Look After the Important Things in Life in 2013


I hope to spend time with all of you this year in one way or another, have a great 2013!

“A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full.. The students responded with a unanimous ‘yes.’

The professor then produced two Beers from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand.The students laughed..

‘Now,’ said the professor as the laughter subsided, ‘I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things—your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions—and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car.. The sand is everything else—the small stuff.

‘If you put the sand into the jar first,’ he continued, ‘there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life.

If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.

Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.

Spend time with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit with grandparents. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and mow the lawn.

Take care of the golf balls first—the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the Beer represented. The professor smiled and said, ‘I’m glad you asked.’ The Beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of Beers with a friend.”

Harmonic Future/Motivation/


Steve Jobs Super yacht “Venus” Seized in the Netherlands

steve jobs yacht Venus

This article was taken from NDTV:

The Hague: A super yacht built for then Apple founder Steve Jobs has been seized in Amsterdam following a bill row with product designer Philippe Starck.

Last Wednesday the bailiffs of an Amsterdam court boarded the ship, called Venus, and chained it to the dock with the vessel forbidden to be moved, Xinhua on Friday quoted the Het Financieele Dagblad daily as saying.

The row is about an unpaid invoice of three million euros (about $4 million) sent by Starck, who worked with Jobs for years in designing the ship.

As a compensation he would get six per cent of the costs of the yacht. Since Venus was estimated at 150 million euros, Starck expected to receive nine million euros.However according to the heirs, Jobs’ ship in reality only cost 105 million euros and as a result Starck was paid six million euros.

The French designer did not get a response to the invoice for the remaining three million euros, Het Financieele Dagblad reported.

The 80-metre aluminium motor ship was just about to leave the port of Amsterdam. After a construction period of two years, Venus was launched in Aalsmeer two months ago and delivered to Jobs’ widow Laurene.

Steve Jobs died in October last year at the age of 56 years. He had planned to sail the world on the Venus with his wife and children. The yacht includes a sun terrace with Jacuzzi and is controlled via seven 27-inch iMacs.

The duration of the seizure was not immediately known. Jobs and Starck became good friends during their cooperation and never contractually agreed the payment.


Biggest Cruise Ship in the World

Alure of the seas

Good old Port Everglades. I wonder how many of those buildings will fit into this ship with a length of 363m and a Gross tonnage of 225000 tonnes. I will include a little fact sheet about this monster. If you haven’t seen the previous post which was about the “Eclipse”. I don’t think there is much of a comparison besides the price tag which seems to be in the same range. Is bigger always better?

Have a look at the below facts:

Registry: Bahamas,  Built at STX Europe, Turku, Finland Maiden Voyage: December 5, 2010 Godmother: TBD

Class & type: Oasis-class cruise ship
Tonnage: 225,282 GT
242,999 NT
15,000 DWT
Length: 361.6 m (1,186.5 ft) overall 
Beam: 47 m (154 ft) waterline
60.5 m (198 ft) max moulded
65 m (213 ft) max beam
Height: 72 m (236 ft) above water line
Draught: 9.3 m (31 ft)
Depth: 22.55 m (74 ft)
Decks: 16 passenger decks
Installed power: 3 × Wärtsilä 12V46D engines (13,860 kW/18,590 hp each)
3 × Wärtsilä 16V46D engines (18,480 kW/24,780 hp each)
Propulsion: 3 × 20 MW ABB Azipod
4 × 5.5 MW Wärtsilä CT3500 bow thrusters
Speed: 22.6 knots (41.9 km/h; 26.0 mph)
Capacity: 5,400 passengers at double occupancy
6,296 maximum
Crew: 2,165 on maiden voyage
2,394 as of July 2012


Technical details

The gross tonnage of the Oasis of the Seas is 225,282. Her displacement—the actual mass of the vessel—is estimated at approximately 100,000 metric tons, slightly less than that of an American Nimitz-class air craft carrier.

To keep the ship stable without increasing the draft excessively, the designers created a wide hull. 9.3 metres (31 ft) of the ship sits beneath the water, a small percentage of the ship’s overall height. Wide, shallow ships such as this tend to be “snappy”, meaning that they can snap back upright after a wave has passed, which can be uncomfortable. This effect, however, is mitigated by the vessel’s large size. The cruise ship’s officers were pleased with the ship’s stability and performance during the transatlantic crossing, when the vessel, in order to allow finishing work to go on, slowed and changed course in the face of winds “almost up to hurricane force” and seas in excess of 12 metres (39 ft).

While the design length of the Allure of the Seas is the same as that of her sister, she is actually about 50 millimetres (2.0 in) longer than the Oasis of the Seas. According to the shipyard, this is not intentional and such small differences in length may occur simply due to the temperature of the steel in such a large ship.

