Friday Aug 08, 2008

The Saga of 8


This blog entry is posted at:

88 seconds after
88 minutes after
8 hours on the
8 th day of the
8 th month in the
8th year of
21st century

The Beijing 2008 Olympics are schedule to open on 8/8/08 at 8:08:08 p.m.

And then there is ...
  • A byte is 8 bits
  • 8 planets in Solar System
  • 8 is the atomic number of Oxygen (essential for living :)
  • Spider has 8 legs & Octopus has 8 tentacles
  • Adult teeth are divided in 4 quadrants and 8th tooth in each quadrant is called the Wisdom Tooth
  • 8 forms of Goddess Lakshmi (Hindu Goddess for Wealth, aka Ashta Lakshmi)
  • 8 vegetables in V8 juice
  • Many more on wikipedia
See Flickr album on 8!

What else is 8 ?

After you are done, enjoy Eight Irresistible Principles of Fun :)

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Wednesday Aug 06, 2008

Olympics 2008 Facebook app powered by Zembly, GlassFish & MySQL

Zembly is a browser-based social application development environment that allows you to create and host social applications targeted at Facebook, meebo, OpenSocial, iPhone and many others. Zembly is powered by Solaris, GlassFish and MySQL and running on Network.com's next-generation cloud-computing platform.

Keeping in spirit of the Beijing Olympics 2008 they announced a new Facebook application, My Picks Beijing 2008, that allow participants to predict Gold, Silver and Bronze medals for different countries. Read more about the app on Zembly's Blog, Press Release or Prakash's blog. In the left bar, choose your country and click on "PLAY NOW" to get started.

Learn more about Zembly from an interview with CTO of zembly.com (embedded video below):


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Friday Jul 25, 2008

Running Strong with Billy Mills

July 2008 issue (page 96) of Hemisphere Magazine has an interview with Billy Mills - the only American to ever win a Gold medal in the 10,000 meter run at Olympics. He did that in 1964 Olympics @ Tokyo. It is quite an inspiring interview and I read it a few times during my travel this week. I could connect with it more closely now that my upcoming 1/2 marathon is a week away.

I'd like to share some inspirational quotes from there:

"I tried all different sports. Running - even though I wasn't fast in the beginning - brought me tranquility. It was almost spiritual."

His dad was his inspiration who said:

"Look down deeper, where the dreams lie. Find your dream, son. Pursure your dream. It's the pursuit of a dream that heals you."

And another one ..

"It's important to pursue a dream that heals you. With dreams come desire.. With desire comes self-motivation. With self-motivation comes work. With work comes success."

Check out one of the biggest upsets in Olympics:



A movie was created based upon Mills's story in 1983 - Running Brave and it's way at the top in my Netflix queue now! Here is an excerpt from the movie:


Quite an inspiration! Team Hoyt and Dean Karnazes are my other inspirations for running. What motivates you ?

I could not verify the "only American" claim @ Olympics official website because the searchable database allows to search for all sports except "Running". Weird, isn't it ? But check for your self:



Wikipedia comes to help and prooves that Billy Mills has indeed been the only American to ever win a Gold medal in 10,000 meters. Billy has taken running to a different extent now where he is traveling 300 days in a year as motivational speaker and supports non profit group Running Strong.

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