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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

quote from brian cooley's professor

80% of all life is exhaust

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

other picture

isla turner

she does not have a name. the name is fictitious.

Monday, September 28, 2009

quote from an arsenal blog

“..though they always impress you, they don’t always convince you.”

Friday, September 25, 2009

sputnik mania


some awesome sentences from crimson tide

the true winner of a war is war itself
in a nuclear world, the true enemy is war itelf

denzel washington is one of my most, if not the most, favorite actors. he does a great job in crimson tide, playing the underdog, with a subtle sense of independence. my favorite scene in the movie is the one in the officers canteen, where all the officers are talking about war. when the captain, gene hackman, is grilling denzel about his thought on war, the above quotes show up. both are timeless and are very deep. keeps the mind rolling and the crew silent!!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Expoliting Chaos, and celebrating failure

Jeremy Gutsche
one of the most requested keynote speakers
on the forefront of cool
trend publication
trendhunter tv
unlocking cool

viral trends

2 youtube videos

Innovation - Unlocking CoolInnovation - Unlocking Cool (VIDEO)

One of the world's most favorited presentations at, Unlocking Cool is a beginning-to-end exploration of how to leverage viral trends and methodical innovation to generate breakthrough ideas. The presentation is visually engaging, packed with vivid examples, multimedia and audience participation. Jeremy begins with importance of culture and customer obsession. He then enthralls the audience with captivating micro-trends, providing a toolkit to filter ideas down to 'clusters of inspiration'. Finally, he teaches the audience how to articulate their messages for viral infection. Tech Point called the presentation, "The Perfect Kick-Off." Canada eConnect noted, "Jeremy was the highest rated speaker," and the Editor-in-Chief of Hospitality Design noted, “Jeremy was very well received for his humor, acuity and awareness. Spot on. Highly recommended.” [More]

Strategy - Exploiting ChaosStrategy - Exploiting Chaos (GALLERY)

Micro-trends and viral innovations surround us. But if you layer on our customers, competitors and corporate strategies, it becomes difficult to focus. Inspiration has become distracting. So how do we make sense of all the noise? Whether you’re an entrepreneur, artist, bureaucrat or marketer, your goal probably involves creating something that ‘connects’ with other human beings. In the pursuit of something that ‘connects’, your creativity is probably hindered by organizational structure, uncertainty and unexploited opportunities. This keynote is not about traditional strategy. This keynote is about cutting edge frameworks and powerful ideas that will empower your organization to exploit chaos. [More]

Leadership - Culture of InnovationLeadership - Culture of Innovation (GALLERY)

In a world of increased competition, intensified customer demands and shifting employee demographics, a culture of innovation is more important than ever before. Jeremy's Culture of Innovation framework exposes the audience to ground-breaking ideas related to perspective, customer obsession, tolerance for failure and creativity. In these categories, he provides examples that prove you can't just check the box, you have to be revolutionary. The presentation provides a toolkit of ideas and examples of how leading innovators are changing the game to cultivate breakthrough organizations. [More]

Trends - Clusters of InspirationTrends - Clusters of Inspiration (GALLERY)

Leveraging the world's largest database micro-trends, Jeremy's team filters through the most viral innovations in the world to create 'Clusters of Inspiration'. Trend Hunter has sold these reports for $1000 per copy to leading marketers and innovators around the world. The content has been sourced by the Economist, Financial Times, Guardian, CBC, and dozens of leading newspapers. Clients include cutting edge companies like Microsoft, Yahoo and eBay. In this presentation, Jeremy walks the audience through clusters of inspiration in their market and adjacent industries. [More]

Creativity - Trend HuntingCreativity - Trend Hunting (GALLERY)

When people think of trends, they trend to think of macro influences like: eco, consolidation, web 2.0 and aging boomers. But everyone knows these, so they don’t help your innovation process. Trend Hunting involves the methodical approach to identifying clusters of opportunity that are meaningful for your specific problem. By leveraging cutting edge techniques, innovators can leverage viral trends to generate ideas, stimulate creativity and ultimately unlock cool. [More]

Marketing - Infectious MessagingMarketing - Infectious Messaging (GALLERY)

With over 8 million monthly views and citations in more than 40,000 online publications, Jeremy Gutsche's Trend Hunter magazine thrives in the world of viral marketing. In this presentation, Jeremy uses viral videos, vivid examples and the cutting edge of online marketing to captivate his audience. Then he goes beyond the buzzwords of web 2.0, Facebook, and social marketing to reveal the core elements that make viral messages so infectious. These lessons have profound offline implications, from enhancing customer relationships to giving teams a sense of meaning and alignment. Most importantly, he leaves his audience with his #1 Rule, "Relentlessly obsess about your story." [More]

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

thank you letter to security at six flags

dear mary,
i would like to sincerely thank you and your team for the wonderful job you perform at six flags. this previous saturday, while enjoying the thrilling rides, i lost my phone when it dislodged from my pocket and fell down. to make matters worse it was my first ride of the day and i had a whole day planned out with pictures from the phone etc.

so im grateful to all you staff who might have helped find it - "from the superman ride attendant" (who told what to do next) to "the lady at the lost and found" (who had to endure my constant question through the day for the phone) to "the lady on the phone" (who told it had been found and was mailed to me to you (who sent me the very well packed phone).

to show eveyrthing ended well - the phone turns on and charges. i am able to make calls and everything is back to normal. life moves on.

again, thank you and have a nice day


rolla costa

in a trip to the six flags great America park in Chicago, i accidentally dropped the phone out of a ride. the ride's called superman and it straps the body onto the chair including legs so you are parallel to the ground as you take off.

in the build up to a 360, the phone got dislodged from my pocket and dropped off. me, parik and mani in one row and the archita, dave, anush and khagen in the second row could all see it fall off. i did not realize what it was until a second instant and then it was beautiful to watch fall. my heart was in my mouth from fear of losing the phone but the sight was wonderful. everything slowed down, and we could see the phone roll over and turn in the air as it was about to hit the ground. that was when i lost sight of it.

for four days of painful waiting i did not know whether it was lost or found, in one piece or seven. today i got it back. there are a few cracks at the bottom side, but otherwise the phone look intact. i am going to write a thank ou note to the security staff who retrieved it and mailed it back safe. it would be awful if the phone survived the ride and broke in the mail system.
the ride stats:

Superman: Ultimate Flight by the numbers

Height Restrictions
min. 54"
Ride Category
Thrill (More like this)
Flash Pass
Spring 2003
115 feet
Top Speed
60 mph
More than 3 minutes
28 riders
Bolliger & Mabillard

Monday, September 07, 2009


after a lot of delibration, thought and sweat i have decided to buy the apple mac book pro 13.3"
i know ill sound hypocritical saying this but i actually like the hardware
the software i do not know and it will be a new learning experience
the thing that pushed me over is the deal with the ipod touch and printer free
the thing that tempted me was the freedom of switchign to windows if i dint like the mac software.
the thing that got me closer to temptation is virtualbox

with the extra items on order i think i have made a decent decision

i did look at a lot of laptops before getting to the apple. since the last post for my dell inspiron, it has been about 4 years.

apple has given me the 3 items in 3 different boxes:


MBP 13.3/2.26/ CTO

specs are in the following post


thing i like abt halo - the game

the sticky granades
sound of the SMG guns reloading
the human sniper
list incomplete...

presumed innocent


kung fu panda


presumed innocent