Sunday, August 10, 2008

Mar Adentro: laugh by crying

From the movie Mar Adentro (The Sea Inside, The Sea Within):

Why do you smile so much Ramon?

When you can't escape and
depend constantly on others

You learn to cry by laughing

The cost of intelectual property

Through Slashdot, I learned about an interesting article in this week's New Yorker magazine. It talks about striking the balance between private property in terms of intellectual property, but not lock the economy due to them. You can read the article here.

Carbonite again: now I can't unsubscribe

Carbonite renews your subscription automatically, unless you go to the site and unsubscribe. It is not clear where I should do, but it seems to be in the "update payment info" link. So far, so good. I had to do that becuase they sent me an email that they will charge me an annual fee in 7 days automatically, and I am pretty sure I will try some alternative solution. And guess what I get if I try to unsubscribe?

Server Error
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Click back to return to the previous page and try your request again. If the problem persists, contact

And, if I send an email to the customer support, they say that they will reply within 72 hours!!! Fortunately I found out there is a phone number I can call, but given my experience so far, I will not be disappointed if it does not work.

Friday, August 01, 2008

Randy Pausch quotes

Being almost 10PM on a Friday, that reminded of something I saw Randy Pausch saying in his famous "Last Lecture". And of course I added a couple of other quotes of his that are also very interesting.

* "Work hard. I got tenure a year early. Junior faculty members used to say to me, 'What's your secret?' I said, 'It's pretty simple: call me any Friday night in my office at ten o'clock and I'll tell you.'"

It is not the things we do in life that we regret on our death bed. It is the things we do not. Find your passion and follow it. And if there is anything that I have learned in life, you will not find that passion in things. And you will not find that passion in money. Because the more things and the more money you have, the more you will just look around and use that as the metric — and there will always be someone with more. Your passion must come from the things that fuel you from the inside. That passion will be grounded in people. It will be grounded in the relationships you have with people and what they think of you when your time comes.

Wait long enough and people will surprise and impress you. He said, when you are pissed off at somebody, and you're angry at them, you just haven't given them enough time. Just give them a little more time — and they'll almost always impress you. And that really stuck with me. I think he's absolutely right on that one.