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

Uh-oh. It May be Time for Me to Stop Using the Company Laptop.

The Wall Street Journal recently had a story about how more and more companies are using software to monitor its workers' habits. ActivTrak software can track "every little thing that happens on the computer from the time it’s fired up.". If you're on ESPN for five minutes it knows. It knows how much time you … Continue reading Uh-oh. It May be Time for Me to Stop Using the Company Laptop.

How Do You Compare – the Annual American Time Use Survey

Yesterday, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released the results of the American Time Use Survey (ATUS). These data include the average amount of time per day in 2018 that individuals worked, did household activities, and engaged in leisure and sports activities. Additionally, measures of the average time per day spent providing childcare—both as a … Continue reading How Do You Compare – the Annual American Time Use Survey

Music Monday: I Recognized the Voice, but not the Artist

There we were, my wife and I, sitting in one of our favorite cafes, Playa Bowls in Wayne, on a Saturday morning. We are both somewhat addicted to acai bowls, and Playa makes one of the best ones we've ever had. We were lucky to get the seats by the front window, so we just … Continue reading Music Monday: I Recognized the Voice, but not the Artist

“I Wish the Internet Had Never Been Invented.”

Those were the words of one of my dinner companions tonight, a good friend I have known for 37 years. We actually met in a Lamaze class in 1982 when our spouses were pregnant with our first child, and from that humble beginning, a close, long-lasting relationship was formed. The World Wide Web wasn't created … Continue reading “I Wish the Internet Had Never Been Invented.”

Just Let Us Introverts Be Introverts

A couple of years ago I wrote about how I often went entire meetings without saying a word. I called it doing my Clarence Thomas impression. I suggested that such behavior was probably linked to my introverted nature, as well as a lack of confidence. And not much has changed since I wrote that post. Sometimes … Continue reading Just Let Us Introverts Be Introverts

WordPress Has THE Best Tech Support

I recently switched my hosting site from bluehost to WordPress, and all I can say is WOW. I was not having any problems with bluehost, but I just thought it was a time to make some changes. I had always found the tech support at bluehost helpful the few times I had to contact them, … Continue reading WordPress Has THE Best Tech Support

If You’re into Watching People Faint – Then You’ve Come to the Right Place

I just read a story about cam models, people who can make a fortune online catering to the unusual fetishes of their clients. One woman has filmed herself rubbing her feet with oil and glitter and she claims to have charged $20 a minute just to allow someone watch her sneeze. Videos of her eating … Continue reading If You’re into Watching People Faint – Then You’ve Come to the Right Place