Close To Greatness~Bing

Google vs Bing.  Is that even a competition?  Has anyone in this world ever said, “Hey! Let me Bing that!”  No.  They haven’t, because Google is the alpha search engine.  It even has its own place in the dictionary.  When I log onto my computer I’ll continue to Google my searches and leave Bing to the Microsoft fan boys.

 http://www.google.com/                           VS                             http://www.bing.com/

Close To Greatness~Nicolas Cage

Nicolas Cage was once a decent actor.  His role in the 1987 hit Raising Arizona was amazing and almost everyone thought his acting career couldn’t go anywhere but up.  But almost everyone was wrong.  He has acted in many sub par movies in the 21st century including Season of the Witch, Ghost Rider, Drive Angry, and for some reason a sequel to Ghost Rider.  He was decent in the two National Treasure films, but besides those, I choose to skip his movies in the theaters and on Netflix.

Close To Greatness~Roses

Roses are arguably the most beautiful flower worldwide.  With their luscious petals filled with vivid color, roses only downside are their thorns.  Their thorns that make you bleed, and that bring down the flower’s initial beauty.  Roses are most definitely beautiful, but the thorns make them much less appealing.

Close To Greatness~1968

1968 was a sub par year in many regards.  There was the Vietnam war, MLK was shot on the balcony of his hotel room, even the movie Planet of the Apes was released.  Robert Kennedy was assassinated, there was a flu pandemic in Hong Kong, an earthquake in Sicily (killing almost 250), and it was a leap year.  One of the only good things in 1968 might have been that gas was a low 34 cents per gallon.

Close To Greatness~Overcast Skies

Everybody loves a bright sunny day.  So when it is overcast outside, it seems to make everything sub par.  Nobody likes an overcast day…

Close To Greatness~BET (Black Entertainment Television)

BET is an American cable network based in Atlanta Georgia that has target audiences of African american audiences.  They have shows such as “Black Girls Rock!”, “Brothers to Brutha”, and “Harlem Heights”.  BET continues to be the top network for African Americans after they celebrated their 30th anniversary in 2010.  Although they had a record setting year in 2010, the amount of white viewers is not up to par with other channels.  In general, white viewers would, for the most part rather watch other channels besides BET.

Close To Greatness~Graffiti

Graffiti is an illegal display of writings or drawings on a public surface, usually administered by gangs.  Graffiti is a crime in itself and it is extremely hard to repair.  It is the art of criminals and gang members who want to tag specific areas.  There is a major difference between graffiti and street art.  Although both are, for the most part against the law, street art is visually appealing, unlike its evil twin graffiti.  One great example of street art is the infamous Banksy, and if you haven’t already seen his stuff, you should check it out:  http://www.banksy.co.uk/. Below is an example of the difference between street art and graffiti

Close To Greatness~Curling

Curling is a sport that really shouldn’t be considered a sport.  Two teams, each with four players, slide stones across ice to a target area at the end of the ice sheet.  The team with the most stones closest to the center of the target wins.  In Canada, curling is a very popular sport, and both the men’s and women’s team have won medals at the Olympics.  When sliding a stone across ice is considered a sport in the Olympics, that is not a good sign.  Curling is like golf, it should be played by retirees who want to get out every once in a while.  Not by the young men and women we see today playing the “sport”.

Close To Greatness~Cornflakes

Cereals, for the most part have other elements to disguise their boring base that hold the cereal together. Special K has strawberries, Lucky charms marshmallows, and Fruit Loops have a sugar coating. But cornflakes have none of those, it is just a cereal made from corn that has been around for a very, very long time. Accidentally developed in the late 1800s, it became very popular. A cereal made out of basically corn and high fructose corn syrup, Cornflakes isn’t a cereal that I would grab instantly off the shelf in a grocery store. It may just be me, but I like a little spark in my morning cereal.

Close To Greatness~Smart Cars

Smart cars are some of the strangest looking vehicles on the road today.  They are extremely cheap, ranging from about $12,000-$17,000.  The company also boasts eco-friendly tagline with most models getting 38 mpg and the electric models getting up to 87 mpg.    But what is so smart about them?  Weighing in at about 1,500 lb. the smart car’s major problem is that it can be unsafe in a collision.  The company’s solution is the Tridion steel safety shell that acts as a steel “cage” during collisions.   Even with their safety shell, I wouldn’t want to be in an accident like the one below, where a dead tree branch fell from above and impaled the driver.