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05/31/2012

Zombie Apocalypse, Rajon Rondo and the Treasure Prank

Good morning!

Zombie Apocalypse has become a hot search on Google and Yahoo! ever since Miami police shot and killed a naked man who was eating another man's face.   Rudy Eugene, 31, was seen taking bites out of a homeless man's face, and when police confronted him he "just stood with pieces of flesh in his mouth and he growled," according to an eyewitness. According to the Miami Herald, some have speculated that the attack may have been brought on by bath salts, which can cause extreme violence and behavior.   Bath salts, which are not the same as the crystals used when you take a bath, are also trending high in search engines.  It's even caused a video posted last year of someone allegedly on bath salts to go viral (http://youtu.be/Wh_nZiuFC4o).  These bath salts are illegal designer street drugs that have spurred Drug Enforcement Agency and 38 states to take action.   This latest incident has resulted in even more calls to tighten laws and get the drugs off the street.  

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A deadly rampage in Seattle is also a hot topic this morning.   A man walked into an arts café near a Seattle university and opened fire, killing four people.   Police say he later killed a woman during a carjacking, and then ended his own life as officers closed in.   21 people have been murdered in Seattle during the first five months of this year, matching the total for all of last year.

Rajon Rondo scored 44 points, played all 53 minutes, but it still was not enough for the Boston Celtics to overcome the Miami Heat.   Rondo had 10 assists and 8 rebounds to go along with all those points, but it's a missed lay-up in the overtime that might be remembered more than all those statistics.   With the game tied at 105, Rondo drove to the basket and Dwayne Wade moved to block the shot.   On replay, Wade appears to hit Rondo's head,but the refs did not call a foul.  The shot missed, Miami got the rebound and scored an uncontested dunk that would prove to be the tipping point in 115-111 win. The Heat lead the Eastern Conference Finals 2 games to none.

Kathie Lee Gifford issued an apology on Twitter after asking actor Martin Short about his marriage, how they have managed to stay in love all these years and how they make each other laugh after all these years.   Only trouble is Martin Short's wife of 36 years, Nancy Dolman, died of ovarian cancer 2 years ago.  Short answered the questions without ever correcting Gifford.   She found out after the show and jumped on Twitter: "I send my sincerest apologies to @MartinShort and his family.  He handled the situation w/enormous grace and kindness and I'm so grateful."

A Romney app glitch gave users "A Better Amercia," a mistake quickly pounced on by Twitter users.   Tim Hanrahan of the Washington Post has a pretty good round up of the memes going around the net.

#IHateFacebookBecause is a hot trend on Twitter this morning.  Among the top tweets:

@itsWillyFerrell  #iUseTwitterBecause I can tweet 50 times a day and it's normal. #iHateFacebookBecause if I update my status 50 times a day I look crazy.

@beardedstoner  #iHateFacebookBecause if I wanted to know what relatives thought about politics, I wouldn't delete their email forwards.

@ItsThingsInLife  Twitter makes me love the people I don't know, whereas #ihatefacebookbecause it makes me hate the people I actually know.

@calebslife  #iHateFacebookBecause People tag me in pictures that do not include me. I'm not a shoe and I don't care about your dog.

A claymation version of the new action film The Raid has gone viral thanks to a post on reddit.com.   Warning:  It is very violent.

  

12 and 8 year old sisters Lennon and Maisy have gone viral singing their version of Robyn’s Call Your Girlfriend.

 

A few pranksters had a good laugh on Venice Beach where they "discovered" a buried treasure.

 

And finally, the hamster that plays dead.

 

That's the trend!

Have a great day,

Bob 

 

 

05/30/2012

Trayvoning, Doc Watson and Les Miserables

Good morning,

The new planking is called "Trayvoning" and it is causing quite a stir online.  Trayvoning refers to Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old African-American who was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, 28, while he was on his way home from 7-Eleven carrying Skittles and an iced tea.   With Trayvoning, people wear a hoodie and lay on the floor posing as if they are dead next to a bag of Skittles and an Arizona Ice Tea.   Someone takes a picture and posts it online.   It appears to have been started by 3 to 5 white guys in Florida who launched a Facebook page, but the page is not getting much attention with only 7 likes as of this writing.    However, Trayvoning is trending on Twitter and buzzing among bloggers who are outraged by the concept.  

