Sunday, August 29, 2010

Wo2 You2 Yi1 Zhi1 Xiao3 Mao2 Lv2 (I Have a Little Donkey)

wo3 you3 yi1 zhi1 xiao3 mao2 lv2 wo3 cong2 lai2 ye3 bu4 qi2
you3 yi1 tian1 wo3 xin1 xie2 lai2 chao2 qi2 zhe qu4 gan3 ji2
wo3 shou3 li3 na2 zhe xiao3 pi2 pian1 wo3 xin1 li3 zheng4 de2 yi4
bu4 zhi1 zen3 me hua1 la1 la1 la1 la1 wo3 shuai1 le yi1 shen1 ni2

ENGLISH TRANSLATION (by Jill Yeh, Little Panda Inc)
I have a little donkey I never ride it
One day all of a sudden I had an idea to ride it to the market
My hand held a little whip I felt so satisfied in my heart
Didn't know how ... hua-la-la-la-la I slipped and fell into some mud

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

How the tax work..

A good math lesson:
by: David R. Kamerschen, Ph. D

Sometimes politicians, journalists and the liberal
left exclaim; "It's just a tax cut for the rich!" and
it is just accepted to be fact.

But what does that really mean?

Just in case you are not completely clear on this
issue, I hope the following will help. Please read
it carefully.

Let's put tax cuts in terms everyone can understand.

Suppose that every day, ten men go out for dinner
and the bill for all ten comes to $100.

If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go
something like this:
The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing.
The fifth would pay $1.
The sixth would pay $3.
The seventh would pay $7.
The eighth would pay $12.
The ninth would pay $18.
The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59.

So, that's what they decided to do.

The ten men ate dinner in the restaurant every day
and seemed quite happy with the arrangement,
until one day, the owner threw them a curve.

"Since you are all such good customers," he said,
"I'm going to reduce the cost of your daily meal by
$20." Dinner for the ten now cost just $80.

The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we
pay our taxes so the first four men were unaffected.
They would still eat for free. But what about the
other six men - the paying customers? How could
they divide the $20 windfall so that everyone would
get his 'fair share?'

They realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if
they subtracted that from everybody's share, then
the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up
being paid to eat their meal.

So, the restaurant owner suggested that it would
be fair to reduce each man's bill by roughly the
same amount, and he proceeded to work out the
amounts each should pay.

And so:
The fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% savings).
The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33% savings).
The seventh now paid $5 instead of $7 (28% savings).
The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% savings).
The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 (22% savings).
The tenth now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% savings).

Each of the six was better off than before. And the first
four continued to eat for free. But once outside the restaurant,
the men began to compare their savings.

"I only got a dollar out of the $20," declared the sixth man. He
pointed to the tenth man," but he got $10!"

"Yeah, that's right," exclaimed the fifth man. "I only
saved a dollar, too. It's unfair that he got ten times
more than me!"

"That's true!!" shouted the seventh man. "Why
should he get $10 back when I got only two?
The wealthy get all the breaks!"

"Wait a minute," yelled the first four men in unison.
"We didn't get anything at all. The system exploits
the poor!"

The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up.

The next night the tenth man didn't show up for dinner,
so the nine sat down and ate without him. But when it
came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important.
They didn't have enough money between all of them for even half of the

And that, boys and girls, journalists and college professors, is
how our tax system works. The people who pay the highest taxes get the
most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for
being wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore. In fact, they
might start eating overseas where the atmosphere is somewhat

David R. Kamerschen, Ph. D
Professor of Economics


  1. Nothing is impossible for the person who doesn’t have to do it.
  2. You can con a sucker into committing to an impossible deadline, but you cannot con him into meeting it .
  3. At the heart of every large project is a small project trying to get out.
  4. A user will tell you anything you ask about, but nothing more.
  5. Of several possible interpretations of a communication, the least convenient is the correct one.
  6. What you don’t know hurts you.
  7. There’s never enough time to do it right first time but there’s always enough time to go back and do it again.
  8. The bitterness of poor quality lasts long after the sweetness of making a date is forgotten.
  9. I know that you believe that you understand what you think I said, but I am not sure you realise that what you heard is not what I meant.
  10. What is not on paper has not been said.
  11. A little risk management saves a lot of fan cleaning.
  12. If you can keep your head while all about you are losing theirs, you haven’t understood the plan.
  13. If at first you don’t succeed, remove all evidence you ever tried.
  14. There are no good project managers – only lucky ones.
  15. The more you plan the luckier you get.
  16. If everything is going exactly to plan, something somewhere is going massively wrong.
  17. A project is one small step for the project sponsor, one giant leap for the project manager.
  18. Good project management is not so much knowing what to do and when, as knowing what excuses to give and when.
  19. Everyone asks for a strong project manager – when they get them they don’t want them.
  20. Overtime is a figment of the na├»ve project manager’s imagination.
  21. Quantitative project management is for predicting cost and schedule overruns well in advance. Metrics are learned men’s excuses.
  22. For a project manager overruns are as certain as death and taxes.
  23. Some projects finish on time in spite of project management best practices.
  24. Fast – cheap – good – you can have any two.
  25. There is such a thing as an unrealistic timescale.
  26. The project would not have been started if the truth had been told about the cost and timescale.
  27. A two year project will take three years, a three year project will never finish.
  28. When the weight of the project paperwork equals the weight of the project itself, the project can be considered complete.
  29. A badly planned project will take three times longer than expected – a well planned project only twice as long as expected.
  30. Warning: dates in a calendar are closer than they appear to be.
  31. Anything that can be changed will be changed until there is no time left to change anything.
  32. There is no such thing as scope creep, only scope gallop.
  33. A project gets a year late one day at a time.
  34. If you’re 6 months late on a milestone due next week but really believe you can make it, you’re a project manager.
  35. No project has ever finished on time, within budget, to requirement – yours won’t be the first to.
  36. Managing IT people is like herding cats.
  37. If you don’t know how to do a task, start it, then ten people who know less than you will tell you how to do it.
  38. The person who says it will take the longest and cost the most is the only one with a clue how to do the job.
  39. The sooner you get behind schedule, the more time you have to make it up.
  40. The nice thing about not planning is that failure comes as a complete surprise rather than being preceded by a period of worry and depression

