Sunday, December 18, 2005
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
It seems Holger is as surprised as Bill.
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
I will return writing on a topic particularly dear to me : drinking.
2nd year students apparently don't seem to be aware that there's a limit which you should never pass, as stranger could take advantage of that.
Don't let happen to you what happened to Poncho....drink responsibly, and a lot!!! :-D
Friday, December 09, 2005
Thursday, December 08, 2005
And then another missed opportunity for you all foosball wannabees; the Oveilla Negra did not let us down last night. some competitative tables gave us the opportunity to sharpen our skills. Nils, Christoph, be aware when you return to the league!
In other news, the blog is looking for some contributors. Just send us an email and we sign you up!
Tuesday, December 06, 2005
Upgraded entertainment; Juliaan, Thomas, James and Gio provided lively piano play throughout the evening.
Upgraded location; Juliaan provided an excellent setting by offering his stylish apartment; even allowing beer into the evening.
Upgraded speeches: Eugene taking home the price for best presentation on "My most corrupt country and why I want to live there." I never knew Russia could be so cool.
Upgraded assortment of cigars and whiskey.
Until next time!
Monday, December 05, 2005
- Cigar & Whiskey Club; meeting tonight (5th) at 9.30pm.
- Foosball; Wednesday 7th, 9.30pm; L'Oveilla Negra.
No "non-attending' excuse is possible; the events are followed by a day off. That concludes the shameless activities promotion.
In other news, authorities reported heightened logging activities up at Costa Del Sol. Quick research revealed that local paper companies were simply responding to an increased demand for 90 grams A4 paper. The source for this demand was found quickly; nearly all printers at school were working over time this morning printing Morgan Components papers.
Saturday, December 03, 2005
Thaaaanksgivinnnnnnnng is out of sight
IESE guuuuuys have a 1 in 5 chance to get lucky tonight
(1/3 if you're a 2nd year, not true 1/2)
Turkey with gravy then I'm off to the lieu
Now the USA owns Manchester U.
Turkey for you and
Turkey for me
I still don't know how to read
That damn FT
White meat, dark meat
You just can't lose
Erin fell off her moto
And she got a bruise
Wrap the turkey up in aluminum foil
I saw Bill Hargett in the John
With baby oil
Turkey and sweet po---ta-to piewhat happened at the Bar Crawls
Be-tween you and I
Turkey for the girls and
Turkey for the boys
If you got into IESE
You must own corduroys
Gobble gobble goo and
Gobble gobble gickel
If I take that job in Spain
They'll only pay me a nickel
Oh I loooooove turkey on Thanksgivinnnnnng
Smiling guitarist Joe H. and singer Jubin M. in deep concentration.
Monday, November 28, 2005
Other highlights of the evening:
Bav & Shadenn performing
Luca, Martijn and Chris, the "Talking Walls"
Bid Master himself, Gio
Uri and, erm, what was that again Uri?
Friday, November 25, 2005
Needless to say, the IESE Foosball club, which is the home of best MBA foosballers in Europe, is always looking for new players. If you feel like giving it a shot, join us on Tuesday or send Dany and myself an email!
Thursday, November 24, 2005
...a slow day at school when you open your email and be delighted with messages about the ongoing conversations about Diego M., or Pele on viagra. Not to mention the intellectual stimulating discussion about cancelling the annual Thanks Giving Dinner in favor of saving our feathered friends, or the fact that an English dictionary has been located in, yes, Argentina. Well, got to go, more messages are waiting for me!
Monday, November 21, 2005
To get a general idea, here some pictures, more can be found on the Public Folder:
Luca playing video games at the Dolphin Hotel.
Arrival in NYC; killing some time snapping pictures.
Shadenn, Michelle and Diego checking out a map of the Magic Kingdom.
Rene, Michelle and Olivier getting a sun tan.
Olivier and I taking a swim!
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
As co-president of the cigar and whisky club, one of my main tasks is actually drinking.
Sitting behind the whisky table and making sure that everyone drops the 10€ before getting hammered, I do actually manage to drink quite a bit while everyone else is still looking for a glass.
My activities from last night included:
- 8 full glasses of scotch with ICE
- 2 cigars
- 1 full pack of Marlboro light
- 3 mojitos
- 3 bacardi cola
- 1 beer
- 1 gin tonic
Actually I even smoked a joint.
You can imagine my happiness when I found out that we would have met for our logistics assignement at IESE around 11, just few hours after I came back home from the night out (no idea what time was that but the color of the light was starting getting lighter).
