I am watching this purely for the espionage, The trailer caught my attention when that Russian informant said these words,
R.A: "the killers name is Evelyn Salt"
E.S: "My name is Evelyn Salt"
R.A: Then you are a Russian spy
WOOOHOOO !! now thats what I call a story to die for. Ok for those who dont know what I am talking about please do look for the trailer, or visit. http://www.whoissalt.com
So yup, I already got preview tickets to the show, will let you all know if its worth watching. I am truly a sucker for espionage movie, I can name a few, The ever Classic, James Bond, Bourne Identity, The Saint, Austin Power, etc..etc.. you get me if you are a fan as well !
Its Thursday and I am just back after lunch. All I can share with you now is that "lifes is Not like a box of chocolate" cause sometimes you have already anticipated the incident, just like that box of chocolate, you have already known what you bought, Milk chocolate and you will get Milk chocolate !
Anyway, this post is just a thought that came to mind, its true that Life is always full of hard decision !
Well this is a first, enjoy reading it. I am just going to the burn all my money now !
By Jonah Lehrer
Money is surprisingly bad at making us happy. Once we escape the trap of poverty, levels of wealth have an extremely modest
impact on levels of happiness, especially in developed countries. Even
worse, it appears that the richest nation in history – 21st century
America – is slowly getting less pleased with life. (Or as the
economists behind this recent analysis
concluded: “In the United States, the [psychological] well-being of
successive birth-cohorts has gradually fallen through time.”)
Needless to say, this data contradicts one of the central assumptions
of modern society, which is that more money equals more pleasure.
That’s why we work hard, fret about the stock market and save up for
that expensive dinner/watch/phone/car/condo. We’ve been led to believe
that dollars are delight in a fungible form.
But the statistical disconnect between money and happiness raises a
fascinating question: Why doesn’t money make us happy? One intriguing
answer comes from a new study by psychologists at the University of
Liege, published in Psychological Science. The scientists explore the “experience-stretching hypothesis,” an idea first proposed by Daniel Gilbert. He explains “experience-stretching” with the following anecdote:
I’ve played the guitar for years, and I get very little
pleasure from executing an endless repetition of three-chord blues. But
when I first learned to play as a teenager, I would sit upstairs in my
bedroom happily strumming those three chords until my parents banged on
the ceiling…Doesn’t it seem reasonable to invoke the
experience-stretching hypothesis and say that an experience that once
brought me pleasure no longer does? A man who is given a drink of water
after being lost in the Mojave Desert may at that moment rate his
happiness as eight. A year later, the same drink might induce him to
feel no better than a two.
What does experience-stretching have to do with money and happiness?
The Liege psychologists propose that, because money allows us to enjoy
the best things in life – we can stay at expensive hotels and eat
exquisite sushi and buy the nicest gadgets – we actually decrease our
ability to enjoy the mundane joys of everyday life. (Their list of such
pleasures includes ”sunny days, cold beers, and chocolate bars”.) And
since most of our joys are mundane – we can’t sleep at the Ritz every
night – our ability to splurge actually backfires. We try to treat
ourselves, but we end up spoiling ourselves.
The study itself is straightforward. The psychologists gathered 351
adult employees of the University of Liège, from custodial staff to
senior administrators, for an online survey. (I should note that it
remains unclear whether happiness and other aspects of well-being can be
meaningfully measured with a multiple choice test. So caveats apply.)
The scientists primed the subjects by showing them a stack of Euro bills
before asking them a bunch of questions which attempted to capture
their “savoring ability.” Here’s how the savoring test worked:
Participants are asked to imagine finishing an important
task (contentment), spending a romantic weekend away (joy), or
discovering an amazing waterfall while hiking (awe). Each scenario is
followed by eight possible reactions, including the four savoring
strategies referred to in the introduction (i.e., displaying positive
emotions, staying present, anticipating or reminiscing about the event,
and telling other people about the experience). Participants are
required to select the response or responses that best characterize what
their typical behavior in each situation would be, and receive 1 point
for each savoring strategy selected.
Interestingly, the scientists found that people in the wealth
condition – they’d been primed with all those Euros – had significantly
lower savoring scores. This suggests that simply looking at money makes
us less interested in relishing the minor pleasures of life.
Furthermore, subjects who made more money in real life – the scientists
asked all subjects for their monthly income – scored significantly lower
on the savoring test. A subsequent experiment duplicated this effect
among Canadian students, who spent less time savoring a chocolate bar
after being shown a picture of Canadian dollars. The psychologists end
on a bleak note:
Taken together, our findings provide evidence for the
provocative notion that having access to the best things in life may
actually undermine one’s ability to reap enjoyment from life’s small
pleasures. Our research demonstrates that a simple reminder of wealth
produces the same deleterious effects as actual wealth on an
individual’s ability to savor, suggesting that perceived access to
pleasurable experiences may be sufficient to impair everyday savoring.
