Ms. Monopoly – Seems Destined to be a Ms., Not a Hit

As soon as I saw the headline, the first thing I did was check the date, to make sure it wasn't an old story from April 1. But no, it was from this week. Toymaker Hasbro announced it was rolling out a new version of its classic Monopoly board game, naming this one Ms. Monopoly. In … Continue reading Ms. Monopoly – Seems Destined to be a Ms., Not a Hit

Something Got You Stumped? This Is a Job for…

Rubber Ducky. In a Pinkcast from a couple of years ago, Dan Pink explains the concept of rubber duck debugging. The name is a reference to a story in the book The Pragmatic Programmer in which a programmer would carry around a rubber duck and debug their code by forcing themselves to explain it, line-by-line, to the duck. … Continue reading Something Got You Stumped? This Is a Job for…

Why I Love LinkedIn

I've used LinkedIn for several years, and it's one of the sites I go to every day. As a college professor, my favorite feature is simply reading through the Notifications to see what my former students are up to. If one of them is starting a new job, has gotten a promotion, or is going … Continue reading Why I Love LinkedIn

Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction: Old-World Charm

Here is another attempt at “flash fiction“, writing a 99-word blog post in response to a prompt. The prompt this week is “old-world charm“: In 1494, Luca Pacioli, a Franciscan friar, wrote one of the first published descriptions of double-entry bookkeeping. He described journals, ledgers, year-end closing entries, and proposed that a trial balance be used … Continue reading Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction: Old-World Charm

I Am a One Man Buzzfeed Operation

BuzzFeed, Inc. is an American Internet media, news, and entertainment company with a focus on digital media. BuzzFeed was founded in 2006 by Jonah Peretti and John S. Johnson III, to focus on tracking viral content. Kenneth Lerer, co-founder and chairman of The Huffington Post, started as a co-founder and investor in BuzzFeed and is now the executive chairman. Despite BuzzFeed's entrance into serious … Continue reading I Am a One Man Buzzfeed Operation

The A-Hed – the Quirky Side of the Wall Street Journal

It's my favorite part of the Wall Street Journal - the A-hed story. It appears on the front page of the newspaper, prime real estate. And I've heard that for reporters, it is the most coveted place for their work to appear. Barry Kilgore, the modern Journal's first managing editor, knowing that into the world … Continue reading The A-Hed – the Quirky Side of the Wall Street Journal

Should These Ads Have Been Banned?

Great Britain's advertising regulator, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has banned two ads from appearing on British TV because of the ads' depictions of harmful gender stereotypes. These are the first such actions by the ASA since the regulations came into force last month. The ads, from the local branches of Volkswagen and the food giant Mondelez, were … Continue reading Should These Ads Have Been Banned?

I’ll Never Complain about My Job, or My Life, Again

I just finished reading The Jungle by Upton Sinclair, and to sum it up in one word, wow. Many people may have read The Jungle in high school; it seems to be a popular choice on school reading lists. Somehow, I got out of school without ever having read it. But I'm glad I read … Continue reading I’ll Never Complain about My Job, or My Life, Again

Another Winning Ad: Instacart and Aliens

I know I'm an outlier on this one. I like commercials. I consider them to be like the tweets of the video world, short, sweet (usually), and to the point. I've featured many of my favorite commercials over the years on my blog, and I'm always on the lookout for a new one to feature. … Continue reading Another Winning Ad: Instacart and Aliens

It’s Nice to Know I’m Not Alone in Whom I Admire

Each year, YouGov takes a survey of people from around the world so that they can compile a list of the world's most admired men and women. This year, the study expanded to cover the views of people in 41 countries – the most ever – with more than 42,000 people being interviewed to compile … Continue reading It’s Nice to Know I’m Not Alone in Whom I Admire