Links Galore: From Memory, Entertainment to Career

I always feel vulnerable about loss of my memory. Irrational fears (I like to believe that they are irrational) like having Alzheimer’s keeps me taking up mnemonics tutorials. That’s how I stumbled to this 2-minute youtube video about 5 ways to boost your memory.

I then came across this wonderful Web site that enlightens me how my brain works. It is book called Brain Rules written by molecular microbiologist, John Medina, in an accessible language. It details 12 ways that work for brain. One of them is that “exercise boosts brain power”. It reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s by 60%. Visit this Brain Rules, illustrative Web site. Surf the slides, chart and videos.

Presentation about 3 Brain Rules

So maybe now I should do these office exercises not only to avoid occupation hazards of a 9-hr job, but also to exercise my brain.

I came across wonderful animation of Ninjai: The Little Ninja. It has 12 chapters of Ninjai adventure videos that are created in flash. All movie clips have awesome graphics and are a must see. They downloaded quite fast on my machine. πŸ™‚

Now that we are at animation, it is always intriguing to know how making of an animation show goes. You can read about making of Creature Comforts, a animation show about voices of American public. I only wish that Web site had used a better font. Original format of the show, though belongs to UK, pioneered by Nick Park.

If that were not enough, I came across an article in Mental Floss magazine about a guy who took a polaroid of his life every day from 1970 to 1997, until the day he died. This photographer’s name was Jamie Livingstone. He used his Polaroid SX-70 camera to click everyday for 18 years, till he died of cancer. His one-of-its-kind visual chronicle of his life can be seen here at Photo of the Day.

I surfed more through Mental Floss magazine, and stumbled across this article about hilarious epitaphs on tombstones of celebrities. It also lists Edgar Allan Poe‘s creepy epitaph. πŸ™‚

In case, you want to read ebooks at work without being detected, visit Read at Work. The site resembles Windows XP OS and ebooks are in business presentation format. Have a look even if you don;t want to read the few classics it offers, it is worth a smile. I got this link from Amit Aggarwal’s Digital Inspiration.

Back to work, here is an engaging, untraditional resume that Jeff Widman uploaded on slideshare. He also answers the usual interview questions in his resume. No more answering repeated questions. I am thinking of creating one such untraditional resume, that is just me. But why does it seem like I have not appeared for a job interview for a longtime. πŸ™‚

Before I sign off, here is another cool presentation by Garr Reynolds about Dan Pink‘s graphical book about career advice.

15 Responses to “Links Galore: From Memory, Entertainment to Career”

  1. 1 Nishu May 30, 2008 at 3:07 pm

    ^ that is a spam .. i liked read at work .. remember u warning me not to blog about reading comics at office ?

  2. 2 Reema May 30, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    Shouldn’t it be Brain Rules instead of Brian Rules?? The website is good…I’ve also become so forgetful…I have many E books but I dont like reading just doesnt feel like reading unless u turn the page while lying cosily on bed..unless there is the smell of a new book..I love that smell..U work in It sector?? U should do exercises…IT sector is causing lots of back and eye problems in the long run.

  3. 3 Amit May 31, 2008 at 9:01 am

    Now you are turning into a link queen. πŸ˜€
    I liked the Photo link. The way this guy has photographed such small small things….it was amazing.
    And lets not start about forgetting things. I sometimes even forget the name of my roommate. 😐

  4. 4 praneshachar May 31, 2008 at 4:33 pm

    great links from link queen poonam (title conferred by amit) great to read and forgetfulness is one thing everybody will undergo so it is part of life but it better we must record in case we are not remembering most of the things. but it is verhy difficult you meet a friend after a gap of 10/15 years and face is so familiar but name is on your tongue not coming out. it is very akward but cant help
    human mind remembers so many things like wise forgets so many things.
    poonam great links and it is pleasure to go thro

  5. 5 Jeff Widman June 1, 2008 at 3:05 am

    Thanks for the link–glad you liked the resume!

