It's funny how these blog posts sometimes come together. As part of my blog yesterday about my confirmation song from over 50 years ago (I Just Can't Wait Till May 3rd), I wanted to compare my songwriting abilities to some of the great songwriters (of course I would), and one of the names that I … Continue reading Music Monday: Small Town Hypocrisy
Date: May 3, 1967 Location: St. Augustine Catholic Church, Bridgeport, PA Occasion: the Sacrament of Confirmation Featuring: Fourth Grade students, including nine-year old Jimmy Borden It used to be a big day for kids in Catholic School back in the 1960s - the day you were going to get confirmed. These days, with the dwindling … Continue reading 🎵 I Just Can’t Wait Till May 3rd, Till May 3rd, Till May 3rd 🎵
According to Wikipedia, a spurious correlation is a mathematical relationship in which two or more events or variables are associated but not causally related, due to either coincidence or the presence of a certain third, unseen factor (referred to as a "common response variable", "confounding factor", or "lurking variable"). Tyler Vigen, a graduate of Harvard Law School and currently a consultant at … Continue reading Spurious Correlations – Nicholas Cage, Tangled Bedsheets, and Venomous Spiders
A friend was telling me about an interesting book he was reading titled "Everybody Lies", which cites evidence of how people lie to each other, to pollsters, and to themselves. But one place they don't lie is where they can be online and anonymous and no one is conducting a survey. Two examples of such … Continue reading Amazon Reviews, Google Trends, and COVID-19
FlexJobs, an online job boards site, recently surveyed over 2,100 people worldwide, who either worked remotely during COVID or are still working from home. The results of the survey are eye-opening. Here are some of the numbers: Vast majority want to continue to work at home: 65 percent want to keep working remotely full-time even … Continue reading Are We Witnessing a Major Shift in the World of Work?
I certainly hope not. A recent story in the HuffPost by Caroline Bologna notes that the earliest citation in the Oxford English Dictionary as a response to “thank you” comes from 1907. But apparently, over the years, American etiquette experts, baby boomers, and writers have lamented the apparent decline in the use of the phrase “you’re welcome” … Continue reading Is It Time to Say Goodbye to the Phrase “You’re Welcome”?
You’ve got to learn your instrument. Then, you practice, practice, practice. And then, when you finally get up there on the bandstand, forget all that and just wail.” - Jazz great Charlie Parker And so it is with many things in life, as illustrated with the most recent Pinkcast from Dan Pink. In this episode, … Continue reading Forget All That and Just Wail
A study performed by researchers in Europe found that a widely used music recommendation algorithm is more likely to choose music by male artists to the detriment of female artists. Study authors tested a popular music recommendation algorithm across two song datasets. That process revealed that in both instances the algorithm ended up “reproducing” existing biases in … Continue reading Music Monday: Bias Against Female Artists on Online Musical Platforms
The headline might be a bit misleading. I don't golf. At least what most people think of when they hear the word golf. But I do like mini-golf, and so does the rest of the Borden family (or at least they say they do). So today was our inaugural 2021 Mini-Golf outing. Thankfully, we didn't … Continue reading Dusted Off the Old Clubs Today
I've written about product placement before, in which advertisers pay to have their products appear in a TV show or film. London-based Mirriad has created a technology that uses uses artificial intelligence (AI) to analyse films and TV episodes for space (tables, walls, etc.) and determine where ads or objects can be subtly inserted. It … Continue reading Will Cool New Technology Ruin Classic Films?