Music Monday: Shazam to the Rescue, Once Again

We were wandering through one of Singapore's many (and I mean many) malls, and a catchy tune was playing through the loudspeakers at one of the stores. I didn't recognize it all, but thanks to the amazing Shazam app, I was able to find out what the song was and who the artist was, all … Continue reading Music Monday: Shazam to the Rescue, Once Again

What’s with Men and Their Watches?

  The question came to me as we were browsing the Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands. It is one of the highest-end malls I have ever been to (OK, I don't go to any high-end malls, so this was easily the crème de la crème of any shopping mall I've ever been to. After about … Continue reading What’s with Men and Their Watches?

It’s Nice to Know I’m Not the Only One Who Has to Cut the Cords

Who knew the Wall Street Journal would start sourcing some of its stories from The Onion? Nearly five years ago The Onion ran a photo story with the headline "Jumbled Nest Of Cords Makes Move To Third New Apartment". The story had no words, just the image shown above. Someone from the WSJ must have … Continue reading It’s Nice to Know I’m Not the Only One Who Has to Cut the Cords

Great Advice for 2020: The 20-20-20 Rule

Thanks to the latest Pinkcast for the idea for this post. In this edition of his Pinkcast, Dan Pink introduces a technique known as the 20-20-20 rule. The origin of the rule was created by a Californian optometrist as an easy way to remember an effective approach for reducing eye strain for those who spend … Continue reading Great Advice for 2020: The 20-20-20 Rule

So How Did These Predictions for 2020 Work Out?

Grace Hauck, a reporter for USA Today, put together an interesting story that looked at 20 predictions that were supposed to have taken place by 2020. I won't go over each one since you can read the full article for that. I thought I'd just take a look at a few of the more interesting … Continue reading So How Did These Predictions for 2020 Work Out?

Is It Buyer Beware, or Reader Beware?

The Wall Street Journal recently did some investigative reporting on "Amazon's Choice" products, and the results are at first glance concerning. Many people, myself included, use Amazon's Choice as a stamp of approval from Amazon. Such a designation comes in handy when one is trying to decide between tens, if not hundreds, of options when … Continue reading Is It Buyer Beware, or Reader Beware?

Hickory Dickory Dock, I Just Discovered Tik Tok

I'd heard about and read about Tik Tok, but it wasn't until this past week that I actually went to the site to check out what it was all about. I know I'm late to the game, but I figured if I'm going to be teaching college students (according to Global Web Index, 41% of … Continue reading Hickory Dickory Dock, I Just Discovered Tik Tok

This Is Why Houses Need Escalators, Part 2

This is my fourth post about house escalators, bringing the grand total of all articles about house escalators on the web to about seven. My most recent post was back in February, where I shared the story of a woman in New York City who was recovering in a hospital after she was rescued from … Continue reading This Is Why Houses Need Escalators, Part 2

When Virtual Becomes Real

I've been blogging for nearly five years, and doing so has given me the chance to reconnect with old friends, communicate more frequently with relatives, and to develop some virtual connections. The first time I realized the power of those virtual connections was when I wrote a story about my son Patrick, and an award … Continue reading When Virtual Becomes Real

Working in a Red Light District May Boost Your Productivity

Maybe it's because I don't work in a traditional office environment, but I don't think I could put Dan Pink's latest idea into action. In this week's Pinkcast, Dan shares a low-tech way of preventing co-workers from interrupting you while you are busy. Here's the video: First, I can't imagine an office filled with all … Continue reading Working in a Red Light District May Boost Your Productivity