Quick! Draw Ketchup!

It's been a while since I've written about one of my favorite topics- TV commercials. Commercials are like the tweets of the video world, trying to get their message across in less than one minute. Not only is there usually good music and humor, but the commercial also has to try and sell you a … Continue reading Quick! Draw Ketchup!

Synthetic Media Is Here. Are You Ready?

Talk about serendipity. In yesterday's blog, I wrote about the advent of digital clothing which gives people the chance to make it appear as if they are wearing a unique outfit, tailored just for them. Well today on 60 Minutes, one of the segments was on synthetic media, also known as deepfakes. I was hoping … Continue reading Synthetic Media Is Here. Are You Ready?

Do You Suffer from the Perfection Premium?

In this week's Ask Dan column, Dan answers a reader's question about a phenomenon known as the perfection premium. Dear Dan, Every time my sister hosts a dinner party, she insists that every last tidbit of food she serves be homemade. This high standard is wearing on her. To make her life easier, I proposed … Continue reading Do You Suffer from the Perfection Premium?

Why Was I the Exception?

I went to a Catholic grade school, for grades 1-8. I seem to recall that my first grade had 90 students and just one teacher, a nun. Talk about being a master of classroom management. But by the time we made it to eighth grade, we were down to just 15 students. Since no one … Continue reading Why Was I the Exception?

The Wright Attitude

It's been quite a run for Villanova Men's Basketball Coach, Jay Wright. In 2016, he won the NCAA ChampionshipIn 2018, he won the NCAA ChampionshipEarlier this summer, he was one of the coaches for the USA Men's team that an Olympic Gold medalA month ago he was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame You … Continue reading The Wright Attitude

Music Monday: Practicing What I Preach?

Last year I wrote a post, "What Would Cause You to Stop Being a Fan of Someone or Something?"in which I wondered what I would do if somebody or some team or some company that I was a fan of did something I totally disagreed with, whether it’s a political stance they take or breaking … Continue reading Music Monday: Practicing What I Preach?

I Was Really Hoping This Would Be the One

But once again, my hopes were dashed. But I'm used to it. It's happened dozens of times over the years. But I was hoping this time would be different. I've daydreamed about what it would be like, sometimes in quite a bit of detail. My wife and I have talked about what we would do. … Continue reading I Was Really Hoping This Would Be the One

How to Avoid a Disaster, and Save Four Hours by Doing So

A new survey of 2,000 Americans finds four in 10 people have more do-it-yourself failures than they do successes. The average person estimates that it takes them five hours of trial and error before quitting their project and calling in a professional to help. So I have a simple solution to this. Don't even try. … Continue reading How to Avoid a Disaster, and Save Four Hours by Doing So

Sorry. No Scholarship for You. You’re Too Slow at Jumping Rope.

In 2014, Chinese authorities introduced physical-education requirements that included a national jump-rope exam for boys and girls from first through sixth grades. To pass, students must complete minimum numbers of skips a minute, and failure can trip up an otherwise promising academic trajectory. Top officials see the activity as an accessible, low-cost way to help … Continue reading Sorry. No Scholarship for You. You’re Too Slow at Jumping Rope.

How to Get Effective Feedback: Don’t Ask for It

I recently discussed the importance of feedback with my students, and encouraged them to actively solicit feedback, as well as get used to giving constructive feedback. I told them they could practice their constructive feedback on me. But now it seems like I may need to update my slides and talking points a bit, thanks … Continue reading How to Get Effective Feedback: Don’t Ask for It