Tuesday, January 09, 2007

The ultimate phone?


I dont usually post about high tech stuff but I have been looking for a cell phone that would do everything. That includes playing music, videos, web browsing, emails, camera and gps.
Apple has maybe managed make my dreams come true with the iPhone. Only thing missing is the gps. Check out its technical specs and alot of pictures of the iphone by clicking HERE

Until my next post,

good night


Tuesday, January 02, 2007

New Year, resolutions and a pretty darn good quote!

Like millions of us, I was never really good at sticking to the new year resolutions proclaimed drunk at a new year party I should have probably avoided.

Maybe the blame should be placed on the new year party itself, on the doubtful booze mixes, on the bad music, or simply on acquaintances whose proximity is at the antipodes of what I like to call cosy.

As an intelligent citizen perhaps it would be best I just admitted I didn’t have the willpower to hold on to those resolutions as if my honour and reputation depended on them. But that really isn’t an easy task is it? I mean who blames themselves these days, who takes responsibility and lives with it?

In my defence (yes I feel attacked in my pride by … myself); I prefer to envision the situation in a more rational way which goes something like this:
“As a result of numerous pointless new year related parties in which I felt as useless as Ann Franks drum kit and where alcohol didn’t serve a grander goal than getting totally trashed only to forget the intellectual decisions, at the time sadly conscious, that led me to the above mentioned party, I as a citizen of the world refuse to associate the honourable resolutions taken at the mentioned time (probably around midnight) into account in my day to day life.
They simply bring back bad memories.”

So here is my new year post which doesn’t contain any resolutions whatsoever but that does contain a series of complex and intertwined philosophical concepts which you can discover by reading it again and again and again…

On a more serious note and in a blatant splurge of grandeur, intellectual wisdom and infinite compassion I shall now quote T.S Eliot who decades ago managed to embody in one sentence what I want to say here:
“For last year's words belong to last year's language and next year's words await another voice.”

I wish you all a glorious new year

P.S my new year night was fantastic :D

Monday, December 25, 2006

Monday, December 18, 2006

Sarkozy n'a jamais mangé chez quelqu'un!

Putting fun into politics! finally!!!

Friday, December 15, 2006

Samosa Blog / Jealousy and French rail workers

I haven’t posted since a while now, not because I had nothing to say but because I had nothing interesting to share.

When I started this blog a few months back, my idea was to share the experiences of my life and to focus on the lessons learned, this is still my main objective but I decided to add a little spice to samosa blog by writing about the things that don’t make me happy or that purely disgust me. As a close friend said to me it is important to show the different facet’s of my ever so complex personality ;)

In my work, I try as much as possible to avoid pointing fingers at my co-workers when mistakes are made, for the simple reason that we all make mistakes and it is counterproductive in the long run for any organisation or work relationship.

The reason why I mention my work “ethics” is primarily because there is a huge amount of jealousy in France and it is only since I started working that I realise it is an ever growing cancer in our society.

What made it all click was a conversation with an old friend who wanted to send me a PowerPoint presentation about the advantages French rail workers had.

He was outraged by these benefits and during the whole conversation all I could think about was why he felt so angry at them when really he should be glad for them.

The fact of the matter is that there lives a sentiment that we should all have living and work conditions that are equal. Reaching some sort of balance would be a fantastic thing and I believe this is what most citizens on this planet wish for every single day.

Nevertheless, I have the feeling that most citizens would rather pull others down than hoist themselves up. I personally am happy that French rail workers have advantages even though I don’t have those advantages in my work, but I do have other advantages that make up for this gap that disturbs so many of our citizens.

It is hard for me to be faced with individuals who look at our society with a self centred point of view as if the French rail worker was reaching into his pocket and was thus making the individuals life worst.

Human being have never managed to survive individually, teamwork is always more productive than working alone, having someone in your life is always better than being alone so why do people view society and its mechanics as a one way street that leads to them?

I am tired of hearing people complain egoistically about their problems in a system that attempts to care for them and amazingly succeeds a great deal.

Be grateful of what you have, always wish for more and fight for it, the French rail workers did and so can you.

Until the next post,

good night

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Perhaps the most beautiful letter ever written

I have always been a great admirer of Nietzsche. For me, he was far more than a philosopher, the dimension of his writings puts us beyond the simple role of the reader. The best example of this extra dimension in his thinking is his book Thus Spoke Zarathustra, A Book for All and None.

Above all, this letter is a marvellous vision of friendship and love that was put down on paper decades ago and that retains its emotional, spiritual and philosophical value to this day.

This letter was written by Nietzsche to his friend Franz Overbeck in 1881.

Genoa, November 14, 1881: Letter to Franz Overbeck

"My dear friend, what is this our life? A boat that swims in the sea, and all one knows for certain about it is that one day it will capsize. Here we are, two good old boats that have been faithful neighbors, and above all your hand has done its best to keep me from "capsizing"! Let us then continue our voyage—each for the other's sake, for a long time yet, a long time! We should miss each other so much! Tolerably calm seas and good winds and above all sun—what I wish for myself, I wish for you, too, and am sorry that my gratitude can find expression only in such a wish and has no influence at all on wind or weather. [....]"

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Murphy's Laws

I have been a devotee of Murphy’s Law for years now and I thought I would share a few of my favourites with all of you.

As an optimist, I try and embrace the good side of life and to persecute relentlessly the things that could make my life a living hell if I let them.

In this context Murphy’s Laws are at the absolute opposite of my optimism as they are all extremely pessimistic but, as in everything it is usually the things that we don’t agree with that make us smile, my post on Borats movie attempted to highlight the need to express and laugh about things even if we don’t agree with them at all.

Hence, after this preparatory speech here are the above mentioned quotes:

General Laws

“If anything can go wrong, it will”

“If you perceive that there are four possible ways in which a procedure can go wrong, and circumvent these, then a fifth way, unprepared for, will promptly develop.”

“Logic is a systematic method of coming to the wrong conclusion with confidence.”

“If builders built buildings the way programmers wrote programs, then the first woodpecker that came along would destroy civilization.”

“Tell a man there are 300 billion stars in the universe and he'll believe you. Tell him a bench has wet paint on it and he'll have to touch to be sure.”

“If there is a possibility of several things going wrong the one that will cause the most damage will be the one to go wrong.”

Love Laws

“Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.”

“The amount of love someone feels for you is inversely proportional to how much you love them.”

“The qualities that most attract a woman to a man are usually the same ones she can't stand years later.”

“Sex is hereditary. If your parents never had it, chances are you won't either.”

“If the effort that went in research on the female bosom had gone into our space program, we would now be running hot-dog stands on the moon.”

And remember “Smile, it makes people wonder what you are thinking.”

Until tomorrow,

Good night