January 30, 2012
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In 1951, Sir Hugh Beaver, managing director of Guinness Breweries, was involved in a drunken argument about which of Europe’s many game birds could fly the fastest. Unable to settle the argument even after consulting a well-stocked library, he commissioned a new reference book that would be filled with the sort of facts that people routinely argue about over beer — the fastest, furthest, most expensive, largest, and so forth.
Thus was Guinness World Records born, and it has continued to this day.
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August 26, 2010
In the beginning: The making of the Mac.
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Very interesting article on the ups and downs in development of Macintosh operating system.
August 16, 2010
How do you define greatness ?
One who is the best in what he does ? Numbers and facts of an individual that proves he is great ?
One who can arouse emotions in a group of people, every time he comes to do/perform whatever he is good at. The emotion that drives into people when they speak about him/her.
I feel its the latter. No numbers, no certificates can make or prove he or she is great. Its emotions that drives through people makes some one great. Its a charisma that cannot be built in one day. He/She has to go through their ups and downs in the front eyes of the people, achieving and losing many things to be able to drive such emotions. People should be able to relate to what he/she does to understand that he/she is great and celebrate his/her greatness.
I feel greatness is kind of a perception. Its is not a false perception, it is true perception because it get developed over long period of time, sometime it takes life time of a person.
I couldn’t help rubbishing the following article, claiming that Sehwag is greater that Sachin Tendulkar.
Bradman best, Sehwag greater than Sachin: Study
The numbers the economist have come up with does not have anything to do with the greatness of any individual. They are mere a fact of their performances. Some one with best records need not necessarily be great. It the perception of the people that make individual great.
April 18, 2010
Following link points to an interesting illustration on the art of persuasion.
I’ve experienced this myself. Whenever there are multiple options and there is a lot of uncertainty, on what to do next ? or there are things that I would say NO to, because I am averse of doing it or consider that it is not possible for me, kinds. However once take a stand or make a commitment I tend to go ahead and do it which I earlier would not have done or have hesitated to agree.
Well !! not tried this funda on others. If I get an opportunity I probably can try it out.
However isn’t this manipulating the thoughts of the person to get our job, in a way that the other person gives consent for what we want?
January 11, 2010
Geese by StarryMom on Zooomr
If you ever happen to see (or hear about) geese heading south for the winter – flying along in “V” formation – you might consider what science has discovered about why they fly that way. As each bird flaps its wings, it creates uplift for the bird immediately following. By flying in “V” formation, the whole flock adds at least 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew by itself. Any goose that falls out of formation suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to go it alone and quickly gets back into position to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird in front.
When the lead goose gets tired, it rotates back in the set and another goose moves up to fly point. And the geese in the back honk to encourage those in front to keep up their speed. Finally, when a goose gets sick or is wounded and falls out of formation, two other geese fall out with that goose and follow it down to lend help and protection. They stay with the fallen teammate until it is able to fly or it dies. Only then do they launch out on their own – or with another formation – to catch back up with their group.