RORY SUTHERLAND: Perception is Everything

I just had to put this up. It’s all shades of deep.

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RORY SUTHERLAND: Perception is Everything (T)

0:11       What you have here is an electronic cigarette. It’s something that’s, since it was invented a year or two ago, has given me untold happiness. (Laughter) A little bit of it, I think, is the nicotine, but there’s something much bigger than that. Which is ever since, in the U.K., they banned smoking in public places, I’ve never enjoyed a drinks party ever again. (Laughter) And the reason, I only worked out just the other day, which is when you go to a drinks party and you stand up and you hold a glass of red wine and you talk endlessly to people, you don’t actually want to spend all the time talking. It’s really, really tiring. Sometimes you just want to stand there silently, alone with your thoughts. Sometimes you just want to stand in the corner and stare out of the window. Now the problem is, when you can’t smoke, if you stand and stare out of the window on your own, you’re an antisocial, friendless idiot. (Laughter) If you stand and stare out of the window on your own with a cigarette, you’re a fucking philosopher. (Laughter) (Applause)

1:24   So the power of re-framing things cannot be overstated.What we have is exactly the same thing, the same activity,but one of them makes you feel great and the other one, with just a small change of posture,makes you feel terrible.And I think one of the problems with classical economics is it’s absolutely preoccupied with reality.And reality isn’t a particularly good guide to human happiness.Why, for example,are pensioners much happier than the young unemployed?Both of them, after all, are in exactly the same stage of life.You both have too much time on your hands and not much money.But pensioners are reportedly very, very happy,whereas the unemployed are extraordinarily unhappy and depressed.The reason, I think, is that the pensioners believe they’ve chosen to be pensioners,whereas the young unemployed feel it’s been thrust upon them.

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The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination

I stumbled upon this just this week and was all shades of touched. I enjoy self-improvement and personal development, but I love it even more when the writer draws from their own personal experiences.

So here it is; J.K Rowling’s Commencement Speech at Harvard in 2008

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Text as delivered.

President Faust, members of the Harvard Corporation and the Board of Overseers, members of the faculty, proud parents, and, above all, graduates.

The first thing I would like to say is ‘thank you.’ Not only has Harvard given me an extraordinary honour, but the weeks of fear and nausea I have endured at the thought of giving this commencement address have made me lose weight. A win-win situation! Now all I have to do is take deep breaths, squint at the red banners and convince myself that I am at the world’s largest Gryffindor reunion.

Delivering a commencement address is a great responsibility; or so I thought until I cast my mind back to my own graduation. The commencement speaker that day was the distinguished British philosopher Baroness Mary Warnock. Reflecting on her speech has helped me enormously in writing this one, because it turns out that I can’t remember a single word she said. This liberating discovery enables me to proceed without any fear that I might inadvertently influence you to abandon promising careers in business, the law or politics for the giddy delights of becoming a gay wizard.
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MY TOP 5(6) ALBUMS OF THE YEAR

Today, I am putting up my top 5 albums of the year. I am only going to do so for albums released in 2013/2014. Yes, I am adding 2013 because some albums were just too good that I listened to it into this year and they were better than some 2014 albums.

Before I put it up, I would like to say that I grew up a hardcore hip-hop fanboy.  Jay Z, Nas, Dr Dre, Public Enemy, Rakim, Ice cube, The Eastsidaz, Outkast, T.I, Drake, and co; I didn’t even want to listen to pop and rock albums. Well, 3 albums changed my mind; Kelly Clarkson’s “Break Away (still my best album ever)”, Miley Cyrus’ ‘Can’t be Tamed” and Kate Voegele “A Fine Mess”. Since then, I’ve always been open to given pop & rock artist a chance to woo me over and some of them have succeeded. I was recently organizing my phone’s playlist and I realized that I have more pop/rock than hip-hop songs, a ratio of about 5:1. So these are my albums of the year which I will try to rank;

  1. ED SHEERAN – X (stylized Multiply)

released June 20, 2014ed sheeran x

I still maintain that Ed Sheeran looks like a dork, and I don’t mean that as a bad thing, I am only stating it matter of fact. That being said X was a good album for me, maybe not better than + but since 2014 was not used to discover new music, I have to pick this. It had good melodious songs like Sing (with Pharell Williams) and I’m a mess.

