How Biased Are Your News Sources?

Last week I wrote about our wonderful alumni who participated in a series of panel sessions with our freshmen students. During one of the sessions, one of the panelists recommended that students keep up with the news as best they can, and then recommended The Economist as a good choice, which another panelist then seconded. … Continue reading How Biased Are Your News Sources?

Sometimes Comments Are Out of Line

Even though I might sometimes disagree with some of the items they publish, I love the WSJ. Check my blog; dozens of posts I have written over the past five years have been based on something I've read in the Journal. Just ask my students. It's usually how I start off each class, talking about … Continue reading Sometimes Comments Are Out of Line

How to Avoid Behaving Irrationally

Dan Ariely has written several books about irrational decision making, including Predictably Irrational and The Upside of Irrationality. His books are both enjoyable and educational. In addition, he has a regular column in the Wall Street Journal called Ask Dan, which has been the basis for many of my blog posts over the past five … Continue reading How to Avoid Behaving Irrationally

The Power of Kindness

Elizabeth Bernstein wrote a wonderful story in Wednesday's Wall Street Journal: Why Being Kind Helps You, Too—Especially Now. Bernstein notes that there is research which links kindness to a wealth of physical and emotional benefits. Plus, it’s an excellent coping skill for the Covid-19 era. Here are some of the highlights from the story: Studies … Continue reading The Power of Kindness

It’s Time for Some of Those Good Old Fashion Tips from the Wall Street Journal

It's always guaranteed to make me laugh and to shake my head in disbelief - men's fashion tips from the Wall Street Journal. It's a combination of two things - the outrageous outfits themselves, and the outrageous prices that go with them. I've written about these WSJ fashion articles before, in fact, this is my … Continue reading It’s Time for Some of Those Good Old Fashion Tips from the Wall Street Journal

“Quirky” Must Be the WordPress Word of the Day

My post from last night, Music Monday: Revisiting WOTE (Walk Off The Earth), used the word quirky to describe the wonderful Canadian band, Walk Off The Earth. It’s not unexpected that last night’s post is my most viewed post today, with 40 views so far today (and 20 from yesterday). What is surprising is that a … Continue reading “Quirky” Must Be the WordPress Word of the Day

I’ll Never Complain About Walking from My Bedroom to the Kitchen Again

Today's Wall Street Journal featured Spelling Manor in Los Angeles, one of the largest homes in the world. At 56,500 square feet, it is slightly larger than the White House, and more than 21 times the size of the average American house. The French chateau-style home has a bowling alley, a wine cellar and tasting … Continue reading I’ll Never Complain About Walking from My Bedroom to the Kitchen Again

This House Puts the Fun in Funicular

Funicular: a grade-separated fixed guideway transit system powered by a cable traction designed for steep inclines. A funicular uses two counterbalanced passenger cars attached to the opposite ends of a cable, which is looped over a pulley at the upper end of the track. A funicular's two cars move in concert: as one ascends, the other … Continue reading This House Puts the Fun in Funicular

Another Piece of History Fades Into Darkness

I was shocked when I saw the headline in today’s Wall Street Journal: “GE Exits Lightbulb Business It Pioneered”. Here was the opening line from the story: “General Electric Co. is getting out of the business of making lightbulbs, selling a unit that defined the company for nearly a century and was its last direct … Continue reading Another Piece of History Fades Into Darkness

Did Seth Godin Just Pen the Perfect College Admissions Letter? Stockbrokers Take Note…

In one of Seth's posts this week, he notes that if your job is one of detecting and selecting, for example, college admissions or stock picking, the data shows that while it’s possible to be worse than average at such tasks, it’s almost impossible to do consistently better than the average. To believe you're doing … Continue reading Did Seth Godin Just Pen the Perfect College Admissions Letter? Stockbrokers Take Note…