Saturday, February 28, 2009

are you going to finish strong?

This inspirational video about Nick Vujicic, who has no arms or legs, is hard to watch at first, but hang in there.

Friday, February 27, 2009

stop and hear the music

This is an account of an experiment conducted by The Washington Post newspaper:
"A man sat at a metro station in Washington, DC and started to play the violin; it was a cold January morning. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, since it was rush hour, it was calculated that thousands of people went through the station, most of them on their way to work. Three minutes went by and a middle aged man noticed there was music playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds and then hurried up to meet his schedule. A minute later, the violinist received his first dollar tip: a woman threw the money in the till and without stopping continued to walk. A few minutes later, someone leaned against the wall to listen to him, but the man looked at his watch and started to walk again. Clearly he was late for work. The one who paid the most attention was a 3 year old boy. His mother tagged him along, hurried but the kid stopped to look at the violinist. Finally the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children. All the parents, without exception, forced them to move on. In the 45 minutes the musician played, only 6 people stopped and stayed for a while. About 20 gave him money but continued to walk their normal pace. He collected $32. When he finished playing and silence took over, no one noticed it. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition. No one knew this but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the best musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written with a violin worth 3.5 million dollars. Two days before his playing in the subway, Joshua Bell sold out at a theater in Boston and the seats averaged $100. This is a real story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by The Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste and priorities of people. The outlines were: in a commonplace environment at an inappropriate hour: Do we perceive beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize the talent in an unexpected context?One of the possible conclusions from this experience could be:If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world playing some of the best music ever written, how many other things are we missing?"

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

sign at the Great Wall of China

Oh dear, I hope I can hold it.

More China. 

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

get to a human fast

With this website at hand, you no longer need to go through a kazillion prompts before reaching a human being.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Bush-Obama morph

Perhaps we need only think of this as viewable from left to right, and never from right to left.

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having trouble with your computer?

This is in India, where you call for tech support.

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Monday, February 16, 2009