Music Monday: A Fun Little Music App for the Curious

Ever wondered what song was topping the charts the day you were born? Or how about the day you turned 21, or got married, or had your children? Well, I happened to be chatting with one of my nephews last night, and he told me about a nifty little app that will tell you just … Continue reading Music Monday: A Fun Little Music App for the Curious

I Don’t Know How I’ll Be Able to Find Time for Work When This Crisis Is Over I

I've written a post previously about my lack of productivity while I've been staying at home as a result of the impact covid-19 has had on the world. But then I started thinking about what it will be like when it is time to go back to work, and I just don't know how I'm … Continue reading I Don’t Know How I’ll Be Able to Find Time for Work When This Crisis Is Over I

From Nation to Neighborhood: Crisis Brings Out the Best in People

We were out walking our dog in between raindrops today, and we came across the Little Free Library stand shown above, one of a couple in our neighborhood. But as you can see, this one doesn't just have books. It has something that is in limited supply, with seemingly unlimited demand. For someone to sacrifice … Continue reading From Nation to Neighborhood: Crisis Brings Out the Best in People

The Naked, and Disgusting, Truth about Sleeping in the Nude

This is why I love the Wall Street Journal. Sure, its editorial pages are often a little too conservative for me, and I can get a lot of the market news elsewhere. But it's got AHED stories, a sports page,  and stories like this one, in today's paper (by Jacob Gallagher): Sleeping Nude: Liberating or … Continue reading The Naked, and Disgusting, Truth about Sleeping in the Nude

The 50 Greatest Breakthroughs Since the Wheel

As a follow-up to yesterday's post about the top 25 best-designed products, here is a listing of the 50 greatest breakthroughs since the wheel. (Sorry for following in the footsteps of Buzzfeed here with these "listicles"). I want to thank Brad for the inspiration since he originally thought yesterday's post was about what products have … Continue reading The 50 Greatest Breakthroughs Since the Wheel

The Top 25 Best-Designed Products

In March 2019, the Institute of Design at Illinois Institute of Technology was approached by Daniel Bentley, senior editor at Fortune magazine, to update the original 100 Best-Designed Products research study from 1959. Sixty years since the findings were published, IIT Institute of Design’s new study shows that physical products are being increasingly replaced by … Continue reading The Top 25 Best-Designed Products

My Retirement Is Not Looking Too Productive

These past 10 days have given me a glimpse of what my retirement might be like. Since I finished teaching my class the first week of March, I really have no teaching responsibilities right now, so my days are fairly wide open. And let's just say I have not made the best use of those … Continue reading My Retirement Is Not Looking Too Productive

Music Monday: A Song for Our Times – Put Your Hands Up

I received an email today from the President of Villanova University, Father Peter, announcing that classes will remain online for the rest of the semester. Classes had switched to an online format last week, and the hope was that face-to-face instruction could resume after Easter. However, the rapid escalation of covid-19 has eliminated such a … Continue reading Music Monday: A Song for Our Times – Put Your Hands Up

Too Soon? A Little Bit of Covid-19 Humor

In the midst of all the negative news about covid-19, some people have managed to poke fun at it. So I thought I'd share a small number of video clips I've seen that I thought were pretty funny. If you think it's too soon, well here's what a couple of famous comic writers have to … Continue reading Too Soon? A Little Bit of Covid-19 Humor

What Makes the People of Finland So Happy?

The latest World Happiness Report was just released, and for the third year in a row, Finland is the world's happiest country, followed by Denmark, Switzerland, Iceland, and Norway. The results are based on Gallup poll data of 1,000 people from each of 153 countries over a three-year period. The report ranks each country based … Continue reading What Makes the People of Finland So Happy?