Isa-isahin ko man sa akda kong ito ang mga bagay na aking natamo at natupad mula nung huling kaarawan ko hanggang sa ngayong araw na ito, wala parin sa nakaraang taon ko ang hihigit sa kabuuan ng dalawampu’t limang taon akong nabubuhay.
Mahirap ilarawan ang mga bagay-bagay na nangyari sakin mula nung una akong nabigyan ng hininga, natututong lumakad at tumakbo, maglaro, magsalita, hanggang sa nag-aral ako at nakatapos sa kolehiyo, nasubukang magtrabaho sa isang kumpanya, at higit sa lahat matutunan ang mga bagay-bagay na hindi naman kayang sukatin - ang mga abstraktibong kaisipan tulad ng makisuyo, makisama, magmahal, mag-isip, magtiwala, at marami pang iba.
Kahit kailan, hindi sumagi sa isipan ko na magkaroon ako ng para bagang kapangyarihan na magsasabi sa akin na kung ano ang mangyayari sa akin sa hinaharap, ngunit may iilang mga bagay lang ang alam kong siguradong may kinalaman sa kung ano ako ngayon at kung magiging ano o kung ano pa ang mga matatamasa ko sa hinaharap - yun yung mga pangarap ko.
Kung papipiliin ako ng mga pangyayari sa buhay ko na gusto kong tanggalin, isa lang ang gusto kong matanggal na, yung oras na naisip kong magtanggal ng mga pangyayari sa buhay ko na kagaya nito. Bilang isang tao, wala akong karapatang mamili ng mga bagay na gusto kong tanggalin sa aking sariling kasaysayan, yan ang paniniwala ko. Kung hindi dahil sa kasaysayan, malamang hindi ko naiisip ang mga bagay na ganito - mga bagay na alam kong kakaiba sa tingin ng iba, at yun mga bagay na alam kong kaya kong panindigan at masasabi kong kaya kong ipaglaban.
Pinili ko rin na isalaysay ang pasimula ng akdang ito sa wikang Filipino, hindi lang dahil buwan ng Wikang Pambansa ngayon o dahil lang Pilipino ako, kundi dahil habang tumatanda ako, naniniwala ako na mas lalong gumagaling at nagkakaroon ng karunungan ang isang tao kapag ginagamit nya ang wikang nagmulat sa kanya sa mundo, sa lagay ko ngayon, yun ang Filipino.
Next, I would like to thank every person who became part of my life, since then. And I don’t want to enumerate them all, napakadami. But I want to share every part of them na nakaimpluwensya talaga sakin. Simulan natin sa pamilya - basically, bilang panganay samin, sa akin dapat magsimula ang mga mabubuting asal na dapat nakita ng mga kapatid ko, pero parang baliktad ang mga nangyayari - ako mismo ang natututo sa kanila - after I graduated, ang tingin ko sa sarili o nun eh, I can stand now on my own. Pero mali ako. Nakita ko sa mga kapatid ko na kulang pa, at hindi ko pa kayang mag-isa. Araw-araw nagbabago ang pagtingin ko sa kanila, at lalo pa akong napapalapit sa kanila, dahil nga nakaka-relate na ako sa mga pinagdadaanan nila sa eskwelahan ngayon. And I thank God at may mga magulang ako na tulad nina mama at papa na handang gawin ang lahat, liban sa kasamaan, para samin.
To my parents, I am very thankful to have both of you po. I just realized what could happened to me and to my other siblings, if we were not disciplined in the way that you want us to be seen in and by the society… mabuti nalang at sumunod po kami sa inyo. Kung ano man ang meron ako ngayon, hindi yun sa pagtsa-tiyaga ko, un eh dahil sa pagtsa-tiyaga nyong hulmahin kami sa nakikita nyong mas tama at kung saan kami magiging mas maayos para sa hinaharap din namin. Ang pinakagusto kong ipagpasalamat sa inyo is, yung pagiging magalang ko. Tama nga kayo, mas maganda sa paningin ng ibang mga tao ang pagiging magalang ng isang bata. Ngayon, nakikita ko rin na ang isang taong magalang, manipestasyon din pla ng kanyang mga naabot at higit sa lahat ng kanyang natamasang edukasyon, hindi sa pamantasan ngunit sa loob ng isang tahanan. Sana nga lang alam ng ibang tao ang ibig sabihin ng edukasyon. And this is what I called enculturation. Maraming-maraming salamat, talaga.
