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)

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)

Dart-Throwing Monkeys (AKA Newspaper Reporters) Beat Stock Market Wizards

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

Be Careful How You Use Social Media; Your Life (Insurance) Could Depend on It

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

I Need Emotional Support after Reading This Story

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

All These Cool Finalists – and They Pick This as the Word of the Year?

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?

I Don’t Think This Will Become a Holiday Tradition

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

22 Musicals in 12 Minutes

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

I’m Not a Deadhead, Perhaps a Dreamcoater?

Number 11 is in the books. Tonight my family and I got to see Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat for the 11th time. This time it was at the Colonial Theater in Phoenixville (yes, that Colonial Theater, famous for that scene from The Blob): The play was performed by the local young actors of … Continue reading I’m Not a Deadhead, Perhaps a Dreamcoater?

Libraries Not Only Build Lives, They Save Lives

Back in September, I wrote about Why Libraries Are the Heart and Soul of Local Communities. The post noted that while libraries offer great resources to their local communities – books, audio tapes, CDs, DVDs, newspapers, toys, puzzles, games, computer terminals with internet access, reference librarians, children’s programs, sponsor 5K runs; they also offer services such … Continue reading Libraries Not Only Build Lives, They Save Lives

Finding Your Fremont

“Loneliness is killing us.” So claims Senator Ben Sasse, Republican of Nebraska, in his new book, Them: Why We Hate Each Other — and How to Heal. Mr. Sasse offers as evidence the growing rates of suicide and overdose deaths in America. I've written about the loneliness epidemic on multiple occasions, five times in the past six … Continue reading Finding Your Fremont