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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

18 Similarities Between Women and Computers

Before you read any further, please note that this is not a piece out to damage or cut down the important role of women in our society. Read below only as humour and nothing more. These are intended solely for a good laugh.

Women are unique in many ways (and by this I mean different than men) and its this specific uniqueness or certain traits that I refer to when likening a woman to a personal computer. Do not get offended; it is intended to create a smile.

1) A woman is like a computer in that she costs more than you thought it would.

2) A woman resembles a personal computer in that she will not do exactly what you thought it will.

3) After a while, you simply cannot do without both: your computers and your woman.

4) Computers are just like women: after you have gotten used to them and cannot do without them, you discover that one is not enough.

5) Some computers, like some women, serve many people.

6) You can work miracles with both by gently using your fingers if you only know the proper code.

7) If you are inactive with them for more than fifteen minutes, they go off.

8) Just like a computer, the one who runs her has more privileges than just anyone else who is just running her.

9) When there are short-circuits of electricity, they shut you off and then you cannot always return to what was before the short-circuit.

10) Normally, they are available and receptive in the night, but it’s a lot better when they are available and receptive in the morning.

11) When you are, at last, sure that they will do what you wanted, they go off and do something else.

12) The only thing that you predict about the future with them is that they will react unpredictably.

13) Just like women, so too for computers: every year a new model is released that is younger, more advanced and gives a lot more.

14) A woman is just like a computer: you are happy with what you have but when you see what your friends have got, you are sure you want what they have.

15) Women are like computers in that no matter how much you improve and put into them, they only improve for a short time and then go back to their same old pace.

16) Women are like computers in that every day a new program comes out promising to revolutionize your knowledge and use of them, but after spending a lot more cash you realize that none of them work better than the old one you had before.

17) Women are like computers: you always want what others have and they want what you have but you cannot switch even for a trial basis.

18) Women are like computers in that when you get them you are sure that they are the best. But when the days go back, you wonder why you did not get them with a replacement note.


Sunday, March 28, 2010


What is Perfectionism? Perfectionism is defined as a meticulous drive to attain excellence. A perfectionist is one who has this characteristic.

'Perfectionism' is a most prevalent belief in our civilization. Notice that I used the word 'belief'.

Everywhere in this world of ours, perfectionism is regarded as good and desirable while imperfection is deem as bad or negative. Everybody wants everybody else to be perfect. Bosses want their employees to be flawless on the job. Parents want their kids to be the best. Perfectionists want their work and themselves to be perfect.

Since it is so strongly regarded as being positive, is Perfectionism really an absolute or universal value? In my opinion, it is not so.

To me, it is relative and is born of human conception. Perfection is an idea. It is an idea of a perceived ideal state of affair. However, things are the way they are. For every circumstances, the truth is what is at each instance. Perfection and imperfection are therefore merely attached values.

I am not suggesting that perfectionism is not good. I am suggesting that perhaps perfectionism can cast a controlling net over our expression of happiness. One can reach the required goal with or without being a perfectionist. To be a perfectionist, on the other hand, leave very little room for one to accept and love oneself unconditionally when a desired goal is not met. And when our desires are not met, we feel unhappy or cannot be fully satisfied. However, the truth is we only have each moment of the Present Moment to live in. By being perfectionist, our mind will be forever planning and thinking about the future or lamenting about what went wrong in the past. Because of these tendencies, many perfectionists are unable to feel satisfaction because in their perception they never seem to do things good enough to warrant that feeling of contentment.

From this, we can see a paradox of life. That is:

"How can one have
perfect peace, self-love and joy when one is a perfectionist? "


Saturday, March 27, 2010

Get What You Want

When we want to get something, acquire or accomplish anything with lasting results, there are many ways and levels to attract it. If it is by looks, then we need to be disciplined in diet and exercise, etc. If it is by knowledge, then we need to put effort into studying. If it is by wealth, we need to make a lot of personal sacrifice and work hard over a period of time. If it is by a kind heart and maturity, then we have to mentally train ourselves through awareness practice and consistency. Whatever the method, effort with results is the key.

