The Personal MBA

Business schools don’t have a monopoly on worldly wisdom. If you're serious about learning advanced business principles, the Personal MBA can help. The Personal MBA recommended reading list is the tangible result of hundreds of hours of reading and research, and features only the very best books the business press has to offer. So skip the fancy diploma and $150,000 loan - you can get a world-class business education simply by reading these books.

from BusinessWeek


Remember the Milk

A very useful and versatile web application that aims to be your primary tool for task managing.

It's easy to add and update your tasks, enter details, share them, postpone them and toss them in the done cabinet. These are all things that any task manager can do, but this one in particular is interesting because it seamlessly integrates with other applications/technologies.

For example, you can access and manage your tasks from technologies as different as your email to your mobile phone to, evidently, your web browser. And the fact that it is a web application means that you can access your tasks from anywhere with an internet access (and if you don't have access to the internet you can also use it offline thanks to google gears and then synchronize whenever you get an internet access).

Additionally, if you are using gmail and firefox, you can install the remember the milk extension for firefox, which loads a panel on the right and seamlessly integrates your gmail contacts and calendar into your remember the milk tasks and vice versa (all thanks to greasemonkey).

Reminders span a wide range of possibilities as well. You can get them through email, sms, twitter, even instant messengers.

Well, now that you know, head over to their site, create an account (they're free) and next time you go to the supermarket... Remember the milk.

Get in shape!

I always read health and nutrition sites with copious amounts of skepticism. Primarily because most sites are trying to sell you something, are a scam in one way or another, or are just plain useless (as far as the information itself goes).

But recently I came across bellyoff.menshealth.com,joined the community and started doing the exercises.

What I like best is that you can do most of the exercises in your own home and you can watch videos of someone performing the exercises so you know you are doing them right. No need for expensive equipment or heavy weights.

On the other hand, the nutrition tips seem a little weak, to say the least. I would recommend sticking to the exercises, but don't limit your nutrition information to what is offered on this site. (for example on the "don't want to cook" section they propose whoppers and chicken mc nuggets... I still can't believe it).

In the end, all these things are pretty much common sense. Exercise + balanced healthy eating will lead to a fitter you. The good thing about this site is that you have a well-crafted weekly plan of exercises (and the videos).

I'll let you know how I'm doing in 8 weeks time.

Li Ka-shing

[from wikipedia]
Li Ka-shing was born in Chaozhou in the Guangdong Province, China in 1928. In 1940 the Li family fled to Hong Kong to avoid the turmoils in China.[5] Li's family stayed at the home of his wealthy uncle. The arrogance of Li's uncle with his immense wealth ignited Li's determination to make a place for himself in the world.

Li's father died in Hong Kong. Shouldering the responsibility of looking after the livelihood of the family, Li was forced to leave school before the age of 15 and found a job in a plastics trading company where he labored 16 hours a day. By 1950, his hard work, prudence and his pursuit of excellence had enabled him to start his own company, Cheung Kong Industries. From manufacturing plastics, Li led and developed his company into a leading real estate investment company in Hong Kong that was listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 1972. Cheung Kong continued to expand by acquiring Hutchison Whampoa and Hongkong Electric Holdings Limited in 1979 and 1985 respectively.

The Honourable Sir Li Ka-shing, GBM, KBE (simplified Chinese: 李嘉诚; traditional Chinese: 李嘉誠; pinyin: Lǐ Jiāchéng, Jyutping: Lei5 Gaa1-sing4, Li2 Gia1-sêng5 gdr, born July 29, 1928), is a wealthy businessman from Hong Kong. He is the richest person of Chinese descent in the world, one of the richest and most influential investors in Asia, and the eleventh richest man in the world according to Forbes with an estimated wealth of $26.5 billion on March 5, 2008.[2] Presently, he is the Chairman of Hutchison Whampoa Limited (HWL) and Cheung Kong Holdings in Hong Kong.

Considered one of the most powerful figures in Asia, Li was named "Asia's Most Powerful Man" by Asiaweek in 2001. Forbes Magazine and the Forbes family honored Li Ka-shing with the first ever "Malcolm S. Forbes Lifetime Achievement Award" on September 5, 2006, in Singapore.[3] In spite of his wealth, Li has a reputation for leading a no-frills lifestyle, and is known to wear simple black dress shoes and an inexpensive Seiko wristwatch. Li is also regarded as one of Asia's most generous philanthropists, donating over $1 billion USD to date to charity and other various philanthropic causes.

Vision is perhaps our greatest strength.. it has kept us alive to the power and continuity of thought through the centuries, it makes us peer into the future and lends shape to the unknown.


Pitch Black

Rude Animals, their latest album, is "impossibly hypnotic".

Hard to box into a single audio ’genre’, Pitch Black is a combination of musical journeys, created by Paddy Free and Michael Hodgson. Their sound is distinctive; ranging from organic ambient beginnings and layered soundscapes to skanking keyboards, cutting acid riffs and thumping rhythmic grooves, with dub being the glue that holds their sound together.

"Fresh, modern and impossibly hypnotic" Q
"The sound of the future" iDJ


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