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…

Poetry in Numbers

Elfchen An Elfchen (also known as an elevenie) is a short poem with a given pattern. It contains eleven words which are arranged in a specified order over five rows. The typical structure of an elfchen is as follows: Row Words Content 1 1 A thought, an object, a color, a smell, or the like … Continue reading Poetry in Numbers

Don’t Worry, I’ll Never Get Tired of It

It was a good week, thanks to Dan Ariely. I was able to use two letters from his advice column to create two posts. In case you missed it, here is the first one about putting your camera away when you are trying to create memories. And here is the second: Dear Dan, My fiancé … Continue reading Don’t Worry, I’ll Never Get Tired of It

A Dozen Universal Truths

Apple products are better than PCs and Android A smile is better than a frown Warm weather is better than cold Guinness is better than Bud Sunrise is better than sunset Vacation time is better than working time Ruffles potato chips are better than regular Women are more mature than men Bruce Springsteen and the … Continue reading A Dozen Universal Truths

A Wee Bit of Gaelic

Ar dtús, má tá tú á léamh seo i mBéarla, caithfidh tú bealach níos fearr a fháil chun do chuid ama a chaitheamh… Tá an post seo scríofa i nGaeilge na Gaeilge, teanga mo shinsir. Ná bíodh imní ort le do thoil é seo a chur isteach i Google translate; ní chomhlíonann sé fiú na … Continue reading A Wee Bit of Gaelic

Testing the “Peak-End” Rule

Blah blah blah. Blah blah blah. Total Assets = Total Liabilities plus Total Equity Harrisburg is the capital of Pennsylvania. Future value of a lump sum = Present value of the lump sum * [(1 plus the interest rate) raised to the number of years] Blah blah blah. Blah blah blah. Here is an email … Continue reading Testing the “Peak-End” Rule

Maybe this is the sign I’ve been waiting for

Every Friday, venture capitalist Fred Wilson features a recent Kickstarter project that he just contributed towards. Today’s featured project was Remotely, remote meeting cards that provide meeting goers and leaders with the tools to communicate effectively, connect with others, and have fun. Here’s the video showing Remotely in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZIqpymoJZ0 Here’s the story behind Remotely, … Continue reading Maybe this is the sign I’ve been waiting for

This Is What Great TV Looks Like

One of my favorite televisions series of all time is The West Wing. The Writers Guild of America ranked it no. 10 in its "101 Best-Written TV Series" list. It has received praise from critics, political science professors, and former White House staffers and has been the subject of critical analysis. The West Wing received a multitude of accolades, including … Continue reading This Is What Great TV Looks Like

If You Have Nothing Nice to Say, Then…

It was one of the life lessons my parents taught me at a young age; if you've got nothing nice to say about someone or something, then don't say anything at all. It came back to me tonight as I was waiting to pick up a pizza. Last week, I had ordered a pizza from … Continue reading If You Have Nothing Nice to Say, Then…

The Value of Learning to Write by Hand

Researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) say that both children and adults learn more and remember things more efficiently when writing by hand rather than a keyboard. The study’s author believes all modern children should receive at least some instruction in handwriting. The brain activity of 12 young adults and 12 … Continue reading The Value of Learning to Write by Hand