Sa mga kaibigan ko dati at mga nakilala ko ngayon, Ipinagpapasalamat ko na nakilala ko kayo, dumaan kayo sa buhay ko, at higit sa lahat naging parte kayo ng kung sino ako ngayon. Hindi ko kailangan ikaila na naapektuhan talaga ako ng mga taong nakapaligid sa akin. Pero, ano naman, tama? By its very nature, man is a social entity. Kung hindi ako nakikisalamuha sa inyo, baka hindi ko rin natitimbang at nalaman kung sino ang handang tumayo para sa akin, at handang ipaglaban ako sa iba. Maraming-maraming salamat, talaga. Gusto ko lang din ipabatid sa inyo na ang pakikipagkaibigan nyo sa akin ay hindi nasayang sapagkat kung kaya nyo akong ipaglaban at tayuan sa harap ng ibang tao, kaya ko naman kayong samahan hanggang sa huli. Hindi ko kayo iiwanan, sabay sabay natin tong lalampasan. Kahit gaano na kahirap ang isang sitwasyon, hindi yun mahirap malampasan basta nanjan kayo. yun nga lang habang tumatagal, kumokonti ang mga haligi ng isang bahay lalo na sa panahon ng kalamidad.
You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him. So, the true test of a man is not where he stands in times of comfort and convenience but where he stands in times of conflict and great strife. And that, any man can win when things go his way, it’s the man who overcomes adversity that is the true champion. A true friend is one who can be a “Zhengyou”, that is a partner who sees beyond immediate benefits to the broader and firm basis for continuing profound, and sincere friendship… :) Sa inyo, Mraming maraming salamat. :) Masaya ako at nakilala ko kayo.
Sa aking mga naging guro, professors, at sa ibang nagtuturo sa akin, maraming maraming salamat sa inyo at patuloy nyo parin akong ginagabayan. Sana, patuloy parin nyo akong tuwirin at hulmahin sa nakikita nyong tama.
Those who know, do. Those who understand, teach. Salamat po ulet.
Sa aking mga tito, tita, pinsan, ninong, ninang, iba pang mga kamag-anak, mga lolo, mga lola, at sa mga hindi ko pa nababanggit. Maraming salamat din sa inyo kasi ipinakita nyo sa akin na tiwala kayo sa pamilya na hinulma ng tatay ko. Maraming salamat po sa tiwala nyo samin. :)
At higit sa lahat, Sa iyo po God. Maraming maraming salamat. Kung hindi dahil sayo, malamang wala ako rito sa mundo. Sa lahat ng blessings, sa talino, kaalaman, at karunungan na meron ako ngayon, ipinagpapasalamat ko ito hanggang sa huli. I believed that God exists!
Now faith is a well-grounded assurance of that for which we hope, and a conviction of the reality of things which we do not see. (Hebrews 11:1)
Muli, maraming salamat sa isang taong nagkamasa-sama tayo at magpatuloy tayong sumulong hindi lang para sa sarili, isama na rin natin ang bayan, ang kapwa, at ang ibang mga taong nangagailangan pa ng ating mga tulong. :)
Alam ko wala kayong time para magbasa ng mga napakahabang mga tula or whatever ang tawag sa kanila. But this poem, really makes me calm.
ni Max Ehrman pero isina-Tagalog ni Rafael Pulmano
sa gitna ng ingay at kaabalahan
ang kapayapaan sa katahimikan
ay maging mabuti sa kahit sino man
at nang buong linaw ang katotohanan
At ang sinasabi
ng iba ay iyong dinggin at pakinggan
Sila man na walang
lubhang nalalaman ay may kasaysayan.
Umiwas sa mga
taong mapamilit at lubhang mapusok
Sila sa kalul’wa
ay pawang ligalig ang idinudulot
Kung ang sarili mo’y
ihahalintulad sa iba ng lubos
at maninibugho ang sariling loob
Sapagkat lagi nang
mayroong lilitaw at mayro’ng sisipot
Na sa iyo’y lalong
dakila o lalong hamak at busabos.
Sa iyong tagumpay
at mga balak man, lasapin ang galak
Ang pagkawili mo
sa iyong propesyon ga’no man kahamak
iya’y pag-aaring totoo at payak
kapalaran nitong panahong nalipas
dapat kang magsanay niyang pag-iingat
Sapagkat sa mundo,
mga panlilinlang ay lubhang laganap.
