The Top 25 Best-Designed Products

In March 2019, the Institute of Design at Illinois Institute of Technology was approached by Daniel Bentley, senior editor at Fortune magazine, to update the original 100 Best-Designed Products research study from 1959. Sixty years since the findings were published, IIT Institute of Design’s new study shows that physical products are being increasingly replaced by … Continue reading The Top 25 Best-Designed Products

Are Apple Products Spoiler Alerts?

I know, it's a weird title. I just read it again, and if I didn't know what this blog post was about, it would seem also nonsensical. So let me explain. According to an article written by Bill Bradley on Huffpost, a revelation by movie director Rian Johnson could change how you watch twist-filled movies. If … Continue reading Are Apple Products Spoiler Alerts?

Something Is Wrong Here! Where’s Apple??

Apple not only makes great products, it consistently ranks as one of the best companies in the world. Here are some of those rankings: America's Most Valuable Company: Apple (market value of $1.4 trillion) America's Most Admired Company: Apple, for 13 years in a row Only Companies to Make Glassdoor's List of Best Companies to … Continue reading Something Is Wrong Here! Where’s Apple??

The Best of Britain’s Christmas Commercials, 2019

It's been a tradition since I started this blog to share the best Christmas commercials coming out of the U.K. For British retailers, the ads are the equivalent of the Super Bowl commercials in the U.S. I've already featured one British Christmas ad this year, the one by Hafod's, a hardware store in the Welsh … Continue reading The Best of Britain’s Christmas Commercials, 2019

‘Tis the Season, for Crying?

I don't know if it's the sentimental nature of the holiday season, but I've had tears streaming down my face three times this week. I've written many times about how much I like TV commercials, particularly at this time of the year. Many companies are starting to release their holiday ads, and many of you … Continue reading ‘Tis the Season, for Crying?

And the Winner of the Emmy for Best Commercial Is….

Despite my fondness for commercials, I was not aware until yesterday that there is an Emmy award for the best commercial. So of course, I had to check them out. Here were the five finalists (two featuring Apple products): Behind The Mac - Make Something Wonderful - Macbook: Behind the Mac, people with passion are … Continue reading And the Winner of the Emmy for Best Commercial Is….

Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction – Poisoned Apple

This past week I wrote about my first attempt at "flash fiction", writing a 99-word blog post in response to a prompt. The prompt last week was "rock star", and this week it is "poisoned apple". Here is my entry for this week's prompt: I was working in the lab late one night, tasked with … Continue reading Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction – Poisoned Apple

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

ASMR: Beer, Sneakers, and Haircuts – What Is the World Coming Too?

I just thought it was a strange Super Bowl commercial. But as we were watching the ad for Michelob Ultra Pure Gold, my son said: "That's ASMR!" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXmlN9BAddg&mod=article_inline As you might have guessed, I had no idea what he meant. Fortunately, the Wall Street Journal had a story about it in today's paper. Here's an … Continue reading ASMR: Beer, Sneakers, and Haircuts – What Is the World Coming Too?

My Cognitive Dissonance and Confirmation Bias Are Kicking in Again

(please note - this is one of my longer blog posts - you've been warned!) As a vegan, there are certain beliefs I hold about which foods are good for me and which foods are not. When the results of new studies are announced that reach conclusions that are not consistent with my beliefs as … Continue reading My Cognitive Dissonance and Confirmation Bias Are Kicking in Again