A Junk Bond by Any Other Name Would Smell As Risky

Today in class we briefly talked about junk bonds. Bonds are fixed-income debt instruments that corporations and governments issue to investors to raise capital. When investors buy bonds, they're effectively loaning money to the issuer who promises to repay the money on a specific date called the maturity date. At maturity, the investor is repaid … Continue reading A Junk Bond by Any Other Name Would Smell As Risky

Music Monday: Oldies but Goodies

Maybe it's the pandemic, or maybe it's just the fact that good music has staying power. Pop Vortex publishes a list of the top100 songs on iTunes, and the latest list, from just about an hour ago, includes six songs from the last century in its top 20. Here are those songs, with their ranking … Continue reading Music Monday: Oldies but Goodies

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

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

If You Don’t Know Who the Patsy Is, You’re the Patsy

It's that time of the year where I play the patsy. It's March Madness here in the U.S., the annual tournament to determine the men's and women's national collegiate basketball champions. There's lots of betting during March Madness, and it's the only time of year I bet on sports. I participate in two pools, or … Continue reading If You Don’t Know Who the Patsy Is, You’re the Patsy

What’s Up with Saturday?

I know I had said I wouldn't talk about my WordPress stats until about a year from now, but what can I say. I'm weak. I first noticed this several weeks ago, and didn't think much of it. But now it's getting annoying. For some reason, unbeknownst to me, my stats on Saturday are almost … Continue reading What’s Up with Saturday?

Resistance Is Futile

It's not how I meant to spend my Saturday night. I was just mindlessly scrolling through the cable channel guide, hoping that an idea would come to me for today's blog. And there it was. Rocky. The original. One of the best movies of all-time. And a movie that no self-respecting kid from the Philly … Continue reading Resistance Is Futile

Who Is the G.O.A.T.?

It was the kind of tweet guaranteed to get a lot of responses: https://twitter.com/goldmedalmind/status/1364778667528781829 And the answers contained some obvious choices: Roger Bannister (first person to break the 4-minute barrier in the mileCal Ripken (baseball player who played in 2,632 straight games)Michael Phelps, swimmerJesse Owen, track and fieldAleksandr Karelin, a wrestler with 13 year undefeated … Continue reading Who Is the G.O.A.T.?

You May Need a Better Password

ID Agent, a dark web monitoring company owned by IT software company Kaseya, says it identified the most common stolen passwords found on the dark web in 2020 based on a scan of nearly 3 million passwords. If you don't know what the dark web is, then you're better off staying in the dark, and away from the … Continue reading You May Need a Better Password

The World’s Most Annoying Sound?

I saw the following headline on Gizmodo earlier this week: Which Sounds Are the Most Annoying to Humans? and my first thought was the following clip from Dumb and Dumber: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0cVlTeIATBs Surprisingly, that sound did not make it into the article. Gizmodo reached out to a number of sound-experts to find out what the most … Continue reading The World’s Most Annoying Sound?