Music Monday: The Youngest Person to Have a Number One Song

It's kind of a trick question, asking who was the youngest person to have a number one song. If you are looking at just solo artists, then it is Stevie Wonder. Born Stevland Hardaway Judkins, he had performed as a child in the choir at the Whitestone Baptist Church in his hometown of Saginaw, Michigan, … Continue reading Music Monday: The Youngest Person to Have a Number One Song

Is WordPress Built to Be Addictive Like Facebook and Twitter?

A couple of years ago the BBC investigative series Panorama did a story titled: "Smartphones: The Dark Side". Here is the brief description of the show: People are all increasingly glued to their smartphones and consumed by social media, but why? Panorama reporter Hilary Andersson tracks down tech insiders who reveal how social-media companies have … Continue reading Is WordPress Built to Be Addictive Like Facebook and Twitter?

Check Out the Best (i.e., Worse) Click Bait Headlines Ever and You’ll Never…

I was just reading a story about how Taboola Ltd.’s deal to acquire Outbrain Inc. has been called off, putting an end to an attempt to combine the internet’s two largest content-recommendation companies. Taboola and Outbrain are known for generating the “promoted stories” or “around the web” sections that appear at the bottom of news … Continue reading Check Out the Best (i.e., Worse) Click Bait Headlines Ever and You’ll Never…

I Guess People Are No Longer Fascinated by Tires

I first wrote about the fun fact that LEGO is the world's largest tire manufacturer, producing over 700 million tires per year, on June 24, 2018. The post got eight views that day, and another eleven the next day. Like most posts, the number of views quickly faded away over the next few weeks. But … Continue reading I Guess People Are No Longer Fascinated by Tires

It’s Dan Ariely Time!

I'm quite happy that it appears that Dan's column in the Wall Street Journal is back with some regularity because it has always been a great source of material for my blog. And this week is no exception. Here is one of the emails Dan received: Dear Dan, I am obsessed with my blogging stats. … Continue reading It’s Dan Ariely Time!

How Biased Are Your News Sources?

Last week I wrote about our wonderful alumni who participated in a series of panel sessions with our freshmen students. During one of the sessions, one of the panelists recommended that students keep up with the news as best they can, and then recommended The Economist as a good choice, which another panelist then seconded. … Continue reading How Biased Are Your News Sources?

Music Monday: Vinyl, Cassette, CD, MP3, or Streaming – What Format Offers the Best Sound Quality?

Some of you may already know the answer to this question, but I did not. But I started thinking about it after I got my new headphones, which made listening to music much more enjoyable than hearing it come out of my laptop speakers. So I started searching the web, and the consensus was pretty … Continue reading Music Monday: Vinyl, Cassette, CD, MP3, or Streaming – What Format Offers the Best Sound Quality?

Music Monday: A Tribute to Songs About Caroline (with no link to a video of Sweet Caroline!)

I was reading one of my favorite blogs earlier today - Nashville Noise - and there was a story about singer-songwriter Will Payne Harrison. According to a previous story about Harrison in Nashville Noise, he’s "got a diverse musical background that includes traditional cajun music, Louisiana blues, New Orleans brass bands, “swamp pop” and Zydeco. … Continue reading Music Monday: A Tribute to Songs About Caroline (with no link to a video of Sweet Caroline!)

Is This the Best, or Worst, Graph Ever Drawn?

Note: the first part of this post may not be of much interest to many people. But if you scroll down, you will see a couple of really cool animations of data. Charles Joseph Minard (27 March 1781 – 24 October 1870) was a French civil engineer recognized for his significant contribution in the field … Continue reading Is This the Best, or Worst, Graph Ever Drawn?

Music Monday: Three Dog Night

They were a staple of my youth, with so many great songs. I have vague recollections from my 8th-grade graduation of our entire class (all 17 of us), singing Joy to the World, and thinking that life didn't get any better than this. But as I started reading about Three Dog Night as part of … Continue reading Music Monday: Three Dog Night