Here is a copy of my third post from January 3, 2015, followed by a brief update: I’ve enjoyed the 31 day Write and Run Challenge so far, particularly the writing aspect (although it’s only day 3!). I’ve often thought about starting a daily blog. I’ve always enjoyed reading Seth Godin’s blog, impressed with the … Continue reading So Much for Sticking to My Goals
I first mentioned Cal Ripken back in a post on August 2, 2015, when I noted that he was my favorite baseball player of all time. My next mention of Cal was on December 31, 2015. That date represented one year of blogging, 365 straight days. In that post, I wrote the following: Now that … Continue reading I’VE PASSED CAL RIPKEN!!
Have you ever wondered what the saddest song might be? Many people might assume it's a country song, since many of those seem to specialize in tales of woe. However, according to a recent survey of 2,000 adults, REM’s 1992 track “Everybody Hurts” holds the top spot. Rounding out the top five are the following: … Continue reading Music Monday: Saddest Song of All Time
Warning: Humblebrag ahead... I saw in my inbox that today was the tenth anniversary of the first TED-Ed video. If you're not familiar with TED-Ed, here is a short blurb from its website: TED-Ed is TED’s youth and education initiative. TED-Ed’s mission is to spark and celebrate the ideas of teachers and students around the … Continue reading Dang! That Took Much Longer Than I Thought It Would!
Leading economic indicators are indicators that usually, but not always, change before the economy as a whole changes. They are therefore useful as short-term predictors of the economy. Leading indicators include the index of consumer expectations, building permits, and the money supply. The Conference Board publishes a composite Leading Economic Index consisting of ten indicators designed to predict activity in … Continue reading I’m Hoping My Blog Will Be the Eleventh Leading Economic Indicator…
I don't know how the idea for this post came to be, but when it did I immediately sent myself an email so that I would not forget. I can't remember what order these crushes happened in, but the ones I remember the most are Mary from fourth grade, and Elizabeth Montgomery from the TV … Continue reading My Adolescent Crushes
This idea came to me the other day while I was out driving and I had my radio on the local sports talk channel. Many of the radio hosts like to add something fun to their show, in addition to all the talk of sport. So for this particular segment, each caller, when they had … Continue reading Music Monday: My Favorite Movie Music
It's been a while since I've written about one of my favorite topics - commercials. Fortunately, the Super Bowl took place a week ago, and as always, it's a showcase for companies' best ads. According to USA Today, there were 56 commercials this year. I've picked my top six. This review is mainly based on … Continue reading My Six Favorite Super Bowl Commercials
Note: a hat tip to a Villanova student for sending me the information that led to this blog post... A recent study looked at the average happiness of the songs played over a week in a country and compared it with what happened in the country’s stock markets that week. They found that more-positive listening … Continue reading Music Monday: Please Listen To Happy Music – I’ll Be Able to Retire Sooner
My son and I were planning to watch a movie this afternoon, and I thought I would try and knock off some of the movies on the American Film Institute Top 100 list, which I had mentioned a couple of days ago. So I started scrolling through the list from the top, and when I … Continue reading What’s the Point of Having All These Streaming Services?