Did the Chinese get the periodic table wrong?

The recent completion of the periodic table’s 7th row (elements 113,115,117 and 118) alongside elements 114 and 116 (discovered earlier) is no easy feat as this means we can expect greater understanding of our universe moving forward. Let us give them a couple of months to decide on the names and have some mini celebrations etc before meaningful works resume. As a baseline to compare, Mendeleev’s first periodic table in 1860s only identified 88 elements (talk about human progress!) Continue reading “Did the Chinese get the periodic table wrong?”

How to correct your posture with the Alexander technique

The short history of the Alexander technique from Wiki:

“Frederick Matthias Alexander (1869-1955) was a Shakespearean orator who developed voice loss during his performances. After doctors found no physical cause, Alexander reasoned that he was doing something to himself while speaking to cause his problem. His self-observation in multiple mirrors revealed that he was contracting his whole body prior to phonation in preparation for all verbal response. He developed the hypothesis that this habitual pattern of pulling the head backwards and downwards needlessly disrupted the normal working of the total postural, breathing and vocal mechanisms.”

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Remember to fail

I recently came back from my company’s annual retreat where during the business meeting, we were discussing the values we want to create. One value that caught my eye is “fail, to learn”, which is the total opposite of fail to learn. This instantly reminds me of Patricia Ryan Madson’s superb book Improv Wisdom. One of her 13 maxims is “make mistakes, please”.  Continue reading “Remember to fail”

Understanding our limiting mind

I have always been glad that I decided to start this blog 4 years ago. The 2 foundations I have chosen to build this blog are (1) Covey’s 4 dimensions of life (physical, mental, emotion and spiritual) and (2) the conscious competence theory, which also are the first 2 posts of this blog. Both frameworks are sound and extremely important. (click here and here for the posts)  Continue reading “Understanding our limiting mind”

Are we fully responsible for our actions?

The other day I have an interesting conversation with a friend. The question was, “are we fully responsible for our actions?” I have argued no but the counter explanation given was worth pondering; if we are not fully responsible for our actions, are we just wriggling off the hook conveniently anytime we want? That according to my friend isn’t right. In a way, I agree on taking responsibility and accountability for our actions. But sometimes it’s just beyond our control.  Continue reading “Are we fully responsible for our actions?”

Time Decay factor

While learning about options, there is one concept called time decay factor when selling options (calls or puts).

I thought it’s great if we can apply the same concept to our lives.

Time decay factor works like compounding interest except its starting point is at the maximum. As time passes by, its intrinsic ‘value’ decreases. Continue reading “Time Decay factor”