Ngunit ito’y hindi
sa iyo ay dapat bumulag tuluyan
Ng kung ano na nga
ang mayroon ditong mga katangian
nangagpupumilit para lang makamtan
matayog na sadya, at saka ang buhay
Ay lipos na lipos
ng kabayanihan. Ikaw’y maging ikaw.
Mas higit sa lahat,
‘Wag pagkunwarian ang gawang magmahal.
Huwag ka rin namang
maging mapangutya hinggil sa pag-ibig
Sapagkat sa harap
ng kawalang-sigla at ng pagkabatid
nagbibigay-laya sa ligaw na isip
kagaya ng damo sa paligid-ligid
ang payo ng mga taon, na kalakip
Ang may kasiyahang
pagsuko ng mga bagay na pampaslit.
Mag-ipon ng lakas
ng yong espiritung maisasanggalang
nang bigla sa buhay ang kapahamakan
huwag bagabagin ng maling palagay
bunga lang ng pagod at ng kalungkutan
Sa kabila niyang
isang pagsusupil na sadyang mainam,
Sa iyong sarili
ay maging banayad at maging magalang.
Ah, ikaw ay supling
nitong sangsinukob na hindi hihigit
Sa puno at bit’win…
may katuturan ka dito sa daigdig
sa piling ng Diyos ang sariling dibdib
Maging ano pa man
ang larawan niyang mabuo sa isip
At kahit na ano
ang mga nasa mo’t pagpapakasakit
Sa sadyang magulong
kalituhan nitong buhay na sinambit…
ang kapayapaan sa kaluluwa mo.
Kasama ng lahat
ng pagkukunwaring tinataglay nito,
Ng mga gawaing
nangakayayamot sa puso ng tao,
At maging ng mga
nabigong pangarap na pira-piraso,
Dapat mong isipin
at sa iyong puso’y itanim na husto:
Ito’y isa pa ring
pagkaganda-gandang masasabing mundo.
Almighty God, our Heavenly Father,
take and receive my liberty, my memory,
my philosophy, my understanding, and will,
all that I am and have Jesus Christ has given me.
Grant me the Serenity to accept the things which I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time; enjoying one moment at a time;
accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
taking as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it.
Trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His will,
that I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him forever and in the next. Amen.
… when something has a history, it becomes more beautiful. True beauty lies in the finest details - forged by time and molded by tradition.
The sun rises as early as 4:30 in the morning, a clear sky, the land of the rising sun indeed. This is truly Japan.
Every part of Japan have trees. Urban areas like Jimbocho, Akihabara, Asakusa, Odaiba, Roppongi, Ebisu, Shinagawa, Shinjuku, Harajuku, Hibiya, Kashiwa, and Matsudo consists of apartments, commercial establishments, trees. Areas, like Nikko and Yokohama owe their fresh air from surrounding trees and flowering and non flowering plants.
Some of the houses have photovoltaic panels. In Nikko, I saw a factory which have voltaic cells installed. In Tokyo and Chiba, some of the houses also have solar panels.
Traveling in Japan is quite easy and convenient. Trains made the vision of unity-through-connectivity bridge the gap between regions and cities - majors and minors. The Rail System consists of local and privately-owned trains, traversing their subway lines via different stations. Subway maps indicates not only the fare, but also the line of the train you must ride on. Ticketing system is not limited to tickets, there are tap cards (like SUICA), discount tickets, reserve tickets. Trains’ announcing system is user-friendly, it tells you the details of your route - “from” station, next station, your rail line, where the train is bound for, the possibility of transfer from one line to another line, and what door it will open upon its arrival in the next station in English and in Japanese. The monitoring facilities graphically show the stations that the train passed by and will be going to. Trains like those in Yokohama line, indicates delay <if there is>. So convenient that you just need to ride the train. Tokyo Metro for example, has its homepage in the internet that calculates your fare, the shortest route, number of transfers that you may undergo before reaching your destinations, and even the time the train will come - the moment you check the details of the train. and it is important to know that time is the essence. There are also “Coin Lockers” in some Transfer stations.
