim, run and bike for a total of approximately 230 km. The time given to complete the task is one week or 168 hours, which is ten times longer than it would take a sportsman.
"Evolta's height is just one-tenth of a grown man, so we figured out that it would take it 10 times more time," Takahashi added."

Thursday, September 8, 2011

RT @Lawrence McDonald "Making money is a zero sum game, so to be successful you have to be willing to stand apart from the crowd" - trading legend Ray Dalio

RT @Lawrence McDonald "Making money is a zero sum game, so to be successful you have to be willing to stand apart from the crowd" - trading legend Ray Dalio

Android to overtake Apple in app downloads!

Android to overtake Apple in app downloads!


"Android is expected to surpass Apple in application downloads for the first time, according to research firm Ovum.
Android could notch 8.1 billion app downloads this year, compared with 6 billion for Apple's iOS devices. That marks an explosion of growth for both platforms; Apple had 2.7 billion downloads and Android recorded 1.4 billion last year. The total number of application downloads is expected to grow by 144 percent this year, Ovum said in a report issued today."

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Man accused of threatening top ranking Google exec via Twitter

Man accused of threatening top ranking Google exec via Twitter

"According to court records, Gregory Calvin King was arrested in Texas last month and transported to San Francisco to face charges he threatened Google vice president Marissa Mayer, the company's first female engineer.
The indictment identified the alleged victim only as "M.M." but King's Twitter account shows him sending thousands of threatening posts to Mayer."

Amazon Tablet PROBABLY NOT 'Ipad Killer'

Amazon Tablet PROBABLY NOT 'Ipad Killer'

Groupon SCRAPS IPO Plans with FEDERAL PROBE!

Groupon SCRAPS IPO Plans with FEDERAL PROBE!

Byebye easy billions for company indebting current shareholders.  Who will buy such crap?

“This art of resting the mind and the power of dismissing from it all care and worry is probably one of the secrets of energy in our great men.” Captain J. A. Hadfield

“This art of resting the mind and the power of dismissing from it all care and worry is probably one of the secrets of energy in our great men.” Captain J. A. Hadfield

'Rebbe's Riders' - Hasidic Harley Group

'Rebbe's Riders' - Hasidic Harley Group

“No matter how much pressure you feel at work, if you could find ways to relax for at least five minutes every hour, you’d be more productive.” Dr. Joyce Brothers

“No matter how much pressure you feel at work, if you could find ways to relax for at least five minutes every hour, you’d be more productive.” Dr. Joyce Brothers

“Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.” Chinese Proverb

“Tension is who you think you should be.  Relaxation is who you are.” Chinese Proverb

“Out of clutter, find simplicity.” Einstein

 “Out of clutter, find simplicity.” Einstein

The 'GREAT BANK ROBBERY': Nassim Taleb and Mark Spitznagel

The 'GREAT BANK ROBBERY': Nassim Taleb and Mark Spitznagel

"the elephant in the room is the amount of money paid to bankers over the last five years. In the United States, the sum stands at an astounding $2.2 trillion. Extrapolating over the coming decade, the numbers would approach $5 trillion, an amount vastly larger than what both President Barack Obama’s administration and his Republican opponents seem willing to cut from further government deficits.

Excessive leverage, rather than skills, can be seen as the source of their resulting profits, which then flow disproportionately to employees, and of their sometimes-massive losses, which are borne by shareholders and taxpayers.
In other words, banks take risks, get paid for the upside, and then transfer the downside to shareholders, taxpayers, and even retirees. In order to rescue the banking system, the Federal Reserve, for example, put interest rates at artificially low levels; as was disclosed recently, it also has provided secret loans of $1.2 trillion to banks. The main effect so far has been to help bankers generate bonuses (rather than attract borrowers) by hiding exposures"

Sunday, September 4, 2011

‎"Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won't, so that you can spend the rest of your life like most people can't"

‎"Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won't, so that you can spend the rest of your life like most people can't"

Satellite Takes Burning Man Photos from space!!

Satellite Takes Burning Man Photos from space!!

"a tiny European satellite has snapped an overhead shot of the eccentric action.
The European Space Agency's Proba-1 microsatellite took a photo of Burning Man on Thursday (Sept. 1) from an altitude of about 373 miles (600 kilometers). The picture shows campers and tents massed for the annual gathering, which attracts 50,000 people to the Black Rock Desert 120 miles (193 km) north of Reno."

