Near the Cu Chi tunnels you'll find the memorial temple of Ho Chi Minh of the Vietnam War.
Monday, February 11, 2013
10 quotes from Stephen Covey that have the power to completely change the direction of one’s life.
1) The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.
2) The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.
3) Live out of your imagination, not your history.
4) Trust is the glue of life. It’s the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It’s the foundational principle that holds all relationships.
5) Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important.
6) I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.
7) You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage—pleasantly, smilingly, nonapologetically, to say “no” to other things. And the way you do that is by having a bigger “yes” burning inside. The enemy of the “best” is often the “good.”
8) I teach people how to treat me by what I will allow.
9) Love is a verb. Love – the feeling – is the fruit of love the verb or our loving actions. So love her.
10) Live, love, laugh, leave a legacy.
Stephen Covey: 10 Quotes That Can Change Your Life - Forbes
1. - Study less, more. Specific knowledge is valuable. Being a wandering generality pays no bills.
2. -Get organized. Know what comes first: Vision, Goals, Priorities, To Do Lists
3. -Remember space is the new luxury; minimalism
4. - Keep your life simple and sane
5. - Smart goals: specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, time-bound
6. - Use practice and repetition
7. - Remember to seek progress over perfection
8. - Do a little every day to achieve your goals.
9. - Learn success habits (stating with R. Ringer)
10. - Practice these simple habits, day in and day out, to create momentum in the direction of your vision.
11. - Focus. Stay on topic when reading and researching on the web.
12. - Balance
13. - Differentiate between the Clock and the Compass
14. - S. Covey Effective Habits:
Habit 1: Be Proactive
Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind
Habit 3: Put First Things First
Habit 4: Think Win-Win
Habit 5: Seek First to Understand
Habit 6: Synergize
Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
"It has been my philosophy of life that difficulties vanish when faced boldly."
- Isaac Asimov
There's more to the truth than just the facts.
- Author Unknown
I've never quite believed that one chance is all I get.
- Anne Tyler
US novelist (1941 - )
The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.
- Thomas Paine
US patriot & political philosopher (1737 - 1809)
My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence.
- Edith Sitwell
English biographer, critic, novelist, & poet (1887 - 1964)
Though I am grateful for the blessings of wealth, it hasn't changed who I am. My feet are still on the ground. I'm just wearing better shoes.
- Oprah Winfrey (1954 - ), O Magazine
Even God cannot change the past.
- Agathon (448 BC - 400 BC)
The important thing was to love rather than to be loved.
- W. Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965), 'Of Human Bondage', 1915
There are some defeats more triumphant than victories.
- Michel de Montaigne (1533 - 1592)
The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)
If the people who make the decisions are the people who will also bear the consequences of those decisions, perhaps better decisions will result.
- John Abrams, The Company We Keep: Reinventing Small Business for People, Community and Place
If you can solve your problem, then what is the need of worrying? If you cannot solve it, then what is the use of worrying?
No man ever listened himself out of a job.
- Calvin Coolidge (1872 - 1933)
Eliminate something superfluous from your life. Break a habit. Do something that makes you feel insecure.
- Piero Ferrucci
Babies are cool, until you've done everything to do with 'em and you get bored. That's why T.V. shows about babies don't last more than a year.
- Gregory Thomas Garcia, Alan Kirschenbaum, Raising Hope, Burt Rocks, November 30, 2010
We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be.
- Jane Austen (1775 - 1817), Mansfield Park
Genuine goodness is threatening to those at the opposite end of the moral spectrum.
- Charles Spencer
We who are of mature age seldom suspect how unmercifully and yet with what insight the very young judge us.
- W. Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965), The Razor's Edge, 1943
If two men agree on everything, you may be sure that one of them is doing the thinking.
- Lyndon B. Johnson (1908 - 1973)
You've got your phenomenon on one hand. Concrete and knowable. On the other hand you've got the incomprehensible. You call it God, but to me, God or no, it remains just that, the unknowable.
- Robin Green and Mitchell Burgess, Northern Exposure, A Wing and a Prayer, 1994
Red meat is NOT bad for you. Now blue-green meat, THAT'S bad for you!
- Tommy Smothers
The simple solution for disappointment depression: Get up and get moving. Physically move. Do. Act. Get going.
- Peter McWilliams, Life 101
In the first place, God made idiots. That was for practice. Then he made school boards.
- Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)
I shall never be ashamed of citing a bad author if the line is good.
- Seneca (5 BC - 65 AD)
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Monday, February 4, 2013
Remains found under parking lot in Leicester, England
The Canadian Press Posted: Feb 4, 2013 6:25 AM ET
A Canadian carpenter says he's stunned that his DNA helped solve a 500-year-old mystery that stumped British historians for centuries.
Scientists said Monday it is "beyond reasonable doubt" that the remains unearthed last year under a parking lot in the city of Leicester are those of England's King Richard III.
University of Leicester researchers were able to make the discovery thanks to a DNA sample from Michael Ibsen, who is a 17th great-grand-nephew of Richard's older sister — Anne of York.
Ibsen, who was born in London, Ont., but now lives in London, England, said he was "stunned" to discover he was related to the king.
