6/28/2005 01:32:00 PM|W|P|BRAFury|W|P|I was wondering if iPods are really an addiction? I don't believe they are. They are instead, a neat way someone came up with that allows millions to consolidate their music into a small box that is easily carried around. For example, I use my iPod in at least three different situations that would require me to carry or posess three different sound devices:

All right behind the total and easy syncronization your computer, which allows you to buy, manage and reproduce your music with the highest quality possible. Enough to justify hours of usage a day.

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This was an email I received for the coordinator of my program at Pepperdine. I liked her email mostly because it summarized all of what I'll be doing in the next couple of years which seems to be a whole lot more I've ever got accomplished. I'm looking forward to all of what's coming up, even to the moments I will feel completely overwhelmed by the amount of work... Oh well, work never killed anyone... well almost no one Dear Celso, Now is an exciting time for international business. New developments, and some unusual ones, are occurring in many industries, like IBM's sale of its PC business to Lenovo Group in China earlier this year providing both companies with a big edge in each other's countries! Needless to say, your upcoming studies will go into these and many other aspects of business to help you gain the knowledge necessary for success in your future career. In the first year of the program, you will complete all of your core courses in accounting, finance, marketing, data analysis, economics, management, Spanish and more! You will complete 25 courses in the 3 trimesters of your first year at a rigorous pace. All of this will prove to be tremendously important, however, for your second year when you take elective courses at one of our partner universities and then put all of your knowledge to work in a full time internshipp in Latin America to cap the program. It is a fast and exciting 2 years, but you will also find amazing friendships and new opportunities!

