Friday, April 16, 2010

TODAY'S VIP (VERY IMPORTANT POSE)

"Change is never easy. You fight to hold on. You fight to let go."

~ Daniel Stern, narrator to 'The Wonder Years' sitcom series (1988-1993);

A BRILLIANT INNOVATION FROM CHINA: GETTING ON & OFF THE BULLET TRAIN WITHOUT THE TRAIN STOPPING

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A good friend of mine, David Tang, who visits China quite regularly, has sent me the above videocast about a very cool concept from China:

It's certainly a brilliant innovation - getting on & off the bullet train without the train stopping.

No time is wasted. The bullet train is moving all the time.

If there are 30 stations between Beijing and Guangzhou, just stopping and accelerating again at each station will waste both energy and time. A mere 5 min stop per station (elderly passengers cannot be hurried) will result in a total loss of 5 min x 30 stations or 2.5 hours of train journey time!

The passenger at a station embarks onto to a connector cabin way before the train even arrives at the station.

When the train arrives, it will not stop at all. It just slows down to pick up the connector cabin which will move with the train on the roof of the train.

While the train is still moving away from the station, those passengers will board the train from the connector cabin mounted on the train's roof.

After fully unloading all its passengers, the cabin connector cabin will be moved to the back of the train so that the next batch of outgoing passengers who want to alight at the next station will board the connector cabin at the rear of the train roof.

When the train arrives at the next station, it will simply drop the whole connector cabin at the station itself and leave it behind at the station.

The outgoing passengers can take their own time to disembark at the station while the train had already left.

At the same time, the train will pick up the incoming embarking passengers on another connector cabin in the front part of the train's roof.

So the train will always drop one connector cabin at the rear of its roof and pick up a new connector cabin in the front part of the train's roof at each station.

My immediate comment is that, if China could conduct a manned spaceflight, build the fastest train in the world - from Wuhan to Guangzhou; next in the works, Beijing to Shanghai - & engineered the largest dam in the world - 'The Three Gorges Dam' - it's only a matter of time that the foregoing concept would become a commercial reality.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

PRAGMATIC INSIGHTS FROM THE EXPERTS

"To be sure, none of us is perfect. And that needs to be seen for exactly what it is: a fact . . . a condition, not an excuse. Compensating for our imperfections and overcoming the temptations we face require commitment and self-discipline. Behaving ethically - being people of integrity - isn't always easy, but it is always right!"

~ Eric Harvey and Steve Ventura, 'Walk the Talk';

TODAY'S VIP (VERY IMPORTANT POSE)

"The greatest loss of time is delay and expectation, which depend upon the future. We let go the present, which we have in our power, and look forward to that which depends upon chance, and so relinquish a certainty for an uncertainty."
~ Seneca;

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

TODAY'S VIP (VERY IMPORTANT POSE)

"Failure comes only when we forget our ideals, objectives & principles."

~ Jawaharlal Nehru, first Prime Minister of India;

"Life is all about flow. So find your rhythm, & you are then beyond unstoppable."

A memorable quote - a vital piece of advice from father to son - from the entertaining martial-arts action movie, 'The Fifth Commandment'.

The movie story:

An orphaned boy was brought up by an aged master, Chase Templeton (played by Keith David; last saw him in 'Behind Enemy Lines: Columbia';) to learn the trade of contract killing.

Now a man, Chance (played by Rick Yune; last saw him in 'Die Another Day' & 'The Fast & The Furious') found himself being hunted down by the killer of his parents for interfering in his plans to assassinate a struggling pop star.

Chance somehow shared a close bond with his adopted brother, Miles (played by Bokeem Woodbine; last saw him in 'Sniper 2';), who had elected a more honorable path working as a bodyguard for the pop star.

When Chance was contracted to gun down his brother's client, he realized there was finally a line he could not cross.

Uniting with his brother to stave off an expected hit, Chance had to use his wits & skills to deal with the other elite members of his own profession.

The movie setting: the steamy backdrop of Bangkok.

