Friday, June 26, 2009

Jackson Remembered Everywhere, Every Second

The death of the megastar Michael Jackson yesterday eclipsed the death of actress Farrah Fawcett. Every news source, from radio to newspapers to TV, announced details of his death and the overwhelming support from Los Angeles to New York, London to the Phillipines, Africa to Japan. In fact, the top 10 songs have 4 by Jackson, 44 of 100, and 8 of the 10 top-selling albums by him in the past 24 hours (which I predicted-bought your Apple stock yet?). Numerous TV specials were on all 3 major networks last night, and ABC will air a special 20/20 segment titled, "Michael Jackson: The Man and His Music." In fact, there was so much traffic and shock over this sudden death that the websites Google, Twitter, and the LA Times crashed at one point yesterday.

At the popular Fmylife website, someone posted:

"Today, my brother and I were going to give our parents their anniversary gift which cost us over $3000. The gift was a trip to London in August to see a show on Michael Jackson's comeback tour. FML"


"Today, Michael Jackson died. FML"

:::EDITED 7/7/09:::
From Amazon's Top-selling music June 29, 2009
New York City

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

R.I.P. Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett

The King of Pop, Michael Jackson, and TV's original Charlie's Angel, Farrah Fawcett, both died today in Los Angeles today. I didn't really know Fawcett that well, but Jackson was a really amazing singer and of course, dancer. He had numerous songs and albums that frequently topped the charts and even though his career and life declined in the past 10 years, he will be sorely missed.

If you haven't bought Apple stock now, DO IT. In the next few days, if not 24 hours, sales of Jackson's songs will go through the roof. Sucks for Virgin Music, which closed most of its stores recently.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

CitiField is Amazing

My first baseball game, the Mets lost 3-0 against the St. Louis Cardinals. But the exciting part was getting to spend some time with my high school friends at a completely new stadium. The new CitiField looked new, but still had a relatively classic look on its facade. High arches with brick inlaid made it look spectacular at nighttime, with strategically placed lights. Inside, wide concourses and plenty of new amenities. The only bad features were a LACK OF SIGNAGE. I entered from center field, and right past the turnstiles was the Jackie Robinson Rotunda. 3 levels, with 2 escalators at the middle. Nowhere was signage that indicated that access to seats were by taking the escalator. At the top of the escalator, signage barely 6" tall on seating sections. And the men's urinals didn't even have urinal screens! ???

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Monday, June 22, 2009

Overheard on the 7 Train

As I was taking the 7 towards Flushing this afternoon, I overheard a couple of fans of the St. Louis Cardinals (from St. Louis) comparing the mass transit systems of St. Louis and NYC. They remarked about how the NYC Subway went "just about everywhere." However, they made a key point on how St. Louis' Metro got you to the airport with a new and clean train. Here in NYC, LaGuardia Airport is only connected by buses. (JFK Int'l is connected by the AirTrain, but no one really rides that since you have to get out and transfer to the local subway to head to the city.) If only we had the money...and political will.

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Global Warming a Fake Not a Priority

Recently, I had a discussion with a coworker about whether or not global warming is real. They said that some people believed global warming was just a gimmick, creating a new industry with plenty of new companies to push "green" technologies and services. However, whether or not our global warming is causing a warmer planet or that we are just merely accelerating a natural phenomenon is not the biggest point. Should we continue polluting our environment and the world in which our successors will live in? Do we want to continue killing off animal and plant species so that we are the only ones left on Earth? Are we planning to live in a worse off world than the one we were born in? These are the questions we should be asking ourselves, not debating whether or not global warming is a hoax or not.

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