Another Piece of History Fades Into Darkness

I was shocked when I saw the headline in today’s Wall Street Journal: “GE Exits Lightbulb Business It Pioneered”. Here was the opening line from the story: “General Electric Co. is getting out of the business of making lightbulbs, selling a unit that defined the company for nearly a century and was its last direct … Continue reading Another Piece of History Fades Into Darkness

Add Two More Items to My Growing List of Unintended Consequences

It’s been a recurring theme in my posts – unintended consequences. People make decisions with the best of intentions, but then sometimes, things don't turn out like they planned. Here are links to the previous stories I've written about this: The minimum wage has been a hot button issue, but who would have thought putting … Continue reading Add Two More Items to My Growing List of Unintended Consequences

A Clever, and Noisy, Solution to a Challenging Problem

The world of sports has ground to a halt. While there have been some isolated comebacks, one thing that is missing from these events are the fans. There have been a few attempts to mimic fan attendance at some events that have taken place, but it’s not close to the real thing. Borussia Mönchengladbach, a … Continue reading A Clever, and Noisy, Solution to a Challenging Problem

Music Monday: The Soundtrack from Urban Cowboy

We decided to catch up on some old classic movies this past week (well, classic to me). We watched Ace Ventura (still funny after all these years), Chinatown (Jack Nicholson is great), and Urban Cowboy. What a roll John Travolta was on in the late 70s, early 80s. First, there was Saturday Night Fever, which … Continue reading Music Monday: The Soundtrack from Urban Cowboy

Why Are There Always a Few?

I start teaching my summer course on Tuesday, and I have two sections of 25 students each. I sent the students their first email about the course this past Tuesday, providing them with information on how to register for the online component of the course as well making them aware that they have two assignments … Continue reading Why Are There Always a Few?

The Fascinating Wayback Machine, aka the Internet Archive

If you’ve never heard of it, here’s a brief description of the Internet Archive, commonly referred to as the Wayback Machine, from its web site: The Internet Archive, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, we provide free access to … Continue reading The Fascinating Wayback Machine, aka the Internet Archive

Warning: If You’re Not A Fan of Sudoku, You May Want to Just Hit Like and Move On

I came across this mesmerizing video today, thanks to Seth Godin. At least I found it mesmerizing, but my guess is most people won’t. It’s got two things against it - it’s long by YouTube standards, almost 26 minutes, and it’s a video of a guy solving a Sudoku puzzle (but at least the guy … Continue reading Warning: If You’re Not A Fan of Sudoku, You May Want to Just Hit Like and Move On

All This Could Be Yours – for Just $350,000… Per Month

Perhaps as a way of catering to its readership, the Wall Street Journal does not call its weekly housing section “Real Estate”, but rather “Mansion”. And Mansion is a good description of the houses that are featured every Friday. For example, here are three of the headlines from this week’s edition: A Natural Gas Exec … Continue reading All This Could Be Yours – for Just $350,000… Per Month

Returning to Normal: Step One Completed

It’s been over four months since I’ve stepped foot inside a Wawa convenience store. Never heard of Wawa? Here’s a little background info I provided on Wawa in a previous post. If you haven’t heard of Wawa, then just imagine what the ultimate convenience store would be like, and that’s Wawa. It’s better than 7-Eleven, Sheetz, … Continue reading Returning to Normal: Step One Completed

If This Is True, Then I Should Be the King of Brainstorming

I've written more than a few posts about some of my embarrassing moments (I have so many to choose from): Lobster Man Strikes Again Another One of Life’s Embarrassing Moments Embarrassing Stories – A Wonderful Way to Get to Know One Another? Another Benefit of Sharing Embarrassing Moments Add One More to Life’s Embarrassing Moments Well, That Was Embarrassing… The … Continue reading If This Is True, Then I Should Be the King of Brainstorming