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We Need Grannies for Startups

Montreal’s International Startup Festival is looking for a few good grandmothers.

The event will gather hundreds of the top technology entrepreneurs around the world for speeches, conferences and festive activities.

The festival is also a venue for small-business owners to make pitches to potential investors and be judged on the quality of their presentations.

However, Philippe Telio, one of the festival’s organizers said there are lots of opportunities to have fun even when being judged.

Enter the grannies. Telio said he would like to recruit a few grandmothers to the panel of judges in order to award one lucky startup the prize for the presentation best understood by a grandmother.

This will be one of several awards handed out to participating businesses.

"We always say that your grandmother should understand what your business is about," Telio said. "So we thought it would be fun to have actual grandmothers judging."

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Posted: June 6th, 2011
at 11:19am by mnp

Categories: 9th dan,competitions,development,entrepreneurship,innovation

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Life Fail

People grow a lot when they are faced with their own mortality. I learnt never to underestimate someone’s capacity for growth. Some changes were phenomenal. Each experienced a variety of emotions, as expected, denial, fear, anger, remorse, more denial and eventually acceptance.

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Posted: June 4th, 2011
at 12:36pm by mnp

Categories: life,mnp is for the children,9th dan,"ninja",fail

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The Great Astros Escape

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Posted: May 14th, 2011
at 3:43pm by mnp

Categories: myninjaplease,games,9th dan,ninjas are everyehere

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Super Mamika

A few years ago photographer Sacha Goldberger found his 91-year-old Hungarian grandmother Frederika feeling lonely and depressed. So to cheer her up, and put a spark back into her life, he turned her into a superhero! He took a series of awesome photographs of her wearing costumes in unusual superhero type posses. "Grandma reluctantly agreed, but once they got rolling, she couldn’t stop smiling."

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Posted: May 11th, 2011
at 8:29am by Black Ock

Categories: photo,9th dan

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Your dad drank obscure sodas before you did and he has the cavities to prove it. Fuck Coke and Pepsi, they’re the Justin Bieber of refreshments. When your dad was thirsty he tossed back sodas so obscure that sometimes he didn’t even know what they were. Ginger lemon agave soda, fuck yeah he’s drank it and it doesn’t even exist.

So hipsters, next time you’re crushing a glass bottle of Jarritos or Boylan soda at your favorite taqueria while complaining about how mainstream it has become because of a Groupon, remember this…

Your dad’s soda game was on point and next time you want to earn some indie cred, maybe you should ask dad what to drink. Dads: The Original Hipsters

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Posted: April 28th, 2011
at 9:46am by Black Ock

Categories: 9th dan,the column

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Ultimate Ninja

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Posted: April 12th, 2011
at 4:45pm by mnp

Categories: 9th dan,ninjas are everyehere

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What Makes You Happy?

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Writing what it means to be happy:

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet. - James Openheim

No, seriously, have you ever thought about it? Do you live the life you want to live, or is there an unlived life in you being held back by your very Resistance?

Edith Wharton once said that if we stopped trying to find happiness we could have a pretty good time. I never thought about it in that way, but I guess she is right.>

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Posted: April 1st, 2011
at 10:35am by mnp

Categories: life,weaponry,9th dan,"ninja",development,philosophy

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What is Expertise?

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Among investigators of expertise, it has generally been assumed that the performance of experts improved as a direct function of increases in their knowledge through training and extended experience.  However, recent studies show that there are, at least,  some domains where "experts" perform no better then less trained individuals (cf. outcomes of therapy by clinical psychologists, Dawes, 1994) and that sometimes experts’ decisions are no more accurate than beginners’ decisions and simple decision aids (Camerer & Johnson, 1991; Bolger & Wright, 1992). Most individuals who start as active professionals or as beginners in a domain change their behavior and increase their performance for a limited time until they reach an acceptable level. Beyond this point, however, further improvements appear to be unpredictable and the number of years of work and leisure experience in a domain is a poor predictor of attained performance (Ericsson & Lehmann, 1996). Hence, continued improvements (changes) in achievement are not automatic consequences of more experience and in those domains where performance consistently increases aspiring experts seek out particular kinds of experience, that is deliberate practice (Ericsson, Krampe & Tesch-Römer, 1993)-activities designed, typically by a teacher, for the sole purpose of effectively improving specific aspects of an individual’s performance.>

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Posted: March 22nd, 2011
at 11:52am by mnp

Categories: games,robots,weaponry,9th dan,science,boredom killer,"ninja",what is?,education,jobs

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Looking for Meaning in Awakening

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One traveler’s tale into the outskirts of Japan and being awake…

Do you know what your goal is in life? Or do you know what it’s like to search for one? I sure as hell haven’t found my goal yet, but I’ve travelled a slight bit around the world (if you can call it that) and my way of traveling usually means that I encounter interesting souls. Uninteresting souls too, of course. One thing I’ve noticed is that it’s always quite easy to recognize people who have ‘awakened’, so to speak. This ‘awakening’ is impossible for me to define, but I hope I can at least convey a part of the concept. Awakened people are people who have thought about life and have realized that they have many choices. And they’re not entirely sure that the choice they’re currently on is the right one. They’re aware of their place in life, and their own (in)significance. All this sounds a bit silly, but condense these sentences and a whole lot more similar sentences into a concept in your mind, and you will be able to classify people into two groups: those who are awake, and those who aren’t. (Source)

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Posted: March 16th, 2011
at 10:55pm by mnp

Categories: life,9th dan,philosophy

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