The Hunger Project

The Hunger Project (THP) has the tagline: Effective Action to End World Hunger.

The Hunger Project uses low-cost, people-centered strategies for the sustainable end of hunger. I recently was at meetings were two persons from Bangladesh talked about how The Hunger Project works there. The country manager, professor Badiul Alam Majumdar, gave a more theoretical talk about why charity does not work. But the great part was a woman named Chandrika Banerjee who talked about how her life has changed radically for the better. It was impressive, touching and heartwarming.

This was originally posted at another (now extinct) blog of mine.

Life and baseball

Baseball does have some similarities to life. In life or baseball you have to do similar things to win.

1. You have to play the game. Philosophizing about it on the sidelines doesn’t accomplish anything.

2. You have to take your foot off first base and risk being thrown out to advance.

3. Swing away! People remember how many times you hit the ball out of the park. They don’t care how many times you struck out.

4. Nobody bats a thousand. It’s a game of percentages.

5. A perfect game is thrown one good pitch at a time. It’s the accumulation of many small things done well that gets you in the hall of fame.

6. When you do connect, touch all of the bases on your way around. You wouldn’t want to miss anything

7. Have some fun. In the end it’s all a game.

(Source unknown but I like the text.)

This was originally posted at Forty Plus Two, another blog of mine.


Literature-Map, their tagline is The tourist map of literature, is a great site when looking for authors. Enter an author that you like, the map shows similar ones. This website can keep you busy for a while, clicking on authors and getting new maps.


ChangeThis is a really interesting site that uses existing tools (like PDFs, blogs and the web) to challenge the way ideas are created and spread. There is material from people like Guy Kawasaki, Tom Peters and many more. The ChangeThis blog is at Read and Pass.

This was originally posted at another (now extinct) blog of mine.

Poker and Zen

Howard Lederer wrote an article about poker and Zen.
There are four basic stages that a player must pass through to achieve poker mastery:
1. Beginner’s Passion
2. The Student Emerges
3. Expert Level is Achieved
4. Poker, One Hand at a Time

This was originally posted at another (now extinct) blog of mine.

The monk who sold his Ferrari

The monk who sold his Ferrari is written by Robin Sharma. I stumbled upon this book in my favourite online bookstore, got curious and ordered it. Picked it up on Saturday and have finished the book this weekend. I love it!

To enjoy the book I think you need to have a desire to grow, on a mental and spiritual level. A wish to change your life to something better. The book is a mix of wisdom of the East and success principles of the West. You get dejavu feelings now and then when familiar principles and quotes turn up but the great thing about the book is that it is all connected.

The story evolves around a mystical fable from the Sages of Sivana. The fable includes a magnificent garden, a lighthouse, a sumo wrestler, a pink wire cable, a golden stopwatch, fragrant roses and a path of diamonds.

This was originally posted at another (now extinct) blog of mine.