This blog started on January 1, 2015, with the simple goal of trying to blog for 31 straight days. I remember how challenging it was to come up with something to write about during those 31 days. When I successfully made it to 31 days, I thought I would try for 100 straight days of … Continue reading 2001: A WordPress Odyssey
We all (well, maybe not all) remember those dreaded gym classes when it was time for teams to be picked. If you weren't an athlete (nope), popular (nope), or good-looking (nope), you were going to be among the last ones selected. And you were just hoping you would not be THE last one selected. While … Continue reading The Paradox of Last Place
I’ve been a big fan of Disney animated movies forever, and part of the reason is because of the great music that usually accompanies the films. I started thinking of all the great songs I’ve heard over the years, and I realized there are way too many to include in this post, so I made … Continue reading Music Monday: My All-Time Favorite Songs from Disney Animated Movies
It was just a couple of weeks ago that I wrote a blog post asking what was with people and tires. My most popular blog post of all time was one I wrote in June of 2018: “And the World’s Largest Tire Manufacturer Is… Drumroll Please…“ I didn't think there was anything particularly special about … Continue reading Why Reddit Is My New Best Friend
I've heard of researchers studying Twitter feeds to get their fingers on the pulse of current events. Well now maybe we can use music to do the same thing. OnBuy.com, a UK-based online marketplace, recently completed some interesting analysis to determine the most popular lockdown songs on Spotify. The words 'Coronavirus', 'COVID-19', 'lockdown', and 'quarantine' … Continue reading So What Music Are You Listening to During the Lockdown?
If I worked for a newspaper, I'd want to be the guy who writes headlines. If I worked for an ad agency, I'd want to be the guy who comes up with a slogan or a jingle. So perhaps it's no surprise that my favorite part of writing my blog is coming up with the … Continue reading This May Not Be the Best Headline Ever, But Here Are Some That Might Be
I would think when most people go to Google for help, they are searching for things like "Mexican restaurants near me", or "10-day weather forecast for New York", or "who's that really clever blogger that has blather in his blog name". But then there are whole subcultures out there using much narrower search queries, and … Continue reading What’s with People and Tires?
We have been watching the wonderful PBS Ken Burns mini-series on Country Music, and it has been quite informative. Part of today's episode featured Patsy Cline, someone I knew very little about. However, I did learn that her hit song "Crazy", which was written by Willie Nelson, at one point was the most popular jukebox … Continue reading Music Monday: The Most Popular Jukebox Songs of All Time
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!
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