A ‘Speed’ Bump

Is faster better?

Before Keanu Reeves was Neo and Sandra Bullock was, well, Sandra Bullock, the movie Speed was released in the summer of 1994. This clever, non-stop thrill ride became an instant classic. It has everything from good vs. evil to pulse-racing twists and turns to iconic catchphrases, all with a terrific cast.

It’s a must-see film.

In perfect harmony with “Throwback Thursday,” Jimmy Kimmel just did a bit with Keanu Reeves that plays on Speed, with a slight adjustment…

Amazingly, that law-abiding, safety conscious car chase is 100x better than Speed 2. 

Starry Sight

Vincent van Gogh was a genius.

That esteemed term, typically reserved for the few, is far too often granted to the many. However, in the case of the Dutch painter born March 30, 1853, it’s appropriate. Despite only reaching 37 years of age and painted portraits with an expression that balances between indifference and scowling, his legacy is surprisingly inspiring and long-lasting. The way that van Gogh conceptualized the world in colorfully wavy, yet defined spaces screams (sorry, wrong artist) a visionary that captivates people and admirers alike 125 years after he passed away.


His masterpiece is “Starry Night.” As a matter of fact, it’s my personal favorite. On April 12, 2013 at 6:03 p.m. (iPhone picture info.), I was a mere three-feet from this chef-d’oeuvre!

(Starry Night, Vincent van Gogh)

(“Starry Night” by Vincent van Gogh, MoMA)

There are many tributes to Vincent van Gogh and to “Starry Night” in particular. The following use of dominoes is truly something else.

“FlippyCat—easily the most patient YouTube celebrity—spent around 11 hours recreating Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night using 7,067 carefully stacked dominoes that were then sent tumbling in a glorious chain reaction.”
–Andrew Liszewski, Gizmodo 

Creativity has a tendency to reveal new, unseen dimensions.

It’s like discovering a new constellation.

I’m Lovin’ 10:30 Again

“McDonald’s has given us so much. We wouldn’t know when breakfast ends if there was no McDonald’s…Thank you McDonald’s.”
–Jim Gaffigan

Starting today, McDonald’s is giving us the unthinkable in 2015. In short, breakfast norms be damned!

After years of requests and frustration over the pesky 10:30 a.m. barrier that separates us from amazing hash browns and the impossibly delicious french fries, executives at the McDonald’s headquarters are finally releasing the most anticipated toy for their consumers.

Breakfast foods will now be offered all-day long.

To say this is a cultural revolution is both foolish and completely accurate. As is customary in revolutions, consequences will surely follow after the initial glows of success. For instance, longer lines in the drive-thru and inside the restaurant will almost surely happen. Our “usual” go-to meal in the afternoon is being directly challenged by our morning routine. This will cause an initial delay in the “fast part” of fast food.

An Egg McMuffin v. The Premium Buttermilk Crispy Chicken Deluxe Sandwich? Filet-O-Fish v. Fruit & Maple Oatmeal? Hash Browns v. French Fries?

For the latter, here’s the mind-blowing solution: One Hash Brown and a Small Fry.

Boom! Success.

Most importantly, we will never have to experience this hardship again…

If McDonald’s marketing department wanted this campaign to go crazy viral, they would have focused on that memorable video clip that we can all relate to in some way. They could have bought the rights to use that exact clip or, better yet, they should have hired Adam Sandler to re-shoot that scene with a different, happier (but still funny) outcome and a clever tie-in/cameos from the original movie.

That would have been brilliant.

The best marketing and advertising tells a story and in the age of social media, pop culture/comedy icons and ’90s nostalgia, incorporating that scene from the 1999 film Big Daddy would have turned a promotion to the consumer into something we would connect with and share with our friends and family (consumers) voluntarily with excitement that goes beyond ordering food.

Talk about a happy meal.

Happy Monday!

Impressions are one of the best forms of entertainment, especially if done correctly.

Actor Tom Hiddleston, while a guest on the hilariously funny Graham Norton Show, was given the opportunity to impress his host and fellow guests with his improvisational skills during a recent episode. The talent to imitate people is a rare gift, but the enthusiasm to share it and/or witness it is a genuine thrill for everybody.

Hopefully, at the very least, by the person being impersonated…

Have a Great Week Driven with Gusto!


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