Jeff Bezos: How do you say no to annoying meeting requests?


How do you respond:

  1. A) Yes, I’ll definitely meet with you.
  2. B) No, I won’t meet with you.
  3. C) Tell you what. Call so and so and they’ll work something out.
  4. D) Quietly resolve to become a shut-in.
  5. E) Something else (fill in the blank)

Quite interesting to see Jeff Bezos’s answer (Option C).

Unfortunately this option only works for higher level executives who have a secretary/admin staff?



Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos Originally Wanted to be a Theoretical Physicist

The world’s richest man is currently Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon.

Few people know that he was an undergraduate at Princeton with the goal of becoming a theoretical physicist! What made him change his mind? Watch the video below.

Summary: Jeff Bezos was stuck on a Partial Differential Equation (PDE) question for 3 hours. Even while collaborating with his room mate, he could not find the answer. Upon consulting his Sri Lankan genius classmate, “Yosantha”, Yosantha solved the problem almost instantaneously in his mind!

Also check out our previous posts on Partial Differential Equations:

Amazon CPM Ads VS WordPress WordAds

I have implemented Amazon CPM Ads to my other site which is currently mainly used to host my Javascript Apps like:

Revenue wise, Amazon CPM Ads beats WordAds hands down. Amazon CPM Ads pays at least 3 times the amount WordAds pays, for the same amount of traffic. It can also be integrated with Amazon Associates via the “passback” ad, so that when the CPM Ad is not filled, it shows the Amazon Associates affiliate ad instead.

For, the only form of ad allowed is WordAds, which is still in the development phase.

Amazon Associates / Affiliates Payment Options (Outside US)

For those using Amazon Associates (or other US based affiliate programs) but are outside USA, there is now an option to transfer the earnings directly to your bank account. Works in Singapore, and most other countries.

The way to do it is through Payoneer. (Direct link:

The other option of receiving cheque from Amazon is bad since the administrative fees are quite expensive (around 20 USD if I remember correctly).

Amazon Associates is quite a good affiliate program. If your blog has just around 100 visits per day, it can already translate to around $20 USD or more per month earnings depending on what you are promoting. This will most likely to cover the cost of hosting your blog. People with extremely popular blogs (see here) have earned more than half a million USD from Amazon Associates.

For those thinking of signing up Payoneer please sign up using the link above. It is a special “Refer a Friend” program where both you and I will get $25 USD upon you signing up. (* After your friend signs up and receives a total of $100, you both earn a $25 reward.)

Free USD 50 Amazon voucher (For Business and Engineering majors)

Hi, just to share a way to win a free USD 50 Amazon voucher!

This offer is only open to students from NUS, NTU, SMU; both Business and Engineering Bachelor Degree students, who have just completed their studies in 2015 or completing studies in 2016.



We, Universum, are currently conducting a research about career expectations of students. For this study, we are currently recruiting undergraduate students to participate in a 3-day online focus group.

If selected, the students will receive a USD 50 Amazon voucher after their active participation during the discussion. The online focus group will be scheduled from now to 14 June 2015, and will be active for 3 days. Selected students are encouraged to log in to participate actively during this period.

Interested students will just need to register here or We will contact the students if they are selected. They will then be notified as soon as possible of the periods of the focus group and will receive further details of the interview’s topic.

Nadine Dinh

B2C Marketing and Relations Manager for APAC

What’s Math Got to Do with It?: How Teachers and Parents Can Transform Mathematics Learning and Inspire Success

Recently, Professor Jo Boaler released her new book What’s Math Got to Do with It?: How Teachers and Parents Can Transform Mathematics Learning and Inspire Success.

The minute it came out, it became an instant best seller on Amazon. Currently, there are some issues on Math education in the United States, due to the very controversial syllabus called Common Core. Professor Jo Boaler attempts to address these controversies and give suggestions and advice to parents.