"It's difficult to digest," he said.
Geneticist Turi King said Ibsen shares with the skeleton a rare strain of mitochondrial DNA. She said combined with the archaeological evidence, that left little doubt the skeleton belonged to the king.
Archaeologists had long sought the monarch's grave, which has been the subject of speculation for centuries.
They, along with historians and local tourism officials, had all been hoping for confirmation that king's long-lost remains had been found.
And so had the monarch's fans in the Richard III Society, set up to re-evaluate the reputation of a reviled monarch.
"It will be a whole new era for Richard III," the society's Lynda Pidgeon said. "It's certainly going to spark a lot more interest. Hopefully people will have a more open mind toward Richard."
Few monarchs have seen their reputations decline as much after death as Richard III. He ruled England between 1483 and 1485, during the decades-long tussle over the throne known as the Wars of the Roses, which pitted two wings of the ruling Plantagenet dynasty — York and Lancaster —against one another.
His brief reign saw liberal reforms, including the introduction of the right to bail and the lifting of restrictions on books and printing presses.
But his rule was challenged, and he was defeated and killed by the army of Henry Tudor, who took the throne as King Henry VII and ended the Plantagenet line.
Death was just the start of Richard's problems. Historians writing under the victorious Tudors comprehensively trashed his reputation, accusing him of myriad crimes — most famously, the murder of the "Princes in the Tower," the two sons of his elder brother, King Edward IV.
William Shakespeare indelibly depicted Richard as a hunchbacked usurper who left a trail of bodies on his way to the throne before dying in battle, shouting "My kingdom for a horse."
That view was repeated by many historians, and Richard remains a villain in the popular imagination. But others argue that the image is unfair, and say Richard's reputation was smeared by his Tudor successors.
For centuries, the location of Richard's body has been unknown.
Grave location forgotten.
The skull of England's King Richard III, found at the Grey Friars excavation in Leicester. (University of Leicester/Associated Press)
Records say he was buried by the Franciscan monks of Grey Friars at their church in Leicester, 160 kilometres north of London. The church was closed and dismantled after King Henry VIII dissolved the monasteries in 1538, and its location eventually was forgotten.
But last year a team led by University of Leicester archaeologist Richard Buckley identified a possible location of the grave through map regression analysis, starting with a current map and analyzing earlier maps to discover what had changed and not changed.
Ground-penetrating radar was employed to find the best places to start digging.
The team began excavating in a parking lot last August. Within a week they had located thick walls and the remains of tiled floors. Soon after, they found human remains — the skeleton of an adult male who appeared to have died in battle.
No coffin, shroud
He had been buried unceremoniously, without coffin or shroud — plausible for a despised and defeated enemy.
Osteologist Jo Appleby said the 10 injuries to the body were inflicted by weapons like swords, daggers and halberds and were consistent with accounts of Richard being struck down in battle — his helmet knocked from his head — before his body was stripped naked and flung over the back of a horse in disgrace.
She said some scars, including a knife wound to the buttock, bore the hallmarks of "humiliation injuries" inflicted after death.
The remains also displayed signs of scoliosis, which is a form of spinal curvature, consistent with contemporary accounts of Richard's appearance, though not with Shakespeare's description of him as a "deform'd, unfinished," hunchback.
Researchers conducted a battery of scientific tests, including radiocarbon dating to determine the skeleton's age. They found the skeleton belonged to a man aged between his late 20s and late 30s who died between 1455 and 1540. Richard was 32 when he died in 1485.
The mayor of Leicester, Peter Soulsby, said the monarch would be interred in the city's cathedral and a memorial service would be held. With files from The Associated Press
Canadian's DNA helps ID King Richard III's bones - World - CBC News
Focus, Focus, Focus. - Peter F. Drucker
- Focus (cognitive process), selectively concentrating on one aspect of the environment while ignoring other things
a central point, as of attraction, attention, or activity: The need to prevent a nuclear war became the focus of all diplomatic efforts.
Heraclitus(c.535 BC - 475 BC) was a Greek philosopher, known for his doctrine of change being central to the universe, and for establishing the term Logos (λόγος) in Western philosophy as meaning both the source and fundamental order of the Cosmos.
- Πάντα ῥεῖ καὶ οὐδὲν μένει
- Everything flows, nothing stands still.
- Quoted by Plato in Cratylus, and by Diogenes Laërtius in Lives of the Philosophers Book IX, section 8
- Variant translations:
Everything flows and nothing stays.
Everything flows and nothing abides.
Everything gives way and nothing stays fixed.
Everything flows; nothing remains.
All is flux, nothing is stationary.
All is flux, nothing stays still.
All flows, nothing stays.
- Nothing endures but change.
- From Lives of the Philosophers by Diogenes Laertius
- Variant translations:
There is nothing permanent except change.
Nothing is permanent except change.
The only constant is change.
Change is the only constant.
Change alone is unchanging.
- Eternity is a child playing, playing checkers; the kingdom belongs to a child.
- Quoted in Hippolytus, as translated in Reality (1994), by Carl Avren Levenson and Jonathan Westphal, p. 10
- Variant translations:
- History is a child building a sand-castle by the sea, and that child is the whole majesty of man’s power in the world.
