Lauren Hill – Basketball Player #1More4Lauren

Lauren Hill is one of those many stories that you hear that is battling an illness or disease. Rather than be miserable and suffer, she lived every last day to the fullest. Her journey of being a basketball player was amazing. The chances she got in her last months, nobody could accomplish that in four years of College.

Her memory will last for yyears to come, and each year as the team suits up to play, they will think of Lauren and the stuggles she went through. Fighting an illness is not easy for yourself or your family. It is what you make of it, and the support you receive from your family and friends. The support Lauren received from around the world was overwhelming as well.

Here is the introductory video:

Here is the team that moved their game to accommodate Lauren’s wish.

Here is the tribute video CBS Sunday Morning did:

New York Auto Show

This past Friday, I attended the New York International Auto show in New York City. It is a yearly event. It has been about ten years since I last attended the car show. I was going yearly for a while, then it got boring. I am sort of in the market for a new car, so I figured I would get a sense of what is out there.

General Motors (GM) I thought had a really impressive showing. Buick, Chevy, and GMC were at their A game. I didn’t feel Cadillac was there yet, but they too had a presence. I think GM is doing a great job of moving forward since they had so many issues with recalls, and safety concerns.

For most of my life I have driven Fords. I happen to find then reliable. Currently I own a Ford Fusion. Ford too had an impressive display, and they are moving forward with the electric vehicles. They even had a car that talked, and interacted to a kid touching the car. Electric cars wouldn’t work well in the city, since you would have electrical cords running up and down the block.

Buick brought their new convertible the Cascada, and then their concept vehicles the Avenir Concept. Both impressive models. Since the Verano and the Chevy Cruze are similar. Just as the Encore is a twin to the Trax.

All of the car manufactures had “product specialists” which I don’t know if they worked directly for the manufacturer or the car show itself. The GM “product specialists” did a dynamic job in their presentations. The Chevy booth also offered a charging station, which was a plus to me since my cell phone was dying.

Below are some of the cars I took pictures of. I also look a lot of pictures of the wheels (rims) in which some of them were impressive in their design. No more hubcaps or you happen to see very few.

The Buick Cascada

  The Buick Regal

Another view of the Buick Regal

Kia Sportage  Kia Cadenza  The Lincoln Continental Concept Car  Lincoln MKX  Carl Edwards NASCAR Racecar  Toyota FT-1 Concept Car  This Aston Martin Vulcan was made out of clay!

Cookie Monster

Growing up, I was never really a fan of Sesame Street. As I got older, I fell back in love with Sesame Street and everything it was meant to be. From Elmo to the Cookie Monster, even the Count, the characters and the puppeteers who make them come to life is unbelievable. This past week, a new viral video came across the Internet, as Cookie Monster is now a life coach.

While rather this is a serious subject of the problems we deal with in life, Cookie Monster offers the simplest, and calmest suggestions. I laughed when the woman said she lost her job. Cookie Monster replied with where did it go. Or even how the guy was eating a cookie, and was coughing since the cookie was dry. Cookie Monster replied with you need some milk to make it moist.

Come to think of it, there is sort of a life lesson here. When we are sad, or we want to talk to someone about something, usually it is over cookies and milk. It makes everyone feel better. Cookie Monster reminds us that any problem is solvable, especially with cookies. While browsing this video, the next suggested video had John Oliver of HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.

Oliver was explaining how to enjoy cookies in the United Kingdom (UK). Oliver even suggested having some tea with your cookies. In Cookie Monster fashion, he presented Oliver with the letter “t”.

So after getting carried away, and watching a few of these videos, it shows the problems we deal with in life are solvable. We should find humor and reason with the challenges we are faced with on a daily basis. Take a few steps back, and have a cookie! Maybe eat it in private like Cookie Monster would to give yourself a much needed laugh.

Finally, I would like to share the video Cookie Monster did with Martha Stewart.

Photoshop 1.0 is pretty much useless to Photoshop experts

While this was an enjoyable video to watch, it definitely brought back a lot of memories too. The first thing I have to say is how expensive Photoshop was. I think it cost around $1,000.00 at first! Now you can subscribe to the creative cloud for about $30.00 a month and get pretty much all of the programs.

Photoshop and I never got along. I ‘ve tried a few times to sit down and learn it, and never really fully grasped it. Even at its beginning stages. It was quite comical seeing the designers struggle with the original version, and really shows what a powerhouse of a program it has become.

We first learned about Photoshop in the magazine world and that is how they made Cindy Crawford so beautiful. The same goes with Christine Brinkley and others. Today no photo goes to print without a visit to Photoshop.

Don’t go on a job interview for graphic design and say you don’t know photoshop. Security will be showing you the door very quick. I do recall at the time Corel Draw. If that doesn’t ring a bell, they created WordPerfect. Still confused. Oh boy, we need to sit and talk. Corel Draw at one point in the early nineties did have a dominance. It was only a matter of time before Photoshop became the only way to edit, create, and design pictures and photos alike.

Cheers Adobe and Photoshop to another 25 years! I can’t wait to see what will come that we don’t already know.