So How Did These Predictions for 2020 Work Out?

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?

Is Mindless Web Surfing the Key to Increasing Productivity?

If so, then why am I not one of the most productive people I know? A story in this week's WSJ tells about the work of Prof. Jennifer Ragsdale, a University of Tulsa industrial-organizational psychologist, and her research team who are studying whether surfing the internet for cute baby-animal pictures makes you more productive at … Continue reading Is Mindless Web Surfing the Key to Increasing Productivity?

Is It Buyer Beware, or Reader Beware?

The Wall Street Journal recently did some investigative reporting on "Amazon's Choice" products, and the results are at first glance concerning. Many people, myself included, use Amazon's Choice as a stamp of approval from Amazon. Such a designation comes in handy when one is trying to decide between tens, if not hundreds, of options when … Continue reading Is It Buyer Beware, or Reader Beware?

Hollywood Movie Leads to New Financial Regulation

We were looking for a Christmas movie to watch, so I looked into Rotten Tomatoes list of the 55 Best Christmas movies of all time. One movie that caught my eye was Trading Places. First, I never considered it a Christmas movie, but I guess that like Die Hard, since it is set during Christmas, … Continue reading Hollywood Movie Leads to New Financial Regulation

You Call This a Pied-à-Terre?

Pied-à-Terre: a small apartment, house, or room kept for occasional use; from the French, literally, "foot to earth". In New York City real estate, a pied-à-terre is an apartment to be used on weekends or short periods as a vacation home or a “non-primary residence.” Such a place provides access to the city on weekends … Continue reading You Call This a Pied-à-Terre?

Is This Any Way to Go to College?

A story in the Wall Street Journal took a look at LSU quarterback Joe Burrow's lifestyle at LSU. Burrow won the Heisman Trophy last night, given to the best player in college football. However, as the story notes, Burrow actually spends very little time on campus. Burrow transferred to LSU early in the summer of … Continue reading Is This Any Way to Go to College?

This Is Why Houses Need Escalators, Part 2

This is my fourth post about house escalators, bringing the grand total of all articles about house escalators on the web to about seven. My most recent post was back in February, where I shared the story of a woman in New York City who was recovering in a hospital after she was rescued from … Continue reading This Is Why Houses Need Escalators, Part 2

I Always Knew the Rich Were Different Than the Rest of Us

Wellness Heaven recently conducted a survey of 1,157 hoteliers about which items are most commonly stolen from hotels. The chart below shows that the most commonly stolen items were what one would expect - towels, bathrobes, pens, etc. But what's surprising were some of the other items that were stolen - TV sets, phones, and … Continue reading I Always Knew the Rich Were Different Than the Rest of Us

A Tale of Two Christmas Ads

I'm guessing many of you have heard about and perhaps seen, the latest Peloton ad in which a husband surprises his wife with a Peloton bike for Christmas. The ad, all of thirty seconds long, may be the most expensive ad ever produced, far exceeding the cost of Super Bowl commercials. Last year, a Super … Continue reading A Tale of Two Christmas Ads

Mattress Madness

Today's Wall Street Journal had a story by Stephanie Yang that looked at the world of online mattress sales, and how people try to scam the system. Many online mattress firms offer "free" trial periods during which customers can try out a mattress. The customer typically pays for the mattress upfront and gets a full … Continue reading Mattress Madness