Thank Heaven for Engineers

I'm sure everyone has heard of the ship that got stuck in the Suez Canal last week. One of my first thoughts when I heard about the crisis was: this is a job for engineers. This is the sort of thing they thrive on - solving problems. One of my regrets is that I did … Continue reading Thank Heaven for Engineers

Simply Put, This Is Disgusting

I've written about gun control before, sometimes in response to a recent mass shooting, sometimes just to share my thoughts. Of all the hot-button issues we face as a nation, this is my number one. My wife and I have supported¬†Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action through donations, protest marches, and phone calls. … Continue reading Simply Put, This Is Disgusting

Wonder What College Kids Do On a Friday Night These Days?

I fondly remember my Friday nights in college. There was no studying going on, and there was definitely no scrolling through social media. It often involved going to a party somewhere, and having a beer or two. Of course, this was all before Facebook came on the scene, and certainly there were no worries about … Continue reading Wonder What College Kids Do On a Friday Night These Days?

Say Hello to the Newest Member of the Borden Family

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about how we had say goodbye to our 2003 Buick Rendezvous. Since that time, we have been looking for a replacement car. I wanted to follow the advice I learned (a little late), that you should never buy a new car, and you should not borrow to buy … Continue reading Say Hello to the Newest Member of the Borden Family

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

The Secret to Happiness? It Doesn’t Really Surprise Me…

A recent study out of Cambridge University offers some insight as to what the key to happiness may be. The study surveyed 5,000 people during the past year and found the following: those who lost their jobs during the pandemic were the the most likely to be unhappy the next unhappiest group were those working … Continue reading The Secret to Happiness? It Doesn’t Really Surprise Me…

Music Monday: A Unique Way to Teach the Basics of Accounting

If you came here thinking you were going to see me sing something related to accounting, you are mistaken. But, that's a good thing. Accounting might be painful enough for many people, but then hearing me sing about accounting could push people right over the edge. So I came across this video that some students … Continue reading Music Monday: A Unique Way to Teach the Basics of Accounting

Thank Heaven My Students Check My Work…

It was time to turn in mid-term grades, and I went with a very simple grading rubric: 20% of quiz one 20% of quiz two 60% of test one I downloaded all of the student grades from our online class management system (Blackboard) into Excel, and created my simple grading formula. I then converted each … Continue reading Thank Heaven My Students Check My Work…

I’m Betting (Literally) the NCAA Selection Committee Knows What It Is Doing

It was late Thursday afternoon, and my picks for March Madness were due early the next day. As I wrote in a previous post, I haven't really paid much attention to college basketball this year, so my picks were going to end up being completely random. So I decided to go with the quickest, most … Continue reading I’m Betting (Literally) the NCAA Selection Committee Knows What It Is Doing

WASTJO’s Law Is, Sadly, Alive and Well

I've briefly mentioned Godwin's Law before, an Internet adage which asserts that "as an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler becomes more likely.¬†(Wikipedia) I was thinking about that today as I was reading a few stories in the Wall Street Journal. After reading the articels I would then … Continue reading WASTJO’s Law Is, Sadly, Alive and Well