|W|P|111954644777295909|W|P|Pepperdine IMBA - The outline of my program|W|P|6/16/2005 09:07:00 AM|W|P|BRAFury|W|P|Since I came back from LA I have been running more than usual (I think I was encouraged by the unbelievable bodies I've seen). I've ran every day this week, totalling about 9 miles so far. Since I lift weights too, my maximum daily distance has been 4 miles and all of my mileage so far has been on a treadmill. According to Men's Health, two important things must be taken in consideration in cardiovascular activities, especially in a treadmill: 1) Make sure you adjust to the fact you are on a treadmill and change the incline to 1%. This small change (you won't notice the difference) will assure you are indeed running at the rate the treadmill says you are running and give you a calorie expenditure boost. 2) Try reaching 80% of your heart rate capacity 5-10 minutes after you start (it will ensure you are warmed up and ready to go at 80% capacity). Now keep it there for about 15-20 minutes if you can. Finally, slow down and finish your workout at a slower pace. Not only the last 15-20 minutes will be a breeze, but you will be spending a far greater amount of calories doing so. This applies to any cardiovascular exercise (indoor and outdoor)|W|P|112524842141674217|W|P|Running Fixes|W|P|6/14/2005 07:27:00 AM|W|P|BRAFury|W|P|I left Los Angeles a couple of days ago and I have to say my trip was a success. As I've written before, I already have a nice place to live. In addition, I made a few purchases to my house so that in a few weeks, when I move there, I don't have to deal with finding bedroom furniture nor a couch to put in my living room. Right now, I am in Orlando with my mom, running errands to leave this place in good shape. I've realized how hard it is to leave a house in good shape, from all points of view. It is simply a big hassle. I'm glad I have an apartment. Well, off to workout and then to take this car to be serviced...|W|P|111876132422600652|W|P|Updates: LA and other stuff|W|P|6/13/2005 04:49:00 PM|W|P|BRAFury|W|P|To ensure proper nutrition and/or big muscles and fat shedding I'm sure most of us heard we have to eat six balanced meals a day. If you are on a three meal a day plan, try eating something smaller between meals, something fast and nutritious - let's say an apple, or a protein bar (my favorite right now is Detour) . If you have time though, I'd try a protein shake or even better, a smoothie. Today, I tried a recipe from Men's Health and I was surprised how good it tasted. Here it goes, they call it a tiramisu smoothie; 1/2 cup cold water 1 scoop chocolate whey powder (I used Isopure) 2 Tbsp. Plain Yogurt 1/3 cup part skim ricotta cheese 6 almonds 1 tsp. peanut butter (I used PB instead of flaxseeds like they suggested) 1 tsp. fine ground coffee 1 Splenda packet 5 ice cubes Tasty, creamy, smooth and filling. Perfect while you wait for dinner. Go ahead, try it out.|W|P|112524827165638297|W|P|A good snack between meals|W|P|6/12/2005 05:44:00 AM|W|P|BRAFury|W|P|Quality posts are definitely hard to come by. Sometimes we lack subjects, other times we simply cannot express our opinions with words, like your writing mood is dormant or something. The result is a bunch of mild, tasteless phrases that do nothing to excite the reader. In rare moments, inspiration strikes and we are able to produce beautifully like this morning, around 5:15 AM Pacific Time, when I shared in an email with the daughter of my dad's friend what it really meant for me to become an exchange student and most importantly what the experience made of me. Dear Tamara, how are you? Sorry about my delayed answer but I've been in LA for the past few days. Pretty soon I'll be starting my MBA around here which means I'll be leaving Ohio, Kentucky's neighbor state (this is the state she was assigned to live in, just as I was assigned to the Buckeye State). About the Exchange Program Well, it simply changed my life. I have lived in Ohio for the past 6 years, completed my bachelor's degree and besides all the low points of my ride (eg. the cold, the people, missing family and friends)it's been a good one. Most often, we need to weigh the benefits and disadvantadges of any decision to see what is really better for us in the long run. The result: Columbus, OH became my home and presently I become a little nostalgic thinking about the friends and memories (good and bad) that I've built and soon will be leaving far behind. My view of Kentucky (highly stereotyped but...) You are going to Kentucky, a state south of Ohio that I don't know that much about it. I do know however, it is part of the South. Not for its geographical position but for its cultural appeal... people there speak with a slow accent, enjoy country lifestyles, etc. etc. Don't be scared though (we are from the second most urban and one of the biggest cities of the world), this is a stereotyped generalization; each experience is highly singular. My advice Dive in and enjoy every moment of it. Don't let small details (food, routine, cultural differences) stop you from achieving your main objective: cultural enrichment I wish you well. Good luck... To all of us.|W|P|111858025752998137|W|P|Inspiring words to a future exchange student|W|P|6/10/2005 02:50:00 AM|W|P|BRAFury|W|P|

So luxury it is... After debating between locations to live in Los Angeles, I've decided to go with the Valley. One of the main reasons was the proximity to my school. Aproximally, 20 minutes away. However, there was also the fact that I could not find any apartments which offered what The Pointe apartments did. The result: To the Valley here I go, Woodland Hills to be more precise. Did I mention I have a movie room, a game room and a full workout facility for any needs I may have? Yeah, life is good indeed.|W|P|111841638874199353|W|P|The Pointe - New Apartment|W|P|6/08/2005 11:29:00 PM|W|P|BRAFury|W|P|I've been facing a terrible and yet sweet decision for a few days now. I've been looking to find a place to live. Not only an apartment but more important, a neighborhood with a lifestyle attached to it. In one side of the table I have luxury; a great apartment: hardwood floors, granite, gym, a great swimming pool. However, it's in the San Fernando Valley, basically in the middle of nowhere (well, I would be 2o minutes away from Pepperdine - no traffic) . In the other side of the table, my cosmopolitan half stands strong, urging me to accept a more modest place (although price is about the same) but with an incredible location, environment and great neighbors who have been enjoying all the traffic I'm about to encounter in the PCH and all over greater LA. Did I mention no gym at all? Yeah, that's extra unless I workout at the beach which is 5 minutes away from Santa Monica... Gosh, it gets harder everytime I think about it.|W|P|111829999608174286|W|P|A decision to be made|W|P|6/07/2005 06:42:00 PM|W|P|BRAFury|W|P|HBO: Six Feet Under is back !!!!

