If You Don’t Know Who the Patsy Is, You’re the Patsy

It's that time of the year where I play the patsy. It's March Madness here in the U.S., the annual tournament to determine the men's and women's national collegiate basketball champions. There's lots of betting during March Madness, and it's the only time of year I bet on sports. I participate in two pools, or … Continue reading If You Don’t Know Who the Patsy Is, You’re the Patsy

What’s Up with Saturday?

I know I had said I wouldn't talk about my WordPress stats until about a year from now, but what can I say. I'm weak. I first noticed this several weeks ago, and didn't think much of it. But now it's getting annoying. For some reason, unbeknownst to me, my stats on Saturday are almost … Continue reading What’s Up with Saturday?

First U.S. Test of Universal Basic Income Seems to Pass with Flying Colors

Nearly three years ago I wrote about how the city of Stockton, CA was undertaking the first U.S. experiment on using Universal Basic Income (UBI) as a way of alleviating the effects of poverty. In February 2019, using donated funds, Stockton launched a small demonstration program, sending payments of $500 a month, for 18 months, … Continue reading First U.S. Test of Universal Basic Income Seems to Pass with Flying Colors

Has Seth Godin Never Made a PB&J Sandwich Before?

Seth Godin had a post last week about the importance of doing things in the right order. Here is the post, it's a brief one: If you put the jelly on before the peanut butter, the sandwich will fail. And if you try to spread the peanut butter on the plate and then add the … Continue reading Has Seth Godin Never Made a PB&J Sandwich Before?

Resistance Is Futile

It's not how I meant to spend my Saturday night. I was just mindlessly scrolling through the cable channel guide, hoping that an idea would come to me for today's blog. And there it was. Rocky. The original. One of the best movies of all-time. And a movie that no self-respecting kid from the Philly … Continue reading Resistance Is Futile

The Economics of Apologies

I'm a big fan of people offering their apologies for when they have done something wrong. In fact, I apologize that you have somehow come across this post and started reading it. I've written about this before (Why Is It So Hard for Some People to Admit They Are Wrong), and in that post included … Continue reading The Economics of Apologies

The WordPress Community Is As Real As Any Community I’ve Been a Part Of

I just finished reading a heartbreaking post from Sue Vincent, titled The Last Post?. Sue was diagnosed with incurable small cell lung cancer last September,  and spent much of last week in the hospital. As Sue writes: "It has been an interesting and informative journey on so many levels as familiar things have been stripped … Continue reading The WordPress Community Is As Real As Any Community I’ve Been a Part Of

You May Need a Better Password

ID Agent, a dark web monitoring company owned by IT software company Kaseya, says it identified the most common stolen passwords found on the dark web in 2020 based on a scan of nearly 3 million passwords. If you don't know what the dark web is, then you're better off staying in the dark, and away from the … Continue reading You May Need a Better Password

The Power of Free

A group of researchers offered participants of a study a choice between purchasing a Hershey ’s Kiss chocolate for 1-cent ($0.01) or Lindt Lindor chocolate truffle for 15 cents ($0.15). The participants, recognizing this as a good deal since the price differential in a supermarket would be larger than 14 cents between the two options, overwhelmingly … Continue reading The Power of Free

You Can Do This, Jimmy

You've got this, Jimmy. You can write a blog post that people will find both informative and entertaining. You've come up with some good headlines in the past, Jimmy. You can do it again. Sorry, I was just trying to psyche myself up (for some unknown reason, when I refer to myself in the third … Continue reading You Can Do This, Jimmy