Saturday, 25 February 2012

Star Trek :- Kobayashi Maru

For Star Trek fans, I’m sure you’re familiar with the Kobayashi Maru scenario. In both the original Star Trek series and the movie that was released in 2010, Kirk faced a computer simulation developed by Spock while at Starfleet Academy. The simulation was created as a “no win” scenario to teach the cadets that there could be a time where there is no way to win. That nothing you could do would lead to victory.

However before we go there, for those who may not know, Kobayashi Maru in fictional terms is a Starfleet training exercise designed to test the character of cadets on the command track.  The goal of the simulation is to rescue the civilian vessel Kobayashi Maru by potentially endangering the cadets own ship and crews lives or leave the distressed ship to certain destruction. The difficulty to assist the Kobayashi Maru revolves around the issue of the disabled ship’s location in the neutral zone. Where entrance into would constitute an act of war with the Klingon’s (the nemeses of earth and its allies).

With this said, the premise of the exercise  is to present a situation in which there is no way to win the resulting battle; the simulation then ends with the cadet’s ship having been lost with all hands. The idea behind engagement is not to test the cadet’s ability to outfight the opponent but rather their reaction to a “no-win” situation.  Kind of sounds like life doesn’t it?

There are many lessons to be learned when facing the no-win scenario, but one that requires mentioning is to face the reality that we didn’t win… and move on. We shouldn’t continually beat our head into the wall, trying to win a battle that isn’t winnable. Move onto the next battle, knowing that circumstances will be different. That the experience we have can have a totally different outcome the next time.

In the case of James Kirk, his fame came as he reprogrammed the simulation computer system to allow him to beat the “game” which raised uproar in both the fictional as well as the real world.  As some people said he cheated, while others said he was an original thinker.  This is best explained in one of Kirks statement “I don’t believe in the no-win scenario.” This is a key statement, as in my mind there isn’t such a thing as “no-win” situations because the question becomes what is the “win”
There is always a way to overcome problems in our lives and we must never give up. It is imperative that we do not look at situations as un-winnable or impossible. Even when we fail, we gain invaluable experience. So don’t ever give up, be creative and think outside the box. Have no fear and trust ourself.

Note:-Kobayashi Maru Test (Chess) My King being check, at the same time my Queen, Bishop & Rook being held hostage by the same knight.

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Forever Young

I came across these verses this morning…

“I thought, ‘Age should speak; advanced years should teach wisdom.’ But it is the spirit in a person, the breath of the Almighty that gives them understanding.”

It is not only the old who are wise, not only the aged who understand what is right.
Job 32:7-9

What wisdom those verses share! Sometimes we automatically assume that just because someone is older than us that make him or her wiser. In fact, sometimes we assume that just because someone has more experience in a certain area than us – which they must know what they are talking about, and be wiser than us.

I think we’re wrong to blatantly assume that just because somebody has more skills or experience or years living on the planet than us…that they are more likely to be right in their thinking than we are.

In fact, I’ve seen many people who are very experienced in certain areas of life – very wrong about things at times.

Do you think you’re any wiser today than you were five years ago? Do you think you’ll be wiser still in another five years? I hope the answer to both questions is an emphatic “yes.”

One of the benefits of growing older is getting better. And we get better by learning. I’m talking about acquiring usable nuggets of wisdom that can change our lives.

I’ve talked about my own life insights and re-packaged them in lots of ways but here’s another attempt to condense some of the things that make me wiser than I was.

For starters, I’ve learned that as long as I’m willing to learn, I can learn. Just as important, I’ve become more open to learning by realizing that the fact that I’m wiser today doesn’t mean I was foolish or incompetent before. 

I’ve also come to accept that that no matter how old I am, my life and character are works in process and that there will always be a gap between who I am and who I want to be.

I’ve learned that it’s easy to mask moral compromises with rationalizations and that my character is revealed not by my words or intentions but by my willingness to do the right thing even when it costs more than I want to pay.

I’ve learned that my character is more important than my competence and that being significant is more important than being successful.

I’ve learned that I often judge myself by my good intentions but that I’ll be judged by my last worst act.

I’ve learned that the surest road to happiness is good relationships and that striving to be a good person is the surest road to good relationships.

Finally, I’ve learned that pain is inevitable but suffering is optional and that it’s not what happens to me that matters most but what happens in me.

Yes, it is no secret; today (21 Feb) is my Birthday. Since last night, numerous people have been wishing me verbally or through sms. This year I received the most wishes (thanks to FB everybody remember my birthday). It got me thinking, have I become wiser today than yesterday . But to me, whether I am wiser or not, what really matters is whether I have made any difference in my life and others….This can only be verified by the people around me. If you think I have contributed to the positive change in you, then I am more than happy aging more and more…. If I have not made any difference to anyone in the past year, than maybe, I have just wasted another year of my life. I pray that this coming year will be a better year.

In my humble opinion, the older we get, we don’t just get wiser but the closer we get to day we will leave this earth and enter to a new world (Muslims refer to it as Alam Barzakh). I think we should all remember this, and make sure what we do or will do prepares us for the next ‘life’.

Note:- To my friend thanks for all the wishes

Sunday, 12 February 2012

The good, The bad, The weird

I first saw this quote was on Facebook. My very first thought was that it was clever and quite humorous. After a while I actually started to think about it and realized it was probably one of the most amazing things I have ever read. If you break this quote down to its very core, you can see that this quote basically describes everyone in this world.

