Monday, October 20, 2014

Review: new u2 album "Songs of Innocence", and Calvin Harris' new album

Recently, U2 released their new album "Songs of Innocence" via Itunes download. But, RSG had to buy the cd due to no Itunes account. The quartet from Ireland has produced another great album, as ten of the eleven tracks are spectacular. The album has great ballads, like "Every Breaking Wave" and "The Miracle of Joey Ramone." Also, the song "Iris (Hold Me Close)" sounds like another version of "Ultraviolet"; another popular U2 track from the "Achtung Baby" album. Ryan Tedder produced a handful of the tracks, and he is the lead singer of "One Republic." U2's latest album is better than "no line on the horizon", the group's last album released in 2009. In addition to u2's new album, RSG is looking forward to some new tracks from Calvin Harris. This EDM DJ is one of the best DJ's in the world. His new album titled "Motion" will be released November 2014. Three of the best songs on the album are: 1. Summer, 2. Blame, and 3. Under Control. "Summer" was released in the summer 2014, while "Blame" is Calvin's latest song hitting radio stations across the U.S. Wonder if Calvin's new album will have success similar to his last album, "18 Months." That album had produced more than five hit singles for the UK DJ. Finally, if you want to see Calvin Harris perform, you will pay $75 or more per ticket. The DJ is a regular performer in Las Vegas, London, and other U.K. venues.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

HP, and Symantec to split up

In recent news, HP will be splitting up into two different entities. One company will focus on the computer and printer operations unit, and it will be HP Inc. The other company, HP Enterprise, will focus on software and cloud based computing services. The main question is which company will be the more prosperous? The split initiated by CEO, Meg Whitman, should have happened in 2011 (or earlier). In addition to HP's recent split, Symantec will do the same by splitting up into two companies. The two public traded companies will be: 1. Cybersecurity software, and 2. Storage and backup. Cisco Systems and NetApp may show interest in buying the two surviving Symantec corporations. Since 2012, the company has fired two CEOs. Poor financial performance, and other management mishaps have led to the terminations. Finally, EBay is going to split off Paypal. EBay and Paypal will be two companies operating, in two different industries. One for online auctions, and the other company will focus on online money transfers. In 2014, there have been more than 60 spin-offs announced. Which major corporation could be the next to spin-off? Microsoft does come to mind. For now, hope Meg Whitman and HP are successful in their spinoff.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Fall TV shows for Rickie Greenleaf to watch!

Today was the first official day of Fall. For Rickie Greenleaf (new alias of RSG), it means watching new TV shows. Tonight, "Gotham" premiered on Fox. The one hour drama stars Ben McKenzie, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Donal Logue. McKenzie plays a young comm. James Gordon, while Jada Pinkett Smith plays villainous "Fish" Mooney. Donal Logue plays Det. Harvey Bullock, a possibly enemy to future Comm. Gordon. Meanwhile, two other prominent stars of the show, are Erin Richards and Sean Pertwee. Erin Richards plays Barbara Kean, the love interest of pre-Comm. Gordon. The story starts with the killing of young Bruce Wayne's parents. Bruce Wayne becomes "Batman" in another lifetime. When Bruce's parents are murdered, Alfred (Sean Pertwee) takes sole custody of the young man. The rest of the show tries to fit pieces together, of the real murderer of Bruce's parents. As for the first episode, it was gripping. Hope the next episode is another edge of your seat thriller. Tomorrow night, RG will watch "Agents of Shield" on ABC. Hope the second season is more stimulating, than last year's "hit or miss" inception. Enjoy the picture above, of the cast of "Gotham."

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Implementing advice from a cog. psych. doctorate

Today, RSG sought advice from a friend on "how to cope with different personalities" in the office. In life, there have been people that have put me in difficult situations. In my current dilemma in the abnormal work environment, there is a person that is pushing me to the limit. He is the adversary, or someone who is pushing my buttons tremendously. Unfortunately, my way of coping with him is not working. So, my friend, primo, is the person who RSG has sought out for help. Primo's advice is for me to: 1. stay calm, positive and for me to be "the doer." 2. Talk to this adversary, about the problem of fear. Try to come to a meeting point, where both parties are working together to solve the problem. In my predicament, there has to be different strategies for me to try. As there are many different personality types, RSG is looking at all options. Some good sites on the internet appear to be: www.personalitypage.com, www.mentalhealthamerica.net, and www.humanmetrics.com. When people look at my personality, hope they see me as a "ESFJ." ESFJ is (Extraversion, Sensing, Feeling, Judgment). The title was given to me in 2006, while RSG took a pseudo Myers Briggs test. This personality trait is for people that see problems clearly and work hard. This person has a lot of zeal for life, and for accomplishing a great deal. ESFJs, as do most SJs, bear strong allegiance to rights of seniority. Here are some cool people, that were the same personality. Go to http://www.celebritytypes.com/esfj.php to see the list. RSG is not in accord, with all of these people. Some of them like Hugh Jackman, are in my world though. :) Hope you like the picture above, as it is an ESFJ.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Seeing "John Legend" in concert

Two days ago, John Legend was at the Comerica Theatre in downtown Phoenix. It was great to see him perform. John is a graduate of University of Pennsylvania, and he performed twenty songs. Most of his songs were from his past albums, except one Michael Jackson track. John was on stage for 105 minutes, and seeing him from the thirteenth row was incredible. John has four major albums, over the past eleven years. He has appeared on the original soundtrack for movies, like "Django Unchained" and "Think Like A Man." He is married to Chrissy Teigen, a beautiful model. Overall, John was very entertaining due to his great voice and humor. Mr. Legend has collaborated with Kanye West, Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Ludacris, Lauryn Hill; and other artists. The crowd was singing with John, on many tracks. The crowd was replete with beautiful women and people of all color. :)

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Remembering Robin Williams the RSG way!

A few days ago, Robin Williams passed away. The talented comedian/actor committed suicide. He was a an Academy Award winner for "Good Will Hunting" in 1998. He was in many tv shows like "Mork and Mindy", and an endless amount of movies. One of his final movies was "Lee Daniels The Butler", in which Robin played President Dwight Eisenhower. His latest tv show, "The Crazy Ones", was canceled after one season. Overall, the world is remembering him in many ways. Robin battled depression, alcoholism, and Parkinson's disease. He was married three times, and he died in Tiburon, CA. One of my favorite movies of Robin was "Dead Poet's Society." He was funny in "Mrs. Doubtfire" as well. At this time, may Robin rest in peace. His picture is one of him talking with his hands, which he did so well.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Finishing Joanne Kathleen Rowling's first novel. What a fun read!

Well, RSG saw all seven of the Harry Potter movies. His nephew, Ravi, has all seven of the Harry Potter books. Tonight, Rahulio finished reading "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone", written by J.K. Rowling. J.K. Rowling is known as Joanne Kathleen Rowling, and this book was her first novel on Harry Potter. She wrote six more books about the magical boy wizard. In addition, all seven of her books were turned into eight colorful movies. Each movie was a hit for Warner Bros. Studios. The movie's main stars were Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), Emma Watson (Hermione Granger), and Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter). Yesterday, Daniel Radcliffe turned 25. The first Harry Potter movie came out in 2001, when Daniel was 12 years old. The movie, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" took the movie making world by storm. Seven more movies were made over the next ten years, with the final movie being released in 2011. Finally, there are more Harry Potter novels for me to read. If all seven are read by myself one day, it would be a fun goal accomplished. Reading is fun, and it opens my mind to many visuals of interesting people. Read because you want to enjoy a story, not because it's a mandatory action to be completed.