Everything That Can Be Blogged About, Has Already Been Blogged

"Everything that can be invented has been invented." - Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U.S. patent office, 1899 It's one of those quotes that many people have heard, and many of those same people know that it is not true. Such words were never uttered by Mr. Duell. Despite it not being true, it came back … Continue reading Everything That Can Be Blogged About, Has Already Been Blogged

Are You Smarter Than a 15-Year Old? Depends What Country the 15-Year Old Is From

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD ) Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) examines what 15-year old students know in reading, mathematics, and science, and what they can do with what they know. It provides the most comprehensive and rigorous international assessment of student learning outcomes to date. Results from PISA indicate the … Continue reading Are You Smarter Than a 15-Year Old? Depends What Country the 15-Year Old Is From

‘Tis the Season, for Crying?

I don't know if it's the sentimental nature of the holiday season, but I've had tears streaming down my face three times this week. I've written many times about how much I like TV commercials, particularly at this time of the year. Many companies are starting to release their holiday ads, and many of you … Continue reading ‘Tis the Season, for Crying?

How Many Times Did You Blink Your Eyes Today?

In his great book Range, David Epstein talks about how he had a chemistry professor who would throw in some oddball questions on an exam such as, "How many piano tuners are there in New York?" Epstein notes that the ultimate lesson behind using such questions was to show that detailed prior knowledge was less … Continue reading How Many Times Did You Blink Your Eyes Today?

Beware of Ads That Rhyme, They’ll Get You Every Time

According to the latest Pinkcast, there is a lot of evidence to suggest that rhymes are an incredibly persuasive tool. In a study titled, “Birds of a Feather Flock Conjointly: Rhyme as Reason in Aphorisms,” researchers found that participants who were given rhymes found the message more accurate and more insightful. The reason was that … Continue reading Beware of Ads That Rhyme, They’ll Get You Every Time

The Murder Meme

I wasn't sure what I should write about tonight. And then the murders began. That second line comes courtesy of sci-fi writer Staci Troilo, who linked to writer Jessica Bakkers's blog, which had a reference to a very popular meme from 2017, which of course I am just discovering now. The meme was started by … Continue reading The Murder Meme

Did I Just Get a Glimpse into My Future?

I had some school work I had to get done today, so I decided to go to our local library instead of working at home. This way I wouldn't be tempted to visit the fridge or snack closet every 15 minutes... It turned out to be a fairly productive day (I was there from 10:15-3:45) … Continue reading Did I Just Get a Glimpse into My Future?

My Wife and I Went to the Beach Today and Did Something We’ve Never Done Before

Don't judge us until you've tried it. We have visited Ocean City every summer since our first child was born, 37 years ago. And some summers we've made multiple trips to OC. And on every one of those trips we have always had Mack and Manco pizza (now Manco and Manco). It is the best … Continue reading My Wife and I Went to the Beach Today and Did Something We’ve Never Done Before

Porches = Eyebrows. Let Me Explain.

I remember 30 plus years ago when my wife and I were looking for our first home my wife had a couple of basic features she wanted in a home. One of those items was a front porch. And I'll admit I wanted one as well. Well, we are still living in the first house … Continue reading Porches = Eyebrows. Let Me Explain.

What Book Has Had the Biggest Impact on You?

That was a question all of our incoming freshmen had to answer as part of a summer reading assignment. I just finished reading all of my students' answers, and I found the responses fascinating, so I thought I would share those responses on my blog. As you might expect, given that there were over 100 … Continue reading What Book Has Had the Biggest Impact on You?