If you want to understand the demise of the newspaper business – or a least the drastic reduction in print subscriptions through home delivery – just follow the newspaper delivery person as they drive through a neighborhood each morning. Count how many papers fly out the car windows aimed at individual driveways. There was a time – albeit long ago – that a corps of bicycle-riding youths blanketed neighborhoods with morning papers.
Hallucinating during exercise does happen, but when running on a Saturday morning through a residential neighborhood the smell of bacon frying is real.
There is a preciseness to language – whether written or spoken – that most people ignore. There really are better words that convey the exact meaning that is on your mind. Sometimes you need to choose words carefully to avoid hurting someone’s feelings, but that not what I’m thinking about. Every word is a choice and the right words should be chosen with care.
There is a dog with a lighted collar that I see when I’m running and from a distance two of the individual bulbs align with his eyes so it looks like the dog has bright, glowing eyes.
I received an email with the above subject line. One of my daughter’s teachers took a leave of absence toward the end of the semester, so not only did the school have to deal with a substitute teacher, but also grading assignments and finalizing grades for the semester. Parents got so many emails about this that it really seemed to escalate the situation to something huge. It was just grading for one class. But when I read the subject line of this final email announcing her return, it made it sound like she had returned from a quest to Modor and had finally defeated evil.
I heard an interview with a carnival guy who guesses ages and weights on the fair midway. He mentioned that he has an unfair advantage on online dating sites because he can always tell when someone is lying about their age or their weight.
I woke up in St. Paul, Minnesota where it was 2 degrees. I flew home to North Carolina where it was 75. It makes sense for it to be cold – or even crazy cold – in the far north during the winter, but 75 is just too warm for this time of year.
I get dinner at the Whole Foods hot bar at least once a week. Lots of variety of healthy food is the draw for me. I know that I can get salad, but I don’t usually for dinner. The mac-n-cheese is popular when they have it, but I don’t often get it. I’m more interested in something green and veggie-like for my sides. On a visit I couldn’t find any veggies to choose. But they had FIVE kinds of mac-n-cheese. Is this what happens to Whole Foods when they incorporate the customer data approach of Amazon?
More and more household items include computers on-board that learn our preferences and habits so they can perform better in our lives. You could describe this as washing machine learning.