I'm not a regular reader of The New Yorker (probably no surprise there), but thanks to the Apple News app on my phone, I came across a headline yesterday that seemed intriguing enough to warrant me clicking on it for further reading. As it turned out, the story, "The Real Backstory of Why Trump Ordered … Continue reading I’m Not a Fan of Fancy Words; Plain and Simple Is All I Need
A Wall Street Journal/NBC News survey asked 1,000 Americans which values were most important to them, and the results reveal some disparities across generations and political affiliation, while also discovering some similarities. The values that the Americans were asked to respond to are shown in the chart below: The poll was also taken 20 years … Continue reading How Do Millennials and Boomers Differ on Patriotism, Hard Work, and Other Values?
Each year, YouGov takes a survey of people from around the world so that they can compile a list of the world's most admired men and women. This year, the study expanded to cover the views of people in 41 countries – the most ever – with more than 42,000 people being interviewed to compile … Continue reading It’s Nice to Know I’m Not Alone in Whom I Admire
Salesforce, a cloud-based software company which earns the bulk of its revenue from its customer-relationship management (CRM) service, publicly announced today that it was banning retailers that sell certain guns and ammunition from using its sales management software. The policy was actually put into place back in April, but today was the first day the … Continue reading Thank you Salesforce (and Amazon and eBay and Dick’s Sporting Goods and Shopify and Walmart and Levi Strauss and Toms Shoes and Citigroup and United Airlines and Delta and Hertz and MetLife)
The Wall StreetJournal just revealed the results of a year-long stock-picking contest which pitted a group of dart-throwing monkeys, I mean newspaper reporters, against a group of high-profile hedge fund managers. The idea for the contest has its roots in Burton Malkiel's famous quote in “A Random Walk Down Wall Street” that “a blindfolded monkey … Continue reading Dart-Throwing Monkeys (AKA Newspaper Reporters) Beat Stock Market Wizards
Life insurers haven't changed their approach to underwriting for decades, relying heavily on costly medical screening, such as blood and urine tests. However, that may be about to change. Life insurers want to monitor how you behave online as a way of assessing your health and bypassing more traditional methods. According to a story in … Continue reading Be Careful How You Use Social Media; Your Life (Insurance) Could Depend on It
This seems like a story that would be set in Florida. Unfortunately, it's right here in Pennsylvania, my home state. And just knowing that makes the story even more frightening. Joie Henney, 65, of Strinestown, Pennsylvania, lives with two alligators, one of which is a four-and-a-half-foot-long, registered emotional support animal called Wally. That's right, an alligator has … Continue reading I Need Emotional Support after Reading This Story
Every year since 2004, Oxford Dictionary has announced its choice for Word of the Year. According to Wikipedia, the Word of the Year need not have been coined within the past twelve months but it does need to have become prominent or notable during that time. There is no guarantee that the Word of the … Continue reading All These Cool Finalists – and They Pick This as the Word of the Year?
Our oldest son is in town for a few days for the holiday, so we thought we'd try and do a few touristy things while he's here. For the past few years, we've driven into Philly to watch the Comcast Holiday Spectacular. The 15-minute show takes visitors on a festive, musical journey featuring classic favorites like Carol … Continue reading I Don’t Think This Will Become a Holiday Tradition
A few years ago I wrote a short blog about Neil Patrick Harris's opening number at the 2013 Tony Awards: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ne2KoHAaE8A Well in a somewhat similar vein, earlier this week James Corden, with the help of Lin Manuel Miranda & Emily Blunt, did a tribute to Broadway musicals which I thought was spectacular. The tribute covers … Continue reading 22 Musicals in 12 Minutes