There have been few men...

ali_liston_knockout.jpgThere have been very few men who stood for something again and again, took heavy beating but....

Malik Bowens: Muhammad Ali, he was like a sleeping elephant. You can do whatever you want around a sleeping elephant; whatever you want. But when he wakes up, he tramples everything. [Quote from When we were Kings]

Happy Belated Birthday (January, 17). There have been very few people in the world in 20th century who every kid on all the continents have always admired and men respected - Muhammed Ali and Bruce Lee are in that rare company. Explore his center.

Sharing....

 ind10e.jpgNike $43 million contract with Indian cricketers has an interesting marketing "sharing" strategy.

"If a player is a right handed batsman, his uniform will carry a Nike logo on the right arm, and not the left arm that faces the bowler and the camera most of the time, Shetty said. On the left arm, he will have a logo of the Sahara Group, an Indian company that remains the team’s main sponsor. Similarly, a left-handed batsman will sport a Nike log on the left arm, he said. "[Link]

Above quote is from Daily Timesand the image is from www.santabanta.com.

 I guess Nike knows what they are doing.

Wikipedia - Only a starting point

I use Wikipedia very often. It acts as a starting point for me, not end all be all in seeking knowledge on a specific topic. I have always been aware of its power and weakness. Lack of peer-review makes the content quite vulnerable. However, the power of wikipedia lies in its speed and open house, open source knowledge, and the assumption that the contents are self-correcting by its collective and democratic nature. In topics, where I had some knowledge, I always thought their write-ups are quite accurate and at par. I have had wikipedia account for a while and maybe, I should contribute regularly in topics, I can. Some people like from inkycirc rightfully think that it is the duty of experts to give sometime to forums like Wikipedia if their work is funded through tax payer's money.

In light of recent faux pas or prank discovered, a very reputed journal Nature has stepped in and given heads up to Wikipedia. Also, Wikipedia is going to implement a review process starting next month.

I am quite pleased with their review process decision.

George Best: When a real great man dies, we all mourn

26best.1841.jpgWhile I was working today, I listened to BBC Radio Player - Sport on Five: George Best tribute. It is very heart warming tribute by his family, friends, and himself for a gentle soul, a genius - yes, a pure genius, and a foolish genius. Please go there and listen, I urge you. His peer from Republic of Ireland and Leeds midfielder Johnny Giles described Best as "the most naturally gifted player I have ever seen."

"He had the lot: balance, pace, two good feet, he was brave, strong and a good header of the ball."

"Pele wasn't as gifted as George Best and I would definitely put George above Johan Cruyff because he had more heart," said Giles.[Link]

And from a common man: "I cried when he left United and I cried again today,'' said supporter Lawrence Chapple-Gill.  "I have supported United since I was four or five when my dad gave me a poster of George Best and told me all about him.'' [Link]

He was not only a genius. He was a fantastic bloke. However, in his words: "I spent a lot of my money on booze (alcohol), birds (women) and fast cars. The rest I just squandered,'' he once wryly observed. [Link]

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''Pele called me the greatest footballer in the world,'' Best once said. ''That is the ultimate salute to my life.'' [Link]

Quite a few thought he was the greatest with a great heart. A quote from BBC Five Live - People like George Best never die - how often does anyone get such a tribute? El Beatle.

This I believe - from NPR and beyond

bulldurham_i.jpgI listen to NPR (National Public Radio) all the time, and from time to time, I'll post "This I Believe" original essays from NPR here - the ones that make a strong connection to me. An introduction to the concept:

This I Believe is an exciting national project that invites you to write about the core beliefs that guide your daily life. NPR will air these personal statements from listeners each Monday on Morning Edition and All Things Considered. By inviting Americans from all walks of life to participate, series producers Dan Gediman and Jay Allison hope to create a picture of the American spirit in all its rich complexity.

This I Believe is based on a 1950s radio program of the same name, hosted by acclaimed journalist Edward R. Murrow. In creating This I Believe, Murrow said the program sought "to point to the common meeting grounds of beliefs, which is the essence of brotherhood and the floor of our civilization." [Link]

Let us start with Bull Durham's "I believe" - Even NPR was talking about the same quote.

Annie: What do you believe in then?
Crash: Well, I believe in the soul. The cock. The pussy. The small of a woman's back. The hanging curveball. High fiber. Good scotch. That the novels of Susan Sontag are self-indulgent, overrated crap. I believe Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. I believe there ought to be a Constitution Amendment outlawing Astroturf and the designated hitter. I believe in the sweet spot, soft-core pornography, opening your presents Christmas morning rather than Christmas eve. And I believe in long, slow, deep, soft, wet kisses that last three days...Goodnight.

That is a classic. What do you believe in? If you have a gem, write to NPR. Anything in transition, leave a comment or link to your "I believe" post on your blog. I will not at all critique or anything like that. Has to be from your inner core - no religion, no politics, no polemics, no trite grandstanding - definitely no.