Music Monday: Another Reason to Love the Killers

The Killers are one of the few new bands I got to know after my college years, and even then I was late to the game. I first saw them perform "Human" on Saturday Night Live back in 2008, at that point they had been around for about five years. Another favorite song is "All … Continue reading Music Monday: Another Reason to Love the Killers

Some Words of Advice

Earlier this week, Paul Ryan, the former Speaker of the House, took some heat for offering Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) some unsolicited advice on how to be a good member of Congress. Ryan said he had advised Ocasio-Cortez to “take it easy, just watch things for a while, don’t ruffle, you know, see how it works first.” He … Continue reading Some Words of Advice

Rejected, Again

It was my sixth attempt; the previous five had all resulted in a "thanks, but no thanks" decision. Maybe today would be my turn, I would be one of the chosen few. I really wanted to do this, but alas, it was not meant to be. I'm talking about jury duty. Even though I've been … Continue reading Rejected, Again

Getting Too Much Fake News on Facebook? Blame Your Conservative Grandparents

Researchers at Princeton and NYU's Social Media and Political Participation Lab examined the individual-level characteristics associated with sharing false articles on Facebook during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign. Here were some of the results: first and foremost, sharing content was a relatively rare activity. Roughly 1 in 12 users shared fake news stories. Those who shared the most … Continue reading Getting Too Much Fake News on Facebook? Blame Your Conservative Grandparents

Lots of Good News Today, from My Perspective

Three unrelated items were in the news today, and from my perspective, all three represented positive developments. The first was the signing of an executive order by Governor Gavin Newsom of California that will place a moratorium on the death penalty in California. At a news conference in Sacramento today, Newsom noted that there are 737 … Continue reading Lots of Good News Today, from My Perspective

Where Do You Fall on the Political Spectrum? Here’s My Result…

I came across this interesting web site that is meant to help you see where you fall on the political spectrum. All you have to do is answer 11 questions that were part of a national survey conducted by the Pew Research Center. The quiz takes less than 10 minutes, and in my case, seemed … Continue reading Where Do You Fall on the Political Spectrum? Here’s My Result…

The Dissent Channel and Red Teams

I was reading Annie Duke's wonderful book, "Thinking in Bets", and at one point she was discussing the power of having a diverse set of viewpoints within a group. Such diversity, she argues, leads to better decisions. Duke then mentioned the Dissent Channel, and when I first heard the phrase I thought it was a … Continue reading The Dissent Channel and Red Teams

What’s Our Natural State? Working or Relaxing?

How are we meant to go through life? To be working and hustling, with periodic breaks for relaxation? Or is it more natural to be doing nothing, to be strolling along a beach, with periodic interruptions for work? I think, in the U.S. at least, the answer is pretty clear. We value the hustler, the person who is … Continue reading What’s Our Natural State? Working or Relaxing?

Kudos to Pinterest

I've never been a fan of censorship, but... But sometimes, the real issue is bigger than censorship. And that is the case with Pinterest and anti-vaccination propaganda. According to an article in today's Wall Street Journal: Pinterest has stopped returning results for searches related to vaccinations, a drastic step the social-media company said is aimed … Continue reading Kudos to Pinterest

Maybe We Won’t Have to Move South After All When We Retire

My wife and I have talked about moving to Florida in a few years, after we both retire. The primary reason is that we are both tired of the cold weather and would prefer to have warmer weather year-round. Well now it looks like maybe we won't have to move at all, if we can … Continue reading Maybe We Won’t Have to Move South After All When We Retire