Now this is what music is all about…

A few months ago I got into a new show, at least it was to me.  It’s called “Live From Daryl’s House” starring Daryl Hall and his band.  It started as an Internet show which features artists from diverse genres and generations and they get together and play each other’s music.  Also included are food preparation segments which provide a nice break between the music.  I am watching it on the Palladia network on cable now.

The thing I like about this show the most is the pure joy that happens in this room as the artists mesh to make old songs new again.  These artists seem truly happy doing this.  To me, that’s what music is all about!

For those who don’t know about this show, here’s a sample video.  Daryl and his band are playing with a band called The Dirty Heads, and they came up with an interesting rendition of the old Hall & Oates hit “Rich Girl”.  Enjoy!

No Budget, No Pay Act Signed By Obama

http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/23/opinion/avlon-no-budget-no-pay

The link above is to a nice opinion piece about the “No Budget, No Pay” act that recently passed, and has now been signed by the President.

Obviously not a cure-all for Washington’s ills, but it is a step in the right direction toward holding Congress accountable for passing a budget.

Congratulations to nolabels.org for spearheading the effort.  It shows yet again that grassroots efforts can make a difference, and this one is great as it prioritizes progress over ideology.

Waste Management Open in Phoenix – Not Your Regular PGA Event

This PGA Tour event is one of the more popular events on tour each year.  And also the most unique, as evidenced by the following videos.  It’s great to see these players lightening up a bit and having some fun!

Padraig Harrington kicking a football

Caddy Races

Dancing

I hope this kind of thing continues at this event for years to come.  Maybe I can make it there some day.

Super Bowl Ad Faves 2013

I decided to keep a list during the Super Bowl of my favorite ads.  Here’s this year’s list.  I think the Montana Stain from Tide was my winner this year.

Enjoy!

Oreo

My wife is a soon-to-be ex-librarian, so I thought this was a good one.

Volkswagen

I guess this had some backlash.  Calm down, mon.  The dude is from Minnesota, after all.

Taco Bell

I have this vision that this is what goes on in the retirement communities during the winter.

Tide

The magic Montana stain was a brilliant and funny concept.

Cars.com

This one reminds me of the outpost.com ad of many years ago.

Here’s the cars.com commercial:

The ads are fun, aren’t they?

3M Technology Changing Medicine

Some of the cool stuff we are doing at 3M in software are some of the industry’s best kept secrets.  One example is our Littmann 3200 Bluetooth Stethoscope.  My team worked with the division to create this system.  This telemedicine technology is some really cool stuff.  Here’s a link to a great video about this project.  Also, it’s getting some great press from healthcare leaders, highlighted by a great post coming out of Microsoft.

We’ve got several more examples of great software technology coming out of 3M.  Stay tuned as I intend to share more about what we are doing!