Colbert to replace Letterman

I love Stephen Colbert. But I just don’t see him being anywhere near as good if he’s not in his satirical Colbert Report character.

Time and Money

Here is what I learned from 40 years of traveling: Of the two modes, it is far better to have more time than money.

Philly uses skyscraper to play Tetris

For the second year, a Drexel University professor, Frank Lee, utilized the side of a skyscraper this past weekend to play Tetris to ring in the opening of Philly Tech Week 2014.

This year’s performance, with over 1,400 LEDs may be deemed the world’s largest Tetris game by Guinness.

Another reason, in a long list, why Philadelphia is a totally underrated place to live.

Slice of Life #7: Pocket Knife with seafood utensils

Idea: A multi-function pocket knife with special tools for shucking oysters, cracking shells, meat pick, and bone tweezers. Perhaps even a shrimp deveiner. Would be perfect for summer outings.

We’re all looking at maps incorrectly

The Mercator map, the most prevalent map today, is grossly inaccurate, a result of transferring a curve to a flat surface. Added to things-I-did-not-know.

Michael Jackson composed demo of Beat It

After last week’s news that a new Michael Jackson album will be released in May, this great demo appeared to listen to a bit of Jackson’s genius.


The annual spaghetti harvest

I don’t usually enjoy the media’s April Fools’ pranks, but this one strikes me as so unbelievably absurd, yet plausible, that it perfectly captures the mood of the day.

The .01%

How You, I, and Everyone Got the Top 1 Percent All Wrong

A few weeks ago, I shared this graph (from the World Top Incomes Database) showing how the top 0.01 percent—that’s the one percent of the 1 percent—was leaving the rest of the top percentile behind.

It’s not hard, really, to see how much of an issue this is to the health of the economy, overall, if the rest of the folks aren’t seeing growth that suggests it’s trickling-down. Add several more tax brackets to our tax code so that a billionaire isn’t paying the same rate on their last dollar as someone making $400,001—individuals who much more resemble the average earner than the average billionaire.

Why do Japanese Trains arrive on time?

Great video takings a look at behind the scenes efforts to ensure Japanese light rail arrives promptly and without many interruptions.

Slice of Life #7: Engagement Competition

Idea: I linked to a video a short while back highlighting the marketing myth of the engagement ring. As indicated, engagement rings are problematic for a variety of reasons including:

Why does a ring accompany a proposal? Considering most vows include the tradition of exchanging a ring, a proposal ring seems redundant. Why is there so little competition marketing alternatives to proposal gifts, particularly with the diamond industry so rife with moral dilemmas that are overshadowed by societal pressure to “be a man”?

It seems like the perfect opportunity exists for a better alternative. The first thing that comes to mind: wristwatches. Why? If a diamond is forever™, what better way to symbolize a union for “forever” than by an instrument that measures that time? It just seems so much more poetic. And watches have space for engraving a meaningful thought to give the gesture special meaning. They also are typically great investments that keep their value and can appreciate. For those who wish to keep the male to female stereotyping of proposal rituals, marketing wristwatches to women provides a demand that doesn’t really presently exist12. For those who find the one-sidedness of the ritual to be outdated, an exchange of watches could be a nice way to show that you both wish to share your time with the other.

But most importantly, getting away from blood diamonds (and not through the bogus way of paying more for a conflict-free diamond, which should be conflict-free to begin with), is a good thing for this world to be supporting.

Who’s to say a watch is the only appropriate alternative? It’d be nice to have one though.

  1. Just like the market for diamond rings didn’t exist before DeBeers []
  2. a vast majority of watches sold today are marketed to men []