Pete Burgess

Jeep's Groundhog Day

February 2, 2020

Today is Groundhog Day but also Super Bowl Sunday. Combining those two popular days created an opportunity for what I think will be one of the most memorable Super Bowl commercials in a long time, possibly ever. Jeep has produced a new commercial promoting the Jeep Wrangler Gladiator. It stars IMHO one of the best comedy actors of all time, Bill Murray. Murray reprises his role as Phil Connors in the movie Groundhog Day. In the movie, Connors is tormented by reliving Groundhog Day over and over again. In the TV spot, Connors is reliving the popular day over and over again but this time welcomes the repeating of days because he gets to enjoy the new Wrangler each time.

"Who cares! See you tomorrow!"

What a great commercial. So well done and it hits me right square in the nostalgia.

‪Happy Palindrome Day!!

February 2, 2020

Today is February 2, 2020, which makes the date, when formatted as 02022020, a palindrome. So happy Palindrome Day!

A palindrome is a character pattern that reads the same forward or backward. Since I learned about them as a kid, I’ve always thought palindromes to be interesting. Whenever I come across a set of repeating letters or numbers, I tend to check and see if it’s a palindrome; a simple game I will probably play for the rest of my life. Whenever I confirm the pattern reads the same both ways, it’s a little win for the day. I love it.

After a quick search for any fun information about today, I found this interesting article on CNN: Today is 02/02/2020 -- the first global palindrome day in 909 years

The previous palindrome date in all formats came 909 years ago on 11/11/1111. The next will come in 101 years on 12/12/2121 and after that, there will not be another until 03/03/3030.

Hello 2020

January 1, 2020

2020 is going to be the year of change. Hopefully, that change leads to great moments and valuable experiences. I can’t wait to see what happens!

Tiny Habits

December 30, 2019

Heading into the new year one of my main focuses is to apply a lot of what I have been learning from James Clear and his Atomic Habits. A big believer in tiny habits based on incredible research and inspiring experiences, James has a great way of explaining what can be achieved if you utilize small steps to make progress on your bigger goals. I plan on using the start of the new year as a launch point to insert this process in my daily routines. Please check back soon because writing more blog posts is a goal of mine. Each post will be one of those small steps (not daily but a lot better than I have been doing). How cool is that?!

Six Kinetic Characters

November 14, 2019

I could watch videos like this all day and if I’m not careful, I just might. Lucas Zanotto is a super talented animator and his style is playful and inspiring. Be sure to check out the rest of his work here and here.

via Colossal

Apollo 11

February 6, 2019

So this looks amazing.

Crafted from a newly discovered trove of 65mm footage, and more than 11,000 hours of uncatalogued audio recordings, Apollo 11 takes us straight to the heart of NASA’s most celebrated mission…

apollo11movie.com

Hello 2019

January 1, 2019

At this moment, we are living in a year that has had the fewest mass shootings, overdoses, rapes, traffic accidents, hate crimes, murders or even deaths in general than any prior year in recorded history. So far, 2019 has been a special year. Let's keep it that way.

Enough

December 22, 2018

This video made its rounds a little while back, so I am late sharing it. We have all been there or most-likely some of this has at least crossed our minds. The whole thing is great and the ending is perfect.

Buckle Up

December 5, 2018

This is going to get a little deep. It’s been a crazy few weeks. There have been highs (such as seeing family I have not seen for a while) and extreme lows (losing a wonderful aunt who fought a life long affliction so bravely). Life is like that. At one moment life is amazing and at another moment it totally sucks. That being said, I want to remember all of those moments; the moments of joy but also those moments of pain. Keeping those memories alive or at least in a place to revisit, help us remember how we got to the present and the importance of the people and experiences that helped shape who we are. So I am going to document it here, on my site, in this blog.

Starting this blog has been a goal of mine for so long but despite my best intentions, I have obviously failed. So here is another attempt. Hopefully, the positives outweigh the negatives but if not I’ll embrace it all, document what I can and keep moving forward. That’s the key, keep moving forward.

Super Bowl LI

February 6, 2017

What an incredible game. I have a few comments but it would be best to just redirect you to Anatomy of a miracle: How the Patriots came back from the dead on ESPN. Make sure to keep an eye on the Win expectancy shift label as it walks you through how the Patriots made the most spectacular comeback in NFL history. I read somewhere that the Falcons had a plus 99% chance of winning twenty different times throughout the game. That is how the article starts. Beginning at six minutes and four seconds left in the third quarter, the Patriots had an abysmal two in a thousand chance of winning. Such an incredible game and a great breakdown of the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history.