Two Shots for the Ages

I'm a few days late on this one; I guess I'm still trying to process what happened. If you are a basketball fan, particularly a Toronto Raptors fan, you had to love the ending to Sunday night's Game 7 match between the Raptors and the Philadelphia 76ers. If you're a Sixers fan, it was a … Continue reading Two Shots for the Ages

I Don’t “Have to Blog”, I “Get to Blog”

Thanks to Daniel Pink's most recent Pinkcast for helping me come up with an idea for today's post. It's after 11:00 at night, and I had exhausted many of my usual sources of material for my blog, from what I did and saw today, to reading a variety of newspapers, to scouring through my emails. … Continue reading I Don’t “Have to Blog”, I “Get to Blog”

I Consider This One of the Greatest Athletic Feats I’ve Ever Witnessed

As another day goes by of feeling sub-par, I was reminded of one of the greatest achievements in sports that I've witnessed. I don't remember the exact year; it was either 1977, 1978, or 1979. The setting was the NCAA Division 2 National Swimming Championships, and the event was the 1,650-yard freestyle. Larry Gates of Chico State was the favorite, … Continue reading I Consider This One of the Greatest Athletic Feats I’ve Ever Witnessed

Things That Make Life Worth Living

As I was cutting up our weekly purchase of a dozen bagels so that we could freeze them, I realized how much I loved having a bagel slicer (or as Amazon calls it, a bagel guillotine). We've only had it for about a year, but now I can't remember how we were able to live without … Continue reading Things That Make Life Worth Living

Coach Jay Wright and the Stonecutter

Tonight was the annual talk by Coach Jay Wright to our business school freshmen. As always, Coach Wright was inspirational, sharing his thoughts on leadership, teamwork, hard work, and positive attitude. I thought one story he told was particularly powerful, that of the stonecutter. When I came home later I looked to see if I … Continue reading Coach Jay Wright and the Stonecutter

Can Computers Be Funny?

It's a question that artificial intelligence researchers are asking themselves with greater urgency. If one of the goals of AI is to allow humans to converse with computers in a way that is as natural, intuitive, and frictionless as conversing with people, then AI systems need to master irony, sarcasm, ambiguity, humor, and puns—aspects of conversation that … Continue reading Can Computers Be Funny?

Fun Facts and Figures

My first foray into blogging was with a site named The WSJ Blogger, which I started in August, 2012. The purpose of the site, as evidenced by its tagline, was to provide daily highlights from The Wall Street Journal along with other great articles and videos, all designed to inform, educate, and entertain. I kept that blog … Continue reading Fun Facts and Figures

Thinking Outside the (Batter’s) Box

Baseball is a game steeped in tradition; changes to the game are rare, although there have been some over the years. It used to take eight balls to walk someone, then six balls, then four. Walks were called hits and then they weren't. Pitchers had to throw underhand (which is why we still call them … Continue reading Thinking Outside the (Batter’s) Box

Take Me Out to the Ball Game – in Japan

Byron Tau wrote a great piece in today's Wall Street Journal about watching a baseball game in Japan. Baseball is my favorite of the big 4 professional sports, probably because it's the one I played the most as a kid (not well, however). It sounds like they take their baseball quite seriously in Japan. Just … Continue reading Take Me Out to the Ball Game – in Japan

To the Kid on the End of the Bench

This is the 44th in a collection of newspaper ads written by Harry Gray, then CEO of United Technologies, that appeared in the Wall Street Journal from the late 1970s through the early 1980s. Here is the text from that ad. Champions once sat where you're sitting, kid. The Football Hall of Fame (and every … Continue reading To the Kid on the End of the Bench