Category: Life

The plain fact is that great achievement, deep fulfillment, lasting relationships, or any other aspects of an unquenchably, relentlessly well lived life aren’t formulaically executable or neatly quantifiable. First and foremost, they’re searingly, and deeply personally, meaningful. The inconvenient truth is: you’ll probably have to not just blaze your own trail — you’ll also probably have to plot your own map for own journey. UMAIR HAQUE

and work hard!

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inbox hell…

“E-mail overload is something we are inadvertently doing to each other. You can’t solve this problem acting alone. You will end up simply ignoring, delaying, or rushing responses to many incoming messages, and risk annoying people or missing something great. That prospect is stressful.”

“But if we can mutually change the ground rules, maybe we can make that stress go away. That’s why it’s time for an Email Charter. ” Chris Anderson, TED.

Indeed. Please sign the email charter and let’s get out of our inboxes! David Pogue also has a couple of additions that should make it to your list. My favourite? Omit the Legal Vomit.


I am a big fan of Ramen noodles. And today I am having a giant bowl of Ramen in the TinEye HQ. If you are a big fan of Ramen then you will love these ramen hacks! Mine today contains peas, green onions, line and sesame oil!


I got the flu from hell. It has been so awful! Down for 4 days and counting! Would not wish this on my worst enemy hence the mask (and foggy glasses!).


Less 365

I am loving Less 365 that Randy Reddig has started.  Things are looking awesomely cheerful on the home front with my Less 365 initiatives: I got rid of all tupperware and plastic storage containers. Seems trivial, but it is a simple decision that changes everything in our kitchen. Leftovers need not apply in this household. We are buying less for our cooking. Cooking much smaller meals. Enjoying grazing and smaller sit down meals.

[Photo by Takahiko Nishimura]


Two decades ago approximately I decided that waking up in the morning and heading out the door was to be a few minutes adventure which to me meant short hair (wash and dash), a set of clothes that I can simply reach for and wear without ever having to think about colour coordination – I want to believe I invented the black uniform: black pants, black top, black jacket. All year long… but there were many people before me! What has made my mornings incredibly simple is that I took decision making completely out of the equation: I don’t need to think about what I will be wearing, nor pick what I will be wearing nor make sure that is coordinated with anything else that I may fancy wearing. My modern uniform has brought me immense happiness, peace and most importantly gets me out the door in minutes in the mornings. Love it!

But why stop at clothing? Since July 1st June 1st, 2010 I have been simplifying my home. What brought this on was the fact that I have dozens and dozens of (drinking) glasses, yet, I typically drink from my favourite glass most of the time. I have hundreds and hundreds of books, but chances that I will be re-reading anything by favourites instead of new books is well, let’s be honest, pretty slim. I don’t have enough time to read my new books, never mind re-read books that I have read twice already! So it is time to simplify things. I travel a lot (for work) and pack lightly and don’t miss anything when I am on the road because I typically make sure that the essentials that I can’t live without are with me and the rest really is not that important.

So I am going light. I have been getting rid of items daily since June 1st, 2010. And reducing the number of items I own and need to take care of. Today’s items are 3 books byt Haruki Murakami: Sputnik Sweetheart, Kafka on the Shore and Dance, Dance, Dance.

And I can see that I am not the only one doing this! Ah what a small world!

Hat tip to Slavas for the “all black everything reference” from Jay-Z. Indeed all black everything except my mood!

Gameness, vaccines, turtles, life and startups

On Offensive Play by Malcom Gladwell in the New Yorker […] those who select for gameness have a responsibility not to abuse that trust: if you have men in your charge who would jump off a cliff for you, you cannot march them to the edge of the cliff.

Does the vaccine matter? The Atlantic

The women agenda: NYT reader submitted photographs from around the world illustrating the importance of educating girls. Some great shots!

From Science Friday: Michael Musnick is a citizen scientist who studies wood turtles in the Great Swamp — a stretch of wetland about 60 miles north of New York City. He found turtles dying in the railroad tracks and proposed a solution to New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority: tiny turtle bridges.

There are close to 1.7 billion Internet users in the world. The network by the numbers.

Norwegian photojournalist Jonas Bendiksen spent six weeks living in the slums of Nairobi, then Caracas, Mumdai and Jakarta. His Foreign Policy photo essay is enlightening!

Best young entrepreneurs of 2009 from BusinessWeek and yes the list includes women!

Interview with Ken Segall, the man who named the iMac and wrote Think Different.