Doc Watson is being remembered this morning on Twitter.   The blind guitarist and folk singer who influenced generations of folk and rock musicians died last night a week after falling in his home.  He was 89.    Celebrities have been tweeting tributes  @slash "One of the great guitar innovators, Doc Watson died today. RIP"; and @SteveMartinToGo "Ouch.  The great bluegrass legend Doc Watson is gone.  Check out the song Tennessee Stud to get his essence." 

 

Watson is credited with single-handedly bringing acoustic, finger-picking guitar playing to the forefront of folk music.   Until Watson came along, most country and bluegrass musicians thought of the guitar as a secondary instrument to the fiddle or banjo.   Watson played the banjo first when at age 11 his father made him a fretless banjo with a head made from the skin of a family cat that had just died.   No, really. A couple of years later Watson's father bought him a guitar after he learned to play "When The Roses Play in Dixieland" in a single day. 

Ween have called it quits. Aaron Freeman (aka Gene Ween) told Rolling Stone that he is retiring his alter ego because "it's time to move on."  Ween made its mark with an eclectic, experimental sound in 1984, when Freeman and Mickey Melchiondo (Dean Ween) were still in eighth grade.   Ween's first major album, Pure Guava, in 1992 produced the hit, "Push th' Little Daisies."   The band has not produced a full-length album since 2007.   Freeman recently released his first solo album, Marvelous Clouds.

Medal of Freedom is trending after President Obama awarded the country's highest civilian honor to singer Bob Dylan, labor leader Dolores Huerta, astronaut John Glenn and nine others.

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(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Happy birthday Jazzy!  Jazzy is Justin Bieber's sister, and yes it's trending.   Jazmyn Kathleen Bieber is celebrating her4th birthday today.

The first trailer for Les Miserables is out, featuring Anne Hathaway dreaming a little dream.

 

Lots of buzz around the new music video from Kanye West and Jay-Z that made its debut Tuesday night. The video for No Church In The Wild is violent and contains adult language.

 

The comedy duo Garfunkel and Oats have a hit video, singing a song while portraying two women - one aged 29, the other 31.  Some adult language.

 

Watch what the wind does to a 747 sitting in a boneyard, waiting to be dismantled, in Mojave, California.

 

Sports highlight of the day - an amazing high school pick-off trick.

 

This young man just woke up after anesthesia and he feels dizzy, making him viral!

 

That's the trend!

Have a great day,

Bob

 

05/29/2012

Marina Keegan, Beyonce's Weight Loss and Good Chemistry

Good morning!

One of the most passed around articles over the holiday weekend is a piece by Marina Keegan, a 2012 Yale University graduate, called The Opposite of Loneliness.  It has gone viral for an incredibly sad reason.  She wrote it ahead of commencement exercises just over a week ago.   One of the most haunting lines, "We're so young.  We're twenty-two years old.  We have so much time."   On Saturday, Marina was killed in a car crash on Cape Cod.  She was 22.

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(Marina Keegan/Facebook)

Another sad story trending this morning… Boxer Paul Williams is paralyzed from the waist down following a motorcycle crash.   According to his manager, Williams severed his spinal cord after falling on his back and head.   The crash happened Sunday morning in Marietta, Georgia.  Williams, 30,tried to avoid another car in the next lane, and then had to maneuver to avoid an oncoming car.   Williams was thrown from the motorcycle.   He was listed in serious but stable condition at an undisclosed hospital.  Williams was in the area to attend his brother's wedding on Sunday afternoon.

Broadcaster and journalist Chris Hayes issued an apology on Monday night after saying on his program that he felt uncomfortable calling fallen soldiers "heroes" because the term can be used to justify potentially unjust wars.   His remarks sparked outrage among many, including the Veterans of Foreign Wars, who demanded an apology.

The Miami Heat is a hot topic after scorching the worn-out Boston Celtics in the opening game of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals.   LeBron James scored 32 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.

Reality star Bethenny Frankel and Jason Hoppy have been facing rampant speculation that they are headed for divorce court, but from the looks of it Frankel is headed to the maternity ward.  The 41-year-old star of Bethenny Ever After stepped out in Malibu wearing a dress that highlighted what appeared to be a baby bump.   Frankel and Hoppy already have a 2-year-old daughter.

Justin Bieber is trending after he allegedly struck a photographer in the face over the weekend.  The alleged incident happened a shopping center in Calabasas.   The photographer claims the pop singer physically assaulted him, and then left the scene with actress Selena Gomez before police arrive.   Police are investigating.

