And the Winner of the Emmy for Best Commercial Is….

Despite my fondness for commercials, I was not aware until yesterday that there is an Emmy award for the best commercial. So of course, I had to check them out. Here were the five finalists (two featuring Apple products): Behind The Mac - Make Something Wonderful - Macbook: Behind the Mac, people with passion are … Continue reading And the Winner of the Emmy for Best Commercial Is….

A “Helping You to Be More Thoughtful” App

We use apps to play games. We use apps to check our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds. We use apps to read the news. None of these apps makes us a better person or improves our relationships with those we are close to. In fact, it might be argued that if we are using these … Continue reading A “Helping You to Be More Thoughtful” App

Something Got You Stumped? This Is a Job for…

Rubber Ducky. In a Pinkcast from a couple of years ago, Dan Pink explains the concept of rubber duck debugging. The name is a reference to a story in the book The Pragmatic Programmer in which a programmer would carry around a rubber duck and debug their code by forcing themselves to explain it, line-by-line, to the duck. … Continue reading Something Got You Stumped? This Is a Job for…

Why I Love LinkedIn

I've used LinkedIn for several years, and it's one of the sites I go to every day. As a college professor, 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 Why I Love LinkedIn

The Surprising Truth about Online Dating Apps

  Here I go again, writing a blog about something I know nothing about. Actually, it covers two things I know nothing about - dating and online dating apps. I got lucky. I think in high school I had three dates; one to my freshmen year dance, one to my sophomore year dance, and one … Continue reading The Surprising Truth about Online Dating Apps

I Am a One Man Buzzfeed Operation

BuzzFeed, Inc. is an American Internet media, news, and entertainment company with a focus on digital media. BuzzFeed was founded in 2006 by Jonah Peretti and John S. Johnson III, to focus on tracking viral content. Kenneth Lerer, co-founder and chairman of The Huffington Post, started as a co-founder and investor in BuzzFeed and is now the executive chairman. Despite BuzzFeed's entrance into serious … Continue reading I Am a One Man Buzzfeed Operation

Another Winning Ad: Instacart and Aliens

I know I'm an outlier on this one. I like commercials. I consider them to be like the tweets of the video world, short, sweet (usually), and to the point. I've featured many of my favorite commercials over the years on my blog, and I'm always on the lookout for a new one to feature. … Continue reading Another Winning Ad: Instacart and Aliens

Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction – Poisoned Apple

This past week I wrote about my first attempt at "flash fiction", writing a 99-word blog post in response to a prompt. The prompt last week was "rock star", and this week it is "poisoned apple". Here is my entry for this week's prompt: I was working in the lab late one night, tasked with … Continue reading Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction – Poisoned Apple

How to Have a Healthier Relationship with Your Phone

Let's face it, most of us use our phone way too much, certainly much more than necessary. But trying to cut back on phone usage is difficult. That's why I was excited to see that creating a better relationship with your phone was the topic of this week's Pinkcast. Dan Pink's guest this week was … Continue reading How to Have a Healthier Relationship with Your Phone

Freed After 28 Years in Jail, for a Crime He Did Not Commit

I can't imagine what it must have been like. Sentenced to life in jail for a crime you didn't commit. At what point do you just give up, and accept the fact that you are going to spend the rest of your life in jail? Or do you keep fighting, like Chester Hollman III did, … Continue reading Freed After 28 Years in Jail, for a Crime He Did Not Commit