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The Founder

I watched The Founder two times this year. The movie was a recommendation from a co-worker that spends so much time in airplanes he's seen the majority of the in-flight movies. So, I knew The Founder had to be good to stand out from all the other movies he's seen. Plus Michael Keaton is the lead actor. He's great.



For me the 2017 keyword was grit. I read Angela Duckworth's book, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, earlier in the year and as the year closes out The Founder sticks with me. As I approach 42, I guess I can begin to relate a bit to someone like Ray Kroc that didn't experience a great deal of career success until his 50's. Ray had flaws, but he also had grit.

Here's a small snippet from The Founder's final scene that I really enjoyed:


RAY KROC: How the heck does an over-the-hill 52-year-old milkshake-machine salesman build a fast-food empire with 1,600 restaurants in 50 states and five foreign countries, with annual revenues in the n…

Modern Retail Counter Measures

Let me start by reminding you guys that I'm an Android user and I like to try new features even if the use cases aren't well established. As a result of my interest in somewhat experimental features in Android (and other Google apps), I have the Google Nearby feature enabled.

Google Nearby allows devices such as localized beacons to post notifications over 2.4ghz Bluetooth to my phone. Right now the use cases associated with Google's Nearby feature seem really basic and almost exclusive to the retail environment.
Recently, I went into my local Starbucks and started getting Google Nearby notifications. These notifications were actually ads for a beacon service that you could buy and install in your retail store. Below is a screenshot of the ad I received in Starbucks.

To me this is a very weak way to use the Google Nearby feature. In fact, I almost disabled Nearby because this ad is just awful. Not only is the content spammy and not relevant to me, it also disturbed my othe…