While watching the Super Bowl earlier this month I couldn’t help but think how great it was that the Super Bowl is still the Super Bowl (presented by Chevrolet) and not the Chevrolet Super Bowl.
To me it’s really disappointing to see the College Bowl games take on the name of their title sponsor, e.g. Chick-fil-A Bowl. To me the Peach Bowl said tradition, the Chick-fil-A Bowl says “Eat Mor Chikin.” I know a lot of money exchanged hands for the naming rights, which somehow got me to thinking about out National Debt.
What would happen if we were to sale naming rights of our Holidays to raise needed money to get out of debt and to create a little more operating budget for the feds to work with.
Could you imagine celebrating:
Trojan St. Valentine’s Day
Guinness St. Patrick’s Day
T.G.I.Friday’s Good Friday
1-800-Flowers Mothers’ Day or
Harrah’s Columbus Day?
While I really wouldn’t support such an effort, it was fun to try to think of title sponsors for holidays. Notice I didn’t touch Christmas…cough, cough; because a Wal-Mart Chirstmas just sounds wrong on so many levels.
Last week Facebook announced in its privacy setting updates that it was doing away with the Places feature on smartphones and integrating location into posts. This seems like a big win for Foursquare but I hope that Facebook hasn’t thrown in the towel on check-ins yet.
While larger urban area may have a higher Foursquare usage than smaller cities, at the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge, it seems that Facebook Places wins the check-in battle with 280 check-ins versus 237 on Foursquare. While this is by no means a blowout, it is enough to ask why Facebook would forfeit, especially when Facebook Places has the distinct advantage of being more social than Foursquare solely because it already a part of an established social network that most people and their dogs are on.
What will be interesting to see is how Facebook will integrate check-in deals with the new location sharing platform. And if it works, how soon until Twitter does something similar?
Winner takes it all
Loser takes a fall
Fight to the beginning of the end
Winner takes it all
‘Til he breaks the fall
In time he’ll make it over the top
‘Cause I didn’t know I needed you so
And letting you go was wrong
And baby, I know you got your radio on
So this is my “my bad, come back” song
There are many times in life when you have to start over. Like with this blog, an upgrade to WordPress 3.2 caused me to lose what there was a half dozen post I had made over the past couple of years. So here I am again, making an effort to put something worthwhile out there on the interwebs for someone other than myself to see and maybe, just maybe, take something away…like the writer of this blog is an idiot.
But I’m doing more than just “Restarting” my blog, I’m taking a fresh new look at life. I’ve started a fairly regular routine of exercising, taking a stab of delegating some things at work, and giving up cable for broadcast TV. Also I’m looking at some of the interest I have and figuring out how I may be able to pursue them both on a recreational level and professional level.
A restart periodically throughout life is good and there are times I can’t help but wonder why Google didn’t incorporate a restart in their shutdown options on the Android OS. I’ve heard, “It doesn’t need it,” but I beg to differ. There have been many apps that I have downloaded installed and opened to see no change until I powered off and powered back on my phone….sometimes days after the update. The app didn’t say it needed it to restart for the new features to take affect but that’s exactly what it needed. Maybe Google is afraid their mobile operating system would give people flashbacks to running Windows 98, when a restart seemed necessary for every change you made.