Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Who Do You Listen To?

" Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
- Steve Jobs

Here is something I want to share with you guys.

What Was Your Childhood Dream Job? by Quinn Otterman

When I was a youngling, new to the world and its joys, my brother turned to me and told me what he would be when he grew up. He was, naturally, going to be a soldier and a hero, and fight to protect me and the whole family. Quite a noble aspiration for a boy of 9 (and one he actually achieved 20 years later).

But then he turned to me, a child at the tender age of 5, and asked me what it was I wanted to be. One might expect a child so young, who has only seen a fraction of the world, to not be sure what career to pursue later in life. But not me. I knew exactly what I wanted.

When I grew up, I was going to be a lion.

"You can't be a lion! Mom, tell her she can't be a lion!"

But that's not what my mother said. "She can be a lion if she wants to." Beaming with pride at the prospect of my awesome future career, I spent the rest of the day communicating via roar.

Of course, I was only five and perhaps a little misguided. As I grew older my eyes were opened to the world: lions were noble beasts, but mayhaps an inpractical career choice. It might, after all, be more prudent to be a bat or a raccoon. Perhaps, if I were to be particularly ambitious, I could be a dragon.

And on the playground, I was all these things, and my friends frequently shared these things with me. That is until we hit the preteen years, and suddenly nobody wanted to be lions or dragons at all. It would be embarrassing. What if that cute guy in class saw us acting like that? What if nobody invited us to parties? We must stop acting like children!

How silly, I thought, Why would we be concerned about what these people thought? But they cared. They became different people then. They wore what everyone else told them to wear. They watched what everyone told them to watch. And they most certainly, absolutely, never ever tried to be something everyone told them they couldn't or shouldn't be!

Needless to say, I spent most of my teenage years as a thoroughly confused loner.

"But surely you've realized by now that you can't really be a lion."

And why not? Lions are brave. Lions take pride in themselves. Lions don't need anyone else to tell them how good they are. Lions just are. And most importantly, lions don't care so much about what everyone else thinks. Lions live how they want to live; not how everyone else tells them they should live.

I'm not five anymore.

But I still dream, every day, that I can be a lion.


p/s Sorry for not posting original stuff. I've really got nothing to say =.= I spent more time on reading instead of writing. Guess it's not doing me much good eh?

Einstien said "Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking"

Oops, better start working on my short film script now.. (I'll probably make a post on that. Maybe.)

Saturday, 6 March 2010

So, what killed the dinosaurs? - the FINAL answer!

WASHINGTON (AFP) - – Dinosaurs were wiped out by a huge asteroid that smashed into Earth 65 million years ago with the force of a billion atomic bombs, scientists said, hoping to lay an age-old debate to rest once and for all.

The definitive verdict came from an international panel of experts who reviewed 20 years' worth of evidence about what caused the Cretaceous-Tertiary (KT) extinction that wiped out more than half the species on the planet.

They determined it was a massive asteroid, measuring around 15 kilometers (nine miles) wide, which smashed into what is today Chicxulub in Mexico.

The event marked a pivotal point in history because it cleared the way for mammals to become the dominant species on Earth.

"The asteroid is believed to have hit Earth with a force one billion times more powerful than the atomic bomb at Hiroshima," the researchers said in a report published in the journal Science.

"It would have blasted material at high velocity into the atmosphere, triggering a chain of events that caused a global winter, wiping out much of life on Earth in a matter of days."

The impact of the large asteroid would have "triggered large-scale fires, earthquakes measuring more than 10 on the Richter scale, and continental landslides which created tsunamis," said Joanna Morgan, a lecturer in geophysics at Imperial College, London and co-author of the study.

The asteroid hit Earth 20 times faster than a speeding bullet and exploded into a deadly mix of hot rock and gas which would have "grilled any living creature in the immediate vicinity that couldn't find shelter," said Gareth Collins, a research fellow at Imperial College.

"The final nail in the coffin for the dinosaurs happened when blasted material was ejected at high velocity into the atmosphere," shrouding the planet in darkness and causing a global winter that killed off species that "couldn't adapt to this hellish environment," added Morgan.

Another clue that the KT extinction was caused by a huge asteroid and not volcanic activity was evidence in geological records of "shocked" quartz in rock layers at KT boundary levels around the world.

Quartz is "shocked" when it is hit very quickly by a massive force -- such as a 15-kilometer-wide asteroid traveling 20 times faster than a bullet.

The KT extinction marked the end of the 160-million-year reign of the dinosaurs and allowed mammals, and eventually humans, to become the dominant species on earth.