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You will never have a cup of coffee the same way again!

A young woman went to her mother, told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as though every time one problem was solved, a new one arose. 

Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to boil. In the first she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil, without saying a word. 

In about twenty minutes, she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. 

Turning to her daughter, she asked, “Tell me what you see.”

"Carrots, eggs and coffee," she replied. 

Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. The mother then asked the daughter to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard boiled egg. Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma. 

The daughter then asked, “What does it mean, mother?”

Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity, boiling water. Each reacted differently. 

The carrot went in strong, hard and unrelenting. But after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak.

The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened.

The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water. 

"Which are you?" she asked her daughter. "When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?"

Think of this: Which am I? Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity do I wilt, become soft and lose my strength?

Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a break-up, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside, am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart? 

Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavour. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you. 

When the hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest, do you elevate yourself to another level? How do you handle adversity? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?

Preview Release - v1.0

Announcing the test launch of www.brainie.st.

In honor of Thanksgiving Day, we have completed the test launch of Brainiest’s first product, Kudos. Kudos allows you to give thanks to those who make your work life happier, through their intelligence, integrity, thoroughness, hard work, cooperation, and positive attitude.

This site is dedicated to all those excellent people out there! Happy Thanksgiving! Gobble, gobble!

Release 1.0 features:

  • The ability to create native accounts
  • LinkedIn based accounts
  • Ability to add LinkedIn to a Brainiest account
  • Ability to give kudos
  • Basic user profile and contact information page
  • Email notifications settings page
  • Basic Help page
  • Feedback widget
  • Ability to view profiles and give kudos directly from a profile

In the next couple of weeks we will be gathering feedback from a handful of customers and stakeholders, and doing some burn-in testing before we turn things over to our larger audience.

We completed release 1.2 between 11am and 1pm PST on January 24th. We would normally complete releases at night or on the weekends, but decided that since it was a major upgrade, we wanted all hands on deck in case any troubleshooting was required.

Release Announcement - v1.0 (Dec 3, 2012)

We are pleased to announce the public availability of Brainiest. This first launch features:

  • The ability to create native accounts
  • LinkedIn based accounts
  • Ability to add LinkedIn to a Brainiest account
  • Ability to give Kudos
  • Basic user profile and contact information page
  • Email notifications settings page
  • Basic Help page
  • Feedback widget
  • Ability to view profiles and give Kudos directly from a profile
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Septemgirl: Day 14 - The one who is the brainiest of them all: Smartass

Women shining with their intellect, whether on TV or in real life.

Reblog, repost or submit to septemgirl - don’t forget to tag #septemgirl!

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So far all of you have been amazing - thank you for participating in this little project!

Of course, you can also still post something for all previous days.

If we didn’t reblog your #septemgirl post yet, it probably didn’t show up in the #septemgirl tag. That seems to be an unfortunate problem if people didn’t post a lot in general so far. Drop us an ask or submit your post and we’ll reblog :).

Also, we’d prefer it if you didn’t use paparazzi pictures because we feel it violates people’s privacy.

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