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How Elon Musk Built His Empire - [Infographic]

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This graphic was created by information designer Anna Vital, read herfull article here.
Step by Step: How Elon Musk Built His Empire (by Anna Vital)“The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. Tomorrow’s champions will not win by competing ruthlessly in today’s marketplace. They will escape competition altogether, because their businesses will be unique.”– Peter Thiel in “Zero to One” In the bookZero to One, prominent entrepreneur and investor Peter Thiel shares his vision on what it takes to create an extraordinary company. Specifically, Thiel believes that instead of making incremental upgrades to an existing product or service, a company must aim to do something completely new to avoid ruthless competition. While Thiel has worked with many impressive people over the years, Thiel points to Elon Musk as a particularlysuccessful memberof the Paypal Mafia that has gone “zero to one” many times. THE RÉSUMÉAt only the…

50 Dumbest Things Bush Ever Said

48. "You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test.'' —Townsend, Tenn., Feb. 21, 2001

43. "I am here to make an announcement that this Thursday, ticket counters and airplanes will fly out of Ronald Reagan Airport." —Washington, D.C., Oct. 3, 2001

40. "Oh, no, we're not going to have any casualties." —discussing the Iraq war with Christian Coalition founder Pat Robertson, as quoted by Robertson

37. "We need an energy bill that encourages consumption." —Trenton, N.J., Sept. 23, 2002

36. "After standing on the stage, after the debates, I made it very plain, we will not have an all-volunteer army. And yet, this week — we will have an all-volunteer army!" —Daytona Beach, Fla., Oct. 16, 2004

35. "Do you have blacks, too?" —to Brazilian President Fernando Cardoso, Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2001

32. "It is white." —after being asked by a child in Britain what the White House was like, July 1…

Math Jokes

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Everybody loves math jokes. At least I think everybody does...

Anyway, here are some funny ones.

















More here and here...

Revealed: Britain's stupidest call centre customers

Here are a couple of stupid centre calls from Britain.Customer: "I've been ringing 0700 2300 for two days and can't get through to enquiries, can you help?"

Operator: "Where did you get that number from, sir?"

Customer: "It was on the door to the travel centre".

Operator: "They're our opening hours".--------Caller: "Can you give me the telephone number for Jack?"

Operator: I'm sorry, sir, I don't understand who you are talking about".

Caller: "In the user guide it clearly states I need to unplug the fax machine from the wall socket and telephone Jack before cleaning. Can you give me his number?"

Operator: "I think you mean the telephone point on the wall".--------Caller: Does your European Breakdown Policy cover me when I am travelling in Australia?"

Operator: " Doesn't the name of the product give you a clue?"--------
Then there was the caller who asked for a knitwear company in …

It's over

Christmas is over, the parties, the food, the gifts, boxing day (December 26 in Canada), the endless cash outlay. Finally, I can rest and enoy the time off. No wait...we have work on the 27th! Darn, just when I though I can finally get some rest, I have to go back to work.

Sometimes I wish I can just take a week off and do nothing. No laundry, no work to worry about, no cooking, no ironing. Nothing. Just sit around, watch TV or play Xbox or read a good book. But then again, I really hate taking vacations because it makes it harder to go back to work when your routine has changed.

I was almost late for work this morning because I completely forgot I have work today. Today being the 27th. I wanted to stay home and clean my office, by office I mean the little corner I have in the house which is part of the living room that I call my office.

I also wanted to clean up and backup my computer. But then I really didn't want to do anything during Christmas break. I really wanted to get a new …

Office Prank

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This is the funniest office prank I've seen. A fellow worker went on vacation and will return after Christmas, the boss and a co-worker wrapped everything on the guy's cubicle with tin foil. And I mean everything! Scissors, monitor, chair, mouse, pen, everything!

Here are some pictures.













































This is just hilarious! Here's the link to the guy who made this prank.

Internet

It's amazing what you can find around the Internet (you know I can't think of any topic to write about).

Here are a couple of things that might be of interest.

Gigantic NES Controller - takes two people to play a game of Mario Bros.

Movie Mistakes - check out the best movie mistakes made so far.

Secret Worlds - move through space from beyond the milky way down to the sub-atomic level.

Ad wars - ad wars between BMW, Audi, Subaru and Bentley.

More ad wars - more ad wars between car manufacturers.

Winnie from The Wonder Years - Stuff magazine's photoshoot of Danica McKellar who plays Winnie Cooper in "The Wonder Years". Oh by the way, she graduated Summa Cum Laude at UCLA in Mathematics and co-authored a scientific paper in a peer-revied physics paper. The paper proves a theorem that become known as Chayes-McKellar-Winn Theorem (Wiki).

Perfect gift for the perfect (geek) girl

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Are you a geek?
Are you a rich geek?
Do you have a girlfriend who's also a certified geek?
Do you want to really impress her this Christmas?
Looking for the perfect gift?
Look no further!

