RIP Stan Lee

Stan Lee died yesterday at the towering age of 95.

Before he became the most famous cameo in Marvel’s superhero films–as well as the ‘Big Bang Theory’–Stan Lee was regarded inside the comic book universe as the endless creator of spectacular superheroes and a builder of, well, universes for said superheroes. And like many pop culture icons, Mr. Lee had a surreal impact on countless people’s childhoods.

Along with the adulthoods that grew from those imaginative childhoods.

His blockbuster credits (full and partial) include Spider-Man, the X-Men (Wolverine, Magneto, Professor X, Cyclops, Mystique, Rogue, to name a few), the Avengers (the Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Loki, to name a few), and Fantastic Four (Dr. Doom, Thing, Susan Storm, Mister Fantastic, Human Torch).

Interestingly, Mr. Lee had a naming quirk regarding his superheroes. Raj pointed this out extensively in an episode of ‘The Big Bang Theory.’

Raj has a point.

More to the point is a simple truth that Stan Lee positively changed lives with his art and boundless creativity fueled by childlike wonder. The following cameo in ‘Spider-Man 3’ sums his legacy up perfectly.

However, a more perfect summary to remember Stan Lee would simply be Excelsior.

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Happy Veterans Day

Today is Veterans Day, and it’s not just important but necessary that we honor those who have served and are serving in our armed forces. The good news is we want to honor those who put their lives on the line for us here at home. The slightly awkward part is sometimes determining exactly what the best way to accomplish this recognition?

Is thanking a veteran enough? Most are humble, choosing to step aside from the spotlight of elaborate recognition. What do they prefer, particularly when it occurs serendipitously in a casual setting?

As part of his surprise visit to Saturday Night Live for an appearance on ‘Weekend Update,’ Lt. Com. Dan Crenshaw had a damn good idea.

Plus a few great laughs were had alongside SNL cast member Pete Davidson who righted a wrong from a week ago in classy–and entertaining–fashion.

Never Forget is right.

Happy Veterans Day. 

When Life Is Framed Correctly

Life is funny.

This is especially true when a comedian is involved.

However, there are the occasional wild moments in life that are completely unexpected that can forever change a particular experience of ours or the trajectory of a seemingly planned-out path. It can happen when we’re least expecting it. And that “it” can be practically anything.

Like an audition for the ages.

I’m guessing that camera assistant pulled off some pretty cool angles and zooms.

Happy Monday!

Just click play.

Go ahead and click play again.

Chris Martin of Coldplay is a musical magician when it comes to writing lyrics that paint and transcend the very personal moment of ours that connects us with a particular song, sometimes without us even knowing it. That’s his gift. And it’s one that should be showcased in its various forms, including a simplistic rendition featuring a singer and his piano sans computer-generated influences.

Take heed of Chris Martin’s advice and ‘fly on’ into the workweek with a simplistic yet elevated sense of hope.

Have a Better Week Than Last Week.