Happy Halloween!

Pumpkin carving, aisles of candy, haunted houses… it’s that time of the year again Halloween is a kid’s paradise. The one time of the year you could eat gobs of candy and your parents didn’t mind. Trick-or-treating was like a rat race. Let’s see, I can do 30 homes in an hour. If I stay [...]

I’m still amazed by the camera

The camera (digital or not) is still an amazing device I’ll never fully understand. Have you ever taken a moment to think about how some device is able to take a snapshot of what your eyes see? I don’t know, maybe it’s just me, but I think it’s crazy we’re able to take something in [...]

Advertising: The undefeated champion of business?

Advertising is like a love-hate relationship. I hate that it seems to have found itself in every part of our lives, but I also enjoy a funny or clever ad It can be so annoying, yet it’s probably one of the oldest and most successful forms of business ever. Sort of a double-edged sword, isn’t [...]

Yes, ladies, it’s true. Looks matter.

Men partially base their preferences on physical attractiveness. But that’s not the whole story. Malcolm Gladwell gives a great example in his book, blink: John has an idea about what he wants in a woman, and that idea isn’t wrong. It’s just incomplete. The description he starts with is his conscious ideal: what he believes [...]

The erg: A lean, mean, calorie-burning machine

After 7 years, the ergometer (a.k.a. rowing machine) is still, by far, the best workout I’ve ever had at a gym. I used to be on the crew team in high school and one of the most common on-land exercises was to do agility and endurance tests using the erg. What I love about the [...]

Don’t eat seafood? Try Omega-3

In case you’re not a big seafood person like me, think about buying food created with omega-3 fatty acids. Research has shown that there are certain health benefits that come with a moderate consumption of omega-3 each week. Normally this is something we get naturally in our diets when we eat seafood, such as salmon. [...]

Your oven to the rescue!

The oven can be a great tool when you need a little help In 2006, I dropped my cell phone into a pool (don’t ask). While I usually would have immediately turned it on (destroying it), per the advice of my dad I opened it up, turned on the oven and baked my cell phone. [...]

Thin slicing will help you be more efficient

Studying in high school and college was hard. There is so much information to know and the teacher might ask anything. Here’s a technique I used throughout my entire academic career. Taking a page from Blink (a really great book), thin slicing refers to “our ability to gauge what is really important from a very [...]

93.7 Mike FM “gets it”

I never thought I’d see the day when I started listening to radio again. But a few months ago, just that happened. I’ve been an XM user for almost 2 years now. However, when I moved to Boston, I found a radio station that trumped both every radio station I had ever listened to and [...]

Having fun learning about the environment

If kids are going to be interested in engineering concepts for energy and the environment, then we need to make it fun. My senior project in college was to build a fun website for kids, ages 10-14, that teaches them engineering concepts about energy and the environment. The reason behind this project, called TEAK Education, [...]

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