It’s been a recurring theme in my posts – unintended consequences. People make decisions with the best of intentions, but then sometimes, things don't turn out like they planned. Here are links to the previous stories I've written about this: The minimum wage has been a hot button issue, but who would have thought putting … Continue reading Add Two More Items to My Growing List of Unintended Consequences
I've heard of researchers studying Twitter feeds to get their fingers on the pulse of current events. Well now maybe we can use music to do the same thing. OnBuy.com, a UK-based online marketplace, recently completed some interesting analysis to determine the most popular lockdown songs on Spotify. The words 'Coronavirus', 'COVID-19', 'lockdown', and 'quarantine' … Continue reading So What Music Are You Listening to During the Lockdown?
It is a challenging time for higher education, with most schools having closed their campuses this Spring and switched to an online teaching format. In addition, many schools have canceled all on-campus events for this summer. And there is tremendous uncertainty as to what will happen come the Fall semester. My employer, Villanova University, has … Continue reading Thank You, Villanova
In the midst of all the negative news about covid-19, some people have managed to poke fun at it. So I thought I'd share a small number of video clips I've seen that I thought were pretty funny. If you think it's too soon, well here's what a couple of famous comic writers have to … Continue reading Too Soon? A Little Bit of Covid-19 Humor
Back in 1993, George Costanza committed a faux pas that became an instant part of American culture. George was at a funeral and was caught double-dipping his chip, causing a mourner to exclaim, “You double-dipped the chip! You dipped the chip, you took a bite, and you dipped again! That’s like putting your whole mouth … Continue reading 27 Years Later, Seinfeld Episode More Relevant Than Ever
I'm sitting here in the "lounge" of a co-working space in Singapore while one of my students takes a make-up exam. The lounge is actually just a table with six chairs, along with a multifunction coffee machine, a cabinet full of cups, a sink, and not surprisingly, a bottle of hand sanitizer. It's a somewhat … Continue reading They Were Always There…
Into Your Life It Will Creep... It's one of the great lines from the classic song For What It's Worth by Buffalo Springfield. And until yesterday, that's all it was, a line from a song. But I guess subconsciously all this talk about the coronavirus finally got to me. We were sitting around our apartment … Continue reading Paranoia Strikes Deep
I am currently teaching a group of students from Villanova who are studying abroad in Singapore. One of the best parts of studying abroad for students (OK, and me too) seems to be using their long weekends to travel to surrounding countries. So far, the students have taken trips to Bali, Taiwan, and Malaysia, and … Continue reading Accounting Test More Stressful Than Coronavirus?
If I go, there will be trouble And if I stay it will be double So come on and let me know The classic song from the Clash has been on my mind in recent days. As many readers may know, I am in Singapore with my wife and youngest son for about 10 weeks, … Continue reading Should I Stay or Should I Go?