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Acknowledging the Painful Truth

March 31, 2015 2 comments

For what it’s worth, the truth is still the truth even if it’s packaged in a way that’s offensive.  If the criticism said against you is actually true then it’s something you have to acknowledge and do something about nevertheless.  Consider it a blessing in disguise, an opportunity given to you to become better or do something better.  Be offended by the delivery of the message, if you must, after all being rude is always out of place, but don’t be offended by the truth.

Categories: Ideas and Philosophy

Nothing Lasts Forever: Good and Bad Endings

March 31, 2015 2 comments

How good and bad things turn around can be a heart-wrenchingly vicious cycle.

All good things come to an end.  It would have been nice if good things end by becoming even better things, and sometimes it actually happens, but that’s not how the world usually works.  Good things come to an end, or sometimes end by turning out bad, too – but fortunately, all bad things come to an end.

All bad things come to an end.  However, sometimes, how something bad ends, happens with it turning into something good – and unfortunately all good things come to an end.  It’s a blessing in disguise how sometimes a bad thing turns out to be the good thing – even the best thing – that you really needed at the time.  And when that bad-now-good thing is finally over, ripped away from your life, it’s ironic that you miss that with which you wish you never had in the first place.

Good and bad things ultimately end, one way or another, for nothing is permanent.  This is nothing we don’t already know, though it bears reminding so every once in a while.

Categories: Ideas and Philosophy

Just Being Silly: Happy Pi Day!

March 14, 2015 Leave a comment

March 14 is Pi Day!  The year 2015 is particularly special compared to previous years because we celebrate more of its decimal points.  It officially started at 9:26:53 a.m. (3/14/15 9:26:53 = 3.141592653).  Half-way through Pi day is at 9:26:53 p.m., and with this day being so epic, the half-way point would be so Pi rad.  And by the time celebrations end the following day at the time it started, it would have come to full 2 Pi rad!

The last time it was ever this epic was March 14, 1592 at 6:54 a.m. and 6:54 p.m.  The next time we will see this level of grandeur will be on March 14, 2115; a completely new generation would obviously be there by then.  Special Pi days like this are once in a lifetime events.

The number Pi is a mystery in itself.  In it contains the secrets of the universe and all that is known and can possibly be known, hidden in the infinite depths of its decimal points.  According to a friend of mine, “The decimal part of Pi is the only infinite, non-repeating number series. It has all the possible number combinations. And if you convert that to binary or hex then you can find all the possible pictures, songs words stories that can ever be written. So you can say it has every possible moments in our life somewhere in it, you just need to find the right place and time.”  One can only wonder at the beauty hidden in the number, if only we were to make the effort to find it!

Because today is Pi Day, I celebrated it by attempting to understand one of life’s curiosities: How to sob mathematically.

Sobbing Mathematically

My initial thinking was that sobbing mathematically would follow a pattern modeled from a Fourier series form, similar to how eye blinking is executed in the latter model Noonian Soong android.  In observing the half-Vulcan, half-human Spock that first introduced and demonstrated the concept of sobbing mathematically, it quickly dawned on me that such a pattern cannot possibly be discerned and most likely doesn’t exist because weeping is a product of a strong emotional response.  And by their very nature, emotions have a tendency to be occasionally very illogical – quite irrational, just like Pi.

Of all the people that ever lived, and who have yet to come into this world, it’s only Chuck Norris who has proven that Pi is rational – and that is all.

Happy Pi Day!  And may we all live long and prosper.

Categories: Entertainment

Experience: The Advantage is Confidence

March 7, 2015 2 comments

Some months ago, I was with a few colleagues for a quick snack in one of the many food courts near the office.  One from the group was a new hire to the company.  I remarked that when I was a new hire many years ago, never would I have imagined that the time would come when my generation would be the one running the company.  It seemed like only yesterday when my group was so young and didn’t know any better.  However I also mentioned that, years later, although my generation was now in charge (at least the very few of us who were still here), it didn’t necessarily mean that we already knew everything there was to know and actually knew any better now.  The truth is there are still many things we didn’t know.

You can either hire a fresh college graduate or get someone with 15 years’ experience in the industry to fill-in a leadership role, and in a manner of speaking both candidates are starting from scratch with respect to the role.  Both will have to learn something new, because both don’t know everything there is to know yet with the role.  If it’s all the same, then it seems like you might as well hire the fresh graduate because he won’t be in a position to bargain and dictate his price since he’s just starting, though you will need to train him more than the experienced professional.  Compare this to the experienced professional who, at this point in his career, has a fair idea of what his skills are worth, and so will be in a position to name his price – unless he’s desperate for the job, or something.  But again, we’re coming from the context that he still doesn’t know everything there is to know about the role, and so you’ll still need to train him somewhat, and this makes him more expensive overall than the fresh graduate.

Obviously, it’s not as simple as that.

The advantage of someone with experience is the sense of confidence he brings to the role.  He knows that he can handle it even if he still needs to learn a lot about it.  This person has managed to get this far in his career; he can manage taking on this new work despite the unknowns.  He would not have survived this long in the industry if wasn’t capable of managing and adapting to what’s needed.  A fresh graduate might be confident and what-not, but he won’t have the same level of confidence as the experienced professional who has “seen it all” and then some, and then will now see even more of something new.

Experience is the premium you pay for to get someone to handle tasks that require deeper skills to perform and / or the leadership and political will to get things done.  Experience, and the advantage of confidence that it brings along, is worth it.

Categories: Ideas and Philosophy

Life is Exciting, Ironically Because of the Struggles

March 1, 2015 3 comments

Life is a journey, not a destination. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

It’s actually the journey, and the struggles that you encounter along the way, that gives excitement and meaning in life, and not necessarily just the destination per se.  Ironically, there’s value in the struggle, in not getting what you want or in things not going according to your plans, because it gives you meaning and purpose to continue living and striving.

It’s when you’re most in pain, in however form that comes to you, that you feel the most alive.  In fact sometimes it’s because you still feel pain that you know you’re still alive, figuratively and literally.  Pain is that necessary evil that sometimes you need to give you a sense of purpose to change and fix things, to make things better – it motivates you to take action.  You appreciate some more of the beautiful moments of life after going through a world of bitterness.  Put another way, you don’t want to die just yet because you feel that you have unfinished business to resolve.

Speaking of resolving unfinished business, there’s a problem when you stop caring about something when you should.  It’s okay not to care for the things that don’t really matter.  However sometimes not feeling “righteous anger” (for lack of another way to describe it) over a wrong that should be corrected is a sign of indifference, and that can be a very dangerous thing because it allows something wrong to continue.

The man that has something to prove will try harder, fight harder and love harder.  The man with angst in his life is the one with more drive in his heart and more fire in his soul.  He is that man who goes through life and gives it everything he’s got.

You know what they say about life being like a piano.  The white keys represent times of joy while the black keys represent times of sadness.  In the end, both keys contribute to making beautiful music.  For what it’s worth, life wouldn’t be as exciting and as colorful in the absence of angst and struggle, for such gives us a reason, even an inspiration, to do something to make things in our lives, and consequently in our world, better.

Life is exciting because of all the struggles that are part of the journey.

Categories: Ideas and Philosophy