Even casual observers are familiar with Impressionism, perhaps the most famous movement in art history. Sweeping through France in 1870’s and 1880’s, names like Monet, Renoir, Pissarro, Degas, and Cezanne are familiar in many households today. The name for this movement comes from this painting by Claude Monet. “Sunrise Impression.” Part of what makes Impressionism […]

Hard Work

Game three of the NBA Finals. Warriors have won the first two games so now, back in Cleveland, it’s a must-win game for the Cavs. Though the Warriors’ high powered offence got off to a fast start, the Cavs battled back to take the lead, thanks in large part to a heroic effort by Lebron […]

Here’s our Secret Sauce

McDonald’s Big Mac sauce is delivered to restaurants in pre-sealed containers, and not even employees know what the actual ingredients are. Despite their dog Duke’s best efforts to sell it, Bush’s Baked Beans attributes their success to a secret family recipe, which has been passed down from generation to generation. Coke-a-Cola’s secret recipe famously sits […]

The Lie of Ty

When we were moving out of our apartment this spring we decided to get rid of some of my old PlayStation 2 games (circa 2000). Many of them were worthless but a few of them sold for good money and a couple sold for more than they we bought them for! Which, of course, reminded […]

Inspiration Strikes

In a world more and more free from the rigid timetables of the industrial revolution, work motivation has become a hot topic of business researchers. If you worked in a factory at the turn of the century, it didn’t matter much how internally motivated you were to work. You show up, you stand in your […]

Procrastination 3.0

I’ve started to pay more attention to the fact that some projects in my life get done quickly while others linger. I internally prioritize some projects to the top of the list while others keep me dragging my feet. Do you have any ongoing projects like that in your life? That assignment in school, idea […]

Stack The Team

A month ago my company hosted its annual volleyball tournament to celebrate the end of the year. (A weird tradition, I know…) Our Founder and President quickly handpicked his team from the best volleyball players in the company. The same four players that had won the championship a year earlier. Cries of foul play abounded […]

Fired Up, Ready To Go

I’ve waited over 18 months to post this video so it wouldn’t appear politically motivated. Enthusiasm is infectious and this is one of the best examples I’ve ever found. Back in 2008 when then-Senator Obama was campaigning, he made a trip to the small town of Greenwood South Carolina. He describes the late night flight […]

Red Fish, Blue Fish

One fish, poisonous fish. Ok, so it doesn’t rhyme. But it’s easier to pronounce than Tetraodontidae, which is the subject of my blog post today. Also known as the Puffer fish. The Japanese use it to make Fugu, a thin, translucent dish often served on porcelain plates. Fugu is the second most deadly food in […]

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 […]