“Til death do us part” has new meaning with funeral home weddings.

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Wedding days are usually well planned events full of flowers, guests and celebration. People can spend years planning and saving for that big day. Expenses for even a modest wedding can put serious strain on a relationship and your bank balance. Finding the right dress, flowers, band and venue are important decisions for the bride and groom. Lately, weddings are being held in non-traditional locations and Brendan Spaar has heard of a location that is one to remember.

Most of us have been to weddings and agree that for the most part they’re pretty much the same. The bride looks lovely, the flowers are pretty, the groom looks nervous, and the guests can’t wait to celebrate at the reception. Imagine the look on the invited guests’ faces when they open their wedding invitation and read the location for the happy day is a funeral home! It definitely shoots this wedding to the top of the “must attend” list.

Starting your new life together where most lives end is becoming more popular. Funeral homes are often beautiful places with tasteful decor and that has a growing number of budget minded couples considering this as an option. Weddings are big business with costs easily $10,000 or more. Getting that special venue can be difficult and that’s where the funeral home has an edge.

Revenues have been declining at many funeral homes since the population is living longer. Many of these facilities have reception areas that could easily be used for other purposes. This opens up more choices for wedding parties as well as bringing in much needed extra revenue for the business. The cost of a funeral home wedding is often quite a bit less than other venues and will definitely be a memorable setting.

Brendan Spaar hasn’t heard of any funeral home weddings in Forsyth County, Georgia yet but it appears to be just a matter of time before the trend catches on there. So if wedding bells are in your future, you might want to consider adding funeral homes to your list of possible locations. And may you live happily ever after!

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Brendan Spaar welcomes our robot overlords

PopeBot and the Gospel according to HitchBot

Brendan Spaar welcomes our robot overlordsBy now I am sure that you have read about the untimely demise of the Canadian research project known as HitchBot.  Brendan Spaar was following the robot’s journey across the United States of America and was sad to learn of its fate in Philadelphia earlier this month.

In case you were wondering if the City of Brotherly Love had something against robots, radio station 93.3 WMMR is here to set the record straight.  The radio station has created a robot pope named PopeBot in an effort to spread the gospel of robots to humans that may not understand them.  Residents of Philadelphia will be graced with its presence this week and should be able to have all of their non-working electronics healed by “His binaryness.”

While PopeBot looks a little like HitchBot had a baby with a laundry basket and pool noodle, this effort is picking up where the previous robot left off. You can follow PopeBot’s journey on Twitter and can catch him at landmarks like Charley’s Philly Cheese Steaks restaurant and local bars.

Source:  http://www.techinsider.io/there-is-a-pope-robot-in-philly-2015-8

Brendan Spaar has discovered lobster beer

Portland Brewery introduces Lobster Beer

There are two things that are usually nearby when Louisiana people get together. One of the items is seafood & the other is beer. It seems like almost every weekend there’s a festival or gathering at someone’s house. Good food, good times & good music are the secret ingredients that visitors remember when they’re back home.

If you ask someone how many ways there are to use the wonderful seafood that’s found throughout Louisiana, you’ll probably fall asleep before they finish telling you their list. You can find seafood in every way imaginable but so far it hadn’t been widely used as a flavoring for beer… until recently. It is hard to believe that someone beat the creative Cajuns to making a beer with a seafood component but a brewery in Maine has done just that.

When you think of Maine the picture in your head is of delicious lobsters with a side of melted butter. It makes your mouth water just to think of it. While lobster should be the state food of Maine, they also have quite a few good breweries. What could be more perfect than a combination of both?

Thanks to some creative folks at Portland’s Oxbow Brewing Company you can now have your lobster & drink it too. They have come up with a beer made from live lobsters & sea salt. It’s a limited edition brew available at their taproom. According to Brewmaster Tim Adams the lobsters were placed in a mesh bag and suspended in a kettle full of boiling wort during the brewing process.

Before you shake your head & moan about the waste of lobsters, there is good news. The lobster meat that was left when the process was over got eaten. There’s no mention of how the lobster tasted after being “brewed” but the beer is reported to have a slight briny sweetness from the lobster & salt.

It’s clear that Louisiana now has a challenge- to use some of the wide variety of seafood & seasonings to brew a beer that will top the “Saison Dell’Aragosta” lobster beer from Maine. It’ll be interesting to see if there will be a Louisiana crawfish or alligator beer to rival Maine’s claim to fame.

After hearing about this latest “creative” flavoring, Brendan Spaar decided to see what other things have been used to give a new taste to an old beverage. It’s hard to believe that someone would actually drink some of these on the list.

Funky Buddha’s Maple Bacon Coffe Porter

Tom Seefurth’s Mamma Mia Pizza Beer

Tex Mex Siesta Prickly Pear Lager

Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout

Wynkoop Brewing Company’s Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout

When you’re planning your next party you might want to add one of these to your list. You’ll definitely get some conversations started & might find a new favorite.

