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. 

Will the Second Be the Best?

The primary questions involving movie sequels to popular, well-received originals are:

Will they be fantastic? Will the sequel be a storytelling, cinematic beast in its own right? How about a little of both?

The 2016 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film adaptation of the book of the same title is the grown-up version of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series (books and movies). This new teaser trailer solidifies that dynamic while using the wizarding school of Hogwarts and one of its most prominent figures just enough to firmly connect the two virtually separate universes for fans young and old for what should be a great reveal later this year.

What’s impressive in the video above is that one of writer J.K. Rowling’s favorite directors, David Yates, appears to have taken the Crimes of Grindelwald story to the next-level. And what’s more is that this Fantastic Beasts sequel looks, yes, better than the original in this burgeoning series. Could this really happen? A movie in the modern era with a sequel better than the original?

That could be the real magic of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald when it arrives in theaters on November 16.

Happy Monday!

Need inspiration this Monday?

Whether you are dealing with tight deadlines in the office or getting kids ready for school, we can all use some motivation to get us going. Instead of attempting to cater to each person’s individual circumstance, it seems like a better approach to spotlight someone who appeals to a larger audience. And in the case of today’s post, the featured speaker received quite the revival this past year with starring and supporting roles via two highly-acclaimed movies (Dunkirk and Darkest Hour) and a highly-acclaimed show on Netflix (The Crown).

Now go be the master of your fate.

Have a Better Week Than Last Week.