Rating: ♠♠♠
Fav Song(s); Thinking out Loud, I’m a Mess

  1. BEYONCE – BEYONCE

Beyonce - Beyoncereleased December 13, 2013.

The first 2013 album to be on my list, mainly because it was released 18 days before the year ended so it fell into 2014 for me. I remember the day this album came out, I was on twitter that morning and all everyone was talking about was Beyonce this, Beyonce that. It was as if Queen Bey (this is the only time you will ever hear me call her that) dropped a nuclear bomb on U.S soil which is what she did, figuratively speaking. What made it talked about globally was that there was no single released before the album, she didn’t try to force any song down our ears. She just dropped the whole shit once like, “here, take your pick”

Rating:  ♠♠♠¤

Fav song(s): Drunk in Love ft Jay Z, XO,  Flawless (I know I’m a guy but the hook is just so damn catchy “I woke up like this!!!!!!!!!!!”

  1. ASA – BED OF STONE

released August 25, 2014Asa - Bed of Stones

The only Nigeria artist whose songs are on my phone (I think so), PC and all devices that I own; the only Nigerian artist that I can listen to without my brain feeling like It’s splitting in 2 with all their kicks and snares and bass drums. The album is melodious and even has a few catchy songs like “Satan be Gone”, songs that all the mushy people out there can relate to; like “How did love find me?” and extremely conscious music like ‘Bed of Stone”. This would have been my album of the year if I had not listened to or downloaded the next 3 artist on my list.

Rating: ♠♠♠♠
Fav Song(s): Bed of Stones, The One That Never Comes, Grateful.

  1. J.COLE – 2014 FOREST HILLS DRIVE

released December 9 , 2014.J.Cole - 2014 FHD

This is probably my most relatable hip-hop album since Jay Z’s “The Black Album”. I almost didn’t get this album as I wanted to wait till next year, and honestly, it would have been my only regret of 2014 if I had waited. Right from the first full track, January 28th to the “Love Yourz”, I felt like I was the story teller, like I could actually see the world through his eyes. In a way, it was what he wanted. This kind of rap, story-telling, is becoming rarer as the years go by with so many artists conforming trying to appropraite hiphop culture. Anybody could actually find some piece of relatable perspective in the album.

Rating: ♠♠♠♠
Fav Song(s): January 28th, G.O.M.D, A Tale of Two Citiez, Adolescence.

NOTE: THE NUMBER ONE SPOT IS SHARED AS YOU SHALL SEE

1A. BIRDY – FIRE WITHIN
released September 16, 2013.Birdy - Fire Within

My best/greatest Indie folk artist of all time (sorry Kate Voegele and Ed Sheeran) and she is only 18 with just 2 albums to her name. Yet I love her beyond words. That voice, damn, with the instrumentals backing her up especially the keyboard (the way she strings together the keys in some of her ballads). There are no words to describe this album. No words.

Rating: ♠♠♠♠♠
Fav Song(s): Wings, No Angel (Best Song ever) , All you never Say, Heart of Gold, Standing In The Way of The Light, Strange Birds.

 

1B. SAM SMITH – IN THE LONELY HOUR
released May 26, 2014.Sam Smith - In the Lonely Hour

I was in a relationship for most of the year (single now, ladies take note) but most times it felt like I was alone in that relationship. And this album helped me get through that time. The songs were just so powerful that you could feel the raw emotion dripping from the words, like you could also feel Sam’s pain as you listen along. This is an album of unrequited love and that alone makes it my album of the year. But whether your love is being given back or not, this album will move you.

Rating: ♠♠♠♠♠
Fav Song(s): Lay Me Down, Stay with Me, I’m Not The Only One. La La La, Latch, Not in That Way, Make It To Me

True Humor Quotes

I love reading quotes on Goodreads. Mainly because it gives me snippets of an author’s words so I know which to get or read. But also because the quotes sometimes carry deeper meanings which are relatable.

So I decided to round up 14 humor quotes which look funny when read at first glance, but on deeper reflection has some truth to it.

Remember, it’s all about perspective.

