30 April 2006
The Queen has just turned 80. So has oil.
(I said that one in French…it’s funnier in French of course)
What’s the difference between a duckling and a chick?
Answer: the chick sinks.
Well, I got a bit overexcited after having seen Ice Age 2. SCRATCH RULES!
And interestingly, the school has just asked me if I'd accept them linking to my blog - to which I said yes of course. Hi, new London Business School recruit? Wanna talk finance or world economics? O! an acorn!
Well... it just took me 5 weeks to post... :)
B – you start a VoIP company, take it to $270m in sales and go public (that’s Vonage)
Note: I know, Skype got $4bn, but that's taking upfront and on-success fees.
Meanwhile, Paul Kedrosky reports what he calls the Google line in Microsoft accounts, a $2 billion expense anticipated for next year to fight back its main competitor.
So, now my report is almost done, I authorise myself to write something else. And I will try to blog all I have been wanting to blog in that time span in the coming days!
08 April 2006
And it is a perfect example of the difference between media-driven Yahoo and Stanford geeks Google. Yep, here lies the difference: while the Google zeitgeist is just a page of data in which YOU have to find anything amusing, Yahoo goes the extra mile(s) and makes something funny of it, a nice entertaining article. This is the way I prefer to have it and certainly the way that might have me coming again for more - even without a 2nd year project to escape from.
On the side, just the name, 'Buzz', is also much more media than 'Zeitgeist'. Two different visions...which I guess are complementary - though it's Yahoo 1 - Google 0 on that one.
06 April 2006
You have to grasp "What it means to be a Bruins fan" (by UCLA TV) to understand why I got caught into the spirit after just 3 months here (especially as I never follow sports) and why even the weather (3 days of rains) seemed saddened.
On a related note, I discovered that one of the best Gators' player was the son of French celebrity Yannick Noah (of Roland Garros and music fame). Also interesting is that Yannick Noah was not the only native of Cameroon for which this game mattered: two talented Freshmen of the UCLA team are from there too. I guess Olivier will appreciate. :) Speaking of LBS bloggers, I wasn't the only one supporting the Bruins. ;))
03 April 2006
I have my UCLA hat and I am ready to watch the game on campus tonight. GO BRUINS!
I have to share with you some of the (too numerous) shots from the Grand Canyon that I took freezing my ass off at sunrise - which with sunset gives the best lights and produces greats contrasts and colours (that's a tip for Death Valley or Joshua Tree parks too).
And you can see I tried to keep it consistent with my other National Park shots. :)
Another good reason is that I have to play the tourist in Paris before I move out completely in July (more on that later). I wanted to do this before I started my MBA in London but never did because I was not really quitting (Raquel stayed in our flat in Paris) and I guess I ran out of time. So Eiffel tower, here I come. :)
Runaway kids – “Avadis ‘Avie’ Tevanian, its chief technology officer and the brains behind its OS X operating system” and “Jon Rubinstein, the head of Apple’s iPod division” (1)
Grumpy grand uncle – “The long-running legal tussle between The Beatles' company, Apple Corp, and technology giant Apple Computer returned to London's High Court on Wednesday - this time, focused on the latter's move into music services through its iPod player and iTunes download system.” (2)
Sources: 1. FT, Apple Computer loses technology chief, by Kevin Allison 2. FT, Beatles take Apple to court over iPod dispute, by Nikki Tait
02 April 2006
I have not seen the movie but my first encounter with it, its poster, made me wonder whether Dreamworks is going to sue Disney for copying Madagascar. Come on! A lion and a (suffering) giraffe going crazy after running out of the New York zoo!
Then, I had a look at the movie’s page on Yahoo! Movies and just by looking at the still pictures, you know the graphics are hideous (and not in line with the poster!). It looks like the guys at Disney who created the lion for Narnia thought it could be reused. I watched the scene available (a curling game) and it wasn’t even funny and reinforced my opinion on the graphics.
That and the competition of the sequel of the Ice Age coming out now lead to believe that this will be a flop. Disney took the right – and only possible – decision in buying Pixar. People have been saying that Pixar has been lucky rolling out only successful movies but I think that the problems Dreamworks Animation and Disney CG unit have been facing only exemplifies that it is as hard to do good CG animated movies as other type of movies. I was doubtful of the next Pixar film (Cars) but having seen the trailer I think they have another winner in their hands.
So, I can’t wait to go watch Ice Age 2, the Meltdown with Raquel next week-end once she joins me here for my last week in the US – that’s what caring husbands do I guess. And for now, I’ll keep myself entertained (hopefully) with the Inside Man this evening before really getting things going on my second year project report tonight (Steve, if your read me…). Got to go now!