We Are All Socially Awkward Now

Kate Murphy, a reporter at the New York Times, wrote an interesting story last month: We’re All Socially Awkward Now. Murphy writes the following: Research on prisoners, hermits, soldiers, astronauts, polar explorers, and others who have spent extended periods in isolation indicates social skills are like muscles that atrophy from lack of use. People separated from society — by … Continue reading We Are All Socially Awkward Now

The Value of Learning to Write by Hand

Researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) say that both children and adults learn more and remember things more efficiently when writing by hand rather than a keyboard. The study’s author believes all modern children should receive at least some instruction in handwriting. The brain activity of 12 young adults and 12 … Continue reading The Value of Learning to Write by Hand

Music Monday: Best-Selling Movie, Broadway Film, and Cast Recording Soundtracks of All Time

I know, the title is a mouthful. At first, I was just going to write about the top-selling movie soundtracks of all-time, but then I remembered some of the wonderful soundtracks I've listened to from Broadway plays. When I went searching, I discovered that there are two separate lists for the Broadway plays. One list … Continue reading Music Monday: Best-Selling Movie, Broadway Film, and Cast Recording Soundtracks of All Time

Was It Something I Said?

As many of you know, I check my WordPress stats way too often. One of the stats I check is the number of followers, which is a fairly public stat that other WordPress users can see. Yesterday, I hit somewhat of a milestone when the number of followers reached 900. I wasn't going to mention … Continue reading Was It Something I Said?

Is This What High School Should Look Like?

In a post this past week on Fred Wilson's wonderful site - AVC.com - he wrote about his venture capital firm's latest educational investment, Sora Schools. I spent some time reading about the school, and it sounds marvelous. Here is some information from the school web site: Sora is a live, virtual high school where … Continue reading Is This What High School Should Look Like?

My Blog Is on the Verge of a Major Breakthrough

Well, at least according to Seth Godin. Here was one of Seth's posts this week: “Well, that’s a dumb idea” As dumb as selling shoes, an item that comes in 100s of sizes, over the internet. As dumb as expecting people to find a date or a spouse online. As dumb as building an encyclopedia … Continue reading My Blog Is on the Verge of a Major Breakthrough

Those Who Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail

I knew months ago that a new WordPress editor was being rolled out, and I've read about the horror stories some people experienced when it was time for their blog to switch over. I kept thinking I would spend some time one weekend learning the new editor, but I never got around to it. Young … Continue reading Those Who Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail

Google’s Year in Search

I'm only 10 years late on this one. Since 2010, Google has been putting together an annual video that reveals, in their own words, "the questions we shared, the people who inspired us, and the moments that captured the world’s attention each year." The video seems to be released in id-December of this year, so I can't … Continue reading Google’s Year in Search

How to Sell Your Weird Idea

In his latest Pinkcast, Dan Pink sits with Olga Khazan, a staff writer at The Atlantic and author of Weird: The Power of Being an Outsider in an Insider World. In the interview, Olga talks about what it means to be weird, what the advantages are to being weird, and how such outsiders can advance … Continue reading How to Sell Your Weird Idea

Music Monday: The Youngest Person to Have a Number One Song

It's kind of a trick question, asking who was the youngest person to have a number one song. If you are looking at just solo artists, then it is Stevie Wonder. Born Stevland Hardaway Judkins, he had performed as a child in the choir at the Whitestone Baptist Church in his hometown of Saginaw, Michigan, … Continue reading Music Monday: The Youngest Person to Have a Number One Song