Cognitive Bias Friday: the Cheerleader Effect

After reading about this cognitive bias, I feel like I need to change all of my social media pictures from individual photos to group photos, preferably a group photo where everyone is better-looking than me, which is easily done. In fact, it would be impossible for that not to happen. The reason? The cheerleader effect. … Continue reading Cognitive Bias Friday: the Cheerleader Effect

My Blog and the Ikea Effect

This post is inspired by the most recent Dan Ariely column in the Wall Street Journal. Here is one of the emails he received: Dear Dan, My partner and I decided to do a DIY renovation of our kitchen cabinets. We spent many hours at the store discussing options and reviewing our sketches, then struggled … Continue reading My Blog and the Ikea Effect

Fake Bomb Threats: Post Number Two

I hope this does not become a regular feature on my blog, sharing the most recent outlandish bomb threat that someone makes (and that someone is usually a guy). A couple of years ago I wrote about how a 23-year old man in France called police about a bomb possibly being on a flight from … Continue reading Fake Bomb Threats: Post Number Two

Bosch Is Back!

The seventh and final season of Bosch made its debut last night on Amazon. I've written a couple of times about how much our family enjoyed this detective show set in L.A. One of those posts featured The Music of Detective Harry Bosch, since on the show Bosch is a big fan of jazz music. … Continue reading Bosch Is Back!

Thank You, Fellow Bloggers!

The other day I wrote a post about how I was in a rut with my blog, feeling like I had run out of ideas. But then a few bloggers responded with some suggestions, and this post is a direct result of one of those suggestions. Two separate bloggers (Searching for a Side Hustle with … Continue reading Thank You, Fellow Bloggers!

I’m In a Rut

The past week or so it has been hard to come up with things to write about for my blog. As a result, some of the topics I have come up with are quite dull. Well, to be more precise duller than usual. As I was thinking of what I could do to get out … Continue reading I’m In a Rut

Our Switch to YouTube TV

About a month ago, the Borden family made a big decision. We canceled our FIOS TV subscription and switched over to YouTube TV. The biggest benefit, to me at least, is the cost savings. It looks like the move will save us between $400-500 per year. Other benefits, from the YouTube TV website, include: 85 … Continue reading Our Switch to YouTube TV

Am I As Creative as a Kindergarten Student?

Last week, Brad Osbourne, the poet laureate of WordPress at commonsensiblyspeaking, shared a style of poetry known as a Diamante poem, as part of his weekly Whittled Words series. Here is the format of such a poem: A diamante poem is a 7-line poem that looks like a diamond. It can be used to describe … Continue reading Am I As Creative as a Kindergarten Student?

Choose Your Own Adventure

I remember when our oldest son was around 10 years old how much he enjoyed the Choose Your Own adventures series of books. Here's a description from Wikipedia: Choose Your Own Adventure, or Secret Path Books is a series of children's gamebooks where each story is written from a second-person point of view, with the reader assuming the role of … Continue reading Choose Your Own Adventure

OK, You Heard It Here First. It Was Me.

Given how much the WordPress blogging community means to me, I wanted you to be the first ones to know. It was me. The Wall Street Journal has an article in this week's Mansion section with the headline: Mystery Buyer Pays $157.5 Million for Two Condos on New York’s Billionaires’ Row Well, mystery solved. I … Continue reading OK, You Heard It Here First. It Was Me.