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.