From the Decision Lab: Anchoring bias is a cognitive bias that causes us to rely too heavily on the first piece of information we are given about a topic. When we are setting plans or making estimates about something, we interpret newer information from the reference point of our anchor, instead of seeing it objectively. This … Continue reading Was I a Victim of the Anchoring Bias?
I've written about and shared many of my favorite TV commercials over the years, but it's been a while since I have done such a post. My wife told me about the latest Progressive Insurance commercial, so I had to check it out. Progressive Insurance has had some of the best commercials on TV over … Continue reading Dr. Rick: Don’t Be Your Parents
Many of us love the feeling of a good workout. Sweat is often a by-product of such a workout, followed by a shower, slapping on some deodorant, getting dressed, and then continuing on with our day. Most of us likely take all the above for granted, but for some, such activities can be a real … Continue reading Everyone Has the Right to Sweat Profusely
A few months ago, I wrote a post about my new favorite TV show, Ted Lasso, giving some background on the show and my enthusiasm for it. Apparently, I am not alone in my opinion about the show. Jason Sudeikis, who plays Ted Lasso, has already won a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award … Continue reading Art Imitating Life, and Life Imitating Art…
Over 14 years ago, Tim Ferriss came out with a breakthrough book titled The 4-Hour Workweek. The book was on the bestseller list for four years. And why not? Who wouldn't find a four-hour workweek appealing? While I have not heard of anyone successfully living a four-hour workweek, including Ferris, trials of a four-day week … Continue reading It’s Not the Four-Hour Workweek, But It’s Getting Closer
Japan has announced that the Tokyo Olympics will go ahead under a state of emergency and without any spectators at events in the capital in an attempt to prevent another nationwide outbreak of COVID-19. Athletes, staff, media, and other participants will be kept in a "bubble." Other areas outside the capital that are hosting events … Continue reading If You Win Gold at the Olympics, but There Are No Fans There, Did It Really Happen?
Earlier this year, Coors Brewing launched a new ad campaign designed to infiltrate people’s dreams. The goal, of course, was to get people to buy Coors beer, Coors encouraged people to watch a short online video before bed, then play an eight-hour “soundscape” through the night. If successful, this “targeted dream incubation” would trigger “refreshing … Continue reading Be on the Outlook for Targeted Dream Incubation (TDI)
I'm sure everyone has noticed. Most drama shows on TV involve doctors, lawyers, and policemen. I don't know about you, but I think it's time for something fresh, and I have just the idea: A TV show about an accounting firm. I even have some ideas for the first few episodes: after a week straight … Continue reading Forget Doctors, Lawyers, and Policemen. What We Need Is a TV Show About Accountants
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.
As I have written many times before, unlike most people, I am a fan of commercials. I love the skill that is required to put together a meaningful message in 30-60 seconds. And sometimes you get lucky, like I did this week when I dug a little bit into the background of a recent Geico … Continue reading Music Monday: A Hidden Gem Discovered in a Geico Commercial