Goodbye Gabo

RIP Gabriel Garcia Marquez

 

Woke up to such sad news.
Rest in Peace, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the greatest writer of my lifetime.
“There is always something left to love.”
― Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude

“Owners of dogs will have noticed that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they will think you are god. Whereas owners of cats are compelled to realize that, if you provide them with food and water and shelter and affection, they draw the conclusion that they are gods.”
Christopher Hitchens, The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever

For me, these words were most revelating, and it came to me when I most needed them. I miss you Mr.Hitchens. The world would’ve been a better place with you.

Mother Nature

There is so much to learn… from the nature.

There is so much to learn from the elephants of Kalahari who desperately and hopefully venture many hundreds of miles under the red hot sun for some water to survive.

There is so much to learn from the predators who pry on their prey.

There is so much to learn from the variety of ‘Birds of Paradise’ desperately trying to impress their mate.

There is so much to learn from the male emperor penguins who happily endure the long hard winter carrying their eggs so that they would hatch months later when finally, the sun arrive.

There is so much to marvel at.

There is so much to learn… from the nature.

Q&A with Bill Gates

Bill Gates just appeared on ‘Ask Me Anything’ section of Reddit.com to converse with the public and has replied with some really interesting answers to some of the questions asked. Here are a few of them that might interest you.

Q. What is your best personal financial advice for people who make under $100,000 per year?

Bill: Invest in your education.

Q. What is different about Bill Gates age 20 years and today, except for the time?

Bill: 20 years ago I would stay in the office for days at a time and not think twice about it – so I had energy and naivete on my side. Now hopefully I am a bit more mellow but with a little extra wisdom.

Q. Any luck with the condom design competition?

Bill: This is a sensitive topic. The idea was that men don’t like the current design so perhaps something they would be more open to would allow for less HIV transmission. We still haven’t gotten the results. One grantee is using carbon nanotubes to reduce the thickness.

Q. Hey Bill, have you made any plans to artificially prolong your life?
Honest.

Bill: No I don’t. Other people think about that but I wouldn’t want to extend my last few years unless that is happening for most people.

Q. Any advice on how entrepreneurs of today and tomorrow should go about balancing business and philanthropy… or do they have to succeed first in order to give later?

Bill: Just creating an innovative company is a huge contribution to the world. During my 20’s and 30’s that was all I focused on. Ideally people can start to mix in some philanthropy like Mark Zuckerberg has early in his career. I have enjoyed talking to some of the Valley entrepreneurs about this and I am impressed and how early they are thinking about giving back – much earlier than I did.

Q. What is your most expensive guilty pleasure purchase?

Bill: Owning a plane is a guilty pleasure. Warren Buffett called his the Indefensible. I do get to a lot of places for Foundation work I wouldn’t be able to go to without it.

Source: http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/1xj56q/hello_reddit_im_bill_gates_cochair_of_the_bill/

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
H. Jackson Brown Jr.

Words that I always keep in mind; helps me when I have second thoughts about going for something.

30 years ago

Happy Birthday to THE #MAC, created as a simple computer “for the people,” one that’s usable without a manual.

To the man who refused to live somebody else’s life, may your spirit live forever through your vision and creation of machines, technology that had and continue to change our world!

Being a proud user of both Macbook and iMac, I think that it is, well, way ahead of its time!

Watch the ‘Mac 30’ video from Apple: http://www.apple.com/30-years/

Good Morning Reddit

My Facebook friends might have already known from my recent status update about how much of a Reddict (Reddit.com addict) I am. I start my day browsing the Reddit homepage, which self-proclaims as ‘the front page of the internet’, and updates with the latest reads that tops the topics that interests me. i.e music, books, literature (how about a refreshing poem to start a day?), atheism, football (I dare not call it soccer, unlike Reddit. Cons of being an american website) and so on. Reddit is all about healthy discussions and debates and trolls and jokes on literally everything. Spend some time there, if you haven’t yet, and see it for yourself.

reddicted

Lately, whatever I feel like to write, like if I was disappointed with the latest Big Bang Theory episode (I really am), I go straight to Redditors and join the discussion, where I find thousands of like-minded discussing how badly we need the show to stop airing. What else would make me feel better?