The Audacity to Win by David Plouffe

51aUWo7HdgL._SL500_AA240_ The book “The Audacity to Win” by David Plouffe focuses on the inside story from the perspective of the campaign manager for the Obama Presidential campaign 2008 and the lessons learnt from the historic victory to elect the first African-American president. With an insider view, the story starts from how David Plouffe together with Robert Gibbs and David Axelrod put together an inner circle with candidate Barack Obama that subsequently led to a two years campaign culminating to his presidency. The book does not talk about the present day where we are debating whether President Obama have lived up to expectations, but provide the snapshot of the years that end with the day of his inauguration as the 44th President of the United States. Continue reading The Audacity to Win by David Plouffe

Google Chrome OS: Initial Impressions

google-chrome-OS-logo Last week, Google released their initial version of how Google Chrome OS will look like. Within 24 hours, a lot of developers took a look at the first release of the OS. There are two ways to build Google Chrome OS: (1) You can build the Chrome OS from source code on Ubuntu following thru with this set of instructions (finally, I can now justify why I put a Ubuntu Linux in my Macbook Pro) and (2) Use the Google Chrome OS image from gdgt.com and run it on VM ware. I tried both ways and both worked. Of course, I recommend the 2nd method to those who want to get a glimpse on Google Chrome OS (and one of the requirements is that you have VM ware). Continue reading Google Chrome OS: Initial Impressions

My 5 Favourite TED Videos

ted-talks-ideas-worth-spreading If I have to organize a TEDx event, which are the five videos I will choose to show? Here are my choices, ranging from topics in social media, social entrepreneurship, education, culture and economics. Other than attaching the abstracts, I have also included my own thoughts on why I like about these TED videos. Of one that I hope that all Singaporeans should be watching is the talk by Alain de Botton. If you want to learn more about our changing world, here are just the five videos which are likely to inspire you. Continue reading My 5 Favourite TED Videos

Inverting the Pyramid by Jonathan Wilson

invertingthepyramid-book My interest in football started with my research paper on hiring and firing of football managers. For the past few years, I have been following football games and news on the English Premiere League and their European counterparts out of interest on the validation of my model and also the excitement and enjoyment of the sport. Recently, I am intrigued by the issue of the diamond formation in football tactics, particularly, with both Ancelotti’s Chelsea and Mourinho’s Inter Milan which are now adopting it. Jonathan Wilson’s recent article on the diamond formation in the Guardian has prompted me to read deeper into the subject. So, as usual, I visited Kinokuniya bookstore in Singapore and checked out the book “Inverting the Pyramid” by Jonathon Wilson whether it is available. Luckily they have it and here are my thoughts after reading the book. Continue reading Inverting the Pyramid by Jonathan Wilson

Free by Chris Anderson

free While traveling in China, I was reading Chris Anderson’s new book “Free: The Future of a Radical Price” that accompanied most part of my journey. For most of who you who not know, Chris Anderson (Editor, Wired Magazine) is also the author of another interesting book entitled “The Long Tail“. The main premise of this book is that one can create a huge global economy around a base price of zero. Fast evolving technologies, for example, the Internet have transformed the production and distribution costs which causes the prices to plummet to very low levels close to zero, and that flexibility provided by the online world allows producers to trade ever more creatively. So, here are some of the interesting points that arise from the book. Continue reading Free by Chris Anderson