Friday, August 13, 2010

Fact or fiction

  1. The citrus soda 7-UP was created in 1929; "7" was selected because the original containers were 7 ounces. "UP" indicated the direction of the bubbles. 
  2. Mosquito repellents don't repel. They hide you. The spray blocks the mosquito's sensors so they don't know you're there.
  3. Dentists have recommended that a toothbrush be kept at least 6 feet away from a toilet to avoid airborne particles resulting from the flush.
  4. The liquid inside young coconuts can be used as substitute for blood plasma.
  5. American car horns beep in the tone of F.
  6. No piece of paper can be folded more than 7 times.
  7. Donkeys kill more people annually than plane crashes.
  8. 1 in every 4 Americans has appeared on television.
  9. You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching television.
  10. Oak trees do not produce acorns until they are fifty years of age or older.
  11. The first product to have a bar code was Wrigley's gum.
  12. The king of hearts is the only king without a mustache.
  13. A Boeing 747s wingspan is longer than the Wright brother's first flight.
  14. American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating 1 olive from each salad served in first-class.
  15. Venus is the only planet that rotates clockwise.
  16. The first CD pressed in the US was Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA."
  17. Apples, not caffeine, are more efficient at waking you up in the morning.
  18. The 57 on the Heinz ketchup bottle represents the number of varieties of pickles the company
  19. once had.
  20. The plastic things on the end of shoelaces are called aglets.
  21. Most dust particles in your house are made from dead skin.
  22. The first owner of the Marlboro company died of lung cancer.
  23. Barbie's full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts.
  24. Betsy Ross is the only real person to ever have been the head on a Pez dispenser.
  25. Michael Jordan makes more money from Nike annually than all of the Nike factory workers in Malaysia combined.
  26. Adolph Hitler's mother seriously considered having an abortion but was talked out of it by her doctor.
  27. Marilyn Monroe had six toes.
  28. All US Presidents have worn glasses. Some just didn't like being seen wearing them in public.
  29. Walt Disney was afraid of mice.
  30. The sound of E.T walking was made by someone squishing her hands in jelly.
  31. Debra Winger was the voice of E.T.
  32. Pearls melt in vinegar.
  33. It takes 3,000 cows to supply the NFL with enough leather for a year's supply of footballs.
  34. Thirty-five percent of the people who use personal ads for dating are already married.
  35. The three most valuable brand names on earth: Marlboro, Coca Cola, and Budweiser, in that order.
  36. It is possible to lead a cow upstairs, but not downstairs.
  37. Average life span of a major league baseball: seven pitches.
  38. A duck's quack doesn't echo and no one knows why.
  39. The reason firehouses have circular stairways is from the days when the engines were pulled by horses. The horses were stabled on the ground floor and figured out how to walk up straight staircases.
  40. Richard Milhouse Nixon was the first US president whose name contains all the letters from the word "criminal." The second? William Jefferson Clinton

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Prison Break quote

  1. Be the change you want to see in the world.

  2. Experience is what you get when you don't get what you want to get

  3. I know how to do it, I just don't have the time to do it.

  4. Preparation will only take you so far. After that you got to take a few leaps of faith.

  5. Stop chasing me, cause whenever you get close I'll win everytime

  6. Rules are rules. And if we don't have them, we're savages

  7. I always said that cops are more crooked than criminals.

  8. This picture makes me look like some kinda sociopath

  9. If I'm going down for this little homicide, I ain't going alone. We're going together like traffic and weather!

  10. Tell you what, I'll go unlock the kids and make us all breakfast.

  11. Why do you want to be out of here so bad anyhow? The world's all different now..scary. They've got computer phones, boobies made out of silicon, you wouldn't know what to do.

  12. As my pappy used to say "Stand by, your glasses steady and drink to your comrade's eyes. Here's a toast to the dead already and hurrah for the next to die."

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