12 Tongue Twisters

Posted: August 23, 2012 in Uncategorized
12 Tongue Twisters That I Think Is The Best

12 Tongue Twisters That I Think Is The Best

Send toast to ten tense stout saints’ ten tall tents.

How can a clam cram in a clean cream can?

Sheena leads, Sheila needs.

The thirty-three thieves thought that they thrilled the throne throughout Thursday.

Seth at Sainsbury’s sells thick socks.

Clean clams crammed in clean cans.

Six sick hicks nick six slick bricks with picks and sticks.

Red leather, yellow leather, red leather, yellow leather.

Pink lorry, yellow lorry.

Three grey geese in green fields grazing.

Tie twine to three tree twigs.

The sixth sick Sheik’s sixth sheep is sick.

It has been awhile since I posted an article in my blog. I have been very busy over the past few months working for various projects.

In life there are three things we wish we all had; its health, wealth and happiness. Unfortunately, no human being is ever gifted with all 3 of them.

All combinations of the above three variables could be described in the following Venn diagram. If we consider ‘circle A’ as health, ‘Circle B’ as wealth and ‘Circle C’ as happiness, the probability of you having all 3 is very little.

Balance in life - Venn diagram

Balance in life – Venn diagram

We should always make sure to be where the 3 circles intersect with each other, as it is important to maintain a good balance in life. Money can’t buy us happiness, nor money could buy us good health, so earn as much as money you need to feed/cloth/shelter yourself and spend the remaining time enjoying life.

However, a week back I took up a new challenge, where I have to devote my time working 7 days a week for the next 5-6 weeks. I am enjoying it at the moment, but at times I feel tired and sleepy. I don’t want to be a successful person in life, but want to take risk, challenges and explore new things. Why I don’t want to be a successful person, is for the reason that i will die someday and have to leave all the success behind us, which is just a waste of effort. In a nutshell, I am experimenting life, while trying to maintain a goood balance between health, wealth and happiness.

that’s it for now, Seeyah!!

Anyway, I like this song `Breakaway by Kelly Clarkson` hope you like it too.

Quote by Michael Jordan

Quote by Michael Jordan

If you figured it all out today, what would be the point of tomorrow? ENJOY the process of being a work in progress.

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined!

Give without remembering and always receive without forgetting.

Well behaved women seldom make history.

The best & most beautiful things in life cannot be seen, not touched, but are felt in the heart. -Helen Keller

Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured. -Mark Twain

Why are you trying so hard to fit in when you were born to stand out?

Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. It means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.

We have two options, medically & emotionally: give up, or Fight Like Hell. -Lance Armstrong

Million dollar ideas are a dime a dozen. The determination to see the idea through is what’s priceless. -Robert Dieffenbach

A real Superman is not afraid to stand next to a Superwoman!
Nobody really cares if you’re miserable, so you might as well be happy. -Anonymous

Minds are like parachutes – they only function when open. -Thomas Dewar

To the world you may just be one person but to one person you may just be the world

Better to remain silent & be thought a fool that to speak & remove all doubt. -English proverbs

You can do anything if you have enthusiasm. Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes rise to the stars. -Henry Ford

Be slow to fall into friendship; but when thou art in, continue firm & constant. -Socrates

You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you. -John Wooden

Great spirits have always faced violent opposition from mediocre minds. -Einstein

People will forget what U said, people will forget what U did, but people will never forget how U made them feel – Maya Angelou

You never achieve success unless you like what you are doing. -Dale Carnegie
You must do the thing which you think you cannot do. -Eleanor Roosevelt

Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, It is about learning to dance in the rain.

Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we’re here we should dance. -Anonymous

Adversity causes some men to break, and others to break records. -Unknown

When your work speaks for itself, don’t interrupt. -Henry J. Kaiser

I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying. -Michael Jordan

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. -Aristotle

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye. -Antoine de Saint Exupery

The greatest glory in living, lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. -Nelson Mandela

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. – CS Lewis

If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome. -Michael Jordan

 

Against SOPA and PIPA

Posted: January 18, 2012 in Uncategorized
STOP SOPA AND PIPA

Kiribath against SOPA AND PIPA

Dennis Ritchie

Dennis Ritchie

 

Most people who have vastly contributed to the world have been ignored. Previously i wrote a post about R. Karunananda who was ignored by his own countrymen, until recenttimes. Here’s another story about a legend who contributed with his programming skills to shape the world, Dennis MacAlistair Ritchie. Dennis MacAlistair Ritchie born in 1941, and was an American computer scientist who helped shape the digital era.