The ship’s power comes from six medium speed marine diesel generating sets: three 16 cylinder Wartsila 16V46D common rail engines producing 18,860 kilowatts (25,290 hp) each and three similar 12 cylinder Wärtsilä 12V46 engines producing 13,860 kilowatts (18,590 hp) each. The fuel consumption of the main engines at full power is 1,377 US gallons (5,210 l; 1,147 imp gal) of fuel oil per engine per hour for the 16-cylinder engines and 1,033 US gallons (3,910 l; 860 imp gal) per engine per hour for the 12-cylinder engines. The total output of these prime movers, some 97,020 kilowatts (130,110 hp), is converted to electricity, used in hotel power for operation of the lights, elevators, electronics, galleys, water treatment plant, and all of the other systems used on the operation of the vessel, as well as propulsion. Propulsion is provided by three 20,000-kilowatt (26,800 hp) Azipods, ABB’s brand of electric azimuth thrusters. These pods, suspended under the stern, contain electric motors driving 20-foot (6 m) propellers. Because they are rotatable, no rudders are needed to steer the ship. Docking is assisted by four 5,500-kilowatt (7,380 hp) transverse bow thrusters.

The ship carries 18 lifeboats that hold 370 people each, for a total of 6,660 people. Inflatable life rafts provide for additional passengers and crew.

There are seven different neighborhoods onboard Allure of the Seas:
Adventure Ocean, The Boardwalk, Central Park, Entertainment Place, Pool & Parks, Royal Promenade and Vitality.

Central Park has the feeling of truly being in a park, with 12,175 plants, 62 vine plants, and 56 trees. They also pipe in sounds of birds during the daytime hours and crickets after dark.

There are 24 dining options onboard Allure of the Seas, with 37 different bars and lounges to choose from. There are 3 main dining rooms, one with the traditional dining option and the rest is anytime.

Have a look at some more pictures before we put this into context

worlds-biggest-cruise-ship-allure-of-the-seas-royal-carribean-6 worlds-biggest-cruise-ship-allure-of-the-seas-royal-carribean-8 Allure of the Seas passes The Great Belt Bridge, Denmark.

– Standing upright at 1,187 feet tall, Allure of the Seas is 124 feet taller than the Eiffel Tower.
– Allure of the Seas’ length is approximately equal to three and half regulation size soccer/football fields
– Allure of the Seas is 5.11 times longer than a Boeing 747 Jetliner
– Allure of the Seas was constructed out of 500,000 individual parts
– 158,503 gallons of paint was used
– The electrical cables onboard Allure of the Seas would stretch approximately across the continent of North America.

And yes even the chairs are big

Launch of Royal Caribbean International's Allure of the Seas.

Can the Eclipse and the Allure of the Seas be compared NO!!!!!!! Never the less the are both the biggest in their industry and believe it or not soon they won’t be the biggest anymore.

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Is the “Eclipse” going to be the Biggest Yacht in 2013?


Look at this beautiful yacht and she is the biggest at the moment with a length of 164m and a Gross tonnage of 13000 tonnes. Owned by  Russian bilionaire Roman Abramovich. It is rumored that the price tag of this beautiful yacht came in at more then $1 billion…………..

It was launched in June 12, 2009 and it is for the moment the largest and most expensive yacht ever built. Now will this ranking change for 2013?

Some more figures:

Name: Eclipse
Type: Motor Yacht
Model: Custom
Sub Type:
Builder: Blohm + Voss Shipyards
Naval Architect: Blohm + Voss Shipyards
Exterior Designers: Terence Disdale
Interior Designer: Terence Disdale
Year: 2010
Flag: Bermuda
Class: Lloyds Register
Hull NB: 978
Hull Colour:
Length Overall: 164m (538′ 1″)
Length at Waterline:
Beam: 22m (72′ 2″)
Draft (min):
Draft (max): 5.90m (19′ 4″)
Gross Tonnage: 13000 tonnes
Guests: 36
Cabins Total: 18
1 Master,  17 VIP,
Crew: 70
Hull Configuration: Displacement
Hull Material: Steel
Superstructure: Aluminium
Deck Material:
Decks NB:
Quantity: 4
Fuel Type: Diesel
Model: 20V 1163 TB93
Power: 0hp
Total Power: 0hp
Propulsion: Triple Screw
Performance & Capabilities
Max Speed: 25.0 kts
Cruising Speed: 22.0 kts
Fuel Capacity:
Water Capacity:
Amenities: At anchor Stabilizers
Jacuzzi (on deck)
Lift (Elevator)
Helicopter Landing Pad
Swimming Pool
Movie Theatre
Beach Club
Conference Facilities
Beauty Salon
Childrens Playroom
Dance Floor

As a standard it also comes with 3 speedboats and a submarine that can dive up to 160 feet. Security is foremost on Eclipse. The ship is equipped with a system that can detect unauthorized personnel and a defense system capable of launching missles. Abramovich’s yacht also features armor plating and bullet-proof glass in critical parts of the vessel. The ship is also shielded with an privacy feature in the form of lasers that monitor the area, and can shoot a beam of light directly at any cameras aiming to shoot photos of Abromovich or his guests.

You will need a bit of german language to understand this video:

Well the short answer to the above question is that in 2013 this big yacht will no longer be the biggest yacht in the world. As you can see in the video these projects are executed in secrecy so to get the details we will have to wait till closer to the time of launch. It will be called Azzam with an approx length of 180m……….. Cant wait to see it or sail it………

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