Beyonce has revealed how she lost 60 pounds.   She told a crowd in Atlantic City that she spent a lot of time on the treadmill and art a lot of lettace!

Lots of searches for air conditioning units.  Hey, it's hot out there!

A red hot video this morning is a soccer highlight in which British chef Gordon Ramsay gets taken out by retired soccer player Teddy Sheringham during a Soccer Aid charity match.

 

Meanwhile, from Australia, one of the most unusual car commercials that you may ever see.

 

A 10th grade chemistry teacher has scored a viral video explaining good chemistry in a song.

 

And speaking of good chemistry, the biggest video hit of the holiday weekend was the lip dub wedding proposal, with more than 5 million views.

 

That's the trend,

Have a great day!

Bob

 

05/26/2012

Lip dub proposal (A Must See Video!)

Every now and then comes a video that you must see, and this one will put a big smile on your face.   On Wednesday, a man told his girlfriend to meet him at his parent's house for dinner.    When she arrives, his brother met her.  What happened next... well, just watch.

 

05/25/2012

Towel Day, Doc Watson and Memorial Day

Good morning!

Happy Towel Day!  Yes, there is such a thing.  Carry a towel with you wherever you go and no one will think it odd.   And if anyone does think it odd, you can tell them it's a tribute to the novelist Douglas Adams, who wrote The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy.  

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There is even a website dedicated to the event.   You can even send us or Tweet us your towel photos if you wish.   The commemoration started two weeks after Adams died in 2001.   And if you want to know why, read chapter 3 of Hitchhikers, and you will find yourself asking, where's my towel?

Star Wars marks its 35th Anniversary today, so if you walk around in a Darth Vader costume today, it's okay too.

Grammy-winning folk musician Doc Watson is listed in critical condition after falling at his home, making him a top search on Google this morning.   The blind singer and guitarist known as a master of the flatpicking-style of guitar playing is being treated at a hospital in North Carolina.   The 89-year-old Watson has won several Grammys and received the National Medal of the Arts.

Chris Brown has rolled out a steamy trending video called Sweet Love.   The song is from his upcoming album Fortune, due out on July 3.

 

While Warren Buffett is all hot on buying up newspapers, one of the nation's oldest is cutting back.  The (New Orleans) Times Picayune is ending daily publication and plans to offer three printed issues a week starting in the fall.   New Orleans will become the largest metro area in the nation without a daily newspaper.  This is the digital age.

Memorial Day is also trending as we mark the unofficial start of the summer season with beaches and barbeques and fun times, but lest we forget that Memorial Day is about the men and women who have served and sacrificed for our country.  

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Army Specialist John Finner, 23, left, of Sikeston, Missouri, and Army Specialist Kevin Wilson, 23, of New York City, soldiers with the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, or "Old Guard," place flags before each grave in preparation for Memorial Day, during the annual "Flags-In" at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., on Thursday, May 24, 2012. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Most Americans today have little direct connection to the military, and so perhaps the holiday should take on even greater meaning.  Less than 1 percent of our population serves in the U.S. military (just a couple of million) compared to the 16 million men and women who wore a uniform during World War II.  Pew Research Center found that only a third of Americans between the ages of 18 and 29 have an immediate family member who had served in the military. As Ben Patton writes in a blog post this morning, perhaps the best way to spend this Memorial Day is to try to spend a few minutes with a veteran. "Give him or her a chance to talk. And listen."

You may have seen the photo of President Obama bowing to a 5-year-old boy who is touching the president's hair to see if it feels like his.  The photo has gone viral after appearing in an article by the New York Times. 

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(Pete Souza/The White House)

The boy, Jacob Philadelphia, is the son of a former Marine who was leaving the White House staff three years ago and asked for a family photograph with the President.  You can read the full story behind the photo on the Times website.

A viral video out of Mexico shows a reporter appear to be using someone to fake a wind storm by having them kick dirt in the air.   The translation, according to one commenter, the reporter is actually saying the person is kicking the dirt in the air to demonstrate how windy it is.  The video has nearly a million views since this writing.

 

This next video shows a helicopter take off fail.  Fortunately, a major accident was avoided.

 

This viral video tries to answer the question why is yawning contagious?

 

This guy can put a lot of stuff in his hair.

