Go Ahead! Pursue That Goal! Take That Risk!

This post has two objectives. One is to get a lot of likes. The other is to not waste your time. According to a new international marketing study, researchers have concluded that adding dogs or cats to promotional ads makes people more eager to pursue a goal or product. They were also more willing to … Continue reading Go Ahead! Pursue That Goal! Take That Risk!

Dang! That Took Much Longer Than I Thought It Would!

Warning: Humblebrag ahead... I saw in my inbox that today was the tenth anniversary of the first TED-Ed video. If you're not familiar with TED-Ed, here is a short blurb from its website: TED-Ed is TED’s youth and education initiative. TED-Ed’s mission is to spark and celebrate the ideas of teachers and students around the … Continue reading Dang! That Took Much Longer Than I Thought It Would!

I Wonder If I Can Have a Few Dozen of These Delivered Before Friday…

This coming Friday will be the second exam of the semester for my students. As you might imagine, students are starting to get a bit anxious, some more than others. That's why I was so intrigued when I read about this device that could help lower a student's anxiety. The device? A breathing cushion. Researchers … Continue reading I Wonder If I Can Have a Few Dozen of These Delivered Before Friday…

I’m Hoping My Blog Will Be the Eleventh Leading Economic Indicator…

Leading economic indicators are indicators that usually, but not always, change before the economy as a whole changes. They are therefore useful as short-term predictors of the economy. Leading indicators include the index of consumer expectations, building permits, and the money supply. The Conference Board publishes a composite Leading Economic Index consisting of ten indicators designed to predict activity in … Continue reading I’m Hoping My Blog Will Be the Eleventh Leading Economic Indicator…

I Could Get Used to This

Currently, there are over 20 home-meal delivery services. These services run the range from meals that contain all the ingredients but you still need to do some prepping to meals that just need to be heated up. I came across a few good overviews of the various options: Good Housekeeping has a story about what … Continue reading I Could Get Used to This

This Blog Post Will Reduce Your Aches and Pains

from a recent Study Finds: According to researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, feeling nostalgic helps people overcome low levels of pain by reducing brain activity. Their study reveals that yearning for a “simpler time” reduces brain activity and could help people overcome low levels of pain like headaches. “As a predominantly positive emotion, nostalgia serves … Continue reading This Blog Post Will Reduce Your Aches and Pains

What Has 12 Thumbs and Has Gained a Few Pounds Since College?

This group of guys. That's me in the gray hoodie with the glasses. I was lucky enough to be invited by one of these guys (the guy on my far right, the far left looking at the picture - the bald guy) to watch yesterday's Flyers hockey game from one of the suites. He had … Continue reading What Has 12 Thumbs and Has Gained a Few Pounds Since College?

Hey Wordle, That Didn’t Seem Fair

Over the past month or so I have become mildly addicted to Wordle, and I realized I needed to play more than just one game a day. So after a little bit of searching, I came across Wordle Unlimited. It's the same exact game, except you can play it as many times as you want. … Continue reading Hey Wordle, That Didn’t Seem Fair

A Wonderfully Entertaining, and Educational, High School Play

My wife and I left the theater in awe tonight, saying to each other, "I can't believe that was a high school play!" The couple we were with had the same reaction. We had just watched Anastasia, a play based on an animated film of the same name from 1997. which was then made into … Continue reading A Wonderfully Entertaining, and Educational, High School Play

Can’t Make a Decision? Use These Nine Words.

We've all faced dilemmas like the following: Go out for the evening or stay home and watch a movie Buy something now or wait until it goes on sale Read Borden's Blather or the IRS Tax Code I know, the last one is obvious. You keep a copy of the tax code on your nightstand … Continue reading Can’t Make a Decision? Use These Nine Words.