I thought I had hit pay dirt. A driving experience and a comment from a colleague this week each gave me an idea for a blog post. Since such ideas are usually in short supply, I was quite excited. The first came to me while I was out driving and I came to what I … Continue reading I Guess This Was Bound to Happen
Doing research that seems to have no benefit, or writing a blog post about such research. Or a third possibility, which you may soon be guilty of dear reader - reading such a blog post 🙂 Scientists in France say they’ve have determined that a half-pint of beer may contain up to two million bubbles. … Continue reading I Don’t Know What’s Worse…
Date: May 3, 1967 Location: St. Augustine Catholic Church, Bridgeport, PA Occasion: the Sacrament of Confirmation Featuring: Fourth Grade students, including nine-year old Jimmy Borden It used to be a big day for kids in Catholic School back in the 1960s - the day you were going to get confirmed. These days, with the dwindling … Continue reading 🎵 I Just Can’t Wait Till May 3rd, Till May 3rd, Till May 3rd 🎵
According to Wikipedia, a spurious correlation is a mathematical relationship in which two or more events or variables are associated but not causally related, due to either coincidence or the presence of a certain third, unseen factor (referred to as a "common response variable", "confounding factor", or "lurking variable"). Tyler Vigen, a graduate of Harvard Law School and currently a consultant at … Continue reading Spurious Correlations – Nicholas Cage, Tangled Bedsheets, and Venomous Spiders
FlexJobs, an online job boards site, recently surveyed over 2,100 people worldwide, who either worked remotely during COVID or are still working from home. The results of the survey are eye-opening. Here are some of the numbers: Vast majority want to continue to work at home: 65 percent want to keep working remotely full-time even … Continue reading Are We Witnessing a Major Shift in the World of Work?
I certainly hope not. A recent story in the HuffPost by Caroline Bologna notes that the earliest citation in the Oxford English Dictionary as a response to “thank you” comes from 1907. But apparently, over the years, American etiquette experts, baby boomers, and writers have lamented the apparent decline in the use of the phrase “you’re welcome” … Continue reading Is It Time to Say Goodbye to the Phrase “You’re Welcome”?
You’ve got to learn your instrument. Then, you practice, practice, practice. And then, when you finally get up there on the bandstand, forget all that and just wail.” - Jazz great Charlie Parker And so it is with many things in life, as illustrated with the most recent Pinkcast from Dan Pink. In this episode, … Continue reading Forget All That and Just Wail
A study performed by researchers in Europe found that a widely used music recommendation algorithm is more likely to choose music by male artists to the detriment of female artists. Study authors tested a popular music recommendation algorithm across two song datasets. That process revealed that in both instances the algorithm ended up “reproducing” existing biases in … Continue reading Music Monday: Bias Against Female Artists on Online Musical Platforms
It was 1977, and I was a sophomore in college. Naïve and impressionable would have been two good words to describe me back then. I will never forget seeing the photo below in an issue of High Times magazine, which was dedicated to the culture and legalization of marijuana. I'm not sure who on my … Continue reading Today’s Date Brings Back A College Memory
I am about halfway through a wonderful book: No Rules Rule: Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention, co-written by Reed Hastings, co-founder of Netflix, and Erin Meyer, a professor at INSEAD, one of the world' top business schools. The book offers insight into what is behind the wild success Netflix has had. I may offer … Continue reading Some Fun Facts I Learned from Reading a Book about Netflix’s Culture