I totally agree with Professor Jo’s viewpoint that the first step to engage students in math learning is via practical means and showing them how mathematics is useful and relevant to their lives. Next is to always adopt a “growth mindset”, that no matter how weak or strong a child is in math, it is always possible to improve. Just having this mindset makes a huge difference. I took Prof. Jo Boaler’s online course on “How to Learn Math“, and what she said actually makes perfect sense. Hope a new generation appreciative of math will emerge due to new research on how to best learn Math, which Prof. Jo Boaler (PhD in Math Education) is an expert in.

Without further ado, I will link Prof. Jo Boaler’s introduction to her own book:

Hi Everyone,

I wanted you to be the first to know that my new book: What’s Math Got to Do With It:? How Teachers and Parents Can Transform Mathematics Learning and Inspire Success has just hit the bookstores and of course Amazon and other online outlets.

You can now get a copy here: What’s Math Got to Do with It?: How Teachers and Parents Can Transform Mathematics Learning and Inspire Success

The changes from the original book include:

2 new chapters
A focus on mindset
Ideas for the Common Core
An infusion of new research through the book

Why not buy the book for your principal? Or your colleagues? your family? your students’ parents? or others who you think may need to understand the nature of good mathematics teaching? You may need people to know the research evidence behind what you are doing, as well as get some new ideas yourself.

For youcubers in the UK there will be a new edition of The Elephant in the Classroom coming out in the Autumn, we will let you know when, of course.

I also wanted you to know about some book signings that are planned:

Friday April 3 Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The Exeter High School Auditorium 7-8.30pm talk followed by book signing. See:

Monday April 13th Boston, NCSM Following Jo’s keynote talk

Thursday April 16th, 11.30 After Jo’s networking session.

We will also be arranging a book signing in the San Francisco bay area soon too.

I hope to see you at one of them. Below is our youcubed team reading the book yesterday 🙂

Viva La Revolution


Professor Stewart’s Incredible Numbers

Amazon just informed me of a new book which is the #1 New Release Math Book on Amazon!

The book is titled: Professor Stewart’s Incredible Numbers.

At its heart, mathematics is about numbers, our fundamental tools for understanding the world. In Professor Stewart’s Incredible Numbers, Ian Stewart offers a delightful introduction to the numbers that surround us, from the common (Pi and 2) to the uncommon but no less consequential (1.059463 and 43,252,003,274,489,856,000). Along the way, Stewart takes us through prime numbers, cubic equations, the concept of zero, the possible positions on the Rubik’s Cube, the role of numbers in human history, and beyond! An unfailingly genial guide, Stewart brings his characteristic wit and erudition to bear on these incredible numbers, offering an engaging primer on the principles and power of math.

Previously, I read Galois Theory, Third Edition (Chapman Hall/Crc Mathematics), also by Ian Stewart, and I have to say his style is very accessible to the average reader. Not overly technical or abstract, he actually explains Galois Theory in as concrete a way as possible, which is not easy, since Galois Theory is one of the most abstract topics in mathematics.

I read the Third Edition, featured above, but lately there is a newer and better fourth edition: Galois Theory, Fourth Edition.

Interesting but Hard to Understand Math Comic

Check out this interesting comic riddle from! The sky is the limit when it comes to Math!

Do give it a try, before scrolling down to view the answer.

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Answer: sky

First, we use L’Hopital’s Rule since the initial limit is a 0/0 indeterminate form.

\displaystyle \lim_{x\to k} \frac{sx^2y\sin (k-x)}{k^2-kx}=\lim_{x\to k}\frac{2xsy\sin (k-x)-sx^2y\cos (k-x)}{-k} (We have also used the product rule and chain rule in this step)

Substituting x=k into the expression, we get \frac{-sk^2y}{-k} which is equivalent to sky.


Free Audiobooks by Amazon (Audible)

Are you a auditory learner? (one who learns best through hearing) Do you wish you could listen to some books on your long journey to work or school? Try Audible and Get Two Free Audiobooks! Audible is a company owned by Amazon, and a provider of audio books.

Some other interesting blog posts you may want to check out are:

I have also set up a page to promote Singapore Math Books hopefully to a global audience!

Fire HD Kids Edition Tablet: Educational Review

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