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Happy Monday

Star Wars is everywhere.

Now that that’s settled, let’s move forward.

The Last Jedi writer and director Rian Johnson (Looper, The Brothers Bloom, Brick) has promised a new twist (or two…) for Star Wars: Episode VIII. As fans all over the world prepare for the December premiere of the eighth chapter in one of the greatest sagas concerning good vs. evil, we are looking for little tidbits of information to whet our theatrical appetite. Not the full meal or anything close to it, but just a delicious tasting menu. And in doing so, we’ve discovered that the highly-anticipated Last Jedi was written and directed not only by a brilliant moviemaker but by a lifelong Star Wars fan.

As the video after the jump shows, Rian Johnson’s enthusiasm is infectiously inspiring. Tapping into his excitement of being involved in a Star Wars film is more powerful than any Red Bull or triple latte.

The Last Jedi is a Star Wars movie made by one of its biggest fans. Therefore, this forthcoming film will be eight kinds of awesome, especially since Rian Johnson has already been hired to write an entirely new trilogy after this current trilogy.

Have a Better Week Than Last Week. 

P.S. How does your Wookiee impersonation sound?

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This Bud’s for All of Us…Someday

Is the Google Pixel less impressive than the iPhone X?

Arguably, yes.

Is the presentation style and delivery of the Google phone products less impressive (and a knock-off) of Apple and its famous product announcements?

Yes.

However, did Pixel Buds by Google just give the giant search engine company a leg up on the beloved tech company concerning the most innovative headphones/earbuds from Silicon Valley?

I’m thinking yes…

For traveling in foreign lands, the Google Pixel Buds are a game-changer…sort of.

The presentation in the video above seems to infer that both parties need a Google phone and its accompanying Pixel Buds. That might become problematic, since I know nobody in the consumer-centric city of Columbus, OH who even owns a Google phone, let alone the far reaches of the globe. Regardless, innovation has never been and will never be a one-stop destination. Over time, the Pixel Buds (the tech, not necessarily the name) could evolve as the leading mobile tech device for bridging the language barriers of people from all over the world in quick conversational moments.

And the key phrase there is “could evolve.” If the right company with a wider net of smartphone customers is able to take the impressive tech from the Pixel Buds and advance the features in such a way that it becomes marketable (ie-practical) for the general public to purchase and use, then that’s when the game-changing moment will occur in the travel sector and beyond. If only Google could utilize their search engine base (almost everybody) and partner with a rival that is the king of smartphones as well as introducing game-changing portable technology?

Bing bing! Ding ding!

The good news is Google can hear this obvious answer in 40 some odd languages.

Happy 4th of July

The United States of America is looking good at 241 years of age.

Still youthful and vibrant, yet equally wise and challenged, the American experiment continues to work and thrive in a world of great uncertainty and overwhelming odds against it. There are moments of tremendous divisions that give the impression of weakness and disorder. Although, those that proclaim this notion are ignoring history and basic reality.

As the past 241 years have demonstrated, its the similarities and differences (small and large) between Americans have actually contributed to the strength and durability of the United States of America as the greatest country in the history of the world. We are free to debate, free to express our speech and free to change the course of an issue or, yes, even a nation or the world, through individual expression. Whether in the form of dissent or a rallying call, the opportunity for a better tomorrow is always present for the taking, if we so choose. Fierce debate and strong willed disagreements at the individual, local, state and national level don’t broadcast weakness or reason to sulk and panic, but instead presents the chance for someone (or a group) to see something differently and take action to bridge the seemingly unbridgable gap for a positive vision of unity.

The harder the task, the more impactful the reward.

On the 4th of July, we celebrate all the amazing characteristics that define the United States of America. These celebrations, universal and deeply personal, are special and warrant grand spectacles in the form of spectacular fireworks, wonderful parades, delicious bbq’s and entertaining movies with friends and family.

Above all, we remember that some of this nation’s most critically important historical moments have occurred in the face of intense adversity and daunting uncertainty that, once the smoke clears, continues to reveal a country that will sustain and thrive in ways we couldn’t have ever imagined.

This was one of those moments.

“…and the home of the brave?”

The concluding charge in “The Star-Spangled Banner” by Francis Scott Key (there’s a family connection to Mr. Key) that, when answered, refreshes the promise of the American experiment for generations to come. And today is a perfect occasion for us to answer that call, in our own unique fashion, for the country we love.

Happy Independence Day. 

iPad Before iPhone Except After (Fore)seeing the Future

Wednesday is the perfect day for wisdom.

And random wisdom is the best.

The serendipitous moments that have generated inspirational ideas are some of my favorites. So much of life is unknown day-to-day and these instances of fortuity are proof of the boundless world we live in that can change for the better in a heartbeat. The trajectory of planned events can suddenly (and so frequently) take an amazing detour without warning. Without diving too deep into the psychological dynamic of unforeseen tangents, please click on the video below that features the late Steve Jobs revealing a secret of his initial business plan for a revolutionary product (for another revolutionary product, mind you) because of his gut decision to follow an inspirational moment during a developmental cycle that took him off his predetermined innovative path.

Embracing an inspirational aha moment (however small) can change your life, your business and, in some cases, possibly even the world.

While we may never definitively know if the chicken or the egg came first, we do know why the iPhone came before the iPad. And the answer is insanely great.