Friday, May 18, 2007

How Big Is Planet Earth? A Relative Comparison.

Just compare the size of Earth with other giants in and outside the solar system.

Diameter of: Earth: 12,700 kms, Mercury: 4,900 kms, Venus: 12,100 kms, Mars: 6,800 kms, Pluto: 2,400 kms

Diameter of: Jupiter: 143,000 kms, Saturn: 120,000 kms, Uranus: 51,100 kms, Neptune: 49,500 kms

Diameter of Sun: 1.4 million kms.

Diameter of Sirius: 1.8 times the Sun's diameter, Pollux: 9 times that of Sun, Arcturus: 25 times that of Sun.

Aldebaran: 40 times that of Sun, Rigel: Has a diameter 70 times that of Sun, Betelgeuse: The star has a diameter 650 times that of Sun, Antares: has a diameter 700 times that of Sun,

Source: Unknown, via email

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Mothers Day – 10 Things Your Mom Might Have Told You.

Mothers Day has arrived – I am sure you will agree that your mother told you all these things!

  1. Work hard: She must have told you this umpteen times – There is no substitute to hard work. The harder you work the luckier you get.
  2. You can do whatever you want: She told you to set goals and write them down so you that you stood a better chance of achieving your dreams. She told you that if you set your mind to something you can do it. Did she not tell you? Are you implementing it now? For creating wealth, for a better job…?
  3. Don’t be late: Obviously she was referring to your school and to be there on time. Are you making it to work on time? Are you disciplined now? In how many realms of your life are you implementing it as a grown up?
  4. Have a place for everything: Keep things in their place; so you will find them when you want. She asked you to be organized. How organized are you now in your work, in your finances..?
  5. Don’t be afraid: She told you not to be scared and not to be self effacing. It won’t take you anywhere. Ask for help when required is what she told. There are situations in which you need others help. A lot of people miss out on a lot of things because they are not getting correct advice. Take advantage of the professional and the more learned and the more successful if you ant to succeed. Are you doing it?
  6. Be what you are. Be yourself: She told you to be your own self and not ape others. She told you to say what you wanted to say. She asked you to think for yourself, coolly calmly even in the worst of situations. Try to take some time and listen to your own voice.
  7. “Practice, Practice, and Practice”: Practice makes a man perfect. To maintain your high level of skills or to perfect skills and beat the others in this dog eat dog world you have to work hard and practice like a mad man. Mediocrity is not the prescription for success.
  8. Take your time: Don’t be in a hurry: Take your time. Ponder over important matters. In money or in relationships it is easy to get fooled and get conned. Check your facts. Take a little time to make a decision. This usually comes with age but learning this early gives you an edge.
  9. Have you done your homework?: Whether you are looking for the best mortgage rate in town, the best auto loan deal or an investment in stocks you are considering; doing your homework thoroughly makes you a superior individual. You are one up on others. It puts you in control. You get in control by doing research and educating yourself on the things that interest you and that require you to do so.
  10. There’s a lot more to life than money: Your mom knew the importance of an extra dollar but she knew even better the importance of the other valuable things. Relationships and values are above money and above all else.

Now apply these to your day today life, to your finances and to all the other areas. You can only move forward I suppose…

Car Number Plate Auction in UAE Sets New World Record

An auction that took place yesterday in Abu Dhabi (capital of UAE) created a new world record for auction of a car number plate. The event was organized to raise money for people with special needs and accident victims.

The single digit number plate “5” beat the world record that was held in Yorkshire, Britain where the number plate M1 had fetched Dh2.39 million ($657,160) last year. The number 5 became the most expensive plate after it fetched Dh25.2 million ($6.85 million). The winning bidder was Mr. Talal Al Khoury an Abu Dhabi businessman. Mr. Khoury said “I offered the highest bid for a cause. All the money I have does not belong to me; it is given to me by God for a reason. I am giving back this money to those who need it”. Very lofty thoughts and a yeoman service indeed. When asked if the number 5 had any significance he said “No”.

There were a total of 41 special auction plates and a total of Dh100 million ($27 million) was collected from the auction proceeds. More than 700 people attended the auction.