Looking for a New Addiction? How About WindowSwap

With many of us housebound for the past several months, the opportunity to experience new locales has literally disappeared. But thanks to a couple from Singapore, such opportunities have not virtually disappeared. Sonali Ranjit and Vaishnav Balasubramaniam created WindowSwap, a site that lets armchair travelers peaceably gaze at the view through hundreds of windows world-wide. … Continue reading Looking for a New Addiction? How About WindowSwap

Should Star Athletes and Other Influencers Have Early Access to the COVID-19 Vaccine?

It’s an interesting question posed by reporters Louise Radnofsky and Ben Cohen in a story they have written for the Wall Street Journal. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s distribution playbook deems communication efforts essential but doesn’t prescribe how they should be handled. A spokeswoman for California’s public health department said: “We have not yet … Continue reading Should Star Athletes and Other Influencers Have Early Access to the COVID-19 Vaccine?

Mary Poppins and COVID-19

What does a fictional character from a 1964 film have to do with COVID-19? Well, thanks to my wife, I learned what that connection is - the classic song A Spoonful of Sugar. Earlier this week, Jeffrey Sherman, the son and nephew of the Sherman Brothers—the musical duo responsible for "Mary Poppins," as well as … Continue reading Mary Poppins and COVID-19

Get Your Hand Santa-tizer Ready for the Big Guy

Will he be wearing a mask? Will he be using hand sanitizer as he goes from house to house? Will he have to quarantine himself before he starts his journey? Will he have to get a special exemption to be able to fly? I’m sure parents are getting a whole new set of questions about … Continue reading Get Your Hand Santa-tizer Ready for the Big Guy

Oxford Dictionary’s Word(s) of the Year

Every year since 2004, Oxford Dictionary has announced its choice for Word of the Year. According to Wikipedia, the Word of the Year need not have been coined within the past twelve months but it does need to have become prominent or notable during that time. There is no guarantee that the Word of the … Continue reading Oxford Dictionary’s Word(s) of the Year

Much ado about nothing

It was literally over in 10 seconds. I have surgery scheduled for this coming Tuesday and as part of the process I have to get a Covid test. After a few administrative hiccups I was finally able to make an appointment a couple of days ago for a drive-through test this morning. I have to … Continue reading Much ado about nothing

Worried about COVID-19? Here’s a Simple Solution

Start watching horror films. Researchers say fans of horror films and other post-apocalyptic movies are handling the real-life fear brought by the coronavirus pandemic better than others. A team in the United States and Denmark finds horror flick enthusiasts are experiencing less psychological distress due to COVID-19. In addition to horror films, movies that fall into … Continue reading Worried about COVID-19? Here’s a Simple Solution

If You Can’t Beat It, Then Start a Business

Today was ICE Challenge Day in my class, one of my favorite days of the year. The sponsor of the Challenge is Villanova's own ICE Institute, where ICE stands for Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship. Here is a brief description of the Challenge: The ICE Challenge is an annual requirement for all students entering the Villanova … Continue reading If You Can’t Beat It, Then Start a Business

Forget About Learning How to Zoom, I Need to Learn How to Smize

As part of my preparation for this semester, I had to make sure I was comfortable with the various features of Zoom. I didn't want to be fumbling around in the middle of a live Zoom session with a roomful of students trying to figure out how to record the session, share a screen, or … Continue reading Forget About Learning How to Zoom, I Need to Learn How to Smize

Week One Is in the Books; Just Thirteen More to Go

Well, it looks like we survived the first week back at school without having to reverse our plans. And I think that's all we can do, just focus on getting through one week at a time. Besides a minor glitch right before school started, Villanova's students seem to be following all the guidelines that have … Continue reading Week One Is in the Books; Just Thirteen More to Go