For example, we all know at least one person in our life who is the optimist, who looks at the glass half full all the time. They are the ones who find the good in the worst situation. They are the ones who always have a smile on their face even if their heart is filled with pain and sadness.

Then we have our pessimists, we all know at least ten because let’s be honest, it is much easier to be a pessimist than an optimist. The pessimist is the friend you have that always thinks of the “worst-case scenario” and then acts like it has already happened. They are the ones who have a frown on their face even if their life is filled with joy and pleasures. I honestly highly dislike those people because they are always the ones that bring you down even if it is not their goal because just being around them drains your happiness slowly.

Then we have the realists who are actually my personal favourite because they are what I believe to be the “middle ground” between optimists and pessimists. The best way I can explain a realist would be if an optimist says that the glass is half full and the pessimist says that the glass is half empty then the realist would say the glass contained water and nothing else. If he was to make a decision about whether the glass was half full or empty with water, he would make the transition into either being an optimist or pessimist. 

Now we finally come to the opportunist who I believe are the ones that succeed in this world because they do not waste time arguing but rather act and get things done. Opportunists illuminate the phrase “actions speak louder than words” because unlike the other types of personalities, opportunists waste no time with words but rather decided to take action which ultimately makes them the victor.

It is important to remember that discussing things is the first step to making things happen but it is also important to remember that discussing things is meaningless if there is no plan to take action. There have been times when people say things like “that person is bad because he is such an opportunist and they just take advantage of a situation”. In my opinion people only say that because they wish they had done it first.

I believe if a person has an opportunity to do something and it does not bring harm to others then they should jump at the chance to take action. Those are the types of people who make a name for themselves in the world. They are the types of people who advance far ahead of the rest. The only reason people may dislike opportunists is because they believe that opportunists are selfish and only look out for themselves. 

I disagree because I think they are just people who have a better grasp of how to survive in our world. They have realized sooner than the rest that in order to be someone in the world, in order to make a name for yourself, and most important in order to secure your future, you must jump at every opportunity presented to you. 

In the end I believe that we all have all four of those personalities inside us because there are times when we see the glass half full and empty. There are times when our common sense tells us that the glass is merely an instrument that carries the water and there are times that we are thirsty so we simply drink the water before we lose the opportunity to do so. 

Are you a person that tries to see the good in everything or the bad? Are you someone who sees things how they are and nothing more? Or are you someone who acts rather than only think because in the end it is for you to decide. In the end your answer to those questions are what you an individual, they are what make you unique, they are what make you “you”

"Both optimists and pessimists contribute to society. The optimist invents the aeroplane, the pessimist the parachute.”- George Bernard Shaw

Note: An Accountant wants to know why you're wasting money on a glass that's obviously too large.

Sunday, 5 February 2012

The warlords - The Blood Brothers

The legend of Hang Tuah and his four sworn brothers, Hang Jebat, Hang Kasturi, Hang Lekir and Hang Lekiu, was said to have served the Malacca ruler Sultan Mansur Shah in the 15th century.

But a wrong turn separates the brotherhood, believing Hang Tuah to have been unjustly murdered by the Sultan of Malacca, Hang Tuah’s good friend and loyal aide Hang Jebat goes on a rampage against the Sultan. However, unknown to him, Hang Tuah is still alive and in hiding. When the Sultan discovers this, he pardons and recalls Hang Tuah, and commands him to kill Hang Jebat. The final showdown of the famous duel between Hang Tuah and Hang Jebat remains a debatable topic until today.

So is Hang Tuah or Hang Jebat a man or a myth? A fact or a fable? Reality or fiction?

Recently historian Emeritus Prof Tan Sri Khoo Kay Khim stated that there was no written record of Princess Hang Li Po, Hang Tuah and Hang Jebat and the stories that have made it into the history books are just myths.

In spite of the lack of studies as proof, a host of experts and academics are defending the existence of Hang Tuah, Many academics believe that the 1537 version Sejarah Melayu (Malay Annals) offers proof of Hang Tuah’s existence.

A true study of history uses facts and figures to ascertain intent and draw conclusions. Many things are simply not cast in stone. Things are seldom black and white even in history except for dates of birth and death, wars, treaties and the like.

Value systems play a huge role in what is considered to be wrong and right and part of the challenge is to discard values to be objective about what happened.

Malay culture holds the Hang Tuah legends in extremely high regard.The Hang Tuah and Hang Jebat story, whether completely true or not, represents a paradox in the Malay psyche. In fact, one of the hottest debates in Malay literature centres on the duel between Hang Tuah and Hang Jebat. Hang Tuah is a symbol of absolute loyalty to a ruler while Hang Jebat symbolizes truth and justice. Hence, there is the question of who is right.

In history, most people are not completely right or completel wrong it it just based on the perspective - every coin has two sides.

Folk heroes like Hang Tuah and Hang Jebat have become embedded in the people’s collective memory for their bravado and heroic exploits, but more importantly for the values they upheld – loyalty, valour, love and honour. To debunk these cultural heroes would be to remove a slice of the people’s pride and what should be a part of our national identity.

Note:- Kalau nak menurut biar berakal,kalau mengikut biar pintar"