Toys For Big Boys- A Car That Will Transform You!

There are thousands of guys out there that really love to tinker with cars. On weekends you can find them with their heads under the hood or lying underneath surrounded by tools. It’s a real obsession to turn their everyday set of wheels into a super car destined to take over the highway.That may explain why the audience at any of the Transformers movies is mostly male, young and old.

Well, if you’ve ever dreamed of “transforming” your family car into a superhero’s dream come true, you might want to check out the work that Kenji Ishida of Brave Robotics has been doing. He too has had this dream since he was a teenager but now is making it come true. He’s helped create a real working prototype called Project J-Diete and it’s a collaboration between Brave Robotics and Asratec.

His robot is about 3 1/2 feet tall so it’s a bit smaller than the Optimus Prime we remember from the movies. In the robot mode, it can walk about 20mph which is slower than what we see in the movies but it’s still impressive. Once it” transforms” into a car, it picks up speed to about 40mph. Perfect for that morning commute or quick trip to Wal-mart.

The new “Transformer” will be 4 times larger (11ft tall) and transform into ready to drive in about 10 seconds.You’ll be able to drive it from inside or remotely. It should have room for 2 passengers. Can you imagine the look on the face of your date if you showed up in this?

You have time to start saving up for your new “toy”. They hope to have a final version ready by 2017. I bet you can guess what’ll be on my Christmas list!

Super Mario Goes To A New Level- Smartphone Games

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Brendan Spaar remembers when he got his first Nintendo system and games. It was 2nd grade and after saving up all his birthday and Christmas money he was able to buy a tv and Nintendo. The video gamer was born and hasn’t looked back since. Now the Super Mario that we all know is going high tech.

Soon you’ll be able to play the games you love while you’re on the move. No more being tied to a console device. Nintendo just announced that it is branching out into the smartphone games market. Investors have been urging Nintendo to take the leap to the next level after losing customers to other smartphone gaming app makers and console rivals like PlayStation (Sony Corp) and Xbox ( Microsoft Corp).

It appears Nintendo listened and is teaming up with online gaming firm DeNA Co Ltd to develop and operate gaming apps. As an added bonus, later this year they will roll out an online membership service accessible on mobile devices as well as Nintendo’s Wii U console and the portable 3DS.

Satoru Iwata, Nintendo’s president, believes the games made with DeNA will boost demand for its platforms by exposing more consumers to Nintendo games and driving them to buy Nintendo hardware. But if you love Nintendo’s console games, should you worry about the move to mobile gaming? It might be tempting to focus on making money from mobile games and continue funding that section of the business rather than invest the money into the production of console games.

Going mobile might be a good move for Nintendo because it will broaden their customer base. There will be users of the mobile games that wouldn’t invest in a standard console and the console fans will always want the latest, greatest so it might appeal to them as well. Only time will tell if this is the bridge that Nintendo needs. Brendan Spaar will definitely be watching to see how this plays out.

When you work are you ever really “off the clock”?

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How many times have you been relaxing in your free time only to be hit with an email from work? With the advancements in technology the days of working 9-5 seem to be a thing of the past. It used to be that once you left work, you left work. Now it can follow you and pop up with the push of a button or click of a mouse.

That may be about to change in Germany. That country’s Labor Minister is looking into the possibility of “anti-stress” regulations. German employees could soon have legal protection preventing them from having to deal with work-related phone calls and emails after hours and on weekends.

Government officials are collecting data in preparation to draft a proposal for lawmakers next year. Labor Minister Andrea Nahles feels “there is a connection between permanent availability and psychological diseases.” Germany’s economy seems to support the premise that happy workers are productive workers. Every worker in Germany gets at least four weeks of paid vacation. Most employees have a 35 hour work week and women are allowed 14 weeks of paid maternity leave.

Some German companies have already taken voluntary measures to reduce after hours work. Volkswagen has restricted after-work email for some employees who have been issued company-owned smartphones. For workers under wage agreements, the company’s email server is programmed to stop delivering messages between 6:15 p.m. and 7 a.m. the following morning. Weekends are also off-limits. “Supervisors and employees regard the regulation as a signal to respect recreation times and to interrupt after-work hours only in emergencies,” said Volkswagen spokesman Markus Schlesag.

Brendan Spaar found that there is a cost to these “perks”. However, Germany’s DGB union leader believes “We clearly have a higher work protection standards compared to the United States, but in regard to competitiveness we are at least on a face-to-face level with the Americans. “Good and healthy work that can be maintained for a long time is a competitive advantage.”

I doubt we see changes like this in the US anytime soon. We operate in an immediate response society. Everything has to be fast- fast food, tv on demand & being in touch 24/7.