1. Robin Williams. Born in 1951 and died way too soon. Always one of my favorites (well, the Mork and Mindy days were a bit iffy). My favorite movies from Robin had to be “World According to Garp” and “Dead Poet’s Society“, but I really did like him in just about anything he did. Sure, at times the silly humor got tiring, but you’ve got to admit he was super talented and a great entertainer. I will definitely miss him.
2. World Cup. Yay – the U.S. men advanced past the first round. There really was a lot of great action, and the Cup generated far more interest locally than in the past. Too bad we have to wait another four years for the next one.
3. Ebola. Scary stuff. I first read about this disease not too many years after reading “The Stand”, and my impression at that time was that Ebola could become “Captain Tripps” if it ever got out of hand. Fortunately, it has been contained for now, and it looks like we’re well on our way to effective treatments and prevention.
4. MH370. The disappearing aircraft certainly got the conspiracy theorists going, didn’t it? My money is on alien abduction.
5. ALS. I watched many, many video clips of people dumping ice water on themselves, which reportedly raised over $100 million for the ALS Foundation. It was an effective and entertaining fund raising tool, and certainly kept focus on ALS/”Lou Gehrig’s Disease” for most of 2014.
6. Flappy Bird. No clue. Relatives of Angry Birds?
7. Conchita Wurst. Some Austrian drag queen. I’m sure most of the searches were prompted by disbelief. Unfortunately, we live in an age where controversy and shock value outweigh talent. The other day I was chatting with a co-worker’s husband, and we were lamenting the fact that entertainers used to be able to sing, dance, act, ride horses, etc.; and nowadays celebs like Kim Kardashian get raves for balancing a wine glass on her huge ass. It’s pathetic.
8. ISIS. I’m a bit surprised this was not higher on the list – at least up near Ebola. A definite threat to the U.S. and many of our allies lands at number 8, and a drag queen at number 7. Hmmm.
9. Frozen. Could someone explain to me why this was such a “big” movie? Visually striking, yes, but the story was uninspired, and the music and characters were VERY forgettable. The opening song about the ice miners was intriguing, but the movie quickly went downhill from there. After about 15 minutes we wondered if we should bail, but decided to suffer through it to see if it got better. It didn’t. True, there were a few points that picked up a bit – most notably when the focus was on the cute snowman character; but overall the movie had that unfortunate “let’s make it up as we go along” feel to it. A Disney FAIL.
10. Sochi. The always entertaining Winter Olympics. What more can I say? Once every four years I take a mild interest in Curling and Bobsled racing. The TV coverage for this was pretty good – at least I didn’t have to sit through hours of ice skating like in the past.
Fun Quotes About Google
“If it isn’t on Google, it doesn’t exist.” – Jimmy Wales
“We want Google to be the third half of your brain.” – Sergey Brin
“What’s better, Google or Yahoo? Wait, I’ll Google it!” – Unknown
Interesting Google Stat
“Google now processes over 40,000 search queries every second on average, which translates to over 3.5 billion searches per day and 1.2 trillion searches per year worldwide (up from 372 billion searches in 2007).”