When we do things continuously and with effort, there will be results. When we do it sporadically, our results will be sporadic. If we only go to the gym once every six months, we will look like we only go to the gym once every six months. If we only drive by a gym once every six months, we will look like we only drive by a gym once every six months. Similary, if me focus, practise and control our minds with Dharma every single day, we will look like we control our minds. We will look like we are practising the Dharma. We will see transformation.

Peace out, Ricky.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

'Shields Up!'

Occasionally we meet people whose energy is so negative and overpowering that we need to protect ourselves. The best way is not to fight back, but to affirm your spiritual power. If this fails, create a protective mental shield around yourself to stop their destructive energy getting through.

If you are a Star Trek fan, you will remember that when the Starship Enterprise is under threat, the Security Officer creates an electronic force field around the ship which repels the attack. Use this idea to protect yourself from physical attack. Say 'Shields up,' and imagine yourself surrounded by an impenetrable forcefield. Affrim that nothing can harm you inside your safety bubble.

This may seem wacky at first, but give it a try. Like all techniques, it becomes more effective with practice.

Peace out.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Fishing or Sex?

Four men went fishing. After an hour of sitting on the riverbank, one said,

'You wont believe what I had to do to get permission to come away fishing this weekend. I had to promise my wife that next week I'd redecorate every room in the house!'

The second man said,

'Thats nothing! I had to promise my wife I'd tuft the whole of the back garden and build swings and a slide for the kids.'

Man number three smiled.

'You dont know when you are well off! he exclaimed. 'I had to promise my partner I'd renovate the whole of the kitchen for her and build a pergola in the garden!'

They continued to fish in silence. Then they realised the fourth man hadnt spoken.

'Hey Jerry!' said the first man. 'What did you have to do to be able to come away fishing?'

Jerry struggled casually.

'I just set my alarm for five thirty,' he said. 'When it went off, I turned it off, cuddled up to my wife and asked, 'Fishing or sex?' She turned over and said, 'Dont forget your jacket.''


Sunday, March 21, 2010

The Law of Reciprocity

The Law of Reciprocity is better known as the Golden Rule: 'Treat everyone as you like to be treated.'However, as others have their own values and preferences, it is better expressed as, 'Treat everyone as they would like to be treated.' Most people like to feel accepted, approved of, respected, listened to and appreciated.

The Law of Reciprocity reminds us that we get back what we give out. Thoughts create effects which rebound, and so do words and actions. If you want more friends, be friendlier, if more love, be more loving; if more happiness, help others to be happy. Ask not, 'What do I want this person to do for me,' but, 'How can I help? What can I do for them? Everytime you meet another's needs, you meet needs of your own and feel better about yourself.

Peace out.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

The Biology of Love

Scientists who have been researching how the human brain operates when a person is in love have concluded that there are three distinct brain system for mating and reproduction - lust, romantic love and long term attachment.

Each of these systems is associated with distinct hormone activity that cause specific feelings and behavioural changes in lovers. When you think of love in terms of these three systems, it makes it easier to follow what stage a person is in and to better understand their actions.

Love has been shown to be the result of a specific group chemicals and brain circuits working in specific areas of the brain. In simple scientific terms, love is triggered by a combination of brain chemicals, including dopamine, oxytocin, testosterone, oestrogen and norepinephrine; in much the same way, these chemicals drive other mammals to find suitable partners. Once our brain has identified a suitable partner based on certain criteria, the brain goes into overdrive to rpoduce the chemicals necessary to create the environment to attract that person.

Throughout human history, marriages were an arranged event based on wealth, status, family rivalries, tribal groups and politics. Today, this approach has generally dissppeared and most people now marry for love.

When it comes to mate selection, humans focus their attention on just one person. This distinguishes them from most other animals. A courting male pigeon, for example, will puff up his feathers and approach as many potential partners as his energy will allow. Humans, however, usually have a shortlist of candidates but intensely target just one.


Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Different Flowers For Different Occasions

Whether for your mother, sister or girlfriend, buying a woman flowers can be a minefield. Turn up to a birthday bash with a petrol station bouquet of frayed petals and flimsy stalks and you might find yourself wearing the bouquet down the back of your trousers. Take on board this little lesson in the language of flowers, on the other hand, and you will be heralded as a model gentleman.

