I wanted to organize a FIFA 13 Tournament for my MBA class throughout the school term. In order to keep track of all the scores and standings of the tournament, I decided to create an Excel file simulation. This finally gave me a chance to utilize the Excel skills I developed during my work term. I figured having a professional looking scores and standings chart would encourage more people to participate and take the opportunity to challenge one another. I was right….we had 12 people sign up for the FIFA 13 Tournament. Let the games begin!
NOTE: For privacy issues, I have replaced all the names with some of my favourite soccer players. (logo credits: Electronic Arts)
There are two tabs in the file: “Rankings” and “Scores”. All input (scores) should be put into the “Scores” tab. You must enter the score of the games under both player’s names and then the file will automatically compute Goals For, Goals Against, W/L/T, and Points, which will flow to the standings table in the “Rankings” tab. You can then sort the rankings according to GF or GA, and then Points (Sort Largest to Smallest). There is also the option to change the value of a Win/Loss/Tie at the far right in the “Scores” tab. Finally, I encourage you to apply Protect Sheet for the “Scores” tab once you have finalized the number of competitors.
Happy competing! Joga Bonito!
Download the MS Excel file here: FIFA 13 Tournament
While I was back in Ottawa for the weekend I finally discovered the wonderful world of podcasts! I was originally searching for audiobooks to listen to on my bus ride back to Toronto since I grew tired of listening to the same songs I had on my iPhone.
What is a podcast?
“A podcast (or non-streamed webcast) is a series of digital media files (either audio or video) that are released episodically and often downloaded through web syndication. The word replaced webcast in common use with the success of the iPod and its role in the rising popularity and innovation of web feeds.”
I wanted my commute to be a productive activity and listening to music really doesn’t fall into that category. Also, I don’t like reading on the bus, so I began browsing iTunes for audiobooks and I stumbled upon podcasts. I was familiar with them but never really gave them a try. I thought I’d download a few to see what they were about since they were offered for free anyways.
I launched iTunes on my iPhone and browsed the “Top Tens” section of the podcasts. They were further broken down into categories such as Education, Comedy, TV & Film, Health, Arts, Music, etc.
Some of the podcasts I downloaded:
- Coffee Break Spanish
- The Economist
- Harvard Business Review IdeaCast
- Six Pixels of Separation
- Entrepreneur Podcast
- Tiesto’s Club Life
- A State of Trance
- CBC Radio
- Discovery Channel (video podcast)
- The Joe Rogan Experience
I didn’t get a chance to listen to all of them even though my commute was 6 hours long. Of the podcasts that I listened to, the ones that I found to be the most valuable and interesting were The Economist, HBR IdeaCast, and Coffee Break Spanish. There are a variety of podcasts out there to suit your own interests and I encourage everyone to take a look into them. Use your time efficiently and learn on the go! Make your time count!
I thought I would share what I feel are the top 3 apps for video streaming on your iPhone or other Apple device. I’ve played around with a bunch of different apps and time after time, I find myself coming back to these 3 video streaming apps (excluding YouTube).
This is a great app that lets you view TED Talks on your iPhone. I’m a big fan of TED and this app let’s me easily watch talks from phenomenal speakers around the world.
This app lets you view the hottest new music videos right on your iPhone in very high quality. The great user interface, the quality of the videos, and the up-to-date selection of videos are the features that draw me to this app.
This app is by far my favourite of all the video streaming apps. It features product reviews, first looks, technology news and many other cool things (i.e. Apply Byte with Brian Tong). This app is a must have for anyone that wants to keep up with the latest in technology.