Last Sunday delivered a swinging pendulum of emotions. On one extreme was Seattle's stirring Super Bowl trouncing of Denver. In addition to what I'm told was good defense, it turns out that one of the Seahawks' not-so-secret weapons was yoga and meditation. Coach Pete Carroll had wondered what effect building an organization that "really cared about each and every individual" would have on his team's chances. Question answered. On the darker side of the ledger was Philip Seymour Hoffman's tragic death. He captured the public imagination both in life, where he found the full humanity of every character he played, and in his death, which crystallized the growing sense that something is very wrong in a culture rife with addiction. Indeed, from 1999 to 2012, drug overdoses skyrocketed 102 percent, and became the leading cause of injury or death. There's no easy fix, but connecting with the empathy to be found in Hoffman's on-screen legacy is a start.
More than the applause and laughter, I was hooked by the sheer rush of interpreting a beloved song in front of a live audience, discovering a new side of myself just when I thought my personality was set in stone.
Coca-Cola featured the Native American language Keres in the ad, a fact that probably went unnoticed by all but around 11,000 people who actually speak this ancestral language. The song lyrics did not even exist in Keres prior to the Coca-Cola project -- they had to be translated, which was no small task.
Here's what I loved about that ad: It wasn't just multiracial people drinking cans of Coke. It integrated the languages and sounds that help make America beautiful. Whatever you think of Coca-Cola and its products, it's hard not to celebrate the ways in which the diversity of America is truly integrated into the ad.
In a sea of some of the year's best commercials created by some of the world's biggest brands (almost all led by men), GoldieBlox was founded and is run by a female entrepreneur. And the ad was voted in by a popular vote.
I may be mayor of a host community for Super Bowl XLVIII, but there's no question about it, I'm no football expert. But I do know a smoke and mirrors deal when I see one, as has been the case with Super Bowl XLVIII here in New Jersey.
Which team is going to win the Super Bowl this year? While fans (short for fanatics, right?) may have strong subjective feelings about the outcome, it is possible to come up with an objective prediction based in mathematics.
Thirty years ago, what Apple announced it was going to do was democratize computing. Back then, the idea of a computer that was personalized to people -- with a mouse and graphics and a warm experience for the user -- was revolutionary.
The boy in me who was raised on Buddy Ryan football was shocked to hear himself say no. My ego and pride were alive with the notion that someone thought my son would be a good football player, but the idea of him banging his head into other people terrified me.
Any of these seem familiar?
Remember, in the digital age, it's not just what you say but how you look when you say it.
Forget the real field goals for a moment and savor the creative touchdowns several advertisers hope to make in Super Bowl 2014 on Sunday.
Some people seem to have a problem with the fact that there's an opera singer singing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl. So here are several pieces of information you should know about opera before you see Renee Fleming belt out the national anthem Sunday.
It doesn't matter where you host your party -- you can put a stylish spin on the experience.
If you shell out the $1,700 for a Super Bowl ticket, that's more than your average cheerleader makes in a year.
Given the size and spending power of the 50+ demographic, they should no longer be sidelined when it comes to advertising.