 

Maru, YouTube's most popular cat with 200k subscribers and 150 million views, is celebrating a 5th birthday.

 

And finally, the salsa dancing dog!

 

That's the trend!

Enjoy the holiday weekend,

Bob

 

 

05/24/2012

Etan Patz, Dark Knight Posters and Bigfoot DNA

Good morning!

Etan Patz is a hot topic on Twitter this morning after word that police are questioning a man in connecting with the disappearance of the 6-year-old boy in 1979.  

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Patz was walking to school in SoHo when he vanished.  He is believed to have been murdered.   NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly said the individual made statements to detectives implicating himself in the case.   A news conference is expected later today.

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Allen Iverson is the top search on Google, and not because the Sixers won.  Iverson returned to the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Wednesday night to present the game ball prior to game 6 against the Boston Celtics.   Iverson left Philly under not so great circumstances, but he didn't need any practice for this performance.   The home crowd gave him a huge ovation.

Phillip Phillips is the new American Idol.   He was so excited, the 21-year-old singer broke into tears while performing his new single, Home.

Actor Jim Parsons is trending after quietly revealing that he is gay and in a committed relationship.   The 39-year-old actor made the revelation deep in an article in the New York Times during a reference to his role in the HIV/AIDS drama The Normal Heart.

Facebook lawsuit, Facebook sued, Facebook stock.   All hot searches as the social media giant faces a wrath of investor anger as the stock is trading 16 percent lower than its IPO valuation of $38 a share.   The issue is whether analysts at the big investment banks cut their earnings forecasts for Facebook just before the IPO, but only told a handful of select clients about it.

RIP Justin Bieber is trending on Twitter this morning.   Like Lady Gaga yesterday, fans say it means Really Inspiring Person.

Researchers in Europe are hoping to solve an age old mystery - whether Bigfoot exists.  Oxford University and Lausanna Museum of Zoology scientists recently sent out a call to museums, others scientists and Yeti fans to share hair samples thought to be from the creature.   New genetic tests will be done on the samples in hopes of determining if the hair belongs to man, ape of other species.  They've apparently received many samples already, and they will be sifting through them over the next few months before deciding which specimens to test.

New posters for the upcoming Batman movies have hit the net.   You can check them out on the French Facebook page for Dark Knight Rises.

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A lot of people really, really liked Google's Bob Moog Doodle.   Some liked it so much, they made music videos.  Here are a few:

 

 

 

 

The kids at MIT have reinvented the slow pouring ketchup bottle.

 

They say a rainy wedding means a sunny marriage, but I'm not sure what a tornado wedding might mean.

 

Another Russian dashcam captured another crazy accident.

 

Finally, this corgi is nothing but trouble!

 

That's the trend!

Have a great day,

Bob

 

 

 

 

 

05/23/2012

Michael McKean, Facebook Stock and Trololo!

Good morning!

Michael McKean would probably prefer trending for another reason, but he got struck by a car at West 86th Street and Broadway on Tuesday sending searches for the actor skyrocketing.   McKean suffered a broken leg in the accident. 

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He's currently starring in the Broadway production of Gore Vidal's Best Man.   He is best known for his role as Lenny on the TV show Laverne & Shirley and for his portrayal of the lead singer in the movie This is Spinal Tap.

Donald Driver is hot after getting a Mirrorball Trophy to go along with his Super Bowl ring.  The Green Bay Packers wide received won this season's Dancing With The Stars competition, topping Welsh singer Katherine Jenkins and actor William Levy.   You can read more about the finals on our Mirrorball blog.

The Great Gatsby is getting a lot of buzz this morning after the release of the trailer for the upcoming movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio as the aforementioned great one, Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway, Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan and Joel Edgerton as hubby, Tom.  The movie based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel will be 3-D, but we don't know if Jay-Z and Kanye West will be doing the 1920s soundtrack even though they are blaring to open the trailer.  Guess this isn't going to be our daddy's Great Gatsby.

 

Facebook stock status update:  It's complicated.  The stock continued to plunge on Tuesday, down another 9 percent to $31 a share.  That was on top of a 10 percent loss on Monday.  Guess no hitting the "like" button for this update.   And it's still no bargain, trading at 85 times earnings - most tech stocks trade around 15 times earnings (even Apple and Google).  