Introducing USB drive that's a girl's best friend. A diamond encrusted USB drive that's solid platinum and loaded with 350 white diamonds of 5.8 carats.

Only $40,000!


















I bet you no one will lose this baby!

Screwy Snowman

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During the huge snowfall we had two weeks ago, my son and I decided to build a snowman. He wasn't content to just build an ordinary snow man, but he wanted a snowman family. A Daddy snowman, a Mommy snowman and a little boy snowman.

Not contented with that, I decided to do snowman inspired by Calvin and Hobbes comics. Here are the pictures...









































































Favorite Movies

I was talking to my friend the other day about movies we love and I never realized we liked pretty much the same movies. I'm talking about old movies from the 70s and 80s, so I decided to compile a list of movies that I love and perhaps someone else would discover them and love them as I do.

1. Trading Places(1983) - Dan Ackroyd and Eddie Murphy
A funny movie about two wealthy brothers who own a Wall Street firm doing a social experiment to see if they can turn a snobbish investor (Ackroyd) into a bum and a street bum (Murphy) into a respectable member of society. This movie is the main reason I got interested in investing.

2. Coming to America(1988) - Eddie Murphy and James Earl Jones
Eddie Murphy plays a wealthy prince who wants to find this true love in America. There are some reference to Trading Places in this movie. Like when Eddie Murphy gave $25,000 to two old guys on the street. They're the two wealthy brothers in Trading Places.

3. Brewster's Millions(1985) - Richard …

A solution to the energy problem

Here's an interesting article from Wired News.

Google's Mountain View, California, headquarters is getting a 1.6-megawatt solar system -- enough to power about 1,000 homes -- that will feed about 30 percent of the complex's power demand. About a third of the 9,000 solar panels Google's installing will take the form of overhanging parking shades at the million-square-foot campus in Mountain View.

Last year, Kyocera inaugurated the first ever Solar Grove in a parking lot in San Diego. The project used the empty space above the open parking area and built "solar trees" that provides shades to the cars and passengers as well as collecting solar energy and converting it into a 235 Kw Solar Electric Generating System.

Just imagine, instead of building concrete waiting sheds, they built solar tree sheds instead that will provide shade from the sun and rain while collecting solar energy. Any country would have a sustainable and renewable supply of electricity. It's …

How much for a miracle?

I got this e-mail and I normally just delete forwarded messages. I thought this was worth posting.

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A little girl went to her bedroom and pulled a glass jelly jar from its hiding place in the closet.

She poured the change out on the floor and counted it carefully. Three times, even. The total had to be exactly perfect. No chance here for mistakes.

Carefully placing the coins back in the jar and twisting on the cap, she slipped out the back door and made her way 6 blocks to Rexall's Drug Store with the big red Indian Chief sign above the door.

She waited patiently for the pharmacist to give her some attention but he was too busy at this moment. Tess twisted her feet to make a scuffing noise. Nothing. She cleared her throat with the most disgusting sound she could muster. No good. Finally she took a quarter from her jar and banged it on the glass counter. That did it!

"And what do you want?" the pharmacist asked in an annoyed tone of voice. I…

Coherence

For all you Mac lovers out there as well as you Windows fanatics. Parallels Desktop just released a free beta version of their new Parallels for Mac which includes a new feature called Coherence.

Coherence allows you to run Windows programs within your Mac enviroment as though it was a local Mac application.

It allows you to hide your Windows Desktop and lets you run the Windows app in their own window. Don't believe me? See the video below.




I know my next computer will be a Mac!

What were they thinking?

I know this might be funny in the beginning, but it will eventually get annoying? I mean, a humping dog USB key?

My only question is, what were they thinking?

James Kim

James Kim, the senior editor of CNet was found dead on Dec 6, 2006. This is just so sad, though I don't know him, a lot of people who visit CNet are familiar with him. He's the senior editor of CNet and you usually see him on their videos reviewing products.

I don't know why his death kind of had an effect of me just like the death of Steve Irwin. Was it because they seemed to be both familiar? Were they familiar because we see them on TV or the Internet a lot? Although we can't compare their contribution to society, but was it because we lost someone who did contribute to society in their own way? Or was it because like me, they're both fathers who love their family who left behind very young children?

The reports say he climbed through a 5 mile canyon to find help for his family. The rescuers said what he did was "superhuman". Trekking through freezing weather with no food climbing down boulders, logs, icy creeks and nearly impenetrable brush.

This is a p…

Laptop the Terminator will love

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Here's a laptop that the Terminator will love to use. NEC designed this laptop that can withstand a 3 foot drop and temperatures from -56 to 50 degrees Celsius.

Just makes me wonder, how rough do people use their laptops? I mean, if they're using it in Antartica, I can imagine something like that. But how would this look in the office? I'm imagining someone going to the office in battle fatigue to use this laptop. :)

Find out more here...