Wednesday, June 28, 2006

50 Self-Help Classics

Just thought of sharing this...

50 Self-Help Classics

1.James Allen As a Man Thinketh (1904)
2.S Andreas & C Faulkner (eds) NLP: The New Technology of Achievement (1996)
3.Marcus Aurelius Meditations (2ndC)
4.Martha Beck Finding Your Own North Star (2001)
5.The Bhagavad-Gita
6.The Bible
7.Robert Bly Iron John (1990)
8.Boethius The Consolation of Philosophy (6thC)
9.William Bridges Transitions: Making Sense of Life's Changes (1980)
10.David D Burns The New Mood Therapy (1980)
11.Joseph Campbell (with Bill Moyers) The Power of Myth (1988)
12.Richard Carlson Don't Sweat The Small Stuff (1997)
13.Dale Carnegie How to Win Friends and Influence People (1936)
14.Deepak Chopra The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success (1994)
15.Paulo Coelho The Alchemist (1988)
16.Stephen Covey The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (1989)
17.Mihaly Cziksentmihalyi Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience (1991)
18.Alain de Botton How Proust Can Change Your Life (1997)
19.The Dalai Lama & Howard Cutler The Art of Happiness (1999)
20.The Dhammapada (Buddha's teachings)
21.Wayne Dyer Real Magic (1992)
22.Ralph Waldo Emerson Self-Reliance (1841)
23.Clarissa Pinkola Estes Women Who Run With The Wolves (1996)
24.Viktor Frankl Man's Search For Meaning (1959)
25.Benjamin Franklin Autobiography (1790)
26.Shakti Gawain Creative Visualization (1982)
27.Daniel Goleman Emotional Intelligence (1995)
28.John Gray Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus (1992)
29.Louise Hay You Can Heal Your Life (1984)
30.James Hillman The Soul's Code: In Search of Character and Calling (1996)
31.Susan Jeffers Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway (1987)
32.Ellen Langer Mindfulness: Choice and Control in Everyday Life (1989)
33.Lao-Tzu Tao-te Ching (The Way of Power)
34.Maxwell Maltz Psycho-Cybernetics (1960)
35.Abraham Maslow Motivation and Personality (1954)
36.Phil C McGraw Life Strategies: Doing What Works, Doing What Matters (2000)
37.Thomas Moore Care of the Soul (1992)
38.Joseph Murphy The Power of Your Subconscious Mind (1963)
39.Norman Vincent Peale The Power of Positive Thinking (1952)
40.Carol Pearson The Hero Within (1989)
41.M Scott Peck The Road Less Traveled (1990)
42.Ayn Rand Atlas Shrugged (1957)
43.Anthony Robbins Awaken The Giant Within (1991)
44.Florence Scovell-Shinn The Game of Life and How To Play It (1923)
45.Martin Seligman Learned Optimism (1991)
46.Samuel Smiles Self-Help (1859)
47.Pierre Teilhard de Chardin The Phenomenon of Man (1955)
48.Henry David Thoreau Walden (1854)
49.Marianne Williamson A Return To Love (1993)
50.Zig Ziglar See You At The Top (1975)

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Final Fantasy

Today culminates one of the best leagues ever conceived this millennium, - The Guwapings Fantasy NBA! Never heard, huh? Of course. It is a virtual and private leagued hosted by Yahoo! This very innovative Yahoo! service gives a whole new light to internet gaming as it emcompasses constant research, strategy formulation and marketing skills as well. How?

Before I dig in, let me give you some info on what I am talking about. Yahoo! fantasy enables its subscribed users to create and/or join fantasy leagues. I, together with my officemates created a virtual NBA league so let' focus on basketball (Yahoo also caters other sports like baseball, golf, auto-racing, hockey and the likes). The league creator (whom we called The Commissioner) has the option to make the league private or public, and can choose the scoring type - either head-to-head or Rotisserie (The Commissioner opted for this option). Each member then becomes virtual team managers. Before the start of the NBA 2006 season, each manager can choose (from the draft and pool of existing NBA players) his players. The start of the real NBA league also becomes the kick-off date of its virtual counterparts. Daily scoring then follows, dependend on the result of the official games. Just search Yahoo! Fantasy Sports for more info coz I'm bound by time constraints as of the moment.