To say 'sorry'.
It may be the hardest word, but so much easier to say with flowers. The rare blue rose symbolizes peace and being hard to come by will earn you extra brownie points. Daisies are said to cheer people up and mark new beginnings. Hydrangeas represent understanding, tulips and hyacinths forgiveness, and bluebells suggest sorrowful regret. Alternatively, you could give her a guilt trip with a handful of withered flowers, the symbol of rejected love and petrol stations.

Anniversary or Valentine's Day.
Forget-me-nots for true love, constancy and memories. Cacti, despite being prickly, symbolize endurance. Red roses are a little passe but if you must go for them buy one or dozen - eleven red and one white with the white representing your true love. Just be prepared for the question, 'Who do the other represent, you cheating bastard?'

Mother's Day.
Yellow flowers are bright and cheery and symbolize adoration, gracefulness and friendship. Dahlias, elegance and dignity, magnolias, magnificence and benevolence, and violets loyalty.

Grandma's Birthday.
Pink roses sit well with the oldies as they speak of friendship. Purple flowers are often related to royalty and admiration - perfect for the Queen Mum in your life. Irises denote faith and wisdom. A word of warning: dont send Granny orange flowers or chrysanthemums, or worse orange chrysanthemums (orange symbolizez lust! And, well. chrysamthemums are usually put on grave).


Monday, March 15, 2010

Being Lonely Is Blissful

Being alone is something that everyone fears. What they do not understand is that loneliness is a state of mind, it is not who you are with or not with. You could be with someone and be extremely lonely - you cannot relate to them or understand them. When some peole are with other people, they are even lonelier than they were without anyone. Some people are alone but not lonely.

Loneliness is not about being with someone or having to be wtih someone. Loneliness is a state of mind where we do not accept who we are inside and what we need to improve. We therefore need to be distracted with other people to make us look away from ourselves.

Loneliness is not about being somewhere, being something, having something or being with someone. Loneliness is about not daring to look at our faults and pushing towards improvement, and therefore, wanting to be distracted from what we see in ourselves that we do not like. So, we surround ourselves with loud music, parties, beautiful people, friends, books... We want to have anything and everything to not think about what we are inside.

Being alone is not boring. It is blissful. It is powerful and transformative. So, do spare some time with loneliness, to rise the level of consciousness of your mind, and get to know who you are; what you want inside.


Sunday, March 14, 2010

Spirituality Inclined People Are Happier

Psychologists once spent most of their time studying mental illness, but recently they have turned their attention to what brings health and happiness. They have discovered that happiness is largely influenced by non-physical factors such as values, attitudes and beliefs. For example:

Across all cultures, people who have a happy marriage, spend time with their families, and enjoy caring friendships, a varied and rewarding social life and worthwhile goals which are enjoyable to persue tend to be happier than average.

Wealth is not a good predictor of happiness; people do not grow happier as they grow richer, unless they start below the poverty line. Lottery winner, as I mentioned in the previous post, for instance, are not happier than rest of us, and despite the massive increase in wealth in developed countries in the last fifty years, levels of happiness have not increased.

Age, gender, education, nationality and race are unrelated to happiness.

Spirituality inclined people are generally happier because they have sense of meaning and a belief in something bigger than themselves that brings hope and optimism and faith, all of which are closely linked to happiness.

All in all, studies support the conclusion drawn by the broadcaster and writer Hugh Downs.

'A happy person is not a person with a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.'

Peace out.

Saturday, March 13, 2010


Placebos are pills and potions with no active ingredients. They have much to teach us about the connection between beliefs, health and healing. Placebos are often used in clinical trials as 'controls'. One group of 'guinea pigs' takes the test drug, the other a placebo, and the outcomes are compared. It is not unusual for the improvement to be similar in both groups. Some patients even get the same side effects from placebos as if they had taken the actual medication.

The main factor in successful healing with placebos is the belief of the patient, hence the size, shape, colour of the tablets influence results, as does the healing procedure. Anything that makes the treatment seem more credible, such as the doctors uniform and bedside manner, improves the placebo effect. Placebos are least effective when the patient is unconscious or unaware of what is going on for other reasons.

