This post was inspired by a recent post of a fellow blogger, Beth. Beth wrote how yesterday (January 18) was National Thesaurus Day and paid homage to Peter Mark Roget, creator of the famous Roget's Thesaurus. Since I didn't know about his Thesaruas beyond the basics, I went out to Wikipedia and found the following: … Continue reading What’s Your Desert Island Book?
Serendipity strikes again. I was reading one of my favorite blogs, Nashville Noise by Coti Howell, and she had a post about Pandora announcing its country artists to watch for 2020. There are 15 artists on the list, and I started checking out each one by going to YouTube and looking for some of their … Continue reading Music Monday: Song Suffragettes
I can't say I know much about punk rock, but it is cool being friends with the lead singer and guitarist of a punk rock band. I've written about Bud Drago before; he is a fellow faculty member at Villanova, and was a member of a London punk rock band going back to the late … Continue reading Music Monday: Punk Rock with a Message
I'm not really sure what led me to the following video, but it shows the band Brand New in its early days, playing at a rec center that holds up to 150 people. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cj7qzmtrgRM The video was filmed in 2001, one year after Brand New had formed. The lead singer is about 23 years old. … Continue reading Music Monday: Early Hints of Stardom?
My wife and I had the chance to watch a wonderful movie this past weekend, The Peanut Butter Falcon. I highly recommend it. Here's the movie summary from Rotten Tomatoes, where it scored a 95% on the Tomatometer and 96% on the Audience Score: A modern Mark Twain style adventure story, THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON … Continue reading Music Monday: Selected Songs from the Wonderful Film, The Peanut Butter Falcon
John Hennessy returned to his roots tonight, giving a lecture about what the past 50 years have been like since he first arrived on Villanova's campus. John graduated from Villanova in 1973 with a degree in electrical engineering and then went on to Stonybrook University for his Masters and Ph.D. Hennessy then became a Stanford … Continue reading From Villanova Class of ’73 to President of Stanford to Chair of Google
There are lots of things to like about my job, but if I had to pick a favorite, it would be watching my students transition from teenagers to professionals. There are a variety of paths that students choose upon graduation and in the years that follow - some work overseas, some perform a year or … Continue reading The Best Part of My Job
When I was growing up one of my favorite things to do was to work on brain teasers. My favorite type of puzzle was a logic puzzle, the kind where you have to do things like find the matching first and last names of five guys, what house they live in, what their favorite food … Continue reading Another Favorite Childhood Memory: Brain Teasers
I came up with the first part of the title for this post based on a case competition we had today for our students. When I said the name of the company to myself (Hot Chicken Takeover), the first thought that came to my mind was Nick Gilder's song, "Hot Child in the City", but … Continue reading Hot Chicken in the City. (Growing Wild and Sitting Pretty).
Back in 2016, I wrote an homage to community colleges, and I wrote a follow-up in 2017. In those posts, I described community colleges as the crown jewel of our post-secondary educational system, and noted that "If you believe in the power of education to change people’s lives, then you’d be hard-pressed to find a … Continue reading College Not For You? Then You Need to Read This.