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Happy Monday!

Exciting news involving Steven Spielberg? Yes. Always.

With Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford returning for a fifth Indiana Jones flick, that’s a recipe for success that will surely learn from its mistakes in Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Although, most of the faults in that 2008 film were reportedly attributable to George Lucas. So, having already experienced a modern day revival of the series from its glory days of the ’80s, any dust and rust should be resolved in preparation for the declared 2020 release date.

With 20/20 vision, you could say.

Have a Better Week Than Last Week.


Redefining the Sweet 16

It was destined to happen one day. My timeline was within the next 10-15 years. But it happened a little earlier than that…

For the first time in NCAA college basketball tournament history, a #16-seed has upset a #1-seed!

The UMBC Retrievers (University of Maryland, Baltimore County) not only defeated but dominated the overall #1-seed UVA Cavaliers 74-54 in Charlotte, North Carolina just moments ago. While UVA would’ve won 99 games out of 100 against UMBC, the Retrievers secured that one win at the most important time on the biggest stage to make college basketball history. Perhaps it’s fitting this game happened on March 16. As in march on, 16…march on.

And the college basketball Retrievers Underdogs for the ages will do just that in this tournament fittingly called March Madness.

I Wish This Buffet(t) Deal Was in My Hometown

Bracket filled-out? Check. Doing well so far on Day 1? Check. Currently working for Warren Buffet? No…

“In an interview with CNBC last month, Buffett said any employee who accurately predicts all Sweet 16 teams will receive $1 million per year for the rest of his or her life.”
–“Warren Buffett’s NCAA tournament bracket challenge: Perfection earns $1 million a year for life” by Tom Schad, USA Today

“The Oracle of Omaha” is clearly in the spirit of the “one shining moment” in March Madness. This isn’t the first time the 87-year-old has made a similar wager for his employees. And not only is it amazingly generous to award $1 million/year for the rest of your life (damn!), but to award a perfect Sweet 16 is the stunning part of this spectacular monetary equation. Not a perfect bracket or a perfect Final Four, but a perfect Sweet 16. That’s not a slam dunk by any means, yet it is possible with a little bit of luck.

It’s not a chocolate factory, but it’s still pretty good.


RIP Stephen Hawking

The greatest living mind in the world universe of science has died.

Renowned theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking died today at the incredible age of 76 in Cambridge, England. And his long life was incredible because he was not given much time to live following an unlikely diagnosis in his early 20s with a rare form of motor neurone disease. This restricted Mr. Hawking to a wheelchair and a devastating, paralyzing state. Despite these immense challenges, Professor Hawking was a towering figure in the scientific community, as well as in the world of pop-culture. Perhaps it was the latter that enlightened young minds who wouldn’t have come across the literary classic (for advanced minds) A Brief History of Time on their own volition to study and appreciate the profound work and insights of the man, who some have said, was the smartest person since Albert Einstein.

As someone who appreciates the visionary insights and contributions of Professor Hawking, what impresses me in equal measure was how he lived all these years with a tragic disease. The kind of pain he experienced is unimaginable. And yet, he lived with an inspiring spirit and an infinitely curious mind.

He also had a wonderful sense of humor.

Truly the greatest guest star in the history of The Big Bang Theory.  

RIP Stephen Hawking.