- This Month's Favorite Quotes
Age doesn’t protect you from love. But love, to some extent, protects you from age.
We are born charming, fresh, and spontaneous, and we must be civilized before we are fit to participate in society. —Judith Martin
All the technology in the world will never replace a positive attitude. —Harvey Mackay
True strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces, and then eat just one of the pieces. —Judith Viorst
- Start Wearing Purple
In keeping with my personal philosophy that you can never get enough odd music videos, I submit this piece of brilliance by Gogol Bordello for your review.
If you enjoy this, perhaps you and I should go to a few New York clubs together. I haven’t been to those clubs in some time, but I’m about due for a visit. Colorado Springs is great, but I can assure you that there are no clubs like this here.
Special thanks to my cousin Tony in Brooklyn for this purple gem.
- The Worst Best Man Ever
The name sums up the content of this brief clip.
Here it is, this couple’s wedding day, but the worst best man ever has a problem with ambulation. Doh!
Way to go, Twinkle Toes!
- What Engineers Do When They Retire
Thanks to my friend Todd Dierdorff, from near Sacramento, California, for this clip. It should come as no surprise that this Rube Goldberg–type device comes from Germany. (I can say that because I are a German.)
I’m afraid of the minds that thought this up, but I have to give them credit for the use of the chessboard and the cell phone. Brilliant!
- The Heart Attack Grill
Dad forwarded this clip to me. He also told me that if I ever took my kids here, I’ll be out of the will. You know the drill—where there’s a will, there’s a relative.
Located in Chandler, Arizona, the Heart Attack Grill is one heck of a restaurant. You can’t say you weren’t warned by the name of the place. If you’re gonna check out, at least the scenery is pretty nice!
- Flying in Wing Suits
A while back, I posted a video of a Frenchman who had built a flying suit that has an engine on it. Wait until you see this clip. Who needs an engine?
The guys in this amazing footage are mind boggling. They come within inches of mountains at well over 100 mph, and the photography is remarkable. I have watched this over and over and over and am constantly dumbfounded by this. Thanks go to my friend Melanie Kantor for this tremendous clip.
- Are You Going to Finish Strong?
My good friend Dave Block sent me this fantastic clip. There are times when things are not going well for me, and like almost everyone else, I can start to feel sorry for myself and shake my fist at the air and get pretty upset. When I watched this amazing short clip, I realized that if most of us had the opportunity to put our troubles in a bag with other people’s troubles and pick one, we’d rather just keep our own.
- This Month’s Favorite Quotes
If you judge people, you have not time to love them. —Mother Teresa
Everything is vague to a degree you do not realize till you have tried to make it precise. —Bertrand Russell
We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing. Action always generates inspiration. Inspiration seldom generates action. —Frank Tibolt
Invention is the mother of necessity. —Thorstein Veblen
Competence, like truth, beauty and contact lenses, is in the eye of the beholder.
—Laurence J. Peter
- The Original Gratitude Dance
Nothing deep or profound with this one. I just like it. If you watch this and think, “Humbug, what a waste of time,” you didn’t get it. You might want to watch it again. Just saying.
Also, it appears to have been shot in Victoria, British Columbia. Karin and I took a vacation there a few years back without the kids. What a beautiful place.
- Sir Ken Robinson at TED
My friend Gary Friedman in Denver recently loaned some CDs from past TED conferences. TED stands for technology, entertainment, and design. It started out in 1984, as a conference bringing together people from those three worlds. Since then, its scope has become ever broader.