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For My Intense Perfume

A Love Poem by jay

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
Agony is intense,
And so are you.

Orchids are white,
Ghost ones are rare,
An odor is spicy,
And so is your hair.

Magnolia grows,
With buds like eggs,
The doer is thinker,
And so are your legs.

Sunflowers reach,
Up to the skies,
The aroma is pungent,
And so are your eyes.

Foxgloves in hedges,
Surround the farms,
A pine is yellow,
And so are your arms.

Daisies are pretty,
Daffies have style,
My name is pretty,
And so is your smile.

A Perfume is beautiful,
Just like you.



Thanks to Datamuse, whose word engine was used to complete the poem.

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No Rush, No Dawdle: The Secret Of Proper Timing
by Tom Maxwell

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The present is truly the only place we exist. What we call the past is a construct of memory, the recollection of which constitutes a present experience. According to author Alan Watts, the future is likewise a construct, “and cannot become a part of experienced reality until it is present.” […]

So, to know happiness in the future, we must be happy now. Delaying enjoyment of your life is to always live in Christmas Eve, with the many gifts around you staying securely wrapped.

Moreover, to participate in the moment — to be fully aware, is to be unified with the experience, and free from the separating identity of being the experiencer.

[Watts:] “To understand music, you must listen to it. But so long as you are thinking, ‘I am listening to this music,’ you are not listening. To understand joy or fear, you must be wholly and undividedly aware of it. So long as you are calling it names and saying, ‘I am happy,’ or ‘I am afraid,”’ you are not being aware of it.”

Not only are you not being aware of it, you are creating the “I” who is afraid, and thus, by this separation, guaranteeing fear’s constant threat.

“This is not a psychological or spiritual discipline for self-improvement,” Watts writes. “It is simply being aware of this present experience, and realizing that you can neither define it nor divide yourself from it. There is no rule but ‘Look!’”

Centuries of Occidental society and culture have made grasping, much less embodying, this revolution in thinking very difficult. We are hardened materialists, fully beholden to identity and addicted to distraction. We evade pain and crave security, and doing so assures us painful, insecure lives. The imminent unknown is not to be avoided, but embraced. Our resilience, our adaptability, is reliant upon us being completely sensitive to the moment, and understanding it as being a new, unique experience. We live in a series of infinite nows, which are always dying, and always being reborn. To be immersed in this reality is to be transformed, for it is there that eternity is available.

“For the perfect accomplishment of any art,” Watts tells us, “you must get this feeling of the eternal present into your bones — for it is the secret of proper timing. No rush. No dawdle. Just the sense of flowing with the course of events in the same way that you dance to music, neither trying to outpace it nor lagging behind. Hurrying and delaying are alike ways of trying to resist the present.”

About the Author: Tom Maxwell is a writer and musician. He likes how one informs the other. Excerpt from article.

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Monday usually has a barrage of news floating in, and this week was no different. This time, in the tech space, Microsoft completed one whole day of being GitHub’s parent company. The opensource community is currently being led by Nat Friedman, ex-CEO of Xamarin.

Interestingly, there has been quite a ripple in the open source market as IBM also announced its plan of acquiring Red Hat for $34 billion, which would be its biggest acquisition to date.

While cloud computing has disrupted industries across the spectrum, this acquisition may just change the landscape of cloud itself. Industry experts are calling this the most significant acquisition of 2018. And rightly so. IBM, which has been undergoing a massive portfolio transformation, is set to emerge a stronger player in the hybrid cloud market by blending its own complex offerings with Red Hat’s open source tools.

One thing we’ve learnt is that the starup industry is full of ups and downs. On one hand, we’ve startups scaling up and securing funding, on the other, BookMyShow, PhonePe, Paytm’s parent company One97 and Flipkart reported losses, despite their rising revenues. 


