Was I a Victim of the Anchoring Bias?

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?

Dr. Rick: Don’t Be Your Parents

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

Everyone Has the Right to Sweat Profusely

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

Art Imitating Life, and Life Imitating Art…

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…

It’s Not the Four-Hour Workweek, But It’s Getting Closer

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

If You Win Gold at the Olympics, but There Are No Fans There, Did It Really Happen?

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?

Be on the Outlook for Targeted Dream Incubation (TDI)

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)

Forget Doctors, Lawyers, and Policemen. What We Need Is a TV Show About Accountants

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

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.

Music Monday: A Hidden Gem Discovered in a Geico Commercial

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