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Bernard Shaw Day

Here are a lot of anecdotes of Bernard Shaw that I like from various web sites.

George Bernard Shaw was once asked by a manufacturer of electric razors to endorse their new product – by shaving off his trademark beard. Shaw explained that, like his father before him, he had grown a beard for a very good reason:

“I was about five at the time,” Shaw recalled, “and I was standing at my father’s knee whilst he was shaving. I said to him, ‘Daddy, why do you shave?’ He looked at me in silence, for a full minute, before throwing the razor out of the window, saying, ‘Why the hell do I?’ He never did again.”

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Having spotted George Bernard Shaw standing alone in a corner during her dinner party, a hostess anxiously approached her distinguished guest. “Are you enjoying yourself, Mr. Shaw?” she inquired. “Certainly,” Shaw replied. “There is nothing else here to enjoy.”

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Quotes from G.B. Shaw

-There is no sincerer love than the love of food.

-Democracy is a device that insures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.

-I never thought much of the courage of a lion tamer. Inside the cage he is at least safe from people.

-The only secrets are the secrets that keep themselves.

-We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.

-First love is only a little foolishness and a lot of curiosity.

-The liar’s punishment is not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else.

And the quotes goes on.
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Life Lessons from Randy Pausch

Randolph Frederick “Randy” Pausch[2] (October 23, 1960 – July 25, 2008) was an American professor of computer science andhuman-computer interaction and design at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Pausch learned that he had pancreatic cancer in September 2006, and in August 2007 he was given a terminal diagnosis: “3 to 6 months of good health left”. He gave an upbeat lecture titled “The Last Lecture: Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams” on September 18, 2007, at Carnegie Mellon, which became a popular YouTube video and led to other media appearances. He then co-authored a book called The Last Lecture on the same theme, which became a New York Times best-seller.

Pausch died of complications from pancreatic cancer on July 25, 2008.

from wikipedia

http://www.ted.com/talks/randy_pausch_really_achieving_your_childhood_dreams.html

I would like you to watch this video and think about it.  He died in 2008 because of pancreatic cancer, however, as you could see, he tried to live his life to the full extent.

Reasonably, all his words are like mottos, the sayings of a dying man. The key question to keep asking is, Are you spending your time on the right things? Because time is all you have.  From someone who had already realized that he has a limited time, and short.

Time is all you have and you may find one day that you have less than you think.

I’ve never understood pity and self-pity as an emotion. We have a finite amount of time. Whether short or long, it doesn’t matter. Life is to be lived.”

Maybe you knew Randy Pausch from “The Last Lecture” conference in which he share his wisdom and knowledge with his students and, indirectly, the world.

This post became all about using time right, I guess. Maybe next time I can talk about his perspective in different things.

Learning New Skills Can Improve Memory

It’s no secret that if you want to improve your memory (or any brain function), you have to work at it. A new study, however, shows that specifically learning a new skill that’s unfamiliar to you can have a marked improvement in memory.

The study examined three groups of people. One attempted to learn a new skill like quilting or photograph. The second participated in social activities but otherwise learned nothing new, while the third listened to classical music or did word puzzles. The results showed the first group demonstrated improved memory function. The effects particularly emphasized a need to engage the mind later in life:

“It seems it is not enough just to get out and do something–it is important to get out and do something that is unfamiliar and mentally challenging, and that provides broad stimulation mentally and socially. When you are inside your comfort zone you may be outside of the enhancement zone.” Continue reading “Learning New Skills Can Improve Memory”