Music Monday: Shorter Attention Spans Affect Length of Popular Songs

Once again, I'm just the messenger, interpreting what I read. So feel free to take the following study with a grain of salt. Researchers at Ohio State University looked into the song structure of 303 top 10 hits, both modern and dating back to the 80s, hoping to discover how pop music has changed in … Continue reading Music Monday: Shorter Attention Spans Affect Length of Popular Songs

I Don’t Know What’s Worse…

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…

Spurious Correlations – Nicholas Cage, Tangled Bedsheets, and Venomous Spiders

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

Amazon Reviews, Google Trends, and COVID-19

A friend was telling me about an interesting book he was reading titled "Everybody Lies", which cites evidence of how people lie to each other, to pollsters, and to themselves. But one place they don't lie is where they can be online and anonymous and no one is conducting a survey. Two examples of such … Continue reading Amazon Reviews, Google Trends, and COVID-19

Are We Witnessing a Major Shift in the World of Work?

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?

Will Cool New Technology Ruin Classic Films?

I've written about product placement before, in which advertisers pay to have their products appear in a TV show or film. London-based Mirriad has created a technology that uses uses artificial intelligence (AI) to analyse films and TV episodes for space (tables, walls, etc.) and determine where ads or objects can be subtly inserted. It … Continue reading Will Cool New Technology Ruin Classic Films?

Some Fun Facts I Learned from Reading a Book about Netflix’s Culture

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

And Here I Thought My Students Really Liked Me

About a year and a half ago I wrote a post: Why I Love LinkedIn. In that post, I noted that my favorite feature is simply reading through the Notifications to see what my former students are up to. If one of them is starting a new job, has gotten a promotion, or is going … Continue reading And Here I Thought My Students Really Liked Me

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%

People Share What It Is Like to Say Goodbye to Social Media

This may be a first in five years of blogging every day. I'm sharing articles written by the same reporter, two days in a row. Yesterday, I shared a story written by Brittany Wong at HuffPost that explored the fear that people have of meeting new people, and how to manage such fear. Today, I … Continue reading People Share What It Is Like to Say Goodbye to Social Media