Value of Time – One of my fav poems of all time

This is one of my favorite poems of all time. I have no clue of who wrote or when. If you do, please share the info.

Value of time

To realize the value of one year:
Ask a student who has failed a final exam.

To realize the value of one month:
Ask a mother who has given birth to a premature baby.

To realize the value of one week:
Ask an editor of a weekly newspaper.

To realize the value of one hour:
Ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.

To realize the value of one minute:
Ask the person who has missed the train, bus or plane.

To realize the value of one-second:
Ask a person who has survived an accident.

To realize the value of one millisecond:
Ask the person who has won a silver medal in the Olympics.

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Easy Come. Easy Go.

I am sure when Bobby Sherman released his number Easy Come, Easy Go in the spring of 1970, he couldn’t have dreamt in his wildest dreams that almost 40 years down the road his work would transmute from a bitter sweet love song into an equally bitter sweet tell-tale, of the mistake we have made, the mess it had landed us in and the things we need to do to get through it.

Just a couple of years back economies were surging, markets were booming and life was hunky dory for most if not all human souls. People were making more money than they had ever imagined and everything their hearts desired was just an arm’s length away. It was as if the Midas touch had been granted to one and all. There was no looking back and the poor old soul that preached modesty and savings was the joke of the town.

Fast forward to today and the market slides and jobless figures are making history, history that is darker than has ever been recorded. History, that we all wish, we never would have had to experience, nonetheless realizing that this misfortune is our doing and that the only way out is to start paying for all the fruits of destiny we have enjoyed without having paid their real price.

We for sure forgot what our parents taught us but I really hope our future generations turn out to be smarter than us and never forget the cardinal rule. Easy Come, Easy Go.

Easy Come, Easy Go – Bobby Sherman

Takin the shade out of the sun
Whatever made me think that I was number one
I oughta know easy come, easy go
Sittin’ it out, spinnin’ the dial
Thinkin’ about the chump I’ve been
I have to smile
Didn’t I know easy come, easy go
She wasn’t kind, I wasn’t smart
I lost my mind and fell apart
I had to find myself in time
Now I can start all over again
Hangin’ around takin’ it slow
Happy I found
I still can smile and dig the show
Lettin’ me know easy come, easy go

Challenge Thyself

Getting things done is fulfilling. Surprising yourself and others by pushing the envelope is even more so.

Get it done faster. Get it done differently. Wow somebody. etc. etc. Challenging yourself to deliver beyond expectation can get those juices in the brain, flowing, at least for me they do. It has the power of turning the boring stuff into fun things and adding to the sense of accomplishment when something gets done.

I have been and will continue to, try and raise the bar for everything that I do and once I get there raise it again. Like the wise old man said, it’s not whether you won or lost but how you played the game. As for the game of life, there ain’t a better way of playing it than by giving it your 110% and then squeezing out a little more.

So, what are you waiting for. Go surprise yourself and others and you’ll never want to stop doing. I challenge you!!

Happy New Year!!

New Year Resolutions for 2009!

New year resolutions are like once-a-year caffeine kicks with a high that lasts for a couple of weeks or if you get lucky, a month. This year I have decided to do them in a different way. If it works, I’ll have my idea patented and won’t have to work for the rest of my life. If not, NYR’s are a bummer anyways.

If you came to this post itching to uncover ammunition that you could ridicule me with for the rest of year(that’s what happens when you rant out your resolutions and give up on them by the end of January, trust me), then I am afraid to disappoint you. It’s taken me 30 years and I have learnt my lesson. No more making new year resolutions and ranting them out while they’re still half baked. Nope. No more.

Now, that doesn’t mean I don’t have any. I do. The only difference is I am going to reveal them as and when I’m done with them. So, if you are really interested in finding out, I’d recommend you set yourself a reminder alongwith a link to this post, for this day next year. I promise you there will stuff that I’ve accomplished or else I’ll do whatever you ask me to. I swear.

Rocking! Flash version of Doom

Played Doom after a long long time today. Brought back some fun college memories. Somehow those simple single shooter games were a lot of fun. The ones today are fun too but take a whole lot of learning or maybe it’s just me growing old 🙂

Anyways, here’s the link to the flash version.

Doom – The Flash Version

It rocks because now I no longer have to waste time trying to find the installable whenever I have a craving for Doom nostalgia.

P.S.: You’ll need to install the latest version of the flash player. Version 10.

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The fundamental rule of economics rocks

Bloomberg reports, “Crude oil for January delivery dropped $3.84, or 9.6 percent, to $36.22 a barrel at 2:47 p.m. on the New York Mercantile Exchange, the lowest settlement since June 29, 2004. Futures touched $35.98 during today’s session. Prices have tumbled 75 percent from a record $147.27 on July 11. The January contract expires tomorrow.”

Finally those countless hours spent during my school-going age trying to cram those boring economics theories have paid off. I don’t recollect having seen or heard of a more classic example of the simple albeit very powerful rule of economics.

When demand exceeds supply prices prices sky-rocket and vice versa and that’s exactly what happened since the 3rd quarter of 2005 up until the middle of this year. Gas prices doubled from $2 per gallon to $4. Reason: People were cashing in on the real-estate boom, taking out second mortgages and spending that dough on buying everything they had ever wished for. Direct and Indirect demand for gas was way beyond available supplies.

Then the lightning bolt hit. The financial industry collapsed and brought down everything with it. Markets recorded their highest drops in history and millions lost jobs.  Consumption tanked and here we are. 75% price-drop – 6 months – who would have thought? We are talking about liquid gold, people. No one saw this coming and there is nothing else that can explain the free-fall.

The rule works and I am a believer.

After a long long time – MS comes up with something cool!

A couple of weeks back I was pleasantly surprised by MS’s generosity when it upped the 2GB skydrive to 25 gigs. 25 gigs!! That’s more than I’ll ever need when it comes to online storage(and I am sure its only going to grow).

Today I’d say I am simply amazed. It’s been a very very long time since I was awed by one of Microsoft’s product. I’d say every since I saw Windows, I am talking version 3.1 that probably only dinosaurs like me would have used. I’ll come to the point. I am talking about Microsoft Essentials Beta. It’s the offline companion of Windows Live a.k.a the re-branded(impressively) version of Microsoft’s web-apps.

For now it’s got IM, e-mail, photos, movies and blogging. The e-mail client is works like outlook for your live/hotmail id and the pictures/movies tool’s just like Google’s picasa and goes without saying that it lets you push your pics to your skydrive(25 GB’s remember). The one that I like the most is the blogging platform. It’s like a mini-MS-word that let’s me publish posts and pages to my WP blog. Super-cool!

This is my first post using Live Writer. Cheers.