Character vs. Morality

After last week’s post I had a couple friends point out examples of dynasty-making athletes who don’t seem to possess the character John Wooden was talking about. Certainly true. And the examples of bad behavior abound. From doping scandals to fake robberies, deflated footballs to sore losers, the morality of many athletes is often called […]

20160829 Character vs Morality

Back to Back

From Reece’s to Bruins, this week I wrap up my impromptu Olympic series with a quote from John Wooden and a story about the longest-running dynasty in the world. Not basketball. Not soccer. Not beach volleyball or swimming. Rowing. More specifically, the women’s coxed eight. The US Women’s boat has won three consecutive gold medals […]

20160822 Back to Back

Like a Winter Olympian

This week I’m continuing my Olympic-themed series with a Reece’s commercial. They connect, I promise. And no, this isn’t about how to pronounce Reece’s. (It’s a possessive name and it rimes with pieces, not feces.) Ok. First, watch this. Hilarious! Who wouldn’t love to do summer like a winter Olympian? The commercial stars Lindsey Vonn, […]

20160815 Like a Winter Olympian

Rio Olympics!

I love the Olympics. About a week ago I spent several hours diving down the rabbit hole of Olympic facts and trivia. The modern games are full of stories about upsets, long shots, and made-for-movie miracles. Enjoy! Until three days ago, three continents – Africa, South America, and Antarctica – had never hosted an Olympic […]

20160808 Olympic Facts

The Best Athlete of All Time

Who Was The Best Athlete of All Time? Michael Jordan? Jim Thorpe? Pele? Muhammad Ali? Babe Ruth? With the Olympics upon us, you might say it’s Michael Phelps, Nadia Comaneci, or Jesse Owens. All household names to be sure. But, no. The truth is that it’s none of the above. You could make an argument […]

20160801 Who Was The Best Athlete Ever?

Brick by Brick

I love LEGOs. I think that fact is well documented, but just in case you missed it, I grew up building, designing, and stepping on these bricks for years. Recently I’ve become enamored with the way they market their sets. LEGO is the definition of a premium brand. They’re not cheap, and they don’t try […]

20160825 Brick by Brick

Nertz

There’s a card game, Nertz, that I played a lot in college. It’s a speedy, multiplayer version of solitaire. It’s fast-paced, fun, and sometimes very frustrating. Everything is always changing, especially in the common area where all six or eight of you are all trying to play on the same cards. It’s not uncommon to […]

20160718 Nertz

Anti-Gospel Leadership

“Obsession with leadership is anti-gospel. ‘The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.’ Unless ‘leadership’ means washing feet and dying for our followers, it’s just the language of the kingdoms of the world.” I saw this comment online recently in response […]

20160711 Anti-Gospel Leadership

A Local Maximum

A/B testing is one of the fundamental principles of web design. Because you can simultaneously show half of your users a different design for the site, you can reliably test which image, phrase, or layout best convinces people to take an action you want (sign up, purchase, contact us, etc.) (Local Maximum diagram by Joshua […]

20160620 Local Maximum

300

No, not that 300. That’s a different blog post. This week I’m celebrating my 300th blog post. Since I post once a week, that’s 5 years, 9 months and 2 weeks of blogging. I started in early Fall of 2012, my senior year of college. Why celebrate 300? Honestly? Because I missed 250 and it’s […]

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