The Spotlight Effect – Part Two: Forget About Your Bad Hair Day

I first wrote about the spotlight effect back in 2019. Simply put, this refers to the fact that all of us pay a lot more attention to ourselves than other people pay to us. Dan Ariely casts the spotlight on this phenomenon again this week with the following letter: Dear Dan, In an effort to … Continue reading The Spotlight Effect – Part Two: Forget About Your Bad Hair Day

I Always Assumed I Was the Norm, But I May Be the Exception

A story in the Huffington Post this week looked at how much time and money men spend on  grooming themselves. Now I like to think I'm a regular guy, and that most guys are like me. My goal with grooming is to spend as little time and money as possible. At this point, I typically … Continue reading I Always Assumed I Was the Norm, But I May Be the Exception

It took 63 years but I finally broke my first bone(s)

It's ironic that I just wrote a post a couple days ago about how exercise may not be helpful (at least for losing weight). And now I have discovered another problem with exercise. Apparently, sometimes you can not trust the equipment. Today my son Pat and I were working out using exercise tubes and during … Continue reading It took 63 years but I finally broke my first bone(s)

Music Monday: The Youngest Person to Have a Number One Song

It's kind of a trick question, asking who was the youngest person to have a number one song. If you are looking at just solo artists, then it is Stevie Wonder. Born Stevland Hardaway Judkins, he had performed as a child in the choir at the Whitestone Baptist Church in his hometown of Saginaw, Michigan, … Continue reading Music Monday: The Youngest Person to Have a Number One Song

The Science of Enclothed Cognition

Never heard of "enclothed cognition"? Neither had I until reading a recent story in the WSJ by reporter Ray Smith. Enclothed cognition is an area of research that examines the signals clothes send to the brain, says Dr. Adam Galinsky, co-author of the research that coined the term. “In some ways, the clothes that you … Continue reading The Science of Enclothed Cognition

If You Can’t Beat It, Then Start a Business

Today was ICE Challenge Day in my class, one of my favorite days of the year. The sponsor of the Challenge is Villanova's own ICE Institute, where ICE stands for Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship. Here is a brief description of the Challenge: The ICE Challenge is an annual requirement for all students entering the Villanova … Continue reading If You Can’t Beat It, Then Start a Business

It’s Time for Some of Those Good Old Fashion Tips from the Wall Street Journal

It's always guaranteed to make me laugh and to shake my head in disbelief - men's fashion tips from the Wall Street Journal. It's a combination of two things - the outrageous outfits themselves, and the outrageous prices that go with them. I've written about these WSJ fashion articles before, in fact, this is my … Continue reading It’s Time for Some of Those Good Old Fashion Tips from the Wall Street Journal

Bucky the Bookkeeper Is Now Worth a Lot of Bucks…

His colleagues called him Bucky the Bookkeeper. His company was on the brink of bankruptcy multiple times. His credit card was declined while trying to rent a car in 1974. Six years later, he was worth $178 million. Today, he is worth $37 billion. Do you know who this person is, or what company he … Continue reading Bucky the Bookkeeper Is Now Worth a Lot of Bucks…

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?!

The Naked, and Disgusting, Truth about Sleeping in the Nude

This is why I love the Wall Street Journal. Sure, its editorial pages are often a little too conservative for me, and I can get a lot of the market news elsewhere. But it's got AHED stories, a sports page,  and stories like this one, in today's paper (by Jacob Gallagher): Sleeping Nude: Liberating or … Continue reading The Naked, and Disgusting, Truth about Sleeping in the Nude