Saturday, February 04, 2006

In Europe it's called Freedom of Expression, In Singapore it's called Sedition

Spain's El Pais prints front page Mohammad cartoon - Yahoo! News

It makes you wonder about when Christians have cartoons lampooning them over creationism and when people use "Jesus Christ" as a swear word they don't get offended or overlook it. (See Proverbs 19:11)

Just to digress, have you ever wondered why people can use "Jesus Christ!!!" as a swear word but people don't say "Muhammad!" or "Buddha!" or "Lao Tzu!" or "Confucius!" or "or "Moses!" as a swear word?

What is so different about Christ from the other prophets that make him so special that only He is used as a swear word? Something for you to think about...

Thursday, February 02, 2006

My Wristbands

In case you're wondering what's written on the wristbands I wear, they are "Faith" and "Love".

I chose them because it reminded me of Proverbs 3:3-4

Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.

(Putting a wristband looks a lot cooler though than putting it around your neck in today's culture though :)

Search for "love and faithfulness" in the Bible. (NIV)
Search for "love and faith" in the Bible. (NIV)

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

I Did It! No TV or Fast Food for 1 month!

No TV or fast food for 1 month. It's going to be real funny if I actually do watch TV or tuck into some fast food. But I did it, 31 days without the goggle box or oily fat laden food.

Now, the next months goals will be:

1) No mindless Internet surfing. I.e. Only go to websites that are relevant to work.
2) 8 glasses of water a day plus 2 servings of fruit/vegetables a day.

I truly believe that in each one of us no matter how significant we think we are, there is a diamond that is already there, its just the pieces of ground around it that is covering the sparkle. Wash out the ground and it will show the reason why God would die on the cross for us.

Useful Principles

The Peter Principle: in a hierarchically structured administration, people tend to be promoted up to their "level of incompetence". (I.e. People in a company will always finally be in positions where they are incompetent. Because of this, watch out for people who are not moving up. Those are the ones who are incompetent in their current position.)

The Red Queen Principle: continuing development is needed just in order to maintain its fitness relative to the systems it is co-evolving with. (This is true in life, my maxim is: the day you stop growing, is the day you start to die. Not just in comparison with others, once you say to yourself, "there is nothing left for me to learn" you'll start becoming lazy, and your mind starts to dismiss signs of things which threaten your comfort zone.)

Parkinson's Law: Work expands to fill the amount of time allocated.

The Principle of Incomplete Knowledge: The model embodied in a control system is necessarily incomplete. (You will never have perfect knowledge of any situation. We must learn to handle uncertainty and risk. I have extrapolated this to: because you never have enough knowledge you will never have enough time or resources to try to pursue and corner every angle of a situation.

Which leads to another related maxim I've come to conclude:

The Nico Principle: "There is never enough resources for all that you want to do or achieve at any one moment", (Let's call it the Nico principle for now, until I find someone who has come up with it before I did). "there is never enough time in life" and "there is never enough money in life". No matter what station you have in life, there is always something just beyond your reach which you will not have abundant resources to achieve, you always have to be thrifty and efficient and time management wise.

Monday, January 30, 2006

Write Your Own Story

Life is one big story, the only person you really control is yourself. You are the star of your own story. You are the protagonist.

The thing is, what kind of story are you living, what do you believe your story is like?

If you believe your life is a tragedy, you will script the events and the actions that you take to be a tragedy, you subconscious mind will look for people to audition to be villains in your life story. You will choose events, activities, and actions that will fulfill your story.

On the other hand, if you believe that life is one of success, then you will begin associating yourself with successful people and put yourself in situations where you will be succesful. You will cast people in your life that will support your role as a success story.

But what if your life has events that would be a tragedy?

The movie "Life is Beautiful" shows how you can turn it around. The protagonist, made his life into a romantic comedy even in the darkest times, even in the valley of the shadow of death he could turn it into comic relief.

So, no matter what, make life beautiful.

Happy Chinese New Year 2006

To all my friends, relatives and readers, wishing you a Happy and Prosperous Chinese New Year!

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Don't Look To Your Boss For Support or Career Guidance

This is a scenario with a boss that will never happen:

Oh, Nico, I see you're not satisfied working here. I know the workloads tough, and the pay isn't so well. Tell you what, here's a 20% increment starting next month.

And you know, you're right, I'm pretty abrasive in my manners, because of that, I'm going for anger management classes to sort it out.

And that suggestion you put up? Well, I'm going to tell the board that it was all your idea and none of mine, they might even give you my job. That's okay, because I know I've already reached my level of incompetency.

But if a promotion isn't for you, you know, there's this opening I heard at a competitor, the pays double what we can pay here but we don't mind, as long as you're happy.

But you know, I always observe my staff and their strengths, and I suggest that you resign and start your own company, with all the knowledge and network of contacts you've gained here, I'm quite sure you'll do well.

The moral of this story is that you've got to think of your own career, people think about themselves and their own interests 99.999% of the time. Nobody will tell you what's best for you.