The Spice Report - Fun
As we dip into these upcoming days of sub-freezing high temperatures, I thought it might be nice for us to virtually experience a little warm weather getaway. Discovery Channel did a wonderful job last year of recording a journey on the Scream roller coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain, in Valencia, California. The fact that the recording was done in 360° video makes it exponentially more interesting to watch.
Who—besides a barefoot parent—doesn't love LEGO? I’ve always known that LEGO bricks came from a magical land in Denmark, but had never had a glimpse of what that world looked like. Well, thanks to the New York Times’ Daily 360 crew, we now have an opportunity to see 360° footage of those inspirational blocks being made and distributed.
This 2-minute clip takes us right through the plastic molding process, to a storage facility, to the LEGO headquarters where 300 designers get to bring their dreams to life in LEGO bricks!
One of the fundamentals of strategic theory relates to thinking forward and reasoning backwards. The dollar auction is a great example.
So, how do you sell a dollar for more than a $1.00? Take a group of people and offer to auction off your dollar in five-cent bid increments. The high bidder wins, but the second highest bidder, the loser, has to give up their losing bid. You’ll almost always get more than $1.00 for your dollar—guaranteed.
Who doesn’t love an impromptu visit to the zoo? Last Saturday, I packed up my 11-year-old nephew and brought him down to the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago. I’m basically an over-sized kid myself, so we spent the day making (friendly) faces at mammals, fish, reptiles, birds, and other humans.
Since its inception in 1973, RAGBRAI (The Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa) has become an American institution. It is the world’s oldest, longest, and largest organized bike ride and an estimated 20,000 people participate each year as it follows a different route from the western border of Iowa to the Mississippi river. After completing it four times now, there’s no doubt in my mind that this is a bucket-list worthy accomplishment.
I’m not exactly sure how we got here, smack dab in the middle of winter and trying to remember what sunshine even looks like. I guess we can’t complain too much since we’ve certainly had a mild one here in Chicago, but there are still days when I long to not have to worry about crashing my bike on icy roads. In that regard, I thought I’d offer up a little “throwback” to warmer days... a homemade video that I put together over the holidays to commemorate a rather large accomplishment from this past July.
Somebody had to pick up the baton from Jason, so this year I’m enthusiastically running the Pepper Group Bears Squares. He left some rather large shoes to fill (even my size 13s probably could've fit inside them), but I’ll do my best to entice our participants to watch the games even if they’re not footballicly inclined.
The Bears have had to weather several metaphorical “heavy storms” this season, from internal bickering in public, to back-to-back 50+ point drubbings and cries for the entire coaching staff and front office to be fired.
In literal terms though, the Buffalo Bills are enduring heavy storms this week, as Old Man Winter bears down early on western New York. So much snow has been dumped on Buffalo that they’ve decided to move their home game against the Jets to Detroit, where they’ll play on Monday night.