Super Bowl babies
Apparently Super Bowls create certain, ah … fertile conditions. Data suggest that nine months after a Super Bowl victory, we have these …
Dig those ads
As long as we’re on the topic … if you’re reading this, you already know the winner of the 2016 Super Bowl. But you don’t know who The Daily Beast determined which “Super Bowl 50” commercials were the best.
“Drake’s “Hotline Bling” was one of the most talked-about music videos of 2015 and now it has become what is already one of the funniest Super Bowl ads of 2016. The premise? With restrictions on data, it’s not as easy to call someone on their cell phone.”
Here’s the lineup. Click to view the commercials. Which is your favorite? Mine is “Audi Commander.”
- Snickers & Marilyn Monroe
- “Movin’ on up”
- Colgate’s “#EveryDropCounts”
- Christopher Walken in “Walken Closet”
- Liam Neeson in “Man from the Future”
- “The Bud Light Party”
- Helen Mirren in “#GiveADamn”
- Kevin Hart in “First Date”
- Mini USA’s “Defy Labels”
- T.J. Miller in “Unfiltered Talk”
- Audi’s “Commander”
- Steven Tyler in “The Portrait”
- Toyota Prius’s “Heck on Wheels”
- Heinz’s “Weiner Stampede”
- Key and Peele in “Real Talk”
It’s amazing to think that Facebook has been around for a dozen years. And to celebrate it, Facebook has released some interesting statistics. For example, did you know that Facebook has 1.59 billion users? And we’re connected to each other by an average of just three and a half degrees of separation? A published report points out that not long ago, conventional wisdom had it that every one of us was separated by six degrees.
Facebook celebrated its February 4 birthday with “Friends Day,” providing each user with a customized video presentation of friends and family that have been previously posted on Facebook. The photos are selected by automated technology for the “Friends Day video”. (Here’s mine.)
Snow, snow, snow!
This Iraq War veteran in Nebraska decided to return a favor.
Justin Anderson was given an off-road wheelchair by the Independence Fund charity to help him get around after his leg was amputated. He fitted a snow blade to his chair last year, and began plowing out his neighbors after a snowfall.
“The chair has on-the-fly tilt so I can adjust the height of the blade as I push snow,” he said.
“I don’t want kids or parents having to go through the snow and possibly trip or hurt themselves,” Anderson told WOWT-TV. “I had a half-dozen people stop to take a picture because they hadn’t seen a chair like this before.”
The evidence is clear: Apple’s next big thing will be Virtual Reality. Business Insider is reporting that Apple’s is working with virtual reality technology. Better than a thrilling ride at an amusement park, the Apple product is intended you immerse you in a totally computer-generated world.
It’s nothing new. Many years ago, I visited an innovative Disney attraction called Disney Quest, an indoor interactive theme park in Florida’s Walt Disney World Resort’s Downtown Disney, now known as Disney Springs West Side. Opened in 1998 as part of a major expansion of Walt Disney World, it featured sometimes dizzying virtual reality experiences.
So what makes Apple’s foray into virtual reality anything new? The technology will be available to you, anytime and anywhere you want to indulge in it.
Related: Last February, Business Insider ran a fascinating photo essay of the new Apple “spaceship” campus while it was under construction in Cupertino, California. Here’s what it looks like today.
The psychology of tweets
Getting all wonky about it, here’s a paper on why we “favorite” tweets.
Titled “More than Liking and Bookmarking? Towards Understanding Twitter Favouriting Behaviour”, this deep dive into the psychology of social media preferences will tell you all you ever wanted to know.
We are not enemies
And in this sometimes contentious political campaign season, it is good to remember that we are not enemies, but friends. Bill Whittle’s Afterburner should be watched by everyone, especially Republican voters.