  6. 6 vimal June 1, 2008 at 4:10 am

    woah !!! that was some great links. yet to open ‘read at works’ and ‘memory boosters’; like the formers name, preserved it to read at work πŸ™‚

    that ninjai thing, tht was simply awesome. what attitude the kid has? everything about the series is good including the opening music.thank u so much. Btw, isnt that our good old hanuman in the ninjai logo?

    Jamies website is literally touching. He did make a difference in his life for himself and others.(havnt seen all the fotographs, but from whatever I have seen)

    the untraditional resume looked good and creative, but do u think such kind will work with our ‘corporates’?

    I happened to read that office exercise thing long back from rediff. Tooo lazy to try all those πŸ™‚

  7. 7 ish June 1, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    I’m still awed by Read at Work. Better comment later. πŸ˜›

  8. 8 Poonam Sharma June 2, 2008 at 10:05 am

    @Nishu: Did I? I don’t remember, perhaps I recommend safe reading. πŸ™‚

    @Reema: Of course, its Brain Rules. There is hardly time to exercise without going out of the way. Work gring id of bout 12 hours. I know what you mean about reading books in bed. I finished two this weekend in bed. πŸ™‚

    @Amit: I always wanted to do link blogging. It was in my personal resolutions of the year.

    @praneshachar: True, it is imposratnt to record most things. πŸ™‚

    @Jeff: Thanks for dropping by! Your resume is such a great idea. Thanks for the idea! πŸ™‚

    @Vimal: Yes, I loved Ninjai. Whare did you find Hanuman in the logo? Are you saying it because of the tail?

    yes, that kind of resume will works for all creative jobs like designer, advertisemnt personnel, PRs. It would spark off something.

    arre, we would look funny doing those in office.

    @Ish: Ok, will wait for your later comment. πŸ™‚

  9. 9 vimal June 3, 2008 at 2:25 am has the tail, the weapon of hanuman(i dont kno wht it is called) and that pose is also very familiar !!! observe it closely..or maybe, im crazy!

    very true…u cant try those antics in office..I am still a laughing stock in the office for undergoing GM diet !!! πŸ™‚

    btw, that read at work is sooo nice..they wudnt even know that im working or not !! how cool is that !!!

  10. 10 Poonam Sharma June 3, 2008 at 1:12 pm

    @Vimal: Ninjai’s weapon is definitely different than Hanuman’s club ( Gadaa ). I could not find many similarities, not even in pose. Are you sure you are not talking of someone else? 😦

  11. 11 vimal June 3, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    I dont know why you can see it. Ok, now, look at the logo which is above the letter ‘n’. dont u see a ‘hanuman’ like figure with his ‘gadaa'(thnx for that!) on his right hand and thers also the tail. and also observe the face in the logo. If you cant figure it out, then im still crazy:)

  12. 12 latha June 3, 2008 at 6:10 pm

    hey, dont be obsessed with the fear of losing memory. the very anxiety makes you forget things and the obsession grows. “use it or lose it” is the principle to keep the brain power intact and i believe learning a new language requires all areas of brain to be active. new neural networks are made. why not learn samskrutha? the best way to improve brain power and uphold our culture too?!

    best to you!

  13. 13 Poonam Sharma June 4, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    @Vimal: Oh, you are talking about logo. Sorry me to escape that. Logo does look like Hanuman. I was responding about ? Hanuman. But in logo, I am not sure I see gadaa but yes stance is similar to Hanuman’s. THing is the hanuman in logo does not have gadaa in hand but a hill. May be sanjivni hill. See the posters carefully on this page:

    You are NOT crazy. πŸ™‚

    @Latha: True, I should not be obsessed with my memory. I learnt sanskrit for 5 years and I was also good at it. πŸ™‚

  14. 14 Harsha June 7, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    Hey nice links.. Lot of interesting stuff.. Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚

    Poonam: Harsha, glad you liked them! πŸ™‚

  15. 15 Nova June 12, 2008 at 12:41 pm

    The final question is: does that really work??

    Poonam: yes, they do. It helps to exercise both your brain and body.

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