I am dieing, I really am dieing....I still smell of booze, my head hurts, as much as my legs and arms do. I see Junko around me feeling as sick, she just left for the bathroom, probably to puke.
She´s such an awesome drinker, I love her because she is not afraid of pushing her drinking limit forward and forward every time we go out drinking. Yesterday she didn´t pass out as long as I know, she probably didn´t even have random sex with anyone. I´m really proud of her.
Anyway, I feel really shit, JB is bubbling about fucking safety stocks and excel models and we´re due to visit SEAT logistics ops in few hours.
I´m feeling sick......
Besides the drinks and the cigars, the night was filled with rethorics from Thomas, James, Nicolas, Nash, Lenny, Juliaan and Till about their favorite dictator. In the end, James, with a poem about Jon Kill 'Em (or was it Kim Jong Il) took home the grand price.
A shout-out is in place for the CCC (Calle Comerc Crew) for allowing us to ash a second time on their apartment floors. I hope we all donated enough for the cleaning lady:
Monday, November 14, 2005
Just few days after moving to Amsterdam in 2000, the football event of the summer was about to take place. The settings were the ones of the beautiful Amsterdam ArenA, home of the Ajax football club: Italy and Holland were competing to get to the EuroCup Final. Many remember how it went: after a clearly home-inspired refree had sent off an italian player in the first half and conceded 2 doubtful penalty kick (missed by Kluivert and De Boer), Italy managed to win at the shoot-out, with Toldo, the italian goalkeeper, undiscussed protagonist of the evening blocking 5 penalty kicks. It was a night of true glory, miserably forgotten after the disappointment against France in the final.
But last saturday Italy did it again.
In front of 60,000 Oranges, in the same settings of the Amsterdam Arena, the italian team led by Marcello Lippi and orphan of his most representative player Francesco Totti (a.k.a. the spitting machine) defeated Holland again with an unappellable 3-1. In preparation for the world cup, surely Italy joins the restricted group of favourites for the final title together with Brasil, Argentina, England and Germany.
For the dutchies, probably, it will be another summer to forget..........
Sunday, November 13, 2005
Friday, November 11, 2005
Thursday, November 10, 2005
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
By the way, despite a high traffic to this blog, no one has contacted me yet about the MP3 issue. I'll toss in a couple free cortado's for a solution.
Monday, November 07, 2005
Back in the day when my music collection could still fit on my Mini, I could justify editing the ID3 tags on a Sunday afternoon. Yes, iTunes is helpful finding the correct tags when you import a CD, but when you have "third party" songs you are designated to use iTunes' tag editing tool. A great and easy to use tool, but time becomes an issue. With a 23400+ and growing song collection, I can write off the rest of my Sundays in 2005 & 2006 editing erroneous tags. Instead of starting to edit each song, I tried to look for tools with auto FreeDB lookup features. Many exist. These applications are great to find complete album information, yet lack the capability to identify individual songs. That is the root of my problem.
Next up are a couple other iTunes issues. Apparently iTunes thinks "Pink Floyd" is different from "pink floyd" and that "50 cent" is not "50 Cent." Another annoyance is the management of duplicate songs, which iTunes can readily identify for you. I have about 18Gb worth of duplicates, yet a live album of an artist is different from a studio album and upon deleting a true duplicate, the mp3 will still exist on my drive. Any one who can help me with any of these three annoyances will receive a nice bottle cava!
Friday, November 04, 2005
Besides information on the MBA program, Career Services and Admissions, the new site features the "Interactive Visit." The latter features gives an excellent impression of the life at IESE, presented by Ann, Bill, Sol, Professor Miller, and Francisco Iniesta (MBA Program Director), as well as reactions from Dorothee Harsch (IESE MBA Alumni). Even some of the contributors to this blog (Gio, Thomas, JP and myself) are featured in one way or another. Make sure you check out this site!
However, for those who read cases that night, there is a chance to recoup your missed occasion; Tuesday two weeks from now the second meeting will take place. Make sure to let Reuben know you will attend and prepare a 3 minute, max 3 slides presentation on "My Favorite Dictator." See you all there!
Thursday, November 03, 2005
Tuesday, November 01, 2005
It has been quiet on this blog for couple days, but blame some obscure Spanish holidays for that. To make the most out of the four day weekend, we (see picture on the left) decided to undertake a 2800km roadtrip to Normandy and Bordeaux to visit the Calvados and Bordeaux wine regions.
