Drawing Inspiration From The Silver Screen?

I read an interesting article in Forbes today titled Four Movies Every Entrepreneur Needs To Watch.

Cool picks, couple of my faves made the cut. Definitely check them out. Chris Myers has some interesting perspectives to share and I have a few of my own selections to add to the list.

The Pursuit Of Happyness

Chris Gardner. If his story doesn’t make you want to grab life by the horns and charge, I don’t know what will. The guy had no resources, a young son whose livelihood depended on his success but man, did he have the will to win. Entrepreneurs often face seemingly insurmountable obstacles and the successful ones never let themselves get burdened with a defeatist mentality. Frustration may reign temporarily but at the end of the day, they’ll do what they need to grow and prosper.

Take away? Never let a lack of resources hold you back from accomplishing your goals. Stay true to your dreams and push forward until you reach them.

Moneyball

I bet Hubby will like this one. =)

An interesting pick from me but in this case, it totally fits the list. Billy Beane, GM of the Oakland A’s, figured out there were certain stats that were better indicators of offensive success and it turned out those stats were cheaper to buy on the open market than more commonly tracked stats, like speed. By re-evaluating the way the industry identified and paid for talent and fundamentally changing their win strategy, the Oakland A’s made it to the playoffs in 2002 and 2003 with a fraction of their competitors’ payrolls.

The end result? Management transformed their way of thinking and strategizing, yielding huge returns for the team for years to come.

Iron Man

Okay, this one is a no-brainer and not just because I have a tiny celebrity crush on RDJ. Genius billionaire playboy philanthropist…hello!!! He’d been kidnapped and forced to make a weapon of mass destruction. Instead, using a box of scraps and his engineering brilliance, he created a powered suit of armor used to escape his captors. Yup, Tony Stark, probably the sexiest entrepreneur to strut the Earth, transformed himself into a superhero whose cutting-edge technology ultimately saved the world.

Message? A new take on an existing product can make a business explode with possibilities (no pun intended).

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Genius, Billionaire, Playboy, Philanthropist – Who Am I???

Here’s just one more reason why Robert Downey Jr. stands strong at the top of my “list.” <3

Microsoft’s social media campaign, The Collective Project, celebrates students using technology to change the world. How better than to give young children use of their limbs back using 3D print technology? That’s exactly what Limitless Technology does. The volunteer group started by a University of Central Florida engineering PhD student recently constructed a special “Iron Man” arm for a young local boy at no cost to his family.

Guess who presented it to him?

Yup. Tony Stark. And the arm was delivered in a box labeled Stark Industries. Nice touch by the movie prop manager.

This video just makes RDJ that much more swoon-worthy. =)

Watch Me Sparkle…And Grow Facial Hair??

Lucky Hubby. He hopped a flight to Vegas earlier this week and spent three days wandering the strip to visit various hotspots (no pun intended) of the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show.  I, on the other hand, received updates via iPhone as I suffered through the deep freeze that afflicted the Northeast for the better part of the week.

Yes, Hubby uncovered a plethora of electronic treasures during his stay – routers, Audis, Corvettes, Lamborghinis, Iron Man and robotic spiders, not to mention the iFit girls (not electronic but impressive nonetheless).

Sigh. Maybe I’ll get my turn next year.

But while Hubby spent a lot of time on “manly” technology, he completely missed what I call reflective intelligence. LOL.

Introducing…the Panasonic interactive mirror.

Image Credit: Dean Takahashi

Image Credit: Dean Takahashi

Did you ever wonder how to apply your makeup so it looks best in specific types of lighting – warm, dim, cool, natural sunlight? Darned lightbulbs can change your look from dewy to pasty in seconds flat. Or maybe you’d like to find out if that expensive facial cream you bought is really improving your skin’s hydration levels like the pushy salesgirl swore it would? And…most importantly, wouldn’t it be cool to see how you’d look if someone tossed a can of pixie dust at you? No…seriously.

With this clever innovation, your questions may soon be answered. I say “soon” because there is no available information on pricing or availability. But it’s freaking genius!!!!

Panasonic’s interactive mirror shows what you would look like with sparkles (video) – Venture Beat

How It Works

The glass is both a mirror and a display. You view transparent overlays on top of your own reflection and the mirror can make suggestions for beauty tips, based on your facial features.

Who’s The Fairest Of Them All?

Some days I just hate my hair and I’d love to see myself with a different style and color.

Other times, I want to reboot my eye makeup look but I’m not always sure how to apply it for the best effect.

Or maybe I want to slightly contour my face to change the appearance of its shape.

MIRROR, MIRROR!!!!

It’s Not Really A Party Unless You’re Defending Your Living Room Against The Chitauri

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Today is full of hearts and love and happiness but it goes beyond the celebration of Valentine’s Day.

Three years and a few weeks ago, I made a call to make February 14 George’s birth date.  I hated the idea, but didn’t have a lot of options.  C-sections are no joke and anyone within her right mind is going to pick a date when the best doctor in the practice is on duty.  That date happened to be Valentine’s Day.

I eventually warmed to the idea, convinced I was having a girl.  She’ll love her birthday!  And we’ll name her Mia Valentina!  How cute would that be?  I embraced the day, rolling into the hospital clad in a red velour sweatsuit.  But alas, I had a boy, a perfect, precious darling little guy.  And I guarantee HE won’t appreciate sharing his special day with Cupid in a few years.

But right now, George is content to share it with his fellow Avengers, Captain “Cooper” America and Lulu the Black Widow.  Cake, costumes, shields, presents and defense of our home against the Chitauri.  Life cannot possibly get any more grandiose for this three year-old.

As for our Valentine’s Day celebration?  Well, we can just table the romance for AFTER the kiddies go to bed.  =)

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