In other words, one need not actually visit the pyramids of Egypt or
spend a week at the legendary Banff spas in Canada for one’s savoring
ability to be impaired—simply knowing that these peak experiences are
readily available may increase one’s tendency to take the small
pleasures of daily life for granted.
This makes me think of the Amish. From a certain perspective, the
Amish live without a lot of the stuff most of us consider essential.
They don’t use cars, reject the Internet, avoid the mall, and prefer a
quite permanence to hefty bank accounts. The end result, however, is a
happiness boom. When asked to rate their life satisfaction on a scale of
1 to 10, the Amish are as satisfied with their lives as members of the
Forbes 400. There are, of course, many ways to explain the contentment
of the Amish. (The community has strong ties, plenty of religious faith
and stable families, all of which reliably correlate with high levels of
well-being.) But I can’t help wonder if part of their happiness is
related to experience-stretching. They don’t fret about getting the
latest iPhone, or eating at the posh new restaurant, or buying the au
courant handbag. The end result, perhaps, is that the Amish are better
able to enjoy what really matters, which is all the stuff money can’t
for example a portrait taken with a digital camera and later import into these beautiful program and all u do is "EDIT" picture comes out perfect and models come out as er.. models. but neway to higilight is that no matter what photog skills you have , you always need a photoshop to edit those gorgeous picturess, thats all i want to say about the photoshop edit, just wanna remind you that dont believe what everrrrr photo that is pasted on magazine,. they are all Edit FOR SURE !
You might not always find yourself at the winning end by
saying "no". Five important points to consider.
It’s the question that almost every customer
gets at the checkout counter when buying a gadget – would you, perhaps,
want to consider purchasing an extended warranty for your new toy?
often than not, most consumers would have but a few minutes to make a
decision. Considering that extended warranties vary among retailers, you
might not always find yourself at the winning end by saying "no" to the
Here are some of the most important points to consider
when deciding whether or not to buy an extended warranty for your new
The price of the
warranty versus the price of the product
extended warranty costs more than 30 per cent of what you paid for your
gadget, you might want to give it a miss.
This is especially the
case for cheaper, smaller gadgets such as phones and MP3 players. Most
will likely survive their original warranty periods, of which by then
newer models will be available.
In this case, saving whatever
you are going to pay for the extended warranty could go towards paying
for your new gadget in a couple of years
Who honours the
While the original warranty for any
tech purchase should almost always be honoured by the device’s
manufacturer, this is not necessarily the case with extended warranties.
Some extended warranties are honoured by retailers, and it is vital
that you clarify this when you decide whether or not to take up the
Points to consider include the ability of the retailer to
repair and/or replace your product should something happen to it. While
retailers might have the technical staff at hand, parts for certain
gadgets might not be as easily available and you could find yourself in a
Should you be purchasing a gadget from an independent
store, check out what are its terms and conditions for honouring an
in-house extended warranty that’s what it offers.
retailers who are likely to still be in business during the lifetime of
your product, you might end up not being able to find the retailer
should they move their store or close.
The length of the
Ideally, extended warranties should
cover your gadget to the end of its product lifespan.
that, combined with the original product warranty, purchasing an
extended warranty should get your gizmo or device covered for a period
of about four to five years.
For smaller devices like music or
media players, a period of about three years should suffice.
warranties are meant to cover your tech purchase for the full period of
time that the gadget is expected to last.
Anything giving you
only one to two years of total coverage is probably not a very good deal
unless it’s free, or offered at a nominal sum.
What the policy covers
Standard warranties that come with new products often cover the
device against manufacturing defects and non-accident breakdowns.
on the terms and conditions, what an extended warranty offers you might
Some extended warranties only cover service but not the
cost of parts. This might not be a good idea for expensive or big
ticket gadgets like computers and HDTVs as replacement parts, like the
CPU or LCD screen, can be very costly.
Other extended warranty
policies might not cover on-site service, which means that users might
have to bring their gadgets to a service centre themselves after the
initial warranty period runs out. If you are purchasing a bulky device,
such as a heavy duty or laser printer, this clause might be a point
How often you use the
It might be wise to purchase an extended
warranty for a laptop or tablet PC that you intend to carry around with
you all the time.
However, purchasing extra coverage for a new
juice blender might not exactly be a very good deal.
frequency in which you use a product contributes very much to its
expected lifespan, as longer hours of use generally mean more wear and
If you’re only counting on using that gizmo once a week or
so, chances are that it will last you quite a few years without any