If You’re Reading This, You’re Part of the 93%

According to a Pew Research Center survey conducted Jan. 25-Feb. 8, 2021, seven percent of U.S. adults do not use the Internet. As I read the article, no where did it state what percent of U.S. adults do use the Internet, so I decided to see if I could my math skills to help me … Continue reading If You’re Reading This, You’re Part of the 93%

Villanova Students Meet Daily Table

Today was the semi-annual Villanova School of Business Bartley BriefCase Challenge. The event is held each semester for our junior business majors and involves their analysis of a Harvard Business School case. If you would like to learn more about it, here is a post I wrote a couple of years ago that describes how the … Continue reading Villanova Students Meet Daily Table

A Junk Bond by Any Other Name Would Smell As Risky

Today in class we briefly talked about junk bonds. Bonds are fixed-income debt instruments that corporations and governments issue to investors to raise capital. When investors buy bonds, they're effectively loaning money to the issuer who promises to repay the money on a specific date called the maturity date. At maturity, the investor is repaid … Continue reading A Junk Bond by Any Other Name Would Smell As Risky

There’s a Word for What I Have: Minglephobia

Do you have minglephobia? What about pluralistic ignorance? Do you ever misestimate the hedonic trajectory of a conversation? If so, welcome to my world. And surprisingly, there's a good deal of people in this world. In a fascinating article in the HuffPost, reporter Brittany Wong takes a look at an issue that many of us … Continue reading There’s a Word for What I Have: Minglephobia

I’m Curious What You Think

Tomorrow is a big day for many students at Villanova. It is the last day they can withdraw from a course with no academic penalty.  Students will receive a grade of WX on his or her official transcript for the course that he or she drops. Such a grade does not factor into their GPA, … Continue reading I’m Curious What You Think

Is This All We Really Want from Life?

As I noted in last night's post about my venture into Instagram, I just finished a great book that offered a lot of insight into how Instagram got started and the impact it has had on society. The book highlighted several times how many of the users of Instagram are obsessed with the number of … Continue reading Is This All We Really Want from Life?

Get Ready for Some Gramming*

I just finished reading a fascinating book (No Filter by Sarah Frier) about the history of Instagram, and it motivated me to start posting to my Instagram account. I had made a post to Instagram several years ago, but then I somehow lost my account info since I never used it, so I had to … Continue reading Get Ready for Some Gramming*

A New Job for K-8 Teachers – Spot the Narcissist

Thanks to Adam Grant for sharing this research study. Researchers at the University of Amsterdam and the University of Texas conducted, to their knowledge, the first study of the relationship between narcissism levels and various aspects of leadership in children. They first assessed narcissism levels using the Childhood Narcissism Scale and assessed leadership emergence in … Continue reading A New Job for K-8 Teachers – Spot the Narcissist

Thank Heaven for Engineers

I'm sure everyone has heard of the ship that got stuck in the Suez Canal last week. One of my first thoughts when I heard about the crisis was: this is a job for engineers. This is the sort of thing they thrive on - solving problems. One of my regrets is that I did … Continue reading Thank Heaven for Engineers

Wonder What College Kids Do On a Friday Night These Days?

I fondly remember my Friday nights in college. There was no studying going on, and there was definitely no scrolling through social media. It often involved going to a party somewhere, and having a beer or two. Of course, this was all before Facebook came on the scene, and certainly there were no worries about … Continue reading Wonder What College Kids Do On a Friday Night These Days?