Placebos tell us something important about the mind-body connection. They are rarely used these days because doctors consider it unethical to tell patients a pill has an active ingredient when it hasnt. Pity. How much potential for safe, effective healing is being lost?


Thursday, March 11, 2010

Are You What Others Think You Are?

Many people think so. If someone repeatedly calls someone an idiot, they begin to believe it. But if you are what others think you are, to whom should you listen? Different people have different opinions of you, and they change over time. Some know you from work, others from home. Some know you when calm, others when you are angry or stressed. Meanwhile, your deepest sense of 'I' stays constant and remain intact.

The real you is to be found inside. What others think of you - your reputation - is outside, in their minds. Your reputation is not of your making and is beyond your control. How can this be who you are?


Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Women's Mental Distortion

Women have this built in desire to tell even their fat ugly friend that she is pretty. Or funny. Or talented. When in fact she is none of the above. Ask any guy and he will tell you - when a guy's wife or girlfriend says oh you just gotta meet my friend blah blah blah she is so funny and so great, the first thing we ask is - is she hot? The pause right before they answer is all the information you need. No - the pause is telling you - she is not hot. At all. Listed below are the first five things most chicks say about their available friends, followed by the truth:
  1. She's really cute, she's got great eyes and she's funny. (She's got cute lips, nice eyes and snorts like a stuck pig when she laughs.)
  2. She looks like Michelle Pfeiffer. (If Michelle Pfeifer had just been in a car crash.)
  3. She's very very very pretty. (She's fat.)
  4. She's got an amazing body. (But the face...)
  5. She's incredibly smart. (She wont shut up.)
Likewise, if you hear any woman describe another woman using the terms listed below - almost the exact opposite will be true:
  1. She's an idiot. (She's got massive tits.)
  2. She's anorexic. (She's got great legs and flat stomach.)
  3. She's so self-centered. (Guys love her.)
  4. Her ass is huge. (She's Jennifer Lopez)
  5. She's a bitch. (She's gorgeous and funny and will fuck your brains out five minutes after she meets you.)
Chicks will take precious time and carefully chosen words to spend on chubby or homely or big-boned female friends - referring to their beestung lips or slow metabolism or zaftig curves. Agree? Yes? No? Find it out yourself.


Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Clear The Clutter

Free yourself of unnecessary possessions. Dont hang onto things on the off-chance that one day they may come in useful. This attitude is born out of fear that one day your needs wont be met, which keeps you rooted in poverty consciousness.

If you dont need it, get rid of it. If you havent worn something for a while, get rid of it. Recycle anything you cant use or give it to charity. Clear out your drawers, cupboards, shelves and every nook and cranny, and once you have cleared a space, dont refill it. A good clear-out leaves you feeling lighter, stimulates flow - and clears the channel to recieve more of what you really need.

Wealth beyond what is natural is of no more use than an overflowing container.


Peace out.

Monday, March 8, 2010

20 Ways To Make Someone Smile

Do you want to put a smile on someone's face today? Maybe make their day a little better. It won't cost you a single penny or much time to do just that. And because smiling is contagious, it probably won't just be one person you make smile today.

Here are 20 ways to turn that frown upside down.
  1. Send some flowers to your partner at work.
  2. Compliment a friend or work colleague on their appearance.
  3. Donate something to charity.
  4. Take a friend out to lunch.
  5. Let someone know you miss them.
  6. Make a surprise telephone call to your partner at work, just to say hi.
  7. Hold a door open for someone walking behind you.
  8. Hug your partner for no reason.
  9. Leave a joke on a friends answer machine.
  10. Send a card to a friend letting them know what a good friend they are.
  11. Give up your seat on the train to someone when there aren't any left.
  12. Share your umbrella on a rainy day.
  13. Ask a friend if they need anything while you're out shopping.
  14. When it's raining, plan an indoor picnic with your children.
  15. Leave a love letter somewhere where your partner will find it.
  16. Send someone an unusual and unexpected gift like chocolate, flowers or sex toys.
  17. Tell your child you're proud of them.
  18. Tell someone you thought about them the other day.
  19. Cook a surprise meal for your partner one night, especially if they normally do the cooking.
  20. Tell your partner you love them.
Did you know it takes only 17 muscles to smile, but 43 to frown. Why waste all that energy frowning when you could just smile.

