Happy New Year 2015


Monday, November 30, 2009

A Thought for Today-277:

If you seek a tranquil mind, observe these with care: Of whom you speak, to whom you speak, and how, when and where - Anonymous

Picture of the day-90:

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Self-Improvement-60: "The Law of Success" by Napoleon Hill

Grateful thanks to Loomis1324 and YouTube.

Picture of the day-89:

A Thought for Today-276:

Praise undeserved is scandal in disguise - Alexander Pope

Friday, November 27, 2009

A Thought for Today-275:

As long as there is a body, there must be pleasure and pain - Swami Vivekananda

Picture of the day-88:

Thursday, November 26, 2009

A Thought for Today-274:

Revenge is the poor delight of little minds - Juvenal

Picture of the day-87:

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Picture of the day-86:

Facts and Figures-61: "Antarctica losing 190,000,000,000 tons of ice per year!"

A news item in Harper's Weekly (Harper's Weekly Review, November 24, 2009) says that Antartica was now losing, hold your breath, 190,000,000,000 tons of ice per year! I am curious how scientists arrive at these mind-boggling figures.

Grateful thanks to Paul Ford and Harper's Weekly.

Eyecatchers-143: "Global Warming Science is a Fraud?"

A collection of emails from leading climatologists was stolen by hackers and released online; climate-change skeptics said the emails demonstrated that global-warming science is a fraud, while the scientists said that that's just what science looks like.

Courtesy: Weekly Review by Paul Ford, HARPER'S WEEKLY, November 24, 2009.

Grateful thanks to Paul Ford and Harper's Weekly.

A Thought for Today-273:

Words, like Nature, half reveal
And half conceal the Soul within - Tennyson

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Picture of the day-85:

Facts and Figures-61:

From an ad of CMAI in Dinamalar, Tamil daily, I find that India has crossed the landmark of 500 million telephones.

Sam Pitroda and Rajiv Gandhi, the architects of Indian Communication revolution come to mind. They deserve our gratitude.

Let us look for many more such achievements.

Monday, November 23, 2009

My Video Album-1: My 60th Birthday Celerbations

This video was taken by one of my relatives, Mr.Sivasankaran, during my 60th birthday celebrations. He has added some background music, a Tamil film song, and sent it to me by email. Then I posted it to YouTube and again uploading it here for the benefit of the visitors of my blog. This was a joyous occasion for me, my friends and relatives. We were always enjoying ourselves which you can see it for yourself.

Grateful thanks to Mr.Sivasankaran and YouTube.

A Thought for Today-272:

Gratitude is the memory of the heart - J.B.Massieu

Picture of the day-84:

Saturday, November 21, 2009

A Thought for Today-271:

Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.

- John Wesley

Picture of the day-83:

Thursday, November 19, 2009

A Thought for Today-270:

Hold fast that which is good - New Testament

Picture of the day-82:

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Self-Improvement,-59: "The Power of Goals" by Anthony Robbins

Grateful thanks to Anthony Robbins, richtawee2007 and YouTube.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Picture of the day-81:

A Thought for Today-269:

It is more blessed to give than to receive - New Testament

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Picture of the day-80:

Friday, November 13, 2009

Picture of the day-79:

Thursday, November 12, 2009

A Thought for Today-268:

Doing easily what others find difficult is TALENT; doing what is impossible for talent is GENIUS - Amiel

Picture of the day-78:

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

A Thought for Today-267:

The best place to seek God is in a garden. You can dig for Him there - Bernard Shaw

Picture of the day-77:

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Picture of the day-76:

Monday, November 09, 2009

A Thought for Today-266:

If a man can write a better book, preach a better sermon, or make a better mouse-trap, than his neighbour, though he builds his house in the woods, the world will make a beaten path to his door - Emerson

Picture of the day-75:

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Self-Improvement-58: "Motivational Quotes & Quotations"

Grateful thanks to 2headedguy, "Self Improvements Guide" (www.selfimprovementsguide.com) and YouTube.

A Thought for Today-265:

There are two deadly enemies for human beings: FEAR and WORRIES.

Picture of the day-74:

Friday, November 06, 2009

A Thought for Today-264:

There are two times in a man's life when he should not speculate: when he can't afford it, and when he can - Mark Twain

Picture of the day-73:

Thursday, November 05, 2009

A Thought for Today-263:

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself - Franklin D.Roosevelt

Picture of the day-72:

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Facts and Figures-59: "World Population 6.795 billion!"

