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

A Surprising, but Practical Use for WordPress Stats

Today I had another lazy start to the day, just laying in bed browsing through my phone. I kept telling myself I'd get up in five minutes, but I kept pushing that deadline back, until I finally decided I would get up in time for the Palm Sunday service that was going to be streamed … Continue reading A Surprising, but Practical Use for WordPress Stats

Yay! It’s Not Just Me!

Over the past couple of years, I've become a big fan of using closed-captioning whenever it is available while watching TV. I thought at first that perhaps it was simply a sign that my hearing was not as good as it used to be. But over time, I came to like it since I could … Continue reading Yay! It’s Not Just Me!

I Don’t Know How I’ll Be Able to Find Time for Work When This Crisis Is Over I

I've written a post previously about my lack of productivity while I've been staying at home as a result of the impact covid-19 has had on the world. But then I started thinking about what it will be like when it is time to go back to work, and I just don't know how I'm … Continue reading I Don’t Know How I’ll Be Able to Find Time for Work When This Crisis Is Over I

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

My Retirement Is Not Looking Too Productive

These past 10 days have given me a glimpse of what my retirement might be like. Since I finished teaching my class the first week of March, I really have no teaching responsibilities right now, so my days are fairly wide open. And let's just say I have not made the best use of those … Continue reading My Retirement Is Not Looking Too Productive

Too Soon? A Little Bit of Covid-19 Humor

In the midst of all the negative news about covid-19, some people have managed to poke fun at it. So I thought I'd share a small number of video clips I've seen that I thought were pretty funny. If you think it's too soon, well here's what a couple of famous comic writers have to … Continue reading Too Soon? A Little Bit of Covid-19 Humor

A Six-Word Story and a Haiku

I usually resort to writing a few six-word stories or haikus when I can't think of anything to write about. Well, that is certainly the case tonight, with less than 30 minutes to go before the day is over, it's time to resort. But I thought I'd mix things up a little, literally, by doing … Continue reading A Six-Word Story and a Haiku

I Think We’re Going to Make It…

My wife and I pledged to each other that we would not check our phones, laptops, or the TV for any news today. A full 24-hour news detox. There's only a couple of hours left in the day, so it looks like we are going to make it. Of course, it was near impossible to … Continue reading I Think We’re Going to Make It…

From Thanks to Rants

In yesterday's post, I expressed my gratitude to all the wonderful people who made our time in Singapore so special. While those good feelings will last a long time, the things I noticed on my trip home today did bring me down a bit from my SIngaporean high. Since "they" say it's a good idea … Continue reading From Thanks to Rants