Myles Tan

Fun Fact #4

In Fun Fact, Uncategorized on February 28, 2011 at 5:01 am

Namaste is more than just a greeting.

Namaste is an sanskrit acknowledgement phrase used primarily in India and Nepal and roughly means I bow (namah) to you (te).

I had never really thought about it much, it’s just that word you say out loud when you finish a yoga class. Last week, however, I was introduced to a translation which was more along the lines of the following:

“I honor the Spirit in you which is also in me.” And, more intensely, “I honor the place in you in which the entire Universe dwells, I honor the place in you which is of Love, of Integrity, of Wisdom and of Peace. When you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me, we are One.”

These deeper translations are a lot cooler in my personal opinion. However, I have trouble understanding them, particularly the first one. It seems like an acknowledgement between transcendent identities. It just seems hard to grasp, and I could spend hours thinking about what it means.

I find the latter quote a bit easier to comprehend as it refers to acknowledgement at a particular instance of your existence, which can be related to a state you may achieve through practice as in yoga: it’s tangible and refers to a distinct point in time. However, it’s no less interesting.

So the next time you say namaste, think about what you’re actually saying, what you are actually acknowledging in terms of the above quotes. It’s deep stuff.


Fun Fact #3

In Fun Facts on February 25, 2011 at 6:07 am

The TTC is going to be an essential service!

Forward: some of these fun facts will be opinionated and biased. Like this one.

Earlier this week, the city introduced a bill which would essentially consider the TTC an essential service for the city.

Funny, because last time I checked, in order to be an essential service, you can’t suck. I would agree that the central transit system of any city should be considered an essential service, but I believe that the description of ‘essential service’ would contain something saying it must be reliable because it is…well…essential.

Imagine, if you will:

Operator: “This is 911, what is the nature of your emergency?”

Citizen: “Hi, I’ve hurt myself severely, I am in a lot of pain and I need to get to a hospital. Please send an ambulance.”

Operator: “I’m sorry, our northbound ambulance services from the fire station closest to you is currently experiencing difficulties. Sorry for the inconvenience.”

I’d like to see that one fly.

Point: yeah you are an essential service and deserve the label, but get your service up to that par as well. Preferably soon, and without more price increases.

Fun Fact #2

In Fun Facts on February 22, 2011 at 1:16 am

Twitter saved the octothorpe!

OK, well two fun facts:

1. The ‘#’ sign is technically called the octothorpe, coined by telecommunications engineers in the 70’s. It’s also referred to as Hash key, Number, key, etc., but octothorpe sounds a lot cooler.

2. Twitter’s use of the octothorpe to assign hashtags has brought the symbol’s existence back into the spotlight! As in, Twitter’s use of the octothorpe prevented it from potentially dropping off the end of the planet. Which is great! Thanks Twitter, for saving the octothorpe.

More information about how Twitter saved the octothorpe can be found on this article.

PS Next obscure key that needs saving: the Pilcrow!