Here are 5 more facts about smiling.
  1. Women smile more than men.
  2. Smiling releases endorphins that make us feel better.
  3. We are all born with the ability to smile, it's not something we learn from others.
  4. A smile is a universal expression of happiness.
  5. A smiling person is thought to be a more pleasant, attractive, sociable, sincere and competent than a non-smiling person.
Just remember, smiling is the easiest and cheapest way of improving your looks.

Cheers, Ricky.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Colours Tell Personalities (Result)

What'd your ideal room say about you? Find yourself though colours. Wall's colour would narrate your main personalities. Combine with other minor colours. That would be you!

Red is the color of fire and blood, so it is associated with energy, war, danger, strength, power, determination as well as passion, desire, and love.

Energy - Passion - Vitality - Determination - Courage - Confidence - Action - Speed - Sex Drive

  • increased enthusiasm and interest
  • more energy
  • action and confidence to go after your dreams
  • protection from fears and anxieties
  • lose your temper quickly, become agitated, angry, overbearing, demanding, un-nerving, oppressive or even violent.
Orange combines the energy of red and the happiness of yellow. It is associated with joy, sunshine, and the tropics. Orange represents enthusiasm, fascination, happiness, creativity, determination, attraction, success, encouragement, and stimulation.

Happiness - Courageous - Creative - Successful

  • spice things up when you feel time is dragging
  • become more involved in something
  • increase creativity
  • relief from things becoming too serious
  • self-centered and self serving, disregarding the needs of others, pride, and arrogance can will push you out of balance.
Brown says stability, reliability, confident, solid, genuine, maturity, wistfulness, orderly and approachability. It is the color of our earth and is associated with all things natural or organic.

Earth - Order - Dependability - Stability - Humility - Grounded

  • a solid wholesome feeling
  • blend with the background
  • a connection with natural earth and the stability this brings
  • orderliness and convention
  • One-way thinking, Naive.
Gold evokes the feeling of prestige. The meaning of gold is illumination, attaction, loyalty, power, self-esteem, wisdom, and wealth. Gold often symbolizes high quality.
Illumination - Wisdom - Prosperity

  • increased personal power
  • relaxation and enjoyment of life
  • good health
  • success
  • self-centered, seeking personal power.

Yellow is the color of sunshine. It's associated with joy, happiness, intellect, optimism, cheerfulness and energy.

Wisdom - Intellect - Enthusiasm - Joy - Optimism

  • clarity for decision-making
  • relief from 'burnout', panic, nervousness, exhaustion
  • sharper memory and concentration skills
  • protection from lethargy and depression during dull weather
  • inability to focus, or complete one task at a time, and even become critical and demanding.
Green is the color of nature. It symbolizes growth, harmony, freshness, honesty, self-respect, desire to expand and fertility. Green has strong emotional correspondence with safety.

Growth - Abundance - Prosperity - Hope - Fertile

  • a new state of balance
  • feel a need for change or growth
  • freedom to pursue new ideas
  • protection from fears and anxieties connected with the demands of others
  • placid, lethargic, lazy, and slow, to the point of becoming moody and depressed.
Blue is the color of the sky and sea. It is often associated with depth and stability. It symbolizes trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, clarity of thought, protection, faith, truth, and heaven.

Tranquility - Trust - Truth - Intuition

  • calm and relaxation to counteract chaos or agitation
  • open the flow of communication
  • broaden your perspective in learning new information
  • solitude and peace
  • melancholy, dogmatic, negative, arrogant, self-righteous, and self centered.
Purple combines the stability of blue and the energy of red. Purple is associated with royalty. It symbolizes power, nobility, luxury, and ambition. It conveys wealth and extravagance. Purple is associated with wisdom, dignity, sophistication, independence, creativity, mystery, and magic.

