Ben's copy of Entertainment Weekly with Jack Bauer on the cover.

Like I needed to see this show up in my mailbox for me to get excited about the return of Jack Bauer. That being said, this really got me pumped up for the return of Jack Bauer. So much so that I started thinking about where ‘24’ ranked among the best TV shows of all time. I didn’t get real far before I was sidetracked with the thought of who would give me the best chance of surviving in post-apocalyptic world. Here’s my list (so far):

1. Rick Grimes (The Walking Dead). I feel he has to be number one on this list due to his experience.
2. Jack Bauer (24). Maybe I’m feeling nostalgic but I think his intensity plays well whether the threat is terrorism, zombies, cannibals…you name it.
3. Katniss Everdeen. As good as Daryl with a bow and a knack for survival.
4. MacGyver. I’ll take my chances with him and whatever he can make out of the remains of society.
5. Han Solo. He knows how to do what it takes to survive. You saw him gut that tauntaun right? His chances of survival were 1,727 to one that night. And he lived.

I was surprised to see 72% of Americans will not wear Google Glass due to privacy and safety concerns. Our concerns? Having our information hacked. Being filmed without our knowledge. And the potential for private actions to become public.

But really, as we discussed yesterday regarding texting and driving, the potential of Google Glass being a distraction, while driving – or walking even – is a very real concern. We all have our own stories – walking into a wall, going the wrong way; we can’t be trusted with one more distraction, whether from ourselves or the company we keep.

It’s becoming more and more depressing to see the number of people staring at screens during a night out as opposed to each other. Now we’ll see people staring off into the distance. We’ll be confused – “Are you talking to me? Are you looking at me?”

I’ve said it here before but I can’t help but think of Opti Grab and ‘The Jerk’ when I think of Google Glass. What is the long-term effect of wearable technology? Hell, for that matter what is the long-term effect of cell phones? Google ‘cell phone tumors’ and see what comes up – everything from sleeping with it by your pillow, to carrying it in your pocket is listed as a potential danger (then rebutted by other reports).

Google Screenshot

Believe it. Don’t believe it. But one thing we can all agree on – we still don’t know the long-term effects—physically, mentally or socially.

Ever wonder why beers don’t have to list ingredients on their labels? Mainly because they don’t want you to know these things could be in it:

• GMO Corn Syrup
• GMO Corn High Fructose Corn Syrup
• Fish Bladder
• Propylene Glycol
• Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)
• Natural Flavors
• GMO Sugars
• Caramel Coloring
• Insect-Based Dyes
• Carrageenan BPA

If this is the stuff they’re putting in my beer than I’m fine with not knowing. However, just like everything else in this world, if it’s too good to be true, it usually is. And that applies to beer. Here, see for yourself: Eight beers, most commonly found in the United States, that contain some of these ingredients:

1. Newcastle Brown Ale
2. Budweiser
3. Corona Extra
4. Miller Lite
5. Michelob Ultra
6. Guinness
7. Coors Light
8. PBR

You can read more here to see which ingredients are actually in the above beers. You should know, the article / report is encouraging you to stop drinking them immediately. So unless you have a back-up plan, be prepared for the adult male version of ‘there is no Santa Claus’.