I could not be more excited right now. Six Feet Under entered its last season last night and as expected, more drama and sadness were introduced into this HBO primetime series. I have been following the show for a while now and learned to love it. However, I still remember the very reason why I started watching the show. Aside from a very original plot and incredible acting , there was a bothersome resemblance between a very special someone I knew and Rachel Griffiths character Brenda. And speaking of her (Brenda), wow... she looked incredible. Poor girl though, losing her baby a day before her wedding in the first 30 minutes of the show is just plain cruel. In addition, the series gained the added tension of lunatic George and the return of a way too nice Billy. Nevertheless, the cast looked great and Brenda marrying Nate was very nice(Check out the location they got married at). Bottomline, this should be a great last season for this HBO show that has definetely captured my attention over the years I've watched it.|W|P|112524819102832746|W|P|SFU is Back !!!!!|W|P|6/07/2005 02:24:00 AM|W|P|BRAFury|W|P|5:24AM: And miraculously, I'm not sleepy. I am however excited to be flying out West once again to finally start stamping images and places right into the plans I've been making for several weeks. To be more concrete, by the end of this trip, I plan to have not only a new neighborhood in site, but also a new place I will be calling home in a couple of months. My plane boards in about 5 minutes so I better wrap things up. LAX is next...|W|P|111813665014886040|W|P|Airport Talk|W|P|6/02/2005 09:27:00 AM|W|P|BRAFury|W|P|logo of Urth Caffe This upcoming week, while in LA to wrap up my living situation, I'm sure to visit this hip coffee shop/restaurant located in West Hollywood. I first saw this place during the second episode of the HBO series Entourage, which by the way is set to start its second season this upcoming Sunday. I was impressed to see that the great environment is not the only reason why many locals, celebrities and future to be locals like me put up with long counter lines to drink a cup of coffee along with a tasty pastry (see article). Urth Caffe seems to have an incredible menu, along with great java for the caffeine addict, justyfying any time you might spend in line. Another interesting fact about Urth is that all of its products and ingredients follow the great Californian tradition to be 100% organic. I'm sure to try it out next week and give my fair opinion about it. Click for the LA Times review of Urth Caffe|W|P|112524809425124679|W|P|In LA? Forget Starbucks, Try Urth Caffe|W|P|6/01/2005 09:09:00 PM|W|P|BRAFury|W|P|
After an arduous two and half hours in the gym (spinning and weight-lifting), there was time to hang out at home and wait for the Sao Paulo game for the quarterfinals of Copa Libertadores at Morumbi stadium, the greatest soccer stadium in the world. Pepperdine While waiting, I received and opened some important mailing from Pepperdine which told me about a few important dates and events I'm about to live right before my classes start on August 31st, 2005. My orientation starts 10 days before, with a few activities aside from all the introductory information sessions every student needs to go through in evry program, whether under or graduate. I will attend a Communication workshop (2 days and nights in order to improve errr.... communication and team skills), an Integration Seminar (which I haven't gotten much info about it yet) and a Student/Family Picnic (your typical ice-breaker) . After that there will be 14 weeks of class until early December when I plan to go home for a change during my Winter Break. Back to Soccer Enough said about these papers, let's go back to that game: What a game it was. Sao Paulo looked a bit disorganized from the start but as it usually happens, the team calmed down and produced sparks in the middle of the first half. Finally, our hero, goalkeeper Rogerio Ceni decided it was time to do what he does best: score a magnificent goal. Moments later, Luizao scored and at the half, the team lead 2-0. Minutes into the second half and the surprise: another free kick, another goalkeeper goal 3-0. The game would end 4-0 and it could have been a lot more: Rogerio would still miss a penalty kick late in the game but as I told a friend, there was not a better time to miss a penalty shot... Today, I was proud to be a fan. Congrats, Tricolor Nation.|W|P|111768858519711341|W|P|The Highlights - A Wednesday above average|W|P|