He died 7 days after Steve Jobs and received less attention from media and geeks around the world. Both of these men died in the same month of the same year. Steve was largely considered a hero, while Dennis was largely ignored by the world. Only a handful of developers who knows the real value of Dennis Ritchie’s work even know of his death. Without Steve jobs there is no iPhone, iPad or Machintosh. Without Dennis there is no C, without C, there is no Unix, Windows or Linux.

Without C there is no C++ nor Objective-C. There is no Mac OS, no Photoshop, no Firefox, no Google Chrome, no Safari, no playstation or XBox. In fact, 90% of the applications in the world are written in C or C++ or objective-C. Here are some of the awards he received.

  1. Turing Award
  2. Hamming Medal
  3. Fellow of the Computer History Museum
  4. National Medal of Technology
  5. Japan Prize

At the time of his death Ritchie was 70 years old, He had been in frail health for several years following treatment for prostate cancer and heart disease. The Fedora 16 Linux distribution, which was released about a month after he died, was dedicated to his memory.

Oooops, seems like we ignored another legend. If you think Dennis Ritchie deserves our respect, please pass this along!

I have listed the top 23 tracks that i use to listen throughout the day. These are not rated in an order, but i prefer ‘One Direction’,’Labrinth’, ‘David guetta’, ‘Noah And The Whale’,’Sak Noel’,’Nicki Minaj’, ‘Pixie Lott’ and ‘Professor Green’ the most. There is no top favorite as such but i like almost all the tracks equally. Hope you would too enjoy the tracks and leave a comment on what you think about my 23 top favorite tracks.

Also note that i haven’t mentioned any outdated track in my top 23 ;P

Nicki Minaj - Fly (feat Rihana)


Olly Murs - Heart Skips 

Pixie Lott - All about tonight 

Noah and the Whale - Waiting for my chance to come 

David Guetta - When love takes over 

One direction - What makes you beautiful 

One direction - Gotta be you 

Cold play - paradise 

David guetta - Without you 

Labrinth - Earthquake 

Bruno Mars - Marry you 

Pixie Lott What Do You Take Me For? (Feat. Pusha T) 

Professor Green Read All About It (feat. Emeli Sande) 

Snow Patrol This Isn?t Everything You Are 

Cher Lloyd With Ur Love (feat. Mike Posner) 

Adele Rumour Has It 

Birdy People Help The People 

Ed Sheeran Lego House 

Jessie J Who You Are 

Lucenzo Danza Kuduro (Feat. Don Omar) 

RihannaWe Found Love (feat. Calvin Harris) 

Charlene SoraiaWherever You Will Go 

The Collective Teardrop 

Loca people - Censored version ;) 

YANNI in Sri Lanka

Posted: October 25, 2011 in Uncategorized

Steve Jobs Dies

Posted: October 6, 2011 in Uncategorized
Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs 1955-2011

 

Steve Jobs, the Apple founder and former CEO who invented and masterfully marketed ever-sleeker gadgets that transformed everyday technology, from the personal computer to the iPod and iPhone, has died. He was 56.

Steve Jobs passed away on Wednesday 5th October 2011. He was more than Apple’s CEO, he helped make computers a household necessity and ushered in the iPod, iPhone and other must-have gadgets. Considered one of the greatest American CEOs of his generation.

Neither Jobs’ family nor Apple has revealed where Jobs died. they neither released the cause of his death. Jobs has been fighting pancreatic cancer for years and had a liver transplant. Apple’s website has since dedicate the homepage to Jobs. On it there is a full -page photo of the CEO with the text “Steve Jobs 1955-2011.”

His Story

Steven Paul “Steve” Jobs (born February 24, 1955) is an American businessman, and the co-founder and chief executive officer of Apple Inc. Jobs previously served as CEO of Pixar Animation Studios.