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Bengaluru-based online bus aggregator ZipGo has acquired Pune-based Supreme Trans Concepts, including its bus aggregation platforms, MetroZip and CityZip. While the amounts and details of the deal remain undisclosed, ZipGo now has a 100 percent stake in Supreme Trans Concepts. The acquisition, says ZipGo, makes it the largest technology-driven B2C bus company in India and in line with its decision to make further inroads into the electric vehicle and e-rickshaw space.

Flipkart Internet Private Ltd, which operates the Flipkart marketplace, narrowed its consolidated loss for the financial year 2018 to Rs 1,160 crore as against a loss of Rs 1,640 crore, documents filed with Registrar of Companies (RoC) showed. The ecommerce giant posted an operating revenue of Rs 2,790 crore for the financial year 2018, compared with Rs 1,882 crore, registering a growth of around 48 percent. Group company Flipkart India Private Ltd, which runs the wholesale business, posted a 39 percent rise in revenue to Rs 21,658 crore for FY18, compared with Rs 15,569 crore in the previous fiscal. Unlike the marketplace unit, the wholesale business unit’s net loss widened nine-fold to Rs 2,065 crore.

Contemporary fashion jewellery brand, Sukkhi Online has raised $7 million from Carpediem Capital and Duane Park. Founded by Bhavesh Navlakha with minimum capital in 2012, it is a contemporary fashion jewellery brand. It aims to provide quality and trendy fashion jewellery at competitive prices. This fund will largely be used to grow Sukkhi Online’s brand and reach its last mile customers across the country and globally, said Bhavesh in a press release.

Online medical supplies aggregator Medikabazaar raised $5 million in Series A funding, led by healthcare venture capital fund HealthQuad. It also included other investors like Elan Corporation, Sasaki Foods, CBC Co. Ltd, Kois Invest, Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Venture Capital, and existing investors Sunil Kalra, Arun Venkatachalam and Rebright Partners II Investment Partnership. It plans to use this funding to strengthen its technology and increase its team size including senior leadership.

In a bid to attract more startups to the bourses, market regulator SEBI has proposed a relaxation of listing norms. First, it has proposed the renaming of Institutional Trading Platform (ITP) to Innovators Growth Platform (IGP) and has also announced that IGP would be the main platform under which startups can list themselves. Second, startups can now trade under the regular category within a year of their listing. Earlier, they were mandated to complete three years under IGP before making it to the regular category. SEBI has also proposed a reduction in the minimum trading lot size to Rs 2 lakh from the existing Rs 10 lakh.

Ashish Kashyap, the serial entrepreneur who earlier founded Ibibo Group, which was acquired by MakeMyTrip two years ago, has received a seed investment of $30 million for his latest venture INDwealth, which is yet to launch its operations. Steadview Capital, an India dedicated fund is investing $30 million in this venture. Founded in June this year, INDwealth will be a full-stack wealth-tech platform that will leverage artificial intelligence and machine learning and will begin operations in January 2019. It will act as a one-stop solution for users to manage their investments, liabilities, future cash flows and taxation.

Microsoft Corporation became the second most valuable company in the world, overtaking ecommerce platform Amazon on October 26 after the latter posted weak earnings for the third quarter, which pulled its stock down by more than seven percent.  The fall in Amazon’s share price wiped out $65 billion from its market capitalisation. Its market cap now stands at $805 billion, down from $1 trillion in September. Microsoft, on the other hand, reported strong quarterly numbers, which took its stock up four percent to reach a market capitalisation of $828 billion. This is the first time since April that Microsoft’s market cap has surpassed that of Amazon. 

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God is not to preach 

God is not to be preached but is to be lived.

Don’t preach God, live His words.

To preach what you don’t practice is hypocrisy in its worst form.



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5 ways the incredibly well-connected build social capital | Ladders

They’re known as “connectors”
Do others come to you when they’re looking for a new job, moving to a new city, or just looking for a good restaurant? If this becomes a pattern, take this as a sign that you’re a natural connector. The best connectors are comfortable maintaining relationships with seemingly unrelated circles– from their old college buddies to work colleagues to a neighborhood running group.

