Another Piece of History Fades Into Darkness

I was shocked when I saw the headline in today’s Wall Street Journal: “GE Exits Lightbulb Business It Pioneered”. Here was the opening line from the story: “General Electric Co. is getting out of the business of making lightbulbs, selling a unit that defined the company for nearly a century and was its last direct … Continue reading Another Piece of History Fades Into Darkness

A Clever, and Noisy, Solution to a Challenging Problem

The world of sports has ground to a halt. While there have been some isolated comebacks, one thing that is missing from these events are the fans. There have been a few attempts to mimic fan attendance at some events that have taken place, but it’s not close to the real thing. Borussia Mönchengladbach, a … Continue reading A Clever, and Noisy, Solution to a Challenging Problem

Why Are There Always a Few?

I start teaching my summer course on Tuesday, and I have two sections of 25 students each. I sent the students their first email about the course this past Tuesday, providing them with information on how to register for the online component of the course as well making them aware that they have two assignments … Continue reading Why Are There Always a Few?

The Fascinating Wayback Machine, aka the Internet Archive

If you’ve never heard of it, here’s a brief description of the Internet Archive, commonly referred to as the Wayback Machine, from its web site: The Internet Archive, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, we provide free access to … Continue reading The Fascinating Wayback Machine, aka the Internet Archive

Warning: If You’re Not A Fan of Sudoku, You May Want to Just Hit Like and Move On

I came across this mesmerizing video today, thanks to Seth Godin. At least I found it mesmerizing, but my guess is most people won’t. It’s got two things against it - it’s long by YouTube standards, almost 26 minutes, and it’s a video of a guy solving a Sudoku puzzle (but at least the guy … Continue reading Warning: If You’re Not A Fan of Sudoku, You May Want to Just Hit Like and Move On

All This Could Be Yours – for Just $350,000… Per Month

Perhaps as a way of catering to its readership, the Wall Street Journal does not call its weekly housing section “Real Estate”, but rather “Mansion”. And Mansion is a good description of the houses that are featured every Friday. For example, here are three of the headlines from this week’s edition: A Natural Gas Exec … Continue reading All This Could Be Yours – for Just $350,000… Per Month

Returning to Normal: Step One Completed

It’s been over four months since I’ve stepped foot inside a Wawa convenience store. Never heard of Wawa? Here’s a little background info I provided on Wawa in a previous post. If you haven’t heard of Wawa, then just imagine what the ultimate convenience store would be like, and that’s Wawa. It’s better than 7-Eleven, Sheetz, … Continue reading Returning to Normal: Step One Completed

If This Is True, Then I Should Be the King of Brainstorming

I've written more than a few posts about some of my embarrassing moments (I have so many to choose from): Lobster Man Strikes Again Another One of Life’s Embarrassing Moments Embarrassing Stories – A Wonderful Way to Get to Know One Another? Another Benefit of Sharing Embarrassing Moments Add One More to Life’s Embarrassing Moments Well, That Was Embarrassing… The … Continue reading If This Is True, Then I Should Be the King of Brainstorming

Music Monday: College Marching Bands – Fails and Perfection

The routines that college marching bands use are often quite intricate, and even the slighest misstep could throw everything off. So it's no surprise that at some point there is going to be a collision of some sort. Here are a few such fails: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpiINv1WeBg   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHHe9grrOCs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QlZRlDxJ4t0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1FnHcMDBlU Fortunately, such failures seem to be … Continue reading Music Monday: College Marching Bands – Fails and Perfection

Another Sign That We Really Miss Sports

Some sports announcers are so desperate for any sort of competition that they've taken to narrating ordinary events as if they were the final round at The Masters or Game 7 of the NBA finals. I love how the lockdown has inspired such creativity. Who needs sports when you've got these guys? Here are a … Continue reading Another Sign That We Really Miss Sports