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Facebook also faces serious questions about whether it can create an advertising model to reach its massive user base without cratering ad revenue.   And while the user base is humongous, it appears to be an unhappy lot as the news feeds are cluttered and privacy concerns abound.   As one person put it, Facebook is becoming like an old filing cabinet - lots of content that gets looked at less and less, but you don't have the heart to get rid of it.

Olympic track star Lolo Jones' struggles to remain a virgin have become a hot topic on the net.   Jones is featured in an ESPN documentary and an upcoming HBO special.   She discusses her dating difficulties, explaining that she has turned to online dating services and even Twitter to find a prospective boyfriend.  The 29-year-old announced on Twitter earlier this year that she is a virgin.  In the upcoming special, Jones says, "It's just something, a gift that I want to give to my husband.  But please, understand, this journey has been hard.   If there's virgins out there, I'm going to let them know, it's the hardest thing I've ever done in my life - harder than training for the Olympics, harder than graduating from college, has been to stay a virgin before marriage."

Google is paying tribute to Dr. Robert Moog with its audio doodle.  Moog invented the electronic Moog Synthesizer that defined a generation of music, featured in songs by The Beatles, The Doors and Stevie Wonder, among others.  This Doodle is very interactive.  For the next 24 hours, you can use your mouse or keyboard to control the keys and knobs.  Google patched the doodle to a 4-track recorder so you can record, play back and share songs via Google+.  Today would have been Moog's 78th birthday.

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RIP Lady Gaga is trending on Twitter.  According to her legions of monsters, it means Really Inspiring Person.

Pastor Charles L. Worley of North Carolina has a viral video in which he calls for the concentration and ultimate death of "queers and homosexuals."  Commenting has been disabled on the video, but a Facebook page has been created where people are voicing their outrage.

 

A young man singing Trololo has gone viral.  Trololo is a distinctive way of singing.  The Russian song is titled I Am Glad, 'Cause I'm Finally Returning Back Home. The original version by an almost forgotten radio star Eduard Khil, known as Mr. Trololo, hit YouTube a few years ago.  Khil's video, uploaded multiple times, have been viewed millions of times.  

 

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Finally, a cheerleader fail.

 

That's the trend!

Have a great day,

Bob

 

 

05/22/2012

Dharun Ravi, Cory Booker and The Master

 

Why did Dharun Ravi only get 30 days in prison?   That is a question being pondered and debated on social sites this morning.    One of the top tweets comes from @GreggyBennett (Real Housewives fame) who wrote, "Michael Vick got a 23 month sentence for dog fighting. Dharun Ravi gets 30 days, and hasn't said he's sorry once. Pretty gross." While Superior Court Judge Glenn Berman starkly admonished Ravi for his actions revolving around the webcam spying case that ended with the suicide of Tyler Clementi, Berman then handed down a lenient sentence.  

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Berman gave us his rationale during the sentencing, pointing to the existing bias laws.  "The legislature was not envisioning this behavior, regardless of how reprehensible," he said.  Berman found that most bias statues across the country were for violent behavior. "That’s what I believe the (New Jersey) Legislature had in mind when they adopted this statute," he said.    And in sentencing Ravi, he stopped short of using the word hate.   Berman said Ravi's actions were "cold, calculated and methodically conceived," but then added "the jury essentially convicted you of lying."   So the sentence has little to do with the bias crime, and more to do with the cover-up that followed. Prosecutors are appealing the sentence, but many legal experts agree that it will be difficult to overturn.

Two countries are among the hot topics on Twitter - Iran and Japan.   Japan's sovereign credit rating was lowered by Fitch because of the country's "leisurely" efforts to tackle the world's biggest public debt burden.   Japan's currency grade fell from AA to A+ with a negative outlook - that means more cuts are possible.   Meanwhile, Iran is buzzing on two fronts.  The U.S. Senate approved tougher sanctions on Iran's oil sector.   The sanctions are aimed at shrinking Iran's oil revenues to force a halt to a nuclear program that the West suspects is being used to build an atomic bomb.   Meanwhile, a report that Russia says the West (at least some western nations) is considering military action against Iran is among the most re-tweeted stories.

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While most of us were sleeping, the first commercial rocket bound for the International Space Station blasted into orbit.  SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket is packed with 1,000 pounds of provision for the crew of the space station.   Only major governments have done these sorts of missions until now.   Falcon 9 will do some test maneuvers on Thursday before attempting to dock with the space station on Friday.

