Music Monday: Coding, Operating, and Performing – You Can Have it All

No worries, members of high school and college bands and performing groups. There is no need to end your participation once you graduate school. A number of companies have their own in-house musical groups. In a recent Wall Street Journal story, Chip Cutter writes about how many tech companies have their own in-house orchestras, bands, … Continue reading Music Monday: Coding, Operating, and Performing – You Can Have it All

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?

Give Me Your Wrinkled, Your Toothless, Your Hairy Masses

That may have been the headline for the casting call for the new television series based on stories from “The Lord of the Rings” that begins production next year in New Zealand. According to a story in the Wall Street Journal, expectations are for the TV series to feature thousands of extras each season. Here … Continue reading Give Me Your Wrinkled, Your Toothless, Your Hairy Masses

The 2019 Drunk Shopping Census (Yes, There Is Such a Survey)

Another club that I'm not part of. But this time, I'm actually happy to be excluded. Tech and business newsletter The Hustle surveyed more than 2,000 alcohol-drinking adults about their online shopping behavior and found that on average, shoppers spent more than $400 per year on items bought while intoxicated. Based on that response, The Hustle … Continue reading The 2019 Drunk Shopping Census (Yes, There Is Such a Survey)

This Is a Low Quality Post

Thank heaven it was a Dan Ariely day in the Wall Street Journal. I'm not feeling so great, and I didn't want to spend a lot of time thinking about and writing my blog. Fortunately Da's column usually provides something for me to write about, and today was no exception. Here's one of the letters he received, … Continue reading This Is a Low Quality Post

The Power, and Peril, of Personalization

I never thought twice about it. Of course it's awesome that Amazon tells you what else you may want to purchase based on what you've just added to your cart. Or that Netflix will recommend a movie based on your past viewing experiences. Or that grocery stores print out coupons that are related to the … Continue reading The Power, and Peril, of Personalization