Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Honorable mention for website and its author, Kalid Azad

Kalid Azad's website has a lot of elegantly straightforward articles on interesting topics, many of them mathematical. He's doing some really interesting stuff, including a brilliant online calculator that you can use to embed calculations in web pages.

I'm not a Microsoft fanboy by any means, but I admire the video he made, using Windows 7 for humanitarian purposes.

In an article on happiness, Kalid includes a video of Steve Jobs's commencement address at Stanford. I'm really grateful that he included this.

Remember this is a guy who had a diagnosis of terminal cancer a year earlier.
Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle... All external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure -- these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.
I recently left a job where I wasn't following my heart. The money was good and the rest of the economy was bad, so I spent a lot of energy and effort trying to make it work, but there was no passion or fun or excitement. So this talk resonates for me now.

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