Spirituality - Strength - Passion - Meditation - Magic - Mystery

  • use your imagination to its fullest
  • re-balance your life
  • remove obstacles
  • calm overactivity or to energize from depression
  •  irritability, impatience, and arrogance.
Pink is youthful, fun, and exciting, while vibrant pink has the same high energy as red; pink is sensual, gentleness and passionate without being too aggressive. Pink signifies romance, love, and friendship. It denotes feminine qualities and passiveness.

Friendly - Loving - Compassionate

  • calm feelings
  • neutralize disorder
  • relaxation
  • acceptance, contentment
White is associated with light, goodness, peacefulness, innocence, purity, simplicity, sincerity, kindness and virginity. It is considered to be the color of perfection. White means safety, purity, and cleanliness. As opposed to black, white usually has a positive connotation. White can represent a successful beginning. In heraldry, white depicts faith and purity.

Faith - Purity - Innocence - Truth - Peace - Humility

  • clear clutter and obstacles away
  • start a fresh beginning
  • bring about mental clarity
  • purification of thoughts or actions
  •  Cold, Drained, Lifeless, Bare, Vacan't
Black is associated with power, elegance, independence, formality, depression, death, evil, and mystery. Black is a mysterious color associated with fear and the unknown (black holes).

Protection - Independence - Mystic Allure

  • become inconspicuous
  • open the door to mystery
  • prepare for the unknown
  • a restful emptiness
  • generates negative mind, lack of motivation, boreness.
Gray is the color of intellect, knowledge, and wisdom. It is perceived as long-lasting, classic, and often as sleek or refined. It is a color that is uninteresting, serious, dignified, conservative, and carries authority.

Dignity - Self control - Wisdom - Responsibility - Organization - Insight

  • emphasize your willingness to comply
  • neutral, non-invasive feeling
  • reduce the intense energy of another color
  • feel detached or isolated
  • Rigid, Dull, Melancholy, Lonely, and Lifeless.
Peace out.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Colours Tell Personalities (Test)

Here is the deal. If you had a well designed bedroom with complete furniture, but what was left - colour. What colour would the wall be? Bedsheet, curtains, shelves, door, standing lamps, tables, carpet - if you would like to have one, etc. Here is mine. Black coloured wall with colourful furniture. And what can you tell about me?

So, give yourself a minute, fill up your ideal room with your favourite colours - 3 to 5 colours are preferabled. Ill reveal your personalities tomorrow. Have fun doing it.


Thursday, March 4, 2010

Dont Confuse Happiness with Fun

Happy people have lots of fun, but happiness and fun are not the same. Happiness is a lasting and stable state of being while fun is transitory. Fun pastimes bring pleasure for a while but the effect wears off once the activity ends.

To be happy, we dont need everything to be fun. Its necessary to undertake unpleasant tasks and put up with tedium from time to time. Some people have laboured in factories, lifted soaking bags of manure from a leaky barn onto a lorry, done mind-numbing office work and sold cleaning products door to door. All these jobs were unpleasant but tolerable because they know they are just stepping stones to a brighter future.

Many people are drawn into fun activities that distract them from our problems (like drinking excessively, drugs or unsafe sex, for example), only to find that they have made matters worse. Instead, focus your mind on what brings happiness and lay down the right causes. This is the way to find true happiness that endures.

Peace out.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Try It Out

Geniuses stand out not just because they have brilliant ideas, but because they do something with them. Have you ever had a good idea and done nothing about it, only to discover subsequently that someone else thought of it too and made it a success? They trusted their inner guidance and acted on it - you didnt!

Genius, as Albert Einstein said, is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. Brahms concurred. 'I wish to impress on you that my compositions are not the fruits of inspiration alone,' he said, 'but also severe, painstaking toil.' Many outstanding ideas come to nothing because they are not acted upon.

Cheers, Ricky.

Monday, March 1, 2010

The Secret

Today is the beginning of my new life,
I am starting over today,
All good things are coming to me today,
I am grateful to be alive,
I see beauty all around me,
I live with passion and purpose,
I take time to laugh and play every day,
I am awake, energized and alive,
I focus on all the good things in life,
And give thanks for them,
I am at peace and one with everything,
I feel the love, the joy, the abundance,
I am free to be myself,
I am magnificence in human form,
I am the perfection of life,
I am grateful to be...
Today is the best day of my life.

Peace out, Ricky.