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Did the Chinese get the periodic table wrong?

January 25th, 2016 by dimpledbrain
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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!) [Read more →]

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Secret of the Gods Part 1

January 1st, 2016 by dimpledbrain
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“Then the LORD God formed a man…and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” Genesis 2:7(b)

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Music can tell you about your personality

December 19th, 2015 by dimpledbrain
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According to one research, we are exposed to music for nearly 20% of our waking lives. That’s like approximately 82K hours of music assuming you live for 70 years and sleep 8 hours per day. (70 years of life is about 600K hours of life).

Which of the following describes your taste in music?

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How to correct your posture with the Alexander technique

November 9th, 2015 by dimpledbrain
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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

November 8th, 2015 by dimpledbrain
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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”.  [Read more →]

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Understanding our limiting mind

October 31st, 2015 by dimpledbrain
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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)  [Read more →]

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Are we fully responsible for our actions?

September 5th, 2015 by dimpledbrain
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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.  [Read more →]

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Challenging my conquest – a man’s search for meaning

August 19th, 2015 by dimpledbrain
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Recently, I read somewhere that searching for life’s meaning is a futile exercise. There are 2 reasons for this: [Read more →]

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Maximizing Utility vs Maximizing Efficiency

August 19th, 2015 by dimpledbrain
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An interesting thought that has occurred to me recently is a simple decision tree model:

What are we maximizing for? [Read more →]

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Time Decay factor

May 23rd, 2015 by dimpledbrain
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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. [Read more →]

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