Music Monday: America’s Answer to the Beatles – The Monkees

If you’re of a certain age, you’ve heard of the Monkees. They were one of the hottest bands of the late 60s. The Monkees are an American rock and pop band originally active between 1966 and 1971, with reunion albums and tours in the decades that followed. Their original line-up consisted of the American actor/musicians … Continue reading Music Monday: America’s Answer to the Beatles – The Monkees

AP, AR, ADA, PPE, STI: When Accounting Jargon Collides with the Real World

I was driving home from Dunkin’ Donuts earlier today, part of my Sunday morning routine, and I noticed the car in front of me had a customized license plate. The license plate was “BDE”. I’m sure it was probably someone’s initials, but the first thought that came to my mind was “Bad Debt Expense”, an … Continue reading AP, AR, ADA, PPE, STI: When Accounting Jargon Collides with the Real World

From Thanks to Rants

In yesterday's post, I expressed my gratitude to all the wonderful people who made our time in Singapore so special. While those good feelings will last a long time, the things I noticed on my trip home today did bring me down a bit from my SIngaporean high. Since "they" say it's a good idea … Continue reading From Thanks to Rants

To the People of SIngapore – Thank You!

It's our last day in Singapore, and to say we have loved it here would be a misunderestimate (hat tip to President Bush!) As we sat having our last teh and kaya toast at the corner cafe this morning, I reflected on all the wonderful people whose paths we have crossed that made this such … Continue reading To the People of SIngapore – Thank You!

Finally, Someone Agrees With Me

If you are a baseball fan, you have probably heard about the sign-stealing controversy that has led to the firing of some high-profile managers (if you are not a fan of baseball and have not heard about the controversy, you can skip to the end of this post. Just hit the Like button and leave … Continue reading Finally, Someone Agrees With Me

I’m Not a Fan of Fancy Words; Plain and Simple Is All I Need

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

How Do Millennials and Boomers Differ on Patriotism, Hard Work, and Other Values?

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?

It’s Nice to Know I’m Not Alone in Whom I Admire

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

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