The Power of a Spark File

We've probably all experienced it; I know I have. You're in the middle of doing something that needs to be done, like writing a blog post, and an idea pops into your head. In my case, that could be an idea for a future blog post, a new way to teach an accounting concept, or … Continue reading The Power of a Spark File

Thank Heaven for Engineers

I'm sure everyone has heard of the ship that got stuck in the Suez Canal last week. One of my first thoughts when I heard about the crisis was: this is a job for engineers. This is the sort of thing they thrive on - solving problems. One of my regrets is that I did … Continue reading Thank Heaven for Engineers

Music Monday: Nashville’s Charly Reynolds

Once again I am grateful to Coti Howell of the Nashville Noise for introducing me to Charly Reynolds in one of her recent posts. Coti also introduced me to the amazing band MAMADEAR, one of my favorite new artists of the past 10 years or so. Here is a brief intro to the interview Coti … Continue reading Music Monday: Nashville’s Charly Reynolds

WASTJO’s Law Is, Sadly, Alive and Well

I've briefly mentioned Godwin's Law before, an Internet adage which asserts that "as an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler becomes more likely. (Wikipedia) I was thinking about that today as I was reading a few stories in the Wall Street Journal. After reading the articels I would then … Continue reading WASTJO’s Law Is, Sadly, Alive and Well

What’s Up with Saturday?

I know I had said I wouldn't talk about my WordPress stats until about a year from now, but what can I say. I'm weak. I first noticed this several weeks ago, and didn't think much of it. But now it's getting annoying. For some reason, unbeknownst to me, my stats on Saturday are almost … Continue reading What’s Up with Saturday?

Resistance Is Futile

It's not how I meant to spend my Saturday night. I was just mindlessly scrolling through the cable channel guide, hoping that an idea would come to me for today's blog. And there it was. Rocky. The original. One of the best movies of all-time. And a movie that no self-respecting kid from the Philly … Continue reading Resistance Is Futile

You Can Do This, Jimmy

You've got this, Jimmy. You can write a blog post that people will find both informative and entertaining. You've come up with some good headlines in the past, Jimmy. You can do it again. Sorry, I was just trying to psyche myself up (for some unknown reason, when I refer to myself in the third … Continue reading You Can Do This, Jimmy

Music Monday: It’s Way Too Easy…

This is a follow-up to a post I wrote back in December, 2019: Punk Rock with a Message I can’t say I know much about punk rock, but it is cool being friends with the lead singer and guitarist of a punk rock band. I’ve written about Bud Drago before; he is a fellow faculty member at … Continue reading Music Monday: It’s Way Too Easy…

Music Monday: A Mid-Winter Treat

We are slightly past the mid-point of winter, and some reason that made me wonder if there are any songs that have February in the title. Fortunately, I came across a blog post where somebody had already done the work for me: 14 Songs About February. As I scrolled through the songs (none of which … Continue reading Music Monday: A Mid-Winter Treat

Want a Virtual Pet? Meet Moflin…

This past week has seen lots of innovations coming out of the 2021 Consumer Electronics Show. One of those is Moflin, an AI pet robot with "emotional capabilities", that looks like a fluffy gray guinea pig, with black beady eyes and soft fur. Here’s a short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irJ1pwVng5U Created by Vanguard Industries, the robot uses … Continue reading Want a Virtual Pet? Meet Moflin…