Connectors have wide networks that also run deep. And because of these relationships, they’re able to connect their friends, family, and colleagues to resources they need. If you’re looking to widen and deepen your network, consider joining a professional club or organization like Harvard Business School Club, Ivy Connect, or Black Female Founders to name a few.

They volunteer
When you give your time to organizations who need it, you’re not just building social capital but good will.

Volunteering for a cause you are passionate about feels good and gives you the opportunity to connect with like-minded people who prioritize the wellbeing of their community and their world.

If you’re not the type to roll up your sleeves at DC Central Kitchen or Habitat for Humanity, plenty of organizations need knowledge workers to donate their writing, communications, and law services pro-bono.

They seek out mentors & mentees
Support is a beautiful thing. And at some point in your professional career you will either be giving or receiving it.

Both a mentor or mentee have the ability to enrich the other. Whether you’re in the position to help or you need guidance, you can earn social capital by providing value as a mentor or mentee. If you’ve reached a dead end in your career, a mentor can help take you to the next level. You can also consider it a mark of your own achievement and mature social capital when you give back in the form of mentorship.

They stay in touch with those who matter
Having lots of contacts is great. But if you have no idea who these people are or how you met them, you’ll have no idea how to leverage your network.

When you add someone to your phone, make a note of where you met them. LinkedIn also has a great feature that lets you enter notes on how or why you made this connection. If you want to go rogue, create a spreadsheet with their contact info and the details of when and how you met them. If it was at a conference and you discussed their newly-launched business, follow-up on how their business is going. Not only does this show you took the time to listen and have an attention-to-detail, but that you also care about their interests.

Use holidays to reach out to those contacts you don’t hear from on a regular basis.

They practice The Law of Reciprocity
Practicing the law of reciprocity is easy. When someone does something nice for you, you do something nice or even more generous in return. Intentions are important when it comes to practicing reciprocity. Helping others with the sole intention of serving your own interests will have an opposite effect on your social capital.

Ursula Lauriston is the Editor-in-Chief of Capitol Standard Magazine – DC’s fastest growing niche brand and lifestyle publication. A dynamic speaker and syndicated columnist, she has been featured in HuffPost, Black Enterprise, The Vault, and more. Find Ursula on Twitter @Urdiggy.

This article first appeared on Capitol Standard.

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Strange But True Facts About the World’s Richest

Strange But True Facts About the World’s Richest

Ricardo Geromel
Innovation, Brazil, China and Billions

In our 27th year of tracking fortunes around the globe, we found 1,426 billionaires. They are the wealthiest of the wealthy.  Though we’ve been at it a long time, it is never an easy task.  Some billionaires cooperate; others don’t. While we were compiling all data about these billionaires we came across some great stories (some new, some not so new). Below are some of my favorites. Try to find out who they are without clicking on their names. Answers are on the next page.

One billionaire is named God. I never thought I would write or read this but, “God was born in Azerbaijan and his net worth is $3 billion.” A real estate tycoon had Mike Tyson as his best man at his $1 million wedding. One has been charged for having sex with an underage prostitute, while another has been charged with having sex with his stepdaughter. The year’s biggest loser saw his fortune evaporate over $53 million per day, on average, during one year while his son hit and killed a cyclist when driving his Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren. A New York  billionaire was banned from celebrity sushi chain Nobu.

Some billionaires enjoy amassing not only enormous amounts of cash but also all kinds of things: The oldest billionaire alive owns one of the world’s biggest beetle collections. A Turkish billionaire, who made his fortune selling beer, owns 3,000 pens and even carries some around. A French tycoon owns over 1,000 comic books.

The stepmother of two billionaires demanded her husband’s body be exhumed for a DNA test years after his death.  There are 9 billionaires who have 10 or more children. The female billionaire with the largest number of children has 9 children. One billionaire has 23 children (extra hint: he is the fourth richest man of his country). There are 23 billionaires who are under 40. The world’s youngest billionaire pitches his own tent at Burning Man.


