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Origin

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“Origin” is Dan Brown’s 7th novel, the 5th starring Robert Langdon. Sometimes I feel it will be more refreshing if Dan Brown can introduce a new character to his stories. In “Origin”, Robert’s friend Edmond was making an announcement in Spain which would answer the two basic questions: Where did we come from? Where are we going? It was promised to threaten people’s faith in religions. But Edmond was assassinated shortly after the presentation had started. Then the rest of the story was about how Robert solved all the puzzles and revealed Edmond’s findings to the public.

Like other Dan Brown’s novels, Robert Langdon had a time critical mission to achieve in “Origin” – to reveal a 47-character password to unlock Edmond’s presentation, accompanied by Ambrae, the curator of Guggenheim Museum where Edmond’s event was held. Ambrae was also the fiancee of the prince of Spain – the future queen. The relationship between Robert and Ambrae could be further expanded but the book just let it pass plainly. A surprise is Edmond’s A.I. assistant, Winston, who kept feeding information to Robert and helping him to navigate Barcelona.

As compared to Dan Brown’s other novels, “Origin” does not have that many symbols and secrets to uncover. You may simply view it as a thriller, but with a 45-minute TED Talk at the end. As usual, Dan tried to set up the suspense in his own style – an expected text message in the mobile, a surprised email in the computer, a voice of someone unbelievable was heard from the other end of the phone … But all these become bluffs without details and readers just can’t join the dots together. However, with only a few characters in the story, it’s not hard to guess who was behind all the drama.

The main problem of “Origin” is the over-promise of Edmond’s discovery to the answers of the two basic questions. But is it such a big deal whether human are created by God or by Nature? I think most of us will still live as normal no matter what the answers are. Worse, the final truth revealed was based on an existing theory and not a new concept. It will be more controversial if human were seeded on earth by aliens. And for the “where are we going” part, I really don’t think a hybrid of human and technology can be regarded as a new species.

There are a few unrelated sections in the book that are simply for making up the number of pages – those updates in ConspiracyNet.com, the subplot about the the king and prince of Spain. And it’s far too simple and easy to manipulate the killer for the assassination. As a whole, “Origin” is a good read in your spare time, but don’t expect it to be the same level as Dan Brown’s earlier books – “The DeVici Code” and “Angel and Demon.”

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Foolproof Ideas for Life

1. If you can’t change facts, try bending your attitudes.

When facing with a given set of problems, one man may tackle them with intelligence, grace and courage; another may react with resentment and bitterness; a third may run away altogether. In any life, facts tend to remain unyielding. But attitudes are a matter of choice – and that choice is largely up to you.

2. Don’t come up to the net behind nothing.

The tennis player who follows his own weak or badly placed shot up to the net is hopelessly vulnerable. And this is true when you rush into anything without adequate preparation or planning. In any important endeavor, you’ve got to do your homework, get your facts straight and sharpen your skills. In other words, don’t bluff – because if you do, nine times out of ten, life will drill a backhand right past you.

3. When the ball is over, take off your dancing shoes.

No one lives on top of the mountain. It’s fine to go there occasionally for inspiration and for new perspectives. But you have to come down. Life is lived in the valleys. That’s where the farms and gardens and orchards are, and where the plowing and the work are done. That’s where you apply the visions you may have glimpsed from the peaks. It’s a steadying thought when the time comes, as it always does, to exchange your dancing shoes for your working shoes.

4. Sharpen up your neighbor’s halo.

Stop worrying about your own halo and shine up your neighbor’s. Everyone, in some area of life, has a halo that’s worth watching for and acknowledging. You need to shift the emphasis from self to interest and concern for others. This reflects a deep psychological truth: People have a tendency to become what you expect them to be.

5. Keep one eye on the law of the echo.

The law of echo – is there really such a thing? Is the universe actually arranged so that whatever you send out – honesty or dishonesty, kindness or cruelty – ultimately comes back to you? It’s hard to be sure. And yet, since the beginning of recorded history, mankind has had the conviction, based partly on intuition, partly on observation, that in the long run a man does indeed reap what he sows.

6. Don’t wear your raincoat in the shower.

Creation is all around you. But you’re always keeping it out. Don’t be a buttoned-up person and stop wearing your raincoat in the shower! The best way to discard that raincoat is to expose yourself to new experiences in your life all your life.