While Normandy we paid a visit to Chateau Breuill, a chateau, owned by a Swiss guy, that processes about 300 tons of regional apples a year. I have to say, the pommeau of the house was a winner, the 15 year old "standard" calvados had a flat taste, while the 8 year old still its fruity flavor.
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
Sunday, October 23, 2005
Paul & Gemy had organized this kick-*** pre-Halloween party with a "super-sexy vampyresses and hunky zombie dudes" theme. Earlier in the week, Bram had suggested to go as 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' herself and it seemed like a good alternative to me, since I have a tendency to look like a zombie regardless when I wake up. The idea spiraled out of control fast when we entered the party shop on Gran Via (near the Zara). The final result is shown above; a tight, latex 'French Maid' dress with orange hair and fishnet stockings. Meet Heidi 1 and Heidi 2; the willing vampire victims.
Buying the outfits was only part of the fun, walking over to P&G's apartment was a good indication of what was to come. In Pl. Molina we were stopped by a group of kids whom desperately needed to make some pictures while hearing cars honk in the background. A couple of old ladies almost died laughing while we were crossing Via Augusta to head into Gracia. Perhaps they have never heard of a dress-up party? On my way home I think I was not the only mildly intoxicated person on the early morning streets; two guys in their BCNeta garbage truck tried to pick me up while they were waiting for the traffic light. It must have been my orange hair that turned them on. I cannot wait for the next party!
Thursday, October 20, 2005
The first who identify all 16 Dutchies in the picture on the left will win a cortado. My mailbox is open!
Tuesday, October 18, 2005
So, after a 1-2-1 shuffle in dates, the annual Random Dinner is set for Thursday October 27th! If you have not signed up as a host or guest, I would suggest you do so. As of now there are 117 guests signed up and 29 host locations, including myself with four spots. To make the dinner truly random, I would suggest to my guests that they cook me dinner from a bunch of random ingredients I will buy at Caprabo, Condis, Dia & Super Sol. In return I will randomly choose and solve one of your three assigned cases for the next day. The quality of my case work will largely depend on an evaluation of the creativity put in the dishes, taste and presentation.
Okidoki, back to the "Launching the Z3 Roadster" case. Btw, any one up for some Foosball at the l'Ovella Negra tonight? Dany?
The course seems to review a number of well known dilemmas ranging from the obvious like Parmalat to the less obvious like a case narrative based on 'Other Peoples Money' (by Danny de Vito). Yesterday however, we discussed the pros 'n cons of corruption, or better, the narrow line of what is, and what is not acceptable.
The class evolved into a discussion on cultural differences and standards. Some (latin americans) argued that, in order to do any business in that region, you need to play along (mostly substantiated with the argument: you need to feed your family). Then, the abvious argument of 'leading by example' entered the discussion. Although we did not (to me) managed to finish the discussion satisfactoraly in time, the consensus seemed that some bribery to gain preferential treatment (red tape) was in some cases and in cultural context permissable.
However, there seems to be a fairly distinct relation between countries with poor economic development and the occurrance of corruption (for details see also: www.transparency.org/pressreleases_archive/2004/2004.10.20.cpi.en.html). The big issue to me is how we break this cycle of corruption. Most, or all people I know who can reason halfway decently will agree that fighting corruption is required. Before starting, this then requires a uniform definition.
Wikipedia defines corruption as:
In broad terms, political corruption is the misuse of public office for private gain. All forms of government are susceptible in practice to political corruption. Degrees of corruption vary greatly, from minor uses of influence and patronage to do and return favours, to institutionalised bribery and beyond. The end-point of political corruption is kleptocracy, literally rule by thieves, where even the external pretence of honesty is abandoned (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corruption
However, this still leaves the area of nepotism undefined. Generally, even in the western european world, making a curtousy call seems to be permissable. Wining and Dining seems to be as well, although accepting a gift such as a bottle of wine seems to cross the line.
My issue with the whole corruption discussion is that, as soon as you start to move down the line, you can argue about the definition. In order to prevent this from occurring, you'd need to stick to the one part. In real life however, this limits one to living in a very very small part of the world (see corruption index), because you cannot apply strategic ignorance in any other part of the world. In addition, in order to change the situation in many parts of the world, you'd need to engage into dialogue (on a subject I'd not want to give into). I can't say I have the answer, but I do know that working in just these countries is maybe too limited..
Ah well, if you have come to this point reading my general observations on a topic that blatently obvious: congratulations, you have stamina! Maybe I should just not have published this! Did I tell you that somewhere during my life I have worked for WorldCom, ACN, Drexel and Sotheby's.. more on this another time.