Technologies in Japan are undoubtedly very good. They use IC cards in stored values like SUICA, and this can also be use not only in trains but also in buses. Tablet PCs, laptops, and smartphones’ specifications, created by Fujitsu or the others, and distributed and offered in by pre- and post-paid companies like Au, NTT DOCOMO, and Softbank, are competitively comparable to that of Apple, Asus, HP, Samsung, and the likes. Cashiers have these machines that automatically dispenses your change and receipt upon the insertion of your bill. Toilets are also automatic. And the moment I ride in the elevator of Tokyo Skytree, I was really amazed > the speed of the train is very fast, ultrafast, travelling the 350m height. @49m the speed is 403 m/min, @62m the speed is 537, @192m the speed is 600m/min, and then it slows down upon reaching the height of 350m.
Smartphones are very common to see in the public. Every student, employee, a parent, has their cellphones or smartphones; and gadgets can be seen in every places with only one storekeeper. I had a chance to saw a store near Kanda station with no storekeeper. It means that you can just have everything you want to buy in that store and just leave your payments there. If you have a change, you have to have your change by yourself. This is subscribing to honesty.
I saw a student who, instead of using his high-tech gadget to play the music, used his personally-built electronic radio-music player to do so. An old woman doing paper folder, origami. I also saw a student, maybe reviewing for an exam, used a red plastic to cover up the answers in the book. A blind man walking independently in the station, of course guided by path. A kid going to school and riding in train independently.
Majority of the the wall clocks and wristwatches are synchronized to radio-emitter companies like Casio. So precise that the second hand in your wristwatch is the same as the secondhand in the wall clock, and also your digital clock, time monitoring extends also in the television. The moment your wristwatch and wall clock ticks to 12:00AM, expect that the time in the television ticks also to 12:00AM. I witnessed personally how my wristwatch’s time, date, and day of the week says the same thing as that of my room’s clock and television, and the office’s wall clock. This is precision indeed!
I always see three rivers upon passing from Kashiwa to Shin ochanomizu, the Edogawa, Nakagawa, and I don’t know the name of the river between Ayase and Kita Senju.
By 5:00PM, places like Kashiwa, Kanda, and Akihabara bells “Yuyake Koyake” to signify that there’s also a life after working hours. And for children, this is the indication that they must return now to their respective houses.
Garbage are color-coded according to its type: combustibility, recyclability, collected faithfully according to time and schedule. Proper segregation is a must! This is subscribing to cleanliness and punctuality.
I don’t know how intelligent or knowledgeable the students here but, I strongly believe that majority of them have the sense of camaraderie, sportsmanship, and athletics.
Reading a book is the common activity of the passengers riding in the train or returning back to their home. Some are playing games on their smart phones, some are listening to music, others are watching videos. Sleeping in the train is also common.
I did not saw any Carabaos in our way to Nikko. Tractors are common means of farming.
There are ladies and women wearing kimonos. There are also men wearing yukata, and a monk in Asakusa.
The red color dominates the temples and Tooris. And Chinese characters, the kanjis, were written on every part of the totality of the temples, guard stones, walls, gates, etc.
TV programs focus on other countries’ culture. NHK programs have language learning segments; Arabian, German, English, Korean.
Mild earthquakes are also common.
There are three common bills in Japan: the 10,000 Yen bill, the 5,000 Yen bill, and the 1,000 Yen bill. But upon knowing that there exist a 2,000 Yen bill is fun. Coin denominations are 1 Yen, 5 Yen, 10 Yen, 50 Yen, and 100 Yen, and 500 Yen.
I try to taste the beers of Japan, Kirin, Asahi, Sapporo, Chuhai and Non Aru Kinun of Suntory.
Sadly, I was charged of 21K in my first 2 weeks by Smart, hitting my postpaid’s credit limit, and making my line disconnected for a month, in which made my phone to act as simply mp3 player, ebook reader, a sound or video recorder, or just a camera.
Above all, I thank my smartphone for servicing me its intended purpose to capture moments and most especially to connect me to my love ones and friends.
Above all, I thank Janel for listening to my corny jokes and unhelpful comments., I spend most of my daily life eating and working time with her , thank you for cooking the food <at nagpapasalamat ako din ako dahil nakatipid tayo… pero magpasalamat ka rin sakin kasi naghuhugas ako ng mga plato at nagsasaing din ako.. joke lang!> , thank you for going with me on those places that had a big impact on me.
Above all, I thank ACSS and AEON Bank for giving me the opportunity to be deployed in Japan for three months. A great time of spending with the Japanese culture and customs.
Above all, I thank ,y unit in Kashiwa, for handling my things, and making me feel comfortable while sleeping, watching the programs in the television, and surfing the net, and making my place cooler every now and then.
Above all, I thank God for this kind of blessings I received.
