Well, the Academy Awards were five days ago. Let's play a fun game, of seeing how my favorite actor/actresses did at the
star studded show. Here are the actors:
1. Matthew McConaughey won Best Actor for "Dallas Buyers Club"
2. Leonardo DiCaprio did not win an award
3. Matt Damon was not nominated
4. Christian Bale did not win an award
5. James Franco was not nominated
Now, the actresses:
1. Cate Blanchett won Best Actress for "Blue Jasmine"; and this award was her second Oscar.
2. Marion Cotillard was not nominated
3. Penelope Cruz was not nominated
4. Anna Kendrick was not nominated
5. Amy Adams did not win an award
Why did RSG pick these five actors & actresses? Well,it boils down to a craft that they have mastered. Winning an Academy Award is pretty hard mathematically, and literally. As for Oscars 2014, it was a fun event. Thanks to Ellen and the pizza guy!
At times, RSG likes to discuss jewelry with friends. It is good to know the 4 C's of diamond, and they are:
Now, let's discuss some different stones like sapphire, amethyst, and opal. Since we discussed stones, let's go into the big
jewelry companies. There is Signet Jewelers, the parent company of Kay Jewelers and Jared the Galleria of Jewelry. Some people
like to buy jewelry from Zales.
Three days ago, Signet acquired Zale Corporation in a $1.4 billion deal. The merger will enable Zale to accelerate its performance for current and future customers. People can buy diamonds, a girl's best friend, at online sites too.
One new site for people is Etsy, and people should go to "Jewelry on Etsy" to find the latest jewelry. One of the first sites online for buying jewelry is www.bluenile.com. This online jewelry retailer started in 1999, and is based in Seattle.
Finally, people can go to Harry Winston salons to buy the upscale jewels. Many celebrities in Hollywood, CA or Miami, FL want to
adorn themselves with this jewelry. In closing, make the right choice when you buy the beautiful jewel for that special someone.
Hope you like the signet ring engraved Sam Alfano image above. Rings are beautiful pieces of art too.
Three days ago, Satya Nadella was named as the new CEO at Microsoft. The company is going through major changes, and needs to make a transition into the right direction. Satya is a hyper educated guy, as he has three college degrees. He has been with the company for twenty two years, and the hiring appears to be the right one so far.
Also, Bill Gates is not the chairman of Microsoft. He stepped down three days ago. Bill has stepped into the role of Founder and Technology Advisor instead.
In other news, Google passed Exxon this week as the No. 2 company in terms of market capitalization. Google is a fifteen year old company, which has its hands in many different businesses. It is great to see this company surpass Exxon. Google's current stock price is more than $1,177. Oh wow! That price is not cheap.
Hope you like the picture of Larry Page, Sergey Brin, and Eric Schmidt. It's a nice picture of the big three "googlers."
There were two new champions in Australia, as the Australian Open 2014 crowned Li Na and Stanislas Wawrinka as the winners of
the women's & men's finals.
Li Na won her first Australian Open title, by defeating Dominika Cibulkova in two sets. The latter had upset Maria Sharapova, and Agnieszka Radwanska before losing in the finals. Li Na was a finalist (runner-up) in Melbourne twice, before proving that "the third time is the charm."
As for the men's side, Wawrinka beat Djokovic (quarterfinals), Berdych (semifinals), and Rafael Nadal in the finals. It is Wawrinka's first grand slam championship, and Li Na's second grand slam victory. Wawrinka will move up to No. 3 in the rankings, and Li Na is No. 3 in the women's side.
These matches were great in Melbourne, and RSG is happy that Roger Federer made it back to the semifinals in Melbourne.
Roger made the finals in Brisbane also, so he has raised his level of play to start 2014. Keep it up, RF!
Hope you like the picture above, and it is Stanislaw Wawrinka in Indian Wells,CA (at BNP Paribas Open). Thankfully, RSG has seen Stanislas play doubles with Roger Federer in 2011 BNP Paribas Open. Two great swiss players, who can be the new "swiss duo."
Last night, G. Ripley attended a fun house party in AZ. The house party was diverse, because there was a person from
Vietnamese, french, Indian, American, and Spanish descent. It was a cosmopolitan party, and the hosts were gracious.
People watched the New England Patriots vs. Indianapolis Colts game, and ate good food (plus drank some cool alco beverages).
After the game ended, people talked and played "catchphrase" game. The party was a great way to start 2014 for me.
For 2014, it is about continuing to be diverse in my actions. Next, RSG hopes to make it to a foreign country or new city in the
Last year, G. Ripley went to Tampa and New Orleans. Finally, G. Ripley went to the wine country in Temecula Valley, CA to close 2013. Both of those accomplishments made the bucket list.
For 2014, G. hopes to make it back to Santa Barbara or Tampa. Hope this year is a great one for all friends!
Hope you like the picture of Argentina, and the regions for growing Torrontes wine (white wine from South America). Enjoy
Last night, Rahulio went to the Lakers vs. Suns game in US Airways Center. The arena was packed with holiday cheer. The Lakers lost the game by 27 points. But, it was great to spend the game with my friend, Sabin M.
We had not met in twenty eight years, until last night. He was one of my closest friends in Taiwan, during my time there.
It was great to reminisce with him about Taiwan, and his present life. Since he is a medical doctor, RSG learned
a lot about another profession.
Back to the game, the Suns are playing like a playoff team already. They are sixth in the western conference standings.
The Lakers are playing an injury depleted season. Kobe Bryant is out for another five weeks, Steve Nash is out for another month, and Steve Blake is out with an injury also.
Hope the Lakers can turn around their season, while the Suns are playing really well.
Check the picture above from the game. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
Today is the last “Friday the 13th” of 2013. There are only eighteen days left, and 2013 is over.
It is hard to believe, that 2014 is almost upon us. Now, this post is about “the year in music” for 2013.
RSG purchased some cds’ this year from the following artists: John Mayer, Jay-Z, and The Great Gatsby Original Soundtrack.
Some other artists had new music, which RSG did not buy. Those artists were Drake, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, etc.
For 2014, which current artist will have a new album? U2 is an artist, which should have a new album for the New Year. Currently, the rock/pop group has a new song titled “ordinary love.” This song is on the soundtrack for the movie, “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.”
Hope 2014 is another year of good music. RSG hopes to see a concert next year also.
Keep Rocking, and rapping! Hope you like the image above for 2014. :)