6:15- Yesterday the entertainment world lost a huge shining star. Robin Williams passed away. Unofficially, by his own hand. This makes me very sad. Not only for the loss to the entertainment world but also because it means the loss of a very serious disease—Depression.
It was widely known that Robin Williams battled alcohol and drug issues over the years. Apparently, some of the old ghosts had come back to haunt him. He was certainly very talented and left a huge body of work for us to enjoy.
About a year ago I saw an article in the Parade magazine about a new TV show Robin Williams was going to be starring in. After reading the article, I couldn't help but feel slightly sad. I guess I never realized some of the things he was talking about. The emotional and financial costs of his divorce, his relapses and what it's like to be an aging actor in Hollywood. Here's a link to the article. Online there are a few video clips of him during the photo shoot where he's cutting up for the camera. And you can hear him being reflective, in his own words.
This story has a video of some of his best movies: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2722538/Robin-Williams-checked-Minnesota-rehab-center-focus-continued-commitment-sobriety-tragic-death.html
This is how good of a guy he was...he vowed to care for Christopher Reeve's family because they'd made a pledge to do so for each other. http://www.hollywood.com/news/celebrities/3484052/robin-williams-to-care-for-christopher-and-dana-reeve-s-son
R.I.P Robin, hopefully your soul is at peace now. Thank you for giving so much to so many for so long. We do appreciate it.
7:15---Yikes!!!! It's Shark Week on Discovery Channel. This the 20 year or something like that. http://www.discovery.com/tv-shows/shark-week/#!/mon
So this week, people have sharks on the brain (what with the success of Sharknado)...here are 11 Mundane objects that are more dangerous than sharks. You'd be surprised. I won't give you the full list but a few are interesting. Read the whole list here.
2. Balloons Not the hot air version, the latex kids' party kind. Every year they kill between 2 and 5 people in just the United States [PDF].
4. Televisions-Shark Week is here, but you might wanna download it: In 2011, 29 people were killed by falling TV sets [PDF].
6. Vending Machines
8. Staircases- Falling down these leads to 1600 annual fatalities. So make sure you’re using those handrails.
10. Cell Phones--Don’t text and drive. Ever. Go here to find out why.
8:15- So...if you are a baseball team and you have flaky fans who don't show up, you can always do this...
A struggling Korean baseball team has come up with a novel way to improve the atmosphere at home games … a crowd of robot fans. The Hanwha Eagles have adopted ‘bots that cheer, chant, and even perform ‘the wave’. The creators hope the robots can also spur enthusiasm from real fans. The robots have remote applications as well: Supporters not able to get to the stadium can control one online. Users can even upload their own face to the robot so it can be seen at the stadium. It’s thought the ‘bots might also be useful to more successful teams that are perpetually sold out. They could charge disappointed fans unable to land tickets a small fee to participate via robot. (“Pride, passion, proxies!”) It's happening. Here's a video I found on Wall Street Journal's Marketwatch Blog. Wow. http://blogs.marketwatch.com/thetell/2014/08/10/korean-baseball-team-boosts-fan-base-and-morale-with-robots/
1. Top Music Stars Mourn Robin Williams
The tragic death of comedy icon Robin Williams hit the Hollywood community hard, but top musicians also took to Twitter to mourn the funnyman, who was found dead of an apparent suicide in his home Monday afternoon. Two of those who shared their grief had just worked with Williams recently: Josh Groban and Kelly Clarkson.
Both singers guest-starred on Williams' CBS sitcom The Crazy Ones, which was recently canceled after one season. Kelly appeared as herself in the show's pilot, while Josh appeared on the show twice, both times playing Danny Chase, a commercial jingle writer. "Stunned. Devastated," tweetedJosh. "I treasure my time with him. Robin was and will always be an original and a brilliant kind soul."
Kelly, meanwhile, tweeted, "Devastating finding out about @robinwilliams today. He was an amazing talent and incredibly sweet. So sad."
Another American Idol alum, Chris Daughtry, tweeted, "A great talent lost. Very sad news. #robinwilliams was one of the most versatile comedians of our time."
Taylor Swift attended the New York City premiere of her new movie The Giver Monday night, but still took the time to tweet, "Heartbroken for Robin Williams and his family."
OneRepublic, who were also at The Giver premiere when the news broke, tweeted, "Dear GOD. Robin Williams just died. We are so heartbroken we're emotional. No one like him on earth. He is our comedy hero. RIP Robin." They added, "No one has ever made us laugh harder. We are grateful to have gotten to witness your genius and talent our whole lives."
Pink was very affected by Williams' death, tweeting, "My prayers+sad heart are with Robin Williams' family tonight. Only met him once, but it was one of the most enjoyable moments of my life RIP. He gave so many of us so much joy. I hope he knew that deeply."
Cher tweeted that she'd known Williams for a long time, and posted a long series of tweets about him. "He was Sweet LOVELY, Man. He ran high voltage, Mind Always Going, It was who he was," she wrote, adding, "Artists (Especially ) R Hard Wired Delicately.I Liken it to a FAULTY EMOTIONAL THERMOSTAT. U Can Set it, But It Goes TOO HIGH THEN TOO LOW."
Attempting to explain Williams' depression, Cher continued, "There is a Great Chasm between on Stage, Film, Fame & Life! One is SUCH Heightened Reality & After Heights there can be Great Depths!"
Here's a look at what some other artists had to say:
* Katy Perry: "So sad about Robin Williams..."
* Rihanna: "Heartbreaking news about the late Robin Williams. May his soul now be at peace!"
*John Mayer: "How awesome a contribution Robin Williams made to the world, that millions of people (and I) are now feeling real, deep human loss. So sad."
*Sam Smith: "Rest in peace. Thank you so much for all the laughter and happiness you brought so many people. Forever remembered."
*Miley Cyrus: "I can't take the Robin Williams news. I've never cried over someone I've never met but I can't stop."
*Avril Lavigne: "RIP Robin Williams so sad :( you touched so many with your talent."