Month: May 2007

Random tinkering is the path to success?

Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable says…

Random tinkering is the path to success. And fortunately, we are increasingly learning to practice it without knowing it–thanks to overconfident entrepreneurs, naive investors, greedy investment bankers, confused scientists and aggressive venture capitalists brought together by the free-market system.

We need more tinkering: Uninhibited, aggressive, proud tinkering. We need to make our own luck. We can be scared and worried about the future, or we can look at it as a collection of happy surprises that lie outside the path of our imagination.

Taken from this Forbes article.

I was staring into this Black Swans book at Borders that day, and decided to read articles / summaries of the book instead.

More often than not I observe books about big ideas to have like, one big idea, and dozens of smaller ideas supporting it… ideas that require my ever-fleeting attention span.

Good ideas, worth hammering into one’s head, nonetheless.

KLue Blue Chilli Awards 2007

Taken at a photo shoot involving a trampoline. Rooftop Bangsar Village II.

I didn’t feel too ready. Not so much about the photo… moreso the award nomination.

“KLue is back to uncover the next wave of young, talented individuals bursting with creative potential who are setting their scene alight…”

Adlin nominated me for this award, which Reza won the year before.

So I’m 1 out of the 10 finalists, I get a Nokia phone and Nike shoes.

Can’t complain.

We’ve all submitted our portfolio of achievements etc and next, a panel of judges will choose their fave. The lucky chilli will get RM8,000.

Will I win?

When preparing my portfolio, I found myself treading between achievement and pretention. I hate that.

I’ve done some cool stuff but so what. A lot of things I set out to do haven’t materialized (yet). I haven’t sold any businesses, and for many of my projects, the real cool stuff hasn’t even begun.

It’s not about the other finalists either. It’s about me not being the best of me – yet.

As much as this competition is supposed to be about potential, if I were nominated the year after (instead of this year), I’d probably be more comfortable with bragging.

Grr… Just give me one more year.

But I’m not complaining. The photo turned out pretty cool.

Wish me luck, and check out the profiles of the 10 finalists, including mine.

UPDATE: I won.

I wrote about the celebrations here.

Random Philippino Moments

Rumour has it, he could chew open a coconut with his bare teeth. The legends referred to him as the “Buko King”…

I had to defeat him.

Watch video PROOF… of me taking on the “Buko King”.

I remember other incidents of course. Some even more surreal.

Such as being led by an island singer to a lonely streetside music machine to impersonate Tom Jones, The Scorpions, and Britney.

They call it Videoke. I call it Karaoke. The locals call it horrendous.

It’s my second time in the Philippines (Manila and Bohol). I was celebrating my one year of being a contributing, functional member of the working class.

Here’s the side of Philippines I saw… illustrated with some videos, photos, and words… sorted by imagination…

Let me start with the beautiful people in our group…

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