Cory Booker is still a hot topic today following his comments criticizing the Obama campaign’s assault on Mitt Romney’s job creation record at Bain Capital, which he then back-tracked.   The Romney camp followed up with this "I stand with Cory Booker" email:   “Do you know what Obama does with people who stand up for job creators? He silences them. That’s right. By Sunday evening the Obama campaign had pressured Booker into taking back his support of the free market … Don’t let the White House silence free enterprise! If you agree, then please sign our petition: I STAND WITH CORY BOOKER” And if you missed the email, the landing page for www.GOP.com currently reads: ‘I stand with Cory.’”  Cory Booker responded by saying he and his staff were "fit to be tied" over the email.

What's out is trending in the NBA.   The Lakers are out of the playoffs after losing to Oklahoma City, which now has the unenviable task of taking on San Antonio - a team that may never lose another game (18 straight wins for those not following).   Stan Van Gundy is out as head coach in Orlando after a tumultuous season in which star player Dwight Howard and Van Gundy starred in an off-court drama of finger-pointing and accusations.  The Magic exited from the playoffs in the first round.

A sneak peek at Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master has hit the web.  The film explores the origins of a religion that sounds like Scientology and features a creepy looking Joaquin Phoenix.

 

This viral video shows off what could be the future of computing… Who needs a keyboard and a mouse anymore?

 

Trending on reddit is surveillance video of an unusual robbery.

 

This dashcam video of a police interrogation of a couple of Russian guys caught speeding in Ukraine is too good to be real.  Can't be real.

 

Finally, the cat and the chick.

 

That's the trend!

Have a great day,

Bob

 

05/21/2012

Solar Eclipse, Robin Gibb and Call Me Maybe - Aussie version

Good morning!

The sun and the moon aligned for an annular eclipse that dimmed the skies over the western United States and parts of Asia on Sunday.   Eclipses of some type occur almost every year, but an annular, where the moon is circled by what appears to be a ring of fire from the sun, has not happened over the United States since 1994.   The next one is not until 2023.  

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The "ring of fire" moment lasted about four minutes, but only people positioned along the centerline of the path could see it.  In this case, the best place for viewing was Kanarraville, Utah, where 355 people live south of Salt Lake City.   Thousands, some from as far away as Brazil, gathered there on Sunday to witness this rare spectacle in the sky.

Hundreds of tributes filled Twitter and Facebook with word that another icon of the disco era had passed away.  Robin Gibb, who with brothers Barry and Maurice made the Bee Gees, lost a long fight with cancer at the age of 62.   The Billboard Music Awards paused for a moment of silence as a large black-and-white picture of Gibb was displayed.  

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The Bee Gees formed in Australia in the early 60s, but believing their future lie in Europe the three brothers moved to England and had their first number one hit with Massachusetts in 1967.   That same year, Robin survived a train crash with his wife-to- be Molly.   The Hither Green rail accident claimed 50 lives, and Robin believed they survived because they were sitting in first-class.  The 1970s belonged to the Bees Gees, and they exploded in 1975 with the dance hit Jive Talkin'.   That led to an invitation to contribute to the soundtrack for the movie Saturday Night Fever.   That album produced four number one songs for the group: Stayin' Alive, How Deep Is Your Love, Night Fever and More Than A Woman.   The movie and the album helped to launch the disco era, but despite selling 200 million albums, the magic would not last as the disco era quickly faded away in the 1980s.  Barry Gibb is the last surviving brother.   Maurice died in 2003 and younger brother Andy, who was a solo pop star and idol, died at just 30 years old in 1988.   Robin's last musical offering is The Titanic Requiem, a classical work written with his son Robin-John.

The Billboard Music Awards is also a hot topic.   The show is more about the performances than the actual awards.   This year's show seen on ABC featured performances from Katy Perry, Cee Lo Green and Linkin Park along with tributes to Donna Summer, Whitney Houston, the Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch and Steve Wonder.   The closing collaboration between Stevie Wonder and Alicia Keys drew widespread praise.

It's National Vegetarian Week in the U.K. and it's a trending topic on Twitter.  International Vegetarian Week is not until October, but you are still invited to join in Britain's meatless celebration.

