Thank You, Villanova

It is a challenging time for higher education, with most schools having closed their campuses this Spring and switched to an online teaching format. In addition, many schools have canceled all on-campus events for this summer. And there is tremendous uncertainty as to what will happen come the Fall semester. My employer, Villanova University, has … Continue reading Thank You, Villanova

Well, That Was Humbling…

I generally consider myself relatively tech-savvy; I try to keep up with the latest systems, developments, tools, and gadgets, I try new technologies when they come along, and I feel I pick up new technologies fairly quickly. But as it turns out, when it comes to digital technologies, I'm in the worst stage of competence … Continue reading Well, That Was Humbling…

“I just decided that I’d made a mistake.”

Those are the words of Warren Buffett, one of the world's most famous and successful investors. Buffett offered the apology at Berkshire Hathaway's annual meeting which was held virtually this year, to the disappointment of tens of thousands of shareholders who normally attend what is referred to as the Woodstock of Capitalism. In 2016, Berkshire … Continue reading “I just decided that I’d made a mistake.”

Music Monday: Who Do These People Think They Are? Dozens of Outrageous Rider Requests (Including Mine)

According to Wikipedia, a rider is a set of requests or demands that a performer sets as criteria for performance, which are typically fulfilled by the hosting venue. More specifically, a hospitality rider is a list of requests for the comfort of the artist on the day of the show. Common requests include: Specific foods and … Continue reading Music Monday: Who Do These People Think They Are? Dozens of Outrageous Rider Requests (Including Mine)

You Paid How Much for That Jigsaw Puzzle?

Quick summary: a jigsaw puzzle company sells a puzzle for $7,995; details below: The Wall Street Journal had a story a few weeks ago about how difficult it had become to buy jigsaw puzzles. The reason, as you might have guessed, is that people are looking for things to do during the pandemic shutdown, and … Continue reading You Paid How Much for That Jigsaw Puzzle?

How Do All These People Have Each Other’s Phone Numbers?

I'm starting to wonder if there is a master list somewhere of the phone numbers of all the famous people in the world, and once you become one of those famous people, somebody loads all of the other famous people's contact info on to your phone. For example, when a golfer wins a tournament, he … Continue reading How Do All These People Have Each Other’s Phone Numbers?

Did Seth Godin Just Pen the Perfect College Admissions Letter? Stockbrokers Take Note…

In one of Seth's posts this week, he notes that if your job is one of detecting and selecting, for example, college admissions or stock picking, the data shows that while it’s possible to be worse than average at such tasks, it’s almost impossible to do consistently better than the average. To believe you're doing … Continue reading Did Seth Godin Just Pen the Perfect College Admissions Letter? Stockbrokers Take Note…

COVID-19 and the Ford Pinto

In the 1970s, the Ford Motor Company introduced a new subcompact car called the Pinto. In response to several fatal accidents involving the Pinto, Ford prepared a seven-page company memorandum entitled “Fatalities Associated with Crash-Induced Fuel Leakage and Fires.” In the memo, Ford estimated the cost of fuel system modifications to reduce fire risks in … Continue reading COVID-19 and the Ford Pinto

Who Would Get Dressed Up Like This for a Basic Videoconference?!

The Wall Street Journal is at it again, sharing outrageous-looking and even more outrageously-priced clothing, with their readers. (at least in my opinion!) I will give the reporter, Jacob Gallagher, props, however, for linking the style recommendations to a timely topic - the increased use of videoconferencing for work and pleasure. Gallagher writes the following: … Continue reading Who Would Get Dressed Up Like This for a Basic Videoconference?!

Life Finds a Way, and So Do Gamblers

It's one of my favorite scenes from Jurassic Park, when Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) utters the classic phrase, "Life Finds a Way". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oijEsqT2QKQ I thought of that line while reading a recent Wall Street Journal story by Andrew Beaton and Jared Diamond about sports betting. Apparently, it's been a difficult time for some hard-core … Continue reading Life Finds a Way, and So Do Gamblers