I learn from The World Almanac 2009 by courtesy of Refdesk that as of November 2009, the Earth's population is estimated by the United States Census Bureau to be 6.795 billion. About 227,000 people are added to the world each day.

In spite of many halfhearted attempts by government machinery and service organizations, the population problem is growing all the time. All these have been proved to be inadequate. Unless individuals and governments take this problem seriously, it grow worse. But then, it is our nature not to worry about anything, till it reaches crisis proportions. So the population problem will not be taken seriously till it reaches crisis proportions.

Grateful thanks to Refdesk and The World Almanac 2009.

Eyecatchers-142: "Defense Bill: US$ 680,000,000,000!"

The following news from Harper's Weekly makes my head spin:

"President Barack Obama caved to pressure from Congress and military contractors and passed a $680,000,000,000 defense bill". (Weekly Review, HARPER'S WEEKLY, November 3, 2009).

If you convert the figure into Rupees, multiplying by 48, you would get a mind-boggling figure. When there is so much suffering, so much misery in this world, it is disgusting to see astronomical sums like this being spent on defense programs. And there are people, a lot of people, who make opulent and extravagant living out of human misery. What sort of a world is this?

Grateful thanks to Claire Gutierrez of Harper's Weekly and Harper's Weekly.

A Thought for Today-262:

Evil is wrought by want of Thought
As well as want of Heart - Thomas Hood

Picture of the day-71:

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

TED News-2: "Charter of Compassion"

Pasting below a mail received from TED Team:

Dear TEDsters,

On November 12, 2009, we are unveiling the Charter for Compassion, a document about the core shared value of every world religion and moral code, the Golden Rule -- the result of 2008 TED Prize winner Karen Armstrong's wish.

Today, to enable you to participate in the event, we are sharing six short talks on compassion from six different perspectives -- from a Rabbi, an Imam, a Reverend, a Tenzin, a Swami and a secular voice of compassion. Together, these six speakers bear witness to the fact that compassion and the Golden Rule lie at the heart of all religion and all morality. We hope that in the week following the launch, thousands of sermons on the nature of compassion will be preached all over the world ... thousands of discussions will be held around dinner tables ... thousands of ideas will be shared.

Over 75 events are currently planned across the globe to help launch the Charter for Compassion. Help us launch the Charter by attending one of these events or hosting your own; email, blog, write, broadcast, or offer media space for Charter banners, widgets, and videos.

To get involved, email: armstrong@ted.com

TED is about ideas worth spreading -- please help us spread compassion, "the best idea humanity has ever had."

Our best,
Amy Novogratz
TED Prize Director

Chris Anderson
TED Curator

TED News-1: "TEDIndia Live Webcast"

Pasting below the mail received from TED Team on TEDIndia Live Webcast:

Dear TEDsters -

We're thrilled to announce that Day 1 of TEDIndia and the closing session on Day 3 will be webcast live, to the world, for free. The webcast is hosted by the Times of India, TEDIndia's online media partner.

On Thursday, the first day of the webcast, you can watch at ted.indiatimes.com (note that this page is not yet live).

Read more about the TEDIndia speaker program.

Webcast schedule (all times are India Standard Time , GMT+5:30):

Thursday, November 5

Session 1: Fast Forward -- 11am-12:45pm

Session 2: Not Business as Usual -- 2:15pm-4pm

Session 3: Wonder. Wonders. -- 4:45pm-6:30pm

Saturday, November 7

Session 9: Within You, Without You -- 11am-12:45pm

Want to watch the stream on your television screen? Download instructions for connecting your television to a Mac or a PC.

Follow @TEDNews on Twitter for real-time coverage. Use #tedindia in your tweets.

And find photos and news from the conference once it starts at conferences.ted.com/TEDIndia.

The TED Team

A Thought for Today-261:

Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey towards it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us - Samuel Smiles

Picture of the day-70:

Shrine of Lord Shiva and Parvathi at Gujarati Bhavan, Rameswaram

Sunday, November 01, 2009

A Thought for Today-260:

The mind without imagination is like an observatory without a telescope - Unknown

Picture of the day-69:

Posted by Picasa