Newark Mayor Cory Booker became a hot topic after he slammed President Obama's campaign for ads attacking Mitt Romney's work for the private-equity firm Bain Capital.   Booker criticized the attempt to portray Romney as someone who pursued profits by slashing jobs while serving as the company's chief executive.   Realizing the gaffe, Booker later took to YouTube to clarify his remarks and reaffirm his support for the president.

 

A high school teacher in North Carolina is trending on YouTube after she was captured on audio yelling at a student who apparently criticized President Obama.  

 

The most viewed video on YouTube over the weekend - Will Smith slapping a reporter who apparently tried to lock lips with him.

 

In a head-scratching video, a couple is seen putting their young child into a machine at a Laundromat in an apparent attempt to scare him.   Unfortunately, the machine had an auto-lock system and started spinning the child.   The child suffered minor injuries.

 

What may be the most covered song ever, an Aussie version of Call Me Maybe was one of the most viewed videos over the weekend.

 

And finally, what dog doesn't love to sing to the sounds of sirens… this one is pretty good at it.

 

That's the trend!

Have a great day,

Bob

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

05/18/2012

Facebook IPO, Donna Summer and Opening Beer with a Chainsaw

Good morning!

Facebook reaches its pinnacle moment today as its initial public offering hits the market, and there's no topic hotter on the net right now.  

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Instead of a hashtag, $FB is the trending topic on Twitter as billions of dollars will be invested in the largest tech IPO and the third largest overall in history.   The $38 initial offering is for institutional investors, which means average Joes like you and me have no chance of investing at that price level.    Most analysts believe Facebook is overvalued, trading at 100 times earnings… so if you do buy today, chances are you will have paid way too much.   Facebook is also facing questions about revenue growth, so even if FB closes high today, it could drop in value and even sell below the IPO price in the future as happened with other tech companies.   One thing is certain… Mark Zuckerberg and the other Facebook founders will be rich beyond anyone's wildest imaginations today.   And even many employees will become millionaires.  Makes you wonder if Facebook will be able to keep those workers who will have, in essence, hit the lottery.

Warren Buffett is not buying Facebook, but the Oracle of Omaha did buy 63 newspapers from Media General.  Huh?   I thought newspapers were yesterday's news.  Buffett paid $142-million for Media General's whole portfolio of newspapers, except for the Tampa Tribune.  The deal sent Media General's stock soaring, as the company can now focus on its broadcast television and digital businesses.   As to why Buffett made the deal, he said, "In towns and cities where there is a strong sense of community, there is no more important institution than the local paper."

We've lost some incredibly talented cultural icons this year.   The latest is Donna Summer, whose incredible voice resulted in five Grammy awards.  

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The Queen of Disco started singing in Boston churches as a child.   And before she became a Disco icon, she sang on stage in a German production of Hair and later joined the Viennese Folk Opera.   But it is disco music where Summer made her mark, first in Europe with the album Lady of the Night and then with the hit song Love To Love You Baby in the U.S.   She was the first artist to produce three Number 1 double albums with Live And More in 1978, Bad Girls in 1979 and Donna Summer Greatest Hits/On The Radio in the 1980s.   Summer's professional persona was balanced by a deeply religious personal life.  She was a born-again Christian and recorded songs such as I Believe In Jesus after disco faded in the 1980s.    Her career spanned five decades with her 17th studio album Crayons released in 2008.   Her single To Paris With Love reached Number 1 on the Billboard Dance charts in 2010.

Whitney Houston's pastor Marvin Winans is trending after getting carjacked in Detroit.  Three or four young men approached him shortly after he pulled into the station on Wednesday afternoon.  At some point, they distracted him, pulled Winans to the ground and started kicking him.   The carjackers made off with a $15,000 Rolex, an iPhone, a briefcase, a wallet containing $200 and his 2012 Infiniti QX56.   Police later found the vehicle and arrested two suspects.   Winans was banged up in the attack, including suffering a fractured finger.

A San Francisco High School ball player pulls off a walk off steal in this viral video.

 

Jessica and her dad, comedian Mike Hanley, surprise the Bat Mitzvah crowd during the Father Daughter Dance.

 

Don't try this one at home… opening a bottle of beer with a chainsaw!

 

Here's a scary video out of Bogota where a bicycle racer wore a helmet cam for a downhill race.

 

Here's another scary one, especially if you are afraid of heights.  This is called Bridge on the Russian island.

 

And finally, why you should never leave your dog alone in the car….

 

That's the trend!

Have a great weekend,

Bob