Monday, August 28, 2017

Spoil your vote? Nah! There's a better way to do it.

Some people have been suggesting that you should spoil your vote as a protest in the upcoming presidential election, but they may not realise that this will result in a guaranteed win for the reserved candidate.

Here's a strategy that can kill two birds with one stone (provided there's no walkover):

First, we have to decide who is the strongest alternative to the puppet.

On polling day, write Tan Cheng Bock's name in the box next to the strongest alternative on the voting slip. (Or anywhere along that row as long as it doesn't cross over to the other candidate's space.)

Under election rules, the vote will count towards the strongest alternative even though it's not properly marked.

So there you have it. You can technically have your cake and eat it. Yes, it might not change anything but at least you have shown your middle finger to the #PartyAgainstPeople.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Review: Machiavelli on Business: Strategies, Advice, and Words of Wisdom on Business and Power

Machiavelli on Business: Strategies, Advice, and Words of Wisdom on Business and Power Machiavelli on Business: Strategies, Advice, and Words of Wisdom on Business and Power by Stephen Brennan
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Reads like an analysis of Nostradamus' predictions, i.e. everything is open to interpretation. Unfortunately, the so-called "analyses" are often shorter than the excerpts from the original works, making this book appear like a poorly thought-out hack job designed to capitalise on the Machiavelli brand name.

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Review: Bull's Eye: The Power of Focus

Bull's Eye: The Power of Focus Bull's Eye: The Power of Focus by Brian Tracy
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Put together a bunch of well-known personal management principles, throw in a couple of sound bites by well-known people and viola! You have a ready-made coffee-table book for people who have a hard time focusing on reading.

This book has a promising start but gets old quickly once you realise that some of the advice the author dishes out are so passé and at times contradictory.

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Thursday, July 06, 2017

Review: Will It Fly?: How to Test Your Next Business Idea So You Don't Waste Your Time and Money

Will It Fly?: How to Test Your Next Business Idea So You Don't Waste Your Time and Money Will It Fly?: How to Test Your Next Business Idea So You Don't Waste Your Time and Money by Pat Flynn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When I picked up this book from the library, I didn't realise that the author was someone whose podcasts I have been following for quite some time. Like the episodes from his "Smart Passive Income" podcast, this book is filled with chapters of useful advice for entrepreneurs. There were also a number of tests and exercises designed to help would-be entrepreneurs discover and evaluate the viability of their ideas before they plunge headlong into their (mis)adventure.

The author probably also doesn't realise it, but one of the chapters let it slipped that some of the book's content were repackaged from his podcasts. This doesn't detract from the value of the information, although it does help you to understand why the book is written in such a long-winded, conversational way.

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Review: The Curmudgeon's Guide to Getting Ahead

The Curmudgeon's Guide to Getting Ahead The Curmudgeon's Guide to Getting Ahead by Charles Murray
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This would have been a good read if the author is less self-righteous. Instead, by trying to impose his narrow views of what constitutes right behaviour and what it takes to live a good life, it negates the value of the useful advice that the author provides in several chapters of the book. What a shame because there are some pretty good stuff in here!

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