Monday, February 28, 2005

How much can life change in 5 years?

Originally uploaded by rafuchoski.

Remember for a moment, What were you doing 5 years ago? What were you up to? What were your plans? How much have life change since then?

5 years ago I was in University, I was starting my AIESEC career (First AIESEC meeting was in January 2000), in August I had the chance to go to Russia to do a CEED (small exchange to work as part of the Local Chapter of AIESEC in Russia for those non AIESECer's out there) for 1 month and there I met Polina Dvoeglazova, the TN Manager for AIESEC in Saint Peterburg, a great girl with 2 more years to go in University and 19 years old.

Well I just received an email from her yesterday saying that after finishing University, going on Traineeship to Poland, getting married, working with and Advertising Company for a couple of years now on February 16th Ivan (her fisrt baby) was born, it makes you wonder how much can happen in 5 years time right?
Congratulations Polina!.

Thursday, February 24, 2005

How much those the internet changes a day?

This spot started 1 month ago as I wanted to know if my weblog could be found using some internet search engines and how hard would that be, so I tried searching for "Rafael Gonzalez" and "Rafael Gonzalez Weblog" and kept a record of the results.
But after 1 month I just did the same search and came up with different results, here are the results, they gave me an idea on how much the internet is changing and how much work is being done to the search engines.

Search EngineSearch for1 month agoFeb 24th
GoogleRafael Gonzalez50/620,0002/597,000
GoogleRafael Gonzalez Weblog4/11,8001/28,300
YahooRafael Gonzalez272/918,000224/1,900,000
YahooRafael Gonzalez Weblog11/13,1001/20,800
AltavistaRafael Gonzalez Weblog11/13,1301/29,800

Not doing that bad right?

Sprint deadbeats dial wrong number, get harshed on

Could you imagine receiving thousands of calls for Sprint Customer Service?

"You know what happens when you have a phone number that�s only one digit off from the number for Sprint�s collections department? You get a lot of deadbeats calling up some random dude in Massachusetts begging him to not disconnect their service. Stewart Woodworth says he�s logged something like 8,000 misdialed calls from Sprint customers over the past 2 1/2 years, and after Sprint refused to change their number he recorded an outgoing message on his voicemail that says: �Pay your Sprint bill or your service will be shut off. It�s that simple. If you don�t pay your Sprint bill, you might as well take your Sprint phone and throw it in the trash. Even a person with your limited intelligence should be able to figure that out. Go ahead � write a check. Hang up the phone, write a check, jerk.� Which resulted in pretty much everyone calling Sprint�s main line to complain about how rude the collections department�s outgoing message is."

If you want to read the whole article, just click here

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Tortola - British Virgin Islands

This a Posting that is overdue. Last year I had the chance of flying to Tortola to do a training with DHL. I have to tell you that it is a beautifull island, and it was sad to be there only for 2 days working almost all day long and not having the chance to enjoy it that much. But I wanted to share with you some pictures so you can appreciate this wordenfull paradise.

Just for your information the British Virgin Islands are located in the Caribbean East of Puerto Rico and next to the US Virgin Islands, they have a population of aprox. 20,000 inhabitants and an area of 59 Sq Km, the Capital is Roadtown and of course their major industry is the Tourism.

Friday, February 18, 2005

It�s all about the Cultural Understanding, right?

Last Friday I had the chance to have dinner with the family of one of my friends here in Florida, a Jewish American Family who had the opportunity of living at California, Ohio, Florida and visit many countries, and of course it led us to some interesting and consuming conversation that made time fly from 7:30pm to midnight without us even noticing.
It's always great to see other people's points of view, and I have to be completely honest in saying that it was something I missed really a lot, having a conversation about different topics with people of different backgrounds, cultures, ages, etc. What can I say? I just love the diversity.

