This post was inspired by a recent post of a fellow blogger, Beth. Beth wrote how yesterday (January 18) was National Thesaurus Day and paid homage to Peter Mark Roget, creator of the famous Roget's Thesaurus. Since I didn't know about his Thesaruas beyond the basics, I went out to Wikipedia and found the following: … Continue reading What’s Your Desert Island Book?
Pencils have been around for hundreds of years, and still show no signs of fading away. Their most obvious usages for pencils are writing, erasing, and drawing, but there is so much more to this simple invention. For example, pencils could be used for: racing. I clearly remember having pencil races in grade school, seeing … Continue reading A Pencil Is a Many-Splendored Thing
Warning: I enjoy reading travel essays where people share their travel experiences. The photos and the writing often make me feel like I am there. I just want to let you know up front, this post will fall far short of those wonderful travelogues. My wife, son, and I are fortunate to be spending the … Continue reading Some First Impressions of Singapore
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Grace Hauck, a reporter for USA Today, put together an interesting story that looked at 20 predictions that were supposed to have taken place by 2020. I won't go over each one since you can read the full article for that. I thought I'd just take a look at a few of the more interesting … Continue reading So How Did These Predictions for 2020 Work Out?
Sayre's Law states: "In any dispute, the intensity of feeling is inversely proportional to the value of the issues at stake." By way of corollary, it adds: "That is why academic politics are so bitter." Sayre's law is named after Wallace Stanley Sayre (1905–1972), U.S. political scientist and professor at Columbia University. The quote is often attributed to … Continue reading Who Knew There Was a Law to Explain My Obsession with WordPress Stats
It's been a humbling way to start the New Year. Last week, on Christmas Eve, I decided to deactivate my Facebook account. I put a lot of thought into the decision, wondering if I would miss reading my friends' updates, if they would miss mine, and what impact it might have on my blog stats. … Continue reading If I Deactivated My Facebook Account, and No One Cared, Did It Really Happen?
I wrote a post a couple of days ago about how I received a Rubik's Cube for Christmas, and how I quickly realized I had completely lost any memory I had of how to solve it. So I decided to spend the next few days trying to memorize the steps once more. So, on the … Continue reading Rubik’s Cube vs. WordPress
I was waiting for the Monday closest to Christmas to put this post together, which consists mostly of combining a couple of my previous posts about my favorite Christmas songs, with some updates. I also came across a short post about the worst Christmas song ever, and decided to include that here as well. So … Continue reading Music Monday: Some of My Favorite Christmas Songs (and THE Worst)
I'd heard about and read about Tik Tok, but it wasn't until this past week that I actually went to the site to check out what it was all about. I know I'm late to the game, but I figured if I'm going to be teaching college students (according to Global Web Index, 41% of … Continue reading Hickory Dickory Dock, I Just Discovered Tik Tok