The other day I wrote a post about how I was in a rut with my blog, feeling like I had run out of ideas. But then a few bloggers responded with some suggestions, and this post is a direct result of one of those suggestions. Two separate bloggers (Searching for a Side Hustle with … Continue reading Thank You, Fellow Bloggers!
The past week or so it has been hard to come up with things to write about for my blog. As a result, some of the topics I have come up with are quite dull. Well, to be more precise duller than usual. As I was thinking of what I could do to get out … Continue reading I’m In a Rut
Some of you may have read the headline and thought, 'Borden did it again with another typo, leaving off an "s" at the end of Band'. Well, let me assure you, I meant to write it that way. I am not writing about a competition for the best new band or anything like that, but … Continue reading Music Monday: Battle of the Band
CNN recently had a story that used four charts to show the financial disparity between Black and White Americans. I think this is worth sharing so that as many people as possible are aware of such disparities. Awareness of a problem is often the first step needed before working towards a solution. As they say, … Continue reading Some Striking Financial Disparities Between Black and White Americans
Once again, I'm just the messenger, interpreting what I read. So feel free to take the following study with a grain of salt. Researchers at Ohio State University looked into the song structure of 303 top 10 hits, both modern and dating back to the 80s, hoping to discover how pop music has changed in … Continue reading Music Monday: Shorter Attention Spans Affect Length of Popular Songs
A study performed by researchers in Europe found that a widely used music recommendation algorithm is more likely to choose music by male artists to the detriment of female artists. Study authors tested a popular music recommendation algorithm across two song datasets. That process revealed that in both instances the algorithm ended up “reproducing” existing biases in … Continue reading Music Monday: Bias Against Female Artists on Online Musical Platforms
I just read a story in HuffPost in which a couple had a gender reveal party at which the parents detonated (that word and gender reveal party should not go together) 80 pounds of Tannerite, an explosive target typically used for firearms practice. Several New Hampshire towns as well as parts of northern Massachusetts were … Continue reading Another One in a Long Line of Epic Gender Reveal Fails
Researchers at One Poll, polled 6,000 adults in UK, US, Singapore, and Australia to determine all the little things that bring joy. The researchers came up with a list of the top 50 responses for each country; here are the top 10, by country. UK Top 50 Simple Pleasures 1. Feeling of sun on your … Continue reading Life’s Simple Pleasures – What Are Yours?
Not every industry struggled in 2020. Global music sales grew for the sixth consecutive year in 2020, with total revenues rising 7.4% to $21.6 billion, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry's (IFPI) "Global Music Report 2021." Music industry sales are now close to its all time high (at least based on the … Continue reading Music Monday: Despite Pandemic, 2020 Was a Good Year for the Music Industry
One of the side effects of one of the medications I am on is that it can cause swollen ankles and calves. The problem is compounded when I stand for a few hours to teach, and by the end of the day I can barely fit into my sneakers (forget about wearing shoes). So I … Continue reading It’s Sad That This Is the Sort of Thing That Gets Me Excited These Days