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Many billionaires have also been involved with war: a 91 years old workaholic was a World War II B-17 bomber pilot, another is a Korean War veteran, and this billionaire is a descendant of Koreans and was forced by Stalin to move to Kazakhstan.

This female billionaire can only communicate with her eyes since contracting ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) disease in 2000.

We also have a bunch of one-time athletes: a Japanese billionaire used to be a boxer before joining the business world. Another played at Wimbledon before becoming a beer mogul and his billionaire partner holds multiple world records for underwater spearfishing.

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Two men joined the list this year thanks to a company they co-founded. Every year we see partners joining our ranks of the world’s richest.  The only not-so-common fact here is that they used to be lovers.

Read on for the billionaire scandals of 2012 or Top Billionaire Scandals of 2011. But remember that billionaires make the headlines not just because of their eccentricities but thanks often to their ingenious invention or their notable philanthropic largesse.

The World’s Billionaires The names, numbers and stories behind the 1,426 people who control the global economy. In Pictures: The Richest People on the Planet
Some answers:

There is a billionaire named God Nisanov. I thought I would never write or read this but, “God was born in Azerbaijan,” he moved to Moscow and made his fortune building shopping markets near metro stations and turning them into shopping complexes. God’s net worth is $ 3 billion.

Jeff Greene got rich investing in real estate and superrich betting against it. Former heavyweight boxing champ Mike Tyson was the billionaire’s best man at his $1 million wedding. The ceremony took place in a 27-acre Beverly Hills canyon estate named Palazzo Di Amore which Greene bought out of foreclosure for $35 million and spent $15 million renovating.

Bunga Bunga king, Silvio Berlusconi, worth $6.2 billion, still has pending charges against him for having sex with an underage prostitute.

Tuncay Ozilhan is the producer of Turkey’s number one beer brand, Efes. He is worth $1.6 billion and has a collection of more than 3,000 pens and carries some of his pens with him in a suitcase.

There are 23 billionaires who are 90 or older. David Rockefeller, 97, is the world’s oldest billionaire and an insect enthusiast, with one of the biggest beetle collections in the world.

There are 9 billionaires who have 10 or more children. Sulaiman Al Rahji,who has a fortune of $4 billion and is Saudi Arabia 4 richest man, has 23 children.

Stewart Rahr, a New York pharmacy billionaire, got banned from the celebrity sushi chain, Nobu.

Eike Batista’s son, Thor Batista, was driving his sports car in a Rio de Janeiro suburb when he hit and killed a cyclist. Brazilian Justice has recently revoked the injunction that suspended his driver’s license and invalidated the report produced by experts affirming Thor was speeding up to 135 km/h, over 80 mph, at the time his Mercedes-BenzSLR McLaren hit Wanderson Pereira dos Santos SSLTY +0%.

By the way, Eike Batista, who was married to a carnival queen, is the year’s biggest loser. Batista lost, on average, over $53 million every single day since our last 2012 list.

Amador’s story resembles a Brazilian soap opera. Amador, third of 13 children, founded Brazil’s largest bank and adopted three daughters. His death in 1991 sparked more than a decade of ugly court fights between his adopted daughters and his second wife, whom he married less than five months before his death. Amador’s widow, 40 years his junior, reportedly demanded her husband’s body be exhumed for a DNA test years after his death to prove paternity and disqualify his three adopted daughters. However, Brazil’s 1988 Constitution did not leave trail of distinction between biological and adoptive children and two of his adopted children, Lina and Lia Aguiar became billionaires. Maria Angela, the third adopted child, is not a billionaire because she received a smaller number of shares of Bradesco Bank.

Vincent Bollore, from one of France’s most renowned business families reportedly, owns over 1,000 comic books. With a net worth of $ 4 billion, Bollore hosted close friend, former French President Sarkozy, on his yacht for a post-election holiday off Malta in 2007.

There are 29 billionaires who are under 40. The youngest billionaire is Dustin Moskovitz, Mark Zuckerberg‘s former roommate, who pitches his own tent at Burning Man and no longer works at Facebook, the social networking giant that he co-founded.

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