One of the things I really like in Japan is its Solar-powered, Multi-band, Atomic Timekeeping watches. Thank You Akihabara, I already conquered one of my emotional attachments. ^_^ (at カシオ計算機 株式会社 (CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.))
This exposition is dedicated to my FEP Team.
For we are always the one adjusting to the clients call, and relying heavily in the vendors knowledge. By realization, we become more focus on our tasks, and by contemplation we become more knowledgeable.
Contemplation leads me to this path.
Let me list down the following premises, which were gathered from my pasts lessons in Computer Systems Architecture with Assembly Language and Operating System Principles, with reference to our basic text before, Computer Organization and Design, Hardware and Software Interface, let me abbreviate it by CODHSI, by David Patterson and John Hennessy.
Let me start with the Hardware.
Computer Science and Computer Engineering majors, I believe, do know that in Computability Theory, there is a hypothesis known as the Church-Turing Thesis, after Alan Turing and Alonzo Church, which states the equivalence between the mathematical concepts of algorithm or computation and Turing-Machine. It asserts that,
if some calculation is effectively carried out by an algorithm, then there exists a Turing machines which will compute that calculation.5
So what is the implication of this? The answer is just simple. We learned that, all computers are capable of computing exactly the same things. That any type of computer (netbook, desktop computer, automaton, and the likes) with a minimum capability, is in principle, capable of performing the same tasks that any other computer (like supercomputer, clusters) can perform, irrespective of speed, size, or cost.
Another one. Recall the basic statement of professor Andrew Tanenbaum between Hardware and Software?
Hardware and software are logically equivalent. Any operation performed by software can also be built directly into the hardware and any instruction executed by the hardware can also be simulated in software.
I believe, that the meaning of the statement is explicit already. He also added that The decision to put certain features in hardware and others in software is based on such factors as cost, speed, reliability and frequency of change. Now, more or less, I can stand firmly on my beliefs before that machine upgrade is not the solution to the memory issue. One more thing related to this. When professor Tanenbaum said, “Today’s software is tomorrow’s hardware, and vice
versa." What have you observe on our mobile phones before? what about today? Have you carefully observed and asked yourself why is the keypad already replaced by capacitive sensing technology (e.g. iPhones), or resistive sensing (e.g. LG Optimus) controlled by softwares on smart phones? Because, as John Baguley of VMware said, “everything that’s currently being done in hardware will eventually be done in software”. And what about Apple?
We will take as our working example the conversion of 16 bit integers to floating point values. On PowerPC, there is no direct conversion for ints to floats in hardware. Everything is done in software. (developer.apple.com)
Enough for Hardware part.
Towards a Software-controlled Everything.
It is in the arrangement and structuring of data - Data Structure and Algorithm Analysis
Do you remember the reasons why we do have Data Structure and Algorithm Analysis, Structure of Programming Languages, and Operating Systems? Because these subjects discusses the importance of careful planning and structuring the data to be process by the computer.
Analysis of Algorithms, is
the determination of the number of resources (such as time and storage) necessary to execute them… [It] provides theoretical estimates for the resources needed by any algorithm which solves a given computational problem. These estimates provide an insight into reasonable directions of search for efficient algorithms.
An algorithm is a a step-by-step procedure, finite sequence of instructions, each of which has a clear meaning and can be performed with a finite amount of effort in a finite length of time. Analysing this simple definition, and applying its meaning to FEP, we are already in chaos in terms of determining the amount of effort (i.e. structuring the program modules), and in terms of determining special business processes like what if the line disconnected between modules, or what if a specific module is not yet finish processing the request, et cetera.
Improper use of an inefficient algorithm in a project will have a big impact in the system’s performance. FEP is a time-critical and sensitive application. Time-critical because a request must be process as soon as possible, and sensitive since the request and response messages contains information of the credit card holder. An improperly designed algorithm will require an uneconomical amount of computing power or storage in order to run. Therefore we must conduct not only Program Profiling, but also a complete Runtime Analysis.
It is said that even the simplest application on a modern computer would not be possible without algorithms being utilized behind the scenes to manage memory and load data from the hard drive. Let meshare to you what one of the best reasons I found before why analysis of algorithm to be use is a must.
to make sure it will correctly solve your problem. If our algorithm doesn’t work, nothing else matters. So we must analyze it to prove that it will always work as expected. We must also look at the efficiency of our algorithm. If it solves our problem, but does so in O(nn) time (or space!), then we should probably look at a redesign.(wiki.answers.com) 6
And what specific analysis we need to perform?
