Friday, October 31, 2008

NARA'S NOTEPAD


VOLUME 4


NOVEMBER 2008


NUMBER 11


ADOPT A PLANT

MEMO FROM NARA


Thinking is a mental activity. Everyone thinks about something every time. Thinking is of two kinds. One is self-defeating and the other is self-promotional. These two kinds of thinking emerge out of our minds every time. Sometimes one of these two will be dominating. The happiness and success in life depend on the kind of thinking which dominates. If the self-promotional thinking dominates a person can progress well in life with great achievements. He or she can perform the job perfectly well. On the other hand, if the self-defeating thinking starts dominating then one can not understand the strength in him, but only one thinks of the weakness. In fact, one should not overlook one’s accomplishments. Think of whatever good – may be small or big, one has done in life. It will promote the self-promotional thinking. Thinking is like breathing which is very essential for the physical and emotional life. Similarly, thinking that too self-promotional is essential for the emotional life to yield great pleasure. Fantasies can keep a person away from self-defeating thinking. One can think of anything one likes without other’s knowledge and they are generally harmless. Fantasies facilitate secret thinking. It is better to think of things one like but not able to get in reality. One can fly in an airplane and reach any country and holiday in a mountain enjoying Nature without permission, passport or visa. Such fantasies are sometimes known as ‘day dreaming.’ Of course, dreaming or imagination is good for emotional health. But self-defeating thinking in such dreaming or imagination certainly brings unhappiness and distress to anyone. Therefore, thinking the right thing will help us to lead a successful happy life in our society. Let us try and get the benefits.

ECONOMICS OF SUCCESS


You cannot get rich by dreaming or thinking positive thoughts. You can only succeed if you have something to give - in return you will naturally receive all the wealth you can handle. You can't get more out of the system than you actually put in. It's as simple as that.
Businessmen (and women) in any society in the world, talk obsessively about "making money". Leaving aside counterfeiters, only governments make money. The treasury prints the stuff and then declares it valuable (Someone, I think it was another Adam Smith, the 20th Century US "funny money" philosopher, actually George J W Goodman, who joked about money from the treasury, saying that a government is the only institution that can take a valuable commodity like paper and, by adding ink, make it into something worthless).
Nobody "makes money." You trade for it. You earn it.
To understand the economics of success further, Adam Smith introduced the idea of Exchangeable Products. In earning a living, dealing with others and sharing relationships, we are all responsible for doing or making something which we can call a "product."
The product need not be a thing. We can carry out a service. But there is still a SOMETHING at the end of it. A gardener may serve with knowledge and skill of horticulture (plants and crops); what he does, we can call "gardening." But his product would be stated slightly differently. His product might be flourishing healthy plants in an attractive fertile garden setting. You get the difference.
Society has become too complex for us to do everything we need to do for ourselves. So we each specialize and do what we are good at. In The Wealth of Nations Adam Smith called this the "division of labor".

By working together on a project, we can achieve many times the success of a single individual working alone. Cooperation is the key to success. What we each produce is our contribution to making all this work, by which we earn our place in society.

- Dr. Keith Scott-Mumby

RADIO-FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION TAGS (RFID)


RFID are embedded in a growing number of personal items and identity documents. Because the tags were designed to be powerful tracking devices and they typically incorporate little security, people wearing or carrying them are vulnerable to surreptitious surveillance and profiling.

The first radio tags identified military aircrafts as friend or foe during World War II, but it was not until the late 1980s that similar tags became the basis of electronic toll-collection systems. And in 1999, corporations began considering the tags’ potential for tracking millions of individual objects. In that year, Procter and Gamble and Gillette formed a consortium with Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineers, called the Auto-ID Center, to develop RFID tags that would be small, efficient and cheap enough to eventually replace the Universal Product Code (UPC) barcode on everyday consumer product.

THEY SAID...


I never did anything by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident, they came by work – Thomas Edison

I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence, but it comes from within. It is there all the time –
Anna Freud

In a hospital they throw you out into the street before you are half cured, but in a nursing home they don’t let you out till you are dead –
George Bernard Shaw

Knowledge is a process of piling up facts; wisdom lies in their simplification – Martin Fischer

Knowing is not enough, you must apply; willing is not enough, you must do – Bruce Lee

SENSE OF COMPETENCE


1. Take responsibility for everything you do, think, and feel. Always take responsibility for solutions to your problems. Taking responsibility only for solutions (rather than blame for causes) gives you power.
2. Focus on what you can control – your ability to improve, appreciate, connect or protect – rather than what you cannot control, such as the opinions and behavior of your spouse.
3. Think in terms of solutions rather than problems. Be flexible, think multiple solutions – there’s almost always more than one.
4. Realize genuine confidence – if you make a mistake, you can fix it.
5. Step back and see things in wider contexts, observing the complexity of issues
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JUST TO LAUGH...


On a tour of a European Castle, a young visitor becomes very nervous. The elderly guide tries to reassure her.
“Don’t worry,” he says.
“I have never seen a ghost in all the time I have been here.”
“And how long is that?” asks the tourist.
“About 400 years.”

