Thank you to our vets for all that you have done. Here are a few short videos related to D-Day: 97-Year-Old U.S. Paratrooper Veteran Jumps In D-Day Rerun, 75 years later: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkwX6jJQCtA Archival footage of the landing at Normandy - I can't even imagine what it must have been like for those soldiers storming the … Continue reading Sometimes, a Picture Says It All
I have to admit that while I've certainly heard of Kim Kardashian, I really didn't know much about her. My perception was that she was simply a young woman who craved the spotlight and would do whatever she could to get noticed. And she is certainly good at it; she has hundreds of millions of … Continue reading Kim Kardashian Using Her Fame for Good
Salesforce, a cloud-based software company which earns the bulk of its revenue from its customer-relationship management (CRM) service, publicly announced today that it was banning retailers that sell certain guns and ammunition from using its sales management software. The policy was actually put into place back in April, but today was the first day the … Continue reading Thank you Salesforce (and Amazon and eBay and Dick’s Sporting Goods and Shopify and Walmart and Levi Strauss and Toms Shoes and Citigroup and United Airlines and Delta and Hertz and MetLife)
I wish the Wall Street Journal had turned on comments for this article. In today's paper, the Journal had a brief description of a textbook titled "Mathematics for Social Justice: Resources for the College Classroom". The description was copied nearly verbatim from the online bookstore of the American Mathematical Society (AMS). Here is the full … Continue reading Math for Social Justice
A senseless death. A mother's unending love. Martin was a father of five and ran his own music production company. No matter how late he’d work into the night, every morning he was at his parents’ door, looking for coffee and conversation with his mom, Elsa. They’d talk about their nights, their plans for the … Continue reading A Sad, but Beautiful Story
There it was, staring me in the face. My wife and I had just turned on the TV to watch ABC World News Tonight, and during the intro the screen flashed the letter that Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller had sent to Attorney General William Barr. The first thing I noticed was the misspelling, sticking out … Continue reading Seriously? How Could Anyone Forget The First Spelling Rule Most of Us Learned?
The Killers are one of the few new bands I got to know after my college years, and even then I was late to the game. I first saw them perform "Human" on Saturday Night Live back in 2008, at that point they had been around for about five years. Another favorite song is "All … Continue reading Music Monday: Another Reason to Love the Killers
It's been a recurring theme in my posts - unintended consequences. I find the topic fascinating because the unintended consequence is usually something I would have never thought of. For instance: A couple of weeks ago I wrote about a possible downside to peace - the destruction of rainforests. I've also written about the unintended … Continue reading Add One More to My Growing List of Unintended Consequences
Earlier this week, Paul Ryan, the former Speaker of the House, took some heat for offering Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) some unsolicited advice on how to be a good member of Congress. Ryan said he had advised Ocasio-Cortez to “take it easy, just watch things for a while, don’t ruffle, you know, see how it works first.” He … Continue reading Some Words of Advice
Who would have thought that there could be an ecological downside to peace, to the end of conflict and war? After all, isn't peace what we are always striving for? So what could go wrong once peace is established? An article in Saturday's Wall Street Journal references a paper published last month in the journal … Continue reading Is There a Downside to Peace?