Here are my points earlier:
1. constant research - Sports fanatics obviously have the upper hand, but one has to be updated every now and then to be able to realize individual player's statistical trends, injuries, trades, and other factors which might affect your 'team'.
2. strategy formulation - for basketball, a team is allowed a total of 14 players, and only 11 is allowed to play for a single play date. Thus, you have to shuffle your players constantly, since teams does not play everyday, and positions and slots are limited (3 guards, 3 forwards, 2 centers and 2 utility players). Those 11 active players for the day are the only ones who will garner points for the day (at the early part of our league, I haven't noticed that some of my 'franchise' players were 'benched' which cost me a lot!).
3. personality development - as team manager, you have the option to trade your existing player(s) with free agents and other teams' players as well. In order to get the jucier end of the bargain, you have to use your wits and ingenuity to convince the other party to proceed with the trade.

Having said all that, I've realized that Yahoo! is focusing more on web socialization after the advent of Web 2. "Yahoo! is focusing instead on 'social search,' in which everyday Internet users pool their knowledge to create alternative systems of content that deliver more relevant results - which, of course, can be monetized." (Time, Feb 2006)

The world is creating content of its own. A website owner needs only to create a vibrant community who will feed the content, and the site can evolve on its own (well, with some minor tweaks and turns of course), and sustain its leverage with regard to search engine rankings.

My Yahoo! Fantasy NBA League rank - No 2. Not bad!

Awesome tool this is! try it out sometimes!

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

a grammatical thingie

Im not a MassComm graduate nor have a good command of the English language, but I think I have a habit of 'catching' people who suddenly utters grammatically erroneous statements - myself included. I'm not that goood in grammar either and occassionally am guilty of similar mistakes. I guess I think I formed the habit when I was still working in Speechpower as (what the management coined back then) an Information Secretary. I was one of the lucky recipients to attend the company's staff trainings which are as invaluable as the iblog2 summit. Although, I have to admit that after I shifted my career in IT, I was not able to apply those learnings anymore onto my everyday routines.

One of the most common prepositional phrases I encounter everyday is 'with regards to.' I think I heard that a dozen times in yesterday's summit. Correct me if Im wrong, but I understand that it should 'with regard to' without the (s). If you're fond of appending s's, then try mumbling 'as regards to' in place of the former. Well, the phrase always struck me since I used to say the same, and was repeatedly corrected by my colleages.

Another very obvious mistake is redundancy - free gifts, more bigger, etc. But what I'm concerned is when we tend to speak in Taglish. I heard someone yesterday saying 'pinaka latest'. I guess that also falls into the category. It seems to be OK, but after a while, you'd think it over again if it was valid or not. Not sure with this one, though.

A dull piece of writing not worth reading, isn't it? Nevertheless, I just want to voice out my thoughts. Just my two cents...

My First

Okay. So this is my first real stint in blogging. It's been more than a year since I started this blog, and it's only today that I regained interest in posting. Why all of a sudden? What's the reason behind this?

Not much, i guess. Yesterday, April 18, 2006, I found myself in a jam-packed room (that's two (2) rooms for the record), between two 'retards' - Dino a kick-ass web designer, and Reggie - a slick sports writer whose handicapping prowess dwarfs some of those 'pro' cappers. The event was the 2nd iblog Summit hosted by UP's College of Law. And mind you, it was NOT good... it was awesome. To me, and I guess to a handful of participants who are new to blogging and/or haven't tried that stuff, the event served as a renaissance to one of my childhood passions - writing and can very well open up other opportunities as well - for some people, blogging became a pivotal start of something big!

As for me, I guess I'll use this tool as an avenue to polish my skills (and personality, so to speak), and try to earn new friends - thus generating new insights, ideas and concepts.
I was simply inspired by one of the more energetic speakers - Dean, among other speakers.

To the organizers of iblog2, your efforts have not been in vain. I'm looking forward to future events and more power. Keep 'em coming and rock on!

Sunday, March 27, 2005

my second blog

post naman kau ng info re blogging... thx. i really need t ocatch up on things....

my first blog

dali lang palang mg create ng blog!!!