If I was to die first, would you marry?” the wife asks.
“Well,” says the husband, “I am in good, so why not?”
Would she live in my house?”
“It’s all paid up, so yes.”
“Would she drive my car?”
“It’s new, so yes.”
“Would she use my golf clubs?”
“No. She’s left-handed.”

A guy finds a sheep wandering in his neighborhood and takes it to the police station. The desk sergeant says, “Why don’t you just take it to the zoo?”
The next day, the sergeant spots the same guy walking down the street-with the sheep.
“I thought I told you to take that sheep to the zoo,” the sergeant says.
“I know what you told me,” the guy responds.
“Yesterday I took him to the zoo. Today I’m taking him to the movies.”

Insanity is doing the same things over and over again and expecting different results.

HONEYBEE FACTS


· Honey bees, which are social insects, live in colonies with a division of labor between the various types of bees.
· The queen is the only sexually developed female and is the largest bee in the colony. A two-day-old larva is selected by the workers to be reared as the queen. She will mate in flight with about 18 drone (male) bees, during which time she receives several million sperm cells that last her entire life span of nearly two years. A productive queen can lay 3000 eggs per day.
· Drones are stout male bees which have not stingers. Their sole purpose is to mate with the queen – after which they die.
· Workers, the smallest bees in the colony, are sexually undeveloped females. A colony can have 50,000 to 60,000. Their life expectancy normally is about 28 to 35 days. But workers reared in September and October can live through the winter. Workers feed the queen and larvae, collect nectar, produce honey, guard the hive entrance and even help keep the hive cool by fanning their wings.
· Honey bees’ wings stoke 11,400 times per minute, thus making their distinctive buzz.

-National Honey Board, USA

Stop being your own enemy!
Meet you next month – DECEMBER, 2008

Prof. A. Narayanan, Ph. D., FISPP
# 19, Phase 5, Maharani Avenue, Vadavalli, Coimbatore – 641 041, Tamil Nadu
Telephone: 0422 – 2423017 Mobile: 98422 42301
E-mail: prof_narayanan_a@hotmail.com
arumugakannu@gmail.com
Visit my blogs: http://www.nara2007.blogspot.com/ (NARA’S NOTEPAD)
http://www.nara.tumblr.com/ (NARA’S DIGEST)
http://www.nara1.vox.com/ (NARA’S POSTCARDS)

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

NARA'S NOTEPAD
VOLUME 4

OCTOBER 2008

NUMBER10
WORK PATIENTLY

MEMO FROM NARA


“What should I do?” is the question we all face everyday in our work or in our daily life. Some of us very well know what we should do in our work or in our home. But most of us are always put this question in our mind and find no proper answer. Still, in fact, they do something in the most unorganized and unwanted manner. Planning and scheduling our activities are essential to lead a successful life. Sometimes even such planning may get failed. So, one has to keep contingency plans. Those who do not know what to do should think of others who know what they do. They should observe and ask them how they spend their time more fruitfully and successfully. They should learn from others and make their decisions to decide what they should do?

There are many things to do in life. Those things will certainly bring happiness and good health. No tension. No stress. One of my friends used to say that instead of thinking “what to do,” it is better to get up and just to do something which may be of use to you or others. I feel that he is quite right. Wasting time on thinking what to do, either plan or just do something. I hope that you got the point. Then why you wait? Go and do something. Good luck!

SELF DISCIPLINE


Discipline is not everyone’s favorite word. But self discipline makes all the difference. Life is a trade off between instant pleasure and long term reward. Self discipline in little things (studying instead of TV) lead to a big thing.

The key to self discipline is not an iron-will. It is knowing why you want something. If you really know why you want to get out of debt, it’s easier to save. If you’re clear about why you want to improve your qualifications, it’s easier to study. When you’re self disciplined, you don’t need to get disciplined from anywhere else. As a result, you run your own life and people don’t tell you what to do.

When you don’t have self discipline, you get it from outside. People who can’t discipline themselves often slot into jobs where they take orders. People who have absolutely no self discipline get themselves locked up!
-
Andrew Mathews

VITAMINS


Vitamins are organic substances that we require in very small amounts for two purposes: to perform specific metabolic functions and to help manufacture components of body tissue (bone, hair, skin, nerves, and brain). Vitamins are necessary for life and health. They are essential nutrients because we derive them exclusively from our diet. The body cannot manufacture them. Because we need only very small amounts, they are usually measured in milligrams and micrograms.

Vitamins can be categorized according to their solubility. Fat-soluble vitamins are absorbed in fat and include vitamins A, D, E, and K. Water-soluble vitamins are absorbed in water and include vitamins C, B1 (thiamin), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenic acid, B6 (pyridoxine), B9 (folate, folacin, folic acid), and B12 (cobalamin or cyanocobalamin)

EXTEND RESPECT


A few interaction skills that make a big difference to a respectful atmosphere in your organization include not interrupting conversations, asking if the person has time to talk, and listening to ideas.
Remember not to be in such a know-it-all position or in such a hurry that you finish other people's sentences. Be sure to comment on their ideas to let them know you have really been listening, not just waiting for them to take a breath so you can jump in with your agenda.

