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Something New : Relief goods packing

November 17, 2013, CICC

First time to volunteer in a relief goods packing activity. This is for the victims of typhoon Yolanda. It was tiring, but we were all smiles afterwards. We also volunteered the following weekend. Instead of spending time watching movies, this is a more productive and healthy way to bond. :)

Quotes from everywhere

You’re only given one spark of madness. You musn’t lose it. – Robbin Williams

The idea is to die young as late as possible. – Ashley Montagu

We become what we think about. – Earl Nightingale

(But) in life you have to take lots of decisions and if you don’t take decisions you would never do anything because you would spend all your life choosing between things you could do. – Christopher Boone, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

My greatest luxury is not to have to justiy myself to anyone. – The World According To Karl, Thames and Hudson

Nothing in the world is as beautiful as the illusions of a person about to lose consciousness. – What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, Haruki Murakami

The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes. – Sherlock Holmes

Tough times never last. Tough people do. –

If you always put limits on what you can do, physical or anything else, it’ll spread over into the rest of your life. It’ll spread into your work, into your morality, into your entire being. There are no limits. There are plateaus, but you must not stay there, you must go beyond them. If it kills you, it kills you. A man must constantly exceed his level.” -Bruce Lee

Only those who dare to fail greatly, can ever achieve greatly. – Robert F. Kennedy

Not all those who wander are lost. – The Fellowship of the Ring, JRR Tolkien

We’ve learned how to outsmart people who are clearly smarter [than we are.] – Charlie Munger, Investor

Temperament is more important than IQ. You need reasonable intelligence, but you absolutely have to have the right temperament. Otherwise, something will snap you. – Warren Buffett, Investor

The other big secret is that we’re good at lifelong learning. Warren is better in his 70s and 80s, in many ways, than he was when he was younger. If you keep learning all the time, you have a wonderful advantage. – Charlie Munger, Investor

And we have a wonderful group of friends, from whom we can learn a lot. – Warren Buffett, Investor

Time spent doing something, is time unspent doing something else. – somewhere

Einsten : 24 years old

‘He was sitting in his study in front of a heap of papers covered with mathematical formulas,’ says one student who visited him a few years after his marriage. ‘Writing with his right hand and holding his younger son in his left, he kept replying to questions from his elder son Albert who was playing with his bricks. With the words, ‘Wait a minute, I’ve nearly finished,’ he gave me the children to look after a few moments and went on working.’

– Einstein : Life and Times, Ronald W. Clark

Few thoughts :

  • Such determination!
  • A patent officer in the day, a father and a husband at night, and only few quiet hours left to work on his theories and papers. He had been jobless a number of times, rejected by schools and universities as teaching staff because he was too arrogant, rejected by the swiss military because he has varicose veins and was too short. He only got into the patent office because one of his friends knew some ranking official in the office.
  • He never stopped challenging the classical physics and working on the scientific problems at that time.

My general thought while reading this book : he is not human! :3 But on the contrary, he is as normal as any average person. He might even be at a disadvantage during his time. But small as he is, miserable as he might have been, he became that person everybody who went to school knows.


Something New : Einstein and Newton


Driven in 1666 from Cambridge to his Lincolnshire home by the plague when only twenty-four, he (Isaac Newton) had been almost of an age with Einstein; and, like Einstein, he had in a single summer delivered three hammer blows at the foundations of contemporary science.

– Einstein : The Life and Times, Ronald W. Clark

What have I been doing with my life? @_@

To Read

 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger (October 21, 2013)

 JS books of O’Reilly – Functional Javascript

 JS books of O’Reilly – Javascript : The Good Parts

Einstein : The Life and Times – Ronald W. Clark

Eloquent Ruby – Russ Olsen

The Back of the Napkin – Dan Roam

The Smashing Book, Part 1 – Vitaly Friedman