The 18 Uses for Dr. Bronner’s Amazing Soap

This is not the post I had planned to write tonight. We were watching Jeopardy earlier, and one of the clues involved Q-Tips and how its web site had a list of Life Hacks. So I thought that sounded interesting. My first guess was that it truly was a list of clever life hacks, but … Continue reading The 18 Uses for Dr. Bronner’s Amazing Soap

Sorry Nike and Colin, I’m Not with You on This One

I've generally been a fan of the public stances that Nike has taken on various issues, and I was a fan of Colin Kaepernick's decision to kneel during the National Anthem at football games. I like when celebrities or athletes use the platform they have available to them to address social issues. However, I don't … Continue reading Sorry Nike and Colin, I’m Not with You on This One

Kim Kardashian Using Her Fame for Good

I have to admit that while I've certainly heard of Kim Kardashian, I really didn't know much about her. My perception was that she was simply a young woman who craved the spotlight and would do whatever she could to get noticed. And she is certainly good at it; she has hundreds of millions of … Continue reading Kim Kardashian Using Her Fame for Good

Thank you Salesforce (and Amazon and eBay and Dick’s Sporting Goods and Shopify and Walmart and Levi Strauss and Toms Shoes and Citigroup and United Airlines and Delta and Hertz and MetLife)

Salesforce, a cloud-based software company which earns the bulk of its revenue from its customer-relationship management (CRM) service, publicly announced today that it was banning retailers that sell certain guns and ammunition from using its sales management software. The policy was actually put into place back in April, but today was the first day the … Continue reading Thank you Salesforce (and Amazon and eBay and Dick’s Sporting Goods and Shopify and Walmart and Levi Strauss and Toms Shoes and Citigroup and United Airlines and Delta and Hertz and MetLife)

Math for Social Justice

I wish the Wall Street Journal had turned on comments for this article. In today's paper, the Journal had a brief description of a textbook titled "Mathematics for Social Justice: Resources for the College Classroom". The description was copied nearly verbatim from the online bookstore of the American Mathematical Society (AMS). Here is the full … Continue reading Math for Social Justice

Would You Rather Be…?

I'm currently reading Bad Blood, the fascinating, yet depressing, inside look at the story of Theranos and Elizabeth Holmes. While I plan to offer a more in-depth review of the book when I finish it, I found one question posed in the book to be intriguing. A group of Theranos employees was having lunch, and … Continue reading Would You Rather Be…?

A Sad, but Beautiful Story

A senseless death. A mother's unending love. Martin was a father of five and ran his own music production company. No matter how late he’d work into the night, every morning he was at his parents’ door, looking for coffee and conversation with his mom, Elsa. They’d talk about their nights, their plans for the … Continue reading A Sad, but Beautiful Story

Blind Theater Offers a New Way to “See” a Play

Can you imagine going to a play where you could not see anything because the theater was completely dark, pitch black? Well, that's the idea behind Teatro Ciego, a theater in Buenos Aires’ Abasto district. It’s known as blind theater, and blind doesn't refer just to some of the cast members. Everyone — the audience, … Continue reading Blind Theater Offers a New Way to “See” a Play

Music Monday: Another Reason to Love the Killers

The Killers are one of the few new bands I got to know after my college years, and even then I was late to the game. I first saw them perform "Human" on Saturday Night Live back in 2008, at that point they had been around for about five years. Another favorite song is "All … Continue reading Music Monday: Another Reason to Love the Killers

Earning a Varsity Letter in Community Service – What a Wonderful Idea

At Minnetonka High School in Minnesota, it's not just athletes who can earn a varsity letter. Those students committed to community service now have the same opportunity. According to Shannon Prather of the Star Tribune, the west metro high school is one of a growing number of high schools that allow students to letter in community … Continue reading Earning a Varsity Letter in Community Service – What a Wonderful Idea