Sometimes, even if the algorithms used to solve problems were correct, programs are not structured correctly, providing slowness, and not effectivity - not producing a desired or intended result. Then, Data Structuring must be our friend.
According to Paul E. Black, as cited by Wikipedia,
a data structure is a particular way of storing and organizing data in a computer so that it can be used efficiently... Data structures provide a means to manage huge amounts of data efficiently.8
In Java, data structures, known as containers, are the classes and interfaces compactly gathered under Java Collections Framework (JCF). I believe that Java sources for these containers are very well optimized by the Java Specification Committee so no problem on that. But I remember our lectures before that. Even if we are using the using Java, the best model of Object-Oriented Programming Language, and using its collection framework, if our codes are not utilizing the right data structure for a certain operation or business process, the main memory of the computer (RAM) suffers the most; and I assume this is one of the factors why the memory usage of FEP is still unstable and consistently high. Show me your code and conceal your data structures, and I shall continue to be mystified. Show me your data structures, and I won’t usually need your code; it’ll be obvious (Fred Brooks).
As recommendation, we need to think on how we would like to store our data before anything else in starting a program. It is very important that we store our data in such a way that, it gives us the easiest method to access them when we want to retrieve them in the future. Good programmers worry about data structures and their relationships (Linus Torvalds).
I am not versed in choosing the right data structures and algorithms to be use in a certain tasks, since I am just in my 2+ years of working, but knowing these things, safely assures me that these things must be considered and reconsidered.
No one consider the how to exploit and use the microprocessor’s capabilities, we just focus on memory issues and thinking that electricity bills will not be our concern because, on the other side, be shouldered by the clients, though. No one consider the impacts of the upgrades from 32-to 64-bit OS and middlewares, because we are biased on the vendors stands and business backgrounds. No one consider because we are afraid of clients’ fury and flames, and in the end, we, as a team suffers the most of exhaustion.
I will leave you questions for you to think. and I hope these things motivates each one of us to think independently and collaborate effectively in the next.
Curious to know why Oracle’s motto is Hardware and Software, Engineered to Work Together? What about Apple’s Senior Vice President Scott Forstall, "The seamless integration between the hardware and software makes everything you do on iPhone 5 just feel more fluid, more responsive and fast."
Apple has a wonderful design philosophy which states that the company’s aim is to avoid everything that “does not need to be there”. It achieved Apple that minimalist design that was the reason of its popularity among masses and allowed the company to charge a premium for it.
4. High-Performance Energy-Efficient Microprocessor Design
7. Data Structures and Algorithms with Object-Oriented Design Patterns in Java http://www.brpreiss.com/books/opus5/html/page36.html
My advice is to leap in and try things. If you succeed, you can have enormous influence. If you fail, you have still learned something, and your next attempt is sure to be better for it.
Do something you really enjoy doing. If it isn’t fun to get up in the morning and do your job or your school program, you’re in the wrong field. Not everyone is lucky enough to have a job or an academic program that rewards them continually, so perhaps your fun will come instead from some outside activity, or friends and family. But there has to be something that makes your life rewarding. Be open to as many experiences as you can, to maximize your chances of finding the really rewarding things. Dick (Richard) Hamming once told me, “Never say no.” That has to be applied with a bit of caution, of course, but the basic idea — try new things — is completely sound
Don’t retire. Or, more precisely, don’t stop doing things. Keep learning and exploring. I retired from Bell Labs 10 years ago and took up teaching; it’s been more fun that I could have imagined and it’s probably added 10 years to my life. And if I retire from Princeton, I’ll try to find something new that has that same effect — something that keeps me active, involved, learning, and meeting new people.
… But I still think that if I could only use one language, I’d use C, just because I could build anything with it.
Η φιλοσοφία μου χάρισε την ετοιμότητα να αντιμετωπίσω οποιαδήποτε στροφή της μοίρας.
Philosophy has given me the readiness to face any turn of fate.
Διογένης ~ Diogenes
(Source: colourswithu, via elladaa)
If we want our children to possess the traits of character we most admire, we need to teach them what those traits are and why they deserve both admiration and allegiance.
- William J. Bennett, The Book of Virtues
This Penguin’s Classics’ cover of the Kamasutra is more expressive than that of the Oxford World Classics. I just remembered how the passages of this wonderful text entertained me. here is mine—>my link