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!

Music Monday: A Fun Little Music App for the Curious

Ever wondered what song was topping the charts the day you were born? Or how about the day you turned 21, or got married, or had your children? Well, I happened to be chatting with one of my nephews last night, and he told me about a nifty little app that will tell you just … Continue reading Music Monday: A Fun Little Music App for the Curious

The 50 Greatest Breakthroughs Since the Wheel

As a follow-up to yesterday's post about the top 25 best-designed products, here is a listing of the 50 greatest breakthroughs since the wheel. (Sorry for following in the footsteps of Buzzfeed here with these "listicles"). I want to thank Brad for the inspiration since he originally thought yesterday's post was about what products have … Continue reading The 50 Greatest Breakthroughs Since the Wheel

The Top 25 Best-Designed Products

In March 2019, the Institute of Design at Illinois Institute of Technology was approached by Daniel Bentley, senior editor at Fortune magazine, to update the original 100 Best-Designed Products research study from 1959. Sixty years since the findings were published, IIT Institute of Design’s new study shows that physical products are being increasingly replaced by … Continue reading The Top 25 Best-Designed Products

What Makes the People of Finland So Happy?

The latest World Happiness Report was just released, and for the third year in a row, Finland is the world's happiest country, followed by Denmark, Switzerland, Iceland, and Norway. The results are based on Gallup poll data of 1,000 people from each of 153 countries over a three-year period. The report ranks each country based … Continue reading What Makes the People of Finland So Happy?

Something Is Wrong Here! Where’s Apple??

Apple not only makes great products, it consistently ranks as one of the best companies in the world. Here are some of those rankings: America's Most Valuable Company: Apple (market value of $1.4 trillion) America's Most Admired Company: Apple, for 13 years in a row Only Companies to Make Glassdoor's List of Best Companies to … Continue reading Something Is Wrong Here! Where’s Apple??

You Can Buy Any Color Car You Want, Just Make Sure It’s White

"Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is black." That's a quote from Henry Ford, back in 1909. The reason for such a policy was the belief that having only one color would lead to production efficiencies which would lead to lower costs of production, which … Continue reading You Can Buy Any Color Car You Want, Just Make Sure It’s White

It Looks Like I’ve Got My Finger on the Pulse of the Nation

For the second time in three years, we had to watch the Super Bowl at an odd hour. Two years ago, we were in London when my hometown Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl. The game didn't start until 11:30 at night, and I'm not a night person. But fortunately, the game was on a … Continue reading It Looks Like I’ve Got My Finger on the Pulse of the Nation

Think You’re Good at Holding a Plank? Trust Me, You’re Not.

A few years ago I decided to test myself to see how long I could hold a plank. I remember getting to about four and a half minutes (yes, minutes) before I finally collapsed to the ground. I also remember being kind of proud of myself, since I didn't know anyone who could hold a … Continue reading Think You’re Good at Holding a Plank? Trust Me, You’re Not.

I’d Choose the Degree from Harvard

A recent article on Forbes.com by Brandon Busteed had the eye-catching headline "Americans Rank A Google Internship Over A Harvard Degree". The results are based on a survey of 2,000 U.S. adults conducted in December by QuestResearch Group on behalf of Kaplan. When asked what they believe would be most helpful for a high school … Continue reading I’d Choose the Degree from Harvard