Who Would Get Dressed Up Like This for a Basic Videoconference?!

The Wall Street Journal is at it again, sharing outrageous-looking and even more outrageously-priced clothing, with their readers. (at least in my opinion!) I will give the reporter, Jacob Gallagher, props, however, for linking the style recommendations to a timely topic - the increased use of videoconferencing for work and pleasure. Gallagher writes the following: … Continue reading Who Would Get Dressed Up Like This for a Basic Videoconference?!

Yay! It’s Not Just Me!

Over the past couple of years, I've become a big fan of using closed-captioning whenever it is available while watching TV. I thought at first that perhaps it was simply a sign that my hearing was not as good as it used to be. But over time, I came to like it since I could … Continue reading Yay! It’s Not Just Me!

Want to Improve Your Cardiovascular Functioning? Your Immune System? Your Sleep?

Of course you do. Who would answer no to any of those questions? But how to get such improvements is the issue. There are the usual suspects - such as exercise, diet, and stress management. But an article in today's Wall Street Journal by Andrea Petersen offered a different suggestion. Friendship. That's right, friendship offers … Continue reading Want to Improve Your Cardiovascular Functioning? Your Immune System? Your Sleep?

Did I Just Read What I Think I Read?

side note before I get started - I think my title may give a hint as to why English may be so confusing for people trying to learn it. I used the word "read" twice, but hopefully, most of you you pronounced it two different ways each time. How would somebody not familiar with English … Continue reading Did I Just Read What I Think I Read?

If Only I Had Kept Wearing the Same Jeans and Sneakers for Forty Years…

I've seen the worn look in new clothing before, but it seems like it has gotten out of control. I mean, just look at those two outfits in the photo above. If I ever went to visit my mom 30 years ago looking like that, I would have never heard the end of it. She … Continue reading If Only I Had Kept Wearing the Same Jeans and Sneakers for Forty Years…

Smile! You’ve Been Caught on Candid Camera…

It's "Every Other Saturday" day, which means there is a good chance that there is a Dan Ariely column in the Wall Street Journal. So imagine my delight when I turned to the Review section, and there it was, two questions for Dan. That meant the odds were pretty high that my blog today would … Continue reading Smile! You’ve Been Caught on Candid Camera…

It’s Nice to Know I’m Not the Only One Who Has to Cut the Cords

Who knew the Wall Street Journal would start sourcing some of its stories from The Onion? Nearly five years ago The Onion ran a photo story with the headline "Jumbled Nest Of Cords Makes Move To Third New Apartment". The story had no words, just the image shown above. Someone from the WSJ must have … Continue reading It’s Nice to Know I’m Not the Only One Who Has to Cut the Cords

Is Mindless Web Surfing the Key to Increasing Productivity?

If so, then why am I not one of the most productive people I know? A story in this week's WSJ tells about the work of Prof. Jennifer Ragsdale, a University of Tulsa industrial-organizational psychologist, and her research team who are studying whether surfing the internet for cute baby-animal pictures makes you more productive at … Continue reading Is Mindless Web Surfing the Key to Increasing Productivity?

Is It Buyer Beware, or Reader Beware?

The Wall Street Journal recently did some investigative reporting on "Amazon's Choice" products, and the results are at first glance concerning. Many people, myself included, use Amazon's Choice as a stamp of approval from Amazon. Such a designation comes in handy when one is trying to decide between tens, if not hundreds, of options when … Continue reading Is It Buyer Beware, or Reader Beware?

Mattress Madness

Today's Wall Street Journal had a story by Stephanie Yang that looked at the world of online mattress sales, and how people try to scam the system. Many online mattress firms offer "free" trial periods during which customers can try out a mattress. The customer typically pays for the mattress upfront and gets a full … Continue reading Mattress Madness