Sunday, March 22, 2015

Making an entrance, and an appearance for three countries

This week, R$G made an appearance at St. Patrick's Day on 3-17-2015. It was a fun night at Casey Moore's with Puneet, Y.U., NP, etc. Towards the end of the night, it was great fun to kiss two beautiful Canadian sisters. Sheila and Carol were trading kisses for alcohol, as Hollywood G. bought them a couple of drinks. By far, one of the best romantic exchanges of my life. Next, it was on to the Brazilian festival in downtown Phoenix on March 21. This festival was overpriced, and the food was ok. The Pressroom venue was small, and the crowd was too large. This South American country's festival will be one, which is not high on my list. On to the next one, like "Jay-Z" says. Finally, today was the 2nd annual Italian festival in Scottsdale. This one was the best one, of the three parties. Brazil, Ireland, and Italy are countries for anyone to visit. Visiting Italy as a youngster was fun. It was the best festival/party, as the food from restaurants was good. The outdoor location was incredible. Rahulio Ganpuleone enjoyed this one the most. Lastly, checking out Italy as an adult is high on my "bucket" list. Arrivederci!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Etsy going public, yet online crafts marketplace is unprofitable

Today, Etsy Inc. announced their IPO plan. In the public filing, Etsy plans to raise $300 million. But, the online crafts marketplace is not a profitable company. Founded in 2005, the Brooklyn, NY based company lost $15 million in 2014. The company has 54 million active members, and the company has to come up with a turnaround strategy fast. For investors, the company would be appealing if it's "in the black." If the company continues to be "in the red" or unprofitable, it will be a tech bubble mainstay. Etsy should not be another Twitter, as the popular microblogging website has yet to churn a profit. On the other hand, Twitter's user base is geared toward a different demographic. Etsy is geared more towards females, and for the millennial (age 18-34) generation. Finally, Etsy has an app. online. The company is requesting more users to download the app., and to buy their products from smartphones. The website is the most “pinned” on Pinterest. Etsy is comparing itself to EBay, since Ebay was the pioneer of the online crafts marketplace world. The last question is whether Etsy will surpass the incredible visits to their website figure, that Ebay has amassed for years. Enjoy the picture above, it is from an MBA case study done on Etsy. When buying crafts and jewelry online, be cautious!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Surviving extremely cold weather in CHIBERIA!

Well, Rahulio is back in Phoenix. He spent the last four days in Chicago. Chicago's cold weather was the worst temperatures on record, for the "Windy City." The city was called "Chiberia", or "Chicago + Siberia" for February 18 and 19. The average high temperature during my stay was 15 degrees Fahrenheit. This trip was my first time at the Allstate Insurance company headquarters. Due to my current role of Software Support Engineer/Application Software Developer in my career, this trip involved "work + pleasure." For pleasure, RSG went to Chicago River and the restaurants/bars by the environs of downtown Chicago. If you see the picture above, it is a picture of Chicago River on the "coldest day of my life." It was great to see the picturesque skyline of the city. Willis Tower, AON center,and John Hancock Center were some of the majestic skyscrapers seen by RSG. Finally, it was great to see my cousins from both sides of the family. It was great to spend time with female friends too, while sipping on Chateau Ste Michelle Riesling wine. Consuming Effen vodka, lemonade, and cranberry juice was another titillating experience too. Reading Wine Spectator magazine was my penultimate highlight, as a coworker gave me three magazines. It was great reading material for the plane ride home.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Should Brian Williams step down permanently from NBC?

At the beginning of this month, Brian Williams was an NBC Nightly News Anchor. He had held this job, for more than a decade. Then, he uttered a couple of fibs. His first made up story was Brian being in a helicopter hit by enemy fire in Iraq, in early 2003. His second made up story involved Brian coming under enemy fire by Hezbollah, while on a trip to Israel. Next, Brian apologized to the public on NBC Nightly News on February 4 for his erroneous stories. He mentioned that he should step down from the Anchor desk, as the NBC network does an internal investigation. The next question is what does Brian Williams gain, by fabricating? From a possible psychiatric point of view, Brian is hiding feelings of unworthiness, and weakness. In the end, should Brian Williams step down from his anchor job permanently at NBC? That question will be answered in the final paragraph. In summary, Brian Williams journalistic credibility is in jeopardy. He has come forward with an apology, but can he be vindicated completely. NBC News could find other lies that Williams has told, and demote him. At this time, the public is in a "wait and see" time frame. The final question could be who would replace Brian Williams. RSG's pick would be Willie Geist. If you don't know Willie, then you don't watch the "Today" show on NBC.

