Music Monday: Some of My Favorite Cartoon Theme Songs

Was there anything better as a kid than plopping down in front of the TV with a bowl of Cocoa Puffs and singing along with the theme song of your favorite cartoon shows? I can hear some snickering, but I dare you to not sing along as you listen to a baker's dozen of some … Continue reading Music Monday: Some of My Favorite Cartoon Theme Songs

Dear Members of Congress: Please Think for Yourself When You Vote

This week, the U.S. House voted to endorse an impeachment inquiry into President Trump. Not surprisingly, the vote was nearly unanimously along party lines. All 194 Republicans voted NO and 232 out of 234 Democrats voted YES. I decided to try and calculate the probability of such a vote happening if every Representative voted the … Continue reading Dear Members of Congress: Please Think for Yourself When You Vote

Music Monday: The Quintessential Jazz Tune of All Time

I just refinished reading Range by David Epstein and one section of the book talks about the value of self-learning on a wide range of musical instruments, particularly in the fields of jazz and folk music. Epstein offered several examples of successful jazz musicians who followed unconventional paths on the road to success: Jack Cecchini, … Continue reading Music Monday: The Quintessential Jazz Tune of All Time

The Social, Psychological, Emotional and Physical Health Costs of Politics

A recent study published in PLOS One reports the results of a survey designed to measure the many personal costs of political engagement. The results are sobering, to say the least: Physical Health 38% say politics has caused them to be stressed 26.4% say they have become depressed when a preferred candidate lost. 18.3% say … Continue reading The Social, Psychological, Emotional and Physical Health Costs of Politics

When Is an Expiration Date Not an Expiration Date? When It’s Your Passport.

Is my family the only one who didn't know about this? We are getting ready to travel to Singapore, and one of the first things we did was to check our passports. The earliest expiration date showing on the three passports was August of 2020. Since we would be returning sometime in March of 2020, … Continue reading When Is an Expiration Date Not an Expiration Date? When It’s Your Passport.

Turns Out That the Supreme Court Justices Are Just Like Us, Except They Dress Kind of Funny

“Harry. Stay awake.” That was the note Justice Antonin Scalia slipped to Justice Harry Blackmun during the final argument of the 1990-91 term, on whether the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act allowed town supervisors to restrict aerial spraying over a rural Wisconsin tree farm. (It did.) Passing such notes is apparently not that unusual, … Continue reading Turns Out That the Supreme Court Justices Are Just Like Us, Except They Dress Kind of Funny

Now This Is My Kind of Genius

Every year, the MacArthur Foundation selects between 20 and 30 individuals as MacArthur Fellows, commonly referred to as Genius Grant winners. The MacArthur Fellows Program is intended to encourage people of outstanding talent to pursue their own creative, intellectual, and professional inclinations. In keeping with this purpose, the Foundation awards fellowships directly to individuals rather than through … Continue reading Now This Is My Kind of Genius

22,000 Per Week; 131 Per Hour; More Than 2 Per Minute

When I first saw the 22,000 number, I thought it was an annual amount, and even then I thought it seemed quite high. But boy, was I off. On average, the Federal Bureau of Investigation receives about 22,000 tips about potential threats of violence weekly. 22,000... Weekly... And if that doesn't seem high enough, that … Continue reading 22,000 Per Week; 131 Per Hour; More Than 2 Per Minute

Ms. Monopoly – Seems Destined to be a Ms., Not a Hit

As soon as I saw the headline, the first thing I did was check the date, to make sure it wasn't an old story from April 1. But no, it was from this week. Toymaker Hasbro announced it was rolling out a new version of its classic Monopoly board game, naming this one Ms. Monopoly. In … Continue reading Ms. Monopoly – Seems Destined to be a Ms., Not a Hit

Looking for a Cheap Date? Try South Dakota

I guess this is kind of like a follow-up to my post the other day about "The Surprising Truth About Online Dating Apps"; you might call this one "The Surprising Truth About the Cost of Going on a Date". Match.com released the results of a nationwide survey that compared the average cost of a date … Continue reading Looking for a Cheap Date? Try South Dakota