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Happy Monday

Fred Armisen’s reluctant Portlandia driving character = All of us this morning.

Carrie Brownstein’s insistent Portlandia driving character = Our Monday alarm that officially starts the workweek.

Random Thought: I wonder if the name of the guy driving the Yugo was Hugo?

Have a Better Week Than Last Week.

P.S. In just a few short days, those tricky stop sign/right-of-way conundrums will be replaced by the open road of the weekend.         

The Future of Auto is Mobile

The question doesn’t seem to be whether or not we want to live within “the grid,” but rather what type of grid we want to inhabit?

In order to remain just on the ground level of our evolving digital society, let alone any furnished apartment or luxury suite, we must embrace the ever-growing connectivity of an ever-growing networked world. From our smartphones (if anyone has a flip-phone, I’d like to see it for historical purposes) to watches to tablets to computers to social networks to commerce to business to entertainment and everything in between, life’s daily necessities focus hard on innovative, customizable software.

That’s the reality…until it soon becomes virtual (see Ready Player One).

There are some negatives to this modern lifestyle, least of which are explored by the futuristic HBO hit show Westworld and a few select Michael Crichton novels. Still, there are incredible positives to embracing futuristic technology. And it looks like BMW is working towards one of these aforementioned positives…

If I were a betting man (thanks to a college poker game, I’m not), I’d wager a large sum of money on the word “charging” on the Buzzword Market Worldwide.

Or BMW, for short.

Investing in the right battery stock may be a prudent move as well. Time to get out the credit card and charge it.

The point is that the next technological frontier, and it’s still in the very early stage, appears to be a seamless, all-present wireless charging ecosystem for all the portable products/things/necessities in our lives. The world, to prognosticate, could evolve into a 3-D electronic world of sorts akin to an ’80s video game simulation. Walls, homes, roads may, one day, become super batteries and one further day down the digitized road all-mighty supercomputers. Just imagine what the digital grid could and will inevitably look like in a few decades. The pace of change increases with every passing day, hour and minute.

But for now, the BMW charging pad looks impressive and promising.

P.S. I hope you’re skilled at driving into car washes with precision.   

Don’t Bite the Hand (With the Apple) That Feeds You

In the case of Uber, their app is proving to be just the appetizer to their much larger financial feast.

And it’s been recently revealed that one of their servers is not happy.

The business landscape in the United States, and around the world, continues to flatten and be driven by seemingly boundless innovation within marketplaces both new and established. Whether you are pro or anti-taxi (or neutral), there’s no doubt that the car driving service Uber is providing competition to those famous yellow cars and vans. Having used Uber on many occasions with friends, I have no complaints as a rider. The immediacy, timeliness and incentive to impress is certainly a valuable change of pace from having to wait for a taxi that may or may not show up when needed.

However, as is the case with any business, the front room flash and dash rarely tells the whole story of its backroom operations.

Apple CEO Tim Cook, to his credit, is flexing his muscles for a necessary and positive stand regarding proper business practices in the ever-evolving and mysterious tech space. While Tim Cook will never achieve the fandom or dedicated following as the late Steve Jobs (can anyone?), Mr. Cook has, in recent years, proven to be an impressive CEO in the grounded, traditional sense. His repeated stands for customer privacy rights is painting a rare picture of a tech giant who is genuinely attempting to grow and innovate within the technology industry while striving to prioritize essential protections for his consumers.

The abbreviated expression is, “an apple a day…” Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Kalanick was likely reminded of just how many people use an Apple each day.

Is Today Friday? Shore Is

Wisdom from Pauly Shore?

This might happen.

Friday night is the time to go out and have fun. With the weekend comes a certain comfort level for trying new things and letting creativity flow. The tricky balancing act is recognizing and acknowledging the warning signs along the way, however small and seemingly inconsequential.

Enter Pauly Shore from Jury Duty.

Whether you technically ride a bus or are selected for jury duty, hopefully you have a great weekend while being aware of your surroundings and limits.

Of course, make sure to have a few good laughs.

Then take a seat and enjoy the ride.