HISTORY OF COFFEE


The coffee plant Coffea arabica is native to the highlands of Southern Ethiopia. According to a legend told in the Kaffa province from which the beverage take its name, its properties were discovered by a goat-herder named Kaldi towards the end of the first millennium. One day he noticed his animals becoming hyper active after eating the red berried from the wild palnt. He ate some himself and experienced a similar effect. A passing monk scolded Kaldi for eating “but was eventually persuaded to try some himself. He realized that the berries could help him and his brothers stay awake during prayer. Members of the Galla tribe of Southern Ethiopia are also known to have eaten coffee beans wrapped in fat to sustain them during hunting trips. The habit eventually spread to Turkey, where the practice of roasting the beans ahead of use was developed, and then to Italy via Venetian merchants.

THEY SAID...


Do not be desirous of having things done quickly.
Do not look at small advantages.
Desire to have things done quickly prevents their being done thoroughly.
Looking at small advantages prevents great affairs from being accomplished. –
Confucius (551 BC – 479 BC)

Self-trust is the first secret of success. –
R.W.Emerson

Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can. - Anonymous

BEST FOODS


Sweet Potatoes: Antioxidants, mainly beta-carotene, reduce cancer risk; also high in fibre.
Tomatoes: Full of lycopene, which is found to reduce cancer risk, particularly that of the prostrate.
Cabbage: High fiber content helps reduce cancer risk.
Spinach: High in beta-carotene and folic acid believed to reduce both cancer and heart disease risk.
Grapefruit, Oranges: High in vitamin C , an anti oxidant that helps combat cancer causing free radicals; also loaded with fiber.
Brown rice: Good source of trace minerals and fiber, another battler of cancer and heart disease.
Legume: High in folic acid, soluble fibre and compounds called saponin, which lower blood cholesterol levels; help reduce both cancer nad heart diseases.
Onion: Contains diallyl disulphide, a compound that fights cancer.
Garlic: It’s active chemical, allicin is believed to reduce clotting of blood platelets and risks of heart attack and strokes.
Walnuts and Almonds: Certain mainly monosaturated fat, which appears to help lower cholesterol levels and fight heart diseases. Also rich in vitamin E, fiber and selenium, and an antioxidant.
Tea, green or black: A good source of antiaging antioxidants.

JUST TO LAUGH...



Recently my girl friend, Karen, got a job at a local hardware store. “The owners don’t want us hanging out with our friend,” she said. “If you stop by, tell them you’re my brother.” On my visit, I walked to the customer service desk and asked the old
woman there, “Is Karen around?” When she looked at me quizzically, I added, “I’m her brother.” She smiled. “What a nice surprise. I’m Karen’s mother.”

NOBEL PRIZE 2008

Physiology or Medicine: French scientists, Luc Montagnier and Francoise Barre-Sinoussi discovered the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that causes AIDS that has killed millions of people since 1980 got the prize. Herald zur Hausen, Director of Cancer Research Center, shared half of the prize for the work that went against the current dogma as to the cause of cervical cancer. He set forth the oncogenic human papilloma virus (HPV) caused cervical cancer, the second most common cancer among women.

Chemistry: Osamu Shimomura of Japan and Martin Chalfic and Roger Tsien of the US won the Nobel Chemistry Prize for a fluorescent protein (GFP) that has revolutionized research in medicine and biology, enabling scientists to get a visual fix on how organs function, on the spread of disease and the response of infected cells to treatment.

Physics: Makoto Kobayashi and Toshihide Masbawa, two Japanese won the Physics Prize along with Japanese-born-American Yoichiro Nambu for theoretical work in fundamental particles.

Literature: The French writer Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio, an author of new departures, poetic adventure and sensual ecstasy, explorer of humanity beyond and below the reigning civilization was awarded Nobel Prize for Literature.

Peace: Finland’s former president Martti Ahtisaari won the Nobel Peace Prize for a long career of peace making around the world from Namibia to Kosovo.


Economics: U.S. economist Paul Krugman, a prolific columnist and fierce critic of Washington's economic policies, Princeton University professor was awarded the prize for the formulated of a new trade analysis theory, which determines the effects of free trade and globalisation, as well as the driving forces behind worldwide urbanisation.

One of the highest forms of magnanimity is forgiveness!
Meet you next month – NOVEMBER, 2008

Prof. A. Narayanan, Ph. D., FISPP
# 19, Phase 5, Maharani Avenue, Vadavalli, Coimbatore – 641 041, Tamil Nadu
Telephone: 0422 – 2423017 Mobile: 98422 42301
E-mail: prof_narayanan_a@hotmail.com
arumugakannu@gmail.com
Visit my blogs: www.nara2007.blogspot.com (NARA’S NOTEPAD)
www.nara.tumblr.com (NARA’S DIGEST)
www.nara1.vox.com (NARA’S POSTCARDS)