Top Ten Discoveries of 2010 - Nat Geo

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Cool Optical Illusions - Roadside Chalk Drawings

Here are some absolutely incredible chalk drawings from Julian Beever. Julian Beever is an English artist who is famous for his art on the pavement of England, France, Germany, USA, Australia and Belgium. Beever gives to his drawings an amazing 3D illusion. Check it yourself ...

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Cool Optical Illusions - Trailers

Here are 7 pictures of semi-trucks whose trailers are decorated to look like the sides are missing and the products they are hauling are painted on the sides and back. Cool illusions!

A bottle of beer ready to roll out the side of the trailer.

Canvas tote bag.

Pepsi cases stacked on the ceiling while the bottom of the trailer is empty.

The windshield facing the back with a driver painted in the drivers seat looking back over his shoulder to appear like he is driving backwards.

Aquarium with fish swimming in it.

A bookshelf with books lined up in it and a post-it-note with an advertisement on it probably for the company that sells the books.

Pringles Hot & Spicy - So hot that the inside of the trailer has the appearance of having been through a fire. does NOT own copyrights to any of the above!

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Rules For Working - Humor

After spending 3.64 days and $2751.879 the Martian University of Work Ethics successfully published their Work Ethics Bible.

We reproduce their labor of love here courtesy of the MUofWE ...

Rule No. 1 - Never walk without a document in your hands.
People with documents in their hands look like hardworking employees heading for important meetings. People with nothing in their hands look like they're heading for the cafeteria. People with a newspaper in their hand look like they're heading for the toilet. Above all, make sure you carry loads of stuff home with you at night, thus generating the false impression that you work longer hours than you do.

Rule No. 2 - Use computers to look busy.
Any time you use a computer, it looks like "work" to the casual observer. You can send and receive personal e-mail, chat, and generally have a blast without doing anything remotely related to work. These aren't exactly the societal benefits that the proponents of the computer revolution would like to talk about but they're not bad either. When you get caught by your boss -- and you will get caught -- your best defense is to claim you're teaching yourself to use new software, thus saving valuable training dollars.

Rule No. 3 - Keep a messy desk.
Top management can get away with a clean desk. For the rest of us, it looks like we're not working hard enough. Build huge piles of documents around your workspace. To the observer, last year's work looks the same as today's work; it's volume that counts. Pile them high and wide. If you know somebody is coming to your cubicle, bury the document you'll need halfway down in an existing stack and rummage for it when he/she arrives.

Rule No. 4 - Use voice mail.
Never answer your phone if you have voice mail. People don't call you just because they want to give you something for nothing -- they call because they want you to do work for them. That's no way to live. Screen all your calls through voice mail. If somebody leaves a voice-mail message for you and it sounds like impending work, respond during lunch hour when you know they're not there -- it looks like you're hardworking and conscientious even though you're being a devious weasel.

Rule No. 5 - Look impatient & annoyed.
One should also always try to look impatient and annoyed to give your bosses the impression that you are always busy.

Rule No. 6 - Leave the office late.
Always leave the office late, especially when the boss is still around. You could read magazines and storybooks that you always wanted to read but have no time until late before leaving. Make sure you walk past the boss' room on your way out. Send important e-mail at unearthly hours (e.g. 9:35 p.m., 7:05 a.m., etc.) and during public holidays.

Rule No. 7 - Use sighing for effect.
Sigh loudly when there are many people around, giving the impression that you are under extreme pressure.

Rule No. 8 - Opt for the stacking strategy.
It is not enough to pile lots of documents on the table. Put lots of books on the floor etc. (thick computer manuals are the best).

Rule No. 9 - Build your vocabulary.
Read up on some computer magazines and pick out all the jargon and new products. Use the phrases freely when in conversation with bosses. Remember; they don't have to understand what you say, but you sure sound impressive.

Rule No. 10 - Don't get caught!

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Yamraj Appraisal - Humor

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At The Speed Of Thought ...

Idea @ The Speed Of Thought ©®

Productivity @ The Speed Of Thought ©®

Search @ The Speed Of Thought ©®

Blog @ The Speed Of Thought ©®

Business @ The Speed Of Thought ©®

Relax @ The Speed Of Thought ©®

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Drinking Problem - Humor

It is amazing to note how many times I've been in situations where someone is not allowed to complete a thought. People think at the speed of thought and at times assume what the other person intends to say. Many a times this ends up in embarrassment ...

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All of us @ would like to thank the unknown author 'coz, although in humor, it is so relevant.

Don't know the origin or who owns the copyright ... but hey! good for a smile!!!

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If You Are a Parent

Here is the reproduction of a beautiful article by Azim H Premji, the Chairman of Wipro Limited.

If you are a parent, you have many aspirations for your child that may include him or her becoming a doctor, an engineer, scientist or another kind of successful professional. I believe these aspirations are driven by your thinking about your child’s future, and her centrality in your life.

