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.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Wimbledon 2014 recap: Kvitova and Djokovic increase their trophy cases

The most prestigious tennis tournament is over. Today, Novak Djokovic beat Roger Federer in the men's final at Wimbledon. The match lasted close to 4 hours, and it was a tight five setter. Roger Federer was outlasted by Novak Djokovic. Novak was serving for the match in the fourth set, but Roger won the final five games of that set. Finally, Roger lost the last game of the match on serve. Novak won his second title, and Roger showed class in the loss. Both players have a good friendship, which is uncanny on the ATP tour. Roger played a great grass court season, by winning in Halle, Germany. He played really well at Wimbledon, by making the finals. "RF" will be back next year to fight for that eighth title in England. As for the women's side, Petra Kvitova won her second wimbledon title. She beat Eugenie Bouchard in the finals, and this fortnight was replete with upsets for the women. Eugenie Bouchard pulled off two major upsets, by beating Angelique Kerber and Simona Halep. Eugenie had made the semifinals, at the French Open and Australian Open in 2014. She is referred to as " 'Genie ", as a nickname. Lastly, The Royal Box had Prince William and his wife Kate, David Beckham and actors Bradley Cooper, Samuel L. Jackson and Chris Hemsworth. Also, Orlando Bloom and other stars were in attendance. Wimbledon brings out the celebrities. :)

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Chicago, the windy city and home of new "Star Wars" museum

Chicago is the nation's third most populous city. It has the John Hancock center, and Willis Tower. The latter of the skyscrapers is the second tallest building in the US. In the upcoming years, the city will be the home of the new "Star Wars" museum also. The creator of the sci-fi movies, George Lucas, made the announcement today. It is a major victory for Chicago Mayor, Rahm Emanuel. Even though LucasFilm and Skywalker Sound are based in Marin County, CA; the revered director chose the state of Illinois. For RSG, this museum will be a "must see" for my next visit. For the opening ceremony, the storm troopers might march throughout the city. Or, the original "Star Wars" cast should do the honors of opening the museum. As for the next "Star Wars" movie, Episode VII will be in theaters in December 2015. Let's hope the museum is done before the release date.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Allez Maria! Sharapova wins second French Open title

Maria Sharapova won her second French Open title yesterday. She won her fifth title at a major tennis tournament. It was the hardest grand slam final victory for Maria. She beat Simona Halep in three sets. Maria will move back into the top five in the rankings. On the men's side, Rafael Nadal won his ninth French Open title. He beat Novak Djokovic in four sets. Going back to Sharapova, she is second now in the all-time women's prize money list. Hope Maria can win Australian, Wimbledon, or US Open again. Her next test will be at Wimbledon in two weeks. This grand slam tournament is the most prestigious. Au Revoir from Paris, the city of love. Enjoy the picture of Miss Sharapova, the russian beauty.

Friday, May 23, 2014

drinking red wine, and white wine. Which wine is better?

As some people know, RSG enjoys wine. The wine which he drinks is white wine only, as red wine has too many tannins. While on vacation, most of my cousins drank tons of sangria, moscato, cabernet sauvignon, and merlot. Everyone got crunk off of pinot noir, and his cousins asked me "why is it that you don't drink red wine?" It is 10:30 pm, and everyone is wondering "what's next to drink on the agenda?" Yours truly spent the night observing everyone drinking, like there was no tomorrow. For rsg to drink wine, it has to be one of the following wines: 1. Pinot Grigio 2. Pinot Gris 3. Sauvignon Blanc 4. White Zinfandel 5. Chardonnay 6. Riesling 7. Chenin 8. Viognier Moscato is a good wine, but it is better to drink it during dessert. Since this wine is too sweet, it is not consumed by yours truly. Finally, if you can pair a good wine with some great food, you are the "sommelier." In closing, enjoy a good glass of vino. Wine can make one dine, and look really fine. That one is for the lovely ladies to follow! :) :)

Thursday, May 8, 2014

coping with Lyme disease

Last night at a Benihana restaurant, a young man was asking me "do you want to eat those shrimp?". After a few minutes, RSG figured that he had enough shrimp, so it would be good to let someone else enjoy the meat. The young frail man started to eat the shrimp, and his father told everyone at the table "my son is having his last meal." Since the sequence of events had sparked my interest, RSG asked the skinny man "why is this meal your last one?" The patient told me "I am in the phoenix area to take care of a health issue." Within thirty seconds, the emaciated young man asked me "you seem interested to know my problem." Next, I stated "only you can divulge the problem you have, and reveal it if you feel comfortable." The young man mentioned "the Mayo Clinic is going to help me, to conquer lyme disease, as it has weakened me tremendously." Immediately, I told the lyme disease patient that he will survive this medical predicament. For the next twenty minutes, the young twenty two year old man described some of his symptoms, and how he is fighting for his life. RSG asked him, "how do you cope with this problem for so many years?" His response was "I have to fight it, or my life ends." Then, we discussed the theory of "fight or flight." The young man was taken aback, by the medical terminology and physiological theories. Towards the end of dinner, he said "the fighter mentality that I have is going to help also." At the end of the night, the young man's zeal to fight was a very motivating tool for everyone to do the right thing. The Mayo Clinic is located in Scottsdale, AZ; and it is one of the most revered medical centers in this country. Finally, the young man has aspirations of being a leading nutrionist someday. He is studying nutritional sciences at Oregon State University. May he accomplish his dream, and help others too.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Why e-mail accounts, and security should change

About twenty hours ago, RSG ended another chapter in his working life. While working his last day at Matrix Medical, a system admin. asked him "are you going to see your e-mail, after you leave?". Why would a system admin. ask me this question? Well, the reason is most people feel the need to go back into their e-mail account; after leaving their last employer. It's a good thing that RSG did not go back into his work e-mail account, as companies keep an old e-mail account for almost seven years. When people leave an employer, it is best to make sure that you leave with all your personal electronic files intact. Taking a flash drive to your work to download appropriate work files, or e-mailing work files to another e-mail account is the right step. In contrast, companies should delete old email archives that are only three to four years old. Companies are protecting themselves from future incrimination, by deleting these e-mail accounts sooner than seven years. It's a preventative measure, which should be followed. If three year old e-mail accounts are deleted in a quicker method, it will help companies to move onto bigger security initiatives.