A classic song reinterpreted

Once in a while, you hear a familiar old song, and it’s as if you’re hearing it for the first time. That is exactly how I felt when I first heard the cover of classic song The Sound of Silence by Disturbed, recorded in their 2015 album called Immortalized. The singer is David Draiman, lead singer of Disturbed. Here is the official video music released in 2015. As of this writing in April 2017, it has more than 208 million views!

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Let’s lose Colombus Day

Please lets LOSE this Columbus Day shenanigan. Most of it is based on falsified and twisted history fed to the kids and public. It’s nothing but a shameful reminder of the genocide, rape, slavery and destruction that Columbus and his gang committed in the supposedly newly discovered land.
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Secret to success and happiness, positive psychology

I came across this delightful and hilarious TED talk by Shawn Achor, CEO of Good Think Inc, about positive psychology, happiness and success, and how we often get this wrong in our personal and professional lives. Here is the talk. Listen to it.
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Where does your country land in the Legatum Prosperity Index?

A “Prosperity Index”?

prosperity1The Legatum Institute just published its 2012 Prosperity Index which ranks 142 countries in the world along 8 different factors:

  • Economy
  • Entrepreneurship & Opportunity
  • Governance
  • Education
  • Health
  • Safety & Security
  • Personal Freedom
  • Social Capital

In this latest ranking, the top 10 countries in descending order are:
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Economic inequality harms societies especially USA in many ways

This TED talk recorded in July 2011, by Richard Wilkinson, provides compelling research data (from UN and World Bank) on how income inequality within rich and developed countries (particularly USA) damage societies along many dimensions. According to his data, Singapore, USA and Portugal are the top three countries with biggest gap between rich and the poor (richest 20% than compared to the poorest 20%).
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Woody Allen on Life, Happiness & Love

I came across excerpts of an interview with Woody Allen (and Owen Wilson) about Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen’s wonderful 2011 romantic comedy, for which he won an Oscar for the best original screenplay. Midnight in Paris is the story of a Hollywood writer, Gil (played by Owen Wilson, essentially playing a younger Woody Allen) on vacation in Paris with his fiance. Gil who’s having trouble writing his book, is in search of that elusive happiness. He falls in love with Paris and as he drifts away from his fiance, he starts fantasizing about Paris in 1920s. Somehow every night after midnight, he ends up hanging out and partying with the literary and artistic greats of the early 20th century such as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, T.S. Eliot, Edgar Degas, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali, among others, in the Parisian cafes and lounges of 1920s. Read more ›

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Walking in the rain

It was raining hard when I left the bar late night. After a fairly long and warm summer, the Fall had finally arrived with the first rain of the season. I paused and contemplated for a moment by the door…it’s uncomfortable to get wet. I had intentionally parked my car fairly far earlier that eve to make myself walk. I started walking — down Montgomery, passed the pyramid and onto Washington. I could feel the big drops on my head. But after the initial discomfort and chill, it actually felt good.
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On the killing of bin Laden

What happened

So US finally got Osama bin Laden, the founder and leader of the dreaded Al Qaeda, a militant Islamic organization potentially responsible for a number of deadly terror attacks on US and Western interests over the past 15 years including 9/11, that caused the death of over 3,000 Americans and destroyed the Twin Towers in NY.
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Secret to longevity: Adaptive Competence

So do you want to live to be a centenarian? What does it take to live a long, healthy life and potentially reach 100? No smoking? Healthy diet? Lots of hard work at the gym? Or perhaps being from one of the “Blue Zones” (longevity hot spots around the world) such as Okinawa Island in Japan, Sardinia in Italy, or Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica, is the secret, whatever happens to be the reasons for people’s longevity in those regions.
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A strange encounter with a hawk

It was late afternoon on Sunday Feb. 13, 2011. I was driving to Palo Alto to meet a friend to go to a concert in Stanford University. I was on the beautiful hilly segment of Highway 84 off of 680 heading west. Suddenly I heard a very loud BANG on my side window right near my head. Something sizable slammed into the window and it was so fast that I didn’t see anything. It caught off me guard. For a moment I thought the window broke but it was fine. I slowed down and looked in the rear view mirror and noticed something on the road so I turned around.
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