I'd never heard of the game until reading today's Wall Street Journal. The name of the game is Wordle, and it was created by John Wardle (seems like he was meant to create such a game). Wordle is a word guessing game that tasks the player with correctly identifying a random five-letter word. You only … Continue reading Simple but Fun Word Game Goes Viral
The Mummers are a Philadelphia institution, perhaps most well-known for their annual New Year's Day parade. I've mentioned them before in a few posts I've written about our neighborhood's 4th of July parade, which often included a guest appearance from a small subset of one of the Mummers' string bands. But I've never written a … Continue reading Music Monday: Philadelphia’s Mummer Parade
It's been a while since I've written about a men's fashion piece from the Wall Street Journal. Back then, I referred to it as the annual comedy issue of the WSJ. Here were some of the photos I had included with those posts: The basic point of each of those posts was questioning whether or … Continue reading Grown Men Are Dressing Like This?
I've written a few times about how uncomfortable I am making small talk. And it doesn't matter if it's someone I know or a complete stranger. So imagine my excitement when I saw the headline for Dan's most recent Wall Street Journal advice column: "Stop Making Small Talk. No One Will Miss It." Here was … Continue reading Best. News. Ever? Dan Ariely Says to “Stop Making Small Talk”
Joie de vivre is a French phrase often used in English to express a cheerful enjoyment of life, an exultation of spirit. It "can be a joy of conversation, joy of eating, joy of anything one might do… And joie de vivre may be seen as a joy of everything, a comprehensive joy, a philosophy of life, a Weltanschauung. Robert's Dictionnaire says "joie" … Continue reading Where’s My Joie de vivre?
In my opinion, Jerry Seinfeld is one of the greatest comedians of the past 50 years. And while I enjoy his sense of humor, I also like the commitment he seems to show to his craft and his willingness to try new outlets for his work. In these ways, he reminds me a lot of … Continue reading Jerry Seinfeld on How to Get a Little Bit Better Every Day
Advertising jingles have been part of American culture for nearly 100 years. According to the Smithsonian, the first jingle broadcast on the radio debuted on Christmas Day 1926 to praise the virtues of Wheaties cereal. A former neighbor had his own advertising firm that specialized in creating jingles for commercials. His license plate was JINGLES. … Continue reading Music Monday: Most Likeable and Most Memorable Jingles of All Time
If you're still reading this post, I guess the phrase "My WordPress Stats" wasn't enough to scare you off. So now you're obligated to read the rest... As you can see from the right side of the graph above, the views from the first six months of 2021 were all higher than the last six … Continue reading A Tale of Two Halves: My WordPress Stats for 2021
I plan to write a couple of posts about one of my favorite blogging topics - WordPress stats. Tonight I'll take a global look at where my blog has been read, and where it has not been read, over the past seven years. The map above gives a nice overview of countries where someone, in … Continue reading I’m Getting Closer to World Domination
A quick look at some different traditions around the world for New Year's Eve: SCARECROW BURNING (ECUADOR) - Over in Ecuador, many citizens set fire to scarecrows filled with paper at midnight on New Year's Eve, as well as burning any old photographs that represent bad memories. According to age-old tradition, it's thought doing so … Continue reading Some New Year’s Eve Traditions from Around the World