Welcome in 2011

December 30, 2010 § 2 Comments

What will I be doing on New Years Eve? Ideally, I would like to travel to Times Square to watch the glowing ball but old man Winter probably won’t cooperate. Instead, I will be home alone watching some old movies, singing Auld Lang Syne, and eating Christmas leftovers. May be the next New Years Eve will be better.

Happy New Year to all! 🙂

Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa

December 24, 2010 § 1 Comment

This blog will turn two years old in one-day time. I know this for a fact because I started this blog on Christmas Day of 2008. I would like to take a moment to thank every person who has visited this site the past two years. Many may have only visited my blog once  (for perhaps a second or two), but every visit is equally valuable in a historical perspective.

With regards to Christmas, this has always been my favorite holiday. I have learned that it is not how much one needs to spend to make a memorable Christmas; it is how many Christmases one needs to realize their meaning. Merry Christmas! Happy Kwanzaa!

Winter Solstice is here

December 21, 2010 § Leave a comment

Time really flies, isn’t? I wrote a post about Autumnal Equinox not too long ago, and now I am here blogging about the Winter Solstice. Living in sunny California, I have never truly experienced a real winter (except when I visit the ski resort.) We have heat, rain, wind, and hail but never snow or sub-zero temperature. Before I moved to California, I lived in the place that doesn’t even have winter. It’s always summer there. I guess winter is a hot commodity.

Stories of Decade: The Great Recession

December 17, 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 the dollars 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.

Marie Curie – First Lady of Science

December 2, 2010 § Leave a comment

Throughout history, women were often barred from activities of the brain. This was due to women being thought of as having inferior intelligence, in relative to the superior men. Consequently, there have not been many women scientists and engineers. Marie Curie was one of very few exceptions. Not only she was a capable scientist, Curie was actually one of the best. She was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize in science; she won it twice in fact. What makes her achievement so remarkable is the fact that she won Nobel Prizes for accomplishments in two different fields of science—physics (1903) and chemistry (1911). This is truly one of the rarest feats in science. Marie Curie puts Aristotle and his views on women’s intelligence to shame.

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