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Shawn Mendes has it figured out

My wife and I stumbled on the Shawn Mendes documentary on Netflix last night. Not being a huge Shawn Mendes fan, but a BIG fan of ‘rock docs’, I was fine to give it a go. What I learned very quickly is that Shawn Mendes has it figured out. Early on, he created Vines (short social media videos) in his bedroom of his parents house in Pickering, a small city of Ontario, Canada. My wife...

How to win a billion dollars

I run the office lottery pool. And things are hot right now. Not that we’re winning anything, but there’s a great sense of morale in the newsroom for those playing the Mega Millions and Powerball lotteries. If we were to hit either, we’d have $750M to distribute. Usually the office pool isn’t on the radar unless a jackpot is worth north of $300M. It’s definitely...

You want it to get better, but it’s not

Every day we are in the newsroom, we usually get the email showcasing  how many new cases of coronavirus hit the state of Florida. Every day we all hope that the downward trend begins. Today wasn’t that day. We neared 20,000 cases a few times. A week ago we hit our record since the pandemic of total daily cases. Then we dipped for a hot second down to about 11,000 cases thinking we’re...

The pandemic haircut

Today was a good day for a haircut. I got one before the holidays so I was overdue. As I sat in the chair talking to my stylist Geo, we discussed the pandemic haircut: who gets them, who doesn’t and why they choose to do what they do. Early on, haircuts were forbidden. We didn’t know much about this pandemic, so everyone was forced to ‘let it grow’ until there was some...

2 weeks down, 50 to go

Well, tomorrow I’m at two weeks blogging every day. I must say, it’s much more difficult  than when I made the prediction I could blog every day of 2020. Well, that failed on March 23rd – a few days before our daughter was born. This year, I don’t have any excuses. My goal continues to blog every day of 2021. We’ll see if I can do it. I have somehow managed to get...

One man, one password, $220 million

This story is something. If you’ve been paying attention to Bitcoin lately, you know it has surged in value. Regardless of if you understand what Bitcoin is, what it does, or why it’s worth anything is irrelevant for this post. But there is a man who has more than 7,000 Bitcoin worth more than 220 MILLION dollars. It’s locked in a hard drive that’s password protected. The...

A great app for losing weight

When turned 40, my body started to let me know who’s boss. The mind takes a back seat and the transformation begins. Eyes start to not see as clearly, knees start to not bend as easily and overall, weight doesn’t fall off nearly as easy as it used to. So last year, I was happy to discover a great app for losing weight. There are a million apps for anything, so when I was looking for...

The endless confusion surrounding my spice rack

I’m a ‘middle-of-the-road’ kind of cook. When I cook, I feel I do a good job. But I don’t cook enough to know the rules of that road in order to be confident. Take chicken for instance. You can cook it a million ways, and I do. But in the end of the preparation there’s always that nagging voice in the back of my head ‘is it cooked enough? Will you have food...

Today is National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

Two things I know: Journalist and Police Officer aren’t the most popular careers right now. But way back when my brothers and I were wee lads, we thought those jobs were pretty cool and they struck a chord with us. I went the journalist route, our middle brother went into banking (smart) and my oldest brother became a sheriff’s deputy. So I’m thanking he and others in the...

Where is my Facebook Like button?

Remember when Facebook would tinker and roll out new features whether you liked them or not? Well, it’s happening again and this time the question many will ask is where is my Facebook Like button? Facebook announced a few days ago that they’re changing Pages (not standard profiles if you have just a normal Facebook profile). If you don’t know the difference, you sign up for a...

Josh Benson

Josh Benson writes about the web, social media, entrepreneurship, television news and life in general. He covers the days news as a news anchor for WFLA-TV in Tampa, Florida. He's also a web designer/developer. He lives in Tampa, Florida with his wife Tara and two daughters Bella and Brooklyn.

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