All the above really urge one to the same goal: a stronger participation, a deeper involvement in life. This doesn’t come naturally, by any means. And yet, with marvelous impartiality, each of us is given exactly same number of minutes and hours in every day. Time is the raw material. What we do with it is up to us.

A wise man once said that tragedy is not what we suffer, but what we miss.

The Happy Drummer

S. White – a young drummer from Taiwan, normally performs in random locales in Taiwan. Her YouTube videos are popular and she has fans of all ages. Above is her performance with “Moves Like Jagger”. The glasses, the ponytail, her smile, singing along with the song and the amazing stick spinning are all her trademarks. But what really inspires me is her enjoyment in the show, you won’t feel bored in watching her videos and you may even consider to learn playing drums at the end.

I have learnt a few things from S. White’s videos. We should all live with passion about something. Life sometimes feels pretty ordinary and full of routines. We work five days a week and assume everything ahead will remain unchanged. But what do you enjoy doing in your spare time? S. White said she’s an introvert, but playing drums brings out the other side of her. Pick up a new hobby that you are interested to make your life more exciting. If you enjoy what you are doing, you will feel the joy and fun like S. White in her performance.

Don’t assume S. White would play the drums like this overnight. In additional to the energy she put into the performance, there are a lot of practices and hard work behind. She said she would observe other drummers and keep improving her skills. Learning is about progressing. Mastering a new skill is a sense of fulfillment, pride, and satisfaction with yourself. Learn something new. Take a class. You will then want to see more of the world. Never leave it too late that it becomes a regret.

When S. White dropped her stick at 2:45, she picked up another stick and kept playing without even missing a beat. Things don’t always go as planned in life. We don’t control everything that happens. Always have a contingency plan and stay prepared to deal with the unexpected. When life is out of control, be strong to move forward. Focus on what you can do and do it well. Life is full of hard, beautiful, broken things and wars we fight within ourselves. And they always lead to great adventures.

You can watch more S. White’s videos in her YouTube Channel.

15 Bill Gates Quotes

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  1. If you are born poor its not your mistake. But if you die poor its your mistake.
  2. I failed in some subjects in exam, but my friend passed in all. Now he is an engineer in Microsoft and I am the owner of Microsoft.
  3. I choose a lazy person to do a hard job. Because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.
  4. As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.
  5. Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.
  6. Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.
  7. If you think your teacher is tough, wait ’til you get a boss. He doesn’t have tenure.
  8. Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.
  9. Life is not fair, get used to it.
  10. If you can’t make it good, at least make it look good.
  11. Don’t compare yourself with anyone in this world. If you do so, you are insulting yourself.
  12. It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.
  13. If your culture doesn’t like geeks, you are in real trouble.
  14. Television is not real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.
  15. Patience is a key element of success.

Ice Cream and Bacon and Eggs

Couple in their nineties are both having problems remembering things. During a checkup, the doctor tells them that they’re physically okay, but they might want to start writing things down to help them remember.

Later that night, while watching TV, the old man gets up from his chair. “Want anything while I’m in the kitchen?” he asks.

“Will you get me a bowl of ice cream?”

“Sure.”

“Don’t you think you should write it down so you can remember it?” she asks.

“No I can remember it.”

“Well I’d like some strawberries on top, too. May be you should write it down, so not to forget it.”

He says, “I can remember that. You want a bowl of ice cream with strawberries.”

“I’d also like whipped cream. I’m certain you’ll forget that, write it down?” she asks.

Irritated, he says, “I don’t need to write it down, I can remember it! Ice cream with strawberries and whipped cream – I got it for goodness sake!”

Then he toddles into the kitchen. After about 20 minutes, the old man returns from the kitchen and hands his wife a plate of bacon and eggs.

She stares at the plate for a moment. “I know you forget it. Where’s my toast?”

12 Inspirational Movies

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1. Spirited Away
Schoolgirl Chihiro is inadvertently transferred to the spirit world, forcing her to work in a Japanese bathhouse to reclaim her freedom.
“Once you’ve met someone you never really forget them. It just takes a while for your memories to return.” Advice for Chihiro

2. Rush
A thrilling account of the 1976 Formula 1 season. James Hunt and Niki Lauda battled for the World Title, the latter overcoming an appalling accident in the process.
“It’s impossible to perspire through a skin graft, so sweat will never run into my eyes again, which is good for a driver.” Lauda following his accident.

3. Life of Pi
The story of Pi’s fight for survival whilst stranded in the Pacific Ocean. A volatile Bengal tiger is his sole company.
“The whole of life becomes an act of letting go, but what always hurts the most is not taking a moment to say goodbye.” Pi.

