L'optimisme, ce n'est pas le refus de voir ce qui ne va pas, c'est le désir de ne pas s'y attarder. // Donne moi le courage de changer les choses que je peux changer, la sérénité d'accepter celles que je ne peux pas changer, et la sagesse de distinguer entre les deux. (Marc Aurèle) // Don't raise your voice; improve your argument. (Desmond Tutu) // Be the change you want to see in the world. (Gandhi)


SIGIRIYA wouldn't be so beautiful 
if King Kashyapa asked for 3 quotations 
and decided to go for the LOWEST. 


Only Bear, 


Michael O’Leary, Chief Executive of Ryanair after arriving in a hotel in Manchester went to the bar and asked for a pint of Guinness.

The barman said, "That will be £1 please, Mr. O’Leary."

Taken aback, O'Leary replied, "That's very cheap," and handed over his money.

"We do try to stay ahead of the competition", said the barman. "We have the cheapest beer in England".

"That is remarkable value", Michael comments.

"I see you don't have a glass, you'll need one of ours. That will be £3 please."

O'Leary scowled, but paid up. He took his drink and walked towards a seat. 

"Ah, you want to sit down?" said the barman. "That'll be an extra £2. If you'd pre-booked it would have cost £1."

O'Leary swore to himself, but paid up. 

"I see you've brought your laptop" added the barman. "That wasn't pre-booked either, that's another £3."

O'Leary was so incensed and his face was red with rage. 
"I've had enough! I insist on speaking to a manager!"

"Here is his e-mail address, or if you wish, you can contact him between 9.00 am and 9.01am every morning, Monday to Tuesday. Calls are free, unless answered, then there is a charge of only £1 per second".

"I will never use this bar again".

"OK but do remember, we are the only hotel in England selling pints for £1."

(Vu sur Linkedin)


Les mécontents, ce sont des pauvres qui réfléchissent 
(Talleyrand, entendu dans le film "Le souper")


... au moment où j'avais réussi à trouver toutes les réponses, 
toutes les questions ont changé. 
(Paulo Coelho)

Jamais nous nous reverrons, 
toujours nous nous rêverons. 


Oublions ce qu'on a perdu.
Allons voir ce qu'on peut trouver. 


It does not make sense to hire chess players, 
and then treat them like chess pieces. 


What one programmer can do in one month, 
two programmers can do in two months. 
(Fred Brooks)
Je veux qu'on soit sincère, et qu'en homme d'honneur,
On ne lâche aucun mot qui ne parte du coeur.

(Molière in Le Misanthrope)


A change in perspective is worth 80 IQ points.
 (Alan Kay)


Pour réussir,  
il ne suffit pas de prévoir. 
Il faut aussi savoir improviser. 
(Isaac Asimov)

Life is a lot like jazz,
it's best when you improvise. 
(George Gershwin)


I don't talk too much, 
but don't try me. 

I'm old school.
I still believe in respect. 

You are the result of 3.8 billion years of evolutionary success. 
Act like it !


If you want to make everyone happy, 
don't be a leader, sell ice cream. 
(Steve Jobs)

Vu samedi soir (16/09). 
Atypique et décalée. Parfois excessif. 


‘by 2020 most people will be talking to bots rather than their spouse’ 


Life is very complicated. 
Don't try to find answers. 
Because when you find answers life changes the questions.


Let's work the problem people. 
Let's not make things worse by guessing.
(Gene Kranz, Apollo 13)

I don't care about what anything was DESIGNED to do,
 I care about what it CAN do.
(Gene Kranz, Apollo 13)

- L'école pour tousse
- Il y a encore du boulot
(Le Chat)

Rules for kids

These rules were put forth by Charles Sykes in his book "Dumbing Down America". They have floated through the Internet being attributed to Bill Gates. Most often they appear with 11 rules leaving off three that the original author had written.

Rule No. 1:   Life is not fair. Get used to it. The average teen-ager uses the phrase "It's not fair" 8.6 times a day. You got it from your parents, who said it so often you decided they must be the most idealistic generation ever. When they started hearing it from their own kids, they realized Rule No. 1.

