“Harry. Stay awake.” That was the note Justice Antonin Scalia slipped to Justice Harry Blackmun during the final argument of the 1990-91 term, on whether the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act allowed town supervisors to restrict aerial spraying over a rural Wisconsin tree farm. (It did.) Passing such notes is apparently not that unusual, … Continue reading Turns Out That the Supreme Court Justices Are Just Like Us, Except They Dress Kind of Funny
I stopped drinking alcohol about eight years ago, basically for health reasons. I will admit I missed the taste of beer, so I would occasionally have a non-alcoholic beer, like O'Douls. (I should also point out that I eat fake hamburgers and drink decaf coffee - I know, what a crazy life I lead). I … Continue reading Proof Once Again That I’m Not a Trendsetter
I had never heard of the phrase "lawnmower beer" until I came across it in a story I was reading online a couple of weeks ago. I could kind of guess what the phrase was referring to, but I decided to look it up anyway. Here's what I found at Urban Dictionary: Any beer low … Continue reading The Refreshing Taste and Sweet Memories of Lawnmower Beer
One of the perks of being at a university is the opportunity to listen to a wide variety of speakers who are brought to campus. Being part of the business school, one of my favorite kind of speakers are those who tell a story of how they took a chance on starting their own business, and then watched that … Continue reading The Genius of Evil Genius Beer Company
The topic for my class today was technology in the business world, and one of the items we discussed was data mining. Data mining involves using technology and algorithms to discover previously unknown relationships between two or more items. There is a story related to data mining that I have told for years; the truth of … Continue reading Beer and Diapers – the Perfect Couple
Dan Ariely, who writes my favorite biweekly Wall Street Journal advice column (he doesn't have much competition in that narrowly defined niche), offered some advice that some of the commenters suggested may be illegal. Here's the question, followed by Dan's answer: _________________________________ Many of my friends and co-workers say they care about voting, but their spotty … Continue reading Did Dan Ariely Just Suggest Breaking the Law?