So without much fuss, here are the 14;

 

A word to the wise ain’t necessary, it’s the stupid ones who need advice.”
Bill Cosby

“Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well”.
Mark Twain

“Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.”
Robert A. Heinlein

“When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That’s relativity.”
Albert Einstein

“Some humans would do anything to see if it was possible to do it. If you put a large switch in some cave somewhere, with a sign on it saying ‘End-of-the-World Switch. PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH’, the paint wouldn’t even have time to dry.”
Terry Pratchett

“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. No use being a damn fool about it.”
W.C. Fields

“Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”
Will Rogers

“Learn from the mistakes of others. You can never live long enough to make them all yourself.”
Groucho Marx

“Confidence is ignorance. If you’re feeling cocky, it’s because there’s something you don’t know.”
Eoin Colfer

“The easy confidence with which I know another man’s religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.”
Mark Twain

“Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.”
George Carlin

“A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining, but wants it back the minute it begins to rain.”
Mark Twain

“Humanity takes itself too seriously. It is the world’s original sin. If the cave-man had known how to laugh, History would have been different.”
Oscar Wilde

“April 1. This is the day upon which we are reminded of what we are on the other three hundred and sixty-four.”
Mark Twain

CATERGORIZING MY E-LIBRARY

I saw this on Goodreads so I edited it to my liking.

It is a categorical grouping of my books. I am not going to list which books fall under which category because some books get more than one category.

 

 

Books I haven’t read.

Books I need not read

Books I have for purposes other than reading

Books I mean to read but there are others I must read first

Books that everybody’s read so it’s as if I have read them too

Books I’ve been planning to read for ages

Books I have been hunting for years without success

Books dealing with something I am working on at the moment

Books I own so they’ll be handy just in case

Books I need to go with other books on your shelves

Books that fill me with sudden, inexplicable curiosity, not easily justified

Books read long ago which it’s now time to re-read

Books I’ve always pretended to have read and now it’s time to sit down and really read them”

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A little something to inspire you all. These are the best of quotes that inspires and motivates me to want to be better.
I hope it does the same to you

1. We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be.
MARY SARTON

Stumbled on this quote late 2011 and it has kinda been my mantra ever since.

2. In three words, I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life; IT GOES ON.
ROBERT FROST

3. Nothing of me is original. I am the combined efforts of everyone I’ve ever known.
CHUCK PALAHNUIK

4. It is not the strongest of species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable.
CHARLES DARWIN

5. We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be.
KURT VONNEGUT

6. What’s meant to be will always find a way.
TRISHA YEARWOOD

7. It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.
LON HOLTZ

8. Pain is temporary, Quitting lasts forever.
LANCE ARMSTRONG

9. If you don’t look at the big picture, you’ll get lost in the details.
ANONYMOUS

10. What is inner peace but a deeply held belief that your current situation is exactly as it should be.
ANONYMOUS

11. If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for everything.
ANONYMOUS

12. Life is not fair, get used to it.
CHARLES J. SYKES

13. You can’t get ahead of others if you are trying to get even with them.
ANONYMOUS

14. The best revenge is to be successful, It’s to stay strong and move forward in life, Never stopping, never giving up, never take a step back.
VANGA SRIKANTH

15. Don’t be afraid of death, be afraid of an unlived life. You don’t have to live forever, you just have to live.
NATALIE BABBITT

16. Don’t part with your illusions, for when they are gone, you may still exist but you have ceased to live.
MARK TWAIN

17. The essence of strategy is choosing what not to do.
ANONYMOUS

18. What is hardest to accept about the passage of time is that the people who once mattered the most to us wind up in parentheses.
JOHN IRVING

19. You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realise this and you will find strength.
MARCUS AURELIUS

20. Always remember, your focus determines your reality.
ANONYMOUS

21. There’s room at the top but never enough to sit down.
V.

22. All problems resolve themselves, given time.
V.

23. You can’t get to the top climbing over the dead bodies of your friends.
NELSON ROCKEFELLER

24. Never worry about tomorrow, tomorrow you might inherit a million dollars or be run over by a truck. Or inherit a million dollars and be run over by a truck.
V.

And an extra one;
*** The world belong to the patient man.