Since good education is often the passport to a good future, I presume it leads you to getting your child admitted to a good school. Then you encourage your child to study hard and do well in school exams. To bolster this, you send him or her for tuition classes. This would have primed your child for board exams and entrance exams, thereby leading to admission into a good professional course. Doing well at college increases the probability of landing a good job. And a good job means the child’s future is ensured.

I am neither a psychologist nor an educationist, and what I will now state may seem counter-intuitive. I think that these aspirations and actions might be doing more harm than good to your child. To understand why, we need to re-examine some of our fundamental assumptions.

In the first place, I have seen time and again that living for some distant future goal also means you do not live in the present. The distant goal will always translate into an external measure of success, such as exams. And most exam-focused children start forgetting what it means to be a child — to be curious, mischievous, exploring, falling, getting up, relating, discovering, inventing, doing, playing.

Childhood is very precious; precious enough not be wasted by the artificial pressures of contrived competition, by too many hours of bookish study, and by school report cards that simplistically wrap up an entire human being in numbers.

The second assumption is that education is merely a ticket to socio-economic success. Given the state of our country, this reality cannot be ignored. But restricting education to only this aspect is, I think, a very limiting notion of the aim of good education. The primary purpose of a school is to guide the child in her discovery of herself and her world, and to identify and nurture the child’s talents. Just as every seed contains the future tree, each child is born with infinite potential. Imagine a school which sees children as seeds to be nurtured — here the teacher is a gardener who helps to bring out the potential already present in the child.

This is very different from the current view which sees the child as clay to be moulded — where the teacher and parents are potters deciding what shape the clay should take. There is an old (and forgotten) Chinese saying: ‘‘Give a seed to a potter, and you will get a bonsai.’’

Even in a commercial organisation, to make profits we do not have to chase profits. Rather, we need to build an institution that gives every employee an opportunity to do meaningful and fulfilling work.

Create an organisation driven by values of innovation, integrity, customer centricity and care. And as you practise these values everyday and moment, you will see that the profits take care of themselves.

Similarly, dear parent, this is my request to you. Do not give up your child’s present to secure his or her future. Give your child the freedom to truly explore life with abandon. In doing this, you will see your child flower into a creative and sensitive human being. And when this happens, everything else — money, social success, security — will fall into place automatically.

Let your child be a child.

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3 Steps to Happiness

Source: Joe Gebbia's posterous:

The self-titled designtrepreneur, Joe Gebbia, has a pretty simple process for finding happiness in three steps.

Step 1: Identify one thing you do that makes you unhappy. Write it down.

Step 2: Look at what you wrote down. Replace it with something that makes you happy.

Step 3: Repeat one week from now.

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Top 10 Tips for Better Writing

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The Best illusion ever created

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This is an amazing work of art. Absolutely incredible!!

See the below images from your seat in front of the monitor/screen, Mr.Angry is on the left, and Mrs.Calm is on the right.

Get up from your seat, and move back 12 feet, and PRESTO!! they switch places!!

This proves that we may not be seeing what's actually there, all the time!!

We believe this illusion was created by Phillippe G.Schyns and Aude Oliva of the Univ. of Glasgow.

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Incredible Eggshell Sculptures

I was doing some house keeping on my inbox earlier today when I came across an email from a FundooGeek fan with some beautiful photos of eggshell sculptures. So, I decided to browse and learn more about this form of art.

Eggshell Sculpturing is truly fascinating mainly due to the skill it demands from the sculptor and when finished it presents the life with a new look. Egg decoration is an old form of art, that has been on for centuries. Remember the jeweled ‘Fabergé egg‘ made by Russian goldsmith for the Czars.

Eggshell sculptors use infertile or farm grown eggs, produced by real emu, ostrich, geese, rhea, turkey and chicken. Each of these eggs has its own quality that helps the design and makes the sculptures more beautiful. Egg of Emu is dark green and while carving two colors of teal blue and white are revealed. The sculptors use these natural colors while carving the piece of art on the Eggshell. The eggshells are intricately carved using cutting tools, drills etc.

The image on your right is carved by Gary LeMaster, The Eggshell Sculptor. The three cranes are shown drinking water on a round-shaped egg shell that belongs to an ostrich. It is amazing how ordinary things can be completely transformed into beautiful objects.

Let's take a minute to learn how are the Eggshell sculptures carved.
The Eggs are first emptied and cleaned. When the egg is dried, the artist draws the sketch of the artwork directly on the egg shell with a pencil. Then using sharp tools of his choice the artist cuts and engraves the artwork. Professional eggshell artists use a tool that is similar to a dentists drill, which rotates faster than a normal drill. Speed is important, because it has less vibration and the work goes faster.

After finishing the work, the eggs are usually bleached to get rid of the membrane inside the shell, if any. The eggs are dried and displayed for sale. The artworks usually come with a sign of the artist on the egg shell. A certificate is also issued to the buyer stating that the artist has produced the work and that it has been hand carved.

This art demands great patience and concentration while artworks are carved.

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