Monday, 1st September 2014.

It’s been all Peyton all the time here in Indianapolis. Everyone has an opinion and has probably given it, multiple times (like me). Thankfully, there’s a lot of good things to say about this shoe-in candidate to the NFL Hall of Fame. (Can you say “best quarterback ever”?)

In all that I’ve read, which is only a fraction of what has been written, this quote from Indy Star reporter Mike Chappell is the best. These are words to live by for every athlete, if not every person.

“It’s easy, enjoyable and ego-inflating to face everyone in victory. It’s a different beast to stand tall and face your critics on your worst day.”

According to Chappell in this Indy Star article (hopefully it’s still live), Peyton always did this.

On a lighter note, here’s a funny Onion article about Peyton. Ironically, there’s a tie-in with Mike Chappell, if you make to the end.

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Posted on Friday, 9th March 2012 by Bill Bean

center city collision body shop

My friend Kevin Rains does collision repair in Cincinnati. Well, he doesn’t do it, but the guys at his Norwood body shop do. (Center City Collision) And they do a great job!

windshield damage

Notice resemblance to a particular state.

I’ve been remiss in giving a proper shout-out to them. Granted, if you don’t live in Cincy, you probably won’t need them. But if like me you occasionally find yourself in a rough neighborhood such as Liberty Township, then you need to know who to talk to when the local hoodlums have their way with your windshield.

Kevin’s boys (I don’t think they have any female techs) took good care of me, though I did have to spend a few extra hours in the ‘Nati. Unfortunately, no time for goetta. Maybe a future trip.

The windshield repair wasn’t the first time I’d gotten the treatment from CCC. They did a bit of work on the old blue van (some of you might remember that sweet ride). As a big guy I put a little extra strain on car seats. After many years of abuse my van seat couldn’t take anymore and the frame broke. These guys can handle a torch, so they fixed me right up. That van is now long gone, but wherever it might be that seat is firmly secured. I do miss that van.

I strongly encourage Cincy people to use Center City Collision. When it comes to any kind of vehicle work, it’s good to have someone you can trust. For my Indianapolis neighbors, I recommend Langfords Collision Repair. Tell Greg or Steve you heard it from me.

Keep up the good work, Kevin!

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Posted on Saturday, 28th January 2012 by Bill Bean

A good working definition of zeitgeist is “spirit of the times.”   It does seem fair to say that what got Googled would be an interesting, if not accurate, reflection of our zeitgeist; a cultural barometer. Google has shared with us the fastest rising searches of 2011. Per Google here is the picture of what had our attention:

It might be fair to say that the results were a bit skewed, though their sample size was enormous (billions of searches), and the presence of Google+ is a bit suspect. Sorry, Facebook. Obviously, many who read this might not have cared (cared enough to search) about any one of these items. Must have been your coworkers.

We often wonder what a future alien race (join me in my presupposition) will think of us when they find artifacts from our civilization (eg a thigh master). This is one of those things. What will they think of us when they pull up our collective browser history?

Again, these were the fastest rising searches in 2011. This is not a list of the most often searched terms. That list would have to include things like weather, porn, poker, flights, etc…. Nevertheless, there are some remarkable things from 2011 missing from this particular list. If you visit the page, you’ll see other collections such as fastest falling and category specific lists of fastest rising searches. They also break it down geographically, so you can see the United States specific lists. Seems I should have been paying more attention. Who is Ryan Dunn?

Fascinating stuff. The numbers tell a story.

 

FYI: Google Zeitgeist 2010

Image Source: http://www.googlezeitgeist.com/

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Posted on Sunday, 8th January 2012 by Bill Bean

I have discovered Pinterest. Not much to say. Could be quite useful. I do like the different approach to the whole “bookmarking and social sharing” thing. I’m here: http://pinterest.com/billbean/

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Posted on Wednesday, 7th December 2011 by Bill Bean

The J.C. Penny t-shirt scandal is ridiculous. I would say they need to grow a pair, but that might be interpreted as sexist (it’s a colloquialism).

This shirt was deemed offensive and degrading to young girls.

JC Penny T-Shirt Too Pretty For Homework

 

Thankfully, the Village Voice was on top of things and has prevented the downfall of civilization. They successfully bullied JCP in to removing the item. (see story here)

Does anyone at the Village Voice even shop at J.C. Penny?

Does anyone at the Village Voice object to the Junior Miss Hooker attire available at most clothing stores targeting younger girls?

If the shirt had said, “Too Beefcake To Do Homework So My Sister Does It For Me”, would there have been a similar outcry?

Why not go to the root of the problem and have Justin Beiber removed?

Hopefully, this shirt will become a hot commodity on the “black market.” If my daughter had a brother, I’d buy it for her. Kudos to JCP for this edgy, potentially viral, marketing campaign.

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Posted on Thursday, 1st September 2011 by Bill Bean

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