Would You Rather Be…?

I'm currently reading Bad Blood, the fascinating, yet depressing, inside look at the story of Theranos and Elizabeth Holmes. While I plan to offer a more in-depth review of the book when I finish it, I found one question posed in the book to be intriguing. A group of Theranos employees was having lunch, and … Continue reading Would You Rather Be…?

I Just Completed My First Coursera Course, and All I Can Say Is Wow

A few weeks ago I signed up for my first Coursera course - Introduction to Probability and Data, and today I was informed that I had successfully passed the course. The course is part of a five-course Certificate, Statistics with R Specialization (R is a computer language focused on statistical analysis); The other four courses … Continue reading I Just Completed My First Coursera Course, and All I Can Say Is Wow

Hey College Grads! Don’t Be “That” Guy or Gal

I'm on a roll here with these graduation posts; this is four in a row. Here are the previous ones: Advice for College Grads from the WSJ and Its Readers 24 Off-the-Wall College Graduation Traditions Music Monday: 13 Songs to Accompany Graduation Today's post is offering some advice that may seem a bit counter-intuitive. Job … Continue reading Hey College Grads! Don’t Be “That” Guy or Gal

Dart-Throwing Monkeys (AKA Newspaper Reporters) Beat Stock Market Wizards

The Wall StreetJournal just revealed the results of a year-long stock-picking contest which pitted a group of dart-throwing monkeys, I mean newspaper reporters, against a group of high-profile hedge fund managers. The idea for the contest has its roots in Burton Malkiel's famous quote in “A Random Walk Down Wall Street” that “a blindfolded monkey … Continue reading Dart-Throwing Monkeys (AKA Newspaper Reporters) Beat Stock Market Wizards

The Gift Inside the Box- a Different Kind of Children’s Book from a Different Kind of Author

Adam Grant is an American psychologist and author who is currently a professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania specializing in organizational psychology. He received academic tenure aged 28, making him the youngest tenured professor at the Wharton School. He was ranked by students the best professor at the university from 2011 to 2017. In … Continue reading The Gift Inside the Box- a Different Kind of Children’s Book from a Different Kind of Author

I’m a Sucker for Good Customer Service

This past Saturday was Independent Bookstore Day, so my wife and I decided to stop in at Main Point Books in Wayne, PA. It's a great bookstore, with a nice selection of books, but more importantly, an owner and staff who care about their customers and know their product. I went in looking for a … Continue reading I’m a Sucker for Good Customer Service

Music Monday: Remember When the Beatles Got Back Together? Or So Some People Thought?

I admit it; I fell for the hype. It was back in college, 1977, the Spring of my sophomore year. An album titled 3:47  had been released a few months earlier by a band named Klaatu, and as people got their hands on it, they were left scratching their heads.  There were no pictures of the … Continue reading Music Monday: Remember When the Beatles Got Back Together? Or So Some People Thought?

I’d Buy a Car from This Guy

The WSJ had a great story about the owner of a local car dealership - Fred Beans. Fred recently celebrated his 80th birthday by doing 125 push-ups - straight through, with no rest. An impressive feat at any age, but unbelievable at 80. For the past 11 years, Mr. Beans has been working with a … Continue reading I’d Buy a Car from This Guy

Add One More to My Growing List of Unintended Consequences

It's been a recurring theme in my posts - unintended consequences. I find the topic fascinating because the unintended consequence is usually something I would have never thought of. For instance: A couple of weeks ago I wrote about a possible downside to peace - the destruction of rainforests. I've also written about the unintended … Continue reading Add One More to My Growing List of Unintended Consequences

The Genius of Evil Genius Beer Company

One of the perks of being at a university is the opportunity to listen to a wide variety of speakers who are brought to campus. Being part of the business school, one of my favorite kind of speakers are those who tell a story of how they took a chance on starting their own business, and then watched that … Continue reading The Genius of Evil Genius Beer Company