Jimmy Fallon's "Saved by the Bell" Sketch

I just died and went to nostalgia heaven. I'm not ashamed to say that this sketch made me giggle.

Growing up, Saved by the Bell was my favorite show, so a throw-back reunion packed with classic references like the lyrics of the show's theme songJessie's "I'm so excited", and not-so-subtle jabs at each characters' post-SBTB careers, made my day.

Too bad Screech couldn't make it.

The Best (and Worst) Superbowl Ads

Overall, I was disappointed by the caliber of ads during last night's Superbowl. The commercials seemed to be too serious, even depressing, as a whole.

The Best

One ad, however, shone threw with its quirky characters, nerdy dancing, broken glasses, bright red fanny packs, and the perfectly delivered line "Loctite glue saved our marriage".

Loctite's Positive Feelings wins best ad of the evening, in my opinion.

Runner up: Coming in a close second was the Avocados from Mexico First Draft ad.

The Worst

As for the worst ad: Nationwide Insurance's universally reviled, child-killing, thought-it-was-going-to-be-fun-only-to-have-my-heard-ripped-out ad titled Make Safe Happen

Seriously, though, this ad was a major buzzkill. I understand the point they were trying to make (and it was actually very effective) but coming from an insurance company, it just felt wrong.

"Hey, your kid was just crushed by a flat-screen TV, but you bought life insurance through Nationwide, so now you can finally take that trip to Fiji you've been dreaming of!"

I need a shower.

Memes Make Everything Better

The only redeeming factor were the memes that popped up, helping the world to cope with the disastrous ad. Also, Richard Sherman's reaction to the ad:

What were your favorite or least favorite ads from Superbowl XLIX?

The Apple Watch Will Ship in April

During Apple's 2015 Q1 earnings call, CEO Tim Cook announced that the company's latest project, the Apple Watch, will begin shipping in April of this year. Here's an excerpt from Cook's prepared statement:

Development for Apple Watch is right on schedule, and we expect to be shipping in April. Developers are hard at work on apps, notifications, and information summaries that we call Glances, all designed specifically for the watch’s user interface. The creativity and software innovation going on around Apple Watch is incredibly exciting, and we can’t wait for our customers to experience them when Apple Watch becomes available.

The watch drops just two months before my birthday, so...

Six Pop Country Songs Mashed into One

Musician Gregory Todd (a.k.a. Sir Mashalot) noticed that there is a serious lack of creativity in today's Country music, so he took six popular songs and mashed them up into one to prove the point. Todd is careful to point out Pop Country is hardly the only genre guilty of this:

I just want to be clear that this Mashup is all in good fun. I am not bashing these songs. I understand and even appreciate why the “formula” continues to dominate the airwaves- not only in country music, but in pop and other genres as well.

I'm not a fan of Country music as-is, but it is pretty mind-blowing that these six songs could be made to sound so much like one.

McDonald's “Archenemies” is Advertising Gold

This caught my eye during an NFL Playoffs commercial break. McDonald's latest TV spot, titled "Archenemies", features a number of iconic adversaries playing nice to the ebullient tune "Love is Endless" by Mozella. The spot's light-hearted tone, clear message, and smart pop culture references are topped off by its modern aesthetic style.

I'm lovin' it.

A Losing War is Being Waged on Apple Pay

Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX), a consortium of retailers responsible for blocking Apple Pay from stores like CVS, BestBuy, and Wal-Mart, is having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week. 

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MCX is blocking Apple Pay in favor of its own payment system, CurrentC (goofiest name ever), which isn't set to launch until some time next year. Despite its pre-launch status, the system has already been hacked, leaking email addresses of beta testers. 

If that wasn't bad enough, CurrentC's iOS app has been hijacked by fans of Apple Pay. At the time I'm writing this, the app has been rated 3079 times with 3047 of those being 1-star reviews.

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This week, Wal-Mart released a statement, trying (and failing) to explain the disabling of Apple Pay. However, as many of pointed out: this "war" against Apple Pay is one they won't win.

Wal-Mart (Poorly) Explains Apple Pay Ban

Wal-Mart gives Business Insider an explanation for disabling Apple Pay:

Ultimately, what matters is that consumers have a payment option that is widely accepted, secure, and developed with their best interests in mind.

Because nothing says "best interests" like banning your customers' preferred method of payment.

Mini Cooper Mk VII

My latest set from LEGO, the Mini Cooper MK VII, is a gorgeous replica of the classic Mk VII, from the racing stripes, the detailed interior, and the iconic white roof and mirrors. The 1077 piece set comes with a spare tire (tucked away in the trunk) and a picnic basket, complete with wine, cheese, baguette, and checkered picnic blanket. Click on the thumbnails to get a closer look.

Into The Storm

A few nights ago, our area was hit by a monster storm. Featuring over sixty minutes of incredible, strobing lightening, deafening thunder claps, wind, rain, and hail, the storm was a truly spectacular show unlike anything I'd seen before.

So, naturally, I grabbed my iPhone and began to shoot. Throw in some eerie, atmospheric music, some strategic editing, and you get this short film lazily titled, The Storm.