Age is just a number, just ask Kimiko Date

September 28, 2010 § Leave a comment

Clijsters was a former #1 player and grand slam champion. In 2007, she stunned the world of tennis when she announced her retirement from the sport at a young age of 24. Fast forwarded to 2009, Clijsters made a return to competitive tennis. Her comeback was mostly inspired by a Wimbledon exhibition match between her and the retired Steffi Graf. Kim’s comeback hitherto has been very successful, punctuated by an emotional victory at the 2009 U.S. Open.

Like Kim Clijsters, Kimiko Date retired from tennis at a young age (25). As a matter of fact, Date was at her peak when she decided to take a leave from the sport. But unlike Clijsters, Date returned to the tour not in her 20s but in her late 30s (38 to be exact). In a sport where most players retire in their 20s, her comeback appeared destined for failure. It was hard to imagine that a 38-year old woman could even win a match at the tour’s level. Yet, Kimiko Date has thus far defied all her skeptics. While she is not a threat to win grand slams, Date has been very competitive in her return. In late 2009, Date defeated several top players en route to her first title in 12 years.

Top search terms for September 20-26

September 26, 2010 § 1 Comment

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1) Seurat
2) Equality v. Efficiency
3) Van Gogh
4) Weeping women
5) Archery trick shots

Harvest moon and mooncakes

September 22, 2010 § Leave a comment

I was given a box of mooncakes yesterday as gift, and was flabbergasted to learn that the box cost $50 US. I have seen similar stuff at the local supermarket, but they only cost $10-15 each. Upon close inspection of the ingredients used to make these mooncakes, I came to realize why this box of four small mooncakes costs so much. The ingredients include fish fin (from which fish I dare not say but do recommend watching the movie Jaws before hand) and abalone, both of which are mind-numbingly expensive. With the harvest moon set to ascend tonight, I can’t wait to eat these luxurious delicacies. Happy mooncake!

Job interviewer vs. interviewee

September 21, 2010 § 1 Comment

Job interviews are among the most difficult and stressful events in one’s life. This is true for both the interviewee and interviewer. The interviewee obviously wants to make the best possible impression to enhance his or her chance of getting the job. The interviewer aims to learn as much about the candidate as possible, so the correct hiring decision is made.

The added problem for the interviewer is the fact that there isn’t much known about the candidate, except for the unverified information provided in the candidate’s resume. Due to these reasons, interview questions are intentionally crafted in a way that would allow recruiters to gauge a candidate’s true ability and level of experience.

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Top search terms for September 13-19

September 20, 2010 § Leave a comment

Famous paintings dominate this week’s searches.

1. Mona Lisa
2. Seurat
3. Efficiency v. Equality
4. Weeping Women
5. Coke and Pepsi

Economic depression avoided?

September 18, 2010 § Leave a comment

2009 could have very well been called the year of the near-Depression. All the economic indicators had pointed to a level of economic stagnation not seen since the Great Depression. Fortunately, the U.S. Federal Reserve as well as central banks around the world was able to steer the global economy clear of fierce economic headwinds helping the world avoid a second depression.

But the story does not end there. In order for the Federal Reserve to get the U.S. economy out of the economic quagmire, the institution has had to enact monetary measures so great that they are beyond the scope of economic understanding. As these unprecedented measures (such as basically giving money away for free) are all reactive rather than preventive, there will definitely be consequences–grave and unprecedented. In short, hyper-inflation is coming and people (in the U.S. at least) should be ready for it.

Happy Oktoberfest!

September 15, 2010 § Leave a comment

This weekend marks the beginning of Oktoberfest, the perfect German excuse for binge drinking. And the famed beer festival is no longer limited to just Germany. Many places outside the country are celebrating Oktoberfest as well. I think this makes perfect sense. Who wouldn’t want an excuse to drink to one’s heart content and forget all worries? 🙂

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