American Ninja Warrior

American Ninja Warrior

From wikipedia: American Ninja Warrior is a sports entertainment competition spin-off of the television series Sasuke, in which competitors try to complete a series of obstacle courses of increasing difficulty called “stages”.

This is one of those shows you stumble across when you cannot find anything else to watch. Then all of a sudden you can’t stop watching it. Then you find you are cheering along hoping someone gets through these crazy courses. American Ninja Warrior is flashy and looks a little like “Wipeout” at night. And yet it becomes apparent very quickly that the competitors are quite serious and have been training for years. It feels like a cross between Olympics and Battle of the Network Stars. Pretty amazing stuff.

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http://www.nbc.com/american-ninja-warrior

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Uber

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Uber, heard of it? It’s an application that is changing the way we move around. No longer are we only locked into using a taxi. Uber is a system that has it’s own fleet of drivers, allows for autonomy, and has reasonable rates. Download the app, set a pickup location and you will then see the cars available in your area. Select a car, confirm the fee, and they will be there in a few to pick you up. You get to see the driver’s and the type of car they are driving. Some drivers offer Kleenex, waters, and more. The guest service is stepped up and really is providing a true and safe alternative. Driver’s have to provide the necessary documents to drive, have insurance, and get accepted. It is allowing people to earn extra income and even use their own cars. The future is now.

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The Moth

tumblr_ltujq1EORM1qb1ucpo1_400From the website The Moth:

“It is brilliant and quietly addictive” – The London Guardian

“New York’s hottest and hippest literary ticket” – The Wall Street Journal

The Moth is an acclaimed not-for-profit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. It is a celebration of both the raconteur, who breathes fire into true tales of ordinary life, and the storytelling novice, who has lived through something extraordinary and yearns to share it. At the center of each performance is, of course, the story – and The Moth’s directors work with each storyteller to find, shape and present it.

Since its launch in 1997, The Moth has presented thousands of stories, told live and without notes, to standing-room-only crowds worldwide.

Moth shows are renowned for the great range of human experience they showcase. Each show starts with a theme, and the storytellers explore it, often in unexpected ways. Since each story is true and every voice authentic, the shows dance between documentary and theater, creating a unique, intimate, and often enlightening experience for the audience.

Moth stories dissolve socio-economic barriers, expose vulnerabilities, and quietly suggest ways to overcome challenges and see with new eyes.

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I heard a story title “Angel” from Darryl “DMC” McDaniels on The Moth Radio Hour. Have the link here and suggest you listen to it. Fascinating story. And is encapsulates the best of what The Moth is all about.

The Moth Story by Darryl “DMC” McDaniels – Angel

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Website: The Moth

iTunes Radio

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I had Pandora and would occasionally use it, but when iTunes launched iTunes Radio it melded pretty seamlessly into my daily routine. Overnight I was able to play the radio from our speaker system at home, in the car and even on my desk at work. Maybe it’s because I worked so much more with iTunes in general which made the transition so easy. Now I find myself creating stations around concepts, artists, or genres all the time. I entered “Rat Pack” and have an awesome station that plays standards by that great generation of singers. Now I enjoy typing in words based on dinner for background music: “Mexican”, “French”, “Italian”. Even “Irish” for St. Patrick’s Day. And if a song plays and you like it, it will be noted in the history section. Plus, all the songs are kept in sync in real time across all devices. iTunes radio progresses technology by presenting music in a fresh and accessible way.

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iTunes Radio