The European Debt Crisis Visualized

This looks potentially to be a new war game among the power of nations. Interesting to see how we have evolved from one crisis to another. Perhaps this would be less blood shed in the struggle for power, but I wonder what will happen in the long term?

At the heart of the European debt crisis is the euro, the currency that ties together 17 countries in an intimate manner. So when one country teeters on the brink of financial collapse, the entire continent is at risk. How did such a flawed system come to be? Bloomberg Television and Jonathan Jarvis present “The European Debt Crisis Visualized.” (Source: Bloomberg)

Comparing With Rocks Could Make You Happy

Are you comparing to your left or right?

Apparently you are a rock. A very peculiar but a certain size of rock. That size represents your pride, your social status, your fortune, your vanity and your outlook in life. But not to worry because you are not alone. On your left is another rock, but it’s size is smaller than you. If that rock compares itself to you, then it seems to be feeling a bit smaller and perhaps envious of you from now and then.

Then there is another rock on your right. That rock is significantly much larger than your own. That rock on the right is more confident and pride itself for its size. You don’t think about it but sometimes it will bother you when people start comparing both of you. Now you have two rocks between you. So if you are asked to compare with both of the left and the right, then who do you want to compare yourself to? Which will you choose and how will you make your choice? Which choice will make you happier? Look left or right?

Life is full of rocks scattered around us and you are often put into situations when you make comparisons. It happens in your application forms, when you want to apply for a loan, when you apply to enter into a good university, when you apply for a job, when you try to court for a new relationship and more. All these will happen because you are different and it will make you feel good or bad about yourself. Sometimes comparisons will make you feel more proud and sometimes it will make you feel less about yourself. But you know deep inside, you should not be feeling that way.

But if you see comparison as a way to make you feel more competitive in a way that helps you improve yourself, then that’s a good thing. And sometimes it will also help you feel more grateful about what you already have as there are many other rocks in the world that are much smaller than yours. It’s not for ego boosting if you so happen to be larger than others, but it’s for a sign that you should be grateful. So you have a reason to be grateful today.

Does the size really matter, it’s really a matter of perspective.

Art That Craves Your Attention

If you want people to stay focus, distracted, be happy, be sad or be excited, then you can do it by applying this kind of art and design. She is also very good and entertaining presenter. The ideas and creativity are very well communicated.

This is actually an interesting presentation about art and design. It speaks a lot about how  we can use design to direct people’s emotions and their actions.

In this charming talk, artist Aparna Rao shows us her latest work: cool, cartoony sculptures (with neat robotic tricks underneath them) that play with your perception — and crave your attention. Take a few minutes to simply be delighted.

You Are What You Think Whole Day

It’s so easy to be distracted.

Distracted by so many different thoughts, emotions, conversations and ideas every single second, minute and hour in a single day. And what you let enter your mind and you let those thoughts to entertain your precious time, it’s actually important to your well being.

First, you might waste a lot of time spending on thoughts that are not helping you or others around you.

Second, whatever ideas or thoughts that you let entertain in your own head ultimately influence you on your futures decisions and emotions on that matter. In a way, you are like a pot of plant, and what kind of water that you would allow to be poured onto you will ultimate affect your growth. So simply put, you are what you think whole day.

If you worry today, then your a worrier
If you complain today, then you are a complainer
If you scheme today, then you are a schemer
If you gossip today, then you are a gossiper
If you dabble today, then you are a dabbler

If you are passionate today, then you a person with passion
If you are creative today, then you a creative person
If you are making things happen today, then you are maker
If you are thinking transformative ideas for the world, then you are a thinker or thought leader
If you are loving today, then you are a lover

You can choose what you want to become and what you want to think the whole day. And it starts from what you are thinking right now, the next moment and then it becomes the day, and then it becomes who you are.

Have You Flap Your Bird Today?

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This is a seriously simple but addictive game.

It’s free but it makes revenue from ads. It’s a simple development from a Vietnamese developer and found success when the app became popular with more than 50 million downloads and raking up more than USD$50k per day in online advertising. Not too bad for an Indy or independent game developer.

Anyway I started playing it and it was extremely frustrating as the game play was pretty challenging at first. So I finally manage to get through more than 10 hoops and won a medal. That was a good feeling. Amazing how games can shift your emotions even just the slightest way.

Killing The Business Cards

This video makes a good point about business cards.

I used to carry and print a lot of business cards. And in networking events and meetings, I have collected tons of business cards. It used to be very useful to be a reference to someone you just meet, until we have social networks like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other social media tools to help organize contacts easier and better.

I think it’s time that we move on from the physical cards into something more simple. Let’s just exchange emails and phone numbers instead. It’s a better way to keep in touch and if you really need to know more about me or my company, you could always check me out at my blog, website or LinkedIn profile. It’s far more immersive and useful as compared to a print card. You can instantly message me, check out mutual connections, recommendations, common interest and things that can just warm up the relationship even faster. So, let’s do that.

Personal Tech Columnist Joanna Stern explains why the cards are stacked against the wireless exchange of our contact info

Sharing What Inspires Me

I learn and I share.

Almost every week I will soak up some inspirational quotes and some words of wisdom. I try to learn some of it and then I share it. Before I know it, I have been doing this for many years now and almost consistently every single day. Everyday there will be some quotes that I have personally selected from a range of other quotes that I can find and they are all shared and available on my tweets and my Twitter account.

Why do it? I am quite sure there was a good reason for it but I can’t remember the reason after so long, but I just kept doing it. It’s an interesting feeling and I like the inspiring words from other people and then sharing it. Some of the people who said those words, were leaders, thinkers, doers, celebrities, rich people, poor people, fortunate people, unfortunate people, parents, children, young people and others.

Does it feel strange to be doing it for so long? I don’t really think of what other people think, because some will like it, and some will not, but it started off that I was doing it for myself. I think it should had rub off a little wisdom after collecting so many lists of interesting quotes. Remember that the joy starts within yourself. So I started reading, sharing and then it starts to become affectionately infectious.

Audi 2014 Big Game Commercial – Doberhuahua

This is so funny. Great super bowl ad from Audi. Good job for making us laugh.

For this year’s Big Game, Audi has conceived a never-before-seen creature to show the frightening consequences of bringing compromise into the world. The commercial highlights the all-new Audi A3 and celebrates the uncompromised spirit that led to the A3’s unrivaled technology and performance. Watch the spot to see why the most exceptionally-engineered vehicles never come from compromise.