Robert here. My involvement with youth, art, technology, etc? Overview: I taught computer graphics and even wrote a short computer games course as a kids' camp instructor for two summers, contributed to the first g8 (government/parliament of 8) youth summit, was an artist for the school paper "Bulldog", and graduated the CyberARTS program at DMCI. With classmates I also created the first version of the Official Toronto 2008 Olympic Bid website. Then over the summer of 2001 I formed a team with two other students, and created a website (http://library.thinkquest.org/C0114800) on youth entrepreneurship for the Thinkquest Internet Challenge 2001- a global student-based educational website competition. Our website's goal is to help youth start and run their own businesses through an online simulator, a library area, a tools and a forum area. We won as Thinkquest 2001 interdisciplinary-category finalists.
I invite you to read my TIG updates to see what sort of mischief I've been up to lately.
Some recent inspirational thoughts:
The previous emperor has recently died and Hung Siu-lung, the time-travelling protagonist, hears screams and witnesses soldiers chasing and killing maids and attendants who served the late emperor (funeral sacrifice). Siu-lung runs to find the new emperor and begs him to value human life and stop this massacre.
"What can I do/Not my fault. This is a long-established tradition." explains the new emperor.
Siu-lung: "Bad practices should be changed. Otherwise how can society improve?"
With that, along with Siu-lung proposing to bury life-size terracotta clay figures for funeral purposes instead of killing real people, the new emperor agrees to the proposal and orders the killing to stop.
- my loose translation of a scene from A Step into the Past, 2001 a TV Series based on Huang Yi's Wuxia/Sci-Fi novel Chronicles of Finding Qin
Not all stress is bad... There are two separate types of stress.. Distress refers to harmful stimuli that make you weaker, less confident, and less able. Destructive criticism, abusive bosses... Eustress, on the other hand.. Eu-, a Greek prefix for healthy, is used in the same sense in the word "euphoria." Role models who push us to exceed our limits, physical training that removes our spare tires, and risks that expand our sphere of comfortable action are all examples of eustress stress that is healthful and the stimulus for growth... there is no progress without eustress, and the more eustress we can create or apply to our lives, the sooner we can actualize our dreams. The trick is telling the two apart.The New Rich are equally aggressive in removing distress and finding eustress.
- Timothy Ferriss
Excerpt from Chapter 2, Timothy Ferriss, The 4-Hour Workweek, 2009
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