Monday, January 26, 2015

2015 Chinese New Year is "Year of the Sheep"

More than three decades ago, RSG lived in Taiwan. According to the Chinese New Year, he was born during the year of the Dragon. In 2015, the Chinese will celebrate their New Year on February 19. This year is the year of the sheep, per the Chinese zodiac. But, what does the year of the goat mean? Furthermore, the sheep is one that should practice self-care in the workplace. In terms of relationships, the sheep has the traits of sharing their feelings. A person that is a sheep, will be trusted by more people than usual. In 2015, the sheep will be in the money by making sound financial decisions. Lastly, the sheep should stick to their routine to attain topmost health. In the end, it is good to be a sheep in 2015. 2003 was the last year of the sheep. The different animals, or signs in the Chinese zodiac comes back every twelve years. In the cities of Washington DC, NY, SF, and LA; there will be huge parades for Chinese New Year on February 19. The Chinese New Year is celebrated in a global way too. Hope you enjoy the picture above, from Chinese New Year celebration in London's Chinatown district.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Why does India have so many political parties?

Tonight, Rahulio and a good friend discussed political parties in India. His associate, Primo, brought up three political parties and how they became popular. The first party was BJP. BJP stands for Bharatiya Janata Party, which means Indian people's party in Hindi. The second party was Shiv Sena, which means Shivaji's army in Hindi. It is a far-right regional political party based in Mumbai, Maharashtra. The final party mentioned was the RSS, which stands for Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. This party name means National Volunteer Organization in Hindi. After being informed about these three parties, the reader may ask "why are there more than two parties in India?" If someone was to ask "what is the world's largest democracy?", the answer most likely would be the USA. But, the correct answer is India. Yet, how does India have a democracy with more than 50 political parties. It is done because the population is so huge and diverse, that each state has to have more than five political parties. Furthermore, here is a good example of an Indian state with more than 10 political parties. It is none other than Andhra Pradesh. This state has close to 35 political parties. The state has Telugu as its main language; and some of the main parties are Congress, BJP, and communists. Since the author of this post is from Maharashtra, it does not hurt to mention that this state has more than thirty political parties. Marathi is the main language, though it may not be the main language spoken in Mumbai. Gujarat, and languages from the South (tamil, kannada, or malyalee) are prominent languages as well. Currently, Narendra Modi is the Prime Minister of India. He came from the BJP party. If Narendra Modi were to visit Europe, he may look at Germany and other countries (Belgium and UK) that have more than ten political parties. He may be able to tell Angela Merkel (German Chancellor) and David Cameron (UK prime minister), that having more than five political parties is not an anomaly. Lastly, hope you enjoy the picture of the tricolor above. The Indian flag is always a favorite picture of yours truly.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Learning more about Alan Turing, computer science pioneer and the father of AI

After seeing “The Imitation Game” movie, it made me realize that Alan Turing was a prodigal human being. The movie is based on a true story, about Alan Turing and his cryptography work during World War II. Alan received his PhD from Princeton University in 1938. Turing is touted as a computer science pioneer, and the father of AI (artificial intelligence). During World War II, Alan Turing worked on cracking the code in the German Enigma machine. This project started in 1939 for Alan, and his team of codebreakers. In the movie, Alan and his team struggle to crack Germany’s aerial assault on England. Yet, Alan and his team persevere to crack the code at Bletchley Park in later stages of the war. In 1945, World War II ended with the Allies securing victory in Europe and Asia. After the war, Turing engaged in acts of homosexuality. The homosexuality behavior was not tolerated in England, and this sensitive topic is discussed in the movie. Nine years after World War II ended, Alan Turing died. He committed suicide via cyanide poisoning. Turing showed signs of genius behavior, in his younger days. If you have not seen "the Imitation game", then you are missing out on learning about one of the most enigmatic minds. Enjoy the picture above of Benedict Cumberbatch, a renowned actor well suited for the role of Turing.