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Thursday, March 30, 2017

MassMutual's FutureSmart Program - Financial Literacy for Kids

Hill Harper, Boston students, and the Celtics were fired up about financial education at the Mass Mutual #FutureSmart Challenge at TD Garden yesterday.



FutureSmart is a nationwide initiative that brings critical financial education to middle and high school students across the United States. The MassMutual Foundation believes that financial education is key to economic opportunity. Through FutureSmart, the Foundation aspires to reach over 2 million students and their families by 2020.

It was a thrill for the kids to be at TD Garden and so close to the court.





Future! Smart! Challenge!



Here's Hill Harper on the court.



He had some great lessons for the students, and went into the crowd to talk one on one with the kids and test their financial smarts.



The kids learned how to download the Future Smart App that will help them learn about handling money.



I came away with Hill Harper's book, The Wealth Cure (affiliate link), and started reading it last night. It's presents a common sense way to think about handling money. It's sad that schools don't teach kids about handling their finances, and good to see programs like this reaching kids at a young age.



As part of the program the Celtics' mascot Lucky and the Green Team did some amazing basketball stunts.



This one did not go as planned!



The Celtics dancers though, nailed their tricks.



It was a great day for the kids' and I had a chance to get close to the basket.



Bonus: MassMutual archived Live Stream of the event:


Disclosure: MassMutual compensated me in return for covering this event. I was not asked to write anything specific about the event. All opinions expressed regarding MassMutual's FutureSmart Program are my own.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Two Weeks in Paris 1981

My parents went to Paris in 1981 and I just found my father's notes from the trip. He had a dry sense of humor.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

SXSW 2017

SXSW 2017

Three people of SXSW 2017.

CASEY NEISTAT
Casey has no idea what he is doing at CNN, but in his talk, he said that he has NEVER had any idea what he was doing. That’s what CNN needs. Someone to experiment, see what works, and throw away failures.

SXSW2017

His tech team is building apps and I think we’ll see lots of experiments with conversations with real people. Also, he mentions the hundreds of CNN bureaus around the world and helicopters!

It will be exciting.

GARY VAYNERCHUK
Gary was greeting people before his keynote at the door to the conference room.

SXSW2017

The funny moment came when he was going ON HIS LEFT TEHN ON HIS RIGHT, taking selfies. I jumped in on his LEFT and he looked in my phone, then saw a selfie with me in it and TURNED to me IN REAL LIFE and said HEY STEVE GARFIELD!

So funny!

ROBERT SCOBLE
So much.

I heard some interesting news about Apple’s entrance into the VR/AR market. They are reportedly building their own CDN to carry all the data people will use with new AR/VR devices.

SXSW2017

Reportedly they will come out with products that will be easily adopted by the market which do not require large and powerful PC’s to run like current VR products.

There will be options to slip your NEW iPhone into a headset, and also use some type of eyeglass/headset that will be inexpensive and be powered by a connected iPhone.

In the group I was in, everyone said they would buy all the new products.

No one has market share in AR/VR and it is a BIG opportunity for Apple.

On the other hand, many features of these new apps are also found in current phones so there’s always the chance that adoption will be smaller and slower.

But, if Apple brings out AR/VR products for THE REST OF US, it could be huge.

Time will tell…..

Monday, March 06, 2017

WaWaWinter at WaWaWachusett Mountain















Red Apple Farm. On the mountain. #WaWaWachusett #MediaTour #Donuts

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Lots of snow here. ‪@Wachusett #WaWaWinter #MediaTour‬

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Great skiing! ‪@Wachusett #WaWaWinter #MediaTour‬

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Disclosure: Wachusett compensated me in return for covering this event. I was not asked to write anything specific about the event. All opinions I express regarding Wachusett are my own.

Saturday, March 04, 2017

2017 Mercedes-Benz 2017 E300 Test Drive





Got it home. Tried a few new things along the way. I put on my blinker while Drive Pilot was on, and the car switched lanes. I turned on parking assist and the car backed into a space. This is a new feature, above and beyond parallel parking.

TO BE CONTINUED...

Disclosure: Mercedes-Benz of Burlington provided me with a 2017 Mercedes-Benz E300 for a test drive. I have a financial interest in Mercedes-Benz of Burlington. I was not asked to write anything about the car and was not provided any other compensation of any kind. All opinions I express regarding the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E300 are my own.

If you are interested in a Mercedes, mention my name to Victor Argueta at Mercedes-Benz of Burlington, Mass, and he will take care of you.

Friday, March 03, 2017

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 Coupe Test Drive


2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 Coupe at Larz Anderson Auto Museum.


















Disclosure: Mercedes-Benz of Burlington provided me with a 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 Coupe for a test drive. I have a financial interest in Mercedes-Benz of Burlington. I was not asked to write anything about the car and was not provided any other compensation of any kind. All opinions I express regarding the 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 Coupe are my own.

If you are interested in a Mercedes, mention my name to Victor Argueta at Mercedes-Benz of Burlington, Mass, and he will take care of you.