Archive for September, 2005

Bad News

Thursday, September 29th, 2005

Douglas Adams (1952-2001) writes in his book, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,

“Nothing travels faster than the speed of light with the possible exception of bad news,
which obeys its own special laws.”

You had better remember this.

(Dry) Martini – the James Bond way

Sunday, September 18th, 2005

According to DrinksMixer, a dry martini takes 1 2/3 oz gin, 1/3 oz dry vermouth, and an olive. The quality, of course, depends on the brands you choose. There is hardly any news in that.

Being a James Bond fan, I browsed the internet to see if it actually is a dry martini, he drinks. No. It is a vodka martini – from the first book (Casino Royale, 1953): “Three measures of Gordon’s, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it’s ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon-peel.”

The reason why it is shaken, and not stirred as the normal dry martini, is to promote the gin flavour, and to get it very, very cold. In a dry martini, bruising the gin (getting the flavour out) is strictly prohibited. Also, the smoothness of the vermouth is preserved when not shaking.

One final word: James Bond’s drink is NOT a dry martini, but a vodka martini (I think I already mentioned it). It is hardly ever confused, except by James Bond himself, who orders a dry martini, and specifies the above mentioned recipe. I guess you have to be James Bond in order to be able to let that one slip.

Read much more about the stuff behind the James Bond (dry) martini at StraightDope.

Morten’s blog

Saturday, September 17th, 2005

My friend Morten Maegaard is in Switzerland this fall semester, where he is writing his bachelor thesis. Finally, he got himself together and started a blog about it.

CBS Case Competition

Tuesday, September 13th, 2005

For a long time, business schools, particularly in the US, have arranged case competitions, where teams were to solve a business case within a period of time. The most common format is teams of four people solving a business case in 24 hours, whereafter they are to present their findings to a panel of judges followed by Q&A.

It was such a case competition I attended in Los Angeles in February this year (posts: NYC – CPH – LA, Sky Surfing, and Los Angeles Pics), which is probably the largest international case competition if you measure the number of teams participating.

At my school, the Copenhagen Business School (CBS), we also have this kind of competition. The CBS Case Competition is arranged solely by students in an organizing committee composed of circa 25 students (the number varies a little from year to year). As the case writer (the case for the CBS Case Competition is always written especially for the competition — real life, real time, which is quite unique in the world), I am in this organizing committee.

From our kick-off weekend, here is the picture of almost the entire organizing committee (except me, behind the camera, and a couple who couldn’t make it to the weekend).

Freakonomics

Sunday, September 4th, 2005

I read Freakonomics some time before summer, and it was a thrill. Since then, I have been following the authors’ blog. One of Levitt’s latest post, “Please buy gas!” illustrates the spirit of the book and of Levitt’s research, and if you like it, you should buy the book.