- As quoted in Contemporary Literature in Translation (1976), p. 21
- A lifetime is a child playing, playing checkers; the kingdom belongs to a child.
- As quoted in The Beginning of All Wisdom : Timeless Advice from the Ancient Greeks (2003) by Steven Stavropoulos, p. 95
- Time is a game played beautifully by children.
- As quoted in Fragments (2001) translated by Brooks Haxton
- Lifetime is a child at play, moving pieces in a game. Kingship belongs to the child.
- As quoted in The Art and Thought of Heraclitus (1979) translated by Charles H. Kahn
- It is harder to fight pleasure than to fight emotion.
- Quoted by Aristotle in Nicomachean Ethics, Book III.
- Fragments - The Collected Wisdom of HERACLITUS, Translated by Brooks Haxton, Viking, New York, 2001 ISBN 0-670-89195-9
- Magnus, Magus, Heraclitean Pride, Introduction by Wolfgang Fuchs, Furniture Press, Towson 2010 ISBN 978-098262992-5
- Heraclitus at the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
- Heraclitus at Greek Philosophy at Washington State University - broken link as of 15 April 2012
- The Flux and Fire Philosophy of Heraclitus
- Heraclitus Fragments in Greek (Unicode) and English
- Heraclitus: The Complete Fragments, William Harris (translator), Greek and English (DK numbers) with commentary (PDF file)
- Fragments of Heraclitus parallel Greek with links to Perseus, French, and English
- Heraclitus Bilingual Anthology (in Greek and English, side by side)
- Heraclitus of Ephesus by Giannis Stamatellos
Heraclitus - Wikiquote
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Time as a personal resource
… Effective executives know that time is the limiting factor.
The output limits of any process are set by the scarcest resource.
In the process we call “accomplishment,” this is time.
Time is also a unique resource.
Of the other major resources, money is actually quite plentiful.
We long ago should have learned that it is the demand for capital, rather than the supply thereof, which sets the limit to economic growth and activity.
People—the third limiting resource—one can hire, though one can rarely hire enough good people.
But one cannot rent, hire, buy, or otherwise obtain more time.
The supply of time is totally inelastic.
No matter how high the demand, the supply will not go up.
There is no price for it and no marginal utility curve for it.
Moreover, time is totally perishable and cannot be stored.
Yesterday's time is gone forever and will never come back.
Time is, therefore, always in exceedingly short supply.
Time is totally irreplaceable.
Within limits we can substitute one resource for another, copper for aluminum, for instance.
We can substitute capital for human labor.
We can use more knowledge or more brawn.
But there is no substitute for time.
Everything requires time.
It is the one truly universal condition.
All work takes place in time and uses up time.
Yet most people take for granted this unique, irreplaceable, and necessary resource.
Nothing else, perhaps, distinguishes effective executives as much as their tender loving care of time.
— The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker
These ideas about WHAT we spend our time doing have major strategic implications for individuals, organizations, and society.
Drucker said: Focus, Focus, Focus.
(See How Drucker taught me to focus by Shao Ming Lo)
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Sunday, February 3, 2013
Photo of the Day: May 11, 2012. "Marooned fish." Austin Didio (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania ) Photographed October 2010, Glens Falls, New York
High Chair: Air & Space Magazine (Photo: Toshiba/JP Aerospace)
"Jabulani the elephant greeting his caretaker." Taken by Paula Durham (Cave Creek, Arizona). Photographed September 2011, Kapama private game reserve, South Africa.
Amazing close-up photographs of seeds: j.mp/TK3czK
"Burmese novices playing soccer in the evening." Taken by Kyaw Kyaw Winn (Yangon, Myanmar). Photographed April 2011, Myanmar. (9th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Finalist; Category: Travel.)
"The golden rock." Taken by David Lazar (Brisbane, Australia). Photographed February 2010, Kyaiktiyo, Myanmar. (9th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Finalist; Category: Travel.)
"Women making traditional art." Taken by Chetan Soni (Madhya Pradesh, India). Photographed November 2010, Rajasthan, India. (9th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Finalist; Category: Travel.)
"An anhinga emerges to swallow his dinner." Taken by Savannah Whitwam (Jacksonville, FL). Photographed June 2011, Jacksonville, FL. (9th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Finalist; Category: The Natural World.) Visit our site to vote for your favorite!
"Clamming at the Oregon Coast." Taken by Lucy Chien (Alexandria, VA). Photographed June 2010, Garibaldi, Oregon.
"Ranch dog taking a break from work." Taken by Jamie Illian (Dallas, Texas). Photographed April 2011, Ellsworth, Nebraska.
"Dog watching tourists on the street." Taken by Peter Jacobson (Dresher, Pennsylvania). Photographed August 2009, Ketchikan, Alaska.
"Interior of an abandoned train station." Taken by Matthew Murray (Rochester, NY). Photographed February 2011, Northeastern United States.
"Negative image of an octopus." Taken by Sarah Jackson (Clanton, Alabama). Photographed February 2009, Atlanta, Georgia