by Sunil Bali, 19-02-2017
There seems to be an ever growing number of keyboard warriors on social media.
Cyber bullies who are a colloidal carbuncle on the backside of humanity.
Contrarian individuals who disagree in a disagreeable manner, and whose sole purpose is to rain on your parade.
I had the good fortune to meet one such invertebrate last week, when I was leaving a combat class still wearing my sparring gloves and a t-shirt bearing the logo explosive ape.
The sight of me in my battle dress seemed to puncture the keyboard warrior’s balloon, drain the colour from his cheeks and render him speechless.
Despite a primal urge to demonstrate the brutal efficiency and effectiveness of urban combatives, I took the moral high ground.
Sometimes you just have to accept that you exceed the intellectual limits of others, and let them paddle in the gutter while you surf the ocean.
Don’t let psychic vampires, dream stealers and keyboard warriors sour you ….. Age like wine not milk.
- My mother-in-law bought a parrot, but she took it back to the pet shop a week later complaining, "It doesn’t talk and hasn’t said one word yet."
"I haven’t had a chance. You don’t even pause for breath," replied the parrot.
- At a social gathering, Gladstone once said to Disraeli, "I predict, Sir, that you will die either by hanging or of some vile disease".
Disraeli replied, “That all depends, sir, upon whether I embrace your principles or your mistress."
- Overheard at a garden-club meeting: "I never knew what compost was until I met my husband."
Live big & love deep.
by Sunil Bali, 12-02-2017
Despite being very clever Jan was, by his own admission, a trouble maker at school and quickly dropped out of college.
He managed to get a job as a software engineer at Yahoo, but got bored and left before he was asked to leave. On his bio Jan writes "Did time at Yahoo."
Disillusioned with life, Jan decided to go travelling for a year.
When he returned, Facebook and Twitter were two of the biggest gigs in town. Jan sent his CV, but was turned down by both companies.
So Jan decided to start a business himself. After a bin full of scrapped ideas, he decided to run with the very big idea of creating a hassle free instant messaging service.
WhatsApp was born, and in February 2014 Jan Koum sold WhatsApp to Facebook for $19Billion.
Jan Koum says he realises it was true what his school teachers and naysayers had said about him, that he lacked common sense. Koum says that it was uncommon sense that had prevented him from following the normal, common sense path to mediocority.
Remember, if you’re a misfit in one place, you’ll be a great fit in another.
Watch out for the fork in the road …..
- I just booked a table for Valentine’s Day.
But the wife isn’t impressed.
She’s rubbish at snooker.
- I just asked my husband if he remembers what day it is today
….. Scaring men is easy.
- If I ever need a heart transplant, I want my ex’s. It’s never been used.
- Man: I have a pen, you have a phone number. Think of the possibilities.
Woman: I have stilettos, you have a face. Think of the injuries.
Live big & love deep.
by Sunil Bali, 05-02-2017
Whilst researching Supernovae as part of his post-doctoral research, 29-year-old Brian kept coming to the conclusion that the expansion of the Universe is accelerating.
But all the research at the time, by some of the world’s leading astrophysicists, came to the opposite conclusion, that the expansion of the Universe was decelerating.
So Brian spent the next few months trying find out where he had gone wrong, because as he says, "I was an apprentice astrophysicist with little experience, contradicting the best Professor’s on the planet. So I must have got it wrong."
But try as he might, he couldn’t find a mistake.
So almost apologetically, Brian published his research, asking the world’s leading scientists to correct his conclusion.
However, despite years of trying, not one astrophysicist could dispute Brian’s conclusion.
In 2011, thirteen years after his research was first published, Professor Brian Schmidt was awarded the Nobel prize for Physics for "completely changing our understanding of the structure of the Universe."
Brian now has his own group of research students and one of the first things he teaches them is the words of St. Augustine who some 1,200 years ago said, "Fallor ergo sum", which translated is, "I err, therefore I am."
Brian also tells his students that the most successful are not the cleverest, it’s those who are bold, not afraid to make mistakes, and who believe they are good enough.
So if you must doubt something, doubt your limits.
Here is one of the funniest scenes from the movie Life of Brian: Welease Woger
- A Chinese man faked his own death, but his family were suspicious, they didn’t bereave him.
- I tried to start up a chicken dating agency but failed, it was a struggle to make hens meet
- The tiles, A, E, I, O, and U were discovered in a dead scrabble players stomach, vowel play is suspected.
- A Mexican stuntman died while making a film, at the funeral his mother approached the director and said,
“Jesus died for your scenes."
Live big & love deep.