TODAY'S Q2P (QUESTION TO PONDER)

1. What would you like to spend most of your time doing?

2. What do you do, that while you are engaged in it, you feel energized and are enveloped in feelings that bring you peace, joy, comfort, and energy?

3. What are you hoping to be able to do 'when you have the time?'

4. What do you think about doing when you notice that there will be time available at some point in the future?

5. What are you doing when you feel that time is flying by?

6. What do you think about first thing in the morning or during brief moments of peace during your day?

7. When you were a child, what activity did you enjoy the most?

8. When you were a child, did you have a favorite game?

9. What was your favorite song, your favorite book, or favorite creative activity?

~ from a squidcast by Gypsy Owl;

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

"One often meets his destiny on the road he takes to avoid it."

Just one of the most memorable quotes - by the wise Oogway to Master Sifu - from the hilarious martial-arts animation comedy, 'Kung Fu Panda', which I had rewatched once again on StarHub cable television last night.

TODAY'S VIP (VERY IMPORTANT POSE)

“Be aware of wonder. Live a balanced life — learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.”

~ Robert Fulghum, "All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten';

Monday, April 12, 2010

"When there is no way out, you find a deeper way in!"

I was quite intrigued by the foregoing memorable quote, which came from a particular segment in the action thriller movie, 'The International', which I had watched on StarHub cable television last night.

In a nut shell, an Interpol investigator, played by Clive Owen, was going after an international bank apparently involved in terrorist activities through the financing of shady weapon deals as well as the murder of anyone who divulged secrets about the bank's nefarious activities.

I had thoroughly enjoyed watching the movie. The extensive shoot-out inside New York's Guggenheim Museum setting was quite a refreshing change in terms of action sequences.

In the particular movie segment, one of the lead villains was playing a game of chess at home with his son. He was then interrupted by an urgent phone call from one of his associates.

The associate had sought his advice as Interpol was closing in on the case.

That was when the father suddenly turned to his son, & posed the question as to what the son would do if he were caught in a 'No Way Out' situation. The son replied that he would find a deeper way in.

In fact, there was another memorable quote in the movie which also struck me. It came from another villain, who was unfortunately caught by the authorities during a surveillance.

While he was pondering about whether to blow the whistle on the bank, the Interpol investigator advised him:

"Sometimes, a man can meet his destiny on the road he took to avoid it."

Something to think about on both counts.

"In every POTHOLE, there is HOPE!"

The foregoing memorable quote came from the hilarious comedy, entitled 'Mixed Nuts', which I had watched on StarHub cable televison last night.

It centred on events revolving around a small group of passionate people manning a crisis hotline on one crazy night during the Christmas holidays.

It starred the comedian Steve Martin, who played Philip, a nutty but conscientious crisis counseller.

One particular dialogue from Philip in the entertaining movie struck me:

"Just remember that in every pothole there is hope.

Well, you see, pothole is spelled P-O-T-H-O-L-E. So if you take the 'P' & add it to the 'H', the 'O', & the 'E', & rearange the letters or contraiwise, you remove the 'O', the 'T', & the 'L', you get 'HOPE'.

So just remember, in every POTHOLE there is HOPE!"

"If you don't make a choice, the choice makes you!"

The foregoing memorable quote came from an entertaining action movie, which I had watched on StarHub cable television last night.

The apparently CGI-enhanced movie, entitled 'Ghost Rider', & based on a Marvel Comics character, starred Nicolas Cage, as Johnny Blaze, a stunt motorcyclist, who apparently gave away his soul to become a hellblazing vigilante.

PRAGMATIC INSIGHTS FROM THE EXPERTS

"Creativity is about exploring different ways in which you can do something, however mundane. It's about making yourself aware of the things around you & what you be doing to improve them - continually reinventing & renewing.

In essence, creativity is a tool you often use in your everyday life outside work. You just need when to use it more in your working life."

~ Saham Hasemi, writing in her new book, 'Switched On';