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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Founder of Facebook Zuckerberg

Mark Elliot Zuckerberg (born May 14, 1984) is an American entrepreneur who co-founded the social networking site Facebook. Zuckerberg co-founded Facebook with fellow classmates Dustin Moskovitz, Eduardo Saverin, and Chris Hughes while attending Harvard. He is a billionaire due to his 24% share of Facebook.[2]Zuckerberg was born in White Plains, New York and raised in Dobbs Ferry, New York. Zuckerberg's parents are Jewish,[3] but he considers himself an atheist.[4] He started programming when he was in middle school. Early on, Zuckerberg enjoyed developing computer programs, especially communication tools and games. Before attending Phillips Exeter Academy beginning in his junior year of high school, he went to school at Ardsley High School.[5]

He transferred to Phillips Exeter Academy where he immersed himself in Latin.[6] He also built a program to help the workers in his father's office communicate; he built a version of the game Risk, and under the company name Intelligent Media Group, he built a music player named the Synapse Media Player that used artificial intelligence to learn the user's listening habits, which was posted to Slashdot[7] and received a rating of 3 out of 5 from PC Magazine.[8] Microsoft and AOL tried to purchase Synapse and recruit Zuckerberg, but he decided to attend Harvard College instead, which he attended in September 2002, and where he joined Alpha Epsilon Pi, a Jewish fraternity.[9] In college, he was known for reciting lines from epic poems such as The Iliad.[6]

Zuckerberg "clearly thinks of himself as a hacker"[10] and says hacking isn't about "breaking and entering," it's about "being unafraid to break things in order to make them better."[11] Facebook conducts "hackathons" every six to eight weeks in which participants have one night to conceive of and complete a project.[10] The company provides music, food, and beer at the hackathons, and many Facebook staff members, including Zuckerberg, regularly attend.[11] "The idea is that you can build something really good in a night,” Zuckerberg told Wired. "And that’s part of the personality of Facebook now ... It’s definitely very core to my personality."[10]

On Zuckerberg's Facebook page, he lists his personal interests as "openness, making things that help people connect and share what's important to them, revolutions, information flow, minimalism." [12]

Vanity Fair magazine named Zuckberberg no. 1 on its list of the Top 100 “most influential people of the Information Age” for 2010.[13] Zuckerberg ranked no. 23 on the Vanity Fair 100 list in 2009.[14]

Sunday, September 19, 2010

comparing one's self with others kills creativity and uniqueness

A lot of young people today are so into looking at what others are doing that they no longer make themselves think of what they can do to make a difference in this world. A case I would like to point is one girl who wanted to win a cheering competition. In the process she became desperate because she kept on looking at what the other teams were doing. When she saw what the other teams had and which their team did not have, she would do everything to have exactly what the others are having. Result? All the four teams' performances were devoid of uniqueness and originality. They looked alike and moved alike. They almost had the same jingles and the same gimmicks. It is sad to see this general deterioration of the imagination.

The best thing to do under such a situation is to do your own thing. Never look at what others are doing. So you see them doing a certain routine? Okay, fine. That's THEIR routine and not yours. The best way to avoid having feelings of insecurity and desperation, is to focus on what you are doing. Leave the others alone to do their thing. This way, you will be allowing your creative juices to flow.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

paying for the "ambiance"/ ambience

Out of curiousity, we checked out the latest high-end restaurant located at the heart of the city.

Upon entering the place, you will be impressed by the coolness, cleanliness, beauty, and novelty of the dining area. Uniformed waiters with ready smiles popped the question on whether we wanted a table for two or four or however many we were, but I preferred one area with cushioned seats.

Pronto, the menu was delivered and my eyes popped out when they saw the numbers which were way too high from what foods made on earth are supposed to cost! I mean, hey, did they cook this in heaven?

Since the food items cost like they would eat up an entire week of budget, we chose to only settle for one dish that was good for five, rice, and drinks. We weren't that hungry anyway, and we're on diet, so.

The drinks came, then the food, and boy, did I regret having eaten there. The drinks tasted weird to me and the dish we ordered was overcooked. Obviously, we weren't able to consume the food and I was only able to take one sip of the drink I ordered which cost almost a hundred bucks!

One does pay highly for "ambiance." Erap, after all, was right. Next time, do not order for "ambiance". Ang mahal-mahal naman ng ambiance na 'yan.