Monthly Archives: May 2008

New Shanghai Circus (Acrobats of China)

On Memorial Day, I went with some friends to Branson, MO. Branson is considered to be a replica of Las Vegas but for families. Because of my short visit I only managed to see one show the New Shanghai Circus (acrobats of China), which was magnificent. You see human bodies stretch to beyond physical possibilities. The show was two hours of complete awesomeness and breathtaking. [video]

We were only allowed to take pictures after the show (no pictures during the show). Here are some pictures of the theater and the performers.

$3.79 per gallon in the era of capitalism

Everyone in the oil business is blaming others for the increase of the gas prices. It is $3.79 per gallon here. My early ninety Japanese car used to consume only $20 worth of gas now it consumes more than $40 worth of gas.

Some [so called analysts] are blaming the booming that is happening in China and India; concluding that the increase in number of people buying cars over there is increasing the demand on gas. Some others are blaming the oil businesses. Others are blaming their corrupted governments.

So, who to blame for this gas prices madness? Is capitalism reaching its final destination?

A free handgun with every vehicle sold

Here is one way to increase your sale if you live in the Midwest. A car dealership in the United States is offering a free handgun with every vehicle sold.

Max Motors in Butler, Missouri, says sales have quadrupled since the start of the offer. Customers can choose between a gun or a $250 (£125) gas card, but most so far have chosen the gun. Mr Muller said that every buyer so far “except one guy from Canada and one old guy” chose the gun, rather than the gas card. “ Source: [BBC]

A dream called success

Everyone yearns for success in his life, study, work, social life, etc. Whatever that success is for it is everyone’s dream. Success means recognition from others and recognition from others means happiness and that is why everyone is looking for success because they hope for happiness.

You work hard and then you work harder because you yearn for this success. The harder you work the more eager and more aggressive you are for this success. But how sure you are about your judgment during this process? Do you mind people judging you because of the way you are during the process of seeking success? Do you mind being lonely? Do you mind facing failure after failure because you know deep inside that one day you will make it, that one day you will forget all these miserable lonely days when you are at the top of the mountain. When the ecstasy strikes and does its magic. It is at this point in life that you feel you are the happiest person on earth.

How do you feel in the first day of the job? What will you do with your first salary? How will you react when your boss or adviser tells you that you have done a great job? It is always about recognition from others. We live for that recognition; we do whatever we can do for that thing called appreciation. The more people recognize and appreciate our work the better we feel. We work hard to establish this wide-base of recognition. The more recognition we have the higher we go up.

But, when you are at the top reach for the others and remember what Al Pacino said in The Devil’s Advocate movie “Vanity, definitely my favorite sin.”

Here is something really funny for those who are in the grad school. I call it “life before the long awaited success!”

How life looks like before the long awaited success.

Crustless Quiche

I like Mark Bittman, aka The Minimalist, because of his short video recipes. This is something similar to my favorite breakfast here in the US, it is Panera‘s egg souffle. My favorite one at Panera’s is spinach and artichoke egg souffle. Don’t worry Asiago cheese bagel you know you and your mate (i.e., coffee) are still my favorite. Bye bye hummus & falafel.

Crustless Quiche

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