All growth is a leap in the dark - a spontaneous, unpremeditated act without the benefit of experience. - Henry Miller

All growth is a leap in the dark - a spontaneous, unpremeditated act without the benefit of experience. - Henry Miller

Friday, September 2, 2011

“Pressure makes diamonds.” - General George Patton

“Pressure makes diamonds.” - General George Patton

Children of Hoarders (VIDEO from ABC 20/20)

Children of Hoarders (VIDEO from ABC 20/20)

RT @Matt Michelsen "When you want to be successful as bad as you want to breathe, then you'll be successful!" #hiphoppreacher

Bored UCLA Student Joins Libyan Rebels (REAL STORY - NOT AN ONION ARTICLE!)

Bored UCLA Student Joins Libyan Rebels (REAL STORY - NOT AN ONION ARTICLE!)

"THREE WORDS" - IF, BUT, TRY.

"Three Words of Self Doubt

by Rabbi Yossi Ives

You're not serious about your goal if you use one of these three words.

People confuse desire with determination. You may well like to run a marathon. Whether you do or not will depend not on whether you desire that achievement, but whether you are committed to it and are determined to succeed. How much do you want to achieve it? How motivated are you? You say you want to realize your ambition – but how serious are you? I can tell you one thing for sure – the chance that you will reach your goal is not predicated on your genuine interest in that achievement but on whether you can muster real drive and enthusiasm.

I know people who would love to start their own business or write a book, and I don’t doubt their sincerity. I also don’t doubt that it will never happen. Why? Because dearly wishing for something is not the same as being dead serious about accomplishing it. Only when an idea changes from a dream to a concrete goal, complete with a detailed plan of action, will things start to happen. Why do so many truly great ideas prove unsuccessful? A key reason is that in our own minds we are undermining ourselves; we are subverting our own success. Are we prepared to believe in ourselves?
Your choice of words has the ability to reveal what you are really thinking. Here are three words to look out for: If, Try and But. Use them and you may get caught red-handed practicing self-doubt. These expressions usually indicate that you don’t believe what you are saying, so what chance do you have of bringing your goal to fruition?

IF – “If I finally manage to get my act together, I will have an amazing business plan.” “If?” What kind of language is that? I thought you were serious? Not if – When! I thought you said it was a great plan? So why start with “If”? I have no idea what your business plan says, but if you don’t wholeheartedly go for it, there’s an excellent chance it will remain one big “if.”
If is iffy. Ban that word! “If” can imply choice, but often it simply means that you doubt it will ever happen. Our Sages say (Talmud Kiddushin 40a) that God regards a positive intention as if it were an action. Why? Because if you have serious intent, it will most likely result in action. Any disbelief – whether in God or yourself – is problematic. Is there something you would like to do? Then do it! On various occasions in the Bible, the Hebrew word for “if” (“im”) actually means “when” – I guess “if” is not always an option.

TRY – “I will try to get my office sorted out before I am literally submerged under my papers.” What do you mean by “try”? Are you or are you not going to clear out your office? No one in the history of the planet has ever tried to clean out his office – he either did or he didn’t.
The word “try” presupposes failure. The word “try” is often used when there is an expectation of defeat. You are not going to try to tackle your office deluge – you “will” tackle it! I cannot guarantee you’ll succeed, but I can guarantee that if you try to do it, you won’t. You don’t try to do your accounts – you just do it. To achieve a goal, don’t try; just do. As Yoda said in The Empire Strikes Back: “Do, or do not. There is no ‘try.’“ R. Menachem Mendel of Kotzk (1767-1859), known as the Kotzker Rebe, said: “To say, ‘I wish to do it,’ is a bad trait; to say, ‘I will do it’ is better; to say ‘I am doing it’ is a good trait.” With God’s help, you will succeed.

BUT – “I am committed to working my way through this computer manual, but I need to get a few things sorted out first.” The word “but” is the verbal equivalent of the reverse gear in your car. It negates whatever is said before. “But” is a great eraser. It rubs out whatever positive intentions you had expressed previously.
If a friend says to you: “Goldie, you’re looking great today, but it’s a shame about the hairstyle,” she would have been better saying nothing. When someone says, “Yes, but…” you know the emphasis is on the “but,” not the “yes.” When you are expressing your positive affirmation, there is no “but.” Don’t use the word again.

Changing your language is not a panacea, but it is an essential ingredient. When we speak, even if no one listens to a word we say, the brain pays close attention. It registers the caveats, the hesitation, the doubt. It sends out a message to your body: don’t overexert yourself; this guy’s not serious.
So start speaking as if you mean it. No ifs ands or buts."

Excerpted from There Must Be a Better Way, by Yossi Ives