Why it matters: Tasked with returning a human to the moon, the administrator of NASA has gone public with how much it will cost to accomplish the mission. The price tag? A cool $20 to $30 billion. And that little chunk of change would be in addition to NASA's existing budget.
Why it matters: In order to perfect the technology behind its cutting-edge delivery systems, Amazon has "cloned" a suburb of Seattle. The cloned environment allows Amazon to test delivery robots amid millions of variables.
Why it matters: To be clear, this piece of legislation isn't about schools paying athletes, it's about letting athletes sign endorsement deals. Such a move would change the landscape of college sports in the US as we know it. Conversations about "amateurism" would shift dramatically, but it is unclear if the change would help everyone -- or just a select few. What do you think?
Why it matters: There are loads of ways to get around Europe. For those souls who opt to hitchhike their way around the continent (or perhaps get stuck and have no other choice), this map offers some key information about how long the average hitchhiker waits for a ride.
Why it matters: There's still time to play a role in the launch of WokenUp. I wrote about the "social network for good" and its founder, Simon Puleston Jones, a couple of weeks ago and just wanted to circle back to let you know there are only 6 days remaining in WokenUp's crowdfunding campaign. WokenUp is about halfway to its fundraising goal, so check it out and see if you want to chip in or join the network when it launches.
Why it matters: Even if you don't own a robot vacuum cleaner, you still might think this analysis is pretty cool. The "maps" of areas robot vacuum cleaners hit and miss are interesting. Plus, who knew it takes some robot vacuums nearly 2 hours to clean a standard size room?
Why it matters: The London Metal Exchange has long enjoyed a reputation for peculiar trading protocols and raucous partying. Now, the exchange is trying to change part of that equation. Traders still have to keep one heel attached to the base of the seat in the ring, but going forward they will be required to do so sober.
Why it matters: Jazzercize, the fitness craze most people associate with leotards and leg warmers, is celebrating its 50th birthday. Don't be surprised if you see a Jazzercize renaissance in pop culture because (hear me now, believe me later) Jazzercize classes rock!
You might not know it, but Jazzercize classes are offered virtually everywhere. The company is poised for growth because it has embraced a business model with low operating costs. While other workout options like Orange Theory and Planet Fitness lease or build expensive space and spend loads on marketing, many Jazzercize classes take place in community centers or other public spaces and market via word-of-mouth.
Mrs. WYWW started doing "J-cize" shortly after the birth of our first child. That was 10 years ago and she still "goes to the temple of J-cize" 3 or 4 times a week. When we almost moved to Switzerland a few years ago, one of the first things she did was check to see if there were J-cize classes over there (there are). My wife is so devout, she even converted her mother and they are making the trip to "Jazzercize Camp" in San Diego in a couple weeks.
Just wait ... some pop star or social media influencer is gonna promote J-cize and its popularity will explode (again). And even if that doesn't happen, Jazzercize will keep grooving along because it is based on fitness, music and fun. Plus, "athleisure wear" is mainstream now!
Why it matters: This podcast is a couple weeks old, but I finally got a chance to listen to it. It was worth the wait because -- not surprisingly -- it is quite funny. The highlight for me was when they shared the behind-the-scenes story of how the filmmakers went about getting permission from the real-life father of the baby that played "Carlos" in the movie to let Zach Galifianakis ... well ... umm ... you just gotta listen. It's priceless.