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samedi, août 29, 2009

Happy Birthday Michael

Rest in Peace

mercredi, août 05, 2009

Alain de Botton: A kinder, gentler philosophy of success

Alain de Botton examines our ideas of success and failure -- and questions the assumptions underlying these two judgments. Is success always earned? Is failure? He makes an eloquent, witty case to move beyond snobbery to find true pleasure in our work.

dimanche, août 02, 2009

Quick hits : economic crisis, Nigeria, China, conflicts in Congo

  • Just When Africa’s Luck Was Changing (NYT). When the credit crisis erupted in September, many experts thought that Africa would be spared the financial turmoil of the American and European financial systems, because African banks had almost none of their assets tied up in the global subprime market. But it has recently become clear that Africa is being hit hard. [...] “Before the meltdown, many African countries had made significant progress in attracting foreign investment and private capital, and this could derail those efforts.

  • FT report on Nigerian economy, Lagos and other matters arising (Financial Times)
  • Can China Save the World? (Time)

samedi, août 01, 2009

Our place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
Theodore Roosevelt