4. Awakenings
Based on neurologist Oliver Sack’s book. Robin Williams stars as introverted Dr. Sayer, who discovers a drug which awakens catatonic patients.
“Another awakening took place; that the human spirit is more powerful than any drug – and that is what needs to be nourished: with work, play, friendship, family. These are the things that matter.” Dr. Sayer.

5. The Pianist
Roman Polanski’s account of Polish pianist Władysław Szpilman’s remarkable fight for survival during Nazi deportation of Jews in WWII.
“[Taking off his watch] Here, sell this. Food is more important than time.” Szpilman.

6. Life is Beautiful
Roberto Benigni’s WWII film of a father who uses his imagination to protect his son from the horrors of war.
“This is my story. This is the sacrifice my father made. This was his gift to me.” The son narrates.

7. The Truman Show
Truman Burbank lives an ordinary middle class life, unaware he’s actually the star of the most popular TV show on Earth.
“There’s nothing fake about Truman himself. No scripts, no cue cards. It isn’t always Shakespeare, but it’s genuine. It’s a life.” Christof, the show’s creator.

8. 127 Hours
Aron Ralston traps his arm whilst hiking, leading to an unnerving realization.
“This rock … this rock has been waiting for me my entire life.” Ralston.

9. The Professional
Léon is a hitman and loner. Suddenly forced to care for a child (a young Natalie Portman), he finds his humane side and seeks a change.
“You’ve given me a taste for life. I wanna be happy. Sleep in a bed, have roots. And you’ll never be alone again, Mathilda.” Léon.

10. Million Dollar Baby
A rags to riches story. Maggie, a humble waitress, makes a break as a boxer and rapidly shoots to stardom with the help of her trainer Frankie Dunn.
“It’s the magic of risking everything for a dream that nobody sees but you.” Eddie Dupris, a friend of Frankie Dunn.

11. The Descendants
When his wife is hospitalized, wealthy Matt King (George Clooney) and his family must adapt to sweeping changes.
“You give your children enough money to do something but not enough to do nothing.” Matt King.

12. Gravity
2013’s thrilling sci-fi epic. Boasting exceptional special effects, this inspiring look at space is a visual treat.
“Either I make it down there in one piece and I have one hell of a story to tell! Or I burn up in the next ten minutes.” Dr. Stone.

Embracing the Strange

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As a child, you might feel like becoming an adult was an amazing journey but now you’ve reached that place, you feel that air of indifference about it. With turning into an adult comes the expectation of maturity and to switch off our child-like way of looking at things.

Thinking back as a child you probably didn’t care too much about what others thought usually stemmed by having an incomplete understanding of the world. Fun and imagination is at the forefront of your mind where the smallest things – a new toy, the school playground, those comic books, neighbors living next door,  birds on the balcony – can become entertaining.

Yet as we grow up, the idea of self-control becomes much bigger inside of us. We’re taught to focus more on ourselves and heavily judge our actions or decisions. Society tells us to be self-aware of the consequences of our thoughts and how other people perceive us and we’re told to act like an adult to be accepted.

We’re no longer mesmerized, the magic has disappeared and our perceptions are dulled down. Responsibilities come to the fore and our own interests, career, opinions and basic needs become more of a priority. We rarely like to be seen as different or going against what’s expected of us so we become indifferent. Our lives dictate that we shouldn’t stop and admire things like we did as a child.

We act based on what we’ve been told in order to stay comfortable and not seen as an outsider in society. But this is also stopping us from learning and growing. We stopped evolving into better persons as we did as children, the stimulation we embraced that helped us grow stopped and instead we become part of the others all acting and living in an expected uniform way.

Replacing judgement with curiosity is the key to finding that inner-child mindset. Be mindful to what you judge as odd and change your perspective. Ask yourself why you find something odd, embarrassing or strange. Is it because at some stage other people told you it was strange and so formed your belief?

Embrace what you perceive as odd. Once you’ve understood why you find certain actions odd, it’s important to see why people act this certain way. By seeing this from the other person’s perspective, letting go of the judgement and feeling of indifference, you allow your mind to open up. Find the good aspects of why someone would choose to go against the social norm and their reasoning behind it.

It’s time to rediscover your child-like openness and get rid of the limiting indifference that’s ruling your lack of imagination. Perhaps embracing the strange is the new maturity.