The Fascinating Wayback Machine, aka the Internet Archive

If you’ve never heard of it, here’s a brief description of the Internet Archive, commonly referred to as the Wayback Machine, from its web site: The Internet Archive, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, we provide free access to … Continue reading The Fascinating Wayback Machine, aka the Internet Archive

Three Cheers for Twitter

Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter, tweeted the following message earlier today: We’ve made the decision to stop all political advertising on Twitter globally. We believe political message reach should be earned, not bought. Why? A few reasons…🧵 — jack 🌍🌏🌎 (@jack) October 30, 2019 https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Jack then went on to offer several reasons for the … Continue reading Three Cheers for Twitter

How to Lie with Statistics

I'll never forget a presentation I made several years ago during an Open House event at Villanova. The event was geared towards high school seniors and their parents who were visiting the campus for the day to learn more about the school. I had volunteered to give about a 15-minute talk about the advantages of … Continue reading How to Lie with Statistics

Music Monday: This Is What Music Can Do To Us

I'm guessing that many of you have already seen this video, and if you have, it's worth seeing again. If you haven't seen it, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do (it's at the end of the post). The video of 11-month old Thomas A. was recorded by his mom while they … Continue reading Music Monday: This Is What Music Can Do To Us

Some Words of Advice

Earlier this week, Paul Ryan, the former Speaker of the House, took some heat for offering Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) some unsolicited advice on how to be a good member of Congress. Ryan said he had advised Ocasio-Cortez to “take it easy, just watch things for a while, don’t ruffle, you know, see how it works first.” He … Continue reading Some Words of Advice

Another Day, Another New Word

Yesterday I wrote about a phrase I had never heard of before, "dead cat bounce". Today I came across another new word/phrase that I was unfamiliar with - "ratioed". According to Merriam Webster, the term refers to the negative response that a tweet gets. In particular, it is used in situations where a tweet gets more replies … Continue reading Another Day, Another New Word

When President Trump Tweets, He Rarely Gets Off Scot-Free

Among President Trump's tweets this week were the following: “Michael Cohen asks judge for no Prison Time.” You mean he can do all of the TERRIBLE, unrelated to Trump, things having to do with fraud, big loans, Taxis, etc., and not serve a long prison term? He makes up stories to get a GREAT & … Continue reading When President Trump Tweets, He Rarely Gets Off Scot-Free

Meerkat, Periscope, and Younow – the Next Killer Apps?

There seems to be a battle brewing in the world of live video streaming over Twitter. Such a service turns anyone with a smartphone into a broadcaster. The two apps that are competing head to head are Meerkat and Periscope. Meerkat was released about a month ago and Periscope was just released yesterday. At this point, … Continue reading Meerkat, Periscope, and Younow – the Next Killer Apps?

I Am Now .004207 Bitcoin Richer!

I've been reading about Bitcoin for a couple of years now, and I must admit I still don't fully understand how it works. Terms like blockchain and mining confuse me, as does the mystery surrounding who created Bitcoin. (Here's a useful site describing Bitcoin.) But I thought perhaps the best way to find out what … Continue reading I Am Now .004207 Bitcoin Richer!

How My Twitter Following Went from 250 to 253 in Just One Week!

It wasn't easy, but I did it. I recently increased my Twitter following by over 1% in just one week, and I want to share my secrets with you. Sharing these secrets will likely upset some social media gurus, who charge large sums of money for such information. But like a true academic, I believe … Continue reading How My Twitter Following Went from 250 to 253 in Just One Week!