“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…

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…