Good morning, world.
And a hearty congrats to the NFL teams that broke through to the AFC and NFC Championships next weekend: The Seahawks, Patriots, 49ers, and Broncos.
To the Saints, Colts, Panthers, and Chargers, you have my condolences; better luck next year.
And quarterbacks Brady v. Manning in the AFC Championship game?? The ratings are already going up and the game's a week away!
As for last night's Golden Globe Awards, you can view all the winners here straight from the source (THE Hollywood Foreign Press Association), but once again this year around it was Amy Poehler and Tina Fey who made the show bearable (well, most of it -- I knocked off with an hour to go, figuring that's what DVRs are for! Hey, if Woody Allen wasn't going to bother showing for his Cecil B. DeMille award...)
The loser this year, of course, was the teleprompter.
This is the second major teleprompter wardrobe malfunction I've witnessed in recent times -- just ask director Michael Bay about his teleprompter malfunction at CES earlier this week.
And so I'm thinking about pitching a new celebrity reality game show, one where you take five sober celebrities who have appeared only on scripted dramas, and pit them against five celebrity comedy stars, put them in live TV situations where there are sudden teleprompter fails, and a group of several nightly news anchors judge which of the celebrity stars, drama or comedy, are able to successfully recover from the disappearing teleprompter scroll.
Although to be fair to actor Jonah Hill at the Globes, he just threw the whole technical crew under the bus in one fell swoop and explained quite promptly that the teleprompter had failed, then waited with co-star/presenter Margot Robbie onstage for someone to bring them a piece of paper so they could get back on track.
And if that little piece of paper never came, Mr. Hill -- what then, sir?
But enough of Hollywood's content merriment and self-important stars -- and thank you for your consideration -- but what's going on with, well, you know, everyday business that keeps the majority of us out here in the world busy??
Well, funny that.
Neil Shah with The Wall Street Journal had a story this morning titled "Why Business Investment Could Break Out: More Companies Appear Likely to Step Up Spending as Signs Point to Faster Economic Growth."
From your word processor to Adam Smith's ears, Mr. Shah.
Shah cited a few select factors in his optimistic assessment: Many firms are contending with aging assets (the average age of all corporate fixed assets is now 21.7 years), and new orders for nondefensive capital goods grew 4.1 percent in November, the biggest jump in nearly a year.
One area we might expect to see more dineros flowing to shortly is corporate security.
Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel was on the TV news last night doing some damage control after Target admitted its holiday data breach was bigger than originally estimated, and that the stolen data from his company included a mix of names, mailing addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses.
But we also learned recently that Target was not alone in the cyber mis-merriment, and that luxury retailer Neiman Marcus was also the victim of a suspected cyberattack over the holidays -- with the Huffington Post, among others, reporting there are even others yet to disclose holiday intrusions.
This could be an apt time to introduce you to IBM's Security QRadar Vulnerability Manager product, which can proactively discover security vulnerabilities, but I wouldn't want to seem crass and opportunistic, and I'm almost certain the moment I hit the stage my teleprompter will fail!