Add One More Item to the List of “I Just Don’t Get It”

  In July 2019, Sotheby’s sold a historic set of Nike’s “Moon Shoe” waffle-soled sneakers from 1972 for a then-record-setting $437,500. Not to be outdone, during the peak of the Michael Jordan fever triggered by ESPN’s 2020 docuseries “The Last Dance,” a pair of game-worn Jordan 1s sold to an unnamed buyer for a record-breaking … Continue reading Add One More Item to the List of “I Just Don’t Get It”

Want a Virtual Pet? Meet Moflin…

This past week has seen lots of innovations coming out of the 2021 Consumer Electronics Show. One of those is Moflin, an AI pet robot with "emotional capabilities", that looks like a fluffy gray guinea pig, with black beady eyes and soft fur. Here’s a short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irJ1pwVng5U Created by Vanguard Industries, the robot uses … Continue reading Want a Virtual Pet? Meet Moflin…

A Different Way to Get Ready for the Semester

  I start teaching in a little less than two weeks, and in addition to getting all the course material ready, I also thought I'd check out my classrooms this week to make sure everything was there that I would need and that I knew how to work the technology. Plus I had to take … Continue reading A Different Way to Get Ready for the Semester

Poetry in Numbers

Elfchen An Elfchen (also known as an elevenie) is a short poem with a given pattern. It contains eleven words which are arranged in a specified order over five rows. The typical structure of an elfchen is as follows: Row Words Content 1 1 A thought, an object, a color, a smell, or the like … Continue reading Poetry in Numbers

Music Monday: Nanook of Greenland

This post has two purposes. The first purpose is to expand my knowledge of music from around the world. The second is to see if I can get at least one view of my blog from someone in Greenland. 🙂 With a little bit of searching, I discovered the band Nanook, which appears to be … Continue reading Music Monday: Nanook of Greenland

Don’t Worry, I’ll Never Get Tired of It

It was a good week, thanks to Dan Ariely. I was able to use two letters from his advice column to create two posts. In case you missed it, here is the first one about putting your camera away when you are trying to create memories. And here is the second: Dear Dan, My fiancé … Continue reading Don’t Worry, I’ll Never Get Tired of It

A Dozen Universal Truths

Apple products are better than PCs and Android A smile is better than a frown Warm weather is better than cold Guinness is better than Bud Sunrise is better than sunset Vacation time is better than working time Ruffles potato chips are better than regular Women are more mature than men Bruce Springsteen and the … Continue reading A Dozen Universal Truths

Want to Remember That Special Moment? Put Your Camera Away…

Intuitively, it makes sense. If you want to remember that special moment, many of us instinctively reach for our phone or camera to take a picture of it. However, that does not seem to be the case. In his most recent Wall Street Journal column, Dan Ariely addresses this very issue in responding to a … Continue reading Want to Remember That Special Moment? Put Your Camera Away…

I Just Reduced My Life Expectancy by Six Years , but I Also Just Freed-Up 45 Seconds a Day

My reading for pleasure has slowed downed dramatically in the past few weeks, and I'm not really sure why. Hopefully, I'll be able to get back into the habit soon. What this means is that I am still reading the book I first wrote about two months ago, Alchemy: The Dark Art and Curious Science … Continue reading I Just Reduced My Life Expectancy by Six Years , but I Also Just Freed-Up 45 Seconds a Day

Looking Forward to Sunrise on the Capitol

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