Is George One of the Luckiest Guys in the World?

The following message popped up on my Nextdoor feed a couple of days ago (name, location, age changed): Looking for new friends. Hello! My name is George and I just moved into a house off  Drury Ln. I live alone no friends nobody just me, I am in process for a position with one of … Continue reading Is George One of the Luckiest Guys in the World?

Is WordPress Built to Be Addictive Like Facebook and Twitter?

A couple of years ago the BBC investigative series Panorama did a story titled: "Smartphones: The Dark Side". Here is the brief description of the show: People are all increasingly glued to their smartphones and consumed by social media, but why? Panorama reporter Hilary Andersson tracks down tech insiders who reveal how social-media companies have … Continue reading Is WordPress Built to Be Addictive Like Facebook and Twitter?

It Only Took 34 Years for Me to Be the “Cool” Teacher

It was the perfect storm. The weather was forecast to be perfect. Each student has their own portable chair. And I am getting closer and closer to the end of my teaching career. If it was ever going to happen, this seemed like the right time. So I did it. For the first time in … Continue reading It Only Took 34 Years for Me to Be the “Cool” Teacher

It’s Dan Ariely Time!

I'm quite happy that it appears that Dan's column in the Wall Street Journal is back with some regularity because it has always been a great source of material for my blog. And this week is no exception. Here is one of the emails Dan received: Dear Dan, I am obsessed with my blogging stats. … Continue reading It’s Dan Ariely Time!

Music Monday: Vinyl, Cassette, CD, MP3, or Streaming – What Format Offers the Best Sound Quality?

Some of you may already know the answer to this question, but I did not. But I started thinking about it after I got my new headphones, which made listening to music much more enjoyable than hearing it come out of my laptop speakers. So I started searching the web, and the consensus was pretty … Continue reading Music Monday: Vinyl, Cassette, CD, MP3, or Streaming – What Format Offers the Best Sound Quality?

Music Monday: Music to Test Your Headphones With

This post is a kind of collaboration with my youngest son. He is writing a similar post, highlighting his favorite songs to listen to using his headphones. He's got a much broader range of music that he listens compared to me, so I'd encourage you to check it out at Muzik Mondai. I'm often a … Continue reading Music Monday: Music to Test Your Headphones With

How to Avoid Behaving Irrationally

Dan Ariely has written several books about irrational decision making, including Predictably Irrational and The Upside of Irrationality. His books are both enjoyable and educational. In addition, he has a regular column in the Wall Street Journal called Ask Dan, which has been the basis for many of my blog posts over the past five … Continue reading How to Avoid Behaving Irrationally

“Donkeys Liked to Be Touched in the Direction Their Hair Grows…

otherwise, they kick you." That was one of the memorable lines from the documentary American Factory. I found out about the movie from one of my students, who told me that after reading one of the articles for class she thought of this film. American Factory (美国工厂; 美國工廠) is a 2019 American documentary film directed … Continue reading “Donkeys Liked to Be Touched in the Direction Their Hair Grows…

Me, Nervous? Apparently So…

I start teaching next week, and all my classes will be 100% in person. I will be teaching in a large room that has been reconfigured as a classroom. The room has a social distancing capacity of 40 students, and since my biggest class only has 28 students, there should not be an issue keeping … Continue reading Me, Nervous? Apparently So…

Music Monday: A Tribute to Songs About Caroline (with no link to a video of Sweet Caroline!)

I was reading one of my favorite blogs earlier today - Nashville Noise - and there was a story about singer-songwriter Will Payne Harrison. According to a previous story about Harrison in Nashville Noise, he’s "got a diverse musical background that includes traditional cajun music, Louisiana blues, New Orleans brass bands, “swamp pop” and Zydeco. … Continue reading Music Monday: A Tribute to Songs About Caroline (with no link to a video of Sweet Caroline!)