Practicing, Not YouTubing, Makes Perfect

This post may seem a bit odd coming just one day after I wrote about the controversy surrounding behavioral economist, Dan Ariely. While I personally don't think it looks good for Dan, I'm hoping it's an isolated incident and it doesn't negate all the other research he has done. Plus, people are supposed to be … Continue reading Practicing, Not YouTubing, Makes Perfect

Everything in My Life Has Led to This Moment

Steve Jobs famously said in his Stanford graduation speech: "You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let … Continue reading Everything in My Life Has Led to This Moment

My Muscle Memory Has Faded Away

One of the presents Santa gave me this year (after a couple of not so subtle hints) was a Rubik's Cube. I used to have a Rubik's Cube a few years ago and had spent a full week memorizing how to solve it. After thousands of attempts, I finally got to the point where I … Continue reading My Muscle Memory Has Faded Away

Throwback Thursday: My 75 Seconds of TV Fame

It was sometime during the winter of 1980. I was going to grad school out in Pittsburgh, and I had volunteered to teach a juggling class at the local YMCA. As you might expect, it wasn't a big draw. But as fate would have it, one of the local TV stations in Pittsburgh (KDKA) wanted … Continue reading Throwback Thursday: My 75 Seconds of TV Fame

A Perfect 4th: a Parade, a Juggler, and Yankee Doodle Dandy

I couldn't imagine a better way to spend the 4th of July. A parade that passes right by our street, featuring: the West Powelton Drummers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dOycOn9QKc&feature=youtu.be the Mummers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_3pr8uh9Q0&feature=youtu.be and Uncle Sam and Lady Liberty: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPtcMjTrk1s&feature=youtu.be followed by Chris Ivey, Character Juggler, at the picnic afterward: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUD2QN21kTE&feature=youtu.be https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-aNp3Nn8zI&feature=youtu.be https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4RG1WVfeSY&feature=youtu.be https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meCAVlElJlw&feature=youtu.be https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxWlYNfmmGM&feature=youtu.be   and then capped … Continue reading A Perfect 4th: a Parade, a Juggler, and Yankee Doodle Dandy

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)