One of my favorite parts of writing a blog post is coming up with the title. I've even resorted to clickbait once or twice... But I have to give credit where credit is due. Tonight's title comes directly from Dan Ariely's column in today's Wall Street Journal. Here is the letter Dan received: I volunteer … Continue reading The Warm Glow of the ‘Maybe Favor’
We were watching Jeopardy tonight, and the following clue popped up: I wasn't sure what I was more impressed with, that somebody knew the answer, or that there is actually a word for throwing someone out the window. And apparently, this is not the first time that the word defenestration has been used in Jeopardy. … Continue reading Why Is There Even a Word for This?
Yesterday I wrote about my attempt to take an online quiz on well-being, but I never got the results. That led me to write a blog post about, well, nothing. I figured I check for my results one more time, and there was the email. It was in my daily quarantined email message, which summarizes … Continue reading Literally, a Blog Post about Nothing, Part Two
I've often said my blog is like the Seinfeld show, in that I also reap millions of dollars in royalties from my old blog posts. Actually, it's more like Seinfeld because most of my blogs are about nothing, and have no redeeming qualities. And many of the comments I have received over the years offer … Continue reading Literally, a Blog Post about Nothing
Today is my 64th birthday and the first song that came to mind was the Beatles "When I'm 64". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCTunqv1Xt4 When I'm Sixty-Four is a song by the English rock band The Beatles, written by Paul McCartney (credited to Lennon–McCartney) and released on their 1967 album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. It was one of the first songs written by McCartney, who … Continue reading Music Monday: It’s No Longer Hypothetical, I Am 64. Will You Still Read Me?
A shout out to Beth at I Didn't Have My Glasses On for inspiring this blog post. In today's post, Beth wrote about the time as a child when she was putting together a plastic model of Black Fury and some glue squirted in her eye and she had to be taken to the eye … Continue reading The Most Unexpected Moment in TV History
This is probably about the fifth post I've written that refers to the word serendipity. It's no surprise given how much I surf the web, and end up clicking on random links that pop up. Today's serendipitous moment started while watching ESPN's Gameday show, which was set at Penn State (where they are having one … Continue reading Serendipity, Stupidity, and the Web
The Annenberg Civics Knowledge Survey, conducted since 2006, focuses on the American public’s understanding of the Constitution of the United States. Since 2013, the civics knowledge survey has been conducted annually for Constitution Day (Sept. 17) as the Annenberg Constitution Day Civics Survey. The latest results from the 2021 survey, while encouraging, are also, in … Continue reading Americans Should Be Embarrassed
Facebook has built a system that has exempted high-profile users from some or all of its rules, according to company documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. Known as “cross check” or “XCheck,” the program was initially intended as a quality-control measure for actions taken against high-profile accounts, including celebrities, politicians, and journalists. Today, it … Continue reading I’m Less Important to Facebook Than a Dog
I am happy to see that Dan Ariely still has his biweekly column in the Wall Street Journal, so I guess no fallout yet from the issues I had written about before. Even better from my perspective, this week's column introduced a new psychologic term I had never heard before - the End of History … Continue reading The End of History Illusion