Get Inspired by History

This world is filled with incredible people and incredible actions. I found this website -Things Other People Accomplished When They Were Your Age – that allows you to input your age and out pops a list of people and the incredible achievements they had accomplished by that age.

  • Jason Shen compiled and published a book (that holds no weight to the stuff below)
  • English novelist Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus, which was immediately successful.
  • Bill Gates dropped out of Harvard and cofounded Microsoft.
  • Charles Lindbergh learned to fly.
  • Jane Austen wrote Pride and Prejudice, her second and most famous novel (dang that early huh?)
  • The Greek philosopher Plato became a disciple of Socrates.

Check it out – get inspired. We are all capable of incredible things in our own lives.

http://www.museumofconceptualart.com/accomplished/

Why I Love Being a Gymnast

I’ve been a little bummed about my knee, mainly right now because its hard to get around and move and sit comfortably. But I realize that the biggest reason why is competing. The point of sports is to compete – with yourself and with others. Right now, I still into the gym almost everyday and I work out my upper body, core and legs as much as I can without hurting my knee. I still work hard, I just can’t really do much on the equipment.

Tommorow our team has a competition against Cal and I will be there, but I will not be competing. And competing is where all the hard work pays off. When you raise your hand to compete, you are trying to perform your routine better than you have ever done it and better than everyone else in the arena. When you raise your hand, you are signaling to everyone that you are among the select few people on the planet who can move their body in this way, explode with this much power, twist with this much control and work with this much strength.

I imagine there are less than a few thousand people on the planet that compete collegiate level gymnastics or higher. Thats less than .0001% of the population. I am extremely proud to be a part of that select few, and now that I am sidelined, I feel that I have lost that status. And it hurts. I will be doing all I can to recover in these next 9-12 months. I know that my body can only take this sport for so long, but I plan to make the most of my time with it. There is nothing like being a gymnast.

Poverty, not Global Warming, is the Problem to Solve

Global warming is a huge problem – but it’s pretty much too late to do much – let’s focus on poverty relief instead.

Much has been made of the recent report released by Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The report is pretty depressing. Here’s a summary from Wikipedia -

  • Warming of the climate system is unequivocal
  • Most of the observed increase in globally averaged temperatures since the mid-20th century is very likely due to the observed increase in anthropogenic greenhouse gas concentrations
  • Hotter temperatures and rises in sea level “would continue for centuries” no matter how much humans control their pollution.[9]
  • The probability that this is caused by natural climatic processes is less than 5%
  • It is more than 90% certain that there will be frequent warm spells, heat waves and heavy rainfall

This is the result of seven years of work of over 2,500 climate scientists from all around the world. The report spells out some serious consequences for our future. The key to note here is that these temperature rises will “continue for centuries”. This means that even if we stopped emitting any sort of greenhouse gases, or even stopped increasing emissions, we will still inevitably suffer the consequences of global warming.

The problem is, by we, I really mean the poorest people. Americans and Western Europe will not suffer much – more heat spells, and some rise in sea level will be annoying sure. And yes, there will be deaths. But the majority of the damage from climate change will be wrought upon the people who have contributed the least to it. The one billion people who live on a dollar a day.

Since we have seen that climate change is inevitable no matter what we do, I think the most important thing to do now is to alleviate poverty as much as possible, to give these people a chance to prepare themselves for the onslaught of droughts, heat waves and other damaging climate events.

I plan to become a social entrepreneur and specifically work on issues of poverty through sustainable methods like micro-finance. We already blew it on global warming, let’s not blow it on poverty. 

My First Knee Surgery

Well, I have just come back from the hospital today after my orthoscopic knee surgery. For those of you who don’t know, I dislocated my knee on January 19th, 2007 on vault in a gymnastics competition against Berkely, at Hass Pavillion. I tore all 4 crucial ligaments in my knee and this surgery was done to fix the outer two – the MCL and LCL. This is the first time I’ve ever gotten surgery and I’d have to say its not a lot of fun. I’ll outline the thing in chronological order

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