Some highlights from their point of view in the conversation were:
"US is becoming a Hegemonic Power in the world, but if there's going to be one, there's none out there better than us, taking into consideration that we do not go into other countries in order to conquer them, or stay in there forever"
"France wouldn't want to get into Irak because they have lost every war they got into, while the US has won every single one of them"
"Americans are in my opinion the most culturally adaptable in the world", and I have to say that if you look at Multinational Companies inside Latin America you will see the incredible amount of Americans in Management positions, so is this statement somehow true?
"We went to Romania in 1996, and it was a really poor and sad country" and I have to say that I went there in 2001 and had an incredible and amazing experience in an AIESEC Conference, but as always it is all about perception, and AIESEC makes things look different doesn't it?
"American Football can't become a big sport in Latin America, as for it you need precision, discipline and perfect timing, things that Latin Americans are not good at", but I have to ask now what is then the main reason why soccer is not widely played or looked into in the US and it is in Latin America?, is it actually our different cultural backgrounds that define this or what is it?

As always we all have different point of view on different things, and as the AFS motto says "It's not good, it's not bad, it's just different" but I would have to add, it's also interesting to understand the why behind these points of view, and there's no better way to do it than having a good conversation on it. What do you guys think about this? Let's hear it!

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Venezuela see off Estonia

It's funny that after posting about a crazy fan cutting his testicles because his team won a Football match I post this news, but you have to understand that Venezuela has always been seen as the "Piece of Cake" team when it comes to football (or soccer) in South America. We have always been a Baseball oriented Country in a Football oriented Continent, but gladly our team is making some progress:

News taken from the Official Site for the 2006 FIFA world cup Germany:

Venezuela see off Estonia

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

How crazy can you become over sports?

How much of a fan of any sports are you? What are you willing to do if your team wins? I just found this story in MSNBC about a rugby fan who cut his testicles because his team won, I wonder what he would have done if they had loose? Every time I experience a cultural shock I always repeat to myself the AFS motto "It's not good, it's not bad, it's just different" but this is definitely something I am not willing to try. Here's the story

"A Welsh rugby fan cut off his own testicles to celebrate Wales beating England at rugby, the Daily Mirror reported on Tuesday.
Geoff Huish, 26, was so convinced England would win Saturday's match he told fellow drinkers at a social club, "If Wales win I'll cut my balls off", the paper said.
Friends at the club in Caerphilly, south Wales, thought he was joking.
But after the game Huish went home, severed his testicles with a knife, and walked 200 meters back to the bar with the testicles to show the shocked drinkers what he had done.
Huish was taken to hospital where he remained in a seriously ill condition, the paper said. Police told the paper he had a history of mental problems.
Wales's 11-9 victory over England at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff was their first home win over England in 12 years."

Friday, February 04, 2005

Boy stages own kidnapping to raise money to buy cellphone

Right from the Engadget blog I found this:
How badly do you want that new cellie you�ve been lusting after? No matter how badly you think you want it, you definitely don�t want it as bad as this 15-year-old kid in India. His parents ouldn�t give him enough money for a cellphone, so he hatched a scheme: pretend to kidnap himself and use the ransom money to buy himself that new Nokia.
The whole thing fell apart when police installed a caller ID box in his parent�s home phone line and were able to figure out where he was calling from.

Do not complain about your water temperature, remember this:

Next time you wash your hands and complain because the water temperature isn't just how you like it, think about how things used to be.

Thursday, February 03, 2005

Danger of Drivers with Cellphones

Here's some info I found from a gadget blog about driving and using a cell phone at the same time, for me it's really interesting the fact that in Florida you can drive and use the cell phone, when in Puerto Rico you will get a ticket for that (and both are under US Federal Laws), unless you are using a "hands free".
To be completely honest with you it's something that is really bothering as you ALWAYS run into someone talking on the phone and not concentrating on the road.

New study points to dangers of drivers with cellphones

Driver on cell phone

This won�t come as a surprise to anyone who has had to share a highway with a driver who�s carrying on an animated
phone conversation while also attempting to maneuver his car, but it�s a serious situation nonetheless. A new study has
determined that cellphone-wielding drivers � and young
in particular � are responsible for thousands of traffic accidents. The study, by the journal Human
Factors, determined that cellphone usage causes 2,600 deaths and 330,000 injuries in the U.S. each year. Young drivers
were singled out as having reduced reaction times � the study�s author said that a 20-year-old driver with a cellphone
has the reaction time of a 70-year-old without one. The study is consistent with previous research that found
behind-the-wheel cellphone-usage � even with hands-free headsets � to pose serious risks.