Friday Bytes

I was struck by the lack of typical partisan reaction during President Obama’s State of the Union Address.  Some analysts attributed this to the simple fact that Democrats sat with Republicans.  Funny how that works.  I remember my grade school teachers mixing up the boys and the girls for the very same reason.

I finally got out to see The King’s Speech this week.  I thought it was tremendous and it proves you can make a serious movie entertaining (and very funny) with not much more than two hours of dialog.  Obviously great acting performances by Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush were key.  Am I the only one who never heard the story before now, not in any history class from elementary school through college?

Three weeks into American Idol and I’m really enjoying the pairing of Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson.  Tyler has surprised me with his humor and ability to deliver bad news in a non-confrontational way.  I also like the fact that they’ve lowered the age limit to 15.  To me, the term American Idol suggests the new idol be under 21 years old.

I’ve been thinking more and more about ditching Facebook.  It almost feels like I have an electronic stalker through their advertising push into re-targeting and sponsored stories. Given that half of my 55 friends are high school chums I haven’t seen in 40 years and the other half are friends I see all the time, what’s the point?

Unless your head has been in a hole, this week will be remembered as the week that Twitter blew up the NFLI wrote about it earlier this week. In the few days since many of the players themselves seem to be rethinking their use of Twitter in commenting on their fellow players.  Like many of us non-NFLers have come to find out,  communicating in 140 characters or less takes practice and can be easily misinterpreted.

Today is the 25th anniversary of the Challenger space shuttle disaster.  For many born in the 70’s this was as defining a moment as President Kennedy’s assassination was for those born in the 50’s.  What was unique about this mission was the presence of Christa McAuliffe, the first teacher to travel into space.  She had captivated the nation’s youth leading up to the launch and many schools around the country were tuned in to watch live as a result.  But there were 6 other crew members on that flight who also need to be remembered on this day.


About Mike

Mike has been an executive in the biotechnology industry for the past 20 years. Mike is a graduate of University of California, Santa Barbara, earning Bachelors degrees in Business Economics and Geography. Mike also earned his MBA in Finance from California State University, Fresno. Mike is married to the mother of his 3 children and currently lives outside of Boulder, CO. In his spare time Mike enjoys hiking, fishing, skiing, reading and coaching basketball.
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