Special abilities: Photographic Memory

April 15, 2010 § 16 Comments

Do you possess any special ability? Well, I certainly don’t but I do happen to know two friends who each possesses a very neat ability. The first person has a photographic memory. She is able to read or observe something and recall its every word/detail even after a very long time. I had actually attempted to test her by having the lady read a 40-page thesis essay (she also happens to be a speed reader and was able to read it super quickly), and asked her the next day to recall what was on certain pages. And behold, she was able to recite each of the pages down to even the misspellings. I tried to test her further by asking her to recite certain pages a couple weeks later. To my utter surprise, she managed it to perfection.

I’ll discuss about the second person on my next post. How about you? Do you have any special ability or know someone who does? I would love to hear about it.



With regards to love

April 8, 2010 § Leave a comment

“In love, there are no burdens. Even if there were burdens, one is inclined to cherish them; then they are burdens no longer.”

Augustine (354-430)

Tiger Woods and the Economics of Feeling Good

April 6, 2010 § 4 Comments

Champion golfer Tiger Woods is set to make his return to golf at this week’s Masters golf tournament. By now, I’m sure most of you have been informed of Woods’ numerous personal failings. Some say that these things are between Tiger and his wife; we should stay away from them and just let him play golf. Others feel that once Tiger Woods rediscovers success on the course, people will just overlook his personal side and cheer for him once again.

It is the second point that leaves me pondered. People tend to overlook things when they are feeling good about something. People gave Bill Clinton a pass on his scandal because the economy was very good under his stewardship. CEOs of big companies get paid more during good economic times, even though their performances are way below par in relative terms. Finally, superstar athletes can make people forget about their transgressions by simply winning tournaments or accolades. I know no one is perfect and we shouldn’t cast stones on others. But I don’t think winning equates redemption.

2010 Masters Tournament


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