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What You Earn

Posted by Bola Egunjobi on January 25, 2011

“When you live in a rational society where men are free to trade, you receive an incalculable bonus: the material value of your work is determined not only by your effort, but by the effort of the best productive minds who exist in the world around you.

“When you work in a modern factory, you are paid not only for your labour, but for all the productive genius which has made that factory possible: for the work of the industrialist who built it, for the work of the investor who saved the money to risk on the untried and the new, for the work of the engineer who designed the machines of which you are pushing the levers, for the work of the inventor who created the product which you spend your time on making, for the work of the scientist who discovered the laws that went into the making of that product, for the work of the philosopher who taught men how to think…

“The machine, the frozen form of a living intelligence, is the power that expands the potential of your life by raising the productivity of your time. If you worked as a blacksmith in the mystics’ Middle Ages, the whole of your earning capacity would consist of an iron bar produced by your hands in days and days of effort.”

– John Galt, in Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged.

 

I find a lot to agree with, and much to disagree with, in Ayn Rand’s Objectivity and the way she expresses it. But the quotation above is one of the most eye-opening ascertions I have read in recent years.

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Mindful

Posted by Bola Egunjobi on January 16, 2011

“Man’s mind is his basic tool of survival. Life is given to him, survival is not. His body is given to him, its sustenance is not. His mind is given to him, its content is not. To remain alive, he must act, and before he can act he must know the nature and purpose of his action. He cannot obtain his food without a knowledge of food and of the way to obtain it. He cannot dig a ditch – or build a cyclotron – without a knowledge of his aim and of the means to achieve it. To remain alive, he must think.”

– “John Galt“, in Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged.

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Shared Birthdays

Posted by Bola Egunjobi on October 16, 2009

I had a phone call from my friend Kazeem K. this morning. Kazeem is a great friend from my days at University. He called to wish me a happy birthday (which was a couple of days ago).

Talking to Kazeem, I remembered that I was wrong to think that no two people in my immediate acquaintance share the same birthday except me and my new nephew who was born this Wednesday. Kazeem’s son, now 16, was also born on 14th October.

Of course, I’ve always been aware of a few public people who also share my birthday, including Karyn White (the American R&B singer) and Steve Coogan (the British comedian – alias Alan Partridge) who were born in the same year as me, and others including: Sir Cliff Richard, Sir Roger Moore, Dwight D Eisenhower (34th President of the United States from Jan 20 1953 to Jan 20 1961), Usher Raymond (American R&B singer).

It is not surprising that anyone will share their birthday with many public people: there are just 365 days in a year, and 6 billion people alive today. So everyone of us shares our birth day & month with 100s of millions of others, and even our birth date (year, month & day) with a very lot of people. There are websites out there these days that will show you which public figures share your birthday.

The best one I found is History Orb which searches back to the year 1257(!) for 14th October and comes up with 240 results!!

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ADIEU Michael Jackson

Posted by Bola Egunjobi on July 7, 2009

Here is my silly Twittering while I watched the Michael Jackson memorial on TV today. I started watching just before Jennifer Hudson came on stage to sing. (I missed the Mariah Carey and Lionel Richie songs):

“Watching the Michael Jackson Memorial on TV”

“Quite sureal – hearing Michael Jackson’s music without Michael.”

“I just like how Brooke Shields mentions his favourite song, not an MJ song, and then Jermaine sings it.”

“The music is great – Jennifer Hudson, John Mayer, and now Jermaine J…”

“This is the last time I will stop to question why anyone should die at the time they die. What matters is the great moments they have lived.”

“Resolution to honour Michael Jackson to go before the house!! A world Humanitarian. Yes!!!”

“My birthday mate Usher – singing one of my favourites: “Gone too soon”. Singing it oh so well.”

“He will never be gone. He is going to live for ever and ever and ever and ever. Now Michael Jackson will never grow old.”

“Kenny Ortega brought many of Michael’s dreams to technical reality for us all to enjoy.”

“Michael’s childrens’ first appearance on a stage! And little Princess singing to ‘We are the world’!!”

“Now all three children are singing along to the words of ‘Heal the world’.”

“This memorial is really awesome. Very sad, but what a Good Bye – to the King of Pop.”

“Little Paris Jackson closed the show.”

So long Michael – You will remain forever in our hearts.

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Michael Jackson: Final Rehearsal Footage

Posted by Bola Egunjobi on July 3, 2009

Click here (http://billboard.blogs.com/michaeljackson/) to see a brief excerpt from the video recording of Michael Jackson’s final rehearsals for the London O2 concert. The excerpt was released by AEG and is available today on the Billboard website.

Michael Jackson - Final Rehearsal

Michael Jackson - Final Rehearsal

AEG’s Randy Phillips calls the video “some of the most compelling footage in the 21st century, because you’re talking about a star whose light shined brighter than any thing else in the universe when it comes to music.”

The entire footage includes the Tuesday and Wednesday night rehearsals just before Michael died. “On Tuesday night he performed and gave me goose bumps”, Randy Phillips has said. “It made me realise, jaded entertainment executive that I am, why I do this in the first place. I was asked if I would do this again and the answer is ‘Hell yes.’ How many times in one’s career are you able to touch greatness?”

The souvenir tickets some fans opt for in lieu of a refund were designed by Michael himself and are printed with a lenticular process that gives them a 3-D look.

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The Obama Chair

Posted by Bola Egunjobi on March 2, 2009

Check out this assortment of chairs, sporting Obama designs, that I stumbled-upon on the web.


Image credit: anh-minh.com/weblog/archives/design/


Image credit: Blog Like


Image credit: Mondani.com

But nothing can beat the real thing: the chair the President himself sits on when he gets down to business in the Oval Office at the White House:


President Barak Obama in the Oval Office. Image credit: Chicago Tribune  & Getty Images. Picture taken by Mark Wilson, January 22, 2009.

In this picture, the President is sitting in the CONCORDE PRESIDENTIAL office chair made by Global Group. I know the chair very well – my company Chellgrove Office Chairs introduced it to the UK in 2008!

Click here for more information on Chellgrove Office Chairs.
Click here to see more pictures of the President’s Oval Office chair.

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Aviva’s Richard Harvey Starts His Year in Africa

Posted by Bola Egunjobi on December 22, 2007

Richard Harvey, has started a year of charitable projects in Africa after spending 10 years as chief executive of Aviva plc (formed in 2000 from the merger of the CGU and Norwich Union insurance groups).

Involvement in their local church was key to Richard’s and his wife Kay’s decision to go to Africa. Proof that the Christian faith can play an important role in making us more socially responsible.

As the couple travels through central Africa, Kay is teaching in the local schools while Richard builds boreholes in the communities and energy-efficient cooking stoves in the schools.

Richard Harvey is using his corporate network from the developed world to back his projects with technical expertise and resources.

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