Dear Members of Congress: Please Think for Yourself When You Vote

This week, the U.S. House voted to endorse an impeachment inquiry into President Trump. Not surprisingly, the vote was nearly unanimously along party lines. All 194 Republicans voted NO and 232 out of 234 Democrats voted YES. I decided to try and calculate the probability of such a vote happening if every Representative voted the … Continue reading Dear Members of Congress: Please Think for Yourself When You Vote

OK, I’ll Admit It. I Was Wrong. That Was a Good Idea.

A few weeks ago a neighbor posted the following to our local NextDoor site: "I am going to be speaking with the Police this week about shutting down our neighborhood to car traffic during Trick or Treating hours (6-8pm). In order to do this I need to get neighbors signatures for a petition to present … Continue reading OK, I’ll Admit It. I Was Wrong. That Was a Good Idea.

Three Cheers for Twitter

Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter, tweeted the following message earlier today: We’ve made the decision to stop all political advertising on Twitter globally. We believe political message reach should be earned, not bought. Why? A few reasons…🧵 — jack 🌍🌏🌎 (@jack) October 30, 2019 Jack then went on to offer several reasons for the decision, … Continue reading Three Cheers for Twitter

How Can Anyone Keep Pace with All These New Technologies?

We were lucky to have a group of guest speakers in my Intro to Business class the other day as part of Marketing Mania Monday. (especially me, it was kind of like a day off...) One of the speakers worked for a digital marketing agency, and showed two graphics that really struck me. The two … Continue reading How Can Anyone Keep Pace with All These New Technologies?

Music Monday: The Peaceful, Uplifting Sounds of Church Music

After 12 years of Catholic school and thousands of Sundays spent in church, I've heard a lot of "church" music. Over those years, there are a few songs that have become my favorites, and this past weekend, while at a wedding, I decided that "Gentle Woman" is probably my favorite. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RERoQ1biLdE&t=92s Here are some of … Continue reading Music Monday: The Peaceful, Uplifting Sounds of Church Music

A Wonderful Interview with Bruce Springsteen

After five years of trying, Gayle King was finally able to land an interview with Springsteen, and as a viewer, it was worth the wait. The interview was originally split into a couple of parts. Below are parts one and two. (I've also included the full interview at the end if you'd prefer to watch … Continue reading A Wonderful Interview with Bruce Springsteen

I’ve Never Learned to Dance, and It’s Probably Too Late Now

Growing up, I always thought dancing was more of a girl thing, and so I just ignored it, sticking to my math problems and brain teasers. Sure there were times when I did it, but it was always the same basic move, just shuffling my feet back and forth, my upper body hardly moving and … Continue reading I’ve Never Learned to Dance, and It’s Probably Too Late Now

How Many Times Did You Blink Your Eyes Today?

In his great book Range, David Epstein talks about how he had a chemistry professor who would throw in some oddball questions on an exam such as, "How many piano tuners are there in New York?" Epstein notes that the ultimate lesson behind using such questions was to show that detailed prior knowledge was less … Continue reading How Many Times Did You Blink Your Eyes Today?

Six, 6-word stories

It's been a few months since my last attempt at a few six-word stories, so I thought I'd give it another shot. I figure that once I have 100 of them, I can market all the stories as a collection of "some of the worst writing found on the internet". Here we go: Warm classroom. … Continue reading Six, 6-word stories

Could These Companies Be the Start of the 5-Hour Workday?

When Lasse Rheingans acquired a small tech consulting firm in Bielefeld, Germany in late 2017, he introduced a radical idea: Reduce the workday to five hours, from the standard eight, while leaving worker salaries and vacation time at the same levels. Rheingans, the firm's managing director, says employees can deliver the same output during a focused … Continue reading Could These Companies Be the Start of the 5-Hour Workday?