In the late 1970s, Jobs, with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, created one of the first commercially successful personal computers. In the early 1980s, Jobs was among the first to see the commercial potential of the mouse-driven graphical user interface. After losing a power struggle with the board of directors in 1985, Jobs resigned from Apple and founded NeXT, a computer platform development company specializing in the higher education and business markets. NeXT’s subsequent 1997 buyout by Apple Computer Inc. brought Jobs back to the company he co-founded, and he has served as its CEO since then.

In 1986, he acquired the computer graphics division of Lucasfilm Ltd which was spun off as Pixar Animation Studios. He remained CEO and majority shareholder until its acquisition by the Walt Disney Company in 2006. Jobs is currently a member of Walt Disney Company’s Board of Directors.

Jobs’ history in business has contributed greatly to the myths of the idiosyncratic, individualistic Silicon Valley entrepreneur, emphasizing the importance of design and understanding the crucial role aesthetics play in public appeal. His work driving forward the development of products that are both functional and elegant has earned him a devoted following.

In mid-January 2009, Jobs took a 5 month leave of absence from Apple to undergo a liver transplant.

Apple announced his death without giving a specific cause.

“We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today,” the company said in a brief statement.

Not only he was a great inventor, he created several thousand jobs with his inventions. RIP

 

Steve Jobs Resigns as Apple CEO

Posted: August 25, 2011 in Uncategorized
Steve Jobs resigns from Apple

Steve Jobs resigns from Apple

Silicon Valley legend Steve Jobs on Wednesday resigned as chief executive of Apple Inc in a stunning move that ended his 14-year reign at the technology giant he co-founded in a garage.
The following is a prepared text of the Commencement address delivered by Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, on June 12, 2005. This is very inspiring and hope it makes a change in your life.

I am honored to be with you today at your commencement from one of the finest universities in the world. I never graduated from college. Truth be told, this is the closest I’ve ever gotten to a college graduation. Today I want to tell you three stories from my life. That’s it. No big deal. Just three stories.

The first story is about connecting the dots.

I dropped out of Reed College after the first 6 months, but then stayed around as a drop-in for another 18 months or so before I really quit. So why did I drop out?

It started before I was born. My biological mother was a young, unwed college graduate student, and she decided to put me up for adoption. She felt very strongly that I should be adopted by college graduates, so everything was all set for me to be adopted at birth by a lawyer and his wife. Except that when I popped out they decided at the last minute that they really wanted a girl. So my parents, who were on a waiting list, got a call in the middle of the night asking: “We have an unexpected baby boy; do you want him?” They said: “Of course.” My biological mother later found out that my mother had never graduated from college and that my father had never graduated from high school. She refused to sign the final adoption papers. She only relented a few months later when my parents promised that I would someday go to college.

And 17 years later I did go to college. But I naively chose a college that was almost as expensive as Stanford, and all of my working-class parents’ savings were being spent on my college tuition. After six months, I couldn’t see the value in it. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and no idea how college was going to help me figure it out. And here I was spending all of the money my parents had saved their entire life. So I decided to drop out and trust that it would all work out OK. It was pretty scary at the time, but looking back it was one of the best decisions I ever made. The minute I dropped out I could stop taking the required classes that didn’t interest me, and begin dropping in on the ones that looked interesting.

It wasn’t all romantic. I didn’t have a dorm room, so I slept on the floor in friends’ rooms, I returned coke bottles for the 5¢ deposits to buy food with, and I would walk the 7 miles across town every Sunday night to get one good meal a week at the Hare Krishna temple. I loved it. And much of what I stumbled into by following my curiosity and intuition turned out to be priceless later on. Let me give you one example:

Reed College at that time offered perhaps the best calligraphy instruction in the country. Throughout the campus every poster, every label on every drawer, was beautifully hand calligraphed. Because I had dropped out and didn’t have to take the normal classes, I decided to take a calligraphy class to learn how to do this. I learned about serif and san serif typefaces, about varying the amount of space between different letter combinations, about what makes great typography great. It was beautiful, historical, artistically subtle in a way that science can’t capture, and I found it fascinating.

None of this had even a hope of any practical application in my life. But ten years later, when we were designing the first Macintosh computer, it all came back to me. And we designed it all into the Mac. It was the first computer with beautiful typography. If I had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts. And since Windows just copied the Mac, it’s likely that no personal computer would have them. If I had never dropped out, I would have never dropped in on this calligraphy class, and personal computers might not have the wonderful typography that they do. Of course it was impossible to connect the dots looking forward when I was in college. But it was very, very clear looking backwards ten years later.

Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.

My second story is about love and loss.

I was lucky — I found what I loved to do early in life. Woz and I started Apple in my parents garage when I was 20. We worked hard, and in 10 years Apple had grown from just the two of us in a garage into a $2 billion company with over 4000 employees. We had just released our finest creation — the Macintosh — a year earlier, and I had just turned 30. And then I got fired. How can you get fired from a company you started? Well, as Apple grew we hired someone who I thought was very talented to run the company with me, and for the first year or so things went well. But then our visions of the future began to diverge and eventually we had a falling out. When we did, our Board of Directors sided with him. So at 30 I was out. And very publicly out. What had been the focus of my entire adult life was gone, and it was devastating.

I really didn’t know what to do for a few months. I felt that I had let the previous generation of entrepreneurs down – that I had dropped the baton as it was being passed to me. I met with David Packard and Bob Noyce and tried to apologize for screwing up so badly. I was a very public failure, and I even thought about running away from the valley. But something slowly began to dawn on me — I still loved what I did. The turn of events at Apple had not changed that one bit. I had been rejected, but I was still in love. And so I decided to start over.

I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.

During the next five years, I started a company named NeXT, another company named Pixar, and fell in love with an amazing woman who would become my wife. Pixar went on to create the worlds first computer animated feature film, Toy Story, and is now the most successful animation studio in the world. In a remarkable turn of events, Apple bought NeXT, I returned to Apple, and the technology we developed at NeXT is at the heart of Apple’s current renaissance. And Laurene and I have a wonderful family together.

I’m pretty sure none of this would have happened if I hadn’t been fired from Apple. It was awful tasting medicine, but I guess the patient needed it. Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.

My third story is about death.

When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

About a year ago I was diagnosed with cancer. I had a scan at 7:30 in the morning, and it clearly showed a tumor on my pancreas. I didn’t even know what a pancreas was. The doctors told me this was almost certainly a type of cancer that is incurable, and that I should expect to live no longer than three to six months. My doctor advised me to go home and get my affairs in order, which is doctor’s code for prepare to die. It means to try to tell your kids everything you thought you’d have the next 10 years to tell them in just a few months. It means to make sure everything is buttoned up so that it will be as easy as possible for your family. It means to say your goodbyes.

I lived with that diagnosis all day. Later that evening I had a biopsy, where they stuck an endoscope down my throat, through my stomach and into my intestines, put a needle into my pancreas and got a few cells from the tumor. I was sedated, but my wife, who was there, told me that when they viewed the cells under a microscope the doctors started crying because it turned out to be a very rare form of pancreatic cancer that is curable with surgery. I had the surgery and I’m fine now.

This was the closest I’ve been to facing death, and I hope it’s the closest I get for a few more decades. Having lived through it, I can now say this to you with a bit more certainty than when death was a useful but purely intellectual concept:

No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

When I was young, there was an amazing publication called The Whole Earth Catalog, which was one of the bibles of my generation. It was created by a fellow named Stewart Brand not far from here in Menlo Park, and he brought it to life with his poetic touch. This was in the late 1960’s, before personal computers and desktop publishing, so it was all made with typewriters, scissors, and polaroid cameras. It was sort of like Google in paperback form, 35 years before Google came along: it was idealistic, and overflowing with neat tools and great notions.

Stewart and his team put out several issues of The Whole Earth Catalog, and then when it had run its course, they put out a final issue. It was the mid-1970s, and I was your age. On the back cover of their final issue was a photograph of an early morning country road, the kind you might find yourself hitchhiking on if you were so adventurous. Beneath it were the words: “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.” It was their farewell message as they signed off. Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. And I have always wished that for myself. And now, as you graduate to begin anew, I wish that for you.

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

Thank you all very much.

– Steve Jobs

Kumar Sangakkara - Cowdrey Lecture 2011

Kumar Sangakkara - Cowdrey Lecture 2011

Click the link >   Kumar Sangakkara Cowdrey Lecture and remember to comeback and view your comments on this. Click here for speech and panel session.

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