Rule No. 2:   The real world won't care as much about your self-esteem as much as your school does. It'll expect you to accomplish something before you feel good about yourself. This may come as a shock. Usually, when inflated self-esteem meets reality, kids complain that it's not fair. (See Rule No. 1)

Rule No. 3:   Sorry, you won't make $40,000 a year right out of high school. And you won't be a vice president or have a car phone either. You may even have to wear a uniform that doesn't have a Gap label.

Rule No. 4:   If you think your teacher is tough, wait 'til you get a boss. He doesn't have tenure, so he tends to be a bit edgier. When you screw up, he's not going to ask you how you feel about it.

Rule No. 5:   Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a different word for burger flipping. They called it opportunity. They weren't embarrassed making minimum wage either. They would have been embarrassed to sit around talking about Kurt Cobain all weekend.

Rule No. 6:   It's not your parents' fault. If you screw up, you are responsible. This is the flip side of "It's my life," and "You're not the boss of me," and other eloquent proclamations of your generation. When you turn 18, it's on your dime. Don't whine about it, or you'll sound like a baby boomer.

Rule No. 7:   Before you were born your parents weren't as boring as they are now. They got that way paying your bills, cleaning up your room and listening to you tell them how idealistic you are. And by the way, before you save the rain forest from the blood-sucking parasites of your parents' generation, try delousing the closet in your bedroom.

Rule No. 8:   Your school may have done away with winners and losers. Life hasn't. In some schools, they'll give you as many times as you want to get the right answer. Failing grades have been abolished and class valedictorians scrapped, lest anyone's feelings be hurt. Effort is as important as results. This, of course, bears not the slightest resemblance to anything in real life. (See 
Rule No. 1, Rule No. 2 and Rule No. 4.)

Rule No. 9:   Life is not divided into semesters, and you don't get summers off. Not even Easter break. They expect you to show up every day. For eight hours. And you don't get a new life every 10 weeks. It just goes on and on. While we're at it, very few jobs are interested in fostering your self-expression or helping you find yourself. Fewer still lead to self-realization. (See Rule No. 1and Rule No. 2.)

Rule No. 10:   Television is not real life. Your life is not a sitcom. Your problems will not all be solved in 30 minutes, minus time for commercials. In real life, people actually have to leave the coffee shop to go to jobs. Your friends will not be as perky or pliable as Jennifer Aniston.

Rule No. 11:   Be nice to nerds. You may end up working for them. We all could.

Rule No. 12:   Smoking does not make you look cool. It makes you look moronic. Next time you're out cruising, watch an 11-year-old with a butt in his mouth. That's what you look like to anyone over 20. Ditto for "expressing yourself" with purple hair and/or pierced body parts.

Rule No. 13:   You are not immortal. (See Rule No. 12.) If you are under the impression that living fast, dying young and leaving a beautiful corpse is romantic, you obviously haven't seen one of your peers at room temperature lately.

Rule No. 14:   Enjoy this while you can. Sure parents are a pain, school's a bother, and life is depressing. But someday you'll realize how wonderful it was to be a kid. Maybe you should start now. You're welcome.


People may hear your words, 
but they feel your attitude. 
(John C.Maxwell)

#Irma, un monstre arrive sur les Caraïbes


It's a mistake to look too far ahead.
Only one link in the chain of destiny can be handled at a time. 
(Winston Churchill)

7 deadly sins of innovation.

People who enjoy meetings should not be in charge of anything ... 

Amazing ! 


Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Hariri


Change ! 

A-t-on conscience de la véritable taille de l'Afrique ? 
(superficies exprimées en Millions de Km2)


Chances of becoming a millionaire- 1%
Chances of becoming a billionaire - .00002%
Chances of winning the lottery - .000001%
Odds of getting a royal flush on your first five cards: 1 in 649,740.
Odds of becoming U.S. President: 1 in 300,000,000.
Odds of winning $340 million jackpot in MegaMillions lottery: about 1 in 175,000,000.
Odds of your being born in this particular time, place and circumstance: about 1 in 400,000,000,000 *

You had a 1 in 400 TRILLION chance to be born.... 
You won the day you took your first breath.
What are you doing with your winnings?

Have a great day and make it count!